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Many of us write blog posts about writing, our life as writers etc.

How much do you share the downside or let's say (challenges and struggles) with your readers?

I have heard from several authors that said, whatever you do, only put out positive stuff. If you have had a bad month, bad year, bad anything, don't share that. People don't want to know about it, and they certainly don't care. They are there for your books, that's all.

What do you think?

Do you share only positive stuff or do you share your struggles?

Writers' Cafe / Boasting about sales ( an indie thing?)
« on: June 02, 2018, 08:02:05 AM »
I don't think I have ever seen a traditional author talk about how much they have earned. They just get on with it and do the work, and saying they are an author full-time is enough even if they have a book or course teaching people how to write and publish.

However, there seems to be a growing trend in the indie market (Mostly from those who have something to sell - a course, a book, a membership etc ) to list sales made in a month or a year.

Don't get me wrong. I get they are trying to prove that money can be made as an indie but doing it over and over again? (usually around the time they are about to sell their next product) seems a little bit like someone trying too hard to impress folks or convince the marketplace to invest in their course. When reality is we know there is more to making money in this business than just writing, publishing and marketing. Doing what someone else did doesn't guarantee success. Results will vary. ( yet that part about results will vary somehow gets left out. )

The reason i mention this is because i feel for the folks who aren't making money ( like a guy who recently posted on this forum) and do all manner of things and still get no success. It must be like a kick in the face to them. So is it really necessary? Can't indie's just say... we are making a full-time living vs listing numbers. To me, if you say you earn a full-time living that gives me a clear idea. ( you pay your bills, you live etc. I don't think folks need to know hard numbers ).


Just got done watching John Wick 2 ( hilarious movie ).

If you have watched these films you will know that this guy is an assassin who manages to kill like 100 people before breakfast without breaking a sweat, and he walks away with a few bumps, bruises and scratches.

Everyone loves it. We buy it even if we know its not really believable. (Go look at the reviews to see. People rave about it )

Now attempt to do that in a book, it will fail.

How do i know? Not because i have done it but I have seen tons of thriller writers attempt to do it. I've read it in their books. I've seen the bad reviews roll in.

Somehow the element of suspending belief isn't as strong with the reading audience.

Reviews will come in. "Oh come on man, this guy is like superman. He killed like 30 people and walked away with a sore pinkie. This is so unbelievable Whine, whine, b*tch, b*tch, can i get some cheese with my griping?"

And yet if you make it believable, you are liable to get the opposite. "Oh, this guy is so weak, he's not a hero, whine, whine, I love whining."

Got to love double standards.

So here's the question to ponder. "Why can they get away with this in films but not in books?"

Writers' Cafe / Does a career as a writer lead to divorce?
« on: March 27, 2018, 03:06:06 PM »
Cops have a high divorce rate due to how much time it takes away from their relationship and stress.

I know there are a lot of folks here who ended up divorced.

Wondering if any of you felt that writing played a role?

Writers' Cafe / ARC reviews on kindle or paperback?
« on: March 25, 2018, 09:30:55 AM »
Do you folks publish the paperback first and ask them to leave it on the paperback

Or have them leave it on the kindle version?

I know they will get linked together but i'm curious what you all do

Writers' Cafe / Amazon Keyword Search Numbers?
« on: March 22, 2018, 09:59:16 AM »
Curious to know if a tool exists that lets me find out how many people in a given month have searched on a keyword term?

I know you can do this with Google but Amazon is a different beast. I can't imagine Amazon would give up those figures to a 3rd party service or piece of software.

Let me know, if you know.


Writers' Cafe / ARC review question (Paperback or kindle)?
« on: March 18, 2018, 12:50:39 PM »
If your ARC team got your book from you for free.

1. Do you think it's best to have them leave a review under the paperback version or the kindle version on Amazon?

2. And if they leave it under the paperback does the review synch up immediately and show in the kindle area as well?


Writers' Cafe / 2 questions on ACX payment?
« on: February 27, 2018, 09:23:20 AM »
I see a PDF report now for January sales.

1. Is the amount for the royalty what i get or what is shared between me and my narrator?
2. When does that royalty usually hit your bank account via direct deposit ( same day they release this report or on the last day of this month?)


Writers' Cafe / Nominated for a kindle deal on Amazon email?
« on: February 22, 2018, 11:20:42 AM »
"We would like to nominate some of your book(s) for a Kindle Deal in the, and/or Kindle Store(s). The deal would run at some point between start date - end date. If you would like to be nominated, please complete the steps below by date:"

Anyone got this and taken them up on it? Is it worth it? They don't offer any incentive (i.e extra money ; )

Writers' Cafe / Psychological Thrillers All Women Protagonists?
« on: February 20, 2018, 01:17:53 PM »
I went through the top 40 Psychological Thrillers and barring one book, they were all female protagonists?

Are we to gather that male protagonists in Psychological Thrillers don't sell?

Curious to know if you reply to emails from readers who disliked how you portrayed a certain type of career in society?

I.E We all know dirty cops exist but there are those out there who believe cops should only ever be painted ONE WAY ( as heroes )

When the fact is, people are people and under the right circumstances, even the so-called heroes can go bad.

Do you reply or not?

Writers' Cafe / Prices going up, returns get worse
« on: February 06, 2018, 10:28:13 AM »
Seems to me that promotional sites are getting a little greedy now. Their rates have gone up and their returns are not even worth it. At one time it was good but now they are getting greedy.

BB are the only ones that can deliver. They are expensive but worth it.

All the rest are pitiful.   

Writers' Cafe / Audible Sales Confusion
« on: February 05, 2018, 05:11:14 PM »
disregard i will email them

Writers' Cafe / admin delete thread thanks
« on: February 03, 2018, 06:39:23 PM »
working now ( admin delete thread)

Writers' Cafe / Giving away audible/audio copies?
« on: January 28, 2018, 03:08:59 PM »
I've seen authors do this before. I think they either hand out a discount or get so many free copies or something like that. But I've seen authors do this on their facebook page. Anyone care to explain how that is done? And do you need to have paid up front for your audio through ACX or can it be done if you have done a royalty share?


Writers' Cafe / The WEIRDNESS of rankings for USA vs Other Countries
« on: January 27, 2018, 07:28:48 PM »
It's fascinating to see that if you click on....

The top 100 in the UK

It's completely different to

The top 100 in the USA

The #1 book in the UK is ranked at 24,914 in the USA ( yeah not even on the radar) and yet its #1 in the entire of AMAZON UK.

I've noticed that some books when released can do amazing in the USA and terrible in the UK, and vice versa.

I think that's part of the reason why traditional publishing houses put out different covers for different countries. What works in the USA doesn't always work in the UK

Anyway weird stuff.

Would be nice if Amazon gave us a way to list a different book cover and blurb for each country. ( I might suggest that to them )

What do you think?

I got an email for...

KDP Select book(s) in an upcoming promotion (Kindle Monthly Deal, Kindle Daily Deal or Kindle Seasonal Sale) in some or all of the Kindle Book Stores in the UK, EU, Australia, and India, during the months of March, April and May 2018.

You cant drop or do promotions in that time.

Anyway i got 4 emails today from them ( 4 different books )

Has anyone else taken them up on this?

Is it worth it?

Writers' Cafe / Facebook Author Fan Groups - Worth it or Not?
« on: January 25, 2018, 04:20:44 PM »
This is aimed at those who have already setup a facebook author fan group for yourself.

Have you found it worth it or not, or more of a pain?

And what are you posting in there that you're not already posting on your facebook page?

Writers' Cafe / Do you compare yourself to other authors?
« on: January 16, 2018, 09:17:12 AM »
Curious to know if you ever find yourself comparing?

Do you ever find yourself looking at other authors and thinking.... darn i wish i was having the success they were.

Some manage to land in the top 400 every time they release a book, and within 2 days have 40+ reviews

And you come back a week later and they are still floating around in the top 400 to 800.

Then you put one out and it sits somewhere in the 4000 to 12000, and you're lucky if you get 10 reviews over the span of 4 months. ROFL

Writers' Cafe / Anyone having issues adding new titles to draft?
« on: January 15, 2018, 08:03:04 PM »
Tried twice tonight to add a new book to draft and after hitting save it doesn't show up in MY BOOKSHELF, its not there at all. I can see all my previously published no problem, and previous DRAFTS and i see my books on Amazon so no issue there. Wondering if its a glitch?

Writers' Cafe / Anyone with a corporation in Canada? Question
« on: January 15, 2018, 12:50:12 PM »
For those in Canada that chose to start a corporation for your author business.

How much roughly do you pay your accountant each year? ( excluding any bookkeeping as i do that part myself )

I am considering incorporating and wondered if $2000 a year for them to do the taxes at the end is a lot?

Up to now i pay my account about $400 ( without a corporation )

He's said i should consider incorporating to save but that would mean one hell of a jump and extra hassle. Trying to figure out if its worth it to go through paying a grand to set it up, having a seperate corporation bank account, and doing all the stuff that basically i have avoided up to now. But mainly trying to gauge what other folks are paying per year to have their tax guy handle it at the end of the year?

Writers' Cafe / Freebooksy any good still?
« on: December 06, 2017, 08:21:22 AM »
Just checking if anyone has run one in the past month. I notice they jacked their prices.

Is it worth it or not?

Writers' Cafe / Making an offer ACX
« on: December 01, 2017, 10:27:02 AM »
I have selected between $200 to $400 and got a lot of good auditions on ACX, i have liked a few and will probably make my selection over the weekend but i wondered if one of your clever folks can chime in and let me know a couple of things.

1. I can see that on some of the profiles they list what they are available for (i.e $200 to $400) now obviously i would like to pay $200 (lower) instead of $400 (higher). Is it best to come in as low as you can? and then wait for them to either reject it, accept or come back with a counter offer? And if they come back with a counteroffer do you up yours a bit more and go back and forth until you reach an amount your both happy with? And if they reject do you just come back a little higher?

2. Because narrators don't list when they are available ( i.e they might be working on other peoples books for the next couple of works ) From the time you make an offer, when should tell them when the first 15 mins should be ready?  and when it should be complete. I don't want to say 2 weeks if i know they are busy for the next 2 weeks. Do you message them to ask what their schedule is like first? Or just pick 1, 2, 3 weeks from the time of the offer? ( my book is ready and online so i don't have to wait for that )

Any insights on what you have done is appreciated.

Thanks kindly

Writers' Cafe / 3 ACX NOOB questions?
« on: November 30, 2017, 06:14:08 PM »
Hi, excuse the noob questions but I wondered if anyone knew about the following:

1. When you claim book rights and go to setup there is a section called Copyright Information and it provides 3 fields.

Print Copyright Owner Name:
Print Copyright Year(s):
Audiobook Copyright Owner:

I know what goes in the first and third but what about the second: Print Copyright Year(s) What do you usually put in there?

2. On average which one or two out of PFH tends to work best?

$0 - 50
50 to 100
100 - 200
200 - 400
400 - 1000  PFH

3. This is about the use of pseudonym. Obviously my account is in my name but i have books that are under pen names. I don't wish to have my account name associated with those books or narrators to see my actual name. Yet when i go to make an OFFER to a narrator it comes back with a screen after selecting the offer where it lets you PREVIEW everything and it shows me the following:

my pseudonym author name

Then an agreement that goes:

NARRATORS NAME, Inc. will produce an audiobook based on the book listed above on behalf of MY ACCOUNT NAME ( not my pseudonym), on the terms set forth below. MY ACCOUNT NAME and NARRATOR, Inc. understand that the ACX Audiobook Production Standard Terms apply to the terms of their agreement. MY ACCOUNT NAME and NARRATOR NAME, Inc. agree to be bound by, and comply with, the ACX Audiobook Production Standard Terms.

I don't want my account name to be shown in there but my pseudonym instead, is there a way to change that or are basically narrators going to know who you really are? I mean they are going to know that you are the author of that book?

Writers' Cafe / How the HECK do they do this??
« on: November 20, 2017, 06:10:03 PM »
I noticed that some authors are able to have a section below sponsored products related to this item


Then a small image and text beside it

Then text and a small image

Then small image and text beside it.

Like this

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