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Writers' Cafe / Re: Payoneer user I need your help!
« on: July 09, 2015, 12:29:29 am »
I haven't had any payments rejected through Payoneer so far and I've used them for 2 years. I'm pretty sure Katherinef is right, I have my payments set to US dollars.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Advantages of Pre-Orders?
« on: June 12, 2015, 08:23:20 pm »
I was hesitant to set up a pre-order, but a few of my readers were complaining that I wasn't giving them the option. So I bit the bullet and added a pre-order for my latest book. I've had 500 people order it so far :o I was hoping for 100 and had no idea buying in advance would be so popular.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Confess...things you used to do
« on: June 08, 2015, 07:54:22 pm »
I've managed to stop checking my author rank in Author Central obsessively and rarely bother to check it at all now. I do keep track of my books' rankings, especially after a new release. I don't read my reviews anymore. My mental health has improved a lot since I stopped reading them.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How did you discover Kboards?
« on: May 26, 2015, 07:33:32 pm »
Someone mentioned Kboards in passing on a KDP forum. Curious, I investigated and was immediately hooked. This is the place to be if you want to learn what works and what doesn't work when it comes to self publishing.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I never made any money from my novels
« on: May 15, 2015, 02:39:35 am »
I know someone who paid several thousand dollars to have her books published by vanity press (I can't remember their name). She offered to give me their details, but luckily I'd already researched self-publishing. I told her she was being ripped off big time and she managed to get her rights back and is now self-published. Thank God for Kboards and the kind authors who help to steer newbies away from the pitfalls.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Booksends - FREE Book of the Day, Results?
« on: May 14, 2015, 02:08:51 am »
I used this promo for a permafree PNR in April and had about 800 downloads.

I'd be writing historical romance, superhero books or children's stories if I wrote what my friends/family suggest. One friend also wanted me to write about her online dating debacles. Um, no thanks. I think I'll spare the world from that train wreck  ;D

Writers' Cafe / Re: What is the average KDP publish time
« on: January 06, 2015, 06:55:52 pm »
There goes that theory then... Mine took almost two full days to go through this time, but it felt like a lifetime. I hope yours doesn't take that long!

Writers' Cafe / Re: What is the average KDP publish time
« on: January 06, 2015, 06:31:34 pm »
Whew, glad to see yours went through as well. We're both Aussies so maybe we were pushed to the bottom of the publishing pile  ;)

Writers' Cafe / Re: What is the average KDP publish time
« on: January 06, 2015, 04:15:33 pm »
Yay, mine finally went live! Never heard back regarding the email I sent, though.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What is the average KDP publish time
« on: January 06, 2015, 05:13:44 am »
Good luck to you, too, Shane. My fingers are crossed for both of us.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What is the average KDP publish time
« on: January 06, 2015, 05:00:39 am »
I'm at 33 hours and counting :( I sent an email asking if there is a problem but haven't heard back as yet.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Huge & FREE Cross Promo Opportunity.
« on: December 09, 2014, 08:21:17 pm »
I signed up, too  :)

J.C. what is the exchange rate like when you transfer the $$$?

It has been accurate so far. I compare the amount that has been transferred to my account against the US dollar and it has always matched the correct exchange rate.

I use Payoneer as well and it doesn't cost me anything to transfer the funds to my CBA account. It beats paying $25 for a wire transfer or to have a cheque cashed. It would be helpful it Amazon could pay Aussies by EFT rather than wire transfer  :( We always seem to get ripped off one way or another.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: November 02, 2014, 05:36:58 am »
I continue to use Payoneer as well, mostly to avoid the $25 wire transfer fee. You can link your US account to your Australian one and transfer the money across without having to pay a fee. The funds are changed from US to AUS dollars upon transfer and I haven't had any problems with incorrect payment so far in the 18 months that I've been using them.

It took me 18 months and nine books in the series to make over $1k. I made the first book permafree and signed up with D2D, which has kick started my sales. I was averaging $75 per month before I branched out from KDP Select and tried other channels. I expect the sales will taper off soon and I'll have to try my hand at advertising to try to keep up the momentum.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Make It Free
« on: September 02, 2014, 10:50:34 pm »
My first book is finally free, but only after I emailed Amazon directly.

Thanks to everyone who reported my lower price and I'll keep reporting anyone who still isn't free yet. Good luck to all!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do D2D use fairy dust? Blood Sacrifices?
« on: August 26, 2014, 08:23:37 am »
I can't upload direct to some places since I'm from overseas, so chose to use D2D. They definitely have my vote as being awesome! My sales on Amazon have been pretty dismal thanks to not having a permafree option. As soon as I put my first book for free on D2D, I started getting downloads and have even been lucky enough to see sales for the rest of the series pick up as well.

I recommend their service for anyone like us Aussies who don't have the option to upload direct. Now, if only they had freebie download numbers for B&N and Kobo, I'd be even happier  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: June 25, 2014, 08:12:41 am »
Thanks, CJ. That makes total sense now :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: June 25, 2014, 02:16:06 am »
I took a closer look at the report and realized I'm also being taxed 5% for sales in CA. Shows how much attention I've been paying  :-[

Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: June 24, 2014, 11:47:44 pm »
Thanks, Miranda. I haven't sold any books in the AU store before and just thought I'd check to see if this was the norm.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: June 24, 2014, 07:19:48 pm »
Hi all, this thread has been a big help so far, but I was wondering if any of you could confirm something for me.

I noticed on my KDP payments tab that I'm being taxed 5% of my earnings in both the US and AU stores. I thought I was only supposed to be taxed for the US earnings. Are any of you having tax withheld for both stores?

Writers' Cafe / Re: What are the best places to advertise?
« on: March 19, 2014, 07:11:35 am »
I did okay (made more than my money back) on an ad over at  They advertise more than vampire novels. Basically, anything dark and supernaturalish.

Thank you for this tip!

Not to mention the ginormous bunya pine cones.
I lived in Queensland. Everything in Australia IS trying to kill you, in my opinion. The fact that Aussies don't seem to worry about it just shows you how charmingly nuts they are.

Charmingly nuts? Actually, that is fairly accurate :) You get used to having brown snakes (very deadly) living in your back yard and red back spiders (highly poisonous) in your garage. My advice if you visit Australia is to stay away from water so the crocodiles and sharks don't eat you and you'll probably be ok.

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