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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pen name stressing
« Last post by Lorri Moulton on Today at 08:25:04 AM »
I tried a pen name (and it was fun!) but my better selling books ended up under the pen name.  Not so great for my other books.

So, I cut a few of the steamier scenes and put everything back under my own name.  Honestly, there wasn't that much to cut...just a sentence or three since I tend to fade to black anyway.  Not everyone likes all my books, but they can see that I write them all and try them if they're curious. 

I think it depends on why you're separating them.  (Is there too much 'heat' in the adult books for the teens?)  If not, it might be easier to combine them.  I think your covers, blurbs and series branding will make it obvious to your readers that these are not the same as your other books. :)
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pen name stressing
« Last post by Shane Lochlann Black on Today at 08:21:31 AM »
I just consolidated four pen names, and I'm considering a fifth.  I had MG/YA, military sci-fi, non-fiction, a blog personality and romance all under different names.  It didn't do anything except consume time.  I still haven't done anything with my romance stuff, because I'm fairly certain my readers will be shocked to learn she is a he.   :P   But I really don't care at this point.  There just isn't enough time to manage all that noise, and pen names do nothing for each other. 

Yes my military stuff has characters who occasionally use colorful metaphors, and my fantasy series is written for fourth grade and up.   I rate my work now, so mom can steer the wide-eyed pet dragon fans away from dad's space books. 

Now I have one blog, one web address, one mailing list, one bibliography and one business card.  That makes it worth it. 
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We did. However, there is currently a very long thread about the new bonus rules in which a highly ranked and profitable author keeps insisting that the page flip issue had been fixed.

In my mind that makes this discussion worth it, if only to ensure that people know if is still most certainly an issue.

It's more likely the author is successful enough that a new release rejuvenated sales to the extent that it no longer looked like page reads were being lost via page flip. When I updated the website/social media links in one of my books back in January before it came out of KU, I had someone check to make sure the updates had gone through. They checked out the copyright page and then swiped forward to the end to the updated thank you page and author bio, and only 3 page reads registered. Now in this instance, those 3 pages are the only ones I should have gotten paid for, but if he'd kept reading everything in between, I still would have only gotten credit for 3 pages.

It could be a simple demographic issue that makes some people think it's been fixed or isn't a problem. No doubt page flip is more popular in one age group than another, and so the genres that appeal more to that age group will lose more page reads as a result. So we have some people swearing it isn't a problem, and other people swearing that it's killed their reads. Just lots of swearing, generally.  ;)
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pen name stressing
« Last post by GrahamCrackers on Today at 08:08:33 AM »

Two pen names. One writes YA (clean high school stuff) and the other writes Urban/Historical Fantasy (adult level).

The YA name is wide, the UF is in KU. (I want to keep it that way).


I think just based on those two lines you know the answer already. Sounds like you need to keep them separate just based on the age issue alone as I assume that means things may be a bit more explicit or steamy in the adult series? If that's not the case then what exactly is making the fantasy series more adult? Themes? Language? Those you can overcome imho and merge the names. However, I think if it's a great deal more adult then you may get a bit of backlash from some less forgiving readers.

Put it this way, if you have a reader who likes your work enough to start going through your backlist you're basically gaining and developing a firm fan of your work, right? Looking at it objectively, in your opinion is the work different enough to potentially interfere with their growing loyalty? If the answer is yes, maybe, or probably then you're just shooting yourself in the foot regardless of how quickly you can add to that pen name or not.

It would be one thing if the first series was say a 'normal' romance, and the second series was a more steamy romance. The audiences for those are pretty similar, but it doesn't sound like that this is the case here? I'm happy to go grab one of your books in KU and have a read and to take a look at your first series too if you message me a link to it, form a real opinion as a reader and not a theoretical one as a writer.
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Suggestions, Comments / Re: What happened to the signature maker?
« Last post by TimothyEllis on Today at 08:02:15 AM »
Why was it changed?

Why does it have 3 options which are practically identical? Whats the point? May as well remove the other 2 and go with option 1.


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Fantastic! A week ago, I just put out a bundle of books (appropriately labeled and indicated on the cover and in the blurb) and now I get to deal with people reporting me for stuffing.

Some would tell me not to worry since I'm not in KU at all (neither the single books nor the bundle). I wish I could trust people in this rush to "stamp out all the stuffers and scammers!" not to catch me in their nets.

Because I can see that happening. I guess we'll see.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Extreme Rapid Release
« Last post by Amanda M. Lee on Today at 07:53:44 AM »
I write 2-3 books a month (essentially 45K a week) and publish at least two titles a month (sometimes three) under two different names. I do not use ghostwriters and I'm about six months ahead. The book I start tomorrow is my last one for 2018. I overlap absolutely everything so I generally have a good 12 or so books in production at any one time.
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Marti, thank you. That makes sense to me.

Simon, so true. The avg. lifespan of a book is 18 months. I've had friends whose books went OOP in less than a year.

You won't remember me, Simon, but I remember you. Years and years ago, when I began my first novel, you were very kind and I downloaded yWriter. I don't use it anymore because Word has the same features now and easy to set up but it was really good of you. Thank you!

So glad to have discovered these boards.

I just went off to check my email history, and you commented on my blog in 2011 ;-)

Glad I was helpful!

Cheers
Simon
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Have a Wix site, and they have a store integrated right into the website system that you can use. I've set it up but haven't sold anything through it yet. It was really easy, though.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Comments on WIP cover, please
« Last post by Al Stevens on Today at 07:40:40 AM »
I changed the coin image. See message #6 above. I'll experiment further with the B's color, but I definitely want to keep the coin.
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