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Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: Yesterday at 05:01:05 PM »
Stick a fork in it.

My WIP is now with my beta reading team. Editing, proofreading, and formatting dates are locked in. With a BookBub promo the day before the release, I'm going to try to move it up one more day, to December 27th, to coincide with the promo.

I am hopeful we can get this resolved to have stronger precedents for other authors who might find themselves in a situation like us.

This is exactly why this case is important to all of us. Going forward, this litigation will put a damper on the enthusiasm with which some people will dance across the moral and ethical lines of departure. This is why I became involved.

I don't want to talk about it just yet, but there may be a really big surprise coming in the very near future.

Edited. Drop me a PM if you have any questions. - Becca

A question for any legal eagles. With many people named in the counter-suit, if one of us files a motion to quash and the judge agrees, does it apply to all those named, or just the one who filed?

I was served last night!  ;D

Game on!  >:(

Others named in the counter-suit (or whatever it's called), perhaps we should start an off-forum email or private FB group. I think it would be advantageous for all of us to use the same attorney that Christina has, if they are up to it.

What would you call a counter-counter-suit?  ;)

Seriously, though, just being named in a lawsuit is an impeachment of my reputation, something I've taken great strides to keep clean. I write and publish my work in the same manner as traditional publishing. No shortcuts. Let the work speak for itself. No games, scams, cheats, or even getting close to that line of unethical behavior, which some dance across with glee. I distance myself from these slimy bottom dwellers, because that stuff does rub off and the fall-out is toxic.

Does that mean I can't get in the mud and go toe-to-toe with against this ilk? LMAO! Don't let my laid-back attitude give anyone the idea that I'm weak or a pacifist. I was born on Parris Island, as part of the Teufel Hunden clan. That's a nick-name given to my people by German soldiers in WWI. It means Devil Dog, or more commonly, a United States Marine. And this Devil Dog still has all his teeth.

Cry havoc! And loose the Dogs of War!

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: November 29, 2017, 07:53:56 AM »
I wish I had seen this thread instead of starting a NaNoWriMo this month (and quitting after a couple days.) It's not that 1667 words/day is unreasonable, but 7 days a week for a month straight is what always kills it for me. This year's NaNo was especially bad with travel and kid/school stuff.

However, 5000 words a week is really very doable. And it really adds up to a lot if you actually do it ~5 of the 7 days, and keep going. It's an ideal pace for me, averaging low days and high days, so count me in!

I really need to grow some accountability somehow. As an indie with no real following yet, nobody but me cares whether I finish the next novel or not, so it's easy to get discouraged and weasel out of the work. How do you guys muster up the discipline to show up every day?

Wayne, your spreadsheet is incredible! I really like how you schedule every step along the way to publication, and even the after-pub work. It must be very rewarding to see it envisioned like that and follow through.

This is exactly why a daily word count doesn't work as well. For NaNo you strive for 50K words in a month. Not impossible, but when you break it down to 1667 words per day, and miss that mark on any given day, it might give you a feeling of failure, making the next day tougher.

What if you break the NaNo project down into just four weeks, instead of 30 days? And what if you break those four weeks down into just five work days for a total of 20 work days? Now, your daily target is 2500 words. Still not impossible. On good days, I've gone into the 3000-4000 range, since I started keeping track of such things. Before I was told I couldn't do it, I wrote my second novel, all 105K words, had it edited and published in 71 days, while working a 60 hour week as a trucker. Some of those days, I'm sure I hit 5K words.

Setting a NaNo goal of 12,500 words per week and starting on Monday, if you can hit 2500 words per day through the week, you get the weekend off. If you miss a daily target (remember it's not a daily goal), it's not a failure, because you can make it up the next day or by working on Saturday. I work through the weekends quite often to intentionally get ahead of schedule. Then I can reward my hard work with a long weekend. My sister and her husband came to visit last week and were here for five days. When they arrived, I was well ahead of schedule and only needed about 1200 words to reach my weekly goal. When you only need 1200 words in five days, you can do that in 20 minute sprints. So, I woke up an hour before anyone else and knocked out 1500 words by the time they left. And it didn't impede on enjoying their company.

Scheduling time off, to let your mind unwind, or take care of life's moments is hugely important in our job.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: November 28, 2017, 02:55:14 PM »
I managed to stay on schedule through Thanksgiving, even though we had family in from out of town. Fortunately, late nights don't affect me much, so I was able to wake early and get a couple of short sprints in to maintain the schedule. After eleven weeks of writing, I ended this past week with a total of 57,124 words, with a goal of 57,000 even. I've padded that yesterday and today with a little over 1000 words each day. I now have twelve days to write 10,000 words to finish the manuscript at 70,000 and get it to my beta readers.

On a side note, I was approved for a BookBub promotion of the first book in my spinoff series, scheduled for Christmas Eve. My release date for this new book (#12 in the original series) is December 28th, and I'll discount the first book in the main series for the same time span, December 23-27. This will bring the first book in both series up into the top 1000 on release day, and the new release should reach the top 100, adding more fuel to the fire.

Thank you everyone--knowing the percentage sell-through to expect helps me a ton! And I'll definitely then go ahead and put up Book 3 in time, with a preview and link in Book 2.... I'm hoping this will jumpstart this new series... It's in a super-competitive genre that is new for me, so I'm needing the visibility

I've had nearly twenty BookBub promos, both free and discounted. One percent is a good rule of thumb. It'll be more. But underestimating is always preferable to being disappointed.

If it's visibility you want, consider making book 2 discounted on the 24th and 25th. It could sell a hundred or more. Which would almost pay for the ad. With the preorder available, many BookBub subscribers won't hesitate to buy both. Three books by the same author? She's gotta be good.

The best thing about a BookBub promotion is you can pretty much try anything and if you totally screw it up, you'll still do well.

Writers' Cafe / Re: And! Amazon rank-stripped me
« on: November 22, 2017, 11:16:48 AM »
What I do disagree with is the ultimate level of importance a lot of writers ascribe to the "Amazon magic" (i.e. its unseen recommendation engine). The only time it becomes important is when your book goes sticky. And no one really knows how to do that.

What's your definition of "sticky?" My latest release has remained in the top 5000 on Amazon since it debuted at #63, three months ago tomorrow.

Sorry this happened, Patti. I agree Amazon needs to fine tune this bot detector. A ten pound sledge for a flyswatter is overkill. I'm actually worried about my launch next month. With a large number of sales in the first few hours after release, the bot is bound to pick up on it. Someone, I forget who, told me of an incident where an AMS ad triggered a rank stripping.

As others have mentioned, alerting Amazon to an upcoming promotion might not be a bad idea. No, it won't stop the computer from doing it, but if you alert them a few days ahead of time, you'll get an email reply, probably saying they don't understand what you're talking about. Then you can reply to that email when it does happen.

An ounce of prevention?

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: November 20, 2017, 07:44:56 PM »
By working through the weekend, I added 8662 words to Rising Fury, putting me 2066 words ahead of schedule. That's two whole days. I'll give myself Thanksgiving off, as planned, and maybe Friday, as well. The story's coming together nicely, it's now over 54K words, so officially a novel. And I have a pretty good idea of the ending, with basic outlines for the last five chapters. It's downhill now.

You're simply wasting your time with Amazon. With over a billion product pages, it being the weekend, and there's zero return in it for them, there's just no way anyone on the weekend shift would even consider correcting another business's mistake. Not gonna happen.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Pls Explain This AMS Ad Result
« on: November 19, 2017, 04:05:13 PM »
The first sale showed up today. If that was my test purchase, the delay was two days. Not surprising.

I doubt it was. Usually when I start a new ad, it doesn't show any sales until 72 hours later.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: November 18, 2017, 07:59:01 AM »
I was wondering how this week would go. It's been a very busy week, out-of-town doctor appointment, lunch with two local writers (two separate days), NINC board meeting, physical therapy two days, tree removal, just a lot going on. The busiest day was Wednesday. I didn't even start writing until 7pm. But, I had a little time each day and I'm less than 1000 words from my goal. I'll write a little today and tomorrow and should be a little ahead, come Monday.

Yes, Diana, life does throw curve balls. But, most really are predictable. If the check engine light in the car has been coming on a lot lately, and you haven't found the time to take the car to the shop, odds are that it will leave you on the side of the road at a most inopportune time. That's not a curve ball. The car has been signaling its intention to throw this curve for some time.

Scheduling time off is just as important, perhaps more so, than scheduling the work. With just one day off scheduled on Sunday, when the check engine light comes on, on a Tuesday, you can take it right to the shop, comfortable in the knowledge that what you're not going to get done on Tuesday, you can make up on Sunday.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:42:57 AM »
Thanks for sharing some of your process and schedule. Seriously, it's a terrific service for newbies like myself.
I read that Izzy Shows is a big spreadsheet user too.
Guess I'll be loading up Apple Numbers.

It doesn't have to be a spreadsheet, any kind of document will work, even a notepad and pencil. The important thing is that you plan. Set small, easily achievable goals, like 5K words per week. Include days off that you know your'e not going to get anything done. Is anyone in the 5K per day club planning to write 5000 words on Christmas Day? But, by planning 5K per week, writing 1000 words per day on weekdays is easy. For Christmas week, 1250 words per day for four days yields the same result. Transversely, if you get a little ahead during a regular week, you can give yourself a three-day weekend now and then.

Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.

Big KBoards party when it's all over  ;D

This is a prime example of why we need a "Like" button.

RH has a rapidly dwindling circle of allies. Christina has the whole community behind her.

I know who my money is on.

Same here.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Pls Explain This AMS Ad Result
« on: November 13, 2017, 03:47:17 PM »
What is your daily budget set at. If it's really low, the computer that chooses which ad goes where will try to determine the best time or how often to display the ad. For instance, if your budget is $5 and your bid is $.32, it till be displayed only a few times, to make sure it doesn't go over 15 clicks in a given day. Also, what is the average cost per click (ACPC) of the keyword used? If the ACPC is $1, your add will only be displayed five times with a $5 budget.

The more liberal your budget and bid, the more times your ad will be displayed.

Ten days, any update, Christina?

Y'all, I'm disappointed. No donations in ten days? And only 25% funded after sixteen days? I know money can be tight, been there, got the tee-shirt. Surely, the price of a pizza once a week won't hurt. The alternative is to let scammers continue taking money out of your pocket. Either way, it's your money. Do you want it to go to something good and right, or to line the pockets of a cheat?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Prime Reading Experiences?
« on: November 12, 2017, 12:48:13 PM »
Hi - hope it's not too late to resurrect this topic, but I have a question that doesn't seem to have been asked before. I had the email offering to put one of my books in to the program about 3 weeks ago and I eagerly accepted. It's the first book I have in a series which is ranking about #5000 at the moment so I'm quite excited about the possibilities it may create.

However - since accepting - I have not heard anything. I was just wondering, for those of you that have been offered a place in the program, how long after the email were you included? Weeks? Months?

Yes, I guess I'm being impatient but it's a little frustrating receiving  the offer and then not knowing if/ when it's going to happen.

I've had two books in Prime reading now. Both started at the end of the month after the month in which I accepted. For one, that was like seven weeks and the other was only five weeks. Both times, I got an email letting me know it was in Prime. You'll probably get that email in about two weeks and your book will be in Prime for the month of December. Something tells me that's gonna be a good thing. My first one did better, but it was ranked better from the outset. Getting on the first page of your genre's list is important. Whatever you can do to raise the borrows and sales before and during the Prime month will be the deciding factor.

Good luck! And please report back what the affects are these days.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: November 12, 2017, 12:37:03 PM »
I wrote a little over 4000 new words this week. I also finished big sections of major re-writes. So, I'm counting this as 'goal met' even though I think it technically should be only the new words that count.

I count anything over and above the previous week's word count as new words. Usually, in editing the previous two days' work before starting new, I'll add a couple hundred words, to expand some vague idea or something. I record weekly goals and weekly achievements on a spreadsheet to check my productivity.

My revised schedule, still quite doable at a comfortable 1K words per day with no days off. But a few words over that 1K is normal, so i'll get a day off here and there. After Decemeber 8th, I'll return to 5K per week.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: November 12, 2017, 08:33:48 AM »
BTW, who was the clever person who said, Stop a writing day at a point where you'd want to keep going?

Stephen King?

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: November 12, 2017, 08:30:23 AM »
Great scene from a really under rated movie, Don.

Welcome aboard, William. Mixing or forcing, is fine. I prefer allowing. Life things come up. And usually they rear their heads at the wrong time. I build in the time, to allow for those life moments. Last week, my landscaper showed up unannounced, with two tons of sand. I had to stop what I was writing, and go outside and remove about 50 pavers that had settled when heavy rains washed the sand off my backyard "beach" area. No big deal. I went out and took care of that life moment, the same as if my wife came into my office and asks me if I want to go for a walk. Because I have life built into my day, the answer is almost always yes.

Like you, I usually hit a bit higher than 1K words and if no life events pop up, I can take an extra day for myself now and then. Or, like this week, have the flexibility to move the schedule up a whole month, and kick it into overdrive to avoid having to tighten the budget.

We're each the skipper of our own vessels. If I run aground, I have only myself to blame. So, I plot a course to avoid the shallows and allow a little more depth under the keel just in case a foul wind blows.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: November 11, 2017, 07:21:51 PM »
All week, the words flowed. All week, sales slowed. The cool thing about working slow and scheduling days off, holidays, and vacations is that it's simple math when you suddenly realize the downward trend of the graph is going to get too low before the next release. That was my realization on Monday. The early February release needed to be moved up at least four weeks. Fortunately, I was already more than a week ahead of schedule. Early January needed to be the new release date. But, I've never done a post-Christmas release.

So, I picked a day on the projected downward graph and did some math. If I worked through the next four weekends and only took one day off for Thanksgiving, I could send the manuscript to beta readers as early as December 8th. If my providers could adjust their schedules to accommodate me, my next book could be published five weeks early, right after Christmas. I have a great team. They had or made openings. When you schedule in advance it makes it easier on them.

The new release date is December 28th. To reach that, I need a thousand words a day every day until the 8th. That'll put me at 70K words, which is always my target. This will give my beta readers, editor, proofreader, and formatter three weeks, which is what is usually allotted.

On Monday, I changed my schedule. Today, I'm already more than a day ahead of the new schedule. By tomorrow, I'll be two days ahead. I can still take a couple days off and feast. My boss tells me that if I get this done by the 8th, I can take the rest of the month off. I'm sure he'll find something else for me to do, though. ;)

Are you looking at the Bookshelf or Reports on your dashboard?

I know BookReport can be set to not display books with no page reads or sales. I'm not sure if the KDP dashboard has that feature, though.

Writers' Cafe / Re: MC- switching between MC name and nickname?
« on: November 08, 2017, 06:51:49 AM »
A nickname is something others call you. If you've adopted it and use it when introducing yourself, the nickname would be the only name used. My MC is Jesse McDermitt. He doesn't have a nickname, but was once a Marine Gunnery Sergeant, and some other characters occasionally call him 'Gunny'. But, he doesn't refer to himself or introduce himself in that way. So, it's used only in dialogue. If his nickname was Mac and he introduced himself as Mac (and if I was writing in 3rd person, which I'm not), his name would be Mac throughout the book, and his full name, Jesse McDermitt would only be used in a formal setting, like applying for a license.

Go through Author Central and see if it's there. If not, claim it. It might have just fallen through the cracks, or perhaps more nefarious, someone else might have claimed it.

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