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Writers' Cafe / Re: Has anyone Beyonced a book? How did it go?
« on: June 22, 2018, 09:52:39 AM »
I knew exactly what you were talking about. Her dropping albums went against what the norm of the industry, and for her, showed that pre release marketing didnít have much effect and wasnít needed.

Iíve done it with a book that I had previously written and decided to release based on some beta feedback. So it was a complete surprise to readers since on social media Iíd been talking about my other work in progress. It did well, even with minimal Fb advertising. I mean, Iím not big so my standards may differ, but it floated at 1,000< rank for a few weeks And the rest of my catalog had a bump too.

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I only know what I saw....and I didn't see posted anywhere that she had been contacted privately, that wasn't in the OPs post.  Two things bothered me--I saw the 'conversation' in Marie's group where she was grilled, attacked, bullied, whatever you want to call it. I thought it was highly disrespectful to do that publicly. You have a conversation like that in private and bring it to someone's attention. All I know is what what I saw--this is the first I'm hearing of private conversations. So, it was surprising to see it brought up again....and the way it was presented was as if it's still ongoing and had not been addressed. It felt unfair to me. I'm not a member of the paid group, just the FB group, so I'm just an observer and I didn't like what I saw, in the group or in here. It feels like bullying to me as if someone has an ax to grind. It's mean, and that's why I spoke up. If Marie has decided to end things, I wouldn't blame her. Who needs the aggravation?

I can understand her wanting to drop it, especially given family issues and the time it takes to run such an organization in combination with her own successful publishing business and Author classes.

I just wanted to throw my two cents in about the Facebook conversation in her group. I know you may have seen it in a different light, but I read it too and you could maybe call it grilling, but I donít think it was anywhere close to an attack or bullying. She was called out, but given pertinent information and solutions. Could it have been handled in private? Maybe or maybe not- I donít know what conversations happened privately, but after the big to do about Tiffany gate, lotteries are a hot topic and being analyzed, and I appreciated the information in that thread.

And not to defend Chance, but he was called out and made changes immediately- changes that put him right within the law completely. Marie hasnít done that, and even if she isnít the head of an indie organization, sheís still put herself as someone to learn from with her courses- which Iíve taken one and enjoyed it, by the way. Iím just disappointed at this situation.

(Chance probably lost his account because the lottery was linked within his book on amazon, which Marie never did.)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: NEW Bonus Content Limits -- threads MERGED
« on: June 08, 2018, 08:41:39 AM »
Don't have a screenshot but I can confirm that he was doing something odd with the formatting and the estimated listening time had jumped to a bizarre 33 hours for a book which only had one book in it which was maybe 250 pages long and a short author's note. Something was up there.

But who knows why Amazon took him down. The competition, organizing readers to all flip to the end, incentivizing reviews, stuffing, formatting hacks, all of it together... we can only guess.

Ah okay. It doesn't really surprise me that there was something going on. I was just checking that with all the details you weren't accidentally getting authors mixed together. Thanks for expanding!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: NEW Bonus Content Limits -- threads MERGED
« on: June 08, 2018, 07:45:31 AM »
I don't think that's it. The last release is a 404 and every single one of his ebooks is down, including all the stuff her wrote under that female erotica name.

Besides, he already did republish all his books (at least the ones I checked) without the extra books in the back, but with that weird spacing/formatting trick.

I think he's been shut down. That's what it looks like at least...

Do you have a screenshot of this? I know other authors were doing this, but I glanced at a couple of his books before the ban hammer dropped and it looked like normal formatting to me. Not trying to defend him or anything. I know he was doing multiple things that could get him in trouble with Amazon, but I wanted to clarify this one point.

I'm curious as to what was the infraction that pushed Amazon to shut him down. I know RWA's message makes it seem like it's the bonus books, but I'm doubtful of that since it's a new rule and he was making changes there. I'd think that would be a roll back of reads at most, currently. I'm leaning towards the publicity behind his illegal lottery, since that breaks laws outside of just Amazon's TOS. 

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It's hard to make $100K as a fiction author, full stop.

About 1000 indie and 1000 trade published people working in English do it right now, via various mixes of formats, vendors, and so on. Plenty of them are in KU. A few are hybrid. Some started indie and are now with Amazon imprints. Every year, that 2000 will include new names that push out some old names. Amazon and its commitment to the e-reader shifted who the 2000 were in a dramatic way from 2010-now. As Amazon changes other things, expect other shifts in the future.

Despite the courses and podcasts and systems saying anyone can be one of them, anyone can't. Certainly EVERYone can't. Who exactly can? About 2000 people, and that's as far as I'd be willing to commit.

That 1000 making $100,000 Figure was/is so surprising. But itís good to keep things in perspective. The NFL has more football players than amazon has indies making 100,000. And thatís gross not net.

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I'd kick in for that.

Looks like her author rankings are tanking, and her books are taking a hit. It's just a matter of how many authors she's going to take down with her.

I canít say Iíve kept a close eye on it, but her Author rank for kindle romance is 94. Thatís about where she was on Friday night when this kicked off.

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We've seen all of this before. Amazon appears to act, nothing changes. 6 months later, they do it again a different way, and nothing changes. They rinse and repeat, nothing changes.

Amazon, let's see some real change come out of this. Just for once. Just to give us a slim ray of hope.

It's a slim hope, but Amazon did do something once. They changed to KU2, where authors were no longer paid for a full read at the 10% mark, but instead paid "per page". That was in response to the store being littered with pamphlets or serials-- some of which were also top 100. So maybe this is a sign of things to come... July has often been the time for rolling out changes. I'm not holding my breath waiting, but I wouldn't completely dismiss the idea of a change coming.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Files Suit Against Book Stuffers [MERGED]
« on: April 10, 2018, 04:57:56 PM »
One reason is the All Star bonuses. Aside from the author bonuses, there are bonuses for individual "books." These lucrative bonuses are awarded based on the highest number of pages read, per book. This means that by stuffing multiple "books" into one, you gain a huge advantage in competing for these bonuses. After all, a "book" with 3,000 pages has a much easier time racking up mega-page reads than a single 300 page novel.

What's especially galling is that in many cases, the actual title being promoted (and of course, stuffed to the gills) is often much shorter than a standard novel. As someone who used to earn All Star bonuses on a regular basis, I take exception to claims that these scammers aren't stealing from anyone. They're stealing from me, and probably you, too, if you're in KU and don't stuff.

I think this makes a good argument for eliminating all non-single title books from even having a chance at the book bonuses. Actually, I'm on board with Amazon making the policy that all titles in KU need to be packaged individually.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: January 07, 2018, 01:44:42 AM »
The attached calendar, showing 5-day writing blocks for three books and weeks off for spring break, Key West Mystery Fest, NINC, and the holidays. White areas are work days, but no writing. Because, why schedule to do something when you know you're going to be distracted? The three launch days are outlined in red.


Thereís just something so visually satisfying about your color coded calendar!!
I need one, stat.
Thanks for sharing your process, itís really motivating!

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... a review I posted, oh, three months ago...

If Amazon doesn't want authors to review other authors' books anymore, they might want to update their policy and maybe send out an email saying so.

... I don't think that's the issue. I've been doing giveaways this way for quite some time now.

I dunno. Hopefully KDP support is helpful.
It could be that review... Amazon has been removing random reviews this week, some that were posted years ago and they're just now flagging (according to bloggers in some FB book groups I'm in).

I wouldn't hold my breath on Amazon being that helpful, unfortunately. I've set the bar pretty low for my expectations of them. And as far as doing things one way and not having issues (as others have said as well in previous comments), Amazon rarely enforces across the board. It's always random times/ people getting dinged for something plenty of others are doing. They really have no rhyme or reason, or at least not one that's easily understood.


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the last book I reviewed was a Libba Bray book that I borrowed through Overdrive, so it's all legit there.



Did you review that book on Amazon? It could be that they deem ALL books your competitor and therefore don't allow the review. See if it got deleted.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you deal with Imposter Syndrome?
« on: December 02, 2017, 05:42:12 AM »
I believe the most current thinking on impostor syndrome is that while it is particularly prevalent in high achieving women *and* men, it is also common for most people to have experienced these feelings at one point or another.  It's a failure to internalize your success because you attribute the success to something outside of yourself.  It's going through life wondering, "what if I'm only here because I just got lucky, and what if I stop getting lucky...?" I've had these feelings, I sometimes still do, and I don't think I'm any kind of special snowflake because of it.  I don't think impostor syndrome is weird at any stage of one's career, and not just in writing.


Thatís exactly it! I think itís so easy to experience that feeling, even with marginal success in this author business because that touch of luck is very real. Timing is key. Iíve seen friends do exactly what I do, and their book doesnít even make back investment...

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you deal with Imposter Syndrome?
« on: December 02, 2017, 05:31:51 AM »
I don't feel like I should be an adult. :D I know that's kind of funny, but I swear I'm not even joking. I feel like a total fake adult. Considering I now have two kids in college, this shoudn't be a thing.

I agree 😂

Whenever I write absentee notes or have to sign stuff for my kids school, I almost feel like Iím forging it! Like, donít I need my momís signature!?!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Prime Reading Experiences?
« on: November 12, 2017, 11:02:01 AM »
Hi - hope it's not too late to resurrect this topic, but I have a question that doesn't seem to have been asked before. I had the email offering to put one of my books in to the program about 3 weeks ago and I eagerly accepted. It's the first book I have in a series which is ranking about #5000 at the moment so I'm quite excited about the possibilities it may create.

However - since accepting - I have not heard anything. I was just wondering, for those of you that have been offered a place in the program, how long after the email were you included? Weeks? Months?

Yes, I guess I'm being impatient but it's a little frustrating receiving  the offer and then not knowing if/ when it's going to happen.

For one book, it was a month later. Another book, closer to two months. The only way I could tell, besides the lift in rank, was that Prime Reading showed up as a category.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What's Your Best Cure For Writer's Block?
« on: October 21, 2017, 05:23:44 PM »
Is writer's block real?

I liken this to when I was pregnant. The first two times, I didn't have morning sickness. Sure, some days I felt off and maybe a little bit nauseous, but nothing big. I was really busy with school and work (teacher) during both pregnancies, and in my young, naive, arrogance, I thought I didn't get morning sickness because I didn't allow myself to (Oh the foolishness)!

Welp, then pregnancy number three happened and, for real, I thought I was hit with the flu! Only it NEVER went away. I had to keep working because money, but I'd make several trips to the restroom daily and I'm sure I was just not as effective of a teacher because of the lack of energy...

I was an idiot for thinking I had ANY control over it to begin with.

So, take that story, replace pregnancy with writing a book, and morning sickness with writer's block, and you pretty much got my author story too.

Nothing to do but keep going and do what you can till it passes.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Vellum: the official thread
« on: October 13, 2017, 06:23:02 PM »
That is very helpful! Thank you!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Vellum: the official thread
« on: October 13, 2017, 03:14:33 AM »
I've recently purchased the print version of vellum and am wondering is there a way to insert a half title page before the full title page? Or even get rid of the title page that vellum generates all together? I don't mind the generated versions within the ebook, but for the print, I'd love to use the title overlay my designer gave me for the title page instead.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: New Romance Author Launch
« on: September 10, 2017, 01:27:50 PM »
Congratulations on publishing and good luck with the promotions!!

A recommendation: take some of that money that you were going to use on your stacked promo and start some facebook ads. Those are typically better ROI than most newsletter ads and you don't have to wait on reviews. 

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Inkitt book #22 in the store. Contest winner?
« on: September 07, 2017, 07:02:07 AM »
Hmmm...

http://sexygreekgodkidnappersfreelaunch.pagedemo.co/

I somehow doubt Inkitt has the same deal as major pubs as far waiving exclusivity. I smell a rat.

That's a strategy I've seen them use with other authors they've published from Wattpad as well. And those books also break the top 100 on release.

I've never received the free books though, but I wonder if it's a gifted book for the Amazon store.

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I'm very curious to see if Blood Huntress beats Grave Mistake's first month earnings. It's on track to do that, but now that the launch is over the book has to find its organic legs, and that's where the real test is. You can launch high, but where will you stick?

If y'all want, I'll come back at the end of September and let you know if Blood Huntress beats GM's ROI record. Not sure if anyone's interested in that though :P

Would love an update at the end of Sept! I have a feeling it will stick!

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Uh...well...practice? I used to have difficulty hitting 2k/day and now I write 9k/day. It's like training for a marathon--you have to practice, you aren't going to sit down for the first time and blow out 10k. Also, I'm not done with any series :P I just started a second one while still writing the first. And I actually have quite a lot on my plate per day as a full time author. I only write for about three hours out of the day. I write one book at a time, but I alternate which series I'm writing(so, I just finished the first book in another new series launching next month, and I'm about to write Blood Slave).


Congratulations on such a great launch!! And THANK YOU for the transparency. Highlighting this bit because it's one of those reminders that we know, but it is always nice to have reinforced, and 3 hours to get 9,000-- rock on! That's super motivating!  I need to go practice!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KU 3
« on: August 01, 2017, 12:05:56 PM »
I just conducted a test on a book that doesn't get many page reads and had none for today.

I opened the book and clicked to the end, basically viewing 3 pages.

Page reads registers - 3

Fake page reads are now going to have to load each page instead of bypassing stuffed content to the end page, I think...


Ooh that would be great! Fingers crossed that's what the change is really about!

I imagine they removed that line about linear reading because it pretty much was them admitting they weren't really counting pages previously, and that's not something they want to admit.

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Just the promos. My ulterior motive to this free run, beyond hoping for great sell through, was to test the viability of promo sites. I couldn't do that if I was running ads at the same time.


Oooh Thanks for sharing all this information!! It's definitely informative and a good pulse on promo sites currently vs AMS or Facebook.

This is phenomenal! Lookng forward to the final summation but it looks like you did good.
I didn't know you can get KENP reads on the free days :o


^^ That's the best part about free days!!

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I know there won't be any answers from Amazon now that it's the weekend, but I'm curious if there has been any more communication with them or any further actions taken.

As I don't know the books involved, I can't check, are the books still rank stripped?
Have any other authors been impacted since last weekend's stripping?

Since it happened on the weekend, I'm wondering if any more will occur this weekend... only time will tell...

It's just crazy to me that Amazon would intentionally strip rank but not tell, as far as we know, the authors involved their reasoning!

Edit to add/ clarify: It would be even crazier if it was a glitch and still not resolved (I'm pretty sure that's not the case, but with such little information anything is on the table)



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Writers' Cafe / Re: From Pronoun to Amazon
« on: June 10, 2017, 06:34:34 AM »
Don't do it this way. There's no upside, and it can take weeks (or longer!) to get books down from some sites.

Yeah, I think I'll have to just go direct with B&N, Apple, and Amazon if I choose to go wide first. That's how I did it in the past and it allows me to unpublish within hours.

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