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Big Al's Books & Pals 2014 Readers' Choice Awards: Young Adult Nominee

A ruthless murder and a stolen shipment of gold.

At school, sixteen-year-old Nikaia Wales endures the taunts of bullies who call her a “half-breed.” At home, she worries about how her family will react if she reveals her growing feelings for the quiet boy next door.

Those are soon the least of her troubles. Nikaia discovers a hidden cache of gold, and when police find a corpse nearby, her father becomes a suspect. Worse, Elias Doyle is circling, hungry to avenge his brother’s death.

Nikaia desperately searches for clues to save her father. In her quest to find the killer, she learns about the power of family, friendship, and young love....

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Re: WooHoo! Third book in a series, is the trick. Book 4 starts page 7.
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Re: WooHoo! Third book in a series, is the trick. Book 4 starts page 7.
« Reply #151 on: August 08, 2015, 12:45:53 AM »
In all seriousness, Timothy, I couldn't be more pleased for you.  It's very encouraging to see indie stuff in my genre doing well.   :)
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Re: WooHoo! Third book in a series, is the trick. Book 4 starts page 7.
« Reply #152 on: August 08, 2015, 12:52:04 AM »
In all seriousness, Timothy, I couldn't be more pleased for you.  It's very encouraging to see indie stuff in my genre doing well.   :)

Thanks. I appreciate the encouragement.  :)

I don't know how long this snowball will keep running downhill, but if it keeps up, in 3 months I can kiss my pension restrictions goodbye, and start considering myself a real person again.

Another interesting thing is I just put book 3 into KU as well, so it will be fascinating to see if its sales drop at all, as the reads start.

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Re: WooHoo! Third book in a series, is the trick. Book 4 starts page 7.
« Reply #153 on: August 08, 2015, 12:59:08 AM »
What does the "sales vs. borrows" breakdown look like across the series?  I know you just have info about pages read, not discrete borrows, but I'd still be curious to see.
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Re: WooHoo! Third book in a series, is the trick. Book 4 starts page 7.
« Reply #154 on: August 08, 2015, 01:10:23 AM »
What does the "sales vs. borrows" breakdown look like across the series?  I know you just have info about pages read, not discrete borrows, but I'd still be curious to see.

My reads are so close to being full book reads, that I can track them pretty well.

Month to date, 195 sales of the first 2 books, with equivalent of 170 fully read books (of the same 2).

Actually much higher than I thought it was.

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« Reply #155 on: August 08, 2015, 01:17:12 AM »
Very interesting.  KU definitely seems to be paying off for you.   8)
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Re: WooHoo! Third book in a series, is the trick. Book 4 starts page 7.
« Reply #156 on: August 08, 2015, 01:23:43 AM »
Did you have book 4 on pre-order, Timothy?

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« Reply #157 on: August 08, 2015, 01:27:49 AM »
Did you have book 4 on pre-order, Timothy?

No, sorry. I wasn't exactly sure when it would be ready. As it happened, if I hadn't just had a 30 hour migraine, it could have gone up yesterday.

I must look into pre-orders for book 5. I haven't done one so far, but now I have a definite rhythm going, I should be able to do it next time.

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« Reply #158 on: August 08, 2015, 02:01:30 AM »
Thanks. I was just wondering if might have had an influence on your success - if the readers were more enticed to buy because they could see there was another book out soon.

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Re: WooHoo! Third book in a series, is the trick. Book 4 starts page 7.
« Reply #159 on: August 08, 2015, 02:37:32 AM »
Thanks. I was just wondering if might have had an influence on your success - if the readers were more enticed to buy because they could see there was another book out soon.

On each book so far, I've made a point of listing the entire series, with the next one showing *forthcoming*.

So today, I updated the first three, removing the forthcoming tag from the 4th one, and adding in the name of the 5th with the tag.

Once I have the book url, I'll be updating the back-matter of each book to include the link to the 4th, and adding in the forthcoming 5th.

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« Reply #160 on: August 08, 2015, 04:57:46 AM »
Thanks, that's interesting and probably useful to know.

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Re: WooHoo! Third book in a series, is the trick. Book 4 starts page 7.
« Reply #161 on: August 08, 2015, 04:02:58 PM »
Slow down. You make me feel really slow.  ;D

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Re: WooHoo! Third book in a series, is the trick. Book 4 starts page 7.
« Reply #163 on: August 09, 2015, 03:10:55 AM »
78 on Day 1 for book 4.

Exactly half was for book 4 sales. But a third in terms of day's monetary value. Book 3 now being read in KU.

As far as I can tell without any sales info in author central yet, Book 4 debuted around 18,000 and is now in the 14,000's.

My author rank is now 4,214, which is the best yet.


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« Reply #164 on: August 09, 2015, 03:21:21 AM »
Man, you're kicking arse! Well done.
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« Reply #165 on: August 09, 2015, 11:47:03 PM »
I would congratulate you and all that.

but I am too jealous.  :P

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« Reply #166 on: August 09, 2015, 11:57:39 PM »
I would congratulate you and all that.

but I am too jealous.  :P

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Wow, you are on a roll! How wonderful! Congratulations! :)

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67 on Day 2.

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« Reply #169 on: August 10, 2015, 03:32:11 AM »
Way to go Timothy!  So inspiring.


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Way to go Timothy!  So inspiring.


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« Reply #171 on: August 10, 2015, 03:46:18 AM »
It's easy!  Get a bunch of bags of chips (or crisps, depending on your locality) and pour them all around you on the floor.  Then scoop up handfuls and toss them in the air!

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Re: WooHoo! Third book in a series, is the trick. Book 4 starts page 7.
« Reply #172 on: August 10, 2015, 03:50:12 AM »
It's easy!  Get a bunch of bags of chips (or crisps, depending on your locality) and pour them all around you on the floor.  Then scoop up handfuls and toss them in the air!

But...

Gold coins has a better symbolism. As my Feng Shui teacher once demonstrated, symbolism is everything.

Chips just doesn't have the same ooomph as gold coins do.

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Re: WooHoo! Third book in a series, is the trick. Book 4 starts page 7.
« Reply #173 on: August 10, 2015, 08:16:09 PM »
An observation I just made:

Sales of books 1 to 3 are holding steady in the 10-15 range per day.
Book 4 is outselling them, as people who bought the previous 3 find it.

It looks like at the rank I am now, each book puts you into the next higher 10 as a base level, with spikes up and down for day of the week and what else is happening. Friday seems to be the top of the week, with tues/wed the bottom.

Current rank btw is now 2,919 !!! It looks like I jumped about 2000 the day after book 4 was released.

The whole process is fascinating to watch.

Edit: Current ranking in Science Fiction is 136.
Current rank in Science Fiction and Fantasy is 304.
These are US rankings.
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« Reply #174 on: August 10, 2015, 08:43:04 PM »
Too awesome. Congrats!  ;D

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