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Writers' Cafe / Re: Check your bank account carefully...
« on: May 17, 2018, 10:23:09 AM »

Re: PayPal, am I the only one in this thread who's always had a good experience with them? I use my account for everything business now that I got their debit card.

No, you're not alone. I prefer Paypal over handing someone my credit card info. Never had a bad experience with them.

Definitely check your credit card bill every month! I've also had someone try to charge me 49$ monthly recurring payments (from a company called Bonx Media), but fortunately I caught it right away, blocked my credit card and got a refund from Visa. Now I check the bill every single month, no exceptions.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Are Also Boughts Gone?
« on: May 17, 2018, 04:19:22 AM »
How about the top sellers in these categories?

Clicking randomly on the top titles, all of them are missing the "also boughts", at least on my computer.

I'm using a PC, and it shows up the same in Chrome and in Firefox.

I'm seeing 4 alsoboughts in a vertical column for the #1 book in NA Romance. That's it. This is on a Windows PC, I haven't checked on mobile devices.

Maybe the display mode changes depending on the viewer's region (as determined by IP)?

I recently wrapped up my book project with Sherry and am very impressed! Not only is she extremely affordable compared to most developmental editors out there, she also works hard to go above and beyond expectations and catch every last issue that demands a comment. Highly recommended. I'll definitely hire her again in the future.  :-*

All of which is to say, it's darned intimidating, but I don't see any viable way forward that doesn't require accepting at least some of these seemingly inevitable Faustian bargains.

I'd deal with Amazon over Facebook any day. At least the Zon lets you reach support without first uploading a photo ID.  >:( I'd rather deal with someone who wants my money than someone who wants my phone number, my vacation photos, and a list of my friends. That's far less creepy.

I wish it was true that you could keep entities like Facebook from having any or all information about you, but it's not. Hasn't been true for a long time. Every bit of information we think we're protecting is sadly available should an invested party care to have it. Part and parcel of life in the digital age.  :'(

How would FB have that information if every bit of info on my account (even the school I went to) is fake? I even log into FB from a different device and IP address...

My guess is the credit check is solely about identifying real people behind the ads in the wake of 2016. Facebook already has better data about you than comes from credit report itself.

But for those of you very worried about it, where do you think all those pre-approved, credit transfer, super special card offers come from? A lot of the data on your credit report is available for purchase if a company wants, it just look at the business programs Experian has to offer:

Your data is already out there in myriad ways if Facebook wants it -- maybe they just don't want to pay Experian, but you are known, sliced, and diced by a dozen different companies already.

Facebook doesn't have any data about me apart from the cell phone number I deleted after 5 minutes, they don't even know my real life name. In general, no company I do business with on the internet has more than the necessary bare minimum of data about the 'real' me. I'm very careful about information I put on the internet. Amazon and Ebay know my real name and address, but they don't even have my phone number and I'm not listed in any phone book, either. Any company that doesn't have to send me stuff in the mail doesn't even get my real address, let alone my name or phone number. A google search for my real name turns up next to nothing.

I've recently had to deal with a stalker who figured out my pen name with only my first name, general book genre and knowing what I look like, so I'll defend my right to internet privacy (as much of it as possible) to the last breath. That stalker is the reason I no longer have an author photo on Amazon or GR.

I know a number of people who saw those terms and closed their accounts especially over the credit check provision. As far as I know they don't have my social. I guess they could still check my credit with my name and address information. Haven't yet decided how to react to it. I don't use them much, but was planning on using them soon for a new project.

I abandoned my personal Facebook account when Facebook blocked it for 'security reasons' (except there were no security issues and no one else had logged into my account) and demanded a photo ID before I could even talk to support. Oh, and hours before that, they had already blocked the account and demanded my cell phone number to unlock it. Which I promptly deleted from my info afterward.

No. Just no. I still have my pen name account, but it's been sitting idle for years and I consider shutting it down as well. This thread is definitely speeding up the decision, thanks for sharing.

Because... no. No way in hell.

I'd like to know how they are going to access my credit report? They don't have my social. Or my maiden name. Or my married name.  Or my birthday. Or my social security.

Eventually they're going to lock your account for 'security reasons' and demand that information before they unlock it. Wanna bet?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Looking for a Developmental/Content Editor
« on: May 05, 2018, 05:20:13 PM »
I've worked with Sherry and she's both wonderful and affordable.  :-* Young Adult and Urban Fantasy are her specialties.,202365.0.html

She's also incredibly patient with victims of persistent writer's block.  :-[

Writers' Cafe / Re: Books or Wattpad or ?
« on: May 04, 2018, 05:21:47 PM »
I don't recommend Radish for Science Fiction. Its audience are mostly Romance readers.

I did pretty well with a story linked to Webfictionguide / Topwebfiction, so that's another option.

Writers' Cafe / Re: So I think Amazon has terminated my account...
« on: May 03, 2018, 05:17:02 PM »
Wow. This sounds horrible and I hope you can get it resolved soon. :(

Writers' Cafe / Re: Using different fonts in a Kindle book?
« on: May 02, 2018, 04:19:56 PM »
I use a computer font for text read by a character inside the book, for instance chat or text messages. Computer font also appears to be a standard in traditionally published novels. I don't format the font myself, my formatter does it for me.

There's a bit of computer font (in-story text messages) near the end of my first book's look inside sample.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon preorder final file checkbox?
« on: April 25, 2018, 08:52:24 AM »
I alway launch previewer and make sure it's the new file.

This is good advice. The previewer has saved me at least once  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: now have English submissions
« on: April 22, 2018, 07:01:27 AM »
Acting as a platform (middleman like Amazon KDP) can be quite lucrative as long as the reader base is there.

Do they have a reader base for stories written in English? I wonder. It feels like the English language market already has a bazillion smaller platforms that most people don't even know about. Wattpad is about the only one not completely shrouded in obscurity.

Still, could be worth a look if they don't demand exclusivity.

This is, not Tor the fantasy publisher. They are related but not the same thing at all. publishes mainly novellas (and a lot of non-fic articles and industry news etc). They don't publish novels, that's Tor.

Aha! Shows how little I know about the publishing world. Thanks, Annie.  :)

I wonder why they only accept novella length manuscripts? Because it takes less time to evaluate them?

Writers' Cafe / Re: After Bookbub, best promo sites?
« on: April 18, 2018, 09:45:26 AM »
@ C. Rysalis: I saw Books Butterfly on Kindlepreneur's list of best performing sites. I like Dave Chiason's podcast and his Kindlerocket product, so thought I could trust that list but looks like more due diligence might have helped?? We'll see.

How up to date is that list? As far as I remember, most of the complaints and issues started two or so years ago. When googling marketing services, my advice is to pay special attention to any kboards threads (the authors here report their own experiences, which tend to be objective and quite reliable) and check the year the information was posted. A blog article from three years ago might already be outdated.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Retiring! Maybe. Probably. For now, at least.
« on: April 18, 2018, 09:11:02 AM »
Congratulations on your retirement, and I hope you won't leave us altogether. I love your posts. :)

*raises hand* Same here! I hope you stay in touch.

Poses, costumes, props, etc. all look fabulous. People of color are seriously under-represented in your offerings, though. Lots of writers and readers want protagonists of all varieties of color and gender. Would love to see more variety.

This. I could not for the life of me find stock images of a female Asian model that hadn't been 'sexified'. Had to hire a photographer and boy, did it cost a pretty penny!

At least include African and Asian models (male and female both), I'm sure there's a high demand for them!

Your other models are awesome as well, though.  8)

Writers' Cafe / Re: After Bookbub, best promo sites?
« on: April 18, 2018, 06:52:49 AM »
There are any threads about the questionable nature and problems with Books Butterfly. If you want to use it, that's caveat emptor, but you need to read those threads and make an informed decision.

This. In general, OP, I'd recommend researching the services you're planning to use before you pay them. 100$ is a lot of money to throw at someone with that kind of reputation.  :( I personally had a very negative experience and would never use them again.

I hope it works out for you, though.

The I saw 1 book over 1k it was like 1.2k which is a difference of 89cents.  1 out of 4 pages that I looked at. How is epic fantasy being destroyed by a 1k cap?

89 cents add up if you sell hundreds of books, and will hurt more if you're not selling thousands. They could make the difference between recouping the costs for cover and editing and staying in the red.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Looking to Acquire Established Ebooks
« on: April 16, 2018, 12:09:32 PM »
Why don't you just hire a ghostwriter? Buying the rights to already existing books sounds needlessly complicated and would probably confuse readers.

Why not?

This is KU. This is all you can read. 3 books or 1 book, it makes no difference to the reader.

If they can binge through the whole series, sure! But if the series isn't finished and hasn't even reached a natural breaking point, and they have to wait for the next book...

Regards, a very slow writer. :D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Lowering the KNEP Cap from 3000 to 1000 Pages
« on: April 16, 2018, 06:27:21 AM »
I think lowering the cap is a helpful solution, and one Amazon could implement.

I know some people are complaining about how it would be unfair to writers if Epic and High fantasy, but frankly, I'd like to hear the opinion of these writers themselves.

Are many of them on KU? Is KU a high source of income for them? I don't know. Not a lot of the best-selling fantasy books are in KU, and many of them have less than 350 pages.

I'm not an Epic Fantasy author, but once upon a time I had a 270K word book that made sense as a 270K book and had been thoroughly edited more than once. The length wasn't an editing issue.

Then I got scared of publishing it that way - who the hell publishes a 270K word first novel? People would think it was poorly edited - and split it up into two books. Result: readers read the first half and think it's okay, but because the second half is missing, they don't get hooked. KU readers were more likely to give book 2 a chance (and loved it), but not that many purchased it.

But yes, I made quite a bit of money from KU, mainly because readers were more willing to give me a chance that way.

The genre is 'Epic Dark Superhero Deconstruction'. Since that's not a category I can pick on Amazon, I had to go with Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, and Superheroes. :P

But it isn't a fair system. It is a completely artificial system.

Now that you put it this way, I kind of see the point. Okay, it's not a fair system, but arguably still more customer friendly than KU 1.0 was. And the customer is the guy Amazon really cares about.

Having to split longer books into shorter ones definitely wouldn't benefit the reader at all.

If the limit comes down, those writing long will simply have to adapt, as those writing short have already had to.

The difference is that the new 'system' is infinitely more customer friendly. Authors now get paid for however many pages the reader enjoyed reading - because if they don't enjoy it, they stop, and the author doesn't get paid for the remaining pages. It sucks that scammers and botters abuse the system, but there must be better solutions.

People keep forgetting that not every KU borrow is a full read-through. The average payout is lower than the maximum possible for that amount of pages. It's a fair system and I'd hate for it to become unfair again. If the KENP cap was 1000 or 750, the average payout would be limited to, say, 500 or 700 pages - because as I said above, not every borrow is a full read-through.

I just changed my numbers on my Ghosts of Southampton Series to make Prelude book 0 instead of book 1 and it's linked to the series. I probably did it a month ago. It was already linked, though, when I changed the numbers.

So perhaps this could be a workaround. Thanks for letting us know!

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