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For those who think there's no point in complaining or spreading the word about Amazon's problems:

Many problems in our internet-driven world seem intractable until something goes viral and/or public opinion reaches critical mass. Amazon's PR people, who are no doubt funded with ten times the budget of KDP's customer support department, constantly monitor the web and media for things affecting Amazon's image and its share prices. When things hit the media, especially big media, things do change--sometimes a lot, sometimes only a little. When Amazon's review problems hit big media, Amazon took a few steps to curb the abuse. (I'm not commenting on the ultimate effectiveness).

I think of spreading the word from site to site and place to place as working for the long-shot payoff--that people will eventually notice and publicize the issue and there will be some improvement.

The rock may look immovable, but wind and water eventually wear it away.
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She was running an illegal lottery, was told about it privately, continued running an illegal lottery, and when it was made public she opted to change it. 

Those are simply facts that have come to light. I'm curious what parts of the post you think are accusations?


I only know what I saw....and I didn't see posted anywhere that she had been contacted privately, that wasn't in the OPs post.  Two things bothered me--I saw the 'conversation' in Marie's group where she was grilled, attacked, bullied, whatever you want to call it. I thought it was highly disrespectful to do that publicly. You have a conversation like that in private and bring it to someone's attention. All I know is what what I saw--this is the first I'm hearing of private conversations. So, it was surprising to see it brought up again....and the way it was presented was as if it's still ongoing and had not been addressed. It felt unfair to me. I'm not a member of the paid group, just the FB group, so I'm just an observer and I didn't like what I saw, in the group or in here. It feels like bullying to me as if someone has an ax to grind. It's mean, and that's why I spoke up. If Marie has decided to end things, I wouldn't blame her. Who needs the aggravation?
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I don't agree (bolded part).  I'm not saying 3rd person is better than first for any particular genre, or that first person is better than 3rd for any particular genre.  Only that extreme emotion and feeling can be evoked--in romances as well as other genres-- in 3rd person just as well as 1st.  The POV doesn't really have all that much to do with it, as far as I'm concerned--good writing is good writing.

Repeating this because it's worth repeating. Deep third can often times be far more compelling than first.

Regardless, don't limit yourself to person because of what you think about a genre or subgenre. Let the story dictate the person. Sometimes third is going to be more powerful than first and sometimes first is the best way to tell the story.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Everything remains broken
« Last post by Kevin Lee Swaim on Today at 03:07:52 PM »
Gene, I thought Everything Remains Broken was the title of a new book? If not, it ought to be.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Everything remains broken
« Last post by Salvador Mercer on Today at 03:07:44 PM »
Is Amazon still price matching at other retailers?  Is the price discounted somewhere else or is it only on Amazon?  I noticed Amazon won't raise the price first if the other retailers are lower.  Either way sounds broken...  We should be able to price where and at what we want.
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What do you mean?  I'm just a part of the FB group and I haven't seen anything there yet (or maybe I missed it).
This is in regards to a support network she was setting up that I want to liken to a union (as would be seen in the UK) to fight against unfair practices in the business. She's refunding costs to the founding members.
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Congress will hopefully recognize this is going to lead to chaos and re-establish the current status quo through legislation. 

Can they get to that right after they do something about a major credit bureau allowing my SSN, which I can't change, to get in the hands of hackers along with all other info necessary for an identity thief to impersonate me? (I guess since it's just me and 250M other Americans it can go on the back burner...)
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I didn't mean mechanically hard.

I meant it's harder to convey the emotions being felt by the POV character.
In thrillers, military science fiction, certain mysteries, using omnipresent (or free indirect style) works fine because you're wanting to get the reader to feel the vicarious emotion (fear, etc) of the situation.  Sharks attacking. Terrorists shooting. Serial killer hunting.

But for romance and love story and other non-high concept stories, the reader is more likely to feel the vicarious emotions if they are told in the first person.

If I said to you, "My friend is going through a divorce and his dog died."

What do you feel?

Probably nothing (unless you know the friend).

But if I say to you:  "Dude, I'm going through a divorce and my dog died."

Assuming you have any connection to me, you'll feel some empathy/emotion/vicarious feelings.

At least generally.

I don't agree (bolded part).  I'm not saying 3rd person is better than first for any particular genre, or that first person is better than 3rd for any particular genre.  Only that extreme emotion and feeling can be evoked--in romances as well as other genres-- in 3rd person just as well as 1st.  The POV doesn't really have all that much to do with it, as far as I'm concerned--good writing is good writing. 
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I assume you will have to collect sales tax and remit it to the various governments. It doesn't affect your book sales through Amazon or KOBO, or iBooks, as those entities already collect the tax and pay it.

Pfft.  Goodluck with that.  European peeps barely understand VAT, never mind trying to fathom doing American taxes as well. Never. Gonna. Happen.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Another prawny attempt to hit #1 in my categories
« Last post by MTM on Today at 02:59:28 PM »
I feel a bit like Clint Eastwood. Somebody in Spain just bought a copy - a first for me! - which has really made my day.
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