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I'm sorry this is still dragging on. I feel that this is an important issue and I'm surprised that it hasn't been as loudly discussed and protested as some other happenings in the community have been.

People get lawsuit fatigue. I guess that works in the defendant's favour.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Wonderment - Which is a better opening line?
« on: June 13, 2018, 12:52:20 PM »
You might get more replies if you start a poll.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Photoshop recommendation
« on: June 12, 2018, 08:59:41 AM »

Please ignore me -- I'm a train wreck of hideous ugliness:

You are absolutely not a train wreck of hideous ugliness, and that is a lovely photo. Unfortunately I have no photoshop skills.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Breaking the fourth wall
« on: June 12, 2018, 05:23:20 AM »
My first thought is drop vociferated.  Second I'm not sure what fourth wall you're breaking.  Third, it may be because this is one line out of a WIP, but I have no idea what you mean by "tucked in with a will."

"Tucked in with a will" means "started eating enthusiastically." But I agree vociferated isn't a great word there. I see no problem in talking directly to the readers if that's your style, but I don't like that particular example.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Notorious KU abuser booted...
« on: June 11, 2018, 01:42:27 PM »
It's amazing how much some families eat.

 ;D ;D

Writers' Cafe / Re: You gotta laugh (or head bang)
« on: June 11, 2018, 11:15:25 AM »
They seem to be all reviewing the audiobook. Sounds like there might have been a glitch?

I ignored KDP Select when it first came out, and likewise KU1.  However, with KU2, I decided on a change and went all in with Amazon.  I've been exclusive since and I have to admit KU has been pretty good to me.  On any given month I find about a 50/50 split between sales and reads, which has been pretty steady since I've joined.  My KU income has never fallen below the threshold I originally set to make me consider going wide again.

That said, I am beginning to tire of the drama.  Between scammers, stuffers, and people churning out puppy-mill books once a week or more*, it feels like KU is an overflowing bathtub ... and unless you resort to one of those methods, you're going to be swept out the moment you think you hit the top.   

All of this. I decided to risk a pay cut to go wide about a year ago and I'm pleased I did. It's a lot more work, but in the end the pay cut never materialised and I feel safer having my eggs in lots of baskets.

Well, (1) I'm a mediocre writer who hit a niche that has just enough readers in it to keep me fed but certainly not enough to ever propel me to bestseller status.

This is me. Also the person above who said it was too much effort. That too.

Let's keep it classy, KBoards.

I think you're in the wrong gin joint. ;D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do Americans say gobsmacked?
« on: June 07, 2018, 01:05:13 PM »
The OED comes to the rescue. Seen first in 1956, apparently:

gobsmacked, adj.
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Pronunciation:  Brit.   /ˈɡɒbsmakt/,  U.S. /ˈɡɑbˌsmækt/
Frequency (in current use): 
Origin: Formed within English, by compounding. Etymons: gob n.2, smacked adj. at smack v.2 Additions
Etymology: < gob n.2 + smacked adj. at smack v.2 Additions.
Compare later gobsmack v.
slang (orig. and chiefly Brit.).
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  Chiefly predicative. Flabbergasted, astounded; speechless or incoherent with amazement.
1956   ‘J. Reynolds’ Woman of Bangkok 46   I'm so amazed that only the Malderbury dialect can express my condition: I'm ‘properly gob-smacked’.
1980   R. Hattersley in Listener 16 Oct. 506/1   It was his dazzling display of simultaneous social and intellectual sophistication that left me, in the patois of the place whence I came, ‘gob-smacked’.
1998   Spin Nov. 48/3   ‘He said, “I like to take new talent on the road with me—call my manager!”’ says a gobsmacked Greenwald.
2015   Irish Independent (Nexis) 3 Aug. 11   I'm gobsmacked at how generous people have already been in sponsoring me.

Writers' Cafe / Re: No App for Locating Mismatched Quotation Marks?
« on: June 06, 2018, 01:40:03 PM »
Oh, ha, I never thought of that. I do that too. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: No App for Locating Mismatched Quotation Marks?
« on: June 06, 2018, 01:12:03 PM »
I would assume mismatched quote marks are due to something like having a space between the end of a sentence and the close quotes, causing them to come out the wrong way round. You could try doing a search for comma+space+" or similar.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Interesting Kobo sales (New dashboard)
« on: June 04, 2018, 12:56:19 PM »
The dashboard doesn't look much different to me, except now you can toggle free and paid. Am I missing something?

Negative reviews are being posted to the book's product page (citing TOS violations, the book ending at 17%, prompts within the title's text to review for a chance to win diamonds--meaning legitimate negative reviews, not review bombing).

I just looked. Those one stars looked pretty review-bomby to me.

I haven't read all of this massive thread, so forgive me if this has been mentioned. Number 1 bestseller in Paranormal is entitled The Cock Tales with a further title of The Cocky Collective. It is published today and it is not by Faleena Hopkins. I have to wonder if the author is deliberately trying to test the waters or simply wind her up and see how far she runs.

Cock Tales was published by a number of indie authors and the funds raised are going (I think) towards legal fees to fight the cocky trademark case. The title is quite deliberate.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon going the way of B&N?
« on: May 23, 2018, 10:27:33 AM »
I'm still waiting for AMS to give us the ability to buy pop-up space on book pages. ;)
Do not be giving them ideas.

Writers' Cafe / Re: So I think Amazon has terminated my account...
« on: May 23, 2018, 09:11:14 AM »
The password thing has happened to me a couple of times. I just changed it and it worked fine after that.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Performance Horizon
« on: May 23, 2018, 01:26:07 AM »
I got those emails too and they went straight into my spam box. They need to work on their mailing list strategy. :D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon going the way of B&N?
« on: May 22, 2018, 07:25:20 AM »
This has been going on a little while now. I'm keeping a close eye on it too.,262755.0.html

Why would an ad cause your sales to stop? I'm guessing it's a coincidence.

(Unless of course your ad text says "Do not buy this book"  :) )

If you (or someone) would pardon a still-mostly-noob for seeking clarification: So is the gist of recent discussion essentially that Amazon used to give out a lot of sweet, sweet free advertising for authors.. and now they don't - or don't nearly as much? So now it's "pay to play," which means.. authors generally need to advertise if they want to find customers?

None of the other major ebook platforms have as yet bothered to develop good discovery tools, have they? (I'm not familiar with all of them.) So if not.. Amazon's changes have pretty much just made Amazon no better (or.. much less better) for authors, in terms of free advertising, than any of the competitors?

That's about the size of it, yes.

Thank you. I've always been curious because when I just look at the UK it's like 40% on a little over 46,000 and that seems crazy, but I knew there had to be things I didn't know about that made it all work out.

This is true, but you only pay the 40% on the amount over £46k. So you have (what was it?) £11kish tax free, then anything from £11k to £46k is taxed at 25%, and anything above that at 40%. So if you earn $50k per year, for example, you'll only pay 40% on £4k.

I would suggest it might also be a good idea to state whether the list was hit with a single title, a single-author box set, or a multi-author box set.

Great thread topic, although unfortunately I have nothing to contribute. ;D

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