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Writers' Cafe / Re: Who here writes Spy/Thriller books?
« Last post by RightHoJeeves on Today at 11:32:02 PM »
You had me at Kinda like Hitchcock. :) 

Just downloaded it!

Hope you enjoy it!
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Print Cover Dimensions
« Last post by Sleeping Cat Books on Today at 11:31:33 PM »
Enter your paper type, page count, and trim size at Bookow, and he'll email a free template perfectly sized for your book that you can give to your designer (or have emailed directly to them): https://www.bookow.com/resources.php#cs-cover-template-generator.

Or, has been stated, if your designer is familiar with CS, just give them the trim size, page count, and interior paper type and they can figure it out.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Windows ebook creator- any ideas please
« Last post by Rinelle Grey on Today at 11:31:23 PM »
I use Sigil. If you already understand HTML, it really shouldn't take long to format a clean ebook in it.
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Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« Last post by Lynna on Today at 11:24:49 PM »
Black Sails - almost too violent for me but I'm hanging in there
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Writers' Cafe / Re: I'll light the fuse
« Last post by Going Incognito on Today at 11:22:15 PM »
If we could rank 'earned it' on a sliding scale I do think bundle authors 'earn' it more than all the spot buyers 'earn' their spots. At least real people bought it in the cases of most bundles that hit it instead of all the author's spending 200k buying their own books to 'earn' their spot, or the marketing companies who 'buy' their author's a spot 'earn' it, but either way I don't think you should claim it if it wasn't awarded.

ETA I don't think they'd be embarrassed at all. I think you'd see "99c New York Times Bestselling Author" badges popping up everywhere if saying the 'how' was a requirement to be able to keep the letters.
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You'd have to test whether moving them to a new group cancels the automation they're on, but I would think so.

You can also end the automation at that point, and then move them to a new group/start a new one based on what lik they click.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Does anyone know who is running "Crave Books"?
« Last post by Lynna on Today at 11:14:11 PM »
When I see people piling on when they lack facts or seem to misunderstand, I try to slow the process down.  I am alarmed by the mob mentality I see on this site.  Yeah, ultimately I agree at this point I would not touch Crave Books with the proverbial 10-foot pole.  But other services (Draft2Digital comes to mind as a good example) have been treated poorly here when they first surfaced.  They turned out to be the finest most competent business I've seen.

I always appreciate the cooler heads here even if I don't often say so.
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Maybe I wasn't very clear, but in my original post, I was looking for a way to remove subscribers from my automation without having to create a page with a link and create a series of if/then statements. (this makes it very convoluted to create any other additional if/then statements based on anything other than whether they want to stay in the automation).

Kind of like MailChimp's API (*|AUTOMATION:WORKFLOWREMOVEURL|*). But I don't think Mailerlite has that functionality.

EDIT: Now that I'm rereading Patty's post, maybe it's I that misunderstood her. If I set up an automation like described and it moves them to another group, does this cancel the autoresponder series for the group they were previously in?

I don't do Patty's website page thing. I have an entry list that offers the freebies 5 times.

If someone clicks the links, they get moved to a list that uses their genre tag to enter the correct list. Automation starts from there based upon the genre. If they don't ever click anything, they get moved to my unsub list. They are NOT unsubbed at that point, but they get no automation.

I check the unsub list once a month, and if any magical opens appear (meaning people suddenly notice the emails in spam or some other way), I move them into a genre list. If nothing happens (by that I mean they've had their 5 chances spread 5 days apart AND the month cooldown with no opens) I unsub them.

In the genre lists the automation has a question asking if people want to join an audio only list. If they do, they get copied (not moved) to my audio list.

I have one list I call Veterans that is a mixed bag of people from my website from my old MC days. Those people don't have automation at all. There were about 4k last I looked. I send them campaigns but not automation.

It would be a simple thing to have a question in ALL auto emails asking if they want the mails to stop. If yes they get moved to my veterans list, if no they stay where they are.
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Obviously. 

I don't know if this is just a side gig for you or one of a bunch of "web projects" but welcome to the Author community.  We write for a living. 
We are also very passionate about not annoying our subscribers, because we know the value of trust and keeping on people's good sides- by only sending opt-in emails.

Blowing this off as not a huge deal does not build confidence in your projects, which will now make us look at new book promoters with even more skepticism.   And there was already a lot.

You're welcome to think what you like.  I was reacting to the stance taken far up in this thread by another poster before we had the facts we now have.  Said poster and several others did not seem to grok the technical explanation that was offered (I think there is confusion as to what "copying" refers to.  I have had multiple sites hooked up to a single database as a test while I was working at comparing themes and I understand exactly how that can cause the effects Bookzio/Crave Books experienced.).  I agree, NOW THAT MORE PEOPLE HAVE CHIMED IN, that it seems these addresses were harvested, and in light of that, I suspect that the explanation, while plausible technically, is quite possibly untrue. 

What you and others don't know is that I once took a similar premature stance against another author service and I turned out to be full of it when the full details came to light.  I helped chase off a rather promising service and I am not proud of that.  (It really seemed too good to be true, but when I found out who was behind it, I understood too late why it was actually true.  Unfortunately they also had better things to do than deal with crap from overly suspicious people like I was in that instance.)  When I see people piling on when they lack facts or seem to misunderstand, I try to slow the process down.  I am alarmed by the mob mentality I see on this site.  Yeah, ultimately I agree at this point I would not touch Crave Books with the proverbial 10-foot pole.  But other services (Draft2Digital comes to mind as a good example) have been treated poorly here when they first surfaced.  They turned out to be the finest most competent business I've seen.

It is very hard to live, let alone run a business without ever annoying or mildly harming someone accidentally.  I handle my emails with as much care as the most paranoid on here, but I can absolutely forgive someone who screws up and merges 200 addresses incorrectly.  There is worse evil in the world than a dev who makes an error.  I didn't think the vitriol was called for early on in the thread.  Now, as that is not the full extent of what happened, I will no longer defend them.  I am no more a mind reader than anyone else.  Having seen firsthand how one database absolutely can be accessed by two different domains, I felt obliged to try to calm the crowd who were sure that that explanation had to be wrong on technical grounds because they claimed to have "copied" a form themselves.  But again, there are different meanings of that word.  If you copy a full site (e.g., bookzio) to use as a template for another, you will also be copying the config files that hook up the database, and you do indeed get this effect or one very similar. 
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Writers' Cafe / Re: I'll light the fuse
« Last post by Seneca42 on Today at 10:58:18 PM »
Do you really 'earn' the letters by being one of twenty authors in a 99c boxset? I don't think so, and neither do the majority of readers.

They should force all these authors to put a "99c Best Seller" badge on the cover of their books  :P

I bet you each and every one of them would be too embarrassed to do so.



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