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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: February 17, 2018, 10:09:29 AM »
Wrote 3K and edited 15K.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: February 16, 2018, 12:14:56 PM »
9K written and 9K edited. Plan to do a little more over the weekend.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Layoffs at B&N stores
« on: February 16, 2018, 08:44:53 AM »
You might contact retirement homes in your area to see if they want books. In some cases, they'll even pick them up. Just a thought.
I much prefer reading on my Kindle. Buying physical books is a pain. I'm getting the Oasis to read in the pool this summer so I probably won't buy more physical books except for the illustrated Harry Potters.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Layoffs at B&N stores
« on: February 16, 2018, 06:56:23 AM »
The B&N physical store in my neighborhood still does well and I go once a month. I limit myself because I buy a lot of books (usually research stuff) and buying physical books is a pain from a storage standpoint and if I don't like what I buy I either have to toss it or arrange for it to get donated. There's no convenient library for donations and it's a big thing. I still love my Barnes & Noble, though. What I don't love is that more than half the floor is now taken up by toys. I don't go to B&N for toys. I go for books and and the selection is steadily dwindling. Toys is not the way B&N is going to survive. I do think they could survive if they changed things but at the present moment they're making every wrong decision rather than one right one.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Giving away audible/audio copies?
« on: February 15, 2018, 01:25:12 PM »
Go to the Facebook Flash Giveaway and follow the instructions. Do it for however many codes you want to give out. It's pretty easy.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: February 15, 2018, 10:07:12 AM »
9K written on a new book and 9K edited. I also added another 9K of editing to my totals from yesterday before going to bed last night. I might do the same tonight but I'm going to Target first.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:23:07 AM »
9K edited and 9K written. Main writing on this one is done. I start a new one tomorrow.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: February 13, 2018, 09:23:29 AM »
9K edited, 9K written. I should finish the writing on this one tomorrow.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: February 12, 2018, 10:33:26 AM »
I wrote 6K over the weekend. Started out my new week with 9K written and 9K edited.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: unknown author gives away free copies...and is excited!
« on: February 12, 2018, 08:11:56 AM »
If they downloaded it for free and not in KU, you won't get reads. If you had 18 downloads show up on your report, you won't get page reads for them. Borrows don't show up on reports and the page reads are associated with borrows.

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The floor for a Top 100 US bonus if usually around 4m/4.1m but obviously that varies. Not exactly sure on individual title bonuses for the US but I think they are north of 1.5m to get anything.
I don't think the 1.5 million is right for individual titles. I usually have at least one title a month with more than that and rarely get individual title bonuses. In December, for example, I had two books with right around 2 million reads each and didn't get a bonus for either title. I have a book with 2.9 million reads for January. I will report back if that gets a bonus.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is there a downturn in Kindle sales and KU reads?
« on: February 12, 2018, 05:16:53 AM »
My reads look normal and right about where they should be.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Novel series vs. novella series question
« on: February 10, 2018, 09:51:07 AM »
I have 30K novellas in the same series as 85K mysteries and the full novels do much, much better. I keep doing the novellas more for advertising than anything else.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: February 09, 2018, 10:27:52 AM »
9K

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Writers' Cafe / Re: At least a hundred books published?
« on: February 08, 2018, 11:40:16 AM »
According to Book Report I have 235. That does not include preorders, of which I probably have ten titles on preorder right now). Also, that includes a good thirty to forty old erotica shorts that are no more, a good 50 or so omnibuses, 15 30,000-word shorts (which I do not consider in my total because they're not full novels), and about 10 temporary samplers that have come and gone. I have published more than 100 full novels, though. I passed that mark between my two names in September. And, yes, notjohn. They're all total crap.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: February 08, 2018, 10:55:22 AM »
9K. We have a big storm coming in tonight so now I have to run errands and get groceries. I'm officially ready for spring.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: At least a hundred books published?
« on: February 08, 2018, 09:33:13 AM »
No, and I would be extremely skeptical of anyone who has. The KDP has been in existence for only ten years, so -- ten books a year? Nobody can write and format anything worth reading in five or six weeks' time. Not even Georges Simeon, who only had to write them.
Oh, I love you, too.  :-*

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Giving away audible/audio copies?
« on: February 07, 2018, 04:21:39 PM »
Amanda how do you give away the codes? You create a facebook post saying i'm giving away codes through rafflecopter but how to you hand them out? Do you have to email them? I wouldn't want to paste 25 codes on facebook ;) Any insight is appreciated.
I offer them on my page, run them through rafflecopter and then private message the winners with their codes.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: February 07, 2018, 04:06:17 PM »
9K

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: February 06, 2018, 11:11:33 AM »
9K written, 9K edited

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Increasing length of the novel
« on: February 03, 2018, 03:42:00 PM »
I write the novel for what it's worth. Since I don't think KU will be like this forever, padding a novel with needless stuff that will turn off readers seems like a really bad idea to me.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: February 01, 2018, 10:18:24 AM »
Wrote 9K on a new book. Edited 9K on another book.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What just changed with Page Reads?
« on: February 01, 2018, 09:21:42 AM »
My page reads are normal.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is Kindle Unlimited on the way out?
« on: February 01, 2018, 06:02:53 AM »
I think one of the biggest problems is that we were in a growing market for a long time but now we've turned to a mature market. It's not just the KU vs. wide argument (frankly that is just a reason to pull hair on the internet now). It's more than that. I see a lot of people struggling and I expect that to continue.
When this all started it was easy to get visibility because no one was playing the game and the product could be woefully bad and still sell. I made every mistake in the book when I started and I managed to survive. You can't do that any longer. You have to improve. A lot of the people I'm seeing "give up" are the ones that either can't or won't improve.
It was only a matter of time before Amazon monetized advertising. You can bet that Apple, Google, Kobo and Barnes & Noble either will do it or at least try to do it, too. Most of those entities actually ignored their bookstores for so long they almost fell completely out of the market. Hopefully they will be able to fix that, but if you think they're not going to follow the Amazon model and monetize ad placement, I think you're nuts. That's simply good business.
A lot of what happens in these arguments is wish fulfillment. You visualize the outcome you want and then base your argument around it, Those who hate KU say it will be gone, and soon. Those who like KU say it will live forever. I tend to trend more pragmatic. I don't think KU, especially how it is now, will last forever. I think it's our reality for the foreseeable future, though. People assume I will be sad when KU goes but that's not true. KU has allowed me to go debt free and stockpile money for my retirement but I'm not afraid of KU going away. Even if my income was cut in half, I won't suffer. Seventy-five percent? That's still more than I was making at my day job ... by a long shot. I'm not worried about my books selling on other vendors. I am dreading the process of uploading that many books on other vendors but it is what it is. I'm not terrified of the day KU changes to something that doesn't work for me. I'm prepared for when that happens and know it will take work to get everything on the other vendors. Fear isn't part of the game, though.
As for KU itself, I think people want to see what they want to see. Just like any other marketplace, you have to fight for visibility in KU. Just sticking your books in KU without finding a way to advertise and get eyes on them isn't going to work because people need to see it to read it. KU is great for allowing readers to take a chance on a new-to-them author without risking money. You still have to be discovered for that to happen. I think from here on out, the true problem people are going to have is with visibility and that's not going away. It's only going to get worse. At a certain point, though, some of the content mills will actually go away because the money they're spending on visibility won't translate to profits at the end of the month. I think the time when a few of them crumble is soon if any of the whispers are true. That's not all content mills, of course. This market is still settling, though, and there are still a few things that need to shake out.
Will it be harder for people who can't write fast? Absolutely. There will still be breakout single books, though. That happens every year. Most people who manage to stay in the game will be hobbyists and those who can produce quickly. That won't be everyone, though. There will always be outliers. Also, there will be new stars every year and others quietly fading into the background. Not all those fading will be doing it because they can't keep up as much as they've achieved what they want to achieve and simply want to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Nothing is set in stone here but the reality is still something we all have to work around. It's a brave new world for us, a different world, but it's still worth navigating in my book.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is Kindle Unlimited on the way out?
« on: January 31, 2018, 03:55:57 PM »
Hey Amanda.  I am Prime. I wished Prime was auto-KU too. But Prime has Prime books (saw one of yours there).  So if Prime is auto KU too ... I would stay with Prime for sure.  Prime does pay for itself alone on shipping and I do pick up some non-fiction Prime books.  Prime books are slow to show up with new ones.

KU as a part of Prime would be neat. Maybe they will go to that and still KU could be open to just people that want KU only.

Or it could be KU sign up price is really low if you are Prime. I have not checked.
Iím not talking about Prime Reading. Iím talking about the program Amazon Prime.

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