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I had emailed ACX about this several weeks ago and they told me that the pricing thing was not up to them. Then I emailed Audible with no reply. I would love to email again, but not sure who to email.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pulling out of KU; how do you do it?
« on: September 19, 2017, 07:35:11 AM »
No, and a box set that was caught doing that with KU titles was temporarily taken down.

Good to know! Thanks :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pulling out of KU; how do you do it?
« on: September 19, 2017, 04:57:59 AM »
Is it allowable to put a book coming out of KU on preorder with other vendors? So like let's say your unenroll date is Oct. 31 put a preorder wide with a Nov 1 release date? So that way as your series slowly comes out of KU you can always have that next book on preorder? Or is that against KU terms.

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Mine are very low now too. It's very frustrating because I paid up front and at this rate it will now take years and years to earn back. Before the price hike I expected to recoup my investment within one year on each book. It makes me not want to make more audiobooks.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Finally got paid for my first ACX bounty
« on: August 23, 2017, 01:30:23 PM »
I got my first bounty this month too. Which is good because with their new prices my sales have plummeted and I ended up having my worst month since my 3rd month of doing audio. At least the bounty softened the blow. Next month's is going to royally stink. I wish we had more control over pricing.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover designer and 1099
« on: July 13, 2017, 03:03:58 PM »
Just went back into ACX and found this in the contract:

"Independent Contractor. Producer will provide services to Rights Holder on an independent contractor basis. Producer is solely responsible for the payment of all taxes applicable to all sums paid to Producer hereunder. Producer will have no authority to bind Rights Holder in any way or to make any commitments to anyone on behalf of Rights Holder without Rights Holder’s prior written consent."

I guess that means I do need to provide a 1099 then.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover designer and 1099
« on: July 13, 2017, 02:22:36 PM »
If she is operating as her own business, you don't need to do anything. A 1099 is for an independent contractor, which is basically an employee without the rights and responsibilities that come with being a regular employee. Someone who advertises their services and prices is not an independent contractor; they're running their own business. You don't give a 1099 to a business that you purchase services from.

So if this is the case, at the end of the year, how do I report it on my taxes that I've paid this sum of money to produce my audiobook? Just put it on a line somewhere and that's it? I don't need her Tax ID or anything? The government doesn't need to match up that what she claims she made is the same as I claim I spent?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover designer and 1099
« on: July 13, 2017, 02:11:26 PM »
Sorry if this is off topic, but I was just wondering the same thing about my narrator that's been doing my audiobooks through ACX.

I pay her through a bank transfer - so PayPal isn't involved. Does ACX do a 1099 or do I need to do a 1099 at the end of the year for her? And if I need to do it, I suppose I have to have her fill out like a W9 or something?


I'm starting to wonder if there is a message board somewhere where someone told everyone to throw their garbage books into heist.

Maybe, but it's not just the heist category. Tons of categories have this. Just the other day I was looking for a good family saga to read and found all this erotica that was clearly NOT family saga jamming up the top 100.

It's frustrating on both ends as a reader and a writer. I debated reporting as well, but in the end didn't because I  felt like it would be bad juju.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Page reads not updating?
« on: July 01, 2017, 12:51:17 PM »
Maybe we could spend the time writing. Just a suggestion.

That's what I've been doing. I'm supposed to be editing today, but dang it a new shiny idea was calling out to me SO LOUDLY, so put down 5k words on a new series.  ;D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Producing audiobooks in a series out of order?
« on: June 17, 2017, 04:18:13 PM »
That's a very interesting way to look at the problem. Thanks for the insight!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Producing audiobooks in a series out of order?
« on: June 17, 2017, 02:32:21 PM »
Thank you Rick. I'll take your advice.

And I just meant sales are nothing to write home about. The audiobooks turned out great. I just wish they were selling a little better, but I'm sure I'm not alone in wishing that :)

Thank you!!

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Writers' Cafe / Producing audiobooks in a series out of order?
« on: June 17, 2017, 11:45:26 AM »
So...I have had audiobooks 1 & 2 done in my 6 book series. They've done alright. Nothing to write home about. I paid outright...have a super amazing fabulous narrator who I wouldn't trade for the world, but she's spendy. It's probably going to take another 12 months to earn back what I spent on book 1, which came out in February. Book 2 even longer as it was a longer book and cost more to produce.

I've been debating my next step...should I keep sinking money into audio or leave the money I would have spent on paying my narrator in the high-interest savings fund it's comfortably sitting in now.

I'm currently writing book #7 in the series and I am wondering if I would be wise to have my narrator record book 7 before it's released so when it releases the audiobook is ready to go. I think fans of my series that usually snap up the books when they are first released might have more of a shot of buying the companion audio if it's released when the book releases. (or as soon thereafter as ACX can get it on their virtual shelf). I feel like books 1 & 2 would have earned out already if they'd have been done when the books first came out and they were "hotter".

But that means I'd be doing the series out of order. Because I haven't had books 3-6 "audiofied" yet. Has anyone ever done that? Is that dumb?

Does that make sense? 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Holy crap, my launch is going well!
« on: June 14, 2017, 11:02:41 AM »
That is so awesome! I'm so excited for you!!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: When protagonists kill...
« on: May 08, 2017, 12:55:40 PM »
Someone who has never killed before should have feelings at least after the fact. Otherwise, there is something wrong with them. The fact that there is a good reason for it wouldn't prevent people from having feelings about it. And it isn't always necessary for realism for killing to be done in the most brutal way possible. That doesn't mean that you might not make it brutal, but I'd consider why a head shot. It didn't 'just happen to get in the way'. You decided to write it that way. :)

Truth :) I did change it from saying something along the lines of he pulled back the palm fronds and found a gun pointed at his head to ... he pulled back the palm fronds and found a gun pointed at him. Only a slight change, but it could have been pointed at his heart or something. She pulled the trigger. That was as violent as that one got.

I also had the man (who is religious) ask god for forgiveness for what he was about to do before the pirates started pouring out of the stairwell where he whacked the first one. I hope my religious readers won't mind that. He doesn't have time to be remorseful after the fact because he gets knocked out cold and when he wakes up he finds out the pirates are planning to sacrifice him into a volcano, so I had to do something before hand when he had a second to think. I think it works.

Writers' Cafe / Re: When protagonists kill...
« on: May 08, 2017, 12:14:55 PM »
I wouldn't bat an eyelash about the bad guys getting killed in either way you've described, just so long as the guy with the machete isn't enjoying whacking his way through the bad guys.

Good! Thanks :) He is not! He doesn't have time to!

Writers' Cafe / Re: When protagonists kill...
« on: May 08, 2017, 12:05:16 PM »
Are these two close?  Maybe they have a conversation after it happens and she's consoling him?  She sounds more experienced in this type of thing.

Unfortunately, no, they don't see each other again until the very last scene. They got separated immediately after she shoots the pirates.

Writers' Cafe / Re: When protagonists kill...
« on: May 08, 2017, 11:56:44 AM »
Thanks everyone :) I feel better about including the scenes, but I like the idea of trying to work in a way for them to have feelings about it in some way :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: When protagonists kill...
« on: May 08, 2017, 11:55:27 AM »
For me, it depends on the character.  I have two women in a story, where one is very worldly and capable, while the other is more sheltered.  The worldly one will eventually kill someone in a fairly horrible manner, but it fits her character.

Agreed - my female was raised on the streets and it totally fits her character.

Writers' Cafe / Re: When protagonists kill...
« on: May 08, 2017, 11:52:04 AM »
Shooting people in the head sounds more like a marksman move or a mistake. Is it necessary to shoot them that way? I don't think the acts themselves are potentially problematic. It depends on the overall tone of your book and characters. Can you alleviate some of your husband's concerns if the characters show their internal struggle over the act. That it had to be done, but it still makes them a little sick?

For me, the squick factor is a combination of a) was this described in a needlessly graphic way (unless, of course, it's horror or you're going for the shock/gore) and b) how do the characters respond to the acts. Do they feel the impact of what they've done. Killing for the first time, even in self-defense or necessity, is a big deal.

The reason she shoots them in the head is because she's hiding in a makeshift tent under some palm fronds and he pulled back the palm fronds and she pulls the trigger. His head just happens to be there when she does.

And yes, I agree. I can definitely make my boy scout remorseful maybe that's what's missing. There's so much action though, I thought it might slow the scene down to show his thoughts about killing because promptly after he whacks the guy he's caught and then beat up. :(

Writers' Cafe / Re: When protagonists kill...
« on: May 08, 2017, 11:40:32 AM »
I don't see a problem with either of your examples. But then again, I read and watch all genres from G to R.

I think it's important that the actions are natural to the story and believable. As a woman, using a gun would be preferable to getting into a fist fight. As for the hero, he's using what he has available to defend himself and his loved ones.

Thank you! The action are def natural to the story and I feel believable. Hubby even agrees that if we were on an island like that he'd chop a pirate with a machete.

Writers' Cafe / Re: When protagonists kill...
« on: May 08, 2017, 11:38:47 AM »
I think a lot depends on the rationale for it and whether the character is otherwise likeable or admirable to readers. It seems to me you could get away with more in a thriller than a romance, but I'm starting to believe if romance readers like the character, anything goes.

That's where my husband has the problem with it. Both characters are extremely likable. The man especially is this great guy - he was a boy scout and he feels like he needs to get home to his mother because if him and his brother die on the island his mom will be all alone. And hubby thinks great guys can't do something bad like killing - even if it's justifiable. I think he's ok with it off screen - he just doesn't like the idea of this great guy hitting a guy with a machete. If he had a gun that would be different, but he doesn't have a gun.

Writers' Cafe / Re: When protagonists kill...
« on: May 08, 2017, 11:32:11 AM »
I guess you know that everyone's different about this, and you'll get different answers. However, I write Historical Western Romance, and to my surprise I have a book (Beautiful Bad Man) where the hero ambushes a group of men and kills several from that ambush. The justification is that the group was riding to his ranch intent on killing him. Never have had a peep from anyone upset about that scene, and he also does some pretty violent other acts.

In Dancing on Coals, the heroine kills several men, again each was intent on harming her, and one by thrusting a short sword under his ribs and twisting. Again, the men she kills are intent on harming her, and again, I've never had a complaint about those scenes.

I just sent a novella/short novel to my mailing list. Never ran this one by beta readers and wondered about one scene myself where the hero lies in wait for someone and beats the bejabbers out of him with a club. Again, the guy he did this to was a bad guy who had previously beaten the heroine, but still I wondered what the feedback would be. So far, no one has mentioned it.

On the other hand I see quite a few reviews from readers who either wish I didn 't have sex scenes or think the ones I have aren't hot enough. :)  But maybe that's just Romance.

Thank you! So glad to hear you haven't gotten complaints! And "beats the bejabbers out of him with a club"  ;D lol love it. That's essentially the scene I took out already my MC woman pert-near took out a fella's let with an axe. Hubby thought it was too much.

Writers' Cafe / When protagonists kill...
« on: May 08, 2017, 11:11:28 AM »
Hey :)

I am in the final editing stages of an action/adventure book. My first in this genre.

Just a quick summary of what the book is about - I have a large cast of people who were essentially shipwrecked on an island inhabited with pirates. All of the people shipwrecked are good guys except one villain amongst them. The pirates have killed several of their people and are planning to kill several more.

My beta reader (my husband) is reading it as I type this thread, he's almost to the end, but he is not sure about the fact that some of my protagonists are killing pirates. It's not even that they are killing them, it's more how they are doing it and that it's onscreen brutality. We had the Indiana Jones discussion - Indy really doesn't get brutal. He shoots that guy slinging swords, but he's not slashing anyone's throats. I say the heroes killed people in Star Wars, he says those were anonymous people in Storm Trooper costumes so that's different.

I want this book to appeal to both men AND women - so I don't want to go too soft on the action parts. But I don't want to scare off people either with too much violence. Here are two of the specific scenes in question:

1. A good guy - a hero - whacks a pirate with a machete in one scene. But he's trying to save his lady love whom he just told to run. His brother is also on the island - so he's killing to save himself and the people he loves. Can a protagonist not whack a pirate with a machete? Is it too brutal? Should it somehow happen "off screen"?
2. A woman - shoots two pirates in the head. Is that too brutal? What can I say? She has a gun. And the pirates are coming to get her. I would use the gun if two pirates were coming to get me.

I feel like these characters have these weapons on them and this is exactly what I would have done in these situations. They weren't forced scenes - killing for the sake of killing - they are trying to get the heck off the island and the pirates are making it impossible.

I also don't want to turn readers off with violence. I've kept cussing to PG-13 levels, specifically so as not to offend readers and I don't want to offend with too much brutality. I already took out a particularly bloody scene for that reason. The two above really don't say much about blood. Of course it's assumed.

What are your thoughts?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Trilogy vs. Series
« on: May 01, 2017, 01:57:44 PM »
All great advice! Thank you everyone!

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