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Writer's Workshop [Public] / Re: Read aloud in Word is pretty darn awesome
« Last post by JRTomlin on July 23, 2019, 07:01:42 AM »
I tried it but found that my mind tends to wander. That's possibly just me. I find I have to actually read it out loud myself. It's a bit tiring but the most effective.
Marketing Loft [Public] / Int'l Only Bookbub Promos worth it?
« Last post by JRTomlin on July 23, 2019, 06:57:48 AM »
I have just been offered a 99 one in Australia, India, Canada, and the UK. I do get good sales in the UK on that series. It's the second in the series. I don't think I've ever done an international only promo.

Thoughts? How have the international ones worked out for people who have had them?

I am actually considering turning it down and trying for one in all regions with another novel. (Yes, I know turning down a BB is shocking)
Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: RIP Internet: 1991-2019
« Last post by Llano on July 23, 2019, 05:51:50 AM »
What everybody else said, but I'll just add my pet peeve: audio and video that starts automatically playing, which is just about every single website these days.

I've used all the ad blockers, stop autoplay, and everything I could find. Finally, a few weeks ago Firefox announced they were adding muting as a standard feature, but allowing autoplay without sound. They lied. It made the problem much worse, and many sites quickly found a way around it. So while I was peacefully surfing the net with classical music playing some jerk suddenly started reading the news to me, while another tab, left alone for a few minutes, started playing audio for something else. I had to scroll through the tabs and scroll through the page to find the offenders, often in those obnoxious little boxes at the bottom of the screen that can't be stamped out.

I finally found Auto Mute Plus a Firefox add-on that does exactly what it says. It automatically mutes new tabs as you open them. Doesn't work for the first tab, so I just manually mute that one when I first fire up Firefox in the morning and leave it that way all day.

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Sometimes even a little push can make a relatively big difference.

Yes, I think this is a useful truth.
It is almost finished now and has been fun, because I've actually had downloads in every single Amazon store, with quite surprising numbers in india, and a no. 1 in free 'regency historical' in Canada. The book I mostly advertised has stuck around at 4-7 ish in its (free) category for most of the promotion in the US and UK stores.
I've also at last noticed some activity for both books on Goodreads.
All in all I am very happy with this little foray into advertising!
Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: 50+ words a matter what!
« Last post by Electric Dan on July 23, 2019, 04:58:09 AM »
Wrote 345 words today on the lame space opera.

And only 82 words so far in the regular space opera.
I "discovered" that feature a couple of years ago. Since then, I do all of my edits with it. It truly is helpful on left out words and many other writing problems. My first readers have commented that the copy they read is in much better shape than previous books without it.

Good luck on your book.

Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: RIP Internet: 1991-2019
« Last post by Simon Haynes on July 23, 2019, 04:30:57 AM »
I'm increasingly having the same problems with blocked sites, Shoe, so right now I'm trying what I hope will be a workable solution for me. I set up a second browser on my MacBook Pro without ad blocking. So when I hit an article I'd really like to read, I switch to that browser, but I use the one with ad blocking for most things. That still means a lot of articles I might otherwise read just get zapped and I never go back, but it at least it leaves me a way to read the ones that evoke more than mild curiosity.

This is what I do. View with Firefox normally, and if I really really want to read something behind a 'disable your adblocker' command I open it in Chrome.

Normally I just close the page. There's always more content out there.

One of our two local news websites just switched to a paid model, so I deleted the bookmark from my browser. The other one is owned by the same company and will probably follow suit, and then I'll ditch that too.

On the other side of the coin, I've been running my own pair of websites for over 20 years now. They cost me $200 a year for the domain names and the hosting is handled through my ISP, as part of my broadband account. I ran small link ads on them for a while, but not any more. I like to think of them as my own peaceful corner of the internet.

Writer's Workshop [Public] / Read aloud in Word is pretty darn awesome
« Last post by notthatamanda on July 23, 2019, 04:04:10 AM »
I'm six chapters in.  So far I've caught it that should have been is, misspelled a character's name, another time had the wrong character.  Several phrases that I reworked to read better.  The book's been through an editor and two beta readers so I am glad I am doing this and making the book as perfect as possible, but sixty plus more chapters to go, it's going to be a long week.
Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: CANADIAN Writers' Support Thread
« Last post by WriteOn on July 23, 2019, 03:51:23 AM »
Possibly a stupid question, but I'm full of those.

I published back in May and got my first royalties set up to go to my RBC Georgia account. I see a lot of "Pending info from bank" on the payments dashboard. Do I need to do anything, or does it take some time for the bank to catch up on this?
All of the "Pendings" on your payments dashboard will stay that way until after the payments hit your account, since Amazon won't know what exchange rate your bank used and the final amount in CAD until the bank sends a confirmation back to Amazon after it receives the transfers.  And the payments won't hit your account until the 29th.

Perfect. Thank you so much.
Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: New place to promote - new to me anyway
« Last post by Marti Talbott on July 23, 2019, 03:40:16 AM »
I let them know I was concerned because my promotion is coming out on the 25Th. This is the response I got. (By the way, I see no harm in telling them about this forum.)

Hi Marti,

Thanks for reaching out to us! Yes, our Reading Stacks emails are scheduled for Thursday nights at 8pm EST. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. I'll be sure to pass your concerns along to our leadership team.

All the best,

Teisha M
The Written Word Media Team
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