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Writers' Cafe / Re: Erotica Store-wide Rankings Missing
« Last post by PhoenixS on Today at 07:01:02 AM »

I had noticed last night that E.L. James' GREY (pubbed via Random House) is overall-rank stripped too. It's Book 1 from Christian's POV. Book 2, DARKER, is categorized as Romance, and is #676 overall. GREY is #7 in Erotica, but not on the BS list.

Not sure yet whether it's affecting the API and algos, or is a page code glitch. While I have some books that *should* be categorized as erotica on my watch-list, I don't have any that are catted as erotica, so don't have history to compare to.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Advance Read ARC Reviews
« Last post by LilyBLily on Today at 06:58:44 AM »
I appreciate all reviews, even the one-star ones. As long as they read the book, I'm happy. Thanks for giving us another avenue.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Smashwords Ventures into Audio
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on Today at 06:52:41 AM »
Ditto here, I too could find no way to add a 'finished' project that was not on Smashwords either. I pinged support too as I was kinda shocked they wanted us to just sign up and jump in with no mentions anywhere of the royalty dealpoints , biz details etc.

Checking over the site it seems you can just register there and also get the same deal..without the Smashwords affiliation. They did have their dealpoint info buried deep within an FAQ somewhere. The real big plus is having full control over pricing...and they pay monthly / quarterly depending on the distributor. Probably a good deal for all the non-Audible channels. (i.e. you lose 20% by not using ACX directly) The nitty gritty details:

With Findaway Voices, authors set their own list prices and are paid royalties based on the that price, meaning more dollars earned for every sale. As the author, you keep 80% of all royalties Findaway Voices receives, which vary by distribution partner, channel, and business model.
As the rights holder, you keep 80% of all royalties Findaway Voices receives, which varies by distribution partner, channel, and business model.

The royalties Findaway Voices receives from its partners are within the following ranges:

    A la carte: 40% to 50% of list price
    Subscription: 30% to 40% of list price
    Audible: Standard non-exclusive terms

Smashwords may be a little flaky about the audio part because they just started doing it. I'm guessing it will be better integrated with their site later.

That said, it may be easier to go direct to Findaway. I uploaded an old audio book with no trouble. (Luckily, I had decided not to go exclusive with ACX.) The process is painless.

Findaway is also flexible. It's easy to go direct to ACX and use Findaway for the other outlets (as long as you're not exclusive, of course).

For those looking for a way to create new audio books, Findaway also offers creation as well as distribution. Unlike ACX, there is at present no royalty share option. However, Findaway will serve as matchmaker (putting you together with narrators rather than your having to wait for narrators to nibble), which ACX doesn't do. Describe the project to Findaway, and they'll send you ten narrators they think might be a good fit and that cover a wide range of price points. If none of those are to your liking, they'll send more. (In other words, ACX may be a less expensive route for the channels it serves, but if you've had trouble getting narrator interest in the past, Findaway may be a nice alternative.)
Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Oasis 2 Scarcity?
« Last post by KimberlyinMN on Today at 06:51:12 AM »
Why is the Oasis 2 still so hard to get ahold of this many months after release? Is it really that popular? I was going to buy a 32gb and it's 6-8 weeks out from Amazon. Just curious.
When I was just there last night, the champagne color was available (32gb/wifi only). Maybe they are trying to increase sales of this model by holding back on the graphite color.??

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Effective to add description in title?
« Last post by C. Gold on Today at 06:49:32 AM »
I used to add the sub genre as subtitle on all my books. A simple "MM Gay Romance". It worked fine...until I got the cease and desist or your KDP account is in jeopardy email from Amazon. I tried to fight it as the TOS seems to allow this if the wording is on the cover (mine was).

I lost. Amazon reps absolutely refused to answer that point-- they just kept referring me back to TOS. It still galls me to see others still doing this.

But once warned....
Drats... there goes my parody idea... There are so many books that do that. Wonder why yours got singled out.  :(
I think you'd get a better deal making it into a podcast (selling ad spots at the start and end cap of each episode perhaps?) or to post to YouTube. I know you said you're not looking for the monetary value necessarily, there are ways to do what I think you're thinking of while still making a little bit more on the 'free' aspect. But also, your market may not be on Spotify.

Books on Spotify is not what it's really known for, so your market might be limited. Podcasts are free but I don't really see them on Spotify. Marketing expectation is the thing. You may reach more via YouTube than Spotify. And you don't need a video really for that. Podcasts run on YouTube with just a static image on the video. So there's little editing for it. Your other option may be podcasting networks. At least you know those people looking at podcasts enjoy listening to someone talk, and possibly want audiobooks as well. Audible places ads constantly with podcasts and YouTube channels. So you could focus on those areas.
Bill, I'm actually coming from a university background. It's not about indies against trad pubs...  Its about reserving the top score for those books that are absolutely outstanding... I wouldn't give either Stephen King or J.K. Rowling 5 stars. (Although at one time my dream was to hear from Stephen King & as we now have one mutual acquaintance it might even be possible.)

Stephen King doesn't need my 5 stars to feed his ego - I believe I might have quoted his theory book Danse Macabre somewhere in my Masters thesis, which is a far greater compliment.
Interesting! I come from a US high school teaching background. For me it's not so much about feeding egos (though adolescent egos are very fragile and want to be fed regularly). It's about setting a standard someone can conceivably meet. Of course, what constitutes absolutely outstanding is a matter of subjective judgment, and not every book that's commercially successful is going to meet it. That said, if an author can move many thousands of people, and if every single thing that author ever writes ends up as a movie, then something pretty exceptional is going on there. They aren't Shakespeare (or whoever your personal yardstick is), but they are far, far above the norm.

I know this isn't what you're saying, but someone once told me that he never gave five-star reviews. As far as I'm concerned, that means that his four stars are really five stars.

Here's how Amazon defines the ratings:

Five Stars: I love it
Four Stars: It's good
Three Stars: It's okay
Two Starts: I don't like it
One Star: I hate it

If I recall correctly, Goodreads has a more stringent system.

Anyway, I love a lot of things that aren't necessarily absolutely outstanding, so I give them five stars. In other words, I follow Amazon's rubric in that respect. That doesn't mean I'm voting for them to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

This is why I don't pay much attention to reviews unless the reviewers explain their ratings. People's tastes (and standards) are so different that if I don't know why someone feels a certain way, the fact that they feel something doesn't by itself help much in making a buying decision.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Nation Daily Promos
« Last post by dsbrody on Today at 06:32:47 AM »
I used them twice in 2017 for $.99 promos for action/adventure titles. Results were just OK. I've moved on to other promo sites that seem to give better bangs for buck.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« Last post by FFJ on Today at 06:23:56 AM »
I sometimes share free books with my NL subbies on my blog -
Writers' Cafe / Re: Advance Read ARC Reviews
« Last post by raminar_dixon on Today at 06:22:46 AM »
I'm going to try to work out a solution for those of you who are concerned with violating KDP Select policy by offering your KU books up for reviews. I also appreciate your feedback and I hear what you are saying. Believe me, I understand any reluctance to do anything which might put your publishing account or KDP Select eligibility in danger.

However, if my last snippet directly from Amazon about reviews wasn't enough, I also offer you this:

Book authors and publishers may continue to provide free or discounted copies of their books to readers, as long as the author or publisher does not require a review in exchange or attempt to influence the review.


Key word there is "require", which Advance Read does not do. Reviews are provided on a voluntary basis. The only real requirement is that people who sign up as a reader at least fill out a form letting me know if they left a review or not. Those who repeatedly fail to at least turn in this form can be barred from receiving more books in the future. I can do this because space is limited and those who aren't actually participating at the most minimum level possible need to make way for those who are interested in participating. I'm not kicking them out for not leaving reviews; I'm kicking them out for not filling out a simple form.

I'm open to suggestions for other ways to regulate ARC reviewers without violating FCC law or Amazon policy, however. I'm always interested in new ideas.

I think it is better to have reviews trickle in 5 to 10 then a week later 5 or 10 more.  If 100 hit all at once the searching KU or NEW reader would get curious why 100 reviews showed up at once. So rotate the readers reviews over some span. And as mentioned in this thread, if the reviewer were to want to offer less than 3 stars, don't.  That would be an out for them not to review at all and report to you as such and your reader gets a pass on that book. You are here to serve authors, so you need some way to respond with that in some way back to the author to make your biz even more beneficial, the author needs to know why it was not liked I think but not appear as a Death Star.

I will first point you towards the above quote from Amazon, which condemns the act of influencing reviews.

If a service requires honest reviews, then you have to accept that there are going to be occasional one-stars in there when people speak their mind. Anyway, I don't post the reviews, the readers do. I have zero control over what they do once the book is in their hands, just like authors have zero control over what readers do after they download your book at Amazon. A bought copy can be just almost as easily pirated. A purchased book can just as easily be one-starred by an unsatisfied reader.

And on trickling out the reviews - I don't think I have the time or resources to even try to track what people do over multiple weeks. Nor do I think that many readers would really notice 100 reviews suddenly appearing on a book anymore than they do now (or at least no one talks about it negatively or often enough that I've heard about it being a problem).
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