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Interesting site but are you sure you can use the images created in ads? The Terms of Service include

You are not allowed to:

ēdisseminate advertisements or for any other commercial purposes (which would include using the Website to promote or encourage the sale of your goods/services);
It was allows when I used it years ago, must be more consumer facing now.

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Thanks Gertie! Jena Iím using it to upload my finished cover into different scenes, for ads and website use :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Feedback on potential cover art
« on: June 05, 2018, 02:52:03 AM »
To me, the difference is less in the colour scheme and more in the intricate detail of the dragon and background when compared to a top selling trad pub book. The fine lines, individual scales, the precise balance of wing:body and the body shape all play a part in delineating MG from adult, IMO. Iím not an artist though, or a designer. I just read a lot of dragons :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Aussie ISBNs
« on: June 04, 2018, 05:59:03 PM »
thanks guys! Gonna have to start with 10 as I need them sooner than I'll be able to justify the 100 :)

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Writers' Cafe / That site that lets you add your cover to a scene?
« on: June 04, 2018, 05:36:25 PM »
There was a site I had bookmarked ages ago that let you upload your cover/poster/whatever and it would insert it into their scene templates. Your book cover could be in the hands of a girl reading on the grass, on a bus stop advert, or on a lux movie poster at a vintage cinema. Does anyone know/remember the name?

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Writers' Cafe / Aussie ISBNs
« on: June 04, 2018, 05:12:11 PM »
This is the legit site, right? https://www.myidentifiers.com.au/ Do they ever go on sale? Do I need barcodes for IS?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: June 03, 2018, 01:51:34 PM »
Probably a bit early for this, but does anyone (particularly anyone in Melbourne) use an accountant for their book stuff? My day job and financial life is straightforward enough that I don't need one for that, but I did have a good one last financial year - good except he was damn near impossible to get in touch with when I was trying to get my tax bill paid off* before the deadline. I could just go to HR Block I guess, but if anyone in Melbourne has an accountant who's used to doing small (measly small) business stuff, especially anything to do with self publishing, I'd love to know.

(*You might wonder why, if he was a good accountant, I ended up with a tax bill at all. Turns out my day job didn't tell the ATO about my HECS debt. Whoops!)


https://www.facebook.com/Colin-Perryman-Accounting-Services-115468709133801/
Colin Perryman. He works remotely if needed and has loads of experience in the creative industries. Heís also very nice and quite affordable.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover recommendations?
« on: May 29, 2018, 01:52:35 AM »
http://Http://sarahandersonmignet.wix.com/design Highly recommend! Within your budget and usually has a quick turnaround.

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What kind of collaborations do you do in your fb group?
Itís basically a write in, without the requirement for pants. We join a Zoom room (it allows for video, voice and/or text chat) and do 30 minute work sprints followed by 30 chatting - usually brainstorming or problem solving with the group. The projects are our own though.

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You definitely donít need to release that often. If youíre looking for support, hop into the fb group What Authors Need To Know. There are online collaborative work sessions - basically an online chat room through zoom (you can video, voice or just text as its set up for all three), where we chat for thirty, work for thirty, over the pace of three hours. Lots of writers there are dealing with chronic illness and other reasons for not publishing as often, but are still totally rocking it.

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Someone on twitter - I want to say Courtney Milan, but it could have been someone else - said she would start tweeting or blogging monthly about potentially problematic trademark applications. So, no <made up word or really particular phrase> stuff but common, often used terms or phrases that are likely to  affect numerous authors.

It will not be a comprehensive list but should give us a great resource to add to such a thread.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Author Website Questions
« on: May 01, 2018, 02:42:21 PM »
Iím about to migrate from square space back to WP. Square is easier but itís dearer and just doesnít have the functionality WP does.

Iíll need to buy hosting and build the site from scratch. Elizabeth is going to help and Iíd planned to do it via a KWORKI session so everyone can watch (and hear me swear)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What Authors Need to Know
« on: April 19, 2018, 02:04:20 PM »
^^needs a like button

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Define long. Because Iíd be ok with the 1kKENP cap, but thatís not the same as saying anyone who writes over 100k words should be shortchanged to give a 20k book a lions share of the pot...

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I haven't seen the video, nor the screenshots, so don't know what those are about, but Amazon Giveaways do not count toward sales rank. I know this from my own Amazon Giveaways and also Amazon/KDP states this on their 'Sales Ranking' page:

So if someone was doing it to boost rank, they'd be wasting their time and money for that purpose.
Giveaways and purchases THAY ARE RETURNED donít count. Giveaways do - thatís why amazon clearly states Ďgiveaways done to manipulate rankí arenít allowed.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What Authors Need to Know
« on: April 11, 2018, 03:12:18 PM »
Iím super excited about this! Elizabeth has given me one on one advice a few times - she has an excellent head for business, without necessarily focusing on the Ďfastestí way to make the Ďmostí money.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Fantasy Symbols
« on: March 27, 2018, 01:50:54 PM »

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How will the facebook troubles effect writers?
« on: March 27, 2018, 01:46:58 PM »
With all this hype and ill-placed paranoia, my Facebook ads are doing great.

TBH I have a little trouble understanding the hype.

So. We have several sites that can--and do--track what we buy and what we search and what we say. OK, why is this news? Why did anyone even think that this would ever be private? Why even are people surprised that companies used this info. We use it to get more relevant search results. We use it to quickly log into sites (yano, when the site remembers your password). Heck, we use it when we place Facebook ads.

All I know is this: if I have to see ads, I much rather see them for things I'm mildly interested in or that don't annoy me than ones that are irrelevant and annoying.

And also: I've never said anything in the open that I would be afraid to say in a lecture theatre full of 500 strangers expecting those strangers to tell it to all their friends if it's something juicy.

I would have agreed with this yesterday. Then I saw the article that revealed Facebook is accessing users phone call and text message logs - not calls and messages from within the app, but on your mobile phone.

Me? I call my hubs and my MIL. Thereís nothing there anyone would be interested in. Itís still creepy as [expletive]. Will I start getting ads for divorce lawyers if I stop calling his number? Will I get ads for cheating wife dating sites if I start calling a new number?

Regardless of what my own feelings are, this news will be the make or break. People will accept it or theyíll run. Iím seeing a lot of surprising people in my personal circles taking the second option. If enough people leave, the user experience will change - like Google Plus when the initial surge of people lost interest. I logged back in  and all my circled people had been inactive for ages... so I left again.

For those of us who rely on fb ads and groups and pages? Maybe this will impact us. Maybe people wonít leave, but if they ARE going to leave, itíll be now.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Fantasy Symbols
« on: March 27, 2018, 12:55:36 AM »
Ask Deranged Doctor Design.
They do their own? I wasnít sure if they sourced them elsewhere :)

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Writers' Cafe / Fantasy Symbols
« on: March 27, 2018, 12:09:16 AM »
Iím after an artist who does/has done symbols, the type youíd see on an epic fantasy covers. Something simple, but evocative, and sold as a stand alone image directly from the artist so I can get variations if needed.

The only advice Iíve had is Ďlook on deviantartí, but I get so lost there. Any advice on particular artists, or better keywords to search? Iím not even sure what category Iím looking in.

TIA.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Good sources of Urban Fantasy stock photos?
« on: March 26, 2018, 11:51:05 PM »
^ Thanks for the shoutout guys, appreciated :)
Iíd love to see Neo-stock have a gallery of ad images. Simple stuff with swirly backgrounds and outstretched hands, or spooky streets with magical glow - just basic backgrounds that can be used as is or overplayed with text. Non-exclusive, but created specifically for ad and header dimensions. Itís SO HARD to find as stock, especially when, as the OP said, you might buy ten images and find only one works.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Your thoughts on co-writing?
« on: March 01, 2018, 11:46:44 PM »
Well... clearly, Iím in the collab camp. But I donít think itís something that Iíd do with someone who didnít have books out already, or before Iíd published myself. You need that experience so you can refine your goals and reasons for joint projects, and to temper your expectations.

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I get mad at anything that isnít 100% mobile compatible.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread. October promo open
« on: January 09, 2018, 03:45:58 AM »
Is this still a thing? Is Patty still sitting at the shops waiting for internet? Itís australia so thatís pretty likely.

Patty I shot you a quick email, but I havenít been in touch for a long while - your addy hasnít changed has it?

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