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Writers' Cafe / Re: Two new attempts at a book cover
« on: October 30, 2015, 03:23:14 pm »
I didn't think about it being an Oscar dammit  :'(

Yeah... Oscar is protected.

I had my cover tweaked and published it. The NEW cover shows correctly in the Bookshelf and inside the book, however the OLD cover shows on my page and in searches. I've made the change twice with the same results. I've contacted Amazon, but not heard from them.

I would be interested to hear what they say in reply. I created 2 new covers last winter and don't advertise those books anywhere because if I try to post (ex: Facebook) the old cover shows up. It's annoying because the new covers are so much better and I don't want to confuse readers. :(

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon's Definition of "Short Story"
« on: April 17, 2015, 04:53:51 pm »
(couldn't find this subject when searching here)

Anyone know how Amazon decides on what goes into its "Short Story" (sub)categories? (NOTE: I'm not talking about "Short Reads") I've been looking and am seeing everything from real shorts to novel-lengths in Best Sellers under various Lit & Fic > Short Story sub-categories. What's up with that? Doesn't the algorithm see its own page/word counts? Or do keywords and tags trump that?

I can't answer the algo question, but when it comes to short stories, I put mine in:

Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Anthologies & Short Stories

That's the easiest way to get short stories listed under short stories. :)

~ Aithne

Writers' Cafe / Re: Authors with books in Select.
« on: September 04, 2014, 05:25:46 am »

The titles listed in my signature are in Select along with Claire: the Lost Fae & Concentric Circles.

~ Aithne

Writers' Cafe / Re: Are there any Google Play success stories?
« on: April 05, 2014, 05:26:06 pm »
Prior to last year Google Play as a retailer was annoying and wasn't a viable option. Now I see a lot of KB-ers, myself included, making the move over there and I wanted to hear the success stories.

My success story is very small, but I make more on Google than at Amazon (not much at all, but there is a difference) and I love the monthly deposits. I can see Google taking second place over BN and Apple in a year or two.

So I hope to read other author's success stories, experiences and thoughts.

Have you read TK's thread on GP?,167655.0.html

~ Aithne

Writers' Cafe / Re: Fake author bio
« on: April 05, 2014, 04:09:55 pm »
My bio is real but written in a lighthearted way so people don't get too bored if they care to read it.

^^^ This.

In my bio I state: Once upon a time Aithne Jarretta tripped upon a ley line.

That's meant to be lighthearted but is actually a family joke because I fall a lot. (my joke, not my sons) Since I write mostly paranormal I believe it also fits in my genre. So I guess what I'm saying is that truth can be written but with a filter. Readers can believe what they want.

~ Aithne

Writers' Cafe / Re: Using Android tablet to write.
« on: March 28, 2014, 07:04:30 am »
I bought a 10.1" android tablet with bluetooth keyboard (nice kit) for writing on-the-go.

However, I have yet to find a writing tool along the lines of Jutoh, Scrivener, or Writers Cafe that will provide me with the flexibility that I get on my laptop. I also want the product to save to my cloud banks.

Has anyone else had this problem and did you find a solutions that works?

I use the Onenote app. It saves immediately to your cloud. :)

~ Aithne

Writers' Cafe / Re: New 'Zon Category? "Kindle Short Reads"
« on: March 28, 2014, 04:03:55 am »
I'm thinking this is a new bot trawling all of the ebooks and using the 'estimated number of pages' or the 'paperback # of pages' as a way to automatically assign it a slot:

    15 minutes (1-11 pages)
    30 minutes (12-21 pages)
    45 minutes (22-32 pages)
    One hour (33-43 pages)
    90 minutes (44-64 pages)
    Two hours or more (65-100 pages)

Thanks for the info. Nice way to wake up this morning. ;)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Novella length to Short Story?
« on: February 12, 2014, 07:33:58 pm »
Great stuff.

I always thought a short story was longer than a novella and novelette. Like 25,000 and novellas and novelettes fell under that

I wonder what FLASH fiction falls into? 500 words :)

Flash is anywhere from 250 - 1000. Sometimes if you do a contest or FF entry you are given length as part of the challenge. ;)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Novella length to Short Story?
« on: February 12, 2014, 07:26:26 pm »
What is the general consensus on word count/pages for a novella and how does that compare to a short story?

Also where would a serial fall into that? Would it be considered a novella or a short story?

Here ya go...

Short fiction: under 7,500 words
Novelette: 7,500-17,500 words
Novella: 17,500-40,000 words
Novel: 40,000 words and up

Writers' Cafe / Re: Permafree timing
« on: January 19, 2014, 02:40:56 pm »
You're welcome, Geoff.  :)

I set my first book free on other sites way before the sequel was ready, assuming Amazon would take forever to match it. It took two days.  ::)

lol Becca,

The same this happened to one of my short in a matter of days. Another, a novella, never made it free so I finally took it off the other sites. *shrug*

~ Aithne

Writers' Cafe / Re: Permafree timing
« on: January 19, 2014, 10:26:30 am »
Go ahead and notify them. Don't worry if they put it free before the 1st. Besides, it may take longer. We never know if or when Amazon will make the change.

Good luck.

~ Aithne

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is 99 cents the new free? book
« on: January 18, 2014, 10:49:14 am »
um... yeah. The book was published last year. That is evident by checking the review dates.

The author advocates pulse pricing (including free) and recently updated the file to include Amazon Countdown Deals. That's why the published date has changed.

Worth a look-see considering it's free.   :o

~ Aithne


Congratulations.  8)

~ Aithne

Writers' Cafe / Re: Fastest way to Permafree?
« on: December 19, 2013, 11:18:38 am »
Make it free on other sites and then check out this thread where you can post for help in reporting.,78571.0.html

Good luck

~ Aithne

Exactly. is mine, but I do not really have  clue how to use it effectivily :D

There are plenty of blogs and books on Amazon to answer your questions. Pinterest is fun (I spend too much time there) and if you want other pinners to notice your boards I suggest you start by pinning other folks pics, blog posts, etc. You can do a search for related topics that might pertain to your interests.

At this point I don't really use Pinterest for strictly marketing. I just enjoy exploring, have created many boards (some about my books but mostly my personal interests) 

One thing I will mention about links is that if you decide to have a food board check the outgoing links to see if it relates to the picture you want to pin.

I've seen no 'hazardous link' notifications the way FB is now posting when someone wants to leave FB to visit a blog or video. (I've been getting these warnings lately--shades of what MySpace did when I quit them years ago.)

Good luck & have fun with your exploring.  ;D

~ Aithne


If they can't "reach" 220,000 like they said, and know they can only "reach" 74,000 that is fraud on their part since that is what they specifically said they would do. They know what percentage of their viewers use blockers. I expect some fluff on their part but to only reach 33% over 21.4x (when it should be around 10) is not with in reasonable limits.
Also the frequency shown to the same group was going way up after a week. It was apparent they can't reach 220,00 since the number reached was going down. I see it as a way of scamming small businesses since there is no way to communicate with anyone in the ad department. And with the excessive extra frequency, clicks were going way down.  


Maybe the problem lies with people using a Tablet or iPad when visiting Facebook.

When I use my Tablet App, (100% of the time) I don't see sidebar ads. They just aren't there. The only thing I see is the middle stream where posts are.

I do second the fact that fewer people see that stream. I had to do some tweaking just so I could see certain people. That probably means others may have had to do the same. (meaning they can mark someone from their stream)

As for stream ads, the ones I've seen aren't book related and I usually block them. That may result in future no shows when someone pays for a stream ad. I don't see them now.

There are too many variables so I admit to refusing to pay Facebook for ads.

Sorry you've had this problem. Hope your Goodreads ad offers better results.

~ Aithne

Writers' Cafe / Re: What's the best opening line you've written?
« on: November 27, 2013, 07:36:04 pm »
From a wip:

The deep, penetrating darkness threatened to absorb her soul.

~ Aithne

Writers' Cafe / Re: Self created covers you're proud of
« on: November 24, 2013, 04:18:03 am »
Wow! Some very nice covers.  ;D

The covers in my sig are examples of my creations. All were done in Photoshop and cost less than $25 each. (budget) Creating covers is just one of the ways I like to express another aspect of creativity. I always love seeing other authors doing the same.

~ Aithne

Writers' Cafe / Re: What's the single best line you've ever written?
« on: November 23, 2013, 04:00:07 am »

The first line from Enchanted Ravensong:

Blood can make the strangest things happen.

It's been fun reading everyone's lines.

~ Aithne

Writers' Cafe / Re: Fantasy writers, where do you get your names from?
« on: November 14, 2013, 02:08:41 pm »
Here's another link to explore. ;)

~ Aithne

Writers' Cafe / Re: Review Links for Kindle eBooks
« on: October 29, 2013, 02:35:47 am »
Thanks Aithne,

you posted as i was responding to Sarah.  That's great, thank you very much ;)


You're welcome. It's easy and actually only takes a few minutes. ;)

~ Aithne

Always.  ;)

Since I spend a lot of time lurking... may as well shop, too.  ;D

~ Aithne

Writers' Cafe / Re: Review Links for Kindle eBooks
« on: October 29, 2013, 02:11:00 am »
Compose your review request, edit your Kindle document, and then when your page goes live that's when you get your link.

Insert the link into your document. Visit your dashboard and update the document. Do not unpublish...just update.

Then you're good to go.  ;)

~ Aithne

Writers' Cafe / Re: Large Scale Promo Ideas/Questions
« on: October 24, 2013, 10:58:17 am »
Perhaps what you're looking for is a 'street team' to help promote? Google 'street teams to help sell books' where you'll find pro/con articles about it. I know of one NYT best seller that does this. Her team is pretty effective, she's #1 time travel romance above D. Gabaldon.  ;)

Good luck.

~ Aithne

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