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Writers' Cafe / How many days does a BOOKBUB ad run?
« on: March 31, 2018, 07:19:22 AM »
How many days does a Bookbub ad run?

I thought it was one day but I keep seeing the same books listed day after day.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What price did you set for your BookBub promo?
« on: March 30, 2018, 01:21:37 PM »
I had one in the Thriller category on the 20th. It was a 2.99 book I set to .99, and kept it at the sale price for the entire week. Had about 3100 sales for the week.

That's great news, Mike!

I'll check out your novels.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What price did you set for your BookBub promo?
« on: March 30, 2018, 10:19:32 AM »
All the stats you need are right here: https://www.bookbub.com/partners/pricing

Thanks, but I've seen that.

I'm just wondering about how authors are actually doing with Bookbub. Price they set their book at. Number of downloads during the promo.

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Writers' Cafe / What price did you set for your BookBub promo?
« on: March 30, 2018, 09:09:14 AM »
What price did you set for your BookBub promo?

And how many downloads did you receive?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Getting accepted to Bookbub: Price vs Free? Wide vs KU?
« on: February 26, 2018, 02:10:31 PM »
BookBub's website says they prefer books that are wide and free. They want as many downloads as possible, so think about it from that perspective. Wide means there's no app/device preference barrier, and free means there's no price barrier.

The standards vary depending on the genre; there's no absolute rules. But I'd recommend looking at the current list for your genre and re-checking it regularly. Are the books mostly wide? What are the pricing trends? How many reviews do these books have? What do the covers look like? (You should also sign up for BookBub as a reader if you haven't already. Free and cheap books!)

In the most popular genres at least, the books tend to be wide and heavily discounted.

How many of BookBub's traditional publishers are giving away their authors books away for free?


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Opting out of KDP Select to try for a BookBub
« on: February 25, 2018, 10:13:54 AM »
Yes, though, as I said in the other thread, you mean opting out of Select, not out of KDP. (Without KDP, your book disappears from Amazon.)

Yes, Bill. I'm glad you caught my mistake. I just want to opt out of KDP Select because I read that chances are slim of getting a BookBub if your novel is in KDP Select. Do you find that to be true? I did see one KDP Select author in my BookBub newsletter this morning. Book priced at 99 cents and in KU. But do you feel it is wise to opt out of Select and go wide to increase chances of a BookBub?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Opting out of KDP Select to try for a BookBub
« on: February 25, 2018, 10:07:29 AM »
Yes and Yes, as far as I know.

Thank you, Rick!  :)

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Writers' Cafe / Opting out of KDP Select to try for a BookBub
« on: February 25, 2018, 08:05:11 AM »
If I opt out of KDP to try to get a Bookbub will my novel still be still be listed for sale on Amazon but without Kindle Unlimited?

And can I still advertise using AMS ads?

Cindy

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Writers' Cafe / Re: BookBub Booster (March) for Sci-Fi & Fantasy Authors
« on: February 25, 2018, 08:00:29 AM »
If you're looking to get followers on BookBub to help with launches and unlock pre-order promos at the magic 1k mark, these have proven successful. Many report getting upwards of 400 new followers from one promo. After just over a year of these, I'm approaching 3.5k followers there.

BOOKBUB BOOSTER (MARCH 2018)

Dates: 1 - 31 March 2018

Aim: BookBub follows

Cost: $25

Signup: https://goo.gl/forms/nuaamoBoScyCLl2D3

Limited to 25 spots. (9 spots left.)

Get in fast!

Dean, if I opt out of KDP to try to get a Bookbub will my novel still be automatically listed for sale on Amazon but without Kindle Unlimited? And can I still advertise using AMS ads?

Thanking you in advance for your help.

Cindy


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Hidden Gems ARC Service
« on: December 19, 2017, 04:08:58 PM »
I've just had another Hidden Gems review taken down today. Anyone else seeing this problem rise up again?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Removing Arc Reviews (thread no. 2)
« on: December 05, 2017, 02:53:13 PM »
The big publishers send out Advanced Review Copies (ARC's) to newspapers, bloggers, magazines, tv shows, etc., etc. long before they release the book as a publication. For instance, they send them to Kirkus. Kirkus reviewers are always paid; they are professional reviewers who are hired for their knowledge of literature. Either they are paid by Kirkus or they are paid by Indie authors. Perhaps the big publishers pay them a flat fee for so many reviews regardless of what books will be sent--I'm only guessing on that. The newspapers and mags pay their reviewers, too.

So is this just another case of the big boys slamming a sledgehammer down on the little guy's head? What's good for the goose is not good for the gander?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Removing Arc Reviews (thread no. 2)
« on: December 05, 2017, 02:00:51 PM »
Yeah some reviews disappeared from Arc reviewers. Anymore, if someone likes your page on facebook and raves about your books that is cause for amazon to pull their reviews.

Crazy thing is, for mega publishers they will pull negative reviews to make sure the rating stays high, and for indie authors they pull the ones that are too positive.

I'm curious. When people I know read the latest novels by famous authors like Grisham or Patterson, they don't leave reviews on Amazon. So where do all those reviews come from by novels published by the big publishing houses? They seem to start rolling in as soon as the books are released. A bit puzzled about this.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Hidden Gems ARC Service
« on: November 24, 2017, 07:43:31 AM »
Just wanted to report back on my experience with Hidden Gems. Ten days out and of the 25 people who signed up to review my YA so far 17 have posted reviews on Amazon.com and 1 on Amazon.ca. The reviews range from a 2 star DNF (which I appreciate in a weird way because it's obvious these reviews are authentic and not sponsored raves) to five stars. Hidden Gems were easy to work with and delivered exactly what they promised. I've enjoyed watching the reviews come in and based on my experience would definitely use them again and recommend them to other people.
Thanks for sharing your experience, Kat. 17 reviews out of 25 readers is great news!

Cindy

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Hidden Gems ARC Service
« on: November 17, 2017, 10:30:16 AM »
Great service. Most reviewers were in depth and talked about what they liked and didn't like. Quite a bit of reviews, but in a more crowded genre than most. Already scheduled next book for January and then will use again for future books.

Only minor issue is a few reviewers spoiled whole parts of the book, but going get that from organic reviews too. Is what it is.

I'm glad to hear this, Michael. Except for the part about reviews that contain spoilers. That's so sad. But, like you said, it is what it is.

As you can imagine, I'm eager to see how my Hidden Gems experience goes. So far I'm happy with their email responses. They seem like very good people to work with.

Cindy

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Hidden Gems ARC Service
« on: November 17, 2017, 10:26:04 AM »
CL, my booking was for the 14th so reviews will be due soon. 25 people signed up to read my YA.

Thanks for letting me know, Kat.

I hope you get lots of great reviews!

Cindy

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Hidden Gems ARC Service
« on: November 16, 2017, 08:28:38 PM »
Thanks, Ahmad! I made my booking last night and am excited to see how it goes.

Kat, how did you do with Hidden Gems?

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I've never used it. Only AMS. I haven't heard anyone else here say they've tried it.

What is AMS?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Vellum: the official thread
« on: September 06, 2017, 05:49:09 PM »
@ C L Salaski

You can just upload the mobi. It is ready to go.


Thank you, Erica!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Vellum: the official thread
« on: September 05, 2017, 05:05:44 PM »
Vellum did a beautiful job formatting my novel and creating files for all the different devices. I'm getting ready to launch my book on KDP. Do I need to use Amazon's Kindle Previewer or am I good to go since I have Vellum's mobi file?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Using Vellum for Book Formatting
« on: September 05, 2017, 05:02:54 PM »
I've got my Mobi file created in Vellum ready to put into KDP. Do I need to use Amazon's Kindle previewer or am I good to go?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Vellum: the official thread
« on: August 27, 2017, 06:24:57 PM »
Hey there, quick question.

Can anyone tell me the payment methods Vellum accepts when you purchase? I'm not seeing this information on their website. I'm especially hoping they accept Paypal.

Thanks!

Yes. I'm pretty sure that PayPal is how I paid for Vellum.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Vellum: the official thread
« on: August 27, 2017, 06:24:05 PM »
Well, I got through my problem thanks to Brad at Vellum. I'm back to loving this great software!

I finished my revisions in Vellum, sent my PDF file to CreateSpace, and should receive my proofs by the end of next week.

I know that without Vellum, many people have lots of errors that show up in Amazon's book previews and on the Kindle App. I'm hoping that by using Vellum, there will be no problems with that.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Vellum: the official thread
« on: August 19, 2017, 05:43:45 PM »
I am so sorry you have had this happen, but at least you didn't lose the entire document! (Been there, which has made me paranoid).

This doesn't help now, but at the end of each session I duplicate the work document (Vellum, Word, whatever). That way I'm always working on the prime document but there are generations saved (copy 1, copy 2, copy 3... copy 200). When disaster strikes I can step backward to the most recent duplicate and hopefully lose only a day's work at most.

One other thing, if I make changes in... let's say "untested software" (Vellum, Scrivener etc.) I always make the same changes in the master Word file. I know it's laborious but this way you always have a master Word file (Word being a default format pretty much everywhere).

Thanks for the advice, Flay! I appreciate your help.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Vellum: the official thread
« on: August 18, 2017, 10:21:50 AM »
Has anyone experienced this problem I've had with Vellum.

I purchased the product and absolutely loved it. However, after correcting a few minor problems the software generated in my original manuscript, I began making lots of changes to my novel in Vellum. I have a habit of obsessively saving my files in Word, Pages, Scrivener, and did the same with Vellum. After about three days of revisions and constant saving, I encountered an agonizing problem.

I had been leaving the Vellum app open while doing all my work. When I was finished with a session, I would simply close the lid on my MacBook Air. However on Tuesday night my Mac was running slow so I shut down several programs including Vellum. The next morning I opened the Vellum app and discovered that all of my saved changes were GONE. The only thing in Vellum was my original imported manuscript. And the revised file is not on my hard drive. I followed Brad's instructions to search and it is nowhere to be found.

How could this possibly have happened? I've been going back and forth with one of the Brads who created Vellum and he keeps telling me the program saves the same as Word, Pages, and Scrivener. Well, it didn't for me. And I did nothing that should have caused this problem. I'm a perfectionist and save all docs constantly.

Has anyone here had this happen to them? Did my download of Vellum get corrupted somehow?


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I cannot believe how many great novels were not selected for publication by Amazon this month. My past nominations list keeps growing with books I like that I'll now need to buy instead of getting for free.  :o

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