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Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing and Isolation...
« on: July 20, 2018, 04:28:57 PM »
I feel ya.

My family seems burned out too. So I don't tell them stuff about writing anymore. Which sucks because I don't leave the house or talk to other people either. So essentially I'm completely isolated. It's hard. Being a writer is lonely work. But I choose to do it ... so there's that.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KENP Page Read Credit for KU Audiobook Listening?
« on: July 03, 2018, 12:36:01 PM »
OP did you ever figure out how they compensate for this? Two of my books in KU with associated audiobooks have recently been listed as "read and listen free". I emailed ACX and they said they don't see that on their side and that it must be a whispersync thing I'm seeing. ??? So I just sent them screenshots. Waiting to hear back, but how is it possible that they can give away my audiobooks without my permission and without compensation?

Curious if you ever got an answer.

Adding my voice to say also that it's too rich for my blood. At $10 it was a luxury. I didn't need all the bells and whistles. A tiered structure would have been a more logical way to implement all the changes you want to make. Not nearly doubling rates across the board and having us pay for the freebie you offer.

What a way to end the week. [emoji17]

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Report frozen for anyone in UK?
« on: February 01, 2018, 05:45:06 AM »
Frozen here in US as well.

Writers' Cafe / Re: what happens to a book's sales after a BB free promo?
« on: December 27, 2017, 01:37:22 PM »
If Bookbub does the promo, I know from my own newsletters that the open curve of newsletters has flattened out in the past year. In other words, more people open the email 24 hours or more after sending. Because they didn't get around to it, because the email went to promotions and they only found it later.

Anyway, it sucks for them to open an email about great cheap or free books, want the book, but the book has already gone back to full price.

Just curious...I have a Bookbub coming up in January. I'm in select and have 3 days left to use for this promo...would you say then the best thing is to utilize the 3 days on the promo and then the two days AFTER or is it better to flank the Bookbub on either side with the extra 2 days?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bookbub question
« on: December 27, 2017, 08:02:48 AM »
Thank you Gene, I followed your advice and have just emailed them. I just hated raising my own red flag, but I think you're right. It's best just to get answers straight from the horse's mouth!

Thank you :) Happy Holidays!

Writers' Cafe / Bookbub question
« on: December 27, 2017, 07:20:06 AM »
I got my first Bookbub! Yay :)

But before I got the Bookbub, I booked two promos a Freebooksy and an ENT for this week. The Bookbub is in mid January.

Both sets of promos will make my 99 cent series starter free. It seems like I read on Bookbub's page that the book can't be free for a certain number of days. Will Bookbub cancel on me or is this not a big deal? My Freebooksy is tomorrow and ENT is Thursday. I can sure try and reschedule it if necessary, but I'm worried it might be too late with those advertisers.

This should have occurred to me when I got the news about the Bookbub late last week, but I had Christmas on the brain and now that I'm back in the office this just hit me.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Help me understand this...please.
« on: December 12, 2017, 04:30:09 PM »
This sale actually happened two days ago. But it could be on any of my four audiobooks because this particular box set doesn't have an audiobook or paperback associated with it. But the books IN the set each have audiobooks and paperbacks attached to them. Which category would it be under? ALC, AL, or ALOP? I'll see if I can match anything up.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Help me understand this...please.
« on: December 12, 2017, 02:33:16 PM »
I've had a pretty good December of audiobook sales so I don't know how I'd tell if it was that, but it's very possible that's what it was. Thank you!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Help me understand this...please.
« on: December 12, 2017, 01:30:10 PM »
As long as they are sales by the same author it's fine with me. Although I think I'd prefer to know if the ad spend is for the book I'm targeting or not.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Help me understand this...please.
« on: December 12, 2017, 12:26:55 PM »
Exactly!! I was fired up. I spend a lot of money on AMS ads and to find out that the royalties shown weren't mine? It's like WHAT?! What's the point then?? Let's hope you're right!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Help me understand this...please.
« on: December 12, 2017, 12:20:15 PM »
I don't have any co-authors so that can't be it. And while the first three books in the series do have associated audiobooks they aren't in a box set. But I understand what you're saying. Maybe they bought several of my other books. Makes me feel a little better. Thank you.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Help me understand this...please.
« on: December 12, 2017, 11:47:54 AM »

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Writers' Cafe / Help me understand this...please.
« on: December 12, 2017, 11:36:58 AM »
I recently put a 3 book box set up on Amazon priced at $6.99. I started AMS ads and Facebook ads going. Because of all of this lag in reporting, my reports have been wonky. I have been getting page reads in blocks of 500. Each day since my box set went up for sale (except day 1 which was 14 pages read) it's been an even 500, 1000, 1500, 2000, 2500 day of sales if you follow me. I chalked it up to reporting being delayed as per the message.

BUT my dashboard was showing one sale and it was for $6.99. I got on my AMS because it's showing I'm spending out every day, and it says I have one sale for $18.66. Weird. How is this even possible if my book is priced at $6.99? So I emailed Amazon about these issues.

They told me that the sales showing on AMS aren't necessarily my sales. If someone clicks on my ad and buys someone else's book, those sales are reported here. I'm like WHAT?! Why should that show up on my report?! How can you possibly get an accurate ACoS then? I emailed them back and said, let me get this straight. And I reiterated what I was understanding. I said is this the case and a second person confirmed it. I'd post screenshots here of the convo, but I can't find the attachment button for pics.

Anyway, I don't get it. Can anyone explain this to me?

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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