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one thing my editor kept harping on in my first book is that the first chapter and especially the first thirty or so pages must be outstanding.
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That's what I am struggling with. The first 25 pages are good, but thereafter it is really good. The first, short chapter is a good hook, but then I feel the need to build a couple of characters and minimal background before the show really gets rolling. I've restructured some of that stuff into flash backs later on, but still need to get that first two dozen pages on fire.
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a couple of tweaks here and there sometimes makes all the difference.
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Man, editing can be an ongoing struggle, even when you pay for the service. I just went through that mess when I recently released Lines in Shadow, the sixth book in the Walking in the Rain series. Went through multiple Beta readers, two rounds of professional editing, and still missed a few things. Well, I'll get those fixed before going to the paper version.
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If you have any artistic ability at all, you can make a cover for your book.

I made this cover from a photo I took (with my cell phone) of the woods around my house in the daytime, tweaked it in Gimp (free download) to make it look like night time, added the title and a silhouette of a kid with a rifle, and made a half-decent cover. Its not awesome, but it shouldn't end up on lousybookcovers.com, lol.

It is a story I posted here awhile ago and is now on Amazon and has actually sold a few copies for 99 cents, believe it or not!

Have to agree! Covers can be just as much creative fun as the story itself... starting from absolute scratch and assembling the entire concept yourself. I have done several covers myself, as well as for my own book here:
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I'm thinking about self-publishing a story I originally shared on this website (the early version of anyway). The problem is it kind of ends on a cliffhanger. Are people forgiving of that in this genre?
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Wow! Thread resurrection!

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one thing my editor kept harping on in my first book is that the first chapter and especially the first thirty or so pages must be outstanding.
I love stories that start off right in the action. There can be a short prologue if necessary, but then the action should start right away. Think about Saving Private Ryan, where in the very beginning they had a very short prologue with them realizing Ryan's brothers had all been KIA. Then they jump right into D-Day at Normandy on the beach. That REALLY gets people interested.

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I'm thinking about self-publishing a story I originally shared on this website (the early version of anyway). The problem is it kind of ends on a cliffhanger. Are people forgiving of that in this genre?
They are usually more forgiving if you DO quickly publish a followup book!

I personally prefer stories that have a real conclusion. That's one reason why I stopped watching The Walking Dead - every season ended with a cliffhanger where everyone was captured and about to die. Then I had to wait almost a year to find out what happened. It frustrated me so much I lost interest in it a few years ago.

But a lot of it depends on the story, too.

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Wow! Thread resurrection!

I personally prefer stories that have a real conclusion. That's one reason why I stopped watching The Walking Dead - every season ended with a cliffhanger where everyone was captured and about to die. Then I had to wait almost a year to find out what happened. It frustrated me so much I lost interest in it a few years ago.

But a lot of it depends on the story, too.

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I remember the dynasty series and some others having crazy cliffhangers like that. Anyone remember this one?


Well at the beginning of the next season / episode, only one person had actually died! Everyone else recovered from their wounds, passing out etc.
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I just had a related PM so I am bumping this thread!

I should also say that Createspace is no longer around and they have been absorbed by KDP, but the basics are the same.

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I just had a related PM so I am bumping this thread!

I should also say that Createspace is no longer around and they have been absorbed by KDP, but the basics are the same.

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It's actually slightly easier to work the cover-art onto a paperback now using the Amazon process.. They give a real-time 'look' of what the front, back and spine will look like with the size of cover art you submit.

Less math and guesswork required, but they are a big stickler for the bleed and text being well away from it. With CS they were more hands-off on such things.
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This is awesome! Thank you!
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