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Writers' Cafe / Re: Hidden Gems ARC Service
« on: Today at 01:12:10 AM »
Hidden Gems is legit and IMO currently the only review service that delivers for what the authors pay for in terms of getting actual reviews. Often times authors give out review copies only to have reviewers flake out on them.

Secondly, as an author I'm just so tired of hearing people doubt ARC reviewers. Skeptical about F&F I can understand. But ARC reviewers? We had this whole discussion already on another thread not too long ago. When I have ARC readers, I swear I sit on pins and needles before the reviews come in because I haven't the slightest clue if they'd like my book or not. The idea that ARC reviewers (not incentivized) will automatically give good reviews makes no logical sense whatsoever.

Many of us explained to you in the very thread you bring up why ARC readers aren't all that valid to us readers. As was explained, an "ARC team" would not be built up of people who give low ratings for books.

Sure, you might have some new ARC readers give you a one or two star that hates the book but those reviewers wouldn't last long on the ARC team. ARC teams by their very definition search out people that LIKE your books. Very few newsletter subscribers would agree to this task if they didn't like the books, still less would be invited back if they were giving damning reviews.

Writers' Cafe / Re: - any hope of removing reviews?
« on: Yesterday at 06:56:28 PM »
My favorite one-stars are "I didn't buy this book" and "It never downloaded" to name a few.

Try not to worry about it and move on.  Yes, it affects your overall ranking, but readers are pretty smart and will discount these kinds of "reviews" anyway.  Trust your readers/potential readers.

My favorite one star went something like "Great characters and interesting story...but not for me" ONE STAR

Writers' Cafe / Re: 3000 Words a Day Club
« on: Yesterday at 11:52:06 AM »
Wow! First 3000+ day in FOREVER!  :P

I feel great.

I think Amazon is relying on us doing so - which angers me. How much would it cost to have an actual human review each manuscript for this issue?

Very little. And if they did, they'd save loads of money on the back end.

I'm not sure.

The cover definitely screams home-made but sometimes those find a way to work.

The art is quite busy with a lot of contrasting elements, yet I'm not sure what's happening.

Are the two characters actually interacting or in the same scene or is it two different scenes?

Did you request for the middle of the cover to be "A man burning alive"? The woman is holding onto him but also hanging off a cliff...but not too worried about it?

The typography certainly needs to read better with all that color underneath it.

Good luck!

I agree except one of these books just hit 36,000 in the store so they are grabbing up virtual shelf space, KU reads and space on the top 100 list right now.

Oh man, you missed the REAL action when the scam book like "Boy and donkey" and "Clever man" were top 100 in the store. They repeated the same story over and over again which seemed to be a methaphor for scamming Amazon. :o

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon's China site for books
« on: October 22, 2017, 01:29:22 AM »
This hasn't been my experience. The royalty is 30%, which is a lot more than I was getting from trad publishing.  My royalties from Penguin for Bheki and the Magic Light were 8% minus the literary agent's percentage. I would have to wait a year for royalties, mostly to be told the amount wasn't enough to justify a cheque! (This was pre internet banking)

I had three Chinese translators working on the books and they would check each others work. If they asked me questions the questions and my answers would go to all three, and also the project leader.

This is the link to one of my books on Baidu. They are also on Douban and many other sites.

The reason I went with Fiberead was:
a) It was free. I would never be able to afford to pay for translation
b) Fiberead does the cover
c) Fiberead uploads to many websites in China, plus on
d) Fiberead collects payment and pays through PayPal

Fiberead is certainly an options for some. I think Alexia came to the same conclusion I did because she's spent time in China has some familiarity with the language and knows where to check on them. Most authors don't. For many of us, we couldnt imagine allowing our book to be poorly translated. This overrides the free aspect. I'd rather not have a translation than have a bad one.

Fiberead doesn't hire actual translators. They put job adverts online for anyone who has English experience they do a phone interview, and that's about it. Chinese translators of any caliber wouldn't sign up to do free work. Fiberead is talked about (on the few places it's mentioned) negatively by Chinese who are familiar with the company.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon's China site for books
« on: October 21, 2017, 08:22:33 PM »
I didn't trust the English sites info about Fiberead so I searched Fiberead on Baidu to see what I could find. Not much about it on Chinese sites (which is not a good sign). I did find a forum discussion in CHinese and the forum mebers were complaining about how the pay is low, and they don't actually use the same translators for a same book. They give one chapter to a team and then the next chapter to another. The result was the book had inconsistencies in translations. (Eg the names of the characters were inconsistent depending on which chapter).

The thing is Fiberread can get a translated book onto sites like Douban, etc where Chinese readers actually frequent (as opposed to But I too feel like the potential mangling of translation isn't worth it. Anyway I doubt I'd make it past the censors since some of my books contain mature content.

Yeah, that's similar to my results researching fiberead. I will be looking at finding more consistent translation and seeing what it takes to get books into the normal marketplaces (not just Amazon China which almost no one uses here).

If I can get everything set up I'll be helping to provide full translations and options for third-party proof-reading for serious writers who want accurate translations. But I'm taking it slow to make sure this is something that makes sense financially for both the authors and the Chinese workers.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon's China site for books
« on: October 21, 2017, 07:26:09 PM »
Have you thought of starting your own official WeChat group and serialising your book via that?

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I'm looking at trying to give translation options to others at the moment and seeing how that works. I'm not a big fish yet, I'll likely try to get English language rolling with promos soon after my third release.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What's Your Best Cure For Writer's Block?
« on: October 21, 2017, 09:09:23 AM »
I think a writer can make it so with their mentality, but I agree with you that in reality it isn't a thing.

You hit the nail right on the head!  =  )

Writers' Cafe / Re: Stay-at-home parent/authors!
« on: October 21, 2017, 03:00:17 AM »
From over here in China it's really interesting to hear how little time parents have. In Asia (for the most part) parents have plenty of time because grandparents are an active, daily part of the child's life. It's perfectly normal for a grandchild to "live" with the grandparents so both parents can work full-time. For a stay at home mom there is plenty of time for activities as you just let grandma/grandpa spend time with them a couple of hours a day. I realize a lot of western families don't keep a closeness like this but it's amazing to read through and see how little time western stay at home parents have.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What's Your Best Cure For Writer's Block?
« on: October 21, 2017, 02:15:16 AM »
I haven't been to the moon, so I don't think it's real.

Nope, not similar at all.

But I have a tinfoil hat for you!

Writers' Cafe / Re: What's Your Best Cure For Writer's Block?
« on: October 20, 2017, 11:39:46 PM »
My best cure is not to get it.  "Writer's Block" is not in my vocabulary.

Agreed. I don't think writer's block is a real thing.

Yes, but what is "well"? There are people who write well and have nothing to say, and there are people who have plenty to say but don't write so well. Your presumed relative Aldous Huxley was not a stylist but he had plenty to say and I for one am thankful he was able to say it. Hemingway wrote beautiful prose early on, but much later what he had to say was already said and he wet pfftt. Do the top sellers on Amazon write well? I'm not sure. Maybe not. The question about "well" can be asked in any art. Painting, for example. You know the story of Flauberet taking a day to polish a sentence. I would be happier had he written more profusely. Because he had something to say, I'm happy Simenon was prolific, although often he was very sloppy.

This is just confusing definitions. You might think James Joyce wrote well while I might think he was terrible. Well, for most people means readable and interesting. Not flowery and cryptic.

Writers' Cafe / Limit on email sending?
« on: October 18, 2017, 11:17:25 PM »
Hey, I've sent a bunch of free copies of my books to people this week. Everything has gone smoothly until I started getting mailer daemon warnings. I changed over to my second email and after a couple of them got the same warning and now saying "file is too large".

I've sent the same file many times, why would it be to large the next day?

What is going on here?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Now I'm REALLY a writer - first one star review
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:44:48 AM »
Some one-star reviews are strange.

I was looking at reviews for a fantasy book I was thinking about reading. It had the review, "Great book. awesome characters but not for me" 1 STAR.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Now I'm REALLY a writer - first one star review
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:43:37 AM »
They are well within their rights to leave whatever review they want, that's not in dispute. But unless the book truly was one of the worst books you've ever read, a one star is a sledgehammer when just a regular hammer (2 or 3 star) is usually in order.

But the world is filled with people who always have to express themselves in the extreme; hysterics if you ask me.

In theory amazon should be filled with tons of three stars. But it's not (in fact, three stars seems to be the least used rating). That's why I think Netflix was smart to simply switch to a thumbs up / thumbs down review system. That's how people are using the stars anyway... people seem to be unable to express themselves in a moderate fashion anymore.   

I totally disagree.

Is anyone complaining that their books are getting too many 5 star reviews? If you say 1 star should only be reserved for the very, very worse is it realistic that so many indie authors are getting rated as a top book ever?

People like to disparage 1 star reviews but LOVE to see 5 stars.

Writers' Cafe / Re: keyword dragon = (
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:02:17 AM »
If you search for dragon kindle books, why *shouldn't* dragon shifters come up? This isn't about categorization - based on your initial post, you weren't browsing categories, you were searching the entire store. Of course dragon shifters are going to come up; they're immensely popular with readers.

As was already pointed out above by several others, even if you add a bunch of filters the shifter romances still get through because of category stuffing. And they add things totally unrelated to their stories so it's hard to filter out.

We analyzed stories in the "heist" category which had nothing at all to do with heist. No theft of any sort. Many of them had a "bad boy biker" which somehow makes them a heist story?

Writers' Cafe / Re: keyword dragon = (
« on: October 17, 2017, 09:32:29 AM »
As someone who's written heist stories, I've suspected that the market for them was relatively small.  Now to find out that a lot of the eyeballs my books are getting are those of people looking for step-brothers, billionaires, sheikhs, and secret babies.   :o    ???    >:(

Don't forget beast shifter, secret baby, slave...."heist".

Writers' Cafe / Re: keyword dragon = (
« on: October 17, 2017, 09:01:28 AM »
But then you'll miss the story of the short but plucky dragon and her step brother who must fight off the billionaire supervillain who is menacing their aunt's poodle breeding business after their stepfather is knocked out! (Luckily the poodles are all taken out for unlimited ice cream by their babysitter.)


It's funny but true.

Another reader was shocked to find the "heist" category was full of stories that had no heist whatsoever just because of category stuffing.

Just a romance.

Writers' Cafe / Re: keyword dragon = (
« on: October 17, 2017, 08:49:07 AM »
For a while I tried doing what is told here, using the "minus". So I ended with a string that got long and longer. And I am actually looking for romance. So this search mess is affecting all of us.  A lot of this stuff some of you dismissively mentally stuff into romance, is not romance at all.
So say I was looking for a SFR, I had to start putting all these things in it. Same with just looking for a contemporary romance, regency romance, american revolution romance, you get it.

"-brother, -breeding, -short, -shifter, -novella, -taken, -gangbang, -stepfather, -knocked, -unlimited, -erotic, -bbw, -stepbrother, -mma, -taboo, -babysitter, -lust, -billionaire..........eta the list goes on. Mind you, I am dong the strings not in the random kindle book search bar, but in the actual genre category and sub category. So I am trying to also sift out those that purposely mis-categorize their stuff.

My thinking is, anyone that has to use such keywords to describe their books, I don't want to read them.

Because the books are stuffed everywhere. So I look for SFR, I get shifter stuff, or breeding porn. I look for recency, I get biker cowboy stuff. I look for historical romance set in a particular time and place, say american revolution, I don't know anymore what I get now as i haven't searched on Amazon for so long. I gave up. I gave up searching and browsing on Amazon. The thing that wold give me lots of joy of finding new reads is gone on Amazon.

I go to goodreads and look for other readers recs now. I find less things on my own now, but as long as I like what I read I guess I don't care. Goodreads at least the shelves/tags are mostly done by actual readers. Not marketers. So if I want a SFR, I can actually find some there, although they are still much to scarce.

Yep, the problem is why should a reader have to add 20 minuses just to nab all these shifter romances? It's insane.

SO MANY miscategorized books!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon's China site for books
« on: October 15, 2017, 12:40:50 PM »
Unfortunately I can't check the translations  :(, but last month I did earn more from China for my children's books than from the rest of the Amazon world (which wasn't difficult because children's books are a difficult sell  ::) )


Keep up the good work.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon's China site for books
« on: October 15, 2017, 12:09:49 PM »
That's laudable, but Fiberead is free.

Yeah, if you remember I was looking into fibread before. Unfortunately, I found out that they are merely asking English students on the internet to do the translations (basically as free work for them). Two of my co-workers checked out multiple translations and they were pretty bad.

I then checked the line up of authors and books fiberead offers and it's almost all people selling less than 1-2 books a month on Amazon.

I don't think I could ever allow my work to be mangled like that.

Tranlation must be professional for a lot of us.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Beginning of the end for Indie writers
« on: October 15, 2017, 09:09:36 AM »

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon's China site for books
« on: October 15, 2017, 08:59:08 AM »
I'm working on creating a platform to create affordable Chinese translations for indie writers.

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