In Part 2 of Who’s Who on a Film Set, we look at the job roles of the Costume and Hair and Make-up departments. Both of these departments deal with the overall look and finish of each …
Source: Who’s Who on a Film Set? Part 2
Another interesting interview about working in Film making from Brizkids Casting.
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My first job in television was as an office runner for the BBC Drama Serials Department in White City, London. I worked there for a year before moving on to Productions, my first being the period drama ‘North and South’ as a Production Runner, working in the office and providing support for the Line Producer, Production Coordinator and Production Secretary. From there I moved on to Floor Running, starting on the soaps and continuing drama. I then slowly moved up the ‘AD Ladder’, becoming a 3rd AD and now currently a 2nd AD. Since starting as an Office Runner at the BBC, I have been in the industry for 13 years.
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Over the coming weeks, I will be changing and expanding the interview and promotional opportunities available here. There will still be great features and some of them will be available at no charge but for the enhanced/expanded features then there may be a small charge. Of course, for that, you get more. More tweets, more choice of features, promoted on my new author interviews promotion page. Of course, if you simply wish to participate in one of the free features – that’s great as well.
There will be a range of the following:
Swift Six – short author or character questions
Dirty Dozen – author or character interviews
Editor, cover artist or narrator interviews
‘Weeks With’ a particular author
Days in the life of characters or authors
Zweihanders – double interviews with character lovers or siblings
Good cop/bad cop – heroes and villains going head to head.
Here’s the new Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Erana-Interviews-and-Features-215319805541102/
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If you’re a blogger and willing to co-host, feature or help or your an author, cover designer, audio book narrator, or of course a reader then do get in touch.
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Yay Booknest are running a raffle until 10th Jan 2017. Lookee here for futher details
One hundred Authors have pledged a signed and dedicated copy each, which you can win by joining (donating) our lottery, or later, our auctions. The money that we will manage to raise will then be donated to Doctors Without Borders (aka Médecins Sans Frontières).
You can join the lottery by donating £1 or more (£1 = 1 ticket. If you want to use another currency, feel free to do so. The conversion will be automatically done. £1 = 1.2€ = 1.2$).You have two weeks ahead of you before we draw the winners* on Tuesday 10th January**.The following day we will hold the auctions*** and keep them running for one week.
*There will be six lucky winners, with each one of them winning a random bunch of 10 signed, dedicated, numbered and with special reference to the Fundraiser, books. (6 winners x10 books = 60 books)
The 100 amazing authors that pledged a book to our cause are :
A. Stuart Williams ~ Rat-A-Tat: Short Blasts of Pulp
Aderyn Wood ~ The Raven
Adrian Tchaikovsky ~ TBA
Afe Smith ~ TBA
Al Robertson ~ TBA
Amanda Bouchet ~ A Promise of Fire
Andy Remic ~ TBA
Anna Smith-Spark ~ The Court of Broken Knives
Anne Nicholls ~ Music From the Fifth Planet
Anthony Ryan ~ The Waking Fire
Ben Galley ~ TBA
Benedict Patrick ~ They Mostly Come Out At Night
Ben Jeapes ~ Time’s Chariot
Betsy Dornbusch ~ Exile
Blair MacGregor ~ TBA
Brandon Draga ~ The Summerlark Elf
Brian Barr ~ TBA
Brian Lee Durfee ~ TBA
Brian O’Sullivan ~ Fionn: Defence of Rath Bladhma
Charles F Bond ~ TBA
Charles Phipps ~ TBA
Christian G. Cameron ~ TBA
Courtney Schafer ~ The Whitefire Crossing
Dale Triplett ~ Halcyon’s Wake: Faith
Daniel Polansky ~ TBA
Daniel Potter ~ Off Leash
Dave de Burgh ~ TBA
David Benem ~ What Remains of Heroes
Deb E Howell ~ Healer’s Touch
Django Wexler ~ TBA
Dominick Murray ~ Red Season Rising
D. Thourson Palmer ~ Ours Is the Storm
Dyrk Ashton ~ Paternus
Edward Cox ~ The Relic Guild
Elena May ~ Nightfall
Elspeth Cooper ~ Songs of the Earth
Emma Newman ~ Between Two Thorns
Gary Compton ~ TBA
GR Matthews ~ Silent City
Graham Austin-King ~ Fae – The Wild Hunt
J.P. Ashman ~ Black Cross
James A. Moore ~ TBA
James Downe ~ Grim Drifts of Sand & Fate
Jane Johnson ~ TBA
Jen Williams ~ TBA
Jenn Stark ~ Getting Wilde
Joanne Hall ~ TBA
Jonathan French ~ The Grey Bastards
Josiah Bancroft ~ Senlin Ascends
Julia Knight ~ Swords and Scoundrels
Juliana Spink Mills ~ Heart Blade
K. A. Krantz ~ Larcout
Kate Coe ~ Green Sky & Sparks
Kenny Soward ~ TBA
Laura Lam ~ Pantomime
Laura M Hughes ~ Danse Macabre
Lucy Claire Hounsom ~ Starborn
Luke Scull ~ TBA
Marc Turner ~ Dragon Hunters
Mark Lawrence ~ The Wheel of Osheim
Martin Owton ~ Exile
Mazarkis Williams ~ The Emperor’s Knife
Michael J. Sullivan ~ Age of Myth
Michael Miller ~ The Dragon’s Blade: The Reborn King
Michael R. Fletcher ~ Beyond Redemption
Mitchell Hogan ~ A Crucible of Souls
Myke Cole ~ TBA
Nathan Boyce ~ Ascent of the Unwanted
Olivier Delaye ~ The Forgotten Goddess
Peter McLean ~ Drake
Peter Newman ~ The Vagrant
Phil Tucker ~ TBA
R B Watkinson ~ The Cracked Amulet
Richard Morgan ~ TBA
Rob Hayes ~ It Takes a Thief to Catch a Sunrise
Robert Brockway ~ The Unnoticeables
Sammy HK Smith ~ In Search of Gods and Heroes
Scott Oden ~ A Gathering of Ravens
Sebastien De Castell ~ Traitor’s Blade
Simon Morden ~ Down Station
Snorri Kristjansson ~ TBA
Stan Nicholls ~ Orcs: Forged For War
Stephen Aryan ~ Battlemage
Steve Mchugh ~ TBA
Steven Kelliher ~ Valley of Embers
Steven Poore ~ Heir to the North
Sue Tingey ~ Marked
Susan Boulton ~ Hand of Glory
T L Greylock ~ The Blood-Tainted Winter
T.o. Munro ~ The Medusa’s Daughter
Teresa Frohock ~ Los Nefilim
Timandra Whitecastle ~ Touch of Iron
Tom Gaskin ~ Search of the Lost
Tom Toner ~ TBA
Ulff Lehmann ~ Shattered Dreams
Vic James ~ Gilded Cage
Victor Milán ~ The Dinosaur Lords
Wade Garret ~ Genesis
Will Panzo ~ The Burning Isle
Zachary Barnes ~ Avengarde
Happy New Year and Welcome to 2017 🙂
2016 was an odd year. The Grim Reaper was busy taking the great and the geniuses and politics went insane.
Some of the notable losses from the genius-pool were:
Carrie Fisher (actress/writer), Prince (mega musician), David Bowie, George Michael (musician), Richard Adams (author), Vera Rubin (astronomer), Debbie Reynolds (actress), Zsa Zsa Gabor (actress), Berhard Fox (actor), Peter Vaugh (actor), Ronnie Corbett (comedian), Victoria Wood (comedienne), Terry Wogan (veteran broadcaster).There are lots more…. Wiki 2016 deaths:(
Of course many ordinary folks passed on too, some known to me (such as our neighbour, my friend, and Rich M – an author friend and good guy. I’m not sure why but the losses this year seemed to weigh more heavily than ever before.
I’m not sure about you but I felt there was an air of uncertainty and fear. In Britain, there was a referendum to leave the EU, and many people were surprised and disappointed by the result. I know I was. Whatever one’s thoughts on that ‘Brexit’ (and I REALLY hate that term) is on the cards and the racists and bigots have once again crept out from under the rocks they inhabit. Of course, not everyone who voted to leave has right wing views, and many people voted in accordance with what they thought would be the best for themselves and the country. That said, the potential backlash and the potential instability was not well approached by the elected, or indeed the electorate.
And the US – well that is a whole different level of weird. Seriously? Him? Why? Whether or not you’re a supporter of that person, and I’m definitely NOT in that camp, the election result has sparked a great deal of unrest, and uncertainty both with the USA and internationally. Along with the ever-increasing terrorist threat humanity (at least in the West) appears to be edgy, suspicious of neighbours and former ally and former enemy, and not thinking through actions and decisions. Either that or the moron apocalypse has started. You know something – just because some other folks have a different god (or same god with a different name), or have a different skin colour, or sleep with someone you don’t approve of – it DOESN’T MATTER. The world will not end because of gay marriage, religious discrepancies, skin colour, or someone interfered in someone else’s election/government etc. It MIGHT very well end due to people being ASSHATS to one another. People are people. When it comes down to it we are all much the same.
Some days I wonder if it’s all some complex and twisted novel or game to amuse and entertain some alien or higher power with a warped sense of humour. But if it WAS a story would anyone believe it? Basically -SOD OFF 2016 – we’re done with you.
OK, so that’s enough of the politics for now.
What has 2016 delivered for me in the way of writing, and research?
Shining Citadel – second edition – which brought a few changes, another edit and a tightening up here and there.
The Kitchen Imps – The first in the Fire-Side Tales Collection of short, humorous fantasy tales for all the family. Available in e-book, print, and audio.
Shattered Mirror – A Poetry Collection. I’d been toying with the idea of releasing the poems for some time. Many are introspective, others inspired by current or recent world event, and a few are miscellaneous. Poetry is hard to sell and it is a bit of a niche market. That’s not why I write it (which is just as well). Poetry helps me order my thoughts and emotions. For me – it’s a way of looking at the world, and the foolishness therein.
Echoes of a Song – This is the first in the Legacy of the Mask series. A short public domain work based on Phantom of the Opera. Phantom was and is the love of my life. I first saw the show and read the book many many tears ago and I’ve been hooked on it ever since. Echoes was actually written some while ago but I only decided to publish this year. It’s dark, tragic and emotional. Don’t expect a happy ending…
The Watcher – Rewritten piece based on Jack the Ripper for the charity anthology Boo! Fore! Again this is pretty dark (as you’d expect) and rather disturbing but it IS a horror anthology.
Course in Ancient Egypt- Coursera
Diploma in Social Media Marketing – Shaw Academy
Short Story Writing Course
Also started using Hootsuite (which is GREAT).
I read 60 books (and some re-reads). Good Reads reading challenge Don’t ask how many I bought.
Actually, that’s not a bad haul for 12 months – considering ill-health (thank you Fibromyalgia), building work, day job and the general stresses of life. I’d hoped to get a bit more of Book IV done but I go where the stories take me.
It’s been a pretty active year on the blog – lots of interviews, reviews, advice pieces, spotlights and more.
Soooo what’s the plan for 2017? I say plan but I don’t really do plans it’s more a general meandering in the right direction.
At least one Tales of Erana novella from the two I have in progress;
Working on Book IV;
Release of Shining Citadel in audio (imminent)
Adult fantasyesque sexy fun book as from my alter ego (more about that soon)
Hopefully another Heroika anthology piece (assuming it’s accepted).
I plan to be more consistent with promotion (and less distracted by facebook)
Formatting course, and (hopefully) some freelance work. I’m not going to say too much about this now but there MIGHT be some expanding of the skill set in 2017…
I have several over Udemy and Coursera courses lined up too. – Including learning Latin, various writing and history courses, and some more marketing.
I’m planning to write every day. Even if it’s 5 words…
2017 – I’m coming to get ya
Originally posted on irevuo: irevuo is about art. And art is about learning new things. That’s why I decided to introduce a new category of posts today. Tutorials. The how-to of making the stuff that we like to call art. The first tutorial? Something I quite enjoy creating. Paperbacks. All about publishing and creating them. Let’s…
It never ceases to amaze me how people (often quite intelligent people) don’t bother to read things beyond what they want to see. Where I work (won’t mention the name) I’m forever yelling things like RTFM (read the f*cking manual) as no one has bothered to read past the first line of the email telling them what is needed, and more importantly how and when. And public wise – honestly – read the bloody info!
KDP-wise – check out the forums BEFORE you ask that question that has been asked a thousand times before. I’ve said it before READ THE FAQ. PLEASE. Years ago when I ventured on the Lulu forums as a noob I got totally roasted as I asked noobie questions and certain folks there really were NOT helpful. Anyway general the KDP folks are but it becomes very tedious with newbies asking the same questions as the person 30 seconds before.
Also if you want advice – then don’t fly off the handle if you’re given it and don’t like what you’re told. There are hundreds of threads asking about why books don’t sell, why the reports are ‘lying’, why the big bad Zon are diddling hardworking authors out of their money and mostly it’s bollocks. There are a number of active forum members who are happy to offer advice, point people towards the relevant FAQ area and try and help, but bitching to them as they’ve told you your book needs more work, or you haven’t registered your bank account etc, and getting snarky is likely to piss people off and remove said advice in the future.
So why isn’t your book selling? There are millions of books available on Kindle, and thousands more are uploaded every day. Why should anyone look at, or even find your book, or mine for that matter?
Promoting and marketing is not Amazon’s job – it’s yours. And it’s hard work, it takes time, patience and a certain degree of luck. There are tons of threads asking for advice on how to go about this. What works for one person might not work for another so there is a lot of trial and error. Here are some of the tactics I use, and have used but there are plenty of others:
Author interviews. Get yourself on blogs and spotlights. There are hundreds if not thousands of blogs that will offer interviews, features and spotlights either free or at low cost. (This one for a start). Obviously there is some effort in this – you have to search around to find suitable blogs – genre related is better but some people do offer to any genre. Ask the host what their following is – what you get – especially if you are expected to pay.
https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/ – is a great promotional site. The hosters are friendly and although the author does have to pay, it’s worth the money. At roughly $11.50 a shot it’s within the budget of newbies.
Get your own blog/website. Currently we are working on a website to companion the blog and promote my books. Generally it’s useful to have a website – especially if you have more than one book. You can pay, or try and make your own for low cost Try WordPress.com, Wix.com or squarespace.com. I think a blog of some sort is a must. For a start it allows you to network – and this is really important. Generally indie authors are a supportive lot and will reciprocate. Also a blog is a space for readers and followers to get to know you (ditto author interviews). It’s not just about the books. Some people say it takes time away from writing – well yes and no. It does take time away from stories but you are still writing, and honing skills. It makes you think about what to write, who your audience is, what is interesting, what isn’t. Of course many bloggers use their space to share research, or topics that interest them. I’m big on research and I think this also gives the reader some confidence that the author knows what they are talking about.
Facebook: It’s worth getting an author/book page on Facebook.
Here’s mine https://www.facebook.com/LightBeyondtheStorm
Recently I took a foundation diploma in social media marketing and one of the modules dealt with Facebook and ads. I haven’t used a paid ad there yet (I may next year) but there are plenty of free groups that allow promotion. Some people say FB isn’t a good platform – I disagree. I’ve bought books directly from FB promotions and I’ve made good friends, and good contacts from FB.
Twitter: I wasn’t a fan of Twitter and held off getting an account for some while. Does it help? Yes, I think so. It’s a good platform to get the word out.
Why else might the book not be selling?
It’s crap. Of course ‘crap’ is a relative term but generally I mean it’s badly formatted, badly written and well, bad. We’ve probably all seen them: those books in which the English language and grammar are distinctly lacking and plot is absence, or scraped from the internet. Now every author thinks their book is great, but honestly it’s worth making sure it’s well written, formatted properly and (preferably) edited. Do you have a decent cover? A decent synopsis?
KDP don’t have a quality check – that’s your job as well, at least in part. Formatting guidelines can be found here: https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A12NQC9HQPI9CA
I find formatting for Kindle a lot easier than the other formats but with a decent knowledge of MSword it’s not that tricky. If you don’t have a good grasp of it you may be better to hire a formatter. (That might be a service on offer from us next year) or search the interweb for sites.
It’s worth remembering it takes time to build a following. Very few indie authors release a book and it’s a best seller in a week. It can take years.
There’s a particular poster on the KDP forum who tells newbies to write what sells. If you’re like me you can’t simply sit down and say ‘ah romance is hot this week – I’ll write a romance novel’. Well I can but no one would want to read it. Besides what is popular changes. Tastes change.
It annoys me – substandard ‘popular’ trash uploaded quickly with no care for the reader. There’s a reason indies have a bad rep. Grr.
What I’m rambling about is basically – it takes time, patience and work to sell books. The writing is easy (sort of). Do the best you can with the resources you can spare.
KDP Support Contact https://kdp.amazon.com/contact-us
Chatting with some of my fellow Boo! authors about fear and phobias I remembered the great, and fascinating book I had a while back https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1853263125/
As some of you know – I’m frightened of clowns (Coulrophobia), puppets (Pupaphobia and enclosed spaces (Claustrophobia). I’m not good with crowds or noisy places either, and dolls make my skin crawl. Perhaps I can incorporate some into my characters….
Anyway that got me thinking about what phobias mean and which ones are out there:
The English suffixes -phobia, -phobic, -phobe (from Greek φόβος phobos, “fear”) occur in technical usage in psychiatry to construct words that describe irrational, abnormal, unwarranted, persistent, or disabling fear as a mental disorder (e.g. agoraphobia), in chemistry to describe chemical aversions (e.g. hydrophobic), in biology to describe organisms that dislike certain conditions (e.g. acidophobia), and in medicine to describe hypersensitivity to a stimulus, usually sensory (e.g. photophobia). In common usage, they also form words that describe dislike or hatred of a particular thing or subject. The suffix is antonymic to -phil-.
Ablutophobia – a fear of washing or bathing
Ablutophobia is an extreme and irrational fear of bathing, washing or cleaning. A fear of bathing can be observed in many children, but if this fear carries over into adolescence and adulthood, it often becomes ablutophobia. If left untreated, ablutophobia not only worsens in the physical affect, but also on the social life of the person suffering from the condition. People with ablutophobia will continue to avoid bathing and as a result may have to deal with the alienation and health issues that come with having poor hygiene.
Identifying ablutophobia should be quite easy. If the victim of the fear is an adolescent or adult and he or she fits the criteria below, the fear is very likely a genuine disorder. Some common symptoms of ablutophobia include:
I can see how this could lead to problems.
Phonophobia, also called ligyrophobia or sonophobia, is a fear of or aversion to loud sounds—a type of specific phobia. It can also mean a fear of voices, or a fear of one’s own voice. It is a very rare phobia which is often the symptom of hyperacusis. Sonophobia can refer to the hypersensitivity of a patient to sound and can be part of the diagnosis of a migraine. Occasionally it is called acousticophobia.
This one is based on religious beliefs – 666 being the Number of the Beast from the biblical Revelations. Although interestingly in some ancient Christian Theologists used this to numerically refer to the Emperor Nero, and arguably Domitian. Neither of which have an unblemished track record in dealing with either Christians or other such groups during their reign.
Preterist theologians typically support the numerical interpretation that 666 is the equivalent of the name and title, Nero Caesar (Roman Emperorfrom 54-68). (whose name, written in Aramaic, can be valued at 666, using the Hebrew numerology of gematria), a manner of speaking against the emperor without the Roman authorities knowing. Also “Nero Caesar” in the Hebrew alphabet is נרון קסר NRON QSR, which when used as numbers represent 50 200 6 50 100 60 200, which add to 666.
The Greek term χάραγμα (charagma, “mark” in Revelation 13:16) was most commonly used for imprints on documents or coins. Charagma is well attested to have been an imperial seal of the Roman Empire used on official documents during the 1st and 2nd centuries. In the reign of Emperor Decius (249–251 AD), those who did not possess the certificate of sacrifice (libellus) to Caesar could not pursue trades, a prohibition that conceivably goes back to Nero, reminding one of Revelation 13:17.
Of course the jury is out on who or what the Beast is, was or will be….
The Regans changed their house number from 666 ST Cloud Rd, Bel Air to 668, a runner from a county high school in Kentucky refused to run under 666, forfeiting the chance at qualifying for the state championships, in 2015 US Representative Joe Barton changed the numbers of some bills he was introducing from 666 to 702 due to the ‘negative connotations’.
More phobias to follow in later posts.
#Coursera #Fantasy #Medieval
3.5 stars out of 5.
I’d been looking at this particular Coursera Course for a while, as it looked pretty interesting and good research for the books.
Here’s the summary from the Cousera website ‘About this course: Magical thought has always attracted human imagination. In this course we will introduce you to the Middle Ages through a wide conception of magic. Students will have an approach to medieval culture, beliefs and practices from the perspective of History and History of Science. Popular magic, as well as learned magic (alchemy, geomancy and necromancy) will be addressed. Moreover, we will also deal with how eastern practices and texts influenced western culture. In July 2016, the course will contain a brand-new module devoted to astrology. Magic in the Middle Ages offers a captivating overview of medieval society and promotes reflection about certain stereotypes associated with this period.’
So did it fulfil this? Yes and no.
Let’s start with the ‘yes’. There was a lot of information to be learned in only 5 weeks – personally I would have liked another week or so. That said I was actually doing another, totally unrelated course at the same time and probably didn’t do this justice. The lectures were taught via video (and I’ll cover that later), with transcripts available, plus some selected reading, tests and two short assignments.
Each week covered a slightly different topic:
Unit 1 – Introduction to Medieval Magic
Unit 2 – Magic and Heresy
Unit 3 – From Magic to Witchcraft
Unit 4 – Magic in Islam
Unit 5 – Astrology and Geomancy
Of these the first three were the most interesting, although it was also interesting to see how Islam viewed magic – as opposed to the far more negative view of the Western Christian views. This particular module was probably the trickiest (not least because of the more unfamiliar names and terms) and I think more time could have been spent comparing the different cultural and religious outlooks, had the course been longer.
Magic permeated the Middle Ages, be it ‘healing’ magic, natural magic, or the more sinister type. In many ways it ran alongside religion, although it goes without saying that the religions of the day weren’t happy about it. To us, in the modern world, much of it seems really odd, and for many secular societies or individual the whole concept of magic and religion is very outdated. Yet it was important to those who dwelt in a world not ordered by science and technology, where seasonal changes, illness, and belief could literally be a matter of life and death. Magic was a way of trying to control what was often uncontrollable, to even the odds in a dangerous world. Religion and magic shared many aspects and Christianity itself (and Islam) hold many magical elements – including miracles, foresight and much more.
The topics were certainly engaging and thought provoking – especially the fact that many suffered imprisonment, torture and death for ‘heresy’ simply because of malice, ignorance or wishing to maintain older beliefs. If the ‘magic’ wasn’t of the right sort, then people suffered. It was interesting to see the differing types of magic, and practitioners – from the wealthy intellectual court astronomers and magicians to the simple ‘cunning folk’. This builds on past study, at least for me. I’d agree it’s a good foundation for further research.
Was it useful for writing fantasy? Yes, I think so as it gave a broad outline of medieval magical ideas to build on, and the prejudice surrounding them.
So the ‘no’.
The sound quality was bloody awful. The mix of tutors were all heavily accented and the recordings were of poor quality, with echoes, background noises, random volume changes and at one point a random question about King Arthur popped up on screen and froze the vid until it was answered. I found it far easier to just read the transcripts, but even then they were a little choppy.
As you’ve probably guessed I feel that the course should have been a bit longer – everything was a bit rushed. To be fair I didn’t utilise the discussion forum much.
The second assignment was a bit confusing – the grading questions were different to the points asked for discussion.
Overall a 3.5 for this – mostly because of the awful technical issues. Clean up the sound quality and this would be an engaging course.
More helpful info on publishing on Amazon’s KDP forum:
Creating an account:
Already have an Amazon.com Account?
Sign in to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) with your existing Amazon username and password. (This can be found via the link at the BOTTOM of the homepage.
Don’t have an Amazon Account?
Click “Sign up” from the KDP homepage, provide your email address and select “I am a new customer.” Enter your first and last name, and a secure password.
REMEMBER THESE DETAILS! If you need to contact support they will ONLY respond to the email you provided when you set up the account, or attached to the account if you have changed it. Sometimes people accidentally log in with a new account – this means not only will you not be able to see your bookshelf, your reports etc. but you are actually breaking the TOS. You are only allowed ONE KDP account. One. If you do accidentally create a second account then contact support and explain – ask them to remove it. People have had their accounts terminated for multiple accounts.
You MUST provide your legal name and address when you set it up. This is for tax purposes, and payment purposes. Even if you decide to use a pen name you have to provide your real name (more about pen names in a little bit). Don’t forget this is a LEGAL contract. You must declare any earnings to your country’s tax office, and unless you want to get stung for 30% with-holding to the US IRS you must provide an EIN or your relevant tax codes. This is a rule for any business that sells in the States – not just Amazon. They have no choice. It is also the case for Createspace, ACX, Smashwords, Lulu and any other publishing platform. In fact if you were selling books via your website you’d still have to legally provide this. Of course – if you don’t that is your business – but don’t say you haven’t been warned.
You can access your account details -if you move house/change banks etc) by clicking on ‘Bob’s Account’ or whatever your name might be.
https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=AE2UUB8RKZIHN – tax information
https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A1OYOT0ESBAU69 – account help
Once you have set up an account, registered your tax number, bank account etc and are ready to publish you can select a DIFFERENT author name if you wish to publish as M Mouse, or D Duck. The first tab you see on your KDP page is BOOKSHELF. This is where you upload your manuscript, cover art, and set the metadata. CREATE A NEW TITLE then follow the steps. If you do wish to use a pen name simply add in the required name – this will attach to your author page and should match the book cover. You can have up to three author pages. Some people like to do this for different genres.
If you co-write only ONE of you can have the book attached to your account, but the other authors can claim it via author central.
Author central is, basically, your author home page where readers can learn about you, see what other books you have and such like. It’s worth setting up a page. (Annoyingly you have to do one per store….)
Don’t forget to claim your books by clicking on bibliography and the typing the ASIN or title of your book and the ‘this is my book’ when it brings up the correct one. Sometimes they automatically attach themselves, sometimes they don’t so it’s worth checking. You can direct fans to your author page. You can also view your recent reviews (see previous on reviews). Here’s mine –
Sales and Orders (again)
I went through this on the last post but I’ll say it again. If the sales you think you’ve had aren’t showing up then either you’re looking in the wrong place or they weren’t sales.
Ignore the graph – that’s ORDERS and collates them all. The reports state actual sales BY STORE. Most indies don’t sell a lot. Sad but true. There are millions of books on offer and it is very hard to get noticed. That said don’t be discouraged- with time, effort and patience your book will start to sell eventually. Decide why you write and what you want and measure success by that. Success is relative. Be realistic – if you have one book then you may not ever sell that many, so write more, blog, do the marketing etc and go with it.
Most of the indies who make a decent living form their books have lots of books, have been in the business for ages and spend a lot of time promoting, blogging, interviewing etc. And some are just lucky. I often see newbies coming on the forums upset because their book is not the latest bestseller. Honestly they expected that? Every author hopes his or her book is the best thing ever but every book can’t be the best….
Let me tell you a story – when I was writing book I my mother was terminally ill with the cancer she’d fought for 18 years. The book was published in June and she passed away in September. Honestly I probably published a bit early but I really wanted Mum to see it. Anyway I produce the first edition (with the old cover) and took one to show her, hoping it would cheer her up. It did, of course. This was a woman who was in pain, knew she only had a few weeks left, and was largely bedbound. Yet she smiled when she saw it. She told all the family, all the neighbours, all the carers. Everyone. It didn’t save her (nothing could by then) but it made her happy, and proud. It gave her something else to focus on. I’ll never forget the look on her face when she held the book. That, to me, is success. THAT makes it worth it. Success is relative.
Writing that book helped me through that awful time, and give me some something else to focus on as well. It gave me peace. Decide why you write – is it for yourself, for the story or to make money? If it’s option 3 you may well be disappointed, if it is option 1 or 2 then you won’t.
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