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Messages - Lydniz

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Time to start a new project?
« on: Yesterday at 08:50:24 AM »
I've always understood that if you have a permafree then readthrough rates tend to be much lower than if the first book is paid. I don't know what average percentages are, but it might be that your performance is not unusual. I'm sure there are some experts here who will know what sort of readthrough you can expect with a permafree.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Removing Arc Reviews (thread no. 2)
« on: December 09, 2017, 01:26:30 AM »
I've had several reviews removed over the past few days. I don't use ARCs so it's obviously not just them that are being targeted.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How long is wait for Bookbub ads?
« on: December 07, 2017, 02:13:53 PM »
Lydniz -- you are referring to something different, which is the Bookbub Feature. I'm referring to CPC ads now served on Bookbub. Very good way to get out to non-Amazon platforms, among other things.

No, I'm definitely referring to the CPC ads. I went on a waiting list for several months and was eventually given access to them, but I've never used them.

ETA: I've just gone back and checked my emails. I registered my interest in BB ads in May 2016 and was granted access one year later, in May 2017. I don't suppose the wait is anywhere near as long now, however.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How long is wait for Bookbub ads?
« on: December 07, 2017, 01:54:46 PM »
As I recall I was on the waiting list for months for BB pay per click ads, but by the time I finally got the invite so many people had said they were expensive and meh that I never bothered trying them out.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you italicize foreign words?
« on: December 06, 2017, 07:41:01 AM »
I've quite happily used italics for foreign words throughout my writing career, but it never occurred to me that I'd been insulting anybody by doing it. :) It's the standard approach, but if you prefer not to do it then of course you should go for what works for you. But be consistent - and be aware, too, that some readers will feel the opposite way to you and will be pulled out of the story if you don't italicise your foreign words.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Why do I sell far more on Barnes and Noble than Amazon?
« on: December 04, 2017, 06:41:48 AM »
Maybe B&N are promoting you in some way?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon, how much would it cost?
« on: December 04, 2017, 12:26:51 AM »
I found and bookmarked this great thread (thanks!). How do I retrieve it when I come back.

Click on "My KBoards" at the top of the page, then "My bookmarks."

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you deal with Imposter Syndrome?
« on: December 03, 2017, 01:26:07 PM »
Again, this sounds charming, but I don't buy it for a second. Gaiman has accomplished far too much for far too long to seriously doubt his ability as a creative.

Wow. Not saying it doesn't happen, but except for here and internet anecdotes, I've never seen it in seasoned creatives, or executives or anyone in a leadership position. Which again, I'm not talking about general doubts and concerns - but the flat out belief that you are incapable of doing your job. That's not totally true, I've seen it in very young managers experiencing their first major promotions.

By contrast, musicians have to be competent, with ever studio session and gig, they have to have confidence. Time is literally money. It never occurs to musicians that we can no longer play our instruments or that we have forgotten theory and scales simply because we are beginning a new project. I don't think any of us are as accomplished as we'd like, but that's not Impostor Syndrome.

I find it really odd that you don't seem to believe that successful people might suffer from self-doubt, when everything I've ever read about successful people says that many of them are plagued by it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: New. Need advice.
« on: December 03, 2017, 01:06:30 PM »
Ya, about that.  Here's some of the  honest feedback from friends and family:

Billy:  Yay, good on you.  Hand me that 9/16 flabberwhammer.

Jake:  Coolio.  Got another beer?

Aunt Margie:  Oh,  it is so nice!  I can already see the movie.  Probably star that scrumptious Clooney guy.

Uncle Henry:  Put that crap away and get back to work.  The south 40 still needs  plowing.


 ;D ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon, how much would it cost?
« on: December 03, 2017, 12:05:42 PM »
David Gaughran of these boards has a very reasonably priced ebook that is good for getting started in self-publishing.

https://www.amazon.com/Lets-Get-Digital-Self-Publish-Publishing-ebook/dp/B005DC68NI

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I think most people do this in conjunction with a preorder on the ebook, because if you don't have a preorder it can take a few days for the two versions to link up and then you lose the benefit of the early reviews on the ebook. I did it once and it was fairly straightforward. I published the paperback and put the ebook up for preorder, then got KDP to link the two versions and asked ARC reviewers to post their reviews to the paperback page. You can take the paperback off sale afterwards if you want, but I don't know why you would.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How carefully do you guard your privacy?
« on: December 03, 2017, 03:14:07 AM »
I have a long-standing policy of never putting out my real name on the internet, whether for personal or professional reasons, although I will unhesitatingly use my real name in private online conversations with people I've never met, as I think it's only polite if you're engaging in one-to-one interaction. As a writer I use a pen name and talk to my readers using that, but I give out minimal personal details and try to keep the discussion to writerly matters. I do have writer friends who know all about me, but that's because we've built up a relationship so I'm fine with that. I'm not totally paranoid, and quite accept that anybody could probably find out my real name within minutes if so inclined, but I prefer a quiet life in general and I believe that by trying to keep as private as possible it avoids a whole load of hassle.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon, how much would it cost?
« on: December 02, 2017, 02:43:26 PM »
Wow! Totally cool. Thank you. I've copied this thread already and will add your comment.

You shouldn't need to download the thread. Threads don't get deleted from KB, and you can simply bookmark it and return to it whenever you like.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Audible is now deleting reviews
« on: December 02, 2017, 12:56:31 PM »
I think all these ARC crackdowns are going to backfire eventually, as they'll just encourage people to stop mentioning they got a free copy. In fact I already see a lot of reviews that I suspect are from ARCs but which don't mention it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone else having trouble uploading to Google Books?
« on: December 02, 2017, 12:12:50 PM »
Yes, thanks, the turnaround time is one of my issues. The most recent problem is that a book "needs action" and it directs me to pricing -- but I've already put in the price.

But did you put in the price correctly? It will spit it out if you get so much as a comma wrong or put in a space where there shouldn't be one.

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<standard warning about inadvisability of discussing reviews/reviewers on an open, public forum>

I really wish KB would consider banning this. It's so incredibly ill-advised that I cringe every time someone does it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon, how much would it cost?
« on: December 02, 2017, 04:52:07 AM »
You don't need an ISBN for your book if you're publishing it for the first time, although I'm not sure what the situation is for a book which previously had one.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Go make a sandwich???
« on: December 01, 2017, 01:24:21 PM »
I've never seen it. And now I want to go and play Freecell. ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Page flip kicks me on the way out...
« on: December 01, 2017, 05:39:12 AM »
Because Bookbub is a competing factor for advertising dollars. If they rank-strip for bookbubs - even temporarily - much of the attraction is muted. Authors would then be more likely to advertise using AMS.

Amazon is wise enough to know it's not an either-or situation. It's not like people who get Bookbubs therefore don't use AMS. And people who get Bookbubs are also often aiming at sell-through, which benefits Amazon too. I don't think they're trying to defeat Bookbub.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Earnings Report Dashboard Not Accurate
« on: December 01, 2017, 02:12:07 AM »
Hmm. I just checked last month's report and I see that according to Amazon I gave away 42 copies of my new release. Which I didn't. And I didn't do a Goodreads giveaway either. What is going on?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Google Books DRM and publishing
« on: November 30, 2017, 02:11:47 PM »
Most platforms give you the choice. I always have it switched off, since, as you said, any pirate could remove it in seconds and you could end up annoying real readers who legitimately want to read your book on different devices.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: GoFundMe for Elizabeth Ann West Legal Fund
« on: November 30, 2017, 09:05:08 AM »
I'm sorry you're facing this, Elizabeth. She knows she can't win but she's obviously trying to take as many people down with her as she can.

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:o :o :o

I'm confused. Wasn't it only recently that RH claimed she made very little money off her services?

I believe she claimed she provided the services as a no-profit favour to pay it back to the indie community.

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It's a legal term.

Thanks - yes, I just looked it up. I'd never heard it before.

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Please tell me "unclean hands" is a legal term and not a comment on Christina's personal hygiene.

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