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Writers' Cafe / Re: Looking to Acquire Established Ebooks
« Last post by jb1111 on Today at 02:47:54 AM »
We all acknowledge that, every author who would rather be writing than marketing. But that knowledge in no way involves selling the rights to their books for whatever price. A publisher will usually give an author an advance, sometimes a really big advance, but even when they do that, they are not buying the right to the book. All they are buying is the right to publish it and any royalties due over and above that advance are paid to the author.

I would venture that to most authors on the Zon, trad publishing customs are little more than quaint vestiges of a bygone era -- something completely alien to the vast majority of us. The publishing model has changed to streaming books and independent publishing -- it is a Wild West of various marketing and investment tactics -- and perhaps what the OP is offering may be one of them.
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I enjoy YA romance and I'm sorry to hear your income has dropped so low you feel like you have to get another day job.

Have you tried looking for other ways to earn an income from home? It must be a little hard to work for yourself, with all the freedom that comes with that and then go back to working for someone else again.

Could you make book covers, proofread for authors or write articles for a blog. If not could you re-brand your books or find a less competitive sub-genre in YA or NA romance?

I am seeing more and more YA books being optioned for netflix and other studios/networks. A wattpad author who got a nice book deal, has her book coming on netflix next month, her name is Beth Reekles.

Have you thought of approaching an agent to sell your rights?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Specialist blurb writers?
« Last post by Michele Brouder on Today at 02:14:19 AM »
Disclaimer: I pay my editor to write my blurbs.

With that being said, I am determined this year to start writing my own blurbs. I'm tired of being intimidated in writing 2 paragraphs when I can write a  manuscript...

The other day, I was reading through this post,262648.0.html
and if you go down a bit, Nicholas Erik has some wonderful advice (as usual). Look at #3 about copying by hand the blurbs of the top 50 in your genre to get the feel of it. Well, I might just do that.

And then there is this:

Good Luck

Writers' Cafe / Re: A totally free promo list for the super-prawny
« Last post by Simon Haynes on Today at 02:07:51 AM »
I can give you another data point - my first novel has been perma-free since 2011, but I've recently been pushing it to promote a new release in the series. With downloads of between 50 and 100 per day for the past 3 weeks, it's currently sitting at #1000 free on amazon us, and #230 free on Amazon UK.

Bear in mind that half my downloads are on the UK site. As a british/australian author, I push my stuff more towards amazon uk. It's that kind of humour - and spelling ;-)
Writers' Cafe / Re: Specialist blurb writers?
« Last post by Jeff Tanyard on Today at 01:45:57 AM »
I have purposely not placed my blurb on here for assistance as I am not only very new to KD, but self-pubbing in general, and I did not feel comfortable imposing on the generosity of the good people here.

That's very gracious of you.   :)

I checked out the link for the pro blurb writer, but found it a tad on the expensive side. $197 USD seems rather steep for a one or two paragraph blurb in my mind.

Yeah, that's kind of insane.   :o

I read a post on this link where a member suggested that any writer who couldn't produce his own blurb didn't know his own story. I have to disagree with that sentiment.

I also disagree with it.  Blurb writing is copywriting, not prose fiction.  Two completely different mindsets, and excellence at one doesn't translate into competence at the other.

I've sent you a PM.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Specialist blurb writers?
« Last post by D.A. Boulter on Today at 01:19:25 AM »
Blurb-writing is indeed its own art form. Being a good novelist, where you get to tell your story in one hundred thousand words, doesn't mean that you will excel at telling it in one hundred words. And knowing your own story well can actually be a detriment. You, as author, know how even the smallest thing in your story has repercussions which make it important to holding the whole together. With all those hundreds of important bits, which do you chose to make available to the reader on the back cover?

Personally, I have a lot more trouble writing my own blurbs than fixing someone else's. I know too much about my own stories. Sometime only a little knowledge is a good thing.

Besides that, I've lately come to believe that the blurb isn't really about telling what your story is about; it's more about getting a reader to actually open your book to page one. What does that isn't a blow-by-blow summary  -- which entails 'knowing the story well -- it's about exciting the reader with possibilities.

Right now, I'm on holiday (and should be sleeping as I have a full day of travel ahead of me as I return home). Your blurb is intriguing; I'll get back to you on it. However, most people react better to a character in a situation than to merely the situation. We should know who your main character is and what his stake in the story is. If, for example, it's a journalist who gets in over his/her head investigating the murders, we'd have a different slant on it than if it's a police detective, who might want something entirely different -- the journalist may want to unearth the story; the policeman just wants to  catch the killer. If the main character is the killer, it's a different slant for the blurb. Whoever it is, we need to have the reader sympathize with him/her, identify. If the reader thinks, "What would I do in his/her place?", then you have a much better chance of selling the story.
It's Saturday. We've got some nice weather and I'm looking forward to the book signing today.

So let's get to that list, shall we?

Remember - the campaigns that need nominations the most are the ones that are closest to the LAST DAY LEFT, 1 day left, 2 days left etc.

Updated List

LAST DAY LEFT! Seeking Mercy by April A. Luna
1 day left Prone to Wander by Amy Craig
2 days left 6 Miles to Baltimore by C. Martin Barr
5 days left Hound of the Mountains by Stephan Morse
9 days left Stargazers Odyssey by Cassandra Hunter
9 days left The Myth of Wile E by Colleen Cooper
12 days left The Children of Lehom by Anya Pavelle
12 days left School Lies by  Kimberly G. Giarratano
13 days left Nina's Nebulosity by Lewis P. Gravis
13 days left Saints and Sinners by Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer
13 days left Candy Apple Tangerine by Bob Waldman

I put this list up every morning and I strive to keep it up-to-date so that this thread needn't dissolve into a flurry of "NOMINATE MY BOOK, NOMINATE MY BOOK" posts. No one is under any obligation to nominate any of these books. I'm just trying to keep the thread clear of unnecessary clutter. This way once a day there is a complete list of current candidates and folks can readily check out the kboards members who have a book in the running and can make up their own mind. I try and stay nonpartisan about it - which is why I don't comment on any particular book by title. I just keep the list.
If I have missed anyone please let me know either with a PM or by posting a link here in the thread.

Happy scouting, folks!

PS: Don't forget, if you have just been told that your book HASN'T been selected for Kindle Scout and you are wondering what to do next you can get just as much help from the "My Book Wasn't Accepted For Kindle Scout - Now What?" thread. Even if you already know what you are going to do I guarantee you'll get an awful lot of support from the gang over there!,243477.0.html
Writers' Cafe / Re: Looking to Acquire Established Ebooks
« Last post by Doglover on Today at 12:48:41 AM »

For those who see the reality that sometimes the best person to write a book and the best person to try to get that in as many hands as possible might be two different people, then you are acknowledging the reality of commerce that exists in every facet of our lives.
We all acknowledge that, every author who would rather be writing than marketing. But that knowledge in no way involves selling the rights to their books for whatever price. A publisher will usually give an author an advance, sometimes a really big advance, but even when they do that, they are not buying the right to the book. All they are buying is the right to publish it and any royalties due over and above that advance are paid to the author.

About forty years ago I attended a creative writing class led by a published and successful author. One thing I have taken away from that class is 'never, ever sell your copyright'. I remember reading that same advice in many writing magazines and writing books and that is exactly what you are asking us to do.

If, on the other hand, you were to offer marketing services, in which you say you have some skill, you would most certainly have a lot more interest.
The Book Corner / Re: The book, which made you cry!
« Last post by VioletVal on Today at 12:40:40 AM »
Mockingjay, the final book in the Hunger Games Trilogy.
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