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If a story has time/space reset itself, so that people/beings from every reality and time in history are starting over again on one world, what genre would it be? Lots of magic, lots of tech. Historical characters like Ben Franklin and Peter the Great are alongside elves, dwarves, dragons, superheroes, dinosaurs, aliens, gunslingers, futuristic vigilantes, and Tarzanesque beastmasters. It's not so much that the characters traveled to another time or place as it is the other times and places came to the characters. The first novel that sets up the storyline is basically a straight-up epic fantasy tale, but while the epic scope continues in book two (because the heroes screwed their quest up at the end of book one), lots of other elements have come into play. I suppose it could be dystopian, because everything is well and truly &^%#ed up, but I'm not sure it really hits all those tropes.

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See, and I read it as a man saying that's how women are with respect to dating.

Me too.

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"I frequently engage in "girl talk" with my readers who believe that I am a woman. I engage with my fans on a daily basis to build my penname and grow my success. There is absolutely nothing creepy or wrong about this. Would readers be bothered if they discovered my "secret"? Maybe. Which is why I don't tell them."

I think this is the part that bothers me the most--you admit they may be bothered (and I think from the responses on this forum you can kick that "may be" up a few notches to "almost universally would be" and claim that because they don't know, it doesn't hurt anyone. That justifies pretty much anything, though, doesn't it? So it's ok when someone cheats on an SO when they're out of town, because he/she will never know, and it won't hurt them? It's not like anyone got pregnant, or an STD or anything, so no big deal; all you did was make a fool of someone behind their back.

Except you already know it's hurtful, and you aren't going to lose sleep over it as long as you get what you want.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: KU Page Stuffing Explained - Helpful Video
« on: January 05, 2018, 08:06:50 PM »
I like to read the odd SF or Fantasy Romance now and then, and I picked up a SFR title in KU that listed the "book" I thought I was getting, and in the blurb, it mentioned there was a bonus short story at the end. Well, just when I thought things were going along at a good pace, the book ended. At 6%. The bonus story that was in the same vein as the book was ALL the way at the end, past over a dozen additional stories that, to put it bluntly, was crap I wouldn't have wasted someone else's time and eyeballs on, much less my own. Out of curiosity, I downloaded another SFR title by the same author that also mentioned a bonus story. Same stories, different order. The bonus story in one was the main story in the other and vice versa. The intervening stories were all Billionaire/Bad Boy/Biker/Shifter/Vampire stuff that does not scratch the itch of someone wanting to read about adventures on an alien planet. The author knew that, I'm sure, and so put the two similar stories at opposite ends of the book so that they would get credit for the other 88% of the story that didn't actually get read. I clicked back to the cover of both books before I returned them, and sincerely hope that the author didn't get paid for the page reads. Oh, and there was no mention on the cover/blurb/etc. that those other "books" were part of the content. I just looked at the page count, saw that it was around full-length novel page count, and assumed I was getting a single book with a single short story. That seems pretty deceptive to me, especially when they did it twice with the same stories, in a different order, with a different title and cover.



I'm sorry but I went and checked the top 100 in Romance in particular categories and it's not just one book with an extra book added onto the back. The title content ends at 17%. Which means that it has 1,464 additional pages, or the equivalent of 5 extra full-length books tacked onto the end. Each of this author's books has at least 3 full length novels -- the same ones -- tacked onto the end. Plus sneak peeks at other new content.

Author two, has a book which ends at 30% and is 400 pages long. That means there's an additional 900+ pages added onto the end. Another of their books has titled content that ends at 10% and is 198 pages long. That means there's an additional 1800 pages of content added on at the end or the equivalent of 9 full length books. This goes on and on...

It's not just books with one book added at the end.

Something's rotten in the state of Denmark...

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Continued Delay in KDP Sales Reports
« on: December 20, 2017, 11:25:41 AM »
LOL!  Try over 2 doggone weeks! With no sign they will ever show up!

Previously it would take hours to update, however now our sales reports have up to 2 days.[/i]

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I wrote a 30k word romance novella in 8 hours
« on: December 16, 2017, 01:37:02 PM »
I want to do this so bad it's not even funny ... alas, Southern Appalachian accent. The result looks like a few dozen kittens hopped up on catnip were racing back and forth across my keyboard.

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I was trying to buy a few author copies to give our kids and grandkids for Christmas presents--they love fantasy books and think it's neat we published one. In the past, it's taken CreateSpace 4 days, tops, to get author copies to us. I placed the order on Dec. 4th, and after a couple of days I happened to be checking to see when they would arrive (we live in a rural area, so the neighbors' wandering dogs getting to a delivery before I do and leaving the contents shredded all over our lawn is, unfortunately, a thing) and noticed they'd never sent a tracking number. I logged into CreateSpace and the delivery date said Dec. 28. Since I have Prime, I just went ahead and ordered them through Amazon and we had them a couple of days later. So I know the payments have been processed by Amazon, but there are no paperback sales showing up in the dash. And the CreateSpace dash says nobody had ordered paperbacks but me. So I don't know why they are being so slow to print and ship, and I guess Amazon isn't showing sales for the same reason they aren't reporting other peoples', whatever reason that is.

On the bright side, I saw that AMS data had updated to show several ebook sales. It's just that they are so delayed, I now have no idea when they were sold, so not sure which ad is responsible for which sales. Rank jumps, sales reported on AMS ads, and KDP dashboard sales usually don't happen on the same days, so everything just seems to happen randomly. I feel like I'm driving blind, lol.



I remember this sort of thing coming up last December and Phoenix explained that Amazon will print books to sit ready in their warehouse for the Christmas rush. Apparently if they choose to print some copies of your book, you get paid then, but then of course you don’t get paid again when they’re actually ordered. Could that be the case here?

The other thing (and apologies if this isn’t what you meant!) is that if you’ve done your paperbacks through Createspace, sales wont show up on your kdp dashboard. (That’s for kdp print books.) You’ll have to log into Createspace to see your sales.

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That is correct. Createspace wanted to sit on their duffers til after Christmas, so I Amazon Primed those suckers. Like a week ago now, and still nothing on the dashboard.

I think Lily was saying that because the author copies weren't due for such a long time, she ordered normal copies, which came through much faster, therefore they should be showing up as orders on the dashboard. That's what I gathered, anyway, I might be wrong.

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I don't know how long it usually takes paperback sales to show, but I ordered a few of my husband's paperbacks off of Amazon (the order for author's copies I put in on Dec. 4 at Createspace isn't scheduled to arrive until Dec. 28 for some reason--isn't that convenient?) and even though the money has left my bank account and gone to theirs and the books are now sitting in my living room waiting to be wrapped, the Dashboard still registers no paperback sales. And if the AMS stats are correct, I may as well not even be running ads. To call the activity sluggish would be slightly insulting to slugs.

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I'm not a bookie mind you, but my postcognitive skills tell me the odds are quite high.


What's the odds that we never see those lost pages again?

Where Amazon are concerned I'm done thinking - it'll be ok, those pages will just get added - when history shows us differently.

Missing sales and pages are becoming the norm. If they do show up it'll be a nice surprise.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Competing with swag for slots in the top 100?
« on: December 09, 2017, 12:43:04 PM »
Weren't the mini books just stickers though? Not actual book-books? Aww heck, I guess it's the same as a picture book. It's Harry Potter though, so it's not like anybody would get a spanking no mater how inappropriate the categorization. One day, my brain will develop an immunity to logic fails. One day.

I glanced at a few and each item of collectable or toy, all seem to have a 16 page mini book - I guess this is why they can have an ISBN?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Competing with swag for slots in the top 100?
« on: December 09, 2017, 10:32:44 AM »
I have no idea; I thought there were specific rules for how ISBN's were used--I didn't think you could just slap a number on any old thing and call it a book. I thought it at least had to be an actual book of sorts, even if it did talk about wise donkeys and the goats in the meadow over and over for 3000 pages or however long those scam KU books are.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Competing with swag for slots in the top 100?
« on: December 09, 2017, 09:57:29 AM »
Well heck, if 6 stickers = a book worthy of of an ISBN number and a spot in the top 100 according to Amazon's standards, I see a productivity surge of epic proportions in my future. I might be able to hit the book a day mark.  ;D


All the 'books' have paperback isbns.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Competing with swag for slots in the top 100?
« on: December 08, 2017, 10:16:44 AM »
Yeah, I was looking through the cats on my break, and they are up in a lot of the big categories, over in SciFi/Fantasy, at any rate. Those toys, stickers, and calendars.

<shakes head>

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Competing with swag for slots in the top 100?
« on: December 07, 2017, 05:24:59 PM »
But why are they in the book bestseller list? I'll admit, reading the "Made In China" tag on the bottom of the Golden Snitch probably technically qualifies as reading, but calling it a book is stretching it. By that standard, why not have "Welcome" mats there?

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Writers' Cafe / Competing with swag for slots in the top 100?
« on: December 07, 2017, 03:45:44 PM »
Listing swag and accessories in the book section seems excessive. It's not like the HP books aren't already there.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/books/16926919011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_b_3_4_last

I don't know, it just doesn't seem quite right.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pre-made and Custom Covers by BZN Studio Covers
« on: December 06, 2017, 10:38:20 AM »
Thank you for such beautiful, quick work Arel. I can't say enough good things.  :D


Hi, guys!
Today I bring you a couple of portfolio samples I finished recently. One is the first of a four-book series so I'm really looking forward to completing the project and seeing them all together. ;D ;D The second one is book 2 of a 2-book series I recently revamped for authors Susan Young and LEroy Nichols (pleasure working with you guys!) which I actually like quite a bit. What do you guys think?
 

And as every week, here are a couple more pre-mades!
 

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Why do I sell far more on Barnes and Noble than Amazon?
« on: December 06, 2017, 09:16:38 AM »
Ah, ok, it'd been out long enough I didn't think that would be the reason. I was concerned that it had been 'dungeoned' by mistake or something.

Because he hadn't sold a copy of the book yet. Rank and categories don't show until at least one book has been sold. However, since someone in this thread said they bought a copy--and obviously did--data is  now showing.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Why do I sell far more on Barnes and Noble than Amazon?
« on: December 05, 2017, 10:30:14 AM »
Why doesn't the OP's ranks or categories show on the product page?

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Writers' Cafe / Instafreebie and KU content
« on: December 03, 2017, 02:11:48 PM »
If I have a book in KU, and the first chapter of the second book is in the back as a bonus/teaser, can I put that chapter on Instafreebie, or is it considered part of the main book? I'm asking because on the page where it gives KENP count, it's listed as one thing, but when someone does a full read-through, it doesn't register that number of pages, and I was wondering if there's no payout for that chapter since it's technically a bonus.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: New Series Titles Make a Difference
« on: December 02, 2017, 12:49:25 PM »
I think they look great. Love that flaming A.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: A New AMS Thread
« on: December 02, 2017, 11:01:43 AM »


What bothers me is the frequency with which that seems to be happening. That makes it very difficult to rely on the data.

Yeah, and after reading what Gregg Bell wrote about his ad-blocker blocking most of the ads, it makes me wonder if when AMS says we have 120,000 impressions, it's maybe only a small number of those that have actually been seen. Sometimes I have what I think is a great keyword, and it gets tons of impressions, but it never gets even a single click. If people aren't seeing the whole ad, no clicks wouldn't exactly be a surprise.

Oh, and oddly enough, my best performing keywords as far as buys are concerned are words that are so broad they literally apply to any work of fiction. Pretty much the kind of keywords AMS guidelines suggest not using. Go figure.


Edited for keyword trivia.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: A New AMS Thread
« on: December 01, 2017, 04:26:13 PM »
I am seeing some crazy and seemingly impossible things with AMS. First, I like to download a spreadsheet and compare keyword performance from say, a week ago to the same keyword today. A couple of times I've had a LOWER number of impressions on the new spreadsheet. So, apparently Zon thought some people saw some ads, but they really didn't. Or they un-saw them. Or something of a magical nature, at any rate. I'm not sure how that is supposed to work. It's made me raise an eyebrow a few times.

So last week, I started a new ad campaign; lots of keywords copied from an older campaign, with new words added. Today, I saw a sale on the new campaign. Except we haven't sold any books since the campaign started. There were some borrows and page reads, but those have never showed in AMS before, so I don't think that's what it was. I looked at the keyword, and noticed it was one from the old campaign. Thinking maybe AMS had gotten the two campaigns muddled a bit and were crediting a sale on the keyword from a while back in the old campaign, I checked to see if a book had sold for that keyword. It hadn't. It had never even gotten any clicks in the old campaign. That piqued my curiosity, so I looked to see how many clicks it had gotten in the new campaign. Turns out, it hadn't gotten any clicks in the new campaign, either, and only one impression. The CPC showed as zero, so I wasn't charged for this mysterious, invisible sale. There was no rank boost, so I really don't know if there was a sale or not. Amazon doesn't give us much data to begin with, and now I don't think the data we do get has any meaning behind it.

Anyone else seeing any Twilight Zone anomalies?



Edited for stupid typos.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Night of the Living Shirtless Men
« on: November 20, 2017, 12:48:23 PM »
Fabio was the Chuck Norris of romance cover models.  ;D

I miss the 80s. Fabio was able to span every genre. We had no need of headless chests!


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Writers' Cafe / Re: October KU rate
« on: November 16, 2017, 06:16:27 AM »
That works on humans, too. Luckily, when I do it to my dog, he just wags his tail and looks at me like I'm the greatest thing ever. It helps make up for all those "kookoos" I get from other people.


You could even point one at a cat and say "felinious confucius!" to cast a confusion spell on your cat, causing it to look at you like you're crazy.

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