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Writers' Cafe / Re: You are being pirated BIG TIME
« on: April 16, 2015, 11:21:04 am »
I'm generally take the view of "it's better to be read than not" but in case you're not, hopefully this will put your mind to rest (a little):

Having been accused of being a pirate, I decided to do a little digging. That is what I found.


My book Holdfast is free today through until Sunday.

"Forced below the waves by a hostile climate, humanity lives in undersea colonies, each their own city-state.

Calder dreams of making it rich while he hunts for rare items in the darkness of the Holdfast, the twisted remains of old ships that form the foundations of his colony. He's accompanied by a girl called Trice, a fellow scavenger.

When they stumble across some slavers smuggling out drugged captives, Trice ignores his advice and decides to rescue one of them, a young woman. Little did she know the trouble it would bring,

Can they evade their pursuers, who seem desperate to get the girl back, and return her to her family, members of the colony's rich and powerful? Even if they succeed, what will their heroics cost them?"

Writers' Cafe / Re: What is the secret of this author's success?
« on: November 11, 2014, 02:12:16 pm »
I'm sure I remember reading about a guy who had an algorithm that scoured the web and built ebooks in a ton of niche sectors, all automatically.

I think he was making a mint at it, and this was before the Kindle really took off.

Writers' Cafe / Re: British-isms
« on: November 11, 2014, 02:11:41 pm »
Willy = penis

Which is why Will Smith's album Big Willy Style (and the like) tends to earn a few grins (from the less mature of us :D).

And don't get us started on fanny packs (AKA bum bags over here).

On the other hand, we do not all talk in Cockney rhyming slang like Don Cheadle in Ocean's Eleven.

Writers' Cafe / Re: British-isms
« on: November 11, 2014, 10:52:02 am »
As an authentic common-or-garden Brit, I'd say a Dog's Dinner was a mess, as in:

"You've made a right dog's dinner of that."

I still like the Canadian name for a $1 coin: a loonie

PS - It's Aluminium FFS :D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Judge my genre by its cover?
« on: November 08, 2014, 07:01:06 am »
Obviously horror, but the image at the bottom suggests soft horror, or comedy horror to me

Writers' Cafe / Re: Permafrees Reverting to Paid in the U.K.
« on: November 08, 2014, 06:58:57 am »
I've given up trying to get my to stay free in the UK, randomly it reverts back to paid. I've used the link to report prices a few times, which may (eventually) get it back to free, but not for long.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Sainsbury's Ebook Store in the UK
« on: March 27, 2014, 06:01:51 am »
Well Tesco have already announced they'll be adding books to their electronic media brand: Blinkbox.

Not sure how much of an impact that's going to have (Blinkbox still don't have the name recognition of Lovefilm, which Amazon own, or Netflix), and most grocery shopping is still done offline.

Still, more ebook retailers (esp with more and more closing) can only be a good thing.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Book review blog written by an author?
« on: March 19, 2014, 06:21:00 am »
I have a whole site dedicated to posting the reviews of books I've read.

I'm honest, regardless of the source (and as much as it pained me when reading a fellow indie author's work, I didn't bother posting that one on Amazon, just kept it on my rarely visited site).

As long as you say what you felt, I can't see any harm in it (and don't deliberately go out to hurt people's feelings).

If anything, knowing their importance, I'd be more inclined to review a book these days.

Writers' Cafe / Re: British Authors - How Many Are We?
« on: March 12, 2014, 05:48:11 am »
Me too

I've been lucky so far. I can't think of one person in this industry that I've upset!

* spits coffee *

You're the only person here to upset an entire industry.

Writers' Cafe / Re: why bother with mail chimp?
« on: March 10, 2014, 05:57:26 am »
You also get tracking stats (opens and clicks) to see how many of your subscribers are actually reading what you send.

MailChimp is far from the only option, just the best known/most popular (if nothing else because it's free for low volumes).

Using the third-party ESP (Email Service Provider) is well worth it (for all the reasons stated above).

While I agree market diversity is a good thing, let's not worry about Amazon and Google just yet, they still make plenty from the 30% on a book. And they know if they drop it authors will happily go elsewhere.

Amazon sell hardware to lock you in to a platform. They're a retailer primarily, who are less interested in profits (ask their investors) and more interested in market share.

Google are an ad company, as well as a platform provider.

In both cases, the media serves to help sell their platform and the hardware that runs it.

I'd certainly like to see Kobo grow more, as a complete outsider.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover critique please
« on: March 01, 2014, 10:06:17 am »
Not sure any of them are quite there yet, but number 4.

You might need to make the author text a bit bolder so stand out when it's smaller though.

The font is number 2 is a little too Harry Potter, but that font combo probably works a bit better. The title font in number 3 suggests horror, but from what you've described it sounds like it's got a fair bit of humour.

Writers' Cafe / Re: February Sales Thread
« on: March 01, 2014, 10:01:35 am »
15 on Amazon (joint highest month), 16 if you include a CreateSpace paperback copy

The best part is the majority of those were of my anthology, so earned much higher royalties (due to price and %)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Has Anyone ever used Scriptito to write your novels?
« on: February 27, 2014, 02:27:45 pm »
There are advantages to online too: you can write on any device with an internet connection and a browser, pretty-much anywhere.

You also don't have to worry about someone stealing your computer, or it getting infected, or your hard drive dying, or you hard drive becoming corrupt, or...

Pros and cons. I only do my first draft at Write Here, mainly because its easy to keep track of goals against a daily word count. That's the best driver I've found, for me.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Would you invest time in a book that might not sell?
« on: February 27, 2014, 05:23:17 am »
As has been said, no one knows what will sell. If we did, we'd all be writing those books.

Even writing in the most popular genres doesn't guarantee anything.

If you love, write it, and hopefully it'll find an audience.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The implications of Hugh's spider?
« on: February 27, 2014, 05:20:49 am »
From a technical stand point, the spider probably doesn't even register on Amazon's daily hit count, even at 54k, even if it were ten times that.

And as Hugh mentioned, I imagine they're very happy for this sort of news to hit the net, they'd have to pay a heap for all this advertising/sharing. It's like a viral hit.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Has Anyone ever used Scriptito to write your novels?
« on: February 27, 2014, 05:15:07 am »
Bit of a self plug, but I built and use (for my first draft anyway) Write Here ( for my stories.

Not as feature-rich as Scriptito, but having written ~200k in it myself, I can say it works (and has a simple way to keep you motivated).

Writers' Cafe / Re: Can I use Scrivener to write on my Kindle Fire?
« on: February 26, 2014, 05:05:02 am »
I vaguely remember that Scrivener can sync with Simplenote, which you can get on Andriod (not sure if it's in the Amazon store).

So that might be an option.

Not tried it myself though.

I've certainly picked up some negative reviews based on length (alone it seems).

And they were in spite of the fact that I clearly state the length in the description, and the reader got it for free (ironically, those who have paid for my other books don't seem to mind the length).

Writers' Cafe / Re: Woo hoo! First sales!
« on: February 21, 2014, 05:19:42 am »
Good work, especially at those prices ($2.99 for, at most, 40 pages is a hell of a return).

I'm starting to think I've under priced my anthology (200 pages listed at $2.99, though Amazon seems to have discounted it).

Writers' Cafe / Re: Don’t make these mistakes.
« on: February 21, 2014, 05:18:40 am »
*ignore me*

Writers' Cafe / Re: Any new standard for font and size in printed books?
« on: February 19, 2014, 04:55:58 am »
I think this thread makes it obvious there is no standard.

Personally, I went for 11pt Garamond (14.5pt line height) and it looks good to me.

Writers' Cafe / Re: my Kindle Countdown results and 2 new milestones!
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:56:05 am »
*Wrong thread, sorry*

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