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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #50 on: November 14, 2015, 03:22:02 PM »
Many thanks, Patty.

I've recently learned what a great bunch of newsletter subscribers I have, so I look forward to giving them the link to the page as a present.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #51 on: November 14, 2015, 03:30:09 PM »
Patty, thank you so much for putting this promo site together and I've only just picked up that you're putting in extra work to create these regional links.

The only thing is... there isn't much of a market for English language books in Spain.  I sell 90% of my work in the US and the rest in the UK.  Clicking the link on your site and being redirected to amazon.es is not going to help me greatly.

I'm sorry but is there any way you could redirect me back to the US?

You're not the one buying the book :P

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #52 on: November 14, 2015, 04:18:03 PM »
Thanks so much for putting this on, Patty!
  

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #53 on: November 14, 2015, 05:57:14 PM »
You're not the one buying the book :P

Sorry Patty, I caught on eventually.  I shall have to try the alternative approach of engaging the brain before opening the mouth.  It's a bit of a novelty but, you never know, I might get used to it one day :)
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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #54 on: November 14, 2015, 06:04:19 PM »
Sorry Patty, I caught on eventually.  I shall have to try the alternative approach of engaging the brain before opening the mouth.  It's a bit of a novelty but, you never know, I might get used to it one day :)

The advantages or disadvantages of linking to regional stores go both ways. I've heard people who shop there and people who hate being directed there, so unfortunately, there is no one right way to do it. I am taking a guess that people who want to go to the .com store know how to do it, while those who want to go to the .es store get annoyed that "links only ever refer to the US"

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #55 on: November 17, 2015, 10:08:55 PM »
All caught up with the page again.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #56 on: November 18, 2015, 03:55:51 AM »
This promo is going to be EPIC! Not only am I the only boxset, I have a Bookbub tied in :)

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #57 on: November 18, 2015, 10:15:03 AM »
The date won't change, right? I can plug this into my KDP?

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #58 on: November 18, 2015, 02:02:42 PM »
The dates won't change, but I would highly refer if people did NOT use Countdowns.

I'm in Australia. There is an Australian small press taking part. There is also an Australian author who may come on board for this promo, but will definitely be in the January promo, who will be bringing Big Five books (not out of contract, but still with the Big Five), and her Australian audience.

Countdowns only apply in the US and the UK.

See the problem?

There isn't a font size big enough in the world to make sure that I'm not going to get irate emails from people that "many of these books aren't on special at all".

AAARRGGHH!!!

Future requirement for the next 99c promo: No countdowns.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #59 on: November 18, 2015, 02:40:13 PM »

Countdowns only apply in the US and the UK.


Don't we have the ability to manually set price in other countries? i.e. Set a Countdown for the US and UK, and then manually change the price to the 99cent equivalent in other countries. Or does that not work while running a Countdown?

I've never done it, but it seems that would be logical.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #60 on: November 18, 2015, 03:18:11 PM »
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Don't we have the ability to manually set price in other countries?

Yes, we do. I will change the price manually for everywhere but U.S. and U.K.


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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #61 on: November 18, 2015, 04:00:19 PM »
Yes, we do. I will change the price manually for everywhere but U.S. and U.K.

OK that's good to know. I'll ask people to do it.

I'm in Select with the title I've got in the promo, but have never used the Countdown since Amazon decided to unilaterally cancel two countdowns because "the book was available elsewhere" (which was BS) and then never replied to my emails about it.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #62 on: November 18, 2015, 05:34:41 PM »
OK that's good to know. I'll ask people to do it.

I'm in Select with the title I've got in the promo, but have never used the Countdown since Amazon decided to unilaterally cancel two countdowns because "the book was available elsewhere" (which was BS) and then never replied to my emails about it.

I've pretty much decided that I'm not bothering with anymore countdown deals unless I have Bookbub or ENT working. I'd rather have the flexibility to change the price quickly for a promotion like Patty's and then jump back to regular price--without restrictions.

                    
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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #63 on: November 18, 2015, 06:29:50 PM »
Yes, we do. I will change the price manually for everywhere but U.S. and U.K.
Any shortcuts for figuring out the price, or do we just have to do the conversion math for each currency?

I like countdowns for promos because you retain the 70% royalty.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #64 on: November 18, 2015, 06:57:01 PM »
Any shortcuts for figuring out the price, or do we just have to do the conversion math for each currency?

I like countdowns for promos because you retain the 70% royalty.

I can only suggest going to your pricing page, set the book to 99c and then see what the currencies auto-convert to, and make a note of those. Then back out without making any changes to the book.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #65 on: November 18, 2015, 08:02:23 PM »
Yes, we do. I will change the price manually for everywhere but U.S. and U.K.

Select lets you do this? I thought it didn't let you change the price for 30 days before and 2 weeks after a countdown. (However, I've never tried switching the price manually, one country at a time.) Huh. Must now go investigate.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #66 on: November 18, 2015, 09:26:31 PM »
I already have one of my books scheduled for a Countdown Deal on Amazon, but it ends December 6. Is that cutting it too close to sign up? Thanks for doing this, by the way.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #67 on: November 18, 2015, 09:31:06 PM »
I already have one of my books scheduled for a Countdown Deal on Amazon, but it ends December 6. Is that cutting it too close to sign up? Thanks for doing this, by the way.

It will go by US dates, so as long as the book is still 99c on those days, that should be fine.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #68 on: November 18, 2015, 11:03:23 PM »
I just signed up with the second book in The Northland Chronicles series. The first is already free, so if the second is $.99 maybe people will pick up both at once.

Anyway I'm all in (assuming you'll have me)! I usually only use my mailing list to notify subscribers about new releases, but I think many of them will appreciate hearing about this.


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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #69 on: November 18, 2015, 11:10:42 PM »
too complicated

I'll just not use Countdown

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #70 on: November 19, 2015, 10:50:56 AM »
I can only suggest going to your pricing page, set the book to 99c and then see what the currencies auto-convert to, and make a note of those. Then back out without making any changes to the book.
Thanks. I'll try it. :)

So, as of today (may be different on Dec. 5 due to currency fluctuations):

GBP=.99
Euro=.99
Yen=121
Brazil=3.81
CA=1.32
MX=16.52
AU=1.39
IN=65
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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #71 on: November 19, 2015, 12:40:46 PM »
Select lets you do this? I thought it didn't let you change the price for 30 days before and 2 weeks after a countdown. (However, I've never tried switching the price manually, one country at a time.) Huh. Must now go investigate.

Hmm...I wonder. Let us know what you find out--if it's only for UK/US that you can't change the price because of countdown, or any country.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #72 on: November 19, 2015, 01:19:27 PM »
I've signed up for the notifications, but I'll have to do some research to see if I can be in the Dec 5-6 promo.
(I have a countdown set up for around those days that I can adjust the dates of, but I want to be sure I can actually change the other country prices. That doesn't sound quite right to me)

I'm definitely planning to do a first in series free in January though, so I will be in for that one.


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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #73 on: November 19, 2015, 01:40:54 PM »
You have always had the ability to set different prices for different countries. Most of us just set the U.S. price and check the boxes to have Zon automatically translate that price into other currencies.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #74 on: November 19, 2015, 02:13:30 PM »
You have always had the ability to set different prices for different countries. Most of us just set the U.S. price and check the boxes to have Zon automatically translate that price into other currencies.

That's hardly my concern here.  As someone who doesn't live in the US, the automatic translation gives such strange prices that leaving it on those prices would be hugely unprofessional on my part.

My concern is if changing the price outside the US and UK would trigger the 'you can't do a countdown as you've changed the price in the last 30 days' restriction.

Anyone know?


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