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Writers' Cafe / Re: Some advice on book covers for new authors
« on: January 10, 2021, 02:27:00 pm »
No, most professional designers will not hand over the PSDs.

You're speaking about your own business. A lot of professional designers WILL hand over the flattened PSD file so that you can edit the title in the future. There are tons that wont, probably true, but newcomers have the right to know before they purchase an expensive custom design they have the option to NOT work with cover artists who operate in that manner.

Edited. Drop me a PM if you have any questions. - Becca

Writers' Cafe / Re: Copy Editor
« on: January 10, 2021, 02:13:26 pm »
Hi there,

How much does a good copy editor cost? I have an editor I use and I also hire a proofreader afterward to clean up the text, but for my new release, I was wondering if a copy editor (on top of my editor) would be worth getting as I want the book to be as perfect as possible.

Thank you.

What exactly does your normal editor do, if not a copyedit?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Some advice on book covers for new authors
« on: January 08, 2021, 07:09:48 pm »
Are they scamming me? No. They are offering their services for a fee. Its upfront and its legit and they are allowed to ask any price they want. But keep in mind they are preying on your worries as a new author. That is why the first thing you read on their webpage usually has something like. "You spent hours polishing your first novel....and you dont want it to fail."

I 100% agree with the above. Though your comment earlier about cover artists laughing their way to the bank wasn't really fair. They're running a business, so of course they want you to think you need them and that their prices are fair, even if they know you could get a better deal elsewhere. But that doesn't mean that they don't want their clients to go on and be successful.

The gist of your post is accurate though. In most cases newer authors don't need super expensive covers, they'll be better off buying a reasonably priced, genre appropriate cover and spending the money they saved on ads. 

Why do they keep the source file? Or should I request it? What is it for? In simple terms a source file is all the different layers of your cover in one neat file. Before you agree to getting a ebook cover designed, you need to know if will receive that as well. Most professionals have no problem handing it over.  In fact most do. Be wary if they refuse and consider if you can afford NOT having it. (explained below)

In my experience most wont hand over the layered PSD files. Though they should hand over the PSD file that lets you edit the title. If they wont do that then I refuse to do business with them.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I'm realizing I do not like character arcs.
« on: December 06, 2020, 03:57:48 pm »
If we're going to be jerks just to be jerks, it's "than"

If you're going to be a grammar Nazi at least end your sentence with the correct punctuation.

Why is a woman wanting to see women in fiction offensive?

Who said that? Nobody. Who implied that? Nobody.

All of those shows have female characters in lead roles, by the way.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I'm realizing I do not like character arcs.
« on: December 06, 2020, 02:04:09 pm »
And enough with mentioning those four shows in particular. They're well done, but nothing could live up to the hype Breaking Bad and The Wire have & I'd disqualify both of them from any great TV shows list for the lack of female characters. For some reason those four shows are always the top four. And there isn't a show with a female lead until the teens or twenties. Sigh...

Should we be "woke" and pretend inferior shows are better just because they have more female leads? Maybe those four shows don't fit your taste but I can't think of too many shows that are better then the four listed.

I have no problem changing the title. Whatever title I come up with before the book is released I consider to be a "working title." The title isn't finalized in my mind until I get the book cover done, and even then it's still possible to change it later.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Time to Hang it Up
« on: November 03, 2020, 05:23:02 pm »
Fat shaming. Jesus Christ. How much lower are you going to go?

Frankly, please quit. Shut down your store, stop writing, stop trying. For every sad story you have, I have a matching one. I'm sure many here can beat me with their life stories.

You seem to have this idea that you're owed something. Well, you aren't. No one is. We all scrape and struggle and get knocked down, in one way or another. The measure of us comes in how we get back up and keep going. Blaming it all on someone else doesn't change anything, even if it is someone else doing something to you. Regroup, pull your big kid pants on, and move on. Or don't.

You bumped this thread just to insult a guy who is already at his lowest point?  ::)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Scenes with non-POV characters
« on: October 24, 2020, 11:24:52 am »
I have two POV characters in my psychological drama / crime mystery novel.
How can I handle the scenes where none of the main characters are present? These scenes are important in terms of information and also to let important side characters have their say.

Can it be written as a "camera POV" i.e. simply describing what's happening without getting in any of the character's head?

Yes, as others have pointed out, that's called third person objective.

But why don't you want to get into the other characters heads? Unless they have information that you don't want divulged then there is nothing wrong with giving POV chapters to side characters. At the end of the day this is a stylistic choice, either option is fine depending on what kind of story you wish to tell.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Are we sure that Audible isn't collapsing?
« on: October 20, 2020, 05:24:13 pm »
People have been saying audio is going to explode for most of the time I've been publishing (since 2014). It hasn't exploded yet and it certainly hasn't exploded for me, personally. I've seen better sales with a series that appeals to a different segment of the market, but it hasn't been anywhere close to the 20% of eBook sales so many people quoted me.

Maybe audio isn't as popular among romance readers? I know in some of the genre's I follow audiobooks are big sellers.

Writers' Cafe / Re: other forums
« on: October 04, 2020, 12:38:30 pm »
It depends on what you're looking for. Absolutewrite is a great forum when it comes to discussion of craft. You will learn a LOT by asking questions and reading there. When it comes to marketing, kboards is one of the best places.

Even though I hate the interface, I think nowadays the best forums are on facebook. 20Books250k is the most popular one but there are lots of others. If you're lucky enough to get into a private forum with a small group of smart people in your niche, that's pretty much your best bet. I'm a member of six or seven different facebook groups.

edit: Be careful with certain forums like the one mentioned in the post below mine. Its built up a negative reputation, and after viewing it, I can understand why.

Why would they not be safe? Or, I should say, any less safe than the regular venues?

He's probably asking because he's never heard of them and is wondering if they're legitimate, well respected companies. I know I've never heard of DriveThruFiction and after browsing the website for a couple minutes I'm not sure why anyone why buy a book from them instead of one of the bigger companies.

Writers' Cafe / Re: why is my book not selling?
« on: September 25, 2020, 05:18:01 pm »
i need to know why people aren't buying my book.

Your book isn't selling because it's only been out for a few days and you haven't spent any money marketing it. There's your answer. Though to be honest you probably shouldn't spend any money on ads until you identify your target market and whether or not people actually like the book.

i look at kindle unlimited pages read (kenp) and there's been like 4 people, and they all stop somewhere around 2-8 kenps into the book, and i'm like... why are they all stopping around there? i'm assuming that if 4 ppl are stopping at 2-8 kenps into the book, lots and lots of other buyers who aren't in kindle unlimited are stopping at the same point

They may have downloaded the book and opened it to confirm it was downloaded and plan on reading it later.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Trigger warnings.
« on: September 25, 2020, 04:56:58 pm »
The reason that most don't, she said, is because authors don't want their books going into the Amazon dungeon.

If that if true then why is she suggesting you do something that would get your book put into "the amazon dungeon"?

I hope this editor is amazing at the actual job you paid her to do, which is edit the book, because suggestions like the one she gave you is grounds for never hiring her again, in my opinion.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Booksbutterfly Book Promotion
« on: September 08, 2020, 04:10:01 pm »
I've heard nothing but horror stories about them. Seems like they over-promise and under-deliver.

I don't mind talking about writing to non-writers. What I dislike is talking about what I'm currently in the middle of writing. I also hate having someone try to stand over my shoulders and read what i'm typing. Leave me alone until it's done!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Chirpbooks is solid
« on: August 19, 2020, 04:46:54 pm »
It makes sense for them to reject really short audiobooks. They're looking to promote deals, short audiobooks should already be cheap.

Writers' Cafe / Re: As Authors We're Blowing It - All of us
« on: August 08, 2020, 06:02:59 pm »
Shane, how is this idea different from Books2Read?

It sounds like this project would be *similar* to books2read but not the exact same. The easiest way for me to describe it would be for you to imagine if you sent people to your books2read page for a specific book and at the very bottom was an "also bought" section, or a "similar books" type of section, where books not owned by you would be listed.

The problem I see with this is that some people might not like their traffic being potentially syphoned away to other peoples books. There would need to be some type of incentive for an author to use it, such as a guarantee that if I sent 1,000 impressions to a page that displayed other authors books then my book would be displayed an equal amount of time on books similar to mine.

There would need to be some type of statistics page that an author could view, with impressions and clicks, etc.

Writers' Cafe / Re: And The Hand Finally Closes Around Our Throat
« on: August 07, 2020, 10:04:06 am »
>I'm pulling my remaining titles from KDP Select.

I don't understand why anyone would put books in Select except as a 90-day experiment with the renewal box not checked.

Because they make a lot of money that way.

Understand now?

Amazons customer service is damn near A+ when it comes to customers buying merchandise, but when it comes to authors they treat us like crap.

To the OP, I'm sorry you're going through this, it sounds like a nightmare. I've heard of this happening before but normally the author resolves it with an email from their author domain. Not sure how that's more legitimate than a copyright registration.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How much do you pay a proofreader?
« on: July 31, 2020, 05:37:26 pm »
My rate is $0.008/word for proofreading, but it definitely varies.

For those concerned about the quality they're getting, I would say that most who charge in the realm of $0.002-0.005/word are probably not putting in the time and effort necessary to do a good job (that, or they're willing to accept a very low hourly wage).

I disagree. Some of you are posting your proofreading rates and your prices are almost as high as your own rates for copyediting. Most people with a 100k+ word novel who just paid a thousand dollars for a decent copyedit and have a clean book aren't going to want to pay another thousand for a proofreader who will probably only find a handful of typos and homonyms.

In my experience most editors with really high proofreading rates only charge that much because either they hate proofreading, so charge a lot to make it worth their time, or they don't want proofread only clients so they charge a lot so that they can sell more "discount" bundles for copyedit/proofread packages.

You can find LOTS of great proofreaders for those lower rates you mentioned.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Podium Audio
« on: July 19, 2020, 09:00:10 am »
I just signed my Richard Jackson Saga with Podium and so far it has been a very pleasant experience working with professionals. They contacted me just like you. Opens a whole new market place, at no cost to me, I don't see any downside.

The downside is that they don't offer advances. Is that still true?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Podium Audio
« on: July 17, 2020, 03:55:13 pm »
Podium is legitimate.

Or is this like "We'd love to have the audio rights to your book and we'll pay all the expenses to make it so". I assume this part is me dreaming...

That is exactly what they do.

If you're referring to her in the 1950's, you would definitely say colored, at least in the American South. I grew up in Mississippi and my grandparents referred to black/African Americans as "colored". Ironic, isn't it that the vogue nom du jour is "people of color"? Or "Colored?" Full circle. I even remember my grandmother saying in 1967 that "they" wanted to be called "black" now. So there you go.

The phrase "person of color" is an umbrella term basically referring to anyone who isn't white, not just blacks.  Educate yourself, please.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Scamming the system?
« on: July 11, 2020, 06:47:33 pm »
I thought it was obvious what he was doing in that last thread. The mods need to step in. All of these threads are just an attempt by him to promote his 48 page "book." I noticed the ranking is back to over a million even though it's in KU.

There are lots of serials in KU. Most serials don't sell well though. The better serials are usually bunched together into larger volumes, since those sell better.

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