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Writers' Cafe / Re: Can you do an audiobook for a permafree book?
« on: July 20, 2018, 08:06:18 am »
I'm a little late on this, but I'd like to confirm, permafree does really well for audiobooks.  If you're paying your narrator up front on the ACX platform, it shouldn't matter.  I've managed to get a chunk of bounties for people who are just starting off using audible because of my permafree as well.

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I'm a little late to the game, but I'd like to also vouch for Sean.  I've been happy with what I've seen so far. 

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Just wanted to do a quick follow-up.  The initial authors who jumped in on this collaboration had a very fruitful first web meeting.  We're going to explore the ideas that were shared in it a little further, and we'll report back with our results!

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I've submitted an email to you.  I'm interested to see what we can get going.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Should I bundle my audiobooks into a box set?
« on: September 13, 2016, 11:56:12 am »
Cheri, have you found anything out about this?  I'm considering something like this, but I'd like to know more.  I have two authors who read for me, and I'd like to use the files I already have to convert my one collection into an audiobook.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Which of these 2 covers is best?
« on: September 08, 2016, 12:22:27 pm »
I prefer "Slam" in all caps.

I agree.  It's more readable.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: An amatuer question on chapters
« on: April 19, 2016, 12:46:53 pm »
Yes the title is absolutely right as even the most basic of writers probably know the answer.
Do chapters have to be identical in length, or similar at least?
My latest book is from alternating points of view. The chapter I'm on feels about done but its a lot less than the others. Does that matter?

My chapters or typically about five pages long, but when one feels done, I'll end it.  I've even had two page chapters, just because I felt I punctuated the matter at hand well enough to move onto what comes next.  Don't worry about the length as much as the quality of the message you're trying to get across.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: New covers ... what do you think?
« on: April 19, 2016, 11:29:05 am »
I like them, for the most part... But the purple on the second cover is throwing me off. On the one hand, the book is saying "WARRIOR." On the other hand, it's saying, "lavender, like a little old lady's flower arrangement at tea time." I feel like an orange or gray might work better.

I like the way Emma thinks... maybe consider switching the background colors of the second and third book for that reason?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have you ever blocked a subscriber / fan?
« on: April 19, 2016, 08:41:48 am »
Well, I guess like everyone else says, it's kind of a nice milestone.  It speaks highly that you're able to capture someone's attention so well!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have you ever blocked a subscriber / fan?
« on: April 19, 2016, 07:22:30 am »
Ah, thank you all for the peace of mind.  I'll feel a little less guilty about cutting the cord now!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have you ever blocked a subscriber / fan?
« on: April 18, 2016, 12:01:39 pm »
Thanks for giving me some peace of mind.  I've been employed in customer service all my life, and it's difficult to separate yourself from that.  You want to cultivate a relationship with your readers, but sometimes they make it very difficult.  I know that there's some things you're just not supposed to do in this industry.  I'm thankful that cutting ties with incendiary fans isn't one of them.

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Writers' Cafe / Have you ever blocked a subscriber / fan?
« on: April 18, 2016, 11:20:51 am »
Hey folks... I've got a weird one for you.

I've been working on building my mailing list organically for a little over a year now.  Most of what you get is what I would imagine is typical of the thing.  I don't get a whole lot of conversation from people on there, but I have had people review my books, offer assistance with content (spelling and grammatical errors, etc.), and so forth.

Recently, however, I've had a fellow who has been contacting me and is a little... we'll say abrasive.  I ran a contest last week that he didn't partake in, and when I announced that the winners had been selected, he emailed me and berated me.  This isn't the first time he's reached out to me and acted inflammatory, either.  In fact, I've tried to accommodate him multiple times before.  But I'm starting to think that I'm wasting energy on him.  He's actually gone so far as to tell me that he only sticks around for when I give out freebies.

I'm wondering if I should consider cutting him loose.  Has anyone else had a problem like this?

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I highly doubt Amazon is losing any money because of this. I'd love to see some actual statistics on it. Personally, the fact that Amazon has left such an easily fixable problem linger for so long tells me that they aren't actually losing money because of it.

Wouldn't they technically be losing money to the scammers who are scamming them out of the KU fund each month?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Hiring a blurb writer - etiquette
« on: April 15, 2016, 11:16:32 am »
I don't carry the same kind of swagger as a lot of people on this board, but I'll try to evoke what I think most people would say: it's your book, and if you're paying someone for a service, it's your prerogative to do what you want in relation to your book.  I don't accept every change my editor makes—I would act the same way with a blurbist.

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For the second time this week, when asked what I do, I have had the comment "We should totally get together, you could write my life story, It's fascinating."

I must have heard this suggestion about five or six times now. I realise some people have had extraordinary lives, but seriously, the amount of time it would take me to record them and write them would be ridiculous, and they want half the income too...  ???
Did you not hear me say I write teen romance novels?

Do you get weird requests when you tell people you're a writer?

When I was making better money (way back in the olden days of 2011), I had quite a few people who wanted to write collaborations with me that were off-genre from what I wrote. 

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 30-day cliff
« on: April 15, 2016, 08:27:58 am »
No need to be modest, Rick... you're doing great!

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I've begun sending out weekly on Mondays.  Everything I've added has been organic, though one of my novellas is offered as incentive.  I lose between 0-2 subscribers every week, but I usually end up at least a little bit on top.  Just the way the OP says in the opening post, I don't get upset by this.  The subscribers I do have who enjoy my content are very valuable, and well worth losing the "dead weight," so to speak.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Calling All Self-Published Fantasy Authors
« on: April 06, 2016, 07:44:33 am »
I have the same issue. Most of my books are stand-alones, and I've never set them up as a series, but Amazon and the Goodreads librarians have decided that they are in fact a series! They've even given the series a name. Kind of them.

I just put a comment in the email I sent Mark that the book I've submitted is a stand-alone. He's fairly relaxed about these matters, so if you say it's a stand-alone, he'll take your word for it.

That's good to know.  I figured, what the hey, it's worth a shot!  Best of luck to you!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Calling All Self-Published Fantasy Authors
« on: April 05, 2016, 12:57:04 pm »
I'm attempting to throw my hat in the ring, but there may be a problem with my submission, The Fall.  It's technically a standalone (or a #1 in the series, depending on how far in the future you look), but for promotional purposes, it's #5 in a collection.  We'll see where the ruling stands!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Calling all Superhero Writers (and fans)!
« on: February 25, 2016, 01:20:38 pm »
My books are medieval fantasy x superheroes, though not marketed explicitly as such.  For a while in 2011 I was doing fairly well with it, but a change in my covers may be at some fault for the drop in popularity (or my failings as a writer finally caught up with me!).

In any case, I'm still clinging onto hope that the next book I write will get me the attention I need to give the 8 books I currently have some momentum.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone used Createspace Templates?
« on: February 22, 2016, 06:33:18 pm »
The cover template is actually very convenient. It shows you all the spots that require a bleed (where you shouldn't have active elements, like text or logos). It helps to be at least a little familiar with Photoshop or Gimp, as working with layers, especially those you can make semitransparent for a brief amount of time, really helps to put all the finishing touches together quickly. Remember also to convert text into a picture, otherwise it will size improperly when you attempt to export to pdf.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Does short fiction sell?
« on: February 20, 2016, 02:47:54 am »
With fantasy, you'd think that you'd have no bites with shorter stories, but there are some who are finding success:

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Kindle-Store-90-Minute-Science-Fiction-Fantasy-Short-Reads/zgbs/digital-text/8624222011/ref=zg_bs_nav_kstore_3_8584462011

Obviously it helps if you're a known author or if you have a larger selection of stories that can help bolster the smaller books (and vice versa).  I've got a series of novellas that performs about as well as you'd expect of a nobody, but it's an extra $100 or so in my bank account every month, so I won't complain.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: CreateSpace Book for 15K (65 page) Novella?
« on: February 18, 2016, 08:42:57 am »
I had a series of five stories that were all between 50-100 pages.  The only thing that I wasn't a huge fan of was that nothing could be written on the spine, but is still looks beautiful.  And I'll echo the other poster and say that it does probably make for a very good giveaway.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Samurai - Has anyone used this?
« on: September 25, 2015, 05:04:29 am »
You own the thing. I bought it a while ago. It keeps crashing, so I've written it off as utterly useless. Getting off all your spammy mailing lists was another matter altogether.

Yes, they're very spammy.  KS was crashing for me too, and I just uninstalled and reinstalled it.  It's working a lot better for me now.  I'm sure it's going to happen again eventually, so I'm hoping that workaround fits the bill going forward.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP down?
« on: September 23, 2015, 08:28:53 am »
I can get into my bookshelf but not sales graph. Anyone having this issue?

Hmm. It's back. That was easy.

If anyone does, rest assured that it's only demons taking over your monitor briefly. They'll move on quickly enough once you swear at them about 14 times.

I apologize, this one is on me.  My sales have been so abysmal lately that they've cannibalized most of the rest of the program.

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