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Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Report - anyone else lost all sales data?
« on: June 27, 2019, 02:09:01 pm »
Yep, everything is good now. I had to click 'Confirm data' to get it to pull in all the historical data, and it took forever and a day, but it's back now.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Report - anyone else lost all sales data?
« on: June 27, 2019, 12:01:24 pm »
I'm now seeing sensible data for the last week or so. The historical data is still trashed, however (even after turning it off and on again!).

Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Report - anyone else lost all sales data?
« on: June 26, 2019, 11:41:15 pm »
Mine has lost data as from October 2016. :o

ETA: More information. Everything is correct up until September 2016. From October 2016 onwards, the ebook sales are missing 50%-100% of data. This (coincidentally or not) is the month I switched my paperbacks from Createspace to KDP.

There is also a disconnect between the numbers shown on the BookReport graph, and what's shown in the Details by book chart, but it's not a consistent disconnect. Sometimes the graph numbers are higher, sometimes the chart numbers. The graph for this month, which showed zero ebook royalties for every day earlier, now shows data for June 20th and 21st, but the rest of the month is still zero. [Update: 3 more days have reappeared. :) Further update: now they've gone again. This is entertaining.] The chart shows the correct ebook sales numbers for this month but the royalties are wrong. In earlier months, the sales numbers are wrong too.

Amusingly, this happened instantaneously as I was clicking here and there in BookReport. One minute it was fine, and on the next click, when it refreshed the ebook royalties were gone.

So happy that this is finally over! You are an inspiration to us all, Christina.

ETA: Still time to donate:

That's very kind of you, and I really appreciate the continued support.

I also just noticed your signature. Deep thanks for that <3

Lots of us out here still rooting for you. Stay strong.

Christina's GoFundMe is still open too:

Writers' Cafe / Re: Has any one noticed the terms of service for KB lately?
« on: September 22, 2018, 06:36:21 am »
So long! And thanks for all the fish!

I wondered when someone would say that!  ;D

Writers' Cafe / Re: In a Post-Kboards World, Where Will You Be?
« on: September 21, 2018, 03:41:24 pm »
I shall be going to Writer Sanctum, too, whenever the techies get it back online. It's had a few teething problems, to put it mildly.

I shan't be posting much here any more, and all my big posts about launches, promos, going wide, etc will be made over there, but I'll still lurk here, at least until Christina's case is finally settled. While I wait, I shall nibble away at my 3000+ posts.  ;D I don't much care about my posts, frankly, but I do care about my name. But even if I delete every post I've ever written, my original user name (ie my real name) is still shown on every post that quoted me, and I don't see any way round that unless VS agree to comply with GDPR legislation.

Writers' Cafe / Re: New Author forum -
« on: September 21, 2018, 01:58:19 pm »
Getting total blank pages on all browsers...

Yep, it's broken good. Waiting for the techies to sort it out.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Has any one noticed the terms of service for KB lately?
« on: September 21, 2018, 12:10:41 pm »
This seems to mark the divide. Those posting as their brands have a problem with the new TOS, anonymous avatars - much less so. I think it's important to understand the consequences for each.

This is true. I've always posted everywhere under my real name, but VS apparently claims the right to use my name in whatever way it wants. I don't much care about my posts, but I care very much how my name is used.

I've changed my user name to an anonymous one, but that isn't enough because every single time a post of mine was quoted before that change, it included my real name and those quotes are not updated to reflect my new user name. I want my real name GONE from this site, and I can't do that myself, the mods can no longer do it, and VS won't do it. I don't know what the answer is to that.

I'm not in a rush to leave, at least not until Christina's case is finally settled, but once that is done I shall be joining the crowd claiming under GDPR legislation. I'd be happy to be anonymised, but it must guarantee the removal of my name from every post where it occurs, and not just changing my user name.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Has any one noticed the terms of service for KB lately?
« on: September 15, 2018, 03:34:21 pm »
I don't really see the new TOS here as being a big deal. The new owners are just trying to cover their own asses. You shouldn't be posting excerpts from your unpublished books on a publicly accessible message board anyway. Even if you do, it's still your work. It just qualifies as previously published material, and it's always been that way. If the TOS is suddenly changed to state that the owners of this forum can come to your house and borrow your car whenever they felt like it does that mean that it's true?

It may or may not be true, but do you want to spend tens of thousands of dollars to find out?

For me, it's not about the content. This is a public forum, searchable from external sources, so everything I've ever posted here is out there for people to find. My concern is about my name. The new TOS gives the new site owners the right to use my name in pretty much any way they choose, and I'm not happy with that. Would they actually do it? Probably not. Do they have the right to do it if it says so in the TOS? Maybe, maybe not, but I don't want to spend tens of thousands of dollars to find out. So they can have my new throwaway username, if they want, and if they want to use my real name, they have to take the extra step of tracking it down.

But they can have my avatar. That's well out of copyright.  :D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Has any one noticed the terms of service for KB lately?
« on: September 15, 2018, 02:17:20 pm »
Oops, no, that's not mine. I don't have a site. I mooch off others. Not sure whose that is.

Now I'm disappointed. A PhoenixS site would be awesome. If you'd care to tell us who you mooch with, we could all join and pretend it's your site. ;)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Has any one noticed the terms of service for KB lately?
« on: September 13, 2018, 10:42:44 pm »
While anonymity is not possible, it is possible to 'in effect' withdraw whatever implied consent has been attributed to me by going back and deleting all of my posts, removing thumbnails from my signature of books carrying my name, and changing my display name to something more non-descript.

This is pretty much what I've done. I'm not going to delete my posts (3000! I don't think so). This is a public forum, and a lot of those posts were written to be helpful to other authors, so I'm happy for them to stay. If anyone wants to put in the work to monetise them, I don't much care.

But I DO care about my name being bandied about in a commercial manner without my say-so, and ditto my book covers. Maybe it would never happen, but as someone pointed out upthread, if a clause is in there, it's always possible that it will be used one day. I have no idea what the legal position is on all this, but by removing my real name and covers from my profile, I'm making it clear that I don't give my permission for them to be used. I'm not trying to hide my identity, just make a point.

I should add that I've been online continuously since CompuServe days, and this is the first time I've ever felt I needed to use a pseudonym rather than my real name.

These are fantastic numbers! Well done.

Writers' Cafe / Re: SalesScanner for PC
« on: September 06, 2018, 01:11:06 am »
Checking now - I don't use many arrays so it shouldn't be hard to find this.

It might be something to do with the ASIN table, or lack of.

I've just uploaded if you'd like to test it. Added a bit more error checking around this part of the program.

This works! I downloaded the KDP file earlier to test the crashing version, but this version read it and opened just fine. So I'm good. Will let you know if I hit any other problems.

ETA: I did have the working previously, but a while ago, so it may be that it was reading an outdated or old format file from somewhere.

Writers' Cafe / Re: SalesScanner for PC
« on: September 05, 2018, 11:20:03 pm »
I get an index outside the bounds of the array error on the scan. I'm running Windows 10 on a PC.

************** Exception Text **************
System.IndexOutOfRangeException: Index was outside the bounds of the array.
   at LibSalesScanner.clsImportData.Init(String ImportFolder, String KDPPrefix, String SWprefix, String SW2prefix, String GooglePrefix, String CreateSpacePrefix)
   at SalesScanner.frmMain.ScanDaily(Boolean Force)
   at SalesScanner.frmMain.cmdScan_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.OnClick(EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Button.OnClick(EventArgs e)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Button.OnMouseUp(MouseEventArgs mevent)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmMouseUp(Message& m, MouseButtons button, Int32 clicks)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.ButtonBase.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Button.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.OnMessage(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
   at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kobo Writing Life Down?
« on: August 29, 2018, 12:51:46 pm »
My dashboard loads now, but no sales numbers, just a message saying they can't show sales numbers/

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kobo Writing Life Down?
« on: August 29, 2018, 12:28:16 pm »
Thank you. Maybe someone could suggest they use a slightly less alarming error message.  :o

Yes! I nearly had a heart attack!

$33.04 (still need to make $33.04 to break even, but looks promising.) Next to my Viking series, this series sells the best.

Fingers crossed! Hope the move goes well.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A List of the Best Launch Threads
« on: August 27, 2018, 02:06:26 pm »
Great idea, Nick. I've added a 6-week update to the foot of the first post on my launch thread (tl:dr - the stickiness is still ongoing, albeit slipping slightly).

Writers' Cafe / Re: Freebooksy results (8/24/2018
« on: August 24, 2018, 08:29:56 am »
Interesting to see the results of this. That's a lot of potential sell-through.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Summer slump already?
« on: August 21, 2018, 02:50:57 pm »
I'm going to be that annoying person who perkily says: slump? What slump?

Last month I had both a Bookbub and a new release that decided it wanted to play with the big boys in the bestseller lists, so I'm actually having a great summer (so far). It won't last, but I'm enjoying it while I can.

Sorry for all those suffering slumpiness.  :(

Writers' Cafe / Re: What loses you loyal readers?
« on: August 17, 2018, 01:28:16 pm »

For anyone wanting to donate to Christina's GoFundMe campaign, here's the link:

Am I the only sucker paying their $10 a month for KU? I'm starting to wonder if I'm keeping KU afloat singlehandedly.  ;D

Edited to add that I just saw idontknowyet's post, so that makes two of us keeping it afloat.

Make that three. I stump up the full whack every month, never had a deal beyond the first month and I'm pretty sure I don't borrow enough to cover the cost. But I do like the convenience of being able to get the whole book without paying at the point of sale. Convenience, convenience. And it doesn't bother me anymore if I don't finish a book.

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