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Wish Granted! Tips, Tools, and Templates to Write a Winning Grant
by Holly Rustick

$1.99
Kindle Edition published 2017-08-22
Bestseller ranking: 95983

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INCLUDES BONUS FREE E-DOWNLOADS: TEMPLATES FOR GRANT WRITING!

Grant writing shouldn’t feel like a trip to the dentist. Take the pain out of the process with this innovative and fun, yes fun, guide. Learn all the inside tips and tools of the grant-writing trade in this easy-to-read and upbeat book.
This book is definitely for you if:
•You break out in a cold sweat when your boss mentions the word ‘grant’.
•You’ve been tempted to throw your computer against the wall while writing a grant.
•You happily tell stakeholders there’s plenty of grants out there … but haven’t the faintest idea how to write and get one!
•You think you can send out a bog-standard letter to a bunch of organizations and get funded.
•Your eyes glaze over when you’re presented with grant writing jargon and acronyms.
•Your organization’s grant success A-game has r...

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Hi,

I attempted to clean up my list of Kindle devices.  I deregistered my Kindle for PC for both of our computers.  My computer had no problem re-registering, but my husband's wouldn't.   When I clicked on his Kindle desktop icon, a box appeared and said that it couldn't find the kindle.exe file.  I then uninstalled the program and reloaded it.  The desktop icon that showed up was a blue box inside a rectangle.  I then took an old Kindle installer file on my computer.  The old icon showed up and I clicked on it.  The program came up, and I clicked on tools/Manage Your Kindle and it went to the website, but no new kindle for PC showed up.  When I went to sync the content, it kicked me out of the program and the desktop icon totally disappeared.  Then a box appeared that told me that it couldn't find kindle.exe. I then compared the kindle files at c:/users/[name]/appdata/local/Amazon/kindle/application on the two computers.  My husband's computer was missing the Kindle Application with the picture of the kid beneath the tree.  There may be other files missing as well, but this was a glaring difference.  While I was troubleshooting, I did restart his computer a few times.  Then the program would load like normal, but when I tried to register it, everything went haywire. 
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It's not the prettiness that is the big thing with Vellum. Too many detractors don't get that. It's the ease of use. The savings of time and effort so you can use that time and effort for writing and marketing.

I don't find it any easier than using D2D or Calibre. In fact, it's harder to use before I have to switch to using my husband Mac and that means switching between computers and lots of wasted time.

Vellum is easy enough to use, but it's not really better than other formatting options.
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It's getting late here, so I'm temporarily locking this, just for the North American overnight. Any attempts to take the argument to other threads will be looked upon with great dismay. <palms snowball and looks around severely>
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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Android ad-blockers
« Last post by bookmonster on Today at 10:25:56 PM »
Adblock Plus FTW
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Also, for reasonable authors and for our repeat customers

Please consider the following things

A) All these attacks are coordinated with hacking attacks and algorithm tweaks
All these attacks ALWAYS happen right after we've hit a new high in readers or revenue


B) Let's consider the times these threads start popping up VERSUS new high in readers (you can check dates yourself if you do Google search for kboards books butterfly)

Nov 2016 - new highest earning month
Dec 2016 - attacks on KBoards claiming we are not a Canadian company and that we don't honor guarantee

Mar 2017 - new highest earning month + we revealed that we'd grown to 5.1 million readers
Apr 2017 - attack on KBoards claiming we don't honor guarantee. Within 15 minutes person claiming that we did refund because of post. We didn't know about post for 2 weeks until we saw it show up on Google

Aug 2017 - new highest earning month
Sept 2017 - attacks on forums again

Oct 2017 - highest earning month ever
Oct end 2017 and Nov 2017 - attacks on KDP forum claiming we are not a Canadian company and now attacks on KBoards

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Also these also coincidence with things like rank getting pulled for some promotions (according to authors it's irrespective of what promotion method you use)

What are the changes all of this is happening all at the same time??

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So SOMEONE or SOMETHING is egging on these attacks
At the exact same time that there are other things like rank being pulled

At the exact same time that we are growing the fastest in both readers and earnings
Probably true for some other promotion sites too

It's all well and good to say Facebook Ads and AMS ads. However, most authors don't have the time or inclination to master those. Even the experts admit that if you aren't careful you'll end up spending $1 or more per click

Most good promotion sites are sold out for weeks or months and getting stronger with more and more readers

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This is not some simple thing of a few authors being upset

We have 7 disputes out of last 2,700 promotion packages sold. Do we really believe that there are a set of authors who've never worked with us who suddenly decided right after our new best earnings month and our new best reader growth month to start attacking

No someone is egging them on, playing on their emotions

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We have a new service launching. It's NEVER been on the Internet. URL is hidden. Only shared on email between Main Dev and me. No one else

Within ONE HOUR of email that there are new changes, there are people from one large tech company (you can guess which) checking the site.

So why do they care enough to have someone checking 24/7 on new things we are working on + having hacked our email server??

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Don't fall for all this. A lot of these authors are just being egged on by someone behind the scenes. There is some big tech company that has no attack vectors against us and other big promotion sites because now promotion sites are not dependent on them. So they are trying to create attack vectors

If you see one promotion site adding 2 million+ readers a year
another adding 1 million+ readers a year

And you're desperate to avoid the world of books being dominated by indie authors using free as marketing and $0.99 and $2.99 for sales

then you have to stoop to such things

It's called social engineering attacks and astroturfing. Except here they aren't trying to get a bank account. They are just finding what authors are most easily egged on. Then just tweak things a bit for those authors' promotions and voila - Site X doesn't work. Site Y doesn't work. Site Z is a scam etc. etc.

Check the last few weeks - every promotion site is getting badmouthed by some author or the other. even general posts about 'have promotion sites stopped working'? How do you know that it's not a social engineering attack? It's a simple tweak to make results bad and then let the upset author do the rest

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For us it's in some ways to shut up and say nothing - less promotion sites there are, more business for us.

However, at some point you lose sustainability. Authors need multiple sites to get results. It's one thing if small sites get taken out. If the medium sites get taken out then everyone will start getting affected. And then they will come for the big sites

The end goal is to make us all serfs. don't forget that. You can dream up excuses. but the real end goal is to do Tragedy of the Commons and Divide and Conquer and have everyone working for pennies while SOMEONE OR SOMETHING makes a lot of money
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Underperforming first book - any help?
« Last post by Tizzy on Today at 10:21:22 PM »
Some flaws and turn offs from my perspective are:
1. You're calling it a series when it's still just one book. If I see "book 1" anywhere on amazon I run a mile unless other books are already out. I would add series tags after the release of book two.
2. Cover looks dark and horror like, not satire.
3. Title also seems horror like.

Less important but if it were me I'd give myself a first or second name, or initial.

Current blurb and look inside seems ok.

Well, 1) I can fix in like, two minutes. So let's try that :D The novel is standalone anyway, so it's not like people will feel bait and switched when somebody ends up hanging from a cliff in the last page.

To the others who have commented: I'm still working on the blurb, though I'm currently testing to see how the new one works. I know the cover is seen as problematic, but I can't change that in a whim sadly as covers cost money and take time to produce, and I do so very much doubt I'll find a premade cover that's eye-catching and screams "fantasy satire." That works for romance covers, but for some other works sadly there isn't much of a possibility. Still changing it is in my to-do list if things go on as they have so far, I'm just first exploring the options that won't cost me a lot.

I'm grateful for all the comments, really, and I'm actually relieved the blame has been mostly pinned on cover/blurb (things I can change) and not on the look inside :P I mean, I'd rather be a terrible blurb writer than a terrible writer overall, so at least my pride remains (somewhat) unscathed. I'm still worried about the lack of sales, tho, particularly when the ad campaign is getting so many clicks.

I'm also planning on putting out short tales (I'm building a universe, so it's not too hard to come up with stories) that I could give away for free on Amazon or elsewhere to try and grab some attention. My guess right now is I might be on a somewhat hard market to crack (I mean, harder than the average literary market, I guess, which is hard already) since it being fantasy and satire it's basically a niche. The audience is there, of course, else Pratchett or Adams wouldn't still be selling a lot and guys like Rankin wouldn't have been published, but it might be just a tad difficult to get them to try what I've got. I'm still trying, tho, and any further comments are very much welcome :D
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Messenger Bots for Authors - why you need one!
« Last post by AJC on Today at 10:16:18 PM »
Thanks, Manychat got my vote due to it's available list of features for free vs pay. This is fun. Now I need to think of something zany to do...

Good choice! I'm running a FB ad at the moment to my permafree which links to my bot. It then offers them a chance to win my box set in exchange for an email address. It's going three things: improving my rank on my freebie, getting bot subscribers, and getting email addresses. It's working really well!
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Writers' Cafe / Re: How the HECK do they do this??
« Last post by T S Paul on Today at 10:14:06 PM »
Sign up for an Amazon Advantage Account then pay $600 for each book you list that way.
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New releases and notifying my mailing list has had better results than any advertising blip.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Underperforming first book - any help?
« Last post by firstdraft on Today at 09:57:28 PM »
Some flaws and turn offs from my perspective are:
1. You're calling it a series when it's still just one book. If I see "book 1" anywhere on amazon I run a mile unless other books are already out. I would add series tags after the release of book two.
2. Cover looks dark and horror like, not satire.
3. Title also seems horror like.

Less important but if it were me I'd give myself a first or second name, or initial.

Current blurb and look inside seems ok.
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