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Writers' Cafe / Re: pay to pitch
« Last post by Doglover on Today at 01:31:38 AM »
came across this accidentally. Is paying to submit your manuscript going to be the new normal?
https://snowbooksltd.submittable.com/submit
They do have a few interesting book covers.
http://www.snowbooks.com/portfolio/

I sincerely hope your comment about 'interesting book covers' is sarcasm. They are positively hideous, every one of them.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: pay to pitch
« Last post by Lisa5 on Today at 01:08:29 AM »
Not as long as Amazon allows people to self publish, it won't.

In fact, self publishing is probably becoming the 'new normal', if anything is....
Yes especially since 90% of the small publishers I was considering for my manuscripts folding.
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Writers' Cafe / Small private print run via Createspace?
« Last post by aliettedb on Today at 01:04:52 AM »
I was wondering if it was possible to use Createspace to create a small private print run of a book? (while also having an ebook edition).
This would be for a soft launch at an event, with limited availability being the draw.

(I do use Createspace but I'm not very familiar with its ins and outs).
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Formatting
« Last post by Lisa5 on Today at 12:56:36 AM »
Thank you. But apparently Vellum is only available for Mac. I was looking at this cheap thing $27 for 1000 formats until September http://kinstantformatter.com/ but I don't know how user friendly it is.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: unable to post review
« Last post by Lisa5 on Today at 12:44:13 AM »
I read there were actually people using click banks. I don't think it was for books it was for other things for sale on Amazon. Cpmpanies were using third world click banks to make mass accounts to post 4 and 5 star reviews on items for sale on Amazon hence the new rule the logic being people in third world click banks are not going to spend $50 on each new account.

 I don't think you have to have spent $50 in the last year but must have spent $50 at some point in time overall? So basically it's reviews for all the items on the whole site not just books.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Keywords and erotic or sexy stuff.
« Last post by Lisa5 on Today at 12:39:59 AM »
Well I'm interested in either and thanks to anyone who has answered. I have two novels I will release soon that are erotic romance but they are so much else as well, they are paranormal and one is holiday and one is interracial etc... so I probably won't be choosing the erotic categories on the other hand the heat level is very high and I did once read the advantage of putting your books in those categories can be a greater chance of hitting the top hundred in a sub genre so I'm still not sure what I will choose. But I didn't want something bad to happen just based on choosing the best key words I bought software that estimates key word popularity.

I once read a blog from an author who said "don't put your novel in the Romance erotic" category on Amazon as it is "a trap" not sure what they meant.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Lowering that pesky tax burden (US version)
« Last post by SeanHinn on Today at 12:23:37 AM »
This is excellent information. I'm expecting to cross the 6-figure mark this fiscal year, and my brlliant accountant wife is in the process of setting this all up for me.

Thank you, this post is a great contribution to our community. 5 points for Gryffinpuff.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Appearances Matter
« Last post by Doglover on Yesterday at 11:56:11 PM »
I met an author that was being fleeced by a vanity press. His book is a religious non-fiction book. He really is not interested in making money off of his book, and after I "rescued" him, he asked me to publish him. I made it clear to him that I wouldn't be doing any advertising or marketing, and that my actual tax liability on any units sold would be 43% (screw you, IRS,) and would be deducted from royalties. He's cool with that, so I had his book translated into Spanish, and had an English audiobook made using my indie chops. I formed my sole proprietorship at that time, then shifted all my self-published books to that business name.
Which brings up another question I have had for some time, buzzing around my little brain. If I were to start a publishing company (which I can do in the UK without registering anything as long as it's not a limited company) and publish other people's books, I would be doing it from the same IP address as my own books. What would stop Amazon from thinking I had two accounts? Would I have to change my own account to the publishing account name and put the other authors' books (and mine) down as pen names? How would it work? I only ask because I do all the work involved in publishing a friend's books, yet every time I have to drive to her house and use her computer. I would be at her house anyway, but it is a nuisance because she has Windows 7 and an ancient version of Word, so it doesn't translate so well.

I once changed her cover via her account but from home and Amazon wouldn't let her leave a review on my book afterwards, although it was genuine enough.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Keywords and erotic or sexy stuff.
« Last post by verysecretsquirrel on Yesterday at 11:53:26 PM »
Just to be clear, when you say "dungeoned", do you mean that your book got the dreaded ADULT flag, or just that Amazon shifted it into the Erotica category?  The former is the one to be worried about, because it kills you book's visibility.
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Ok, I got the free pro for a year and made a video and wow, that was super easy and it looks awesome. I even have some epic music playing in it. Best thing is I can upload my own images and use those if I can't find good ones in their catalog (or the one I wanted to use required an upgrade, but I had my own copy, hah!). I can foresee videos for each of my books in the near future!
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