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AbrahamLincolnLog
Oct 1, 2014

Note to self: This one's the shitty one


Right, that's why I didn't buy it when it was posted last page -- it was a mac software site. Lo and behold I should have looked closer, they also sell the PC version and it is the latest update (as far as I can tell, unless I'm missing something).

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Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



Fun Shoe

AbrahamLincolnLog posted:

People mentioned earlier in the thread that some obscure websites sometimes have huge sales on Scrivener. Any sales like that going on right now? I'd love to try it out but don't really want to spend $30 on it.

You can get a free 30 day trial from the Scrivener people themselves. It's 30 days of actual use, too, so if you don't open the program one day it doesn't count down. Plenty of time to get to grips with it and decide if you like it, then you can search for a deal for a license key.

https://www.literatureandlatte.com/trial.php

freebooter
Jul 7, 2009



I think I will try this out purely because I've finally snapped at Word 2007's utter refusal to switch from US English spellchecking.

Sundae
Dec 1, 2005
Probation
Can't post for 6 hours!




Oh poor little cupcake.

magnificent7
Sep 22, 2005

THUNDERDOME LOSER


Sundae posted:



Oh poor little cupcake.

It's not like the title was "children's songs from the forties" or something.

Sundae
Dec 1, 2005
Probation
Can't post for 6 hours!


quote:

It's not like the title was "children's songs from the forties" or something.

In fairness, this is from a guy who left a 1-star review on the Kindle instruction manual. :lol:

magnificent7
Sep 22, 2005

THUNDERDOME LOSER


HAHAHA wtf?

Sundae
Dec 1, 2005
Probation
Can't post for 6 hours!


Yooper
Apr 30, 2012



I don't feel so bad about the two stars for swearing review now.

EngineerSean
Feb 9, 2004

by zen death robot


Stephen Smalley sounds like a character from Saturday Night Live

angel opportunity
Sep 7, 2004

Total Eclipse of the Heart

I have some amazing reviews on my erotica, but I couldn't post them here as per thread rules :(

magnificent7
Sep 22, 2005

THUNDERDOME LOSER


I eagerly look forward to / loving dread reading any reviews of my book on amazon or goodreads. I hear those reviewers can go for the throat sometimes.

But, that said, a blog posted a review of my book! Hot poo poo!
http://escapepod.org/2015/10/05/book-review-snapshot-by-beau-hall/

It's from a friend, so it's maybe sugar-coated, but still looks pretty fair.

How do you go about getting more blog reviews? Do you just start hounding people as you find them?

angel opportunity
Sep 7, 2004

Total Eclipse of the Heart

EngineerSean
Feb 9, 2004

by zen death robot


those are both books that I've bought in the past week, so I guess I'm at fault (even though it's only also-vieweds)

magnificent7
Sep 22, 2005

THUNDERDOME LOSER


Hahahah holy gently caress. Even better than reviews: Other books viewed.

Sundae
Dec 1, 2005
Probation
Can't post for 6 hours!



Ooh... if muscular tattooed bad-boy Reagan is what I can expect from your book, I'm sold. :3:

Fuego Fish
Dec 5, 2004

By tooth and claw!


Sundae posted:

Ooh... if muscular tattooed bad-boy Reagan is what I can expect from your book, I'm sold. :3:

Mister Gorbachev... watch me tear down this wall ;-*

Mr. Pumroy
May 20, 2001



I was planning on putting my book up on other platforms, but uh, I was a little asleep at the wheel and didn't' realize that KU autorenews itself every 90 days. How much trouble should I expect if I break exclusivity and just put my book up wherever I want? I don't wanna bite the hand that feeds but I don't wanna wait till December to go wide either. I mean I'm already not selling copies on Google or Itunes so I guess it doesn't matter if I wait, but does Amazon have an internet gestapo that prowls other platforms for books in the KU program?

edit: also got my first royalty payment. feels weird to be paid for stuff i write, but it's something that i hope will happen more often in the future!

Mr. Pumroy fucked around with this message at 01:45 on Oct 7, 2015

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



Fun Shoe

Mr. Pumroy posted:

I was planning on putting my book up on other platforms, but uh, I was a little asleep at the wheel and didn't' realize that KU autorenews itself every 90 days. How much trouble should I expect if I break exclusivity and just put my book up wherever I want? I don't wanna bite the hand that feeds but I don't wanna wait till December to go wide either. I mean I'm already not selling copies on Google or Itunes so I guess it doesn't matter if I wait, but does Amazon have an internet gestapo that prowls other platforms for books in the KU program?

edit: also got my first royalty payment. feels weird to be paid for stuff i write, but it's something that i hope will happen more often in the future!

Yes, they'll probably find the book within a few days and send you an email asking you to remove it from other storefronts. If you don't, they'll remove your book from KU but you also run the risk of being banned from the program. I'd try sending KDP support an email asking if they'll remove it from KU as you forgot to cancel automatic renewal. They'll probably say no, but it's worth a shot.

Mr. Pumroy
May 20, 2001



drat. Oh well. I'll send them an email but yeah I'm not expecting them to do me any favors. I kind of thought that Amazon had cornered the market, but I've had more than one person tell me that they were disappointed they couldn't read my book on an iPad. Figures.

EngineerSean
Feb 9, 2004

by zen death robot


Mr. Pumroy posted:

drat. Oh well. I'll send them an email but yeah I'm not expecting them to do me any favors. I kind of thought that Amazon had cornered the market, but I've had more than one person tell me that they were disappointed they couldn't read my book on an iPad. Figures.

You're better off sending these people free books than basing your sales strategy around them.

ravenkult
Feb 3, 2011




So I doubt anyone was wondering, but neither Smashwords nor Draft2Digital will accept public domain works. This is terrible news for me, because I just illustrated a Lovecraft collection and I can only sell it on Amazon (can't go direct to B&N because I'm in Europe).

Balls.

Bobby Deluxe
May 9, 2004

this changes nothing, i am still dead inside

Having seen your covers, i would pay chuck tingle style for an illustrated lovecraft collection from you.

ravenkult
Feb 3, 2011




Honestly, it's low effort as gently caress because I want to put out a bunch of public domain stuff, so I can't recommend it. I will link it when it's out though.

Mr. Pumroy
May 20, 2001



EngineerSean posted:

You're better off sending these people free books than basing your sales strategy around them.

Yeah, that's what I'm gonna do. I know there's a website that lets you generate freebie downloads in multiple ebook formats. I thought I bookmarked it but I didn't. Anyone happen to have that link?

edit: nvm found it. http://www.instafreebie.com/ in case anyone else wanted it

Mr. Pumroy fucked around with this message at 09:18 on Oct 7, 2015

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



Fun Shoe

There's also a Kindle app for every single device ever, so they could very easily read your book on an iPad anyway, surely? Still, if it's not doing many borrows anymore, you may as well put it on other storefronts. If you ever want to put it back in KU later (new release on the same pen name etc) it can be done at any time.

Jalumibnkrayal
Apr 16, 2008



Ramrod XTreme

On Amazon, some authors whose works include some in the forbidden genre are finding their entire catalogs across all pen names swept into the forbidden genre. This apparently includes things like children's books. It isn't happening with any consistency or common denominator so there's hope that it's a bug of some kind.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



Fun Shoe

I don't think it's a bug, unfortunately. Selena Kitt had her whole Excessica catalogue moved, and other high earners have had the same thing happen. Most of the books look to be pure romance, but the authors have published (possibly miscategorised) 'Super Romance' in the past. It looks like a crackdown on books appearing on top 100 lists where they don't necessarily belong, just done in the typical Amazon heavy-handed fashion. It's that time of year, in the run up to the holiday season where they're going to have lots of new customers. We'll have to see how it all shakes out this time around, but it's likely that things will go back to normal-ish before long.

Bobby Deluxe
May 9, 2004

this changes nothing, i am still dead inside

It's long been noted that if you have normal fiction and smut on the same account, the 'normal' fiction is more likely to get jammed into the smut categories by the automated keyword detection / blurb scanning algorithms. Maybe they tried to tighten the process, but overshot?

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



Fun Shoe

Bobby Deluxe posted:

It's long been noted that if you have normal fiction and smut on the same account, the 'normal' fiction is more likely to get jammed into the smut categories by the automated keyword detection / blurb scanning algorithms. Maybe they tried to tighten the process, but overshot?

Probably something along those lines. :sigh: My catalogue is OK for now, luckily, but this is going to cost some authors and publishers an awful lot of money.

EngineerSean
Feb 9, 2004

by zen death robot


On Monday morning an Amazon manager walks into their Indian fulfillment center and says "I want every erotica book on Amazon classified correctly by the time you leave Friday". After Vivek just reclassified twenty books by the same author and has 300 more to go, I bet there's a lot of temptation for him to just go "reclassify, reclassify, reclassify, reclassify" without looking anymore.

ravenkult
Feb 3, 2011




Everyone was afraid of the pornocalypse. Little did they know they should have been scared of the romancecalypse.

e: In other news, Draft2Digital continues to be shady as gently caress, halving my sales in September and looking like halving them again in October. Apparently I sold 3 copies this month but they deny anything being wrong with their reporting.

ravenkult fucked around with this message at 12:53 on Oct 9, 2015

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



Fun Shoe

ravenkult posted:

Everyone was afraid of the pornocalypse. Little did they know they should have been scared of the romancecalypse.

e: In other news, Draft2Digital continues to be shady as gently caress, halving my sales in September and looking like halving them again in October. Apparently I sold 3 copies this month but they deny anything being wrong with their reporting.

Is it not possible that your sales have just dropped? D2D have always been absolutely great, customer service wise.

ravenkult
Feb 3, 2011




Bardeh posted:

Is it not possible that your sales have just dropped? D2D have always been absolutely great, customer service wise.

They lost my trust that one time I emailed them about their reports and they said they were fine, then emailed everyone a week later to say their reporting was absolutely hosed for 2 weeks, they knew about it, but didn't want to tell us.

It could be though. I don't see a reason why, but what the hell do I know.

e: Also my previous month I sold 32 copies, but then it went down to 29. Now it's down to 28. I don't know anything. I emailed them about it and they said sales numbers are ''estimations'' so they might change.

ravenkult fucked around with this message at 13:03 on Oct 9, 2015

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



Fun Shoe

ravenkult posted:

They lost my trust that one time I emailed them about their reports and they said they were fine, then emailed everyone a week later to say their reporting was absolutely hosed for 2 weeks, they knew about it, but didn't want to tell us.

It could be though. I don't see a reason why, but what the hell do I know.

e: Also my previous month I sold 32 copies, but then it went down to 29. Now it's down to 28. I don't know anything. I emailed them about it and they said sales numbers are ''estimations'' so they might change.

One explanation could be that people might have asked for refunds or returned books. I think it's highly unlikely that D2D are skimming sales off the top :shrug:

brotherly
Aug 20, 2014

DEHUMANIZE YOURSELF AND FACE TO BLOODSHED


e: my question has been rendered moot, nothing to see here.

brotherly fucked around with this message at 18:04 on Oct 9, 2015

ravenkult
Feb 3, 2011




Bardeh posted:

One explanation could be that people might have asked for refunds or returned books. I think it's highly unlikely that D2D are skimming sales off the top :shrug:

Nah, I'm just saying their reporting is totally hosed and they pretend that it's not.

Jalumibnkrayal
Apr 16, 2008



Ramrod XTreme

Update on the category fiasco: according to one person, Amazon is undoing this for at least a few authors. No details, but maybe ol' Vivek fessed up to his manager and some poor database schlep just had his weekend plans cancelled.

EngineerSean
Feb 9, 2004

by zen death robot


Jalumibnkrayal posted:

Update on the category fiasco: according to one person, Amazon is undoing this for at least a few authors. No details, but maybe ol' Vivek fessed up to his manager and some poor database schlep just had his weekend plans cancelled.

I definitely don't like people who miscategorize 5k word erotic shorts but my sympathy for Amazon employees, from the lowest Indian to the most senior Amazon representatives, is far less.

EngineerSean fucked around with this message at 13:09 on Oct 10, 2015

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uberwekkness
Jul 25, 2008

You have to train harder to make it to nationals.

I also asked in the taxes thread, but does anyone here have experience working out the money and taxing situation with a co-author?

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