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You can't even use inspiringness as a measure. Some of the stuff in major museums is downright boring (to me), but it's still art. It's not really a definable category, so everyone's free to draw their line where they want. But we should take an inclusive view of those lines, IMO -- that is, accept a capacious, amorphous category rather than trying to impose restrictions.

It  becomes a problem when some people brand others as hobbyists because money isnít their first priority when they write. Usually the other side retaliate by accusing the authors making money their first priority as selling out and writing any old trash that sells.

Itís not so much an argument about art as it is personalizing someoneís opinion as being directed at you.

Badge me however you see fit, I couldnít care less. Itís not as if my self image is affected by what someone I donít know and donít care about thinks of what Iím doing. The whole subject turns into a distraction from the issues we should all be thinking about, which has nothing to do with whether what weíre writing is art and everything to do with making good decisions for ourselves.
Writers' Cafe / Re: A New AMS Thread
« Last post by Cassie Leigh on Today at 09:08:26 AM »
I don't know what on earth that rep was trying to sell you. As soon as you submit an ad campaign it should be visible in your dashboard right at the top with a status of Pending, I think it is. If that hasn't happened, the ad didn't get submitted for review. Once it's accepted it should show as running in that Status column. At that point, if you need to update your bid, click on the campaign name. This will take you to a detail screen for that campaign. For the PD ads, scroll down and you'll see your bid and can click in that box and change it. For your SP ads, you'll see a listing of your keywords with bids next to them. Click into any of those boxes to change the bid there.

In terms of when information shows up. Generally I see impression and click information showing up same day. Maybe on a slight delay but I don't think it's more than 12 hours or so. Estimated sales take longer and part of that is in how they count a sale. Someone can click on your ad today and not buy for five days but that purchase five days from now may get credited to the ad.

In terms of billing information. When they bill you, they provide a breakdown of spend by ad campaign. So I can take my spend on Book X and compare that to my revenue on book X for the ad period. (I use KDP and CS numbers for that, limited to just the US market.)
Writers' Cafe / Re: Is KDP Rocket worth the $97?
« Last post by Mike McIntyre on Today at 09:07:38 AM »
I bought it, and am happy I did. Dave, the owner, offers great support. When I had trouble figuring out how to use Excel with the software (only because Iíd never used Excel), he immediately emailed me step-by-step instructions. And when I wondered why the software generated some keywords (books/authors) that seemed unrelated, he made me a video showing how KDP Rocket was scraping Amazon for results tied to my specific request. (In my case, the bestselling book in TRAVEL (the keyword in question) at the time was also #1 in some obscure subcategory relating to Maine, so the tool was drilling down and, in addition to the more obvious travel books, was returning books/authors about Maine and New England.)

Before KDP Rocket, I hand-curated a list of 300 keywords. I got exactly what I wanted, but it took many hours. When I realized how quickly the relevant Amazon bestseller lists/also boughts/etc change, and that Iíd need to frequently update my keywords, I knew that assembling them by hand was too much work. Now I can generate a list of 1000 in minutes. I still have to go through the lists and weed out keywords that are too far afield, but itís still way faster.
I'm ahead of schedule. That means I'll have time for a Developmental Beta Read at the end of march... possibly two.

I'd like to give the freebie to someone who writes Epic Fantasy or Science Fiction, who is interested in trying out my service.

Post here with any questions or PM me to request a slot.


Tweaked my prices a little. This won't affect current customers, once you hire me I keep you at that rate as long as I can afford to. I might have to raise yours someday, but not soon, and not without plenty of notice.


Changed the name of my beta reads to Developmental Beta. I think that name is more in line with the service.
Writers' Cafe / Re: First ever Bookbub Tue 20th Feb [WITH RESULTS]
« Last post by EvanPickering on Today at 09:01:54 AM »
Pauline I'm so happy for you, I hope you got whacked, stayed up all night and had a good time that day ;D

I remember I was so psyched when I got my bookbub I wanted to leap out my window and scream ANYTHING IS POSSIBLEEE

It's mad fun, looks like you've already got some kickass numbers. Enjoy the ride!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Strugglers' support thread
« Last post by AlexaGrave on Today at 08:56:40 AM »
*peeks in and waves*

Hi, all. I'm sorry so many of us are struggling through this writing thing, but hopefully we'll all find a way to eventually rise above it.

Lately, I've really been struggling with motivation and finding time to write/revise. November hit, and I was making progress, but then I got sick (and sick again after that), and then the holidays swept me away, and then one of the cats got a UTI, the whole family had the flue, and my disaster of a house has been melting my brain.

I fear that my hopeful summer release of the sequel to Mind is going to be delayed by up to 3 months.

I'm not quite sure what I'm stuck in (tar?) but I'm hating it (I love writing still - I know I'd whither away if I didn't write). And it's not that I'm sick of Thorns (because I have the desire to make it all shiny) - it's just a general lack of drive right now. The kids don't help, of course.

So yeah, that's my story right now.  :'(
Writers' Cafe / Re: Am I doing my launch all wrong?
« Last post by ID Johnson on Today at 08:55:46 AM »
Are you saying you haven't let KS send out the email that your book is available? If so, I would do that. I've done two KS campaigns (neither successfully accepted) and I've read most of that thread. I think there're some great points about Also Boughts made over there, but a lot of them are by authors with lots of books. If this is your only one, it probably isn't as important. I would let everyone know about the book and then worry about the Also Boughts later. Also, there are some email advertisers that will let you use their services as a new release without having any reviews. Have you checked out the "My Book Wasn't Selected by Kindle Scout Now What" thread here? That might be helpful (that might not be the exact name but if you search for Kindle Scout threads it will come up.)
I got a lot of sales and even some reviews by fellow KS participants who saw my book while they were campaigning and liked it enough to read it, so don't miss out on the opportunity to let them know you've published.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Feelin' down, and wondering "what is the point"?
« Last post by beccaprice on Today at 08:55:36 AM »
I'm feeling down, too, but then I write in a very difficult to market genre: children's fairy tales. I mostly sell at festivals (and do pretty well there) but I'm getting a bit too old for the festival scene - it's hard work!

Some of my books were written as art, others were written to market. I find it doesn't make much difference which one is which for sales.

My latest book, Sirens' Song, is written for art and for love. I have no idea who the market would be for this book, not even know what keywords to use to describe it. I'm putting more money into this book than any of my others. but it's an important book to me, and so I'm doing the work and putting in the money gladly... if it ever breaks even, I'll be a bit surprised.

But then I'm back to writing to market and to my strengths - more fairy tales, and maybe a middle-grade fairy-tale-ish thing that keys off of some of my other stories. I may even get around to writing The Boy Who Loved The Moon, which is a YA - adult fantasy based heavily on various mythologies (just not the standard Roman/Greek/Egyption ones).

So the "what's the point" answer is, it varies from book to book. If you want to sell big, pick a big selling genre and write to market as best you can without feeling like you're pushing it or selling out.
Writers' Cafe / Re: First ever Bookbub Tue 20th Feb [WITH RESULTS]
« Last post by Becca Mills on Today at 08:53:07 AM »
What a fantastic run this is shaping up to be! :)
Writers' Cafe / Re: Went wide and reviews begin to disappear
« Last post by Anna Drake on Today at 08:41:54 AM »
None of my reviews disappeared when I went wide. I didn't return to KU until after Pronoun pulled the plug.
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