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I'm following along too.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Urban Fantasy - What happens???
« on: August 10, 2018, 05:41:36 pm »
Urban fantasy is kinda a big genre but there are few trends I can point out.

1: Female lead who is hybrid, mage, or other unique kinda thing.
2: Vampire, werewolf, mage, demon, boyfriend kinda guy that is all growly but with a heart of gold.
3: Mysterious past that will lead to major mojo later on.
4: Hiding from the real world.

Most start out with an established character who already knows their powers or one who is recruited as the opening gambit of the book. From there they met the male lead and develop an antagonistic relationship. Usually both the good and bad side want them for their supposed power and their are many fights and deceptions along the way to try to win them over.

The scenes are usually urban, almost never in the country or suburbs. Most have an city grunge kinda flavor with dark overtones to the story. If you have questions go ahead and hit me up in a pm.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Hiring a Wordpress Consultant?
« on: August 04, 2018, 10:29:49 pm »
"In like Flint." You sir are very close to my age. Us oldies can smell each other a mile away ... its the BenGay. Minty fresh. 8)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Hiring a Wordpress Consultant?
« on: August 04, 2018, 09:20:10 pm »
I'd PM the first responder and see if they could recommend someone who works on them for a living. Comes down to a simple question, can you afford to hire someone? See if they will talk to you about prices and what you could expect, then you'll know if you need to learn it or can hire it out. I love learning but that doesn't mean I want to spend hours working at something that I don't enjoy.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How to get advance readers
« on: August 02, 2018, 05:39:13 pm »
Many book bloggers do ARCs. You can use the BookSirens Book Reviewer Directory (https://booksirens.com/book-reviewer-directory) to search for book bloggers in your genre and filter down the results based on your criteria. Disclaimer: I helped build this. We will be adding a filter for whether a blogger accepts ARCs or not. I think most do, though.

I may love you unisex person.  :-*

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Writers' Cafe / Re: It's all in the details.
« on: August 02, 2018, 01:21:19 pm »
Put yourself into the situation. People write outside the story and that works some of the time. But if you put yourself into the story you get more true to life things. And if you don't know ... find out. I read a lot more nonfiction books now than I ever did, and slog through a ton of documentaries.

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I find the entire this disgusting on several levels. As a writer who loves the art I find this gaming the system, false accounts, selling pen names, and the several layers of excrement to be ... a diseased perversion. I know the arguments for these practices but I also know wrong when I see it. And this is wrong.

I might not get anyone to agree with me. But I'm not trying to. I do know I will never work with someone like this. Befriend someone like this. Or buy a book knowingly from a person who engages in these practices. I might never be a good author but I can always be a good man.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Heartbroken- One Star Review
« on: August 02, 2018, 12:17:31 pm »
I got my first one-star review today. The person said my book was "terrible". It cost the person less than a dollar to buy the book and they had to tell someone that their life's work was "terrible".

I'm ashamed that my first response is to come here to be babied, but this is one of the worst feelings I've ever had.

What do you all do when you get crushed like this? Have a glass of water? Scream into a pillow? I'm struggling here.

Big hug. It sucks to be rejected, it's even worse when someone looks at something you put your heart and soul into as worthless. Because it makes you think your worthless and a failure at the craft you love. You put yourself into that book, the best parts of yourself and the most vulnerable, to have an anonymous person on the internet spit on it hurts, and it should.

The person who doesn't care about 1 Star Reviews is a person who didn't put enough of themselves into their book. Its a person who only wants to make a buck and isn't trying to reach people on any deeper level besides their wallet. That it hurt you shows that you love writing, and that your books are the children of your soul. That you love them enough to put yourself into them. That you had the courage to be vulnerable and share something true with the world.

I'm sorry your hurting. And I'm sorry that you don't have someone to give you a hug in person. But I'm not sorry that you wrote the book, even if it would save you this pain. Because telling our truth, reaching out, being strong enough to say the things that sing in our souls ... is always a good thing. This one review might not see your book for the special thing it is. But others will, and those others will be touched by it, they will love it, and it will make them feel as if someone understands. Your not writing for the people that hate your book, your writing for the people that love it.

Your special. People care about you. And I'm sorry someone hurt you today. You didn't deserve it.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: What do you think? Yet another Blurb
« on: July 31, 2018, 01:43:58 pm »
I like it. It will still need to be polished, honed and built on but I like where you are starting from. I see a lot of blurbs and they all come down to a synopsis of what the story is about. I get that, I can see the logic that readers want to know about the story before they buy the book. But people are things of emotion, we feel before we think, we love before we find reasons to love.

I read an article that dissected some of the best seller blurbs and found that they had a lot of feeling words. The author thought that readers react more on a gut level than on an intellectual thought process on whether they'd buy a book.

When we see a beautiful woman/man we don't think of all the relationship we can have with them, we just react. Finding that gut punch of is the tough stuff. This means I'd focus more on the characters, the underlying themes, the meat of the story than the details.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I'm scared.
« on: July 30, 2018, 03:52:50 pm »
You've already won. Look around you at those that were broken by the hard work, the ones that ran away from the grammar books and couldn't find it within themselves to keep fighting. Those are the ones that lost. You kept at it. Fought when others gave up on you. When the world told you no, you turned you back and said yes.

In the end you were never fighting for success, you were fighting for you. Because you knew somewhere inside you that you were worth bleeding for. That you were worth the time and effort, the hours spent honing the craft. You might never of seen it, never of held that spark or realized the strength of steel that ran down your back. But it was always there. It held you together when they left, it was there when you pushed aside the pain and found the gold in the hate that was thrown your way.

A winner isn't the one standing at the end of the fight, a winner is the one that gave it his all. A winner never gives up, he loses and he gets up and trains harder. A winner isn't the one with a best selling book, its the man that works the craft, learns from the world, and always comes back stronger.

You'd fight for a man being beaten in the streets, and protect a friend from being degraded ... why are you worth less? Your not. And you know it.

Maybe the books won't work. Maybe the they won't sell. But it won't mean a thing because you'll pick the pen back up and get stronger. Because you know your worth it. This is only the time of the wolf, so pick up your spear and I'll stand beside you as we beat the crossed eyed dog back.

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I'd send the information to D2D. Smaller company with a lot on the line if Amazon gets testy. I think your more likely to get an answer and action that way. I doubt they want to be in the middle of this storm of brown matter. They will probably just cut ties with the banned authors after getting in touch with you. I'd do it but I don't have the information.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Military Sci-Fi cover feedback
« on: July 29, 2018, 11:05:45 am »
Love the cover but the Font for your title and author name are kind of underwhelming. I'd look at more interesting fonts and make those part of the overall appeal of the cover.

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It's not as easy as people think to detect all these things. I remember going to an FBI presentation a while back where they were telling us how they'd found their big money laundering cases. The answer pretty much boiled down to someone on the inside tipped them off to what was happening and they were able to use that tip to build their case. Quite possible Amazon had no knowledge of this person double-dipping and still don't.

Any one else wonder why they hell she was at an FBI class?  :o

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There are many different successful approaches to AMS ads. I run one SP ad per book and usually have about 20 ads going at a time. My best one right now has a little over $11K in estimated sales reported on the AMS dashboard for an ad that's been running for about 10 months. How successful ads on an individual book are will be strongly driven by how desirable that book is to readers.

You mean the book matters.... ;D

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The person Shelley and I are thinking of got the KDP publishing restored, but as far as we know, they are no longer allowed to publish in Select. My guess is they got sucked in because of a lot of commonalities. Amazon might have taken a closer look and determined that while the author might not have participated in the most egregious of activities, they still thumbed their nose at the compilations vs 10% bonuses and that was enough to suspend their select privileges.

But there are definitely others going through distributors, and they must have some brass dangly bits because they are using their known pens.


As my girl once said 'Such a fine line between chutzpah and stupid.' I don't always fall on the bright side of that line.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Please help! (editing)
« on: July 28, 2018, 01:40:51 pm »
What's the genre? You might find someone here willing to take a look and help you out.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Average Earning From A Book Per Month
« on: July 28, 2018, 12:20:49 pm »
If you wouldn't do it without the prospect of making money don't do it.

This is the gold. If you boil everyone else's advice down it becomes this.

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Update 5: Bigger series name for better viewing in thumbnail



This is sooo much better. Now you have a winner would absolutely make me take a closer look and want to pick up the book.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Just what does the word "community" entail.
« on: July 27, 2018, 06:34:18 pm »
Naming names just isn't going to happen. For one simple reason, pen names are considered brands. If you come onto a public forum and accuse a business of wrong doing you better have proof and it better be good. Because if you don't your going to be in for a lawsuit. Accusing a business without proof is called slander, if they lose one sale they can file against the site. That's why you don't see public wedsites hosting a list of bad actors. The ones that do address this topic are very careful about who they name and the facts they present. Something that will not happen here. At most you will get a stream of gossip and half formed facts that will devolve into a mud slinging match.

We've all see it on a dozen other forums, if you want, take a look at the sub reddit for LitRpg for an example. Everyone is fighting over there and all about opinions they think are facts. No one has the facts. No one knows whose guilty. No one knows whose innocent. It's the freaking witch trials. And that's not even talking about the innocent that are going to be ruined by it. They are overturning bans ... anyone want to be on the thread that condemns an author only to find out he was innocent? Justice is worth fighting for, access to gossip is not Justice.

We don't know why Amazon takes action. If we don't even know why something happens than we have nothing but gossip. It might be correct, but we'll never know because Amazon doesn't share. I for one, am not going to engage in baseless accusations against other authors. If thats the community your looking for I'll stick to other threads and wait for the lawsuit to roll in.

All communities evolve, life evolves and communities are no exception. But evolution is not putting a gun to your head and pulling the trigger. Now, I could be wrong, hell I'm not an attorney and don't play one on T.V. but if the board wants to go down this path I'd invest in some legal counsel before taking the step. And I'd go into it with the knowledge that many of us are fine with leaving outside interests at the door.

For those who are pushing the danger argument to new authors I'd say that the thread of black hat practices addresses this problem. Education raises awareness, not gossip. If we educate our community than they can apply that knowledge outside this place. Name calling, slandering, shaming, do not a better place make. Even when justified, which, yet again, no one knows why these people are being picked off.

I am not so naive as to think the guesses are off the mark ... but I need a hell of a lot more than that to condemn. I need proof. I need facts. I need something from someone not using an anonymous handle. And preferably I want it from the dogs mouth. We should be slow to hurt others, not demand the knives when we walk in the door based on a word of a man we've never met.

As for the locked thread about the lawsuit ... I think its horrible that people are turning against others that have been on the same side for months. I think its doing more damage than any locked thread. When people start demanding things and forgetting the support that unified this board, well I'd be surprised if people didn't pull back. I have friends that have bled for me, those that have given me money when I was starving and a place to stay when I was homeless. We don't always see eye to eye but I'd never forget what they've done for me or tell them they weren't on my side. Seems we're forgetting the people we're dismissing are the ones that have stood by us. I don't know how that's going to play out, but I do know it won't be good.

This started with a call to take a side ... the problem is that when you take a side you make enemies of your allies. I don't think anyone can look at this thread and not be sad for what's already been lost. This is my last post on this thread. I simply have no more to say.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Michael-Scott Earle Amazon account terminated
« on: July 26, 2018, 08:53:29 pm »
I think I know but I'd like verification. What is the difference between a banned account and a terminated account? And does this affect their regular account or only their author one?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Ugh!!!
« on: July 26, 2018, 06:20:34 pm »
I was hiking in the Andes once when I encountered a dolphin who asked me for a light for his cigarette.  I thought it odd at the time.  Most of the dolphins I meet on mountain hikes aren't smokers.

You won the internet, and got me to check out your books.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Ugh!!!
« on: July 26, 2018, 04:53:07 pm »
I really think your book needs a map right now. Don't you? Seriously, maps are so helpful. They let you know exactly where your characters are and have been or will be and they make excellent procrastination tools!  ;D

I had a Beta reader ask me for one.... I was like it's damn school and you need a map. How do people find their way out of the door without Google. But then she's also one of my best friends how savaged me on what she didn't like about the book. But then... she was right. Maybe I should work on that map...

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is KDP Rocket worth the $97?
« on: July 26, 2018, 04:43:17 pm »
I bought it, and am happy I did. Dave, the owner, offers great support. When I had trouble figuring out how to use Excel with the software (only because Id never used Excel), he immediately emailed me step-by-step instructions. And when I wondered why the software generated some keywords (books/authors) that seemed unrelated, he made me a video showing how KDP Rocket was scraping Amazon for results tied to my specific request. (In my case, the bestselling book in TRAVEL (the keyword in question) at the time was also #1 in some obscure subcategory relating to Maine, so the tool was drilling down and, in addition to the more obvious travel books, was returning books/authors about Maine and New England.)

Before KDP Rocket, I hand-curated a list of 300 keywords. I got exactly what I wanted, but it took many hours. When I realized how quickly the relevant Amazon bestseller lists/also boughts/etc change, and that Id need to frequently update my keywords, I knew that assembling them by hand was too much work. Now I can generate a list of 1000 in minutes. I still have to go through the lists and weed out keywords that are too far afield, but its still way faster.

This was super helpful to me. Thank you.

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Congrats!!! I think it's fantastic you worked up the courage to ask. That's usually the hardest part, getting past out inner sabotage.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Just what does the word "community" entail.
« on: July 25, 2018, 07:54:54 pm »
Years of coming here, and always searching back for where I was up to -- and HERE it is, how to do it. I feel silly, but very grateful. THANK YOU!

I'm right there with you. Well everyone has to learn someday.

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