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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.

I have to wonder how many people would ever check the pages feed. I'm sure I wouldn't :(

I follow quite a few pages for the purpose of actually knowing what they have going on - especially ones like my kids' sporting clubs, local events etc, so I'm sure I would. 

Hopefully what it means is that on that 'pages' feed, those pages that haven't been getting any airtime on my normal feed will start showing up again.

Writers' Cafe / Re: U.K. sponsored ads in test & super sized sponsored
« on: October 21, 2017, 06:20:59 AM »

So, youíre not seeing the supersized sponsored ads on the US site? Maybe itís device driven or AMS know my eyesight is getting worse.   ???

Well now that you mention it... yes! I just went back to the .com site and the ad images are now the same size as the also boughts there  ???  And some cover images in the ads and the also-boughts are much wider than others. I'm guessing that's something to do with the image file uploaded.

Writers' Cafe / Re: U.K. sponsored ads in test & super sized sponsored
« on: October 21, 2017, 06:06:51 AM »

Also, on my iPad at least, the sponsored ads are now the same size as the also bought books. Thatís actually kinda annoying.

There are 3 ads showing up under the also-boughts on my listing.  They appear the same as they do on the US site - smaller than the also-boughts - when viewed through Chrome on my laptop.

Interestingly, the only link at all I can find that would suggest relevance between the advertised books and mine is that my hero is a rugby league player, and the author of the books being advertised mentions rugby league in his author bio.  Definitely stretching the connection there, Amazon  ::)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Stay-at-home parent/authors!
« on: October 21, 2017, 03:41:30 AM »
From over here in China it's really interesting to hear how little time parents have. In Asia (for the most part) parents have plenty of time because grandparents are an active, daily part of the child's life. It's perfectly normal for a grandchild to "live" with the grandparents so both parents can work full-time. For a stay at home mom there is plenty of time for activities as you just let grandma/grandpa spend time with them a couple of hours a day. I realize a lot of western families don't keep a closeness like this but it's amazing to read through and see how little time western stay at home parents have.

I guess another difference to consider is that in China, grandparents likely only have a grandchild from one child to assist with (in some cases that would be 4 grandparents & 2 parents to care for 1 kid).  That's not necessarily the case elsewhere in the world.  Personally, I'm 3rd out of 4 kids in my family so it would definitely be a case of stand in line to get regular babysitting if it was on offer.  But then, my parents are in their late 60s and still work. That could be another cultural difference.

I use 'free with' not 'free on'.  Basically, pay for a KU Subscription, get to read my book with no additional cash outlay. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon yanking sales ranking after a Bookbub promo
« on: October 20, 2017, 05:14:15 AM »
Yep, we're in touch with David.

I actually just went back to the thread to see if there'd been updates since I last looked, and saw he'd been flagged in a post about your box set.  I probably should have looked at the post there first  :-[

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon yanking sales ranking after a Bookbub promo
« on: October 20, 2017, 05:08:34 AM »
There's a long post in an Indie Author group on Facebook at the moment.  I believe David Gaughran is putting together a blog post about what he's been able to determine from the data a number of affected authors have sent him.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Intimacy too soon...
« on: October 18, 2017, 03:21:56 PM »
Geesh. I suppose it depends on your audience but damned if you make it too explicit and damned if you don't. Sometimes, it feels like I'm writing soft porn, but then again sex is a beautiful thing that deserves to be rewarded in fiction. It's like we can show the readers how much these characters care about each other with our language, so why restrain? I do enjoy reading a poetic sounding lovemaking session in fiction. It makes my cheeks hot! *whew*

If it feels like you're writing soft porn, it might be that you're focussing too much on telling the physical and not enough on showing the emotions and senses.  A good exercise to play with to help get past that is to write a 'sex' scene where the sex is actually eating a chocolate (candy) bar. You need to provide some physical description so readers know what's happening, but to make it a sensual act you need to really delve into the senses.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Intimacy too soon...
« on: October 18, 2017, 06:36:52 AM »
:o  That's more than my eroticas.

Which is why it drives me nuts when people try to suggest the quantity of sex is what determines the genre.  ;)

Basically, the whole premise of my story is that they go off for a weekend hoping to have plenty of stress-busting sex, he decides he wouldn't mind keeping up the casual arrangement when the weekend's over, with a view to maybe get more serious down the track. She's actually lied to him about her identity, and can't fess up because her career would be on the line.  So yeah, most the sex happens in the early part of the book, then they have to deal with the emotions and the conflict standing between them before they can have their HEA. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Intimacy too soon...
« on: October 18, 2017, 12:27:41 AM »
I'm no expert on this, but in my book, they do it every 20K words.

LOL! I can just imagine the scene... couple are in a big fight then suddenly, "Oh crap, honey! We're at 19,900 words since our last session. Quick drop trou' we've got work to do!"  :P

But yeah... I have 7 sexual acts (sometimes there are interuptions before the hero gets his turn, sometimes the hero's not involved at all  :o) in 60000 words, so if you want to do some maths... 

Really, what I love most about Romance as a genre is that there's a writer out there catering for all these preferences. Literally, the only requirements are that it's about a relationship, and that after overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the characters find a way to make their relationship a success.  No matter what heat levels, what themes, what types of characters you like, you're likely to be able to find someone writing it.  So as writers, really we just have to decide what our writing style and voice suits, then package it in a way that tells readers what we're offering.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Intimacy too soon...
« on: October 17, 2017, 04:35:15 AM »
Ah yes, the had a one night stand with a stranger who winds up being my billionaire boss is a fun story because of the tension added because they had the sex already. I like those too for different reasons, but my favorites are the slow burns.

I guess what I'm trying to say is sex first can still be a slow burn romance, because to me, the slow burn is towards intimacy, not sex.
I've probably just read too many Mills & Boons  ;D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Intimacy too soon...
« on: October 17, 2017, 04:24:21 AM »
It doesn't have to be the end goal, just a set piece in the book. Your job as a storyteller is to string out tension in every step of the book. For example, your first line might be:

I saw a body by the side of the road last night.

I can delay the answer to that for three sentences or three hundred pages, but I've already delayed the answer by not telling you right there. "I saw a dead body by the side of the road last night, but don't worry, it turns out that he died of natural causes even though we didn't find that out for a long time."

So yes, you delay a sex scene for romantic/sexual tension. Maybe you only delay it for a page, or maybe the whole book, but there's a good reason you don't usually start with them in bed.

That's exactly my point.  In many Romances, the sex isn't the point of tension.  Emotional conflict is.  So no tension is added by delaying sex (conversely, in some stories no tension is relieved by adding in sex). The physical element can also increase the tension caused by the emotional conflict.  Plenty of fun Romance reads have started with a couple having sex, then having to face the consequences acting on physical attraction has on their emotional relationship.

Which just brings us right back to my original point, that it really comes down to the characters and the story you are telling as to where (or even if) including a sex scene adds value to the story.  I don't think there can ever be a 'better than' winner in the question of where to include sex in a Romance.

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