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Writers' Cafe / Re: Strange Amazon Review Behavior
« on: July 10, 2018, 02:45:18 pm »
The review is definitely about mine. Somebody trolling, possible disgruntled writer, I think. Not going to worry about it. It's a 2016 review popping up like a mushroom that has me perplexed... I wonder how many others are floating about in space.

Writers' Cafe / Strange Amazon Review Behavior
« on: July 10, 2018, 06:20:33 am »
Last week, I had 54 reviews. Not much (I don't promote at all) but had a 95% 5 star rating. Been that way for ages.

This week one (or 2?) of the 5 stars disappeared. A 4 star materialized from 2016, I guess through a time warp. It was not flattering, in fact wrong, but that's another story.

Has anyone else had the reviews come years late?

Writers' Cafe / Re: When should I lower prices for a Promo?
« on: March 31, 2016, 04:25:41 pm »
Hmm, maybe no one knows the answer.  ::)

Writers' Cafe / When should I lower prices for a Promo?
« on: March 31, 2016, 12:36:54 pm »
Hi Folks! I'm sure this question has been asked many times: When should I lower the price of my book before the promo kicks in?

I've done it before with Amazon; usually the day before gives it plenty of time for the price to adjust. This time I am adding iBooks and Nook. Do they take any longer?

Thank you for your time. Cheers! John

Writers' Cafe / Re: Where's my 'Look Inside'?
« on: January 03, 2016, 12:16:31 pm »
I just reformatted my Yellow Bar book and up loaded to the big A. It was there the next day. Maybe try uploading it again?

I'm not sure that any one word or phrase can project what you're looking for. My two cent suggestion: a sour lemon smile.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Inebriation and how it affects writing
« on: January 17, 2015, 06:34:24 am »
The first two beers turn me into Hemmingway, any more after that I become Dr. Seuss.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Historical Fiction Writers Support Thread
« on: November 11, 2014, 11:17:53 am »
My first novel, The Yellow Bar, is an historical novel set in World War Two Manila, Philippines. I wanted it to be totally authentic, so I had to research a lot of material, just like all the other writers above. This was especially hard, as I was living in Indonesia at the time and didn't have access to libraries and bookstores. So I did net searches. It wasn't easy and took a lot of time, but it worked. Most of the stuff I was looking for was NEVER on the first page of a Google search. So you have to dig deep.

I think one of the main hurdles of writing an Historical Novel is putting your mind in the same timeline. I did mine in several ways:

I searched and copied pictures of people, fashion and places from Manila in the 30s and 40s. I'd look at them all the time.
I read old newspapers on-line.
I played 1940s swing music while I wrote. (My old apple itunes actually had a swing radio station. It was so cool!)
I downloaded and printed a 1940s map of Manila, which I kept taped over my computer. I tried to imagine what it looked like, and where my characters were.

In other words, I put my self there. It made my words flow. It was a very happy time writing.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Feeling the pressure...
« on: August 24, 2014, 05:54:18 pm »
Just enjoy it. You're a GEN-U-WINE writer now! Best of luck!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Another Promo Experiment
« on: August 24, 2014, 05:51:20 pm »
Thanks for sharing Michael! I am doing basically the same strategy as yours starting August 28. Hope to have the same luck as you. Cheers!

(I did not even try with Bookbub. Just as I was getting ready to pay $400 for an Historical Fiction catagory, they raised it to $500. Blah.)

Writers' Cafe / Re: What to do with a short story?
« on: July 17, 2014, 02:05:15 pm »
Depends on what your goals are. Do you want to be read, want to make some money, want a publication credit with a known magazine or digest, something else?

You could hie on over to a site like Duotrope or the Grinder and search for some pro-level paying markets to submit the story to. If it gets accepted, it's a pub credit and some money in your pocket. Or you could self-pub and have it immediately accessible to readers. Or any of your listed options, too. Lots of possibilities.

Thank you Jim for the valuable info. I've never heard of Grinder. Duh. I'll have a look.

I'm not worried about the money. Would just like people to read it and laugh.

Cheers, John

Writers' Cafe / What to do with a short story?
« on: July 17, 2014, 10:59:25 am »
Iíve written a short story about two southern boys who create their own firecracker in 1973. Hilarity ensues.

It is only about 6K in length. Have no idea what to do with it. Should I:

Submit it as a Kindle short?
Put it up for free on my blog?
Send it to the local newspaper?
Join other authors to publish in a short story anthology?
Make photocopies and pass it to strangers from a street corner?

Any suggestions (or links) would be appreciated. Cheers!

I've posted mine on Ice Diaries. At Author Central, it says to use only one or two sentences of a review, so that's what I've done.

Oh yeah? Too bad I just pasted three quarters of the review on... Like StevenW, part of it sounded too much like a summary. Guess I'll have to change it. Hmm, which 2 sentences are best?

That answers my question. Thank you Steven!

RE: Amazon Vine and Publishers Weekly Reviews. I'm just wondering if we're allowed to post them on our Amazon book page as yet. Also, do we have to post the whole thing, or can we just use the best snippets? Any idea? Cheers! John

Well, I followed the herd and used BK Fiverr for my free promo for today and tomorrow. Have given away 176 copies by noon, so I'm happy.

Here's my 2 cents: Just edited it a bit to make it tighter. Hope it helps.  :)

Gay pet shop owner Marc always knows what is going to happen, he is a fate-seer, someone who has the gift to see the destined fate of people.

What he sees is the truth, or should be.

A fun night clubbing with his friends turns into disaster as their lives begin to unravel. Their pasts do not line up with what Marc has seen. Now they must find out how their destinies went off track because fate-seers live by one rule:

When fate is changed death will ensue.

There is only one clue: A dear friend who drowned on his birthday seven years ago.

Now it's a race against the clock to find out who changed their fate, before another one of them dies.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Why do you love Writers' Cafe?
« on: May 08, 2014, 06:44:31 am »
I come here for the valuable information. Plus the majority of the authors here are nice and very helpful. Before I knew of the Authors Corner, I spent time on the Amazon authors site. Man... that place was a snake pit!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Will changing my keywords mess up my ranking?
« on: May 07, 2014, 05:14:25 pm »
Dear Ronny: Thank you for that link. It helped. I have bookmarked it.

Dear ElHawk: That is exactly what I will do. (As soon as Amazon publishes my first try. Then I'll repair the damage.)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Will changing my keywords mess up my ranking?
« on: May 07, 2014, 01:50:42 pm »
Whoa! Thanks for all the input, you wonderful guys and gals!

I couldn't resist. Went to the key words and changed two: Took out the words "Japanese" and "World War Two" and replaced them with "coming of age" and "WWII".

I know that I may will lose some ranking but maybe that little fix can help the search engines.

If my sell-rate drops like a t**d, you can all learn from my mistakes. Ain't Writers Corner great?! :P

Cheers! John, future Rocket Scientist

Writers' Cafe / Will changing my keywords mess up my ranking?
« on: May 07, 2014, 11:05:54 am »
It's been bothering me for some time; my Amazon keywords aren't precise. Thanks to you kind folks at the Cafe, I know how to change them now. My book is about how a Filipino boy and his family survived WWII. I'm told I should list it as a "coming of age" novel.

Here is my current imprecise keyword ranking:

#46 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > United States > Asian American
#54 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > Asian
#55 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > Japanese

Would I be shooting myself in the foot to list it as a coming of age novel? Can I still keep it historical? I'd appreciate any advice.



Writers' Cafe / Re: A 1965 flop is named Book of the Year
« on: May 04, 2014, 08:56:57 am »
It's kinda scary and cool at the same time.

All of our books will out-live us. Consider them gifts to the world.



Writers' Cafe / Re: Affordable stock photos
« on: April 27, 2014, 08:54:18 am »
Yeah, these are the times that we live in: "It's only $5, unless you become successful and then we sue you."

Seems a lawyer is needed for everything these days.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What do these covers say to you?
« on: April 27, 2014, 08:49:05 am »
I like the bottom ones with the numbers the best. My only critique is that I can't read the quotes at the top. I followed a link to Amazon and it looked great. I assume this is thriller sci-fi? Cheers! John

Writers' Cafe / Re: CreateSpace printing turnaround and deliveries
« on: April 26, 2014, 06:48:09 am »
Just to add to the fray: I ordered 11 copies on Sunday and got them on Friday. Standard postage to Florida.

Great job Createspace!

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