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I come from London, England; stayed is pronounced as it is spelled - spaid. I've never heard it pronounced 'sted'.

Mind you, if you want a laugh, have a look at kdp forums and how many new writers, who think they have written a masterpiece, are complaining that they haven't had any 'sells'.

Did you mean to type staid? ;)
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Writers' Cafe / Re: We Need A Platform of Our Own
« Last post by Al Stevens on Today at 08:57:03 AM »
Consumers need a reason to change their behavior.
Right. I can think of only one feature that might provide such a reason. Enlist the endorsement and participation of a few celebrity indie authors with 500 lb. gorilla chops whose exclusive endorsement will attract readers.

Trouble is, finding one willing to take their books down from Amazon.

Hoops? If doing the setup and buying and downloading e-books isn't transparently convenient, even Stephen King won't bring them in.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: For heaven's sake, people, you're authors.
« Last post by Becca Mills on Today at 08:56:30 AM »
You both made me curious (piqued my interest, you might say  ;) ), as I know my mother (and others) have said so-and-so is "looking peaked."  So I just did a quick dictionary check and both dictionary.com and merriam webster list a definition of peaked as being pale or wan or sickly.

So, a slight variation in the word itself, but both having the same meaning.   8)

Well, cool. I've definitely heard the phrase "looking a little PEE-ked," but I don't think I've ever known which peak/peek/pique is in use there!
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I'll be honest here, this is the kind of thing I'd be interested in - I have an already built fantasy world at the ready where I could easily come up with a story for a tale or short novella starring a character with a disability. A fifteen-thousand word story is something I could have within a month. There are, however, a few issues I have with the proposal:

1- Timeframe. I'm not sure there are that many authors who have already-written fantasy stories whose protagonists have disabilities waiting for just the right box-set to submit to. It's a bit of a niche, after all. I could produce something like this within a month, but not within three days.

2- Buy-in price seems really steep to me. You'd be getting about $1000 just for cover art and advertising. Where are you expecting to advertise? How? Because we're looking for over $500 on advertising, which is far more than most authors spend on their own novels. What's the plan specifically?

3- Your account is new to Kboards, and I'm sorry to say that raises some alarms to me - I have no reason to believe you are who you claim to be. Anyone could take the name of a published author, open a thread for a box-set, see if they can get a few fools to bite then run with the money (particularly at that price...) So, is there any way to confirm you are who you say you are?
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And THIS is why I'd like a dedicated physical home button. Then you could set touch off and leave it off until you needed to do something else besides turn pages. :)

I had the Kindle Keyboard and one of the page buttons broke. I'm not a fan of mechanical buttons. New technology for Luddites makes no sense.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon AMS Headline Ads
« Last post by MajesticMonkey on Today at 08:50:29 AM »
You'll also need a ton of money.... I heard the minimum for these ads is $10k USD. Good luck!
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Ping!
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Writers' Cafe / Re: We Need A Platform of Our Own
« Last post by Dan C. Rinnert on Today at 08:49:01 AM »
I 'get' that to you and many others out there who just want to 'click and forget' and get your daily fix of whatever genre you enjoy. However, the fact is that 'WE' the authors (some, or many) would like to see a change in how business is conducted. Our work is of value, if you value it, then you will support the author, if you don't, you will continue to do what suits you (and hail the freedom to do as you choose, I'm not about to deny anyone that).

I'm reminded of Betsy's comment whenever she locks a thread: "Lots of other threads."  Same for books.  Lots of other books out there.  Maybe if you're a big name author, people might jump through a couple hoops to buy your book.  For everyone not a big name author, not so much.  We all may have dedicated fans that might jump through a couple hoops to buy our books, but the casual reader--the one who might one day become a dedicated fan--isn't going to do that.  They are not going to jump through hoops for an unknown.  Customers can't value an author's work until after they've read something by that author.  And if you make them go through hoops to buy something from an unknown author, they are just going to buy a book from a different author whose book is easier to buy.

I mean, it would be great if you could get hundreds or thousands of authors to leave Amazon and put their efforts into selling from their own storefront where people have to "sideload" books or whatever else to get books onto their devices.  That would mean less competition and more sales for the authors that stay on Amazon.


That said, the other difference, as far as I know, is that there's no exclusivity in the music world. Itunes doesn't force musicians to only sell on iTunes. Nor does Spotify. Or any of the others.

Amazon doesn't force exclusivity either.  No one forces authors to check that little box to keep their books in Select.  Plenty of authors don't.


I do think indies could create a dynamic and vibrant "indie" scene... but most indies have zero interest in that. They want to break into the mainstream. They don't want to make trends, they want to follow trends.

They don't want to follow trends: they want to sell books.  Plenty of authors have books that are "outside the box".  Their books don't fit into easy genres.  Their books don't follow specific trends.  Their books aren't written to market.  And their books largely do not sell.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: After-holidays launch
« Last post by MajesticMonkey on Today at 08:46:37 AM »
I launched in the week of Thanksgiving and it was a horrible idea. The "summer slump" launch did almost 5* better. Gutted I wasted months of work. Lesson don't launch during Holidays.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: For heaven's sake, people, you're authors.
« Last post by Doglover on Today at 08:43:50 AM »
This blog post got me going: https://blogs.baruch.cuny.edu/cacophony/2011/11/09/stay-staying-sted-who-is-teaching-these-kids-grammar/

The guy overhears a dispute about the past tense of stay (= stayed) between three teenaged girls. One insists that the past tense of stay is sted, while the others aren't sure. The girl who's certain it's sted asks him, and he points out that it's actually stayed. This leads him to reflect on the sorry state of grammar education and the bad influence of texting.

While he's right about the spelling, he's wrong about the pronunciation--which is probably what got the sted girl confused. Across large swaths of eastern Canada (and I'm guessing parts of the U.S. and the UK), stayed is pronounced sted. I know this because the sted-sayers include me.

Now, the reason I got exercised is this: The blog is hosted by the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute--yes, people who teach communications. You'd think they'd be a little more knowledgeable about regional dialects.

 

I come from London, England; stayed is pronounced as it is spelled - spaid. I've never heard it pronounced 'sted'.

Mind you, if you want a laugh, have a look at kdp forums and how many new writers, who think they have written a masterpiece, are complaining that they haven't had any 'sells'.
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