"Introducing the newly declassified Aegis Warthog. Aegis's premier carrier based Turret buster. Backed by centuries of combat, this trusted name has recently been approved for sale to the general population. A Titanium frame surrounding a Behring 30mm rotary cannon, wrapped in active armor crafted from a partnership between Aegis Dynamics and Tumbril this craft is practically a flying Nova Tank. The ordinance bays of this craft can be fitted with anything from missiles to cluster bombs, making the pilot a one-man death squad for any poor soul that crosses their path. This parasite craft gives up a jump drive for a heavy ARC 4 Duo engine, redefining this aged craft for the modern age, and providing it unmatched speed even at it's heavy weight.
Aegis Dynamics - Looking to the past, to define the future"
Note: Any concept art of what this would look like would be dope
In this new age of declining bookstores and online shopping, I realize I almost never pick up books without reading reviews, roughly knowing how well it’s been received, etc.
I had a Barnes and Nobles coupon and decided to do some Christmas shopping and I randomly picked up Milady by Laura L Sullivan.
The cover had a renaissance style gown so I reached for it. Turned it over and found out it was a retelling of The Three Musketeers but from the POV of Milady de Winter (their arch nemesis). Super interesting. So I bought it.
I loved it. It was so good. And I couldn’t remember the last time I browsed shelves of books without anything else to go one except what was there. That used to intrigue and fascinate me and I plan on doing it again soon.
Anybody else do this recently? Or never stopped doing it?
The damaged mining vessel “335” docks with its mother-ship and begins the transfer of cargoes. A solid thunk of docking fades to the dull humming of machinery. This trip had been a productive one. Crucial resources travel through the docking systems and rapidly fan through the body of the mother-ship. Metals processed on the trip, treasures from the latest brush with the AI menace, and raw slag.
I exit the piloting console and walk through the vessel. Torn deck plating shifts under my feet. We barely made it back this time. The force shield hisses and flickers at the edge of my vision. I’m aware of the sweat running down my spine.
Moments ago, the mysterious Recall Singularity had ripped my small ship from the fabric of reality and violently pulled it back through hyperspace to safety. This terrifying travel had certainly saved me. It was triggered by the hull breach after all. But it didn’t mean I had to like it. How may more times could the ship take a recall? How ma... keep reading on reddit ➡
Sometimes I see quotes by other authors in a book blurb, but I'm not sure how far to trust them. Maybe it's networking or promoting their friends, or maybe it's genuinely trying to promote a high-quality beginning author they have no connection with. Do you trust that kind of quotes? Does it change anything if the author supplying the quote is particularly famous?
Hello! Asking this because most of the time I'll pick up a book and read the blurb and a couple pages, but if it's a thriller/horror story I normally find them through recommendations. I'm reading Pretty Girls rn and I'm kind of confused because I have no idea what's happening, but not sure if reading the blurb is gonna make me expect events to happen and stuff. Anyway, was looking for other opinions!
I am close in publishing my debut novel, a young adult contemporary fantasy, through KDP and writing the synopsis or blurb is one of the final things I need to get done. I wrote my second draft of the synopsis/blurb, but I am curious if this draws a good amount of attention.
"Sixteen-year-old Estelle Reve lives with her overly protective foster-mother and a bundle of mystery. One day everything changes when she got herself in trouble. She had been found.
A man from her past returns Estelle to her natal home, a land where only a few belongs… The Cryptic World. She quickly learns her life was much more than she had imagined, even her name. But she’s also threatened by a devious group, Apex, who’s hunting people like her to use them for corrupt interests. With the help of new friends and family, Estelle must stop Apex with her hidden potential before they stop her first."
Sorry if this is not appropriate for this Windscribe forum but since others are waiting for WireGuard to be baked into Windscribe......
Slashdot has a pretty good blurb about WireGuard today. Links to Linus T's approval and Jason D's reasoning and thoughts...... For what it's worth.....CeIdiot
All I remember is that is was about a girl who has prosopagnosia and was protected by her family but then I think she met someone who told her maybe it wasn't her family? Anyways, shit wasn't as it should be. I'd like to read it so if anyone knows it I'd be happy to hear! It's and adult book, written in English.
Edit: maybe she lives in a cabin? Thanks for all the help, I must be missing a lot of key details.
I'm getting ready to release my first novel sometime in early 2020, but I'm more than a little in the dark when it comes to drumming up interest ahead of the release. It seems to me that getting my book to folks who review and/or blog about books professionally before my novel is officially released would be a good course of action, but I'm not sure the best route to go about that or how to find book critics who accept solicitations of this nature.
If anyone has experience with this, I'm sure the insights could be helpful.
Is there a good resource (like a directory) of real book critics/bloggers who participate in pre-release reviews?
I'm interested in getting a couple of blurbs/pull-quotes from established/professional authors for the back cover, but again, I'm not sure how to go about this and maybe getting this type of thing isn't practical for the debut novel of an unknown author?
A fractured humanity struggles to rebuild after a devastating loss against the alien Aserati. The last thing they need is trouble. But with an illegal insurgency antagonizing the alien empire, trouble might be not far off.
I can write the crap out of stories, but I spend hours tearing out what's left of my hair trying to put together a blurb.
I know about services like Brian Cohen's blurb writing, but at this point in my career it's out of my price range. Any tips, tricks, thoughts on how to write a dadgum blurb that's at least half way interesting???
I need to know if this blurb is any good before I have the cover designer put it on the back of the book. Give me your opinion, and possible fixes.
"Craeft Proudhill is an illegitimate child seeking desperately to find his worth in life. Knowing nothing but rejection, he enters the Ascean Knighthood as a Squire, seeking to improve his standing in life. With another Squire as his companion and a Knight to lead his Squad, they head to the city of Krasnolovka.
Only to find it under assault by the magic eating abominations known as the Lusus.
After purging them from the city, Craeft is let wondering how they got in. Large walls protect the outside, and the wards were supposed to keep them out.
Which only leaves one answer.
Someone let them in.
Craeft must find the identity of the culprit and bring him to justice, or the city may face another Lusus invasion.
One it won't hope to survive."
So, what do you think?
Hi all -
After reading here about other people's experiences and struggles with alcohol and reflecting on my own life I realized that I had made a habit of alcohol - it became a part of the daily routine. Get home from work, have a few drinks, go to bed, wake up and go back to work, repeat.. It was a gradual process, so gradual that it never even seemed like a problem. What I did realize was that I was often tired, somewhat unmotivated and alcohol had also started taking it's toll on my personal life as well.
I decided to break that cycle and my doctor set me up with Naltrexone to help after I had researched some options. With Naltrexone, you take the medication, wait an hour and then have a drink (if you want) - or more - and it limits the ability of alcohol to trigger the pleasure centers of your brain (it's commonly used for opiate addicts) Google naltrexone and alcohol and there is a wealth of information out there about it.
I started it a month ago. On day 1, I did as instruct... keep reading on reddit ➡
Believe it or not, there might be people watching us.
At the age of nine, Matthew found out a mysterious letter along with notes exclusively addressed to him. But he could only receive when he would turn 16. Things happened and he and his family ended in the streets, so his mother loses the notes and the letter.
Luckily, Matthew’s life takes a radical change after his mother finds a job as a hairdresser and him winning a scholarship to a University in New York City. But suddenly; his unknown past starts to haunt his present when a mysterious object invades his flat leaving him the same note; but this time with such clear instructions.
Uncovering secrets, the journey starts as Matthew and his friends embark on an adventure to take the gemstones suggested by the notes, but it turns out, they are thrust to a place beyond their imagination finding themselves at the center of danger where their choices will drive them to stand against each other.
*Shadow is no choic... keep reading on reddit ➡
1 A series of interconnected short stories that spans three planets across two realities while it weaves the narrative tapestry of one rich, surreal and thought-provoking experience. The shards of each tale and the numerous well-developed characters and environments compose a mosaic of genres. The novel coalesces urban fantasy, dystopian sci-fi, and horror with elements of romance, post-apocalypse, coming of age and historical fiction.
2 Deprived of love and nature, a young man, who was born in an underground slum, decides to risk his life for a chance to reach the surface. In his pursuit, he discovers he is part of a much larger scheme and inadvertently beckons the supernatural while finding an alternate reality. In order to escape his world, he recklessly delves into an opportunity to create utopia. Paradise has a dark side; enter if you dare.
EDIT: After seeing all of your glorious feedback, I decided to merge the two with what you said in mind. and so I've created option 3:
3... keep reading on reddit ➡
Edit: with your helpful feedback, I've created 3 alternative blurbs: which works best / worst?
Blurb 1 (3-character focus)
Three desperate contestants in an ancient magical tournament will fight for the chance to Shuffle their fates. But are they here of their own volition, or simply puppets in some greater, stranger scheme?
Tel has lost his family’s legacy and failed to keep his artistic but broken father out of the slums. He has one last, desperate gamble to make.
Kadana was born and bred with the sole purpose of winning the tournament and extending the First Lord’s rule, and he is willing to kill to make sure she wins.
Neux clawed his way out of the slums years ago, but when his forbidden magical secret destroys everything, winning the tournament becomes the only way to restore what he has lost.
Three will fight, but the real winner may be behind the curtain.
Blurb 2 (world-building focused)
On the island city of Anselin, mages wield musical instruments that sing to... keep reading on reddit ➡
I use Bumble and Tinder. I have been in my current city for a little over 2 years and I have one 1 date that lead to a micro-relationship before we both kinda ghosted one another. I feel like I swipe right on every one who doesn't on me and it's probably because I look mean or something since I have rewritten my profile blurb a billion times in many different ways from serious to funny to weird.
I don't put I was in the military. Should I? I'm functional, but I have PTSD from the combat. If I should, how should I go about that?
Saw a site linked here recently that had all Andrew’s policies with short blurb and link to video of him talking about it. Can’t remember or find it. Can someone help me find it?
First book and I manged to write it, get it edited, get it beta read, send out free copies for review get good art work but still can't get a nice blurb that isn't too wordy but then isn't too simplistic either. Any top tips for writing a blurb? How long should it be, what should I prioritize?
I’m really struggling to write a blurb that is interesting but doesn’t spoil the plot for readers!
So far, “James Lockedon decided to call in sick again. He has not been seen or heard from since. His abandoned car provides the only clue.
The police investigation supplies more questions than answers, leading to heartbreaking revelations.
A forgotten past collides with the present, with no-one able to claim innocence.”
It just sounds a bit naff. Any tips?
> Robertson is healthy (which, like Foote, he wasn’t for much of last year), he looked possessed at the World Junior Summer Showcase, he looked possessed in Traverse City, and he looks possessed to begin the year in Peterborough. He screams massive leap forward. Like Morgan Frost going from 62 points in 67 games in his draft year to 112 points in 67 games the following season kind-of-massive. Watch out.
Alright guys, here's a hot one: I'm a relatively inexperienced young person who's taken to the internet to find work. Now, I know that many in this community warn against online freelancing middle-men like UpWork, but I trust the process and understand the risks and I would still like to proceed into the mad void. So, for those who've found success in this realm, I'd like your advice.
WTF am I supposed to put in the description section of my profile on __________.com (insert UpWork, LinkedIn, etc.) in order to do all of following:
- Set myself apart
- Appear experienced
- Remain professional
- Get job
I always find myself stuck at this stage wanting to write something like, "Idk man, just hire me, and if I suck, don't hire me again. It's honestly fine."
WHAT DO I DO. Thank you.
The Fire Within My Heart (Scarlet Cherie Series Book 1) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08194LPSV/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_i_jSx0DbNCH9WAG
Wrote a blog post about how I write blurbs. With a few examples.
Figured people might find it amusing.
These are all the blurbs I could find by Bob Dylan endorsing books on the cover. If I'm missing any, please let me know! Thanks to Scott Warmuth for contributing.
Larry "Ratso" Sloman - On The Road With Bob Dylan (1978)
"The War and Peace of rock and roll."
Rabbi Manis Friedman - Doesn't Anyone Blush Anymore? (1990)
"Anyone who's either married or thinking of getting married would do well to read this book."
[Related 1991 Rolling Stone article, You've Got To Blurb Somebody: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/youve-got-to-blurb-somebody-63875/
Peter Guralnik - Last Train To Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley (1994)
“Unrivaled account of Elvis as he walks the path between heaven and nature in an America that was wide open, when anything was possible, not the whitewashed golden calf but the incendiary musical firebrand loner who conquered the western world, he steps from the pages, you can feel him breathe, this book cancels out all the others.”
Levon Helm with Stephe... keep reading on reddit ➡
It's been slightly more than 3 years since we began our journey as an indie game developer.
During this time, we developed Sairento VR on the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, followed by Quest and PSVR. From a 4 man team we grew to 14. It had been an incredible journey and an amazing ride.
We want to thank every one of you who has helped us out in some way, whether by buying our game,providing your feedback, suggestions, or by helping out with the bug reports. We greatly appreciate it!
As we continue our journey as an indie, we will persist in the same values we've embraced since inception.
At the top of the list is how we love engaging you to consult and discuss ideas. We believe in building games that gamers want to play, hence your opinions matter to us. While we are responsible for coming up with the core concepts and master plan for the game, you can play a vital role in bringing about changes and new elements. A... keep reading on reddit ➡
Let the creative self-promotion commence!
https://i.redd.it/3aj5pnoclot31.jpg (The picture is from the upcoming X-wing owners manual)
The timeline on this seems off to me. It says that the T-70's were in use for two decades before Ackbar requested a newer model of starfighter for the NR Navy. Previously we had been told by Bloodline and the TLJ VD that Ackbar retired sometime after Jakku and only came back into service when Leia started the Resistance movement.
Two decades after 6 ABY would be 28 ABY, two years before Bloodline took place and Leia started the Resistance. So Ackbar was only retired for at most two years before joining leia?
Plus their is Aftab who in the comic who says he never saw his father due to his work. Meaning that Ackbar spent most of Aftab's at least 20 some years working for the Navy.
So I guess this means that Ackbar may not have been retired as long as previously thought. Cue Ackbar saying "They just keep pulling me right back in"
My desk job is killing me inside... but at least it's Friday, right? For 40 hours every week, I desperately dream of making a living doing something creative. This book was my first stab at that. Sales have been... minimal.
Thus, my new plan was to just offer the thing for free... And it actually shot to #1 in Poetry and #6 in Humor on the (Free) Amazon Best Seller List, as of yesterday!
Hopefully some of these poems brighten your day, while also making you deeply, existentially uncomfortable. You've got nothing to lose, and I've got nothing to gain (unless somebody wants to do me a monstrous favor and leave a review)!
I'm working on putting together bits for a query letter for a novel I've written. I'm working on writing a blurb right now, and was wondering if I could get a critique on it. Let me know if this draws in a reader/is interesting/is engaging, or please share any input you might have. Thanks!
Jance Mace's and his best friend, Dandin Raven, are your average high school kids. Their biggest concern had been not falling asleep in their history class; that is, until a mysterious girl named Sammy shows up at their houses to inform them they're not who they think they are. They're hybrids of an alien race called majiuns, who are capable of controlling energy. Sammy, a majiun herself, has been sent by the top-secret Central Earth Defense council to recruit the boys for the Ace Squad. When an unknown threat begins to rob military bases, and the course of history begins to change, the three must learn to harness their abilities,... keep reading on reddit ➡
I just want to say that I wish instead of focusing on the correction facilities history and staffing that NPR would focus on the main point of this story. The fact that a very rich and powerful man was caught (for a second time) doing some really messed up stuff and they are not focusing on the narrative that needs to be told. Not only for the victims but so that it stops.
Just my two cents. Not sure if they even read these posts but I thought it was worth mentioning that there are a lot more important pieces to this than mentioning its the same prison John Gotti and El CHapo were housed in. Unimportant.
Edit for clarity: Let's talk about WHY he died and not how
So I’ve been working on reviewing more often, partially for my own sake and partially because I read so many things that people regularly asked me to help them find books, but I do have a problem. I kind of suck at summarizing a book in a non-spoilery way, at least doing it concisely enough that I can use it in a review. So I was wondering, what are the ethics about simply borrowing the description used on the back of a book, and using it before I go into my own personal opinions and takeaways from said book?
I'm getting ready to self publish, and I'd like a little feedback on my drafted book cover blurb. The title of the novel is The Thralls of Fate: In the Shadow of Sin, Book One
-- Everything changed the day the troll came to Morrígan's village.
Before it killed her mother, the three strange adventurers who had led the troll there fought bravely, but died for their efforts.
And all Morrígan did was watch, hopeless, and alone.
Ever since then, things have been different. A garrison of battlemages has settled into the village, and Morrígan has become enthralled by the power of Magic. She begs her uncle, local healer Yarlaith the White, to teach her. Yarlaith claims to be too busy, but Morrígan suspects he may be hiding something. She has heard the bloodcurdling screams of his patients at night, and someone has been tampering with her mother’s grave....
*Meanwhile, Farris, a Simian double-agent, learns that the Human king is planning a strike on the Simian Cit... keep reading on reddit ➡
The blurb is the text in the picture within the tweet. Thanks in advance! <3
"As the battle rages through space, success depends on who can best adapt to the battlefield beyond. But it's not just the battlefield that commands adaptability. Allegiances can shift just as rapidly, with a new Mercenary faction introduced into the Earthrise world alongside the Autobots and Decepticons." I think a certain bounty hunter is coming..
My family photo. We had three lamps and two overhead lights to try and mess with the lighting, but there was no good way to get 51 piles of cards lit and in frame and not have too much glare. Next time, maybe I'll de-sleeve the commanders. Most of them aren't foil.
On to the decklists. There's a full suite of all 32 color combinations in there as well as a few multiples (4 Grixis, 3 Jeskai, and 3 Esper really show what I like to brew most). There's also two pairs of decks using next-99 rules that share a commander and basic lands only and a pair of gimmick duel decks with five lines or more of rules text on every non-basic-land card. A few decks are built for 1v1 play using those rules and I will indicate those clearly.
Hope of Ghirapur Those Eldrazi are all big and mean and scary, and nothing inspired me to make a deck until the little HoG and his big dreams of big swords (... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hi y’all! It’s a moi, Jad//n but on this subforum, you can call moi Jaddy. Is it obvious that I am trying to talk Fr*nch? Ahhh, anyways.
So I’m 14. And my lurking on r/AVoid5 is long- I admit! It’s just so hard to omit that fricking glyph! I pray that my ‘//‘ was satisfactory for r/AVoid5’s mods 🤠. I try and show my IRL pals this subforum and my pals laugh and can’t fathom why a group of random individuals would try to omit a glyph for so long. But “fuck you!” I say, bc why shouldn’t us at r/AVoid5 omit that horrid, horrid, glyph.
I also own a discord & an insta account (in my bio) so if you’d wanna go on and omit that glyph via chat, you can! I’ll talk to anybody and if omitting this glyph is a task too difficult, you and I can go back to it. I am also a fan of a calling on discord so add my account and start talking on a call! Okay, I must go back to applying for a class that I might join in January sooo wish a guy a lil’ luck. Cyaaaaa!
Picked up one of the Core 2020 "themed" booster packs (green, to be specific) and noticed a line underneath the description of the product that I hadn't noticed before -- "Add 25 lands to start building a 60-card deck."
I noticed my green pack contained a full playset of [[Growth Cycle]] along with 18 creature or creature-token-creating cards. Even had just enough "add mana of any color" cards (two [[Gift of Paradise]] and a [[Scuttlemutt]]) that you'd only need to search for one off-color land with [[Evolving Wilds]] to activate [[Golos]]'s ability without resorting to mixing in random guildgates or something. Are these packs actually built with the possibility of being "just add lands" sealed decks in mind?
So I wondered... has anyone ever tried this "themed pack sealed" idea? If so, how'd it go?
I'm looking for honest first impressions of my back cover blurb for my upcoming new adult, dark fantasy: Well of Bones. The cover will show a flintlock pistol to hint at the time period the story is based.
"War is a bloody affair for an infantryman, and this war is no different for Jake. He would do anything to get out. Even if it meant joining the ranks of an ancient order of witch hunters and monster slayers: The Knights of Apollo.
With new friends and allies, Jake embarks down the path of high adventure only to find more blood and terrors of long forgotten nightmares.
The darkest desires and basest evils of man lurk beneath. Beware the Well of Bones."