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Writers' Cafe / Re: Minor rant on bookbub pricing...
« on: Yesterday at 01:39:06 PM »
Okay, I just checked and it's publicly linked at the SFFMP website here:

So the direct link is:

It's useful to know your series' read-through percentage, because if there's a sharp drop-off, you can see where you might have a problem, which is great. But the most powerful thing about this spreadsheet is the bottom section, which will calculate for you (based on your price and read-through percentages) exactly how much any person picking up Book 1 is worth to you. It's invaluable for figuring out what your actual break-even ROI is for Book 1 when you know some people go on to buy more books.

I first saw this in his book Help My Facebook Ads Suck, which you can buy on Amazon. I don't get any kickback or anything (I've never even met Michael), but it is a REALLY good resource, and I figure if the spreadsheet helps you it's a good way to throw him a few bucks.

Nice, thank you :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Minor rant on bookbub pricing...
« on: Yesterday at 01:22:17 PM »
Was your Bookbub on a series book? If so, have you run it through Michael Cooper's sell-through calculator? You might have made back more than you think.

Yep, first book in a completed 5 book series (third book from the left in my sig). I know there's been sell-through on every platform except iTunes and B & N.

And my google doesn't seem to be working, I can't find anything regarding the Michael Cooper sell-through calculator, I'd be interested to see it though!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Minor rant on bookbub pricing...
« on: Yesterday at 01:00:37 PM »
I wasn't sure if I should say anything because ultimately I feel a little embarrassed that the book performed the way it did on its 99 cent BookBub day (July 11th). The estimated 'average' sales is 1900 and we fell WAY below that average (the book in question is wide and the first in a series). We sold 547 across all platforms.

I'm sure we didn't do as well because the blurb isn't the greatest (it has been changed many times) and it is very much a love it or hate it kind of book, and after reading a few other BookBub posts here it seemed like we should've tried for the free route first.

Here we are a week later and I think today we'll actually earn out the ad. So thankfully not a loss, but it was a lot to pay up front for a semi-disappointing run (I mean who am I kidding, we haven't sold that many books in a long time, that part is awesome, I guess we were just hoping for more!)

On the plus side my husband's gotten a few more BookBub followers + mailing list sign ups.

Even with the not so grand outcome would I do it again? Probably. Lol.

Updated original post, new promo price starts today!

The first did not strike me as LitRPG, though there's no real 'norm' in the genre still IMO, but I agree with the others who said it looked middle grade or for a younger crowd.

I like the re-coloring, it gives it a darker tone and kind of makes the MC look a little more mature. I like your other sketches (and you are super talented by the way!) but when I look at them against the one you're using for your cover, this one makes more of an impact (for me) since she's front and center (close up) while the other ones feel more scenery focused.

However when I started looking at medieval fantasy books on Amazon I did notice the MC + location seems to be more common, I think the trouble you might have here is she's not really in any defined place since its as though she surrounded by darkness/monsters. Or maybe it just needs that *something* to make it pop, though I'm not sure what that would be (helpful, I know!).

It could be the typography is letting it down? It's nice, but the title font doesn't feel strong. I'd have a look at other books in the genre and maybe play around with that.

Sorry if I was ramble-y, I hope you get it figured out! :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: 3 iBooks interior questions
« on: June 25, 2018, 11:39:53 AM »
Are you using iTunes Producer to direct upload? If so here's some information I found through iTunes Producer help:

1. Specify the cover art asset for your publication.

Cover art (also known as a marketing image or jacket) must be less than 20 MB and should be at least 1400 pixels along the smaller axis and must be a JPEG or PNG file in RGB Color mode with the appropriate file extensions (.png, .jpg, and .jpeg). For an average trade paperback, this could be 1400 x 1873 minimum size, as the books are generally taller than they are wide. For best results, deliver the largest pixel dimensions possible. When possible, match cover art to the cover contained in the book file.

Bold is mine, this leads me to assume you should have the cover in the .epub

2. iTunes automatically creates the preview for books unless it's a 'Read Alound EPUB' and Multi-Touch book - here's info from their help -

If you do not add a sample file:

For an EPUB, iBooks automatically creates a sample. What the sample contains depends on the type of book (for example, the first chapter of your publication, 5% of the total word count, a percentage of the total page count, and so on). If you do not want iBooks to cut the sample automatically, you can create a separate, custom .epub file and deliver it for use as the sample in the iBooks Store.

3. From the help - The sample file format must match your publication file format. If your publication contains pictures or other non-text media, you might want to create a custom sample file to ensure the sample includes everything you want. iTunes Producer warns you if your sample file is the same as, or larger than, your full publication file.

Hope that helps! (And if you are using iTunes Producer there's a little question mark in a circle on the lower right side of the each tab to access the iTunes Producer help page).

I was at Southwest Writers' SFF convention this past weekend. While getting a cup of coffee, a woman in her early 50s struck up a conversation with me. She said her son was starting to write science fiction, and she came to the convention to try and understand what that was a little better.

"What do you write?" she asked.
"Mostly urban fantasy."
"What is that?"
"Fantasy and magic in a contemporary everyday setting."
Furrowed brow. "Can you explain a little more? I mean, what is your current book about?"
"It's about an elf, stranded on earth, and a jaguar shape shifter enlists her to recover a golden statue stolen from a goddess."
She starts laughing. "Are you on drugs?"

That ending though... I burst out laughing. Thanks for sharing :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: I'm in tears. Amazon has cut my numbers for May.
« on: June 08, 2018, 08:35:55 PM »
The people that leave KU are those that have had page reads removed. Most other people just stay and believe it will not happen to them. Amazon knows this so doesn't have to react. Losing a few authors is not a big deal.

That isn't 100% true - my husband's reads were not affected and we decided to withdraw his Continue Online series from KU because of everything happening to innocent authors (some of our author friends were affected also).

Writers' Cafe / Re: Barnes & Noble Nook Blurb Lost Formatting
« on: June 08, 2018, 01:43:57 PM »
I had the same issue when uploading my husband's boxed set, it was a huge mess - so I just used and copied it into the blurb area, worked like a charm! Hope that helps :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: AMS ads on books 2,3... in a series
« on: May 17, 2018, 09:56:04 AM »
Not sure what you mean by different? I would run it with the same idea in mind - create a snappy ad copy that makes a person want to click and buy :)

Here's what I did for my husband's fifth and final book in his GameLit series:


So not too bad, it's one of my favorite covers in this series and I thought would catch a lot of attention, hope that helps!

*Edited to make picture bigger.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 2018 eFestival of Words Nominees!
« on: May 15, 2018, 08:28:35 PM »
Congrats to all who have been nominated!!!

I must admit, I'm a bit stunned to see my husband's name on there, thank you to those who nominated it! I can't wait to show my husband when he gets home.

This was the first series he wrote and the first novel of his I read, it kind of became 'our baby' so it's a very special moment to see it recognized.

Thank you.

International BookBub today got my husband's book to #1 in Dark Humour and currently #54 in the top 100 paid in Canada! :)

Thread derail.

I'm confused. I've never done a boxed set, so I don't have the rules at my fingertips. I am thinking of doing a boxed set for a series I currently have in KU. Can I keep the series in KU and do the boxed set at the same time? Must I put the boxed set in KU, also?

You don't have to put the boxed set in KU but you can't make it wide either if the singles are in KU.

Does anyone know if anyone else is left waiting to hear? Or is it just me? ...

All I see is you left! Finally got husband's rejection I think yesterday? Hoping we get some feedback! Best of luck to you :)


Today's the glorious BookBub day, and I have to say I'm pretty happy so far as it's only just about 10 am (PST) and we're already looking at 96 sales (of the projected/average 300 per BB's stats)! I do have to wait a few days on the reporting of sales for some of the other retailers so hopefully I'll have some final numbers for today in a few days!

Thanks to all who have commented, read, and followed along!

Writers' Cafe / Re: News Covers... I Just Don't Know...
« on: May 10, 2018, 01:44:23 PM »
Just read the blurb on it. Seems like it's a murder mystery. The current cover gives off a romance "long walks on the beach" vibe to me.

Ah I see, that makes sense then.

Maybe I'll just leave them as is... Thank you all.

Argh, sorry, but looking at #2 again from what Virginia said and munboy about being a murder mystery, that one probably gives off a closer vibe. I apologize for not taking the time to see what genre your book was and go from there, don't be discouraged! :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: News Covers... I Just Don't Know...
« on: May 10, 2018, 01:09:04 PM »
Honestly? I don't like any of them, I'm sorry I know that's not helpful at all!

That being said, I love your current covers, they look professional and eye-catch, are they just not giving off the right vibe or genre and that's why you're re-covering?


As far as the people still in the waiting room are concerned, let's just hope someone doesn't turn off the lights and lock the door because KP has forgotten there's anyone still in there! The not-updating-statistics thing makes me believe someone is a little too eager to shut down.

So you just hit my worst fear lol. My husband's book has been in review since 4/27... I'm starting to think they forgot about it!
There's only one other book in my past nominations that says it is still in review which is School Lies.

I keep thinking 'just send the rejection already, the suspense is killing me!' ugh

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover Concept Feedback Requested
« on: May 08, 2018, 09:53:38 AM »
I'm scared by the tagline, so I'm going to guess horror/crime with cannibalism? lol sorry, really bad at guessing :)

Well, it seems that the last remaining book was just "not chosen for publication". Th-th-that's all, folks!

Not sure what you mean by this? I have several past nomination books on my Kindle Scout dashboard that are still in review, including my husband's campaign.

There's still hope... maybe? lol

Updated original post :)

While the sales haven't been great so far, I'm still hopeful the BookBub will come through, also wanted to add a blog review that made me happy (I had sent out quite a few ARCs to bloggers for the release last year so this came as a nice, well-timed surprise) thought I'd share the link here:

Writers' Cafe / Re: Now This Is Smart
« on: May 05, 2018, 02:44:05 PM »
Looks like it's just in the UK, I checked my husband's books in the US and it doesn't have that line (I think it'd be Amazon Locker here). But I wanted to point out that the CreateSpace version of one of his books also had that line... so maybe just something new Amazon added to the page? I don't know, but that's pretty neat :)

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Well, they say no news is good news.....I got news, and it wasn't good news. I guess the adage fits :( . They're not going to publish it. I'm going to allow myself to feel a bit sad tonight, have a shot of tequila, and cuddle with my dog and husband. Tomorrow, we're leaving to spend a week in the Caribbean, so I'll definitely get this angst out of my system before then :)

They did provide some valuable editorial feedback, though. Here's a summary of the main part, if anyone's interested.

"Dear Anya,

Thank you for submitting The Children of Lehom to Kindle Scout. Unfortunately, we have decided not to publish it, but we wanted to offer you some feedback that we hope you’ll find useful and encouraging.

General comments:

In our opinion, you have the makings of a very solid novel here. Overall, the plot and characters are compelling, the dystopian worldbuilding is interesting, and the ending is satisfying. However, we feel that the execution needs more work. Specifically, we feel that the writing is often so flowery that it hurts the reading flow and comprehension in places, and there are some elements of the plot and world-building that we think could benefit from some developmental tightening-up. If you end up deciding to self-publish the book, then we recommend addressing these issues before doing so to minimize the likelihood of negative reader reviews. Likewise, if you’re planning to shop the novel around to agents and other publishers, as you mention doing on your blog, then tightening up the editing will also probably help improve your chances with them, as the less money they need to invest in editing means the less expensive it will be for them to publish the novel. And as we often tell debut authors: you might end up publishing hundreds of novels in your lifetime, but publishing your debut novel is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and so we strongly encourage you to invest some more time into developing and polishing this promising novel before you self-publish it or submit it to other publishers or agents."

So, I'm going line edit as they suggest. Gah......still, this feeling sucks. It's normal in the writing world, though!

I'm so sorry to hear you feel sad :( I know it's a bummer not to be picked, but man, they gave you some amazing feedback, and your campaign just ended didn't it? According to my past nominations it said The Children of Lehom ended today and you already got feedback?! That's pretty stellar honestly, even though you got the bad news of not being selected. What they said about your novel's gotta feel a little good, right?

Thank you so much for sharing your news though, and enjoy the Caribbean! :)

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