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Writers' Cafe / Re: Free Promotional Copies?
« on: December 01, 2017, 03:04:47 am »
There are now multiple threads about this topic, including one of mine. There is a widespread glitch at Amazon where the new Goodreads giveaways program appears to be giving away our books, but we're getting paid royalties for them. Amazon are looking into fixing the problem, but don't hold your breath.  ::)

I received an email from Amazon yesterday that this is a widespread glitch and they're working on it. No details about what happened or when it will be resolved.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Earnings Report Dashboard Not Accurate
« on: November 30, 2017, 07:43:21 am »
I posted a thread about this a short while ago. There is a widespread glitch on Amazon with giveaways and they're working to fix it.

Writers' Cafe / 'Free giveaway' glitch on Amazon
« on: November 30, 2017, 07:24:52 am »
I emailed Amazon about the free units that many of us have seen on our reports despite not running any countdown deals or some of us not being enrolled in KU.

This is the email I received in response:


I'm sorry for the trouble you had with the reports showing free units.

The situation you report of free units is a result of a general system malfunction impacting most of our authors, we have received confirmation from our technical team that they were actively working on it to resolve this irregularity. I want to offer my deepest apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Thanks for your patience while we fix this problem.

I love the way they assume I have any patience for their glitches  ;D

I saw a bunch of 'free units-promo' on my reports today and sent an email to Amazon asking what was going on, since most of them were for full priced books. It will be interesting to see what their answer is.

Writers' Cafe / Re: BookRunes ... have you used them?
« on: October 27, 2017, 07:34:43 pm »
I gave them a try in June. I write PNR and had 130 downloads. Not really worth it for me for $25 and I won't be using them again in a hurry.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I Love Vampire Novels -- Promo Results Fall 2017
« on: October 04, 2017, 08:07:16 pm »
I use them every six months or so and used to get fantastic downloads and sell thru. That's changed this year and the downloads and sell thru have dropped considerably. Don't use their FB ad promo service. It is a total joke and you might as well flush your money down the toilet :( I'm going to stop using their ads for a while and see if things improve later.

Writers' Cafe / Re: AllAuthor cover contest?
« on: May 11, 2017, 02:26:58 am »
Yep, I received an email from them about a recent book I published. I checked out their website and saw there were minimal votes on the covers that were listed. I figured it wasn't worth my time to bother with it. I'd never heard of them before they emailed me.

Amazon sent out the new release email for my latest pre-order a day after it went live, which was pretty quick. Then they sent out a new release email a day later for the paperback, which is new to me.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Box set scams on Passive Voice
« on: May 05, 2017, 09:06:09 pm »
After reading this thread over the past few days, I feel like I've dodged a bullet when I decided not to use RH's services last year. When I read through the info on her website, it just seemed a bit off, so I quietly slunk away. Since this thread was created, I've received an email from her enticing me to book one of her questionable schemes because I've 'used her services' before. I haven't and now I never will, but I'm hesitant to unsubscribe from her mailing list in case she targets me next (shudders).

Gives me hope - I've only been rejected 50 something times  :'(

Writers' Cafe / Re: $349 one month advertising flop
« on: May 04, 2017, 03:45:25 am »
I used the ILVN FB promo recently as well. The results were pitiful and I won't be wasting my money on it again. I've used their free book promos and they have far better success usually with 1000+ downloads and good sell-through for the rest of the series. I just wish this thread had existed before I used the FB blast service  :(

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do You Use Talismans to Help You Write?
« on: April 23, 2017, 07:39:30 am »
Maybe he should have a brooch of a cheetah instead of a turtle. It might help him write faster  ;D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Fliploud for promotion?
« on: April 13, 2017, 08:30:01 am »
I got an email today. This -> "I am an associate of - one of the biggest book promotion companies." made me roll my eyes. If I've never heard of you and you need to tell me you're one of the biggest there is something off.

They have fixed their intro to, "I hope your book "In-Between: A Fantasy Short Story" is doing well." instead of "doing good". 

I received the exact same email and also rolled my eyes. Good old Kboards confirmed my hunch that they are yet another unknown company desperately trying to drum up business by making false claims about how awesome they are (sigh).

Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone else noticed unusual sales in Brazil?
« on: March 09, 2017, 06:59:16 am »
I've had 19 sales appear now. That's more than I've sold in Brazil during the past three years.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone else noticed unusual sales in Brazil?
« on: March 08, 2017, 05:14:08 pm »
I very rarely get sales in Brazil, yet had 11 show up on my reports today. They are random books from three different series, which looks a bit dodgy.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Aussie colloquialisms and the US market?
« on: December 13, 2016, 06:57:24 am »
Thanks escapee, food for thought.

At the end of the day, regardless of how well I 'write to market', my books may still go nowhere. I prefer the idea of writing what I know by setting it in an environment I love. It fits the characters, and works well with some of the paranormal elements. My series is a slightly darker UF with a 30 yr old male protagonist, so maybe the whole 'rugged aussie bloke' thing will work in my favour?  :D

Marina and Scratchy Bitey-thank you :-) I'm not sure why I haven't read much australian based fantasy, I just tend to read whatever floats my boat at the time, but I'll be rectifying that asap!

You could be onto a winner with this one. I'd definitely give it a read ;) Most indie UF books that I've read have female protagonists. It would make a nice change to read about a guy for once.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Aussie colloquialisms and the US market?
« on: December 13, 2016, 12:24:04 am »
Ok, interesting. Initially my series was set in the US, but I kind of fell in love with the idea of incorporating some elements and history from my local area, and changed it. It did make me wonder about how well it might do in the US market.

Can you pinpoint anything in particular you feel may have hindered sales? Language, setting etc?

I made sure I didn't make the series too 'Aussie' and use colloquialisms that no one overseas would understand. The MC is in her late twenties and the books are set all over the world. My second series is more YA as well as set in the US. My readers seem to prefer angsty teens rather than more mature characters (shrugs). That's just my experience, though. You just never know which books will be successful and which ones will bomb horribly until after you've released them.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Aussie colloquialisms and the US market?
« on: December 12, 2016, 11:49:41 pm »
From a purely business point of view, I wish I'd set my first PNR series in the US rather than in Australia. I've sold roughly 50% fewer books in this series compared to my second one.

If I could go back in time, I'd definitely change the setting. Most of my readers are American, so I tailored my second series for the much larger US market. I had to do a lot of research to get the details right, but it definitely paid off in the end.

Writers' Cafe / Re: UK Payments Notification Email?
« on: November 22, 2016, 12:56:43 am »
My US email came through and it is now showing up on my payments list. The US one can straggle by a couple of days, but it always comes through in the end.

Writers' Cafe / Re: UK Payments Notification Email?
« on: November 20, 2016, 06:48:13 pm »
I've received all but the US one.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: October 15, 2016, 08:21:53 am »
I'm with CBA and they charge $10 per wire transfer. This is often more than I actually get paid for the small stores like BR, NL, CA, DE and FR. I use Payoneer for these stores, which incurs a 1% fee. I transfer the money from Payoneer to my Aus bank and receive a fairly decent exchange rate. I have the other stores like US, GB and AU go straight to my Aus bank. For them, $10 is a lot less than the 1% charge. I never use the Payoneer card to withdraw money because it incurs a 3% charge per use. The AU money is EFT'd to my account, so it doesn't cost me any fees (yay).

Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: October 15, 2016, 01:31:59 am »
Mine came through, too.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: October 07, 2016, 08:08:20 am »
I just saw on the KDP forum that Payoneer 'accidentally' rejected our Amazon payments and that they've been sent back to Amazon. Of course, this was five minutes after I sent an email asking Amazon where my payments are  ::)

Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: October 04, 2016, 09:02:12 pm »
I'm still missing most of my payoneer payments. I haven't bothered to contact Amazon yet because of the five business day waiting period  ::) I'm not convinced it is a payoneer problem due to receiving createspace payments and a payment from the Brazil store. Amazon move at a glacial pace when their payments fail. They still haven't paid me several thousand dollars for August for a US wire transfer that never went to my account. I won't be holding my breath this time.

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