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Charles Domard

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Re: Hello Everybody in the author community
Posted: May 18, 2017 10:05 PM   in response to: Charles Domard in response to: Charles Domard
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I see the reason why you guys think I did rubbish. For some reason, the e-copy of the preview cut off half of the words I wrote. I just brought an e-copy to see if this happens, but it don't. Just the e-book preview cuts off most of my words. This is why it looks like a two sentence paragraph, but it really is not. Read the paperback preview. It came out much better then the e-book one. You can see the difference. However, if you purchase the e-book it looks better. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, but I know what you guys are saying now. I didn't even know about the preview until tonight when I looked at it and seen the look inside tab. Look inside the paperback version, the preview is much better.
steven morris

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Re: Hello Everybody in the author community
Posted: May 18, 2017 10:28 PM   in response to: Charles Domard in response to: Charles Domard
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Try uploading again see it that sorts it. If potential customers see words cut off in the look inside they are't going to buy it.
10blade

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Re: Hello Everybody in the author community
Posted: May 18, 2017 10:39 PM   in response to: Charles Domard in response to: Charles Domard
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Charles Domard wrote:
I got a friend who traveled the world and know different languages to translate it for me.
Into all those languages? I have sufficient command of French to say that the French "translation" is not very good at all, and is working against you rather than in your favour. I don't know about the other translations. You don't need to conquer the world, Charles. I really do understand your ambition and your desire to share your knowledge, but I'd regroup and work only with English for now.
truejdk

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Re: Hello Everybody in the author community
Posted: May 19, 2017 1:33 AM   in response to: Charles Domard in response to: Charles Domard
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Sorry, but no. You need to reformat the Kindle version so that the 'Look Inside' works properly, not direct your audience to the paperback. Don't put up a substandard piece of work, then give a number of ways for the reader to get around the problems (go to the paperback; read the middle section; this is what I intended). It's your piece of work, your responsibility to get it right. Not the reader.
Charles Domard

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Re: Hello Everybody in the author community
Posted: May 19, 2017 12:20 PM   in response to: Charles Domard in response to: Charles Domard
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I'm going to fix the e-book tonight. I see what I did wrong as a first time author. I converted the file into a filtered web page instead of an html file. I'm going to fix it tonight sometime when KDP allows me because it is publishing the other changes I made. I didn't even realize this mistake until you established authors pointed out there was a sample of my novel. I wanted to thank you for pointing this out to me, This was just a technical mistake, which can be fixed very easily.
Angela

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Re: Hello Everybody in the author community
Posted: May 19, 2017 2:48 PM   in response to: Charles Domard in response to: Charles Domard
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Do you understand that there are over a million authors on Amazon? I'm sorry to tell you this, but you're not special. You are a tiny fish surrounded by big fish, who are being smothered by giant fish, who are food pellets for the sharks.
Here is the best advice you're going to get:
1.) Stop promoting your book on the threads. We don't care if it's life changing. The reader will. Aim for them.
2.) Stop posting and spend that time reading. Research is how most of us spend our time when we aren't writing. (Every single thing you've discussed already exists on another thread.)
3.) Hire someone to format the book for you. (Many people will do it for under $100.) While they work on making it look professional, spend that time practicing how to do it yourself.
4.) NEVER argue with people who are trying to help you, even if you are 100% certain that they are wrong. It hurts your reputation and on the internet, that can last a very long time. (I know, sadly.) It's not a shame to make mistakes. It's only terrible when we don't learn from them or refuse to accept responsibility for them.
5. Kindly take every offer you've gotten, as in helping with your book. Each of those suggestions are excellent. Some of the people on these threads make 100K+ a year from this wonderful career. Listen to them and you'll soon get to be one of the big fish that are being smothered.

Now, you can get mad or you can get busy on the list.
Have a nice evening, friend, and good luck.
Me me me

Edited by: Angela on May 19, 2017 2:49 PM
Charles Domard

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Re: Hello Everybody in the author community
Posted: May 19, 2017 5:01 PM   in response to: Charles Domard in response to: Charles Domard
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Now it has the professional look I wanted. I want to thank everyone for their input. It helped me find the formatting mistake. I used a filtered web page instead of an html to upload the manuscript. Because of you guys, the established author's on amazon, my novel looks better then ever. I want to thank everybody who posted on this forum. The amazon community is awesome, and I'm happy to be a part of it. It was the best decision in my life to self publish with KDP because you get to meet a community of friends like you guys.
acornwriter

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Re: Hello Everybody in the author community
Posted: May 19, 2017 8:17 PM   in response to: Charles Domard in response to: Charles Domard
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Charles wrote: Now it has the professional look I wanted. I want to thank everyone for their input. It helped me find the formatting mistake. I used a filtered web page instead of an html to upload the manuscript. Because of you guys, the established author's on amazon, my novel looks better then ever. I want to thank everybody who posted on this forum. The amazon community is awesome, and I'm happy to be a part of it. It was the best decision in my life to self publish with KDP because you get to meet a community of friends like you guys.

You've a pretty thick skin and you're a good sport. Plus you have passion. I wish you well.
Thomas Rendall

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Re: Hello Everybody in the author community
Posted: May 19, 2017 8:19 PM   in response to: acornwriter in response to: acornwriter
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Well said, acornwriter, I agree.
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