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Writers' Cafe / Re: How long that you take time with your story?
« on: May 06, 2019, 11:07:57 am »
When I finally retired in 2011 for the 4th time, I had 2 novels nearly completed. I then got serious about writing and published BB39 in July of 2012. I had started that Greatest Generation novel on a business trip to Japan in 1990. It didn't take over 20 years to write, but my real life kept getting in the way. Now that I can focus most of my time on research and writing, I have 16 books on the market. I probably should put a higher priority on promotion to increase my modest sales, but I have a higher drive to write. The longest time I have spent on doing a book has been on my Alternative history novel, After The Days Of Infamy. It took much more research than any of my other books.

If my writing on a project gets to a stalemate, I either shift to another project for a while, or start an editing pass on that project.

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My sales, reads, and the 1 AMS Product add stopped running about that time. The add was paused, but I still can't turn it on. Sent in a support request for the add problem on 4/26, got a so sorry we are still looking at your problem a few days ago. I then sent a request for a supervisor to respond, since the pause to my add wasted promotion dollars I spent to complement the add. Still no response, or sales or impressions. I did start getting a few reads on Monday. I think the responses I got came from overseas, based on the names. I believe they have a big problem with AMS and KDP reporting integration. Hope it gets solved soon, since it's costing what seems to be a number of authors income. My sales/income are modest, but it must hurt some who are dependent on that income to keep the wolf away.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Racism In Your Literature?
« on: May 03, 2019, 11:16:50 am »
In my most recent Novella, 'Ghost Rider One', I have an Affirmative Action recruited and promoted LAPD Sargent, whose cowardice results in the death of an LAPD Captain and many others in a mass shooting event.  So far, I have not encountered any negative feedback about what is a minor, but necessary part of the story.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: As an author, do you avoid politics?
« on: April 10, 2019, 09:54:11 am »
Amazon just banned Tommy Robinson's book.

https://duckduckgo.com/l/?kh=-1&uddg=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wnd.com%2F2019%2F03%2Famazon-bans-tommy-robinsons-book-mohammeds-koran%2F

Today PC is a hazard for authors, and I'm afraid it will only get worse. How long until Huckleberry Finn is no longer available on the net, ur Public Libraries, Who is the judge of the judges who determine what content will be alive?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Posting to Multiple Facebook Groups
« on: April 08, 2019, 01:43:14 pm »
As part of my promotion of a Alt History novel 'After The Days Of Infamy', set in the Pacific during WW2, I found and joined a number of naval and airship groups. I made a post to all with a blurb and a cover image. A few (2 or 3) complained, but most left it up, and I made quite a few new readers as a result. I think if your book is a good match to a group, you will get a response. These groups usually are not large, with many frequent posts, but the members check the pages occasionally, and I still get likes and sales from the November posts.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: As an author, do you avoid politics?
« on: April 04, 2019, 10:22:06 am »
In my soon to be published Novella, 'Ghost Rider One', the story line is torn from today's headlines. A nation dominated by a 12th century fanatical religion launches a massive EMP weapon into a synchronies orbit over the US. Their leader threatens to detonate it, unless the US withdraws all forces from the Middle-East, the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean within 6 months. I may receive flack from CAIR or others with their perspective, but the threat is real today.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Where to print paperbacks but not sell them?
« on: March 23, 2019, 10:31:11 am »
I prepped a book for a vet, and the best price I found for 25 paperback copies was at Apollo Printing.  http://www.apollobookprinting.net/Default
I was so pleased with the quality, costs, and support, on that project,t that I used them for the printing on my Alt History novel "After The Days Of Infamy", and will use them for all my future print books.

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I have used it for over a dozen books, but still can't get it to create a .docx file with the auto indents that are in the original .odt file. Good luck on the guide. I think it would be very useful for writers looking for a good free alternative to WORD. It would be good to include templates for Kindle print and eBooks.
When I consider the time I expended getting the formatting right, I would consider a purchased guide to be money well spent.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What are good writer hobbies for brain turn off?
« on: January 08, 2019, 12:01:46 pm »
I play the Internet game World Of Warships for a couple of hours at the end of the day. After sinking a few digital warships, I read for a half hour before going to sleep.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing Resolutions 2019
« on: December 19, 2018, 12:15:25 pm »
I will publish the sequel to the Coastal Event Memories Series, After The Final Extinction Event. Then I will start writing the next book in the Alt History trilogy series, led by the recently published After The Days Of Infamy.

In my non-writing time I'll start audio versions on some of my books. Depending on how the transition from CreateSpace to KDP Print goes, I may have to use an alternate POD printer.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Printing color in paperback books
« on: December 01, 2018, 10:23:51 am »
I helped a vet get 25 paperback copies of his bio for family and friends. The 400+ page book had 50+ internal color pages. I found CreateSpace way too expensive, and KDP would not do it. I found, and used Apollo Book Printing http://www.apollobookprinting.net/Default , and they did a great job for a total cost of under $600. I just used them on my latest book (After The Days Of Infamy) paperback and hardcopy editions, and the quality, service, and costs have also been great.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Living In a Condo
« on: November 30, 2018, 10:57:04 am »
Over the years I have been on 4 different HOA boards, primarily to look after my own interests, and to serve my community. Being on an HOA board can be a thankless job (95% of the stomach acid comes from >5% of the owners. One thing I suggest in your case, is for the existing board to hire a management company to take care of the day to day operations, under the direction of the board. That type of operation will insulate the board from most of the necessary time commitments, and most of the owner issues. It should help a lot in getting and keeping board members.

I suggest you run for the board and try to convince an owner with construction experience to also run. It will be worth your while.
 

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Printing Suggestions?
« on: November 27, 2018, 02:41:36 pm »
I used Apollo Printing http://www.apollobookprinting.net/Default , to print 25 paperback and 2 hardcopy books for an Air Force vet, who wanted to send them to friends and family. The 400 page 6 x 9 inch book has 50+ color pages. The total cost including shipping was less than $600, much less than Create Space because of the number of color pages. I was quite pleased with their response time and quality.

When I started planning the release of the print editions of my newest book, After The Days Of Infamy, I initially planned to used KDP Printing, thinking it would be the path of least resistance. When I started reading here and elsewhere about the termoil and long waits for ARC copies, I made the decision to use Apollo. Again I'm very pleased with the response, the quality, the competitive costs, and their ability to place my book in their world wide network of distributors.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Wow, so no one's talking about the new KDP dashboard?!
« on: November 26, 2018, 12:49:58 pm »
I just released After The Days Of Infamy on 11/16, and have been tracking sales using the standard report and the new Dashboard. I have noticed the standard report lags the new dashboard by almost a full day. I know it is in beta, but I hope the finished product reflects many of the comments here.

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After The Days Of Infamy is an Alternate History Novel spanning the late 1920s into 1944. It will be the initial book in a three book series. I am a Naval History buff and the author/publisher of the Greatest Generation Novel BB-39, and several hard SF Books.
This book departs from reality with the 1932 discovery of helium on the Japanese island of Hokido. A secret agreement between Japan and Germany results in a technology exchange that enables Japan to develop a fleet of huge airship aircraft carriers.
The two attacks on December Seventh are made by over 300 planes from a fleet of four airship carriers. By the end of that week, a series of devastating strikes up and down the West Coast leave the aircraft, shipbuilding, and marine industries in ruins.
This story does not include steam punk, fantasy, time travel, magic, elves or faeries. It does include some adult content, as well as fictional actions by the USS Fletcher and the USS Iowa. The deviations from historic technologies are based on what could have been accomplished with the availability of helium and a push in that direction.
After The Days Of Infamy is now available in Print and Kindle eBook forms from https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JLVPGXD 

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Pre-order and KDP Print questions
« on: November 06, 2018, 02:54:52 pm »
I have used Apollo Book Printing http://www.apollobookprinting.net/Default to print a 400+page  bio for an Air Force vet to send to his friends and family. It had 50 color pages, and the costs for both hardback and paperback were reasonable (<$600 for 25 paperbacks and 2 hardbacks with shipping). The quality and response time were excellent.

My newest book is in Pre-release, with the eBook edition of  "After the Days Of Infamy" going live on November 16. I used Createspace on 3 earlier books, and had planned to use KDP on this one. Recent posts here & elsewhere made me skeptical about the time to get the print editions available for release with the eBook. I sent the production  files to Apollo yesterday, and the paperback proof will ship this Friday. My print books can be linked with the eBook on Amazon, and also available through their world wide network of distributors. I found their support to be friendly competent and responsive on my two projects so far. I'll give you an update after the release.

This Alt History novel departs from reality with the 1932 discovery of helium on the island of Hokido. A secret agreement between Japan and Germany results in a technology exchange that enables Japan to develop a fleet of huge airship aircraft carriers.
The two attacks on December Seventh are made by over 300 planes from a fleet of four airship aircraft carriers. By the end of that week, a series of devastating strikes up and down the West Coast leave the aircraft, shipbuilding, and marine industries in ruins.

Because airships play a key role in this story, I expect to sell printed copies to the large international community that follow airships.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Does inspiration sometimes come from your dreams?
« on: September 02, 2018, 11:39:57 am »
For most of my life, if I go to sleep thinking about a problem, an issue, or a concept, my subconscious usually works on it through the night. When it does, I wake an hour early with an insight to the issue. This has happened with engineering issues (3 patents resulted over a 30 year career) business problems, and my writing. I hope it continues.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: blue light and reading before bed
« on: August 12, 2018, 11:05:14 am »
As someone with degrading vision I recently read a study report that states blue screens can increase Macular Degeneration. I have started using the Win10 options that permit switching from the normal white background with blue text to a black background with white text. I have noticed my end of the day eyestrain much reduced. You can switch from the normal white background to the black by Win and + keys, and back with Win and Esc keys.


I never appreciated how much I depend on my vision until it started going. I'm working around it with large print, a magnifier, and higher levels of illumination, but it's only a matter of time before I have to switch to a larger monitor, and then Dragon Speak...

Getting older (74) is not golden, but, it is better than the alternative, and I still have a lot of writing to do. 

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Great Post! Some overnight successes take longer. I'll just keep plugging along.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 8 years an Indie Author (My story)
« on: July 02, 2018, 11:44:03 am »
I'm of the same vintage (1944 issue), and I too discovered KDP after retiring for the fourth time. I dusted off a Greatest Generation novel I started in 1990, and published BB-39 on Kindle in July of 2012. A dozen books later, I'm still plugging along with limited "success". I'm sure I could achieve more sales by devoting more time and resources to Promotion, but my clock is ticking, and my priority is to finish more books. I still rise each morning looking forward to working on the next writing project. I do take time to read this board daily, since I consider it a valued resource.

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I recently published an autobiography of an Air Force Vet as a Play It Forward project. He chose not to have it available for sale, or in eBook form. I did the research on printing options, and selected Apollo Book Printing. The 350 page, 6X9" book has 47 internal color pictures. He wanted 25 trade copies and 1 hardcover. His cost, including shipping to California was less that $600. Both myself and the author are pleased with the quality of this POD printed book.

This is the email rep that I found to be very helpful during the process: [email protected]

I submitted .jpg and .pdf files. They also offer a verity of other services like cover creation and book formatting. 

I will use their services any time I want to do a bulk print run for my own books.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Change signature
« on: May 28, 2018, 01:16:18 pm »
Thanks for the links.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How many books have you published so far?
« on: May 28, 2018, 12:39:04 pm »
After retiring for the 4th time in 2011, I got serious about writing/publishing. I finished BB-39, a Greatest Generation Novel that I started in 1990, and Published it on Kindle in July of 2012. Since then I have completed a 5 novella series, and 6 other novels. My sales are not what they should be because I have neglected promotion for writing. I'm very aware that this 1944 model won't have many creative years left, and I want to finish the 2 projects in the pipeline, this year. Next year, I plan to do more audio and print editions of the existing books, and start spending time and money on promotion.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Opening lines
« on: May 23, 2018, 11:37:23 am »
As a long time fan, I have to vote for the John D. McDonald opening line.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kickstarter experiment
« on: May 15, 2018, 12:04:36 pm »
Please update your progress. I'll support if I see some positive results of your kickstarter process.

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