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Writers' Cafe / Increasing first book price from 99c to $2.99
« on: March 21, 2018, 03:32:34 AM »
The first book in my series is priced at 99c as a hook, while the rest are $2.99. I think it has enough momentum now to raise that one to $2.99 as well, but I'm also going to start doing rolling Bookbub applications from the end of March, and I vaguely remember reading that they don't like it if you think you're raising your price just to (from their POV) slash it for a promo... is that the case? Can't find it written anywhere.

Writers' Cafe / Latest book not in series?
« on: February 27, 2018, 03:09:12 AM »
I released my latest book (in my signature) on the weekend and it hasn't been properly listed as part of the End Times series. I've checked with "edit ebook content" again, and I definitely have the boxes filled out right. Is there a delay while Amazon shuffles things into place? I don't recall that happening with the previous books in my series...

Writers' Cafe / Blurb feedback - zombie apocalypse series, book 5
« on: February 22, 2018, 03:41:30 AM »
What's the only thing harder than writing a blurb? Writing a blurb five books deep in a series.

On the one hand it doesn't matter nearly as much as the blurb for book 1, because you mostly have a dedicated audience at this point. On the other hand it's easier to write a blurb for a story which is just starting, rather than one which is nearly done. I've found it harder and harder to write blurbs the deeper I get into the series.

Anyway here's what I have for End Times V: Kingdom of Hell, a post-apocalyptic zombie series. It obviously doesn't bog itself down with some massive recap of the series so far, but I hope it makes relative sense and might entice passers-by to click back through to book 1. I keep rewriting the middle paragraph, it feels clunky to me.


Matthew King is on the run. One of the last survivors of the catastrophic expedition to Brisbane, he's carrying a nuclear launch codebook vital to the survival of the human race - desperately trying to keep it from the hands of the rogue military forces commanded by the ruthless General Draeger.

Behind enemy lines, in the so-called Republic of New England, Matt discovers a very different place to the zombie-ravaged country he's come to know. In fortress towns patrolled by conscripted soldiers, people are not just surviving, but thriving - but have traded freedom for safety, ruled by a brutal military dictatorship.

Lost and alone, cut off from his allies and hunted like an animal, Matt is about to face his greatest challenge of all: confronting the darkness at the heart of General Draeger's kingdom of hell.

Writers' Cafe / Is Black Friday relevant to ebooks?
« on: November 22, 2017, 12:43:09 AM »
I'm Australian so I forgot all about it - only remembered because the news is swirling up rumours that Amazon is going to launch in Australia later this week.

I'm releasing the 4th in my series this weekend and am making book #1 free from Sunday to Monday, with heaps of promo stuff already locked in an paid for. It's not like I can change things now, but just curious, does Black Friday affect things at all around this time? Do you deliberately organise promos for it, or steer clear of it because people's attention is elsewhere?

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