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Writers' Cafe / Re: Trying a new method, have embraced outlining
« on: April 11, 2018, 08:22:50 AM »
Outlining is great!

Glad to see you've found it useful.

I started out many people but I found it to stifle the creative process. Once I had an idea of what the story was, what the world was like, and why my characters wanted to be involved things started to get real interesting.

Writers' Cafe / Re: mandatory opt-ins are out
« on: April 07, 2018, 08:17:37 AM »
What a pity.

I've had good success growing my list with the mandatory opt-in but I'm not going to test if optional gets me any results for $20. If others find the results good perhaps I'll return but from my POV instafreebie made a big mistake misinterpreting this whole thing.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What a Liar!
« on: April 07, 2018, 08:07:56 AM »
I don't think it's a good idea to harp on these reviews so much.

I took a look and saw you've responded critically to many of your lowest reviews which looks very unprofessional IMHO. This book has been out a long time and has hundreds of reviews and seems that almost none are from organic customers. They all say they were given a copy.

Perhaps starting a new book or promoting this one would be a better use of time?


In addition, America doesn't have a national language and countries don't own languages in any case.

Writers' Cafe / Re: automated free book
« on: April 05, 2018, 08:12:56 AM »
Could I sign up for the $20 yearly book funnel, collect the email on my own site/backmatter, and have the book automatically sent?

Writers' Cafe / Re: automated free book
« on: April 05, 2018, 01:41:17 AM »
You can use the automation to add the link to your free book on your welcome email, sure.

You wouldn't load the book to mailchimp, just send the link. You could host the link on your site (with a bunch of instructions on how they can upload it to their reader), you could host the book on bookfunnel (recommended) you could also host it on instafreebie or book cave direct.

Thanks for the reply!

Which would be the most inexpensive way for me to do it when I'm just starting out and don't expect tons of signups right away?

I'm not too excited about paying $20+ per month to instafreebie at the moment.

Writers' Cafe / automated free book
« on: April 04, 2018, 05:37:28 AM »
Hey, can we have mailchimp automatically send our freebook when the customer joins my link?

Can I make that the first automated email? Do I load the book up to mailchimp, or?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Dev Editing & Beta Read for Scifi/Fantasy
« on: April 03, 2018, 11:33:17 AM »
I expect I'll need some eyes in May or early June.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kobo rankings?
« on: April 03, 2018, 06:37:28 AM »
Kobo rankings are based per country, so you may be selling well in a different country and you would never see that reflected in the rank in your country. Use the little flag in the corner of the screen to change to another store.

Kobo also has a base ranking. All books that have not sold a copy share this ranking.

Oh, I didn't know that.

I saw one of my books was #2 in two categories and #5 science fiction and fantasy in the Canadian store...with zero reviews or paid promotions lol

Writers' Cafe / Kobo rankings?
« on: April 03, 2018, 05:28:14 AM »
Does Kobo do rankings based on sales?

If not how can books rise?

Just curious as I've been getting much more traction (without paying promotions) through Kobo and wondering if I have any way to know if I'm moving up on any lists.

Writers' Cafe / Re: amazon & three body problem
« on: March 30, 2018, 07:55:46 PM »
Three Body Problem has the potential to be a truly amazing, ground-breaking series. I hope to hell they don't Americanize it though. If they set it in the US it'll lose half the sense of the story which would be a crying shame. On the other hand, if they do set it in China they risk  p*ss ing off the Chinese government, so who knows?

I don't think the Chinese government would be p*ssed about that. This is one of the biggest commercial hits for Chinese sci-fi ever. The Chinese government would be all about promoting the "Chinese qualities" of the book. The CCP regularly promotes any awards the book wins and speaks very well of the author.

Writers' Cafe / Re: amazon & three body problem
« on: March 30, 2018, 08:07:18 AM »
I hope this is awesome!

You could make it really interesting by having a good reason why she never got recorded in the history books as a sister.  :o

Writers' Cafe / Re: Epic fantasy websites for book series
« on: March 28, 2018, 12:17:59 PM »
Michael J Sullivan does a ton of marketing. He has 2 fantasy series that I'm aware of and I'm pretty sure Age of Myth is considered Epic. And there's always Brandon Sanderson - king of epic!

I mean websites promoting a particular series.

Sanderson has a webpage but it's based on him, not the series.

Writers' Cafe / Epic fantasy websites for book series
« on: March 28, 2018, 09:17:40 AM »
I'm looking for some examples for epic fantasy websites which promote book series.

Game of Thrones has a pretty good one. Do any successful indie authors run websites for their top series?

I'm interested in taking a look at them!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Developmental Editing for Scifi/Fantasy
« on: March 24, 2018, 11:49:02 PM »
I'll have one coming up but still have some work to do.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Tip: Mention Hero's Gender Early On
« on: March 21, 2018, 01:54:09 AM »
Maybe it's interesting to not know the gender for a while. It makes us search for hints and perhaps consider what it is that we think define the genders. I wouldn't be bothered reading a few chapters not knowing the gender of the MC.

I feel like this mostly causes a problem when the reader is assuming male and gets jarred that his guess was incorrect.

Why not hold off on making a gender prediction. Just know that a person is going through the story.

I can't find any proof that indie authors have done anything.

Is there anything I'm missing?

Even if the harasser happens to be from a particular job like indie author, firefighter, etc. doesn't mean they should say indie authors did this.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: March 16, 2018, 11:57:41 AM »

Writers' Cafe / Re: Testing to see if this cover hits the mark
« on: March 14, 2018, 08:24:22 AM »
It's a wall of text. Something about it really bothers the eye.

Does all the text need to be that large?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Testing to see if this cover hits the mark
« on: March 13, 2018, 06:19:45 AM »
Urban fantasy, easy to identify.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover for first book in my new series
« on: March 08, 2018, 10:20:09 AM »

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bookbub free vs. 0.99
« on: March 07, 2018, 10:26:37 PM »
I completely agree with Patty—the strategy is to take whatever they’ll give you. You don’t have to wait four weeks to apply again at a lower price, so apply for 99c, if they reject it, apply again for free, if they reject it, wait 28 days and apply again for 99c. Keep cycling through in that way.

As far as numbers, check out Bookbub’s Pricing page. As well as prices, it gives average free downloads and average sales for each list—the numbers vary hugely by list.

Another word of caution on the variance between lists. A couple of people have said it’s easier to get a free Bookbub—that’s the opposite of my main list where it’s much easier to get a 99c deal. (I have both observed this reflected in the daily deals, experienced it myself, and then recently had it confirmed by a Bookbub rep responsible for this list.) Obviously other lists may vary. I believe over all it was easier to get a free deal in the past, but that seems to have changed sometime around the point when Amazon cracked down on free affiliate links (although maybe I’m remembering the order of things wrong). Anyway, there doesn’t seem to be such a thing as a bad Bookbub, so I’d say apply as much and as often as you can :)

This I did not know :o

That's why I ask these kinds of open-ended questions. There is often some important lessons to be learned.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bookbub free vs. 0.99
« on: March 07, 2018, 09:27:12 AM »
I haven't pulled the trigger on a Free BB promo yet, but i've done very well with $0.99. I price my books at $5.99 right now, though, so it was a decent discount.


Could you speak a bit more about your experience? What's a ballpark number of downloads on the .99 you attribute to the bookbub? Also, what is your idea behind going .99 as opposed to free on bookbub? I see a lot fo authors very happy with their free results but not sure about the exact "philosophies" behind either strategy.

Writers' Cafe / Bookbub free vs. 0.99
« on: March 07, 2018, 04:22:15 AM »
I see that some authors run free promos through bookbub and some run their books for 0.99.

For those of you who have done so what do you consider the main advantages to either strategy?

Does a big free run on a book that is regular 2.99 or 3.99 provide a lot of benefits with the tail? Any personal stories of how it's helped are encouraged!

For those of you who have had success (of failure) at 0.99 what do you attribute it to?

And does bookbub accept you more often for free over 0.99?

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