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Writers' Cafe / Re: Calling all writers with Florida ties.
« on: Yesterday at 08:09:10 PM »
Well, it's taken a long time, but we wanted to make sure that the recipient we'd be funding passes on 100% of the proceeds to those who need it most, with no overhead, and is a 501c3 non-profit. And I think we have just the right organization already in place, which is funneling money to other smaller non-profit organizations throughout the affected area.

I'm waiting for three responses to an email address request, so that when it goes live an email will be sent to all involved at the same time. I had all the other participants information, so check your email and FB messenger for my request.

The fund raiser will go live tomorrow it looks like. When it does, all participants will be asked to first donate, then inform your followers. A rapid number of donations will cause the fund to trend, creating more recommendations and organic growth. The goal is to raise $50K in a month. But, my hope is that we hit it in a week and it keeps growing.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Swag
« on: October 14, 2017, 11:18:04 AM »
It's complicated.

Complicated? Hardly. After Guadalcanal, the Old Breed was garrisoned in Brisbane and Melbourne, many with malaria and malnutrition, to regroup and train new replacements. The Marines loved it there and the people of Australia liked having them. Nothing complicated about that.

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I entered. And if I don't win, $99 is a small price to learn something new. I've been doing the same thing for years.

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Rest up, Christina. Take a seat in the corner and get ready for the next round. Everyone here, myself included, support you 100% and will be behind you to the end.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Swag
« on: October 07, 2017, 03:57:38 PM »
My daughter sells all kinds of swag in our Ship's Store.

 
 

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Writers' Cafe / Re: BookBub Stacking Help
« on: October 07, 2017, 10:40:35 AM »
Wow, sixteen? That's awesome, and doubly so that they've all earned out.

It is a free run. Money is nice, but I'd like rank because I feel like the more books I can get out there, the more the rest of the series will sell. It's 4 books long with a prequel. I've never thought of trying the later books in the series because they aren't standalones at all. But if people would buy the others... maybe?

And thank you all for your thoughts! You guys are awesome!

I had a BookBub promo on book 6 in my first series back in April, 2015. It was a discounted promo and book 1 in that series was also discounted. On the day of the BB promo, book 6 sold 1463 copies and book 1 sold 228. The promo earned out before mid-afternoon. The combined affect boosted both books into the top 1000 and book 1 continued to sell high for weeks, drawing hundreds of new readers in.

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Thanks, y'all. I met Christina yesterday and she asked why. I've given that question a lot of thought and tried to explain it to her. As a kid, I was kinda small and bookish (is that word still used?) and I was pushed around a lot. We had a playground bully where I grew up. This was like '64 or '65. This kid was bigger than most. One day I saw him sitting on another kid slapping him, and something clicked in me. Long story short, the bully went home crying. Don't get me wrong, I got bloodied, but I rode my bike home with my head up. That kid was the reason I became a Marine.

When a stronger person pushes others around, and in this case, I'm talking financially stronger, because having met Christina, I now know her to be a powerfully ethical person. I can't ignore it. Nor should any person with a good moral compass. What I did was easy. Christina's the one getting bloodied. She's the one going toe to toe with the playground bully, and she's doing it for all the kids on the playground. But, I can now guarantee you one thing, having met her in person. That young lady will ride her bike home with her head held high.

This ain't over, y'all. There will be further funding needed. What I've contributed so far is about 10% of last month's income. Many of you have done that and more. I ask you to continue doing so. This isn't charitable giving, this is investing in the clean up of OUR community and is easily worth the investment.

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Now that you mention it. LOL

Well dang, it was today. Oh, well, it was one of my less wonderful paydays anyway.  I think my lowest this year. ::) :P

No excuse not to make a contribution though.

Most amazon payments go out on the 28th. But, not all banks show pending transactions. My old bank did, and I could draw against it. My new bank doesn't show pending transactions, though. However, they appear if I refresh at 12:01 AM.

Y'all! Someone who isn't even a writer made a donation yesterday. And I see Boyd kicked in again. You're drinking free at NINC, my friend. Make no doubt about it, this will be fully funded tomorrow evening.

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Two days left in the fundraiser. And today is payday for some of us.  ;)
https://gogetfunding.com/it-takes-a-community-to-take-down-a-scammer/

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Writers' Cafe / Re: BookBub Stacking Help
« on: September 28, 2017, 12:51:57 PM »
Two things are missing from the equation. Will it be free or discounted? Is your goal money or rank?

If it's discounted, stacking ads before BookBub, even money losses, so long as they sell one or two, will give you a higher peak rank on BB day. Higher rank equals more visibility equals more organic sales. And if it's in KU more downloads and page reads.

If it's free and you stack ads before BB, you'll again get a higher peak rank in the free store and more KU downloads.

Figuring ROI is difficult, particularly if there are several more books in the series, but usually a discounted BB promo will earn more money than a free one, if the series is only 2-4 books. After that, it's difficult to tell. The exception would be if the book in the BB free promo isn't the first in the series. You can get great results by promoting later books free with BB and discounting the first book during the same time period.

But, no matter how you shake it out, you will earn back more than you will spend. I've had sixteen and all of them earned out the day of the BookBub ad.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How long do your editors usually take?
« on: September 20, 2017, 07:25:31 AM »
As Shayne pointed out, many times the amount of time it takes your editor is more dependent on your scheduling. It's like nailing Jello to a wall. How do schedule an editor (or other services) if you don't know when the manuscript will be ready?

You have to schedule your own work. Choose a realistic goal. Mine is 5K words per week. I create a schedule on a spreadsheet with week ending dates and each week's cumulative goal. Things like the NINC conference are on there, as well as holidays, and vacation time. I don't write during those times, so there's no stress to get the words down. The schedule goes out to what I estimate the word count will be. It's always the same estimate, 70K words. Right now, I have a completion date of Friday, January 12th for the book I'm just starting. I have beta readers scheduled for the following Monday, then editor, proofreader, and formatter, all scheduled to start on the subsequent three Monday, with a publishing date of Monday, February 12th. My providers have me penciled in, but know the date isn't precise yet. But, by the time I reach 40K words (on Friday, November 17th), I'll know if the book is going to be more or less than 70K words and can adjust the providers schedule. I work weekdays only, so if I fall behind on my writing schedule, I need only work a couple of weekend days to catch up. If I get way ahead and my providers can't adjust due to other client bookings, I get three day weekends for a while.

The book after the one I just started, hasn't got a title or even an idea what it's about, but it's scheduled already. It'll be published on Monday, July 2nd. After that, the schedule is just an approximate with no dates, but a release some time in December, 2018.

My point is, the more advance notice you can give your providers, touching base at least once a month with updates, the easier it is for them to keep to their schedule.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How long do your editors usually take?
« on: September 19, 2017, 06:17:50 PM »
A week. But, I schedule way in advance. My editor has dates penciled in through spring. As do my beta readers, final proofreader, formatter, and cover designer. The date's not written in stone and sometimes changes, but I can hit an exact day of completion two months in advance. None of her other clients schedule that far in advance and I have others scheduled after her, so she'll work through two weekends if necessary, but usually has it done in under a week.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Calling all writers with Florida ties.
« on: September 19, 2017, 05:16:09 PM »
Wayne, it is so nice of you to be setting that up. Keep in mind though, that Irma was huge, bigger than Florida. I live in Miami and was adversely affected. I've had many out of pocket costs as a result and our insurance has so high a deductible that we can't make a claim. It may help you get people to take part in your charity if they realize that for many Floridians the only wind insurance available is through the state of Florida. Florida gets Loyds of London to do the actual insurance. Loyds of London sets what is a high premium for most people to have to absorb even though we pay thousands each year for the mandatory insurance. If your house is demolished the insurance is a life saver. But if just a few branches have impaled themselves in your roof, the premium is higher than the cost to fix that. At least 6.5 million people in Florida were without power and many of them won't be getting an insurance check. So for many Florida writers, supporting our books would be a really welcome way to help us. If you are a Snow Bird, please donate to Wayne's charity and risk reading a Florida indie writer you've never read before!

Yes, it was a huge storm. I've already donated to many people I know in the Leeward and Virgin Islands. But, I once lived in the Keys, have a lot of friends there, my books are set there, and the highest density of my readers is Monroe County. I'd like to be able to help everyone, but I can't. So, I choose to help those who are closest to me.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Quick Bookbub submission question
« on: September 19, 2017, 05:00:21 PM »
I feel I should know this, but...

If I'm turned down for one book, I know I have to wait 4 weeks to sub again. However, can I immediately sub a different book?

Anyone know?

Yes. Given enough books in your catalogue (14), you can submit every day. Start with book one discounted. The next day submit book two discounted. The next day, book three discounted. By then, book one will have been accepted or rejected. If it was rejected, you can submit it again at a lower price (free) on day four. By the time you've submitted 14 books for discounted and free, four weeks will have gone by and you can start over with book one.

If you don't have fourteen books, say you have seven, you can submit every other day. With five books, every third day. With two books, once a week.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Calling all writers with Florida ties.
« on: September 19, 2017, 07:24:31 AM »
The tax problem has been worked out. This should go live tomorrow. John Cunningham and I are going to kick it off with $500 each. We'd like everyone involved as organizers to donate at least $100. Our goal will be $100K and the initial push by just the authors listed as organizers should put us over $2000. We're hoping everyone can send a newsletter on the same day, asking for donations. If that happens, even if it's small donations, it should cause the fund to start "trending" and GoFundMe will recommend it more. After one week, we hope to be halfway to the goal and we'll start buying Visa gift cards of $100 each. We have reliable contacts in Key West and Marathon, already receiving donations this way and handing them out to those who need it.

One thing about the people of the Keys. They won't ask for help. Even those who have lost everything. Conchs are a strong and proud people. They just lean into the harness and pull harder. For a lot of them, if you give them $100, they'll go to whatever store is open and buy something that a neighbor or friend needs. This is how we help. By enabling those who are already helping.

Please reply with the name you want to show on the GoFundMe page and your website.

Thanks, y'all.

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This is a typical delaying tactic, aimed primarily at deflecting and running up the plaintiff's lawyer bills.

While at the same time, asking that the lawyer bills not to be included in the judgement.

If this is standard practice, with a bunch of back-and-forth lawyer speak, it just further reinforces what I said about the travesty our judicial system has become.

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Writers' Cafe / Calling all writers with Florida ties.
« on: September 16, 2017, 02:03:29 PM »
if you live in Florida, or like me, write about Florida, we need you. A GoFundMe is being set up, Florida Writers' Hurricane Relief Fund. We'll be taking donations from our readers, to pass along to as many pre-selected individuals and businesses in the Florida Keys that we can find. Particularly those who now have homes that aren't habitable and whose place of employment is closed due to hurricane damage. Insurance will come through, but it takes weeks or months. In the meantime, these folks gotta eat and pay their bills, buy gas for generators, supplies to protect their belongings until the insurance money comes in.

This is a "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" fundraiser. All participating authors will be asked to donate, as well as solicit their readers for donations. Links to each participating authors websites will be on the page, and we're asking everyone participating to add a link to the fund to their page.

I know these people. I lived on a boat in the Middle Keys for some time, when I was a younger man. They're not afraid of work and are helping one another cope as best they can. By now, you've seen the pictures and videos of neighbors helping neighbors. It's time for us, authors who write about this place and call it home, to step up.

If you know me, you know this is going to be a legit fundraiser. If you don't know me, or have doubts, ask around here. John Cunningham and I are kicking it off with some hefty donations. I'll post more, once it's set up. But, to be part of it, we need your names. We're public figures and people are attracted to our brands.

Reply here if you'd like to take part and let me know what you're willing to pledge. We wanted to kick it off with everyone donating $500, but I know many can't afford that. But, I need an idea of what we can do, so we can include that in the information, along with your name and web address.

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I had assumed their response would be emailed to my attorney as the motion was, but it looks like it was only snail mailed. The deadline was yesterday and I assume they met it, but we may not have the papers for another day or two. I will post a link when I have it. I expect a demurrer, but we'll know for sure soon.

Resorting to regular mail for the sole purpose of postponing the inevitable by a couple of days, is her way of grasping at straws to hold her up, as the waters begin to circulate around the drain.

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The dude posted a book about eBooks six years ago and thinks he knows what's going on the publishing world. It's his one and only publication, ranked in the 3-4 millions, and after six years has a whopping ZERO reviews. Yeah, that's a guy to listen to.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How long are promo sites effective for?
« on: September 02, 2017, 09:42:27 PM »
I've had sixteen BookBub promos. They've had good results and great results. One of my books has been featured four times. Each time it's been featured has had better results than the time before. Like Pauline said, people only open the emails if they just finished a book, for the most part. I subscribe to a couple dozen and rarely open any unless I'm looking for a book. And it takes me a couple weeks to finish a book.

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Thanks Phoenix. I agree with EAW in that this has brought the majority of the indie community closer. We share successes and hurts. What involves one of us, involves us all. So, when someone gets their toe stepped on, we all should say, "Ouch." I'm a Marine. Next to Husband and Dad, that's more of who I am than anything else. Under certain corcumstances, more so. If given the option of looking away or taking up the fight, it's simple. Bullies only respond to one thing.

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You're my new hero. :)

Will some of the court costs be recoverable in the event Christina prevails? I know that sometimes the losing party in a civil suit has to be pay all the court costs for both sides, but I have no idea how that works.

Sometimes/ I'm not sure about this case, but I don't anticipate repayment. In a lot of instances, when huge amounts are spent and the defendant loses, they file bankruptcy. I'd expect no less in the case of this defendant.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 2017 eFestival of Words Winners!
« on: September 02, 2017, 04:26:49 PM »
Your fans definitely turned out the vote. You ever consider running for office? lol

I can't afford the pay cut. ;)
Actually, it was close, before I mentioned it in my newsletter on the day of my last release, just over a week ago. My subscribers aren't many, but they are devoted.  8)
I loved BLUE COLLAR TO NO COLLAR, Wayne. What a great book. Very encouraging and real. Thanks for writing it.

Thanks, John. I tried to write it as though I was talking to a dejected friend over a bottle of rum.

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Seeking justice should never be about money. Yet, that's what our legal system has become. Christina, check with your attorney on this if you don't already know. but, if the defendant were to pull every delaying tactic possible, simply to force it to be a matter of who has the deepest pockets, what will the total legal fees be? Will the current fund amount cover it? What would be the longest time table?

At the end of the month, the $25K will be fully funded. That, I guarantee. If others in our community miss the mark, I'll cover it. If this goes to the end of October.... Well, I just released a book on August 23rd, and it's doing pretty good. It'd been a slow month up to that point, but I'll have well into five digits of blow money available at the end of October. My pool's done, the driveway's finished, and the down payment on my next boat is in the bank. I've run out of things to spend money on.

Most folks in the community know who and what I am. Cheaters, bullies, and criminals get no quarter from me. I'll say it again, so that the opposition can read me loud and clear. Money will NOT be an issue in this proceeding. Full disclosure: I'll earn over $400K this year and I only pay myself $120K. My charitable giving eats another $25K, so there's still a huge hunk left. I can wait a couple more months for the boat.  ;)


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Writers' Cafe / Re: 2017 eFestival of Words Winners!
« on: August 29, 2017, 04:13:50 AM »
I was humbled to have three nominations, but to win all three? Thanks, Julie. And thanks to whoever nominated me for Author of the Year, and my books, Fallen Honor and Blue Collar to No Collar.

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