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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: July 05, 2018, 09:53:39 AM »
An overeview video about Book Cover Design Mistakes I recently made. Will help any author improve their cover quality whether it's DIY or hiring a designer:

https://youtu.be/_Bk92r1kSYo

Full write up almost done too!

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Yes. He's updating his courses for changes too. Join his Facebook group, it's great resource too - https://www.facebook.com/groups/SPFsecretgroup/

Not to say that it's a miracle formula and will be easy. It's still testing and working a lot to make good ads but FB ad prices are still ok and can work.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: SEO Keywords - Yea or Nay?
« on: June 24, 2018, 09:10:35 AM »
Thank you all.  I have the free version of Yoast SEO which does not (no longer?) allows multiple keywords to be applied.   Only the premium version supports multiple keywords.

Cheers,
Roger

It never did sadly.

One keyword per page is good enough tho. All pages on the site should be clear and have one clear call-to-action and main keyword. Each book page has it's own, Books page has one like 'Author X books' etc stuffing more keywords in won't help much.

Plus, Google is quite smart and will be aware of what other keywords fit the page (from context) and page can rank for multiple keywords. It depends a lot on the competition again. It's best to have right keyword per page anyway.

Good luck!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 17 Very Actionable Email List Building Tips
« on: June 24, 2018, 03:16:15 AM »
Adrijus, your thoughtful hints like this are always helpful. Shows you're in touch with authors and steadily keeping pace with the publishing marketplace. Much appreciated.

Thanks a lot! Just trying to be helpful in more ways than proving services. Glad you like these! ;)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: SEO Keywords - Yea or Nay?
« on: June 24, 2018, 03:12:13 AM »
Use free version of Yoast plugin. Premium is great but even free one is good.

BUT SEO is not advertising, because it takes long time to take effect and rank (for competitive keywords). Well-done SEO will help you rank for your own name and books on Google fast, which is why you should do it, but don't expect SEO to work as fast as advertising. :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 17 Very Actionable Email List Building Tips
« on: June 22, 2018, 09:11:23 AM »
Awesome! Glad you guys found it useful! ;)

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Writers' Cafe / 17 Very Actionable Email List Building Tips
« on: June 21, 2018, 11:31:19 AM »
Hi,

not sure if this has been shared yet, but this is a great article with tips on how to increase your email list building success.

https://backlinko.com/list-building

Some won't apply for authors but many do (like #9 even, so simple). It's also a great read for understanding list building better in general.

The website is also very useful and full of good info. Check it out too.

RBC

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Squarespace mailing lists?
« on: June 13, 2018, 04:35:00 AM »
Don't get too dependent on them. They might not be great at it, and you'd have too many eggs in one basket. MailerLite is good start. MailChimp is ok.

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Hey authors!  How would you like your business card to look like this?

This is a terrific concept. Unfortunately, the image I bought from ThinkStock specifically precludes my using it for business cards.




Not sure about that site, but other stock sites allow for business card use because it's an item not for resale. It's a free giveaway so it's not commercial. Check out other sites to get that stock from and you might be good for it.

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Last $199 author website is gone.

I'm now booking website designs for end of July/start of August. Price for Kboard members is $275. Terms are below

How It Works:

1. We will have a conversation through emails about what you want and need for your website and come up with a plan
2. You will need to have Hosting and/or Domain ready (I recommend www.FastComet.com, I don't recommend GoDaddy for hosting)
3. As we start working, you will need to start writing/collecting content for the website (About page, general introduction on homepage, some exclusive content for Books page etc, I can help with ideas but I don't write that)
4. I'll take the Divi framework (one of the best Wordpress frameworks/themes currently) and customize it from scratch to match the vision (custom header, banners, layouts etc).
5. We'll do one concept of design for Homepage and if you approve will match other pages to that (if first concept doesn't work, I can do 2 more)
6. We'll do up to 10 pages for your website (if you got 10 books, I won't count them all as 10 pages used, only half of them)
7. I'll install plugins like Security scanning, Google Analytics, Contact Forms, Gallery (if needed)
8. I'll set up email newsletter sign up form (I'd recommend MailerLite for this)
9. We can brainstorm what to do with website in future and how to promote it
10. We can work on basic SEO optimization for your genre keywords

If you're interested, contact me here on in PMs.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is building an email list becoming passe?
« on: June 03, 2018, 08:23:08 AM »
These threads pop up periodically. For years and years... is email getting less engagement? Yes. That's because of insane amount of content and media available. So that's natural. But even young people are using email (joining workforce makes them etc).

Recently I sent out an email and it resulted in over $1000 in revenue. And I'm not the greatest at keeping engagement emails constant. I could have done better if I was. So email list still work. Hands down.

Bookbub is proof, but there are also supersuccessfull email newsletters outside of our industry that do well even now. TheSkimm started off as nothing but an email newsletter, grew into millions of subscribers and now is expanding, all based off of email - https://theskimm.com/. They now have an app but it's an upsell and an additional stream of income. There are also sites like Thrillist or BrainPickings.org (amazing one for creative people!) that started off as newsletters. More samples: https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/email-newsletter-examples-list.

So, email has been and still is successful in more than one industry, it's a universal thing that works all over... which means something! It's a pattern you can see over and over again. Email lists are a must for foreseeable future.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover recommendations?
« on: May 28, 2018, 12:40:21 PM »
I'd recommend Rocking Book Covers. I've used their pre-made covers before, and he does excellent work.

https://www.rockingbookcovers.com/

Thanks a lot for the shout out! ;)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover Feedback.
« on: May 28, 2018, 04:01:37 AM »
Top looks great! Only text could use a bit more 'energy' with a small effect and bottom could be a bit easier to understand in small thumbnail (make the visual bigger or lighter to bring out details).

I'd guess cover is towards Horror, Paranormal.

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I'm doing an exclusive Flash Sale for Boards members - all Premades cost $50 each until June 1st!

There are around 2000 designs available and all are only sold once. Check them out at:

www.RockingBookCovers.com/premade-covers

You can book a cover through contact form, or this thread or PMs here in forum!
RBC

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover recommendations?
« on: May 27, 2018, 12:07:06 PM »
www.vividcovers.com - she's good and is at $250.

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Hi there! I was thumbing through your premades, which all look fantastic! I was hoping to find one that had a 20s-noir vibe, maybe something with a Tommy gun. Have you ever played around with that aesthetic?

Thanks! Glad you like them! ;)

Nothing much with that aesthetic now sadly. I might do it in some time, I'll do another big Premades challenge in June/July and might have few of these then. I have saved some stocks with 20s gangsters but haven't used yet.

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100 new Premade covers uploaded for sale!

I've finished up the 30-Day challenge and made 200 cover goal happen. Now all covers are on the website available for authors. Here is a preview of some of them:



Check them out on my website at www.RockingBookCovers.com/premade-covers

It was a hard but fun challenge! Helped me get over the 2000 premades on offer barrier too.

If you need an affordable cover, check these out, they are a great option! ;)

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Her latest book which is on pre-order has more of a space opera looking cover with the floating spaceship so maybe the publisher decided it would work even better if the cover looked more like the other covers out there.

https://www.amazon.com/Record-Spaceborn-Wayfarers-Becky-Chambers-ebook/dp/B072BFJCB9/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526747574&sr=8-1&keywords=becky+chambers

There isn't much change in the cover, it's the same series and feel. The spaceship is bigger because there is less text to fit on the cover. :)

OP, the first two don't look genre-appropriate but the other 2 look great to me. I think the important difference is, as Cora says, it depends on how action heavy the book is etc. Cover can communicate the difference like that.

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Nothing bad or insane. I have nothing to hide so they can have that info. Why not? If you ran a business and had scammer issues you would also be interested in sometimes research someone's history if they look suspicious. They have to be able to do so to prevent more scammers etc.

Other points, non-privacy ones, where already the same and expected so nothing changes.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Book covers without words
« on: May 08, 2018, 08:23:15 AM »
Is it possible? Probably... if the cover is super impressive visual but if it's a DIY cover then it wont be most likely.

Plus, main design elements like a hero or sword or whatever would be main visual don't have to be overblown and be huge. That would leave place for text.

Honestly, tons of covers pull of readable title and at least legible. Small thumbnail is not a reason to ditch them completely. Author name doesn't need to be readable and can be small. That's perfectly fine and doesn't hurt (because name isn't recognisable yet).


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Both options are ok. It's ok start with as good cover as possible and sometimes it means not the best design but at least a solid solid one (notice solid is said twice!).

You can start off with using Premade covers first. They are cheaper but depending on designer will be same/similar quality of a custom one. You pay less just because there is less time involved in making premades. You might find the right covers but you might only find one. Still, that's not a problem because most designers are willing to take one premade and make 2 more to match series feel or you can 3 different covers but ask the designer to make the into a series feel. Also possible and most will do it. Pricing for these would be probably around $150-300 total for all 3 books. Depends on designer so don't hesitate to email and ask about this. Talk and you might be surprised with great deal. Or not. All is possible.

And hiring designer to do typography is also solid option. Could even be cheapest. All comes down on how the cover is made.

P.S. Really love your Survival Game cover!




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Writers' Cafe / Re: New website, Any suggestions?
« on: May 06, 2018, 08:46:47 AM »
After 20 years in the financial industry, it's hard not to talk like that. I think I've managed it though:

Growing up on a ranch in the deep New Mexico desert meant that while other children got to enjoy luxuries like dependable electricity and television, I had to make my own entertainment. With an English teacher and former Broadway actress for a mother, that meant either books or music. Since I can't carry a tune in a bucket, before I was a teenager I'd worked my way through all the classics, read Finnegans Wake (though I still can't say I understand it) and discovered an everlasting love of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Every book held the possibility of new worlds and adventures beyond imagination. Working as a firefighter/EMT to pay for college gave me even more time to study my favorite authors. After graduating and spending more than twenty years in the Financial industry, I never lost my love for a great story. Today I live in New York City, about as far away from being on a ranch as humanly possible, with a school teacher wife and two wonderful children. During the day, I explore the world of numbers, but at night I explore worlds beyond ours, both futuristic and fantastic.

I'll tweak it some more since I still feel it's still a bit impersonal.

Way better than 3rd person.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: New website, Any suggestions?
« on: May 04, 2018, 08:23:45 AM »
Thanks for taking the time to look it over for me. I agree with most of your suggestions and made the changes. Now I just have to figure out something to put in the "about me" section. The last website I had was pretty bland and I was hoping to make it more attractive.

It's a good start and already nice site visually so just fill it out as time goes and it will be great.

For About page don't be 3rd person writing. I hate those.. It's a person's website and they talk like PR department or company.. ugh..

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I'm at halfway point with the 200 Premades in 30 days challenge and have added 40 new covers this week (total number of covers made for the challenge is at 95). If you need a cover, check out a preview here and then visit the website:



www.RockingBookCovers.com/premade-covers

Hope you will find something you like!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: New website, Any suggestions?
« on: May 03, 2018, 07:32:12 PM »
Looking well!

The main header took a while to load up so I would suggest optimizing your images and making them smaller. You can do that with running your images files of website through tinyjpg.com and reupload the compressed files. Should save a lot of size so site will finish loading up faster.

It's a bit weird to see 'Pages' dropdown instead of normal pages in a menu, I'd prefer normal as it's more convenient (don't make people click too much). Similar for 'Home'. Why not separate stuff.

I'd have the  2nd section of homepage be email subscription form not a quote from J.R.R. Tolkien. He might be right, he might be huge name but that's prime real estate and you should either have simple email sign up form or book giveaway sign up form.

'Book of the Month' section badly needs a book cover. It just looks like a plain text and I scrolled past it fast at first, but if cover was there it would look like an actual book stuff so would stop the eye.

About page looks page but is empty... really not cool. Put something in there. You're building a personal brand after all. Be personal (don't have to be too personal). Great visual!

Books page is confusing... took a while to load and now books.... hmmm... but once you'll add books it should be ok.

'Log in' shouldn't be a Menu item at all, unless you want people to register and log in into the site as if you had forum etc. Otherwise it takes up useful space in the menu. Normal pages would be better there. Like Contact page which is missing.


Good job in general! Keep working on it and you'll have a very good site. Good luck!

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