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Writers' Cafe / Smashwords - Categorisations
« on: September 16, 2017, 11:23:48 am »
Anyone else having a not so favourable feeling about the recent re-categorisation demand by Smashwords? I've been at a loss as to how I should answer the questions, because practically all my books are off on a tangent, even if they technically might fall under the new sub-divisions. A bit of painting everything with the same very coarse brush.


Everyone should be very much aware of this. Be cautious!

Writers' Cafe / Website software similar to Camp Nano
« on: July 30, 2017, 02:28:43 am »
I wonder whether anyone has come across a forum or website software similar to Camp Nano. My writer group and I would love to open a personal cabin like those you get for Camp Nano, with communal and individual goals and statistics we could set for us, and a general camp forum, where one can post and discuss.

The usual methods, such as a facebook group, are way too complicated and distracting. Camp Nano has it exactly right.

There are quite a few texts in the public domain in French, similar to texts available on, Wikisource and similar venues, which I know would be quite coveted reading matter if translated to English. My grasp of the language is competent enough to produce solid translations of these texts and the topic is one I research and read quite a bit.

My questions now are:
  • What if I wrote translations of such texts and published them for sale? Which retailers allow this (D2D, Smashwords, Amazon etc)? Do you foresee any problems?
  • What if I translated such a text and novelised it and then sold it? Again the question about the practice of retailers and potential problems?
  • Shouldn't I at least - even if some long-lost descendant surfaced - have the copyright of the translation/novelisation?

Thoughts? Or maybe someone around who did just this and who is willing to share experience?

Writers' Cafe / Sleep and Work Patterns
« on: June 24, 2017, 07:35:13 am »

Writers' Cafe / Medical Knowledge For Writers
« on: May 24, 2017, 04:57:16 am »
I'm looking for either a book or a website which has medical knowledge for writers regarding basic things. E.g. which types of wounds can be survived in which conditions. Which wounds will kill you, even though they are usually played as harmless on TV or in movies (e.g. a shot to the shoulder). Methods of dealing with injuries which work, e.g. far from a hospital or doctor. Illnesses or infections one would likely contract under certain conditions and so on and forth.

Does this exist somewhere or is it a pipe dream and I will have to inconvenience my doctor friend again next time I need to come up with a handy, but non-lethal injury?

Because it just causes quite the wave here, and as the emails apparently work with both .rtf and .pdf files, which a lot of authors would send and receive, and not suspect much.

Writers' Cafe / Quick and Dirty Kindle Unlimited Rules
« on: April 06, 2017, 09:06:06 am »
I googled and searched the forum, but don't find a direct answer. If you bundle four books in a series, which were previously and currently published wide, into an anthology, would this constitute a "new" book which could be published exclusively to KU? Or would the books in it be considered previously published content and mean they can't be published to KU?

What it says in the title.

My books are not in KU, they are on Amazon only via aggregator, but I have a KU subscription. I'm contemplating cancelling it.

I signed up for this subscription to make up for the widespread loss of free ebooks a few years ago which allowed me to get to know a lot of new authors without putting down too much money. For several months now I noticed that the books and authors most interesting to me have been withdrawing their books from KU, and fewer of those which become available are interesting. So I have been thinking about this for a while.

I predict that I'm not alone in this, and that we haven't yet seen the peak of authors leaving the service either. However, readers will still want a risk free entry to learning about new authors. Alongside such platforms as Wattpad or I think we will get to see a comeback of the free entry into a series, and the free standalone or two in an authors backlist soon. I know that this still works for me, and it has started working quite a bit better again, than one or two years ago.

Any others?

Writers' Cafe / One Ring to Rule Them All - KDP Questions
« on: January 11, 2017, 11:44:18 pm »
For those knowledgable about KDP

Are KDP rules and regulations global or local? Meaning, are they different for say KDP on and for KDP on

Is there a support email address for KDP US? Put it here, or PM me?

The question is about the "no two KDP accounts" rule, which seems to have been mangled between translations for some countries, or at least that is what fellow authors in another group I'm in report. I said that I've seen people state that two customer accounts are no problem, it is just two KDP accounts which is. They state that any two accounts is forbidden, only one single account is allowed with which everything has to be done. I asked KDP Support in the UK, and they go by the US rules ("no two accounts" applies just to KDP accounts), but it seems it is different in other countries?

Writers' Cafe / D2D Frontmatter Questions
« on: December 13, 2016, 11:36:32 pm »

I haven't ever published via D2D, so I probably shouldn't have said 'yes' when the mother of a good friend asked me whether I would help her publishing the war diary of her late husband. I've prepared the diary file, including very specific front matter which gives credit to several photographers holding the copyright of cover and inside photos, and a map-maker/artist who drew a couple of explanatory maps of the frontiers the diary refers to. These and a UK-specific copyright note ought to go in front.

Amazon will be no problem, the file I have should work fine with Amazon. However, she wants to publish this with as little trouble as possible, so I suggested that for the rest, she use D2D. I've had a long look at the D2D interface, FAQ and help files, and now wonder how I get that front matter into D2D. They suggest just giving them the unlinked text portion, and that they would generate TOC and front matter on their own.

How do I feed in the book-specific legal front matter data and the dedication? I haven't discovered where to do that.

Is there any software, other than MS Word, which has similar comment and tracking capabilities? I'd prefer an open source solution, and it had best work with Windows.

Writers' Cafe / Is All of 1001 Nights Public Domain?
« on: August 30, 2016, 11:21:57 am »
What it says on the can. Or: do I have to avoid using some aspect of title, characters or stories?

Writers' Cafe / Erotic Horror on Amazon?
« on: May 14, 2016, 06:02:03 am »
I'm looking for examples of genres>horror>erotic[a] on Amazon com which aren't in the adult dungeon, yet definitely containing plot items which would put them there easily if listed directly as erotica. I've had a long look myself. I found some items, but as I haven't read any of them, I'm looking for confirmed info.

(I believe we may not post direct links, so title/author would suffice, or send me a private message, please)

Writers' Cafe / Transcribe?
« on: May 04, 2016, 04:12:34 am »

Anyone here who has tried this? How does it compare to Dragon?

Writers' Cafe / A means to turn samples off?
« on: April 18, 2016, 05:04:21 am »
I recently came across a few KU titles which had the downloadable samples turned off. I wasn't aware that this is even possible, but now I wonder why the authors would do that?

Writers' Cafe / Native American Stock Photo Site?
« on: March 23, 2016, 11:39:17 am »
Are there any sites featuring Native American models? Preferably male and female.

Writers' Cafe / Books on Action Scenes
« on: February 21, 2016, 05:55:33 am »
I'm looking for books on how to write action/fight scenes written by people who actually can fight. Perfect would be something which has various fighting styles, with or without various weapons, and of course utterly perfect would also be period/era specific fighting styles.

Any suggestions?

Writers' Cafe / Mentioning an existing US navy base
« on: February 09, 2016, 07:25:28 am »
The mention is basic set up and hard to avoid, as there's exactly one such facility in the vicinity. It's not exactly negative, though they do lose a craft (through no fault of their own). Any problems there one needs to avoid?

Writers' Cafe / Research
« on: January 30, 2016, 02:32:25 am »
How do you research?

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