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It could be nothing more than an unfortunate association.

To be honest though, it's a LOT of unfortunate associations.

It's certainly not a clueless author who didn't know.

I've read a few of the books too, there wasn't stuffing, but that's not the only thing Amazon is going after. NOT that I'm saying anyone is automatically guilty just because most of their 'besties' are. But when you strongly support certain people who engage in shady practice it does make others cut you a wary eye... and then if you lose your account as well... It's basic psychology that people are going to be reluctant to give the benefit of the doubt.
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It is frightening, but what this innuendo does is make the author guilty by association (with the gossip), and without evidence, too. This sort of association is impossible to erase and frankly no one deserves this. Go hunt for evidence for all you like, but until you find it, stop trying to speculate publicly what the author has supposedly done because "he/she associated with XYZ or wrote in XYZ genre and we all know rubbish happens there."

Because both of those things are frightening:
1. Amazon banning accounts without giving a reason
2. Writers turning on those within their community based on unproven rumours.

I don't see that innuendo and gossip here about this particular author, and I'm certainly not hunting for evidence by asking the name (which I've been given, and I already knew about it), but I don't doubt it's out there, because I've seen plenty of it about other people.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: What cost should witches have for their magic?
« Last post by Jeff Tanyard on Today at 12:35:05 AM »
But, if they're bad guys, sacrificing people won't really be much of a sacrifice, if you get what I'm saying? A sacrifice should actually cost something of the person who's making the sacrifice.


Absolutely.  There would have to be some serious risk involved in procuring the intended sacrificial victims.

Cthulu, it would help us out a lot if you could tell us explicitly who the bad guys are, who the good guys are, and what the main conflict is.  I've got a few ideas, but they only work in certain circumstances, and I don't want to spend a lot of time typing it all out if it's for nothing.  Help us help you, bro.   ;)  Also, some good ideas there from C. Gold.  Give them some serious consideration.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: KU Borrowing and KDP Select?
« Last post by Doglover on Today at 12:33:35 AM »
Just wanted to check... You know that you can be in KDP without being in Select, right?
Yes. Many newcomers get confused between KDP and KDP select. KDP is simply publishing on Amazon, offering your book for sale on Amazon. KDP select means you publish on Amazon and NOWHERE ELSE. You can offer paperbacks anywhere while being in Select, it is only digital that's not allowed anywhere else, not even your own website or blog.

I see nothing harsh about it at all. It gives a few promotion opportunities that aren't available to authors who are not exclusive, as well a borrowing. There are some who have done badly in select and will try to warn everyone else against it (what doesn't work for me, won't work for anyone else), but it very much depends on genre. Romance authors I believe do very well in select.
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I don't know, Patty. I think in this particular case, people are wondering about it because there's no real reason on the surface to doubt the innocence of the person in question. There's certainly nothing a casual observer could point to and say "ah ha!"

That's going to get people talking, not necessarily because they're looking for dirt, but because we know Amazon catches some innocent people in its net sometimes, and when that doesn't get corrected expediently, it's frankly frightening.

It is frightening, but what this innuendo does is make the author guilty by association (with the gossip), and without evidence, too. This sort of association is impossible to erase and frankly no one deserves this. Go hunt for evidence for all you like, but until you find it, stop trying to speculate publicly what the author has supposedly done because "he/she associated with XYZ or wrote in XYZ genre and we all know rubbish happens there."

Because both of those things are frightening:
1. Amazon banning accounts without giving a reason
2. Writers turning on those within their community based on unproven rumours.
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When I started my UF pen name last year I pretty much built my list from scratch with Instafreebie. I don't think you can just give a book away and expect to get an engaged newsletter audience. Having an onboarding sequence is really important so that you can weed out those signups who aren't interested in your stuff pretty quickly.

If someone signed up for your list 4 months ago and suddenly got an email out of the blue about your new serial then they probably have no idea who you are. If you send them a series of emails letting them know who you are, maybe with a few samples of your writing then you filter out the ones who aren't interested and by the time you're ready to release, you have the engaged subs eagerly waiting for what you have to offer.
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Believe me, EVERYTHING gets better with more books.

Ads, mailing list, rented lists, Facebook ads, AMS, Bookbub... EVERYTHING.

There is one thing beginning writers lack in spades: patience, grasshopper.

That's not to say that I've totally been there and done that.
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I completely disagree.

The trademark thing was very different, because the author came after other authors (illegally, because while a series title can be trademarked, a title cannot). Therefore, she was hurting other people.

With all the will in the world, I can't see how in this case anyone is hurt by this except the author, and will not say otherwise until proven with clear evidence. In the trademark case, the nasty evidence was all over the internet.

All I'm saying is this: until you see evidence, stop it with the innuendo and gossip and rumours. When there is evidence, it's fair game.


I don't know, Patty. I think in this particular case, people are wondering about it because there's no real reason on the surface to doubt the innocence of the person in question. There's certainly nothing a casual observer could point to and say "ah ha!"

That's going to get people talking, not necessarily because they're looking for dirt, but because we know Amazon catches some innocent people in its net sometimes, and when that doesn't get corrected expediently, it's frankly frightening.
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