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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?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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

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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? 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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 :)

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