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Writers' Cafe / Re: Feedback on female body cover illustration
« Last post by kw3000 on Today at 03:49:26 PM »
While I'm in the camp with the boobs come in all shapes people, I can also say than anyone doing an active job like a cop...where there might be running, tackling, bending...would not have their shirt so tight they can't even pull their arms back.

You would be surprised, especially if you're one of those cops who prefers to wear their Kevlar under their shirt as opposed to over. Some of them wear their gear pretty tight. But that's mostly a concern for uniform policing. The character in the drawing looks like she's a detective. Some detectives might opt to dress stylishly as she does, for many of them though it's pretty basic business attire, nothing too tight or revealing - just...basic. 

Also, I imagine quite a few detectives would laugh if you suggested their job was physically active. A lot of them couldn't fit back into their uniforms if they tried. Which isn't to say detectives never get into running, tackling, etc, but it's definitely not their normal day to day. Again, all of this assumes that the OP's character is a detective, maybe she's in a vice unit or she's uniform cop who's due in court or something. Interesting discussion nonetheless.  8)
I haven't been in KU for quite some time, but it seems to me that page flip constitutes a big breach of contract, as well as a form of theft toward KU authors.

Am I wrong?

I toyed with the idea of filing an Arbitration complaint (as required by the KDP contract regarding disputes) but it was just easier to quit KU. (Although I do suspect if anyone ever did it, a GoFundMe page would probably pay the arbitration fee and then some.) My feeling is that if anyone is going to give my books away to people to read without paying me, it's going to be me, not Amazon.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Unauthorized Sellers on Amazon
« Last post by lyndabelle on Today at 03:44:12 PM »
Actually, the other sellers on Amazon are good. I would say most do POD, print on demand. If someone is ordering your book, they have to order from Createspace and you get the wholeseller rate. Selling with Amazon is higher cost, but if you did the wide distribution(or full) you get a lower royalty, but something. Just make sure you check that your calculations are such that when everyone is done taking their cut, you get something. I realized I was getting a nickel for some of my paperbacks, and raised the price a dollar so at least I'd get a decent royalty. I think Createspace has a calculator to figure this out.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Blurb and cover feedback please?
« Last post by Gregg Bell on Today at 03:42:00 PM »
It looks like a fun and different story!

Here are some random thoughts:


>Lainey Tripper is a whiskey-drinking hard-living animal rescue feminist.
I would punctuate this as: Lainey Tripper is a whiskey-drinking, hard-living, animal-rescue feminist.

I put commas because she's whiskey-drinking AND hard-living. I hyphenate animal-rescue to fix the possibility that she's an animal rescue-feminist. But the rules aren't clear, and your way is okay.

And maybe there are too many modifiers? Stronger as?:
Lainey Tripper is a whiskey-drinking, animal-rescue feminist.

Or reword to avoid any ambiguous punctuation rules:

Feminist Lainey Tripper loves three things above all else: drinking whiskey, living hard, and rescuing dogs.

Feminist Lainey Tripper loves three things above all else: drinking whiskey, fighting, and rescuing dogs.

Feminist Lainey Tripper is all about two things: drinking whiskey and rescuing dogs.

Feminist Lainey Tripper has two passions: Drinking whiskey. Rescuing dogs.

>But she has just this one little problem: she can't seem to stop killing men.
My rule: if the colon precedes an independent clause, capitalize the first word in the clause.

Eliminating unnecessary words make this sentence stronger:

She has a problem: She can't stop killing men.

Can you hint as to why bad guy is stealing dogs?


I like the other concept (superwoman) better. I want to see this feminist b*tch (word play intended).

I prefer the wider spacing (leading).

Any desire to appeal to animal-lovers? They might not like the falling animals.

The animal images work, but it could be more active with dogs like this:

Lots of blank space under the net handle. Put the subtitle there?


But it's all good.

Thanks Al. Lots of good stuff in your feedback.
...I guess. none of this addresses the math. If the pot is X, and the total page-reads are Y, and the number of pages Typical Author gets are Z, then, a decrease across the board in Y will result in a decrease in Z, but if X is unchanged, then Typical Author will get more for each page. The impression given by $ per page going down is not math, it's appearances.

I have seen a lot of people on this board complain when months in which they had a high pages-read number they ended up with a low $ per-page payout. But that should be an expectation.

But that's the thing if more readers are reading, meaning more subs and more pages then to keep the payout up at a reasonable rate the X should have been increased, instead, they decreased Y so they didn't have to increase X, this giving amazon more money for themselves and less payout to authors.

Nobody expects the pot to stay the same every month because that's the way amazon have set it up, but neither do they expect, nor should they, that amazon are going to keep stealing page reads, either by cutting the amount your book is worth or with page flip, and yes, i know you have a choice to be in it or not, but when you've been in it from the start, built your business model around it, and paid to bring traffic to the site, it's pretty flipping galling for them to keep moving the goal posts.

Let me also add that the way they have done it is by slipping these changes out unannounced or just plain lying about them, and when they get busted they lie and lie some more. Nothing to see here, all fine on our end, or, whoops we've got a flitch, and then sales and pages are lost, and who pays? We do.
Congrats on the excellent feedback! You’d think they could have accepted it and just changed the categories. But I guess they may not have been looking for an adult sci-fi this month or something.

I think a lot of the feedback Scout authors are getting is intended to be helpful but not necessarily to explain why a book was rejected. The editors aren't stupid, and they have to know when a simple fix is available that they could accept the book subject to it being fixed. In my case, the critique pointed out a dozen things that could be improved, and it took me less than two hours to address those issues.

Instead of seeing the critique as an explanation, maybe it's better to see it as a gift to help the author self-publish more successfully.
I'm glad I stumbled across this thread. I haven't used a developmental editor for many years but have been struggling with a book for a long time. I sent the first chapter to Rosalie and got some very helpful feedback along with completely objective advice on the best way forward.

Highly recommended.

Delighted to have been of assistance, Joe - many thanks for your kind words.
Writers' Cafe / Re: In Need of Encouragement
« Last post by kw3000 on Today at 03:27:16 PM »
Fixed for you.  ;)

Yes, that's a good edit...absolutely true.  8)
Writers' Cafe / Re: In Need of Encouragement
« Last post by Arches on Today at 03:23:25 PM »
Dear All,

I'm hoping for some encouragement - or just the hard, cold facts. I published some non-fiction books, and without a launch strategy, they kind of withered at the vine. That's fine, re-launching is always possible. Chris Fox has written a book about that. I am getting ready to get serious about writing for a living, hoping to be able at some point to ditch my day job and devote myself full-time. But I'm halfway through Brian Meeks excellent book on AMS ads, and I feel seriously discouraged. It seems you need to be a data scientist to succeed on the Zon. A few years ago I took Mark Dawson's course as well, but since my book was a stand-alone non-fiction, I did not panic when I did not get any positive results from my FB ad experiments. For fiction, I understand the need to write in a series, or at least with the same characters as say, Janet Evanovich does. But with discoverability being the major obstacle (assuming good writing, copy, cover, etc), it appears to me that there is no hope for success as a writer until one is able to master running multiple ads, mastering Excel, constantly measuring data, etc... Seeing that people run 50+ AMS ads at a time, or that FB can wipe out hundreds of dollars, I'm feeling quite down. My plan was to write a series in the middle-grade genre (and I'm still trying to understand if it's a hungry market, as Chris Fox teaches). The upside of that market - writing books in the same category as Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja, who have done so well, is that I can publish multiple books in one year (average word count is only 14k). But even if I write quality stories, am I doomed unless I master FB and AMS? I just don't know if I am capable of becoming good at online marketing. Top authors spend hours and hours on it. I find the prospect of having to master display ads - which seems very complicated - quite depressing. Thank you for any advice.

Andres, you're getting a lot of good advice about how to sell better. I have a slightly different perspective on the dilemma you're facing in trying to find paying readers.

Writing can be a lot of fun, but beware of relying on it to provide a steady income. As you've seen, the competition is intense, and many authors do this as a hobby, like me. We aren't as sensitive to the cost-benefit part of the writing business. That means some of your competition is willing to accept starvation wages for their work, and they make it harder for full-time writers to price their books high enough to make a decent living.

In my experience, writing can be immensely satisfying, and it might even pay for a week in Paris every now and then or a new boat, but most of the time, it's no substitute for a steady paycheck month after month. Best of luck to you in the future.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Feedback on female body cover illustration
« Last post by WasAnn on Today at 03:16:17 PM »
While I'm in the camp with the boobs come in all shapes people, I can also say than anyone doing an active job like a cop...where there might be running, tackling, bending...would not have their shirt so tight they can't even pull their arms back.

That's not a physical body type or feminist issue. That's just mechanics. Unless you're making her a woman who's shirt flies open every time she cuffs a perp, then it's not logical. And the notion of buttons flying off with every deep breath IS a sexualized female/ male fantasy, so...

And yes, I spent over 28 years in the military. Most of that time was with measurements in which my boobs were 8 inches more than my hips...and very low bodyfat. So, I know what I'm talking about. T-shirts stretch, oxfords don't.
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