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In any endeavor, there are those who go beyond the boundaries of the law or the TOS or the rules, whatever you want to call it. None of that is whining about "fairness." It's about competing within the bounds of the spirit of the rule of law.

"People are getting away with it" is not a credible defense. "Other people do it" is not a credible defense. The fact that Amazon doesn't do a good job of policing is no defense.

Thank you, David.

For the record, I do not write romance, but I understand the genre and those who love it and want to write it. When you're looking at increasing competition, you can up your game and compete. When you're looking at people who are cheating their way to the top spots, and getting bonuses to do it, while making it almost impossible to market due to their huge ad spends, it makes it very hard to want to try.

Don't forget, those bonuses aren't tied to a genre, but to sales/page reads of any book in the program. So, if you write SF, but a romance scammer has taken a bonus you normally would have qualified for, that's okay? I know a few people in the situation.

As to the thing about it being the "unsuccessful" people doing all the complaining? Really? Do you people not know who most of those who are in the forefront of this? I may not be one of those people, but I hope to be someday. It would be a lot easier if I didn't have to battle the black hat SEO folks.

And I have plenty of time to read a few blog posts and articles, and get my word count for the day, thanks for everyone's concern. snort

For those who don't understand the basic issues:

It's not about long books.

It's not about reasonable bonus content.

It's not about hiring ghostwriters.

It's not about having happy readers who pounce on every word you write.

It's about those who have overrun indie publishing with bloated books, books stuffed with ten or more of the same files of individual content, rearranged, sometimes with a "new" story at the end and still ways to get people to click past all the junk they've seen before so the entire book is "read". This is to the tune of about $14 per "read". And before the KENPC was capped at 3K, it was more than that, often $20 or more.

And to think, people used to complain about people getting $1.30 per 10% read, though that was usually laid on the short story writers. Yes, there were scammer then, too, but at least they weren't getting 10% more money. Now the scamming is worse, because there's more money in it.

Now, get this. This isn't about those people who just love a certain author's work, and will happily reread the same content over and over. (This "reshuffling" comes about because you can only be paid once per borrow for content, so somebody re-borrowing your book gets you nothing.) It's about people using incentives -- raffles, other "free" stuff, gift cards and so on -- to get people to click through a book so the full payout is reached.

It's about people who hire click farms to "read" a book completely, to get the full payout. These people have the click farms borrow other author's work in order to mask their behavior, thus getting innocent authors' accounts terminated.

Put limits only on romance, and I'm sure we'll see this crap move on to other genres. It might be a little more work, but on the back end, the payout would still be huge. And that's all that matters to these people. They aren't writers, they aren't publishers, they're black hat marketers who don't care about anyone but themselves. They aren't our friends. They aren't our fellow writers trying to follow a dream and tell our stories. They're cheaters, plain and simple. Don't spare any of them a moment's concern, because they don't have any for you.
Now, maybe the states have made it simpler since then.

The estimate I saw yesterday in one analysis said 10,000 entities collect sales taxes. Five or six states do not. But most places you have state, county, and municipal taxes stacked.

Years ago, I worked on a contract in a state that levied sales tax on services. We had the vendor deliver their work to a branch office in a different city to save .75% in tax. Over the course of the contract, we saved $65,000.
aha. this explains why my estimate of royalties was off my actual payment. Thanks to those of you who look at that carefully and report it. I simply shrugged and moved on, and if someone hadn't reported it, I'd be out that money.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Hello! New Author Here
« Last post by Kaliharper on Today at 04:09:41 AM »
I think you can have both under the same name so long as the erotica isn't far from what you're focusing on in romance (nothing too crazy if you're working on vanilla romances, basically).

As for the pen names, you can have three to each author central account. You can make as many of those accounts as you like, but as stated above, you can only have one KDP (publishing) account.
Writers' Cafe / Re: 17 Very Actionable Email List Building Tips
« Last post by MsLucretia on Today at 04:08:42 AM »
This is wonderful, thank you so much- as a new author, I've been a bit worried about building a list and this was really helpful!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Another prawny attempt to hit #1 in my categories
« Last post by levz on Today at 04:03:48 AM »
Good luck with the promo!  :)
Nope, nothing yet.
Writers' Cafe / Re: 17 Very Actionable Email List Building Tips
« Last post by AdrianGHilder on Today at 04:02:23 AM »
Fantastic. A few ideas I have not seen before there.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Hello! New Author Here
« Last post by VirgiliaCoriolanus on Today at 03:50:08 AM »
I would do another pen name and separate your romantic stories from erotica. From what I have seen in romance reader groups, etc, some get very offended if you have explicit sex in any of your novels. I guess I'm desensitized because I've read fanfiction for years and years, and don't consider there to be a huge difference between romantic stories that has straight up porn as part of the story....

I am also pretty sure that you can have as many pennames as you want on amazon, but you cannot have more than one amazon kdp account.
Hi there,

Only just joined kboards despite lurking and reading for the last couple of years.
I'm hoping to network with other authors, run and participate in email ist building group promotions and any other cooperative book promotion activities with other authors.

I started writing my debut fantasy novel in October 2013 and published part one of that story in November 2016. I split the story in two as it was way too long for a debut but went ahead and published a single volume edition in February this year with a new cover and a KDP print edition. I like the single book better.

My Amazon author profile if you are interested in taking a look:

See you around...  ;D
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