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Zratha
Nov 28, 2004

It's nice to see you

I know people in Norway who get around the restrictions by using a us mailing address (either a friend's or one from viabox.com) and paying with amazon.com gift cards instead of using credit cards, but I don't know if there is any more to it than that.

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Ghostwoods
May 9, 2013

Say "Cheese!"


EngineerSean posted:

The jury's still out on this, but I still wouldn't use it.

Thanks. I'm inclined to trust you... :)

moana
Jun 18, 2005

one of the more intellectual satire communities on the web


Yeah I just did preorders, and definitely meh. I don't think I'll do it again anytime soon.

Sundae
Dec 1, 2005


That sort of matches the response I've seen from most other authors. Pre-orders don't seem to do much unless you are literally smoking hot and just want to make sure you can cash in on purchase-throughs before your star fades.

Jalumibnkrayal
Apr 16, 2008



Ramrod XTreme

Sulla-Marius 88 posted:

KU is only available for US and UK customers at the moment from what I can tell. I have friends in the UK and the US but I figure it'd be easier to get set up in the UK because I live in Italy and have a bank account that, while Italian, is a sub-branch of a UK bank (BNL which is a part of BNP). I don't know the logic is kind of shoddy there, I'm just desperate. I saw veiled references to getting access to KU for non-US/UK but Google turned up nothing.

KU launched for Italy last month according to http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/11/04/kindle-unlimited-launches-spain-italy/#.VIJMbYuJnzI

Sulla Faex
May 14, 2010

No man ever did me so much good, or enemy so much harm, but I repaid him with ENDLESS SHITPOSTING


Oh wow, thank you. I can't believe I missed that, I swear I checked into KU a month or two ago and it was essentially US, UK, and DE. I checked amazon yesterday but I'm not sure if it was logged into my Aus account or if it saw that I was currently in Portugal, but either way it said not available in your country. I'm dumb for not searching more critically.

Okay well I fly back to Rome tonight so assuming Italian KU has access to the global KU books (I believe it does, from an article I just read) I'm signing up for sure. That's crazy!

Trustworthy
Dec 28, 2004

with catte-like thread
upon our prey we steal


Sulla-Marius 88 posted:

Okay well I fly back to Rome tonight

Oooh will there be proscriptions?

Sulla Faex
May 14, 2010

No man ever did me so much good, or enemy so much harm, but I repaid him with ENDLESS SHITPOSTING


I'll tell you one thing, if you keep gunning like that I'll be nailing your name up... to my dreams

Mr. Belding
May 19, 2006
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Bobby Deluxe posted:

I did have a big post written but ultimately it boils down to this: look up neuroplasticity. At the moment, you want to play league of legends, because that's the reward your brain is used to.

IF YOU SIT DOWN AND WRITE, THAT IS THE REWARD YOUR BRAIN WILL GET USED TO.

If you can't get yourself to the point where you see writing as a good thing that you enjoy doing, your time will be so better served doing something else. You need to be having fun writing, otherwise it won't be fun to read.

And the only way to do that is to put the controller down. I managed it after a bit of kick-up-the-arse feedback. I've only published three, have two in the edit stage and one crafting, and I have horrible motivation.

If we can do it, so can you. Or don't. It's your choice.

This is nice but could you please write the whole blog post?

No Gravitas
Jun 12, 2013

by FactsAreUseless


It's my first time, be gentle...

Eh... Ok. I need some help.

I have the plot written out one paragraph per chapter chunks.

I'm... stuck to get past that point.

How the gently caress do I start writing?

In the past it was just easy, write whatever the gently caress I felt like writing for fun and shred it at the end of the day. Now that I have the idea of selling my crap writing... It just won't even start to flow.

What do I do?

syscall girl
Nov 6, 2009

by FactsAreUseless


Fun Shoe

No Gravitas posted:

It's my first time, be gentle...

Eh... Ok. I need some help.

I have the plot written out one paragraph per chapter chunks.

I'm... stuck to get past that point.

How the gently caress do I start writing?

In the past it was just easy, write whatever the gently caress I felt like writing for fun and shred it at the end of the day. Now that I have the idea of selling my crap writing... It just won't even start to flow.

What do I do?

Drink about it. When you wake up after only being able to sleep 3-5 hours have some coffee and greasy breakfast in front of computer.

Or skip the computer part and just scribble things on a legal pad like an animal. But avoid the internet and other peoples' words. They are poison for the creative process.

No Gravitas
Jun 12, 2013

by FactsAreUseless


syscall girl posted:

Drink about it. When you wake up after only being able to sleep 3-5 hours have some coffee and greasy breakfast in front of computer.

Or skip the computer part and just scribble things on a legal pad like an animal. But avoid the internet and other peoples' words. They are poison for the creative process.

Good advice. I deployed my secret weapon: Dana Alphasmart.

500 words now. Slow going, but at least going.

Thanks for that.

Jalumibnkrayal
Apr 16, 2008



Ramrod XTreme

No Gravitas posted:

Good advice. I deployed my secret weapon: Dana Alphasmart.

500 words now. Slow going, but at least going.

Thanks for that.

I do all my writing on an Alphasmart Neo and I have four backup units in case this one ever dies.

Sundae
Dec 1, 2005


Okay, I have to ask: Why an Alphasmart over any given laptop? I see a lot of people using those things, and I don't understand the appeal.

I'm honestly curious, having not used one.

Bobby Deluxe
May 9, 2004

this changes nothing, i am still dead inside

I think the idea is that it's free of distractions and you can't do anything but write with it. No alt-tabbing to porn, or steam, or whatever. Plus it loads up instantly.

I don't own one, but I do have an old laptop with lubuntu and OpenOffice write and nothing else on it. Same reasoning, but I get multi line editing.

Jalumibnkrayal
Apr 16, 2008



Ramrod XTreme

Sundae posted:

Okay, I have to ask: Why an Alphasmart over any given laptop? I see a lot of people using those things, and I don't understand the appeal.

I'm honestly curious, having not used one.

It's all about the distraction free environment. When I go to my writing groups, everyone pulls out their laptops and they type a few words. Then they look at their screen and delete what they wrote. Then they get bored and tab over to Instagram. Then something on Instagram gets them excited and they spend the rest of the night on Instagram.

I pull out my electronic typewriter, put my headphones in, and I write until my pomodoro app tells me to take a break. I do it because there's nothing else for me to do. The Alphasmart also has the benefits of having a genuinely nice keyboard and a year+ battery life on 3 AA batteries. It weighs less than two pounds, I can probably drop it from 4-5 feet onto concrete without any real repercussion, and if it does break it's maybe $30 for another one. It's also the absolute last thing a thief would walk out of a coffee shop with while I'm in the bathroom.

Some folks are coming out with the overly elaborate hipsterized Hemingwrite that has some nice features (e-ink screen, dropbox cloud connectivity for backups) but will probably be hundreds of dollars.

Yooper
Apr 30, 2012



Jalumibnkrayal posted:

and I write until my pomodoro app tells me to take a break.

Whenever I find myself alt-tabbing to inefficiency I break out the pomodoro. My 25 minute blocks gets me about 1000 words. Those 1000 are cleaner and denser than when I spend two hours alt-tabbing and generally loving off to get the same 1000.

I set out a goal to write 1k words a day for an entire year. I made that goal, but have been rather burnt out for the past few weeks. Time to break out the tomato and knock out the next 40k words to finish novel #5.

No Gravitas
Jun 12, 2013

by FactsAreUseless


Yeah, it is about eliminating distractions.

Is there some good replacement for Dana? Mine has the e key cap missing and is pretty beat up. (I'd rather not buy used.)

Sulla Faex
May 14, 2010

No man ever did me so much good, or enemy so much harm, but I repaid him with ENDLESS SHITPOSTING


Hmm.. I re-did my title cover, changed keywords and modified the book contents to reflect the new cover, re-uploaded and modified everything in my KDP bookshelf. It went under review for 10 hours then emailed me to say 'your book is available'. Looks like everything has changed EXCEPT the cover, which is still the lovely old one on the actual book page, even though on KDP bookshelf it shows my new one. I've checked to ensure it's not just cached on my PC.

Shouldn't everything be updated together? Do I re-upload the image and go through the process again, or wait longer? It's been 8 hours since I got the email to say the book was re-published and live.

edit: Okay just washed the dishes, came back and the cover has been updated. Huh.

Sulla Faex fucked around with this message at 09:40 on Dec 9, 2014

EngineerSean
Feb 9, 2004

by zen death robot


New covers typically take longer to propagate through the system, if yours went through within twelve hours it was one of the faster ones.

Sundae
Dec 1, 2005


Amazon's review period is soooooooooo slow right now. :(

Szmitten
Apr 26, 2008


Sundae posted:

Amazon's review period is soooooooooo slow right now. :(

Presumably because everyone's uploading their book in time for the annual Christmas influx of Kindles?

ravenkult
Feb 3, 2011




They still haven't fixed my cover changes and I'm not sure what to do about it.

Jalumibnkrayal
Apr 16, 2008



Ramrod XTreme

Just had a title go from Draft -> In Review -> Live in less than an hour, so maybe things are catching up.

Sulla Faex
May 14, 2010

No man ever did me so much good, or enemy so much harm, but I repaid him with ENDLESS SHITPOSTING


Jesus. What was the title, "Gardening Tips for White Christian Octogenarians"? I wonder if you found someone rushing to meet a quota.

Jalumibnkrayal
Apr 16, 2008



Ramrod XTreme

Sulla-Marius 88 posted:

Jesus. What was the title, "Gardening Tips for White Christian Octogenarians"? I wonder if you found someone rushing to meet a quota.

Definitely not the case.

Icon-Cat
Aug 18, 2005

Meow!

I have one title that always takes super-long to review.

It's a weird story. One day Amazon told me they objected to my cover. They wouldn't tell me WHY (the e-mail said it could have been any number of things setting them off, from obscenity to copyright — none of which I was violating, but they in their wisdom objected).

I changed the cover entirely and there have been no more complaints, but now, whenever I update that project, it spends an extra 12 or so hours (beyond the normal period) in review, while I sit going :ohdear: that they're going to yank it for some unknown reason without so much as asking any questions.

For all Amazon's advantages, there really is no talking to them sometimes. For all I know their automatic-content-flagging system decided my cover contained something that reminded it of a copyrighted photo and no human actually made the judgment call. Who knows.

Icon-Cat fucked around with this message at 03:50 on Dec 12, 2014

Zratha
Nov 28, 2004

It's nice to see you

When you guys communicate with Amazon, do you do it by phone or all by email? I have heard quite a few people say they are a lot easier to do business with over the phone.

ravenkult
Feb 3, 2011




After waiting for a month for Amazon to fix my covers, they came up with an elegant solution to this very complicated technical issue: Upload the covers again.

Soichiro
Oct 16, 2012

I'm a writer of erotica.

Life is an experience. Enjoy it.

Icon-Cat posted:

I have one title that always takes super-long to review.

It's a weird story. One day Amazon told me they objected to my cover. They wouldn't tell me WHY (the e-mail said it could have been any number of things setting them off, from obscenity to copyright — none of which I was violating, but they in their wisdom objected).

I changed the cover entirely and there have been no more complaints, but now, whenever I update that project, it spends an extra 12 or so hours (beyond the normal period) in review, while I sit going :ohdear: that they're going to yank it for some unknown reason without so much as asking any questions.

Probably thanks to all the issues they've had with some of my titles, almost everything I do with this pen names takes like an extra day longer than my other pen name does. It's kind of annoying, like they're combing everything over with a finetooth comb.

Longbaugh01
Jul 12, 2001

"Surprise, muthafucka."

Is https://fireyourmentor.com a legit site? I received an email out of the blue from them requesting an interview, and that's unusual for me.

Sulla Faex
May 14, 2010

No man ever did me so much good, or enemy so much harm, but I repaid him with ENDLESS SHITPOSTING


I don't think I'll ever be in a position to find out first-hand, but out of curiosity - if someone writes a review for something you've published on KDP, does Amazon email you a notification? Or is there a way to list reviews or do you have to check every store for every title?

Ghostwoods
May 9, 2013

Say "Cheese!"


Sulla-Marius 88 posted:

I don't think I'll ever be in a position to find out first-hand, but out of curiosity - if someone writes a review for something you've published on KDP, does Amazon email you a notification? Or is there a way to list reviews or do you have to check every store for every title?

As far as I know, you just have to check. I've certainly never had any sort of notification, or spotted any options that look like 'what reviews do I have?'

Jalumibnkrayal
Apr 16, 2008



Ramrod XTreme

Sulla-Marius 88 posted:

I don't think I'll ever be in a position to find out first-hand, but out of curiosity - if someone writes a review for something you've published on KDP, does Amazon email you a notification? Or is there a way to list reviews or do you have to check every store for every title?

There's definitely no email notification. You can check your AuthorCentral page and click on the Customer Reviews button at the top. This will list all your reviews for products under that pen name.

Edit: But it can take a day or two to populate with new ones unfortunately. So if you need up to the minute info, you have to check each title individually on Amazon.

Edit2: $1.39 borrow rate for November. I think this is the first official increase in payout since KU began. A strange but pleasant surprise.

Jalumibnkrayal fucked around with this message at 18:06 on Dec 15, 2014

EngineerSean
Feb 9, 2004

by zen death robot


Jalumibnkrayal posted:

Edit2: $1.39 borrow rate for November. I think this is the first official increase in payout since KU began. A strange but pleasant surprise.

almost 70% of $2! :-p

Sulla Faex
May 14, 2010

No man ever did me so much good, or enemy so much harm, but I repaid him with ENDLESS SHITPOSTING


Are they still topping it up with seed money to keep it viable for authors/publishers?

The Fuzzy Hulk
Nov 22, 2007

ASK ME ABOUT CROSSING THE STREAMS




Sulla-Marius 88 posted:

Are they still topping it up with seed money to keep it viable for authors/publishers?

I just got this email

We have continued to see strong response from customers to Kindle Unlimited (KU) and are adding a bonus of $3.5 million to the previously announced base fund amount of $3 million, bringing the total fund to $6.5 million for the month of November.

Sundae
Dec 1, 2005


EngineerSean posted:

almost 70% of $2! :-p

Amazon KU: Making the $1.99 price-point viable again! :haw:


Not a bad month at all. I mean, not super superbitudinous or anything, but still danged nice. I still like KU plenty.

psychopomp
Jan 27, 2011


Unless KU can give me a 300% increase I'm going to make more money diversifying. I've started to get some push from other marketplaces, too.

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EngineerSean
Feb 9, 2004

by zen death robot


psychopomp posted:

Unless KU can give me a 300% increase I'm going to make more money diversifying. I've started to get some push from other marketplaces, too.

Well you're in luck because the monetary value of my 1% of the pot has grown by like 600% since June.

Your results may vary.

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