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I used KC to assemble a collection of short stories I'd written some time ago. I did it to see how well it handles a typical fiction book. I built the e-book .kpf file and used Calibre to convert to .epub, which I first examined with Sigil. Nice compact file, no bloat.
The first problem comes in using KC to make corrections. Too many editing deficiencies. (It could be I just didn't find the features.) No smart quotes or em-dash conversion. No way to change the formats of themes or add new themes. Some parts of element processing and formatting don't work.
Having to go through Calibre to convert to epub is a pain. So is not being able to export to .doc or .odt formats.
I can't really see any way to use this program without augmenting it with a word processor, a file format converter, and an epub editor. So, if I have those programs, there is really no use for KC. I've begun to look into Jutoh. The only deficiency I've found so far is that it isn't free. :)
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Art, Covers & Designs [Public] / Free Typography
« Last post by Kitty on February 22, 2020, 11:40:44 AM »
Is anyone interested in free typography for their book cover?

I am an aspiring author, editor and now typographer. I've been lurking around here for quite some time, but I thought I'd bite the bullet and reach out to you guys finally. I was recently asked by my partner to try typography for their next book and I really enjoyed it. I would love to practice on real covers with real client needs to see if this is something I would like to pursue professionally.

My most recent project:



If you are interested, please just reach out or post here with what you are looking for.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: What Did You Blog About Today
« Last post by Jeff Tanyard on February 22, 2020, 09:21:51 AM »
Sorry to hear that, Sam.  I hope your recovery goes well.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: What Did You Blog About Today
« Last post by Sam Kates on February 22, 2020, 05:28:33 AM »
A brief post to explain why I haven't been around this week and won't be for a while: http://samkates.co.uk/2020/02/21/national-heroes-service/
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Hi everyone! I'm going to be updating my website http://avdaldesigns.com/index.html next month and I'm holding a 30% off sale on all my premades. Simply pick the cover you want and, during checkout, use the code 30FEB . This sale runs from now until February 26th. You can find my premades at http://avdaldesigns.com/premade-covers.html Many of these covers can also be turned into part of a series, so pleas leave a comment down below or email me at admin@avdaldesigns.com if you have any questions :)

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Amazon is currently researching ways to combine text with images for purposes of search, recommendations, and possibly product categorization. With that in mind, it appears that the new TOS is their way of saying "don't try to monkey with our algorithms by changing your covers." Which is also super-vague, and totally won't lead to a train wreck in any way. :doh:

My wife is getting a master's in computer science, with an emphasis on machine learning. She says that there are all sorts of stupid little things you can do to trip up an algorithm, like slap a sticker on a stop sign to make a self-driving car ignore it. As Amazon rolls out changes to its algorithm that incorporate our book covers, I expect this will open up a whole new playground for scammers and savvy authors alike.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: K-lytics, love it or leave it?
« Last post by Joe Vasicek on February 21, 2020, 06:11:14 AM »
Several years ago, I got into a heated debate on KBoards with another author who used K-lytics to estimate my writing income and throw that in my face, publicly. He was off by an order of magnitude.

K-lytics' methods have probably improved since then, but I'd take it all with a grain of salt. As for KBoards, there's a reason why I don't post over there anymore.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: K-lytics, love it or leave it?
« Last post by LindsayBuroker on February 21, 2020, 05:15:41 AM »
You can buy the one-off reports for the genres you're interested in if you don't want to do a subscription (the subscription, which covers data from the whole Amazon Kindle store every month, is probably more of interest to publishers or authors publishing a lot of books and in a lot of genres).

You can also search for podcast interviews with Alex Newton if you want to hear more from him before deciding. We had him on the SF&F Marketing Podcast a couple of times, and I'm sure we'll invite him on to our new podcast too. Other than interviews, he doesn't do much on YouTube except post some of the free monthly updates. The reports you can buy usually have about a half hour of content and also downloadable slides. I snagged the urban fantasy one last summer and was like, yup, I'm putting "magic" in the title of my Book 1, lol. (He does a word cloud of popular words used in the Top 100 book titles for the genre.)
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: Where is Hugh Howey?
« Last post by fleurina on February 21, 2020, 04:01:12 AM »
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I don't watch the news. I don't follow politics. And I ignore topics that foment outrage (e.g. gender politics).

It has made life so much more enjoyable.

Ditto
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