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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


EngineerSean you've inspired me to try erotic literature as a warm-up writing exercise. Every morning I'll come up with some batshit insane erotica short story, hammer out as much as I can, then take a break and try to get stuck into some proper writing. If I have to clean my keyboard during that break then I'll throw it up on Amazon, collect my first million by thursday, and spend some of it on a personal assistant for that other guy so someone can read his posts aloud to him before he hits 'submit reply'.

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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 was almost ready to execute my final taste test when a tremendous pounding threatened to shake the door from its hinges.

"Open the door! Open the door in the name of the King! Daisy Fairweather, you are under arrest for culinary treason!"

I gasped.

"But my colonial meringue!"

Napoleon jumped up in shock from the bed and began scrambling for his lamb shanks-encrusted ceremonial vest.

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 recently rediscovered the first few chapters for a story I'd dropped two years ago and as I was reading through it I was like 'oh this is much less poo poo than I thought it would be'. Which immediately triggered a semi-existential panic attack because logically that means I've lost the ability to self-critique and I may as well stop pretending and just buy an all-included Season Pass to the World of Warcraft slash fiction convention

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 was half-asleep when I wrote that and I'm half-asleep now but shouldn't that be hyphenated? My girlfriend is a recovering prescriptivist linguist so every time I run a story by her it goes like this:

"Okay what'd you think, bit slow in the first couple chapters?"

"Well I fixed up all the commas and hyphens and stuff"

"No I mean what'd you think of the story"

"Oh yeah it's all good it's grammatically correct now"

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 can't imagine ever wanting to read a book he has written but have you guys considered that he has forged a new forums-based market and every thousand words of his bizarre egomania you read nets him cold hard cash? Because if that's a real market he is nailing it, he has probably dozens of goons reading a buttload of his words when not a single one of you would have read, for free, a book of even half the length with his name on it

Gotta play the game amigos

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


The Saddest Rhino posted:

I never considered it because these forums's revenue are not built on clickbait, and that is a strange thing to believe.

... I wasn't seriously suggesting he was making money from wasting people's time. It was a tongue-in-cheek comment to point out how silly the situation is, for reasons already mentioned. Instead of making money for himself, he has probably actually cost these forums a net loss by distracting actual professionals from their work. :psyduck:

Sulla Faex fucked around with this message at 13:21 on Nov 15, 2014

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 appreciate that you are trying to help me and that I did come here asking for help on how to be a better poster but I have a natural gift for sesquipedalian posting that is of such a high artistic integrity that to even trained professionals it is indistinguishable from trash. Being base and unworthy creatures I would not expect you to appreciate my talent or my posts, and in fact there is not a single person alive who could appreciate my posts for what they are. However I'm not leaving until somebody gives me tips on posting. So long as those tips don't require me to change my posting, because, as we already discussed, my posts are perfect. In fact what I'm really trying to get at is that we need to come together and work as a team to improve your posting receptiveness. You guys suck at appreciating perfect posting so maybe we can just start working out a way to improve your reading.

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


PoshAlligator posted:

I'm still waiting on Amazon to price match my novella to free like everywhere else, despite me telling then where it was free more than once.

Guess they're making too much money off it!! (they're not)

cant even give your stories away :smith:

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


Bobby Deluxe posted:

I think I'm just putting way too much thought into it. I care too much about what I'm writing to just put any old poo poo up, which is probably massively harming sales because there's so much of what I've written that is justifying or explaining the convoluted situations they're in.

I wrote a basic hooker fantasy thing and over half of it is them just talking and building tension. I mean is it a case of just write any old poo poo? Can you get away with Literotica's level of quality?

My proper book feels like it's going well though, I just know when it's ready to go up (looong time away) I'm going to have an existential panic attack over the marketing.

The mods/admins have banned the erotica thread so we should probably be careful that we don't derail this too much. But you've brought up a question that applies to all writing (in fact, all industries): know your market.

For example, in YA you wouldn't get very far reasoning "hold up these characters are just kids, they don't know how to do poo poo, realistically they would just be torn apart by wolves after fifteen seconds and the rest of the time they'd spend feuding amongst each other with their thumbs up their arses, so that's what I'm going to write".

You're not writing to show how good a writer you are, or trying to advance the cause of artistic integrity - you're writing for an audience, for a market. Think what the market wants and write around that. Don't feel your characters' actions are realistic or consistent? Determine what the bounds of the genre allow - you might find that certain personality quirks are completely verboten (emotions and self-doubt in Sci-fi, or mediocrity in fantasy) and others are perfectly acceptable (fifteen-person anal gangbang in the frozen aisle at the local supermarket for erotica).

I'm hitting the same problem you are, I've just finished the first draft of a story for the erotica market and I've hit an unhappy medium that is 1) not good writing, and 2) not good porn. This is the result of trying to satisfy the market while keeping true to what I hold to be good fiction. You need to leave that out the window, and going into my second draft I'm taking a hatchet to every thing I threw in there to justify character actions or provide backstory. It's just going to be sex, a bit of exposition that enhances the sex, and nothing else. By trying to satisfy certain personal beliefs that the market doesn't give a poo poo about, I'm doing nobody a favour.

So, yeah. That's my approach, though obviously I'm in the same position as you. If you want to write for literature's sake, do whatever you want, just don't expect people to read it. But if you're writing to make money, if you're writing for an audience, keep their interests in mind. As people have mentioned before (or possibly that was on other forums), know your genre. There's a reason people haven't created a War and Peace / 50 Shades of Grey crossover, and it's not for lack of talent. It's because there's no market for it.

e: Another point about the 'know your market' thing, you said you'd written a hooker fantasy. Are you targeting hetero men (thin on the ground for written erotica), gay men, or women? I wouldn't have figured that women had many fantasies about hookers.

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


LaughMyselfTo posted:

Bullshit. This is some of the worst writing advice I can possibly imagine. The wisdom motivating the advice is sound (practicality over perfectionism if you want to succeed in the market) but the implementation is explicitly and deliberately bad, like some teenager parodying a businesslike attitude because capitalism is out to get us and destroy art, man. Overestimating your audience's intelligence is easy (and fun), but underestimating your audience's intelligence is a great way to write crappy work that you don't believe in, and if you don't believe in your work, your audience won't either. Emotions and self-doubt are verboten in science fiction? Mediocrity is verboten in fantasy? All of these things are inherent to the human experience, and someone who thinks that they are necessarily absent in science fiction or fantasy either does not have a mature grasp on life or has an exceedingly low opinion of science fiction/fantasy readers. Surely romance novels, likewise, can have characters motivated by things other than romance, and detective novels can have mysteries that remain unsolved. Horror novels may have romances that we are genuinely invested in, rather than eagerly anticipating the lovers' deaths. Escapism is a major factor in popular reading, but it is not the only factor, nor does it necessitate bad writing - and though solidly falling into a genre is not bad writing, and is almost always necessary for sales, singleminded adherence to a negative image of the genre you're writing in is bad writing and unlikely to earn success.


Here the truth comes out. You, personally, are having trouble hitting the market and pleasing yourself at the same time, so you think they are contradictory goals. They are not. For a writer, success in a market comes best when you are satisfied with your work. Goddamn the false modesty, or at least what I assume is false modesty, that leads many successful writers to indicate that they hate everything they've written; you must at the very least like what you're writing when you write it, because if you can't even stomach your own work, who will? If you think your work is poo poo, because your audience is stupid and you need to write something that appeals to them, then congratulations, your work is genuine poo poo (and so are you)! But it's unlikely that you've appealed to the "stupid" audience you aimed for, because they're probably at least smart enough to pick up on your insincerity. There are many good works of fiction that could not appeal to the public - I believe these are what you refer to as "literature". And there are many bad works of fiction that can and do appeal to the public - your Twilights and Fifty Shades Of Greys. It's easy to look at these phenomena in conjunction and assume that "good" and "public appeal" are mutually exclusive qualities. This is outright wrong. If you're going to aim for public appeal, aim for public appeal, but write the best you can; that's all that's really required. Books like Twilight and Fifty Shades Of Grey aren't written by cynical types who've figured out what crap they can slap together and have the public consume. They're really the best things their authors could produce. It's the same for you - if you really can write something that isn't poo poo, then you have to if you want to be a writer. If you deliberately write worse than you can, because you view your readers in a condescending light, then you will not succeed in your goal, because your readers will smell it miles away.

:psyduck: you ever hear of context, man ?

a general reply to someone finding they're not hitting their market and are worried about making any money, throw in a couple off the cuff examples, and suddenly I'm a leading expert who has tried to publish the definitive work on What Literature Is

take that enthusiasm and point it at someone else

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


The Saddest Rhino posted:

I know I troll you a bit here but serioustalk I'd rather read what you've produced than Sulla's cynical erotica because you actually sound enthusiastic about writing.

yeah i 100% agree with you, anybody who says writing is a developed skill or that there are certain frameworks worth following is a callous corporation that essentially thinks literature is "press button print money". i hate reading authors who actually edit their work once they've written it, or subscribe to this business cult notion of 'genres', i mean do you think literature comes from a process? gimme a break, if its not first draft and done without an ounce of self-reflection or thought for the reader then it's artificial as gently caress and not worth the paper it's printed on. it's gotta be real and from the heart so first drafts only please, like the other guy said if you ain't drunk then your writing's crunk and you be hella posin'.

this thread is where it's at and i'm glad we can all come together as a group to agree that all literature is defined literally 100% without exception by whatever the next guy posts:

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


There you have it, if it isn't bubble butts then you may as well kill yourself, you sick corporate drone. You know sometimes I have nightmares about a world where books are actually read by readers rather than just written by literary geniuses. One time I had a bad acid trip and for a brief few seconds I had the distinct horror of hallucinating a universe in which books were sold for money and the desires of the reader, and the ability of the reader to comprehend the author's intention, were factored into the creation process.

I still get shakes just thinking about it

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


You pretentious goofball

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


EngineerSean posted:

Haha are people actually reporting poo poo? Never change, goons.

Some guy accused me of being a neo-nazi last page :stare:

On a different note does anybody know if there's a tool or app that will output a graphical WPM display of your target word count? I.e. if you want X words per 2 hours, and that works to Y WPM, it'll just output Lorem Ipsum at that rate so you can get a feel for how damaging those little breaks are?

If not I'll just write it but I want to check if it exists first in some capacity.

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


Personally I'm just disgusted that you guys are treating literature like a business :v:

Although I've been reading about how the KU price point has been dropping and dropping each new month and people are getting really antsy about where it's going to head up. Also a lot of talk about 'black hat' publishers who are dumping a lot of low-quality glut on the market to get ahead, which might be in turn precipitating a drop of payout on Amazon's part..

But since KU has only been around for a very short while it's hard to say how it will work out.

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



correct

EngineerSean posted:

all self published work is the product of scammers anyway, KU just monetizes it

the difference between self-pubbed and trad pubbed literature is that self-pubbers thinks they can make themselves money using their work, trad pubbers think they can make themselves money using someone elses work

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


Anybody have experience with covers? I'm working on one now using free stock photos that I'm going to muck around with in Photoshop.

Anybody got an example for how to credit Creative Commons photos properly, and how to specify the edits made and how to make clear that the copyright owner doesn't endorse or sponsor its use? Do you provide credit on the inside cover, before/after/below the title page, or what? At the end of the book?

The FAQ on CC isn't helping me a lot because it's so vague, and all the self-pub resources I've seen don't actually provide details on using the stock photos, just how to find them.

Sulla Faex fucked around with this message at 14:52 on Nov 23, 2014

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


Any non-US self-publishers who can share their experiences with tax stuff on Amazon?

This blog post http://catherineryanhoward.com/2012/02/24/non-us-self-publisher-tax-issues-dont-need-to-be-taxing/ says:

quote:

From the Amazon KDP Tax Interview guide, October 2014:

“If you are claiming a reduced rate of withholding tax under an income tax treaty and do not have a U.S. TIN, provide your foreign (non-U.S.) income tax identification number to receive treaty benefits. This number is issued by your local tax authority or government for income tax purposes.”

That’s right, folks. Now – thanks to changes in something called FATCA (thanks Marcela of Beyond Frontiers Tax for the heads up!) – you only need the tax identification number from your own country to avail of any tax treaty benefits that may exist between your country of residence and the United States. This, for example, is an NI number in the UK and a PPS number in Ireland. This means you will know never know the horror of obtaining an ITIN or the suspicious ease of getting an EIN, but can simply go straight to Amazon KDP, Createspace, Smashwords, etc. and complete your tax interview with information you already have.

Which suggests that all I need to do is supply my existing Aussie Tax File Number and I should automatically get the reduction from 30% to 5% for the tax agreement between the US and AUS.

Edit: Yep, just put in my TFN and all the details and it automatically figured out the 5% taxation rate. Cool.

Sulla Faex fucked around with this message at 15:16 on Nov 26, 2014

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


chthonic bell posted:

I entered my tax ID number and now it says Amazon's the cut from US etc. marketplaces will be 0%, is that correct? Or did I gently caress up somewhere.

I think you might be misreading that. The % I was talking about is the taxation that the IRS takes from the gross payments from Amazon, which is after Amazon take their 30% (or 70% depending on your title's price bracket) cut.

And for you to get a 0% effective tax rate on payouts, I imagine you're in the UK?

edit: For clarity, here's a rough breakdown of the situation.

For non-US publishers, the IRS claims a standard 30% taxation rate on all payments. So Amazon takes their 30% or 70% from your various titles, and then the IRS takes a 30% cut of that, unless you have a W-8 form which means something like you're registered to pay tax in the US and thus claim deductions (or get taxed at the not-maximum rate). If you live in certain countries that have tax agreements with the US (agreements to stop citizens/organisations getting taxed twice on the same trade/service/income), you can now put in your own country's tax number and Amazon will figure out your effective tax rate. For me, as an Australian, the IRS will tax me at 5% of what Amazon pays me, and then it's up to me to declare that income to the Australian Taxation Office so they can tax me.

So if I've understood it correctly, if I sell $100,000 worth of books, I'd ordinarily be looking at:

1. $100,000 minus (30% or 70% that is Amazon's cut).
2. Then the IRS takes 30% of that for US tax.
3. Then I have to declare that money left over from step 2 to the Australian government, and pay taxes on that if need be.

But now that I can factor in tax agreements between the US and Australia, step 2 has been reduced from 30% to 5%.

Now there's some further complication in that if the book is sold in other countries (Brazil, India, UK, etc) they have different host-country taxation systems as well, so you're looking at further taxation payments on that. But that's too complicated for me to look into right now so I'm leaving that.

Sulla Faex fucked around with this message at 15:29 on Nov 26, 2014

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


Ah okay. Yeah that could still be right, I just remember seeing that the UK has a 0% taxation withholding rate, but the blog post didn't specify any other countries. You'd need to check the tax agreements between the US and Germany, which sounds like a barrel of laughs. Here's the page they link to for further information:

http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/International-Businesses/United-States-Income-Tax-Treaties---A-to-Z

Which is just.. well, good luck. I took a brief look and couldn't find any actual figures for mine so you're better off using google. I'd trust Amazon if your tax number is correct.

I also edited my last post to provide a brief summary of what I'm talking about here.

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


Here's an example of the process that a lot of self-pub blogs are linking to:

http://catherineryanhoward.com/taxinterview/

And it was pretty faithful to my experience.

I don't know if this process existed a year or two ago, but if it's new it looks like Amazon now automatically generates an electronic W-8BEN form for you and then sends it in on your behalf.

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


As someone who spent the better part of an hour yesterday trying to get Scrivener to output an ebook with italic formatting retained, and then Scrivener -> Word -> Calibre -> ebook loving up the table of contents a whole bunch, I'd recommend you start the way I finished: Save it as a word document the way you want it and upload it to Amazon KDP directly. They have a pretty good preview thing and you can just edit the Word document and upload again and again until it looks right. I think you can also download their computer ebook reader.

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


My first book went live this morning on Amazon (can't link, let's just say it's 10k words) and I got my first sale this evening! In theory I'm now a professional author, except:

1. It's $2.99 minus Amazon's fee minus IRS tax minus my government's tax
2. The customer was from the UK which means I have like 99.95% chance of it being a return
3. I feel like I'm going to wake up tomorrow morning with a news crew at my door demanding how I could dare try to rip off the general public by selling tripe like that

Good times

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


Trustworthy posted:

Uhhh but then how would I know whether or not I am worth a drat at any given moment?!

Just do what I do and post dick pics on GoonsGoneWild

Anyway I'm leaving the KDP page alone, I'm going to treat it like a quick time event in a video game, the lovely kind where you have to mash the spacebar a whole bunch of times to get the water valves open enough for the room to flood. Except instead of mashing the spacebar you have to mash the 'publish title' button with a new story every few days. And the pipes are full of 5 cent coins, just hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of them

can you tell I've been playing video games instead of writing

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 have a question, why would a book sold at $USD 2.99 on the 'Amazon.com' marketplace only return a royalty of $USD 1.05? Why is the American store sometimes 35 and sometimes 70?

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


Ah, thank you. The 35/70 makes sense now. It's a shame that they don't tell you specifically the source country for the sale within the Amazon.com marketplace, it would be interesting to track to see if there are any patterns.

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


Is there a limit to how often you can update book details and re-publish, or does it affect ranking etc? I just updated my keywords and threw a few more in (still a far far cry from the 399 characters that most people put in but I'm still learning) and it should hopefully be done within 12 hours or so. But I'm wondering if there's any downside to doing that, seeing as it's still available while under review.

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


This thread is an utter mess and I'm not quite sure which ethnic, religious, or social minority to blame. I don't think it is entirely All Else Failed's fault because at some point you just gotta learn not to respond to the weird homeless guy that yells at you next to the train station. There has gotta be some personal culpability there

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


EngineerSean posted:

why don't you just blame whitey

I'd only consider it if it would be 100% ironic and I kind of feel like irl this guy outshines the moon

Sulla Faex fucked around with this message at 23:51 on Dec 3, 2014

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'm in Portugal this week meeting my girlfriend who is doing some conference so if I don't write 4000 words tomorrow stuck in this room on my own then I'm gonna spew and jump off a bridge

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


The whole thing was worth reading, thanks.

I'm suffering from not having KU for research purposes. What's the requirement to sign up? I'll be in the UK in January, what's required to create an account and sign up for KU? Do you need a UK card for recurring payments, or are there any secrets or tricks to getting a UK KU account otherwise?

Sulla Faex fucked around with this message at 21:28 on Dec 5, 2014

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


EngineerSean posted:

Nothing special, I think the cost is 7.99 pounds per month in the UK with the first month being free. As long as you have a card on file with Amazon you should be able to pay for it.

Does it need to be a UK card though? Because I'll only be in the UK for a week. We have friends who live there in case they need a legitimate mailing address etc, and a UK IP address is easy to sort out, but I'm not sure if they check for a UK-only card.

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


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.

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!

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

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

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.

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?

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?

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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


Just noticed that a book sale a few days ago was actually a return. Had a look at how other people react to this and I can't believe how prevalent this is.

I wonder if Amazon cracks down on problem re-offenders or if they care so little about authors and non-tangible goods that they'd rather let cheapskates steal a thousand books than get a single whinger complaining that they can't exploit the system anymore.

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