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Writers' Cafe / Bold in the Amazon description
« on: October 06, 2015, 07:52:23 pm »
Hi everyone

I want to make some of my description in bold font, and the Amazon KDP style guide tells me the HTML tag is <b> for "formats enclosed as bold text", except I was expecting <b>my text here</b> with the forward slash. I don't want to publish my product description with a pile of HTML tags on it, so has anyone got any experience of the correct form for this please?

With kind regards, R :)

Writers' Cafe / KDP past sales question
« on: October 01, 2015, 09:37:44 pm »
Hi All

Just a quick question about viewing previous sales. I can only see an option to see back for the past 12 months, and wondered how you can see further than that - all previous sales going back years, etc?

Thanks R

Writers' Cafe / Estimated page no. disparity
« on: September 30, 2015, 08:31:13 pm »
Hi All

Just a quick question about the estimated page no. on Amazon. My Kindle was uploaded 3 weeks ago and the estimated page nos. were around 50 under what it actually is. I was told this would change automatically when I organized the paperback, which I have done, and that is now on Amazon ready to buy, with the correct page no. Problem is, the Kindle estimated page no. is till way too low.

Is there a way I can have this changed at all?

Thanks and kind regards, R

Writers' Cafe / Amazon not updating
« on: September 26, 2015, 01:53:52 pm »

I updated my cover art, pricing information and keywords on a novel yesterday and today KDP tells me it's "LIVE" but cover art and price is the same as before, so presumably keywords are as well. Any ideas on why this hasn't updated?

Regards, R

Writers' Cafe / Style Question
« on: September 23, 2015, 06:27:41 am »
Hi All

A quick question - I'm formatting a novel and have noticed that some professionally published books have slightly different fonts from the main text for the page nos. and header info. Looking through my collection of novels I would say it's a fairly new idea as older books tend to be all the same font.

What's your view on this? Would you use a different font for header and page no. information, or stick to TNR throughout?

With kind regards, as ever, R.

Writers' Cafe / Simple Publication Date Question
« on: September 21, 2015, 11:31:27 pm »
Hi All
I published my Kindle in September 2015, and so that's what it says in the front of the eBook. I'm now in the process of proofing my CS paperback whicih of course says "First Published in September 2015" in the front of it because it is the same text.
My question is, as I do not expect the paperback to be published until October 2015, what do I put in the front - September (because that is when the story was first published on Kindle), or October, because that is when the paperback was first printed and made available to people?
Regards, R

Writers' Cafe / Internal Hyperlinks/Table of Contents Problem
« on: September 19, 2015, 10:28:20 pm »
Hi All

I've nearly got on top of most things now, including general formatting, cover art and even the US tax requirements, and yet I just cannot get the hyperlinks sorted out in my word doc. I can create internal hyperlinks that work perfectly using both the manual Add Bookmark/Insert Hyperlink method or the more automatic method using Headings/Styles to create a TOC, and yet they will not export into a PDF, and I suspect this means they will not export to Kindle.

There must be someone here who knows how to describe what actually must be a pretty simple process, and I'm hoping to find that person!

Regards, R

Writers' Cafe / Tax advice
« on: September 18, 2015, 06:53:40 pm »
Hi All

I'm a non-US person and was wondering about what forms I had to fill out in order not to pay tax in the US? I have submitted a similar enquiry to the Createspace forums as well as I was stopped in my tracks from uploading my paperback for review by a massive tax alert page thousands of words long, including all kinds of sinister talk about treaty claims and so on.

Anyone out there who is a non-US writer and can help me out with what forms to complete and so on, I'd be very grateful.

Regards, R

Writers' Cafe / Kindle Previewer not working
« on: September 16, 2015, 04:03:39 pm »
Hi everyone

I'm getting closer to uploading my new book, but now the KDP online previewer doesn't work. I click on it, I get a small window appear with the spinning "loading sign" and then it disappears and I'm returned to the top of the upload page = no previewer. I would really like to preview my book before it goes on, and the damn thing worked last week so I doubt it's a computer problem at my end.

Any suggestions?

Thanks, R

Writers' Cafe / Page Numbering
« on: September 15, 2015, 09:54:36 pm »
Hi all

I am trying to number the pages in my MS ready for CreateSpace upload. I want them on the bottom outsides of each page, starting on the first page of the story, which is the fifth page of the document.

I know how to get it to read Page 1 on the fifth page of the document, and leave the preceding pages un-numbered, which is what I want, but this only works for centered page numbers, not with the numbers on the outside edges of the pages. When you insert page numbers you first page says page 5, so you format your numbers to make Page 1 say "Page 1" instead of Page 5. Then you delete previous numbers and you're good to go. The problem is this only works for centered page numbers. When I try it with numbers on the outside of pages I format Page 1 to Page 1, but when I delete previous pages it deletes all the even page numbers through the entire document.

I would love somebody's help because a moment ago my laptop nearly became the first computer to break the sound barrier when I only just managed to stop myself hurling it with great velocity from an elevated window.

Regards R

Writers' Cafe / Uh-oh... formatting question
« on: September 15, 2015, 03:38:00 pm »
Hi All

I recently formatted my word doc MS and all went well, which is amazing considering my patience levels. I had an issue with transporting hyperlinks until I realized I was using an old version of Word and that this was the problem. But then I ran up against another problem, the subject of this post. The external hyperlinks were fine, and the internal ones worked as well, except I noticed that when I was previewing the doc on the Amazon Kindle previewer the drop-down menu at the top didn't include certain headers I had linked to, such as the contents pages and chapter headings. I'm talking about the fourth icon along on the Kindle where you can click and get a drop-down of "Cover" "Table of Contents" and "Beginning" etc. Mine only said "Cover" and not "Table of Contents".

To let you know my method - I had used the "bookmark" and "insert hyperlink" facility on Word.

That's the background, but I guess the easier way of putting it would be - how do I format the MS properly?!

Thanks as ever,

Regards, R

Writers' Cafe / Pricing Question
« on: September 12, 2015, 07:15:50 pm »
Hello to everyone

I have been studying successful indie authors on Amazon, and I notice that many of the most successful have a very dynamic approach to pricing their ebooks, which is not surprising. What I have also seen is that some of them were dropping their price from 0.99p to 0.75p for the month of December, or even pricing their books long-term at 0.98p. (I was looking on Amazon UK for this research but I'm sure it's the same on the US).

So my question is pretty much - I thought 0.99p was the lowest you could sell your book? I have asked this elsewhere and a good response was that perhaps it was about fluctuating exchange rates, which was actually what was happening in that example, but it is not what is happening here, because these books are being specifically dropped to 0.75p for the Christmas month.

I'm not a fan of pricing that low, and won't be doing it myself,  but I still would like to know how is this done?

Many sincere thanks to all,


Writers' Cafe / Quick Smashwords question
« on: September 09, 2015, 04:00:10 pm »

I've had a scoot through the search facility but what I'm trying to get hold of is more of an opinion thing. Have any authors here used Smashwords to promote their stories, and if so was it worth it? How many people read Smashwords? I was wondering about putting the first few chapters of my story on Smashwords and try and "reel them in" a bit, and then hopefully get them to go to Amazon and buy it. I haven't signed any exclusivity stuff with Amazon. Could this work?

As always, thanks in advance for your time,

Writers' Cafe / Estimated print length
« on: September 07, 2015, 04:16:40 pm »
Hi Everyone

I recently published a book on Amazon and everything has worked well (even my category problem so many thanks to those of you who helped me with that - appreciated). The only problem is the estimated print length is around 50-ish pages under what I know it to be. I have bought many Kindles and I know  the word length of them, and I know mine corresponds to some of those, and yet they have estimated print length of around 320 pages, while mine is 260 even though they are the same length in words. I'm not massively bothered about this as readers can see the length of the doc from the file size but in the interests of accuracy (and making sure the reader understands the true length of the book) I wondered if there was a way I could have my estimated print length reviewed?

Many sincere thanks,


Writers' Cafe / Men's Adventure Available only to Select Authors
« on: September 06, 2015, 05:23:03 am »

Can anyone throw any light on why only a special select group of authors are allowed to upload to the Amazon category "Men's Adventure" while everyone else is forbidden from doing so? As far as I can tell, the reason is that the category was stopped a couple of years ago, but rather than simply end it point blank, someone decided that a select group of writers can use it like their own backyard and upload into it when to everyone else the category is gone. The result is that a little cabal of authors are able to dominate the Men's Adventure category thereby increasing their profile on the site and their sales, while everyone else has to go into generic categories like "Action" etc.

Are these writers paying a premium for this advantage? If this category has been removed then why are this group of authors still allowed to upload into it?


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