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Writers' Cafe / Re: Konrath's Ebook Company for Libraries
« Last post by Kathryn Meyer Griffith on Today at 12:30:51 PM »
Thanks Joe for the answers. I'll wait patently until I hear something. Or not. But you didn't answer me about the fact that some of my back list is so old (back to 1984) and I have no access to reviews for them. Like my first book, Evil Stalks the Night (horror, Leisure paperback 1984) sold over 60,000 copies that I know of back in the day, but I hardly ever saw any reviews on it. But, then, that was 1984. It, Witches, and my Egyptian Heart (time travel romance) all sold well for Leisure and Zebra paperbacks back in their time and all my old books have been in libraries since 1984 - the unrevised version paperbacks anyway. I've revised all of them in 2010 since then. With me you'd have a smorgasbord....I've published horror, romantic horror, time travel, thrillers, suspense and murder mysteries since 1984. I'm just a storyteller. If I don't get accepted now I'll just try again later as my last 15 older books revert back to me from my last publisher in the next two years. This is a great idea, though, Joe!
When I send my manuscripts to beta readers and editors, I put the title, my name as author, and year in the header.  I also keep records of all emails and electronic copies of all the different versions of  the manuscript.

It also helps if you research the people you want to read your manuscript.

At the end of the day, though, you can never really be certain what happens next after you press the 'send' button.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Clean Reader. What do you think of it?
« Last post by TobiasRoote on Today at 12:28:08 PM »
Completely different story. That's part of the rules of the board you agreed to when you signed up for an account. Clean Reader didn't ask for permission when selling books.

Aye, It was a tongue in cheek comment, but your point about them getting your permission is clear. I'm not in disagreement with any of this - if they did it to my books I would be spitting feathers. :D
I wasn't referring to readers voting on reviews. That's another subject altogether. I saw a one-star review actually removed. The review was legitimate and didn't violate any of Amazon's rules. You're fortunate that Amazon removes some of your negative reviews without your reporting them. We should all be so lucky!
It's happened to me perhaps twice. In both cases, it was a review specifically mentioning that the other author WAS an author (and in one case, pimping their own book). I did not report the reviews, but I'm guessing somebody else may have. Or--the author may have thought better of it.

I do have a book where a one-star is one of the most helpful. And I have SEVERAL books with overwhelmingly positive reviews, but where one or more of the pull quotes next to the review box is very negative. It happens. It happens to everybody, as far as I can see.

I'm sorry. I don't believe in this conspiracy. I don't. I don't follow my reviews that closely, but I've noticed that reviews can come and go--both bad ones and good ones.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Clean Reader. What do you think of it?
« Last post by she-la-ti-da on Today at 12:20:55 PM »
I only want my books sold on the sites I chose. I was not given an opportunity to opt out of this app, which is wrong.Though I'm glad the store no longer sells books through their site/app/whatever, I'm still not happy with something that could change the words I -- as the author -- chose. I used the words I did for a reason. I did not randomly insert cursing or slang words in my work.

A comment made about how readers could use the app to read a writer's "creativity" or something like that without the filth/naughty words/whatever is ridiculous. Without my words, it's not my creativity, but instead some random substitution by a computer program.

I suspect we're going to see a lot more about things like this in the future, as the online world grows and changes. Constant vigilance, folks.

Amazon continued to go down, down, down, continuing the trend ever since the introduction of KU. Every other retailer continued to go up, up, up. Amazon went from 90% of my income pre-KU to less than 50% of my income in March, which is really quite huge.

One Amazon-related positive for March: first month that ACX earned over $500....let's hope that keeps going up.
I've written two-star reviews on trad published books. They're still there.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Name BIGGER than title of book?
« Last post by TobiasRoote on Today at 12:19:40 PM »
We all see the top authors have their names bigger than the title of their book

Some say until you have created a following not to do that, however, once you have that following you would then have to go back and update them all.

So what's your thoughts. Good idea to do this or not? Do you think it helps sales? ( i.e people assume when they see large name that you must be someone?

Back on Topic :D

I think it's important to be seen. There are various reasons given above which hold water. I think the one that suggested it was so bookshops can promote your titles better, but it's just the same for Amazon (if not more so). The thumbnail you show the world needs to also show you and the book title. If you cannot see your name when it's in your signature it's too small, other than that my earlier post about creating a brand is imo, equally important to a writer (new or established).
Writers' Cafe / Re: KindleGen for Windows 8.1?
« Last post by LoisSzy on Today at 12:18:20 PM »
Thank you so much for these helpful replies, TromboneAl and Secret Pen Pal! I will download it and I will also look for Scrivener!   ;)
Not Quite Kindle / Re: INFINITY Game - Word Association
« Last post by geoffthomas on Today at 12:17:31 PM »
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