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Writers' Cafe / Re: Page flip kicks me on the way out...
« Last post by Laran Mithras on Today at 03:44:29 PM »
Seems to me the backs of indies are being used to carry trad-pub deals.

I've heard the trads most definitely have a guaranteed payout and also that they're getting stiffed worse than indies. But somehow, the latter just doesn't ring true.

I think Amazon knows indies are so fractured that they won't/can't challenge the stiffing being delivered.
Writers' Cafe / Re: The $3k Relaunch: A Detailed Case Study
« Last post by Lefevre on Today at 03:40:42 PM »
Thanks Nick! Great post.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Kill the dog? Again?
« Last post by antares on Today at 03:37:49 PM »
2) From a practical story point of view, if a cloud of poisonous gas has mostly dispersed, would any lingering gas really near the floor where it can kill the dog, or would it be near the ceiling?

1) Thanks, Greg.

2) The gas is heavier than air. That is why the short dog gets a lethal dose but Nik does not. Even so, he spends three days in an oxygen tent in ICU.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Page flip kicks me on the way out...
« Last post by J. Tanner on Today at 03:37:43 PM »
Revenue neutral? If someone reads all of your book in page-flip, you get nothing, no matter what the payout is. How is paying nothing to you for a reading of your book "revenue neutral"?

KU has a fixed pool of money.

Page Flip affects all authors about equally. That means whatever its impact is, will affect everyone about equally and come out of the same fixed pool. We'll do the math for both with a ridiculous number of page reads attributed to Page Flip--fully half.

So, double the pages read in the month means half the per-page payment. (remember, pool of money fixed.)

So, Author X got 1000 pages read at 0.5 cents a page when Page Flip isn't counted and 2000 (yay!) pages read at 0.25 cents a page (boo!) when Page Flip reads are counted.  Either way, that month, Author X made $5.

To think Author X will make more money she must assume one or more of the following:

1) Her books are highly disproportionately read in page flip mode. (Uh, oh. What if you've got that backwards--you might be losing money...)
2) Amazon will increase the pool proportionally with the impact that Page Flip reading is having on lost pages.

I don't think either of those is a good bet. So, basically revenue neutral. If you think either or both of those is a good assumption to make, I'll accept that speculation as a possibility.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Kill the dog? Again?
« Last post by WC John on Today at 03:31:53 PM »
For the love of .. that's it, everyone kill a dog and get it out of their system!

Or have the dog kill everyone else.  :o

If I said I wasn't tempted to make one myself, I'd be lying.

Would you also be tempted to lie to the dog as well?  :-X
Writers' Cafe / Re: The $3k Relaunch: A Detailed Case Study
« Last post by ibizwiz on Today at 03:31:48 PM »
I sometimes feel that people get so hung up about Amazon algos that they throw their most valuable baby out with the bathwater: their existing readers. This is why I'm not at all a fan of all this pen name division of audiences.

I noticed that Nick also has multiple pen names. I think this ultimately harms far more than it helps.

Thanks, Patty, for this comment and for oh, say, about a hundred others since I've been a KBoarder. Your experience and others have affirmed my decision to build my chosen pen name rather than dilute it. Earlier this year, as I was planning my relaunch and series completion, I briefly toyed with rolling out one of the WIP trilogies under another name. Not so much to reshape the algos -- I agree that most authors place far too much emphasis on Amazon's reputed and alleged algorithmic manipulations. My thought was to develop an alternate persona and reputation. I even went so far as to begin developing a kind of "parallel" world to that described in the first three (scheduled) trilogies -- nine books --in the new scheme as outlined by Mark Cooper.

Then it hit me: the readers I want will, if I do my writing job well, tend to like any book in the vast story arc I've mapped out for all my trilogies and supporting one-off promo books. Why then would I want to confuse their loyalty? I settled on doing as you say, instead: all the trilogies will be by the same author, and set in the same "world" as the other books.

Full disclosure: This is a lot easier for me than for most long stroy arc authors. My "world" is simply an overlay on the very real one we live in right now. All I had to do was re-write the relaunch set of three novels to "plug in" some characters and events and secret entities that were originally conceived for the future WIP series. Now, all share the same reality, and common history and background. A new event or major MC can have an impact across the entire family of trilogies, if that's useful.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Question about a book reading . . .
« Last post by LSBurton on Today at 03:27:42 PM »
I'm gonna echo the previous posters here. It sounds like it's a mixed crowd -- a VERY mixed crowd -- if it contains children's authors. In my experience, even reading something that's 500-1000 words takes longer than you expect. Ideally, you want to say what book the snippet is from, any maybe set the scene a little. Three or four snippets might be too many for ten minutes. You want to read enough so they can catch on to a good slice of what your work is like. So you'd best make sure the one that contains PG-13 language and adult scenarios, like a woman being handcuffed to a bed, is the one you really want to read, that the audience will find most captivating.

Mind you, even if you don't think the kids would mind, other adults in the audience might object to it in front of the children.

My 2 cents.
Hey Robertson, Welcome back! I'm just returning, too.  Liz (LG)
Hi Liz,

Likewise ... and we're campaign buddies again  8)

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Change a Letter to Create a New word
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Not Quite Kindle / Re: INFINITY Game - Word Association
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