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KellyTharp
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Born in Oregon, in the college town of Corvallis . An Occupational Therapist of 36 years, my career spans the young, the old, the living and dying - and everything in between. When I’m not trying desperately to learn how to write active voice, a language as foreign as Mandarin, I am an accomplished artist of space pictures from the Hubble telescope and NASA. Other interests include Chinese calligraphy, knitting, and gardening (roses especially), and needless to say --- everything science fiction: TV, books, Dragon Con.
Telling stories started at an early age with a group of pen pals taking on the persona of Star Trek characters – I was Mongomery Scott (Scotty). I have had Star Wars stories published in Fanzine’s in the 80’s, after which I started on my own full length novels. My first book "The Protectorit" was published on Smashword.com after taking a writing course from Dean Wesley Smith (Death by writing is my title for it - good course.). The sequel "For the Honor of Black Roses" uploaded next. I then did a short paranormal romance, "Time Isn't Enough" as a practice in brevity (Write tight they say). Working on book 3, "For the Honor of Red Irises" and another PR "Cioway" Just uploaded to the great dragon - Amazon. Looking into Creat Space (Any feedback on how good a vanity press it is?), just to see it in print. Big publishers I find want Wizards, Werewolves, Vampires, and Zombies. I write Space Opera. Worse - happy endings (well at least by book 3!). Need contact with other writers so I don't feel so alone in the universe. Not sure what to do next... try my first 13 lines of book three and see what people think? Or would book 1 be better to start off? Any ideas anyone? Kelly T

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Welcome to the treehouse.
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LDWriter2
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Welcome.


Sounds like you're already off to a good start, I'm trying to get some stuff out Indie style but am having problems with finding pics I can use for a couple of stories and getting a novel checked over and finishing a second for that.

As to Creat space I don't know. If by vanity press you mean what is usually meant by that term I would say stay away from it. But if you mean POD-Print On Demand, they might be good.


As you may know already this is a friendly place with somewhat knowledgeable people on writing a few other things.

However as you explore the treehouse do be careful there's this unicorn on the loose and she can be mean at times.

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G'day Kelly, jump write in the water's fine. Most people are are only too pleased to help, but mind the grumpy old guy. He has a tendency to put his size nine's in his mouf.

Phil.

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Welcome Kelly! I'd suggest starting with your WIP. Just my opinion though.
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KellyTharp
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Unicorns, Grumpys and WIPs . . . oh my! Luckily I'm a good swimmer and scuba diver in case everthing gets pretty deep in here. So, what does WIP mean? Sorry, not familiar with it. I got a call from Create Space - Amazon. For my 222 page novel(Bk 1) $728.00. Included ISBN, cover work, and distrubuting. Very spoiled on Smashwords at they do most all of it for free e-book wise. But still suffering the slings and arrows of being e-published (the down trodden of novelests - giggle) Thanks for the welcome everyone, even you grumpy old man. From grumpy old cat woman.
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WIP = work in progress. I was referring to your question about which 13 lines to post first:)
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quote:
Originally posted by KellyTharp:
Unicorns, Grumpys and WIPs . . . oh my! Luckily I'm a good swimmer and scuba diver in case everthing gets pretty deep in here. So, what does WIP mean? Sorry, not familiar with it. I got a call from Create Space - Amazon. For my 222 page novel(Bk 1) $728.00. Included ISBN, cover work, and distrubuting. Very spoiled on Smashwords at they do most all of it for free e-book wise. But still suffering the slings and arrows of being e-published (the down trodden of novelests - giggle) Thanks for the welcome everyone, even you grumpy old man. From grumpy old cat woman.

It's up to you of course but remember that money is suppose to flow toward the writer. And that you can do most of that yourself. It takes time to learn and to do it but it can be worth it if, as it sounds, you are going to do a bunch of books. And you may end up paying a little for a cover pic.

I just realized what you didn't say--you may not want to but what do you get out of that? It is just distributed at Amazon?

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I don't think Amazon is the way to go, but had to check it out. It's a bit expensive, for what you get. As for money, I came to the realization that I write because I need to write...getting paid for it would only be icing on the cake. So my paychecks from Smashwords have been really nice, but not anything I'd want to live on.
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Kelly, I completely understand the 'need' to write. I only wish I'd realised I had this need earlier. It took a rather dramatic change in life to realise it.

And LDWriter2 is correct -- the money flows to the author, not the other way around. Anyone asking you to pay them to publish you is going to rip you off in one way or another.

If your work has merit it will find a home.

Indie publishing is a growing way of doing it, but don't think that e-publishing and then sitting back waiting for the money to roll in happens. It takes a lot of marketing work to get your self-published work noticed.

Phil.

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