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Writers' Cafe / GooglePlay reports wonky?
« on: January 08, 2017, 07:36:03 am »
Is anyone else having trouble getting Google reports?
I've tried three times now, going over my query parameters to make sure I'm not drunk or something, but the reports are coming up zero.
The report ran fine the other day, so I know there are sales there.

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Writers' Cafe / Where to hire a narrator?
« on: November 14, 2016, 09:15:08 am »
Hi
I have a friend with an awesome voice and great reading skills who is interested in doing voice work.
Does anyone know where he could go to get more info, advertise his services etc? Some place to start.

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Writers' Cafe / Review data weirdness
« on: February 06, 2016, 06:55:36 am »
Hi
I'm browsing reviews for my books at Amazon and am seeing odd dates on some of them.
When sorting the reviews to show the newest ones first, I see dates like January 26, 2016, January 14, January 7
Is this new? Is anyone else seeing this on their titles?

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Writers' Cafe / Is there something weird going on at Kobo?
« on: October 21, 2015, 02:02:19 pm »
This is odd
When I go to Kobo, it's asking me to set up an author account, even though I'm signed in already (evidenced by the fact that there is a "sign out" link.)

There is no way to get at my books or sales.
So I signed out, to see if I can sign back in, but now nothing's working any more.   I actually see a runtime error after entering the password.

Sigh. Is anyone else seeing this?

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Writers' Cafe / Not a pretty update, Amazon
« on: September 20, 2015, 06:18:22 am »
I'm looking at a .ca product page.
While thankfully the BUY button is there, this latest update had pushed the book blurb further down the page, BELOW even the also-boughts, and replaced it with a whole bunch of clutter about KU and their apps.
Not a happy camper :(


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Writers' Cafe / Is Amazon late this month?
« on: August 31, 2015, 04:48:14 pm »
At this point I've received only the .ca payment.
Is it just me?

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Hi,
I came across this site which (although clearly existing to sell stuff) has some awesome fitness and health tools along with a 30-day walking challenge that tracks all sorts of things.

Who's in?  If you sign up (it's free), let's team up! My username there is MissQuiss
http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/the-walkabout-challenge.asp

I get my best ideas while on the treadmill, so this is even more motivation (I hope!) to keep fit AND be a writer at the same time.

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Hi,
This could be interesting. I work in the Ontario college system and one of our partner colleges approached me about teaching some online subjects. However, the genres they're looking for is outside my experience.

So I'm wondering if anyone here is interested?  Although these are general education courses, they are offered as a college credit - the Children's Fantasy course can be used as an elective in Education programs, for example. For the most part, though, these are adult learners or post-grad students.
The courses are entirely online but instructors do interact daily with students via discussion groups and email. Generally, there is no real-time interaction.

The school will be looking for teachers who a) demonstrably understand the genre well, b) have some experience teaching, and c) can manage an online course environment.
As far as this group is concerned, you must be able to deal with Canadian English, eh?
As part of our inclusive learning environment, all curriculum is secular, culturally inclusive, and does not discriminate.

Course material currently exists but content development is part of the job  - instructors basically invigilate course material, grade assignments and tests, lead discussion and critique groups etc.  The college will ask for resumes. They also offer other writing courses, so future opportunities for other courses exist.

Message me for more info, course outline and contact information.  Let me know which of these you're interested in.
I am NOT involved in the selection process or even that particular college.

Some info about the two courses:

This one covers existing material and is not a writing course:
From Harry Potter to Aslan: Exploring the World of Fantasy in Children’s Literature
Course Description:
Enter the magical worlds of Harry Potter, a small hobbit, and the many other amazing characters who populate children’s fantasy literature. From zooming on broomsticks to walking with fauns, students will explore fantastic worlds, their creators of those worlds, and the underlying mythologies upon which they draw. Participants will also explore ways to assist children and adults in appreciating the intricacies of good children’s literature and understanding the genre as well as how those fantastic worlds contribute to and enrich children’s imaginations and lives.

Learning Objectives:
- Develop an understanding of the genre of children’s fantasy literature and an appreciation selected novels;
- Share ideas and insights with fellow students through discussion;
- Demonstrate knowledge of the genre’s conventions by discussing particulars found in the novels on the reading list;
- Develop research and analytical skills and present the findings in an academic research essay;
- Develop skills transfer strategies through the applied project.
Books read: The Hobbit, The Lion, Witch etc, A Wrinkle in Time, The Dark is Rising, HP & Philosopher's Stone.  Also one of these electives: A Wizard of Earthsea, The Summer King, Sunwing, or Luke and the Fire of Life


The second course includes writing assignments for the students:

Lifewriting: telling our stories
Learning Objectives:
- Focuses on postcard and short, short story writing: identify each story’s key thought and create an engaging flow from first word to last.
- Identify pivotal moments to share and find story and/or poetry in life events (e.g. working with storyline, metaphor, meaning);
- Learn how to reveal insights and manage secrets (e.g. when to reveal yourself and others – and when to draw the line between personal and public – plus awareness of libel issues);
- Seek personal resolution and universal truths – go beyond the personal (e.g. how to merge experience and research in order to arrive at understanding) and take personal stories into the public realm by finding the universal in the private and individual;
- Generally, students will learn strategies for writing from life (e.g. techniques and skills development, plus an understanding of the memoir and creative non-fiction genres).



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Writers' Cafe / For crime writers
« on: April 08, 2015, 12:06:25 pm »
Hi,
At the risk of looking like spam, I wanted to point out this new book that might be a treasure trove of information and writing prompts for those who write crime stories.

An acquaintance of mine is a highly decorated officer who, now retired, is teaching criminal profiling and crime scene investigation that focuses on the "criminal mind" behind the deed.
She's just released a book on the subject that I wanted to share. "Crime Seen" by Kate Lines.  Published by Random House but also available at Amazon and other ebook sellers.  It is not a biography but rather looks at some of her high-profile cases to show how the methodology works.
http://bit.ly/KateLines


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Writers' Cafe / Readers In The Know - Podcasts
« on: March 21, 2015, 07:18:38 am »
Hi,

Not sure if this has been mentioned, but did you know that Readers In The Know now does short podcasts of featured books? He's got mine up today. It's so freaky to hear someone you don't know read your stuff.

I'm increasingly impressed by this site as a tool to find and promote books. It just seems a lot more professional than some of the startups we've seen over this past year or two.  I'm going to keep my eye on this one for sure.

http://www.readersintheknow.com/podcast/10

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Writers' Cafe / Authors on social media
« on: March 03, 2015, 06:40:31 am »
So this morning I realized a series of tweets regarding full-body transplants and chocolate-covered coffee beans is showing up on my Amazon author page because I opted for that in Author Central. (I didn't think "replies" to someone's tweet were posted - good thing nothing rude was said  :o ).
Do you use that feature on your author page?

It seems that, unless we use a pseudonym, using social media is fraught with pitfalls. I am on Facebook, Twitter, and G+, mainly. And in all cases, I am very careful not to tread into hot subjects that might annoy my readers or attract trolls.

It's chafing a bit, like some self-imposed restriction on my own freedom of speech (to put it dramatically). While, clearly, the internet would be a better place if everyone thought twice before posting, sometimes you just have to pipe up about someone's proposed school curriculum revision just to get things off your chest. :)

How do you deal? Behave yourself? Avoid social media? Post whatever the heck you feel?

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Writers' Cafe / Canadians: being audited for Int'l sales
« on: February 05, 2015, 05:36:48 am »
Hi,
I just received a lovely letter from Revenue Canada, wanting proof about my US declared sales for 2013, in regard to my foreign tax credit.

I use an accountant and included the Amazon T1, EIN, expenses, everything. Now I have a four-page small-print memo to submit things I've never even heard of.

Does anyone have experience with this?

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Writers' Cafe / Who is bol.com?
« on: February 01, 2015, 11:54:08 am »
Hi
I just found my books at bol.com (Dutch) which seems to be owned by Bertelsman (a large German publisher). 
My books, even the brand new one, are for sale there as ePubs with DRM enabled (I do not enable DRM). No reference to Amazon. I distribute via D2L, Kobo, and Google.
Does anyone know if bol.com is part of any of these companies?

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Writers' Cafe / Blurberization help? (sci-fi)
« on: January 23, 2015, 08:16:30 am »
It's that time again. Sigh.
Space opera: would you pick this up?  (see cover below for Entropy's End)

Ships are disappearing in subspace. Traders, rebels, pirates, and even military vessels are losing their way and deep-cover agent Sethran Kada decides to investigate. After his own navigator, Ciela, barely escapes with her mind intact, it’s clear that this subspace trap is more than some natural phenomenon.

Seth’s search for answers leads him to the remote Badlands sub-sector where he unearths rebels, a penal colony resembling a slave labor camp, and a baffling plot to destroy an entire planet. Evidence points to the return of the mysterious subspace entities known as Dyads, mobilizing Air Command to annihilate the threat.

This mystery brings Seth and Ciela to the Azon Corp orbiter where they pick up two unlikely passengers and discover that far more than a single planet is at stake. Failure now will mean the end of interstellar travel and the end of their Commonwealth.


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Writers' Cafe / Calibre help wanted
« on: November 28, 2014, 07:50:18 pm »
Okay, I am totally losing my mind.

I'm getting a book ready to upload to D2D.
Usually, I take my docx file and convert it using Calibre. Never a problem, never a complaint.

This time, however, weird things are going on.  As required, I removed the hyperlink code from the Word doc before converting to ePub. I turned on the code view in Word to make sure I didn't miss any spaces. So, as far as Word is concerned, the links are totally gone.

In Calibre, I deleted all traces of the previous version of this book (both mobi and epub) and then convert this Word doc into ePub.
The moment I do, the hyperlinks are back.

WTH????

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Writers' Cafe / Google report oddity - free downloads
« on: November 14, 2014, 03:24:06 pm »
Sooooo, according to Google, I've had 141 freebie downloads in Turkey so far this month.
Last month, I had 115 in the Czech republic.

Really? I've not even had one sale in those places.
(I noticed this before the trouble with reports the other day)

Is anyone else seen peculiar numbers in strange places?

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Writers' Cafe / Is something up at D2D?
« on: November 07, 2014, 09:44:22 am »
Hi
Is reporting stuck at Draft to Digital?
I list there for Apple and B&N and things have been very steady and gradually moving up.  However, either my books have fallen into some abyss or not even freebies are updating at Apple.
Is anyone else getting reports?

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The Book Bazaar / The Telepath Chronicles released today - Kindle giveaway
« on: November 07, 2014, 09:39:26 am »
The Future Chronicles presents:

The Telepath Chronicles
14 Science Fiction authors, 14 amazing stories
www.amazon.com/dp/B00OVLDQU0


But wait, that's not all!
To celebrate, we are giving away a Kindle Paperwhitehttp://smarturl.it/TelepathWINKindle
Enter often!


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Writers' Cafe / Amazon updating
« on: November 03, 2014, 11:24:50 am »
Is it just me, or is Amazon reporting sales mostly late at night (so that any boost to ranks is back to where it was before by morning).

I see freebie downloads, but although I am seeing normal sales for this time of the year, nearly all of them show up sometime between 10-11pm EST and 7am EST. Crickets after that.

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Writers' Cafe / Free Kindle Giveaway site - not happy
« on: November 01, 2014, 07:25:32 am »
I'm currently trying the Free Kindle Giveaway rafflecopter services.  I see some fellow Kindleboarders on there.

What's your experience with them?  I joined the November raffle with the understanding that the sponsor links would be shown on the same page as the raffle.
All I see is a humungous list for the rafflecopter (115 choices, 10 of which are for their site). Not a single graphic on the page, never mind book covers, or even links.

They do seem to get thousands of people entering the raffle, but I somehow doubt those folks are actually interested in the sponsors. I think I might have just thrown some money out the window...  :(

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Writers' Cafe / Amazon = ISIS, it's getting weirder all the time
« on: October 31, 2014, 02:35:19 pm »
So I think short of comparing Bezos to Hitler with a case of Ebola, the opposition is pretty much running out of boogeymen

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/oct/30/andrew-wylie-amazon-isis-like-distribution-channel

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Writers' Cafe / Craft: word use
« on: October 29, 2014, 10:06:39 am »
Hi,
I'm trying to come up with a title.

What comes to mind when you see the word "analog".
Don't think too deeply. The word can be used in several ways that suit my story, if you saw the title on a sci-fi cover, what's the first response?

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Writers' Cafe / Facebook down? Running a campaign!
« on: October 28, 2014, 04:10:26 pm »
Hi,
Is it just me or is Facebook down?

I just did a mailchimp mailing which includes a link to an event, and people were starting to click through.  Now I can't get into Facebook with any browser.
Did I break Facebook?  Gah!

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Writers' Cafe / Craft question, sci-fi foreign words
« on: October 24, 2014, 07:53:35 am »
As a sci-fi writer, I frequently introduce new words into my stories, usually for new objects or species that don't exist elsewhere.

Generally, italics are used to format foreign words. But in this genre that can start looking really cluttered, especially when these words are used frequently in the narrative and dialogue.
I have, in the past, simply italicized the word when used the first time (at which point its meaning is presumably explained in some way) and then simply incorporated it into the story as if it is now part of the reader's vocabulary, no longer italicized. Sometimes I've not used italics at all, treating the new word much like someone's name which, or course would not be italicized.
I've seen different version of this. What is the convention. if not the rule for doing this? Should I stick to italics no matter what? It just seem silly after a while.

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Writers' Cafe / Craft question, word usage
« on: August 24, 2014, 07:59:44 am »
Hi,

Given that "ricochet" means something bouncing or rebounding off something, which is correct?

"...shrapnel ricocheted from the wall..."
"...shrapnel ricocheted off the wall..."
"...shrapnel ricocheted against the wall..."
"...shrapnel ricocheted ? the wall..."

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