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Writers' Cafe / Re: Opening lines
« Last post by RRodriguez on Today at 11:13:32 AM »
"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie."
-The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold

That's literally the only opening line I am ever able to remember, and I'm not sure why. To be honest, as much weight and emphasis as there is put on the first sentence, as a reader I tend to give an entire paragraph for my first impression, as often the first sentence might not make a lot of sense (for example, I've never read The Gunslinger and I already hate that first line. Why tf is Black and Desert capatilized?)
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Going wide with romances?
« Last post by katrina46 on Today at 11:13:10 AM »
Over. And over. And over again. I have yet to actually get a promo through Kobo but I apply constantly.

otherwise prepare for a long road. I have free books on all retailers and they're starting to gather traction a little traction finally. I've been wide since I started in the romance genre (March). I feel like while Amazon values constant releasing, other sites value longevity.
The algos are much stickier wide. I have an old pen name that earns me four figures wide and I haven't touched it in two years, yet I make almost the exact same amount month after month. It takes a while to gain traction, but once you're up it seems you stay that way.
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Most stores will take returns with just a sales slip. They apparently figure the loss into their budget as one of the prices of doing business.

There's a reason prices at those stores have typically been significantly higher than Amazon's.

It's much easier to accept easy returns on a 50% profit margin than a 2% profit margin.
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Yeah, I've seen them, but also sometimes I don't. I know that when Facebook tests out a new design or feature, they segment off a portion of the users and push the change through and watch what happens. Amazon could be working the same way, and testing out different layouts for products, thus why some people see them and some people don't. It also could be there is no change happening to Amazon, and its the same old apocalypse chatter about the end of indie publishing, and the product pages missing them were just a software glitch that caused a panic  :)
Yes, and remember the panic when 50% appeared briefly among the royalty options? I'm betting customers won't be happy with losing also boughts, so if Amazon is testing, they probably won't proceed.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: GDPR and Website Cookies
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on Today at 11:05:55 AM »
The Wordpress GDPR plugin has updated twice since I bought it yesterday. The author seems very responsive to requests and is very conscious that May 25 is coming up.
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Fakespot is completely unreliable--worse than just guessing.

To use data, the data have to be properly analyzed or it's worse than useless--it will create false positives that indict good authors while letting bad ones slide by.

Just like Amazon's other algos.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Going wide [UPDATED: FIRST FOUR MONTHS]
« Last post by kw3000 on Today at 11:04:03 AM »
I appreciate you sharing your stats, Pauline. I'm planning on going wide with my next series, so you've provided some much needed inspiration. Hope a Bookbub comes your way soon.  :)
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Going wide with romances?
« Last post by Lilly_Frost on Today at 10:59:12 AM »
Pretty sure the promotions tab is only for direct Kobo accounts.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Proper grammar/word usage
« Last post by Jan Hurst-Nicholson on Today at 10:58:39 AM »
I thought the same as this and Ruair has voiced it well. It's subtle, but "he ran her over" does suggest intent.

I thought the same.
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Writers' Cafe / Release Date . . . Do you have a preference?
« Last post by JoyMosby on Today at 10:47:17 AM »
I know most TP release books on a Tuesday, I am wondering what Indies are doing.
Do you have a day that you think works better than others?
(I'm trying to decide on one right now and thought I would see what everyone else is doing.)
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