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With the odd disappearance of her parents, Gussie Gibson has lived her entire life with her granny on a peaceful pecan orchard, owned by the meanest man in all of Georgia—Mr. J.P. Combs. Granny teaches Gussie many valuable life lessons as a black woman growing up in the still-segregated south. Mr. Combs is an evil underhanded banker who takes liberties beyond his privilege. When Granny dies, Combs informs Gussie she owes him back rent—but he wants much more than money for payment—and more than Gussie can live with.
After defending herself against his sexual advances, Gussie flees to escape certain vigilante justice when she meets a charming, handsome stranger, Sam Johnson, who is just returning from World War II.
Gussie and Sam’s friendship is short-lived when Mr. Combs hunts her down and drags her back to Green Ridge, driven by his craving for revenge and a grudge too deep to comprehend. Gussie fights to return to Sam and his lo...

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Writers' Cafe / Re: #MeToo comes to self-publishing
« on: December 16, 2017, 06:02:35 PM »
Wow. I remember reading about this judge, but I had no idea Courtney was one of his victims.


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By and large, this thread looks to me like one of those unwinnable political conflicts between pro- and anti-regulation forces that are a hallmark of the U.S. political landscape. Precious few posters have raised any clear implications for indie authors/publishing. Locking at least until such time as the other moderators are able to take a look.

P.S. Not to say there aren't a number of thoughtful and interesting posts on both sides, but we just don't do politics here.

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Sounds great to me. I applied. :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: After-holidays launch
« on: December 13, 2017, 09:14:46 AM »
I actually launched my novel a couple of weeks ago, without any pre-launch or any efforts building interest at all.

I simply could not just sit on it and wait until Christmas is over. Although I've had a fair few sales, I need to really plan a promotion and I'm aiming to start in January, at least to build awareness.

It is my first novel, so I am dealing with totally new readers, most of whom have never heard of me before.

Congratulations on the new book, Christine. :)

Paranormal Kitty, if my memory serves, KBers have often observed that sales start out stronger at the beginning of the calendar year and then decline through a series of slumps (summer, back to school, winter doldrums, etc.). But I don't think there's a universally consistent pattern.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: For heaven's sake, people, you're authors.
« on: December 13, 2017, 08:56:30 AM »
You both made me curious (piqued my interest, you might say  ;) ), as I know my mother (and others) have said so-and-so is "looking peaked."  So I just did a quick dictionary check and both dictionary.com and merriam webster list a definition of peaked as being pale or wan or sickly.

So, a slight variation in the word itself, but both having the same meaning.   8)

Well, cool. I've definitely heard the phrase "looking a little PEE-ked," but I don't think I've ever known which peak/peek/pique is in use there!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: For heaven's sake, people, you're authors.
« on: December 12, 2017, 10:44:53 PM »
I was typing an email to a friend this morning and was suddenly stumped on this one: peeked (peaked) my interest. I think this is the first time in my long life I haven't had a clue which one it is.

Horribly enough, it's "piqued." Three-homophone situations are totally unfair.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: A Tribute to Independent Book Bloggers!
« on: December 12, 2017, 09:36:01 PM »
Beginning a new thread to continue discussion from a locked thread is not allowed, Robert. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: My Amazon Reviews are Disappearing
« on: December 12, 2017, 05:12:44 PM »
I'm thinking the situation with Robert's reviews has probably been covered adequately.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Help me understand this...please.
« on: December 12, 2017, 12:25:06 PM »
I don't have any co-authors so that can't be it. And while the first three books in the series do have associated audiobooks they aren't in a box set. But I understand what you're saying. Maybe they bought several of my other books. Makes me feel a little better. Thank you.

I sure hope it's something like that. Otherwise you'd be paying Amazon to advertise other people's books, or the Amazon site itself, basically. Not fair in the least.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Help me understand this...please.
« on: December 12, 2017, 12:16:46 PM »
KDP's email says "another book or book format by you or a coauthor." I'm taking that to mean the customer clicks on your ad and then buys not the advertised book but another book by you (or one by your coauthor, if you happen to be advertising a coauthored book), not a book by some random, unrelated author. For instance, you advertise Book 1 of a series. A customer sees the ad and thinks, "I've been meaning to buy that ... or did I already?" clicks on the ad, sees the notice showing they have already bought the book, and so buys Book 2 in the series instead. Or clicks on an ad for an ebook but decides to buy the paperback or audio edition.

Could the $18.66 be from someone clicking the ad and then buying the audio or paperback version of the advertised ebook collection or several of your other books? The $6.99 sale showing in the dashboard could be from a non-AMS-related sale of the ebook collection.

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Greetings, weafs! You're welcome to promote your business and website here in the Writers' Cafe.

Now that you have an official thread, you'll want to add your listing to our Yellow Pages, found here: http://www.kboards.com/yp/. The listing is free to KB members and is completely self-service; you can add and edit your listing from the page. More information on our Yellow Pages listing can be found here.

In your thread here, we ask that the same basic rules be followed as we have for authors in the Book Bazaar: you may have this one thread about your service and must post to it rather than start a new thread each time. New threads about the service will be removed. Please bookmark this thread so that you can find it again when you want to post. You may not make back-to-back posts to the thread within seven days. If someone responds (as I'm doing with this post), you may reply to them, but otherwise you must wait seven days. Any pattern of posting designed to artificially bump your thread to the top of the forum is prohibited. Please note that very short or (one- or two-word) posts with no meaningful information are discouraged and may be deleted at the moderators' discretion. Lastly, your posts and images will need to meet our "forum decorum" guidelines, which is the case for every member.

You may find that members ask searching questions -- about how your service works, for example, or what they will get for their money, or whether your service adheres to Amazon's terms of service. Such "vetting" is a common here.

Note that members are allowed to provide civil and honest feedback about your service in this thread. This feedback may include criticisms as well as kudos. You may respond to criticism in a civil manner, but name-calling, badgering, accusations of lying, and other breaches of forum decorum can lead to loss of vendor posting privileges.

Any and all disputes between you and your clients should be handled off-site.

Thanks,
Becca
KBoards Moderator

(Note that this welcome does not constitute an endorsement or vetting of a service by KBoards. Members should do due diligence when considering using a service.)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Editing by Jessica Blaseg
« on: December 11, 2017, 11:17:04 AM »
Greetings, Jessica! You're welcome to promote your business and website here in the Writers' Cafe.

Now that you have an official thread, you'll want to add your listing to our Yellow Pages, found here: http://www.kboards.com/yp/. The listing is free to KB members and is completely self-service; you can add and edit your listing from the page. More information on our Yellow Pages listing can be found here.

In your thread here, we ask that the same basic rules be followed as we have for authors in the Book Bazaar: you may have this one thread about your service and must post to it rather than start a new thread each time. New threads about the service will be removed. Please bookmark this thread so that you can find it again when you want to post. You may not make back-to-back posts to the thread within seven days. If someone responds (as I'm doing with this post), you may reply to them, but otherwise you must wait seven days. Any pattern of posting designed to artificially bump your thread to the top of the forum is prohibited. Please note that very short or (one- or two-word) posts with no meaningful information are discouraged and may be deleted at the moderators' discretion. Lastly, your posts and images will need to meet our "forum decorum" guidelines, which is the case for every member.

You may find that members ask searching questions -- about how your service works, for example, or what they will get for their money, or whether your service adheres to Amazon's terms of service. Such "vetting" is a common here.

Note that members are allowed to provide civil and honest feedback about your service in this thread. This feedback may include criticisms as well as kudos. You may respond to criticism in a civil manner, but name-calling, badgering, accusations of lying, and other breaches of forum decorum can lead to loss of vendor posting privileges.

Any and all disputes between you and your clients should be handled off-site.

Thanks,
Becca
KBoards Moderator

(Note that this welcome does not constitute an endorsement or vetting of a service by KBoards. Members should do due diligence when considering using a service.)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The Writing Summit Banned?
« on: December 11, 2017, 09:47:56 AM »
Beats me how Amazon could know who wrote your book(s), Kuku Ruku, so I'm a little dubious that sourcing through a particular content mill is generating the problems you're hearing about. It could be that the folks getting books flagged are attracting Amazon's attention for other reasons.

I'll leave this open for a bit in case someone has relevant personal experience to share, but original content-production and ghostwriting of the sort The Writing Summit appears to do (based on a quick look through their website) is legal and, so far as I know, permissible under Amazon's TOS. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong about that.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: For heaven's sake, people, you're authors.
« on: December 10, 2017, 06:25:38 PM »
^This^ I wonder if orientate is some kind of weird eastern affectation that's a hangover of their lost association with England. In the west, I've never heard it.

I grew up in the east, albeit more to the south. One Midwestern parent, one northeastern parent. So ... dunno.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Need to make $7000 by march 1st.
« on: December 10, 2017, 03:21:37 PM »
It's getting to be the time of year when kids are home from school. If you have experience with kids, try babysitting. Pays between $15 and $20/hour in the most expensive areas, between $10 and $15 in moderate areas.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: For heaven's sake, people, you're authors.
« on: December 10, 2017, 01:10:12 PM »
When this happens to me, I look at the phrases or expressions the word appears in. That usually jogs my memory. Orient is commonly used with reflexive pronouns (e.g., orient ourselves, orient himself, orient themselves), in orienteering (finding your way on land by map and compass) and the figurative sense of finding one's way or orienting oneself, and in astronomy (orient yourself to the night sky). You'll also see it used in compound adjectives like "service-oriented architecture," which has its own Wikipedia page (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Service-oriented_architecture).

Ring any bells now?

I wonder if orient/orientate is regionally patchy. I know I didn't notice "orientate" 'til I was in grad school, and when I first noticed it, it sounded so weird to me that I thought it was an error. So I clearly grew up in an ocean of "orient."

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Now that the recruiting and organizational effort for this anthology is complete, we feel the PM system will suffice for further discussion. FYI, if you get into your PM preferences, you can thread your PMs like gmail conversations, with "Reply All" including everyone who received the most recent message. Makes group conversations easy. :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon not paying me my royalty money.
« on: December 06, 2017, 04:35:21 PM »
Marla, one thing that's helped me is to copy and paste the bank info directly from its website. (I just log in and call up the data for my checking account.)

As others have said, it's so easy to get an extra space in there or something like that when typing.

Good advice. But if what Marla typed in five years ago just stopped working out of the blue, it sounds like something changed on Amazon's end. What a huge drag, Marla.

ETA: Worse than a drag if you live off your writing income!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How to add a non-series book to a series?
« on: December 06, 2017, 04:29:28 PM »
Allowing decimal numbering would be a significant improvement to the system. That way I could label my short story 2.1, and people would know where it falls in the series while understanding it's not a full novel (which they'd likely expect if I labeled it 3). It's super-annoying that Amazon isn't flexible in this area.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon, how much would it cost?
« on: December 05, 2017, 06:22:55 PM »
Folks, let's stay focused on the things Robert needs to do to move forward. He's said he plans to end his relationship with Dog Horn Publishing, so there's little point dwelling on that entity's possible issues. Water under the bridge.

Robert, if you're still trying to figure out how to bookmark this thread, look for this button:



It seems to me the first thing you need to do is to get your legal ducks in order. Figure out what rights you have, and make sure you get all necessary permissions in writing. For instance, if you want to use the cover Dog Horn designed, get permission in writing. Make back-ups of all important computer files you receive, such as the cover image and formatted ebook file.

Once you have all that set, you can move on to next steps, considering your options one at a time. As you move forward with the process, you can ask more focused questions here. The info you get from more specific threads will probably be easier to digest and put into action than getting everything from copyright law to commas at once, which must feel like trying to sip from a firehose (folks here know a lot about this business).

You can certainly learn to self-publish. Like someone said upthread, very few of us came to self-publishing with a prior business background. I'm a teacher, for instance.

Best of luck! :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Failed marriage, writing, and starting over. Advice?
« on: December 05, 2017, 01:49:08 PM »
No advice to offer, Geoff, just some hugs. :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: New. Need advice.
« on: December 04, 2017, 08:23:26 PM »
Welcome to KBoards, Flee and ejdean. :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: AID Fund (Authors in Distress)
« on: December 03, 2017, 11:35:00 AM »
Hugs, Caylen. That's one tough story. :(

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Writers' Cafe / Re: San Francisco Bay Area Meetup Today Dec 3
« on: December 03, 2017, 11:20:07 AM »
Gonna make it to one of these, one of these days. Have fun, everyone! :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you deal with Imposter Syndrome?
« on: December 02, 2017, 09:45:56 AM »
Once a very well reputed professor at the height of her career admitted to me that she still felt like an impostor. At that point, I realized it was probably a nearly universal fear. That helped quite a bit. Of course, unlike her, I really am an impostor ... (There it goes again.  :-\ )

I don't think the feelings of impostorship have to congregate around worldly success. You can feel like an impostor in any number of ways. I'm not nearly as good a person as everyone thinks I am. One day someone's going to figure out the horrible thoughts that go through my head ... This kind of fear has so many possible expressions.

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