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Writers' Cafe / Re: A Few ACX Questions
« on: December 29, 2017, 11:30:32 PM »
Actually I think you can come to a fair deal. He needs to learn to narrate and you don't (obviously) want to pay a lot for what might turn out to be a poor narration. So, why not let him do this for you on the basis of paying him a commercial rate if it is successfully well received. Whilst people will quote you what 'they' pay their narrators, they are talking about people who have developed their craft and command a price in the market. You friend needs some experience before he can do the same. I'm sure a rate of $75-$100 per finished hour would make both of you feel as though you were getting a great deal out of it. The test is the feedback you get from the listeners. Put a few chapters out on Reddit in their audiobook section and wait for the critiques (they're exceptionally good at giving people honest feedback). Then base your final fee on the result.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Indie Authors Wanted
« on: December 29, 2017, 08:07:09 AM »
which is why until my dying breath I will contend that they do not pay us "royalties" because they are not the publisher.

Profit is usually a dirty word to artisans.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Help Fixing Audiobook Categories
« on: December 29, 2017, 06:54:52 AM »
I had an issue with the spelling of the narrator. It took two go's for them to address it, but it was fixed within a week of asking. I used this email: and it took about another week to permeate through the Audible and Amazon platforms. You might need to point out to them that it's the physical categories on the sites and NOT the metadata that they're looking at.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Indie Authors Wanted
« on: December 29, 2017, 04:48:30 AM »

I feel no words can express this more than what I said earlier.

However, if anyone is any doubt - this lady wants people to pay shelf space to cover the rent on her unit. The picture of the retail layout points clearly to someone who isn't commercially minded and whilst the concepts are there, the knowledge and experience to put them into effect clearly isn't.

Edited. Drop me a PM if you have any questions. - Becca

Firstly, let me say that I don't consider myself a successful author. Not like many on here that truly ARE successful and there's many of them around when you look. So, I WILL say that I achieved what success I have without any effort on my part. That is my first book sold a ton and I didn't even know how to maximise it. Had I done so I would possibly now be a successful writer. I make this distinction because to be a success you need to have a plan. You need to consider carefully what you want, then work out the best way to get it. After that you need to work out how much its going to cost you, and then put that money aside or work out where it's going to come from. I didn't, but I still made $80k over 4 years of which $65K was my NETT margin. My annual income is now less than 10% of that figure, so I screwed up big time in the success market. I still keep the same ratio of expense so, at least I'm not bleeding.

Some authors can achieve success without all the planning. BUT you and me? We need a plan or we're throwing good money after bad( you), or at best, not making the most out of our advantages (me). Both of us will be better off with proper planning (and budgeting).

I'm saying you are throwing good money after bad, because you're not increasing your revenue against the money invested, in fact its going down while your attempts to push it are going up. This along with the fact that you're not building a brand, just trying to push your books leads me to think you are not being honest with yourself which seems ironic when you consider how honest you're being on this forum (I respect that, by the way).

If you should have a plan at all it should be to scale back your costs/investment to something closer to your revenues. This will give you a much better perspective. Then, decide a) to brand yourself and allocate some of the actual income you make to pushing that, the remainder to strategically pushing your first in series to make it all back on your backlist.

I see what you are trying to do, but you should be doing so within the boundaries of your level of success. You can't buy your way into it [the market] without a very strong backlist and if you're not seeing a return on your investment, you're doing something wrong and the wrong is 'diminishing returns' (less bang for your buck).

Me, I'm learning, but not fast enough. The market and trends are moving way faster than I can keep up with while others out there have good (better) brands and bigger budgets and massive backlists. I can't write fast enough or often enough to keep up and my market share gets smaller every year.

I have also retired this October which puts a very different slant on everything. Now, my plan is to write books, but not aiming to write to market, although still staying in SF (I have paranormal SF planned) and intend to enjoy what I write whilst trying to extract maximum revenue from the books (higher prices, wider market, print, ebook, audio) and still get all my other bucket list items ticked off.

I haven't posted this to score points with anyone. I do think it's important that all new writers appreciate that even if they write well and their books sell, if they don't have a plan they're likely going to fail [there are differing levels of failure as this post alludes to]. I certainly couldn't afford to spend $4k a year for a return of a percentage of that unless I could see a steady rise in income or at least a positive relationship between the costs and revenues. I have made some expensive mistakes like translating my series into South American Spanish. The EU market isn't happy with the SA translation and SA has no money to spend on books (yet). I have resigned myself to a five year plan to hopefully get ROI on those.

In all things we have different views and experiences. Hopefully someone will take something positive out of this post and I wish you good luck in the future.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Unpublish or Delete?
« on: December 27, 2017, 09:14:31 AM »
Yeah, you can delete ebooks now. It's a relatively new thing.

Oh! That's really cool, just deleted a pile of unpublished items. Thank goodness for that :P

Writers' Cafe / Re: Indie Authors Wanted
« on: December 27, 2017, 07:18:35 AM »

Writers' Cafe / Re: Unpublish or Delete?
« on: December 27, 2017, 02:12:50 AM »
You cannot delete a title if it has sold a single copy. Neither ebook nor print. You can simply return it to draft which will take it off the viewing platform.

The best thing is to republish under new ASIN and ask Amazon to remove the old title from view. Otherwise it will still sit on the paperback side as 'currently unavailable'.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Largescale WordPress site attacks (20-Dec-17)
« on: December 27, 2017, 01:02:55 AM »
I'm having a hard time believing that number. They're saying that one out of every five people on the PLANET has a WP username and password?

Not at all. They're saying 1.4 billion WP usernames and passwords. A distinction, I think.

People are doing this all the time. The problem isn't so much that FB or Amazon will delete/ban you, it's more of a case can you keep them separate enough to justify maintaining them as two different ID's.

KBoards for example, there's more than a few duplicated ID's on here. Why?  Facebook is riddled with multiple ID's. Why? Amazon? We KNOW there are multiple ID's pervading the Amazon network. They (these multiple ID's) work to undermine (according to some on here) the integrity of reviews, sales etc.,  So, how is it they can survive when Amazon/Facebook supposedly checks these things.

I think the fact is, they are rarely checked by either, and unless you give them good reason, probably never will be. Now, as to using your own ISBN's, then this might undo you if you use them across the board because they will tie two different identities together. The best thing is to use the ISBN's for one of your ID's and use the standard Amazon ones for the other(s).

So long as you don't use your ID's to intentionally mislead people for nefarious purposes, like to completely hoodwink everyone. At the end of the day you would need different accounts, card, names, emails to make it work. At some point you're going to tie things together (your IP address, for example) and then you're caught. So, I don't think anyone is really going to pay any attention at all if all you are trying to do is not let your Mum know you're writing porn, or your SF readers know you're also pedalling erotica. (I'm not, honest!)

I'm not advocating you do any of this, or that I do it. Just that it's not so difficult to do and a lot harder to get caught than you think.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Audio book with ambient sound
« on: December 23, 2017, 11:18:06 PM »
One of my favorite listening experiences was the audiobook of A Tale Of Two Cities, and it had a great deal of ambient sound. I liked it. Especially the rumble of carriage wheels as they were escaping Paris and heading for Calais. It worked.

Also, which sub of Reddit were you on?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Audio book with ambient sound
« on: December 23, 2017, 12:21:11 PM »
Radio stations have very little room for something like this. These days, the radio market has tightened up into strict formats controlled by mega-corporations. Gone are the days when every city had a radio station broadcasting drama plays.

Regarding the ambient noise, it sounds like someone forgot to turn off the air conditioner. From an audio standpoint, a clean, dry sound is always the more professional choice.

Yep! standardisation is restricting experimentation and creativity everywhere. It's why I think I like the idea of adding that element INTO an audio book.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Going Wide Anecdote
« on: December 23, 2017, 08:05:44 AM »
I did find that, for a short period, leaving Select improved my conversion. Don't let that put you off moving wide. It will take time, it works the reverse of Amazon which gives you a quick buzz, then dwindles to nothing. Going wide does nothing for a time, then starts to build momentum. If I went back into Select now I would crucify my income.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: December 23, 2017, 12:43:23 AM »
My latest blog, the last for 2017 is up about my writing, or lack of.

Writers' Cafe / Re: website for taking down your pirated books
« on: December 22, 2017, 09:57:21 PM »
There is a new service that is temporarily free. I'm going to try it. It's had some good reviews. Someone here might be using it now.

Here is the link:

blasty finds them for free, but then charges you for doing the same.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is this Amazon email legit?
« on: December 22, 2017, 09:46:29 AM »
Seriously!! I think you answered your own question. How many times have you been TOLD not to click the links, but use your normal route to login????????

Writers' Cafe / Re: Scott Dauman - a word of warning!
« on: December 22, 2017, 09:42:38 AM »
Next time someone gives you (or anyone) a one-star, remember scott dauman.

I had a guy 1-star me on 16 books on Goodreads - kicked my rankings into touch. I wrote to Goodreads and told them it was impossible for him to 1-star all the books because two of them had never been properly published. They ignored my email. You can only do so much, then the rest is down to whatever people feel like on a Tuesday.

Writers' Cafe / Re: website for taking down your pirated books
« on: December 22, 2017, 06:10:26 AM »
"Protect multiple or all books by an author                        $260 / month"

So, seriously? it's going to cost me $260 A MONTH for them to google my books and issue a takedown notice. I can do this myself in ten minutes every week and it costs me nothing. I have a standard 'takedown' form that I can send if I 'think' it's a genuine site and not a malware site. I can't think of any way I could afford to hand over $3,000 a year. Most authors don't make that much a year.

Looks like a protection racket to me.

I know, I know. You only wanted helpful/positive responses.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is December really a slow sales month?
« on: December 22, 2017, 04:26:49 AM »
I was pretty static through Nov/Dec/Jan last year, then it dropped in Feb/Mar. It's a lot harder to tell this year because I'm completely wide on a range of platforms and all are performing well. I had a good November and anticipate it will be higher this year in December and hopefully January with a new book out on the 10th and my audio book getting into its stride, will be even better.

I've just checked my figures and if I'd stayed in Amazon and KU this last year I would have had to give up writing. Where my Amazon figures are going down, my wide figures keep going up. Hopefully, that should continue as I've only just got some of the income streams up and running and they're already giving me optimism for 2018.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Scott Dauman - a word of warning!
« on: December 22, 2017, 03:28:45 AM »
Thanks for the heads-up, Adam. do yourself a favour and wing a PM to Kboards moderators and check his IP isn't one that is also frequenting this place.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Largescale WordPress site attacks (20-Dec-17)
« on: December 21, 2017, 11:37:28 PM »
Yes, my hosting company sent me this last week. Change ALL of your passwords and as Becca says, activate two-factor authentication (at least until the attacks are dealt with).

A recent WordFence report indicates that an enormous 1.4 BILLION WP username and passwords were leaked on December 5th. As a result there has been a massive increase in brute force attacks against all WordPress websites and we’ve been seeing record numbers too.

Please be aware this potentially affects any WordPress install at all hosting providers.

This is the highest volume WP attack in history and it is vital that best security practices are enforced to keep your data safe and secure on our servers.

I've reviewed books on Amazon from time to time, and I've never had a review deleted as far as I know.

Me neither in, and outside my preferred genre. I do however, avoid gushing and fawning reviews. I'm often 1 star down, and try to put something critical in it so it can be seen as a balanced review. Mostly, I use the rating system which shows up on Goodreads and doesn't seem to be patrolled by Amazon's purity police.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A bit of important FYI about ACX for audiobook folks
« on: December 21, 2017, 05:25:18 AM »
I've just asked (which I think is silly) to have a misspelt name corrected. It has to be done by them and it takes three days to filter through the system. I DO find it surprising that such a sophisticated platform makes it so difficult to change things like your description, keywords, etc., and am totally 'not' over the moon over my lack of control over my sales prices. FWIW I had a problem when going live, my narrator hadn't put the audio into the correct frequency which added at least a week to the time it took to process the book. I agree with Rick, you shouldn't be 'out of circulation' if the book is already published.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Facebook
« on: December 21, 2017, 04:41:59 AM »
Strangely, I have no desire to promote Facebook by any means. They're already imposing themselves into everything I do in ways I have no control over. The very last thing I want is to see that increased. In fact, I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that I need to actually lock them out of my dealings with the internet.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Author Beta
« on: December 19, 2017, 10:43:04 PM »
Sounds good. It's about time they produced something integrated like that. I hope I get mine for Xmas :D

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