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Writers' Cafe / HELP signed up for KDP w/US instead of UK account
« on: March 07, 2016, 06:11:08 pm »
So I've literally just realised that I've put my novel up on KDP using my US account instead of my UK account (my own fault as they share the same email address).

Basically I want to know- is it worth trying to get it transferred over? My novel is currently up for pre-order, I'm selling worldwide, and has a launch date of March 14th and I'm worried trying to swap it now will mess with that.

On the other hand, I do all my shopping/selling through my UK account and should probably have my novel on there too, right?

Does anyone knows if selling through the US account is in any way better or worse than any other site? OR do we think that it won't actually make a difference to me either way?

 ::)

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Writers' Cafe / Judging your book by it's cover - did you diy or pay?
« on: January 21, 2016, 10:07:11 pm »
Everyone judges a book by it's cover, it's pretty much a fact of life. That doesn't necessarily mean you won't pick it up for a read if the summary is good enough, of course. But what I want to know- seeing as there are quite a few self-published authors on these forums (and quite a few of them with gorgeous covers!) just how many of you designed your own covers?

And if you designed it yourself, what skill level would you say you had?

If you hired someone, why? And how did you find the experience/cost?

As both a backpacker and an aspiring author, I don't have access to the sorts of funds I'd need to purchase a cover right now. That said, the cover I am using for my debut novel Amanzimtoti (image via the link or in my signature), is one I managed to design using an online photo editor and a text generator! ...which says alot about my skill level! ;)

The image is a photograph I took myself of the Inyoni Rocks on Amanzimtoti beach, which is where my novel is set. The rocks feature quite significantly throughout my story and I liked the idea of giving a nod to them on the cover, especially so that readers could have the visual aid to refer to. I then used an online editor to give it that 'sketch' effect as a nod to my main character, Wayne du Preez, who likes to sketch but due to certain circumstances (hint: spoilers!) he has to keep his artistic abilities hidden. So again, it's a bit of a nod to events that happen within the story.

I then engaged my friends on social media and got them to vote through the various designs I'd come up with and we all agreed that the one I've selected to use was the favourite.

That said. I guess I still worry that my story will be judged in a negative way, especially as I have no real artistic abilities!

So what's your experience with buying/designing book covers? How do you think it's affected you? And... er, how do you think it'll affect me? XD

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Introductions & Welcomes / New KindleScout Author
« on: January 18, 2016, 02:25:36 pm »
Hey all,

I'm Carmen-Shea, a half-South African, half-Scottish hybrid with the confused accent to go with it! I've recently put my debut novel "Amanzimtoti: The Ridge" up for viewing/voting over on KindleScout, and was recommended these boards for connecting with other authors/KScouters during the nail-biting 30day wait.

Even if you're not interested in my novel, I'd still love to connect to other authors and readers!

KindleScout Link: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/30MY6WCJRGJ61

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