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Writers' Cafe / AuthorUpRoar
« on: June 30, 2020, 10:22:36 am »
Has anybody used promotion service? If so, what were your findings. It's $49.

Writers' Cafe / What's going on with Lulu?
« on: June 28, 2020, 02:40:03 pm »
I wanted to update the cover, but hit a glitch. After sending two tickets for help from Lulu, I got back two identical emails that apologized for glitches on its site, and explaining that it was working on things and that staff were not available at this time to process tickets.

Anybody know what's going on?

Writers' Cafe / Banners inut please
« on: May 19, 2020, 09:40:02 pm »

A lot of woderfull views an post comment on an earlier thread that got a lot of input -- thanks! debut my novel, Rarity from the Hollow, has a new Cover than I hope addressed your concerns. Thanks! If you have a minute, please check it out and especially with regard to the earlier comments.

Take care,


Free Satirical Essay: "I Found God in Cyberspace" by Robert Eggleton "..a period of time when eBooks were not yet accepted as “real” books and self-publishing was vain.."

The Book Bazaar / A Free Short Story!
« on: February 09, 2020, 02:26:17 pm »
• A Free Short Story! Suitable for young adults and older who like #ScienceFiction and #Fantasy. (Rarity from the Hollow, the novel, is for Adults who are not easily offended. Check it out on Amazon.) Follow this link for the story:

Writers' Cafe / Is the font on the title okay now?
« on: February 06, 2020, 05:28:34 pm »
Thanks for everybody's input. I think it is fixed. Let me know what you think. Thanks, Bob

Writers' Cafe / has anybody used IAN Author Promotion
« on: February 03, 2020, 10:45:42 pm »

The Book Bazaar / One of the Best Reviews I have Ever Read
« on: January 16, 2020, 12:11:33 pm »
I may have posted this in the wrong place a minute ago. So, I'll try to delete it there.

This review just appeared on Amazon today, although it is dated earlier. I hope that it is okay to reprint it here. With no money to market my debut novel, I was about to give up on writing for others and just sink into the option of writing for my own enjoyment. After reading this review, I'm having second-thoughts about quitting.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great storytelling.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 2, 2018
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I read once that the foundation of Science Fiction was captured in the two words; what if!
I�ve also heard these words used as a therapeutic tool; what if you woke up tomorrow and things had changed, things were better, what would that be like? So, what would that tomorrow be like if you were a very smart 12-year-old girl called Lacy Dawn, and you lived in a rundown farm property in near poverty. In �Rarity from the Hollow�, Robert Eggleton has some very surprising answers to that question.

But here�s a few more what ifs to help set the scene; what if Lacy Dawn�s war traumatised dad spent half his day stoned on weed and regularly beat her and her mother? And what if Lacy Dawn�s best friend Faith had been beaten to death by her abusive father, but was still keeping her company as a spirit that could jump from object to object? And what if, somewhere along the way, Lacy Dawn had learned the magical ability to transport herself telekinetically, skimming across the ground at great speed? And what if Lacy Dawn�s secret friend, DotCom, was a super intelligent shape-shifting alien bio-android who lived in a hidden cave nearby? And what if Dotcom was here on earth for a very specific reason, a reason that probably makes Lacy Dawn the most important person on our planet!

The only way to find out the answer to how things might get better for Lacy Dawn is to read this book. With hints of Heinlein, Kornbluth and Pohl, and the golden age of SF, I found this a gritty, challenging, often too honest, and always entertaining story. No rose-tinted glasses here folks; just great storytelling with challenging adult themes.
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Writers' Cafe / Findaway Voices ????????????????
« on: December 20, 2019, 10:39:52 am »
Does anybody have experience with this company? Does it work on commission? Is it a rip-off? Thanks

Writers' Cafe / Does Anyone have an Ingram Account?
« on: November 28, 2019, 08:45:34 am »

I want to verify that my book is listed on Ingram, but I don't have an account. If anybody has an account, please consider letting me know if Rarity from the Hollow is listed and the price. Thanks


The Book Bazaar / Free Short Story
« on: November 12, 2019, 07:42:20 am »
Please check out my short story in Unlikely Stories Magazine:

Writers' Cafe / Lulu Question
« on: October 06, 2019, 10:35:52 pm »
I'm not very good at any of the stuff mentioned on this board except for writing. I submitted a .pdf to Lulu and, in reply, I was told that it would take 6 - 8 weeks for what it calls Global Distribution. My book already appears to be available on Amazon, but I'm still especially interested in Ingram. Here are the requirements in case my .pdf needs some more work (the email said that I would get specifics). Does anybody here use Lulu? After I get the next reply from Lulu, I will ask you what would it cost to have you fix the manuscript. The cover worked fine and looks great.


The industry requires that your book adhere to certain standards, and it is up to you to ensure your books meet these requirements. If your book is submitted before it meets these requirements, it will be rejected and your book distribution will be delayed while you make the corrections to bring your book into compliance.

Your book must comply with the following requirements to be eligible for distribution.
Requirements for all book covers

    The title, subtitle, and author name must be present on the front cover of your book and must match the metadata you provided for your book. What is metadata?
    Note: Amazon will reject content that includes text on the cover not present in the metadata. This includes reviews or "by" separating the title and author.
    If including the retail price on the cover, it must exactly match the retail price for the book. Lulu does not add the price to the book cover.
    Lulu recommends that you do not display prices in multiple currencies on your cover. If you include a retail price on the cover, choose the currency in which the book was originally priced, otherwise daily currency fluctuations will create a mismatch between the price printed on the cover and the actual retail price, resulting in your book being rejected for distribution.
    Keep all important text and images at least 0.375"/0.9525 cm (.25"/0.635 cm bleed area + .125"/0.3175 cm safety area) from all sides (including the spine) of the cover. This area may be trimmed off or obscured by the cover bend.
    IMPORTANT: B&W 8.5 x 11"/21.59 x 27.94 cm books will be printed at 8.25" x 11"/20.955 x 27.94 cm through the retail channels. You may need to increase the distance of any text or images from the edges to take these dimensions into account.
    Spine text can be printed on books containing 80 or more pages.
    NOTE: While Lulu and many of our print partners can print spine text on books with as few as 80 pages, some retail printers require books to contain at least 130 pages to print on the spine. Therefore when ordering from different retailers, you should expect inconsistencies in spine printing for books with 80-130 pages. 
    Spine text must be at least .0625" / 0.159 cm away from all edges of the spine.
    Additional requirements for one-piece covers:
        Use these dimensions
        Cover must have correct 13-digit ISBN/EAN
        Bar codes must be provided in black and white
        Bar codes should be 1.75" wide x 1" high (4.445 x 2.54 cm)
        All text and images should be high resolution (600 dpi). Please be sure the images or text are not blurry or overlapping other elements on the cover (including the barcode).

Requirements for book interiors

    If you are uploading your manuscript in PDF format, it must be created using a suitable PDF creation software. For more information, see: Recommended PDF Creation Programs.
    If you are uploading a manuscript in Microsoft office or another word processing format, Lulu will convert it to PDF format.
    Embed all fonts (and all font family members used) when distilling the PDF.
    Printing is not available on the inside of front and back covers. This means your first page starts on the right hand side.
    Book must have a Title page, which must match the metadata Title, subtitle and author name you provided.
    Book must have a Copyright page with your correct 13-digit ISBN/EAN and a copyright notice. The Copyright page must come after the Title page. Example:

        © 2014 Lulu Author. All rights reserved.
        ISBN 978-1-234-56789-1

    Final page of each book must be completely blank.  No page numbers, headers, footers, lines, etc.
    The total page count must fall within the specified range (found here) based on your size and binding type
    Margins must be at least .5"/1.27 cm on all sides. The left margin must be equal to the right margin, and the top margin must be equal to the bottom margin.
    Depending on the binding style selected, a gutter, or additional left margin, may be added to the document. Click here for a pictorial depiction of margins and gutter
    Page numbering must be correct. No page numbers may be skipped or repeated. A page can go without a number, but it must be counted and consistent. Each page must have only one page number.  If you include a table of contents, the pagination in your manuscript must match the pagination in the table of contents.
    There should be no more than two (2) consecutive blank pages at the start or middle of an interior file, and/or 10 consecutive blank pages at the end of an interior file. For readers, excessive blank pages can be mistaken for missing or unprinted text. If you wish to use blank pages, you must indicate that the page is intended to be blank. For example, you may use lines running across the page to signify a place for writing or note taking or use a header stating the page is for “Notes” or was “Intentionally Left Blank."
    All files should be submitted at high-resolution (between 300 dpi and 600dpi).
    If you include old or historical images, please add a caption describing the image. Images with old or degraded contents may be rejected by retailers if they do not include a caption.
    If any page in the book will have color or images that extend to the edge of a page (full bleed), format the entire document according to the full bleed specifications.
    There can be no mention or insinuation of a CD-ROM or any additional inserts being included with your book.
    Text must be clear and readable, no overlapping text layers, cut off text, or poorly scanned text images.
    The interior file color must match the metadata. If the metadata indicates the interior is color, but file is black and white, Amazon is unable to convert a black and white book into color.
    The language in the interior must match the language selected in the metadata.
    If your interior uses a Header, any instances of the author, title, or subtitle must match the metadata.


Writers' Cafe / Just a Quote by a Most Important Author
« on: September 05, 2019, 02:38:20 am »
“Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.”
― Kurt Vonnegut

Writers' Cafe / Author Acadeny Awards
« on: August 24, 2019, 10:48:41 am »
 I'm usually skeptical about such advertisements as this one on FB.  Last year, my book was a Top 10 finalist. As a bottom line, that meant that I was eligible to attend a small part of a motivational conference in Columbus, Ohio, for free, no other costs would be reimbursed. I couldn't justify the expense, so........... This is a slick ad, beware.

Writers' Cafe / Grammarly?
« on: July 07, 2019, 12:20:13 pm »
If you have tried Grammarly or use it, is the free version worth the download?

The Book Bazaar / Reviewer Makes Persoanl Public Disclosure
« on: July 06, 2019, 10:25:30 am »
“..weeping for the victim and standing up to the a rape survivor, I found myself relating easily to Lacy Dawn and her story..” @KylieKerosene #scifi eReader options:  or Paperback #ASMSG Proceeds help abused kids.

Writers' Cafe / Surpassed 118 Reviews for a short minute
« on: August 26, 2018, 07:16:38 am »
118 may be my Amazon limit. Dozens of reviews have been deleted for unknown reasons, all legit and never a friend or family. My novel hit 119 reviews last night. My bet is that another one will be deleted to bring it down to 118. We'll see. Take care.

Writers' Cafe / Finalists Announced Last Night
« on: August 22, 2018, 06:52:59 am »
Here's a link that lists the Finalists in the Science Fiction category of the Author Academy Awards:

I've added the image from the link.  See also the link to the podcast posted upthread.  --Betsy

Writers' Cafe / 79˘ revenue per paperback, lol
« on: August 05, 2018, 12:10:11 pm »
Locally, there's only one small, brick and mortar bookstore left. It orders through Ingram. Per Lulu Support: (quote) All global retail distributors take a percentage of the revenue generated from sales of your book on top of the 20% that Lulu takes. (My book is $16.99 retail.) This brings your global retail revenue down to 79 cents on all channels including Ingram as opposed to the $7.79 earned through sales on

Especially since I donate half of author revenue to a children's program, I don't think that I'm going to get rich anytime soon. lol Recommendations? Thanks

Writers' Cafe / Do Vine Reviewers Count More?
« on: July 31, 2018, 10:00:40 am »
My novel only received one unsolicited review by a Vine Book Reviewer -- 5 Stars. Does it count more than a review by someone who is not a Vine Reviewer?

Writers' Cafe / Discounts
« on: June 30, 2018, 02:48:35 pm »
I assume that this refers to a reduced price that book stores can order copies of paperbacks so as to make a profit. I hope that my book shows up on Ingram because that's where the only books store still in our local area orders from. Lulu is currently showing no discounts. Also, a few libraries have purchased a prior edition of my novel at I suppose must have been a discount. What would an appropriate discount be and does it all come out of my share?

Writers' Cafe / Could I?: KDP
« on: June 24, 2018, 11:35:44 am »
The book is published on Lulu, not yet distributed to other outlets. If I can figure out how, could I also submit it to KDP? If so, would it need a different ISPN? Thanks

Writers' Cafe / Would You?
« on: June 20, 2018, 01:15:17 pm »
I self-published the paperback on Lulu. It could be ordered now, but there is still a diminishing bias against self-published books. I remember when they were regarded as mere vanity and dismissed altogether. Would you wait a few weeks for Lulu to post on Amazon, etc., or would you go ahead and promote using the Lulu link?


Writers' Cafe / Royalties: Does This Look Correct?
« on: June 15, 2018, 06:29:54 am »
Lulu Paperback Sold on Amazon, B&N, or Ingram:

Price    $14.95    
Base Price:    -$5.50    
Distribution Fees    -$7.47    
Lulu Share    -$0.40    
You Make    $1.58    

If sold directly by Lulu my royalties increase to over $7. Man, $1.58 is not very much. Is this comparable to other options?


Writers' Cafe / Awesome Indies Relaunch
« on: June 10, 2018, 09:19:50 am »
Awesome Indies was one of the most prominent book review sites on the internet. It's organizational structure was solid -- would not permit pre or post review contact between the publisher or author and the reviewer. The reviews were excellent, comprehensive and performed by reviewers of the utmost credibility and experience. A Gold, Silver, or Bronze Medal from Awesome Indies was a mark of excellence.

After the tragic death of Mr. Stinas, Phillip Catshill was appointed as Administrator. He is rebuilding the site. If one of your books was reviewed by Awesome Indies and you would like for it to be restored on the new site, you can contact him at: [email protected] . I did and Mr. Catshill replied that the review should be back up in two or three weeks.   

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