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Writers' Cafe / Re: How is this NOT breaking TOS?
« on: July 18, 2018, 07:00:21 AM »
I've just reported it as 'violating the T&S', probably won't do any good though.

Edited. Drop me a PM if you have any questions. - Becca

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quick AMS UK question
« on: June 19, 2018, 01:27:51 PM »
No. They work like AMS US which means when you first get started you have a pretty low billing threshold and then as you pay on time that threshold goes up so you get billed less often, but you'll always be billed at least once a month.

Oh right. That sounds better! I'm possibly mixing it up with AMS (I'm running both US and UK ads at the moment). However, I did receive an invoice yesterday (though they took the money out Friday) for costs between 3rd June and 11th June.

I'll amend my previous post as I don't want to give out misinformation.

Thanks, Cassie. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quick AMS UK question
« on: June 19, 2018, 08:53:07 AM »
Just a heads-up for anyone just starting with AMS UK. Invoices seem to be issued on a weekly basis, instead of monthly(?) like AMS US.

EDIT - Ignore. Cassie explained below.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Pathetic Peeves - Confess Yours
« on: June 14, 2018, 11:30:18 PM »
"I could care less" always bugs me, since it implies the opposite of what the speaker (or writer) intends.

Yes, same here.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Tackling the UK market
« on: June 01, 2018, 07:45:15 AM »
Is it a Seller or Vendor account we need to set this up?

Writers' Cafe / Re: How many books have you published so far?
« on: May 28, 2018, 08:44:53 AM »
I first published in 2011, and have just published my 21st book.

Not earning enough to quit the day job, but enough to go towards part of a bill.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: May 24, 2018, 12:03:16 AM »
I blogged about my new book release (first book in signature below).

Writers' Cafe / Re: Getting fed up with this
« on: May 21, 2018, 06:43:04 AM »
I just posted in the Book Bazaar today and noticed the bumped posts.

The Book Bazaar / Highland Fling (Chick Lit meets Outlander)
« on: May 21, 2018, 02:33:54 AM »
Hey all,

I'm happy to announce the release of my new book, Highland Fling. It's a cross between Chick Lit (think Sophie Kinsella, Jenny Colgan, etc) and Outlander.

Carla Kingston has no time for love. Not when her job involves faking romances for roleplaying packaged holiday company, Highland Fling.

Jack Jefferson has come to the Scottish highlands to escape the rat race in London, and take stock of his life. He's in a job he hates and is in need of a career change.

When Carla and Jack meet, sparks - and clothes - soon start to fly. A one night stand is enough for the both of them.

But after Jack begins working alongside Carla as a Highland Heartthrob, they can't ignore one another, nor the spark that's threatening to become an inferno.

Someone has a secret to keep. Except things don't stay hidden forever...

To grab a copy, feel free to click on the following links -

I work for a law firm and still waiting to get mandatory training in preparation for GDPR...

I am in the process of restarting my mailing list from scratch - 100% organic - so will have all the necessary wordage, etc, in order before I go any further with it.

Well done, Scott!

I've recently finished a first draft at over 55k. It's now been put away for a week or two while I continue with another wip.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing Satire/Comedy
« on: April 21, 2018, 01:31:19 PM »
One of the first books I wrote was The Whispering Tombs, which is my take on a more bonkers/whimsical version of Doctor Who.

I'd recommend English author Paul Magrs, and check out his DW book, Mad Dogs and Englishmen for sci-fi comedy/satire.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing on the Commute to Work
« on: April 09, 2018, 11:48:56 AM »
I don't drive, but I don't think I'd try to write while driving(!)

But I do commute to work (an hour each way), and have taken to writing stories via my phone.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Music to write by
« on: April 08, 2018, 02:57:20 AM »
I've begun writing solely when I'm commuting to work, so I usually listen to the songs on my mp3 player (Arcade Fire, Electric Swing Circus, Pet Shop Boys, to name but a few).

Writers' Cafe / Re: ACX sales stuck for anyone else?
« on: April 06, 2018, 04:09:52 AM »
Mine was last updated on the 4th April.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Are your books ever described as "easy" reads?
« on: April 05, 2018, 03:29:22 PM »
I get this quite often, and definitely see it as a positive. To me, it means the writing flows well and the reader doesn't have to re-read a sentence/paragraph/whathaveyou to understand what it means.

Writers' Cafe / Re: First Person Narrator Death
« on: April 02, 2018, 03:59:07 PM »
Yeah, go for it! Am a great fan of first-person narration and unexpected endings (when done well). Not to mention that I'm writing my own vampire book/series in first person.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Short stories on Amazon?
« on: March 28, 2018, 05:49:51 AM »
My one regret is beginning to publish with short stories. I have made sales and received good reviews, but they all say the same thing - too short. Only at the end of 2016 did I manage to publish something over 40k words (and I think it's my best seller). My next book is over 62k (well, the first draft is, anyway).

Perhaps it will be more worthwhile putting them all together and promoting it as a showcase of your future work? I know I wish I'd done that at the beginning.

After flip-flopping over whether to put my sole romance audiobook in this thing, reading this thread has helped me decide.

Hell no.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Does anyone write westerns?
« on: March 04, 2018, 03:09:16 AM »
I wrote a western, but it had a slight steampunk bent to it. Sells occasionally via D2D, but not Amazon.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Weird Fiction Anthology Call for Submissions
« on: February 23, 2018, 02:49:12 AM »
Hi Paul,

Thanks for the opportunity. I may have a short story that may fit. I'll try and finish it up over the weekend, and send it.

I've no problem with the payment situation. If my story gets accepted, then I'll be happy with bragging rights, as I've never been featured in an anthology before - mainly down to pure laziness on my part.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A hot flash is not sexy
« on: February 17, 2018, 03:12:51 AM »
I thought it was flush, but then I thought it might be one of those modern words that I'm not privy to!

I think it is 'flush' here in the UK. A hot 'flash' brings up an image of a flasher, and it's generally not a 'hot' image. lol

Writers' Cafe / Re: Barrel Racers?
« on: February 13, 2018, 03:09:10 AM »
I'm in the UK, and have never heard the expression before.

I thought it sounded like two things -

1. People getting into a barrel and racing down a hill.

2. A term for seeing who can be fastest to 'scrape the barrel'.

Thanks for the explanation, though!

Writers' Cafe / Re: A New AMS Thread
« on: February 06, 2018, 04:07:41 AM »
Really good!  :)

Oh good. Phew! Thanks.  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: A New AMS Thread
« on: February 05, 2018, 09:36:41 AM »
My one and only AMS ad has been running since the 3rd January, and has the following stats -

Impressions: 59,124
Clicks: 168
ACPC: $0.11
Spend: $17.88
Total Sales: $51.49
ACoS: 34.73%

My bids are between $0.13 and $0.17 (the book is contemporary romance, second book in signature).

Are these good stats? Bad? I'm going to follow Cassie's example and start pausing the underperforming keywords.

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