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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pathetic Peeves - Confess Yours
« Last post by MClayton on Today at 06:56:07 PM »
To be fair, the comments to which I was responding had been discussing "modern" or "made-up" names in historical novels.  I have no problems with made-up names in fantasy or even sci-fi books.  As long as they're pronounceable.  And preferably no longer than three syllables.  (Even in a fantasy book if a major character had the name Tkastjuvl'menbt...  I'd probably quit reading.)  [Either that, or mentally rename him Fred.]

Reminds me of the post some years back announcing that from this point forward, all apostrophes in fantasy names were to be pronounced "boing."  :) https://issendai.livejournal.com/429293.html

Regarding pet peeves, authors who give a character a mental health diagnosis and get it wrong. If you're going to give one, at least get it right. (Schizophrenia is not the same thing as multiple personality disorder, which changed names to become dissociative identity disorder over two decades ago.)
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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Unlimited Question
« Last post by Atunah on Today at 06:55:31 PM »
Yes there is. Anything you ever borrowed shows up in the "your kindle unlimited" section. Its in the drop down accounts on lists when you are on the amazon home page. Top right thereabouts. You know where all the stuff is, your account, your drive, your wishlist. Just go down to your kindle unlimited. You can sort by oldest borrows and see everything. Mine go back to 2014, when it started, even though I cancelled in between. It keeps track of everything if you re-subscribe.
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Writers' Cafe / My KU page reads have died. How about yours?
« Last post by Ryan W. Mueller on Today at 06:48:32 PM »
In the time period since May 25th, I've had a grand total of 23 pages read. Over the same time period, I've made 10 sales.

This is a very unusual ratio for me. Since I first self-published about a year ago, my page reads have ranged between 1000 a month and 14600 a month. Not huge numbers by any means, but not these big fat zeroes I've been getting for almost a month now.

Has anyone else experienced the same thing? I know many authors are pulling out of KU. Are many readers pulling out of it as well?

If this is the new reality of KU, I might have to take things wide. It's not like I can do worse.

My earliest title is set for renewal on June 24th, so I have to make my decision by then. I know you can ask them to pull all your books out at once, but I'm not in a huge hurry. I'm fine with gradually pulling out.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: MailChimp signup form / Firefox problem
« Last post by Rosie Scott on Today at 06:37:46 PM »
It could be an add-on issue. I looked up why Firefox would only load some images while other browsers load them all, and some people suggested clearing the cache or restarting in safe mode. Since you're new to Firefox, it probably isn't a cache issue, but you could check that anyway?

If it helps, I do have AdBlock Plus installed on Firefox among other add-ons, and I saw the image on both your newsletter link and Facebook. The official Mozilla support page for this issue is here if you want to check it out: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/fix-problems-images-not-show

I hope you find the issue!  :)
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Writers' Cafe / Re: MailChimp signup form / Firefox problem
« Last post by ElisabethGFoley on Today at 06:30:27 PM »
Okay, yes, that's the way it's supposed to look!

Like I said, I'm new to Firefox—could I have configured my browser settings so it's blocking this for some reason? I didn't think it was on my end because I tried it on two different computers, but then again, I did set Firefox up on both of those computers myself...
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Writers' Cafe / Re: MailChimp signup form / Firefox problem
« Last post by Rosie Scott on Today at 06:19:05 PM »
Hi Elisabeth!

I checked out both of your links on Firefox, and both are working for me assuming the image below looks like how you want it to:



Are you sure it's not something on your end?
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Western Genre Resurgence?
« Last post by ellenoc on Today at 06:05:55 PM »
You're talking about Code of the West, which probably could be classified as a romance of sorts. Most of Zane Grey could not, and it doesn't make classic westerns with a romantic storyline as a subplot western romances, especially as the category stands today.

I'm not saying classic Westerns and Western Romances aren't different things with different genre expectations. I am saying I think you're wrong about the two having such a stark dividing line they have totally different audiences:

They don't even really belong in the same discussion, because they don't have the same readers or follow the same trajectories.

I read both, and from what I see in my own readers, I believe there's definite crossover. Few readers stick to one genre and since these two have the same settings and types of characters, there's an attraction.

You see the same thing between Historical Romance and Historical Mystery - different genres, different "rules". Romantic threads in Historical Mystery vary in strength, but the two genres appeal to a lot of the same readers.
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Writers' Cafe / MailChimp signup form / Firefox problem
« Last post by ElisabethGFoley on Today at 06:05:23 PM »
I updated my reader magnet ebook on MailChimp this evening, which involved changing the header image on my hosted signup form; and when I'd finished and went to look at the form, I found that the image does not appear when I view the page with Firefox. I also discovered that the integrated email signup tab on my Facebook page is blank when viewed with Firefox.

I suspect this may not have anything to do with the new header image; I just started using Firefox recently and to the best of my memory it's the first time I tried viewing either one of those forms with this browser. The header still shows up in Internet Explorer...but since that browser is being phased out and I know a lot of people use Firefox, this could cripple the usefulness of my signup form quite a lot. My signup page is extremely simple outside of the banner, just a few words of text.

Any ideas on how to solve this problem?

Here's my hosted signup form, if anyone using Firefox would like to visit it and tell me what they see: http://eepurl.com/biZJDb
And here's the integrated signup on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ElisabethGFoley/app/100265896690345/
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Writers' Cafe / Re: What is a realistic series read-through rate?
« Last post by Russ Munson on Today at 06:00:17 PM »

With series, someone who's read book two will almost always go on to read book three unless you're doing something to lose them.


I agree, but there's also the unknown Amazon factor. Since my mailing list is very small (I'm building it organically without offering incentives), I have no way of knowing if Amazon has sent out notice of the newest release. (I should add that my Book 3 has only been out for a month).

I could be wrong, but when voracious readers are consuming multiple books per week, they are probably not checking in regularly to see if a new book by so and so is out unless the writer is one of their absolute favorites.

Obviously, I wish the read-through rate was higher (who wouldn't?!), but given the fact that there are so many variables and my sample sizes are relatively small, I'm not sure that reworking book 2 is a good use of time (especially since it has a Goodreads rating average above 4.5). Why mess with something that some people are liking very much? If I "fix" the wrong things, I run the risk of pleasing no one.

Another factor which I hadn't considered before this thread is the speed of release. Voracious readers who pick up books 1 or 2 before book 3 is out may very well have forgotten about the series by the time the later books are out--and they may not "check in," unless reminded to do so. This is where a lack of a mailing list may affect read-through.

As someone mentioned upthread, perhaps the only true read-through rate should be calculated for the months when all three books are out. That way, a reader who starts book 1 knows there's a book 3. If that's the case, then I have a 110% read-through :) I'm being facetious, of course, but my point is that there are so many unknown variables that trying to quantify some of these things may be an exercise in futility.
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