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Where is Adam?

Julie Raynes’ husband has been missing for six months. Devastated and confused, she refuses to believe that he would leave her voluntarily, though her best friend thinks differently. However, her Aunt Alice, a psychic, tells her Adam has been murdered, and when she reveals how she knows this, any hope that Adam is still alive, dissipates.

The police are also beginning to believe that Adam Raynes was murdered. And Julie is their prime suspect. Her life in ruins, Julie vows to hunt down whoever is responsible for Adam’s murder and make them pay for their crime.

In the meantime, David Gray, a young man who was pulled from a lake by a fisherman when he was 9 years old, wakens from a coma after nearly two decades. Unknown to Julie, Adam and David share a dark connection, a darkness that threatens to devour both of them, in a terrifying race with death.

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I really wouldn't want to risk my long-term career with something like that. Let's say I was pretending to be a man (enough people here have met me in person to know I'm definitely a woman), and I was writing a male-sensitive genre like I pretended to be some CIA analyst who had served in specific conflicts.... and my books blow up.

And then it comes out that I am NOT who I said I was.

That is just not a PR nightmare I want to deal with.

I'm not saying people can't have pen names etc. But I am along the lines of Rick . . . minimum representation on pen names that are NOT remotely accurate for who I am, signing emails with the pen name etc. but running reader groups or other personal interactions where I am actively lying about my life.... that's a bridge too far for me. I wouldn't feel good about it and I wouldn't want the risk of the bad PR when it all came out I was lying.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KU Page Stuffing Explained - Helpful Video
« on: January 05, 2018, 06:23:53 AM »

If Amazon is going to pay us according to pages read, they better darn well be able to tell how many pages were actually read. Otherwise, they need to fix it. THEIR contract with us agrees to pay us per page read. If they can't, then I call BS.

In the terms and conditions, they also declare that they alone determine what IS a page read. So there's never going to be a way to say "I wasn't paid for pages read" because Amazon determines what is and isn't a page read.

I think our biggest problem as authors is inconsistent support at KDP. By that I mean rules applied unequally. I watched an entire author group blow up that some customer service email was shared and an author said where they got it, Amazon got mad at the original owner of the group that the email got out and at NO TIME WAS ANYONE mad that Amazon had offered different customer service based on author status.  . . .

I emailed this week I have a promotion next week on a book so I hopefully don't get rank stripped. The email I got back wasn't even coherent sentences.... with great hits like :


"Our business team will always have a careful review of the book monitoring and sales on various aspects and deep excavation on the type of sale related to the book."


So relieved they are deep excavating the type of sale.....

Just about every problem we have comes down to a poor KDP Support team with no consistency, a ton of "glitches" lately (when I have been publishing with them for over half a decade, it's never been this bad), and swiss cheese loopholes in their T&C.


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How are we a service? We sell books.

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Most people don't do $200,000 as sole proprietor. So that's why they don't use it as an example.

From everything I've read, until there's other advice, most of us will be taking the 20% off QBI which is after reasonable expenses (schedule C) deductions. If so... Loathed as I am to say it, that will be a very sweet deal for my family.... I just have to make sure I put that money to good because a lot of programs I love and care about are likely to be decimated, the true meaning of the word, in the next budgets because we suddenly have no tax revenue.

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Hearing date is set for January 25 8:30 AM for a motion to quash for both me and Wayne Stinnett (our facts were very similar and we were served only hours apart so we also had the same timeline). Motion was sent to plaintiff's lawyers as well.

That's all the update I have so far.

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I post all of my stories chapter by chapter for free to my readers and I sell them for as high as $14.99 in the past (a defunct aggregator once offered 65% on prices higher than $9.99). Typically I sell my novels at $9.99 and novellas at 2.99-$4.99 (I am in a niche genre of historical fiction/historical romance).  I am currently doing a direct from me preorder to readers at $7.99 posting all of the chapters, but the will get the last chapters a week before everyone else. 25 preorders = $199 in revenue. I don't have a high return rate (less than 10 returns a month across all titles with 17 titles published) and a few bad reviews hasn't stopped my sales or me and my readers from doing what we want. I write, they read, some buy. :) And this year (late October) I started putting Adsense on my chapters I post for free but only on later chapters, and this month is up to $8 (I had no consistent posting schedule until end of November and I'm realizing I have to have a consistent posting schedule to make Adsense work.

I find that selling books for me is like booking vacations. I lay out exactly the experience they can expect and those who can afford to take the trip, do so. Those who can't, they pay their way with positive comments, reviews, word-of-mouth recommendations, and being with me on the writing journey.

Can't say this will work for everyone or every genre, just what I've been doing since 2014 and I make enough that I could support myself and my daughter if I had to (my husband works full time, I write part-time and homeschool our daughter). There will be people upset no matter what anyone does. I say focus on those who are happy about it or have no problem. Those who don't like that you posted the stories for free and then sold them can find someone else to read or just read you for free. You never made anyone do anything. :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Does anyone use wordpress?
« on: December 25, 2017, 07:20:54 PM »
I use the 2017 theme with a plugin called Elementor that is robust enough in the free version.

The easiest way to learn Wordpress is to wireframe on paper ideas of what you want, then go in and build it. Make it BEHAVE. Adjust when you can't. Wordpress is like posting emails. That's what it's like. Themes are a little misleading in that what you get will rarely look like the demo or the example given because you'd have to specialize it with the same or similar content.

Keep it simple. Once you have content populated, then if you want to get fancier with themes it's easier.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: We now have 2 rows of Sponsored Ads on our book's page
« on: December 20, 2017, 06:19:14 PM »
Amazon broke our book pages in the first place. Some of us remember when the pages didn't have a ton of ads all over. And then AMS ads were only open to certain publishers, then KDP select, then everyone. And Amazon convinced authors to PAY THEM to fix the problem they created and they have answered with what? More ad spaces!

Maybe we should stop paying Amazon to fix the problems they create. My ad money goes to Google Ads and Facebook Ads.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: BLOG Post Ideas For Fiction Writers?
« on: December 18, 2017, 03:59:40 AM »
To reach readers, I blog chapters. :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Looking for WordPress Theme recommendations...
« on: December 17, 2017, 07:02:46 PM »
I use a free theme 2017 because themes break hard on updates if they aren't maintained or at least you have to wait for an update in my experience. I use 2017 theme with a plugin called Elementor that's got great features for free and better for a decent cost. I've had zero problems with my site breaking when WordPress updates and my plugin isn't quite ready because even if my plugin breaks it's still readable as opposed to other themes and things I've used that when they broke made my site unusable until I figured out how to fix it. i don't need that kind of stress.

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My message is gone and today my sales are messed up. Oh Amazon.

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That's probably something best asked directly of the owner here.

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I've done my best to reach out to all named defendants. As for collecting legal costs if we win an anti-slapp motion, we would have to still collect. I've managed my expectations to plan this is going to be an expensive endeavor with no gain. I still believe the entire situation is important to our community for the standards it will set going forward, but what's the phrase? You can't squeeze blood from a stone? This whole mess started with a refusal to give refunds.....

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I have an update.

First, THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who donated at https://gogetfunding.com/fighting-a-frivolous-lawsuit-over-forum-posts/

Thanks to those donations and my own royalties, I was able to pay a $5,000 retainer today to get things started. I can speak more about those motions after they are filed, I hope you wall understand.

If I didn't have the community's support, this would have really hurt my family at the holidays, so truly thank you. I will keep the funding page open until I know for sure this is all settled and done with. And as soon as I have more updates, I will share. Moral of the story though is even if you think you've done nothing wrong, someone suing you out-of-state is expensive to resolve.

XOXOXO
Elizabeth Ann West

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Writers' Cafe / Re: GoFundMe for Elizabeth Ann West Legal Fund
« on: December 01, 2017, 04:34:44 AM »
Using the same lawyer could be a way to reduce costs, but it also comes with downsides for everyone sharing. All of us would be giving up confidentiality and many of us live in different states, have different circumstances, and could have interests aligned now but that change down the road etc and then there's problems of that and who has to get a new lawyer to get them up to speed etc.?

Every attorney I spoke with did say speaking about strategy, sharing research on similar motions etc. were all highly recommended and there are times when people do share attorneys in situations like this. It's a judgment call.

I can say that some of the named defendants and I have been discussing this issue and what's the best decision moving forward, and that's all I can share. I empathize that from the outside it seems like the easy answer is "save money" and that is definitely a component of this, but so is making smart decisions based on the situation.

I am so thankful the funds raised yesterday covered my retainer to get a case analysis. That was a godsend I needed, like okay I can do this one day at a time... I don't want people to view some of us having separate counsel as us necessarily working against each other, it's like the Olympic gymnastic team. We're all on the same team but we have to go out there and do our individual performance to contribute to the overall outcome, whatever that is.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: GoFundMe for Elizabeth Ann West Legal Fund
« on: November 30, 2017, 07:15:56 PM »
Thank you everyone, and goodness! I talked to multiple attorneys today, which just to talk to an attorney on the phone you need to know someone who knows someone who can tell you what NAME to put in the subject line to get an email back. :)  I have an attorney retained to begin preliminary work on my case. To give you perspective, just that case analysis is over half of what's currently fundraised and it was 1/7th of what the law firm who was the next affordable quoted me. More or less I am looking at a $10,000 cost just to get motions filed to try to stop this train from leaving the station. So that was sobering. And please don't think I just picked the cheapest attorney, he also happened to be the best candidate.

I just want to say thank you. Everyone who helped me with lawyer recommendations, messages of support, donations, etc. This is going to be a long time though even just to get motions, we've all been through this before.... so here we go.

So one major ACK down, now tomorrow is the neurologist for the health issues I've been having. Praying it's herniated discs.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: GoFundMe for Elizabeth Ann West Legal Fund
« on: November 30, 2017, 08:33:51 AM »
Thank you all. I can honestly say I haven't felt alone in any of this. I am thankful for that.

And I need to go to the grocery store as I have realized this house is woefully out of chocolate. My daughter climbed on my lap while I was responding to someone else and read the message of support and said I have the best friends. And she's right. I do. We all do.

I want a superlative form of Thank You. THANKEST THE MOSTEST! :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: GoFundMe for Elizabeth Ann West Legal Fund
« on: November 30, 2017, 08:05:09 AM »
Yes they take PayPal and stripe

My PayPal address is writer at Elizabeth Ann West.com no spaces

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Writers' Cafe / GoFundMe for Elizabeth Ann West Legal Fund
« on: November 30, 2017, 07:50:00 AM »
If this needs to be merged with the other thread, I understand. Not trying to break any rules here, just exhausted already at all of the little details adding up to a mountain of work which means I'm not writing. :)

The simple story is I am being sued as a cross complaint in a lawsuit that's already been much discussed here. I was served last night the same complaint linked here: https://www.docdroid.net/lH3nS1Q/cross-complaint-112817.pdf

Initially, I was just like "I'll just pay for all of this myself, I shouldn't ask for help" but some good friends pointed out that this is a very real lawsuit, it's asking for over $300,000 in damages + punitive damages and I have no idea what my obligation and responsibilities will be. I know that posts I make here at Kboards are always done with the intent of helping others, adding meaningfully to a discussion, or sharing experiences I've had. I don't even want me being sued for the things that I am to be a deterrent to others who might try to help another. There was discussion about doing a shared fundraiser and sharing lawyers and after reading the complaint and how there are different complaints and facts for each named, I have determined it's a good idea for those named to work together as much as possible, but I wouldn't want the interests of one party to negatively impact another because this is a very complicated legal case. I want ALL of us to be protected and hopefully resolve this.

I purposely didn't put a ton of details or make a hard pitch for donations. I know many are in need with this mess and it's not my intention to profit off this. In fact, it's very likely my own business will be harmed just in the time I'm losing to deal with it. But that's life.

Any donations given I am very grateful for and I will keep people updated there and I've added if you'd like, I'd love to send a thank you card to those who help my family.

https://gogetfunding.com/fighting-a-frivolous-lawsuit-over-forum-posts/

Please don't discuss the particulars of the case here. I don't want extra work for the mods. And I truly loathe that I have to even make this post. :( And truly any and all support, even words of encouragement are helping me a great deal. Thanks to the wonder of technology I didn't even have to face getting served last night alone. Don't let anyone tell you differently, our community is AWESOME.

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I am served. :(

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Has anyone been able to pull up the cross-complainant filing in the California database?

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I live in Schenectady, I'm a resident of TX. But I've since clarified with people who have spent more time in a court room than I have, that might not matter.

I'm going to wait now until I'm actually served and consult a lawyer. :)

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I am worried about setting up a pooled fund for a few reasons, mostly arising from the potential headaches of dispersal. And there are 20 unnamed people out there in the lawsuit.

I'm doing a closer reading and realizing some of the facts in this about me for example aren't even correct. I am not a resident of NY.

If anyone here is a practicing California civil attorney with specialty in business law, please feel free to PM. I'm open to all suggestions via PM.


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I am named. I have not been served yet. I'm sure it is coming, I won't be giving that poor server any grief for doing their job.

Hardest part was telling hubby about what was going on, though I think explaining it's me and 20+ others named helped my arguments about what this is. The things I am quoted for in the complaint or documentation or whatever it is stem from posts made here.

Life happens. Right is right. Wrong is wrong. I can't help the emotional response my body feels to all of this, but I'm going to keep my head held high and compose myself as the professional woman that I am.

If anyone here has a legal background and non-legal just friendly advice on what hypothetically could be the next steps for people named as a group in a countersuit, it would be very educational to read.

Hugs to everyone affected by this.

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