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Writers' Cafe / Re: Vellum: the official thread
« on: Yesterday at 02:44:32 PM »
Thanks, I downloaded Calibre and converted epub to docx and reimported to Vellum.

Yay! Been rooting for you!

Writers' Cafe / Re: A New AMS Thread
« on: July 05, 2018, 02:51:33 PM »
So despite the hassles, authors who are using it, do you still recommend it?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Vellum: the official thread
« on: June 30, 2018, 10:01:09 AM »
Quick question: Can the PDF file be also used for hardbacks or it is for paperbacks only.

I used the PDF files that Vellum made for 5 books recently,  Createspace paperbacks. No problems!

LATER: Oops, didn't quite answer your question, glad others did below!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Starting to Go Wide Next Week, Your Advice?
« on: June 28, 2018, 04:53:33 PM »
Thanks everyone! Going Wide Unboxed is now on my Kindle.

Writers' Cafe / Starting to Go Wide Next Week, Your Advice?
« on: June 28, 2018, 12:36:36 PM »
I've just gone to my KDP dashboard and taken one of my books out of Select. Well, not one of *my* books...Atomsk, my father wrote it and I have the rights to it now. I've been reading here for a while and I'm thinking of trying it in D2D. Any thoughts? Thanks!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you have a favorite book you've written?
« on: June 23, 2018, 05:26:42 AM »
My favorite is CURSE OF THE AFFLICTED which details the journey of a patient diagnosed with terminal cancer, just as he reaches the height of his career. it's the most personal of my books, and i think it's the best writting I've ever done. Not surprisingly, it has sold the fewest copies...

I clicked through on it and read what I could see with "Look Inside..." Then I went back to what I had to do that day. Once all the essentials were done, I got the Kindle and devoured it. I rarely read thrillers but I really enjoyed it!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you have a favorite book you've written?
« on: June 21, 2018, 12:46:27 PM »
My favorite book so far is the second cozy mystery in my trilogy, Bad Weather, Bad Man. I really like the homeless character's comments about the world.

Here's another favorite of mine, two of my dogs who loved to do the sit because they had me trained to give them treats when I did:

Let's see if I can get this from one of my blogs:

This is my 14 year old cat Misty, a tough cookie who keeps the dogs in line. We got her as a street cat when we lived in Mexico.

I read this book, devoured it would be a better word, as it covers times, places, and events my family was involved in. But I think anyone would enjoy it if they don't mind reading about hardship and war.

The Book Bazaar / Re: KB Authors NONFICTION genre thread
« on: June 12, 2018, 01:24:50 PM »
SO pleased to find this thread! I've loaded up on memoirs to read from titles here, mainly the KU ones. Memoirs have always been my favorite thing to read, and now after a foray into writing cozy mysteries, I'm happily writing a series of memoirs about my long life. The first two in my sig file are out and I am working on my third one, with the working title LSD and Beyond: How Being a Research Subject in 1964 Transformed My Life.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon as your competitor
« on: June 12, 2018, 12:32:39 PM »
As Indies, maybe we fight this by recommending GOOD books to our readers. Maybe each of us needs to post carefully-curated personal-favorites lists of indie novels on our websites (or, if allowed, at the back of our books)? This could be our own personal also-boughts (If you like my book, why don't you try this one...).  If an author loves another indie's book, why not share that love?

This is what I'm planning to do, with a mention but not a link in the back of each of my books to go to the easy-to-type homepage of my author site. There I've started two sections of other books, one each in my two genres. This comes naturally to me, with a background as a librarian in public libraries. Nothing up yet, waiting till I have more substance. And I will use Amazon affiliate links.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon as your competitor
« on: June 12, 2018, 07:51:00 AM »
...A number of KB members are published by Amazon's imprints.

For the list of  imprints:

Holy COW! That page opened my eyes.

I did get off to a decent start with my cozy mysteries but they bored me so I wrapped them up as a trilogy. Now I am writing my memoirs and the first two just went up and aren't doing much. But I think when I publish my next memoir, about being an LSD research subject back in the 60s, I may have a combination of what I want to write about and what readers want to read.

Hmm, do you have the makings of a good novel here? Dystopian? :o

I had one of these requests about 6 weeks ago and I wrote them the following letter. It was taken care of in less than 24 hours.

Dear Validation Request team,

My husband Kelly Hart forwarded your email to me, as he has the main email
on the Createspace acount our two-person business Hartworks LLC uses. I am
the author of Dead in the Stacks, the book you are questioning. My full
name is Rosana Hart and my writing name and nickname is Zana Hart. You can
see my author page at [link] and it's only recently (last week) that I changed the author page from
[author page link with Rosana] to the Zana link. At this
writing, both still go to the same page.

On that page you can see that my older books, mainly the ones on llamas,
have my name Rosana Hart, and that my newer ones are written as Zana Hart.
You can also see the first edition of Dead in the Stacks. I haven't yet
made the Kindle version of the second edition.

On that page you can also see the author updates from my site
The header on that site has the images for the second editions of my three
cozy mysteries and for my first two memoirs which I am about to publish
both through you and as Kindle editions.

By the way I worked as a librarian in public libraries, and I certainly
appreciate the issues you face in dealing with copyrights.


I own the publishing rights to  Dead in the Stacks and all the other books
I have written as Rosana Hart or as Zana Hart, with the copyrights held in
the two-person publishing company that I run with my husband Kelly Hart,
called Hartworks LLC.

Rosana "Zana" Hart

Writers' Cafe / Re: Can't Do Daily Word Counts
« on: May 28, 2018, 08:37:04 AM »
A quirk of mine is that I don't write until my office is halfway decently tidy. I do push myself sometimes with counts in Scrivener.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How many books have you published so far?
« on: May 28, 2018, 07:56:45 AM »
I've only published 3 novels but since the mid-1980s I've done maybe a dozen non-fiction books, paperbacks in the old days and now mostly out of print. Everything I've got in Kindle now is in my sig file. My husband and I have regularly made around 1/3 of our income from our info-products, chiefly because we used to have a llama ranch and had quite a line of llama books and videos.

Writers' Cafe / Re: her her (grammar question)
« on: May 27, 2018, 06:25:15 AM »
Rewriting awkward sentences is something I do do.

Perfect! I was trying to think of a double word example that I would use.

Writers' Cafe / Re: her her (grammar question)
« on: May 26, 2018, 07:16:09 PM »
I agree that the double word isn't so great. If it happened to be "It cost him his life" there would be nothing to notice but with her her, it needs changing.

I think the estimates have tended to be longer than it has taken, but going to China that fast is impressive!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Are you GDPR compliant?
« on: May 26, 2018, 07:50:00 AM »
Here's what I'm doing: updating my author site and the several other wordpress sites I have to 4.9.6, which is currently the latest version. This adds a check-box to comments and does some other things. Updating my privacy policy using the free wordpress plugin called gdpr framework. Updating my mailchimp mailing list box, going to try the plugins Easy Forms for Mailchimp and GDPR Compliance for Mailchimp both free and from a company called Yikes Inc.

Not in a big rush. Gotta go to a blues festival this weekend!

I've been ordering books lately after not having had any reason to for some time. I've been very pleased with how quickly the books are being printed and shipped. On the last page they all say San Bernardino, California, so that is where they are made. I don't get them in 24 hours from my order time but then I live in a small town not real near any city.

Writers' Cafe / Re: GDPR
« on: May 24, 2018, 09:03:56 AM »
I have a Wordpress author site and some other Wordpress sites. I've been reading up on GDPR reluctantly as I would much rather be writing my next book! But here is some info:

I don't collect customer data. GDPR doesn't affect me, right?
Wrong. If you have a website, you can be pretty sure that GDPR applies to you.
GDPR covers various data such as comments, cookies, emails and IP addresses among other things.

That is from, a plugin website. Their plugin was mentioned earlier in this thread. I'm going to try it, happily it is free.

I'm also being sure that my sites are updated to Wordpress 4.9.6, the most recent version. It has some GDPR-compliant features. I tried using their boilerplate Privacy Policy and bogged down, but did get their new checkbox added to comments.

My author site has an email list run by Mailchimp and I will also go to their site and create a new form.

That should do it. If I don't meet their deadline of tomorrow, I won't be too concerned as there are a lot of big companies for the enforcers to go after.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Vellum: the official thread
« on: May 24, 2018, 07:13:10 AM »
I just want to add that I am using Vellum for books with quite a few color photos in them, for both Kindle and Createspace paperback formats. I am very happy with the results. While the image formatting is relatively simple (compared to what my husband does with InDesign for his more complex page layouts), it works fine as illustrations for non-fiction texts.

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