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Hi Patty.
Here's a link to the KW Terms and Conditions, which includes the following section on use of excerpts:
10. Marketing and Promotion.  We will determine all marketing and promotions related to the sale and distribution of your Work through the Program.  You are permitted to include up to 20% of your Work for free on your website or blog to promote yourself as an author in Kindle Worlds, but not to promote us or the World Licensor.  To prevent any confusion, you may not represent or promote yourself as a writer for or otherwise being affiliated in any way with us, the Original World, the World Licensor, or any of our or their affiliates.
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I personally received an okay from Brit at KW permitting me to provide up to a 20% sample on specific sites other than my personal website and blog for my KW titles. That said, given Amazon's tendency to offer sometimes conflicting guidance, and recent changes at KW, I would recommend anyone who wants to offer samples of their titles outside of their own website and blog to get it straight from the source.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Technothriller versus Thriller
« on: November 14, 2017, 08:48:26 AM »
For those who like to write technothrillers. Why not simply call them thrillers? Wouldn't there be a wider market with the less specific 'thrillers'?

Accurate targeting of the market is vitally important, especially early on in a book's life cycle. Going broad with a technothriller may get you more sales initially, but a lot of traditional thriller readers may not want the "techno" part and so you risk poor reviews, which can cripple a launch. This doesn't mean one has to limit a book to the technothriller category. I prefer to target more broadly, but I make it clear in my product descriptions that the reader should expect to find a fair amount of scifi.

Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Hello from Queensland's Sunshine Coast
« on: October 10, 2017, 08:26:38 PM »
Hi Maggie. Welcome to the kboards!

Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Svaoda nui pa viitaos!
« on: October 10, 2017, 08:26:06 PM »
Welcome to the kboards! Great to see you here.

Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Hello from a California indie author
« on: October 10, 2017, 08:25:31 PM »
Welcome! Nice to see you here!

Welcome to the kboards! This is a great place to learn.

Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Hello from Texas
« on: October 10, 2017, 08:24:22 PM »
Welcome! Best place to learn is here.

Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Just finished my first draft! Hello!
« on: October 10, 2017, 08:23:34 PM »
Finishing a book is the hardest thing about writing. Until the next book. Congratulations!

Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Hi everyone!
« on: October 10, 2017, 08:22:46 PM »
Welcome! Lots of seasoned writers to tap here, so take your time and absorb.

Welcome. Take your time. Nobody gets good at this by trying to learn it all at once.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Newbie
« on: October 04, 2017, 10:45:40 AM »
Welcome. This is a great community, with experience levels all across the board. Make sure you put your contact info in the banner, website, etc.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The other MC - has it been taken over by the PC brigade?
« on: September 29, 2017, 07:48:32 AM »
Maybe someone with a masters degree in PC can chime in?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Those of You In PhD Programs or With PhDs
« on: September 27, 2017, 11:04:58 AM »
As others have said, depends on the degree you're pursuing. Mine is in Molecular and Cell Biology. I was married w/o children during my graduate studies. TA-ing is a requirement in the sciences, sometimes during the day, sometimes evenings; this includes office hours, grading, etc. I worked every day in the lab, but not 7 days a week, flexible schedule, sometimes early, sometimes late, sometimes a few hours, sometimes 16+ hours, depending on experiments. Orals and dissertation writing/defending take up a huge amount of time, but concentrated; the rest of the time is much more open and relaxed. Then there are the frequent seminars etc to attend/give.

My wife and I were also, at the same time, caretakers at a marine laboratory, shared with another couple, which required being present after hours, weekends, and holidays. I mention this because it ate a lot into my time, but I still finished my studies in less than the typical 6 years for this type of degree, so while you'll find the PhD program like a full time job, it should also be a lot more flexible.

Also, two things. First, thank you for your service. Second, just noticed the link to Facebook in your sig directs to Goodreads.

Okay, I'll play, because... READERS!

My GAMELAND and FLENSE series are cyberpunk; GAMELAND is dystopian and FLENSE is thriller. My BUNKER 12 series is post-apocalyptic dystopia (actually a companion series to FLENSE, same world but FLENSE is pre-apocalyptic).

Hit any of the links below to get to Amazon, or click through to my website, where you can sign up for free starter library.

Lots of Facebook groups. For dystopia, I recommend BAND OF DYSTOPIAN AUTHORS AND FANS. For cyberpunk, try CYBERPUNK DETECTIVES CAFE. I also spend waaaay too much time on Facebook chatting with readers, so it's a great place to connect.

Happy reading!

Zombie readers want zombie stories: survival, gore, horror, and situations that test the humanity of the characters (what would you do if it were you?). This should be implicit in your synopsis. What makes your story unique and intriguing is the lost time. That alone would hook me. The rest is typical (and expected) z-poc fare: the MC's search to understand what brought about the end of the world, to understand why he was spared, and whether his family survived.

Writers' Cafe / Re: So...howdo I get reviews when I am new?
« on: May 26, 2017, 09:26:13 AM »
Building out your social media is critical: Facebook, twitter, mailing list. Hand out a lot of free copies. It may seem counter-intuitive, it may seem like lost income, but you need reviews to sustain sales beyond the friends and family circle anyway. Do an Amazon ebook giveaway and have readers follow you on Amazon or retweet a message to build exposure. Starting out is tough and requires a ton of work to build your audience. With few exceptions, no one publishes a first book and sells a tons without doing much beyond hitting publish.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Breaking down an Amazon bestseller launch
« on: May 09, 2017, 08:19:05 AM »
Best of luck, bro.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Adding an actual hyperlink to Amazon blurb?
« on: April 29, 2017, 03:03:47 PM »
They stopped allowing this a few years back. Some pages were grandfathered in, but I believe if the page is updated through KDP or Author Central, that ability disappears forever. Note that the ability to place active links within a page is provided to some sellers and for some products. Indie publishers... fuggedaboutit.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Did something different, and it was great!
« on: April 17, 2017, 10:35:13 AM »
Great story. Glad you had the chance to do this. bro.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Draft to Digital
« on: April 06, 2017, 01:34:05 PM »
First, note that the distributors each have their strengths and weaknesses. Second, they are not mutually exclusive. I use Smashwords to get into libraries. I use D2D to get into Apple. And I use Pronoun to get 70% on Amazon titles under $2.99 and to set books easily to free. Pronoun also gets you into Google Play if you weren't lucky enough to get an account with them before they shut the door to new publishers. Pronoun doesn't take a cut, like Smashwords and D2D do, but their royalty rates in some stores and in some territories are worse than either going direct or through the other two distributors.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Giveaways revisited
« on: March 31, 2017, 08:08:01 AM »
David, I ran two, both 99-cent books published through Pronoun, each a 50-book sweepstakes, so the net cost will be $30 (after recovering $70 back in royalties). First, I'm fairly confident crossover sales alone brought me into the blue, just from the exposure and reminding folks of these books, which are normally low sellers. I had one unclaimed prize, which I can  giveaway at another time.

For the first, I ran the contest for only three days and it yielded 295 followers. For the second, I ran for the full two weeks and it has topped out just shy of 600 with a few hours left to go. Spitballing, but I'd say most of the 295 followers from the first contest also applied for this one. 600 isn't bad. Hopefully most are new followers, especially for what it cost. Finding and targeting untapped audiences is, as always, going to be the challenge.

Now, if only I could be sure Amazon would send out new release notices with any degree of reliability...

Writers' Cafe / Re: Has anyone here used Story Cartel?
« on: March 23, 2017, 03:59:41 PM »
I had a book there when they first opened up shop. Paid for and got my full 10 reviews, but it took many, many months. All seemed pretty honest, so there's that. Still, IMO, not worth the money.

Introductions & Welcomes / Re: So this is kboards
« on: March 18, 2017, 10:17:00 AM »
Welcome, Jimmie, and thank you for your service. Lots of great resources here for both those just starting out and those with a lot of experience under their belt. It's a very supportive community.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Giveaways revisited
« on: March 13, 2017, 08:41:10 AM »
No affiliate links. Tried it. The tags gets chopped off.

David, what type of giveaway are you trying? I've done a variety, from one winner every x entries, to random. I've even blasted out "first x" entries (which I wouldn't suggest unless you are really targeting a well-define group. Then again, I've never done the "Follow on Amazon" option. Always tried to get folks to follow me personally. Am considering this again.

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