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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #75 on: November 19, 2015, 04:35:53 PM »
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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.

I have never understood why this is "unprofessional".

To me, not in the US either, the only thing this says is "the publisher looked at prices in my currency, wanted a price ending in .99 and then slapped almost a dollar onto the price to achieve that." Because sure as heck no one will REDUCE their price to achieve a "professional-looking" price point, right?

So, yeah, prices of foreign items that don't end in weird digits mean to me "I'm being gouged".

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #76 on: November 19, 2015, 11:30:40 PM »
I have never understood why this is "unprofessional".

To me, not in the US either, the only thing this says is "the publisher looked at prices in my currency, wanted a price ending in .99 and then slapped almost a dollar onto the price to achieve that." Because sure as heck no one will REDUCE their price to achieve a "professional-looking" price point, right?

So, yeah, prices of foreign items that don't end in weird digits mean to me "I'm being gouged".

Basically, have you ever seen a traditionally published book with an odd price?  I imagine yes, but only very rarely.

If we're concerned about making the price end in a 9 in one currency, how is that concern not applicable in all currencies?

To me, yes most likely the price is the same if it has odd digits... but it also means the author or distributor couldn't spend thirty seconds to make sure their prices made sense in all currencies. If they can't spare thirty seconds when releasing, how much time have they spared at the earlier stages?


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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #77 on: November 19, 2015, 11:38:36 PM »
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Basically, have you ever seen a traditionally published book with an odd price?  I imagine yes, but only very rarely.

Many, many times. Just go to the Book Depository.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #78 on: November 22, 2015, 04:45:40 PM »
I have never understood why this is "unprofessional".

To me, not in the US either, the only thing this says is "the publisher looked at prices in my currency, wanted a price ending in .99 and then slapped almost a dollar onto the price to achieve that." Because sure as heck no one will REDUCE their price to achieve a "professional-looking" price point, right?

So, yeah, prices of foreign items that don't end in weird digits mean to me "I'm being gouged".

You're missing out. I price at 99 across the board, so Canadians Australians and NZers are getting a better offer than Americans while thanks to Amazon my fellow Brits get ripped off. I assumed this would require minimum reviews, I'll look at the page and if eligible put up my fantasy that is 99 for its first month (November), but I could stretch that another week or month as Book Two is not going to be out as soon as planned.


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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec entry form now up)
« Reply #79 on: November 23, 2015, 01:27:26 AM »
You're missing out. I price at 99 across the board, so Canadians Australians and NZers are getting a better offer than Americans while thanks to Amazon my fellow Brits get ripped off. I assumed this would require minimum reviews, I'll look at the page and if eligible put up my fantasy that is 99 for its first month (November), but I could stretch that another week or month as Book Two is not going to be out as soon as planned.

Brits (me) are used to being ripped off. Everything I buy here is more expensive than other places. It's normal because (we are paid so much, our economy is booming, interest rates are near 0, currency conversion, we are in the top 5 richest nations blah blah)

I take no notice of conversion rate or the Amazon price thingy. When I have a bookbub, I set $0.99 and 0.99 and that's that. Always .99

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec promo entries close 26 Nov)
« Reply #80 on: November 23, 2015, 04:17:26 PM »
Looking forward to this promo! Patty, are you going to contact the participating authors beforehand? Just be sure I'm in :)

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec promo entries close 26 Nov)
« Reply #81 on: November 23, 2015, 04:54:44 PM »
OK, so this is what's going to happen:

Entries close on the 26th. Once I have every promo author's book entered on the site, I will contact the people whose books are listed in this upcoming promo by way of confirmation.

Just before the start of the promo, I will contact every author on the promo list with links and images they can re-post, share, retweet and whatever it's called on other social media outlets.

I will then keep the authors in the current promo up-to-date with promo results as the promo is running. I'll also send them a brief recap.

Note: there were some people who submitted books that didn't meet the length/price requirements. If you were one of those, please re-enter another book via the promo form. I DON'T take submissions through email, PM or FB messages. The reason is that the form feeds directly into a spreadsheet that I use to keep books and authors sorted. The only way data ends up on the spreadsheet is by people entering it into the form.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec promo entries close 26 Nov)
« Reply #82 on: November 24, 2015, 07:47:12 AM »
Note: there were some people who submitted books that didn't meet the length/price requirements. If you were one of those, please re-enter another book via the promo form. I DON'T take submissions through email, PM or FB messages. The reason is that the form feeds directly into a spreadsheet that I use to keep books and authors sorted. The only way data ends up on the spreadsheet is by people entering it into the form.

The book I submitted is currently $2.99, but I will lower it to 99 cents for the promo. Is that okay?

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec promo entries close 26 Nov)
« Reply #83 on: November 24, 2015, 09:07:05 AM »
Cool! I just signed up.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec promo entries close 26 Nov)
« Reply #84 on: November 24, 2015, 03:58:07 PM »
The book I submitted is currently $2.99, but I will lower it to 99 cents for the promo. Is that okay?

That's OK. I will check on the morning of the promo and bluntly delete all books that are not 99c. Some people have tried to enter books in the 99c promo that are currently free (or were free last month). I don't think that's fair.

Please note: I'm in Australia. If you do a Countdown, prices will only reduce in the US and UK. PLEASE SET YOUR PRICE MANUALLY for the rest of the world.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec promo entries close 26 Nov)
« Reply #85 on: November 24, 2015, 06:18:24 PM »
Entered, P2F, thanks Patty.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec promo entries close 26 Nov)
« Reply #86 on: November 24, 2015, 06:25:06 PM »
I am updating the page now, but am having some wordpress (no_data_received) issues. Grrrrr.

Also make sure the book is more than 150 pages.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec promo entries close 26 Nov)
« Reply #87 on: November 25, 2015, 03:28:51 PM »
We have over 80 authors now, including a trad author with a book published by Harlequin. Those latest additions aren't on the page yet. Entries will close a little over 24 hours from now, just so that I can definitely start working on the list during *my* weekend. Hopefully, I will also be juggling edits and a new release.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec promo entries close 26 Nov)
« Reply #88 on: November 25, 2015, 03:53:47 PM »

Please note: I'm in Australia. If you do a Countdown, prices will only reduce in the US and UK. PLEASE SET YOUR PRICE MANUALLY for the rest of the world.


So glad you noted that! I would have absolutely not done it and assumedly been booted out of the promo.

Question, though: Doesn't the Zon frown upon us changing our prices when running a countdown? Or does it not matter because they are different countries? Never done the countdown+manual before and want to make sure I don't screw it up.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec promo entries close 26 Nov)
« Reply #89 on: November 25, 2015, 04:14:50 PM »
So glad you noted that! I would have absolutely not done it and assumedly been booted out of the promo.

Question, though: Doesn't the Zon frown upon us changing our prices when running a countdown? Or does it not matter because they are different countries? Never done the countdown+manual before and want to make sure I don't screw it up.

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People upthread suggest that you can do this. I don't know. I am in Select, but I loathe Countdowns for their screwups.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec promo entries close 26 Nov)
« Reply #90 on: November 25, 2015, 04:26:07 PM »
This is really cool! I submitted an anthology (hope it's okay...it is not a novel) and I subscribed to the newsletter as well.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec promo entries close 26 Nov)
« Reply #91 on: November 25, 2015, 04:28:12 PM »
This is really cool! I submitted an anthology (hope it's okay...it is not a novel) and I subscribed to the newsletter as well.

The requirements say for a paid promo the book needs to be 150 pages (because otherwise 99c isn't much of a deal). Short story collections are fine, as long as they're over 150 pages.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec promo entries close 26 Nov)
« Reply #92 on: November 25, 2015, 04:33:55 PM »
The requirements say for a paid promo the book needs to be 150 pages (because otherwise 99c isn't much of a deal). Short story collections are fine, as long as they're over 150 pages.

It is less than 150 pages, so it can't be included sadly.. :'( :'(

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec promo entries close 26 Nov)
« Reply #93 on: November 25, 2015, 05:11:50 PM »
will there be a gif or jpeg "ad" I can post on Facebook, googleplus blog and twitter...

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec promo entries close 26 Nov)
« Reply #94 on: November 25, 2015, 07:55:27 PM »
I'm on the page! Thanks, Patty.
Some great covers on there - your own and The Great Symmetry stand out for me.
From a marketing point of view, I wonder if it's wise to lower the price to 99 now, and not just for the promo period?
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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec promo entries close 26 Nov)
« Reply #95 on: November 25, 2015, 08:11:41 PM »
I'm going to lower my price on the weekend, when I complete the page. You don't have to do this, but we do get sales on the on and off ramps.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec promo entries close 26 Nov)
« Reply #96 on: November 25, 2015, 08:26:54 PM »
I just took mine off countdown and changed it manually to $0.99. Thanks to the tips above I changed it manually for some of the others that let me that didn't match the US price. The amount of exposure this is going to get it worth it to me more than the 70% royalty.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec promo entries close 26 Nov)
« Reply #97 on: November 26, 2015, 08:25:09 AM »
Entered again since I didn't see my book there and you were having wordpress issues at the time.  If there are other issues just PM me.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec promo entries close 26 Nov)
« Reply #98 on: November 26, 2015, 03:05:13 PM »
Entered again since I didn't see my book there and you were having wordpress issues at the time.  If there are other issues just PM me.

Thanks.

I got your entry. I'll be closing the form later and deal with all the stragglers on the weekend.

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Re: Patty's SFF promos megathread (5-6 Dec promo entries close 26 Nov)
« Reply #99 on: November 27, 2015, 07:08:53 AM »
Thanks for putting this together, Patty. By the way, I emailed you about that FB group dedicated to this but didn't receive an invitation. It was in the email with the first in series, permafree.

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