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Pulled the trigger and ordered today.  Will post after it arrives.
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Greetings, Bryan! You're welcome to promote your business and website here in the Writers' Cafe.

Now that you have an official thread, you'll want to add your listing to our Yellow Pages, found here: http://www.kboards.com/yp/. The listing is free to KB members and is completely self-service; you can add and edit your listing from the page. More information on our Yellow Pages listing can be found here.

In your thread here, we ask that the same basic rules be followed as we have for authors in the Book Bazaar: you may have this one thread about your service and must post to it rather than start a new thread each time. New threads about the service will be removed. Please bookmark this thread so that you can find it again when you want to post. You may not make back-to-back posts to the thread within seven days. If someone responds (as I'm doing with this post), you may reply to them, but otherwise you must wait seven days. Any pattern of posting designed to artificially bump your thread to the top of the forum is prohibited. Please note that very short or (one- or two-word) posts with no meaningful information are discouraged and may be deleted at the moderators' discretion. Lastly, your posts and images will need to meet our "forum decorum" guidelines, which is the case for every member.

You may find that members ask searching questions -- about how your service works, for example, or what they will get for their money, or whether your service adheres to Amazon's terms of service. Such "vetting" is a common here.

Note that members are allowed to provide civil and honest feedback about your service in this thread. This feedback may include criticisms as well as kudos. You may respond to criticism in a civil manner, but name-calling, badgering, accusations of lying, and other breaches of forum decorum can lead to loss of vendor posting privileges.

Any and all disputes between you and your clients should be handled off-site.

Thanks,
Becca
KBoards Moderator

(Note that this welcome does not constitute an endorsement or vetting of a service by KBoards. Members should do due diligence when considering using a service.)
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Writers' Cafe / Re: 3000 Words a Day Club
« Last post by Stacy Claflin on Today at 05:43:02 PM »
Drink tons & tons of water, Stacy. It'll help flush it out of your system quicker. I think that's why I never (luckily) get sick. Feel better! Great word counts!
Thanks, Dean! I'm terrible at drinking enough water, especially when sick. That probably explains a lot...
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Bryan, it looks like your website is in its infant stages. You might want to include some pics of how you make your images. It can be invaluable for someone who is interested in a custom cover if they see how you get from point a to point z. It shows your flexibility. If you cruise the cg forum http://www.cgsociety.org/gallery you'll see examples of how artists show their stuff and the progressions of how they got to the final image. If you are using 3d models as a start, it means that a buyer can have input into a pose or angle and can select from multiple starting points. It shows your versatility. Also if you have a gallery of 3d models a client can choose to start from, it helps.
Or maybe you just work from stills or pure imagination, it always helps to show the source.
I'm guessing you have seen the speed painting videos that show projects from a blank canvas to the end result. They can be a fascinating insight into the artist.
A lot of book cover artists are simply manipulating images picked up from royalty free sites. If your stuff is purely hand done, you might want to emphasize that.
Just more suggestions.

Thank you Mike.

To clarify some points, I just finished my website and the intention was to use it as a illustration only portfolio, thus the lack of wips and process. I've made few changes since then. Following the advices from fellow artists and art directors I choosen to keep it as clean and direct as possible, since ADs only care to the final result.

I've found out kboards after finishing my site.

I keep process images and wips at my Artstation profile, but since I don't use it as my main site, i didn't post it here....
https://www.artstation.com/bryanfrosadoart

I'll update my info here as soon as possible.

Thank you again! :)
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If only Amazon were transparent and thatís the core of the problem.

* We donít know how the "pot" is calculated.
* We donít know what Amazon call a "page read".
 *Snip*

Not only that - you don't really know what your download vs. pages read ratio is. So you have no idea how many readers have read  your book to the end. Without knowing that, you can't calculate how much money you've lost or if it would be wiser to go wide and sell at full price.

OTOH it's a million times better than a trad publishing deal. Which is not only impossible to get, but has a dismal pay out. So many writers are happy with things as they are. Especially those making thousands of dollars a month. I mean if you're pulling a significant amount of money in through KU there's no real incentive to risk rocking the boat.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Request help coming up with a funny acronym
« Last post by Monique on Today at 05:32:28 PM »
Why only three letters?
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« Last post by kemobullock on Today at 05:27:10 PM »
4822 edited, 2835 written. I'm done!
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Request help coming up with a funny acronym
« Last post by Eric Thomson on Today at 05:25:38 PM »
FAT
Feminist Animal Trust
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I think a lot of the feedback Scout authors are getting is intended to be helpful but not necessarily to explain why a book was rejected. The editors aren't stupid, and they have to know when a simple fix is available that they could accept the book subject to it being fixed. In my case, the critique pointed out a dozen things that could be improved, and it took me less than two hours to address those issues.

Instead of seeing the critique as an explanation, maybe it's better to see it as a gift to help the author self-publish more successfully.

I agree with you. It's a matter of taking the positive and keep going on.

What do you guys think of asking the moderators, to allow individual threads for authors to have the submission critique 'before' submitting to Kindle Scout?

So, authors could get suggestions /feedback/ while they can still do something to improve the submission? We are already doing that with blurs and covers, so a 5000 word read shouldn't be a problem.

I'm suggestion this, because many authors in this board could help, thanks to the experience acquired by years submitting to editors. Many of us, myself included, gave submitting to editors a try, before self-publishing, and some of us, are hybrids too.

We learned the hard way for example, that too much information, very little dialogue and character interaction, would get us a rejection. And that is one of the issues I found in common among most of the nominated books that had not been selected. Sometimes beta readers would not say anything, or don't know any better. A fellow author, would tell because he/she knows the consequences of not killing the darlings. By the way, usually there is no need to kill any paragraph, just moving them further and divide them would be a fix.

Anyway, speaking of paragraph, I have some of them to create, I'll see you later.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Request help coming up with a funny acronym
« Last post by Evenstar on Today at 05:18:07 PM »
Protection from Maltreatment Society
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PMS
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