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Big hug brother. I gotta say that's a painfully honest post. I think that many people want to be writers full time, but they get into it and find that it's not for them. That makes it no different than anything else. Art pulls at the soul but it's mostly dreams and cotton candy. For some it turns out to be a coming home and for others its a nightmare that should of remained a hobby. There's no shame in that.

I've known a lot of people who've gone professional in some form of art only to decide after a few years that they enjoyed it better as a hobby. Most people find writing to be more of a calling, a thing that they do to feed the soul. If they can make money at it then that's great but if they never get a cent than they're not going to cry themselves to sleep over it. Others are devoted to the idea of making a living off their art, and that works for them. Neither puts out better stuff.

You never have to give up your passion for writing. Or your dreams of being a full time writer. But you always have to be true with yourself about if you want to do this for the next 20 years. I have a full time job and I write on the side. If I don't make a cent off my books I'll still sleep at night. I make my bills, own my house, and have a cruise for 3 weeks planned. It's a good life. Being a writer doesn't mean I have to pay my bills doing it.

Either way I want you to know that it's not that bad. Any book you publish is still a piece of your soul, and that's a damn beautiful thing.

Much love brother.

Love everything about this. I wish I was this eloquent x

Writers' Cafe / Re: Any one on here from U.K.?
« on: June 06, 2018, 05:48:03 AM »
South of England here, although I'm originally from N.Scotland. Welcome!

I fit the writing in around two small people and a part-time job  :D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Make It Free
« on: June 04, 2018, 02:42:30 PM »
I went ahead and reported it again, Theresa.   :)

thankyou Jeff  :-*

Writers' Cafe / Re: Make It Free
« on: June 04, 2018, 02:41:35 PM »
Guys I can use a little help. I'm a little anxious about getting my book permafree, so far it's only showing up on iTunes(still waiting on B&B, Kobo, etc), but despite that Amazon has been promising to price match it for over a week now. They still haven't. I could use some help:

Link to my book at Amazon

Link to my book at iTunes:


I'll add more links as they show up, but thanks for any help you give with this.


Hi Dee
I waited a week as they promised me too. Then I chased them up and they fixed it that day. Might be worth giving it a shot.
Reported also.

I asked for price matching last Wednesday and they agreed then and said it would take 2-3 working days, but it's still paid as of today. I have emailed them again but I'm not holding my breath as it is such a discretionary thing.

I've had other problems with changes to my books. Sometimes they seem super efficient other times its like they're making the rules up as they go along, lol.

Hope you get it sorted soon. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Which banner do you like better?
« on: May 23, 2018, 05:15:42 AM »
I like both of them as they are booth really nice but I prefer the first one just a bit as I think it would be easier to read when its displayed smaller.

me too!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Make It Free
« on: May 22, 2018, 05:05:43 AM »
Thanks for reporting Garrick Avery. I've reported All About Zane too.

Amazon are dragging their heels with Garrick even though they said they would change the price last Wednesday so if anyone else wants to chase them up for me it's much appreciated  ;D

thanks, lovelies

Theresa x

Writers' Cafe / Re: Make It Free
« on: May 17, 2018, 01:39:14 PM »
Reported Garrick.  Good luck.   :)

thanks Jeff, much appreciated :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Make It Free
« on: May 16, 2018, 06:00:42 AM »
Reported C.D
Best of luck

Writers' Cafe / Re: Make It Free
« on: May 16, 2018, 05:53:59 AM »
Hi all,

Would like my first in series to be free.  I've already emailed Amazon but would appreciate any help with nudging them along!

 Garrick by Theresa Beachman

My book: 

Free links:


B & N:



Theresa x

Hi everyone,

Sorry if this has been answered elsewhere, I did a search and did not come up with anything.

I'm in the process of uploading my book to Apple and there's a box - Does this book contain 'explicit content?'

I write sci-fi romance with open door sex scenes (one or two per book). So do I tick this box or will Apple put me in Erotica if I do?  I'm a bit wary as Amazon only recently took one of my books out of Erotica after letting it languish there for three months.

I don't want to be in erotica (too many aliens and gunfights in my books) but I also don't want to give anyone a fright if they think no one gets nekkid  ::)

Any advice much appreciated!


Writers' Cafe / Re: Book cover tropes!
« on: May 03, 2018, 07:51:25 AM »
oooh, what's a reverse image search? Sounds interesting and useful!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Publishing on Apple: Pen names and EIN's
« on: April 30, 2018, 01:19:38 PM »
Well, that was easy!  It's about 1 p.m. Monday ET here and I just got a message back from iTunes saying they'd change the DBA name to my pen name. Now to see how long it takes to update. I'd assume, not long.  Here's the message:

Thank you for your email.  The DBA name has been updated in our systems.   Please allow time for our systems to refresh.

Please note that the DBA name will not be reflected until you upload/submit your books content.  Previously uploaded/submitted books content will automatically update once the system refreshes.


The iTunes Store Legal Team

Oh. nice to see something working for a change! Thanks for letting me know, hopefully the same will work for me!  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Publishing on Apple: Pen names and EIN's
« on: April 30, 2018, 06:54:56 AM »
Thanks, Patty,

That's much clearer, I understand exactly what you mean now.   :)

and My Dog's Servant, I'll give that a try in the first instance (seems simplest) and see how I get on. I also don't write Erotica despite what Amazon has thought previously  ::) but I want that distance, as much for my kids as anything else.

Global domination here I come mwah hahaha

theresa  :-*

I freaking love writing combat.

The best advice I can give is twofold:

- Don't write every swing and every hit. Keep things moving and make use of the environment.
- Follow the advice of Jackie Chan: Every battle is a story that follows a line. If it isn't telling something about the story, gloss over it. Furthermore, use action to display character and advance story; not just to be flashy or because it's a prerequisite.

Good advice!!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Publishing on Apple: Pen names and EIN's
« on: April 30, 2018, 05:54:09 AM »
They'll accept your pen name on Apple if you can provide them with some official document that shows you use it. Their email to me said:

"In order to make this change, we will need you to supply a DBA certificate or other proof (tax document, third party contract, copyright registration, invoice, royalty statement, etc.) that you are indeed the owner of this name. Please note that we do not accept links to pages, domain name registration, or screenshots as proof of DBA."

I sent them a royalty statement from ACX and that did the trick.

Hi Lydniz,
Thanks. Sadly I am so prawny the only proof I am the author is that it's sitting on my hardrive, lol!

Hi Patty
Do you mean setting up a new apple ID using my author email address (separate to my personal one) , although the credit card etc would still be in my own name and then I presume its ok to put my pen name as the publisher? Is that ok? ISn't that a bit like setting up Facebook accounts in pen names which is not allowed cos they are no real? Sorry if I'm not understanding you correctly. This is making my brain fry  :-\ !!

Theresa x

Writers' Cafe / Re: Publishing on Apple: Pen names and EIN's
« on: April 30, 2018, 04:46:33 AM »
Hi Ashelia,

That's really useful about the EIN, thanks. That's one less thing to worry about!


Writers' Cafe / Publishing on Apple: Pen names and EIN's
« on: April 30, 2018, 04:28:12 AM »
Hi everyone

So I want to make the first in my series free and uploaded my book on to Kobo in ten minutes flat.

Then I went to Apple and lost the will to live.

Fighting my way out of the quagmire I have two questions I'm struggling with,

1. It seems that if I publish on Apple they will list my real name as 'seller' and that if I wish to change this it will involve numerous emails etc? I only recently got one of my books out of Erotica and the thought of entering another email battle of wills to change something like this makes me want to go lie down in a dark room...

2. I live in the UK. Do I need an EIN? I've never even heard of an EIN before but then I googled Apple iBooks applications and disappeared down a two-hour warren.......Is the banking Iban number not enough?

Thinking I should just go with Draft 2 Digital?  ::)

thanks for any advice guys xx

Writers' Cafe / Re: Are you on an off-beat path that is going well?
« on: April 17, 2018, 05:01:44 AM »
This whole blogging your writing as you go is such an interesting idea. What a great way to connect with readers beyond 'Buy my book'!  It's early days for me yet with only two books out but I am going to give this some serious thought for the future, thanks guys!

Thanks for the smiles :) and the reminder to hang in there. x

Writers' Cafe / Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread. April promo open
« on: April 07, 2018, 03:04:46 AM »
Re-tweeted Patty's tweet and shared. Hope everyone has a good day! I'll keep my open for other posts to share :)

Always tricky without having read the book, but I'll give it a go.

Deep under the waves of an alien water planet, the last descendants of Earth struggle to survive in a place no human colony has a right to be. Jacob Stone, captain of a transport submarine called the Rogue Wave, just wants to forget the deeds of his past and find a safe place for his crew to live in peace. But there is no peace in the dark depths of the alien ocean. Fear, death, and civil war plague the human colony while outside, uncharted waters hold peril and uncertainty. A race of artificial humans long ago created and then cast out by their ancestors are the enemy they know, but there's a far more terrifying threat. The Novum. A mythical sea creature large enough to swallow a ship. And as Jacob Stone and his crew soon find out, not only is the Novum real, it's hungry. With the rest of humanity embroiled in their own strife and squabbling, the actions of the Rogue Wave will find away to avert humanity's final destruction--or inadvertently trigger it.

As a lover of everything undersea and dystopian/apocalyptic, I'd buy that.  ;D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Erotica Store-wide Rankings Missing
« on: March 30, 2018, 01:45:46 AM »
I think that means it's been dungeoned? To check, go to Sales Rank Express ( and search for your book. When it shows up, it'll have an "ADULT" flag if Amazon has banished it.

Thanks Becca. It wasn't dungeoned, just invisible. But it has been taken out of Erotica as of last night. I used an amazon email address supplied by the RWA on Twitter because of all this hoo-ha going on and FINALLY  got a reply from a real person who has put my book in SciFi romance where it belongs.

There will be wine tonight!

Sadly, going forward there will be no more nekkid man chest on my books. It's too risky.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Erotica Store-wide Rankings Missing
« on: March 30, 2018, 01:41:56 AM »
KBoards soooo needs a Like button.


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