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One of Jana deLeon's series is a ghost mystery one.


Jana is epically successful. Like, off the charts. But I think I recall her saying here a while back that her ghost series wasn't nearly as popular as her Miss Fortune series. I really enjoyed reading it, though. And "not as successful as Miss Fortune" is still possibly selling like hotcakes :)

Good luck!

Writers' Cafe / Re: AUTHORS: Your best form of book advertising is...
« on: November 26, 2017, 05:27:25 PM »
This time last year people were saying that Facebook ads were getting really expensive - due to all the competition for holiday spending at the moment. Are people seeing that again? If so, delay Facebook ads until after the new year.

Blog hops etc, as you mentioned in your first post, are dead. Lots of work for no sales. And even the paid newsletter lists like bargainbooksy etc have decreased in effectiveness. Except bookbub.

Building your own list, and direct marketing to them seems to be the current front runner. With AMS ads ticking along in the background.

Donated. Good luck. We're with you.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Being both a fiction and non-fiction author
« on: October 25, 2017, 05:33:07 PM »
I do both. The main problem for me is that Iím very time-poor, so having three writing projects on the go (blog, non-fic book or course, novel) means that my writing time gets divided and I can feel like Iím making no progress on anything.

Cassie Leighís comment about non-fiction books being a steady seller reflects my experience too. And I sell a high number of paperbacks of the non-fic titles - probably one paperback for every two or three ebooks - sometimes more - so thatís worth doing too.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Stay-at-home parent/authors!
« on: October 22, 2017, 02:17:35 PM »
Four kids, youngest is a toddler. We attend a parent-run co-op style preschool, which means super cheap fees, but lots of hands-on stuff from me, but now that toddler is a bit older he can have a couple of independent sessions each week.

If I leave the preschool right on time, go straight home and sit straight down at my laptop I get 2 hours until I need to head back and help tidy up etc. This is a lifesaver compared to before!

Regarding grandparents, my mother is dead, my father is in his mid 80s and was never very hands on anyway, and my in laws live a 2 hour flight away. They do what they can, but our kids are not their only grandchildren, and they both still work. And they are entitled to their own time, lives and choices.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Boil Down Your 2017 Writing Into One Word
« on: October 21, 2017, 05:00:26 PM »

Writers' Cafe / Re: A Question about Payoneer
« on: October 09, 2017, 08:45:06 PM »
Yep, like Rinelle says, Amazon will do the conversions and pay it all in US dollars, straight into the Bank of America account (if that's how you set it up).

If you want to, though, you can direct Amazon to send each store's payments to different places, so you could investigate the U.K. Payoneer option (I didn't know they had one until Rinelle mentioned it!) and direct the euro payments there, if you think the exchange rates would be worth doing (or if you're in the U.K. and pounds are more useful)

The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: October 08, 2017, 10:40:42 PM »
It says the title is not currently available for purchase. The first few on the series say that. Just odd.

Thanks for the list of the others, I'll check them out tomorrow.

Oh bummer. I can buy it with one click for $9.31. :(

Must be a US vs UK rights issue. I occasionally come across books advertised as on sale that are "currently unavailable" for me for that reason - like the Mrs Pollifax series for instance.

The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: October 08, 2017, 06:52:19 PM »
Ooooh, Atunah, I found the first Susanna Gregory!

Hopefully you can see it. If not it might be one of those pesky territorial publishing rights things that I can see, being the Commonwealth, but you can't. Or something.

The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: October 08, 2017, 06:47:11 PM »
Here. Here's a link to the Medieval Murderers page. They have got some collaboratively written books, but I prefer each of their own works, to be honest

Of them, the full series are available for:

The Shardlake Chronicles by CJ Sansom
I really enjoy these. They're really substantial, and set right during the time of the Dissolution of the monasteries and the rise of Oliver Cromwell. Lots of political intrigue.

Bernard Knight's Crowner John Mysteries
'Crowner' is the old form of the word 'coroner', and these are more in the Perry Mason style, if I'm recalling the right series. Crowner John is called in to be the face of justice after a body has been discovered.

Philip Gooden has got two series - one set in Shakespearean times, one with Chaucer as the sleuth
I vaguely recall reading a Chaucer one and it was ok. But the library didn't have any more and I forgot about them. I'll have to look them up.

Michael Jecks
He's prolific, but not all his books seem to be loaded to his author page. When I searched for his name they all came up (4 pages of them) but only 12 books listed on his author page. I think his publisher has dropped the ball a bit with listing them correctly.
Anyhow, I've read some of his
Knights Templar series (32 books and counting) but they're a bit dark and blood thirsty for me. Having said that, I have probably read a dozen of them so they can't be too bad!

Ian Morson's Falconer series
Haven't read them and can't comment

Karen Maitland writes during the times of the plague
Again, haven't read them but shes in excellent company

Overall, the prices for these authors seems a bit high for e books, but that seems to be par for the course with trad pub books

The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: October 08, 2017, 06:17:35 PM »
eta: I tried and tried to find a kindle version of the first in that Gregory series and I can't find one. I see some of the later ones, but not the first. I can't read a series out of order so I'll have to put it in the back burner. I am guessing I had looked at it in the past and not found a kindle book and forgot all about it.

Vexing. It bugs me when publishers don't roll a whole series out to digital at the same time.

I'll go and see who else I can find that *does* have them all on kindle. I still read most of my mysteries in hardcover from the library as we have a brilliantly well-stocked collection.

The Book Corner / Re: Anyone a Historical Mystery fan?
« on: October 08, 2017, 12:18:30 PM »
Anybody into medieval mysteries?

My favorites are the Matthew Bartholomew mysteries by Susanna Gregory, but there are several authors who support each other and call themselves the Medieval Murderers - Susanna Gregory being one of them - and I've enjoyed all the books written by an author of that group that I've read.

Some are grittier than others but they are all more like a traditional mystery than a modern cutesy cozy.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Swag
« on: October 07, 2017, 12:18:17 PM »
Wayne Stinnett has got a great little store front on his website for for swag.

And I know I've seen some discussion about it a few times over the last couple of years.

Some really creative ideas for patches (Mark Cooper's idea I think), usb cards with the book cover on them and pre loaded with a starter library as a give away at cons, mini books of the first chapter or two of a book to hook them in, lots of cool things.

I guess the question is what the purpose of that swag is. A fun extra to reward your super-fans, or a hand out at cons to try and get someone to try your book.

It's easy to get distracted by the shiny and not quite hit either of those objectives.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Release Day With Kids
« on: September 28, 2017, 02:18:49 AM »

I plop my youngest in front of a screen in the afternoon so I can get some admin / marketing stuff done. But Handy Manny and the Berenstain Bears aren't exactly great background ambiance for new words to bubble up from my brain.

I've got all four kids home for two weeks of holidays starting on Monday. Eep.

I'm going to trial getting up absurdly early to see if I can actually get some creative work done before they all start to surface.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« on: September 14, 2017, 09:45:21 PM »
Another vote for using Payoneer to bypass the threshold.

And the weather? I'm in the south island of New Zealand.

It's still fecking freezing.

Although, I did need to take my merino layer off this afternoon while pushing the toddler's pushchair uphill in the sun, and the daffodils are peeking out and there's blossom and magnolias in bloom so life is pretty good.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Does MailChimp require a non-free email provider?
« on: September 13, 2017, 09:09:31 PM »
I use zoho as the email provider for the email address in the'from' section. And mail chimp is my mailing list service. And my website domain to authenticate the email address.

The only thing I pay for at the moment is the domain name and hosting.

The instructions are Byzantine, but take it slowly, one step at a time, and you'll get there eventually. There are a few step by step tutorials out there. It's not a one click process but like most computing it just involves following each step exactly (and googling what the heck the instructions mean at each step).

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is there a guide for going Wide?
« on: August 16, 2017, 02:29:49 AM »
^^ What kathrynoh says.

And I'm also eagerly waiting Patty's book (no pressure, Patty).

I use Draft 2 Digital as my main distributor (I'm in NZ so need a distributor for B&N, and also I don't have a Mac and decided not to go through the non-mac-owning hoops to list directly with i-books, so need a distributor for them, too.). I just uploaded my files and chose all the stores I wanted to list with (everyone except Oyster, which is dead).

I also use Streetlib as a distributor, but mainly because it can get me on GooglePlay Books. I have spent some time sifting through their enormous list of other suppliers and listing with any that look promising, but haven't made a sale through the tiny stores - just through GooglePlay.

Other distributors to Google Play are XinXii and Pronoun (I think?) but I know nothing about them.

My numbers this month are rubbish at Amazon - about half my normal sales - but I've made the same number of sales through the other distributors combined. This will be the first month that my non-Amazon money is higher than my Amazon money.

It can seem overwhelming, but just take one step at a time and you'll be fine. If having multiple distributors seems way too confusing at first, just pick D2D (Or Smashwords) and get comfortable with them before looking for a way to get into GooglePlay later if you want to.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Question for those who live in cold climates....
« on: August 03, 2017, 10:11:44 PM »
Do you know where I can get one from?

Try these guys. Looks like they ship to Aus. Otherwise, google "long men's down coats"
Sounds like a great trip







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I live in the south island of New Zealand.

A warm outer layer coat is a great idea (sorry, no idea where to get a good men's one), but I highly recommend paying attention to your under layers too.

Silk or merino are better than thermal as they breathe better and I find they don't tend to make me overheat so badly when I end up somewhere warmer than expected.

The NZ Nature Company do some lovely silk and possum/merino layers.

Layering means you have more flexibility when it comes to changeable weather, too.

Also, pay attention to *where* you feel cold. Is it actually your feet and the back of your neck? Your hands and legs? Then concentrate on warming those bits up, rather than just generally adding more clothes.

And keep an eye out for pocket hand warmers. Little pouches you can click and initiate a chemical reaction that warms them up. You keep them in your coat pockets for when you just need more heat. (If you have access to a microwave a little pouch - or kids sock - of rice or wheat will work too, but it's less convenient for traveling)

Enjoy your trip!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Royalty / Payment Question
« on: July 22, 2017, 03:07:55 AM »
I had some failed payments some time last year.

Someone in Payoneer's system had somehow (accidentally) hit a button to reject all of one category of Amazon payments iirc. (So I heard here at kboards - a few of us internationals were hit by it)

But it was through Amazon that I got it sorted.

I think I lodged a query through the kdp help email thing and then gave them everything they asked for (bank details etc etc). They re-sent the payment through a couple of weeks after it was due.

Worth following up in case some setting somewhere, either at your bank's end or at Amazon's

Good luck.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Character name: Charis
« on: July 16, 2017, 04:50:09 PM »
I had a friend called Charis. She pronounced it Kar (short a) - iss

For me it will forever conjure a feminine, cheerful 20ish woman.

It's Greek for 'grace'. But, yeah, based on the other responses maybe not a go-er.  Although, the inability of most people to pronounce it hasn't prevented people using the name 'Angharadh' in lots of Celtic books, so you could be fine 🙂

Writers' Cafe / Re: Draft2Digital and Payoneer
« on: July 12, 2017, 05:58:13 PM »
I use payoneer for my payments from Amazon, streetlib and d2d.

When I set my account up with d2d I just used my payoneer account as if it were a US bank account. I'm pretty sure I've received payments from them without a $3 fee.

Will go and check, though - I only sell a little bit through d2d and $3 off every payment (plus the payoneer fee) would cut into that quite a lot.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Castle terminology
« on: July 11, 2017, 07:05:21 PM »
I second David Macaulay's book Castle. I used it with my kids during a medieval unit but I spent far more time staring at the illustrations than they did.

One bonus is that he looks at different types of castle and the construction of them.

Part of the problem you're having with terminology is that different people groups construct their fortifications slightly differently, and the names given to those different bits have arrived in the English language at different times and from different places.

I would work out what defensive use the structure you want has, and then call it by that usage. Observation deck, like the previous poster suggested, is one sensible suggestion that won't trigger your avid medievalist reader to roll their eyes at your misusing a term (even if you are not actually misusing it).

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