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Cosmin Lupu
post Jan 6 2014, 09:03 AM
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QUOTE (metalheadlady @ Jan 6 2014, 04:30 AM) *
Wow, that's really cool. In third grade the class voted me as most likely to be an author when I grow up because I wrote a thirty or so page story for the class library. Now I'm in the middle of writing a book, about 200 pages in, but I sort of got stuck around when I joined GMC. I've been curious about publishing through kindle and stuff, it all sounds cool. Anyway, congratulations about the novel happy.gif


Wow smile.gif Well now, what's the book about biggrin.gif Don't be shy, share with us too!


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post Jan 6 2014, 10:34 AM
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QUOTE (metalheadlady @ Jan 6 2014, 04:30 AM) *
Wow, that's really cool. In third grade the class voted me as most likely to be an author when I grow up because I wrote a thirty or so page story for the class library. Now I'm in the middle of writing a book, about 200 pages in, but I sort of got stuck around when I joined GMC. I've been curious about publishing through kindle and stuff, it all sounds cool. Anyway, congratulations about the novel happy.gif


Hey that's great... I'd go back to the novel in bits and pieces. I'd have days or productivity and then not touch it for weeks. You'll get there, keep going at it !

The publishing through KDP is really easy. You can upload an HTML file and preview it as it will look on the various devices. The time consuming bit that was new to me was formatting the document to work on Kindle. There is a free PDF guide you can download direct from them to guide you through the process when you're ready.

http://www.amazon.com/Publish-Amazon-Kindl...blish+on+kindle



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post Jan 6 2014, 10:49 AM
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This is awesome, Ben. Congratulations! I'll have to read it at some point.

You seem to be productive in many creative areas. What's next, a horror movie?
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post Jan 6 2014, 10:52 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jan 3 2014, 10:39 AM) *
I don't know why I keep putting more things on my shoulders but I decided to write a book/story/novel last year and finally I've self published it on Amazon as a Kindle download ! smile.gif


Because you're an artist and creative a person. rolleyes.gif

QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jan 3 2014, 02:51 PM) *
Nice mate! Congratulations! Now that you are used to publishing books, you could write a Guitar Book! smile.gif


A Guitar book with that video on GuitarWorld on repertoire, would do wonders. tongue.gif

wait, what?! It's free! I'm reading it today!

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post Jan 6 2014, 06:27 PM
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QUOTE (HungryForHeaven @ Jan 6 2014, 09:49 AM) *
This is awesome, Ben. Congratulations! I'll have to read it at some point.

You seem to be productive in many creative areas. What's next, a horror movie?


Yeah, I hope you get chance smile.gif

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Movie.... hmmmm..... there's an idea rolleyes.gif


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post Jan 6 2014, 11:15 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jan 6 2014, 08:03 AM) *
Wow smile.gif Well now, what's the book about biggrin.gif Don't be shy, share with us too!


But shy is all I ever am, really! biggrin.gif I've been brainstorming ideas lately because I feel that the story is lacking a bit. It's all fantasy nonsense at the moment. I added this sort of evil dark elf looking dude named Adalgar. He's been getting up to all sorts of mischief bringing long dead creatures back to life under his control (you know, trolls and dragons and such) and just generally causing chaos. I'm still switching stuff around so I can't say much because it will likely change. It starts with two guys that are 17 and 18, and they've been friends since they met when they were little, like 4 or 5. Their little village gets messed up by one of Adalgar's critters and they just kinda get sent all over the world I made up trying to fix all the bad things that are happening.

QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jan 6 2014, 09:34 AM) *
Hey that's great... I'd go back to the novel in bits and pieces. I'd have days or productivity and then not touch it for weeks. You'll get there, keep going at it !

The publishing through KDP is really easy. You can upload an HTML file and preview it as it will look on the various devices. The time consuming bit that was new to me was formatting the document to work on Kindle. There is a free PDF guide you can download direct from them to guide you through the process when you're ready.

http://www.amazon.com/Publish-Amazon-Kindl...blish+on+kindle


Thanks for the info, i'll have to find this again if I ever finish the darn thing lol smile.gif
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post Jan 7 2014, 10:32 AM
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QUOTE (metalheadlady @ Jan 6 2014, 10:15 PM) *
But shy is all I ever am, really! biggrin.gif I've been brainstorming ideas lately because I feel that the story is lacking a bit. It's all fantasy nonsense at the moment. I added this sort of evil dark elf looking dude named Adalgar. He's been getting up to all sorts of mischief bringing long dead creatures back to life under his control (you know, trolls and dragons and such) and just generally causing chaos. I'm still switching stuff around so I can't say much because it will likely change. It starts with two guys that are 17 and 18, and they've been friends since they met when they were little, like 4 or 5. Their little village gets messed up by one of Adalgar's critters and they just kinda get sent all over the world I made up trying to fix all the bad things that are happening.


This sounds good, you have to see it through ! smile.gif


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post Jan 7 2014, 10:53 AM
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Very nice!! I love fantasy novels and fantasy literature in general biggrin.gif Just saw the Hobbit: The desolation of Smaug last evening and it was killer. I also read the book about 11-12 years ago, so I know the ending as well tongue.gif

All in all - I'd love to read it when it's ready!


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post Jan 7 2014, 03:05 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jan 7 2014, 09:53 AM) *
Very nice!! I love fantasy novels and fantasy literature in general biggrin.gif Just saw the Hobbit: The desolation of Smaug last evening and it was killer. I also read the book about 11-12 years ago, so I know the ending as well tongue.gif

All in all - I'd love to read it when it's ready!


I've never read the book but I can't wait to see the film.. I loved the 1st part - didn't understand why there was no much negative criticism of it smile.gif


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post Jan 7 2014, 04:33 PM
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I thought the book and movies were both wonderful and I can't wait for the last movie happy.gif
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post Jan 7 2014, 09:58 PM
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Sooo... I don't have a Kindle or a tablet and I wouldn't want to read a book in my phone; so I registered at Amazon, downloaded the Kindle desktop application and bought The Hammer by Ben Higgins. Will start reading any minute!

Is it just as easy to buy albums on iTunes without a Mac?
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post Jan 8 2014, 09:11 AM
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QUOTE (metalheadlady @ Jan 7 2014, 03:33 PM) *
I thought the book and movies were both wonderful and I can't wait for the last movie happy.gif


I will most probably go out and see it with the guys in my band tongue.gif We will look totally weird at the cinema - the tough rock dudes going to watch the Hobbit biggrin.gif


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post Jan 8 2014, 10:46 AM
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QUOTE (HungryForHeaven @ Jan 7 2014, 08:58 PM) *
Sooo... I don't have a Kindle or a tablet and I wouldn't want to read a book in my phone; so I registered at Amazon, downloaded the Kindle desktop application and bought The Hammer by Ben Higgins. Will start reading any minute!

Is it just as easy to buy albums on iTunes without a Mac?


Heeeeeeey, that's awesome - thank you and I hope you enjoy it smile.gif

Well I don't have a Mac and I was able to download itunes easily. I haven't bought anything off of it.. although I did download a free Metallica concert ages ago.

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I will most probably go out and see it with the guys in my band tongue.gif We will look totally weird at the cinema - the tough rock dudes going to watch the Hobbit biggrin.gif


I imagine that the more alternative people are a more common site at these sorts of films these days smile.gif


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post Jan 8 2014, 05:20 PM
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QUOTE (HungryForHeaven @ Jan 6 2014, 01:49 PM) *
This is awesome, Ben. Congratulations! I'll have to read it at some point.

You seem to be productive in many creative areas. What's next, a horror movie?

I can answer. He's about to be a helicopter driver, handcarving swords, taking singing lessons, taming wild horses and learning to speak mandarin china laugh.gif


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post Jan 8 2014, 05:44 PM
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QUOTE (WeePee @ Jan 8 2014, 05:20 PM) *
I can answer. He's about to be a helicopter driver, handcarving swords, taking singing lessons, taming wild horses and learning to speak mandarin china laugh.gif

I should have figured... blink.gif
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post Jan 8 2014, 06:36 PM
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QUOTE (WeePee @ Jan 8 2014, 04:20 PM) *
and learning to speak mandarin china laugh.gif


I'm torn between Mandarin or Cantonese dry.gif


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Congrats Ben, Ill put this one on my list of "to read". Writing a book is no easy task, hope many, many poeple get to read it smile.gif


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post Jan 8 2014, 09:25 PM
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QUOTE (Fran @ Jan 8 2014, 05:57 PM) *
Congrats Ben, Ill put this one on my list of "to read". Writing a book is no easy task, hope many, many poeple get to read it smile.gif


Thank you my friend smile.gif


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post Jan 9 2014, 03:00 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jan 8 2014, 08:11 AM) *
I will most probably go out and see it with the guys in my band tongue.gif We will look totally weird at the cinema - the tough rock dudes going to watch the Hobbit biggrin.gif


Well when I went to see the second one I was wearing the fourth doctor's scarf from doctor who, which is like a foot thick and twelve feet long. I bet that looked pretty silly.
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post Jan 9 2014, 08:45 AM
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QUOTE (metalheadlady @ Jan 9 2014, 02:00 AM) *
Well when I went to see the second one I was wearing the fourth doctor's scarf from doctor who, which is like a foot thick and twelve feet long. I bet that looked pretty silly.


Nahhh, you're a chick - you can wear whatever and people will say ... uhhhh she's so cute or something tongue.gif Us on the other hand can't get away so easily.... laugh.gif


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