Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Messages - shimmering

Pages: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ... 17
Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone bust into a school library?
« on: June 04, 2018, 06:10:57 AM »
I just donated my books to my old school library. Dunno whether any other schools bought a copy. Probably not ...

New reviews on Amazon. Check here:

The Book Bazaar / Re: The Saga of Didrik of Bern
« on: May 03, 2018, 02:17:00 AM »
He answered: "The gold is in a mountain very near here. A big man who is called Grim lives there. He has a woman who is called Hilda. She is even bigger than him. They have a sword that is called Nagelring. I made that sword. It is so sharp that it is a wonder. Unless you get the sword from him you will not win victory over him."

Didrik answered: "It will cost your life unless you can steal that same sword for me."

The dwarf swore him an oath that he would do it.

Extract from The Saga of Didrik of Bern, a new translation of the medieval Scandinavian saga.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: April 25, 2018, 11:57:53 AM »

Writers' Cafe / Re: arachnids or arachnoids?
« on: March 17, 2018, 03:34:44 AM »
arachnids are spiders (or rather spiders are arachnids). arachnoids might be something else. but if you mean spiders ... arachnids.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Hardcover Interior and 5.5 x 8.5 Trim Size
« on: March 12, 2018, 06:47:07 AM »
I'm in the process of setting up a hardback at that size, but I haven't actually pressed go yet.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Minimum Amount of Reviews for a BookBub?
« on: February 27, 2018, 01:20:43 AM »
Well I have never got one. But there have certainly been reports on here of people getting one for a book with no reviews, so I guess the minimum is none.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How to Solve the Apostrophe Problem
« on: January 30, 2018, 04:30:33 PM »
One week's notice, two weeks' notice ...

Writers' Cafe / Re: How to Solve the Apostrophe Problem
« on: January 30, 2018, 01:50:19 PM »
Swedish has not eliminated apostrophes from possessive nouns. They were never used. Swedish does use apostrophes, though: to indicate missing letters ... that has been standard for at least 150 years. I don't know now much longer.

I don't know why Swedish is picked as an example though. I'm sure I remember the same thing in German, which is rather less obscure: Claudias Buch for example.

I think it is more likely that Swedish will start to use apostrophes in certain possessives than that English will drop them. Danish now recommends apostrophes in certain possessives (ending in s). A recent change under the influence of English. You can see that for example in Swedish, Andrea's grandfather and Andreas's grandfather would both be written Andreas morfar.

The blurb text can go on the back cover. Take a look at the paperback books you own.

Other things you will need to think about for print are: bleed (extra width around the outside of the cover that needs to be there in the submitted file, but that will be removed - more or less - by the cutting process during manufacture), spine width, and also the fact that you need a barcode.

One trick you can use from the UK to check whether the price is actually correct in USD is as follows: go to the amazon (.com) page for the book you are interested in. From there, go to the amazon page for any other book, and click look inside. When the look inside window comes up, there will be some "recently viewed items" on the right hand side. The first book you looked at should be there, nd that should have the price as it is visible in the US. There are occasions when the price you set in KDP is not the price in the store (when there is price matching), so it is worth knowing how to check this.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you put a title page in your books?
« on: January 25, 2018, 01:22:57 AM »
In my print books I have two title pages (half-title page followed by title page). I have often thought about making them fancier and more illustrated, but at the moment the only illustration is a logo on the half-title page.

In my ebooks I got rid of one of them (the half-title page), so only the unillustrated title page remains.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Smart Little Tactic - Is This Allowed?
« on: January 22, 2018, 06:11:40 AM »
I don't know what it was either, but I did go and change my keywords this morning as a result of reading what was left of this thread!

Writers' Cafe / Re: You can be the best writer!
« on: January 18, 2018, 06:24:33 AM »
Be nice or I'll ban!
(said in my best mother voice)
But srsly. Be nice.

And now we know how many syllables there are in srsly ...

Srsly, I never know how to pronounce these internet-only words. And then sometimes they come up in quizzes: what internet word means this, it is pronounced to rhyme with that. I'm always: really? does anyone pronounce that at all in real life?

Writers' Cafe / Re: InDesign for KDP? Advice, please.
« on: January 17, 2018, 10:00:26 AM »
It's a few years old now, but I remember watching this video from Hugh Howey on InDesign formatting. Could be useful perhaps ...

I don't use InDesign for book formatting though. (I use LaTeX.)

Writers' Cafe / Re: ways to be less Amazon dependent
« on: January 13, 2018, 01:54:25 AM »
Having read this thread, I am looking into setting up selling through payhip, which I had never heard of before.

Couple of things I am wondering about though for any of you who are already doing this: I gather you sell a file (epub or mobi) that the customer then has to "sideload" to their reader device. Is this something customers can have trouble with, and if so how is it dealt with? Also should we be more worried about people sharing these downloaded files compared to a typical ebook bought from one of the main retailers?

Writers' Cafe / Re: free Word online
« on: January 04, 2018, 07:43:30 AM »
I went straight from Word 2004 to Word 2017. The most significant difference between these two is the way Find/Replace works. In the modern version it comes up in a sidebar, which has some advantages. But it also has more limited functionality. You can get something more similar to the old Find/Replace by calling up "Advanced Find/Replace" (can only be done using the mouse apparently it seems to be impossible to set a keyboard shortcut to this). And even then the "Advanced Find/Replace" is more difficult to use than the old similar looking Find/Replace (formatting options are more difficult to set, and some formatting search options that were previously accessible are no longer).

Other than that they seem to work pretty similarly for me. Don't know when these changes first came in tho'. I must have paid that sort of price for it when I bought it 2 years ago.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A quick question about foreign langauges
« on: December 31, 2017, 09:56:17 AM »
Do your readers need to know what the words mean immediately? Could it work if your guy remembered the words and repeated them to someone else later who could understand and reveal what they mean?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Advertising on Amazon UK
« on: December 31, 2017, 09:47:49 AM »
I have a seller account (it is a UK seller account if that's a thing), and I tried at the time of that older thread to get these working in the UK, and it didn't work. So it's not just having a seller account.

I think it's probably open by invitation only at the moment, judging by whose ads I have seen on the UK site ...

Writers' Cafe / Re: Headaches with pictures in CreateSpace
« on: December 30, 2017, 09:00:36 AM »
I don't know about how MS Word imports and deals with images.

But if you are dealing with *full page* images, you might be able to do something like this as a workaround:

Prepare the pdf file using MS Word, but instead of the page with the image on it, add a blank page. (you will need to do this so that the automatic pagination done by Word is not messed up by what comes next.)

You will need to get your images at the resolution you want on a page size that exactly matches the pdf you made in Word, with the images at the size you want them to appear on that page.

Then using some sort of pdf editing program, you can replace the blank dummy pages from your MS Word pdf with the single-page image page pdf files. That will give you the pdf file with full page images at the resolution you want. If you have a mac I think you can do this pdf editing in recent versions of Preview (the default pdf viewer). Otherwise you may have to download a pdf editing program that would allow you to do this. I don't know about specific programs that would do this on a PC, but you should be able to find one for free that does this.

If your images are not full page, this won't work of course.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Create Space to Amazon formating issues
« on: December 22, 2017, 01:31:41 AM »
Yes here was a thread about apparently the same issue:,252790.msg3520573.html#msg3520573

And another one about something perhaps related:,257630.msg3587559.html#msg3587559

As I understand it, the new program is only available in the US. I'm not clear as to whether that means US authors or US readers (or both). (am I right?)

Anyway, I'm not in the US. I'm in the UK. And I'm wondering whether I might run a giveaway to UK only in the new year under the old rules --- as the new rules do not apply. Does anyone know the answer as to whether or not this would be possible. Perhaps I should just write to goodreads and ask ...

Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP Illustrated Book use BW or Color? Advice, please
« on: December 17, 2017, 01:51:29 PM »
If you're thinking of publishing in paperback, there's a big price difference between printing in colour and b/w with createspace. And the price difference covers every page in the book (whether there are illustrations on a page or not). So even if you want a book with just one colour illustration, you'd have to pay for the whole colour interior. So for this if it is not crucial to have colour, I would seriously consider b/w.

For ebooks, I'd check how your colour illustrations show on actual b/w readers, and if you're happy with it, OK. Or alternatively just go with b/w.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Marketing Outside the Box.
« on: December 17, 2017, 07:16:36 AM »
Nice song!

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.

Pages: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ... 17