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Writers' Cafe / Re: 79 revenue per paperback, lol
« on: August 08, 2018, 07:00:08 am »
Sorry that I wasn't clear. How much money do you make on a paperback if it is sold by Ingram to a brick and mortar bookstore? Yes, I'm a slow learner, so sorry again if my questions seem repetitive.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 79 revenue per paperback, lol
« on: August 07, 2018, 07:13:40 pm »
not exactly Tilly, check the threads. How much revenue do your books generate by eBook and Paperback?

Writers' Cafe / Re: 79 revenue per paperback, lol
« on: August 05, 2018, 06:15:06 pm »
Actually, I thought that that the original was in 2006, but I'll look for the papers. Yes, the was for a book. Lacy Dawn Adventures is the hopeful series. I submitted the manuscript for the book.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 79 revenue per paperback, lol
« on: August 05, 2018, 04:58:51 pm »
Thanks, I found it: Registration Number / Date:    TXu001127457 / 2003-11-10  But, there is no unless that number is it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 79 revenue per paperback, lol
« on: August 05, 2018, 03:45:26 pm »
UGH! More money, more money............. I have an original copyright but the search to find it by the U.S. Copyright Office costs $200.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 79 revenue per paperback, lol
« on: August 05, 2018, 01:49:51 pm »
Wow! Thanks! How would I find out about promo waiver of this fee? I registered but have not yet received the verification email.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 79 revenue per paperback, lol
« on: August 05, 2018, 01:29:35 pm »
I never checked into Ingram publishing before because I was told that the company charges a $49 set up fee by someone on this board. Since that seems to be where bookstores and libraries order from, maybe it's worth the fee. It would take several sales, prob, to recover the expenditure. Thanks!

Writers' Cafe / Re: 79 revenue per paperback, lol
« on: August 05, 2018, 12:40:52 pm »

Writers' Cafe / Re: 79 revenue per paperback, lol
« on: August 05, 2018, 12:17:52 pm »
Thanks. I'll look into it. Do you have a link with more info?

Writers' Cafe / 79 revenue per paperback, lol
« on: August 05, 2018, 12:10:11 pm »
Locally, there's only one small, brick and mortar bookstore left. It orders through Ingram. Per Lulu Support: (quote) All global retail distributors take a percentage of the revenue generated from sales of your book on top of the 20% that Lulu takes. (My book is $16.99 retail.) This brings your global retail revenue down to 79 cents on all channels including Ingram as opposed to the $7.79 earned through sales on

Especially since I donate half of author revenue to a children's program, I don't think that I'm going to get rich anytime soon. lol Recommendations? Thanks

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do Vine Reviewers Count More?
« on: July 31, 2018, 02:02:25 pm »
Yes, it is a mystery. I always thought that independent book bloggers in good standing, such as Awesome Indies, would count more than a simple reader review from an unknown source and who may have never even read the book -- friend or family. But, who knows?

Writers' Cafe / Do Vine Reviewers Count More?
« on: July 31, 2018, 10:00:40 am »
My novel only received one unsolicited review by a Vine Book Reviewer -- 5 Stars. Does it count more than a review by someone who is not a Vine Reviewer?

Lacy Dawn is a little girl who lives in a magical forest where all the trees love her and she has a space alien friend who adores her and wants to make her queen of the universe. What's more, all the boys admire her for her beauty and brains. Mommy is very beautiful and Daddy is very smart, and Daddy's boss loves them all.


Lacy Dawn, the eleven year old protagonist, perches precariously between the psychosis of childhood and the multiple neuroses of adolescence, buffeted by powerful gusts of budding sexuality and infused with a yearning to escape the grim and brutal life of a rural Appalachian existence. In this world, Daddy is a drunk with severe PTSD, and Mommy is an insecure wraith. The boss is a dodgy lecher, not above leering at the flat chest of an eleven-year-old girl.

Yes, all in one book.

Rarity From The Hollow is written in a simple declarative style that's well- suited to the imaginary diary of a desperate but intelligent eleven-year-old - the story bumping joyfully between the extraordinary and the banal.

The central planet of the universe is a vast shopping mall, and Lacy Dawn must save her world from a menace that arrives in the form of a cockroach infestation. Look again and the space alien has made Daddy smart and happy - or at least an eleven year old girl's notion of what a smart and happy man should be. He has also made Mommy beautiful, giving her false teeth and getting the food stamp lady off her back.

About the only thing in the book that is believable is the nature of the narrative voice, and it is utterly compelling. You find yourself convinced that "Hollow" was written as a diary-based autobiography by a young girl and the banal stems from the limits of her environment, the extraordinary from her megalomania. And that's what gives Rarity from the Hollow a chilling, engaging verisimilitude that deftly feeds on both the utter absurdity of the characters' motivations and on the progression of the plot.

Indeed, there are moments of utter darkness: In one sequence, Lacy Dawn remarks matter-of-factly that a classmate was whipped to death, and notes that the assailant, the girl's father, had to change his underpants afterward because they were soiled with semen. Odd, and often chilling notes, abound.

As I was reading it, I remembered when I first read Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle" at the age of 14. A veteran of Swift, Heller, and Frederick Brown, I understood absurdist humour in satire, but Vonnegut took that understanding and turned it on its ear.

In the spirit of Vonnegut, Eggleton (a psychotherapist focused on the adolescent patient) takes the genre and gives it another quarter turn. A lot of people hated Vonnegut, saying he didn't know the rules of good writing. But that wasn't true. Vonnegut knew the rules quite well, he just chose to ignore them, and that is what is happening in Eggleton's novel, as well.

The 2018 Edition of Rarity from the Hollow Paperback was just released on Amazon: It is also available for Any eReader: Proceeds help abused children.

The Book Bazaar / Re: Thank You Book Goodies
« on: July 21, 2018, 03:53:20 pm »
I have no idea or how, but this post showed up on Book Goodies.

..But dont think youre going to be reading something harsh and brutal and tragic. This book is laugh-out-loud funny at times, satiric of almost everything it touches upon: sociological, political, religious and economic.. Proceeds help abused children (50% donated).

The Book Bazaar / Re: 5* Review Excerpt (bottom of page 4)
« on: July 10, 2018, 01:49:05 pm »
..a harsh, yet alluring sci-fi tale of a young girls journey to fix her dysfunctional family and save the Universe, in a world that profits from human exploitation.. Any eReader: ($3.99). Paperback: ($16.99). #scifi #ASMSG

Writers' Cafe / Re: Discounts
« on: July 01, 2018, 04:51:57 am »
Thanks, great article.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Discounts
« on: July 01, 2018, 04:23:10 am »
Thanks. If you are correct, then I would lose money. So..........

Writers' Cafe / Discounts
« on: June 30, 2018, 02:48:35 pm »
I assume that this refers to a reduced price that book stores can order copies of paperbacks so as to make a profit. I hope that my book shows up on Ingram because that's where the only books store still in our local area orders from. Lulu is currently showing no discounts. Also, a few libraries have purchased a prior edition of my novel at I suppose must have been a discount. What would an appropriate discount be and does it all come out of my share?

The Book Bazaar / Re: Newspaper Review (bottom of page 4)
« on: June 25, 2018, 10:27:35 am »
Review of Rarity from the Hollow: ..enter the pages with no expectations other than to be entertained, and challenged..humor throughout.. WVs Largest Newspaper. Available for Any eReader: Prerelease Paperback: Proceeds help abused children. #ASMSG

Writers' Cafe / Re: Could I?: KDP
« on: June 24, 2018, 02:44:00 pm »
Thanks. I'm so broke that $49 is a Mountain.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Could I?: KDP
« on: June 24, 2018, 01:24:06 pm »
Because Lulu doesn't pay as high a royalty on books that it distributes. The product is absolutely beautiful, both the cover and the quality of the paper inside.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Could I?: KDP
« on: June 24, 2018, 12:20:58 pm »
I let Lulu assign one, which is a bar code on the back.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Could I?: KDP
« on: June 24, 2018, 11:51:16 am »
paperback The eBook was done thru D2D.

Writers' Cafe / Could I?: KDP
« on: June 24, 2018, 11:35:44 am »
The book is published on Lulu, not yet distributed to other outlets. If I can figure out how, could I also submit it to KDP? If so, would it need a different ISPN? Thanks

Writers' Cafe / Re: Would You?
« on: June 22, 2018, 11:12:39 am »
Thanks, dgaughran, I didn't know that. I didn't sign up for any marketing or pay for anything on Lulu (I'm retired and living on Social Security). The paperback that I received as a proof from Lulu was absolutely beautiful. I would have to start over and learn Createspace. Would you switch at this point? It looks like Amazon sold its last copy of the earlier edition. Today, new data just now appeared on Amazon for the new version, but it doesn't yet have the cover or Editorial Reviews section in place. Apparently, Lulu submitted to Amazon much sooner than I was told it would happen. Would the missing cover be a matter for Lulu to resolve or Amazon? I was just going to wait a little while and see if it showed up. Thanks, again.

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