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Is there a better version of the Amazon author dashboard? and is it possible to get your author data via an API? as I might be tempted to create my own app to view things better.

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Writers' Cafe / Looking for Scrivener formatting expert
« on: July 22, 2017, 12:29:24 PM »
I use Scrivener to compile my book. The 2 books I recently updated look fine in the previewers (offline and on the dashboard previewer) and on the devices, but looks messed up in the look inside. I need someone who can fix the issue within Scrivener for me.

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Writers' Cafe / Kindle formatters in UK/US?
« on: April 19, 2017, 03:13:02 AM »
Can anyone recommend me some reasonably priced, eBook formatters for Kindle ( creating .mobi/Scrivener file) ? US/UK based prefered.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Phrase or Exact search keyword for Amazon Ads?
« on: March 18, 2017, 02:37:11 PM »
That's right. Sponsored ads only have the broad keyword search. You can change the type in Product Display ads, but not in Sponsored.

Thanks.

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Writers' Cafe / Phrase or Exact search keyword for Amazon Ads?
« on: March 18, 2017, 12:41:39 PM »
This is a real basic question, but on setting up an Amazon ad campaign, I can't see how you change from a broad keyword search type to phrase or exact, or you can't? you only have the broad option?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Lists of keywords for ads?
« on: March 16, 2017, 12:23:37 PM »
Misread the op. o.O oops.  Are you looking for AMS, Facebook or what's your strategy?

Keywords for Amazon ads.

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Writers' Cafe / Lists of keywords for ads?
« on: March 16, 2017, 05:33:19 AM »
I was just wondering if anyone knows where to obtain lists of keywords for ads? specifically post-apocalyptic and scifi.Thanks.

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There's two different questions here. There's how low would you sales have to be before you stopped writing as a career, and there's how low would they have to be to stop writing completely.

Taking the later first. Never :)

As for the other, it all depends upon your short term and long term goals. In the short term, do you need to sell a certain number of books to pay bills? if so, and you have been trying for a long time, then obviously something needs to change. But that might not be stopping writing, it might mean doing marketing different, or changing genre's. And even if you do have to stop to get a paid job etc, then maybe it's just a temporary thing until you have enough saved up. In the long term, it depends upon where you want to be with your writing career in a years, 2 years etc and/or if you have other goals you are trying to get too. Then you would backtrack from there to where you are now, and work out what steps you need to accomplish to get there.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Will Artificial Intelligence replace authors?
« on: March 08, 2017, 07:51:55 AM »
Replace authors no? well not unless there are no humans left. But what it will mean is more competition. Yes, it is true that an AI will be able to write exactly what sells, by analysing thousands of best selling books, but there will always be opportunity for a human author to write a great book as well.

The idea of originality is an interesting one. To say that an AI won't be able to come up with original content is completely wrong. All it has to do is cycle through various combinations and eventually it's going to come up with something that hasn't been done before. It's not being creative perhaps in a human sense, but the result will be the same.

An AI though that can properly write a book (as opposed to making suggestions) to the level of a best selling author, is probably a few decades away, so still plenty of time to write lots of our own books :)

But it's inevitable, it will happen. It's all going to depend upon computing power. And right now the leading horse in that race is quantum computing. As soon as they can figure out how to string enough QBits together, human level AI will be here.

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Writers' Cafe / Amazon category for Space horror?
« on: February 28, 2017, 06:05:11 AM »
The latest book I'm writing is space scifi, but has horror elements as well, think Alien rather than Aliens.

It's unclear to me though what kind of Amazon categories it would go into, ideas?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Editors that specialise in scifi/fantasy/paranormal?
« on: January 25, 2017, 02:04:20 PM »
Thanks for all the replies so far. I'm mostly looking for copy editing and possibly proofreading.

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Writers' Cafe / Editors that specialise in scifi/fantasy/paranormal?
« on: January 25, 2017, 06:55:13 AM »
Anyone know any good editors that specialise in scifi/fantasy/paranormal?

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Writers' Cafe / Predictions for 2017?
« on: December 24, 2016, 09:00:18 AM »
What's everyones predictions for the Ebook world in 2017? will the market continue to grow? or maybe it will be harder for indie authors? will BookBub continue to dominate paid promotion, or will FB ads be the main way to advertise books? Will it become more important for indie authors to promote themselves as opposed to their books, or will the main goal still be put out as many books as possible in the time you have?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How Do You Promote 3rd Book In Series?
« on: December 08, 2016, 08:01:57 AM »
I'm sort of in the same situation, having just released book 3 in my series.

This doesn't address your question directly, but my focus is and probably always will be promoting the first book in the series. I don't know how much your books stand as standalones, but with my series each one very much follows on from the last, so for me, I want to get as many readers as possible introduced to book 1. They then hopefully go on to read book 2 and 3, which they can easily find from the links at the end of the books and even from the Amazon page for book 1.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Your reasons for going indie?
« on: December 06, 2016, 12:52:32 PM »
My reasons were I had been writing down story ideas for over a decade, and I wanted those ideas to become fully fledged books. Taking the traditional route just seemed to arduous, there were too many hurdles to jump over, just to get my book in front of readers, so once I had spent some months looking into the whole self publishing situation, and it seemed relatively easy to get a book on Amazon, I thought why not give it a go? and it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Portfolio Update and new prices
« on: December 04, 2016, 01:27:11 PM »
End of the year and time for a Christmas polish for my book cover design site. I've updated my portfolio and adjusted my prices including adding a new banner package.

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The Book Corner / Re: Good Steampunk novel?
« on: December 04, 2016, 03:27:18 AM »
Okay, I called in the big guns.  Here is her list:

...


:) Thanks for list, I'll check them out.

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The Book Corner / Re: Good Steampunk novel?
« on: December 03, 2016, 06:47:47 AM »
Thanks for the suggestions. She's probably going to prefer more adventure based stories, which are not heavy on the romance. I got her Leviathan and it's sequels some years back and she liked those.

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I wonder if releasing all the 3 books in one go, and then releasing 4, 5 and 6, one month apart from then on might be the ideal solution.

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When you click on the book on Amazon and look at the reviews, directly under the name of the reviewer should be a little note that says -
Format: Paperback
   -or-
Format: Kindle Edition

Hope that helps. :)

Ah, I meant which version of the ebook, because it would be good to know which edited version they have read.

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Writers' Cafe / Which version of a book an Amazon reviewer has reviewed?
« on: December 02, 2016, 05:07:27 AM »
Is there a way to know which version of your book an Amazon reviewer has reviewed?

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I'm planning out a new scifi series, and I've decided to write the first 3 and put them all out in one go to get maximum launch velocity. I think a lot of readers wait for there to be at least 2 books in a series, and probably 3 before they commit to it, so my plan is from now on to always launch with the first 3 books. What's everyones view on that?

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Writers' Cafe / What’s a good monthly promotional budget?
« on: December 02, 2016, 05:01:35 AM »
Something that's become obvious to me over the past few months is that you need to spend money each month on promoting your book. How much though is a question. It's possible to spend say $20-$30 on one promotion, or you can go all the way up to around a $1000 for a BookBub. What I'm curious about is how much is a good amount to budget for?

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The Book Corner / Good Steampunk novel?
« on: December 01, 2016, 05:22:16 AM »
I'm looking for a good steampunk novel for a Christmas present for my gf, any suggestions?

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