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Writers' Cafe / Re: KU reads not appearing?
« on: Yesterday at 03:57:20 PM »
I always find reporting grinds to an almost halt around 14/15 of the month when they do the KU calculations, and 20-23 of the month when they're doing the payment advice emails.  I don't think KDP is big on multi-tasking.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Friend Says, "Ad Effective," but Rank is Low
« on: March 21, 2018, 08:46:27 PM »
The .com rank only reflects sales via the US marketplace. It's possible the Google Adwords ads are attracting her an international audience.  Perhaps you could ask your friend more about the ads and the value she finds in them.

Yeah, the other day on my middle-grade fiction story, the first page of the Sponsored Product ads were for demon-hunter or dragon and other urban fantasy books.  Also a male fitness book.  What's up with that???    ???

Likely because it's parents buying your books, and their browsing history shows correlations with those types of products/interests.

I got one.  I told them that as the only book I have that can be advertised is in KU, their data/reporting is meaningless until they provide KU downloads data. Without that, the only way of guessing at effectiveness is by watching sales rank. Without that data, their ads are little more than gambling.
I did kick myself that I didn't think to comment about the lack of timely reporting.

Writers' Cafe / Re: amazon emails about interested items
« on: March 08, 2018, 04:55:06 PM »
I only started getting the emails recently when I signed up for KU.  Now I get the 'you might be interested in' and then links to all the books I just finished reading and returned through KU.  ::)

Writers' Cafe / Re: A GP question about keywords
« on: March 01, 2018, 07:03:57 PM »
I just checked mine, and the keywords paragraph is still showing.  I had to click 'read more' on the description to see them though.  I'm glad I looked, I discovered I have a 5 star review on there  ;D

Writers' Cafe / Re: A hot flash is not sexy
« on: February 17, 2018, 08:21:09 PM »
Isn't it a medical term for flushing something clean with water?  A d**chebag is is the squeezy turkey-baster looking thing they use for vaginal douching.



For example, last August I spent a couple weeks writing several thousand words attacking a specific idea through all angles. I wrote outlines, tried different scenes, changed minor details ... and then finally decided it wasn't working. I didn't like the character, the motivations didn't make sense, etc.


Other examples are throwing out scenes that ultimately don't fit, re-doing parts because the character morphed, going in a direction that doesn't seem to be working and having to backtrack ... that kind of thing.


Oh, and BTW, yes, I always do outline. I can't imagine pantsing.

How much outlining are you doing for your actual characters?  From your comments above, it sounds like perhaps focussing on character goals, motivation conflict, and getting really well fleshed-out characters before you start your plot outline might help?  That way, as you're outlining your plot, your characters motivations will already be clear and you'd be less likely to run into issues with characters not wanting to do what you plotted for them.

Being classified as erotic as well as romance should not cause you any problems unless the book is also adult tagged and removed from search.  Being genre-erotica is not the same as being adult-tagged.  I see no reason why your book should not be considered erotic/erotica.

Erotic and Erotica are not really the same thing.  Erotica is a genre that gives readers expectations that the story is going to be primarily about a character/s sexual experience.  If the story is mainly about a war with an alien race, that's not Erotica and will get panned by readers being misled by it being labelled as such.  Erotic is an adjective, not a genre, and simply means there are graphic sex scenes in a story that follows the expectations of whatever genre it may fall under.

Really, the big issue is that once in the Erotica genre, whether dungeoned or not, you cannot run AMS ads on the title. You can also not link to the Amazon listing from FB ads without risking having your entire FB marketing account closed down.

For the OP - maybe check whether you had the book in both a Romance genre category and a SFF genre category.  Amazon actually state on the page where you choose your categories not to do that.  Perhaps if you did, they've decided you must be trying to hide Erotica in other genres?  That's a total guess.  I suspect it's more likely a keyword issue, or the phrasing in your blurb, or a combination of those two things and the skin on the cover, or simply a weekend worker feeling a little prudish...

I hope you're able to get your book re-instated to the correct genre category.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Help me bury a body in Sydney (Aust) please...
« on: January 18, 2018, 06:36:53 AM »
Same in Victoria. Definitely called skips. The etymology remains to be seen. :P

In Qld, on building sites you'd find skips, which are big open bins.  The dumpster-style ones at businesses we'd just call industrial bins.  But usually they are chained and padlocked to stop people using them to dump things instead of paying to take their crap to the dump/refuse station.

As for the pine plantation, it would more likely be referred to as bushland, or maybe state forestry.  A few years back there was a massive bushfire through the Bilpin area.  I'm a Qlder, so I don't really know how close that is to Springwood, but if you google it you'll get lots of images on the bushland in the area.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Largescale WordPress site attacks (20-Dec-17)
« on: December 27, 2017, 12:54:37 AM »
I'm having a hard time believing that number. They're saying that one out of every five people on the PLANET has a WP username and password?

I've racked up at least 4 so far over the years (had a website selling hand-dyed textiles, created a website for markets I ran for the kid's school, and now I have one for each pen name). I'm sure people who actually use their websites properly have even more than that to their name. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: We now have 2 rows of Sponsored Ads on our book's page
« on: December 20, 2017, 06:35:54 PM »
Amazon is selling ads. They must more lucrative. It has to be the explanation for all the bare-chested men in the sponsored ads for women's literary fiction. Erotica ads must boost bids. Unrelated thrillers, also. Inappropriate ads on the first page of the carousel has been going on for a year or more. Nothing has changed except now there are more rows of ads.

It's not actually possible to use AMS ads for Erotica, unless the book is moved to the Erotica category after the ad is created.  Likely the bare chests are on Romance novels - which end up showing in Women's Fiction because if you list them as WF Romance, they end up being keyworded into all the other WF categories.
In fact, you don't see so many bare chested men in Erotica - more common is pouty women in bad lingerie  ;)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Romance: heat level in blurbs
« on: December 01, 2017, 06:00:23 PM »
Generally, I find choosing appropriate covers, and using a tone that reflects that of the story is enough to convey heat level.  If that isn't possible, perhaps include a small excerpt that shows the level of heat they may encounter.

I use a pen name but signed up under my real name. My real name doesn't appear anywhere public that I can see.

Same for me.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Pronoun announce they are shutting down! [MERGED]
« on: November 19, 2017, 01:31:41 AM »
I think you also have to verify your bank details (they do like Paypal and deposit a small amount) before your book will publish.  At least I'm hoping that's all that's holding mine up  :P

ETA - I verified the amount deposited into my bank around 9am this morning, and the book went live around 4pm this afternoon.  So if your account is still pending, check your payment details have been verified  ;)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Pronoun announce they are shutting down! [MERGED]
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:35:28 PM »
Thanks for sharing. What email address did you use to contact Google Play please?

Try this email address:

Writers' Cafe / Re: October KU rate
« on: November 15, 2017, 03:41:03 PM »
How do you calculate this? All they send me is the total pool of 19.7 mil.

On the 15th of each month the KENP amount on the Prior Month's Royalties report in the KDP dashboard changes from number of reads to $ amount.  If you know your number of reads, you can then work out from the $ amount what the per read rate is.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Erotica now showing as Sponsored Products in AMS?
« on: November 15, 2017, 01:52:49 AM »
Huh, you're right. I see them, too. Books in the erotica cats and in the sponsored ads. Maybe they've lifted the 'no erotica' ban?

That would be nice.  If it's only a few ads though it could be that the books were in non-erotica categories when the ad was set up, then moved to the erotica category.  If that happens, you can't create new ads, but the existing one keeps serving - though I don't know for how long. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Erotica now showing as Sponsored Products in AMS?
« on: November 14, 2017, 08:17:53 PM »
Only works categorised as Erotica get blocked from AMS ads.  Erotic Romance and other Genres with erotic content don't get blocked.  Erotica is its own genre with its own conventions.  Nearly every genre can contain works with graphic sex scenes - that doesn't make those stories Erotica.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Pronoun announce they are shutting down! [MERGED]
« on: November 06, 2017, 05:17:22 PM »
D2Ds response...

There's a bit of a nudge nudge wink wink suggestion that maybe D2D might be organising something with Amazon... but it's pitched as vague 'subscribe to our mailing list and watch your inbox tomorrow' and 'this is very good timing' comments. And listening further, those vague comments might just be a ploy to get people on their mailing list  ::)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Finding a pen name that sticks?
« on: November 05, 2017, 09:58:23 PM »
I am a big fan of alliteration (gives it a superhero feeling!).

In my search for an erotica pen-name, I discovered Alexis, Alexa, Alex etc are really prevalent.  I have settled on a name my Grandmother loved but thought was 'too slutty' to give to a little girl, and my great-grandmother's maiden name.  Both women would likely be rolling in their graves if they knew...

Writers' Cafe / Re: Question for Australians direct with iTunes/iBooks
« on: October 31, 2017, 04:29:25 PM »
Going direct with Kobo, even if you don't with Apple, gives you access to Kobo's promotional deals. You don't get that access through an aggregator.

Pronoun will get you to iBooks and to Google and B&N without charging anything.  For the most part they're pretty good.  I have seen a few complaints about them lately with reporting and price changing issues, but all those issues have been Pronoun/Amazon related, so I wouldn't write them off completely.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Question for Australians direct with iTunes/iBooks
« on: October 31, 2017, 01:36:29 AM »
I found this article from another author -
It is from a year ago.

You're right there are a lot of implications in registering for GST. It'd be worth going through it with a tax agent to make sure it's really worth it for your situation, or whether you'd end up better off going through Pronoun or one of the aggregators.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Would you use an author's note to explain something?
« on: October 24, 2017, 09:51:42 PM »
If it's some extra information that might be of interest to some readers, but isn't essential for understanding the story, I might write about it in my back of book bit.  Along the lines of Thanks for reading... I was inspired to write about... etc.  That way it's there for readers who are interested, and not in the way for those who just want the story.

I used to flog my handcrafted wares at local markets.  The market with the most traffic used to charge more than I thought they should. The person running it, in my opinion, was a raving lunatic. They also used to randomly stick people in crappier locations that saw less traffic than other stalls.
I absolutely vented my frustrations along with other vendors. It was cathartic.  But we all kept turning up each month, because even with the expense, the sometimes crappy positions, and being at the whim of the crazy organiser, being part of a collective marketplace still put my products in front of far more people than I could ever reach on my own.

The same holds for my ebooks on Amazon.  Even if I did set up my own e-store, I'd be losing the traffic brought in by all those fans of other authors who might stumble across my work on their search for something written by other authors.  I can't see any logical reason at all for not placing my product in front of that traffic, when there is no out-of-pocket expense to do so.

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