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Writers' Cafe / Re: Permafree: Is it still the same process?
« on: November 19, 2014, 04:48:28 am »
I think, technically, yes, that's still the process. But I had no luck with that, personally. In the end I sent KDP customer support a politely worded email, asking them to change it, and providing links to where it was free elsewhere. They did it for me right away, with the caveat that they reserve the right to change it back at any time.

I decided to give Select a whirl with one of my books, if anyone's interested...


Writers' Cafe / Re: Reply from KDP re: Permafree
« on: October 22, 2014, 08:47:56 am »
I was really confused when I set mine to perma-free and it still showed with a price when I looked myself. But the customer service guy assured me that it was free on .com, and that me being in Canada was the issue. And that day I started getting free downloads, which is the green line on your KDP report graph, so I guess he was right.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Reply from KDP re: Permafree
« on: October 22, 2014, 08:40:49 am »
You're in Canada, so you automatically see the .ca price, even if you type in .com. Happens to my perma-free, too.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The 7 Day Erotica Challenge
« on: October 21, 2014, 02:22:29 pm »
Hey guys, noob question here...

I was sort of inspired by this thread to goof around with a few erotica shorts. I keep seeing people talk about the "Adult" filter - how do I determine if my book has been filtered, and what impact does it have?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Free First in Series on Kobo
« on: October 21, 2014, 11:48:09 am »
Hi Mark,

The first book in my fantasy series is free:

Thanks for the opportunity!

Writers' Cafe / Re: I'm confused about something
« on: October 21, 2014, 07:00:23 am »
I think this is just a case of two big companies playing chicken with each other, hoping the other will blink first. In the end, it's to the economic benefit of both companies to come to some sort of a deal. And they will. At some point.

I also think it's worth pointing out that Amazon needs Hachette, to a certain degree, and that all of the power doesn't lie in Amazon's court here. Amazon built their empire by being a one-stop online shop for books (and have since broadened that far beyond just books). If their customers suddenly can't buy a huge selection of popular books, that hurts Amazon's brand considerably. So Hachette does have some power here. Amazon has more, but not all.

I would definitely write shorter books!

I just finished a trilogy of 180k word tomes. I loved writing them, and wouldn't change a thing, but when I started it was purely for my own benefit - I hadn't even considered self-publishing back then.

For my new series I'm thinking more in the ballpark of 60-75k word books. Shorter, more frequently released, books seems to be the way to go to maximize sales.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Make It Free
« on: September 03, 2014, 06:34:36 pm »
What I did was go to the contact us page and put it under the price matching option.
From the KDP Bookshelf page, got to Help>Contact Us (at the bottom left corner of the page)>Whats the Problem>Pricing & Royalties>Price Matching. In there, I typed a little note about how my book was free elsewhere and gave them links to B&N, Kobo AND Apple, and that I'd like it to be free at amazon as well, and I'm publishing a new book soon, etc, etc. and within a few hours they had price matched it in the US and Canada, but not other countries as of yet  >:(  But also, they do not give you an email saying they matched the price, so far as I know. You get a surprise when you look at your book page.

Yeah, that's basically what I said in my email and they didn't help me. I was just wondering if they have some sort of metric to determine whether they'll match a book or not, or if it's just up to the mood of whoever received your request. I'm not sure what they gain by not matching it - I'm not selling any books through Amazon right now anyway. It's no loss to them.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Make It Free
« on: September 03, 2014, 05:55:53 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!

Just curious, what do you guys say when you email Amazon directly? I just get the standard "We reserve the right to set our retail prices" line.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Make It Free
« on: August 24, 2014, 12:24:47 pm »
Hi everyone,

I hate to make my first post asking for something, but I just discovered this forum as I was trying to figure out the most efficient way to get Amazon to actually price match my free book(s).

If anyone has a minute, I'd really appreciate the help, and I plan on checking back to help others achieve the same!




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