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Messages - Lydniz

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Writers' Cafe / Re: A hot flash is not sexy
« on: Today at 01:29:01 PM »
Ahh, I think it's a Britishism! From Merriam-Webster:

I mainly wonder at the fact that a "d**chebag" seems to be such a commonly known and frequently used item in the US that it ended up becoming a term of abuse. I think I must have had a sheltered upbringing. ;D

ETA: wow, and it gets the censor too. It's not a word we use much here.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: A hot flash is not sexy
« on: Today at 11:41:45 AM »
I'm pretty sure douche was used to mean shower for a long time before it took on its current meaning.

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I got it working in the end but had to set up a completely new account with a different email address. No idea what the problem was.

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My BookReport seems to have quick working all the sudden. It was working fine with all the changes earlier, but now...nada. Anyone else?

It's refusing to show borrows for the period I was in KU, but I imagine it'll settle down in a day or two.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kobo Double Daily Deal???
« on: Yesterday at 12:06:32 PM »
I had one of these back in November. I sold a total of 30 copies of the promoted book in two days (the day of the deal and the day after). Not huge numbers, but a big bump on my usual sales on that platform.

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You have to login. Then you can search and see author details.

Nope. Doesn't work for me.

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I can't search at all on Bookbub - not for authors, or books, or anything. I found out the other day that they're doing reviews now and apparently I have some, but I can't see them whichever browser I use :(.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Barrel Racers?
« on: February 13, 2018, 12:58:38 AM »
I'm in the UK and my first mental image was of Niagara Falls.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Let's Hope that KDP isn't one of Those "Mature Areas!"
« on: February 12, 2018, 02:36:13 PM »
Please don't try. It sounds exceedingly painful!

 ;D ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have your Amazon review numbers gone stagnant?
« on: February 12, 2018, 12:58:44 AM »
The irony is that this will push us into buying more reviews.

Ah, excuse me, to using more extremely legitimate ARC review services, and to corralling more readers from our own lists and pressing them to review.

Also, friends and family who have different ISPs. Sorry, Amazon. Social proof really is a big deal.

I'm afraid this is true. And so reviews will become even less believable than they are now.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: one-star review, need advice
« on: February 11, 2018, 01:55:06 PM »
BookBub does not require a 4.5 average. I have a book with a 3.8 average which BB has quite happily run several times. I would ignore the review.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have your Amazon review numbers gone stagnant?
« on: February 11, 2018, 01:49:24 PM »
My review rates slowed down quite a long time ago. My most recent release has sold several thousand copies but has 12 reviews on Amazon US last time I looked. I always attributed it to the fact that I don't solicit reviews. Or maybe people are just sick of reviewing my books. Who knows?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Murder Mystery Authors - How do you fool your audience?
« on: February 07, 2018, 03:27:14 AM »
But maybe his love for messenger pigeons leads to his undoing.

*adds idea to list*

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Murder Mystery Authors - How do you fool your audience?
« on: February 07, 2018, 03:23:10 AM »
I've found that a lot of readers don't mind at all if they guess the murderer, as long as they're enjoying the story enough. They like to pursue it to the end to check they were right. To be perfectly honest, I think most twists and surprise endings have been done now, so you have to be a particularly devious and clever writer these days to really fool the reader, because let's face it, we've read it all before. Since I can't fool anyone to save my life I concentrate on making the journey as pleasant as possible, and it seems to work.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Murder Mystery Authors - How do you fool your audience?
« on: February 07, 2018, 01:37:09 AM »
I'm not very good at this even though I write murder mystery myself. However, I'm finding with practice that the more quietly you can drop the clues the better. A good way to do this is to drop your real clue together with a big red herring clue. For example, you can have a scene where the detective interviews a witness who says something like "I was coming out of the gym the other day when I saw [obvious suspect you've been pointing major clues at] leaving the building clutching a knife dripping with blood." So the reader's attention is drawn to the obvious suspect and the dripping knife, when actually it's the fact that the witness was coming out of the gym that's the real clue, because earlier on you've mentioned in passing that the witness hates exercise and wouldn't go near a gym, so what was he doing there at the time of the murder? Clearly you'd do it less blatantly than that, but that's one technique.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Goodreads needs to be more user-friendly
« on: February 06, 2018, 10:33:41 AM »
My main complaint about Goodreads is that I can't find my way around it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you read your own novels?
« on: February 05, 2018, 10:25:54 AM »
I'm waiting for someone to confess they skip to the dirty bits. ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Name an inflatable cowboy
« on: February 05, 2018, 05:01:42 AM »
The Blown Ranger.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Name an inflatable cowboy
« on: February 05, 2018, 05:00:34 AM »
Wild Bill Hiccup.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The WEIRDNESS of rankings for USA vs Other Countries
« on: January 29, 2018, 04:57:04 AM »
Also, splitting your editions will harm your chances of being picked for Amazon promos.

Being out of KU does that too.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The WEIRDNESS of rankings for USA vs Other Countries
« on: January 29, 2018, 12:22:16 AM »
Ah, OK, just found it. I'd never clicked on Territories before but I see you can uncheck the boxes for different markets.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The WEIRDNESS of rankings for USA vs Other Countries
« on: January 28, 2018, 10:12:25 AM »
Not if you upload a separate book just to the UK. I have seen nothing against it, just never needed to try. It would be no different to the people I have read about who upload a different manuscript to the US site, with US spellings and word usage, to the one in the UK. It's been done, so why not a different cover?

I have no idea how to do this on the KDP dashboard. Is there a way? Because I've never seen it.

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I got a monthly deal last year and saw a big jump in sales on that book, although obviously at a lower price.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Google Play payment threshold
« on: January 26, 2018, 09:04:08 AM »
I don't sell a lot on Google Play and I've definitely received payments for much less than that amount.

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I don't know of any aggregators, but you can publish by territory if you go direct with Kobo, iBooks and Google Play. Although with 200 books that's going to be a lot of work.

ETA: have you tried emailing D2D? They're very helpful and might be able to do what you want manually.

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