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Hudson,
Look at my post which was in response to yours.

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Design is not the only factor in sales. Great design won't sell a lousy product. Not for long anyway. And great design won't make a lick of difference if no one sees it. But a good design will sell a good product better than lousy design will, everything else being equal.

That's logical.  Another example.  (my memory fails me here)  Amazon took a short war book and placed it in a very high category on books for sales.  The cover was nothing but black with a kind of swoosh, like part of a parenthesis.  Anyway, the book did very well in sales.  We want the cover to matter, but cannot calculate how much is will matter.

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I don't follow. 45 reviews and an award says almost zero about sales. According to the OP, they're in the toilet.

Where does the author say his sales are in the toilet?  He says the book has been published for two years and has never been above 40.000 in the listings.

Covers matter more than almost anything else when it comes to a book's success. Deny that fact all you like; people who sell books know the truth of it. (In response to Hudson Owen's comment, quoted above.)

I'll bet that if you took 10 covers and rated them for sales, and compared them to the actual sales, there would be very little correlation.  That's speculation on my part.  Alot of books have been out for two years and don't have 45 reviews, or close to it, and have better covers.

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I agree with the rest: It doesn't look like Sci-Fi.  That said, it can't be hurting sales all that much, with 45 customer reviews and an award.  Which goes to prove my theory that covers don't matter.   People will scream that they do, but here is the proof.  I'd think about putting something about the award on the cover.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Here Is My Voucher, If I Had A Voucher
« on: July 08, 2015, 08:03:15 pm »
Just give 'em an Amazon gift card . . . you can get ones that are actual plastic . . . . and include in the envelope a card or something with your book information on it.  Something that looks professional.

In fact, it looks like you can PRINT an Amazon GC with your own photo. . . so you could make it include a cover image of the book you want to give 'em. And you can include a personal message about your book and why you want to give it to them. Or give a discount. You can make the amount enough to cover the whole purchase, or just part of it.

Of course, they could use the GC to buy pretty much anything they want . . . but, in some ways, that's a nicer thing . . . no real strings attached.

I hadn't thought of a gift card.  Simple enough.  Thanks.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thanks for your prayers and support!
« on: July 08, 2015, 07:51:28 pm »
Glad to hear the good news.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Here Is My Voucher, If I Had A Voucher
« on: July 08, 2015, 11:19:36 am »
Sorry, I don't think Amazon gives discounts.
Hope your surgery goes well.

Thanks.

Unless it is in Select, you can set up the product on Gumroad for free and give them a coupon code. They can send it right to their kindle.

It is in Select.  So Gumroad is like CD Baby for all sorts of things?

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Writers' Cafe / Here Is My Voucher, If I Had A Voucher
« on: July 08, 2015, 10:41:43 am »
I would like to know how I can sell my book, Hospital Days - A Memoir, at a discount to medical Personnel, doctors and nurses?

I am going into the hospital for minor surgery.  I've already established a rapport with many doctors and nurses.  I would be nice to hand them something.  CD Baby sells packs of cards you can give out.  The recipient goes to the site and puts in the code, and download a free copy of your CD.  I would be nice if Kindle had something similar.  That would be giving away the book.  I might be worth it to get a few reviews.

Ideas?


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Can't Spell to Save My Life
« on: June 26, 2015, 02:19:39 pm »
Trust me - you do not want auto correct on anything more than its most basic setting of fixing things like corect!

It is at least as bad as predictive texting on phones (which I keep permanently switched off) and can lead you into some wonderful sentences which bear absolutely no resemblence to what you originally intended.

But such a system, if it worked well, would be a valuable aide for all the people who struggle to write an error-free sentence, or one close to it.  Cin, thanks for a book plug.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Can't Spell to Save My Life
« on: June 26, 2015, 02:11:57 pm »
Because 8/10 times it gives you the wrong word. So it ends up doing more harm than good.

Oh, so it gives you the wrong word most of the time.  That's no good.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Can't Spell to Save My Life
« on: June 26, 2015, 01:23:05 pm »
You don't.
Hudson you really don't want an autocorrect.   
Whispering,  the first chapter of Hospital Days is pretty good.

I write very slowly and make lots of errors.  Why wouldn't I want auto correct?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Can't Spell to Save My Life
« on: June 26, 2015, 01:13:41 pm »
Apple's Operating system.

That being the case, how do you run Apple on a Windows PC?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Can't Spell to Save My Life
« on: June 26, 2015, 01:06:16 pm »
Yup, iOS has autocorrect and it does more harm than good lol

What is iOS?


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Can't Spell to Save My Life
« on: June 26, 2015, 07:47:40 am »
Is there anything like a spell checker that automatically corrects words as you type?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Echo
« on: June 25, 2015, 12:47:16 pm »
Yes, I see there is a really long thread in "Anything Else Amazon."

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Writers' Cafe / Amazon Echo
« on: June 25, 2015, 11:58:22 am »
Anyone own one of these devices?  It's a cylinder about the size of a glass of lemonade that responds to your voice.  It does just about everything, including read your book.

Says Amazon:

"We are always adding new capabilities to Echo. Recently, we’ve added streaming music from Pandora, audiobooks from Audible, Google Calendar access, live sports scores and schedules, traffic reports, Amazon.com re-ordering, control of connected devices with WeMo and Philips Hue, and more"

Amazon Echo can read your book.  Can it also write your book?

I'd really like to know the answer to that question.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How to Write Good
« on: June 25, 2015, 07:57:29 am »
Ralph Waldo Emerson said that "consistency is the hobgoblin of mediocre minds."  He was a pretty good writer. I'd say.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How Does One Contact Amazon?
« on: June 22, 2015, 09:23:46 pm »
I was able to see what you all were talking about as Author Central.  But I did not actually get to my Author Central pages, if that makes sense.  Also, the help form would not allow me to make a choice as to email or phone support.  It blocked them out.  Weird.  I was able to ask my question of Amazon via https://kdp.amazon.com/contact-us.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How Does One Contact Amazon?
« on: June 22, 2015, 02:53:20 pm »
Yes dear.   That is exactly what I am saying.    Does this help?

Yes.  Now I go into the hole in the ground and leave Manhattan and pop up in Brooklyn.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How Does One Contact Amazon?
« on: June 22, 2015, 02:47:41 pm »
No darling.   Author central is specifically for your eyes.
If I type your name in a search, I get the exact page you are linking too.   Yes you do have a public page.
Under your picture I can see this
Hudson Owen is a published poet, novelist and essayist. He is a produced playwright in New York City, where he has acted professionally. He creates digital art, which is available online at Artist Rising. He was an athlete in his time, pitching a no-hitter in Little League. He set records in the discus and javelin in high school competition in Delaware. He is a wilderness canoeist and camper. He has probably typed several million words, though no one knows for certain. He has lived in Brooklyn for some time. His blog is hudowen.wordpress.com. You may contact the author at hudowen13(at)gmail.com. 
I got there by clicking on your name on your Hospital Days book page.

Oh and I didn't know you had made a cd.  That popped up when I just searched your name.

So you're saying, what I think of as my AC page is really my public page?  I've made 2 CD's.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How Does One Contact Amazon?
« on: June 22, 2015, 02:42:30 pm »
You have to go to Author Central and create an account for yourself. It will allow you to manage your book page in much great detail, track rankings, etc. I'm pretty sure almost all of us use this tool. It's very helpful.

That said, if you just want to write to KDP, you don't need to get into Author Central. You can use the KDP dashboard: https://kdp.amazon.com/contact-us

ETA: Once you create an Author Central account, you claim your books there. Then you can do stuff. It's a separate company that's owned by and connected to KDP, or maybe it's a separate division within Amazon/KDP. Not sure.

Once again, I run into my amazon.com password.  I have to be at home to deal with this.  Thanks.  I'm sure I created such an account.  I wonder what I've written?

Isn't there something like [email protected] that you can communicate with Amazon?

 

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How Does One Contact Amazon?
« on: June 22, 2015, 02:32:52 pm »
Go here: authorcentral.amazon.com

That is Author Central.

OK, here I run into a problem with my work computer - it registers an error message when I try to log in with my Amazon password.  So, I'll have to try this later when I get home.  Thank you.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How Does One Contact Amazon?
« on: June 22, 2015, 02:17:33 pm »
There's the mis-communication, then. Boyd was referring you to the set of pages you use to create and fill in the author page. You may have missedsince it's pretty easy to skip over that line on the way to the screencaps.


Where is this set of pages?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How Does One Contact Amazon?
« on: June 22, 2015, 02:08:03 pm »
Hudson that is your public author page.   Not your author central page.

If you click on an author's name, you get his author central page.  Right?  I don't believe I have a public author page.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How Does One Contact Amazon?
« on: June 22, 2015, 01:49:01 pm »
Hudson, when you refer to your AC page, are you talking about this one? http://www.amazon.com/Hudson-Owen/e/B0096HIYEC


Yes.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How Does One Contact Amazon?
« on: June 22, 2015, 01:19:46 pm »
Hudson,

Are you saying your AC page doesn't have a HELP link?

Well, he's showing me an abstract for a AC page.   I'm looking at my actual AC page, and they're entirely different.

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