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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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« Reply #50 on: July 19, 2015, 08:23:39 AM »
Congrats Timothy! This is really inspiring/motivating!
 

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« Reply #51 on: July 19, 2015, 08:27:25 AM »
Seems like youre doing it right. i am liking the success youre seeing. so i guess the moral of the story is to keep on writing huh?

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« Reply #52 on: July 19, 2015, 05:21:52 PM »
Seems like youre doing it right. i am liking the success youre seeing. so i guess the moral of the story is to keep on writing huh?

Indeed yes. Most of what people are saying seems to bare fruit. Write a series. Write a good story people will want to read. Proofread all the bugs out of it. Have it edited for sentence construction and basic story hanging together, including 'who said that?' and 'who was this character again?' problems. Get them out on a regular schedule.

So far, none of my 3 novels have had more than 3 typos pointed out to me, which I fixed immediately. (And they tended to be difficult ones to spot too).

Things took off with the 3rd in the series being released, as if the 3rd one gets you perceived as a serious writer, or people like to see the first trilogy finished before trusting the story will be completed. In my case, this is partly true, because the 3rd ends in a cliffhanger.

18 on day 1.
13 on day 2.
9 on day 3.
10 on day 4.
10 on day 5.
9 on day 6.
15 on day 7.

Edit: 17 on Day 8.
2 so far on Day 9.
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Re: WooHoo! Third book is the trick.
« Reply #53 on: July 20, 2015, 07:02:25 PM »
18 on day 1.
13 on day 2.
9 on day 3.
10 on day 4.
10 on day 5.
9 on day 6.
15 on day 7.
17 on Day 8.
10 so far on Day 9.

Some interesting stats. (I think).
Month to date is double previous month.
Book 1: 39 previous + 20 = 59
Book 2: 32 previous + 20 = 52
Book 3: 00 previous + 65 = 65
This ignores KU, where both 1 and 2 are in it, but 3 is not. These are sales, not rentals.

So I think I can safely say, those who read the early books have also now read book 3.
Which suggests that all sales happening now are new readers.
But, it perhaps also suggests that some people are starting with book 3, and going back after, as I'm still getting more book 3 sales than 1 & 2. Or it means that there is spill over from KU to sales, given #3 isnt in KU.
???

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« Reply #54 on: July 20, 2015, 07:17:48 PM »
Congratulations! The key to writing is to keep writing. I'm personally thinking about switching from nonfiction to fiction novel writing reading all these success stories! Though I must admit, I did well with my first four photography books which were published with a traditional publisher before i went self-published, and they were printed books. However, today, ebooks seem to out pace printed books in some areas. Thanks and good luck! I wish you the best in publishing success!

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« Reply #55 on: July 21, 2015, 03:13:34 AM »
18 on day 1.
13 on day 2.
9 on day 3.
10 on day 4.
10 on day 5.
9 on day 6.
15 on day 7.
17 on Day 8.
15 on Day 9.
2 so far on day 10.

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« Reply #56 on: July 21, 2015, 11:25:01 PM »
Edit: 19 on Day 10.  :D New high!!!  ;D
1 on day 11 as well.
 
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« Reply #57 on: July 22, 2015, 12:30:47 AM »
You're doing so well! Congrats!  Long may it last.
   

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« Reply #58 on: July 22, 2015, 12:39:17 AM »
You're doing so well! Congrats!  Long may it last.

Thanks. And thanks to everyone who has expressed similar comments so far.

I'm very surprised this wasn't a new book blip, but is settling down to be a new normal. It's focused me on completing book 4 now, so that is ready within the 4-6 week timetable I've been keeping since the first one was released.

In 3 months time, I'll get my first decent payday from Amazon.  :D

Its actually worth the effort now, to get the US tax number, so they don't take out so much tax. I've asked them for the letter, but so far got the usual non-answer, pointing out I don't really need one. However, the difference in tax is significant now. I'd rather have it in my pocket, and not claiming it back next July.

Edit: I took the time today to try and improve my first 2 covers. The first one hasn't come up much, but the second one should be a lot better, as soon as they are approved.

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« Reply #59 on: July 22, 2015, 12:51:50 AM »
I just received a mail-out from Amazon, with the latest in Sci-Fi books, based in Space Opera genre.

Of the 12 listed, 2 of them are mine, and my 3rd book is the one the mail is using as a title and first book! The other listed is the first book in the series.

I wonder how many others are getting the exact same email?

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« Reply #60 on: July 22, 2015, 03:22:38 AM »


Its actually worth the effort now, to get the US tax number, so they don't take out so much tax. I've asked them for the letter, but so far got the usual non-answer, pointing out I don't really need one. However, the difference in tax is significant now. I'd rather have it in my pocket, and not claiming it back next July.



Actually, you don't need one, Timothy. You can use your Aussie TFN if you're publishing as an individual or, if you're set up as a company, you use the company's ABN. There's a section in the form that gives you the option to enter your own country's tax number instead of an American one.

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« Reply #61 on: July 22, 2015, 03:30:05 AM »
Actually, you don't need one, Timothy. You can use your Aussie TFN if you're publishing as an individual or, if you're set up as a company, you use the company's ABN. There's a section in the form that gives you the option to enter your own country's tax number instead of an American one.

I think I tried that, and it wouldn't accept it. I'll have another go.

Edit: Done!

Thanks for letting me know. That was quick and painless.
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« Reply #62 on: July 22, 2015, 04:22:20 AM »
Congratulations  :)


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« Reply #63 on: July 22, 2015, 05:01:16 AM »
From your initial struggles, to where you are now, is an amazing achievement! Congratulations and long may your career grow! :)

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« Reply #64 on: July 22, 2015, 05:20:03 AM »
Thankyou  :D

So close to being top 100 in 3 categories. And the interesting thing is, 1st novel buys are accelerating now. 2nd one is lagging, but still keeping pace. This is happening in the last couple of days, as all three have been in and out of top 100 in the first sub-cat for 10 days now, and in it solidly for nearly a week.

I hate to say, the KDP report has me addicted at the moment.  ;D

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« Reply #65 on: July 22, 2015, 05:40:24 AM »
Congratulations man! This gives newbies like me motivation to keep trucking.  8)
         
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« Reply #66 on: July 22, 2015, 05:41:11 AM »
Congrats, you're doing things right. Keep on writing!

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« Reply #67 on: July 22, 2015, 05:48:27 AM »
This gives newbies like me motivation to keep trucking.

I hope so.

Last year I watched someone check their sales report the day she made it into the next league. She was totally amazed, and had no idea what happened to push her sales up. We never did find out. She made it in the UK market, and now sells 20-30 a day there, without any advertising. It spikes up and down, but her average is still above 20. At that time, I was lucky getting a sale a week, but I had nothing out capable of any momentum. Now I know how she felt.

You just have to keep at it, until something works for you.

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« Reply #68 on: July 22, 2015, 05:36:09 PM »
YES!  :D

18 on day 1.
13 on day 2.
9 on day 3.
10 on day 4.
10 on day 5.
9 on day 6.
15 on day 7.
17 on Day 8.
15 on Day 9.
19 on Day 10 (New record).
17 on Day 11 so far.

Top 100 in 3 sub-categories this morning.

Hero at Large: #15,019 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store) Broken the 50 mark for the first time too.

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« Reply #69 on: July 22, 2015, 05:48:55 PM »
Absolutely outstanding! So happy for you!


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« Reply #70 on: July 22, 2015, 05:57:37 PM »
Awesome. Go you!

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« Reply #71 on: July 22, 2015, 06:17:23 PM »
Congratulations!

I actually like cover #2 the best, so I wouldn't think that the cover explains the big improvement.

I find blurb #3 to be the most engaging: Long way from home, trying to get back.

Any other guesses as to what's happening? Maybe people are more likely to try a new book if there are two others that they can read if they like it.

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« Reply #72 on: July 22, 2015, 07:24:25 PM »
I actually like cover #2 the best, so I wouldn't think that the cover explains the big improvement.
I find blurb #3 to be the most engaging: Long way from home, trying to get back.
Any other guesses as to what's happening? Maybe people are more likely to try a new book if there are two others that they can read if they like it.

Cover 2 was updated yesterday. Before, it was too dark. The ship and station didn't stand out like they do now. I made an effort to learn some new things in photoshop, to get it looking better. Cover 1 was also changed, but it hasn't come through yet.

As far as I can see, as you go down the rankings, Amazon starts adding your books to more emails. I received an email with 2 of my books on it yesterday, and this morning I find 17 sales already. So the email must have found some new interested people.

I also think that readers do expect you to have demonstrated you are going somewhere with the series. Once you have 3 out, and the same person has raved about all 3 in reviews, it seems to boost your credibility.

I think its helping having 2 reviews where people say they cant wait for book 4. And I've posted on a comment that 4 should be out in August.

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« Reply #73 on: July 22, 2015, 07:27:04 PM »
Wooohooo! congratulations!

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« Reply #74 on: July 22, 2015, 09:11:02 PM »
Just wanted to say "congratulations" again, Timothy.  I'm really happy for you, man.   :)

As far as your covers go, I think the third one conforms to some of the "rules" of cover design more than the first two.  The title is at the thirds, for example.  Read this article and see if you agree:

http://www.coverdesignstudio.com/layout-rule-of-thirds-diagonal-scan-and-more/

That might have something to do with it.  *shrug*  Anyway, just a thought.

By the way... do you have any plans for a box set?  Just curious.  That seems to be the thing to do at some point.
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