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Writers' Cafe / Re: NY Times Article about Changes Coming to Facebook
« on: January 12, 2018, 09:56:16 am »
I'm not on it at all, so doesn't affect me in the least :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Question about a concern about a review.
« on: January 07, 2018, 05:01:53 am »
I think you are allowed to post quotes/excerpts from the book in a review, but obviously not the whole book.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Epic fantasy/High Fantasy + Mystery?
« on: December 31, 2017, 09:23:36 am »
The Drakenfeld series by Mark Charan Newton. There are two novels so far and one novella.



Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Unlimited - how are authors paid?
« on: December 24, 2017, 10:20:49 am »
Page flip is where you press the page, and another smaller version pops up, with the menu as well, and part of the pages on each side. If you read with it popped up, authors dont get paid.

But to exit to the book display page, you first go into page flip mode. Trouble is, a lot of people stay there.

That seems very unfair on the authors! I'll try and remember not to use that.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Unlimited - how are authors paid?
« on: December 24, 2017, 03:39:23 am »
Every time you connect your Kindle to the wifi to download your next book, it dumps its accumulated pages read data to the mothership for disbursement to the authors concerned. If your PC is connected to the internet, data will be transmitted too. But if you want to maximise the payout to authors, PLEASE don't read using page flip (which doesn't count any pages read, by design, so authors don't get paid for anything read that way).

Enjoy your KU trial.  :D

Thanks. I don't think I have pageflip, I was just reading through each page on the PC app. Unless that is pageflip?

Writers' Cafe / Kindle Unlimited - how are authors paid?
« on: December 24, 2017, 03:17:45 am »
I normally side load ebooks onto my Kindle and I very rarely have the wifi on.

I've just signed up for the free trial of KU for readers. I will probably be reading the books on my Kindle without wifi. Does that mean the authors won't get their page reads?

I have the PC Kindle app, would they get their page reads through that?

Writers' Cafe / Re: We now have 2 rows of Sponsored Ads on our book's page
« on: December 24, 2017, 02:59:58 am »
I just had a browse on an M/M romance page, not mine. Yes, there were two rows of sponsered ads, but they were all of M/M romances from what I could see.

Trad pubbed, Phil Rickman has a series about a deliverance minister, Merrily Watkins (used to be called exorcist). It's more murder mystery but a lot of them have a supernatural bent, as you'd expect.

Writers' Cafe / Re: High fantasy book cover. Helpful feedback appreciated.
« on: December 09, 2017, 03:33:55 pm »
I’m making lots of adjustments to the cover with my wife (she graduated from Rhode Island School of design with a Masters in fine arts). Anyway, maybe I shouldn’t even use this wizard’s image since it’s already on your book cover? Had I known I never would have bought it.

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It's a stock photo, anyone can buy a license to it and use it on their book cover. You haven't done anything wrong. The only way to have a truly unique cover is original illustrations and they are usually way out of most people's budget. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Competing with swag for slots in the top 100?
« on: December 09, 2017, 12:30:35 pm »
I glanced at a few and each item of collectable or toy, all seem to have a 16 page mini book - I guess this is why they can have an ISBN?

Writers' Cafe / Re: High fantasy book cover. Helpful feedback appreciated.
« on: December 09, 2017, 11:42:29 am »
I love the image of the wizard and orb, but the font treatment not so much. Is Elmstave the series name and The Wizard and the Jewel the title for this one? If that is the case, I'd make the title bigger and the series name smaller.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Removing Arc Reviews (thread no. 2)
« on: December 09, 2017, 03:19:27 am »
Correct me if I'm wrong on this, and I may be, but what if the author made changes to the book(s) later on and updated them? Wouldn't those updates get pushed to those who purchased the book? So if the reviewer liked the book, but mentioned some issues or noticed some issues, couldn't it be possible they buy the book even though they received it free to get the updated version if the author does one?

Again, I could be wrong, but as a reader, that's what I would do. Granted, I don't get ARCs, so I don't leave ARC reviews, but I would think that if this were the case where an update would be pushed to my device, I might buy the book for that reason. It would have nothing to do with just wanting to get the verified purchase tag, and solely for selfish reasons in wanting any and all updates a book I liked might get.

I've sometimes bought the book from Amazon if I got a review copy from Netgalley and the formatting was wonky or they only had it in PDF.PDFs are not the most brilliant format to read in for me.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Removing Arc Reviews (thread no. 2)
« on: December 03, 2017, 07:10:31 am »
I've just had a look at reviews I have written and I think all of mine are still there. Some were so long ago I can't remember all of them.

As for reviewers who post a few or more reviews around the same time, that may be that they have written the review a while ago but only got around to posting it later, along with others for that same week. It doesn't mean they have read all the books or reviewed them on the same day/week.

Writers' Cafe / Re: New Goodreads Giveaway program coming
« on: November 29, 2017, 07:01:13 am »
It's just another way of making money from authors. You can giveaway your book, but we'll only charge you $119 or $599 for the privilege! I'll pass, thanks,

Writers' Cafe / Re: Night of the Living Shirtless Men
« on: November 19, 2017, 11:58:37 am »
I personally don't know any women who wouldn't like seeing that man on a cover. Of course, the book would need to fit the image. Though, I've never come across a stock photo like that on any of the stock sites. The image is from a tv series, the guy is an actor, the clothing is from a professional wardrobe department, so it's a bit of an unrealistic standard for the average book cover.

That's a problem with many stock photo sites. If you want something historical or fantasy based, there just isn't that much there with clothed models, most of it is silly Halloween costumes etc. But a half-naked man can be used for contemporary, historical, fantasy and urban fantasy romances.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover battle... TO THE DEATH!
« on: November 19, 2017, 08:53:40 am »
I like the first one as well :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Night of the Living Shirtless Men
« on: November 18, 2017, 03:37:50 pm »
No, it's the authors. But they do it to get visibility because Amazon makes it hard for erotica to be seen. Try using Goodreads to find books instead of Amazon's categories.

No, it is not always the author who has put them in the wrong category - Amazon itself does it too. I have lost count of how many times I've let them know that my book is neither non-fiction, or about social history, or politics. I did not put a sword and sorcery fantasy book in those categories myself. That's Amazon, not me.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Authors ... how do YOU find out about new books
« on: November 17, 2017, 03:04:33 pm »
I tend to seek out SF/Fantasy blogs and thrillers/crime a bit, as well as the Goodreads sections on it. Most of my physical books have been bought for me by my husband as presents, and he gets it right most of the time ;) Libraries are next as well as browsing in book shops.

I have my favourite authors so I check if they have something new out and sometimes there will be an also-bought or a rec from Amazon for something similar. I prefer to read on my Kindle now as my eyesight has got worse over the years and I can choose my own font size/style. I have some SF books from American publishers that I can barely read, the text is so small on the page. Is paper really expensive in the US or something?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover model stock photo search tips please!
« on: November 17, 2017, 04:21:27 am »
How about this model from Period Images? It's in their detective/action gallery:

Writers' Cafe / Re: What traits would a charismatic rogue have?
« on: November 10, 2017, 03:49:15 pm »
Have you read the Nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling? Seregil popped into my head as a charming rogue. He's a minor noble, but works secretly for the queen as a spy - nightrunner - and also does work for nobles secretly as the Rhiminee Cat. He plays different personas, from bards and minstrels to beggars and everything in between. He has a stash of equipment/gear things he needs all over the place.

Writers' Cafe / Re: For heaven's sake, people, you're authors.
« on: November 05, 2017, 03:15:03 pm »
I saw this construction repeatedly in a manuscript I was beta reading. The author told me it's common in England.

It may be common, but it's annoying. One of my pet peeves - he was sat on the chair rather than sat on the chair. He was sitting on the chair, that one's fine :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: For heaven's sake, people, you're authors.
« on: November 05, 2017, 12:02:09 pm »
I've been seeing this one in a lot of fanfics recently chest of draws when it should be chest of drawers!



And I get very annoyed when a book is set in Britain but the characters go to the gas station instead of petrol station, or walk in the sidewalk instead of pavement, walk down the block instead of street etc. It brings me right out of the story.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Trigger warnings in book descriptions
« on: November 02, 2017, 04:03:35 pm »
"hijacked"? Really? You make it sound like a violent crime.

Hijacked was probably too strong a word there. I haven't had much sleep lately, I have a cough that's been going on for over a year and a half (it's still being investigated) and it's worse every time I lie down, hence the lack of sleep. I can't think straight.

As a reader, I prefer not to have warnings as I don't want the plot spoiled for me. Someone left a note on one of my blogs which spoiled Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for me. The book wasn't as good to read as if I hadn't known about some things before I read it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Trigger warnings in book descriptions
« on: November 02, 2017, 10:22:24 am »
I think part of it, is that a trigger is a certain type of psychological response, such as panic attacks, flashbacks and such with someone with trauma seeing or reading about something that will remind them of that trauma. But the term has been hijacked by people who use it to mean things they don't want to see or read about, but will not necessarily have a trigger response to.

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