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Writers' Cafe / Q about Amazon payments into Transferwise
« on: October 30, 2020, 12:16:56 am »
Are payments from Amazon considered wire transfers or ACH?

I just noticed that from December Transferwise will be charging a flat fee of $7.50 for wire transfers from the USA but ACH payments are still free. I've tried checking my KDP account but it doesn't say which one they are.

Writers' Cafe / tech question about domain name transfer
« on: May 11, 2019, 02:49:05 am »
I've currently got a self hosted website on Blue Host with my domain name registered through Wordpress. It seems like every time I go to renew my hosting, the fees have gone up. And, tbh, I never update my website ever. I've decided to ditch Bluehost and go back to a free WP site. I use Bookfunnel for sign ups and have set up the new reading list feature on B2R so I don't need much more than that.

I have no idea how to move my domain name from the self-hosted site to a free site, though. Everything I can find via google is about going the other way. If someone has done this and can give me some advice or point me to a resource, I'd really appreciate it.

Writers' Cafe / Best Schedule for a series relaunch
« on: June 08, 2018, 07:52:32 pm »
I'm about to republish an old series (ie. pulling the books, rewriting and publishing from stretch not just a cover change) and am wondering about the best schedule to do that.

Is it best to pull the entire series at once then do a gradual release say one book every 30 days?

Writers' Cafe / Which Dragon?
« on: March 10, 2018, 12:53:11 pm »
I'm thinking of getting the Dragon dictation software but wanted to know what version is best. I'm on Windows, btw.

Can I get away with the cheapest version (Home) or do I need to get one of the more expensive ones? It's very unclear on their site what additional features are included with the higher price tag.

Writers' Cafe / Problems logging in to Google Play?
« on: January 18, 2018, 06:16:14 pm »
I had some computer issues yesterday and now the link I use to get into my GP account won't work! I have no idea why but I thought I'd just post here to check if anyone else is having issues. Is it just me or is it a general thing?

Writers' Cafe / Unpublishing books? Check your Select enrollment!
« on: October 14, 2017, 07:22:38 am »
I recently unpublished a bunch of shorts a while back and wondered why they weren't just sinking into oblivion on the last page of my KDP bookshelf. Well, it seems even if you unpublish, if you don't uncheck that 'auto re-enroll' box for Select, you stay in the program. I didn't really think about it but assumed that I'd be out of Select when the current term ended. I mean, why would I ever want a book in Select if I unpublished it?

No big deal for me, just a slight inconvenience, but I could see that being a big issue if someone wanted to unpublish to republish under a new pen name, to put the story in a collection or maybe they've been offered a bundle of money by a trad publisher since you still are giving Amazon exclusivity on the book. You can't republish that book without leaving explicitly leaving Select. That might mean up to three more months before you're out no matter how long the book has been unpublished.

Amazon  ::)

Writers' Cafe / Writing a "pilot" book?
« on: September 30, 2017, 12:00:36 am »
I mean like a pilot for a TV series, writing one book to see if the series has legs. Has anyone done this?

I'm worried that just doing one book with no guarantee of a follow up might annoy readers but, on the other hand, I have an idea for a series that isn't that similar to things I see in the market and don't want to commit to a series without knowing it will have a readership.

Writers' Cafe / Instafreebie issue?
« on: September 19, 2017, 07:42:47 pm »
I've had a couple of readers tell me that they've had issues downloading my book from Instafreebie. Is this a common thing?

I'm having trouble working out if it's an actual issue with Instafreebie or a user issue.

Writers' Cafe / Yikes! Promo sites wanting more $ if you're wide!
« on: September 05, 2017, 12:44:28 am »
Is this a new thing? I just went to book some promo sites for a freebie run on one of my romance titles. I wanted to include a couple of smaller sites but a couple of them had one price for Amazon only then included a "premium listing" if you wanted to include other retailers.

Considering getting any kind of positive ROI from these smaller sites is iffy at best, I backed away. Sure putting a few other retailers on the listing might be a few minutes more work, assuming that the process would be automated, but it just seems very grabby-hands to me.

Writers' Cafe / Warning - GP authors, check your books
« on: August 31, 2017, 05:20:11 am »
I usually just upload and forget on Google Play, never check the books once they are live. But we got a reader email saying they they'd bought a book and couldn't download it. So I checked and there were a bunch of 1 star reviews saying the same thing. I got in touch with support and they said they'll look into it and to tell the readers to contact support. :o

While I was on chat with them, I also noticed another book had someone else's author bio attached. I think they had a book with the same title. The author name was correct just wrong bio!

If you upload direct with GP, I'd suggest taking a look at your book's sales pages for screw ups.

Writers' Cafe / ILVN question
« on: August 28, 2017, 09:04:51 pm »
Is it worth using I Love Vampire Novels to promote an urban fantasy without romance or do their readers only want paranormal romance?

Writers' Cafe / Fine tuning my UF launch
« on: July 31, 2017, 08:43:33 pm »
I'm on track to launch my first UF series this month (17th Aug) with the next 2 books coming out 4 weeks apart.

So far, I've offered the prequel on Instafreebie and taken part in a few promos so have 1000+ on my mailing list. I've not really done any other promotion yet.

Book 1 is edited and ready to go. I'm planning a 99c launch in KU. I'm now tossing up whether I should put the book up for preorder or not. The only qualm I have is that if I have it up for 99c for preorder then I'll cut into potential page reads. Since it's a new pen name, first book, I'm not expecting to hit any hot release lists out the gate. If I did the preorder, I'd probably put book 2 and maybe book 3 up for preorder as well.

Also, Pronoun - if I use them, can I have my book in Select? I don't really know much about them but getting the higher royalty for the 99c release is tempting.

Writers' Cafe / Quick mailerlite question
« on: July 26, 2017, 12:19:05 am »
If I have subscribers on multiple lists/groups and I delete one of those groups, do the subscribers remain on my list?

I've just released a two book romance series which is doing quite well (same couple in both books). I'm now thinking about doing a spin off with one of the characters from that series.

But... I'm not sure if I should go with the same series title or give it a whole new one.

I can see advantages and disadvantages with both. Plus the series title for the first two books is a play on the MMC's name.

Anyone been there? What works best?

Writers' Cafe / Digital nomading as a writer
« on: July 13, 2017, 06:45:42 pm »
I've been asked questions on a few posts recently about my digital nomad lifestyle so thought I'd start a new topic just for that. Any other digital nomads who want to pitch in with their experiences would be fantastic too since I do things my way which is only one of many ways.

I hate the term digital nomad but it does seem to be the most recognisable for someone who travels and works online. I have no permanent home, I'm not an expat moving from one country to settle permanently or even semi-permanently somewhere else.

I'll try to think of the most FAQs but any questions etc are fine. Of course, if they are too personal, doesn't mean I'll answer them.


The most common question. I normally only travel to places where I can get a 3 month tourist visa. Thailand is nice but the visa requirements do my head in. I start reading then decide to go somewhere else instead.

I'm Australian so the list of countries I can get a 3 month tourist visa (I'm saying that but more often it's a visa exemption to be pedantic about it) will be different than if you are from the US, UK etc. I know our government has a site that lists each country and the visa stay length. One thing to be really careful about is whether the visa is for 3 months or 90 days :)

I've never been asked about my lifestyle or working when I enter a country. That's not to say it won't ever happen but it's just not been an issue. Most border controls only care that you are planning to leave before your visa expires and that you aren't going to take a local job. I always have an onward ticket even if I just buy a cheap flight ticket that I ditch later. I never tell them that I'm a digital nomad or any details. I do put that I'm an author on my forms.

While I've not had issues, I know people who've had problems entering the UK. I only went there for a week and I'm Australian which might make it easier than if you're from the US etc. I did have the customs guy question me about my writing and got a little panicked but he just wanted tips for his own novel :)


There are much cheaper ways to do things but I stay mostly at Airbnbs. I think this is one area where the time vs money thing is huge. People who do it cheap will often use local fb groups etc to find places or just walk around looking for places.  That might be a week or so of your time and, in a good week, I could write half a book so I figure it's better to spend a few hundred bucks extra a month than lose a week's work time.

Having said that, I've had some [crap] hole Airbnbs. I could pretty much write a book on horrific Airbnb experiences, including rats! Mostly places are good though. I always get my own apartment and try to find places with a decent writing space.

Equipment etc:

I used to try to be minimalist with carry on luggage only but most airlines out of Australia and around Asia have a 7kg total carry on limit. By the time you add in the weight of your bag and laptop that leaves little for other stuff. I just bought a 60l suitcase because I figured if I have to check in bags, I might as well have a bit extra luggage.

For writing, I have my laptop, of course. I also have an external keyboard and a laptop stand. It's a bit extra to carry but so worth it.

One of the other reasons I stopped being so minimalist is that this is my everyday life, not just a holiday. I'd rather carry a bit more and have some home comforts than try for bragging rights by carrying a tiny backpack.


Since I'm Australian, I've had a Payoneer account from before I traveled and also got paid to Paypal for D2D payments as well as my Australian account. It's worth thinking about how your move your money around esp if you're from outside the US. Currency transfers cost money so I don't want to go from USD to Aussie dollars to another currency if I can help it.

I usually just withdraw money from local ATMs and have no problem with that.

Work/Travel balance

This can be hard to get right. I tend to be a binge writer anyway so am happy to hole up for a few weeks, just working then go out and sightsee or whatever.  I try to mix up my travel between places that are new and exciting to me and places that I've been to before. I spend a fair bit of time in Kuala Lumpur because its pretty much on the way to other places from Australia. It's a lot cheaper to live there than in Australia although more expensive than some places in SE Asia. I find that more comfortable because I don't like being seen as a rich Westerner and being constantly hassled, needing to barter etc. Also, apologies if anyone on here is from KL, but its not a very exciting city so I'm happy to just settle down and get a ton of work done.

That's about all that's in my brain at the moment. But, yeah, feel free to ask questions or chime in.  :D

Writers' Cafe / Scam email?
« on: June 29, 2017, 05:00:08 pm »
I just wanted to give a heads-up on an email that's doing the rounds at the moment, looks genuine but I think it's a scam. The emailer says her kindle has been stolen and she's contacting her favourite authors because she can't afford to replace and has a heap of our books to read. She wants $1-3 from each author.

Seems fishy to me. Surely, if you couldn't afford to replace your kindle, you'd read on your computer or phone. Maybe buy something secondhand or ask around family and friends to see if someone had an older model gathering dust.

Anyway, beware. A few bucks doesn't sound like much but I'm sure part of this is seeing who is a soft touch for future scams.

Writers' Cafe / Yikes! 3rd July launch day = bad idea?
« on: June 23, 2017, 10:28:27 am »
I just read one of the other threads on here where a few people advised that launching around 4th July is a bad idea. I've got my new release scheduled for 3rd July and can't move it (it's a pre-order plus I have a few things booked).

I can't even remember Australian public holidays let alone the ones in other countries :(

Am I making a huge mistake?

Would it be better to focus on getting pre-order sales the week before launch rather than the actual launch week?

Writers' Cafe / Co-authoring a series - what should I consider?
« on: June 18, 2017, 07:04:01 am »
My sister and I have been tossing around the idea of co-authoring a series. We are thinking same world with two protagonists, each of writing separate novels from the POV of "our" protagonist.

Anyway, we will nut it out next month when we're together but I just wanted to ask about potential issues, etc? Apart from the obvious like royalty splits, what are the things that we need to think about?

Also, if anyone can point me to a sample contract, that would be fantastic. I've only been able to find ones online that are for co-writing a single book.

Oh, last question, and I'm not sure if anyone would know this, my sister is on the one year pre-order ban for pre-orders. Would that rule a co-written book from being on pre-order with both names on it?

Writers' Cafe / Bookbub preorder alerts
« on: June 16, 2017, 07:05:52 pm »
I couldn't find a thread on this but needed to ask - has anyone used them? Are they effective? They seem a bit overpriced to me.

Writers' Cafe / Paying for a spot in someone else's newsletter
« on: June 09, 2017, 09:01:49 pm »
This seems to be a thing lately and I've been thinking about it for my first UF release since I have a tiny ML.

I'd love to know if it's worked out for other people and any tips or things to look out for.

Writers' Cafe / Cross promotions and reader fatigue?
« on: May 17, 2017, 02:27:54 am »
How often do you do mailing list cross promotions and at what point do readers get fatigued?

I've been pretty haphazard about this but think I need to get a bit more on top of things so I'm not sending out two cross promotion mails in a short time then nothing for ages.  :o

Writers' Cafe / Instafreebie for pen names question
« on: May 03, 2017, 11:08:17 pm »
With 2 pen names, is there any reason you'd go the Pro plan @ $50 a month over 2 separate Plus plans @ $20 a month? I can't see anything in the T&C against it and the only other benefit of the Pro plan is branding which I'm not that fussed about.

Writers' Cafe / Unsubscribes after changing to Mailerlite?
« on: April 21, 2017, 01:57:32 am »
I recently moved from Mailchimp to Mailerlite and have sent out a couple of emails to my list. I'm finding that I'm getting a higher rate of unsubscribes than usual.

My theory on this is that maybe a big chunk of my list weren't getting my emails when I sent from MC but are now.

Anyone else found this when they switched over?

Writers' Cafe / Mailerlite question
« on: April 08, 2017, 04:43:33 am »
I've just moved over to Mailerlite and love that I can send a mail out to multiple lists but can't find a way to get the stats broken down by list once it's sent.

Eg. I send mail 1 to a combination of lists A, B and C. I can get the total number of opens/clicks etc for mail 1 or the total number for list A for every mail sent but not the stats for mail 1/list A.

Is it possible to get that level of detail? Am I missing something?

Writers' Cafe / UF blurb help
« on: April 02, 2017, 04:31:54 pm »
I'd really appreciate any comments, feedback etc on my the blurb for my UF novel. I have two versions with slightly different focuses.

Also, while there's no sex in the book, there is some BDSM scenes. Should I mention it in the blurb?

Blurb 1

The Demon Child is not like any other vampire Iíve ever hunted. Heís young but heís strong and he moves like quicksilver. Even worse, he lacks the impulse control thatís essential in keeping the vampire world hidden.

Opposing evil forces want to use him as a weapon to bring about an open human/vampire war. Iím hired by Nic, the prettiest, vainest, most infuriating vampire ever to stop the Demon Child before that happens.

There are just a few problems: firstly, I hunt demons by using my sexual aura, which makes hunting a vamp who looks fourteen years old totally gross. Secondly, working for a vampire could get me kicked out of the Demon Fighters Council, destroying my entire career. And, thirdly. I have a massive crush on Kisho, Nicís assistant and, possibly, gay lover.

Could my life get any more complicated? Oh yeah, apparenty the Demon Child is unkillable.

Blurb 2

Here's the most important thing you need to know about demon fighting. It's not a noble calling, it's not about saving the world. It's a job. Most of the time I get in, outsex a pesky incubus and get out with the pay cheque.

But thereís a new vampire in town, stronger and faster and more out of control than any other vampire Iíve seen. Instead of covering up the problem, the new mayor wants to use him to expose the vampire world, ultimately leading to open human/vampire warfare.

To destroy the Demon Child, I need to join forces with the only ones offering to pay me: Nic - vain, b*tchy and into games of both the sexual and mental kind, and Kisho - who seems to be the sweetest vampire ever, but harbours dark secrets.

If I work with them, I risk being barred from the Demon Fighter Council and ruining my whole future. If I donít, maybe no one will even have a future.

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