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Writers' Cafe / Re: Fiverr guy wants my cPanel Password
« Last post by BWFoster78 on Today at 05:21:30 AM »
I can't recommend enough learning how to do this yourself. It will save you both time and money in the long run. Unless you are making gigantic interactive websites with tons of CSS for your books (like Pottermore) then you generally can do a great job by yourself. For most authorial needs (blogging/simple websites) a Wordpress template or other Drag+Drop web template works great. They are relatively easy to learn too (Expect to spend 50 hours start to finish getting it set up the way you like the first time). I'd be happy to point you to resources and answer questions.

I actually did all the website set up myself. When I looked into the landing page, though, I ran into a couple of huddles that I didn't feel like dealing with. Nothing I couldn't figure out, but my writing is going well at the moment. Didn't want to take the time away from putting words on the page. Instead, I've been fighting the hassle of selecting and arguing with Fiverr freelancers for two days, cutting my production big time.

In retrospect, I would have been better off taking the jumps. Yet another example of a shortcut costing more effort than it was worth.

Thanks for the offer of support, though. If I end up doing this myself and run into an issue, I'll message you.
I enrolled with 'Intake2' but by the time I got round to studying the lengthy and detailed course, I'd missed the Facebook ads boat. As Elizabeth Ann says (and we probably all know by now) things change very quickly in our business. When something advantageous is highlighted we're like those murmurations of starlings sweeping all over it. I suspect AMS will be the next big thing and Mark has a module on that coming out soon. If you want in on a thoroughly professional service run by people of the highest integrity, then go for it if you can afford it. The course itself won't guarantee payback, but the course plus lots of very hard work on your part will give you a great chance of recouping costs and maybe much, much more.

It's worth mentioning the savings offered on products like websites, covers and peripheral services. Mark has secured some good discounts for students.

Good luck.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Oasis leather case is made from?
« Last post by patrickt on Today at 05:16:49 AM »
Pigskin is usually heavier and grainy. I doubt the cover is pigskin. If you can find a real shoe repair shop where they work with leather they might be able to give you a more informed opinion.
The Strange Case at Misty Ridge is available for pre-order, with an April 19th, release date.

"The dead are never still, they exist just beyond the corners of our eye, in the barren wasteland beyond our own phantasmagoria, and we, for the most part, remain oblivious to their plight.

"When a young woman turns up at Jack Keswick's door, claiming her home is infested with troublesome spirits, his investigation leads to a haunted cottage, the restless dead, and the revelation of a maleficent force that will forever change his perception of reality."
Writers' Cafe / Re: Analyzing a Best Seller
« Last post by Lydniz on Today at 05:10:45 AM »
OK, I'll name and shame. I'm referring to Christopher Greyson, who as far as I can tell writes high-octane crime thrillers, and is currently at #1 in Collections and Anthologies with a book which as far as I can see is neither a collection nor an anthology. He is also categorised under Cozy Mysteries, and has at various times also clogged up the British Detectives and Traditional Detectives subcats with books that certainly do not feature a British detective, although I couldn't tell you whether his MC is traditional or not. Whether he's allowed to do this by Amazon precisely because he is successful, or whether he achieved his success in the first place by miscategorisation, I have no idea.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Bookbub blasts more blurb myths
« Last post by Philip Gibson on Today at 04:57:18 AM »
Interesting result they found for the inclusion of ellipses at the end of a blurb.  Their conclusion was...

Writers' Cafe / Noteworthy review blogs
« Last post by reilyg on Today at 04:53:27 AM »
Can some of you folks weigh in on what blogs you take note of when reading reviews? Which ones carry weight?
Writers' Cafe / Re: Analyzing a Best Seller
« Last post by on Today at 04:51:59 AM »
Either name and shame or shut up.

I'm sure there must be at least a third and fourth option. I don't know if enumerating them all feels as emotionally satisfying though... ;)
Writers' Cafe / Re: Stupid Mac dictation problem
« Last post by Patty Jansen on Today at 04:49:44 AM »
Writers' Cafe / Re: Analyzing a Best Seller
« Last post by Boyd on Today at 04:44:40 AM »
I know at least one or two of the authors on this list.  I've sat with them and their spouses and had dinner, drinks, and been on vacation with.  They are here on kboards anon, this I know for a fact. 

Do you folks have any idea how utterly horrified they are to be dragged through the mud like this? 

Some folks here are vaguebooking.  Either name and shame or shut up.  Vaguebooking is painting everyone in the poll with the same brush. 
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