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Writers' Cafe / Re: Standard Newbie Intro Thread
« on: Yesterday at 05:17:05 PM »
Welcome aboard!

It's comforting (well, at least I don't feel alone ??? ) to see others experiencing unbelievable KDP reports information. Current sales and page reads would be a nice Christmas present. My rankings are also in the pits. :(  Is that a bad sign or par for the course right now?

Writers' Cafe / Re: First Snow Day
« on: December 08, 2017, 09:47:12 AM »
Last night the forecast was a dusting. Today they're saying 6-8"!! That's a lot for my area. And I live at the top of the hill, so I won't be going anywhere until this melts.
More than once I've had to scoop really deep "flurries" that were forecast.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How carefully do you guard your privacy?
« on: December 05, 2017, 08:21:43 AM »
Recognizing my comments in this post are generalities and exceptions exist everywhere, here is what I have noticed. My parents generation guarded their privacy zealously but could do little to escape small town gossip. Of course, they lived in a world without computers or smart phones. My generation retained devotion to privacy. Inside-the-family matters were seldom shared except with the closest of trusted friends. We foolishly believed we could use modern communication tools and still maintain anonymity. Our children's generation fully embraced the world of the internet and, not only accepted privacy as no longer in their control, they have no particular desire to try. The internet plays a major role in their lives. Our grandchildren ask, "Privacy? Why?"

So, where do I fit on the spectrum today. I write using my real name. I like taking full credit for what I create. I do Facebook, but I don't accept friends I don't know. My author page never carries family information or their photos. I invite anyone interested to like my author page and follow me there. I use Twitter as an author and everything I tweet is writing related. That is the extent of my social media only because I choose not to spend the time and energy to develop other methods. My Goodreads profile and publishing bios do have actual photos and limited personal information.

I work hard to protect financial accounts with carefully constructed user-names and passwords, but I'm not naive. I know any data base can be hacked. It's a fact of today's world even if you have never done any business on-line in your entire life. In other words, it's pointless to try to remain anonymous. You can succeed to a certain extent for a while, but a semi-skilled searcher who truly wants to identify you can do so.

So why do I use a pseudonym here on K-Boards? The only answer I have is that the form asked for a screen name when I first joined, and I haven't changed it. You know who I am. It's plastered on the front of my books. You see what I look like. That's a real photo of me under my screen name. OK, I confess. It's not a current photo  :D , but you'll know me from it if we ever meet face to face.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Analyzing Bookbub Ad results
« on: December 05, 2017, 06:49:21 AM »
Acronym translation needed:
I think I'm reading some of these wrong, and I doubt I'm the only one. ???
Please define CPM, CTR, CPC, and any other C's you're all using.
(I'm pretty low on the promotional knowledge curve, but I'm slowly learning.)

Writers' Cafe / Re: KENPC Page reads NOT right?
« on: December 03, 2017, 02:25:49 PM »
Still major problems with page reads. I used an old kindle to go thru one of my books with my KU account. I read thru about 50 pages of my book two days ago and still nothing. It hasnít showed up. Iíve gone from regularly getting about 5- 10k page reads per day to NOTHING for the past three or four days. Yet my books without sales are STILL ranking. Iíve contacted Zon asking if their is a page read delay... no answer yet.
Had you read this book before? Or bought it before? I don't think KU counts pages from a re-read.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The less than 1,000 words a week club
« on: November 30, 2017, 11:16:57 AM »
I love this post too, and as someone who usually only manages 250/500 wpd, and can on occasions go a fortnight without finding time to write, I feel all the pain. This being said, I've just bashed out 9,000 words in the last six days, so I'm buzzing! ;D
Cheers for you! That's great.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The less than 1,000 words a week club
« on: November 30, 2017, 10:58:10 AM »
I just finished a week with zero writing: House guests over Thanksgiving, cooking, plus mother-in-law in need of some care and attention (she's 93). The last few days have been re-writes and edits. So, I'm with you this week. I guess I'll have to bounce back and forth between this group and the 5000 words per week club. Is that allowed? :o :P

Writers' Cafe / Re: This is it... my biggest launch ever (thanks to you)!
« on: November 26, 2017, 09:29:16 AM »
Looks like a great launch ahead for you! Please keep us updated on results.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: November 20, 2017, 12:42:58 PM » does throw curve balls. But, most really are predictable. If the check engine light in the car has been coming on a lot lately, and you haven't found the time to take the car to the shop, odds are that it will leave you on the side of the road at a most inopportune time. That's not a curve ball. The car has been signaling its intention to throw this curve for some time.

Scheduling time off is just as important, perhaps more so, than scheduling the work. With just one day off scheduled on Sunday, when the check engine light comes on, on a Tuesday, you can take it right to the shop, comfortable in the knowledge that what you're not going to get done on Tuesday, you can make up on Sunday.
This is solid advice. I fell short in my second week since joining 5000 Words Per Week. Then I read your message, and it hit me square between the eyes (more like the space between my ears). While I did miss goal, the plus side is I did prepare a spread sheet to keep me accountable to myself. I also plan to continue to report (confess?) in this thread.

I think what Christina is doing is really important. Fighting this case, and all of us supporting it, shows that we won't just roll over, that there are lines people can't cross, that we won't be pushed around anymore.

All of the shenanigans that led up to this this point have really brought something home to me : we are on our own. Amazon won't help us. There is no org out there that really fights for indies.

But together we are powerful.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Baffled by how free KU days work to produce sales.
« on: November 13, 2017, 07:04:43 AM »
I've been dining on non-free BookBub promos for a couple of years. i was thinking of trying a free with book 1 of a series next year to see what kind of difference it made...
Next year sounds so far away. :o  It's really right around the corner, isn't it? I'm very interested in knowing how that goes for you, and I'm sure I'm not alone in that interest. Please keep us posted.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: November 12, 2017, 09:16:11 AM »
I wrote a little over 4000 new words this week. I also finished big sections of major re-writes. So, I'm counting this as 'goal met' even though I think it technically should be only the new words that count.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What Are Your Plans For 2018?
« on: November 06, 2017, 02:36:14 PM »
After years of doing so, I refuse to set goals I know I won't complete. That doesn't mean I don't have any goals though. I need a totally redesigned website (mine is so weak it's embarrassing), and it will get done. Also in 2018, I will finish a novel I started and stopped twice. Everyone who reads it says it's the best I've written and they want to read the whole thing. So be it. I also pledge not to begin a new novel until this WIP is finished. Along the way I'll be adding episodes to my Anna's Legacy serial but am not committing to a definite time schedule. Perhaps most important, I am getting back on my regular exercise program instead of the hit-and-miss of this last year.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What Are Your Plans For 2018?
« on: November 06, 2017, 02:25:18 PM »
Move to Portugal.

Probably publish my last book then retire from writing.
WHAT?!?! Retire from writing?

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: November 02, 2017, 06:37:02 PM »
5000 per week sounds doable. I can't write every day. Other things in life sometimes take my full attention. But a weekly goal? I can do that. So, count me in. When do we start?

I have one character who is deeply religious and even quotes Bible passages occasionally. One of her dearest friends doesn't believe God exists. They respect each others beliefs and neither tries to convert the other. It's just who they are and plays into the development and understanding of their character roles.

The Book Bazaar / Re: Anna's Legacy
« on: October 29, 2017, 09:06:13 AM »
Did you see June - Episode 7 of Anna's Legacy is now ready for you to read on Kindle Unlimited (or by purchase on Amazon)? Sorry for the very long delay in continuing this series. :(  I promise not to make you wait so long for the next episode. :-*

Hi, Luke. I think most of us started as lurkers. Glad you decided to take the plunge and join in.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is this cover really so different?
« on: October 28, 2017, 05:39:26 AM »
I like the cover and don't find it jarring against the others. However, I'd suggest the title be in an arched banner (rather than name-plate style) to more closely match the other books. That would better carry your branding through.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU vs Wide - Great article by David Gaughran
« on: October 27, 2017, 09:40:19 AM »
So many people mention that some genres do well in KU and some don't. I have no argument with that premise. My question is: Which genres do especially well in KU (in addition to romance), and which seldom do well in KU? Could you chime in with your genre and your own opinion on doing well or not doing well in KU with that genre?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone else stuck in review on amazon?
« on: October 26, 2017, 06:51:18 AM »
Stuck in publishing since yesterday afternoon following nothing more than a price change.
Price change finally went through after approximately 26 hours. I guess that's not too bad, but shouldn't a simple price adjustment (with no other changes) be instantaneous?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone else stuck in review on amazon?
« on: October 25, 2017, 11:02:16 AM »
Stuck in publishing since yesterday afternoon following nothing more than a price change.

Ordinarily, I would agree with you. But I think because of its overwhelming powerful influence on American society, and especially, when it was written, he gets a pass. However, to be fair, the book is 213k words. The plagiarism was minimal relative to the whole and didn't really affect the themes explored. And it was a phenomenon, offering hope through a common experience, a common tragedy and for a common future.
I think, because of its overwhelming powerful influence, the book should be given a pass on the subject of plagiarism. The author? No. He knew what he was doing instead in using another's words instead of his own.

If writers only wrote of their personal experiences in life, libraries and book stores would be filled with nothing but autobiographies and memoirs.

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