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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: Yesterday at 07:11:24 PM »
Yeah, after I remembered him, I am thinking that sounds like a good match  ;D ;D (even though this dog will probably be in the 50-60 pound range).

Oh, my. Bouton is definitely not going to be a purse dog.

The little guy I just got from the shelter weighs eight pounds at two years old. He was a stray and the vet wants him to gain three pounds. His poor little tummy can't hold much right now so I'm feeding him small meals several times a day.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: Yesterday at 04:08:50 PM »
OK folks. I'm getting a new puppy mid-May & it will probably be male. I'm trying to decide whether to name it Rollo (even though, being a labradoodle, he will look nothing like Rollo).
Or maybe Bouton?

Bouton sounds perfect for a labradoodle. Congrats on the new puppy.

Maybe ad revenue has dropped, and that's the reason for the survey. (The size of the ad carousel may not be a good indicator. We have to remember that Amazon only makes money on clicks. My guess would be that very few people look over the whole carousel. The clicks will come from the first page. To me, trying to add more ads looks could be interpreted as desperation.

We had the same survey last year and we told them the same things we said this year. Has anything changed? Not that I know of.,248650.msg3464181.html#msg3464181

I was running two ads and I decided to pause them yesterday.

Include borrows in reporting. Include sell through in reporting. Same day reporting and not 2-3 days. Also told them I was cancelling my ads because their dismal reporting was ineffective.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: March 16, 2018, 05:03:29 PM »
Atunah, that's why I have avoided Sling. I don't need to add another $30 onto the bill and I just don't watch that much anymore. Any movies I want, I rent from Zon or watch free with Prime. I have Starz for Outlander and they have good movies, too. Hulu for SYTYCD and DWTS and some HGTV shows. Acorn gives me all the Brit shows I want. I just watch what's available and I'm content with that.

I cancelled Direct TV even though it was bundled with Internet and phone. No problem except for trying to talk me into staying with deals that just didn't work for me.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: March 15, 2018, 04:16:52 PM »
I was just going through Netflix with the intend to cancel, since I subscribed to the german SlingTV package. But then I saw the show Versailles and I had wanted to give that one a shot for a while. OMG I flew through the first season sitting on the edge of my seat. Woah, the acting, the costumes, the settings, its my everything.  ;D
I can see why this was the most expensive show France has every produced. Its all in english though, so thankfully no subtitles. Good choice on their part to make it more international.

Going to start season 2 soon and I think there will be a 3rd if I am not mistaken. Sadly the seasons are short.

Why can't they make more costume dramas like that for the likes of me. *pouts.

There's always Angelique!

Since Netflix raised their price, I've been thinking of cancelling, too. They no longer have the HGTV shows I like but I can watch them on Hulu and I get the Brit shows on Acorn for half the plrice.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: March 14, 2018, 02:23:55 PM »
As of yesterday, the local Council of Inverness has approved building modern homes on a portion of the Culloden battlefield.

It's not only historic, but it's a burial ground.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Audio Book Sales?
« on: March 14, 2018, 11:36:18 AM »
Plus, many folks looking to the future are expecting a big jump in audio as more people begin using Alexa and all those other devices to listen.

The majority of my listening is through Alexa.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Audio Book Sales?
« on: March 13, 2018, 05:21:15 PM »
It's another income stream but it does cost a lot to get an audiobook produced.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do Shorter Audio Books Sell?
« on: March 12, 2018, 10:17:59 PM »
Speaking purely as a consumer and diehard audiobook listener, I often hunt for shorter (thus cheaper) titles once I've run out of credits for the month. The more expensive books get tossed onto my wishlist to be purchased with credits when they roll over.

Me, too.

Also shorter books are only $1.99 if you buy the ebook and longer books are $7.49. You'll make more per sale with longer books but will probably sell more of the shorter ones. I'm surprised that I have more sales of individual books in a series than I do of the boxed set.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU / Koll Question
« on: March 12, 2018, 05:43:21 PM »
The first draft of the second in the series is done - but I haven't gotten my hands on it yet (I am the content editor / fact checker / researcher) - it's not historical fiction, so the rewrites shouldn't be TOO awful. Julia took almost 9 months of rewriting, because though my authors had a good premise, they really didn't know their subject - and, I am a big nerd and actually did.  But, to make sure that their history AND their Italian culture was right, it was a big job.  This time it will only be contemporary religion and culture.

We are planning on releasing the audio book of book one is two months and the third book in three of four. - (Man makes plans.  God laughs.)

I have a plaque on my wall that says, "We plan, He laughs."  Of course, we plan anyway, don't we.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU / Koll Question
« on: March 12, 2018, 01:11:55 PM »
By the way, 30,000 is pretty good. Wish I had page reads that high. So, KU is working for you I'd say. Take that from someone that has been in it since KU1.

I agree. That's a good result. Not all-star bonus good, but pretty good for only a couple of months in. It's probably best to stick to KU for a while and not be bouncing back and forth between select and wide.

I see you only have the one book. Are you planning on a series? You'll see better results if you do. Sell-thru to books 2 & 3 can really add to your page reads if you're already at 30K.

The second one looks like it might be a graphic novel.

I like the font of the title on the left, but the layout and fonts on the right.

I don't think anybody has heard any bonus info yet. And the word I got from on high is that no, authors will not be allowed to remove any books. Unfortunately.

But, of course, Audible can remove your book at any time for whatever reason. As usual, Amazon/Audible holds all the cards.

Writers' Cafe / Re: amazon emails about interested items
« on: March 08, 2018, 01:25:57 PM »
Well, you obviously have good taste in books.

 ;) ;) ;)

Writers' Cafe / Re: amazon emails about interested items
« on: March 08, 2018, 11:13:33 AM »
I've been getting those emails way before AMS was a twinkle in KDP's eye. They are based on my browsing history. I even get recommendations for my own books.

Small, but maybe with the ambition to get bigger. It has plans for several more physical stores.

When the issue first came up a few years back, one analyst pointed out that Amazon has a lot of products people might like to examine before buying. BN still has a number of large store fronts that could be usable for show rooms. They don't have to be used for books. (For instance, Amazon has its own fashion line, and people still like to try on clothes.)

The pickup point is also a good one. In the LA area, Amazon already has a pickup point, but it's in Westwood, where parking can be difficult. There are two BN stores in the area with somewhat less impacted parking, and one of them is far enough from the Westwood location to be another logical pickup location. BN tended to put stores in good locations, and it still has quite a few of them.

Even my mid-size town has an Amazon "locker" for pickup. It's about 10-12 miles from me and on US1, so I have no desire to go there. I'll wait for the mailman or UPS to deliver right to my door.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover for first book in my new series
« on: March 08, 2018, 07:25:47 AM »
Beautiful and eye catching. The colors are so vivid.

Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Good morning from sunny Florida
« on: March 06, 2018, 04:32:08 PM »
Waving at you from The Treasure Coast.

My kids and I used to vacation in the Tarpon Springs area. Looooong time ago.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: THC's North Atlantic Cruise--into the Volcano!
« on: March 03, 2018, 06:53:43 AM »
Good to see the photos again. They are absolutely stunning even the second time around.

I'm in dire need of something light so I might try Digging In.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Help | There has got to be a better word for this
« on: February 28, 2018, 10:29:59 PM »
I like blinking. If you have a new word for it later and just wanted a "catch all" for the uninitiated, I'd stick with the standard "teleported" simply because it is the first thing that would spring to mind for most of us. (except that we were going crazy, which would be way more likely!)

I'm pretty sure the warlocks  on Charmed blink. I haven't watched it in a while.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Audible romance package
« on: February 28, 2018, 04:15:38 AM »
Yes. I have sales reported on my titles that were enrolled.

Thanks, Cassie. That makes it more palatable.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Help | There has got to be a better word for this
« on: February 27, 2018, 05:12:12 PM »
From Galaxy Quest, Digital Conveyer. You probably can't use that, but maybe Digital Porter or just Porter as a shortened form of Transporter.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Audible romance package
« on: February 27, 2018, 05:06:08 PM »
Does anyone else think that the payout for this is terrible? Less than $1 per book by my calculations. I regret having put my books in the program.  ??? :'(

At least not all of my audios are romance. I have five mysteries that I will not be enrolling if they open up that category for subscription.

I'm wondering though, if listeners who are not subscribed to the romance package can still buy the book for full price or whispersync. It seems to me that they should be able to.

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