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Writers' Cafe / GP pricing for UK
« on: Today at 03:47:56 AM »
Does anyone know what price point to put in on Google Play in GBP to get 2.99 to show up as the price?

I'm using TK's formula for USD and it seems to work, but Amazon keeps getting huffy because it is coming up as less than 2.99 in the UK and so I decided to manually set the price for there (as it is what I do on Amazon)

For info, here is TK's guide:


This list is experimentally derived by TK and other KBers.

Set Price = Discounted Price
99c = no change (royalty = 52%)
1.49 = no change (royalty = 52%)
2.49 = 1.92 (Discount = 23%. Actual royalty = 67%)
2.99 = 2.09 (Discount = 30%. Actual royalty = 74%)
3.49 = 2.65 (Discount = 24%. Actual royalty = 68%)
3.94 = 2.99 (Discount = 24%. Actual royalty = 68%)
3.99 = 3.03 (Discount = 24%. Actual royalty = 68%)
4.50 = 3.44 (Discount = 23.5%. Actual royalty = 68%)
4.99 = 3.82 (Discount = 23%. Actual royalty = 68%)
5.18 = 3.99 (Discount = 23%. Actual royalty = 68%)
5.25 = 4.04 (Discount = 23%. Actual royalty = 68%)
5.99 = 4.61 (Discount = 23%. Actual royalty = 67.5%)
6.48 = 4.99 (Discount = 23%. Actual royalty = 68%)
9.99 = 7.99 (Discount = 20%. Actual royalty = 65%)
8.99 = 7.52 (Discount = 16%. Actual royalty = 62%)
15.99 = 9.99 (Discount = 37%. Actual royalty = 83%)

Other List to Get Prices to Match Amazon: Found on the Innerwebz

Amazon Price = Input this price into Google

1.99 = 2.40
2.99 = 3.93
3.99 = 4.99 (Note that this contradicts the experimentally derived data above.)
4.99 = 6.48
5.99 = 7.78
6.99 = 8.32

Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing and Isolation...
« on: Today at 03:43:28 AM »

*Apart from my mum, who's always interested in my work. When she heard I was writing again after a 4 year break, she gifted me a couple of hundred dollars via Paypal and told me to spend it on ads for my books.

Wow your mum is awesome! I don't think my mum even knows my new pen name, she's certainly never asked.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Failure
« on: Yesterday at 02:27:26 PM »
Are you sure your promotion even ran? That sounds beyond bad. I'd double check and ask for a refund too!

I posted a few hours back, pointing out the person in question is linked to an awful lot of 'shady' authors that we know of. However, I went back and deleted it again a minute later. I have views about his associates, but I don't want to carry a pitch fork. And it's probably worth remembering that he's a member of kboards and has been helpful to plenty of people in the past.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do writers make bad readers?
« on: July 16, 2018, 01:39:19 AM »
I'm reading through all the Harry Potter books to my kids and sometimes I feel like grabbing a red pen to circle the typos.

I mean, seriously, these books must have had multiple edits and been read by millions and yet there are still mistakes? It's kind of shocking.

I don't know of any books offhand, but there are several movie instances:

Data had relations with Tasha Yar in ST:TNG. Didn't end well.
The main guy in Bladerunner 2049 had a relationship with his AI. Didn't end well.
In Her, the guy has feelings for his 'Alexa' like AI. Doesn't end well for him.
The Terminator in the first movie learned to care for humans and sacrificed himself for them and made me cry. I guess I fell in love with him and that didn't end well.
Now in Host, that involved aliens, but you could think of it like an AI where the 'innards' finally got a body. Now there is a potential HEA.
Halo might be a game but it has some books to go with. I always thought of the Master Chief as having a thing for his AI. Nobody has really explored that since... game!

The trend I see is that scifi explores the down side to AI relationships since humans are the superior choice, naturally! Since people are afraid of AI and the Rise of the Machines, our books reflect those fears. It's also easier to explore the tragedy of falling in love with something in a different physical form that you can't properly touch than come up with a HEA.

There was that film where Robin Williams was a robot? They fell in love and then both died together, does that count as a HEA? I know I cried...

I'm with Ellie.

Vampires are always fine with me, and like the others I enjoy a good origins story.

I like shifters but it depends on what they are. I never really got the bears either, or lions. I could maybe dig dragons as long as they spent most of their time in human form. I literally can't picture a romantic scene (not bedroom, obviously, but even just being loving) with a human and dragon. But wolves I totally get. I'll always happily devour wolf stuff.

Mermen? Um, ick for some reason. And I never did get into alien romance at all, maybe because I struggle to find it believable.

I'm intrigued by the AI, I've never seen that done, I'd probably view the look inside out of curiosity.

Writers' Cafe / Re: You Have 10 Minutes to Spare
« on: July 10, 2018, 01:59:58 AM »
Um... how about: I'd go and look at the brand new releases in my genre, and write down the author names and the book titles, ready to set up an AMS so you're the first person to target the readers?


Write a quick blog post that I can add to my facebook page, my website, send to my mailing list and also link to it on twitter? Four places hit in one go with just a couple of paragraphs needed.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Wanted to stop in and say how-dew
« on: July 05, 2018, 11:34:55 AM »
I've missed you Joe!
Hope Mrs Nobody is not too stressed by it all. That's way more extreme than I imagined given what you'd said before. I'm so glad you have a new house, it's more fun than depressing to do it that way.
Please tell us that you now have a nice new home office?  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Novellas versus novels
« on: July 05, 2018, 11:25:58 AM »
It seems clear to me, on reading the responses, that whether a novella can be successful or worthwhile is a matter of intent and a matter of content.

Good grief, I have no idea how you came to that conclusion given the responses from people who have actually written many novellas!

You will do what you want to do.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Novellas versus novels
« on: July 04, 2018, 06:46:57 AM »
My YA pen name writes only novellas. I hit a ceiling at 2k a month and it didn't matter how many more I wrote the income stayed the same (and then dropped significantly in 2016).

Which is why I made the decision to move into novels. It takes me longer to write them (obviously) and my natural length for a book ends at about 40k, then I have to work extremely hard to add another 10k to push it up to a novel length (and yes, I do consider 50k to be a novel. I'd prefer it if they were 65k ideally, but those last 10k are already a beast to wrestle).

I, personally, actually prefer to read novellas, but the mass market doesn't unfortunately. It depends on your ultimate goal. Amanda's stats are solid.


The leather jacket look is our best seller, so we do those sets to keep the lights on :)

Once we have that base UF set done, then we do additional sets with the same model, in different UF setups and costumes :)

I totally get that. I have many urban fantasy covers of my own with leather jackets. I just meant that with that many pictures taken, couldn't she have removed it just for one or two of them? She slings it over her shoulder, yes. But she doesn't drop it, not even once.

Keep the jacket for the mainstay set, but it would have been so easy to have a few shots without as well. Not all heroines are like that, and I so wanted to find a decent set of poses of a black girl for my next series  :(

Writers' Cafe / Re: On the topic of Pen Names
« on: July 04, 2018, 12:31:09 AM »
This may be off topic, but I spent my childhood in a dictatorship. A good friend of my parents was an author. He wrote science fiction that could have been interpreted as being critical of the regime. One day, he just disappeared.

I live in a free country now, but even after all these years, sharing anything about myself online makes me sick with fear. Especially in this age of misinformation, every little thing that's freely and innocently shared can be turned against you in a variety of ways. To me, using a pen name is not about hiding, or deceiving anyone. It's pure self-preservation, and it's so deeply ingrained that I don't think I'll ever be rid of it.

So to anyone who thinks using a pen name is somehow unethical or scammy, I want to gently point out that perhaps you're speaking from a place of privilege. Just a thought.

I think this is a very poignant post that the squabblers should have taken a bit more note of!

I get the row is about pen personas is not really about pen names (especially as I know some of you who are arguing about ethics happen to have a different name on facebook).

But personally I think a persona is fine as long as you are also being truthful. Yes, it is wrong to say you are of a different ethnicity, or that you are blind when you're not.  I think we all know that! But it's not wrong to write an enthusiastic blog post about the benefits of grapefruit simply because you know your readers will enjoy it even if you don't really have any personal interest and could care less! It is good marketing, and someone saying it isn't is being silly. That's what marketing is! Just don't lie about 'real' things. Come on... you all know the difference.

I'm so thrilled you're taking the advice and acting on it! (Although I swore loudly when I realised that your new urban fantasy girl Gia didn't come with a single shot that didn't have the ubiquitous - yawn - leather jacket.) Keep up the good work, I can totally see you becoming the main go-to-site for great book covers models.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What do new writers obsess about but shouldn't?
« on: July 03, 2018, 08:25:54 AM »

Sure, you may be able to get some extra sales if you launch really well, because of various ways in which Amazon gives preference to newer releases. But if you're looking to have an ongoing, long term publishing business, it's probably best to not rely on Amazon to promote books for you. The algorithms are mysterious, and things are always changing. Gotta learn to do your own selling. And if a book can sell today, it should be able to sell next week, next month, or even next year. Unless you're writing in a really tiny niche, it's not likely that you're going to be able to exhaust your supply of potential readers. So yeah, handle your launch as best you can, but don't drive yourself crazy trying to line up that perfect combination of promotions.

This advice may not apply if you're chasing those flavor-of-the-month trends that die out before half of us even notice them. That's a different sort of game. If you enjoy it, more power to you. If not, maybe just don't write those kinds of books  ;)

Disagree. I'm five years and 20+ books into this and I think launch is still important.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Successful Tortoise writers, Speak Up!
« on: July 03, 2018, 07:36:25 AM »
I'm super slow because I can only write at night after the kids have gone to bed (and not every night or I wouldn't have a husband anymore).

I think of myself as successful because I make enough to pay half the bills and half the mortgage. But I haven't managed 30k since 2015.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Recent Trends
« on: July 03, 2018, 05:32:02 AM »
Right now in book design it's big ole blurry image background, big ole Helvetica over the top, filling up the cover in some fashion.

Can you post an example?

I saw a great youtube video by Derek Murphy on creating covers with word. Except my version of word doesn't have any of those tools. I want to know how to get them!

Also current trends

Writers' Cafe / Re: What do new writers obsess about but shouldn't?
« on: July 03, 2018, 04:03:44 AM »
Going direct.

I wasted many days of my life trying to figure that one out. Then I stopped and used a distributor and now I'm much happier  ;D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Recent Trends
« on: July 03, 2018, 12:08:32 AM »
Billionaires (still going strong)
Monster sex (seems to mostly gone, or transformed into PNR shifter erom)
Motorcycle club romance (no clue about it now)

Cool thread idea!

Oh yes! The Dino-porn! How could I have forgotten the slew of those? Even I read some of them because it sounded too fantastical to be true.

Billionaires. I definitely should have added those.

You forgot the deluge of barely-disguised Twilight fan fic and vampire romance.

Hasn't that always been around though? I remember picking up loads of vampire romances after the Dracula film came out (The one with Gary Oldman & Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins as Helsing, and weirdly even Keanu Reeves).  Then came Interview with a Vampire and it started going nuts again (also probs because of the attractive cast). And then the Blade films were kind of hot and everyone went vamp mad yet again. Or maybe it was just me....

Just thought of more:

the BDSM Romances (is that waning now?)

Alien Romance, particularly getting pregnant by aliens

Writers' Cafe / Re: Developmental Beta Read, an affordale alternative
« on: July 02, 2018, 05:17:38 PM »
Could you list all your rates again? Or a link to a website? I get so confused when I see prices listed on posts that are three years old!

Writers' Cafe / Re: July Camp Nano Cabin for Battle-Hardened Writers?
« on: July 02, 2018, 05:12:01 PM »
The fantasy lot set up a discord chat room and everything. Very enthusiastic bunch. But I know my tribe.... I'm sneaking over to yours right now Victoria.

Writers' Cafe / Recent Trends
« on: July 02, 2018, 10:22:37 AM »
I was just thinking on this and wondering what's next? I've seen several blow up and then fade away. (I don't write to trend myself, unless you count genre trends. e.g. the fact that Urban Fantasy grew massively all at once, as did Space Opera and then LitRPG).

I'm sure I've missed some obvious ones, but the trends I remember well are:

Adult Colouring books (Nary a one to be seen now)

Step-brother Romance (was huge, then vanished)

Reverse Harem (still going strong I think?)

What have I forgotten? Does anyone chase these trends? Do they have any longevity after the popularity wanes?

Nope, and I even sent a stroppy email (which is most unlike me!)

So fed up!

I'm now paying twice as much for something that's half as good!

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