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Writers' Cafe / Re: Minor rant on bookbub pricing...
« on: July 18, 2018, 11:08:30 am »
I'm surprised they're not charging more. According to the 'sorry' email they keep sending me, only 20% of people who apply actually get a bookbub.


There's no way they accept 20% of the people who apply these days, at least if what I see from other authors both on here and on FB is any guide.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: "ComplyRight" Data Breach?
« on: July 17, 2018, 07:05:56 am »
It was an actual letter in the mail.  And it was specific as to dates; it just didn't specify WHICH employer or payor of mine was involved.

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Writers' Cafe / "ComplyRight" Data Breach?
« on: July 17, 2018, 06:37:10 am »
So I received a letter yesterday from a company called ComplyRight.  It states that:

"We are writing with important information about a recent security incident involving some of your personal information that was maintained on our website.   Your personal information was entered onto our website by, or on behalf of, your employer or payer to prepare tax related forms, for example Forms 1099 and W-2.

I received 1099 forms for 2017 from Amazon (KDP), CreateSpace, ACX and Smashwords, so it could be any of them.  Has anyone else received a similar letter in the past few days?

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I'm working on updating the blurbs for all my books on Amazon, and I need some help.  Specifically:

Do I need to update the blurb on the KDP bookshelf, or on the book's page on Author Central, or both?  And, if both, what order do I need to do them in, so that the changes I want will actually stick?

I thought that Author Central overrode whatever was entered on the KDP bookshelf, but that doesn't appear to be the case for me. 

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Writers' Cafe / Selling ebooks directly from your own website
« on: June 13, 2018, 07:24:51 am »
Is anyone doing this?  And if so, how?

I mean in the practical sense - what are you using as a storefront, and how are you actually fulfilling the books to customers?

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Very nice!

What quality of card is that?  I took a look on their site and they have Regular, Cotton, Super and Luxe...

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It's not always the author's fault.  Sometimes readers/audience can be truly clueless.  I was listening to an interview with Stephen R. Donaldson and he mentioned a couple of instances:

Coming out of the theater after seeing "Fellowship of the Ring", he overheard a couple of fellow viewers complaining that the story just stopped in the middle, totally unaware (despite all the marketing, and the fact that the book was decades old) that it was the first part of a trilogy.

Similarly, he talked about a reader complaint on book #2 of his most recent series (a book that noted that it was, in fact, "Book 2" in large, friendly type on the cover) because it just started in the middle, with no background or introduction of characters, etc.

Sometimes there really is nothing an author can do if their audience is determined not to "get it."

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All archaeology student Jane Barnaby had to do was deliver a box of pottery shards to her professor at his dig site, along with his new car. Yes, his office was in Oxfordshire, and his dig site was in Spain, a trip of 1,400 miles across three countries and two bodies of water. Still, it should have been simple.
 
That is, until everything went wrong.
 
Now, Jane has the wrong box and is being chased by thieves who want it and aren't particular about how they get what they want.
 
Add to that, she's picked up a pair of passengers who both claim they can help her get her professor's pottery back and return the artifacts to their rightful owner. If only she knew who was working with the thieves and who she can trust in this high-stakes game of finders keepers.

Only $0.99 on Amazon!



Also available as a fantastic, professionally produced Audible Audiobook






<merged with existing thread.  Please, one thread per book.  Bookmark this thread so that you can find it again, thanks! Duplicate threads may be removed without comment. --Ann>

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The first book of the Dream Series, DREAM STUDENT, is free this week!

Sara Barnes has her life totally under control. All she has to worry about is college exams, Christmas shopping, applying to medical school--and what to do about the cute freshman who has a crush on her. And everything is going according to plan, until the night she starts dreaming other people's dreams.
 
It's bad enough that every night is a theater of her friends' and classmates' secret fantasies. Worse yet are the other dreams, the dark ones featuring a strange, terrifying man committing unspeakable crimes.
 
As the nightmares increase, Sara's life becomes a blur of waking and sleeping, of terror and urgency. Because if she was given this dream-sharing gift for a reason, it must be to stop the killer madman she's come to know all too well. But how can she stop him when she's just a student, and they're only dreams?


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There was a panel a ways back at the World Fantasy Con on this very subject:

Don't Open That Door: The Role of Stupidity in Fantasy Fiction

Why must the hero(ine) go down into that dark basement? Can't they just call the police? Or the exterminator?

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The final book of the Dream Series brings our heroine full circle...her daughter's about to get married, but a terrible accident and a life-or-death crisis may destroy everything...



Also available as an Audible audiobook!  http://getBook.at/DreamWeddingAudio

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FINDERS KEEPERS, book one of the Jane Barnaby Adventures!



It should have been a simple job. All archaeology student Jane Barnaby had to do was pick up a box her professor needed and deliver it to him at his dig site, along with his new car. Yes, his office was in Oxfordshire, and his dig site was in Spain, a trip of 1,400 miles across three countries and two bodies of water. Still, it should have been simple.

And it was, until Jane discovered she picked up the wrong box by mistake. Not the one with boring pottery samples, but instead the one with priceless ancient Egyptian artifacts. The one that a team of international art thieves is after.

Now she’s chasing – and being chased by – the thieves. And she’s picked up a pair of passengers who claim they can help her outwit them, get her professor’s pottery back and return the artifacts to their rightful owner. If only she could figure out which one of them is working with the thieves and which one she can trust in this high-stakes game of finders keepers.

Also available on Audible audiobook!  http://getBook.at/FindersKeepersAudio

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Available as an Audible box set (one credit for three complete novels!)

http://getBook.at/DreamSequenceAudio

hear samples:
https://soundcloud.com/user-680799288/dream-doctor-audiobook-sample-2

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I'm definitely interested!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Films and Television Shows About Writers
« on: December 07, 2016, 04:15:17 am »
Murder, She Wrote - A retired school teacher becomes a bestselling mystery novelist, and also manages to solve a murder every week.

Murder, She Wrote - A retired school teacher becomes history's most prolific serial killer, murdering hundreds of people across the country and escaping justice by framing an innocent person for every one of her killings.

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Writers' Cafe / Promo Op: Weekly Welcome Wednesday
« on: December 07, 2016, 04:08:08 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesday post is up!  Authors, come on by and tell everyone about yourself!  Readers, drop in and find some fantastic new authors!
 
This week, since it's the holiday shopping season, authors are invited to talk about any sales or deals they've got going on...
 
http://writingdreams.net/welcome-wednesday-holiday-sales/

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Writers' Cafe / Promo Op: Weekly Welcome Wednesdays
« on: November 30, 2016, 05:46:05 am »
My weekly Welcome Wednesday post is up.  It's a chance for authors to talk about themselves, and for readers to discover new authors.
 
This week, we're talking about holiday traditions.  Either share an excerpt showing a holiday tradition from one of your books, or talk about one of your own personal holiday traditions...
 
http://writingdreams.net/welcome-wednesday-holiday-traditions/

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