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  1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    Visiting this page reminded me of the problem some of us were having with outlook extensions and followers on wordpress sites. Well I’m happy to report that those extensions have stopped following both my blogs and with no followup notice from wordpress.

    So I hope to never see this activity again and I hope the rest of you who experienced this same phenomenon are also getting the same positive results.

    Have a great day!

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    1. Hi, Shirley. Yes, that strangeness stopped for me too. I don’t know what it was, but they were certainly not legitimate followers. I’m glad it stopped for you.

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  2. I have a question. I’ve recently started a new blog (haven’t launched it yet) When I sign in with AOL Gold, it seems to work fine. The side bar is located on the right side (where it should be), the menu is located under the heading photo (where it should be). Where I run into trouble–when I log in with Chrome, everything changes. The sidebar is at the end of the page, the menu is non-existent, the left side menu where you can make changes etc is nowhere to be found. Sometimes I can find the right photos, other times I can’t. (grrr) I’m frustrated. There are other issues, but I can’t think of them at the moment.
    Do any of you have similar issues? I’d appreciate any feedback.
    BTW my webhost was Blue Host but I found it difficult to work with . I unsubscribed from BH and went straight to Webpress. I seem to work better with them.

    I’m not good at this stuff. It is interesting when I don’t get lost and/or frustrated.

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    1. Hi, Patricia! I’ve never had this issue. I’ve been with WordPress for 5+ years now. I have heard of people having issues between different web browsers, but I’m unfamiliar with AOL Gold. Have you tried editing your page thru the Chrome browser to see how it turns out?

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    2. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

      Dear Patricia,

      I had horrendous issues with Chrome to the point that on the suggestion of my smartphone representative, I changed to Mozilla Firefox and all my problems went away. I was trying to delete and create a new gmail account and something started happening with the old gmail (it wouldn’t go away) and all my social media accounts. Somehow all the problems I was having were connected and the moment I moved to Mozilla everything cleared up.

      I’m not sure what you are experiencing because I don’t understand your issue, but maybe using Mozilla instead of chrome might make a difference in your situation. I use Mozilla for all my google needs. How crazy is that? lol

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  3. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    Something weird is going on with my blog followers. Lately as of the past several months, I am being followed by email addresses. Not normal blog names, just email addresses. Is anyone else experiencing this phenomenon?

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    1. Hi Shirley. Maybe they are people who don’t have their own blogs, but stopped by yours and decided to follow it. I don’t know.

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      1. Nope, it’s definitely something weird (fishy/shady).

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    2. Yes, Shirley…all of my sites have been experiencing this, too. I meant to send out a message to the team asking if they were experiencing this. All of the email addresses are outlook.com email addresses. Are those the kinds following you…with that same extension?

      Thanks!

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      1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

        YESSS Nonnie, all of them are outlook extensions. It is so weird. What is going on? I started thinking maybe it was from people who don’t have websites, but why outlook? I do have an outlook account.

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        1. It’s definitely fishy if they’re all from outlook. :/ Could it be a virus?

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          1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

            It could be a virus. I will be watching. Just got about 5 more today. Its scary.

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    3. You guys made me wonder, as I have had lots of new followers lately, so I went and looked. I only had fifteen email followers and they were all legitimate hotmail, yahoo and gmail. I didn’t see any with the outlook extension.

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      1. That is awesome for you, Jan! I noticed this outlook.com thing started happening about 2-3 weeks ago, and when I say it has been an overwhelmingly large number, it has been…to the RRBC site and to our 4WillsPub site. It is extremely odd. Luckily, I tend to pay attention to things like that so when Shirley mentioned it, I knew immediately what she was referring to.

        🙂

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        1. And now, Nonnie and Shirley, I too am getting several new followers per day with Outlook email extensions. I can’t figure it out. I wonder if I should remove them or block them.

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  4. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    Gordon, it helps a lot. For the longest time I didn’t have a clue that I could do anything about it because I could not identify the problem. So this is a start. I’m going to try now.

    Thank you.

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    1. Shirley, Foxit should work perfectly well. It may be that MS support installed it by by-passing your anti-virus programme. Now your AV programme thinks Foxit is rogue. To get it working properly you may need to uninstall the Foxit on your computer and then install a fresh copy from the Foxit site. That way it will be registered by your AV programme as legal and shouldn’t cause problems. Hope this helps.

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      1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

        That’s exactly what happened. It makes sense because Microsoft did not charge me for that precise reason. Now I am able to choose between Xodo and Adobe. I won’t go back to Foxit for now.

        It’s amazing what you learn. Thanks Gordon.

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  5. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    Following Jan’s question, now I have one. I have WINDOWS 10 and MICROSOFT OFFICE 13 and from day one I have had nothing but trouble with my pdf files. It comes up with default (TWINN) that I try to switch to Adobe Reader. The file opens with Microsoft Edge and I hate it. When I get what should be Adobe, a file comes in and I cannot navigate through pages, because there are no tabs for that, nor to jump to end of page or back to home. So I have to scroll each page and that takes up too much time. I try getting Adobe and an error window comes up.

    I hate Microsoft Edge with a passion because I could not bookmark my internet pages or migrate them over, so I went back to Mozilla Firefox because I hate Chrome as well.

    I’m in the middle of re-editing and re-formatting my first book OLV because when I left the original publisher and moved over to Createspace, some formatting problems cropped up, pictures were missing and some editing was never corrected. I don’t want to get my pdf file back and go through the scrolling situation I am experiencing right now.

    I wonder if this is waking you all up.? If anybody understands what I am talking about, please help me get an adobe file that works.

    By the way I had my password ability removed because I never registered correctly and it kept asking me for two different ways to log in. And if you can’t log in, you can’t get your files. So now I just go in like old times. They also wanted to charge me to use Cloud once I went over their free service, so I pulled all my files out and went back to saving on a removable disk.

    I am no longer getting automatic updates and I no longer have to purchase a new updated program every year. (They cost in the hundreds of dollars) Maybe I need to go back to their yearly subscription.

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    1. Wow, Shirley, that’s a lot of problems all stacked on top of each other. I don’t know what to suggest. I hope someone will come up with a viable solution for you.

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      1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

        After ranting about this issue it dawned on me that I may need to become a subscriber of Microsoft because I think I’m missing out on some important updates which is why I’m having so many problems. This is their way of punishing you if you don’t continue to buy their products. I loathe them.

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    2. Hi Shirley. Windows opens files based on default choices. You can change the choice and inform Win 10 which program you want to open a pdf . That should stop MS Edge. A quick search on how to change default programs in Win10 should explain how. Hope this helps.

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      1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

        OMG Gordon, it worked! I got a real pdf file that I can navigate through without all the scrolling and its not in Microsoft Edge. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!.

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        1. I love it when other members have the answers!

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          1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

            Jan it turns out I still wound up talking to microsoft support. They took control of my computer to troubleshoot. Turns out Adobe has a glitch so the rep put my files on another acrobat reader called Foxit, until Adobe is resolved. I do have a call in to them.

            But I never would have thought to finally get help if not for your question that started the ball rolling. I wasn’t aware that I had a real problem. I was just accepting mediocrity. lol

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        2. Hi Shirley, great to hear that you overcame the problem.

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      2. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

        …although now I set it in Mozilla firefox instead of in Microsoft. I hope it doesn’t matter because its a fluke that I got it to this level that I can do something with.

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  6. I have a dilemma that I hope someone can give me some pointers on. I am pulling down my first book, “Flowers and Stone,” and re-editing. I have learned SO much since that first attempt and I want to make it better. That’s not my dilemma. I have a beautifully formatted .pdf document. But, I cannot find a way to edit that document and keep the formatting without paying Adobe a fairly large sum of money. I know I can edit my original Word doc, but don’t have the knowledge required to format. Any suggestions? Should I just bite the bullet and pay Adobe?

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    1. Hi Jan, Word 2013 and higher is able to open a PDF document for editing and can then be saved as a PDF document. Alternatively there are free PDF editing tools . I haven’t used them so not sure how good they are. Good luck with your editing.

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      1. Thanks so much. I know I could convert the document back to a Word file, but I am afraid I’d lose all the beautiful formatting when I save it back as a PDF. I appreciate your input. I have found on Adobe where I can pay for the Pro service for one month and it’s not so expensive. Now to get the editing done in that month is imperative!! 🙂

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        1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

          Hi Jan, Your question is one that I’m sure a lot of us would like to know the answer to. Right now, I am re-vamping my first book and to my horror, when I left the original publisher, they failed to send over all the pictures and the size was all wrong. Some pictures were completely missing. Createspace never questioned the trim size until I questioned them. I still don’t understand how pictures got lost, so I am getting it all re-formatted correctly. I’m stressing over this.

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  7. This rule is leaving me speechless (well, almost) the comma before a complete sentence.
    John went to the store and purchased eggs, milk and cheese. No comma before the and.
    John went to the store , and he purchased… So I placed the comma before and and “Grammarly” took it
    out. What gives with that? Is that a new trend? What do you think? Is there a way you can control Grammarly?

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    1. Hi, Patricia. I have had similar issues with Grammarly, so I look at each instance to determine whether or not Grammarly is reading the sentence in the context that I am writing it. I don’t think it’s a new trend, I just think it’s an example of how something electronic can never be the ultimate or perfect editor. I don’t believe there is a way to control or change the way it is programmed. Best of luck! 🙂

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    2. I push “ignore” when I don’t like Grammarly’s correction

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  8. Hi, everyone! Question, how do you keep going when you feel like your efforts are pointless? I mean I did get a lot of great feedback on my book and have done a lot to try to promote it but it just seems I can’t sell any more books. I am currently waiting on edits on book two and have started on a third book but there are days where I just wonder if it is all worth it. I mean I am not seeking fortune and fame but would like to see my book doing better than it currently is. Self-doubt stinks, lol.

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    1. Hello, Frank. You suffer from something that affects all of us writers – Self-doubt. You have to go back to the original thought about why you wanted to write a story. What was the passion? If you can recapture that feeling, you will push forward no matter how loud that voice of self-doubt gets. There are millions of authors out there, but there is only one you. Stay true to you and tell the story you are inspired to write.

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      1. The reason I wrote the story is that, honestly, the characters wouldn’t let me sleep at night. They continue to keep me up waiting for me to finish their tales.

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        1. So, they have a story that has to be told and you’ve been chosen to tell it. 🙂 It is a hard business. There is no sugar-coating that. But, do what you love and what you have a passion for and the rest will come.

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          1. Thanks for the words of support, I truly appreciate it. I have always considered myself very confident but writing has really brought out a less confident side of myself…self-discovery! I do enjoy the writing. I think it is like the dream you have of getting to school late and finding yourself naked, lol. Writing a book is like standing naked in front of everyone who picks that book up….

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            1. That is SO true, Frank. We expose deep and hidden parts of ourselves through writing, whether fiction or non-fiction. Hang in there and hope you see an upturn in sales soon!

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    2. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

      Hello David. If you stay here long enough and set up your bank account to receive your royalties, no matter how small, you will start to see funds trickle in and you will notice the activity in your account. That’s how you will know that you are selling books. Amazon Help can assist you in setting up your bank account for direct deposit.

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      1. Thanks, Shirley. I have my account set up for direct deposit and I do see small amount filter in each month. I know part of the issue is I am creating a series and I think many hesitate to invest in a series until the books are completed. Self-doubt, I think, is a requirement for all writers. At times it is difficult for me because this is the only area in my life where I doubt my skills, lol.

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    3. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

      OOPS! I meant to call you Frank David. lol.

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  9. Hi folks,

    Does anyone have any suggestions about how to generate new reviews for my books? I have participated in a website that helps with this, and it worked for a long while, but reviews from there have nearly stopped. I have sent emails to reviewers listed on some sites provided by my publisher, and got a few responses, but I am looking to speed things up again before the release of my newest book, sometime this fall, I hope.
    Are any of you interested n reviewing some scifi books? Any suggestions on how to proceed? Please contact me on Twitter. Or you can leave a reply here. Thanks for any help you can provide.

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    1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

      Hello Jim. You are a new member of Rave Reviews Book Club, aren’t you? If so, you should have instructions for new members. Everything you need to know is in there including the fact that reviewing is what we do here at RRBC. We support each other with tweets, reading, reviewing, chat room discussions, blog tours, blog block parties and much more. So go through this site and read your WCU’s that pop up in your mailbox . I am hosting our new RWISA menbers. Check it out: https://shirleyslaughter.com/. Learn more about it and start supporting. Hope this helps you.

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      1. Actually, I have been a member for over a year now. I regularly retweet many other member tweets about their books, blog tours, etc…I have both of my books listed here under the science fiction section for books, and I was the winner of June’s best book video trailer contest. I believe I have been a contributing member for some time now. My request was simply to reach out to see if anyone here was interested in reviewing my books. Your suggestion about interacting more with blogs from others here is probably something I could do more of though. I also work at a regular job during the week, so finding the right balance is an interesting process.

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        1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

          Actually Jim, you need to promote your books more often. You can do this through blog tours with 4WillsPub; offering discounts through WhatsApp that you sign up for, and download the application on your mobile device. Reading the Weekly Club Updates (WCU) that come to your inbox will answer all of your questions about everything you need to know to promote your book(s). Hope this helps a little bit more.

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    2. Hi, Jim. Welcome to #RRBC! First of all, the club members need to get to know you. Are you interacting with members blogs (they can be found here on this website under the ‘How We Profile, Promote and Propel’ tab). Blogs are a great way to get the word out about your books and most all RRBC Bloggers love to host guests. That’s a great place to start. Best of luck. Hope my reply helped.

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  10. Hi,
    I could really use some help here. I have a manuscript sitting on my desk that I wrote a couple of years ago…before I actually starting publishing my novels. The WIP title is Sex for Money… The question is about genre. It’s fiction, but reads like an expose, about a female journalist who decides to take a work/break in Puerto Vallarta for a few months and write a story about male prostitution. So basically the story is sexy, with adult matter obviously, and consists of interviews and interactions with several men who sell their bodies for money. I have no idea what genre this would be as I normally write thriller, suspense, action, mystery. I pulled it out last night and started edits… and decided it was relatively steamy in parts. I would welcome any suggestions you can make. Thanks so much.

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    1. Hy, Lynda. What I’ve learned about steamy novels is that the genre they fit into depends on the heat level. How explicit are your sex scenes? Are they graphic? If so, would it be considered Erotica? If not, I’d call it Contemporary Fiction. That’s my two-cents worth of input. 🙂 Good luck!

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      1. Thanks rijanjks, I will re-read parts for heat level. I appreciate your input…

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        1. ALso, one other suggestion, Lynda. Are you familiar with Author, Harmony Kent? She would be a great one to get input from about the genre.

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          1. Great thanks, I’ll send her a note. That’s a great idea.

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  11. Hi, Lizzie – the reply feature not coming up for you, so I’m doing a fresh post for your query on Createspace templates from a design PoV. I’ve heard iffy things about quality for Createspace and in the last few days I’ve had direct experience PDFwith Amazon’s new POD venture with Kindle Paperbacks.
    Both do indeed provide templates for the internal content, and have an online cover maker that automatically calculates the spin width etc.
    No issues with the internal content templates, which are simple to use for non-designers.
    With the cover I had done by Kindle Paperbacks, I was extremely disappointed with the spine and back cover design elements as, unlike the front cover, these did NOT allow for uploads of your own files (save for an author pic). You can choose the font and size used, but there’s very little adjustable tinkering within that and the result for me, was that the back blurb was inadequately spaced and looks awful. I can’t speak for Createspace from experience, but would think it’s not a lot different as it’s
    a) still part of the Amazon group and
    b) uses templates based on professional standard offerings from Amazon’s main POD distributor Ingrams (who operate as POD printers Lightning Source for commercial users and Ingrams Spark for indies)

    From a design perspective, if you regularly use Adobe products like PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat Pro (PDF creator/editor) professionally then you’ll probably not be too impressed with the ‘takeaway’ approach so far as the cover’s concerned… I use Lightning Source and typically it costs me around £26 per title with an electronic proof for physical books – they do hard and paperback options too. This not only gets your book onto Amazon, but also hosted with Barnes & Noble, Borders, Waterstones and many other global class bookstores, so, although you have to pay to publis,h the services provided are PRINT on demand ONLY (no design, editorial services or ISBN etc) and gets you the broadest possible distribution, because they do it for everyone, not just Amazon.
    And their quality is excellent!

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    1. That sounds great! Thanks Jan. I can’t wait to take a look.

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  12. Hi all. I’m thinking of making my ebooks into physical books via CreateASpace, but am nervous about messing up the formatting. Anyone have some tips on getting it right? Thank you so much in advance!

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    1. Hi Lizzie, choose your book size then download the Createspace template for that size and copy your Word document into the template. Should sort out most formatting issues. Good luck with it.

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    2. Exactly what Gordon said. And, I will tell you from experience that CreateSpace has very helpful staff if you run into any issues. I’ve called them many times and they ALWAYS call right back with a solution to the problem. Good luck, Lizzie. I think it is a good move to expand from eBook to POD.

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      1. Thanks Jan. I have spoken to them and they are very helpful. My main concern was getting the book over spine the correct width.

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        1. Yes, that is important. I am sure you will successfully get it done. And, there is a final review before it goes lives, so you can tweak anything you need to then.

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    3. I’ve had all my books done via CreateSpace. Just give them a call.

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    4. Ah! Now it’s letting my use the proper reply box! LOL – See my long rant above Lizzie. I used Kindle Paperback upload because I went in for an AmazonUK competition (which was a promotion to get people to use their new print paperback service…). I’m unlikely to be in the running for a prize, so I’m most likely going to take the title down on Kindle Paperbacks as soon as the shortlisting is running and will re-publish with Lightning Source/Ingrams instead. The back cover is absolutely hideous compared with my usual efforts! 😛

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      1. Good to know. Why wouldn’t you be in the running for a prize though? Your writing is as good as anyone else’s work! Thanks for your help.

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        1. Well – they have a page with around 2750 entries on it, and I can’t find my book on there anywhere! LOL 🙂 the Ts&Cs weren’t too straightforward & I guess I disqualified myself somehow! 😛

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          1. Hopefully you didn’t! Keeping everything crossed for you:)

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    5. Thanks for asking this question Lizzie. I’m thinking of doing the same and I don’t know if I should use CreateSpace or KDP. I’d read that you have to know formatting for yourself if you use KDP! Thanks!

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  13. Hi Jim. Book a blog tour with 4Wills Publishing. Very reasonably priced, and the tour hosts are awesome!

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  14. Hi everyone. I am about to complete the third book in my scifi trilogy, Hopefully it will be out late summer, or early fall. I want to make an all out media blitz to advertise the release. I plan to reduce the cost of the first two books of the series to only 99 cents to entice folks. Does anyone have any insights as to which websites, bloggers, twitter feeds, and organizations will provide the best bang for my limited bucks? I would hope to spend as little as possible so any free advertising sites are best for me. Can anything here at RRBC be made available to help my promotion? Any and all suggestions will be appreciated. I know this is still early, but I wanted to get a head start on ideas and be sure I am well ahead of things.

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    1. Hi, Jim. First of all, make sure your books are listed in the RRBC Catalog. Then list the 99 cent ones on Books Down Low. Show support to other authors. There is a large group of authors on RRBC would would to host you on their blogs. Take a look at the approved blog sites listed on the RRBC website. You won’t find any organization that gives better promotion and support than RRBC, but remember you have to give to get.

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    2. Hi Jim. Do you have a Twitter account? Use the #RRBC hashtag on your book tweets. If you support others they will happily do the same for you. I also run a networking hour on Twitter called #creativebizhour It trends every week and is a great way to promote writing. We have millions of views in an hour each week and tens of thousands of RT’s. Just addd the # to tweets 8-9pm (GMT) every Monday, then RT others using the hashtag and join in with the chat to tell people about your books. People usually RT in return. Your work is then seen by their followers when they RT your tweets. It widens your audience and works by mutual support.

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      1. I didn’t know about this. I need to get “out” more!!

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        1. You are welcome to join in anytime!

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      2. Thanks. I did not know about this one. I will try this next Monday for sure.

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        1. Fantastic! See you there:)

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  15. Thank you, Shirley. I appreciate your info.

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  16. Hello, awesome #RRBC members! I desperately need to find a professional who can convert a beautifully laid out .pdf file to ebook format. I’ve tried all the free converters I can find out there and none of them work. It comes out all wrong. SO, if you know of anyone who does this and does a good job, PLEASE pass the info on to me. Thank you ahead of time.

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    1. Jan- emailed you on your RRBC account 🙂

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      1. Thank you, Jan. Heading over now to read!

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  17. Hi Rose. I can only tell you what I would do, and please don’t take it as gospel because I am really lousy at anything related to grammar. Lol I would probably normally use “he asked,” but I have also been known to use “he said” when I follow it with a clarification of some kind: “he said in a questioning tone of voice,” or something else along those lines.

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  18. Hi Kim. Thank you for the links. I had already Liked your Facebook page, but I posted the links to both the page and the book on both of my Facebook accounts. 😀

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  19. Shirley, thank you so much. Especially for the link to the editing thing. I hate editing, and I’m really lousy at it. Lol

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  20. I think it depends on who does the blog tour. I did one tour that was a complete disaster, and then I have done a couple of tours with 4Wills, which got me much better results. They did not make me a number one author, but I did see a boost in sales.

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  21. Any thoughts on how much blog tours boost sales?

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    1. In my experience blog tours are more about exposure rather than sales. I like review tours. I’ve gained new fans from bloggers who have reviewed my books.

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      1. Thanks, I hadn’t thought of that but its been tough to get response from the blog reviewers since they are so busy. I’ll work on that though.

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        1. Talk to Nonnie about a 4Wills tour. They are very reasonably priced, and they set you up with some absolutely awesome tour stops. You get great exposure, lots of interaction with the people who follow the tour, and though I can only speak for myself, I did see a boost in sales. 😃

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          1. Yes, I’ve been looking into that. I’ve hesitated until now due to time constraints. When I schedule one I’ll have to do so with some lead time due to schedule constraints these days. Alas, I’ve been very slow on the next book too!

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            1. Oh, I feel you there! I know all about being slow with the next book. By the time I am able to get Winter finished, it will be about two years behind schedule. Lol As for tours, I’ve looked into several different companies, but none of them seem to offer the smooth, worry-free tour that 4Wills does. Plus, the tour fees are incredibly reasonable.

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            2. I’ll definitely get one scheduled soon!

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  22. Hi everyone, I am desperately looking for someone who has had experience with MailChimp. I have some questions about the list, and how they work. If you have used MailChimp, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you.

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  23. Hi Luke. I watched your trailer, and I thought that the imagery was great. However, I thought that it was too long. By the time it was done, I felt as if I knew half the book already. Also, after a point, the music kind of bored me. I know that the music suits the theme of the book, and I liked it when the trailer first started. Maybe because the trailer is so long, the music became repetitive. I think if you shortened the trailer a bit, it would be borderline awesome. 😃

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    1. Thank you. Much appreciate your feedback.

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  24. Hi
    I am a new member at RRBC. I have recently published my first book called ‘The Devil’s Prayer’ and have made a teaser video to try and promote it to a wider audience. I would be very appreciative of any feedback, constructive criticism on it. Attached below is the link to it on Vimeo and You tube.

    I would also love to hear from any members who have tried promoting their books via a video teaser and your experiences.

    Best

    Luke Gracias

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    1. Hi Luke – I’m in agreement with Rhani that overall the video is too long. The slideshow aspect is really working for you as it transitions through some lovely images, but the footage of the hooded processional, whilst being beautifully filmed, takes up far too much of the time and leaves huge holes in your narrative. I would certainly keep some of the imagery from that sequence as it’s stunning with the torchlight etc, but if you’re able to, I’d consider having a voice over narration for that section, or even the whole thing, with the music as a background and maybe fading out at the 2 minute mark, which seems to be the average length for these trailers so you can pack all your good stuff into it.
      There are plenty of good (and free) voice recording apps out there, so doing a voice over needn’t be costly and they’re fairly easy to add to most media software – you have all the ingredients for a great trailer there already, it just needs some judicious editing! 😉

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      1. Thank you Jan. I agree it is long and I will aim to bring it down to 2 minutes. I will give it to someone else to do as I am too attached to much of the film footage. i now realise that the footage needs to be cut to suit the purpose of a promo and not be selected to fit the music and showcase the images.

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  25. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    Rhani, here is the link to the Facebook approved sites in that tab: https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/how-we-profile-promote-propel/like-our-facebook-pages-please/.

    Also I discovered an approved editing services site in the Approved Members’ page as well: Writer April Adams – http://writerapriladams.com/. Check it out!!

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  26. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    Can someone who really knows how to use Roundteam contact me? I am not getting the terms from the tutorials and I know I can streamline my accounts a lot better. I have had to target names of authors who are using our #RRBC handle and are not members or are promoting hardcore porn. I put a block on a couple of names. Its hard sometimes to distinquish between who I want and don’t want. I also want to add a couple more handles without deleting what I have and starting over. So get in touch with me if you can really help me out and I’ll send you my email and/or phone number. I would prefer to speak to a live voice because sometimes reading draws a blank for me as well. lol

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    1. I’ve been toying with using Roundteam. I’ll wait to hear how it works out for you! Hope someone comes to your rescue!

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      1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

        I hope so too Linda. I know somebody knows this stuff well.

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  27. I finally got around to making an author page on Facebook. I’ve been posting stuff about my work, as well as posting the Amazon links for several #RRBC books. I don’t have many Likes yet, but I am getting a few here and there. Here is the link: goo.gl/UvY4YY I would appreciate it if you stopped by, and Liked the page. But even if you don’t, I will be happy to promote your stuff if you send me the links. 😃

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    1. You’ve been liked and I also liked a lot of posts of other RRBC members. My facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/kimcoxauthor and my book link is http://goo.gl/qpTVRz.

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    2. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

      Rhani, make sure you submit your facebook link to NJ to get your page approved. Then your link will be posted on the Approved Members Blog & Sites where you can go and like other authors pages and they will like yours. Here is the link for instructions: https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/how-we-profile-promote-propel/approved-member-blogs-websites/.

      Telling you this just reminded me that I need to check the site again to like new member’s pages.

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      1. Thank you for the information, Shirley. I followed the link, and it looks like they are all blogs as opposed to Facebook pages. But I will check into it. *Hugs*

        Rhani D’Chae, author Shadow of the DrillBorn of Circumstance, Bred for Revenge. http://t.co/AMzFy8uiSf

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        1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

          Rhani that was the wrong link but the right one is in that same tab which I sent just now. Sorry.

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          1. Okay. Thank You Shirley. You are wonderful. ☺

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  28. Thank you, Shirley. I am thinking that I’m going to have to get my website up and running before I can make any ads that will work, but I’m not sure. I just know I’m having trouble. Lol

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  29. Has anyone done any Facebook ads for their books that are on Amazon? I’m trying to do that, but am having trouble. Any help would be appreciated.

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    1. That’s my plan but I’m not there yet. Now I know who to come to when you figure it out. 🙂 I heard there’s a way to target fans of other authors that you write in the same genre of.

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      1. Kim, yes you can. My problem is in the formatting of the actual ad because I can’t seem to get my link to my Amazon page into the ad and that’s what I need help with.

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      1. Thank you Kim. I will check it out now.

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    2. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

      I am reluctant to buy anything from facebook as I don’t trust that you will get your moneys worth. I had a web company create a facebook page dedicated to my first book and have yet to see anything from that and I have almost 500 followers. So sorry I can’t help you.

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  30. Re-pasted from the homepage – this query has come in from EILEEN THORNTON today!

    Happy New Year to you all! May 2016 be a great year.

    Also, if anyone is reading these messages today, could someone please explain how I can gift an ebook? I can’t find anywhere that allows me to add a different email or Kindle address. It only seems to show ‘Eileen’s Kindle’ It’s all so frustrating!! Thank you.

    I’ve had difficulties with redeeming unspecified gift vouchers (just for an amount rather than a specified title) from Amazon.com as it can only be used on the US site (I live in the UK and can only purchase eBooks on the UK site) so where you and your giftee’s resident may be an issue when using a gift voucher, but I recently redeemed a voucher for a specified eBook that went through OK on my UK account, though it was sent from the US so I really don’t know what the drill is or whether it’s changed… If you know, please tell us how it works! 😀

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  31. Thank you Gordon and Maggie! I actually have both Hootsuite and Tweetdeck but haven’t spent enough time playing with them to see how they work. I will try a bit more this weekend. 🙂

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  32. Is there anyone out there that knows a quite bit about Round Team and Crowdfire and anything else that may help me cut down my time on Twitter? (please understand that I didn’t know what a tweet was three or four weeks ago and my idea of social media was watching tv in a group!) I seem to be ok with TweetJukebox… at least until they start charging in Nov.

    I really want to help everyone by retweeting and responding, but I have a new idea for a book and several blogs and it seems Twitter has now taken up all my time trying to keep up. I know these tools can help, but I’m having trouble getting them to work.

    Signed,
    Helpless in Tweetland

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    1. I don’t know anything about those two. But there are a couple of free sites where you can schedule your tweets in advance. There’s Future Tweets and Hootsuite. Both are free although Hootsuite also has a premium service. The free part is fine. Future Tweets is simpler but with Future tweets I believe you can add pictures. I didn’t see this option with Future Tweets although they do have icons you can add. Future tweets is http://futuretweets.com/ and Hootsuite is https://hootsuite.com/.

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      1. Meant with future tweets you can’t add pictures but can with hootsuites.

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    2. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

      Sherilyn I have been wondering what I am going to do when I stop using Jukebox. As you stated they are going to a payment site and the freebies will offer you limited amounts you can tweet. So I am looking around too. I’m going to spend next week removing my tweets from them. I need something new and I’m looking for a site that will help me in my retweets as well. Right now I’m doing those myself and its difficult trying to keep up. Anyone out there who can help will be most appreciated.

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      1. I know that Hootsuite works with scheduled tweets, but I’m not sure how many you can schedule. I switched to Jukebox because it was more user friendly. Also, you can download all your tweets at once to a CSV file (Excel uses these) but I’m not sure what it does with the pictures. I think it retains the info from them too. I will try to find time to play and if it works I will let you know!

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      2. Speak to Lizabeth Scott, she uses Hootsuite and she said she can schedule a month or more of tweets in advance.

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    3. Hi Sherilyn – I use TweetDeck which is owned by Twitter. I haven’t found any limit on the number. The tweets aren’t stored. So either you go back through your Used tweets and copy them or keep a Word file with all your tweets then copy and paste into TweetDeck and schedule when you want it to go out. I copy mine into a Word file and it keeps pics and links together. It’s free to use. Hope this helps.

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    4. Hi Sherilyn. I use Hootsuite. I can program many tweets, posts, etc. and set them for several times a day or quite a ways in the future – I’ve done up to 2 or 3 months. You can have up to five accounts under a free version. It is really easy to use.

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      1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

        Gordon & Maggie, I’m going to make note of your suggestions. I know of hootsuite but used it temporarily to help someone else and never went back to see what it could actually do. I will re-visit it.

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    5. Hi Sherilyn,
      I like roundTeam for re-tweeting. It’s simple and you can configure what you want to retweet with filters so you dont end up retweeting profanity and/or porn.

      I like TweetDeck for looking at what you should reply to or what conversations you might want to participate it. I love the way masses of tweets stream on past and doing so helps you see what tweets (and kind of tweets) stand out from the noise.

      I like tweeting pictures, but many of the available tools only include them as links… except Klout which is free and lets you schedule “lots” (I dont exactly know how many) of tweets with embedded pics. I’m guessing using Klout also probably helps improve your Klout score too (it that’s something you’re looking for).

      HootSuite is not bad, but I find the user interface annoying. It does let you schedule a lot of tweets, but it doesn’t include pictures “properly” in my opinion. It doesn’t stop me using it, but I just dont use it exclusively.

      Buffer (bufferapp.com) is also really good. It’s very simple even the free version lets you schedule about 10 tweets which you can keep topping up.

      I hope that helps.

      Garrett

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      1. Thank you Garrett! I will definitely check out Klout too.

        One problem I’m having with RoundTeam is it isn’t saving my lists. I can enter one, hit the checkmark and nothing happens. It looks like my Following works ok, but nothing else. I’m going to contact support soon.

        I am not really sure about the filters for Roundteam. I was able to put in #RRBC, and twitter handles for our members who don’t use #RRBC, but what is a good set up for Minimum RT, Max/hr etc?

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      2. Sherilyn, you do need to get a handle on the RoundTeam filters! If nothing else, make sure you engage the profanity an sensitive media filters … unless you want to end up retweeting something you dont want to. (Case in point, some RRBC friends were happy to point out that I’d unknowingly retweeted some really explicit pics. Nothing wrong with that probably … except that I was making a push into book clubs at the time.)

        As for what to set, it really depends on how many “things” (e.g. hashtags) you want to take an interest in. If you want to focus on one hashtag, perhaps you might like to retweet it more regularly (e.g. max of 5 per hour), but I wouldn’t recommend retweeting at that rate for a number of hashtags. Bear in mind too that each of the round team levels have limits on how much you’ll be able to retweet.

        The best advice I can give on this front is to try something, give it a week and then revisit it. Tweak it a little and then see if you get better or worse results, repeat.

        I probably should mention ManageFlitter.com too. It is a great service (free and paid) with some great tools. The more I play with it, the more I find. If nothing else, everyone could use the unfollow tools to see who aren’t following back.

        Garrett

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  33. Hi,
    I have a question: when writing a character who is asking a question in dialog, do you then put he said or he asked? I always thought “he asked” was redundant, but that has recently come under question.
    Thanks

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  34. Very sorry if this is wrong plase for this
    Can any one help with promotional stuff like t/shirts and stuff
    Have tride but iether being blind or tech does not like me
    Can any one help

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    1. Hi Adam – are you looking for online suppliers or do you need more specific help with making/uploading images? Vistaprint do ‘corporate’ such as pens, mugs and keyrings along with flyers and poster style printing but if you’re after merchandise like T-shirts/Polos/bags etc then there’s Cafe Press or Zazzle (my favourite) which have fairly simple upload sites.
      If you need a hand with making high resolution CMYK/RGB images I can help you out with that – Direct Message me on Twitter @JanHawke and we can talk on email/phone (I’m in the UK as well) 😀

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