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Writers' Cafe / Re: I fix websites (and I build them, too)
« on: March 13, 2018, 07:09:47 PM »
Nate knows what he's doing. He fixed a problem I had in no time flat. He's my go-to guy for tech problems.

Bumping this, in hope of getting an answer.

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.

As I said I would, I just bought a copy. The best of luck to you, R.T.

I'll buy a copy of your book. You got guts!

Writers' Cafe / KU Payouts - OLD vs. NEW
« on: June 18, 2015, 04:12:09 AM »
Hi everyone, I've just written a post on my blog about the new payout structure for Kindle Unlimited and given examples of how the new system might compensate different authors.

In short, those of you who write longer books will likely make more than in the old system, although, there are many variables that might influence payment.

One thing that is a fact, is that pages read will be the biggest factor, along with the size of the monthly pot.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Let this be a lesson to the rest of us...
« on: January 15, 2014, 03:20:25 PM »
Wait a tick.

Is it that the story ends abruptly and the rest is teasers, or is it that The book ends when Amazon's Dirty Liar (tm) percentage bar is telling the reader there's more book when in reality there are a bunch of teasers after that point?

Because let me tell you, that percentage bar needs to be tied to an [end] tag or get scrapped.

These aren't a bunch of first-time Kindle users, many of these reviews are written by his fans. The reviews claim that the book ends at the 34% mark. That's low.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Let this be a lesson to the rest of us...
« on: January 15, 2014, 03:10:41 PM »
Clearly this wasn't an intentional bait-and-switch.

When over 65% of the book is a teaser for another book, I'd say that was pretty darn intentional, and most of these early reviews are from people who pre-ordered based on the author's (Former?) reputation. I only spotted this because I'm one of his fans and wanted to buy a new short story from him.
Now I don't, and I won't buy anything else from him until I read the reviews first.
It's all a shame, because I've no doubt that this came from his publisher and not him.

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 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.

We all want new marketing options, and it seems like you've got some good ideas, but it really seems that you're putting the cart before the horse here. Start at a bargain price. That's what BookBub did. It was pretty cheap at the first and the ROI was incredible. Yes, we all grumbled when they raised the price relentlessly, month after month, but you know what? They kept delivering.

If you put the price at five or ten bucks, heck, I'd sign up right now. And if you delivered, I'd be happy to pay fifty, or a hundred, or whatever it was worth.

First give the proof, then set the price.

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 / Re: Is 40,000 words too short for a Createspace book?
« on: August 06, 2013, 06:42:24 AM »
Createspace books can be as little as 24 pages long.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The headaches of simultaneous pre-order releases
« on: July 28, 2013, 04:26:34 PM »
Don't let it get you down, one day it will all come good.  ;D

Turnaround times have gotten slower because their business has expanded so quickly. It's just a symptom of growing pains.

Greg at ENT does this occasionally. Two weeks ago he featured my $0.99 book and I sold over a hundred copies more than usual, as well as triple the amount of a related box set that sells for $6.99.
Like you, I was pleasantly surprised.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Validation Publishing? Anyone submit to them?
« on: June 26, 2013, 05:03:38 PM »
There's a new interview posted today.  ;)

And yet, there will always be writers standing in deep lines to sign any contract offered by a BPH.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Author pen-name sex change?
« on: June 18, 2013, 05:04:00 PM »
Actually, this made me think of the TV show Remington Steele, where a female private eye invented a male boss named Remington Steele in order to get more business, and then one day a con man appears claiming to be him.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Author pen-name sex change?
« on: June 18, 2013, 04:57:54 PM »
I think you're mistaken. I happen to know Alica Knight personally.  ;)

"The concept seems simple. Your book is free at first. After that, the price increases and continues to do so the more it's downloaded."

This simple concept might be effective if it took place in a vacuum, however, it becomes complicated by the fact that Amazon might match your price. If Screwpulp decides to sell your book for a quarter, then Amazon might match it, and that could end up costing you money.

Writers' Cafe / Re: John Green's Video Against Self-Publishing
« on: June 06, 2013, 04:48:46 AM »
I've heard this sentiment expressed before, but much more succinctly.
I think the line is:
"You didn't build that!"

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