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Writers' Cafe / Re: The one thing I hate about self-pubbing
« on: Today at 02:50:22 AM »
How about an odd assortment of funny characters in Hell?

As the one thing you don't like about self-publishing?

Or, is that a question for me?
I'm not offering to create an original work of art. Forgive me for not understanding your comment, or not explaining clearly.
I thought I'd just clarify what I'm offering to create a promotional banner in Photoshop from an author's supplied images, just in case this was a question for me. Should you supply an image of an odd assortment of funny characters in Hell, that you are licensed to use, then I can manipulate that onto a promotional banner. I'm not offering to create a complex image from scratch, that would be a substantial size commission that I'd not have time to undertake, and there are professionals who promote here on kBoards who do that well. I'm not seeking to infringe on the work of the ebook cover authors who are respected here, and who could handle the creation of a graphic art commission of characters from hell far better than I could.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The one thing I hate about self-pubbing
« on: Today at 02:07:09 AM »
I love doing all of it. :-) Whatever I'm working on is my favourite part of my creative work. I'd be happy to help authors with their graphic images, if they are helping others. I LOVE creating images.

Most of you know that I'm a professional artist. I added my gallery link to my signature. I can also use Photoshop and design a lot of book promotion banners. I'm happy to do a certain amount of Photoshop work from your photo images, free of charge to assist fellow authors. I'm sure there are ways we could trade services. I still assist some authors with cross-promotion, even though I stopped inviting new authors into my cross-promotions as it was taking up too much of my time explaining how to cross-promote, and too many authors accepted the cross-promotion opportunity and then left it to the few who did the work for the group. I don't want to get into doing things for authors who don't pay it forward again.

I can probably give your book some promotion at the same time as I do some graphic work for it, because I share my creative work in progress on social media.
My offer to create your visual promotion banners and such is only to those authors who are doing something to help other authors (not necessarily me, but I'll need to know what you do to help others, and I'll want to see some evidence.) I'll also need to fit your work in with my full-time artwork, so I can't do work instantly. Also, if I'm doing any creative work complementary, I expect all the details given to me about what you want, up front. I draw the line at doing revisions because the project wasn't explained clearly.

Alexa, and others, feel welcome to contact me.  :) Creating images is a lot easier for me than writing this post without typos in it. ;) I am not accepting paid graphic work, only a few free jobs to help fellow authors, as I'm too busy with fine art and art video creating to get into that side of things professionally.

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To write a good story.
I strive to write a story that I believe is worth sharing, and to do it in a way that people will find entertaining to read. That's it! No other agenda, no plans to slot into a genre niche, or to earn a living at writing.
Although I continue to market my varied works, as a professional discipline, income is the bonus, not the goal.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Buy Buttons - Advice Wanted
« on: December 12, 2017, 12:24:39 AM »
The D2D link will remember your store preference and take the buyer direct to what they consider is your store of preference. It can be annoying if you are in Australia, as I am, and prefer to buy in the Amazon.com store and D2D always taken me to Amazon.com.au if I use the Amazon link.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is it even possible to go traditional?
« on: December 11, 2017, 11:44:01 PM »
I'm a hybrid author. With my traditionally published work, I lost the freedom to choose the story, although  I could write it as I wanted to. I didn't begin writing the novels I wanted to write in this indie published Ryn Shell name until I'd been writing to order, for publishers, for fifty years.
The publishers were in touch with what would sell, and I didn't have to be concerned about editing. They provided a committee to polish my rough drafts with me being present to have an input. I enjoyed the process. It was never a situation of my approaching a publisher with something already written and trying to sell it to them. Things are different now; my traditional publishing contacts are moving out of eBooks and into video, and so am I.
If you are writing what's popular, which is all most publishers will accept, I'm thinking that you are better off being an indie author. There is so much information on kBoards an how to market.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Humorous Addition to Cover
« on: December 08, 2017, 08:05:58 AM »
I like it.  :) 

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Writers' Cafe / Re: James Patterson writing class
« on: December 06, 2017, 09:48:50 AM »
Highly entertaining way to pass the time while using a treadmill if the $90. is affordable to you. It would be great for someone starting out to write, and of less value to a professional writer.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Has anyone used a K-lytics report
« on: November 29, 2017, 06:54:30 AM »
I think I've had the Premium Membership for a couple of years. I'm a huge fan of Alex's work in analysing market trends for authors. I'd class it as one of my essential writing tools.

Sure, I know how to do market research myself. I cannot do it with as much detail as k-lytics gives me, or for the savings of time. Alex has made a specialty of getting and presenting up-to-date research.

I don't write in my kBoards username based on market reports. I waited until I could afford to write purely for the pleasure of writing the sort of books that I'd enjoy reading before I created this username. You won't find k-lytic shot cells in my signature, but, yes, I use the k-lytics reports.

Once I had editors and agents telling me what to write. Now, I need market research, and I'd consider the Premium K-lytics membership the best market research tool that I know of. I learn of reader movements first in the k-lytics reports before I hear of them here on kboards, based on author experience.

I learned to do market research before doing anything in business, back in my youth. It's financial disaster to put months of work into something there isn't a market for if you are relying on what you do for a living. By all means do it for love, and creative satisfaction. But, do the research first so you know what to expect. Some research is simple: You don't sell cheap massproduced paintings in an up-market fine art gallery, the clients can pick quality from speed painting. You'd rarely succeed in selling $5.000. fine art in a trash and treasure market. Pretty much all that I learned in one creative career overlapped into my author career. Research is essential to every business. I wouldn't be without it as a writer.

Great product, Alex.  :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: And! Amazon rank-stripped me
« on: November 23, 2017, 09:02:12 AM »
I'm sorry that as happened to you.

I've been having my own problem with Amazon which I hope will rectify itself. Perhaps they are so focused on the opening of Amazon AU physical goods sales today they haven't anyone doing good customer relations work. I need help from them too and I got a nonsense email in reply to my concerns that all my reviews, hundreds of them, disappeared when I moved my books from Pronoun on the day they announced they would close, and they haven't come back.

I once hit the top 100 (no 55) Authors in Australia list, and someone from Amazon phoned me and gave me such a hard time, I give them details of all of my advertising spending to satisfy them that my ranking was legitimate. I stopped advertising my Amazon books after that as it left me shocked, rather that pleased by the results of advertising. I didn't share what happened here. I'm a bit shy about expressing self publishing problems I have unless I feel it will show support to someone else having a similar issue, not that I've ever made it made to 5 free. That was a fantastic result, and you would feel slammed in the gut to have that ranking removed.

Your books are excellent and you have a right to feel peeved that Amazon couldn't give you a pat to the back and say, "Well Done," rather than penalise you for an honest effort to sell books.

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The Book Corner / Re: What do you look for in a romantic novel?
« on: November 23, 2017, 01:45:28 AM »
Heroes worth caring about. Heroes you want to see connect romantically because they can do more together, be more together, be happier together than apart.
A hero, male or female, treats others with respect. Romantic heroes exude respect for others.
I have a zero tolerance for uninvited or violent sexual approaches by anyone, so my heroes never make uninvited sexually aggressive moves on others. I enjoy a well written love scene. My idea of good sex is love making, not lust making.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Christmas came early this year, Santa Zon gave us...
« on: November 17, 2017, 08:27:48 PM »
A lovely clean up of unused pen names done. Thank you for letting us know.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Boil Down Your 2017 Writing Into One Word
« on: November 10, 2017, 05:26:27 PM »
New

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pronoun announce they are shutting down! [MERGED]
« on: November 08, 2017, 07:35:37 AM »
Once my titles are back up, I'll likely email my newsletter subscribers, do a blog post, etc with a WEEPING/WAILING/TOOTH-GNASHING PLEA to re-post any reviews and explain the debacle. Might help, might not, but couldn't hurt.

Are you interested in joining heads and drafting out a well worded plea? :-) Then pooling together to do a group launch with links to each author's site? It's 2.30 am here, so I wasn't stay up to chat about the idea. I'll reopen my messages and check back on this tomorrow.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pronoun announce they are shutting down! [MERGED]
« on: November 08, 2017, 07:24:47 AM »
My banking choices aren't really relevant.
Moving to the positive. Does anyone have any suggestions on promoting all of your books together, to pick up on the lost rankings caused by having pulled them all out of Pronoun and then petting them back again through a different distributor?  I'd be prepared to help with a multi-author cross-promotion, using my blogs as a base to launch it from, for authors in this situation, in return for an equal value cross-promotion. Brainstorm the idea and let me know if I can help, and at the same time help my books pick up some ranking again. I would use universal links rather than just Amazon affiliate links so as to promote the books wide.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pronoun announce they are shutting down! [MERGED]
« on: November 08, 2017, 05:33:14 AM »
I think you misunderstood my post. *I* am having issues with Amazon right now over the copyright baloney. As to why someone would WANT Draft2Digital for Amazon instead of going directly, I can think of a few reasons right now because I am not a happy customer with KDP right now. It would be brilliant if I was facing this same stupid thing I had D2D's wonderful customer service to go "ACK, HELP!" and their help in resolving Amazon's stupidity.

I am not insinuating anyone would use Draft2Digital for any other reason but that it sure would be awesome to have their help when Amazon goes bonkers because KDP has next to NO customer service. How you read otherwise is beyond me.

Okay, Elizabeth. I'm firing on lack of sleep following what feels like days of moved books form  Pronoun to Amazon and then out of Amazon to Draft2Digital, plus dyslexia has me putting my foot in my mouth at the best of times. My apologies if I misinterpreted what you said.  :)

Elizabeth, your post followed one speaking about authors who had been blocked by Amazon getting back on Amazon via other distributors. It was wrong of me to have thought that you were referring to that issue. I do apologise.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pronoun announce they are shutting down! [MERGED]
« on: November 08, 2017, 05:22:35 AM »

As to why anyone would want Amazon through Draft2Digital instead of dealing with them directly. Oh, I can think of a few reasons right now......

There are legitimate and honest reasons for selecting Amazon on Draft2Digital, Elizabeth, as I have explained in other threads.

One of those reasons is that Amazon has shortened the word Australia when sending bank transfers, and my payments have been lost, presumably sent to Austria, where Aust abbreviated items go.

Amazon lost thousands of dollars worth of my royalties twice. They said that the reason was my bank account name was too long, and their system shortened it. When I was experiencing this problem, over two years ago. I didn't come here complaining, I kept it quiet and worked through emails over six months with Amazon to get my money, which was the correct way handle a private matter. I am an ethical business person.

I only find it necessary to explain now, due to insinuations that an author might not have ethical motives if they are seeking to publish to Amazon via another distributor. Amazon has never blocked me. I'm a busy person, and I find having one distributor also saves time.

It's every author's personal decision who they distribute through, not ours to question their motives, or assume the worst of others if they make different business decisions to the ones we make for ourselves.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: D2D distributes to Amazon
« on: November 07, 2017, 11:28:04 AM »
Amazon has lost my payment twice, and it took me over six months to get it from them. It was a lot of money. They shortened my bank account details by abbreviating "Bank of Australia" and complained to me that my bank name was too long for their system. I've never heard of such a silly excuse for losing someone's payment. It happened twice. That is why I prefer any other distributor than Amazon.

I realise my problem with them isn't a common issue, but it happened, and I prefer the simplicity of having payments made to my PayPal account.

I'm sharing so you know there are personal reasons why some want to go to Amazon via another distributor.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pronoun announce they are shutting down! [MERGED]
« on: November 07, 2017, 09:24:54 AM »
Well done, D2D!

But remember, they can't distribute your book at a price point of free. You have to pricematch to get that. No pre-orders and no Select.

Still it's a big step for them to get distribution there.

I don't do permanent-free. I do free with a newsletter signup.
Amazon has lost my payments to my Australian bark and had me out of pocket for more than a thousand dollars for over six months till they fixed things at their end. That's why I initially went to Pronoun. That's why I'd prefer D2D and no hassles in being paid, over Amazon. It's a personal issue unique to me. Amazon says my bank has too long a name. (Bank of Australia) and they condense the name and the payments don't arrive. Silly issue. I refuse to change my bank because Amazon states their system drops the end off my bank details. I've never had a problem being paid by D2D.
So that explains why I jumped with excitement at the D2D news and reversed plans in an instant.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pronoun announce they are shutting down! [MERGED]
« on: November 07, 2017, 09:09:49 AM »
Update.

Everything has changed!

D2D now distributes to Amazon!  ;D
Tomorrow, I reverse all I did today  ;)  Back to D2D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pronoun announce they are shutting down! [MERGED]
« on: November 07, 2017, 06:18:23 AM »
I understand your frustration with Pronoun but going back 100% to Amazon might not be the best idea: Amazon only accounts for around 35-40% of sales in case of international publishers: http://publishdrive.com/amazon-ebook-market-share/

For my Gray Nomad Australian travel books you are correct. I never needed Amazon to sell my travel writing work, and they rarely sell on Amazon, only a handful a month.

For my fiction, after not having tried Select for over two years, and given I need to change things around anyway, this seems a good time to try it again for three months. I can put the ebooks into Draft2Digital at the end of the three months if I wish. There is no perfect, 'this is the best way' answer, or we would all be doing it.

I've only got a couple more books to move across. The worst part of this is that Amazon is dragging up some old covers and not my latest co-ordinated designs, and it will be a few days before my book stock looks good again. I removed all promotions as I'll not want to draw attention to the books until they look good visually when viewed together.

I did well out of my time with Pronoun, so I'll look at the positives of having been with them from the beginning until the end and finding them easy to work with. I'm now thinking of the opportunities I can try given I'm making change.

Re depending on one distributer: I don't. I earn a writing income from other sources. I can also afford to experiment, as I am past retirement age and have a retirement income. I continue to work for the love of it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pronoun announce they are shutting down! [MERGED]
« on: November 07, 2017, 04:04:03 AM »
Updating to let everyone know that a book I transferred from Pronoun to Amazon a couple of hours ago is live on Amazon now and with all its reviews intact. Good work by Amazon.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pronoun announce they are shutting down! [MERGED]
« on: November 07, 2017, 01:15:06 AM »
I've had time to adjust and look at the work involved. It's more than I originally thought as I  have to recall multiple leads I've sent out with the Pronoun link in them.

I've begun the adjustment. I'm moving all of my fiction to Amazon. Once I hit publish, and the book is in review at Amazon  I'm unpublishing that book on Pronoun and canceling the books external promotions. The in review and the takedown times are both listed as 1-3 days. Amazon will be expecting a surcharge of changeover clients, so they are sure to understand. I expect there may be some delays in the system due to an overload of ebooks all coming in at the same time.

When my books are clear from the other distributors, I might test the waters of KU for three months. It's been a long time since I tried it, and the countdown deal is the only way I know of to get a good return on a .99c promotion on Amazon.

I'm going to sell my non-fiction books away from Amazon, and not even list them there. They sell better direct from blogs.

No, I didn't like the change. I was so happy with Pronoun I can't deny it was a disappointment. I'm happy now that I've made the decision of what to do next and have begun to work toward it. 

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pronoun announce they are shutting down! [MERGED]
« on: November 06, 2017, 07:19:16 PM »
I'm disappointed. I have all my ebooks access several pen names with them. I was so happy with the .99cent price and getting a fair return for it. I have until January to change, so there is no significant disruption there. I also like Draft2Digital and marinated an account there so returning to D2D will be easy.

My big decisions will be. Do I drop Amazon (I'm not kidding) and focus on building a better private ebook distribution model for myself? That way I can retain my .99cont pricing for a reasonable profit margin.

Do I use this forced change to retry KU?

Do I stick with a similar set up that I have now and sell through both Draft2Digital and Amazon, only bump my book prices to stay on the profit margin I currently get at Pronoun.

My maths for pricing is that I sell five times more books at .99c than I do at $2.99 or $3.99. With Pronoun's pricing I was ahead at the .99cent price, and so were my readers. At the Amazon price, I earn more at the higher markup.

With a deadline in 2018, I've got time to look into building my own store. I already have one that works; I'm just not happy with the visual layout, so I need to rebuild it from the ground up before promoting it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What are your biggest challenges when going wide?
« on: November 06, 2017, 03:17:26 AM »
When I stopped promoting my Amazon link to my books and promoted a link to multiple distributors, my overall book sales went up, my Amazon rankings went down.
When I was wide, and promoted my Amazon link, I had the best of both worlds, good Amazon rankings, and widely distributed sales.
Promoting the link that giver readers a choice is best for my readers, but has lowered my Amazon ranking because a minority are choosing to buy or Amazon. If Amazon ranking is a concern to you, then that may be a challenge to you. I don't find that Amazon ranking necessarily reflects in my overall sales, so I'm ignoring it from now on.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: NaNoWriMo 2017
« on: November 05, 2017, 11:54:06 PM »
I've completed my NaNoWriMo novel last night. I began with the research complete, and a plot plan in place, on November 1.  Today I'm doing the self-edit, prior to getting the professional edit done. All is good.  :)
This is my seventh NaNoWriMo Year, for my seventh indie author novel. I am Gray Nomad in there.
Best wishes to everyone.

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