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Writers' Cafe / Re: If you are in Select...
« on: June 30, 2016, 01:40:46 pm »
Sounds like I made a mistake putting my story in Select.

Thank you all for your help.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: If you are in Select...
« on: June 30, 2016, 01:25:53 pm »
Hmm for a 1,600 word story, you'd only be able to post 160 words.  So it would really be a short sample, but with it in Select, that would be the limit you'd have to stay within.

Sounds like I made a mistake putting my story in Select.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: If you are in Select...
« on: June 30, 2016, 01:05:57 pm »
Posting what on Goodreads, a sample? 

As long as its less than 10%, it's fine  :D


Wow!  This is a 1600 word short story.  How do I do that?

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Writers' Cafe / If you are in Select...
« on: June 30, 2016, 12:10:59 pm »
does posting on Goodreads constitute a conflict with Amazon's terms of service?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Contacting Amazon
« on: June 23, 2016, 12:59:06 pm »
Thanks all for your help.  Bye now.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Contacting Amazon
« on: June 23, 2016, 12:55:17 pm »
If you're in the US, you can log into your Author Central account and click the "Help" button at the upper right of the screen and then "Contact Us" that appears in the left column on the next screen. That way you can talk to someone by phone. If they can't solve your issue they're great about transferring over to live phone support at KDP support.

I called Author Central for phone support.  Eventually, I got a rep who said I need to republish the book with the new cover and it will appear online in three days.  So we will see.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Contacting Amazon
« on: June 23, 2016, 12:14:36 pm »
If you're in the US, you can log into your Author Central account and click the "Help" button at the upper right of the screen and then "Contact Us" that appears in the left column on the next screen. That way you can talk to someone by phone. If they can't solve your issue they're great about transferring over to live phone support at KDP support.

A little complicated, but thanks.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Contacting Amazon
« on: June 23, 2016, 12:10:49 pm »
That have a contact us button on KDP. You can expect a response in about 24 hours.

Where is this button?


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Writers' Cafe / Contacting Amazon
« on: June 23, 2016, 11:43:50 am »
I'm looking for a simple number or email for issues that pertain to your book.  (Like you want to change covers.) There is more and more clutter out there and it's increasingly difficult to find simple answers to simple questions on Amazon.com.  Thank you.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Affordable RGB to CMYK program?
« on: June 23, 2016, 11:36:01 am »
I saw a couple of things online that claim to be able to do this, but as I don't know what any of it means I can't say any would work. Here's the first result:

http://www.rgb2cmyk.org/

It looks like you upload the file, and it converts from that.

I know you can do it in Photoshop (Elements, too) and GIMP. GIMP is free. I've never brought anything from another program in, though, so I can't say how that would work.

Not much help, am I?

I don't think Elements does CMYK.  And you want to use a later version of PS (post PS5.5) if you want to make covers that will be acceptable to Kindle Direct Publishing.

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I would think the question would be asked more of action/adventure writers.  Like actors who do their own stunts.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I need help with Photoshop
« on: June 07, 2016, 11:43:42 am »
I'm putting up a link to show you an example of Windows Book Creator (or whatever they call it).  https://www.amazon.com/You-Are-Gone-Hudson-Owen-ebook/dp/B01GOVCNNA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1465323976&sr=1-1&keywords=You+Are+Gone+by+Hudson+Owen

I spent about 10 minutes with it.  In the end it had generated 6 image choices and 4 non-image choices.  Easy Peasy and not too sleazy.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I need help with Photoshop
« on: June 06, 2016, 07:16:51 pm »
I'm getting all balled up with the Dancing Squirrel.  This might be a good time to bow out.  I thank you all for your contributions.  Good night.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I need help with Photoshop
« on: June 06, 2016, 07:11:08 pm »
http://www.solveyourtech.com/how-to-convert-psd-to-jpeg-in-photoshop-cs5/

If all else fails, you could do a screenshot of your cover and convert that to JPEG or TIFF from within that image (I think: I've got a Mac with a simple "Preview" app that lets me do that).
http://www.solveyourtech.com/how-to-convert-psd-to-jpeg-in-photoshop-cs5/

If all else fails, you could do a screenshot of your cover and convert that to JPEG or TIFF from within that image (I think: I've got a Mac with a simple "Preview" app that lets me do that).
http://www.solveyourtech.com/how-to-convert-psd-to-jpeg-in-photoshop-cs5/

If all else fails, you could do a screenshot of your cover and convert that to JPEG or TIFF from within that image (I think: I've got a Mac with a simple "Preview" app that lets me do that).

Won't work for me.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I need help with Photoshop
« on: June 06, 2016, 06:16:42 pm »
It has to be in the Save As command.  After all, I have already used it to make covers.  I've just forgotten how.  Export is a dead end.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I need help with Photoshop
« on: June 06, 2016, 05:47:25 pm »
Good point. I have CS5, so it may be different depending on version. I "save for web" when I want a png. Save As lets me choose jpg from the drop down list under "format"

"Save for web" is not an option for me.  It doesn't work for PS 5.0 or earlier.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I need help with Photoshop
« on: June 06, 2016, 05:18:16 pm »
Are you able to export the file so it's no longer a Photoshop document?

Not sure what you mean by that.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I need help with Photoshop
« on: June 06, 2016, 05:16:47 pm »
Are you able to export the file so it's no longer a Photoshop document?

This helps quite a bit!  Thanks.

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Writers' Cafe / I need help with Photoshop
« on: June 06, 2016, 04:43:56 pm »
It's been awhile since I published a book.  When I got to the section where you upload your cover I found that I could not get my image from Photoshop into the Amazon browser.  I tried every sort of solution, but could not do it.  Fearing the loss of all that preceding data, quite a bit, I decided to make my own cover using their cover generator on the promise that doing so would save my efforts.  I spent about 15 minutes with it.  It's a clever sort of program and I came up with a not-so-bad-cover.

I've made a number of my own covers on Photoshop 5.5, but because of a stroke and time off from doing this, was stumped by this task.  Assuming that I can replace one cover with another, how do I get my image from Photoshop into the browser for cover images in the book building program?  By the way, I got through the whole thing and now am waiting word on the finished book.  The little wheel takes forever to grind away.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: How and Where to Store Images
« on: June 03, 2016, 11:37:37 am »
Thank you.

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Writers' Cafe / How and Where to Store Images
« on: June 03, 2016, 11:07:53 am »
I used to have an image storage facility for holding images for upload to Kboards, but have forgotten it.  What do you use to store images and how does it work?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I have had a stroke
« on: April 21, 2016, 01:22:02 pm »
Thank you all for your comments.  Some were heartfelt, some were inspirational.  You don't recover from a stroke.  It becomes a permanent feature of your life.  You just pray not to have another one.  And so far, I've been lucky.  May you all be lucky in life!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I have had a stroke
« on: April 21, 2016, 01:14:07 pm »
Best wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery.

I had some good experiences with using the Dragon application. So far my typing is faster and more accurate and I don't use it on a regular basis. It is important to be diligent about  training your new pet :) My father used his Dragon software for chatting online and never saved any training. As a result, the program became unreliable and he got frustrated with it.

I think it will be a viable asset to your writing during the rehab period. 


Thank you for that.
There is software like that that.  I use a really old editor called "EMACS".  It's free and runs basically on any OS.  It has a feature called "abbreviation expansion".  You supply it a list of words and what you want them changed to as you type.  Then, the second you hit the space bar (or a period or a non letter key) as you type, whatever you type is replaced with whatever you specified.

Other text editors have a similar feature.

Here's my list of abbreviations:

https://github.com/greglange/abrn/blob/master/data/abbr.txt

As an example, if I type "i uu abrx wn im typing tgs.", what appears on my screen is "I use abbreviations when I'm typing things."

Learning an abbreviation system like described and using might help somebody in your situation.  It will reduce the number of keystrokes you have to make when writing.

I even use my abbreviations when I'm taking notes on paper.  = )

It's sort of like shorthand that you can use on a keyboard.

Thank you for this very valuable information

Sorry to hear of this.  Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery!

Thanks!

Wishing you a full and speedy recovery.

If you have certain words that you always mistype, then you can add them to auto-correct in Word.  Otherwise, Dragon does sound like a good idea.  Good luck.  :)

Good.  Thanks.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Using real life university as a setting?
« on: April 21, 2016, 12:32:08 pm »
Hudson University on Law and Order SVU! I think it's Columbia though it sometimes seems to be NYU.

I should charge them a fee for using my name with regularity.  If it's a famous school like Harvard, then use it.  If not, then the above holds true.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I have had a stroke
« on: April 21, 2016, 11:30:23 am »
So sorry to hear that. What a nuisance, as my friend said when she had a medical problem. Hope you will soon be picking up your typing speed  :).

Well, I muddle along.

Here's hoping Dragon works great for you ... and that you don't need it for long! Best wishes.

You mean you can outgrow it?


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