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Some great work there. I see you did one of Frank Tayell's books. An incredibly nice man.

Thanks so much!
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Vellum: the official thread
« Last post by Word Fan on Today at 07:17:15 PM »
I'm not sure how to word this correctly, but even though I have hyphens turned on, I still have enormous variations in the spacing between letters on different lines. I've been going through and actually changing the wording of certain sentences to lessen the spacing on certain lines. Occasionally, a line will have spacing that's like 4x normal, and it looks horrible.

Am I missing something here? How are people formatting their print books so quickly? To me, it looks like I have to go through every line of every page and make changes to at least one sentence per page, sometimes more.

It sounds like you have some goofy invisible coding/formatting in the original Word file that you are putting into Vellum. Vellum is designed to accept some of Word's internal coding. That's so you don't have to completely re-do your book when you put your text into a Vellum file. But if you have invisible goofs in your Word file, some of that may come in also.

Just one possibility.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: What's with these weird reviews?
« Last post by anniejocoby on Today at 07:11:17 PM »
Absolutely. It's strange. One time I was reading reviews for a book and it consisted of just one word: sucked.

That's all there was to it. I laughed...even though I kinda felt sorry for the author who received that curious one-star "review" at the time.

I still smile whenever I think about that infamous one-star review. Hilarious stuff.

P.S. Annie (or Rachel), I took it upon myself to say that that two-star review of your book was NOT helpful. Hope that helps in some way. That is the weirdest "review" I've ever seen on Amazon.

Thanks so much!!!! :)
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Writers' Cafe / Re: AMS Ads Learning
« Last post by weigle1234 on Today at 07:09:47 PM »
A quick thought: the AMS Algorithm is Proprietary Information - just as is Coca-Cola’s formula.  They spent millions of dollars fine-tuning it.

The Kindle library is already bursting at the seams.  Imagine what it would be like if AMS publicized the Algorithm -  and anybody with a vocabulary of more than 50 words tried to become a publisher.  (An elitist attitude, but we do tend to think of ourselves as would-be Hemingways.)
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have you lost money on a book?
« Last post by anniejocoby on Today at 07:08:41 PM »
I'm in the red with my audiobooks, and I don't think that I'll ever get into the black with them. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't have done any audiobooks, or I would have gone with the 50/50 split thing. Live and learn, I guess.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Vellum: the official thread
« Last post by Kyla S on Today at 07:05:07 PM »
I'm not sure how to word this correctly, but even though I have hyphens turned on, I still have enormous variations in the spacing between letters on different lines. I've been going through and actually changing the wording of certain sentences to lessen the spacing on certain lines. Occasionally, a line will have spacing that's like 4x normal, and it looks horrible.

Am I missing something here? How are people formatting their print books so quickly? To me, it looks like I have to go through every line of every page and make changes to at least one sentence per page, sometimes more.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have you lost money on a book?
« Last post by Moist_Tissue on Today at 07:03:57 PM »
I usually earn my money back on my books. They go through developmental editing, line editing, and proofreading, plus whatever marketing costs ranging from a Bookbub ad to regular promo sites. My last women's fiction book bombed. I paid for a particular promo site and a one good day of sales, but then I believe it fell into obscurity because of how it was marketed. I am thinking about unpublishing it and starting over.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: AMS Ads Learning
« Last post by Seneca42 on Today at 06:56:59 PM »
Well, maybe.  My experience with Amazon is that not all their staff are knowledgable, but those who are can be very much so.  The cashier at McD's probably knows his supervisor and/or the manager and maybe even the owner of the franchise.  There is a communication channel of some sort; it's worth a try.  If I really was Jesus I'd have an alternative approach, of course, but I'm not, so there we are...

hehe sorry my reply definite came off snarky when it wasn't meant to.

Or rather, my snarkiness is more directed at Amazon. They are kings of boilerplate reponses. They are good for fixing stuff (ie. if something goes wrong they troubleshoot well)... but beyond that they tend to know substantially less than what folks on here know (or they at least pretend to know less, one of the two).
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have you lost money on a book?
« Last post by Arches on Today at 06:54:35 PM »
What I think hasn't been said yet is that you can be too frugal at first.

Maybe there's someone out there  who's truly a gifted artist and can create captivating covers, and he also happens to be an excellent copy editor and  a book marketing genius. If so, that author can do it all himself and not shortchange the book's potential to sell. Almost every other author, though, needs help with some or all of these things so their novel gets a fair chance to succeed.

This is a business where you have to put some up front costs into a book or a series before finding out whether it will pay off. My first series is still about two thousand dollars in the red. My second series, which cost the same up front costs, made back my costs within a week of the third book coming out. That second series has been earning over a thousand a week since late March with virtually no ongoing expenses.

The thing is, if I had to guess months ago which series would do better, I would've guessed wrong and never would've published the second series.
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Do what you need to for your business. If you have legal obligations, fulfill them. If there are outs, take them.  Keep notes, screenshots, and take the high road.  You'll get through this and there are plenty of shoulders here to lean on along the way.


Great advice. There is a group of authors working to stop this person, and it's growing daily. You are a good example. And unless you have been a victim, it's hard to UNDERSTAND the ramifications of her revenge. But it's like Rick said, she is losing traction, confidence and credibility. I just had someone PM me today saying pretty much what you are, and several more sent me this page. A few more some of hr new sets inter her fake New Mexico new pipublisher with sub publishers who go through two states. I've been off line for a bit and have several yet to respond to. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
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