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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do Amazon think OUR books belong to THEM?
« on: May 25, 2018, 05:58:38 PM »
Didn't your mom ever tell you, if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all?
No. She was big on "don't let the cops in without a search warrant" though.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bookbub Pricing Question
« on: May 25, 2018, 05:35:21 PM »
Well, since BookBub basically only accepts free or .99 for most indies, I think you're stuck with one of those.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do Amazon think OUR books belong to THEM?
« on: May 25, 2018, 05:21:49 PM »
So ... it's "Make Something Up to Complain About" Night, huh? Pass.

Writers' Cafe / Re: For Cozy Writers
« on: May 25, 2018, 03:28:38 PM »
I quite enjoy the puns.
Me, too. The puns are the second thing that attract me, right after the cover.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Author Reboot - Advice Requested
« on: May 25, 2018, 03:08:10 PM »
If I was looking for an audience and a strong launch of a new series without a dedicated following I would wait until I had three books to launch. Period. That's the way most people are finding new success these days.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: May 25, 2018, 09:15:26 AM »
9K written, 9K edited

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quick question about vanishing reviews
« on: May 25, 2018, 04:28:35 AM »
I lost more than 2,000 reviews on a book yesterday and got them back today. One of the Harry Potter books lost 30K, so it's everybody. It's a glitch. Relax. They will come back.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: May 24, 2018, 09:01:36 AM »
9K written, 9K edited. Pool time.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon going the way of B&N?
« on: May 24, 2018, 08:14:40 AM »
Boils the frost off my chin when I buy a product (not always book) on Amz, and immediately, that identical product (Just bought an air compressor) starts showing up on every page and every pop-up.  That very same compressor, which according to the PR will last me twenty years -- I just bought it folks, I don't need another one for twenty years ...   AT least sell me something else   :(

Pages must be in cahoots too - when I buy on Amz, it shows up on Google and FB right after I buy it.  Weird.
That happens wherever you buy from. That's why Hot Topic, ThinkGeek, Free People, etc. are all over my online experience. It's hardly just Amazon.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Someone drank the #CockyGate Kool-aid
« on: May 23, 2018, 01:40:58 PM »
She already backed down and is canceling the trademark.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: May 23, 2018, 08:29:41 AM »
9K written, 9K edited. Now it's time for my first day in the pool. The only decision I have left is what I'm going to read.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Lured to the dark side...
« on: May 22, 2018, 03:52:32 PM »
A mid-six-figure advance. No non-compete clause. A liberal reversion clause for when they stop marketing the book. That's just to look at the offer. Otherwise, they can't help me.

Writers' Cafe / Re: ACX Romance Package Payouts for 1Q2018
« on: May 22, 2018, 11:27:14 AM »
I've tried to be let out of the program five times and turned down each time.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: May 22, 2018, 11:01:04 AM »
9K written, 9K edited. Now it's time to work on the pool because tomorrow is the first swimming day of the year.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: May 21, 2018, 12:05:19 PM »
9K written, 9K edited

It's all different artists. Who are you looking at specifically?

Writers' Cafe / Re: The bubble has burst
« on: May 20, 2018, 04:01:33 PM »
You can write what you like to read and still write to market. In fact, that's how the bulk of people make a living in the author business. For the record, writing to trend and writing to market are not the same thing (although a lot of people seem to pretend they are). It's simply not true. You can't bring the market to you. You have to go to the market.

You're an awesome example, but...

I think at this point, it would be wise to point out that by far the majority of people can't do this, or can't do this long-term, and that it's not about "being disciplined" or "training a muscle" or some such, and moreover, that there is nothing wrong with you if you can't do it, and moreover no. 2 that you can still earn a a good living not writing thousands upon thousands of words a day and publishing once a month. There are countless people doing it. Production in and of itself is not the only answer.

Having been on the boards since 2011, I've seen many people push the write, write, write write model and... er. For most people, it just crashes somewhere. If you find a way to make it work long-term, great, but the OP clearly isn't making it work, I personally gave up trying after a month (because I can't plot stories that I'd be happy to release at that speed) and most importantly, if you aren't enjoying it and you feel you're rushing, it's not worth doing long-term.

A balance between writing new stuff that hits certain points and promotional activities that keep your backlist selling is the best way if you don't want to write a book a month.
I actually wasn't suggesting anyone do it. I was responding to the guy who asked "Is anyone doing it?"

I am still working to get my head around writing an 80k word novel in a week. And then doing it again and again. Is anyone else here doing that? On my best day, I once wrote 5k words -- and then I needed a couple of days to recalibrate. Maybe I'm just not trying hard enough.
I write 9K a day and edit another 9K a day five days a week. That's pretty much 49 weeks a year (I take a few weeks off for trips). It's all about discipline. I can write 9K in about four hours including short breaks between chapters. I edit 9K in about an hour. I usually have a few busywork tasks to do, too, but never more than an hour's worth.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: May 18, 2018, 12:43:55 PM »
9K written, 6K edited

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: May 17, 2018, 11:10:19 AM »
9K written, 6K edited

(As if we could pay with cash.   :P )

No, but some people try to get around the rules with gift cards.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: May 16, 2018, 11:17:46 AM »
9K written, 9K edited

Writers' Cafe / Re: ACX Royalties?
« on: May 16, 2018, 08:51:38 AM »
It depends on how many copies you moved and what form the copies were moved in. There's no standard number.

Apple folks....

you can turn off the smart punctuation thingies...

Go to Settings > General > Keyboard, and then turn off the "Smart Punctuation" toggle.
I just tested this and I'm really hoping it worked.

Edited: It did.

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