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Writers' Cafe / Cover Art: Vampire Short Story & Novel critique
« on: January 31, 2014, 09:00:07 PM »
Update: New versions posted at the top with the old version of the short story cover also included for posterity. Opinions still welcome, of course.

New:

Thumbs:


Full sizes:


Old:





Yes, I've been gone forever. lol

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Here's what I just got a little while ago:

To our Kobo Writing Life and self-publishing partners:

 

As you may be aware, there has been a significant amount of negative media attention in the UK regarding offensive material that became available across a number of eBook platforms. Kobo was included in the reports from media and we are taking immediate action to resolve an issue that is the direct result of a select few authors and publishers violating Kobo’s content policies.

 

In order to address the situation Kobo is taking the following steps:

1.       We are removing titles in question from the Kobo platform.

2.       We are quarantining and reviewing titles to ensure that compliance to our policies is met by all authors and publishers. We will ensure that content meeting the policy is made available online as soon as possible.

3.       We are reviewing our policies and procedures to implement safeguards that will ensure this situation does not happen in the future.

 

We are working hard to get back to business as usual, as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.

 

Our goal at Kobo is not to censor material; we support freedom of expression. Further, we want to protect the reputation of self-publishing as a whole. You have our promise that we will do all we can to ensure the exceptions that have caused this current situation will not have a lasting effect on what is an exciting new channel that connects Readers to a wealth of books.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mark Lefebvre

Director, Kobo Writing Life

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Writers' Cafe / Working on a cover: Metro, a Silo Saga story
« on: October 03, 2013, 01:29:21 AM »
So, it's that time again. Some cover work.



1. Is the building readily identified as Moscow's St. Basil's Cathedral?
2. Good or no good?

(p.s. the reflection beneath "Metro" is also "Metro", but in Russian.)

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Writers' Cafe / Author Photos: Color or black and white, and why?
« on: September 26, 2013, 09:53:05 PM »
I've recently switched my author photos up from their previous black and whites to color versions. I like it better. Who knows if it will have any impact on anything.

So, if you use a real photo of yourself, do you prefer color or black and white, and why (if any reason)? Do you prefer seeing authors with color or black and white photos and why (or do you care?) ?

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Writers' Cafe / Landing page impressions...
« on: August 06, 2013, 12:22:44 AM »
Looking to get a couple of opinions on the new landing page vs. the old one:

Old one: http://circleofsorcerers.latenitebooks.com

New one: http://www.latenitebooks.com/the-mages-of-bloodmyr/

I like the new one because it's faster to build (going forward, it will be easier to make landing pages) and it includes all of the books instead of just the first in the series.

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Writers' Cafe / I guess I'm a full time writer.
« on: July 30, 2013, 09:22:47 PM »
Some of you don't know me at all. Others probably sort-of remember me. A few who've been around for a little while are likely saying, "Oh, yeah, that guy," right about now (with mixed--and, some, decidedly negative--thoughts), but I decided, "Hey, why not?" when considering even posting about it. Only knowledge shared helps others, and all that.

I decided to leave my career on July 22nd, making July 23rd my official start day as a full-time writer and publisher. I won't get into too many details about my old job, only that it is sometimes better to jump before the downhill slope gains too much speed and the wagon is rolling too fast.

Now, I'm either going to work part time wherever I like or just stay home and work out some of these slow-moving novel ideas into full-fledged monstrosities unfit for public consumption, much as I've done over the last three years. ;)

Liberating. Terrifying. And everything in between. I have enough in savings to float me for a year or two (and all of that was generated from book sales), and so long as I don't see a crash the likes of the Great Depression, I should be able to keep going for the foreseeable future. My main plan is to get rid of the mortgage payments as quickly as possible so that it requires less and less to stay afloat. Maybe in a handful of years, at the current pace.

Anyway, here's a blog post about it, worded differently: http://www.latenitebooks.com/2013/07/30/i-got-an-ipad-and-quit-my-job-etc/

Here's to hoping the advertising holds out and the fourth quarter rewards those suffering through the summer.

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Writers' Cafe / Fastpencil: Another one to poke and prod
« on: June 21, 2013, 05:18:25 PM »
http://www.fastpencil.com/company/packages

Here you go. Enjoy slamming it.

I still don't understand why they're all going with these online writing tools. Nook Press is doing the same thing (but it doesn't offer such services to clean out your bank account for you). Is it to trap you into using their system so you cannot escape?

"Word Processors are so old fashioned." <- lol HTML code is old fashioned, too, yet they think it (in the form of <textarea> ) will suffice for a word processor...

 D.I.Y
FREE
   
BRONZE
$999
   
SILVER
$1,199
   
GOLD
$1,999

Anyway, this topic is mainly for search engine purposes. If anyone has had a great experience with them, please share. Otherwise, let us cynically analyze it.

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Writers' Cafe / Gutter margin calculator - Need a couple of testers
« on: May 31, 2013, 03:57:46 PM »
If you wouldn't mind, swing by and give the gutter margin calculator I'm designing a test or two. This is for print books.

http://www.booklancer.com/free-tools/gutter-margin-size-calculator/

...and let me know how it lines up to books you've produced. (Hitting too high, too low, about right?)

Post results here if you try it out.

A format if you want to post all data:

Input: XXX pages, Stress: High/Standard/Low, Format: Paper/Case/Cloth
Output: (paste the calculator's output here)
Actual: (actual gutter margin I used). I designed for high/standard/low spine stress.

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Writers' Cafe / Cover building for a WIP
« on: May 29, 2013, 04:14:52 AM »
Here is a blog post for a "cover building" project with an artist I found. The post has lots of pictures and is long-ish, so I'll post the current result of artwork (still in progress) and the link and copy/paste the conclusion section.

http://www.latenitebooks.com/2013/05/28/cover-building-wolfkiller-the-vampire-christof-1/

Current iteration of art work still in progress:



Lots more images on the blog. I asked her to take a handful of shots as she went so I would have something to show for a post.

"Conclusion… for now.

To wrap this up and answer a few questions for you:

- We agreed on a price of $400 for the custom cover art. For those in the know, that is considerably cheaper than the equivalent work from virtually any artist as skilled as Rachelle.

- No, she doesn’t mind my posting our rate here. We both felt it was fair for the work.

- Her work is excellent, and she adds in tremendous value for her clients. Basically, she works “for hire,” and the finished piece belongs to the buyer. She doesn’t have any additional licensing fees to use the work in promotional materials, posters, t-shirts, or bookmarks. That, in itself, is worth the purchase price alone.

- Most authors could probably get custom cover work done for as little $100-$200 for custom illustration. I’ve included some of her other examples here, and they are $100-$200 projects.

- I have no idea how busy she is. I had reservations about posting anything about it at all until I had gotten all of the covers I will ever need, but I refrained. If I were to starve another creative professional of work, I deserve to be starved myself.

- I have no affiliation with Rachelle other than hiring her for artwork. I don’t make anything for telling you about her. I was the one who asked to make a post about her work on this project, and I included some of her artwork.

- I’ll post again when we’re farther along in the project.

- These prices are current as of 5/28/2013. I make no warranty or guarantee that they will always remain the same."

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This is now closed; LOTS of folks responded, and I thank you all very much for offering to help! :D

I need an opinion or two on a first chapter of a work in progress, and I don't want to go through my usual means because I was hoping for a little quicker feedback than those can give. Genre is medieval vampire. (I know, I know.)

Keep in mind that:
- I'm not a very good writer, and
- This is a very early draft.

For torturing you with said chapter, I'd be willing to give you a $10 gift card to Amazon or something like that/equivalent (your choice, within reason). It shouldn't take more than a half-hour or so to read it and scratch down a couple of impressions.

PM your email address if you're interested, and I'll send it over once I've finished writing the last little bit of it. I'll probably send it in PDF since editing inside the document won't really be necessary.

And if you accept, post here, please. I'll take the first one or two people who respond (and that will let others know whether or not they have a chance).

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Writers' Cafe / Books on Google Play - Partner Newsletter
« on: April 10, 2013, 04:40:35 PM »
Just got this in my inbox:

April 2013 - Issue 1
Hello,

Welcome to our first partner newsletter for books on Google Play. We've listened to your feedback and we're working hard to improve the Google Books Partner Program. We believe that sharing your books with millions of readers around the world should be easy -- and we're looking forward to giving both publishers and consumers the best eBook platform available.

We just celebrated Google Play's first birthday. Google Play is our one-stop store for digital content like books, music, movies, and apps. We're excited about growing even more in the coming years, and we'll share suggestions for maximizing your books' potential on Google Play in future newsletters.

In this issue, you can learn more about the following features and account management tips:

- Selling your books in new markets like India, Russia, and Brazil
- Enabling your books for pre-order
- Managing your settings for electronic ISBNs

Thank you for partnering with us and making your books available on Google Play.

Sincerely,

Paige
The Google Play team
Expanded sales territories
We are quickly expanding into additional markets. New territories appear in your account automatically as they become available, but we can't sell your books in those territories until you enable them. To reach the widest possible audience, we recommend adding list prices and enabling your books for sale in all territories where you hold the rights.


Expanded sales territories
We are quickly expanding into additional markets. New territories appear in your account automatically as they become available, but we can't sell your books in those territories until you enable them. To reach the widest possible audience, we recommend adding list prices and enabling your books for sale in all territories where you hold the rights.

You can enable new territories by signing in to your account and visiting the "Default Settings" page under the "Google eBooks" tab. Books on Google Play is currently available in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. More countries are coming in 2013, and we'll share more information as we launch in additional markets.
Enabling books for pre-order
Did you know that you can allow pre-orders for your books? Pre-orders are a great way to capture buyers before the book is available. If you specify a future Availability Date and provide all required ebook settings and content for countries where you'd like to make the book available for pre-order, customers can order your book before the release date. Because they are not charged until your book goes on sale and is delivered, you won't see reporting on these sales in your account until the on-sale date. Learn more about pre-orders.


Print ISBNs and electronic ISBNs
When managing your ebooks, you may notice a tilde (~) in front of some titles (e.g., ~1234567890123). If you see this, it means we actually have two records for this title in our system -- one for the physical volume (with the ISBN under the "Identifier" column), and one for the electronic edition (with the eISBN). The presence of a tilde indicates that any changes to the sales settings for this title should be made to the other row, the one which lists the eISBN in both the "Identifier" column and the "eISBN" column. We are working to improve the interface for this, but in the meantime, please make sure to edit the eISBN version (the row without the tilde) when making changes to prices or distribution for your ebooks. Read more about print and electronic ISBNs.


Additional information
Partner Help Center
Beginner's guide to books on Google Play
Books on Google Play troubleshooter
Contact us page
Google Play page on Google+


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Pretty cool to allow pre-orders, in my opinion. Is pricing still strange over there? (You have to use a formula to get your prices about on par with Amazon due to discounting?)

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Writers' Cafe / 30,000
« on: April 08, 2013, 10:49:08 PM »
Well, apparently I've sold over 30,000 copies since I started. Why does something tell me that the road to 50,000 will be even harder than this? :)

I'll just be happy for it. It is exactly 30,000 more sales than I thought I would ever get.

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Surely this has been mentioned somewhere before, but I wanted to mention it again since I've seen lots of new folks popping up. This, in my opinion, cannot be shouted enough from the rooftops.

I just got done with a giveaway through LibraryThing for ARCs. I do this with all of my new releases so that I have a chance of picking up a couple of reviews and maybe moving some books. Anyway, I have a very specific format for my giveaways which has been honed over a long period of time. I send this email (included in its entirety because, well, someone may find this thread while searching on ways to send out emails to winners):

"You are receiving this email because you entered into the Members Giveaway/Early Reviewer program through LibraryThing (http://www.librarything.com), and you were selected to receive a giveaway/review copy of the title described below. Please do not reply to this email. Instead, direct any responses to admin@latenitebooks.com or brian@latenitebooks.com.

Congratulations, and thank you for entering!

You may get your free copy of (BOOK) with the following steps:

1. Visit http://www.latenitebooks.com/(REMAINDER OF URL)
2. Click "Add to Cart" button.
3. Click "Checkout".
4. Scroll down the page to Discount Code and enter: (CODE)
5. This will reduce the price of the book to $0.00 / free.
6. Download the book in PDF, ePub, and/or Mobi format.

You will also receive an email with links to download the books so you can save this information for the future. If you do not receive that email, please check your Spam folder.

This download link is active forever; you can re-download the book if you lose it. If you would like to read on multiple devices, you may download one, two, or all three formats. My books are not burdened by DRM technology. All I ask is that you do not redistribute them.

If you have any problems with the process, advise me and I will correct the problem as quickly as possible.

Thank you very much!

- Brian Kittrell, Late Nite Books

Please be advised: If you received this email in error, please disregard it. No further action is necessary on your part. Receipt of this email and/or signing up in the LibraryThing Giveaway/Early Reviewers program does not automatically add you to any Late Nite Books email list or program. I value your privacy as much as my own, and I do not share your information with other third parties. Coupon code is valid from (START_DATE) until (END_DATE). Please visit the Late Nite Books store and secure your copy prior to 04/13/2013."

Some write back and say Thank you or I'll get to it right away! One person had some extreme trouble with the store, so I sent the file to them directly. But I receive the following email aside from the rest:

"Hi, I am happy to have won a  copy - Your book sounds very interesting!
Is there anyway you could be so kind to send that to me as an Kindle Gift from Amazon?
I keep everything on Amazons Kindle activity webpage so I can store, organize, manage, take notes and higlights to help with my reviews using different Apps to help remember more of what I read.
For this the ebook must be purchased from Amazon.com for it to be added into my Kindle library page.

Thank You,
(NAME REMOVED)"

Don't do it. I repeat, DON'T DO IT.

If you need reasons why you shouldn't:
#1 Nondescript. Feels like a form mail that could apply to any book. Couldn't even be bothered to talk about the book in the giveaway; probably sends hundreds of these out per week.
#2 Reader asks for you to spend money on the review copy after you've given a very easy way to get the book for free. You may have even attached the book to the email you sent out.
#3 Kindle activity webpage... I'm not sure if I've ever seen that before. My Kindle (as I'm sure most are) is equipped with highlighting, taking notes, and organizing books no matter if I side load them or get them from the Amazon website.
#4 Apps to help someone remember what they read? As preposterous as this sounds, I'm sure Apps can be used regardless of where a book came from.
#5 Yes, a book must be a valid purchase from Amazon.com to appear on Amazon.com's library page. That, I cannot argue with. However, what do I care? The presence or absence of my book on the library page does not prevent it from being read, downloaded, or transferred to your device. ~50 people so far had no problem using the directions I sent, and the one that did have problems just asked for the ePub to be attached to an email. No problem.


TL;DR: Here's the scam, from the scammer's point of view:
- Convince author to gift ebook to me.
- Redeem the gift into a gift card instead of getting the book.
- If I really want to ream an author, I'll send the convincing email from one address, wait for the gift, redeem it, then tell the author that the gift needs to be sent to my "Kindle email" so I can get the book. Two for the price of one.
- Further, the scam can be extended to a third email address. The chances are lower on the second gifted copy and even less so on the third, but it's worth a shot.

Now, repeat this process with the dozens of books from independent authors having a giveaway ending each day.

Let's say 3 authors fall for the first level of this scam each day from the same con. Let's say that the books are $2.99 to gift. That's about $9.

$9 * 300 days (because even cons take breaks) = $2,700 per year in Amazon gift cards.

TL;DR: What to do if you get a suspicious email?

Contact the service hosting the giveaway immediately. I sent an email to Jeremy at LibraryThing, and he told me that the subject who sent this email is "nearly a serial offender," that they've gotten a few reports about them already. I leave the handling of the issue to LibraryThing because, on my end, it's handled. The person won't be scamming me.

TL;DR: What can I do to mitigate my risk?

Before you do your giveaway, establish ground rules that you will not break, such as the delivery method. I chose my own website. Smashwords coupons are a good choice, too. Do whatever you want, but gifting via Amazon is going to burn a hole in your pocket for very little--if any--reward. The gift redemption scam has been going on for a while now, and more and more people are getting keen to it. The method is explored on various shady forums, chat rooms, and so forth.

If you're suspicious of any other potential scam, ask about it on KBoards. Chances are that another writer has heard about a scam (or, in the most unfortunate circumstance, was a victim of the scam). Look before you leap.

Gifting is not the way. Good luck with your giveaways. :)

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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgWtZAmD0GU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgWtZAmD0GU</a>

Nadene Schafer never imagined a world plagued with the walking dead, and when she becomes infected with the virus, she wonders how much time she has left amongst the living.

A missile attack by the African arm of the terrorist organization known as Six releases a virus on the eastern United States and its allies. In the blink of an eye, the virus infects more than forty million Americans. The disease transforms the infected into cannibalistic monsters and spreads through the countryside like wildfire.

Nadene hopes that she can use her strange new abilities to help her friends to safety before the virus takes her life. With the living dead lurching around every street corner, the survivors are left with only two options: risk leaving their safe places to escape or remain hidden with no hope of rescue. In this new world, death watches from every shadow, waiting to sate its hunger on the tender flesh of the careless.

Content Advisory: Graphic depictions of violence, gore, and death. Some strong language. Reader discretion is advised.
$2.99
$0.99 on Amazon

FREE on Smashwords
Captain Andrew McKenzie is reassigned to a secret military post near Fort Hood, Texas, with instructions to oversee a Special Forces unit attached to a research and intelligence operation. He never thought that being placed at the North Star facility would put him in a position to choose between his military career and his own life.

On the other side of the world, a Special Forces team uncovers a secret and terrible virus in an underground lab, hidden deep within the jungle, that will propel the entire world into a misery of untold proportions.

The threat of attack is only the first in a multitude of terrors, and the only thing separating the survivors from the dead is time.
2.99
William thought being sentenced to death for killing his wife and her lover was the worst thing that could ever happen to him. That was before the dead rose and sought the flesh of the living to satisfy an unquenchable hunger. He will learn that escaping from the zombie-infested jail is the easy part, but surviving to see the next sunrise is never guaranteed.

Along his journey to escape Pittsburgh, he encounters other survivors and finds someone who could unknowingly hold the key to finding a cure for the Revelation virus.
2.99
Book #4: A World Forsaken

Coming Soon in March!
2.99

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I invite you to come along for the adventure in my new science fiction series.

Cure: (Mar. 2013) Product description for Cure, 30,000 words (approx.) novella

The combined effort of medical advancement reaches for a single endpoint: Panacea, a cure for all diseases and the last medication you will ever need. But when that day comes, to what lengths will men go to possess its secrets?

Cure is a near-future science fiction novella which explores the coming innovations in nanomedicine and nanotechnology and the fragile nature of our own existence.
$1.99
on
Amazon

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Writers' Cafe / Report a few books for me (for price matching)?
« on: March 18, 2013, 10:56:37 PM »
Trying to get these suckers to go free. Arrrr.

First one's Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/The-Circle-Sorcerers-Bloodmyr-ebook/dp/B00BEN67I6/ref=sr_1_17?ie=UTF8&qid=1363672292&sr=8-17&keywords=Brian+Kittrell
Price to report: 0.00
URLs to report:
- https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-circle-of-sorcerers/id478534313?mt=11
- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-circle-of-sorcerers-brian-kittrell/1112523445?ean=2940033105076

Second one's Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/The-Dying-Times-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B009FPRHT8/ref=sr_1_10?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1363672400&sr=1-10
Price to report: 0.00
URLs to report:
- https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-dying-times/id583554478?mt=11
- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dying-times-brian-kittrell/1112890151?ean=2940045110334

Many thanks to anyone who will "Report a lower price to us?" on Amazon. On the first one, I had to make a new product page to get the trailer on the product page (so don't use the one in my signature line; it's already free). On the second, it hasn't been free in the second edition and book 4 of that series will be out very soon.

Thanks. Please post here so I/we have an idea of how many have reported. I've been self-reporting, but it doesn't seem to be helping.

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Writers' Cafe / I couldn't help myself. I had to reply to this review.
« on: March 13, 2013, 02:08:31 PM »
I stopped replying to reviews a long time ago. I'll still chat with reviewers if our correspondence began in private in the first place, but this one... I couldn't help myself.

Review.

Sobering is the first word that comes to mind. Such a strange feeling to imagine someone choosing to spend time reading my book with a loved one. It brings me back to a few times in my own life, just like that. Okay. I have to stop now.

This is what it's about, people. Whew. Back to the Bat Cave.

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Writers' Cafe / Anne Rice on writing, plus self-publishing is valid
« on: March 09, 2013, 08:49:03 PM »
I really liked this video. It's a good craft video from one of the best, plus Anne acknowledges self-publishing as valid right around 09:00 and encourages people to undertake it to get out there.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw2KXX7WrOY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw2KXX7WrOY</a>

It's about 6 months old, so apologies if it's been posted before. I never saw it come across in a thread, but I don't read every single one.

Edit: Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!! Fixed? Yep, fixed.

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The novella goes from two different points of view. Dylan is the main character, and Tony is a supporting viewpoint from the outside of things. I need to keep the references to nanotechnology and nanomedicine in their current form (but they can be moved around in the text).

And the old version is:

Dylan Cross, a pharmaceutical executive, hated his job until the greatest medical discovery in history landed on his desk. Known simply as Panacea, this breakthrough medical device based on nanotechnology promises to cure virtually every disease suffered by humanity.

Detective Tony Atkins is swept up in the schemes of pharmaceutical giants bent on dominating the market by whatever means necessary. In the midst of upheaval, he swears to discover the truth before it’s too late.

Cure is a near-future science fiction novella about tough choices, the fine line between corruption and virtue, nanotechnology and nanomedicine, and the fragile nature of our own existence.


And the shorter, new version is:

The combined effort of medical advancement reaches for a single endpoint: panacea, a cure for all diseases and the last medication you will ever need. But when that day comes, to what lengths will men go to possess its secrets?

Cure is a near-future science fiction novella which explores the coming innovations in nanomedicine and nanotechnology and the fragile nature of our own existence.

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Writers' Cafe / The "Preparing to go to Convention" Thread
« on: February 25, 2013, 12:06:56 AM »
    We've had a few threads about going to conventions, but we need a comprehensive thread about it. Conventions are a great way to get oneself out there. So, let's put some heads together. List some advice. List some places to get books printed on the cheap(est). List conventions, the usual dates, what state/country they're located in, and so on. Give your thoughts on how to prepare for them.

    I'll update this thread as time goes along with info about things to do, where to go for this and that, etc. Some of this could overlap the services sticky at the top, but it doesn't matter. I'll start the ball rolling a little.

    (I'm planning on going to DragonCon as a vendor this year, and I'm trying to prepare early and learn about other conventions, too.)

Conventions

- DragonCon (vendor info) - ATLANTA, GEORGIA (US) - Usually held Labor Day weekend (end of August, early September) at Atlanta's Centennial Park. Attendance 50,000+.

Book Printing En Masse + Cheap

- ???

Things to Remember 6 months/1 year prior to the Event

  • Register Early: As soon as the registration phase opens, get everything together to register for your spot. These can go quickly, depending upon the convention.
  • Staff: Bring an assistant of some kind so you can take a break, walk around, or whatever. Line them up well in advance and make sure it's someone you would trust with your money (because you are).
  • Taxes: Check on state and city tax rules. File for tax numbers if necessary. Find out if you need any special status to sell at the venue, and see if there are any reporting requirements or forms you must fill out in advance.
  • Lodging: Book lodgings early. The bigger the convention, the faster the rooms will sell out. Also, some conventions make deals with hotels, so check for discount codes/program codes prior to booking.
  • Security: Consider securing your property, i.e. lockable containers instead of cardboard boxes where possible. Make sure your security measures will fit in your assigned space. (i.e. on top of or under a 6 ft. wide table, probably)
  • Taking Payments below may require some lead time if you want to process credit cards. See "Pro Tips".

Useful Supplies for Conventions

- GotPrint.com - Bookmarks, postcards, business cards, and all sorts of printed stuff that you may find useful at a convention. Reasonable prices on most things.

Major Pro Tips for During the Convention

  • Entice Passersby with an Icebreaker - Candy, chocolate (keep room/area temperature in mind), and other things like this can draw people toward you. They may strike up a conversation for your generosity.
  • Dress/Clothing: Wear comfortable shoes; lots of walking. Be prepared for extreme temperatures both inside and outside the convention venue.
  • Presentation: Be presentable. Make your area attractive to your genre's readers. (If nothing else, make it look professional and catchy.)
  • Pricing: Don't overprice, but don't think you have to issue massive discounts. Convention goers come into this thing knowing they're going to spend some cash. Price isn't a huge issue if you're inside established norms or are already discounting.
  • Taking Payments: Bring change. Round cash price down to nearest dollar or two. Avoid coins at all costs. Consider credit card processing via smartphone (such as PayPal).











(kept for entertainment value:)
1. Go.
2. Set up booth.
3. ???
4. Profit
(Yes, this will change once experienced people share some tips.)[/list]

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Writers' Cafe / Good price on stylish smoking jackets?
« on: February 04, 2013, 05:41:46 PM »
Anyone found any good deals on smoking jackets? I've found: http://www.ninedeep.com/index.php?cPath=4

Their prices seem pretty good, the styles are quite nice (I particular love the Bronze Flocking), but I wanted to check with you guys, too.


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Writers' Cafe / Anyone showing sales on B&N yet?
« on: February 02, 2013, 09:36:23 PM »
I thought they were supposed to show tonight, but I may be wrong. Anyone showing any sales yet? (If you guys are, I'm in deep trouble! hehe)

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Writers' Cafe / Do you like my online store?
« on: January 26, 2013, 12:16:11 PM »
Browse around and let me know what you think of the design, functionality, etc.: http://www.latenitebooks.com/shop/

Some things are beyond my control/abilities since I'm using a plugin for the store bits, but I'd still like to hear what you guys think. (And share yours if you want to give examples of features you incorporate or want feedback on yours, too.)

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Writers' Cafe / Bookbub is good :)
« on: January 06, 2013, 10:01:26 PM »
Just had a mention in the fantasy email list run by Bookbub. Good service. It's a free book, but the exposure will be priceless, I think.



I've been very busy lately (and thus absent 'round these parts), but I wanted to drop by and mention the goodness. I was around #100 in the free store prior to the promotion, and it went to #80, then to #10. It's been frozen for quite some time, but I doubt I'll go any higher than #10. (And who could complain?)

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Writers' Cafe / Brian Kittrell AMA.
« on: December 16, 2012, 11:04:44 AM »
Since I'm far from famous enough to have someone else pick this up (lol), here you go. On Reddit today, Brian Kittrell, Late Nite Books. AMA.

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