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    The Great Splendini

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    Listen up all you Hemingway Wannabes

    Post  The Great Splendini on Fri Jul 10, 2015 12:38 pm

    https://www.yahoo.com/tech/s/amazon-pay-self-published-authors-based-pages-read-165038441--finance.html

    Amazon to pay self-published authors based on pages read

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    Psioncy

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    Re: Listen up all you Hemingway Wannabes

    Post  Psioncy on Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:44 pm

    Yeah you know what? I'm in favor of this.

    The problem on amazon is that there are all these "authors" cranking out pulp.

    I mean like niche genres like vampire/zombie fiction. And their shit sucks cuz they aren't putting any soul into their writing.

    My book gets read, and why? Cuz it says something. I put work into it.

    But these pulp cranking assholes are screwing up the industry.

    I know 3 pages in if I'm gonna read the rest of the book. And that's how it should be.


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    Post  The Great Splendini on Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:39 pm

    yeah, but that's what the rating system is for.

    if you get mostly bad ratings, people will look elsewhere.

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    Post  Psioncy on Sat Jul 11, 2015 1:45 am

    Yeah but they pump up those crap books with fake ratings.

    Fiverr.com They have guys on that site with 5000+ Amazon accounts, who can buy copies of your book, give you verified reviews, etc.

    I don't think Amazon really tries to stop them, since they are making all kinds of money from it.

    Fiverr also has people who will put voodoo hexes on your enemies for you. Only $5!



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    Post  The Great Splendini on Sat Jul 11, 2015 10:43 am

    well, all's fair in love, war, and self-published books on amazon.


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    Post  The Great Splendini on Sat Jul 11, 2015 10:59 am

    don't put all your eggs in one basket.

    also, i read that it's possible to make money as a freelancer where you format people's books to put them online?

    you mentioned that you had to do that for your book, right? i think there's a market for that where people hire out someone so their book is formatted for e-books. not sure, but maybe you can do some freelance work along those lines. sounds boring, but maybe it pays well? and anything you can do from home is an advantage.

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    Post  Psioncy on Sat Jul 11, 2015 12:02 pm

    Yeah, they do that on fiverr also.  But the truth is, kindle books are not hard to format at all.

    They're really simplistic actually.  It's a nightmare to publish something on there with all kinds of graphics and charts, cuz it's just not set up for it.  

    If you format the book according to the guidelines on Word, it will just auto-convert for you when you upload.  Have to follow the rules though or it'll be all fkd up.

    Have to format the table of contents of course, and page numbers, etc. Better not to do anything too fancy and just use a standard ebook font. I mean even the big sellers from the publishing houses are done that way.

    Plus KDP really screws you on file transfer fees. They charge by the meg, so if you book is under a couple megabytes, it's like 13 cents or something.  But if it's larger, like full of high rez graphics, they charge an arm and leg for the bandwidth consumption.

    So most kindle books are really small files, mine is like 600 kilobytes or something, not including the cover which is like 400kb, so I think the download is a just a meg in total.


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    Post  Psioncy on Sat Jul 11, 2015 12:10 pm

    Also there is a lot of bullshit on fiverr, like people doing incredibly sloppy work that is just worthless.

    Cuz they are only making $4 and don't give a shit. So they offer a "basic service" for $5, and then try to tack on a bunch of other options with added $5 increments. So if you just get the basic service they advertise, they probably won't give too much of shit about it.


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