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Everything Drew said.

Here's my perspective when it comes to anything related to business...





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to each their own. If I'm working under a deadline, I make sure to communicate that early in the process. After that, when I email something I'll ask for a timeframe from the designer or editor. I'm very proactive about managing those expectations. If I send a follow-up email, I'll allow 3 business days for a response before I send a follow-up. Honestly, for the editor and designer that I normally use, I've never had to send a follow-up. They were very responsible in communicating status updates and if they needed more time, they were up front at those times.

I did contract with an artist for an original cover for a box set and he took two months longer than originally promised and I had to send 2 and 3 emails for status updates to get him to respond. I liked the artwork for the most part - it was quirky and original, but it was too much like work trying to keep things on target for me to use him again.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Int'l Only Bookbub Promos worth it?
« Last post by 123mlh on Today at 01:36:02 AM »
I've had about six international only BBs across four categories for three different titles. Made my money back within four days for all of them, some same day. That's using sellthrough, not just on the advertised title. So I take them when offered. But I do know of an author who turned one down and they came back and offered him the full one. I think that's rare though.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Int'l Only Bookbub Promos worth it?
« Last post by angelapepper on Today at 01:05:28 AM »
I had one in mystery back in February, and based on that, I won't take an international-only ad again.



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Publisher's Office [Public] / Re: Google Play
« Last post by TimothyEllis on Today at 12:38:15 AM »
Do you maybe have an existing account with Google? They updated their TOS, so they are sending out emails to everyone who has a direct account with them.
I have emails with them and a Google ads account. So then it would just be a coincidence that I get this when I have just uploaded to D2D?

Thanks.

It could be.

I've no books with them at the moment, and I got the email. I clicked the link to accept the new ToS, and it displayed I didn't have any books with them. But having an account with them, is something I want to keep for the future, should things change.

At the least, you need to check if your book is with them or not.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Silly Spammers
« Last post by Electric Dan on Today at 12:37:34 AM »
Got to laugh at the bitcoin spam.

The one where they tell you they hacked your computer, took over your cam, and recorded you wanking to porn.

Quite apart from the obvious issues like the email address they used not actually existing, failing to prove they even know who you are, and no evidence proving they even have access to your computer, let alone have recordings from it.

There is one part there where they tell you the bitcoin address is case sensitive, so copy and paste the address.

I received one of these the other day as comment form spam which makes absolutely no sense.  What "device" did they purportedly "install" their software on?  The web server?  A web server with a webcam?  Was the web server being recorded pleasuring itself to videos of web servers with 42U 36"D racks?  I'm kind of curious to see the video now.  :hehe

I imagine they probably spoofed their IP (maybe, then again if you're sending this kind of message through comment form spam, you're probably not that bright) but their IP address indicates they are in Atlanta, Georgia.

Received two of these today as comment form spam.

Each listed a different password, neither of which is a password I have ever used anywhere.

Then they say how they embedded a pixel in the message so they will know I read it.  You can't embed a pixel in comment form spam.  At least not on my comment form, which I coded myself.

Maybe someone will fall for this, but having the wrong password certainly doesn't make the spam believable.  LOL.
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Publisher's Office [Public] / Re: Google Play
« Last post by Doglover on Today at 12:22:57 AM »
Do you maybe have an existing account with Google? They updated their TOS, so they are sending out emails to everyone who has a direct account with them.
I have emails with them and a Google ads account. So then it would just be a coincidence that I get this when I have just uploaded to D2D?

Thanks.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: How long is too long before you move on?
« Last post by WriteOn on July 23, 2019, 11:39:59 PM »
I get it, I was in customer service/tech support for a long time.
You can change artists for whatever reason you want.  I doubt they will take it personally.

Having said that, most of the artists I've contacted seem to operate on a less than urgent schedule/mindset.  Maybe it's just the artist temperament?  Maybe that's why they want to work freelance?  My concern, in this particular case, would be finding someone else who would get the job done in the time frame.

If it was me I would email my artist again, explain the time constraints and ask if they think it is possible to get it done in that time.  At the same time I wouldn't feel bad about looking around for someone else and possibly contacting them for availability.

This is all great advice. I do have another cover artist in mind and I do love what I've seen of their work. I think I'll make a general inquiry and see what they say about time frame, etc.

Thank you for your response.
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Writer's Workshop [Public] / Re: Read aloud in Word is pretty darn awesome
« Last post by OfficialEthanJ on July 23, 2019, 11:39:58 PM »
Big ups and much love for turning me on to this feature. Found a few sneaky typos last night during a test drive.
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I get it, I was in customer service/tech support for a long time.
You can change artists for whatever reason you want.  I doubt they will take it personally.

Having said that, most of the artists I've contacted seem to operate on a less than urgent schedule/mindset.  Maybe it's just the artist temperament?  Maybe that's why they want to work freelance?  My concern, in this particular case, would be finding someone else who would get the job done in the time frame.

If it was me I would email my artist again, explain the time constraints and ask if they think it is possible to get it done in that time.  At the same time I wouldn't feel bad about looking around for someone else and possibly contacting them for availability.
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