Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - Andie

Pages: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ... 29
1
Writers' Cafe / Re: Is this a viable way to make money?
« on: September 08, 2018, 08:25:08 am »
I think youíre in as perfect a position as anyone to make it in this business, OP. And if I were you, Iíd continue to pursue the agent route in addition to making self-pub plans. It never hurts to diversify, especially in this crowded market.

Genre choice is something you should really consider, as that in and of itself can make you path much easier or harder. But donít be afraid to try different things, just keep them branded under different pen names.

Good luck to you!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

2
So what do you guys want, exactly? For these writers to never write and publish again? Thatís an awfully dark punishment for people who may or may not have manipulated reads. All this over formatting to get more pages read? Is anything else proven?

Iím all for cleaning up KU for real scams, but these writers seemed to have a bunch of fans. The punishment (hunting down new pens, reporting, etc.) seems like chopping off someoneís head for stealing your stereo.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

3
Writers' Cafe / Re: Having Computer Read Aloud to Find Typos
« on: August 21, 2018, 08:39:29 am »
Just downloaded and tried free Natural Reader based on this topic. It must a personal thing. I have no idea how anyone could listen to the computerly odd voice that the text is spoken in. I guess I'm spoiled. Incredibly hard to listen to, but that's just me. If it works for others then more power to it. To each their own.
On the plus side, the speed controls worked well and the highlighting of the text was only slightly behind the words. Opening up a word doc was easy.

Did you try the free or premium voices? The free ones are awful, imo. But you can run a chapter or two a day through the online reader using premium voices for free.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

4
Writers' Cafe / Re: Word Stuffing - KU Tactic or Sign of The Times?
« on: August 20, 2018, 01:16:24 pm »
Itís way more work to fluff up a book than it is to just finish it and write another, imo. And worrying about such things feels like a major waste of time.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

5
Writers' Cafe / Re: Having Computer Read Aloud to Find Typos
« on: August 19, 2018, 01:46:13 pm »
Natural Readers is great! I even switch out a dude voice for a dudette voice depending on POV. ;)


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

6
Writers' Cafe / Re: Another Upwork romance gig!
« on: August 08, 2018, 08:36:43 am »
That doesn't make sense. If they don't have new writers coming on board they wouldn't be able to function long term or grow. Why would they make it close to impossible to get account approval?

I do think upwork are way overcharging. Maybe they don't have much competition.

Because if you have too many freelancers of one type prices (and Upworkís profits) are driven down?

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.reddit.com/r/freelanceWriters/comments/8es93p/upwork_profile_wont_get_approved/

https://www.quora.com/Why-does-Upwork-keep-rejecting-my-profile


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

7
Writers' Cafe / Re: Another Upwork romance gig!
« on: August 07, 2018, 11:13:34 pm »
From what Iíve seen, itís close to impossible for new writers to gain account approval on Upwork, so Iím not sure why anyone would share these to try to help people find work. Writers who are already in Upwork will surely already be able to find this kind of thing if theyíre interested?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

8
If it were me, I'd want to be sure it's a problem before I fixed it. Assuming there was a compelling reason you used this technique in the first place, and you executed it well, there's nothing to fix IMO.

N.K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season uses first, second, and third-person POV, along with multiple tenses. After the prologue in third-person omniscient present tense, we get Chapter 1 - you, at the end: "You are she. She is you. You are Essun. Remember? The woman whose son is dead." Won a Hugo, as did the sequel. Plenty of one-star reviews.

My advice: Whatever you're doing, have a reason for it and do it well. You'll gain and lose different readers no matter what you do, and that's fine. Figure out who you're writing for and make them happy readers. Forget everyone else.

These books are soooo good!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

9
I see this in quite a few books lately - like the later Mercy Thompson books. I wouldnít worry about it. It might not be to a few readersí tastes, but most probably wonít care.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

10
Writers' Cafe / How is this NOT breaking TOS?
« on: July 18, 2018, 11:40:06 am »
So is it now against the TOS to have any outside bonus material? They are fairly common in trade books (eg extra downloadable worksheets, MP3's for language course books, etc.). I'm confused as to how that's different.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

11
I'm not seeing any obvious stuffing or obvious tricks, from a quick perusal of at least one hot category famous for it.

I still see the fancy chapter breaks (15-20 empty spaces, basically), with large, decorative icons and extra lines between paragraphs on several top sellers.

I also did see one new trick: every single sentence makes up a paragraph. I know this has been done before by a famous author whose books were nothing but short dialogue, but this new case is one where there is no dialogue. First person, present tense, every sentence is short, and every sentence its own paragraph.

One sentence per paragraph without fail would probably annoy readers enough that theyíd never finish it, so the kenpc wouldnít matter. If the authorís style is short paragraphs and readers like it, more power to them.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

12
Writers' Cafe / Re: On the topic of Pen Names
« on: July 05, 2018, 07:31:59 pm »
One of my penís bios states that I like trying out new recipes. Guys, i donít even like to cook.

Film at 11.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

13
Writers' Cafe / Re: Why are Boxed Sets/Bundles/Etc Allowed In Select?
« on: June 19, 2018, 11:52:58 pm »
I've been involved in the romance community for six years. If a book hits the top 100, I hear about it. People talk about it. It's all over the blogs and in reader groups. To have 15 books in the top 100 and to never hear people talking about them is more than strange. Especially when a book stays within the top 100 for months on end, while better books with rabid followsings fall down the ranks.

And please stop with the witch hunt BS.

Better books according to who, exactly?

Fifty Shades has probably sold more copies than most/all National Book Award winners (probably more than several combined). Sales are rarely associated what book is objectively better (if such a thing could ever be measured). Sales are about what resonates, and most recs, in my experience, happens offline.

I donít pay much attention to the top 100, but most of what Iím seeing after a quick glance are popular authors, Montlake titles, and currently hot subgenres (along with many titles Iíve been seeing tons of ads for).

Iíve been in the romance community as a writer for six years, too. As a reader, add another fifteen to that six. Some of the most avid readers Iíve ever met have zero clue that these reader groups and blogs even exist. They find books through offline word of mouth, or Facebook ads, or Amazon recs/ads. Ad spend can keep a book in the top 100, if you have a heck of a lot of money to burn.

Thatís how I find books. I read personal recs and books Amazon suggests to me (mostly via also boughts).

And just for the record, I call this as I see it. To me, as a writer who has no bonus books, no books in the top 100 save for Bookbub weeks and special Amazon-sponsored sales that my pub very occasionally sets up, this smells to me of a witch hunt. It also stinks of BS, now that you mention it. Especially when people start thinking they can define what book is better than another, as if all (or even most) readers will have the exact same taste.



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

14
Writers' Cafe / Re: Why are Boxed Sets/Bundles/Etc Allowed In Select?
« on: June 19, 2018, 08:03:14 pm »
I think something you're missing is that a lot of these 'compilations' in the Top 100 don't seem to actually have fans. You don't see readers talking about these books. If a book (and author) is 'popular' enough to remain permanently in the top 100, you'd think they'd have much more vocal fans.

Assuming that these compilations are being read by readers is the first mistake because there's high probability they are using click farms, not to mention the incentivizing that goes into the reader groups. The Amazon top 100, especially when it comes to romance, is not representative of what readers want.

Whether or not you see readers talking about a book on social media has nothing to do with whether anyone is reading a book. The readers we see actually tuned in to the book world on twitter/Facebook/etc is such a tiny percentage itís irrelevant. And many people are still (I think partially for the same type of judgement that has inspired the current witch hunt) afraid to truthfully disclose that they like reading ďdirtyĒ romance novels.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

15
Writers' Cafe / Re: Why are Boxed Sets/Bundles/Etc Allowed In Select?
« on: June 16, 2018, 01:00:54 pm »
Many readers like box sets because when youíre reading a series itís easier to jump to the next book. Some readers prefer to read one book in the series at a time. 99.99% of these readers arenít reading both.

I grab box sets when Iím going on a trip and may not have internet access to my kindle the whole time. So as a reader, I appreciate the option.

Sorry but I think punishing readers for liking box sets it just crazy. So long as books are clearly labeled so that readers are getting what they think they are, why the fuss?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

16
Writers' Cafe / Re: Getting accepted to Bookbub: Price vs Free? Wide vs KU?
« on: February 26, 2018, 05:01:58 pm »
Weirdly, I get at least a couple 99 cent BBs a year, but have yet to get a free one (and I apply for those more often than discounted), so you never know.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

17
Writers' Cafe / Re: Barrel Racers?
« on: February 17, 2018, 03:40:47 pm »
I think your target audience will know what barrel racing is.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

18
Writers' Cafe / Re: Decent Sci-Fi Premade Covers for <$50?
« on: February 10, 2018, 03:23:02 pm »
I haven't used premade covers before...

Does it matter if prospective buyers have seen the image of your cover before (for another book)?

Premades aren't used for more than one book, they're just premade rather than custom.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

19
Writers' Cafe / Re: Method of paying Narrator through acx?
« on: February 09, 2018, 10:00:23 pm »
Check or Venmo.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

20
Writers' Cafe / Re: Pronoun - anyone making progress with payment?
« on: February 03, 2018, 11:17:04 pm »
Yep.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

21
Writers' Cafe / Re: Romance Trope: Same Scene from Two POVs
« on: February 03, 2018, 09:34:57 am »
I read a lot of romance and can't recall many (if any) instances of the same scene from different POV. Generally a line or two might be from the same scene, then pushing into a new one from the new pov.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

22
Just don't buy the Home version if you think you might ever use transcription. It doesn't offer that feature.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

23
Writers' Cafe / Re: A question to US folks about a rude word... (Answered)
« on: December 29, 2017, 08:21:53 am »
I've always heard and used it as a joke insult. Like if someone beats you at a game or whatnot.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

24
Writers' Cafe / Re: $400 Cover Book Illustration by Alberto Besi
« on: December 22, 2017, 10:53:21 pm »
Beautiful work!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

25
Writers' Cafe / Re: Keep your back list selling and relax!
« on: December 16, 2017, 11:41:49 pm »
I've been thinking a lot about goals vs journeys.

If you're not enjoying the journey, you may need to revisit your goal and your path to reach it. You need to work with people who share your philosophy and jettison practices that you hate, especially if they don't bring you huge results. There is more than one path.

I need to print this and tape it to my forehead. Thank you.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Pages: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ... 29