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Stone and Silt
by Harvey Chute

Kindle Edition published 2013-08-14
Bestseller ranking: 713665

Product Description
Big Al's Books & Pals 2014 Readers' Choice Awards: Young Adult Nominee

A ruthless murder and a stolen shipment of gold.

At school, sixteen-year-old Nikaia Wales endures the taunts of bullies who call her a “half-breed.” At home, she worries about how her family will react if she reveals her growing feelings for the quiet boy next door.

Those are soon the least of her troubles. Nikaia discovers a hidden cache of gold, and when police find a corpse nearby, her father becomes a suspect. Worse, Elias Doyle is circling, hungry to avenge his brother’s death.

Nikaia desperately searches for clues to save her father. In her quest to find the killer, she learns about the power of family, friendship, and young love....

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« Last post by NapCat on Today at 08:04:32 AM »
Good Morning

Desert Autumn continues....just lovely.

I am debating whether to run into "town" for last minute dinner ingredients, or wait until tomorrow.

Have a great day !
Writers' Cafe / Re: My Book in a Secondary School Library!
« Last post by Dana L. on Today at 08:02:42 AM »
I know as a kid I bought books by authors I first discovered in a Library. So that's exciting... it may get you new fans, plus it's getting read! Must be a great feeling.
Writers' Cafe / Re: For heaven's sake, people, you're authors.
« Last post by alexabooks on Today at 07:54:15 AM »
I may have found my favorite thread in the whole world  ;D
There is a site called KBoards which has an entire forum for self-promotion called The Book Bazaar.  It's a pretty well-trafficked site, have you heard of them?

Perhaps I mistook the question, but the Bazaar has rules, so one can't simply run amok there. Anyway, it's a source I didn't even think of (I don't list my books there). Sorry about that, kboards.
Hi writers!

Like the subject line says, I'm looking at my budget for publishing a novel, and wondering if I need Vellum or not.  It looks like KDP has a formatting program, so I'm wondering what makes Vellum so popular, or what extra use it has to make it worthwhile.  My big guess would be that I would be able to send out review copies in several formats.  Are there more advantages I'm missing? 

Give me the info, experienced writers -- if I'm just starting out, is Vellum like a good cover in the sense I'll be hurting my chances without it?  Or is it more a luxury item?  Thanks!
I like the fancy chapter titles and dropped caps, but if you don't have a Mac, you can't have Vellum. I haven't got a Mac, so I use Word. the answer is, no you don't need it.

Do you offer discounts for bulk orders?

Yes, I do.

I did sent my manuscripts. All of them. 32!  :P Already proofread. And she still found quite a few mistakes.  :o  I completely recommend this service.

Thank you so much for your order!  :)
I see it as a luxury item since it's not hard to properly format on your own and there are so many free alternatives.
One of the things I learned in thirty-six years of teaching is that what isn't hard for one person may be very hard for another. Our brains just don't all work in the same way.

I don't think indie authors in general are completely uncaring about formatting or too lazy to fix it. I do think a lot try and fail. The number of formatting questions isn't as large here, but on the KDP forum, there are a huge number. A lot of people fear formatting in Word because they've heard horror stories from people who tried and failed.

Whether Vellum is a luxury or not depends on what an author wants. If someone really likes the look of one or more of the Vellum templates, Vellum is the easiest way to get that exact result. It's also surprisingly good with print. The biggest selling point for me is how responsive the company is. It's a small company, but if a bug is reported, it gets the bug fixed quickly. It's also constantly improving the product.

I haven't tried it, but I would imagine D2D's free conversion is good; certainly, everything else D2D does is high quality. The one feature Vellum has that D2D doesn't is the ability to generate multiple epubs, one tailored for each retailer, so if you want to go to some of them directly, you've got exactly what they want. Someone distributing wide and going direct whenever possible would certainly appreciate that feature.
Writers' Cafe / Re: AUTHORS: Your best form of book advertising is...
« Last post by Evenstar on Today at 07:39:42 AM »
Writing a book readers have to read and can't put down and getting it edited and armed with a good genre-hitting cover is a best practice that's virtually evergreen. Best form of marketing.

Hear hear! Well said.

Of course, you do also need to get that book visible in the first place and that's really hard to do.

I recently tried a "stealth launch" of no advertising at all and just seeing how the book did all by itself. My goodness it was horrible!! I don't think it will ever recover now. Very hard lesson to learn, but the fact is that every new book needs a push out the door.

While we are on the topic of marketing, I have a question.

What is the half-life on marketing advice for authors? Do best practices go out of date in a year? 18 months?

Depends, Bookbub and Freebooksy remain fairly solid. People are starting to say Facebook ads are getting less effective. Some sites go from strength to strength like Book Barbarian and Robin Reads.  I guess a year is probably a fair estimate for quite a lot of advice.

The main one I'm hearing at the moment is the exact opposite of a year ago. Back then it was to stack ads back to back over a few short days and get a massive push right to the top. Now it is to space them out over two to three weeks and aim for a long but consistent rise. All thanks to the fickleness of the aglo's.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Night of the Living Shirtless Men
« Last post by Scrapper78 on Today at 07:31:57 AM »
I will be posing shirtless for the cover of my next hard sci-fi action book to be titled:
Doughy middle-aged cyborg bad-boy billionaire warrior rogue shifter chronicles: Book 1 - "My Knees Hurt When it Rains."

Guaranteed best seller.
Writers' Cafe / Re: website plugin question
« Last post by APeter on Today at 07:28:16 AM »
Thanks for the input.

Jetpack is one of the plugins recommended for websites, and it was already running on my system. But I'd never closely examined its functionality. Oh well, live and learn.
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