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The Sun God's Heir: Return (Book One)
by Elliott Baker

Kindle Edition published 2017-01-02
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For three thousand years a hatred burns. In seventeenth century Bordeaux two souls incarnate, one born the child of a prosperous merchant, the other, steals a life determined to continue a brutal incarnation begun long ago.

Under the guidance of Pharaoh, two brothers grew strong in knowledge and power, one a physician, the other a general. With the pharaoh’s untimely death, a deep hatred blossoms. One remembers, one does not.

The year is 1671. René Gilbert’s destiny glints from the blade of a slashing rapier. To protect those he loves he must regain the power and knowledge earned in an ancient lifetime. From Bordeaux to Spain to Morocco, René is tested and with each turn of fate he gathers enemies and allies as the memory and power of a lifetime as physician to Pharaoh returns.

Determined to continue a reign of terror that once caused the Nile to run red, Horemheb takes over the life of a young man mortally wo…

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: May 25, 2017, 07:20:49 AM »
Prison Break - very intense and didn't watch it when it was originally on - wondering why not now.  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Legal take down notices for Pirates - worth it?
« on: May 25, 2017, 07:18:19 AM »
No. Unless you like wasting your time/effort playing whack-a-mole with pirate sites. I don't even bother looking anymore.

If you are in KU, you should continue to monitor this because Amazon does not care if it was you or a pirate site.  They take action first and then if you complain, that's when they look at the facts and reinstate if it is a pirate site, but if your books are pirated often enough, and you are not diligent, this will shut you down. In the meantime, while this is being researched, any rank you might have had on the book plummets etc. 

It's one of the reasons I got out of KU for almost all my titles because they hold the author accountable for things out of our control and I did not want my shelf subjected to their whims or their computer bots whims - which I have about as much faith in being intelligent and accurate as some of their other algorithms, like page reads.

If you are not in KU, then it is less of a concern and more like the whack-a-mole game as you said.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Foam Mattress Topper
« on: April 10, 2017, 07:07:17 PM »
In our trailer, we put a foam topper on the (RV) queen mattress.  Since it was a little too big, we added a mattress cover to go over the topper and the mattress and hold it all together.  It is pretty comfortable, but nothing can make the mattress longer so my 6'4" DH doesn't have to sleep diagonally across it.

 ;D  Yeah, I can see that might be an issue.

Was the mattress cover a full slip on cover? If so, that's something we haven't tried and might be worth it before the mattress totally craps out.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Foam Mattress Topper
« on: March 24, 2017, 06:19:28 PM »
We got a topper for the bed in our RV, unfortunately it didn't fit (way too big) so we brought it home and put it on our queen guest bed.  Everyone who has slept on it says it is one of the most comfortable beds they have slept on, so that's good.  If I could find a foam mattress topper for the camper, or better yet, a mattress, I would get it in a heartbeat because the Tempur-pedic mattress we got for our bedroom has been a godsend for aches and pains associated with an old spring mattress.  :)  Although, now I don't want to get up in the morning because I'm so comfortable. 

Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Blizzard of March 13, 2017 - Got snow?
« on: March 14, 2017, 01:49:13 PM »
We have about 15 inches of snow. It's snizzling now and expected to snow again starting around 6ish until after midnight - but that's expected to only be 1-3 inches more at best.

Snizzling - a light combo of rain/snow that isn't quite 'sleet' for those that are wondering wth snizzle is.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Blizzard of March 13, 2017 - Got snow?
« on: March 13, 2017, 05:40:11 PM »
I'm ready. ;D

Saw something similar to this but with bottles of wine instead of books.  Me thinks it should be a combination of wine and books. :)  Stay safe - we are supposed to get somewhere between a foot and two feet.

You do need new covers. First thing. There's no point in marketing with those covers. This is not to be mean. Obviously you have plenty of ability if you've landed all those deals. But those covers will simply not sell for you. I pay about $100 apiece for my romance e book covers, and I sell very well with them. It doesn't have to be expensive. But those don't work.

This.  Those covers are forgettable.  You want something that someone sees and stops to look. I didn't even notice them in your original post - so that is a huge downfall.  I also haven't read the history beyond Rosalind's post here because that was the first thing I noted and totally agreed with this. 

The other things someone said is what's your brand?  Is it fresh retelling of fairy tales/twisted fairy tales/fractured fairy tales - it almost sounds like that from the titles and some of your descriptions.  Find your niche and brand and start looking at the top books in those categories to see what the consistent top sellers in your category are and go from there. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Got a Warning from Amazon ;-;
« on: February 27, 2017, 06:17:16 PM »
So, you think they'll come down on James Patterson and his Alex Cross series?  It seems like this would be a target

Writers' Cafe / Re: Question - Ownership of covers and design
« on: February 25, 2017, 04:52:07 PM »
My designer gives me a jpg without text as well as three sizes with the text.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: February 25, 2017, 04:44:15 PM »
Finished watching The OA last night. Haven't decided what I think about it.

Dumb question - what is OA?

Check out my newest release.  If you like urban fantasy mixed with a little mythology, you'll love Silencing the Siren!

In addition to Amazon, this title is available on Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo as well for a limited period of time!

Not Quite Kindle / Re: We lost Chewy last Night
« on: February 04, 2017, 12:12:46 PM »
I'm sorry to hear you lost your dog.  Hugs and prayers for you.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: February 04, 2017, 12:11:26 PM »
I finished binge watching The Walking Dead yesterday.  My son has been home from school this entire week from an emergency appendectomy and last Saturday he wanted to do a Walking Dead marathon.  He said I had to start at the beginning so I could understand the current season which I started watching because I'm a fan of Jeffrey Dean Morgan, so I did and have been watching pretty much non-stop since and got through all six seasons.  It's been a weird and awesome break from writing.  I really like the show, although my husband can't seem to deal with it at all.  I'm caught up and ready for the season to resume next Sunday!

I have my own series collections as well as individual books and I price the collections at an overall discount.  For instance, my series The Ryan Chronicles is 6 books and I have the collection in a boxed set as well as the individual titles.  The individual titles go for $3.99 each, but I priced the six book set at $9.99 - which is a $13.95 savings for someone if they want the entire series. I do better in sales with my collections as opposed to the individual titles at this point.

As you can see in my signature line, I have several trilogies and two collections that include all six books in the series. 

I've never done a sampler set, but that's an interesting idea and I'd like to hear from folks that have done this as well.

By the way - currently there isn't any issue with putting your individual series titles into a set because as the author (or publisher), you have the exclusive right to publish the content.  Therefore there is no issue having both your individual titles in Kindle Unlimited as well as your full series set. 

I hope this helps and I'm curious to hear how others have done on sampler sets. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Enforcing Terms Change on Box Sets in KU?
« on: December 26, 2016, 07:43:32 PM »
From the rep of a big Kahoona:

 "The only change is that were trying to make it more clear that if you enroll a boxset in Select, all of the individual books also need to be exclusive to Amazon. Same policy as its always been though. Its hard to investigate what exactly was communicated by customer service without an ASIN, but if you find that, let me know."

So, the rep who talked to me didn't know what she was talking about and now I have to rebook all promos, etc.


Just for the record, the sets that were taken down were in Select. And all the books in both sets were exclusive to Amazon.  So this does not explain in any manner why they were taken down if this is the rule.

I don't even know what's this thread is really about. I don't worry about things I can't control. So I tend to ignore these types of threads. But after 116 pages and it's still hanging around, I had to come snoop around. I only perused the last two pages and the OP. But your post made me chuckle.

I used to work as a business analyst for a big Fortune 100 company. I would take end-user needs for system changes, fixes, upgrades, etc. and write up the specs for the programmers. In the beginning, I could walk to the main programmer but then they put all these layers of "improvements" so that any change... even a quick tweak of the code, I had to write a business need/justification, fill out a long change/modification request form, then dial into a weekly cabal of managers and plead my case. Then they would it mull it over, review my paperwork, and decide if my request would make it into the monthly cycle were the programmers would make changes.

If I didn't put in my request in time or if the allotted hours available of IT work for that month was already used, I would have to wait until the next month. Or even if I was in time, if the cabal deemed it minor, it might take months for the work to be done.

If it was an emergency, it better be Defcon 2 type issue, because if you cry wolf too much it goes against you in your yearly review. So of course, unless a problem is going to shut down a production line or cost the company millions, you did not go there. If it cost suppliers or outside vendors issues, big deal.

I would chuckle with the programmers when I would go over to their desk and ask about the work, they would say they could fix right it away, but of course they couldn't do that because they had to go through their own red tape. And the IT managers would always pad the hours so if the programmers said it would take them one hour of work, the managers would come back and put three hours.

Amazon is an even larger behemoth than the company I worked for, so yeah, this idea that they can hire an intern to "take care" of the supposed issues, just not gonna happen... ever.  I'm glad I don't work in that world anymore. And I just dealt with internal stuff. I  can't imagine having to deal with customers, publishers, writers, emailing their solutions all the time. ;D

Process improvements at its best. I still work as a business analyst in a major player in the insurance industry, so yes.  This is the way project management and business as usual fixes have evolved.  From lean get it done attitude that was able to swing on a dime when issues came up to the process overload where nothing really gets addressed.  And the front lines are usually not kept in the loop.  It's become a bureaucratic nightmare, and considering so many these days are modeling what Amazon has in place, it seems like this is an issue in their shop as well. 

I am no longer putting all my eggs in the Amazon basket because up until this point, I had thought they were much more agile in addressing issues, but it seems they may be stepping into this same process improvement mindset, which in my opinion, is just a dirty word for bureaucracy.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Createspace vs Amazon paperback
« on: December 07, 2016, 05:24:47 PM »
I use completely different formatting, layout, fonts, and back matter in my printed version than I do in my ebook versions. I can't imagine using the same Word doc for both. What about the cover art? Please tell me that they're not just scaling the ebook cover and slapping that onto the front.

I tried uploading the cover I used on Createspace along with the pdf I used and they didn't accept the cover, so I bailed out of trying to convert my books to Amazon just on this alone. 

Based on the KU controversy regarding Page Flip and seeing a large reduction in page reads, I will be pulling my titles out of KU and going wide. This should occur over the next few months.  A few titles may still be entered in KU from time to time, but for the most part, they will be wide. 

I asked for an audit of how many of my books have had Page Flip used on them so I can try to measure back to the 50% loss in page reads.  We will see how this plays out.

Got you supported Jennifer - mine are fully supported now.  They go live tomorrow. :)

Supported y'all based on the 8/27 post.  Still need some for this one- Wicked Legends http://thndr.me/9EXJml
The others are fully supported.  Thank you! 

I need some support for these campaigns.  I got everyone in the post from earlier today...

Fall into Magic campaigns:
http://thndr.me/5tz6UD  (I only need 2 more to ensure this campaign goes live)

Wicked Legends campaigns:

Thank you!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Income and Pen names: Who is the 1%?
« on: June 11, 2016, 07:38:27 AM »
1) Do you make a living? What range? Eg six figures? Mid? Low? High five?

I figured I'd chime in as one of the not even close to 1%ers.   I consistently make enough to pay a low auto loan bill monthly.  My best year was 2012 and I made less than 20k.  I do very little advertising because I've got kids college bills and weddings I have had to pay as well as saving for retirement which all have taken priority...

2) is this income your only income? i.e. Spouse with income? Regular pension? Savings until you make the midlist?

No - it's a side income.  Both hubby and I make an exceptional living in corporate America (4 more years before I say enough unless we hit the lottery), thus I haven't pushed the writing all that much just because the tax hit is huge.  Most years I've barely broke even with the exception of 2012, so my expenditure is equal to or greater than my income - which is a strategy so I don't owe the government up to five figures come tax time.

3) what genre do you write in? Are you series or stand alones? How many books and when did you see the biggest change?

Supernatural thriller, paranormal romantic suspense, erotic romance, horror.  Dark things.  Most are series and I've kind of intertwined 4 or 5 series together - so it's been fun. No change yet - but next year I'm planning on a different series- more light mystery.
I saw the biggest change in income so far with the investment in cover art and branding.   

4) PEN NAMES. I feel like this is a big one because people are pointing out that the report only shows single authors, and therefore people with pen names are making a living but the report doesn't know that. So 'fess up, people! Are each of your pen names doing average ($30k/year?) but you have three of them so you're laughing all the way to the bank?

One name only. 

5) If you had to start all over again, what would you do? Different genre? Lilianna? This is just a throwaway question, but I always love the answers.

I would invest in good editors and cover artists early on.  I was naive and thought my first publisher actually had editors on staff or at least proof readers, but that was not the case.  Thus some of my initial earlier works were a grammatical mess and I spent significant income later to have them professionally edited.   

I also would have started a newsletter earlier and looked at a street team.  I still don't have these capitalized enough- but my fan base is slowly growing.

Thanks for asking the questions and this thread has been a very interesting read.  :)

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