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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Off topic - What is your favorite candy bar?
« on: September 19, 2020, 07:31:55 pm »
I used to love Peanut Butter O'Henry, but then they tinkered with the recipe.

So now it's Kit Kat and Cadbury Mini Eggs.

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Something else is also going on at Wattpad. They have removed their forum and their newsfeed. So all that talk of engaging with other writers and fans on the site to gain visibility is now nearly impossible. I think Wattpad had it's heyday a few years ago.

Their claim to fame now is Wattpad Books and Wattpad studios but I'm not sure what either do and if either are successful.

As for the security breach, it happened in June. They didn't do anything about it for nearly a month. Wattpad seems like a mess right now.

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Depends on what kind of audience you are looking for. The audience that only wants to read free books? Then Wattpad is your place.

Otherwise, don't waste your time. People on Wattpad don't buy books. All the stats I've seen say less than half a percent of your followers will buy your books. You'd need to have an awful lot of followers to justify the time wasted.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you like to include pasta dishes in your writing?
« on: August 18, 2020, 11:31:11 am »
Pasta al forno is my favourite. It's a comfort food.

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I wondered the same thing. Is there a way of finding out? I did do a Google search of random snippets from the book, just in case, but nothing suspicious turned up. Even if someone did plagiarize the content, isn't that what the copyright certificate is for? To prove that I'm the legal rights holder?

Amazon operates in mysterious ways.

I had something similar happen to me, and it turned out someone had stolen my book and published it under some other name. Thankfully, Amazon believed me. It helped that this person had stolen other books and those authors complained too.

I usually google my blurb and the first few paragraphs of my book.

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I have so many regrets. I initially used my real name and when one of my books became successful, it drew out the crazies! A lot of relentless crazies. So I've pretty much abandoned my successful real name and associated books and have now moved on to a pen name. It's like starting all over again and it's a painful lesson to learn.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What are the best premade cover sites?
« on: August 05, 2020, 07:36:33 am »
Go on Write is okay and affordable. If you go with them, make sure to stipulate that you don't want sudden font or style changes. My last two covers from him had my author name capped (I didn't want it that way and it didn't look like that in the premade) and in a different font from what I'd seen in the original premade. I had to ask both times for it to be changed.

Just make sure what you see is what you get.

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Could there be a pirated copy on Amazon? Under another title and author name?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The danger of buying your own books.
« on: July 22, 2020, 07:03:29 pm »
I'm surprised how many people on Facebook and Twitter are giving Mark Dawson a pass on this. Sure, he did nothing illegal, but the whole thing seems highly unethical.

In my opinion, he gamed the system and when you sell courses on how to be successful and then you game the system, in my eyes you lose all your credibility.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Objectifying females and males on covers
« on: June 23, 2020, 07:28:36 pm »
I do not read romance books.

That's what I figured.

Thanks.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Objectifying females and males on covers
« on: June 23, 2020, 04:55:40 pm »
By "objectifying" I gather that you are referring to focusing on sexual appeal. I also find covers with shirtless men, or women in lingerie to be offputting. I have NEVER looked further when presented with such a cover. I feel that the author lacks imagination and is promoting erotica over plot and character. I do not object to an appealing image of a woman, a pretty face, etc., just as long as the focus is on her, not her sexual attributes.
What sort of romance books do you read? What's on those covers?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Am I gonna get sued? Careful What You Dash For
« on: June 20, 2020, 11:20:28 am »
You guys are just piling on now for your own personal amusement. I think he gets the point.

Does he?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Am I gonna get sued? Careful What You Dash For
« on: June 19, 2020, 09:08:22 pm »
Your topic is about whether you will get sued. You do not care, so I wonder why you asked the question? What was your intention in posting?

I'm going to throw this out there: his intention is to seek attention.

Further to that, who posts on a public forum that they don't care about disparaging a company because it's cool for his book? This forum will be great evidence for Door Dash. Incidentally, in a public forum where you can't completely delete your posts.

There are good risks and then there are risks like this.

I don't actually think it's wrong. I think this is one of the dangers of delivery apps. Sure, my story isn't about that, but I'm not creating any dangers that aren't already inherent in the app. In other words, I don't think I'm doing anything wrong.

Here's the thing. What you think isn't important. But it seems like you're having a good time with this so enjoy it while it lasts. I'm sure you're book has already been reported to Amazon by now. Hope it was worth it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Problem getting into KDP reporting?
« on: May 11, 2020, 12:19:38 pm »
So I'm not the only one!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How to get reviews from friends? Is it Allowed?
« on: April 22, 2020, 10:24:45 am »
A few years ago a biggish publisher published one of my books and the first thing they told me to do was tell all my friends and family to review. When I kindly explained to the rep it was against Amazon's TOS, they told me to do it anyway.

I didn't.

I have no idea if publishers have different rules, but I never encourage getting reviews from friends and family.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: thanks to my publisher
« on: April 22, 2020, 10:15:57 am »
I would like to take this opportunity to give thanks to my publisher Crest Media Distribution Services for publishing my book called Dying For A Drink. I couldn't have put it better myself, and shall be eternally grateful for their support, understanding, and patience. What a journey it's been with them! From writing the book, having it published by this other publisher, which was an enormous cause of stress, then the Crest Media team guiding me patiently since re publishing my book.

Thank you so much CREST MEDIA DISTRIBUTION SERVICES! I want you guys to get the same experience as mine.


Sarah M

It seems odd to me that you created an account to boast about a company's services.

Do you maybe work for them?

Writer Beware has something to say about Crest Media Distribution Services too! You'll see them listed under PHILIPPINES-BASED PUBLISHING & MARKETING SCAMS TARGETING INDIE AUTHORS on the right-hand side.

https://accrispin.blogspot.com/2017/10/scam-alert-fraudsters-targeting.html

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Writers' Cafe / Re: draft2digital formatting question
« on: April 21, 2020, 06:19:28 am »
Either you have two accounts, or two different people are asking the exact same question.

Contact D2D support. They will be able to help you. They are also very quick to answer. You'll probably get an answer today.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Blank pages in draft2digital
« on: April 21, 2020, 05:22:26 am »
Contact D2D. They are always helpful and will answer all your questions.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The Canadian Authors Support Thread
« on: April 18, 2020, 09:04:33 am »
Hi Everyone!

My observations coming into the publishing world only a couple of years back. As a Canadian, here are some of the things that have surprised me.

- Canada is elitist when it comes to self-publishers. Good luck trying to apply for grants/awards etc... or even try to be in a Writer's Union. Canada seems not have realized that self-publishers are the future and there are great independent Canadian made works produced regularly.
- Shocked that you cannot run a sponsored AD through using KDP on amazon.ca


Mark

There seems to be two groups of writers in Canada: the ones who will only ever see a traditional deal as a measure of success and will pursue that relentlessly,  and then the self-publishers who tend to be more practical and also see writing as a business. There seems to be little crossover between these groups.

I recently met a man who has been trying to get a trad deal for 20+ years. When I told him how much I made on my first trad deal versus what I make self-publishing, his jaw dropped.

Until the attitudes of the old guard of writers changes, this thumbing the nose at self-publishers will continue. It also may be true in the US, but since I've never lived there, I have no idea if their writing communities are the same.

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I wasn't taught it was incorrect. What school did they go to?

I was taught this in school, so perhaps this shows my age. I had a 10th grade English teacher who would dock us 5 marks if we used they instead of a singular he/she.

But that was years ago and things have changed and I'm hoping (since he still teaches English in high school) that he's changed too.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How much do you pay a proofreader?
« on: April 11, 2020, 05:43:02 pm »
I've paid between $0.003 and $0.005 per word. I recently hired someone for $0.002 an hour. They don't start until next week, so I can't say how good they are.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Contractions
« on: April 11, 2020, 05:40:52 pm »
Use contractions in narration. You're not writing an essay or a research paper. You don't need formal language. You want the reader to feel at ease when reading, for the sentences to flow naturally.

To answer your question, I use them in narration all the time.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The Canadian Authors Support Thread
« on: April 06, 2020, 08:12:34 am »
Yeah... they're a bunch of elitists there. I've had a few friends turned down and so did I. Because our books weren't 'up to quality'. Whatever that means, since they don't tell us. We've had our books professionally edited, the covers are as good if not better than most trad pubs, and we certainly have sold a decent number. But... *shrugs*

So, I am happy to ignore them from now on.

If their numbers are any indication, I agree. For a countrywide org to have only 2600 members, that tells me unless you fall into a very narrow category, you're not invited. But maybe we have a few members who belong. You never know.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The Canadian Authors Support Thread
« on: April 05, 2020, 08:32:21 am »
Not sure if I've said hello, but I'm from Canada.

I came across this. In case there is the off chance anyone can benefit from it. They don't make it easy and joining the writers union of Canada seems difficult, but who knows. Thought I'd throw it out there.

https://www.writersunion.ca/news/emergency-relief-fund

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Who is ThomasHip
« on: March 06, 2020, 06:32:03 pm »
A bot.

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