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Writers' Cafe / Re: Managing Beta Readers
« Last post by TromboneAl on Today at 07:46:44 AM »
I set up a SurveyMonkey survey for them. Something like this:

I also ask for comments about the ending and general comments.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Help with deciding on an injury for WWII vet
« Last post by K.D.McVey on Today at 07:44:37 AM »
Bullet in the nuts?
The Book Corner / Re: Favorite audio book narrators?
« Last post by KenIsaacson on Today at 07:34:46 AM »
Lineakel, I agree that it's the book, not the narrator, that really counts. I became curious about "favorite narrators" because my DEATH BENEFIT is in production through Amazon's ACX, and when going through the process of auditioning narrators, it was interesting to me how much variety there was.

And Andra, as far as authors reading their own is concerned, have you ever listened to Douglas Adams reading his Hitchhiker series. What a wonderful experience!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Best Paid Advertising for LGBT Romance
« Last post by AveryCockburn on Today at 07:33:44 AM »
So... way back near the beginning of this thread, there was some discussion about ENT.

I just got my an LGBT book accepted in their PNR category.

Hoping for good things...

Great to hear! Let us know how it goes.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Page flip kicks me on the way out...
« Last post by TwistedTales on Today at 07:30:16 AM »
My conclusion:
Full transparency would have made life much easier for so many.
Why all the secrecy in a perfect system?

I don't think even Amazon would call the solution perfect. In fact, I doubt perfection is their aim. They have their own agenda for creating the system this way. It goes beyond the page read mechanism, because that's all it is, a method for calculating a distribution of payment from a theoretically calculated pot (personally, I think they do the equivalent of pulling the number out of a fuzzy hat every month).

Amazon have, or at least had, a wider agenda for KU, and the payment mechanism isn't that interesting to them. The rank kick for a borrow means KU books dominate the lists, which is super for them because those books are exclusive to Amazon. Subscription ties the reader to Amazon, which is also super for them. Competition makes visibility tough and expensive for most, so authors hide out in KU believing it helps solve that issue, even though it doesn't help that much. They'll never run out of books in KU. All these factors add up to a super duper model for Amazon.

You can't analyze the situation based on the page rate alone or page flip. Step back and see the bigger game and you start to see that, from Amazon's viewpoint, the payment mechanism is just irritating math that the less authors know about the better. That way they can change it whenever it suits them and they do.
Writers' Cafe / Re: New Author. New Series. New Launch.
« Last post by Hal Archer on Today at 07:29:10 AM »
Following with interest. Good luck Nick!
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Page flip kicks me on the way out...
« Last post by TimothyEllis on Today at 07:22:16 AM »
Voluntary surveys are most likely to be filled in by people with an agenda, especially when activists go on social media and say answer the survey especially if you do read in page flip. Slacktivism is its own worst enemy as it makes all such surveys about as much use as a paper shopping bag on a rainy day in Manchester.

I really don't give a sh*t.

The whole purpose of doing this survey was to demonstrate people really did read full books using Page-flip, and they really did reset to the start of the book before closing it.

And already its proved people do. No-one can say it isn't happening anymore, or they cant understand how or why people would. They do, and we're getting a good indication of the percentage of people who do. The how or why doesn't matter. People are confirming they do it.

That's all I wanted.
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