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Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing and Isolation...
« Last post by Simon Haynes on Today at 06:48:21 AM »
Wow your mum is awesome!

She's amazing ;-) Nicest person you'd ever meet, never made an enemy in her life. She was born during WWII, in England, and I can't begin to imagine the hardships of her childhood.

She was telling me about an aunt she used to stay with, who lived on the third story of an ex-courthouse in the UK. There was no fire escape, so her aunt tied a bedsheet to a table leg and explained to my mum how to climb down the outside of the building if there was a fire ... (I think my mum was about 10 at the time)

Another thing she told me was that when she was 9, she had tooth pain so bad she used to punch herself in the side of the head to try and get rid of it. She thought everyone got it, and never complained to anyone. Eventually she was taken to a dentist, who pulled three of her teeth.

I really should convince her to write a memoir.
Writers' Cafe / Formatting tables & images for kindles
« Last post by UK_Batman on Today at 06:47:53 AM »
Hi all,

First time writer here, please be gentle. I've written a 35K word technical manual for fixing some hardware. Only now am I thinking about getting it formatted so it looks well across all types of kindles and reading devices.

My concern is my images. There's a lot of them and the text to go with the pic is often to the side of it. I've done this in Word using tables. It's just occurred to me how many resolutions are out there that might be reading my work. I can't be the first to have come across this but googling has not helped.

i can't do without the pics and i need to have a fair degree of control over where the associated text appears. I can't have the wrong text in the wrong place.

Any tips or best software for setting this all up? I'm clueless for example on what happens if my pic is 600 pixels wide and the viewers screen is less than that.

Is a "Fixed layout format" my only option? Can I create my book in "Kindle Create"?
Writers' Cafe / Re: Beyond Amazon......?
« Last post by Sleeping Cat Books on Today at 06:47:52 AM »
I think that you'll find that KDP Print Beta's "expanded distribution" is only for physical bookstores that are very unlikely to order from the blob that ate their business model, except as a favor for a valued customer (and then with tears in their eyes). It doesn't get a book on B&N online or Books-a-Million or more important the Amazon-owned (!) Book Depository that distributes worldwide very cheaply and that also served four Amazon stores not supplied by KDP Print Beta.
Do you have a link to this information? Based on the description of KDP Print's Expanded Distribution (, it sounds identical to CreateSpace's (which I would expect and which lists the book in the Ingram catalogue). If that's the case, it would also get the book onto Barnes & Noble's website, as well as the Book Depository and others. Where do you find information that KDP Print's version doesn't list the book in the Ingram catalogue?
Writers' Cafe / Re: Failure
« Last post by guerin on Today at 06:43:15 AM »
When I started this back in 2011, I published a science fiction book. Spent a small fortune on cover art and editing. It sank into the swamp. So I wrote the sequel, and spent another small fortune on cover art and editing. That burned down, fell over, and then sank into the swamp. After 7 years I still haven't come anywhere close to recouping what I spent on art and editing on those books, and I doubt that I ever will.

But four years later I was able to quit my EDJ to write full time because I didn't give up. I learned from my mistakes, I studied my butt off to really learn the publishing side, I improved my writing, and no matter how many setbacks I had I absolutely refused to give up on my dream of doing this for a living. A book or two that don't work out doesn't have to be the death knell for a writing career.

Buck up little camper!

Why does this sound so familiar????
Writers' Cafe / Re: How is this NOT breaking TOS?
« Last post by doolittle03 on Today at 06:37:17 AM »
I'm not seeing the problem with this book that others are. It looks like pretty standard non-fiction marketing practice to me. Non-fiction comes with a platform: classes, instructional material, bonus tips, etc--interested readers who want a deeper dive sign up to learn more. Totally standard practice in trade publishing. The original instruction book is ALWAYS just one plank of the program. Is $5000+ in bonus material an incentive to buy the book? Heck yes. Non-fiction readers EXPECT to get bonus stuff because it's standard. Log in receipt to receive more? This is also common practice. Buy a non-fiction book in print and there will be a code at the back to log into the website to access bonuses.
Not Quite Kindle / Re: INFINITY Game - Word Association
« Last post by NapCat on Today at 06:35:23 AM »
Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« Last post by NapCat on Today at 06:34:08 AM »
Good Morning

It was a long travel day yesterday......Oh so good to be home.  We have breezy triple digits on queue, so I am off to town for some basic supplies before it gets too hot.  Cleaning and napping is on the schedule for the weekend.

Hope everyone is having a fun weekend.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Failure
« Last post by brkingsolver on Today at 06:32:23 AM »
Did I ever tell you about the romance novel I wrote? I probably enjoyed writing that book more than any of the others. I just checked, and since its publication in late 2014, it has earned $127.64. With two covers and promotions and editing, I'll probably break even by the end of the century. If you enjoy writing, then keep writing. If you don't, then take up knitting or bank robbing or some other hobby you enjoy. Good luck! :)
I have never known a trademark lawyer who didn't first send a copy of the proposed application to the client, asking him to go over it and verify this is what he wants, before submitting it.

Probably, the lawyer did. But the thing that is very clear here is that MSE and peeps like him don't understand what a trademark is, how it works, and how it is different from copyright. So... yeah. That ignorance is one of the reasons we're having this entire problem with TMing right now.
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