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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: Way to go Glynn Stewart!
« Last post by twicebitten on Today at 05:47:20 AM »
fantastic! Thanks for sharing it. I love to see hard-working indies succeed.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: Way to go Glynn Stewart!
« Last post by heyb on Today at 05:03:59 AM »
To me, folks like Calliope below and Glynn and Amanda are the heroes of the indie community - if you'll forgive the hyperbole inherent in the use of that word. They are highly disciplined and therefore prolific and I think their work ethic is something to which most/all writers ought to aspire. But more than that, they come across as writers. They don't give off the assembly line vibe. You can tell that they care.

In terms of other authors rising to indie prominence, maybe "skeevy" wasn't the right word to use when referring to this new concept of team writing, but there's a gimmicky quality to a lot of what's being put out there that just doesn't feel right to me. It's like certain people, marketer types, have figured out how to attract enough of a certain demographic that makes a book they've written profitable and from there it's just a question of scaling up.

I have a problem with this idea of a large team of people cranking out works like a factory under a few names who then leverage their lists and formidable bank accounts that continue to build as they incrementally squeeze the non-team indies out of the store by slowly raising the bar in terms of what it costs to gain visibility. Eventually, the store winds up becoming team vs. team, whether it's one name on the book's cover, two names or whatever. I think it's a worrying trend.

I don't know if there's a simpler way to put it, but I prefer the idea of financial success earned by one's hard work and dedication and skill as a creative craftsperson working on projects they're personally passionate about as opposed to people creating 'systems' and growing conglomerates larger and larger to where they snowball into these masterminded fiction factories. To me, that's gimmickry, it's not writing or authorship. But again, that's just me.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: unsubscribe rates on email letters
« Last post by Snowy Dan on Today at 04:59:52 AM »
I'm guessing that means over 60% goes right to peoples trash bin.

Not necessarily.  In order to determine the "open" rate, a tiny image is embedded into the message.  If the image is downloaded by the eMail client, it is counted as having been "opened."

If the eMail client does not support HTML mail (which is less and less likely these days) or if downloading images is turned off, then that image will not be downloaded and the message will not count as having been "opened."

So your open rate is never going to be accurate.  It just gives you a general idea of how many people may be opening your messages.
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Writer's Workshop [Public] / Re: multiple point of views
« Last post by Denise on Today at 04:50:18 AM »
I used to think that it was weird, until I read a few books doing it. It's actually genius! And it can help with pacing.

Usually, in contemporary fiction, there's a scene break, and then a pov change. I think it's fine, as long as you're not head hopping.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / unsubscribe rates on email letters
« Last post by mike herman on Today at 04:46:26 AM »
was wondering what kind of unsubscribe rates people are typically getting on their email letters. I'm between 2 and 3%. Don't know if that is normal or what. Spam complaint rate is 0.23%. I'm still not getting my open rate above 34%, even after adjusting the mailerlite settings (authentication). I'm guessing that means over 60% goes right to peoples trash bin.
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I have yes. But never when the face is the focal point. Couple examples.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/kindle/series/B07BRYQNQ9?ref=series_aw_dp_link
The model with the black bra is not the same as the one with the white bra.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/kindle/series/B0198B5OAM?ref=series_aw_dp_link
These are all the backs of heads. None of the models are the same. None of them even have red hair for that matter
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: Sales tax on author's copies
« Last post by okey dokey on Today at 03:20:01 AM »
Thanks for the responses David and Llano.
Very good comments from you both.
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I've added another 11,000 or so words and reached the end of the story. Just editing now as I have caught some seasonal virus and had a few days off from my day job.
Unusually for me, there weren't any major continuity issues or plot holes in the first draft. I must have been concentrating really hard!
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I did my 50,000 words, then went back to start rewriting it. Been distracted by Christmas for the last week or so, though.
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