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Now that I've had my book edited, and read 100's more threads and blog posts etc about self-publishing, I've learned that there are lots of reasons. But still, it seems like useful information to a prospective buyer of a self-published debut novel that I paid a pile of money for a professional developmentally-heavy line edit (and maybe more). But would readers understand that any flaws in the book are my fault and my responsibility, or might they falsely blame my editor? It just gets too complicated too quickly to include anything accurate on the cover, but book shoppers who peruse the acknowledgements page before buying are probably pretty rare. It seems like there ought to be a way to cut this knot. Any ideas?

I've read way too many indie books where an editor is credited (in the acknowledgements, not on the cover or the Editor field) where I've found myself wondering what exactly it was the editor supposedly did. Did the author ignore the editor's suggestions or was it a bad editor? On the other hand, I've read books that I know were self-edited that were far better edited than those books. And some editors prefer to remain uncredited and in the background. The presence of an editor's name itself does not guarantee a well-edited book, and the lack of an editor's name doesn't mean the book is unedited. The proof of whether a book is well-edited is in the book itself.

ETA: Oh, and I thought KKR's rant was magnificent.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Went wide and reviews begin to disappear
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on Today at 07:50:54 AM »
Bill--Thanks for posting this! I just looked and my reviews all reappeared as well. Cheered me up.
My new rule is to not freak about vanishing reviews until at least a week has passed. This is at least the third time I've had reviews disappear, only to reappear later.
The Book Bazaar / Re: INFESTATION - A big bug creature feature
« Last post by williammeikle on Today at 07:50:47 AM »
15 weeks on from launch, and INFESTATION is still hanging around the #12,000 overall ranking or thereabouts. Which is nice.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Any LitRPG Authors (readers) in the house?
« Last post by solo on Today at 07:46:55 AM »
I did start one. But preparing all those tables and figures wore me out after 50 pages.  ;D
Writers' Cafe / Re: A New AMS Thread
« Last post by Anarchist on Today at 07:46:21 AM »
2)  When setting up the details of the ad, I can either "run ad as quickly as possible" or "spread campaign evenly over duration."  When I clicked on the latter option, I get a calendar to choose from, but it seems like the PD ad is limited to a maximum of 6 months.  I hadn't thought about it, and I was surprised that this type of ad has an 'expiration date.'  Guess it makes sense, though.  I went for the full six months.

The expiration date is misleading. You can extend the date over and over.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Page reads must affect rank in the Amazon store!
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on Today at 07:44:25 AM »
Just for the record, you can see borrows (sort of) in Author Central. Where it shows the book's rank, that rank will jump every time there's a borrow, so if you see a jump without a corresponding sale, that has to have been caused by a borrow. If the book is ranking fairly well to begin with, the jump won't be as noticeable.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Okay Bookbub ad sleuths ....
« Last post by Anarchist on Today at 07:41:34 AM »
When creating your own ad artwork for Bookbub, I recommend steering away from the standard ad creator design of cover on the left, text on the right with button aligned underneath. Make your ad stand out with a different design if you are going to make your own. There are any number of ways to do this and still make it work well in such a small space. I've also found that often I'll get better results using my own ads vs. the Bookbub ad creator because it gets more attention.


OP, I recommend tracking the ads you see in BB's emails. If the books are selling, download the ads to a folder. This folder will be your swipe file.

For example, if you see an advertised book ranking at 30,000 on Amazon, ignore the ad. If the book is ranked at 1,000, download the ad.

It's not scientific. A book's success could be due to campaigns at FB, AMS, newsletter promos, etc. But work with what you have. Download the ads the suggest effectiveness. Then emulate them. Watch your own data.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Okay Bookbub ad sleuths ....
« Last post by Jena H on Today at 07:27:59 AM »
Hmm.  I don't know anything about BookBub or what their ads do or how they look, but of the two shown here, I think Ad #2 is more eyecatching.  I think the updated cover is more attractive and the same goes for the ad itself...  it doesn't have that god-awful grey/brown/purply background of the first one.  That background looks pretty amateurish, imho.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Another trademark question
« Last post by Matt Helbig on Today at 07:22:01 AM »
While Nutella isn't that popular in the U.S., it's hugely popular in Europe.

Nutella riots in France:
In 2016 I collected several blog posts for a look at different perspectives authors had with Kindle Scout. I've done it again with a new look at some fresher posts that are out there. Hope this is beneficial for some of y'all.
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