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I don't know if ANYONE is going to get selected at this point in the game - but I also don't know if I'm right or not. I'm just playing my hand out, rather than giving up on the game. Whatever the case, this is still a good shot at pre-release promotion. Everyone who sees your book and is interested enough to nominate it, might still be interested enough to buy it and read it when you get around to launching it. At this point I would advice everyone who has got a book still in the running to be as ready as possible to release it on your own. In the meantime promote it however you can. Mention it on Facebook, Twitter, tell your cat about it - this is still free promotion for a book that you are going to release one way or another.

It's still worth the promo. I got a nice amount of post campaign email list signups after the rejection email went out. I also will be able to use alert scouts about the book during the free download campaign I have scheduled. So overall, the prerelease promo was well worth it.
Writers' Cafe / Re: What is going on with this review?
« Last post by TimothyEllis on Today at 06:45:59 AM »
They might do a lot of ARCs, forget which are ARCs and which are normal freebies, and include the disclaimer on everything to be safe.

The thing is, while there are a lot of freebies out there unread, the book is now paid, so this is not an ARC situation.

I can't see what the problem is. Amazon actually ask that you tell you tell people who get an ARC to specify that it was given for a review. So, while this might not be the case it is still a fully compliant review. Why on earth would it cause kdp to go after you?

But aren't Amazon actively removing ARC reviews? And are they not also removing reads associated with any reviewer thus removed?
You really have to think of audio in terms of per-finished-hour (PFH) when figuring cost. I hired my first narrator at $250 PFH and moved up to $300 PFH over time. With the length of my books, that came out to between $2500-$3500 per book.

Narration is also not something you do on the cheap. The audio version of your book is a different artistic creation; you should find a narrator who is right for the material, and who can put down a performance people will enjoy listening to. Paying someone $800 to do an entire book may look better on paper than paying someone $2500, but if nobody wants to listen to the $800 version, you've thrown away $800.
Writers' Cafe / Re: What is going on with this review?
« Last post by Puddleduck on Today at 06:39:39 AM »
They might do a lot of ARCs, forget which are ARCs and which are normal freebies, and include the disclaimer on everything to be safe.
I guess that solves my internal debate as to whether to put my new titles on CS vs Amazon Print. CS is on the way out anyway, we all know that, so it's doubtful Amazon will fix or update anything there.

Personally, it helps solidify my decision to go with IS when I'm ready to do paperback.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Opinions on my cover
« Last post by Puddleduck on Today at 06:34:03 AM »
I like it, especially the figures in the bottom part. And I like the tagline myself; I think it clearly conveys the hook.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Need advice on parody / Copyright
« Last post by antares on Today at 06:29:17 AM »
Just in case someone takes that as free reign to post a parody of a Samuel Beckett play... just because you can doesn't mean it won't cost you years of litigation.
The Ranting Raven brings up a good point. Who you parody matters. Parody David Weber, no problem. He's cool. Parody Harlan Ellison, you're gonna get sued. Ellison has no discernible sense of humor when it comes to his works. Parody Mickey Mouse, you will spend the rest of your natural life in court.

When I practiced law, we had a saying: You can beat the rap, but can you stand the ride? Disney keeps extending the term of copyright to cover Mickey Mouse. They BUY Congress, for godssake, to do that. How much pain do you think they will bring your way if you make fun of their meal ticket?

Don't believe me? Ask Berk Breathed what became of Mortimer Mouse. He still parodies Garfield with Bill the Cat, but Mortimer Mouse is gone. Jim Davis ain't Disney, and his attacks are annoying gnats compared to Disney's PGMs.
Royalty share seems to be going the way of the dinosaur.  With the decline of stipends so too seems to be the case of decent narrators willing to work that way.  Oh well, as others have said, in the long run if your book does well it's better for you.  Outside of that, it's an investment in your business.

I find you can get some good talent for the $150 - $250 range.  It keeps going up from there, and at around $300/hr and up is where you start to see the talent who's audible certified (or whatever their check mark of excellence is).

Typical rule of thumb is 1hr = 10K words. 
Writers' Cafe / Re: Opinions on my cover
« Last post by HighestMountain on Today at 06:25:03 AM »
I think it's great, but the blue eyes and the woods makes me think this is going to be a supernatural book/have some creepy/horror elements. Does it?
Writers' Cafe / Re: Book report vs AKreport vs ReaderLinks ?
« Last post by lilywhite on Today at 06:24:45 AM »
Also not great at that whole "respecting intellectual property" thing. AK on the left, Book Report on the right:

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