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I'm guessing this means that authors get 100% of book revenue but pay $100 per month to the service.
How's that sustainable for higher priced books or those who sell a lot?  I do suppose they stand to make a pretty penny from those with fewer sales.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Has any one noticed the terms of service for KB lately?
« on: September 18, 2018, 04:10:53 pm »
Well, isn't this annoying.

I never considered anything I post here to be super-secret personal private or of monetary value, so meh.

However, one of the reasons I haven't been posting much is because so many folks are posting anonymously. Many many of us come here for advice or to exchange information, or for networking. A person's experience in this industry is what makes their advice or information credible and useful.  A post by Bobsyeruncle is just lacking in context.
It's the members here that makes this site valuable.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Great cover + poor book quality = poor review
« on: August 04, 2018, 09:22:33 am »
Bless your heart.

(In the most southern sense possible.)


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Writers' Cafe / Re: What's lurking in your search history?
« on: August 01, 2018, 10:18:30 am »
Turning human remains into a biological weapon in a low-tech society.

Tip: when corresponding with a reader/adviser in Iraq, these are not good keywords to include in your email.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Walmart-Kobo announcement from StreetLib
« on: August 01, 2018, 08:24:18 am »
I wonder what their demographics are, in my case in terms of sci-fi readers.
Given the number of sites that post images of people dressed weirdly at Walmart, this could be an odd lot.  ;D

Budget-conscious, certainly. Older demographic, perhaps.
But when shopping online, you're probably dealing with a more computer-savvy bunch looking for deals, so eBooks could do well. I can see Walmart promoting those to draw people into the site with lower-priced items.
I just hope they don't start mucking about with deep discounts that get Amazon's panties in a bunch.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Military Sci-Fi cover feedback
« on: July 29, 2018, 08:25:40 am »
I like it a lot.
Is it a standalone title?  I don't see a lot of branding across your catalog, except for the fact that the author name is always on the bottom.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Best place to market or promo Audiobooks?
« on: February 04, 2017, 06:06:26 pm »
Audavoxx pomotes audio http://audavoxx.com/
 
I tried them a while back, but did not see a huge jump in sales.

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Writers' Cafe / GooglePlay reports wonky?
« on: January 08, 2017, 07:36:03 am »
Is anyone else having trouble getting Google reports?
I've tried three times now, going over my query parameters to make sure I'm not drunk or something, but the reports are coming up zero.
The report ran fine the other day, so I know there are sales there.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Where to hire a narrator?
« on: November 14, 2016, 10:43:51 am »
I understand what you're saying, but I'm not given to hyperbole.

He is a primary school teacher, English major and musician and I've heard him read Harry Potter to his son. He is awesome and he has a home studio already in place.
In his case, I'd be more worried about time management.

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Writers' Cafe / Where to hire a narrator?
« on: November 14, 2016, 09:15:08 am »
Hi
I have a friend with an awesome voice and great reading skills who is interested in doing voice work.
Does anyone know where he could go to get more info, advertise his services etc? Some place to start.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Marketing, Book Launches, and Info
« on: November 12, 2016, 06:17:21 am »
Great idea Raquel,

I sort of have the opposite issue than the one mentioned above. I have writer friends and readers wanting to friend my personal page and then I feel bad for ignoring the requests.
My friends and family know I write so it's fine if they also want my author page.

Facebook frowns upon multiple accounts but, yeah, whatever.  BUT! Does Facebook still delete accounts if they catch you? I'd hate to have them delete the wrong one!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Marketing, Book Launches, and Info
« on: November 11, 2016, 09:11:07 pm »
I'd love to join but I use my Facebook page to keep in touch with friends and family, rather than using it as an author tool.
I do have a Facebook author page, but that's not what comes up to identify me when I join groups.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Missing KU page glitch--solved!
« on: October 21, 2016, 08:39:41 am »
There have been many times when I've seen my KU read for any given book go up by ONE page.  Long before April.
I assumed that perhaps readers had downloaded and then just checked their Kindle to make sure they had the correct book or something.

My KU reads crashed this month and I've taken two of them out of Select. They are already picking up at the other vendors to replace the drop at Amazon.
Tired of the nonsense and the nickle-and-dime stuff Amazon hands to authors without ever offering transparency.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: No more reviews but still sales. Is that bad?
« on: October 17, 2016, 08:14:35 am »
Fewer and fewer reviews being posted. 
I came across this article by Anne R. Allen that explains some of this.  Some was certainly new to me.
http://annerallen.com/amazons-new-review-rules-should-authors-worry


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Writers' Cafe / Re: 125 ways to say look
« on: October 17, 2016, 08:10:06 am »
Cool, thanks, that thesaurus looks really helpful!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 125 ways to say look
« on: October 17, 2016, 07:48:50 am »
I sometimes think that there is a deplorable lack of words describing facial expression.  Faces are so wonderfully expressive that even the slightest twitch can communicate so much.
But it seems that I'm forever stuck with smile, frown, scowl, grin etc  unless I want to devote a paragraph describing someone looking confused and amused at the same time. While that certainly has its place, it can slow down action when a single word might just be a better choice.

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Lovely. The first book I see is called "Well Hung" with a male crotch shot on the cover.

Well played, Amazon, indeed  ::)

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Prepare a test copy of your last newsletter and send it to the email address on the tester below. It will tell you many of the reasons it could end up in their spam box:

https://www.mail-tester.com/

Then, you can work with your provider (or your server, if you send from your own) to resolve the problems that it notes.

Very cool!  This is really helpful. Thanks for posting.

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I have a feeling it's just hard to admit when someone you care passionately about fails.

This. I've held him in high regard but now I'm left wondering why he'd choose to keep everyone dangling without at least an update. Seems unlike him - or at least unlike someone I take him to be. It's all very odd.

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For an "internet marketer" he really really needs to watch some youtube videos on how to do youtube videos.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Konrath's Ebook Company for Libraries
« on: April 14, 2016, 09:24:03 pm »
I sold one set of books there last June. Nothing moving since. I think they may have given up.

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Actually, being a writer is a perfect cover for when you have to explain your Google searches in court.
If you plan to knock of your rich MIL, just write a short story about lacing support hose with cyanide and you're all set.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: News! News! Read all about it.
« on: March 27, 2016, 07:13:42 am »
You do really nice work!
I'd like to see more sci-fi (space opera).  I'm working on a new trilogy, but I don't have titles yet. But I'll be looking for covers.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: I think my Book Cover Rater site is ready!
« on: March 23, 2016, 08:04:48 am »
This is VERY cool and would be helpful for authors trying to decide between two cover concepts.

However, going through some of these, I felt like I wanted a "Neither" option. In some instances, there are grievous problems with both covers that should be addressed before publication. Would the authors consider a vote as saying "this is good to go"?

Perhaps the authors could be encouraged to add additional information, such as "which text treatment do you like better?" or "that clip art will be replaced by the actual subject I'm writing about, please just vote on the concept".

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If I'm ever going to scam reviews (which I'm not, but hypothetically speaking), I'll hire people to post reviews like this on books with otherwise a lot of reviews, and vote up the comment.

I just had a brilliant one-star. It said the story was interesting by the "naughty bits" were NSFW.
I don't know why they're reading the book out loud at work, but I think I'll take your advice and upvote this :)

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