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Writers' Cafe / Have KU All-Star Bonus Emails Arrived Yet For Anyone?
« on: April 22, 2017, 11:41:23 AM »
I thought I had a shot at one, but no email yet.

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Writers' Cafe / Let this be a lesson to the rest of us...
« on: January 15, 2014, 02:48:13 PM »
...Never cheat the reader!

Michael Connelly's new book, SWITCHBLADE http://www.amazon.com/Switchblade-An-Original-Story/product-reviews/B00H7GU1P4/ref=cm_cr_pr_btm_link_next_2?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addOneStar&pageNumber=2&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending has 71 reviews, 61 of which are 1-star.
The reason?
Bait and switch, the Switchblade story ends only a third of the way through the book.
The rest of it is an excerpt for a forthcoming novel.
His fans are not happy.

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Writers' Cafe / Twas the night before Christmas
« on: December 24, 2013, 04:44:08 PM »
Twas the night before Christmas
And all through my house
This author was steady praying
That his sales not be a louse

The writers from KB were nestled snug in their beds,
While visions of massive sales danced in their heads;
And I stared at my sales reports lying in my lap,
And the thought haunted me, that all I wrote was crap,

When out on the KDP reports there arose such a clatter,
That I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.
Away to my computer I flew like a flash,
Turned the thing on and hoped that it wouldn't crash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave a lustre to my keyboard on my desk below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a slew of new sales, and I grinned ear to ear

Where my numbers were paltry and once made me sick,
I now saw them climbing and going up quick.
More rapid than eagles the sales they came,
And I whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:

“Now, Book 1! now, Book 2! now, Boxed Set with six in!
And, Come on you pen names, now don't you be fritzin!"
To the top of the charts! So high that Amazon calls!
Now don't dash away! dash away! Not at all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the top 100, my books they flew,
With a mystery novella, and a short story too.

And then, in a twinkling, I now knew the truth
That I was a good writer, and that now I had proof.
As I shook my head in wonder, as the sales did mound,
Down the chimney did Jeff Bezos come with a bound.

He was dressed in Armani, from his head to his foot,
But his clothes were now tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of Kindles he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes–how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the green of his money was as green as what grows;

The stump of an agent he held tight in his teeth,
And the glow from his halo circled his head like a wreath;
He had a thin face and a flat tight belly,
At the Big Six he laughed, even said they were smelly.

He wallet was plump, but he was the picture of health,
And I bowed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And emptied my bookshelves; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, placed a Kindle near my toes

He sprang to his limo, to his posse gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, sales will climb to new heights.”



My apologies to Clement Clarke Moore,  ::)

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Writers' Cafe / Dave Farland's son
« on: April 06, 2013, 02:54:42 PM »
On Thursday, Dave Wolverton / David Farland's teenage son was critically injured in a longboard accident. Ben and his family were life-flighted to Las Vegas where Ben has since been in a medically induced coma. He has had multiple emergency brain surgeries to attempt to control the swelling in his brain.

If you'd like to help, please visit: http://www.gofundme.com/BensRecovery

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Writers' Cafe / Why can't...?
« on: March 03, 2013, 09:36:44 AM »
Amazon give me a &*$%@# totals column?

Kobo tell me how many free books I've given away?

Nook act like they want to be here?

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Writers' Cafe / Drive Thru Fiction - Is it worth it?
« on: December 28, 2012, 05:58:37 AM »
I came across Drive Thru Fiction and was thinking of placing my books there. Does anyone have any experience with them either good or bad? Are there any pros and cons I should know about? Thanks!

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Writers' Cafe / 'Twas the night before Christmas
« on: December 24, 2012, 07:41:17 PM »
Twas the night before Christmas
And all through my house
This author was praying
That his sales not be a louse

The writers from KB were nestled snug in their beds,
While visions of massive sales danced in their heads;
And I stared at my sales reports lying in my lap,
And the thought haunted me, that maybe all I wrote was crap,

When out on the KDP reports there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.
Away to my computer I flew like a flash,
Turned the thing on and hoped it wouldn't crash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave a lustre to my keyboard on my desk below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a slew of new sales, and I grinned ear to ear

Where my numbers were paltry and once made me sick,
I now saw them climbing and going up quick.
More rapid than eagles the sales they came,
And I whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:

“Now, Book 1! now, Book 2! now, Boxed Set with six in!
And, Come on you pen names, now don't you be fritzin!"
To the top of the charts! So high that Amazon calls!
Now don't dash away! dash away! Not at all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the top 100, my books they flew,
With a mystery novella, and a short story too.

And then, in a twinkling, I now knew the truth
That I was a good writer, and that now I had proof.
As I shook my head in wonder, as the sales did mound,
Down the chimney did Jeff Bezos come with a bound.

He was dressed in Armani, from his head to his foot,
But his clothes were now tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of Kindles he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes–how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the green of his money was as green as what grows;

The stump of an agent he held tight in his teeth,
And the glow from his halo circled his head like a wreath;
He had a thin face and a flat tight belly,
At the Big Six he laughed, even said they were smelly.

He wallet was plump, but he was the picture of health,
And I bowed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And emptied my bookshelves; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, placed a Kindle near my toes

He sprang to his limo, to his posse gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, sales will climb to new heights.”



My apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, ::)

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Writers' Cafe / My pants are on fire
« on: December 22, 2012, 11:12:38 AM »
After a busy year, (35 new titles and 8 audiobooks) I promised myself that I would relax and do other things until after New Year's day. You know, watch TV, listen to music, clean the garage and the basement. And yet, here I am, 2,000 words into a short story.
Hello, my name is Donald and I'm a writerholic.

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Writers' Cafe / If the world does end tomorrow, how will it affect sales?
« on: December 20, 2012, 02:53:11 PM »
I would think that dystopian stories would do very well, that is, if there will be anyone left to read them.

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Not Quite Kindle / Barnes & Noble bookstores have been hacked.
« on: October 24, 2012, 03:44:40 PM »
Credit card data was stolen from 63 of their stores across several states. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/24/barnes-noble-credit-card-hacked-_n_2007585.html

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Writers' Cafe / Xin Xii - Is anyone selling well there?
« on: October 18, 2012, 05:10:16 PM »
I've put books on there twice and sold nothing, and so I took them off and put them back in select.
Now my books are coming out of select and I'm thinking of putting them back on Xin Xii, still, I wonder if it's even worth the bother. Is anyone on there, and are you selling anything?

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Writers' Cafe / Amazon Introduces Author Rant
« on: October 13, 2012, 03:45:21 PM »
From KPD:

"In conjunction with our new feature, Author Rank, we're now instituting a new program titled, Author Rant. Simply sign-in to your Author Central account and click on this icon: >:(. Next, you'll see a gray box appear, simply type in any complaints, suggestions or mindless rants into this field and Author Rant will rank you along with your fellow authors according to your level of insanity. This will not only make you feel better, but it will give us a pretty fair idea of who we should and should not respond to. Author Rant will also allow you to upload video and pictures, but be forewarned, the inclusion of a video rant will surely send your rank downward. Thank you for publishing with KPD."

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Writers' Cafe / My paid book is showing up on the free list.
« on: October 09, 2012, 05:25:56 PM »
My book, Double or Nothing was free from Friday through Monday and made it down to #17 in the free store with nearly 8,800 downloads.
Now I check my reports and see that 1 in every 4 books is being returned. Sure enough, it's still on the free list, at # 71, even though it's priced at $2.99.
I guess I can now look forward to a lot of 1-star reviews complaining about the price mix-up.
I like the select program, but it sure would be nice if they worked the bugs out of it. I've been screwed at least three times by similar screw-ups, such as free days not going free until well in the evening, if at all, and I know that some of you have too.
Oh well, Amazon giveth and Amazon taketh away.

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Writers' Cafe / How come...?
« on: September 12, 2012, 05:04:22 PM »
...Kobo can't track free downloads and KDP can't give me a #@#$% totals column?
Very frustrating. >:(

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Writers' Cafe / I had a book translated into Spanish and now I realize...
« on: September 07, 2012, 04:49:06 PM »
...that I can't verify its quality. :D
The book is a short story, only about 2,500 words long.
I have a friend who is fluent in Spanish, but they're not a writer, and I'd rather have a writer's opinion about the quality of the translation.
If anyone here is fluent in Spanish and would like a free ebook, let me know via a PM and I'll pass the story along to you.
I don't need a detailed critique; I just need to know that the translation isn't gibberish. (Well, at least no more gibberish than the English version was.)
Thanks!
 

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The Book Bazaar / TAKEN!, TAKEN! 2 & TAKEN! 3 - ALL FREE ON AMAZON
« on: July 28, 2012, 12:46:03 PM »
The first three books of my TAKEN! Series of short stories are available for free this weekend on AMAZON.
The books are suspense thrillers.


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Inquiring minds want to know. :)

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Writers' Cafe / My KDP Troubles - Update!
« on: July 09, 2012, 07:11:38 AM »
I tried to log on to KDP account last night and found that all of my titles were gone. All that showed is the set-up screen that appears when you first open your account. It had the name of my publishing company and when I went into the account section it showed a bank account that I haven't had in years.
I recently had a lot of problems with the retail side of Amazon and had to change my password 5 times. While that was going on, they figured out that the problem was that I had three different accounts under the same email address. So, last Friday, I deleted two of the accounts and everything was good again. Then, last night my KDP account vanished. :P
Thank God all of my books (32 titles under five different names and genres) are still up and selling on Amazon, but I have no way to make changes to my account or check sales stats.
I'm waiting to hear back from someone at KDP and with any luck this will be fixed soon, but man oh man do I miss checking my sales numbers.
Oh well, I guess I'll have to find something else to do with my time, like maybe write.
Has anyone else ever had this problem?


I still don't have access to my account, but KDP is working on it and it should be fixed soon.
As I wrote above, I have three different KDP accounts, but it turns out that only one is active.
The reason I have three different KDP accounts is because I opened up two additional Author Central accounts for two of my more prolific pen names. (One has eight titles, the other four titles,)
It appears that when you do this, you also spawn a KDP account to go along with it, however, the new accounts all share the same name as the original account, they just have a different password.
I had no idea that the other accounts even existed until I had trouble signing on Sunday.
So, long story short, if you were thinking of opening a separate Author Central account for a pen name,
be sure to also give it a separate email address as well.
If you've already done so, well, if you ever have this problem, you'll know what is causing it.
Now-Get back to writing!

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The Book Bazaar / THE OCEAN BEACH ISLAND SERIES - FREE!
« on: March 25, 2012, 01:45:22 AM »
For Today Only!
Sunday March 25, 2012
All Five Books In THE OCEAN BEACH ISLAND SERIES - The Reynolds Family Saga - FREE!


THE MANY AND THE ONE - Book One

When Lindsay Parker catches her boyfriend Derek Stern cheating, she wants only one thing--Revenge! Knowing of Derek's hatred for Jason Reynolds, she begins dating Jason simply as a way to hurt Derek. However, something happens that Lindsay didn't count on. She falls in love. Derek schemes to get Lindsay back into his life, however, his obsession goes too far and leads to a violent and life-altering confrontation with Jason. When Derek's beautiful, but conniving mother Charlotte enters the fray, the stakes escalate into a decades long struggle that tests Lindsay and Jason's bond, while redefining the boundaries of love.

SINS & SECOND CHANCES - Book Two
A mysterious Island native returns to town and shakes things up as Michael Brannick and his treacherous daughter Annabel pressure the Reynolds to give up the cabin atop Hills Road, so that they alone can own "The Hills".
However, when Jason and Lindsay adamantly refuse to sell to the Brannicks, the stakes soon escalate, and turn deadly.

DRY ADULTERY, WET AMBITION - Book Three
Chief of Police Paul Martinez has fought his feelings for months, but the truth is that he has fallen in love with beautiful, rookie police officer Robyn Mathias.
And as if this emotional quagmire wasn't enough stress for the long-married Paul, his town and his very life are being threatened by a wily serial killer.
Paul must not only survive the "Blood Beach Killer" and stop the murderer's killing spree, but must also come to terms with his feelings for Robyn, and begin to build atop the debris of his shattered life.

OF TONGUE AND PEN - Book Four
Jack Hawkins is the latest owner of club INFINITY and a man of renowned bad temper. However, when misfortune visits the Reynolds, Jack may be the only one that can help them.
But even Jack Hawkins can't prevent the wave of tragedy that will take a loved one's life and forever alter the Reynolds' future.

ALL GOOD THINGS... - Book Five
The Reynolds have faced a lot as a family
and they have always come out on top.
However, the one thing they never expected, an attack from within,
will be the catalyst that rearranges their world and changes the family forever.
Because every family has a black sheep, and the Reynolds are no different.
When long-lost Cousin Tony comes to the Island with a plan to make his fortune,
he brings along with him a trail of death and destruction that threatens everyone and,
that in the end, will shatter the Reynolds traditions
and leave the Island of Ocean Beach changed forever.


WARNING!!! These books do contain some foul language and are inappropriate for children.

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Not Quite Kindle / Barnes & Noble
« on: February 18, 2012, 02:28:17 AM »
I literally live about a thousand yards from a two story Barnes & Noble. I could walk there anytime I want in less than three minutes. I have not been inside the place in over two years, despite the fact that I am a voracious reader. When Barnes & Noble began selling the Nook, I was perplexed. I likened it to McDonald's suddenly selling grills.
When your entire business model is based on selling paper books, then, becoming your own competition by offering ebooks, just seemed like an odd way to survive. Will they survive? Even if they are eventually forced to close all of their brick & mortar stores and just sell books through the Nook, will that be enough? Or is the Nook the modern equivalent of the Betamax.
By the way, I love paper books, particularly hardcovers, and I have spent countless hours browsing in bookstores and libraries in years past. In years past, before Amazon. On my first visit to Amazon over ten years ago, I found the complete backlist of the books of a long ago author, whose work I had spent the last fifteen years vainly searching for in used book stores. That made me an instant convert, and the ease of buying books on the Kindle has only increased my loyalty to Amazon. I see absolutely no way for the Mega Bookstore to survive. What do you think?
 

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Writers' Cafe / Prior Six Weeks' Royalties?
« on: February 04, 2012, 03:29:25 PM »
I guess that report will be screwed up too, huh?

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Writers' Cafe / February 2012 - Brown Bar of Shame
« on: February 01, 2012, 12:30:44 AM »
It's 3:25 a.m. here in New Jersey and I am delighted to see that my Brown Bar of Shame is already gone. (At least, it is in the U.S.)
No sales yet, but I've already got nine borrows, on one book alone. (DOUBLE or NOTHING) It could be a big month for borrows.
Has anyone else seen a spate of borrows yet?
Is anyone else awake yet?

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Writers' Cafe / Createspace - Kindle Ready File Conversion
« on: January 22, 2012, 06:30:44 AM »
Hello everyone,


While I do have some technical expertise, my brain seems to be unable to comprehend what it takes to turn a PDF or HTML file into a Mobi file. I've tried using Calibre and the results are a mess. In the past, I've used Createspace and their Kindle Ready File Conversion option. They do a good job but it takes over a month to get the file back from them and I'm looking to speed things up, because like they say, time is money. I've got two books ready to be converted right now and I was wondering if anyone here knew of a quicker way, such as a different service, to have my files converted. As I said before, my brain seems to short circuit whenever I've tried to learn the proper conversion methods, and to tell you the truth, this is one part of self-publishing that I would rather outsource anyway. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

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