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I doubt she's an author. She seems like a YouTube personality that had a book written for her. So I find her behavior neither inappropriate nor surprising given who she is and what she does for a living (which isn't writing).

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This is the ARC policy people have been referring to:

Although products may be provided to customers for free or at a discount, and those customers may write reviews, any attempt to influence or manipulate reviews is prohibited, including conditioning any future benefit on writing a review or the content of the review. Benefits include but are not limited to: future opportunities to receive free or discounted products, continued membership in a program or club, cash rebates or gift certificates, entry into contests or sweepstakes, bonus digital content or credits, and ratings or referrals that may affect the recipient's chances of receiving other benefits.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=202094170

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Writers' Cafe / Re: A different kind of launch thread
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:28:06 PM »
I was surprised by what seemed to me to be the low conversion rate from the clicks from your mailing list. Iíve always been all in with KU, so borrows have made it impossible for me to calculate this stat for my own launches, but I guess I always assumed it would be higher since itís a very targeted group and they know exactly what theyíre clicking through to. Why would they click and then not buy? Do you think itís because itís a new series, a more expensive launch, a lot of Instafreebie subscribers who may not be converts yet, or just that thatís about normal for mailing list subscribers? (I realise you donít have any other wide launches to compare with!)

Maybe some other wide authors could chime in with their own experiences?
If this was her first wide launch, some could have clicked expecting it to be in KU. Personally, I add books to my wish list until I'm ready to read them, so I might actually buy them/borrow them months or years after I first decided to read them.

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"Thank you for your interest, but I'm afraid you wouldn't be a good fit for my ARC team at this time."

Then block.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Poll - Flat rate for KU page reads
« on: June 10, 2018, 04:15:55 AM »
Under a flat rate the problem with Scammers and Stuffers would be Amazon's problem and they would have to absorb the loss or solve the problem.
This right here explains why it'll be a cold day in Hades before they move to that system.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you hear your characters speak?
« on: June 07, 2018, 10:17:26 PM »
Yes. It's so bad that when I'm doing dictation I'll be imitating their voices and my dictation software will get everything I said wrong cause my speech pattern changed.

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How long does it take you to release a book? Please define slow for me.
I'd say I release maybe 50k words a year. Ideally, I'd release 300k words a year.

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I don't produce enough, fast enough. I think I've gotten to the point where I could write satisfying books, but I release waaaaay too slow.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: AMS numbers are questionable
« on: June 01, 2018, 04:32:23 PM »
I thought I was going crazy and had just imagined I had more clicks than I did because the number dropped and that shouldn't be possible. I believed their reporting over my own memory from last night.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon pricing request confusion
« on: May 22, 2018, 07:28:40 PM »
They are both $2.99 in America. So grats on at least getting that much sorted. No idea how...OH! Check to see if the other stores have Aussie versions that Amazon might be price matching. It would be easier if Amazon just sent a email notifying you of a price match and a link for where they got the price from.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The bubble has burst
« on: May 20, 2018, 10:56:17 PM »
Who are the Masterminds?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon has reduced author's royalties
« on: May 20, 2018, 10:34:51 PM »
There is one problem with your theory (okay, several, but hopefully this will be evidence enough to convince you). When I search "toothpaste" it has the exact same setup of sponsored products being featured over non-sponsored products as our books.

So do I think Amazon figured out they could sell visibility on their site and make a mint? Yes.

Do I think they are doing it to take away authors hard earned money because they hate us and want our babies to starve? Only if they hate Colgate too.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon pricing request confusion
« on: May 20, 2018, 10:24:26 PM »
We in Australia dont see the actual price. We see an adjusted price for Australia.
Yep, this must be it because Amazon says $2.51 for me, the exact same price it is at Google Play.

To get your book to be $2.99 at Google Play you need to sell it for $3.94.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon pricing request confusion
« on: May 20, 2018, 10:19:56 PM »
It looks like they are trying to price match.

It's 99 cents at Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jubilee-year-gerard-oneill/1122660779?ean=2940155047469
It's 2.51 at Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Gerard_O_Neill_Jubilee_Year?id=3dBNDwAAQBAJ

The price difference might be currency conversion?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Are Also Boughts Gone?
« on: May 19, 2018, 04:40:27 PM »
Quite strange seeing so many authors saying they never look at sponsored ads as readers, but at the same time expect readers to buy their books from sponsored ads.

Puzzling.
As far as I can tell, my ads are mostly getting me borrows which is raising my rank and gets me more visibility and that get me the occasional sale.  I bought ads for books that weren't in KU and I was hemorrhaging money until I put them in KU.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Are Also Boughts Gone?
« on: May 19, 2018, 02:48:45 PM »
I placed an order on Amazon two days ago.  Some of the things I bought were the result of browsing the also-boughts.  As far as I can recall, I've never purchased anything from a sponsored ad.  I've never even clicked on a sponsored ad except by accident.  From the other comments in this thread, I'm guessing my experience is closer to the norm than the exception.  If that's the case, then getting rid of the also-boughts would be Amazon's version of New Coke, which is why I doubt they'll do it.

For you kids who are too young to remember the New Coke debacle:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Coke
I often clicked on sponsored ads, but usually for cover design ideas. I never bought anything. It wasn't until I started paying for my own ads did I realize I was costing these people money. So now I guiltily click on sponsored ads for cover design ideas.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Question for Romance Writers.
« on: May 19, 2018, 02:45:05 PM »
;D

We haven't even gotten to the success/failure of the romantic relationships. I think we're still covering putting them in there. But I like the note about them getting the HEA.


Unrelated, but does anyone else notice how PoCs talk to other PoCs versus non-PoCs? I was at the fabric store earlier (unrelated) and I was listening to a Black woman talk to this White woman about fabric. I don't know if it was purposeful or not, but she heavily used ebonics in the discussion while managing to sound like she was from the backwoods of nowhere. Now, the appearance didn't help. Let's say, she looked incredibly casual. While the white woman looked very put together and her child was wearing a dress.

When the Black woman moved to get her fabric cut, her tone changed towards the worker (a Black woman). I wish I could describe it more, but these are the types of interactions I expect to experience in a novel if you expect me to picture a PoC as the main-- interactions where the PoC changes the way they speak to others based on the color of their skin because, yes, it's real. I know there's a name for it, but I can't think of it at the moment.
While I do code switch, it's usually the reverse of what you're describing. I sound whiter around white people and blacker around black people. It's not even a conscious choice. I also pick up Indian accents which is really bad because they probably think I'm trying to mock them.

One time I was watching Jerry Springer or something and I started talking about it and I was in full sista gurl mode in front of my white friend who was just tickled pink to watch me shift like that.

It stems from people thinking negatively of me if I don't speak to them in a certain way.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Question for Romance Writers.
« on: May 19, 2018, 12:25:30 PM »
I disagree. Characters are more more often associated/angled towards/influenced by, the gender, age, social standing, color, race, and abilities of the reader. If you do not state that your protag is a white redhead, and you have a chinese reader, chances are high it will be easier for them to relate as the character being closer to their own.
If you are a Chinese person from China and everyone you know is Chinese and so are most of the characters you are exposed to, then yes, your default human being is Chinese. But if you're a Chinese person born and raised in America and almost all characters you are exposed to are white and 70% of them are male, then yes, your default human being ends up being a white male.

Ask some minorities, most will tell you that they don't picture their race/gender when there is ambiguity. The reason for this is because they are likely to be wrong. And our brains aren't try to make us feel included, they are try to come to the right conclusion.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Are Also Boughts Gone?
« on: May 18, 2018, 07:48:13 PM »
Yeah, it looks like they are testing different layouts. Worst case scenario is we end up with two rows of ads and no also boughts.

I've also noticed that my searches are now almost exclusively sponsored products instead of a few sponsored products at the top and the rest what I actually searched for. We must be making Amazon bank with those ads if they are considering this.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Question for Romance Writers.
« on: May 18, 2018, 07:34:56 PM »
Not in any definition I've ever seen. Satin and satiny refer entirely to texture- smooth and shiny like satin fabric. I can't find any place where it is used to describe color.
Shiny is something visible. So even taking that with the color tells you it's a shiny version of the color as this is the first time she'd seen the girl and hadn't touched her skin to know what it felt like. So while you might object to her use of adjectives, satiny brown doesn't imply the character is white.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Tweeters
« on: May 18, 2018, 12:25:40 AM »
I tried this once. I'm pretty sure they tweeted my book three times the length I paid for without managing to sell a single copy.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Question for Romance Writers.
« on: May 18, 2018, 12:11:11 AM »
I didn't realize Rue wasn't white either, but it had nothing to do with Prim. I pictured Rue as having olive skin and Katniss a shade lighter. Rue was described as having "satiny brown" skin, and I think I had no idea what that means, because I associate satin with light and gentle colors for some reason--I think it's because of makeup called satin that I used to have, so I pictured the first thing that combination of words evoked in my mind. I guess satiny in this case means smooth? That didn't occur to me when I was reading the book.
When something is satiny, it's a darker version of that color. So if I had a satiny red shirt, it'd be a darker red than red. This is what satiny brown looks like: https://rudebelle.com/product/brown-satin-floral-set/

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Question for Romance Writers.
« on: May 17, 2018, 09:33:51 PM »
I think this was two things. One was that people didn't realize Rue wasn't white, which is understandable IMO because most of her descriptions focus on how much she reminds Katniss of Prim.

The other was that the studio was casting only white actors for the role of Katniss. She is more racially ambiguous in the book, so she could be white, but she could also be not white. People were upset that non-white actors weren't considered, though I think we'd all agree that Jennifer Lawrence did a great job.
The problem with that is that Rue was described in the book. Her race was made clear. It was clear her district was supposed to be a southern plantation. The problem I have is that people overwrote information they were given because they couldn't imagine a little black girl reminding Katniss of her little sister and that is messed up.

And while Katniss is described as having olive skin, it's pretty clear her district is the Appalachians, so I just pictured a white girl with a tan. The only person I pictured differently in book one is Cinna because his description is short cropped black hair and gold eyeliner, which they do in the movie, but I had imagined a white man because everyone is white unless specified which in the case of Rue and Thresh, it was made clear they were black, it just didn't count for some reason.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Question for Romance Writers.
« on: May 16, 2018, 08:59:09 AM »
Racism, as this was touched in this thread, is a completely normal, natural phenomenon. Just as the ethnic/tribal othering which is more common here. It is part of our genetic and instinct-driven inheritance. Apes do it, most animals do it. It's a genetic trait you can't just shed at will. If you believe that, you kid yourself. You can suppress it, but the instinct is built into people and it has a direct bearing on our survival. That's why evolution put it there. That doesn't excuse racist behaviour, because of course we need to civilise ourselves eventually. But the knowledge that it is evolutionary should at least temper the reaction of people, I'd say.
I disagree. Tribes and races are not the same thing. And it would be counter-intuitive biologically since we're more likely to be killed by people of our own race. Also, some people adore/fetishize other races which would happen far less commonly. They've done studies with young children and found they don't make racial distinctions. It's something people are taught.

People believe what they are brought up to believe whether some races are rapists and thugs or others have naturally submissive women and are good at math. If your theory was true then all races should be equally afraid of each other, which isn't the reality.

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There are indeed, but when you sell two copies and nothing else ever again (and loads of other people do the same) how do you decide the books ranking? I mean, if there are 6000 books that only sell 2 copies in their lifetime, how does one decide which book is number 1 and which is number 6000?
Whichever book had the most recent sell. Sometimes I stop promoting for whatever reason and my books drop around 1 mil, when I start again, that first sale pops me back up to about 150k, then it starts dropping like a rock until I get another sale. But if the book had been around 300k and a sale pops it up to 100k, then the decline is much slower than if it'd been at 1 mil when I got sale/borrow.

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