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Writers' Cafe / Broken Links to Reviews?
« on: June 15, 2018, 08:41:09 PM »
Just another item for the "Strange Things Are Afoot at the Circle A" list.  Reviews of my books are there, but when I click on them, they lead to the broken link/Amazon's doggie page.  Anyone else?

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I'm going to be speaking at a conference in July on self-publishing and want to show the various print options out there in POD land.  Do you have any titles printed with vendors outside of CreateSpace?  Looking specifically for Lulu, Nook Press (especially the hardbacks), Ingram, etc.  Odd sizes and interior color pictures especially welcome!  If you have published one of these, could you list the specifics with a link below and I'll go buy them!  Thanks!

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Writers' Cafe / Microsoft Banning Language
« on: March 28, 2018, 10:17:32 AM »
Just something to keep your eye on... Microsoft amended their TOS to state that as of May 1, they have the right to ban your account for offensive language or images.  The focus seems to be Xbox and Skype, but in there, too, is Office... which includes Word...

https://www.csoonline.com/article/3264658/privacy/microsoft-to-ban-offensive-language-from-skype-xbox-office-and-other-services.html

I'm sure this is for egregious violations (sort of a "your tail light is out, so while we have you here, we're going to run a criminal check because you match the description on a Wanted poster") and I don't want to start screaming about the sky falling -BUT- as many of us have seen/experienced the long arm of indiscriminate ban-hammers, might be worth keeping and eye on and instituting off-Cloud backups if your manuscripts have cuss words and you're writing in Office based applications.

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Writers' Cafe / Price Matching to Free via D2D
« on: February 24, 2018, 08:25:15 AM »
So, after Pronoun shut down, I shifted a permafree title over to D2D to try and ease up on the number of places I needed to update book info.  Amazon hasn't price matched to free naturally, I started reporting it on the "Report a Lower Price", and finally, I sent a message to KDP.  I received this response:

Quote
Hello,

I'm glad to assist you with your request.

I checked the website with the name of the books and found that they were published through a different channel outside of Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).

So, in this case, we're unable to provide information or take action regarding your book. You can contact your publisher directly for assistance. We'll only be able to take any action or provide any information, only of the book was published through KDP.

We appreciate your understanding in this regard.

Thanks for contacting Amazon KDP.

Anyone else have D2D/Free issues?

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Writers' Cafe / D2D ePubs and Nook Press Issues?
« on: January 28, 2018, 11:55:52 AM »
So, I decided yesterday to take the Nook Press platform out for a test drive.  I attempted to upload an ePub that D2D had generated and received an error message.  It wouldn't allow me to upload anything but a Word file (which looked terrible, so I bailed and returned to my trusty, beloved D2D for distribution.)  Anyone else have this issue?  Discover any work arounds?

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Writers' Cafe / Creative Writing Undergraduate Recommendations
« on: January 23, 2018, 08:42:42 AM »
So, my godson is starting to think about colleges and his dream is to get a degree in creative writing.  His mom asked me what the best schools for writing were and I was struggling. 

I was blown away by my experience at a week long playwrights' conference at Kenyon.  Top notch, world class teachers with information I (even with twenty-five years in the industry) hadn't heard before.  And I was impressed with the vision of Arizona State University.  They hosted a panel night and they're doing a crossover program where their English department is partnering with their Science department.  Recognizing that most of their scientists became scientists because of Star Trek, they wanted to arm and inspire the next generation of sci-fi writers with all the new discoveries so that they can inspire the next generation of scientists, which I thought was super cool.  Buuuuut... that's it.  Tapped out on my knowledge.

Anyone with a toe in this world heard any buzz?

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Writers' Cafe / I dreamed a dreeeeeam... of taaaaaabs... baby....
« on: January 16, 2018, 11:58:28 PM »
So, I'm lying in bed tonight, unable to sleep, trying to figure out whether or not to launch another pen name that is sort of close enough-ish to my real name for people to find my stuff if they're looking for it and I thought to myself, "You know what would be awesome for the reader experience?  To have tabs on our Author pages."  Picture it!  The ability to classify our books and sort them out for readers.  I feel like my Author Page is turning into one gigantic Montgomery Wards catalog of title soup.  But for a reader to be able to click a tab and see all of my UF titles!  Then another tab and see all of my gothic penny dreadfuls!  Heck!  Tabs to filter out boxed sets!  Or filter in boxed sets!  A whole tab devoted to a specific series!  A way for readers to make one click and see a specific series in order!  And I'm not talking about those series pages that are buried on page five of our Author Page catalogs and may or may not include everything in the series.  Or maybe I am.  Just some way, as those backlists become unwieldy, to actually help readers find what they're actually looking for by breaking up the backlist into snack sized chunks of information.  And for us to not have to start a new pen name every time we launch in a new genre.

* sigh *

A girl can dream...

I'm back to bed...

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Writers' Cafe / Missing Categories?
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:22:15 AM »
Anyone else's books missing the categories down at the bottom?  Rankings are all still there, but down at the bottom of each book's page where it showed you if your book had been put into Books > Romance > Gothic > Narwhals vs. Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Unicorns?

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The Book Bazaar / Thirteen Authors Helping One Special Refugee
« on: November 16, 2017, 03:06:39 PM »
Hey Folks! 

So, there's this kid.  Actually, she's been in her refugee camp for so long she probably doesn't qualify as a kid anymore.  She came to the attention of the author organizing this fundraiser last month and her story made all of us go, "Holy crap.  We have got to get her out and to safety."  There is an organization that is working to bring her to Canada, but these things are expensive.  So us thirteen are donating all the sales from the books you'll find in this link to helping her get a new start.

https://business.facebook.com/pg/AudreyFayeWrites/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1981788425396437

If you've ever felt helpless in the face of what is going on in the world and wanted to make a real difference, here you go!  Buy a book!  Buy a book for a friend!  (Just choose the "give as gift" option.)  You get a book!  A young girl gets a new life!  WIN-WIN!

There's a lot of familiar KBoard faces participating.  Here are the authors:

Audrey Faye
Shae Geary
Deana Chase
SM Reine
Penny Reid
Shannon Meyer
Lilia Moon
Brian Olsen
Kate Danley
Blair Babylon
Vivian Arend
Melissa F. Miller
Chloe Cole   
Jaymin Eve
Leia Stone

Brian Olsen also threw down the gauntlet by saying he's not just donating the proceeds of the one title, he's donating the proceeds of ALL his books today.  So, challenge accepted!  I'll match dollar-for-dollar all the purchases of The O'Hare House Mysteries!

Let's do this!


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Writers' Cafe / Copy Editing Recommendation - WordBug
« on: November 07, 2017, 01:14:13 PM »
Just wanted to pass along that I had a really great experience recently working with Beth at WordBug (https://wordbug.biz/).  I have a cozy mystery pen name and have used her now for two books.  She had a great eye for catching grammar issues - misused words, comma errors, homonyms, sentence structure issues, and she spotted a major plot hole (I had added something in my various rounds of editing and forgot to readdress the point at the end.)  She's also just starting out, so her prices are extremely reasonable.

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Writers' Cafe / Ain't No Promotion Like a New Book Launch
« on: October 23, 2017, 08:04:47 PM »
For those of you who are new, you may have heard some old timers say that their is nothing you can do to help your sales more than to write a new book in your series. 

So, for various and sundry reasons, I haven't released a book in my main series since January (launching a pen name and such.)  If you think the ninety-day cliff is bad, hoooooo-dawgies, just wait till you get a taste of the nine month cliff (DON'T DO IT PEOPLE!  STAY AWAY FROM THE CLIFF!) 

Now, I have been running promos, releasing short stories in the world, participating in boxed set releases, group giveaways, paperback giveaways, blog posts,  AMS ads, Facebook ads, even a BookBub ad, book signings and convention appearances... but you know what I did yesterday?  I released another book in my series, and here is a screen grab from Book Report.  Behold how a new release has impacted my sales!



Write like the wind, my friends!  Write in that series!  There is nothing better you can do to increase your sales than releasing a new book.

Now, if you will excuse me, I have another cliff looming on the horizon.  Looks about ninety days away.

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Writers' Cafe / Strangeness on Author Central?
« on: October 14, 2017, 11:40:11 AM »
Anyone else's Author Central a little goofy this morning?  Reviews have all disappeared from the Customer Reviews tab going back to September 27 (They're all still on my books.  Just not feeding into Author Central.)  Not a big deal, but wondering if anyone else was seeing the same strangeness.  AC must've been out celebrating Friday the 13th last night.  Go home, Author Central!  You're drunk!

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The Book Corner / Harry Potter in Motion
« on: September 08, 2017, 07:17:57 AM »
I just got this email from Radio Times about the new Harry Potter in Motion edition on Kindle and one-clicked the heck out of it:

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-09-08/youll-feel-like-youre-actually-in-hogwarts-with-this-new-animated-harry-potter-e-book/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=RT%20Daily%20E-mail%2008%2F09%2F2017%2011%3A24%3A00_61842_Radio%20Times_RadioTimes.com%20Newsletter

I feel like this is what Kindle in Motion was made for!  I heard this talk once from a bunch of scientists who said that Star Trek made them want to go into science and that a lot of their years were spent bringing the items in the show to life.  I feel like twenty years ago, someone read about all the cool stuff in Hogwarts and was like, "I WILL MAKE THIS A REALITY!"

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FdBlIjx8yY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FdBlIjx8yY</a>

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The Book Bazaar / $1 - Galatea & Pygmalion
« on: September 06, 2017, 06:38:38 PM »


A young woman in ancient Greece is tasked with carving a new statue for Aphrodite's temple. But what happens when she falls in love with her art?

GALATEA AND PYGMALION is a short story which first appeared in the ONCE UPON A KISS anthology, Utopia Award Winner for Best Anthology 2017


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Writers' Cafe / Playwright Support Thread
« on: August 29, 2017, 01:46:28 AM »
Just wanted to start a support thread for Playwrights of the KBoards who are self-publishing and self-licensing plays.  Introduce yourself!  Tell us a bit about what you've got out or what you're working on!  Issues you're running into or guidance you're looking for!  Theatre geeks unite!

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Writers' Cafe / AI Generates Romance Titles
« on: August 11, 2017, 11:08:21 AM »
This came across my dashboard and thought it was too delightful not to share.  A computational scientist plugged in 20,000 Harlequin romance titles into an AI computer to see what it would do.  They are glorious.

https://medium.com/@andronovhopf/romance-novels-generated-by-artificial-intelligence-1b31d9c872b2

My favorites include:
  • Missingbroom Bride
  • The English Millionaire Investigator
  • Mistress Man's Baby
  • Baby Barbarian
  • Dear Dr. High-Kungly Seductive Mistake
  • Christmas Pregnant Paradise
  • Pregnant Cow

I think our jobs being taken over by robots might be safe for a few more years.

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Writers' Cafe / Purring Cat White Noise
« on: July 14, 2017, 11:16:12 AM »
OMG!!!  I usually write to coffee shop sounds, rainstorms, and ocean waves, but the internet has made a purring cat app and it is glorious!

https://purrli.com/

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Writers' Cafe / Inside a Click Farm
« on: July 11, 2017, 11:01:41 PM »
There's been several threads recently that have talked about click farms inflating rankings and such.  A friend just shared this article with me and I thought I would pass it along.  It has photographs of what the inside of a click farm looks like.  Really interesting to see how these are set up...

https://kotaku.com/inside-chinese-click-farms-1795287821

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Writers' Cafe / New York Amazon Store
« on: June 01, 2017, 04:51:35 PM »
So this just came across my Facebook dash.  Mashable did a video tour of the new Amazon bookstore in Columbus Circle in New York.  I thought the discounts for Prime members and the ability to pay directly from your Amazon account was interesting.

https://www.facebook.com/mashable/videos/10155269162979705/

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Writers' Cafe / Who Do You Wish Would Discover You?
« on: May 14, 2017, 10:50:47 PM »
I was listening to an interview with Jill Soloway about her upcoming show on Amazon called "I Love Dick" and she spoke about this idea that there are artists we feel a connection to, artists who are our muses or our inspiration, artists whom we long to have discover our work and be moved by it so that they can gaze back at us like we are gazing at them.

Do you have an artist (a writer or actor or director or someone else) that you wish would find your book?  Who is it?  Why them? 

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This article on Writer Beware just came across my feed and I thought it deserved to be passed along.  I did a quick search to see if there was another KB thread on this and saw that back in 2013 they had contacted some KBers with contracts.  Hope no one has been negatively impacted by this group.

http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-law-finally-catches-up-with-tate.html
http://kfor.com/2017/05/04/charges-filed-against-president-founder-of-tate-publishing-for-fraudulent-business-practices/

"CANADIAN COUNTY, Okla. - Charges have been filed against Ryan and Richard Tate, of the Oklahoma book publishing company Tate Publishing, for fraudulent business practices.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter today filed eight felony charges and one misdemeanor charge against Ryan and Richard Tate for alleged fraudulent business practices the two conducted while operating their businesses, Tate Publishing and Tate Music Group.

The charges include four felony counts of embezzlement, one felony count of attempted extortion by threat, two felony counts of extortion by threat, one felony count of racketeering and one misdemeanor count of embezzlement."

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Writers' Cafe / Gifting Glitch
« on: November 15, 2016, 12:32:00 PM »
Just a heads up on a gifting glitch that is going on right now on the Zon.

On October 31, I attempted to give a gift of one of my ebooks.  I received an error message stating that "Kindle titles with a purchase price of 99-cents are not eligible for gifting."



I tried raising the price to $2.99 and when it went through, received the error message: "Kindle titles with a purchase price of 99-cents are not eligible for gifting."



I contacted Amazon to find out what was going on.  After speaking with three different departments, trying several things to make sure it wasn't my computer (rebooting, clearing the cache, etc.), it was determined to be a glitch on their end and the issue was elevated to Level 3 tech support.  It took about a week for them to sort it out and everything seemed fine.

So a few days ago, I finally sent that gift.  The recipient received it, followed all of the instructions... and then was charged for claiming the gift.  I contacted Amazon today and received the following email:

"I've read your email and I'm sorry for the trouble that you've had with sending the Gifted book which you've sent, as the recipient was charged for the Gift book.  I do apologize for the inconvenience caused.  I can see that the issue you're facing is reported to our technical team, as many of our customers have faced the same issue. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we work to resolve this technical issue as quickly as possible."

Just wanted to share this in case anyone else is having trouble.  It isn't you!  Amazon has been very helpful and responsive once they were made aware of the issue.  Make sure to let them know goofiness is going on.  And if someone you've sent a book to says they were charged, they're telling the truth.

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Writers' Cafe / Rent a Kindle Book
« on: August 22, 2016, 02:30:45 PM »
I just finished reading an excellent article about female playwrights and began downloading the plays that are available on Kindle.  I landed on a the product page for a Mae West book and found something I've never seen before... It offers the book for rent for $10.58.



Anyone heard of this before? 

ETA: here's the link in case anyone wants to go to the page.


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The Book Bazaar / FREE! YA Shifter Fantasy - The Dark of Twilight
« on: August 05, 2016, 08:29:01 AM »


The Twilight Shifters Trilogy


THE DARK OF TWILIGHT
BOOK ONE

Aein wanted to be a soldier in Lord Arnkell's army since she was a child working in the stronghold's kitchen. When that day finally comes and she is sent to patrol the border's swamp with fellow warrior, Lars, it seems like her dream has come true. But something has followed her home. When Lord Arnkell's wedding is interrupted by a werewolf attack, the dream shifts into a nightmare… and Aein is the only one awake.


MOON RISE
BOOK TWO

Just because the battle was won does not mean the war is over. Aein, Lars, and Finn are sent back to the swamps to protect the one object which may save their pack. But in the recent turmoil, the border has been left unguarded and nightmarish creatures are slipping through. There is a reason why two people must always be there to hold the boundary, a lesson which Aein, Lars, and Finn are about to learn.


LIGHT OF DAWN
BOOK THREE

Trapped in the swamp as Lord Arnkell mounts his war, Aein, Finn, and Lars are about to discover the secret behind the shift and what lies beyond the border. Will it mean their salvation or doom? Find out in the thrilling conclusion to the Twilight Shifters trilogy!

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