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Writers' Cafe / Re: Australian ABN / Facebook Question
« on: June 26, 2018, 04:55:59 AM »
You dont need to register for GST unless sell your own books privately, AND cross the threshold on gross sales. If you dont need to register for GST, you also dont need an ABN.

I'm not running a business. I'm me collecting a royalty. I dont need an ABN, or GST.

If Facebook want to tell me to get an ABN, that's fine, I'll just tell them where they can stick it.

I agree with most of that, but there are things you may need to get an ABN for that have nothing to do with GST.  Two I can think of, off the top of my head, are if you trade under a name not your own - in which case you are required to register the business name and you need an ABN to complete that application process, and the 2nd is if you want a domain name that isn't your own name. 
If you're solely trading under your own name, you're correct that you're less likely to have need of an ABN.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Australian ABN / Facebook Question
« on: June 26, 2018, 02:24:41 AM »
Even a sole trader needs an ABN

Not if they're trading as their own name. You don't even have to register your business if you're trading only under your own name.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Australian ABN / Facebook Question
« on: June 25, 2018, 04:48:46 PM »
The message I received actually states you need to provide your ABN to 'confirm your GST registration'.  Getting an ABN is free, and if you're trading as a Sole Trader it's very easy to get one.  However, registering for GST is something you should speak with your accountant about. Your individual financial circumstances may determine whether it's best for you to register for GST or pay the extra 10% and claim it back as an advertising expense.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Rank stripped for 10 downloads?
« on: June 25, 2018, 06:02:08 AM »
When did you check your rank? If your free promo had only just kicked in it was likely showing 'zero' as it hadn't yet registered those 'free' downloads. Remember that your book is now in the 'for free' charts, as opposed to showing previous sales.

This.  There's usually a few hours (or more depending on Amazon's mood) after your free days promo starts where your listing displays no ranking until it switches over to the Free list ranking.  The same thing will happen at the end of the promo when it reverts back to full price and switches back to the paid list ranking.

I'm pretty sure Amazon has always been definitive that they do not count pages read using page flip. They claim it is a navigational tool, not a means of reading.  What they refuse to acknowledge is that there are readers who read using page flip mode.
The only real way around this if you think you're losing a lot of page reads to page flip readers is to raise reader awareness that authors don't get paid if they read in this mode.

I don't really see the need for caps etc if they enforced a no duplicate content rule.  If someone writes an epic saga and readers want to read it all, the writer should be paid for those reads.  But that same writer shouldn't also be able to release the same epic saga in smaller parts and have those parts also in KU.

The biggest issue I see with 'stuffed' books is that it's the same dozen or so 'bonus' stories recycled through numerous 'compilations' under various pen names.  If content wasn't allowed to be duplicated (and that was enforced), only one pen name could include that content under one ASIN in KU.  If writers wanted to bundle short stories etc, they could - they just couldn't also have the short stories in KU (and they would still need to be exclusive to Amazon for sale purposes).

I was wondering how others would handle this problem:

I have a new reader to my ARC list, and I recently sent them the ninth book of an ongoing series.  The first book is free, leaving 2-8 to be purchased by current ARC readers for $2.99 apiece (all novels).  This new reader emails me saying they didn't have the other books, didn't have the money to buy them, and wanted me to gift the books to them.

To make matters worse, my ARC list signup requires they give me their Amazon Profile URL so I can verify their review (they're required to leave one at Amazon.  Other places are optional), and this person wrote in 'n/a' in the signup box.  They also stated that they buy at Kobo and Google, not Amazon.

So my question is: how the heck do I reply to this?

I'm pretty sure Amazon's TOS state you're not actually allowed to require reviews in exchange for ARCs, but then I've also never heard of an ARC team where the readers are required to pay for their review copies.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Category Pollution: Next Battleground
« on: June 11, 2018, 04:38:54 AM »
I thought that sort of thing was Women's Fiction. Written for women, often by women, and purchased predominantly by women. Any time I've looked over the Women's Fiction offerings those sorts of books are always present, and they are often big sellers.

As for the OP, sure looks weird seeing so many erotica-romances listed in Classics. I wonder if they're going to invade the English Lit categories next.

EDIT to ADD:  Question answered. They have. Right below Shakespeare.

Once upon a time Women’s Fiction was stories that followed a female protagonist through a life unheaval or change of some kind. It often had themes of family, career, marriage, divorce, health etc. Who knows what the heck it is these days.


Erotica: A story that depicts relationships (or maybe just a sex act for shorts) through the lens of sex but doesn't provide a happy ending or a typical romance relationship progression.

Disclaimer: I'm a romance writer, but not an erotica or erotic romance writer. I might be hella wrong with these definitions so please feel free to debate them.

I'd adjust the Erotica definition, as the relationship element is kind of irrelevant to whether a story belongs in the Erotica genre. Erotica isn't about relationships, primarily.  That's the main difference between it and Romance.  Romance follows the development of a romantic relationship.  Erotica follows a character/s sexual experience/journey/development etc. 
Generally the conflict in Erotica is character's confusion over a)whether they want to pursue the experience; and b) the consequences if they do pursue the sexual experience. Whereas in Romance, the conflict is what keeps the relationship from developing fully.

There is no romance-erotic anymore as a category. That's my point. Only Erotica-Romantic Erotica is left as a category.

Well that's good.  I know a lot of steamy, open-door sex scenes, Romance writers were getting caught by that trap.


It's like they got rid of the erotic romance category or being able to label it as that.

For what it's worth, choosing Romance>Erotic as your category has been a back door into the Erotica category (it is the same category as Erotica>Romantic) for as long as I've been published (which admittedly is only a bit over a year, but I'm pretty sure the same was the case prior to that as I read about the 'trap' before I published).  Best not to pick that category unless you're actually writing Erotica.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: June 07, 2018, 02:46:45 AM »
Payoneer are really good for getting those smaller payments :)

I recently thought about moving to Transferwise but you need an ABN. I've got one but the letter they sent me with it on is back home in Australia so it might take a while before I can open an account.

You should be able to look up your ABN here:

You have to publish the paperback through KDP Print to be eligible.

That makes sense.  The one I have that shows a 'select' button on the AMS dashboard (which is through my KDP account) is published with KDP Print.

Hi everyone,

How do you advertise adult coloring books on AMS ads?

Adult coloring books are only paper backs and don't show up on KDP and as a result are not a selection for AMS campaigns. I got it confirmed by KDP that you can only advertise KDP titles with AMS ads not paper back only titles.

However, check this out:

You will notice if you type "adult coloring books" on there are tons of AMS (sponsored ads) for adult coloring books. So clearly there are authors who are advertising their paperback only books with AMS ads. Even though KDP is saying it is not possible.

Any idea how to do it?


Kind Regards,

I have an erotica paperback that shows up on my AMS dashboard as eligible for ad creation. The e-book version shows as ineligible.  I have no interest in spending money on advertising a book I only created to see how the process worked, so I can't say what would happen if I tried to create an ad with that book (probably they'd block it at the review stage for adult content), but it definitely looks like it's something that could be done if the content were appropriate for ads.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Aussie ISBNs
« on: June 04, 2018, 05:47:16 PM »
You don't need to buy barcodes.
And yes, that's the correct site.  There's a $50 initial set up fee the first time you buy.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: June 03, 2018, 05:15:44 AM »
I think they got a divorce.

Yeah, I had in mind it might not be a current relationship. I just knew that was the reason I'd found a few years back for why you couldn't buy using PayPal on Amazon.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: June 02, 2018, 11:27:15 PM »
I can never get over how stupid childish these companies are.

Buy your own payment processing platform, this one's mine!

Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: June 02, 2018, 11:11:53 PM »

Also, istn't it sad Amazon won't transfer to Paypal, when pretty much every other online retailer pays out in Paypal if you want them to. I don't get it.

Paypal is (or at least was) owned by Ebay, one of Amazon's biggest competitors. It's not surprising Amazon doesn't use that platform.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: June 02, 2018, 09:06:35 PM »
I just put the Payoneer bank details in the payment section on KDP.  I kept my Aust. bank details for payments from the AU marketplace, the rest go to Payoneer.

I can't say I look into it in detail, but I'm pretty sure the Amazon link on Payoneer is for if you have an Amazon vendor account, which is different to KDP.  If you've link that, it would still be worth going into the payment info on your KDP account and checking that has the correct bank details listed.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Boasting about sales ( an indie thing?)
« on: June 02, 2018, 08:58:28 PM »
I've seen sales data shared for lots of the reasons already discussed in the thread.  Another common reason for the sharing that I come across is general excitement about reaching a level/goal the writer has been striving towards. 

Trad published writers generally have an agent and publisher they can share their excitement with.  For independent writers, the equivalent outlet is their online peers in Facebook groups, forums etc.  Maybe sometimes it does come across as boastful behaviour. But I see no real benefit in trampling on someone else's excitement by calling them out on it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Romance word counts?
« on: June 02, 2018, 07:40:29 PM »
The Romance genre covers a massive range of reader types.  Also, genre Romance readers can be quite eclectic about what they like.  You'll find readers who enjoy reading a story over time, savouring the story. They tend to appreciate longer romances with plenty of external conflict to keep the story going.  At the other end, you'll find readers who want to enjoy a quick story in their lunch break, or on their hour-long train-ride home from work, or while they sit on the sidelines while their kids are at after-school activities etc.  They want their romance wrapped up reasonably quickly, because it could be another week before they get a chance to read again.  And then there's a myriad of reader profiles within that range.
So yes, you can be successful writing shorter romances. You just need to think about who your readers are, and what they appreciate in a story.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you handle your Goodreads listings?
« on: June 02, 2018, 07:04:53 PM »
I've pretty much given up.  Trying to keep Goodreads listings tidy doesn't come close to passing the 'would I be better off writing' test. 
From what I can tell, listings are automatically generated when books are added to Amazon.  If they can't work out how to then update those listings when changes are made to the same listing on Amazon (covers, blurbs etc), that's for their web developers to sort out.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP Issues "Bonus Content" Guidelines
« on: June 01, 2018, 09:22:17 PM »
I guess I've been doing this wrong all along. Here I thought I should just write the best damn book I could, thinking of pleasing my reader to the best of my abilities!

I never thought of cheating the system or finding cracks and loopholes. WHAT A SUCKER!

I think there are plenty of us sharing that red-faced realisation.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP Issues "Bonus Content" Guidelines
« on: June 01, 2018, 09:02:15 PM »
I'm not sure how the stuffers are making their money. Is it off the page reads that occur when their hapless reader finds ten extra bonus books at the end and reads them where they might not have read them if they had to actually physically go to the website and click on the "read now" button? Is part of it from double-dipping, where a reader finds the book they love at the end of the new book and re-reads it for sh*ts and giggles, thus garnering a double-dip page read for the author? Double-dipping is against TOS outside of boxed sets. Or are the stuffer publishers hiring bot readers in Malaysia to slide through the stuffed books on the Amazon online Kindle site? According to tests, sliding through to the back in a KU book in the online reader still registers a full read through. So an enterprising warrior forum type mill publisher could hire a hundred or thousand bots to read all the books in their catalogue and their pen name catalogues online. It would generate a lot of money probably at a small cost. It will indeed be interesting to see if there are any changes to the lineups on the Amazon top 100 romance categories. Perhaps if they can't get $13.50 instead of $1.68 per book, the strategy will no longer be worth their while and not worth all the ad spend they go through to help hit the top 100.

Maybe they'll go elsewhere to find easy pickings and a loophole filled system to exploit...

One can hope.

Sela, I saw this posted on Twitter.  It is screen shot from someone allegedly showing a writer's PA explaining to readers how to go about their day while still flipping through each page of story + bonus content, before then going to buy the book so that reviews left are verified and the writer gets maximum revenue from their read and purchase...

Weird question for anyone who cares to venture a guess...

Do you think it would have been immediately dismissed if the Cocktales book had been named: Cocktales: The Cocked Up Collection??

Because 'cock,' 'cocktales,' and 'cocked' are not the actual word she's trying to TM. ??

I don't know.  The anthology didn't really get much airtime in the transcript. There was an amusing moment where the lawyers gave the judge a copy of the anthology to demonstrate the cover and lack of confusion, to which the judge replied:

THE COURT:  I am not going to keep the book.
MR. BOCZKO:  That's quite all right.

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