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Jacqueline Sweet did Tiff (see sig below), and the sequel coming soon.
https://www.jacqueline-sweet.com/
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Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« Last post by msdanielle28 on Today at 07:03:33 PM »
Just finished watching Chicago Med. Looking now for another interesting series. I only ever watched a few episodes of Chicago Fire and Chicago P. D. Might try and see if one of those peaks my interest.
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Take advantage of the offers on my eBooks.
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The Book Bazaar / Re: Too Good to be True -- adult horror stories
« Last post by Tony Richards on Today at 06:53:53 PM »
And a short way into 2018 too.
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Take advantage of the offers on my eBooks.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Mailing list free story giveaway question...
« Last post by kdiem on Today at 06:41:39 PM »
Put the link in your welcome email after they join your list. You have two options:

  • Simpler, Easy Set-Up Way: Put the link into the default welcome email (This is the general signup form customization option)
  • Complex, Hard Set-Up: Create an automated welcome letter chain (automated campaign) and put it in one of those emails.

If you've got the funds for it, go to http://www.bookfunnel.com and sign up for their First Time Author plan. For 20$ a year, people can download your book... and if they have technical issues, Bookfunnel provides tech support. It would allow your readers to read your book on the platform of their choice, versus having to use a Web browser or worrying that a search engine has posted your Web page link publicly.

Good luck!
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I'm coming out of lurker-mode to say how much I loved working with Amber over the past week. She designed a horror cover for me.

I cannot say enough good things about the entire process. She is fast, has great ideas of her own but she is able to listen and work WITH you at the same time. Not many designers can do that.

Thank you Amber!
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Writers' Cafe / Re: A New AMS Thread
« Last post by Cassie Leigh on Today at 06:32:18 PM »
Different people approach the ads differently. I run one sponsored product ad per book at a time because I think that SP ads interfere with one another. That works differently with Product Display ads which you can run at the same time and also can run when running a SP ad without an issue. I also have found that my best performing ads are my longest-running ads. I occasionally stop an ad and start a new one, but 9 times out of 10 I've ended up going back to the prior ad for that book. There are various techniques for reviving an old ad. Sometimes pausing the ad for a few days will do it. Sometimes pruning out underperforming keywords does it. Sometimes changing bids does it. And sometimes you have to do an outside promo to get a book momentum for the ad to kick in again.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Men writing as Women?
« Last post by JRTomlin on Today at 06:26:01 PM »
I came across this article about men taking on female pseudonyms to write crime fiction.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/finance/realestate/inside-beats-president-luke-woods-john-lautner-designed-la-home/ar-AAuJjo5#image=1

I'm working on a new crime series featuring a female detective. So the question is: are female detectives marketable? If so is the audience mostly female readers? If so do they prefer their female detectives from female writers? If so should I adopt a female alter ego?

Do you read mysteries, particularly mysteries with female protagonists? Because that seems an odd question. If you've never heard of and read Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich, JD Robb, Sara Paretsky, or Val McDermid though (all of whom either write or wrote in the fairly recent past best-selling female detective novels), I can understand you asking, I suppose. I suggest reading some of them. And yes, a female detective novel is marketable.

ETA: There are many more novelists who have written novels with female detective protagonists. I am not suggesting that is anywhere near a complete list, just the ones that occur to me off the top of my head.
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"I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart." -ANNE FRANK
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