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Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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Of course.

The vast majority of books on Amazon never sell anything for months at a time, if ever. Indie books are particularly at risk of this.

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Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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You post here to get feedback. A good 75% of the regulars who post here have achieved some modicum of success in the field. Writers need thick skin to make it in this business - anything said here is going to be much more honest and helpful than anything you get from an Amazon review - and that's assuming people are actually going to buy your title.

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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I make a fairly consistent 250-300$ from Smashwords every quarter. I depend on it for Steam games. :getin:

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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ravenkult posted:

What percentage is that from your total sales? Which distributors through Smashwords?

Maybe 10%ish? I'm not sure, I don't include them in my normal sales figures. I consider it free money up until tax time. And I generally put poo poo up everywhere that I don't manually put stuff (ie not AZ or BN, pretty much everywhere else)

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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Bobby Deluxe posted:

In other news I've been stalled for a week now trying to think up a title that isn't already taken :(

Don't beat yourself up about it. Almost every title in the world is taken in one way or another. As long as it's not super-super-generic, it's alright to have some other story with the same name.

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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quote:

Update: There is now confirmation from Scholastic that their titles will be included in Kindle Unlimited under the existing contract they negotiated with Amazon.

As with KOLL, Scholastic will get paid their full wholesale price every time one of their ebooks is opened by a Kindle Unlimited subscriber.

It looks like payouts will be just fine I guess? Unless I'm dumb and am not reading it right.

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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If you're into the whole Select thing, I don't see why the unlimited thing would be a big concern. You're more likely to see money from it as opposed to Select Borrows, I think. v:shobon:v

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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I'm pretty sure that KDP doesn't like you having more than one account but I don't have any proof offhand and can't be assed to look atm.

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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TTW is literally one of my favorite books and I was literally a crying mess at work when I was reading it at work, and I never cry about anything.

That being said it is in no way a sci-fi book, it is 100% romance with sci-fi elements.

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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ArchangeI posted:

Wizards fling spells at each other from the bridges of spaceships that are also sailing vessels IN SPACE.

Would unironically read this.

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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gently caress will most certainly get you filtered.

Can't speak for anything else.

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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Five stars. Came everywhere. I liked it almost as much as my own books, which you can find here.

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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I hate all of your successes.

I mean, I'm glad you guys are doing great and I have no one to blame but myself for dropping 66%ish of my sales, but I cannot deny the cold, green fingers of jealousy gripped around my neck.

On the plus side, October finally beat previous month sales so I've got that going for me.

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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I have lost thousands of dollars to refunds over the last few years.

You (sort of) get over it in time.

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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I have pretty much been ignoring Kindle Select for a long time because god forbid I give the Amazon monster exclusivity, I might miss out on the $100/month I get from b&n every month!

I too, though, have dropped 75% on my sales and am pretty anxious to try new things and by golly if people aren't actually partaking in same of my new stories via select borrows. I'm a bit confused though - from the way I understand it, do select books get paid out a set amount regardless of the book price? Ie my .99 stories get paid out the same as the 2.99s?

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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Back on the subject of KDP Select, is there some easy way to figure out where what the borrow rate for the month is? Amazon says that it's determined each month but I can't find anything current for the life of me. Or is it something that just needs to be calculated once the monthly report comes out?

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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Jalumibnkrayal posted:

Amazon hosed up a whole bunch of the 1099s. They are re-sending them and alerting affected people via email. I never get Amazon emails so I'm just going to sit tight until next week, which is when the corrected 1099s should arrive.

Online retailers do this almost every year for me. I got really worried the first year until I realized the correction was for an extra 30 cents.

I didn't submit a correction to the IRS, I'm a criminal.

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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quote:

You may have noticed that we haven't been reporting daily sales numbers for Barnes & Noble this week. We noticed the problem first thing Monday and immediately contacted Barnes & Noble. We’re sorry that we’re just now letting you know, but each day they have informed us the issue would be resolved “today.” Unfortunately, this has not happened.

First, we’re sorry that we weren’t faster to communicate the issue, but we were optimistic it would be sorted out with only a minor hiccup. Second, we want to assure you that the rest of your sales data is being reported on time and accurately. Only Barnes & Noble is affected. Third, as soon as we work out the issue with Barnes & Noble, we will get the sales information to you as quickly as we can. Last, you can rest assured that we will take steps to stop the issue from occurring again and to make our communication quicker if it does.

So please bear with us as we bear with one of our partners while they work out an issue. We will keep you informed about the issue going forward. Thank you for your patience and we appreciate our continued partnership with you.

Sincerely,

The Draft2Digital Team

dunno if that helps you but that just came in the mail

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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I am instantly angry at it for having an auto-starting video when my headphones were already cranked up from something else. Why the gently caress do people do that? It's as bad as the loving embedded midis from the internet a la fifteen years ago.

goddamn i'm old

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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Petition to rename erotica "super-romance" so we can stop dancing around the genre title

Tia

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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Sundae posted:

Just a reminder: You can talk about the biz side of things if it relates to other genres as well, but please no content talk in this thread re: Super-Romance.

I'm not a mod but I think this can be used as a general rule of thumb:

Good talk:

quote:

My sales in Super-Romance are doing really well right now, but I'm looking to expand. Anyone have any suggestions about optimizing tags and blurbs?

Bad talk:

quote:

Should my gay tentacle super-romance feature double or triple penetration? Also, are first cousins technically related?

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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That process should take about a minute or two at most. Something hosed up with your file format probably.

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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And that's a bad thing?

I've been in such a rut the last year that I would kill for a runaway hit like that.

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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I have literally asked Amazon to not give me a form letter after one of their dumb mad emails and for them to give me a clear definition of what I'd done wrong. They responded with a form letter. They don't give two shits about us, please don't delude yourself into thinking it's a pleasant working relationship. If they weren't the only real viable ebook retailer I would've jumped off that ship a long time ago.

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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Hey boyos,

I'm looking into getting back into writing more consistently and am in need of a new portable writing device. I literally only need two things: a word processor of some sort and internet connection. Does anyone have a suggestion for something I can use at the coffee shop or work or where ever?

I saw a Chromebook for $170 on Amazon, it seems pretty good imo but I wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VQP3DNY/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_nytOvbYSVS6Y6

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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I figured. I haven't had a lot of experience with google docs but I could get used to it.

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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Well, I haven't taken a COMPLETE dive since the change. I'm down about 50% but it's still better than what I was expecting.

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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ravenkult posted:

I'm still making the same money as ever on B&N, like 100$ a month, every month since 2012. Bizarre. If I was less lazy I'd write more.

I have the opposite problem, B&N went from a pretty standard $85-100 for me to $30-40 and even less this month. It corresponded with the KU bomb which has been just swell.

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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oh cool I wonder what Amazon will do to make the books no ones buying from me anymore even less visible

I am about done with the whole goddamn thing at this point, they've done everything in their power to make a fun way to earn some extra bucks into a damned chore

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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Bobby Deluxe posted:

I'm fairly sure I read about something like that, but the catch was it started deleting your porn if it got too far into negative numbers. Might just have been an idea though.

http://writeordie.com/

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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Jalumibnkrayal posted:

Are we ready for $0.0045 per page? I think I'm ready.

I'm numb to all of this poo poo by now and haven't been keeping up

I'm assuming this is even worse than before, right

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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It's killed my interest, anyways. It's not very fulfilling to work for an employer that obviously doesn't want to work with you.

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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I'm surprised more people aren't NaNoWriMo'ing it up. Is that not really a thing anymore? I'm doing it for the first time and 1666 words a day everyday may be child's play to some but it's loving harrdd for me.

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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I've been doing this (uploaded from mobile so gently caress knows if it worked properly). Since I've been doing NaNoWriMo, this has been really good at keeping me on track for the 1667 words a day necessary. It's good at telling me what happens when I gently caress off for two days like on 11/6 and 11/7, and it's telling me that when I go over for a few days, I can take a breather. For example, I could piss away the entire day today and still be in the green for monthly word progress.

I realize that this is a really simple thing and probably not helpful to most people but it's worked for me and I haven't been writing consistently for over a year until this month. After I finish the sci-fi romance novel I've been cramming out, I'll probably use this when I go back to romance/super romance.

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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I've made almost nothing on the audiobooks I've put out and I'm fairly convinced that they destroyed the sales of the actual books

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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fruit loop posted:

I thought serials didn't sell anymore and you have to do 50k-word romance (and do it really, really well) if you want to make even a couple thousand per month?

"even"

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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That all being said, there's nothing wrong with using games as a hobby. Everyone needs an outlet outside of writing to blow off some steam. Everything in moderation.

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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Sundae posted:

I ate far too much and exercised way too little over the holidays, so let me know if you need a cover model.

Pssh, look at this casual. Some of us professional fatties have been in the big leagues for years.

Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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Common sense to me would be to take book length into account when buying a book regardless of whether it's electronic or print but I suppose I'm just biased.

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Roar
Jul 7, 2007

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EngineerSean posted:

what is five thousand words anyway? did you know before you became a self publisher? how many people do you think know how long five thousand words is?

Amazon has the estimated page length which gives people a rough estimate of what kind of experience they're expecting.

I get what you're saying but leaving a "it's too short" 1-star review on a short story is petty. Again, may be me being biased, but shrug.

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