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Writers' Cafe / Re: I've become a hybrid
« on: Yesterday at 02:00:41 AM »
I think it's a wonderful word and I shall certainly use it myself with your permission.

I like it too! We have a new word! And the word is Indievangelist. Thank you!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I've become a hybrid
« on: Yesterday at 12:36:36 AM »
Grats! It sounds like you went into the situation with eyes wide open.
Oh yes, I did. There was a little soul searching and a lot of research about this publisher. The more I saw the more I liked. And I noticed that many of their books are ranked high in the charts.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I've become a hybrid
« on: Yesterday at 12:34:40 AM »
Big congrats, Susanne! :)

Thank you, Becca!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I've become a hybrid
« on: January 19, 2018, 01:58:08 PM »
Congrats! I was a hybrid, now I'm back in the indie world.

I think you have the right approach here. I learned a great deal from the experience.

Thank you. Yes, it's the learning new stuff I'm enjoying the most. I think working with an editor who does a thorough content edit is the best way to learn how to get the plot and characters right.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I've become a hybrid
« on: January 19, 2018, 01:47:04 PM »
Congratulations! I read the Blow-In recently and really enjoyed it. I wish you every success with the new venture.

Thank you! Lovely to hear.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I've become a hybrid
« on: January 19, 2018, 07:28:11 AM »

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I've become a hybrid
« on: January 19, 2018, 07:27:41 AM »
I'm looking forward to following this new project of yours. Please keep us posted with the good, the bad, the challenging, etc., along the way.

I will! I wrote a little post about them on my blog if you want more information. https://susannefromsweden.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/suddenly-hybrid-mixing-trad-with-indie/

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I've become a hybrid
« on: January 19, 2018, 05:58:01 AM »
Good for you! It's a fantastic achievement to sign up with a traditional publisher, and if you encounter any pompous indievangelists, don't let them rain on your parade, as you can be fairly confident their grapes are decidedly soured. ;)

Thank you. I haven't encountered any sour grapes yet. I was delighted with the congrats from fellow authors.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I've become a hybrid
« on: January 19, 2018, 05:56:44 AM »
Oh well done!  I've been thinking about hybrid status a lot recently and hadn't heard of Bookouture, they look very interesting.  Has anyone else dealt with them?

Loads of authors! They really are the new black in publishing. Part of the Hachette group now, so one of the big 5.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I've become a hybrid
« on: January 19, 2018, 12:41:50 AM »
That sounds as if you can't continue to self publish at the same time you're selling books to this publisher. Are they expecting you to only publish through them henceforth?

Not at all. They only have rights to publish the two books in the contract. I can publish whatever I like myself before, during or after.  I haven't signed my life away, only two books.

But at the moment, I'm really enjoying the editing. This editor knows her stuff. I'm learning a huge amount, and this to me is worth a lot!

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Writers' Cafe / I've become a hybrid
« on: January 18, 2018, 12:39:40 PM »
Last week, I signed a contract for a two-book deal with Bookouture. My first book with them will be published in June, the second in August. I'm both excited and nervous.

I wasn't sure I really wanted to give up my independence and my creative freedom but when I saw what they can do for their authors and how well their books do, I started to look into how they operate. The more I read the more interested I got. I submitted my just finished book at the beginning of December and got the offer in early January.

This is not one of the old-style publishers at all. They really know how the market works. But I have a feeling that this new kind of publishing has happened because of what we as Indies have done. We made the market what it is today, and now publishers are taking note.

I can't tell you how strange it feels not to do my own thing anymore. Both sad and happy, really.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Can't ignore review!
« on: December 23, 2017, 01:19:33 AM »


We all get them. You grit your teeth, say something rude under your breath and move on.


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I'm not in KU. But there is a huge difference between the sales graph and the month-to-date today. Sales graph: 0, Month-to-date: 20.

Is it 'fixed?' Not as far as I can tell.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The #1 health tip for everyone
« on: December 13, 2017, 01:02:40 PM »
We'll all live to be 100!

Keep writing!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The #1 health tip for everyone
« on: December 13, 2017, 12:25:20 PM »
And since doctors are now saying that sitting too much is worse for your health than smoking, write standing up! Alternatively,  write in 30 minute sprints, then run around the house for 5 minutes before sitting down again.

Perfect! That's actually what I do all the time. I write for twenty-thirty minutes and then I get up to do a bit of ironing, or tidying up or whatever. I thought that was a bad thing, but now I realise it's good.

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Writers' Cafe / The #1 health tip for everyone
« on: December 13, 2017, 11:42:11 AM »
I just read this article in a Swedish newspaper about how to stay healthy into old age. There were ten points; the usual ones, exercise, eat lots of fruit and veg, stay away from fast food and sugar and don't drink too much (how much is too much?), but right at the top was:

Love your job.

And our main job is writing. Soo... the more you write the healthier you'll be! Good news, don't you think?

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I recently ordered 20 author copies from Createspace. They arrived a few days ago, three weeks ahead of the scheduled time quoted on my order. I'm in Ireland.

Other than that, anything I've ordered from Amazon lately has arrived right on time (but I get it from Amazon UK, even though Ireland is not in the UK, but that's another matter). My sales figures seem correct too, but I'm not in KU and haven't been in over two years.

I have a feeling the glitch, or whatever it is, is happening to KU books.

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What about those weird tooth flossing reviews I got and other authors too? I got 120 of them. Could that also have been something to do with the broken Amazon machine?

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I remember notices like this before - but never one that lasted so long. Does anyone else remember if itís ever been up for this long before?


No. And I have been with KDP nearly eight years.

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What is AMS?

AMAZON!!! And they're not on my list of the cleverest people on the planet right now.

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Fecking hell! (Irish for- you know what) That sign is still up for days now, reporting is still all wrong. And this from the biggest player in the world of electronic gadgets and everything else.  Maybe they need an 11-year-old? Mine just fixed my computer in thirty seconds.

Not terribly impressed with Ams right now.

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It's wonky for the last couple of weeks. Maybe they're fixing it. Hope so.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Earnings Report Dashboard Not Accurate
« on: December 02, 2017, 02:15:49 PM »
Susanne...the system was lagging and glitchy for a few days. The 'Goodreads Giveaways' were miscoded--an error.If you download the excel sheet of your sales you will see they have your normal royalty next to them.
Viperous-- You have more sales on your December month-to-date than on the dashboard because  some of your sales at the end of the month cleared later because of the glitches.  On the 30th, I had over 20 orders that seemed not to have cleared. They all appeared yesterday and today in December's report.

So they didn't give away 57 copies of my book? Those were sales?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Earnings Report Dashboard Not Accurate
« on: December 02, 2017, 01:58:14 PM »
Yikes! That's not just a hiccup in the system when your book isn't even enrolled in KU.  :o That's a total system's meltdown! Amazon really needs to get their act together, because this is ridiculous! 

Should I contact them and ask what they mean?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Earnings Report Dashboard Not Accurate
« on: December 02, 2017, 01:43:42 PM »
I have 'free units promo' for 57 copies of a book. But I haven't done a promo for that one and I'm not in KU with any of my books.

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