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Flight of the Tarantula Hawk
by Michael Allan Scott

Kindle Edition published 2014-02-10
Bestseller ranking: 4698

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On the IndieReader Best Book list and featured on NBC's Daytime Show, the second book in the Lance Underphal Mystery series is part of a new breed of supernatural thrillers which can be read and enjoyed in any order. Dark, different, featuring a damaged psychic, this is one of those disturbing novels that keeps you guessing.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Createspace sales channels
« on: December 13, 2017, 06:34:21 AM »
I'm not missing anything then. Oh well. That info might be nice to know. I was wondering this as I have had several paperback sales come in over the last few days on the Createspace USD channel, but nothing showing up in Authorcentral. I thought at first it might be, you know, Amazon buying copies of the book to make sure they have it in stock, but there seemed to be quite a lot for it to be only this without any actual real sales as well. Only just now did I realise that they might be Canadian sales, and yes, the book in question does seem to have reached a high enough ranking in the Canadian store. Shame there seems to be no way to find out.

Writers' Cafe / Createspace sales channels
« on: December 13, 2017, 01:22:48 AM »
If I am interpreting it right, Createspace sales made on Amazon (.com) and Amazon Canada show up together on all the reports on Createspace. Is there any way to distinguish these and say how many sales were made in each of these two stores?

I think the same thing is true about the European stores (excluding UK). So I can't see whether a sale was made in say Germany or Italy.

Or is there a way?

Writers' Cafe / Re: How to Properly Obsess Over Sales
« on: December 12, 2017, 02:15:42 PM »
3a. Check kboards to see whether any of the latest threads suggest that the reason there are no sales is because Amazon is down
3b. Failing that, search for the thread about Amazon reporting being down & check for latest updates

Writers' Cafe / Re: Where the heck did I pick up sitten?
« on: December 08, 2017, 05:38:46 AM »
I don't know, maybe some people use sitten and you were talking to one of them and it stuck? I've certainly met people who come out with some odd (to me) sounding past tenses, like bet for the simple past of to beat was an example that struck me recently.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: December 07, 2017, 08:01:07 AM »
New on my ballad blog: The Swedish seasonal song Staffan Stalledra"ng (Staffan the stable boy) ...


« on: December 06, 2017, 03:35:18 AM »

Don't know about custom trim sizes at KDP paperback beta, but yes you are right, you cannot use the same ISBN for two different trim sizes. It's got to be the same size.

For all my books the ebook and paperback covers are different. For most they are very different. Why: because recognisable and legible in thumbnail size is important sometimes, so I try to use this for ebooks. But often I want my paperbacks to look different, hopefully prettier on a shelf (and actually more similar to other related titles, most of which are tradpub, and most completely illegible in thumbnail size).

Writers' Cafe / Re: Would you capitalize Human Realm?
« on: November 22, 2017, 04:23:50 PM »
I think if you talk about it as a place name, capitalise it. If you talk about it as a concept, don't.

What I wonder though ... I'm not greatly familiar with Irish mythology. But you are using Irish names for some of the places (like Tir nan Og). Is there such an Irish name for the Human Realm that you could use? Or is Human Realm a translation of something? I mean like the Norse would say Midgard (capitalised), and those translating that term could say Middle Earth (capitalised)?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Mastodon - the social network, not the band
« on: November 22, 2017, 01:34:41 AM »
You click the world symbol to see what's happening in the federated timeline - this appears in the right hand column, and it shows posts from other instances that are connected to that one by dint of someone in your instance following someone else in other instances.

Some instances have a preview screen, where you can see in real time what's going on within them before you sign up, but not all do.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Reporting Fake Books
« on: November 21, 2017, 05:08:38 PM »
But is it the "Poor quality or formatting" option at the bottom of the page that's best, or do you prefer another alternative? Perhaps it doesn't matter.

Writers' Cafe / Reporting Fake Books
« on: November 21, 2017, 09:59:20 AM »
How? and is there any point?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Adding Musical Sheets And Chord Charts To Books
« on: November 19, 2017, 10:47:48 AM »
Oh, and of course if you're going to use song lyrics, make use you're allowed to do so ... (not like the ones I posted above)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Adding Musical Sheets And Chord Charts To Books
« on: November 19, 2017, 10:39:57 AM »
First thing: are you talking about ebooks or print?

Because for print you will always have full control over how the thing appears when you send a pdf file to the printer. And I think you probably have more idea than me about how to produce a pdf of what you want. I use Lilypond for musical notation, but what you already are familiar with will no doubt be good for your purposes.

With ebooks you'll need to be careful, depending on exactly what you want to do, that any images you put in show up in the right place relative to the text. So I have seen two ways (at least) of doing what I think you are describing (I mean I have seen it done these ways in print ...). Either you have the chord diagrams appear once at the top of the page, and then below that is a song text, and at the relevant place in the text (usually above, but not always), you have the name of the chord. Or alternatively instead of the chord name, you place that chord diagram above the relevant word in the song text. I hope this is what you are asking about.

Well if you're in an ebook, then your main difficulty will come from the fact that the text flows depending on the screen size, user settings etc. And programming your ebook such that an image (chord diagram in your case) will always appear above a given word is not straightforward (also, the person who would do this king of thing would be a formatter rather than an editor, and you had better make your own diagrams for your formatter to use). At least it seems a difficult problem for me to know how to solve in programming an ebook. Even just having a chord name (a single letter) appear on the line above that always appears in exactly the same place sounds to me like a difficult task.

So I would suggest either one of two possible ways: use a "tab pro" style (maybe it isn't called that). I mean have the chord names enclosed in square brackets on the same line as the text, in the middle of words if necessary. This kind of thing: [G] If my words did glow with the gold of [C] sunshine, and this could be combined with having the chord diagrams as an image at the top of the page. This formatting would be pretty easy to achieve.

Alternatively, have the whole thing as an image, including the text, chord diagrams, whatever you want. Then it will show on the screen as you intend. The trouble with this is that having a lot of images will increase your file size, which can have implications for delivery costs.

I don't include any musical notation in my books, though occasionally people ask for it. I do use tabs a lot myself for playing various instruments and also standard notation to some extent. But I don't really use ebooks for music as a musician, so I don't know what is typically done. I have just had a look in one ebook that I own with musical notation (I think the only one), and it is pretty image heavy.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Mastodon - the social network, not the band
« on: November 18, 2017, 01:20:52 PM »
It seems a signup only gets you into one "instance". So create a new username/password for each "instance". And you can't see what's inside an "instance" until you've signed up for that particular one. Is this right? Can it be right? Am I missing something?

Well I signed up for one "instance" and tbh couldn't work out what was going on even after seeing the inside. Probably not for me. Oh well. Thanks for the heads up anyway.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Pricing for Illustrated Novel?
« on: November 18, 2017, 12:00:22 PM »
Delivery fees can become a big deal with so many big pictures. 47 is a lot of big pictures. I'd definitely find out the filesize and delivery cost before making a decision about what to do. You may want to make the ebook text only and put out an illustrated paperback edition --- as you are working in b/w this simplifies matters when dealing with createspace at least as there is no distinction between a b/w illustrated page and a b/w text page from a cost/setup point of view.

Writers' Cafe / Re: running a kobo free week, and price matching
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:37:27 AM »
It may be that another Amazon store pricematched while the one that you are looking at did not ... e.g. your book Immortal is free in the UK store at the moment. I don't know whether that's the one you are thinking about.

I ran a 99c book yesterday. 1 sale. Oh well.

Writers' Cafe / Re: CreateSpace "Stock-up"?
« on: November 05, 2017, 08:20:30 AM »
Strange they didn't send it to everyone, but good to know it wasn't just me who was chosen to get it .... I wonder why.

Anyway, I have sold quite a few (for me) paperbacks in the last 3 months (new release certainly helps this). But no action in November yet, despite the inventory buildup promises. We shall see.

Writers' Cafe / Re: CreateSpace "Stock-up"?
« on: November 04, 2017, 11:22:47 AM »
I got an email from them a couple of days ago subject line "Inventory Buildup for Holiday Peak" .... which seemed to explain that they were going to do something like this. It also seemed to say that I might be paid double, and then not be paid for future sales after that to balance things out. If I interpreted it correctly. It wasn't the clearest message in the world. Did no-one else get that email then?

It depends on why you need to do it (is the extra width due to a different spine width due to paper thickness, or is it due to different bleed requirements, or other) ...

And also on what file you have (is it flat (e.g. jpeg etc), or does it have layers (e.g. a photoshop file with layers ...))

If you only have a flat file and you have to do this resize, you could try: resize the image (called "image size" in photoshop) to 100.93% and then crop the extra off the top and bottom (I would use "canvas size" for this second stage in photoshop). And see whether or not that looks OK --- it's a small size change, and unless you have things very close to the edge, this will probably work OK. That's in photoshop. I don't know about acrobat pro, but I imagine it would also be able to do this simple fix.

ETA: I would do it this way rather than in a single image resize step to avoid distortion, as the overall resize would not be the same in the two dimensions.

If you have a file with layers, and it has a single wraparound image as the background, you would probably want to effect the same transformation only on the background layer, without touching the text layers. And then if it concerns a change in spine thickness you may want to move the text on the front to the right and the text on the back to the left by a couple of mm. If it's not a wraparound picture but has block colour on the spine, then it may be easier to just add width to the spine, if that's where the extra width is needed.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The Decline of the Promo Sites
« on: November 03, 2017, 11:45:04 AM »
The other thing for me is: people don't post about these sites on here anything like as much as they used to. Perhaps it's because people are not using them as much, I don't know. Before, it was possible to have a reasonable idea of how sites were performing for different types of sale (free/.99), genre and so on.

I haven't run such a promo for months, basically because I think there's only one site that will let me in that I think is worth using (Book Barbarian). And by worth using I mean I will make a loss on the day, but will probably make my money back through full-price sell-through after the ad has run. So I can't do that too often.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Paid Ads for discounted books: Are they still worth it?
« on: November 03, 2017, 06:29:57 AM »
In all fairness, if you'd spent 5 minutes on urban dictionary and actually found WTT and WTM, you may think this thread is about something very, very different right now.

Oh I did find them ...
(failing to find the above definitions)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Paid Ads for discounted books: Are they still worth it?
« on: November 03, 2017, 04:43:10 AM »
Write to market
Write to trend

Just spent 5 mins on urban dictionary failing to find this. Should have just read the thread ...

For me, there was some moving around of things to be done as there was a different spine width. Can't remember whether the bleed is also different. It's relatively easy to do ... if you've got the files with movable elements (layers ...)

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