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Writers' Cafe / New KDP formatting program
« on: November 03, 2017, 10:16:22 AM »
I found the link to the download of this new program in the latest KDP newsletter. I used it for the first time on my latest novel, and so far, very happy with it. You can use drop cap, as well as have chapters/subtitles formatted easily. Impressed with the ease of use, and the final version. Basically you just import MS word docx and go from there. There's also four different themes that you can choose from. The output file can be directly uploaded to publish at Amazon.

Anyone else used it? Opinions?

You can find it at KDP by searching for "Kindle Create."

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Writers' Cafe / Co-author deceased -- copyright question
« on: October 08, 2017, 06:20:02 AM »
I co-authored a book of short stories with a friend, and he is now deceased. I have no idea about the legal/copyright issues. Granted, the book doesn't sell very well. Still, does anyone know how this works? Thanks for any info. (I will unpublish if necessary)

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Fire Talk / Unwanted audio books being bought with free ebooks
« on: May 30, 2017, 05:59:59 AM »
Hi All,
I noticed in the past couple days that when I got a free ebook (via Bookbub usually), the audio book was charged. Fortunately, I realized this after it happened twice, and Amazon refunded the cost ($16.00!)...but I am still not clear how that is happening. Never has before.

I was wondering if it has something to do with the integrating of audiobooks and ebooks? Has this happened to anyone else? I'm almost afraid to get free ebooks now!

Thanks for any reponses.

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Writers' Cafe / Is there still a "woman-in-jeopardy" genre?
« on: October 05, 2015, 10:33:28 AM »
Back in the 80s, maybe into the 90s, those novels became really popular. Mary Higgins Clark was one of the first novelist that mined that genre, but today, I'm not sure there is even such a category, although similar movies are found on Lifetime channel occasionally. Gothic romance and/or romantic suspense has some elements of that, but not as well defined as Clark's novels.

Thoughts?

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Writers' Cafe / The Rise of Phone Reading
« on: August 14, 2015, 02:56:11 PM »

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Writers' Cafe / Re-branding under a pen name
« on: June 21, 2015, 10:35:28 AM »
After some time and consideration, I've decided to separate my genre work by another pen name. I write romance genre and crime/mystery genre, and obviously fans of either are not happy if they don't notice the distinct types. And even though the description/genre type is clear, still I get people upset because they read a romance and then assume all books by my author name are the same. Sigh.

At any rate, I've already changed to the pen name on one of my crime genre novels, but it is still showing up under my other name. How do I get that to change? The main reason I changed names, as I stated, is so that readers won't inadvertently get a novel thinking it is in the genre they previously read.

Any help much appreciated.

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The Book Bazaar / 99 cent and Kindle Unlimited fiction for Kindle
« on: May 03, 2015, 01:12:15 PM »
Fiction bargains from author Cara Swann--all novels on Kindle Unlimited and most for 99 cents. Mystery, romance, paranormal and more.
 Link: http://tinyurl.com/nphz7ge

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Writers' Cafe / ALLi unveils 'ethical author' code
« on: November 14, 2014, 10:06:31 AM »

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Writers' Cafe / Question about pen names
« on: November 08, 2014, 08:50:42 AM »
I've tried searching through the threads for this particular question, but haven't found an answer. So here goes: My romance and mystery/romance (mostly sweet) are under the same pen name as my crime and thriller/mysteries, and wondering if I can change to another pen name for the thriller/mysteries?

The sweet romances are selling, but cannot get any sales on the thriller/crime/mysteries. I've started thinking maybe I need to use another pen name for those (since obviously fans of "sweet romance" are probably not interested in crime drama). Can I do that by simply changing pen names on "contributor/author" in bookshelf and on the manuscripts? Or do I have to unpublish, then change names?

Thanks in advance for response!


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I've managed to cram a LOT of ebooks on my PW Kindle, and I've noticed it getting a bit sluggish lately. Not sure if that is why, but I'd like to delete quite a few of those and see. I've searched but cannot find any means of deleting off PW other than one at a time. Any suggestions? Any short cut to delete a batch instead of individually?

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I receive an email newsletter from BookDaily.com and recently it addressed cover and stated that a lot of the old public domain paintings.

Excerpt:
1) Old paintings old paintings are often in the public domain. That means you can use their image for your cover. If an old painting or artistic image fits your book, you have an instant classic look.
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I looked into this a bit, and only found one place that featured public domain work, but had a stipulation to give credit to the artist.

Does anyone know if this information is correct?

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Introductions & Welcomes / Hello Kindle World!
« on: July 18, 2014, 06:26:31 AM »
Hi All,
I found this forum recently, and have been published via Kindle at Amazon.com for about 9 months now. Good to find a forum dedicated to the Kindle/independent authors! Look forward to sharing here.

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