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Writers' Cafe / Re: [Craft] Alcohol (description) help please!
« on: August 21, 2015, 08:33:38 am »
If you take television for your guide, they rarely say anything about what their drinking.  Men sitting at a bar will likely drink whatever is on tap, a draft beer.  They will never say: "You know, that's a pretty good draft."  That kind of language belongs to commercials.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What's Wrong With My ASIN?
« on: August 19, 2015, 09:51:43 pm »
BTW, typing manually the ASIN did the trick.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What's Wrong With My ASIN?
« on: August 19, 2015, 11:39:11 am »
It sounds like you have a space before or after the ASIN.  Try again and make sure there aren't any blank spaces before or after the number when you put it in.

I'll give that a try.  Thanks.
"Invisible characters" are anything in the background that you don't see, such as html, formatting marks, etc. They really are there.

I'll take your word for it!

Try pasting into notepad, or your plain text editor of choice, and then cutting and pasting from THERE. That should remove any formatting bits that got copied over.

I'll try that.  Thanks.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: What's Wrong With My ASIN?
« on: August 19, 2015, 11:24:52 am »
There's nothing wrong with the ASIN.

Can you copy the rejection you got, here?

It was something very close to: "There seems to be something wrong with your ASIN.  Hit the back  button on your browser and try again."  Which cleared the form (frustration).  I tried a second time with the same results. 

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What's Wrong With My ASIN?
« on: August 19, 2015, 11:08:04 am »
I just pasted what you had in your first post into the Amazon header and it came up fine for me.  It's for Hospital Days, right?  Maybe that isn't what's causing the problem?

Here's the link I ended up with:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RCGCNIM/

That's the book link.  I don't have a problem with that.

ReadingDeals require at least a 4.0 rating. That may be the problem.

No. The rejection was instantaneous. 

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What's Wrong With My ASIN?
« on: August 19, 2015, 10:59:08 am »
The 00 being misread as OO is all I can think of, but I have an ASIN with the 00 and it's never been an issue.

I know.  Go figure.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What's Wrong With My ASIN?
« on: August 19, 2015, 10:57:30 am »
First, make sure that you have the ASIN correct, character by character. Then...

It might be the cut-and-paste part. Re-type the ASIN completely by hand and see if that helps. Sometimes (often?) cutting-and-pasting from one place to another carries along some invisible characters that screw things up. I have had things like this happen several times and it can be maddening to try to track it down since the bothersome part is, truly, invisible on the screen. Re-typing by hand lets only those characters through.

I've never heard of invisible characters.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What's Wrong With My ASIN?
« on: August 19, 2015, 10:50:59 am »
Are they asking for the ASIN or a link to the book? 

They usually ask for both.  I have no problems with the link.  But I did have problems with B&N, Kobo and other book links on another site.  I think the Internet is just glitchy and we should be grateful it works as well as it does.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What's Wrong With My ASIN?
« on: August 19, 2015, 10:45:10 am »
I got into a discussion with James Frazier, I think if was, and he was of the opinion that the two zeros were being read as "Os".

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What's Wrong With My ASIN?
« on: August 19, 2015, 10:40:35 am »
Rejected by whom?

Most recently, today, by Reading Deals.  You have to join them to communicate with them, and I didn't feel it was worth the effort, so I just scratched them off my list.

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Writers' Cafe / What's Wrong With My ASIN?
« on: August 19, 2015, 10:01:23 am »
Several times now I've had a book deal rejected because, they say, there's something wrong with my ASIN.  They don't say what.  I cut-and-paste the ASIN.  So it's coming from Amazon's mouth to their ear.  What is wrong with this ASIN: B00RCGCNIM ?  I'm losing reviews because of it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Forensic question for the firearm lab rats.
« on: August 17, 2015, 07:59:58 am »
I owned an air rifle, a good one, and you couldn't possibly kill a human being with it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: My week from hell...
« on: August 14, 2015, 11:11:57 am »
You might put out a feeler for a goodreads librarian and discuss privately whether is is worth getting back to GR or move on.  The nice thing is that reviewers accumulate there with no effort on your part.  That's worked for me.  There is no discussion.

And second, keep writing.  I've had two books killed off by bad reviews, probably, but have plenty off other titles to market.  One more thing, when I take it on the chin, I'm especially nice to myself.  Be your own best friend no matter what the world does to you.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover advice for new dark steampunk novel
« on: August 13, 2015, 08:17:25 am »
The only war in which ironclads fought like that was the Civil War.  Are you writing about the Civil War?  I like the red cover and the font is too hard to read.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: My book got accepted for The Midlist
« on: August 11, 2015, 10:30:38 pm »
I don't know what your experience with The Midlist was.  Mine was, I chose the free option, very much the inferior choice, as the Midlist made clear.  Minutes later I looked at my inbox, and sure enough, there was a carefully considered rejection notice, leaving me to surmise that if I had chosen the $100 option, I would have been accepted.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Bad review ...
« on: August 07, 2015, 11:43:28 am »
I do think there is 'review etiquette', even if it's not in Emily Post. I think a review ought to be written in a courteous manner, even if it's ultimately negative, and that the reviewer ought to have some experience with the thing they're reviewing -- they don't have to have bought it, but the probably ought to have used it/read it or tried to, at least. I am well aware that some people don't feel like either of those things are necessary. If I read a review by someone like that -- and they're pretty obvious, really -- I don't give it much weight.

If it's fair to one star something on a topic you disagree with, then, yeah, it's fair to 5 star something on a topic you do agree with. Even if the thing you disagree with is beautifully written, and the thing you agree with is unedited crap. I wouldn't do it, but if you do I think you ought to it clear as to WHY you're giving the rating you are. That way I know how much value to give your comments. :) Lots of books by political types have an average around 3 stars -- half are 1 star reviews by people on the other side, and the other half are 5 star reviews by people on their side. Of course, almost none are helpful at all!

I'm not an author, but I think, if you are, you are sort of a public figure. I don't say you shouldn't write reviews of things you've read, but I do think you should use your best writerly skills and be as courteous and respectful as you can, even if you don't like a book. You mostly just need to be aware that anything you say can be misunderstood by someone -- and as you have some skin in the game, your reputation/income is potentially at risk.

In fact, the same policy should apply to ANYTHING you write and post on line -- really for anyone, but mostly for those who have more at risk. I think a LOT of the 'piling on' that happens, is probably triggered by some stray comment somewhere on line. Someone takes offense -- whether or not it seems justified -- responds with escalated heat, and everything gets blown out of proportion. You can't control people's reaction, but if you've made sure to keep your own temper in check, observers won't have any trouble figuring out who is behaving like an adult.



Maybe you are an author like the rest of us.  Maybe you should write The Book Reviewers Guide to Etiquette, or some such.  Just saying.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What does ENT stand for?
« on: August 05, 2015, 02:29:20 pm »
Assuming you're not referring to Ear, Nose, Throat, I believe it stands for Entertainment News Today.

Ear, Nose and Throat sounds like my next doctor's visit.  Thanks.

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Writers' Cafe / What does ENT stand for?
« on: August 05, 2015, 02:21:25 pm »
I had it, now I don't.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 7 Days of Free Downleads
« on: August 04, 2015, 10:19:33 am »
Any scifi stuff?

I'd guess so in 200,000 images.

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Writers' Cafe / 7 Days of Free Downleads
« on: August 04, 2015, 09:56:09 am »
Indie Contact  Newsletter advertises 7 Days of free downloading from Graphic Stock.   There does not appear to be a catch  Download 20 images per day.  200, 000 images to chose from.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: If you're afraid of controversy...
« on: July 31, 2015, 08:07:35 am »
If you are too far ahead of your readers, they will only scratch their heads and walk away.  You want to appear timely, even if you are exploring the outermost boundary of your subject.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do You Make Money From Your Blog?
« on: July 31, 2015, 07:46:31 am »
One major change for anyone who would like to run Adsense ads, etc., is the now widespread use of ad blockers:

http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2015/07/20/424630545/with-ad-blocking-use-on-the-rise-what-happens-to-online-publishers

These were a fairly minor concern even 4~5 years ago, but they've exploded in recent years. (They are a *major* concern for YouTube content creators, who rely on ad revenue almost exclusively.)


Wow.  Good to know!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do You Make Money From Your Blog?
« on: July 30, 2015, 10:39:06 am »
I make an active income from my blog, which is not really the same as the passive income from ads I'm sure you're thinking about. 

For several years I've offered reviews for short stories under 10,000 words.  That service slowly branched out and morphed into a paid beta reader service.  I make a couple hundred bucks from that every month but it does require time on my part.

Not for me as I am too slow of a reader.  But it's interesting how one thing "morphs" into another when you're alert to making income from your blog.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Just need to vent
« on: July 30, 2015, 10:20:36 am »
Don't forget the Kindle, the device that makes indie publishing possible.  With Kindle, a book can be any length.  100 words, a hundred thousand words, it matters not.  But it matters to trad paper publishers--if your book is too short, say, 12,000 words, it won't be published.  "Wool" is about that length, and we all know what happened with that.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Will Technology Render Authors Obsolete?
« on: July 30, 2015, 08:01:28 am »
The changes necessary in society to take place, if books were better served as compute-generated, would be too drastic.  People would rebel and the technology to write the books would go underground in the final battle of Man vs. Machine. 

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