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Stone and Silt
by Harvey Chute

$2.99
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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Writers' Cafe / Re: Buyer Beware
« on: Today at 03:38:23 AM »
I might live to regret this post, but I feel it's my responsibility to share my experience. I hope I don't get a bunch of 1-star bombs for stating my truth. I just don't want others to experience what I recently went through.

For my last series launch, I ordered a very expensive ad. I understand there are no guarantees regarding the number of sales generated, but for the amount I spent, I expected a bit more than 90 sales for the day. Whatever, I've moved on. That isn't the bad part.

The bad part is that Amazon stripped my rank a few days after the launch. My new book just disappeared from all the HNRs. Then I got an email from Amazon stating: we detected purchases or borrows of your book(s) originating from accounts attempting to manipulate sales rank.  As a result, the sales rank on the following book(s) will not be visible until we determine this activity has ceased.

I was on the phone for hours and sending emails to get it cleared up. The rank is back, but my book lost a week of exposure and who knows what this means for those inscrutable algorithms. #totalfail

I know many of us are eager to get sales, so we'll try anything. I'm just saying be aware of the 3rd party advertisers you decide to work with because ultimately you are responsible. And it's your account that will be removed, not the advertiser.

Self-publishing is difficult enough, don't make it any harder on yourself.   :-X

This has really been concerning me. It hasn't happened to me yet, but when I run a freebooksy ad (I can't seem to get a bookbub) and then see a massive spike, I get really antsy.

Also, I read DG's study and quite a few people seem to be hit after running nothing but AMS ads. This is scary too, because it means that Amazon isn't even taking its own data into consideration. It's just random targeting.

Sorry to hear it happened to you Simone!

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I tried to order a proof copy from kdp of a book a couple of days ago.

The shipping was around 6 GBP, which meant the proof would cost me over 11 GBP.

So I just changed the price of the paperback down to 4.99 GBP and ordered a copy using Prime (free shipping), then jacked the price back up.

This is silly! Why am I paying for shipping when I can simply order a copy of Amazon for free postage and next day delivery? Why aren't they making it cheaper?

(I have not been offered "author" copies yet)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I fix websites (and I build them, too)
« on: November 16, 2017, 03:20:15 PM »
Can you answer questions about weebly as well as word press?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Help! Why arent my books selling?
« on: November 16, 2017, 11:33:22 AM »
Thank you for this.  Can't lie.  I started feeling a tad despondent. :-/

Truly no need to feel down. Self publishing is a massive learning curve. You've learned so much already. How to load up a book and get a cover and set up an account and a million other things you didn't realise. And now you've learned some of the rookie mistakes that loads of us made at the beginning!

I released my first book without even a proofread. It was riddled with errors, but I was confident that I was far too intelligent to have missed any such thing. Oh, the arrogance, LOL. At least you haven't done that! I got lampooned in the early reviews.

And now you've learned some more, just by starting this thread. So, well done you for the constant learning and improving  :D that's the best way to tackle this business.

I totally agree with the others though that said to unpublish and start over re-pubbing them again from scratch.  Personally I wouldn't change the covers, I quite like them, but do change the blurb, and do see if you can get the book a bit more "ready" for English speakers, you'll need help for that, but I'm pretty sure there is a thread here for an editor who will do an entire book for $30. Maybe seek that thread out?

Also, another thing you can bare in mind is that in my first three months published I made a whopping $15 in the entire three months... But now, it's my job and pays our mortgage. And congratulation for even finishing a book, two in fact. You should be proud not despondent. x

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Help! Why arent my books selling?
« on: November 16, 2017, 02:07:40 AM »
For me, having just looked at the first book, it's the blurb.

The only hook is the letter and it's WAY down at the bottom. I would start with that. this isn't perfect but maybe gives you a general idea to start with?

Carina had never received a letter before. As an orphan, raised in a convent, she'd assumed she was alone in the world. So who would be writing to her? And why was the wording so mysterious? Clearly the sender could unlock the secrets of her unknown past, and so Carina has no option but to set out to discover the truth for herself.

Setting out for a remote village on the Italian coast, Carina discovers how truly naive she is about the world around her. But will it be worth it if it leads her to the mother she always yearned for and never knew she had?


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Writers' Cafe / Re: I'm in a bind
« on: November 14, 2017, 10:57:33 AM »
I'm thinking of the Indiana Jones quest for the Grail where he had to pass tests to show he was worthy. One of them was a leap of faith. Maybe they should be asked to cross a lake on a shaft of moon light, and if they don't trust her to carry them safely then it is betrayal and if they step out onto the water then it shows trust. (water would have to be deep and scary or something though, not just a case of wet feet).

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C.J. Archer has a site that I think nails it down, top to bottom.

Wow, yes,  you're right, it's perfect. I've changed my mind, I want my site to look like hers  ;)

http://cjarcher.com/

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I really love Jilly Coopers website. I wish I could make mine just like it.

http://www.jillycooper.co.uk/index.html

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I have merged the two threads.

Marie Clemente, please consider this your official vendor thread.

Thanks
Evenstar (Mod)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Marie Clemente: Ghostwriting & Editing (KB discounts!)
« on: November 13, 2017, 10:23:13 AM »
Greetings, Marie Clemente! You're welcome to promote your business and website here in the Writers' Cafe.

Now that you have an official thread, you'll want to add your listing to our Yellow Pages, found here: http://www.kboards.com/yp/. The listing is free to KB members and is completely self-service; you can add and edit your listing from the page. More information on our Yellow Pages listing can be found here.

In your thread here, we ask that the same basic rules be followed as we have for authors in the Book Bazaar: you may have this one thread about your service and must post to it rather than start a new thread each time. New threads about the service will be removed. Please bookmark this thread so that you can find it again when you want to post. You may not make back-to-back posts to the thread within seven days. If someone responds (as I'm doing with this post), you may reply to them, but otherwise you must wait seven days. Please note that very short or (one- or two-word) posts with no meaningful information are discouraged and may be deleted at the moderators' discretion. Lastly, your posts and images will need to meet our "forum decorum" guidelines, which is the case for every member.

Note that members are allowed to provide civil and honest feedback about your service in this thread. This feedback may include criticisms as well as kudos. You may respond in a civil manner. Members may also ask questions -- about how the service works, for example, or what they will get for their money, or whether your service adheres to Amazon's terms of service.

Disputes between you and clients should be handled off-site.

Thanks,
Evenstar
KBoards Moderator

(Note that this welcome does not constitute an endorsement or vetting of a service by KBoards. Members should do due diligence when considering using a service.)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Confessions...
« on: November 13, 2017, 02:59:18 AM »
I can top that. I don't read books anymore.


I almost never "read" any more. I am an audio book freak. How mindblowingly amazing is it then I can empty the dishwasher or put clean sheets on all the beds at the same time as indulging in my reading habit?

But if I want a book and it isn't on audio then I simply buy the kindle edition and switch on the text to speech option. It sounds as stilted as a ladder, but I still race through the books I love that way.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Confessions...
« on: November 12, 2017, 01:12:26 PM »
Speaking of Easter eggs, a character in my second novel, Diamond White, is reading one of Evenstar's books.

No way! You just got bumped to the top of my "favourite members" list 

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Confessions...
« on: November 12, 2017, 01:39:55 AM »
I have the names of my children in every book I've written. Sometimes as a character who gets a single mention, but more often as something else (because their names are a flower and a semi-precious stone).  It's my personal easter egg for me.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: D2D distributes to Amazon
« on: November 07, 2017, 09:56:05 AM »
No, you can't distribute as free. Has to be price-matched.

Bleh, what is the point in that case?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Let's Write a Novel in a Week Vol. 3
« on: November 07, 2017, 09:55:06 AM »
Ooh, only just seen this. I love following Kate's writing marathons, they are super inspiring.

I only have to write 15k this week, but it will be a trial with family commitments coming out of my ears. But I'll be following and cheering.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: D2D distributes to Amazon
« on: November 07, 2017, 09:25:45 AM »
What the email I got didn't say is if we can upload perma-free without any of the hassle of price matching?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: My 12 y.o. son is an entrepreneur!
« on: November 07, 2017, 03:05:57 AM »
This is a VERY clever idea.

As a parent myself it would be fantastic to go to a "genuine" kid-rated site and see what books are ranking well for my child's age group.

You need to help him grow it. Maybe get some set books on the list for a team of kids to review. Maybe contact some of the big publishers and ask for review copies to be sent of new books they want to push. Get on Mumsnet (or whatever the US equivalent is and get more parents involved - they will be thrilled with any activity that gets their child reading more.) I know my son would be very enthusiastic about seeing his reviews appear online (but he's only five so they would not be reading the best seller list yet, lol).

And then when it's built up a bit, look at advertising revenue. This could be a golden money maker.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Trying not to take things personally...
« on: November 07, 2017, 02:59:08 AM »
So my AMS ads are getting a good click/impression ratio, but that's not translating into sales or pages reads. The potential customers had already seen the cover, and knew the price when they clicked the ad. I'm pretty confident in the blurb, which was workshopped on the board (thank you!) So that leaves my author bio. Is it too... something?

"Bob Brunner has worked as a police dispatcher and 911-operator for multiple agencies. He has seen people at their worst, and their best. He has comforted the victim, and engaged with the suicidal. He has testified at trial, and heard a mans last words.

He lives in the city he dispatches for and knows more about his neighbors than he should.

He has written all his life. He is working on something now."

I see nothing wrong with it. I very much doubt it is impacting sales.

Though if you did want some feedback on it then it is a bit morbid. I'm all for upbeat and would like to hear some of the best as well as the worst.

Instead of "engaged with the suicidal" I'd go with something wonderful like "helped a five year old boy deliver his baby sister" or some touching story like that.

Stuff like "hearing a man's last words" would make a great blog piece for your site and would probably generate some great twitter clicks or facebook likes. It's definitely an angle you can play to get traffic to your work.  But maybe should be left off your bio?

I like the last two lines though. Maybe finish with: He is working on something now - if you want to know what then visit his site at www.....

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What Are Your Plans For 2018?
« on: November 06, 2017, 11:59:19 AM »
Tie the knot, probably.

Congratulations!!


I have planned out seven novels and two novellas.

But I only ever seem to achieve about half of what I plan. So.... 3.5 novels and one novella?

BUT - my youngest will be starting pre-school in 2018 after Easter which means no toddler in the house all day for the first time in five years, so there is a very real chance I might actually be able to do it next year!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Responses to InstaFreebie Social Media Posts
« on: November 05, 2017, 11:17:15 AM »
EEk! Not good

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Yea or Nay for a first book cover?
« on: November 05, 2017, 11:13:57 AM »
Hey Michael,
I had extra stock images left on a sub,
so I threw a quick mockup together for ya to get you through until you can get booked with a professional. No worries if you don't want to use it. Figured I'd try to help if I can.

 

Amber, are you back to making covers again? I used to rave over your work

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is this even worth it?
« on: November 05, 2017, 01:18:18 AM »
Congratulations! You are now a published author.

Here is a conversation you will have many many times:

"What do you do?"

"I'm an author."


"Really? What do you write?"

"Science Fiction."

"Would I have seen it?"

"Maybe, have a look on Amazon."

"That's so cool. I always wanted to write Science Fiction...."


(bow out of the conversation at this point as quickly as you can)



I don't need to reiterate what many of the others have already told you, but I would add that you need to get a series link in place on your book product page. Email KDP and ask for it, it usually takes a few days.

If you have extra material only available on bookfunnel then use it as an incentive for people to sign up to your mailing list, rather than have it freely available.

For goodness sake raise your prices to $3.99 for a second book in a series. And maybe think about having paperback versions too, and make them quite expensive so that people feel they are getting real value with the ebook.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: For heaven's sake, people, you're authors.
« on: November 05, 2017, 01:51:04 AM »
Well give it some context, then it's easy. 'I gave the horse free rein and he found his way home'.


Ah, but I gave the king a free reign

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How to Write a Great Novel
« on: November 03, 2017, 02:19:11 AM »
But how do I write a grate novel? About grates? The grate market is untapped.

LOL

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I've always wanted to write middle grade fantasy adventure along the lines of The lion, the witch and the wardrobe. And maybe if I was writing now just for pleasure then I would do just that. But as a career decision I simply can't afford to waste my time...

I know that hurts, because it hurts me just to say it, but it's the hard truth. It's a very very difficult market for indies, and it's just as hard to get a trad publisher interested as well. But if it was my one true passion then I'd probably be looking for a trad deal.

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