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Writers' Cafe / Re: On Spam Blacklist?
« on: February 10, 2019, 04:29:59 pm »
Do they?

*ears prick up*

That must be new.

*heads over to Mailerlite*

Yep, it was buried in an email they sent out. I don't think they're making a big enough deal about this option, especially given the problems they had with spam blacklists. $50 a month is steep for a lot of people, but if you're at that level, it's worth it, and since Mailerlite's plans are cheaper, you probably still come out ahead financially vs going with a different provider.

If you end up upgrading to it, would you mind reporting back any change in your open rates?

Writers' Cafe / Re: On Spam Blacklist?
« on: February 10, 2019, 01:48:46 pm »
Mailerlite and Mailchimp don't even offer them, but I've seen them in packages for *really* expensive providers such as Constant Contact and Infusionsoft.

Mailerlite offers dedicated IPs for $50 a month.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What was your first year (or two) like?
« on: January 30, 2019, 02:02:50 pm »
Amazon gives you 70% of the gross because the analytics are where the real value is.

Actually, Amazon gives you 70% because Apple gives 70%. Amazon started out giving 35% and only raised it to compete with Apple.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Discount code for Vellum?
« on: October 17, 2018, 11:04:31 am »
Vellum doesn't really do discounts. It's already a steal at full price.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How to Build Your Own Bookstore
« on: October 03, 2018, 11:07:27 am »
The biggest challenge up to this point has been what I'm now calling "the last mile." When someone buys a book from my store, how do I get it on their device?

Bookfunnel will handle this for you. They integrate with a few different store platforms.

For those wondering about VAT, Payhip handles VAT for you.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kdp Alert
« on: September 09, 2018, 01:17:21 pm »
Just change the price to match the Kobo price.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Scrivener help
« on: September 04, 2018, 02:45:19 pm »
Have you tried contacting Scrivener support? They're really helpful. They also have a forum where you can post questions. I spent some time figuring out exactly how I liked my compile and then saved it as a preset so I never have to fiddle with it again. When I upgraded to 3.0, I exported the preset and imported it into the new version and it worked perfectly.


Plus with all the free months and 3-months-for-99c deals, a lot of those subs aren't even paying in the $10 per month.

Exactly. I've been a KU member for years and have never paid $10 a month. I always get 6 or 12 months at a time when it goes on sale. Of all the people I know who have KU, I don't know any who have ever paid $10 a month.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Warning: Do not try Blasty's "Free" Trial!
« on: August 09, 2018, 01:02:51 pm »
Bumping this thread instead of starting my own so that hopefully it's easier for people to find info about this company. I tried them for free and now they continually email me without an unsubscribe link in their emails. I've requested that they stop emailing me and they said they would (in March) but they haven't. I don't understand why they're not following spam laws, but the fact that they're not is a huge red flag. I've opted out of all emails on their site, yet I still keep getting them. There's no way to change the email address associated with your account so there appears to be no way to get them to leave you alone.

A couple of things:

1. I had paid for covers with this artist. Since it was through a freelance site, I made one phone call and had my money refunded with zero problems. I think it was a 3-5 minute phone call. It honestly makes me want to use that site for all my work with designers. The site holds the money in escrow and only releases it to the designer when the project is delivered. If this wasn't through a freelance site, I have little faith that I'd have gotten my money back.

2. DeviantArt. I LOVE Deviantart, and it is possible to find artists there, but I think there's also a high risk of running into licensing issues simply because DeviantArt is used by a lot of amateur artists who do fanart. Nothing wrong with that (I can happily spend a day scrolling through their art), but they may not understand licensing and what's involved when doing commercial work.

I'd like to know as well. I think what happens is a lot of people forget about it and it keeps coming out of their account for awhile. Eventually they may get around to canceling it, but I bet a significant percentage of people who subscribed for the three month free trial keep it for at least 6 months. And if they forget they have it and don't use it, their payment is free money for Amazon. If they do use it, then they are on Amazon's site more often, which is exactly what Amazon wants.

It'd be pretty hard to forget about it because Amazon sends you an email warning you 3 days or so before they charge you and telling you how to cancel. It's one of the things I love about Amazon. They're at least confident enough in their offerings to not rely on the "keep quiet and hope people don't notice we keep charging them" tactic.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Would this be a weird strategy?
« on: July 05, 2018, 04:26:44 pm »
In my experience, KU readers generally only see or look at other KU books. Amazon pushes KU books hard to KU readers, so they aren't very likely to see your permafree. There's not a lot of overlap between the permafree and KU markets. If you want to be in KU, I think you'd be better off putting the first book in KU and doing either a countdown deal or using your free days in each 90 day period.

And if you have readers who are loyal to platform (and a lot are) they're not going to be happy to get your permafree on Kobo or Apple and then not be able to get the rest of the series. People read in their app or device of choice and aren't going to change that for you. If your book isn't available on the platform they want, they'll move on to a book that is. Some readers use multiple apps and devices, but I don't think they're a majority.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Hot New Scam
« on: July 05, 2018, 04:08:34 pm »
Simply updating the manuscript or making metadata changes doesn't reset the pub date or give a book a bonus time on the HNR list.

Shelley, I believe that only happened over a period of about 3 months in late 2013/early 2014, coincidental to the time when they were removing the pub date as an editable field on the dashboard.

Yep, that happened to me. I updated something with my book and it reset the pub date and put it on the HNR list. I actually got a one-star review from someone saying they loved the book but wanted to warn people that it wasn't the next book in the series and I was trying to trick people.

Yes, this definitely sounds like a good idea for the next update to these reports. Would you want just another dropdown at the top to pick between print and ebook?

That sounds good. I'd like to be able to set it to where the default is to only see ebooks since I can't see ever wanting the data for paperbacks.

I really love the new update! I have only one request: can you give us an option to block out the paperback versions of our books or it least identify them in some way? It's really cluttering the rank and there's no way to tell when selecting books to compare if you're selecting the ebook or print version.

Historical fiction readers also read alternative history, but you want to make sure they KNOW what they are reading when they buy the book. I always like to use food in examples. I love lasagna. I also love salmon. But if I order salmon and they give me lasagna, I am going to complain REGARDLESS of how good the lasagna might be because that is not what I ordered or what I wanted.

Totally agree.

Also, it's not alternative history simply because you have one made-up sibling. Alternative history tends to pose a question like, "What if Queen Elizabeth had a child?" or "What if the Romanovs weren't executed?" It doesn't sound from the description like the book has a "What if Tsar Nicholas had a third sister who didn't approve of the monarchy?" premise.

Whether you're writing historical fiction or alternative history, embrace it and run with it. If it's alternative history because you wanted to write inaccurate historical fiction or it's historical fiction because you wanted inaccuracies without embracing an actual alternate history, then you're not going to please anyone.

If it's a throwaway character (and it sounds like she is based on the description, but I could be wrong) I would do away with her or make her into someone else to avoid the headache. It doesn't sound like you're writing an alternate history and it would require quite a bit of work to make her existence plausible which may be too much for such a minor character. If she's a major character in the book, then the effort may be worth it.

It would bother me as a reader. The only completely made up characters I like in historical fiction are the main character and people who would realistically not be in the historical record.

To make a third sister for Tsar Nicholas II work for me, I'd want there to be a plausible explanation. She couldn't be a full sister (unless you came up with a really great reason why we don't know about her). She'd have to be a half sister that was hidden from history. It makes it harder since this is relatively recent history in the grand scheme of things.

Also, if your book deals with Tsar Nicholas a lot, it's going to attract readers interested in him. He's a popular historical figure for people to study, so if they pick up your book because of their interest in the Romanovs, they're going to be disappointed if such liberties are taken.

Personally, I'd either come up with a really great back story for her and why no one knows about her, or I'd change the character to be someone else. Just having a random made-up sibling for a well-known historical figure isn't going to fly with a lot of historical fiction readers, imo.

I've really enjoyed getting your updates :). It's nice to hear about the progress you're making, even when it includes setbacks.

Keep in mind I am not an accountant,


based on my understanding (and forgive me if I'm repeating what someone else has already said):

all sales through Amazon - regardless of which Amazon store (UK, Canada, Australia, etc) you've garnered sales from -

all Amazon sales are considered U.S. income because Amazon is a U.S. company -

therefore you report ALL Amazon income as foreign income...

even if hypothetically all of your Amazon sales came from the store it's still foreign income for you as a Canadian author because is just an offshoot of the U.S.-based Amazon mother ship.

Please, anyone who knows better, correct me if I'm wrong...I'm only providing my non-accountant, non-tax-professional perspective on this.  :)

The OP is having an issue with GST, goods and services tax (kind of like sales tax). It has nothing to do with income or income tax.

I did the free trial of ReaderLinks because the idea of the redirected links through my own site intrigued me. I currently manage redirects through my site but the ReaderLinks solution seemed easier to manage and has geo redirecting. When I went to setup my links, though, there was no mention of how to do it through my domain. Instead it created links on the ReaderLinks domain, which is not something I'm interested in. I figured I misunderstood what the site did, and my free trial expired.

I went back to the site the other day and realized that it is possible, but you have to dig around to find the functionality. Why isn't this posted clearly on the page that you create links on? Why not a "Want to use your own domain? Click here" button? My biggest issue with ReaderLinks was that the UI was not intuitive or visually appealing. Now that I know that I can do links through my own domain, I'm interested in giving it another try, but it shouldn't be so difficult to figure out how to use the feature, especially the main feature that started ReaderLinks.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What in the world is this? New rate coming at KDP?
« on: January 09, 2018, 06:47:34 pm »
Oooh, I see it too! A mystery.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« on: November 10, 2017, 01:54:45 pm »
There aren't currently any plans. The data dump Book Report provides loses too much of the detail.

Thanks for the reply! I guess I'll just have to block off an afternoon to import everything when I get my copy of TrackerBox. Any idea when the beta will be available?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Tracking Book Sales: TrackerBox Mac Kickstarter is live
« on: November 10, 2017, 12:17:36 pm »
Are there any plans to support importing data from Book Report? I've been publishing since 2012 and rather than import every month's report, it would be nice to simply download all the data from Book Report and then import it into TrackerBox, if that's possible.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Blasty
« on: November 07, 2017, 06:11:53 pm »
When Google de-lists search results because of a DMCA complaint, they put a huge notice at the bottom of the page stating that some results are hidden and then link to the complaint that lists out all URLs that were removed from the results. It's basically a big notice letting people know which sites are actually infringing by having the content instead of just doing a bait and switch like many of the search results are. 

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle Watch! -- New Oasis
« on: November 01, 2017, 12:22:13 pm »
Got mine! Thanks for the tip about changing the display size to get a percentage next to the battery. Mine came with a 60% charge. My last Kindle was a Paperwhite, and I'm loving the page-turn buttons! I also like the bigger display. I'm glad I don't have the first Oasis to compare to because I like little things, but I've been wanting a bigger Kindle display for a while. I don't know how comfortable it's going to be to hold long term, but I like that you can easily switch hands if one gets tired.

The sleeve I was planning to use is a tighter fit than I'd like, so I'm going to be shopping around for something else. I really hope more options pop up on Amazon soon.

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