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Writers' Cafe / Re: For heaven's sake, people, you're authors.
« on: November 05, 2017, 09:15:55 AM »
Correct: Tom went along with me and Joe.

Not correct: Tom went along with Joe and I.

Rule of thumb; remove the other person from the sentence to find which is correct.
Tom went along with me.
Tom went along with I.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Would you respond to this one star review?
« on: November 05, 2017, 09:05:46 AM »
I clicked the link to open this thread, then clicked reply, without even reading the question from the OP.

NO! Never respond to a reviewer.

That said, I will now read the question and confirm my answer.

ETA: Contact Amazon. The review should be about the product only. But, my answer stands.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Who is your publisher listed as on Amazon?
« on: November 05, 2017, 08:56:10 AM »
Down Island Press, LLC is the publisher of record for all my work. I created it soon after publishing the first book, to get rid of that "Published by CreateSpace" moniker.

Today, all rights to my books are signed over to Down Island Press. The business transfers to my wife in my will, along with all the business assets, including book rights. Makes things much simpler in the long run.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What percentage of your sales are from India?
« on: November 05, 2017, 08:48:34 AM »
Going back to the dawn of time (October 8, 2013) my revenue comes from:
US - 94%
UK - 3%
CA - 2%
AU - 1%
All the rest - <0.1%

For 2017, the numbers are only slightly different:
US - 93%
UK - 4%
CA - 2%
AU - 1%
All the rest - <0.1%

This is an interesting comparison. My books are action/adventure thrillers set in modern time, specifically in the Florida Keys, with probably 95% American characters.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: November 03, 2017, 07:18:46 PM »
It's Friday, and I started the week almost 700 words (less than a day) ahead of schedule. How many of you schedule ahead? I'm a little OCD when it comes to scheduling. I have all of 2018 scheduled, including time off and realistic goals. Doing this, I can consistently schedule my beta readers, editor, proofreader, formatter, and cover designer well in advance. Far enough that I know I won't have to wait, because they have something booked. Here's what my schedule looks like. Note, that as of today, I'm more than 3000 words (three full days) ahead of schedule. The weather is supposed to be nice through next Wednesday and believe me, boat ramps are far less crowded on weekdays. So, I'm taking Monday and perhaps Tuesday off and getting some salty time.

Writers' Cafe / 5,000 words per week club.
« on: November 02, 2017, 04:20:47 PM »
We went from a 1K word per day club to a 3K per day. What about those of us who just don't want to crank out that much? I understand the concept behind high output, but I do things differently.

When I write the end of the last chapter, it's actually the third draft, since I edit the previous two day's work every weekday, before writing anything new. When it's done, it's ready for beta reading that same day, and is a fairly clean manuscript. Five thousand words a week is a short novel in ten weeks, or a fairly long novel in five months. By working M-F, if I fall behind because of life, I can work weekends to catch up and better schedule cover, editing, and formatting.

I've slowed my output to only two releases this year, in April and August. Next year I'll release two more, in January/February and another in late spring. In 2019, I'll probably release three, since the first release will be in January. I take a full week off for NINC, the Key West Mystery Fest, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring break. Plus, I take 6-8 weeks off in the summer.

So, come on, slowpokes! Speak up! Are you trying to slow down and enjoy life with the income your writing provides?

You are an amazing person Christina and I have to say Wayne is in the same league.

Please get the new fund site up, I'm up North but would do something as meager as it is.

My only suggestion is to keep reading this post and the support here as well as your friends.  The process can wear you down over time even though you are in the right.

Stay Positive!

It's up, Tommy.

We're 1/4 of the way there!

Kicked a bit more in. This is such a slow process.  >:(

I like his choice of words, too, Monique. Keep it up, Christina! We're behind you all the way.

Not sure about the guys under the bridge, but I believe the boat is a fishing trawler, at least where I come from.  :)

Trawlers and trollers are two different boats and two different types of fishing. A trawler drags nets, a troller drags baited hooks. Which is how internet trolling got its name.



Writers' Cafe / Re: Calling all writers with Florida ties.
« on: October 21, 2017, 06:08:55 AM »
The fund raiser is coming up on 24 hours since it launched, late yesterday morning, and we've raised $6330 of our goal of $50,000. You'll see a few familiar names listed among the sponsors and donors. Please give, if you can. The amount doesn't matter.

John Cunningham set most of this up, and worked hard to find just the right recipient. The Navy League of Key West is a long standing 501c3, with a great track record. Every penny donated will be distributed to other vetted non-profits from Key West to Key Largo, with 100% of the proceeds going into the hands of those who most need help.

Yes, Hurricane Irma was several weeks ago, the Keys have reopened to tourists, and Fantasy Fest kicked off yesterday in Key West, on schedule. It's what Conchs do.

But, the need is still great. Many are still digging out of the rubble, and mountains of debris line US-1 for miles through he Middle Keys. Many businesses are still closed and some will never reopen. A lot of the people who work there are not only homeless, but out of a job.

Most people think of the Keys and Key West as synonymous, but Key West is just a little island at the end of US-1. It's the last one accessible by car in a 118 mile long archipelago made up of more than 700 islands. Key West fared pretty well. They were on the west side of the storm, when it made landfall up-island on Cudjoe Key. The most powerful part of a hurricane is where the wind comes ashore, the right side of the counter-clockwise rotating storm. Just east of Cudjoe Key is Summerland Key and Big Pine Key, two densely populated islands. East of there is the Seven Mile Bridge, with Marathon on the opposite side. That's where the right side of Irma drove the ocean up and over the islands, taking everything with it. These islands were hit very hard. Half the homes in the Middle Keys have been destroyed. HALF! Look around your neighborhood and imagine that for just a second.

Why is this area so important to me? The Keys are my muse. My characters live and work there. Big Pine Key and Marathon figure prominently in my stories and the physical setting is just as big a character as the people. The folks who live in the Middle Keys are where I draw my characters from. I have many friends there still, though it's been twenty-five years since I called the islands my home.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Calling all writers with Florida ties.
« on: October 18, 2017, 08:09:10 PM »
Well, it's taken a long time, but we wanted to make sure that the recipient we'd be funding passes on 100% of the proceeds to those who need it most, with no overhead, and is a 501c3 non-profit. And I think we have just the right organization already in place, which is funneling money to other smaller non-profit organizations throughout the affected area.

I'm waiting for three responses to an email address request, so that when it goes live an email will be sent to all involved at the same time. I had all the other participants information, so check your email and FB messenger for my request.

The fund raiser will go live tomorrow it looks like. When it does, all participants will be asked to first donate, then inform your followers. A rapid number of donations will cause the fund to trend, creating more recommendations and organic growth. The goal is to raise $50K in a month. But, my hope is that we hit it in a week and it keeps growing.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Swag
« on: October 14, 2017, 11:18:04 AM »
It's complicated.

Complicated? Hardly. After Guadalcanal, the Old Breed was garrisoned in Brisbane and Melbourne, many with malaria and malnutrition, to regroup and train new replacements. The Marines loved it there and the people of Australia liked having them. Nothing complicated about that.

I entered. And if I don't win, $99 is a small price to learn something new. I've been doing the same thing for years.

Rest up, Christina. Take a seat in the corner and get ready for the next round. Everyone here, myself included, support you 100% and will be behind you to the end.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Swag
« on: October 07, 2017, 03:57:38 PM »
My daughter sells all kinds of swag in our Ship's Store.


Writers' Cafe / Re: BookBub Stacking Help
« on: October 07, 2017, 10:40:35 AM »
Wow, sixteen? That's awesome, and doubly so that they've all earned out.

It is a free run. Money is nice, but I'd like rank because I feel like the more books I can get out there, the more the rest of the series will sell. It's 4 books long with a prequel. I've never thought of trying the later books in the series because they aren't standalones at all. But if people would buy the others... maybe?

And thank you all for your thoughts! You guys are awesome!

I had a BookBub promo on book 6 in my first series back in April, 2015. It was a discounted promo and book 1 in that series was also discounted. On the day of the BB promo, book 6 sold 1463 copies and book 1 sold 228. The promo earned out before mid-afternoon. The combined affect boosted both books into the top 1000 and book 1 continued to sell high for weeks, drawing hundreds of new readers in.

Thanks, y'all. I met Christina yesterday and she asked why. I've given that question a lot of thought and tried to explain it to her. As a kid, I was kinda small and bookish (is that word still used?) and I was pushed around a lot. We had a playground bully where I grew up. This was like '64 or '65. This kid was bigger than most. One day I saw him sitting on another kid slapping him, and something clicked in me. Long story short, the bully went home crying. Don't get me wrong, I got bloodied, but I rode my bike home with my head up. That kid was the reason I became a Marine.

When a stronger person pushes others around, and in this case, I'm talking financially stronger, because having met Christina, I now know her to be a powerfully ethical person. I can't ignore it. Nor should any person with a good moral compass. What I did was easy. Christina's the one getting bloodied. She's the one going toe to toe with the playground bully, and she's doing it for all the kids on the playground. But, I can now guarantee you one thing, having met her in person. That young lady will ride her bike home with her head held high.

This ain't over, y'all. There will be further funding needed. What I've contributed so far is about 10% of last month's income. Many of you have done that and more. I ask you to continue doing so. This isn't charitable giving, this is investing in the clean up of OUR community and is easily worth the investment.

Now that you mention it. LOL

Well dang, it was today. Oh, well, it was one of my less wonderful paydays anyway.  I think my lowest this year. ::) :P

No excuse not to make a contribution though.

Most amazon payments go out on the 28th. But, not all banks show pending transactions. My old bank did, and I could draw against it. My new bank doesn't show pending transactions, though. However, they appear if I refresh at 12:01 AM.

Y'all! Someone who isn't even a writer made a donation yesterday. And I see Boyd kicked in again. You're drinking free at NINC, my friend. Make no doubt about it, this will be fully funded tomorrow evening.

Two days left in the fundraiser. And today is payday for some of us.  ;)

Writers' Cafe / Re: BookBub Stacking Help
« on: September 28, 2017, 12:51:57 PM »
Two things are missing from the equation. Will it be free or discounted? Is your goal money or rank?

If it's discounted, stacking ads before BookBub, even money losses, so long as they sell one or two, will give you a higher peak rank on BB day. Higher rank equals more visibility equals more organic sales. And if it's in KU more downloads and page reads.

If it's free and you stack ads before BB, you'll again get a higher peak rank in the free store and more KU downloads.

Figuring ROI is difficult, particularly if there are several more books in the series, but usually a discounted BB promo will earn more money than a free one, if the series is only 2-4 books. After that, it's difficult to tell. The exception would be if the book in the BB free promo isn't the first in the series. You can get great results by promoting later books free with BB and discounting the first book during the same time period.

But, no matter how you shake it out, you will earn back more than you will spend. I've had sixteen and all of them earned out the day of the BookBub ad.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How long do your editors usually take?
« on: September 20, 2017, 07:25:31 AM »
As Shayne pointed out, many times the amount of time it takes your editor is more dependent on your scheduling. It's like nailing Jello to a wall. How do schedule an editor (or other services) if you don't know when the manuscript will be ready?

You have to schedule your own work. Choose a realistic goal. Mine is 5K words per week. I create a schedule on a spreadsheet with week ending dates and each week's cumulative goal. Things like the NINC conference are on there, as well as holidays, and vacation time. I don't write during those times, so there's no stress to get the words down. The schedule goes out to what I estimate the word count will be. It's always the same estimate, 70K words. Right now, I have a completion date of Friday, January 12th for the book I'm just starting. I have beta readers scheduled for the following Monday, then editor, proofreader, and formatter, all scheduled to start on the subsequent three Monday, with a publishing date of Monday, February 12th. My providers have me penciled in, but know the date isn't precise yet. But, by the time I reach 40K words (on Friday, November 17th), I'll know if the book is going to be more or less than 70K words and can adjust the providers schedule. I work weekdays only, so if I fall behind on my writing schedule, I need only work a couple of weekend days to catch up. If I get way ahead and my providers can't adjust due to other client bookings, I get three day weekends for a while.

The book after the one I just started, hasn't got a title or even an idea what it's about, but it's scheduled already. It'll be published on Monday, July 2nd. After that, the schedule is just an approximate with no dates, but a release some time in December, 2018.

My point is, the more advance notice you can give your providers, touching base at least once a month with updates, the easier it is for them to keep to their schedule.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How long do your editors usually take?
« on: September 19, 2017, 06:17:50 PM »
A week. But, I schedule way in advance. My editor has dates penciled in through spring. As do my beta readers, final proofreader, formatter, and cover designer. The date's not written in stone and sometimes changes, but I can hit an exact day of completion two months in advance. None of her other clients schedule that far in advance and I have others scheduled after her, so she'll work through two weekends if necessary, but usually has it done in under a week.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Calling all writers with Florida ties.
« on: September 19, 2017, 05:16:09 PM »
Wayne, it is so nice of you to be setting that up. Keep in mind though, that Irma was huge, bigger than Florida. I live in Miami and was adversely affected. I've had many out of pocket costs as a result and our insurance has so high a deductible that we can't make a claim. It may help you get people to take part in your charity if they realize that for many Floridians the only wind insurance available is through the state of Florida. Florida gets Loyds of London to do the actual insurance. Loyds of London sets what is a high premium for most people to have to absorb even though we pay thousands each year for the mandatory insurance. If your house is demolished the insurance is a life saver. But if just a few branches have impaled themselves in your roof, the premium is higher than the cost to fix that. At least 6.5 million people in Florida were without power and many of them won't be getting an insurance check. So for many Florida writers, supporting our books would be a really welcome way to help us. If you are a Snow Bird, please donate to Wayne's charity and risk reading a Florida indie writer you've never read before!

Yes, it was a huge storm. I've already donated to many people I know in the Leeward and Virgin Islands. But, I once lived in the Keys, have a lot of friends there, my books are set there, and the highest density of my readers is Monroe County. I'd like to be able to help everyone, but I can't. So, I choose to help those who are closest to me.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quick Bookbub submission question
« on: September 19, 2017, 05:00:21 PM »
I feel I should know this, but...

If I'm turned down for one book, I know I have to wait 4 weeks to sub again. However, can I immediately sub a different book?

Anyone know?

Yes. Given enough books in your catalogue (14), you can submit every day. Start with book one discounted. The next day submit book two discounted. The next day, book three discounted. By then, book one will have been accepted or rejected. If it was rejected, you can submit it again at a lower price (free) on day four. By the time you've submitted 14 books for discounted and free, four weeks will have gone by and you can start over with book one.

If you don't have fourteen books, say you have seven, you can submit every other day. With five books, every third day. With two books, once a week.

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