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Oooh, I like 4! It does look better without the church, keeps the focus on the couple more!

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I like the cover for 3 but the fonts of 1 and 2.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 2014 DBW Writers' Survey -- Please Participate!
« on: November 23, 2014, 01:14:59 pm »
Is anyone reporting back to them about our comments and the survey's flaws ?

People have been commenting with flaws about last year's articles posted by Weinberg since the start, the main thing happening is that indies are told they are not the audience for the results of these surveys (which at $300 a pop is not surprising...). (oh, and a couple of very butthurt posts about Howey's own research...)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How long for Amazon to go live?
« on: November 22, 2014, 08:52:40 am »
anywhere from 4 to 24 hours... Sometimes they're super fast and sometimes slow, but if it is not live after 24 hours you'll need to worry.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Languages other than English...
« on: November 21, 2014, 02:40:33 am »
The one German sentence most Dutch people know is "immer gerade aus." Which means "keep going (straight) ahead".

At one time two cute German grannies asked us "Who is den bahnhof?" (grammar?) and we had to answer "immer gerade aus", which made us cringe and giggle, and I don't know if the grannies understood why... ("Who is den bahnhof" is the other sentence that every Dutch person knows, even when they've never had German in highschool)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: So why DON'T we write a cookbook?
« on: November 21, 2014, 01:00:16 am »
I'll try to get to it this weekend, I've been distracted by some uni work...

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 2014 DBW Writers' Survey -- Please Participate!
« on: November 21, 2014, 12:47:42 am »
I so wanna talk about this right now, but my master thesis (on exactly this subject) is due in about 7 hours and I still have one chapter to edit...
I wanna talk about interpretations of data and comparing research, my fingers itch do so, but I have to rewrite a 3,5K chapter, print it out, have it bound and hand it in in less than 7 hours...

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Languages other than English...
« on: November 20, 2014, 08:31:45 am »
I never liked German and French, they were so complicated to learn, especially with all the gendered stuff.
BUT, Dutch also uses gendered stuff (actually, we use a different pronoun for neutral words), so I should be able to learn it... I never did, not even in the 5 and 6 years I had it in high-school (for 3 to 4 hours a week).

English is so inconsistent because they have Germanic and French words and then started breeding with them too, plus that both the Germanic language people and the French brought their language there multiple times, so each time they took different words. But I love the language for it's huge amount of synonyms, in comparison to that Dutch seems bare.

I'm studying Japanese for fun and of all the Asian languages, this one luckily isn't so strict about tones as long as you get the pronunciation right (which shares many sounds with Dutch but fewer with English). Hana is hana (flower) and the a from both the ha and the na sounds is the same. I haven't gotten very far but I've found the pronunciation not the hardest part (the writing/reading on the other hand...)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 2014 DBW Writers' Survey -- Please Participate!
« on: November 20, 2014, 12:05:02 am »
Heh. This one isn't mine. Not even close. It's the Digital Book World and Writers' Digest survey. In the past, it has come out without anyone I know having participated in it. So it's mostly capturing aspiring writers who are just getting into the game (many who haven't finished their manuscript yet).

Also, the places where the authors (to be) were picked up were all trad-pubbed focused (WD, DBW and RWA), which gives really weird skewed information for things like: more thank half of all the authors (of all groups) thought that their book would have a better chance at being a bestseller if they trad pubbed a book, and the other half thought it would be 50/50 chance for SP/trad.

This survey is then touted as the end-all, be-all of the current state of publishing. Which is why I'm super appreciative to see so many people here filling it out. Because KBoards is a much better sample of people who are serious about doing this for a career, and yeah -- that means it's a tough slog, a lot of hard work, with luck involved and quite variable results. But nowhere near as depressing as these studies make it out to be.

The problem is not that it is touted as THE survey about publishing, the problem is that the media takes very different conclusions from it than are actually in the report. (including about 4 times in 60 pages where Weinberg wrote that the research is not scientific and should not be seen or used as such)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 2014 DBW Writers' Survey -- Please Participate!
« on: November 19, 2014, 11:23:22 am »
Ah, okay. How do aspiring authors make money from writing?

no clue, not mentioned in the report ;)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 2014 DBW Writers' Survey -- Please Participate!
« on: November 19, 2014, 11:13:54 am »
Ah. Si.

From the 2013 Survey


Actually, no that is from the survey taken in 2012, but released in 2013.
The numbers from the 2013 survey, released in 2014 are different (actually worse for authors)
source (this image is directly taken from the $300 report, just not posted online by me ;) )

The one you filled out just now will be the 2015 survey results.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 2014 DBW Writers' Survey -- Please Participate!
« on: November 19, 2014, 10:58:16 am »
I wondered that, but didn't think all of my responses would have been the popular responses--especially the number of hours spent writing. lol. I always felt like I never wrote as often as most. I still find it hard to believe that 37% have earned no income at all. :/ How is that possible? Unless a lot of writers who are still in the process of completing their first manuscript answered the survey. I didn't recall seeing that high of a percentage in the beginning of the survey though.

Last year SP authors spend 10-14 hours per week writing and 5-6 hours per week on writing related (publishing, marketing, etc) tasks.

Income was 90% made $0 for aspiring authors, 21% made $0 for SP authors, 19% made $0 for Trad authors and 7% made $0 for hybrid authors.

Also, last year 66% were aspiring authors of who 36% had finished a novel but not published, 51% had started a novel but not finished and 12% had never even started a novel yet. 18% of people were SP authors, 9% were trad and 7% were hybrid.


Will be interesting to see if they filter that out in the "reporting" or if it's used as proof, i.e., "30% of respondents earned no money at all and 50% were self-published, therefore self-publishing is not the way to make money."

Last year they made graphs for each type of author and showed how much they made in that graph.
Also, ALL (apart from aspiring) groups of authors had the most people in the $1-999 income range (55% SP, 35% Trad and 35% hybrid), the only group where that range was not the median but was the mode was the hybrid authors group. The media might have jumped on the SP data from that, but ALL the groups had that as their mode.


I'll fill out the survey after finishing my thesis this Friday, in which I use last year's data so I have intimate knowledge of it. I have to say, the media wrote about it very differently from what the actual results were ;)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Why are US readers so intolerant of UK English/grammar?
« on: November 18, 2014, 12:59:47 am »
Me, too. I was completely confused by the term, because where I'm from, pocket book is an alternate term for a paperback book. Though I think Stephanie Plum's pocketbook is a handbag, since she puts her gun into it. And you can't put a gun into a wallet.

Yeah, the Dutch also use pockets (short for pocket books) to refer to the smaller mass market paperback size (since they fit into your pocket), I had to double check the use of the word yesterday as it seemed (to me) like a word that we might have borrowed from English, apparently... no clue...

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Other epub creators besides calibre
« on: November 16, 2014, 12:32:02 pm »
Take a look at Sigil, that makes nice and clean Epubs, though you need to input HTML.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Royalty Question
« on: November 16, 2014, 11:08:25 am »
That happens especially if your books are not in Select because some countries that buy from the US store only give 35% royalty instead of 70%.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: price tracker
« on: November 16, 2014, 11:01:54 am »
This works: http://tracker.kindlenationdaily.com/tracked-books
Though I'm pretty sure only from the moment someone starts tracking your books (you or someone else), so if someone was tracking your book already, great, otherwise, this is great for going forward ;)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Formatting question
« on: November 16, 2014, 03:53:22 am »
I do both my own print and ebook formatting and I do ebook formatting for other people too.

I do find print formatting to be easier for myself as I know what I want, I just use the templates that Create Space gives you.

Ebook formatting is more like website formatting than like print formatting, they require a different way to look at things.

You can (if you can invest the time) try both yourself before deciding if you want others to do it for you.
I also wrote a formatting guide that explains how to format ebooks.

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Pretty sure it can be done with a few excel lines, but that would prob require you to first copy the data over into a new file.

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Wouldn't you just make the changes in the story file and then generate the MOBI and EPUB files again?

No, because after the story is finished I move over into Word for editing, so it would mean extra work for editing if I'd then return to Scrivener.

Also, I like full control, knowing what the code is doing on the back end and seeing that the books are correct. With Scrivener, if something goes wrong I might need hours and hours to find a fix, hand coding means I can immediately see where the problem is and fix it, because I know what bit of code goes where and does what.

Also, after the first time formatting, all my changes are done in Sigil and no longer anywhere else. This allows me to always have a most up to date epub file and I can create mobi files only when I need to (to check formatting, for ARe and for reviewers).

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I write in Scrivener, then compile to word for Editing, then clear formatting, save as HTML, add back in formatting, move over to Sigil for epub creation. Then I test the epub with Kindle previewer until it is the way I want it.

When I add in images I do that in the HTML phase when I add in formatting. Adding images to an HTML file is easy and Sigil might take a bit of time the first time around but after that I've found it to work awesome.

I don't use Scrivener for ebook creation because I lose too much control and it adds too much crap to the file that it makes it hard to make any changes later on.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Woops - My "Pilot" Episode doesn't have enough sex!
« on: November 14, 2014, 09:58:34 am »
One thing would be to rewrite and add sex in, but that might not be an option.

Naming it prequel would be possible, but then you need to make sure that you absolutely don't need the information from that book in the rest of the series.

Combining the two is possible in two ways:
1. Simply put the first book in front of the second book and upload it as a new version or as book 1 (but do show KDP that there is a significant change so that they can send it out to readers). This makes the prequel story the first part of the new book.
2. Merge and rewrite. By changing some scenes and maybe the ending of your intro so that it neatly fits with the beginning of the next book. This allows for one cohesive story line instead of two separate ones.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: A Whole New Kindle Store To Be Ignored In!
« on: November 14, 2014, 07:23:28 am »
You just wait until Amazon launch the Belgium website! 

Pretty sure the Dutch website is also for our Belgian neighbours.

The Dutch have been able to publish through Kobo for a while now and even our own home-grown Bol.com has the option to self-publish through them. No luck though.
We're very much a "Literature" country. We have very few authors who stray outside of the Literature- Chick Lit -  Children's books triangle, even when I talk to authors that have not been published yet. Self-publishing is still a huge no-no for them.

I'm hoping it might change, but I'm not holding my breath for it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Check bol.com/nl to see if your work has been stolen
« on: November 14, 2014, 06:46:21 am »
Yes, Bol.com works together with Kobo for their books. That, OR they get them from Ingram.
There is only one of my books available in the store, and I have all of them on Kobo, but I do know they get their print list through Ingram, so maybe their ebooks too these days?

To be honest... It's a huuuge hassle to sell pirated ebooks there since they require you to format and use a cover like a print edition (and they don't even use the same size covers) and then they change it into an ebook for you. (at least this was the case last year...)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Netherlands!!
« on: November 12, 2014, 01:00:52 am »
I should thinks so. I had no problems when I switched from the US store to the Canadian store. I believe you can also switch back if you want.

I've heard about being able to switch from the US store, but I haven't heard about switching from one of the smaller stores...

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Netherlands!!
« on: November 12, 2014, 12:40:39 am »
Oooh, this is awesome!!!

I'm Dutch and I've been following the news about an Amazon for the Netherlands for the past few years.

I'm very excited!!


Now I just need to figure out if I can keep my ebooks if I switch from the UK to the Netherlands Amazon...

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