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Writers' Cafe / Re: Audiobook Marketing
« on: April 12, 2018, 12:40:17 PM »

They, however, do not count as a sale and you will not receive royalties for use of these promotional codes.

I had 50 codes. They didn't all get given out and I know how many did, and I'm also pretty certain that all but a few of the ones I gave out were used on my book. A small number 6-7 weren't used on my book. I used one of code myself a bit later in the run and it showed up the next day as a solitary sale with commission under the AL units. I also had 2 under ALOP and 2 under ALC I know one of the ALC purchases. 33 sold altogether. I also purchased another audio book with one of the codes. I didn't receive any royalty for that one, I suspect the author of that book did.

I'm also aware there is an element of audio listeners out there that ask for a code under the pretext of giving a review, but they use those codes on other books. It would be a matter of extreme coincidence that a similar number of 'other' codes were used within the same 48 hour time frame of each session. One on Reddit and the other on AudioBookBoom. It's also strange that the number of sales didn't exceed the number of codes issued by me.

I believe the issuing of codes  by Audible is difficult to manage across the board and that the whole idea of the codes is more about Audible buying heavy marketing for Audible than it is for promoting the author's book. The difference between the monthly free code issued and the ones provided for 'marketing purposes' have to be the same. I know visibility is a very short window on Audible and without extensive marketing using these codes it is extremely difficult (if not impossible) to get seen unless you are already well established.

In the end you can disagree, but I've tested this and it's how it worked for me. I have four more audio books coming out over the next few months and I'm certain there will be a change in sales figures because I'm going to get new followers of the narrator as well as my books. As a result it might be harder to check the sales numbers against the codes which is probably what Audible count on. I think the Audible free promotion codes are great and they do the job, but without any payback in terms of royalty I don't think many new authors would gain any traction. I think the 'perk' royalty is a short term reward for doing audible's promotion for them.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Audiobook Marketing
« on: April 10, 2018, 05:33:26 AM »
I can totally assure you that you DO get paid if they use the codes on obtaining your book. Likewise if they use your code to get someone else's, then THEY get the royalty (about $6.50 per book).

Writers' Cafe / Re: Audiobook Marketing
« on: April 06, 2018, 08:39:53 AM »
You should go wide as although you lose 15% by not going exclusive with ACX (Audible,iTunes,Amazon) you do get to reach Kobo, Overdrive and Google if you utilise aggregators such as Findaway. Also , if you go direct with ACX ask and they will provide you with 'up to' 50 US/UK FREE codes for which you get paid a royalty if they are exchanged for your audio book. I think this is more about Audible marketing their services than it is for your book - so use them wisely. If you use the to collect reviews try to use somewhere that polices their reviewers, such as AudioBookBoom, as many will take your codes and never leave a review. Promote yourself on social media sites (Reddit is worthy). If your narrator is well known get them to help promote your book as many audio listeners follow narrators just as much as authors. You will see them cross-promoted on your retail page on Audible. Join Facebook audio groups.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Can anyone tell me how to publish an audio?
« on: March 26, 2018, 09:22:02 AM »
You can't. GooglePlay are only accepting audiobooks via publisher or aggregator. Try Findaway, or similar.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU Page Stuffing Explained - Helpful Video
« on: January 04, 2018, 11:37:51 AM »
Ah well, it was a good while it lasted. Good night everyone :D

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU Page Stuffing Explained - Helpful Video
« on: January 04, 2018, 11:30:31 AM »
or that getting paid for content that was not actually read is wrong.

That's an assumption. How do you know people don't read those extra books?

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU Page Stuffing Explained - Helpful Video
« on: January 04, 2018, 11:28:27 AM »

these are authors who have been in the business for a long time (some are successful and well-known in other genres), who know the self-pub industry well, and have figured out a way to monetize their product in an extreme way. They know the key ingredients to sell a book: genre-appropriate cover, good blurb, interesting sample, and customer reviews. The stories are common tropes, quick, easy, steamy reads, generally enjoyable. The content is minimally edited, but they don't care; they get those reviews up, sell a bundle in a week or two, and then abandon any promo on that book because the next one is ready to release. Books are unpublished, rewritten, and republished; the same stories are rotated as bonus material between the books. Most of the shenanigans teeter on the edge of Amazon's TOS.

When you consider it, it's a lot of work, fast turnaround, plenty of chances to screw up and high overheads with big rewards. Like a fast-food outlet compared to a standard-fare restaurant. Or a 'stack-em-high-sell-em-cheap' supermarket. Either way, they knock the competition on the head.

Are they getting Amazon All Star Bonuses? Yes. Make of that what you will.

Which tells you exactly why they are winning.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU Page Stuffing Explained - Helpful Video
« on: January 04, 2018, 11:12:54 AM »
Their book is now 10,000 KENP. The unethical author gets paid for a full 10,000 KENP even though the customer has not actually read those pages. They get $45 instead of $1.35.

But, didn't Amazon put a roof on these books at 3,000 KENP?

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU Page Stuffing Explained - Helpful Video
« on: January 04, 2018, 09:49:03 AM »
Once again...

 Bonus Content
If you choose to include bonus content (e.g. other stories, or previews of other books), it should be relevant to the customer and should not disrupt the reading experience. To meet these guidelines, we recommend placing additional content at the end of the book.

Content must meet all program guidelines (e.g., bonus content in KDP Select titles must be exclusive). Translated content must be high quality and not machine generated. Disruptive links and promises of gifts or rewards are never allowed.

Yes, that's clear. People will still argue their own personal definition of what constitutes 'bonus content' though :/

Writers' Cafe / Re: Recently Joined Author
« on: January 04, 2018, 09:39:40 AM »
Hi everyone, I'm new here. I was hoping to see how my fantasy series was doing, but when I enter my name, it says author not found. Is this only available to best selling authors?

Do you want to help us out here a 'teeny weeny' bit? Name of book, name of author? platform?

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU Page Stuffing Explained - Helpful Video
« on: January 04, 2018, 09:36:57 AM »
But I don't think it's helpful to accuse people of being 'scammers' or whatever when they are working within the very system Amazon created.

Yeah! that would be me and I admit I'm using a 'catchall' phrase because everyone seems to consider anyone bending the rules is taking advantage or 'scamming' the system. When I say 'scammers', I really mean 'lovely people with misguided views on being fair and considerate to others' all good ? :D

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU Page Stuffing Explained - Helpful Video
« on: January 04, 2018, 08:45:37 AM »

And none of my royalties are going to scammers or stuffers or botters... they all go into my pocket. I've said it before, on the direct side I think zon is running a good operation. On the KU side it's a total gong show.

Yep! I'm not exclusive with Amazon yet I get a good deal so long as I don't try and compete with those in KU. Should we demand a level-playing field?

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU Page Stuffing Explained - Helpful Video
« on: January 04, 2018, 08:27:13 AM »
I would agree with you except this is specifically against amazons own rules. Then they turn around and harass other authors for ridiculous things like reviews or demanding their copyright letters. They pick and choose which rules to follow and sorry, that isnít okay.

The point is by staying in KU you accept that you're a willing participant in this harassment. You become party to it and are therefore complicit. Writing emails to Amazon and making videos is all well and good, but in the end you all KNOW it's totally ineffective. If people really wanted to do something about it, they would leave KU in droves. I'm not unaware that people derive their income from this, but then so do workers in sweatshops in Pakistan. you don't dare risk being expelled, or worse killing the goose yet you realise someone somewhere has to ride to your aid. The bane of being an Indie is you're an army of one.

Writers' Cafe / Books2Read, a great little tool for authors
« on: January 04, 2018, 08:05:35 AM »
I've been using (a D2D company) for some time, since it started, I guess. However, I've not really been paying it much attention, just using it now and again for promotions.
Now that I've been keeping my books wide for a while it's proving quite useful to have all my own books2read custom link e.g. https:// The beauty is that when you populate the link with all of the platforms that carry your books, the reader ends up with a one-click, multi-choice all in one place. When the reader then selects their favoured sales platform, the B2R link offers to save that so that when using the link (for any book on the B2R link) the user goes immediately to the book without the intervening B2R landing page. An added bonus is being able to add your affiliate link for all the major platforms and so gain that little extra income off your sales.

Read the FAQ's for interesting work-around add-on's to avoid falling foul of anti-affiliate requirements of some sites.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU Page Stuffing Explained - Helpful Video
« on: January 04, 2018, 07:35:50 AM »
Its an outdated concept that if we all got what we thought we deserved, we'd get it all, if we all got what everyone else thought we should have, we'd get nothing.

Reality is a harsh employer. You have to fight for what you can get, but whingeing never made anyone any money. It seems to me that there are some very clever people out there fighting for their share (and getting it in spades). What they can do - you can do - and if Amazon isn't doing nowt about them, they probably won't do anything about you either. As long as the reader ends up with a smile on their face while paying Amazon their monthly tithe nobody is going to rock the boat.  No, I wouldn't do it, but then I refuse to belong to KU [any more] because it's a scam and the author is the victim. The responsible and best way to get even with Amazon, is to keep your books wide and support their competitors wherever you can. One day KU will collapse and if you're in there dependant on their handouts, then you will be the loser and Amazon and the scammers will not twitch a muscle to help you.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU Page Stuffing Explained - Helpful Video
« on: January 04, 2018, 05:36:07 AM »
The answer is to not play Amazon's game. Leave KU to the page stuffers and scammers. If Amazon won't do anything about it then it's up to you to deal with it yourselves. They're saying it's not a problem, but if all the genuine authors leave KU because of the inherent unfairness of the system, then Amazon has to either deal with the issue, or continue to ignore it. If the readers complained about page stuffing, then Amazon would deal with it - but they don't and probably won't.

Honestly, this chestnut has been roasted so many times it's wizened and dry as a bone.

and from my point of view (from outside KU) the reader isn't getting a bad deal and there's little difference between calling it a boxset and having the pages stuffed. The reader gets a great VFM deal either way. The problem is purely using the links to jump from one end of the book to the other. Something anyone can do with any book at any time. The system's broken - so why continue to use it?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Storyshop vs. Scrivener
« on: January 03, 2018, 12:20:40 PM »

I like the Cloud-based setup, whereby you can work on the same document on different computers. This was a major attraction for me. But the MS Word thing may be a deal-killer for me.

On a small note of interest. I use Jutoh with a cloud-based file. It has the ability (it's built-in) to operate from a memory stick AND still access the cloud.

This might represent an option for you, or others that read this thread. In addition, I have never lost a single word typed into Jutoh that hasn't been 100% recovered after a crash.

I've always hated cloud-based data, but these days I'm learning to love it's versatility and (because I keep parallel clouds) total reliability.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Storyshop vs. Scrivener
« on: January 03, 2018, 05:25:03 AM »
I think I'd be extremely worried having a program that wasn't under my personal control, i.e. on my laptop. I keep all my files in the 'cloud', but I've never liked subscription models because you end up paying considerably more for your software that way. Yes, you have programming ongoing, but you get that in updates to a software program that you purchase for your personal use. As it is I use Jutoh and Writer's Cafe, both produced by Anthemion. The latter is an excellent nuts&bolts scrivener. You might want to look at it as a more secure alternative to your browser-based software.

My new novel is available for pre-order now for distribution on the 10th January on all platforms (Amazon, Kobo, B&N Nook, Google, Apple iTunes, etc.,)

Dirk is young but expertly trained on his father's private estate. When he 'sniffs out' his parent's assassin his immediate desire for revenge throws him deep into a plot to take over the lucrative clone industry. When Dirk discovers aliens are involved the fight quickly escalates into an action-packed battle for political control of Capella. His only weapon is the mysterious 'Rigelian Gambit', but can Dirk work out exactly what it is and, more importantly how to use it before time runs out.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Another D2D question
« on: January 01, 2018, 04:38:41 AM »
Oh no, I stripped out the cover on Calibre, would just use the Mobi. I'm just wondering if there is anything in the Mobi manuscript content that wouldn't work.

No, I'm sure it will be fine. I'm pretty certain that Amazon will take any formatted .mobi and D2D tends to be accepted universally.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is your novel ready to be published on Jan 1, 2018?
« on: January 01, 2018, 02:37:11 AM »
My new book is due out on the 10th although it's ready now as a pre-order.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 2018 Author Affirmations and Goals
« on: January 01, 2018, 02:13:10 AM »
I am retired. In 2018 I will stay retired.
I live in Greece. In 2018 I will continue to love life like a Greek.
I sometimes write. In 2018 I will write - sometimes.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Another D2D question
« on: January 01, 2018, 01:01:08 AM »
Not really, Amazon prefers that you exclude the cover whereas if you don't include your cover on D2D the reader doesn't get it. I guess Amazon will strip it out if you leave it in, so it 'probably' doesn't matter much either way.

Writers' Cafe / Re: For heaven's sake, people, you're authors.
« on: January 01, 2018, 12:34:50 AM »
then there is bore, boar and boor.  'The oafish bore' made me scratch my head a bit.

Writers' Cafe / Re: My Books on Kobo that I have not uploaded
« on: December 30, 2017, 12:06:01 AM »
I won't name the platform here but needless to say I won't deal with them anymore. 

You 'should' name them (here or on your own thread). That practice is completely underhand and others could benefit from knowing.

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