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Writers' Cafe / Re: B&N CEO fired for "policy violations"
« on: July 03, 2018, 04:01:39 PM »
Wow, that's something. I've actually met Demos on several occasions, back when he was at Staples. I was a store manager in my previous life before I became a writer. He was always very highly thought of, always a nice enough guy, started there as a part-time stocker that rose through the ranks. Never heard a bad word about him. Still, very suspicious circumstances here.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon counting pre-orders for rank?
« on: June 23, 2018, 01:52:29 PM »
Yeah, I've done a bunch of pre-orders (as short as 10 days and as long as 90) and they've always had rank on them as soon as the sales start coming in.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone ever invited to talk at a school?
« on: June 08, 2018, 10:21:28 AM »
Thanks. Yeah, I would definitely not wing it. I'm someone who likes to plan and prepare for everything. I hate surprises and not knowing something before I get there. So I would definitely like to plan everything out so everything flows smoothly.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone ever invited to talk at a school?
« on: June 07, 2018, 10:52:50 PM »
Everyone's given some good advice and I'm leaning towards doing it. Sounds like the best way is to just interact with them and make it fun. I don't want to sound like some stuffy middle-aged guy talking down to them. Thanks everyone for your opinions.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone ever invited to talk at a school?
« on: June 07, 2018, 11:29:39 AM »
Thanks for all the replies and experiences. I'm not a big public speaker, I always hated those class assignments when I was in school where you had to stand up in front of everybody and give a report on something for twenty minutes. I'll probably just contact the teacher and ask what she had in mind. It would be cool if some of the kids were interested in writing for a career, or hobby, and pass along my own experiences. Kind of pay it forward I guess. Thanks to all who responded.

Writers' Cafe / Anyone ever invited to talk at a school?
« on: June 06, 2018, 09:30:34 PM »
I've been approached by a middle school teacher about speaking to her writing class (7th grade) sometime in the fall. I was just wondering if anyone else has ever had the same opportunity? Part of me would really like to do it, but, in spite of selling around 200,000 books since 2017, I don't really consider myself anything special or an expert or anything. I write crime fiction and thrillers and consider myself an average writer. Just interested in hearing anyone else's experiences if there are any.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Should I continue a series? Advice welcome
« on: May 03, 2018, 10:47:08 PM »
If you have more story to tell, I'd say continue on. Those aren't bad numbers. I do agree the pricing is weird though.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What price did you set for your BookBub promo?
« on: March 30, 2018, 12:06:41 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.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A case for step-up pricing
« on: March 29, 2018, 02:00:15 PM »
I do step-up pricing for my books. I haven't checked my sell through percentage in the last month or so, but the last time I did, it was around 75% from book 1-2, then over 90% from book 2 on.

Here's how mine are priced:

Ghost Series: 2.99, 2.99, 3.99, 3.99
Cain Series: 2.99, 2.99, 3.99, 3.99
Silencer Series: 2.99, 3.99, 3.99, 4.99, 4.99, 4.99
Standalone (I have 2): 2.99

I occasionally do sales for book one and drop them to .99, but for the last year or so, this strategy's worked pretty well for me.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Nominated for a kindle deal on Amazon email?
« on: February 22, 2018, 12:15:27 PM »
I actually just received one of these emails today for five of my books. I already replied, taking them up on it. I also had a daily deal for one book late last year. I don't recall the exact figures but I believe I sold about 800 copies of the book on that day. For me, it's about added visibility of your name and books, not necessarily what money you make from it.

I agree with what Berries says here about psych thrillers not working so well as a series. In my experience there are two basic kinds of thrillers. The ones that are more military/actiony stories, where the stakes are big but don't have to be personal, where the MC is some sort of professional whose job makes them good at/suitable for dealing with lots of missions or emergencies. These work nicely as a series. Think James Bond or Jack Reacher, etc.

These are usually the kind that I write and I'm now full-time at this, and have been for the past year. So there's definitely more room for indies who are thinking about it.

I just got some covers from her a couple days ago. She's probably pretty busy. I'd give her some more time.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Facebook login issues
« on: October 31, 2017, 01:51:56 PM »
Thanks Lynna and RBN, they sent me a code that also had a link button... and that got me back in. I think that was my problem though as I was clicking the submit button every time. Kinda weird they have a submit button if you're not actually supposed to click it. Anyway, thanks again.

Writers' Cafe / Facebook login issues
« on: October 31, 2017, 12:47:03 PM »
Anybody else experience these issues? For the last week, I can't log in. I have to put in a security code, then when I get one and type it in, it doesn't do anything. Stays on the same screen. Reset my password, still nothing. Still goes back to this security code page that doesn't work when I put a code in. I just got a bill from Facebook Ads for $130 for October, so they don't mind taking my money, they just don't want me to get in. I'm beyond frustrated with this.

I'm not a heavy Facebook user as I only post to my page, not my personal account, and I really just started using it in the last few months. I can't believe a company like this doesn't have an actual customer service department that you can email. There's some help page that you can post to, but it told me I have to log in to use it...which, hello...that's kind of my problem.

Anyone have any ideas? Thanks in advance.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Made a Belly Flop with My Last Promotion
« on: July 17, 2017, 07:48:40 PM »
I have a few thoughts and comments for you, feel free to take any, or completely ignore them entirely. But I also write crime type thrillers and have done fairly well so I think I can help you out. First, I don't think your cover is helping. I'm not sure why there's a wolf on the front, but I think that might turn off some people who might otherwise read the book. That might even turn them away from even looking at the blurb thinking it's some type of shapeshifter book or something. I wouldn't worry about reviews too much. Some of my books are rated mid-3's, and as the star ratings went down, the sales went up. I'd also look at your blurb. The first paragraph looks kind of clunky to me and honestly, I'd probably get rid of it completely.

As far as promotions, you can look into AMS ads (Amazon ads), some have luck with them, some don't. Count me in with those who don't. If the book is first in a series, you may want to put off advertising until you have book 2 or 3 out, that way readers can get into the whole series without waiting for the next book to arrive. I'd also play around with your pricing. Especially after you get a couple of books out, maybe use a .99 cent book to try and get readers hooked on your writing and then get them to try the rest of your stuff.

Also, I don't think it's got anything to do with dates or holidays. My books sell just fine over holiday periods, so it's not that there are no readers. I forgot to check when the book was published, but one thing I didn't mention is, sometimes it just takes time for a book to get traction. Even if you do everything right, cover, blurb, writing, ads, sometimes it just takes time. It took me four or five years of making $50 or $75 a month until I was able to make a full time living at this.

Here's my facebook and twitter. I have to admit, though, I'm still a relative newbie at facebook and am still learning the ropes.

I'll retweet and like on facebook some of the others here as well.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Need a good editor.
« on: July 13, 2017, 08:00:26 PM »
I will thirdly recommend Graham!

I've been there, and trust me, don't worry about it. I got an email from someone who claimed my book The Silencer was a direct ripoff from Person of Interest. I honestly didn't even read the email. I read the first two sentences (and it was a lengthy email) and saw where it was going and deleted it. I figured I got the last laugh since he obviously took a lot of time writing something that I deleted in five seconds. What makes it even better is I have Brian Hutchison narrating the audiobook and he actually played in a few episodes of Person of Interest, and he loves the book. Chalk it up to a nutjob and move on.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kobo promotions
« on: June 21, 2017, 03:48:02 PM »
Not sure it depends on sales volume either. I sell 10-15,000 books a month on Amazon, and the only time I ever heard from Amazon was when I went through Pronoun to get on Google Play, and Google Play Australia had a book for like 30 cents less...regular price. Maybe it just depends on which way the winds blowing that day. Either way, Amazon should be able to tell the difference between promo prices and regular price, no?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kobo promotions
« on: June 21, 2017, 11:17:49 AM »
I've had some success with some of Kobo's promos. It's the only way I sell anything on there. But I've never notified Amazon of it, I figure if they wanna price match, they will. I've never noticed them price match a Kobo sale, which doesn't mean they won't, or haven't...just haven't noticed it. Never got an email from them either. I think you should be fine for a sale promo. It's when it's regular price that they seem to send emails over. At least that's my experience.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Vellum: the official thread
« on: June 15, 2017, 11:39:41 PM »
You're not doing anything wrong. You do not need an actual Mac. You're totally okay.

What you need to do is contact Macincloud support (click "New Support Ticket") and ask them to update your Vellum version to 2.0.

Thanks so much for the tip, SugarBear!! Really appreciate it. I'm off to try that now.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Vellum: the official thread
« on: June 15, 2017, 06:40:36 PM »
I've used Vellum through Macincloud for ebooks, and I've found it pretty good, no major problems. I bought the upgrade for 2.0 for paperbacks, and it keeps asking for an administrator name and password. My experience with Macs is strictly the few hours I've spent using macincloud so I'm really not sure if it's something I'm doing wrong or if I need an actual Mac for this. Any help would be appreciated.

Writers' Cafe / Re: ACX Marketing ideas
« on: June 14, 2017, 07:04:06 PM »
I'm currently having several audiobooks done through Brick Shop Audio. They told me most people just use social media to advertise. I think Facebook is the main player there. There is also AudioFile Magazine, which is online and in print. You can also do some newsletter banner ads for AudioFile Magazine, though I don't know anyone who's used it, so I don't know how effective it is. I suppose there's also Goodreads, but I haven't yet checked them for advertising. If you're looking for reviews, I'd suggest Audiobook Boom. You send the codes to people who are interested in your book and hope they leave a review.

That's about all I have for now. Good luck.

I agree with Elizabeth and Alice. Complaining about only getting 200k doesn't seem to be in good form. If it's that important, that's what negotiations are all about. If they insist on that audio percentage, negotiate a higher fee for yourself on other platforms. I don't think calling out a company over what seems like normal negotiations is really a sound strategy. I don't know what the normal percentage for audio rights for publishers usually is, but 50% sounds like a good deal...I could be wrong though.

I use D2D for iTunes, as well as the other sites you mentioned. While I've sold roughly 60,000 books this year (mostly Amazon and Kobo) the amount I've sold with 24Symbols, Inktera, Scribd, and Tolino I can count on one hand. Maybe others have had more success with them, but it's crickets for me. Still, it doesn't hurt, and doesn't really take much effort to give it a shot.

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