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Writers' Cafe / Re: Can We Use Stock Photos As Covers Safely?
« Last post by artofstu on Today at 04:28:45 PM »
Yea I am talking about images.

As far as I know, images that are in the public domain are fair game. I know an indie author who used old PD images for the covers of his books. But I can't say for sure.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Culture Swap?
« Last post by Bluebonnet on Today at 04:26:02 PM »
Older people in particular might say icebox.  Before she passed in 1999, my grandma is the only person I've ever heard say "icebox".  Since she was born in 1900, I figure that's what she learned and that's what it stayed for her.

My parents called it an icebox sometimes. (In the Southern U.S.) I myself am old enough to remember when refrigerator freezer compartments were not frost-free, and you had to defrost them yourself. If you waited too long, you'd get a two-inch thick layer of ice in the freezer, and despite all warnings, most of us would start hacking at the ice with screwdrivers instead of waiting patiently for it to melt.

My mother also called a dishwashing cloth a dishrag. (For washing dishes by hand.) That's probably because her generation saved all the old clothes, worn-out sheets, etc.,  and used them for cleaning rags.  Dishrags, washrags (to wash yourself in the bath/shower), dustrags, floor washing rags, car washing rags, shoe and furniture polishing rags. Nowadays we pay money for "fancy" pieces of cloth, sponges or high-tech microfiber to dust, wash and polish.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Tracking and spreadsheets and such
« Last post by kathrynoh on Today at 04:25:25 PM »
I use the most recent Amazon exchange rate and convert everything into $AUD (since I'm in Australia). Otherwise it's impossible to compare. I also use $1 a borrow for KU so I don't get nasty surprises.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Authors who are barely selling anything!
« Last post by RyanAndrewKinder on Today at 04:24:48 PM »
It is such a comedown isn't it? Lol. I couldn't tell why I spiked to #16 overall free. It was only when a friend told me I was featured on pixel of ink that I figured it out. My previous google searches didn't work so thank goodness someone happened upon it. I guess google doesn't search facebook so maybe that's where your book showed up. Opengraphsearch does search facebook, so I have used to learn that if I get a spike. Haven't had double digit ebook sales since that september for three days.
Writers' Cafe / How/where do I post about...
« Last post by Tracie Roberts on Today at 04:22:00 PM »
Hi, folks. I'm very new to posting here, but I've been reading posts for a while. I appreciate all the valuable information I find on the boards and will be making it part of my 2015 goals to be more active here. My question is: author C.L. Roman and I will be hosting a "free" book blog tour (we're calling it a Book Parade) and I was wondering where to post this information and contact information for any authors who would be interested.

If this isn't the place to even mention this topic, someone please PM me or respond with where I would post this topic.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Cover Font
« Last post by acapellabookcoverdesign on Today at 04:19:07 PM »
I would suggest a font that isn't typical like Times, or Arial, but that is still very readable. Your book seems to be about children and is also non-fiction. I would try for a font that conjures up children's titles, but that is serious enough to be for adults. Maybe something like one or a combo of these.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How to be a happy indie prawn
« Last post by Patty Jansen on Today at 04:18:55 PM »
Hmmm, this is interesting. I was just thinking about this post the other day when so many people started complaining about their sales.

The other day, somebody in the local scene called me a "successful" self-publisher, and while my level of success is probably higher than that of a writer trying to sell through tradepub and snatching the odd short story sale (as there are a LOT of local SFF writers still doing), I figured that this person really doesn't know what "successful" looks like. Mwahaha!

That said, I don't think I can call myself a prawn anymore, and I've been reading the other threads but haven't commented for that reason. The prawn-struggle is no longer mine. Someone said that successful writers hijacked a thread, and I feel there was some truth in that. It's all very well to go heavy-handed on new writers and give them the laundry list of the things they are doing wrong, but that's not going to work if those writers are so new that they don't have the experience to understand what you're talking about. This is not meant in a derogatory way. Everyone starts somewhere and it truly does take a while to catch up on the "feel" of the market. Not saying I know everything (because I don't, not in the slightest), but I'm getting there. Last month, I broke a milestone: My sales are about $1000 a month all up. Because of my utter, utter failure to secure Bookbub ads (and my failure to seek other advertising), this number is fairly steady. But it's made up out of a lot of different retailers. Last month I broke the $1000 in a month for one single retailer. It wasn't Amazon.

If you're selling poorly, you can do two things:

1. Put a sock in the complaining about sales numbers, write whatever the hell you want and put whatever covers on it and enjoy yourself.
2. Whatever you're doing now is not working. Do something different. Repackage, re-brand, start a new series, a new subgenre, an new pen-name, new covers, advertise. If you're promoting the hell out of your stuff and it's not working, stop promoting and start writing. Make a plan. Ignore sales numbers for the time being.

That said, I'm going to say a few things about people who do want to sell better, because I've noticed some common themes:

1. Covers. Really. They're so important, you don't even know how important. Get a cover that people find pretty and that represents your genre. Don't have money? Learn how to do an acceptable job yourself. It's not rocket science.
2. Get out there and bat for your work. I don't mean tweet the hell out of it, but find those awesome lists C. Gockel puts out there and submit your work to promo sites. Just frakkin' do it. Got no money? Try the free sites. Made $10 last month? Spend it on two ads with bknights, or something. No one is going to care as much about your work as you do.
3. Formatting. A lot of books are just awfully, awfully formatted.
4. Please learn how to punctuate dialogue, and other versions of "edit your work".

For all the above: Learn how to do an acceptable job yourself or pay someone, I don't care. Just do it.

About having a plan: My plan was to write a couple of series at the same time to give readers multiple funnels. I write space opera, fantasy and hard SF.

People will tell you not to start multiple series, but in the long run, it pays off. It doesn't, however, lead to a great number of immediate sales. I've now completed one of those series, but I'm doing two more.

But don't be blind to opportunities: I'm enjoying KU because I've put up some of my short work. And hey! People actually borrow these stories (whereas previously no one was buying them). That's $100 a month for short fiction that was earning $0 per month before.
Writers' Cafe / Upcoming countdown deal
« Last post by artofstu on Today at 04:18:48 PM »
So I have a countdown deal scheduled for January. It'll run for a week, and I've already been approved for an ENT promo. It will happen on the third day of my promo. This is the most expensive promo I want to do. I will also do a Bknights gig, I think. Is there any particular one that is better?

What other really low cost/free promos should I do? Any other tips on preparing for the CD?
My favorite book was one I listened to for the first time this year and then listened to a couple more times. This book contains essays from the original radio series of the 1950s combined with recent ones. It caused me to reflect on my life and what I believe.

I still remember the first This I Believe essay that I heard on public radio years ago; it was the essay by Penn Jillette. I was rarely driving during the times that these were broadcast and only heard a couple more on the radio. It was wonderful to discover that these essays are available in multiple volumes in audio, print, and ebook.
Not Quite Kindle / Re: INFINITY Game - Word Association
« Last post by geoffthomas on Today at 04:16:27 PM »
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