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Not sure if he is on Twitter. Plenty of people tweeting about him, but no one is including a Twitter handle for him.

Has he written any books? I know him primarily as a screenwriter.

You could try and find his agent's address, OP.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you compare yourself to other authors?
« on: January 16, 2018, 10:36:43 AM »

Okay, sometimes I do look at other authors, and think "I wish...". Then I realise I have a wip to finish and forget about everything else.

If you constantly compare yourself to other writers, you'll just become bitter with jealousy.

However, as far as success is concerned, you can lord it over this guy. One William McGonagall, generally remembered as the worst poet ever (I actually think some of his stuff isn't that bad, lol)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Full Price Launch
« on: January 14, 2018, 05:51:18 AM »
With my next book release, I'm pricing it at least 3.99. I'm done with 99p launches.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Tag lines - post yours
« on: January 12, 2018, 06:39:41 AM »
I'm not very good with tag lines. Didn't actually use any when I first started publishing, either. But here's some I've come up with for a few of my books.

"Maintaining the time lines, whatever the cost"
"One life. One assassin. Two bodysnatchers"  (both from my neglected time-travelling assassins series)


"A cursed witch is the loneliest kind" (from my cosy paranormal romance)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« on: January 12, 2018, 01:07:16 AM »
2 or 3, definitely.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Any Comedy Authors in Here?
« on: January 08, 2018, 03:50:35 AM »
I write humorous scifi/fantasy (in the Paul Magrs/Pratchett vein), as well as a teeny tiny wee bit more serious stuff. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: For heaven's sake, people, you're authors.
« on: January 05, 2018, 04:26:25 AM »
During the recent revival/pilot/what-have-you from Vic and Bob (90s british comedy double-act), I noticed that the name of the show, in large lettering at the back of the stage, read "Vic and Bobs Big Night Out".

However, I wouldn't be surprised if the lack of apostrophe was intentional.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Advertising on Amazon UK
« on: January 04, 2018, 09:47:57 AM »
Ditto! Very frustrating.


Some of my books (in the Sophie Kinsella, Jenny Colgan vein) are crying out for the ability to get advertised on the UK site.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Critique my cover (it's a trap)
« on: January 03, 2018, 01:56:37 PM »
She looks far, far, FAR too happy. She needs to look more p*ssed off.

(Yes, I read the small print  8) )

Writers' Cafe / Re: My latest cover design - ROT
« on: August 31, 2017, 12:39:59 PM »
Oh WOW! That is a really good cover!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Selling all your books at 99c
« on: August 30, 2017, 04:29:01 AM »

I've got a few books that are permanently 0.99 due to length, and they just don't sell enough that I'd consider it a viable long-term sales strategy across my catalogue.


I started out pricing my stories at 0.99 due to length but never made a decent amount of sales.

Now that I'm writing longer pieces (and selling a wee bit better), I'm finally at peace with the decision to price 2.99 or higher. From now on, I'm only going to use 0.99 as a pre-order enticement, for a limited promo deal, or as a loss-leader to a series.

I use Scrivener, and have just downloaded K Weiland's free Scrivener outline and structure template which is helping me immensely.

My second-best audio was created from a 29k novella. However, my audio sales have died a death recently, and I'm crap at marketing them, hence why I've only sold 56 copies since late 2014.  :(

The audio comes in at over three hours which, as an audiobook listener myself, is a perfectly fine length.

Writers' Cafe / Re: My battle with inoperable cancer
« on: July 26, 2017, 05:49:10 AM »
Happy to hear you're recovering, Tommy.

I've just bought a copy, here in the UK.

All the best.

Hmm. I just assumed it must be, because that's what the 'why am I seeing this ad' says. Is there some way to target ISP's used? If not, maybe Facebook just does it itself. In any case, I think you can target people by language used and I'd be inclined to target English users rather than particular countries. Plenty of us expats about, and also a fair number of people in places like Singapore and India whose first language is English.

Ah, I see. I thought there was a specific box we ticked for this. I've chosen 'English UK' and 'English US' for one of the adverts. I tend to choose 'English UK' as that's what I write in, but this book may interest people in the US (it's a non-time travel Highland Romance but chick-litty).

Yes. I'm impressed that they manage to find me, actually. They do it by including not only 'people who live in the US' in their target but also those who have 'recently visited'. That's a pretty effective way to make sure you're not leaving a big chunk of your target audience out. Just targeting those who live in one English-speaking country, on the other hand, seems like a good way to make sure you miss an awful lot of your potential readers.


How do we choose the "recently visited" audience? I'm on the traffic section of my FB advert dashboard and can't see the option.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Royalty / Payment Question
« on: July 22, 2017, 10:55:33 AM »
In my Historic tab, for my very first full published month (Sept 2011), it says I had 809 paid sales @ $0.99. However, I don't think I ever received the money, which would have been $283.15, an amount I would have definitely remembered, since I'm lucky to make a tenth of that within a month, now.

I do remember making the book free at one point after a month or so (since I was new to the publishing world and didn't know what the hell I was doing - make your only book free?!?!).

I did query it a couple of years back. I can't remember what reply they gave but I remember it was something that sounded like I was wrong as the book was free, except it wasn't when it was first released as I remember clicking F5 excitedly during that first week and seeing the paid sales number rise and rise and rise...

Writers' Cafe / Re: Downtime at work
« on: July 21, 2017, 06:37:24 AM »
Yes, I try and use any lulls at work to do some writing. My colleague knows and doesn't mind, as if any work does come in then I File>Save what I'm working on and do my job.

I also commute every day by train (an hour each way) so manage to get writing done then on my tablet.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: July 20, 2017, 02:28:14 PM »
On my blog, I've revealed a rebranded cover for one of my existing books, and also revealed a further three covers in the newly-created cozy paranormal series originating from the existing book... if that makes sense?

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Trying to read a paperback book
« on: July 16, 2017, 12:16:35 PM »
I find there's something quite relaxing about reading a paperback book. You don't have to worry about whether the book is powered up enough to be able to read it, for one.

However, Kindles are so handy when you have a gazillion books to read but no physical space to put them.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Draft2Digital and Payoneer
« on: July 12, 2017, 04:19:29 PM »
I'm in the U.S., so I guess this doesn't affect me, but I've never heard of Payoneer. PayPal has been around for a while and I've used them for years; I trust them. I don't see any reason to change payment options. Do international authors not get paid monthly? I'm just not understanding the appeal here.

Yes, we get paid monthly. If I can, I'm going to stick with Paypal (unless D2D stop using them). I don't fancy paying $3 (or equivalent for every transfer).

Writers' Cafe / Draft2Digital and Payoneer
« on: July 12, 2017, 01:07:42 PM »
Sorry if this has already been mentioned, but Draft2Digital have partnered with Payoneer for royalty payments.

The email says

"Draft2Digital Partners with Payoneer for Faster, Easier Author Payments
We are excited to announce we have partnered with Payoneer to offer you a fast, low-cost and easy way for international authors to receive royalty payments.

Payoneer is a globally-focused digital financial platform that serves millions of customers from over 200 countries, and in more than 150 currencies. It is trusted by some of the most recognizable businesses on the planet, including Amazon, Getty Images, Google, and Upwork.

With Payoneer, you'll be able to have Draft2Digital payments transferred directly to your bank account in 1-3 business days, and receive your payments in local funds. And you'll pay only a low, flat $3 fee per transfer.

If you prefer, you also have the option of selecting the Payoneer Prepaid MasterCard, which would apply funds to a card you can use for direct purchases.

We are very pleased with the benefits that Payoneer brings to our authors, and we encourage you to consider the service as a faster and more secure payment method over other methods, such as payment by check."

As someone in the UK, I'm happy enough with Paypal. Any fellow Brits used Payoneer before, and if so, would you recommend it over Paypal?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Sweet Free Books Shutting Down
« on: July 07, 2017, 02:27:21 PM »
Not sure if it has been posted or not, but I didn't know about this.

I've used them once or twice in the past, and I did okay as a result.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What would you name a vampire hamster?
« on: July 07, 2017, 02:23:59 PM »
It's got to be Tim.

As in Tim the Enchanter from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, who has a fear of killer bunnies with "big, sharp, pointy teeth!"

(Okay, I know you said Vampire Hampster but the Killer Bunny was the first thing that popped into my head when I read your post).

Writers' Cafe / Re: Tiny writing tool
« on: July 07, 2017, 09:50:34 AM »
Sounds interesting. I'll give it a try on my laptop when I get home.

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