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Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: October 02, 2016, 07:48:28 pm »
I'm also missing my payoneer payments from Amazon, but received the ones from Createspace.

Thanks, Rachel. I'll try that next time instead of re-loading the files.

I uploaded a book a couple of days ago and kept getting a message saying one of my PDF files wasn't good enough quality...but I didn't upload any PDF files  ::) I re-loaded them anyway and the book went live a few minutes later. This has been happening for a couple of months now.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Print Only Deals
« on: June 13, 2016, 11:23:11 pm »
So well deserved. I've read these books and they are awesome  :)

I read through my books at least 8 times then listen to them through text-to-speech and I still don't find all of my errors. No matter how diligent I am, I always miss something. I have two people as proof-readers and they pick up most of my errors. They work for free   :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Payment from "On Demand"?
« on: March 29, 2016, 02:00:07 am »
Yep, that's the message I get whenever I receive a Createspace payment.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is GooglePlay worth it?
« on: March 25, 2016, 07:36:07 am »
Sorry, I have no idea. They stopped taking people nearly a year ago, I think.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is GooglePlay worth it?
« on: March 25, 2016, 07:32:14 am »
They still aren't taking new authors and yep, they're worth it when they do open their doors again. I consistently make 1 - 3k a month with them. They do still discount our books and I use the same info given in the uber google play thread.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Neck ache/Back ache.
« on: March 21, 2016, 01:53:24 am »
Are you sitting with your keyboard in close or do you have to reach out to it to type? If you are reaching, then you don't have any support for your back, which will cause pain. If your monitor/laptop isn't at eye height and you have to look down to see the screen, this can cause neck pain.

I have training in workplace ergonomics and would advise to sit as close to your desk as you can. Your thighs should be parallel to the floor rather than angled up or down. If you are tall, lower your chair, if you are short, get a footrest. Pull your keyboard/mouse in until you can reach them comfortably. Make sure your keyboard is angled upwards rather than lying flat on your desk. Place the monitor so the top of the screen is level with your eyes. If you have a laptop, you can buy a laptop stand which will position your device correctly. I trained an office with 150 people in it to sit this way and the complaints about neck and back pain dropped off sharply afterwards.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Help me setup Payoneer
« on: March 16, 2016, 02:15:34 am »
I sent you a response to the PM you sent me, including info about tax. Others are welcome to give you their advice, though  :) It was a long time ago when I first set up my Payoneer account.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Has anyone used ilovevampirenovels lately?
« on: March 09, 2016, 06:12:44 pm »
I've used ILVN for a permafree first in a series and had 2400 downloads, but that was over a year ago. I used their Author Highlight package a few months ago, which cost $199 and had 800 downloads of the freebie and a pretty good sell through for the rest of the series. I earned my money back and then some.

I was also being spammed daily with their emails until Jonny figured out he had us all on two separate lists and was doubling up. He's corrected that and now I only get an email about once a week. Sometimes I think that is still too much, but I just delete them now. I'll be using ILVN again because they are still a viable promo site for PNR freebies.

Their customer service seems to be slipping lately. I've never not received a response to a query before. The worst part is that I created three bundles on the same day. Two were put back in draft and they sent me an email telling me it was ok to publish them after I verified my rights. I have no idea why they're keeping my third bundle in review. It is annoying to say the least.

Figures  ::) I'll just have to be patient. Thanks, Patty.

Sorry to dredge up an old thread, but this has just happened to me as well. I sent back an email stating I have the rights, etc, but my bundle is still in review three days later. I'm not in KU and don't have anything inside to hold up the process (like hyperlinks that will take the reader to the end of the book, etc).

Can anyone tell me how long it will take Amazon to either publish the bundle or kick it back to draft status so I can publish it myself? I sent them a query yesterday asking if there was a problem and haven't heard back as yet.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Anything up with D2D?
« on: February 07, 2016, 08:41:12 pm »
It's been glitchy for me for a few days now, but finally updated today. The numbers from B&N were lagging way behind for some strange reason that I can't fathom.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Editing fun and the Bella lip bite effect
« on: November 15, 2015, 04:01:34 pm »
The phrase 'gritted my teeth' is overused to the point where it makes me cringe every time I read it. It was in the Divergent books so much that the MC should have had no teeth left by the end of the trilogy.

Writers' Cafe / Re: NO US PAYMENT
« on: October 30, 2015, 07:35:34 am »
KDP posted a message on the KDP forum saying the US payment is late and will be paid on the 2rd of November (yes, this is the actual spelling in their message).

Writers' Cafe / Re: Need some advice. Thanks in advance, KBoarders!
« on: October 19, 2015, 07:40:34 pm »
I'm really glad to hear you have more Hell's Belles books coming out soon :) I'll snap them up as soon as they are available.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Need some advice. Thanks in advance, KBoarders!
« on: October 19, 2015, 08:03:06 am »
BelleAC, my advice is to finish writing your Hell's Belles series. I downloaded your freebie that included the first two books, read it in one sitting then immediately bought the third one.

I've read a couple of hundred free ebooks during the past couple of years, searching for well written, interesting series that manage to capture my attention. So far, I've only gone on to read four series in total. Annie B's Twenty Sided Sorceress was one of them, yours is the fourth. You have talent and I'm really hoping you'll continue with this series. I think it could become a winner.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Neck Massage Pillows ~ Do they help?
« on: October 02, 2015, 07:26:51 am »
Former workplace health and safety person here - how you are sitting and where your computer is positioned are the keys to getting rid of your pain/headaches. I recommend googling 'how to sit at a computer' so you can get an idea of how you should sit and where your computer or laptop should be.

If you have to lean forward to type, you'll get back and neck strain, which leads to headaches. Even the position of your hands on the keyboard is important to eliminate wrist pain. I lost count of how many workstations I had to adjust for people who just didn't know how to sit at their desks. Once they learned the art of ergonomics, most of them had reduction in their pain. Of course some of them were a pain in my rear end, but that's another story   :)

I'm with Sela on this one. I had a free book of the day and only had 1900 or so downloads. That's the kind of results I usually expect just from Book Sends. I didn't see any extra downloads for the extra cost. Definitely not worth it. I've had way more downloads from a $25 ad with ENT.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Picture is Worth 1000 Words?
« on: September 07, 2015, 06:56:10 am »
Damn you, Annie B! I bought and read your trilogy and now I have to read the rest of the series when I'm supposed to be working on my next book!!! (by the way, hurry up and publish book 6 will ya  :-*)


Don't watch Hannibal. He is a myth. As I've said the evidence shows that on average sociopaths / psychopaths are less intelligent than average.

Heinzen, H., Köhler, D., Godt, N., Geiger, F., & Huchzermeier, C. (2011) . Psychopathy, Intelligence and Conviction History. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 34(5), pp. 336-340.

And this makes perfect sense from a developmental point of view. Children that grow up with this condition are more likely to run into trouble at school with peers etc and less likely to pick up on social cues from teachers etc leading to poorer academic outcomes and poorer intelligence.

Cheers, Greg.

I didn't say he was real (sheesh). The OP asked about manipulative psychopaths and to me the character of Hannibal fits the bill.

Watch 'Hannibal'. I don't know if he's a psychopath or not, but he is one sick puppy...

Writers' Cafe / Re: Google Play - reporting issue or summer slump?
« on: August 16, 2015, 07:33:08 am »
Whew, it isn't just me then! I was ready to hold funeral rites for my Google Play sales because I thought they were dead ;D

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