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I have a YouTube channel and I put videos on my Facebook pages...and a few readers' groups.  I'd like to do more, but I use Lumen5 and the graphics are not a good match for Instagram's "vertical" requirements.  Any other ideas?  Thank you!
Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: Where is Hugh Howey?
« Last post by TimothyEllis on February 20, 2020, 12:39:14 AM »
He just posted on KBoards:

Has anyone updated him about KB's new owners?

Or let him know about here?
I think this is in response to authors creating covers that are so similar to another's as to be virtually indistinguishable except the author name. I've seen a few of those and was actually appalled when I saw it.

This isn't a matter of using the same photo/art. This is duplicating layout, typography so thoroughly that if you didn't see the author name, many readers would believe they came from the same author. It's a copying of someone's cover brand.
Is Amazon trying to put photo sites out of business? One of my romances uses an image Iíve seen on at least five other books in the past couple of years.

Same here. On one of my fantasy novels, I used a picture from pixabay and had it up for about two years. And saw it on no less than a half a dozen other novels over that time. At least I could take solace in the fact that MY novel was ranked higher than any of the others.   grint

I redid the covers to that series a few months ago.
I haven't checked the guidelines lately, but I don't think this is new.

About two year ago, there was a case where an author with an axe to grind published a book with a very similar title, cover, blurb and author name to an upcoming novel by a popular traditionally published author.  Because the two books looked so similar that one might be mistaken for another, there were complaints and Amazon took the copycat book down. You can see both covers next to each other here. They look extremely similar and it's easy to see why that sort of thing would not be acceptable.

Just using the same stockphoto alone shouldn't be an issue or Amazon would have to yank hundreds of books. But using the same stockphoto, font, a similar title and a similar author name may get you in trouble, especially if done maliciously.
In theory, this could be a good thing. I've seen a few covers that very blatantly lifted top selling authors' branding. I'm not talking normal things like stock photos, generic layouts, and common fonts. I'm talking a high level of imitating, copying multiple distinctive details in ways that could only have occurred deliberately. IMO, those are the covers this is aimed at.

In practice, though, they may regret adding this to the guidelines. You only have to look around KBoards to see that tons of authors don't understand the way stock photos work or don't realize that they don't own extremely generic concepts. So there could potentially be a lot of ignorant people reporting their competitors for covers featuring girls with flowing hair and magic in their hands.

I'm not sure how familiar the employees getting those reports are going to be with normal genre cover conventions. To someone who doesn't know anything about it, the above mentioned urban fantasy style does look very similar, and those complaints might get kicked up the chain to yet another person who knows as little about cover conventions as the first. 

So, well intentioned idea but maybe not very practical if the final call is being made by someone without experience in design, who has never studied the genre in question.
It is almost impossible to do a cover that doesn't at least somewhat resembles other covers. My most recent cover that was done by Jeff Brown that I really thought was pretty damned unusual for HF covers (not easy let me tell you) within a few days I ran across two covers quite similar. The number of HF covers with helms or swords or armored hands holding swords must be in the hundreds. Yes, I know that Amazon put in the word 'deceptive'. What I am wondering is just how Amazon decides if two similar covers are 'deceptive'.
Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: Where is Hugh Howey?
« Last post by Mammasan on February 19, 2020, 02:03:38 PM »
He just posted on KBoards:

"Hey folks! I've probably been absent long enough that introductions all around are in order. I'm doing my part by scanning your threads and seeing how much of my expertise has hit its expiry date. I'm assuming everything I knew about publishing is even wronger now than it was back when.

I'm not the best writer in the world. Not even the best writer in my household. Not even sure that I'm a very good editor. But I have free time, and I've got a project in mind that might help aspiring authors and pros alike. We'll see. It could fail spectacularly.

The gist is this: I'm looking for great works of genre fiction. I'm compiling a slush pile, and I'm going to go through that slush pile in a public format and read through the works aloud and make edits / suggestions / comments. Basically the same thing I do daily for the anthologies I publish with John Joseph Adams and Gary Whitta. The idea is to open up what is normally a hidden process and make it more communal.

If anyone is interested, feel free to submit your work to me at: Subject line should be Open For Submission [TITLE] [YOUR NAME]. The first page or two of the work might be made public. You can put ANONYMOUS in lieu of your name if you prefer.

I announced this here: But there's nothing there that isn't mentioned here, so feel free to save yourself the click."
It can take up to 2 weeks.

But a request to D2D to hurry them up can speed it up.

The other thing I've heard is if you tell KDP, they will often let you put the books in KU before the last wide one is delisted. But it is worth asking them, even if they say no.
I decided to put some of my books back into KU. Draft2Digital was able to delist them from the major venues but shows them  still "delisting" on Overdrive and Biblioteca. Anybody have experience in re how long that will take?  :icon_think:
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