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Messages - M.B. Ryther

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Writers' Cafe / Re: ACX/Audible 1099?
« on: February 01, 2017, 04:34:50 PM »
I was able to download mine at Amazon Tax Central.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 1099-MISC Forms
« on: January 31, 2017, 03:56:22 PM »
I called ACX on the 1099's, they told me they were all being mailed today.
So we should have them soon. There will only by physical copies, no online copies.

I was able to download my Audible 1099 today and it matched my own records perfectly. Yay!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Did you get your Createspace remittance emails?
« on: September 21, 2016, 10:40:56 PM »
Yep, $98. CreateSpace is my second biggest monthly book income source. (KDP being number one.) Always, always turn your books into paperbacks!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: NO US PAYMENT
« on: October 30, 2015, 07:23:19 AM »
I haven't received my US payment yet, but I have received payments from all of the other Amazon markets.

Same here.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Slow reporting
« on: September 24, 2015, 07:45:33 PM »
Yesterday was the first day for me since March that I didn't sell more than two books. Today's a little better, but not much.

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Usually pretty flawless, but this morning it's not reporting the giveaways. Just wondering if it's only me.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thank you, Amazon!
« on: June 17, 2015, 08:08:20 PM »
Thank you for posting such a positive and uplifting message! Congrats on your success!

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Thank you for taking the time to post this! I'm in the editing phase of my newest book, so it's great to have these reminders

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Writers' Cafe / Re: New KU Payout system based on book length
« on: June 15, 2015, 10:24:01 AM »
I wonder how this is going to affect Book Report, since it estimates earnings based on a flat borrow rate.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon blocked one of me kindle book
« on: June 02, 2015, 07:19:15 PM »
I thought titles weren't protected by copyright.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Switched to D2D and Sales Plummetted
« on: May 15, 2015, 10:51:36 PM »
Yep, what Wansit said. I originally had my freebie at BN through Smashwords and got a reasonable number of downloads daily. As soon as I switched it to D2D, it stopped cold. For a month, I never got one. I switched back (just re-enabled the book at Smash), and voila, downloads instantly returned to where they were. As Wansit said, it's not a D2D issue at all, but the loss of your also-boughts.


So, if I were to switch back to Smash, my reviews and also-boughts would reappear too? It's not like I sold a lot through Smashwords, so I'm not sure I would do that (I really like D2D for a myriad of reasons), but it's an interesting consideration.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Switched to D2D and Sales Plummetted
« on: May 15, 2015, 06:06:03 PM »
I hate to say it, because I love everything else about D2D, but I've sort of had similar results. I sold better when I went direct with Kobo and BN, and Apple via Smashwords. So far this month I've sold 2 books through D2D. Last month it was 1. Maybe it's just a downward sales time for my books no matter who the distributor is, but still . . . it's got me thinking.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I Have a Preorder!
« on: May 13, 2015, 10:58:43 AM »
I just put your cover in my "Covers I Like" folder.

Congrats on the pre-order! Wishing you many, many more!

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Just saw this in the latest Dean Koontz book I'm reading, The City. The usage is definitely Mr. and Mrs.


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I've got a short humorous one about a succubus in the anthology Jackalope Season.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OYN52NO

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Writers' Cafe / Re: New D2D dashboard design
« on: April 30, 2015, 04:18:06 PM »
I don't like the red font either. Black or blue for the titles works best for me. And the new logo makes me think of a little red devil's tail. Maybe that's just me.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you make a free BACK COVER on Createspace?
« on: April 21, 2015, 08:11:52 PM »
It will lead you through a series of prompts, but basically you'll be importing your material into the online template. I just did one not too long ago and it seems like it went a lot smoother than my first few times. I think they've made the process a little easier. Then again, I'm not too picky and my books aren't that complicated design-wise.

Good luck!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you make a free BACK COVER on Createspace?
« on: April 21, 2015, 02:21:02 PM »
Iíve always used the Cover Creator option when doing my books on CreateSpace. You get to choose between several different cover templates, some of which are completely blank, so you can basically cut and paste your own material on them. And yes, definitely do a .pdf version of your manuscript and upload that. It makes things much easier, in my opinion.

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Absolutely blown away by this! Simple, powerful, and idiot-proof. Highly, highly recommend!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Yikes! My e-filed Tax return was highjacked!
« on: March 23, 2015, 01:21:48 PM »
The exact same thing happened to me about a month ago. My husband always files for us electronically (we file a joint return), and when he pushed the ďsendĒ button we received the immediate notification that someone had already filed using my SSN. We called the IRS the next day and had it confirmed. And get this: Someone tried to do this last year with my SSN but we filed before them and so they got the ďrejectĒ message instead. Now, youíd think the IRS would have notified us about that, but nope, it was news to us.

Anyway, we were also told to mail the forms in the old fashioned way along with an identity affidavit, and that it would take up to 180 days to get our refund. So we did that, put alerts out to the credit bureaus, the bank, etc. What a pain in the patootie. I know itís not really Amazonís fault, but Iím blaming them anyway. If we hadnít had to wait an extra couple of weeks for those corrected 1099s, we would have beat the fraudsters to the punch. My husband is still fuming over it.

The same thing happened to a friend of ours here in town. It sounds like itís an epidemic this year.

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I format ebooks on the side over at Fiverr. One of the first things I do when I receive a source manuscript is remove the section breaks. All they do is cause innumerable headaches. Stick to page breaks when formatting an ebook.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Corrected 1099s question
« on: February 17, 2015, 08:39:14 PM »
I was also wondering if anyone received their corrected 1099s. The email said they'd be mailed out no later than Feb. 13th. I only live 4 hours from Seattle, so you'd think I would have gotten mine by now.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Your 1099 From Amazon Might Be Wrong, Check Your Email
« on: February 11, 2015, 07:44:03 PM »
I actually haven't looked at my 1099's from them yet, but I also have not gotten any emails from Amazon yet on them being off.  Perhaps they are hitting the big earners first and working their way down the list?  Now I'll have to double-check what I have received to see if they jive or if they are off.

Speaking solely for myself, er, no.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Your 1099 From Amazon Might Be Wrong, Check Your Email
« on: February 11, 2015, 03:56:21 PM »
I got 'em both too, although like some other people, I never received the original 1099-MISC. I wish Amazon would offer their 1099s in PDF format like D2D and Smashwords. Waiting for snail mail is just adding to the annoyance.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Sales Crash Today
« on: February 04, 2015, 07:37:20 PM »
I'm wondering if I'm being punished for my books rolling out of Select.  I had sales almost every day of December and January and now in February I haven't had a single sale.  Borrows are continuing the same as over the prior two weeks, but sales have disappeared.

I've wondered the same thing. My sales plummeted after pulling everything out of Select in early January. Select really didn't increase my sales too much (except for a borrow here and there), but pulling them out seems to have made a difference. Maybe it's just a coincidence. All I know is I won't be putting anything new in there.

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