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Writers' Cafe / Re: What's a self pubber in 2015 to do
« on: December 14, 2014, 11:45:41 PM »
I think I am beginning to get some notice by word of mouth. I have recently been offered an extremely exciting opportunity for something (sorry can't talk about it really yet.) And another piece I am working on I have actually reached out to a community of people and am one by one receiving their blessing on based on concept. (That alone from just a few select members of that community should help move several hundred books) That will be solidified when they get ARC'S of course. I am slow building and while I don't do a ton of advertising I am making the most out of other avenues of social media. To date I have no fewer then 10 social media sites. Yes it's time consuming but it works. Networking outside of authors helps as well. The more connections you can make the better imo.

Does it help if your connected to other authors in your genre? Yes it does but it also helps to branch out of just the author sphere as well. If you can meet and connect with other people who operate in your genre it works out. Say you write fantasy.. try connecting with fantasy artists and actors in fantasy movies, even people who do RPGS can help. If you write horror connect with horror actors (B list and down) Horror artists etc. Not every reader follows a favorite author. In the past month I got some amazing business advise from a friend. He told me to branch out and go beyond just my books when I was looking at my advertising or getting the word out that I write. I have. It is making a big difference I think. I am making those connections slowly and trying to turn them not just into connections but also friendships as well. I have connections in the music arena that are now starting to read my books and recommend them to people.

The more diverse you are in your connection and in your social media it seems the better you do. At least until you hit Stephen King or Anne Rice or James Brown status and then your gold no matter what it seems. Do these ten sites I have take time? Yes lord do they, but I find by only posting 2-3 times a week up to 1-2 times a day helps you to stay relevant and in people's minds. It also helps to stop you from over posting as well. As that can become a big turn off. I think also there is a 50/50 mix of luck and hard work. It sounds like your doing all the hard work, your just needing the luck component is all. Unfortunately I dont know how to make that happen. If I figure it out though I will get back to you and let you know.

Simply put in plain English as I understand it.

VAT used to be based on a SELLERS country of origin now it will be based on the BUYERS..

On January 1st, all ebooks bought in the EU must pay a 20% tax. 
Amazon will for one time only, adjust the price for all existing books to include the VAT automatically.

AFTER Jan 1st, you must either add in the 20% for VAT manually or the 20% will come out of the price that was automatically converted from your USA pricing.
Royalty will be based on the price of the item AFTER VAT is deducted. If your after VAT price does not meet the minimum for 70% then you will be automatically paid 35% of the after VAT sale amount.

At least that's how I understand it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quickie Late night DIY cover
« on: November 23, 2014, 05:43:29 PM »
Betsy, thanks I was trying to hold my tongue but well, some people make it hard for me to do that.

I am appreciative of everyone's suggestions never meant to come across as I havent. If I did then that was my fault.

I would like to clear up a few things though. I don't bring things from old posts or threads into current ones for a good reason. There is a lot of negativity and pain that surrounds when I first started here that I have grown from and moved on. To that end I leave the past as that, the past.

I have always appreciated constructive criticism even if it doesn't seem like it. I started this thread to help and to inspire new authors who are unable to even afford a 30.00 premade cover. To say it went completely off that I think everyone can agree on.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quickie Late night DIY cover
« on: November 23, 2014, 04:26:59 PM »
Everyone, I get that there is a trademark, I was unaware of it when I developed the title. I am going to consult with others who have used the word grinch without issues and with either a lawyer or the trademark office itself tomorrow. I appreciate the heads up and don't worry, I am not going to do anything until I am certain that legally I will be fine. Thanks.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quickie Late night DIY cover
« on: November 23, 2014, 04:23:18 PM »
 Also I just did an Amazon search, there are about 5 other books right off in the adult catagory using the word grinch in the title. By adult I mean not a child's book. I may also try to contact those authors and see what their experience is. If they have been able to use it without issue then I will see if it apply to my case as well. Like I said due diligence.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quickie Late night DIY cover
« on: November 23, 2014, 04:05:34 PM »
No cin it's not that genre. If it was it would be a VERY different picture. Lol

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quickie Late night DIY cover
« on: November 23, 2014, 03:46:34 PM »
Ok I looked. The term grinch is trademarked for use in children's media. I am not working in children's media. I will try to find a lawyer to ask about it tomorrow but from what I am understanding since this is an adult book, I MAY be ok. Like I said I am gonna either check with the TM office or a lawyer tomorrow to be sure.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quickie Late night DIY cover
« on: November 23, 2014, 03:32:24 PM »
I will have to look into that, thanks. Given its a totally different arena and being used as a descriptive phrase may change things. I will check into it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quickie Late night DIY cover
« on: November 23, 2014, 01:10:34 PM »
L.L., i love you to death sweetie but I am not going to apologize to someone who wants to accuse me of things that are not true. I in no way shape or form had a thread locked due to an inability to take criticism. I have been accused of that. I post that something is a reveal and people feel free to criticize a reveal  after I said several times it was the FINISHED project.

There was also a hell of a lot more going on behind the scenes. You know some of it I believe. To say I can't rake criticism is an absolute falsehood. I can and do quite often.

People have said the font was wrong. I haven't  disagreed with that. I have stated that the font that was used was for a basic idea of what I want the final to be like. They don't like how the color blends in. I am not going to disagree on it. The green I used for for basic idea, I will most likely end up changing it. I love the image I actually like where the author name is. I don't want to change in terms of placement and image. Is the image everyone's cup of tea? No it isn't and I have already acknowledged that. I am not blowing people off (unless they have ticked me off but that's extremely few and far between) I have listen (read) what others are saying and I have given myself till the 15th to get a final copy done. I have continually emphasized that this is just a working copy so people don't mistake it for the final copy. There two very different things.

With very few exceptions on this thread I have listened I have stayed calm. Have I posted any other images of the working copy? Nope because I haven't had time to work with it more.  When I do I can update it but chances are that won't be for a few days at least as getting the story written is my priority. Once it's sent to editing I will have more time to tweek the cover and make it better.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quickie Late night DIY cover
« on: November 23, 2014, 12:40:54 PM »
Yoda seriously, if you think the word REVEAL means CRITICIZE then you need to refresh your memory, also there was a LOT more going on then just that cover. Thing YOU have never bothered to find out or get the facts on did you? Nope none of you did. I already told you the locked thread was one that was spiraling downhill and it was going in a direction I wanted NO PART OF on my thread which is why it was locked. I can take criticism and do quite regularly. I just don't take kindly to being accused of things I didn't do and of lying when I havent. I already asked that this thread be kept to the ORIGINAL TOPIC of the original post and you couldn't even give THAT. So much for mutual respect around here.

Back to the original topic, I am not doubting that people have been saying it CAN be done but SHOWING that it can and that it isn't as hard to produce a semi decent if not workable cover isn't as difficult as it seems for someone who is cash strapped as an author. It takes a learning curve for sure but you can make something passable. The fact that the cover I posted is a working copy done at 330 am after being up for dang near 24 hours shows what a small amount of time and energy is capable of doing with just a little know how. It's meant to encourage new authors and give them hope that just because they may not have money it doesn't mean they can't do it.

Did I pay for that image? Not really. It was a gifted download that I used. But I would have paid just 1.00 for use of that photo otherwise. You CAN find free stock photos on the Web you can use (just be thorough in making sure of copyright) and can achieve a decent workable copy easily. To many times people just give up when their so  close. It's sad.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quickie Late night DIY cover
« on: November 23, 2014, 12:00:33 PM »
And you brought those issues from OTHER threads into this one and proceeded to call me a lair and accuse me of actions I have not done. I asked that a thread be locked NOT because of criticism but because it had begun to spiral downhill and there was a lot of nastiness happening on it that I wanted no part of. Dont believe me go ask the mod who locked the thread. Also there is a difference between a REVEAL and ASKING FOR A CRITIQUE .  So get your facts straight before you go slinging stuff around and stop bringing old thread stuff into new thread stuff. I don't disrespect you that way and I expect the same in return. If you can't do that then don't comment.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quickie Late night DIY cover
« on: November 23, 2014, 08:47:15 AM »
I was being specific to THIS thread and if you had any idea what was going on at that time you would know it was more then just THAT cover that had me upset. In THIS thread I have posted about ONE working cover and only ONE. Also to say that I have reported comments about my covers to moderators is a load of BS. I have never done that. NEVER.  I also don't criticize people for having different working methods then I do. So I don't think its to much to ask for the SAME respect and courtesy do you? I also don't call people liars when in that thread there is no factual basis for it.

Seven, you and Yoda have taken what could have been a very positive and helpful thread and now trying to turn it into something which isn't and honestly I find that beyond disrespectful. If you cant stick within this specific thread and what is in this thread then please just don't participate in it. That simple.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quickie Late night DIY cover
« on: November 23, 2014, 08:29:13 AM »
Yoda i would suggest you watch what your saying on your last post because you are FACTUALLY wrong.

A, the ONLY cover I have posted is theWORKING COVER THAT WAS MADE AT 330am no others so when your saying "covers" you are lying.

B, Nothing from this thread has been reported by me at any time, My skin is thick enough thanks So watch making statements like that when you dont have facts to back them up. NOW I have an issue with someone on this thread and guess who it is? Oh and STILL not reporting to the moderators.

C. where have I had any issue with anyone up till now? 1 I have stated repeatedly that the original image I posted was a WORKING COPY. 2: I have stated REPEATEDLY that it still needed to be tweeked. Some people don't like the photo, that's fine, not everyone will. Me, personally. I love it. I am not a big fan of the gradients and multiple pictures on a cover, it just irks my brain for some reason. I can accept that. 3:As for the Font, no it isnt perfect. I wasnt shooting for perfect at 330 AM I was shooting for getting the basic working idea down. The more formal script font works with the story. Its why I used it as a baseline. I can agree on the color but green was a basic color I am working with in that area for the font. So I put green in there. Again WORKING COPY NOT A FINAL

D, Yes I did have to crop the image in the way I did it. Why? Because its how it works for me not everyone has the same process for doing something. On my screen its not distorted or if it is, its not even noticeable. Does it show up more squashed here? yeah a bit and I have no clue why, I am not an IT person. And Shattered was only rotated.

So the next time you want to call someone a liar You better make sure you have facts to back everything up. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quickie Late night DIY cover
« on: November 22, 2014, 04:43:24 PM »
This was the original image. I had to adjust the way it was cropped to make it work for the book cover. It happens. I can go back and be readjusted later. As i said in the FIRST post, what I have already done is just a working copy not a FINAL. The image when cropped wasn't distorted at all. It does show up a bit squashed here and I am not sure why but it does. *shrugs* not a tech genius so I am not going to try and figure it out.  As for Shattered, that image wasn't cropped at all. the only editing I did to it was rotate it into a vertical orientation and ad the lettering. I am not saying I am a pro, so talking about something being "amateurish" isn't necessary. I was just showing that a basic cover could be done with simple cheap stock photography and free photo editing software.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Scarey moment at home. Stay safe this season!
« on: November 22, 2014, 04:32:52 PM »
It could have ended so badly but I am glad it didn't. Dad is just thoroughly annoyed but I am shaken. My dad is older and if the guy had wanted to hurt him he could have, in the middle of a busy parking lot. Instead of being safe at home dad could be laying in a ditch bleeding or who knows what. I just don't want anyone else to go through it. also dad is now grounded from going to the store alone for the rest of the winter.

Not Quite Kindle / Scarey moment at home. Stay safe this season!
« on: November 22, 2014, 04:22:20 PM »
My dad who is 71 years old was getting ready to come home from the store, he had unloaded the cart and had just gotten into the car when a strange guy opened the passenger door and climbed in beside him. Dad started yelling at the guy and I guess (according to dad) the guy looked at him, his eyes went wide and he took off booking across the lot to another black car (our car is black) that had someone waiting inside it behind the wheel, both cars were buicks. He isn't hurt but he is thoroughly annoyed. It could have ended up so much worse. I am shaken that he came so close to such a dangerous situation.

My father has a habit of unlocking ALL the doors when he unlocks the car and I have been telling him to stop doing it. I think he finally got the message today. People PLEASE if you have the option ONLY unlock the doors you need to and be sure and be safe when shopping this holiday season. My father got HIGHLY lucky. You may not.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quickie Late night DIY cover
« on: November 22, 2014, 03:46:32 PM »
its the way the photograph was taken. in order to get the level of detail i wanted I had to unlock it. I will go back in and readjust it to look better later. The picture was originally much larger and horizontal not vertical.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quickie Late night DIY cover
« on: November 22, 2014, 12:12:49 PM »
I know it needs work. And I actually had to unlock the ratio to get it to crop right. I have to go back and fix it later. I will probably still be tweeking it until that second I hit publish...

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quickie Late night DIY cover
« on: November 22, 2014, 09:46:04 AM »
Like I said I have a subscription to a place. I was also gifted some download credits, I used one of those to get this image. I know the green is a bit off, I have to work on that. It is boarded very thinly by white but I am toying with adding in a gold around that as well and maybe darkening the green just a tad as well is moving the title of the book down a smidgen. The font, I like the idea if it, old world christmas type thing just have to work out the execution of it I think.  Eh, not sure yet. But all this is being done with Gimp. It's a free photo editing program. With a bit of time and patience you can do a decent cover for basically next to nothing. Also given I did this at 330 am I don't think it's TO bad. Lol

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quickie Late night DIY cover
« on: November 22, 2014, 09:32:19 AM »
Feedback is cool as I am not 100% set on the tweeks to be made yet... It will be a WIP until I hit publish. LOL

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quickie Late night DIY cover
« on: November 22, 2014, 09:31:44 AM »
I have a monthly subscription to a stock art place. the photo only cost me 1.00 which really isnt much money at all. I have a backlog of free downloads I was gifted so I used one.

Writers' Cafe / Quickie Late night DIY cover
« on: November 22, 2014, 09:02:01 AM »
No its not perfect. I still have a bit of tweeking to do but it was 330am. I am trying to pump out a quick Christmas type read and this is the working cover (modifications coming.) But this is to show that if you dont have money you can at least make a decent cover yourself with a little bit of trial and error.
(Like I said this is still a WIP cover. I will do a bit more tweeking to it later to finalize it)

Writers' Cafe / Where to send ARC's???
« on: November 21, 2014, 08:47:01 PM »
Ok So I am trying to find places to send ARC's to and am coming up short. Any ideas? And what file do you send out when sending an ARC?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bookbub price rise
« on: November 20, 2014, 09:34:34 PM »
I have never used Bookbub and to be honest their going to price themselves to the point that new authors cant use them due to $$$. (starting to get there already I think) The next thing will come along and be big and it will give new and broke authors a chance to get in and maybe get some capital before it prices itself out of newbie range and on and on and round and round we go....

Writers' Cafe / Re: Tattoo Templates For Cover Design - Where to buy?
« on: November 20, 2014, 09:26:00 PM »
tattoo artists usually have flash pieces that are pre-drawn but never full sleeves. The simple reason being everyone's arm is different. Different lengths/sizes contours etc. It all effects the finished design. Also if someone is getting a full sleeve of ink its going to be very specific to that person and the imagery would have no meaning to anyone else. A tattoo artist cant pre-draw someones life or image meaning. the best thing you could do is either have a tattoo artist who is good at graphics draw you up something to add in OR combine different flash you can find online OR use one of those programs that have the 3d images of people that a lot of artists use and that has preloaded tattoo designs.

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