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Writers' Cafe / Re: Boost sales on Apple iBooks?
« on: May 08, 2015, 07:26:15 AM »
iBooks has been working well for me lately, but I haven't noticed any Pay Per Click advertising program. 

The link to your book on the iBooks store is copyable (right click on your book cover) so you can use that link to drive traffic to your book from outside advertising sources.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Promoting on Apple/Kobo/Nook Vs. Amazon
« on: April 15, 2015, 07:12:07 PM »
I have been looking for the same thing- Apple focused sites, but haven't found one yet.  I really think it's a good opportunity that's not being exploited right now. 

Apple is currently featuring the 2nd in my series on their 'New and Popular' sci-fi slider on iBooks and my sales have exploded (it's all relative... I wasn't selling too many until they featured my book).  And with the sheer volume of "I" devices out there, I believe Apple is a sleeping giant that will eventually find the right formula and be able to give Amazon increased competition, which will benefit all of us.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Make It Free
« on: March 15, 2015, 02:16:32 PM »
Hi everyone.  Please help with The Awakening:

Free here:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-awakening/id877601636?mt=11
99 cents here:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K9MV89Q

Thanks!

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Mmmh! Nicely done. (nice covers too) - I just downloaded your first, I read anything AI related. :)

Forgot to thank you, Tobias  Thanks!   :D  Hope you like it!

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I wonder is anybody listing with Apple through a distributor can get this treatment too!

K.A., were your books selling with Apple at all beforehand?

Nope.  I was fully invested in KDP Select.  After my 90 days was up, I didn't renew and went directly with iBooks and then used Smashwords to distribute to other platforms.  I'm an Apple guy (Apple Watch anyone??) and had no major problems uploading directly to them.  One small issue I had was getting the book cover imaging corrected because there are two places where they need to go, but they are good at quickly getting back to you with help.

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Thanks everyone! I was surprised myself that I was contacted but agree this is a great opportunity. The promoted book is the second in the series, so do you guys think I should make the first one free to drive sales towards the second while it is being promoted?


Are you direct with apple or through a distributer like D2D?

Yes, directly through Apple and not through a distributor.

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Writers' Cafe / I was contacted by Apple regarding their iBooks Store
« on: March 10, 2015, 06:12:38 PM »
I recently received an email from Apple asking me if I would be willing to talk to them regarding the placement of my books in the iBooks store.  I chatted on the phone with one of their reps who told me that she wanted to help promote Indie authors and the visibility of their books.  She was very helpful and friendly and we ended up talking for about 15 minutes.  Today the second of my series (published in iBooks just in February) is featured on their Sci-Fi “new and popular” slider!  Wow!  I’ve never received a call from Amazon.  For Apple to have a focused effort to reach out to Indie authors is a smart and savvy grassroots campaign that will only help their business.  I’m definitely looking forward to working with them over the long term.

I was Amazon exclusive for the past 3 months and the more I think about it the more I realize that the decision was a mistake and limited my options.  There has been some discussion here that for new authors it may make more sense to choose KDP Select, but it didn't help me that much and limited the exposure of my books.  Just my 2 cents worth as a new author.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: SciFi, Fantasy & Horror Authors Promote Free
« on: January 20, 2015, 10:00:15 AM »
I've also used SciFiFantasyFREAK in the past and they've been great.  Quick turnaround after my submission and the overall site looks like a growing business.  I think I'll sign up my other book and run it again by itself, so I can see how you guys have grown.  Thanks!

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I've been in KDP Select for about six months now and was wrestling with putting my books back in the iBookstore.  This latest piece of news I think is the tipping point for me.  There are many, many new people getting used the ease of clicking on iBooks as opposed to downloading and then signing into the Kindle app.  Not that the iBookstore will catapult my sales or anything, but it's another option to reach more potential readers.

https://gigaom.com/2015/01/15/apple-1-million-new-ibooks-customers-each-week-since-ios-8-launch/

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To add an image you host the link elsewhere, then add image tags with the URL in the middle.

Du-oh!  Of course... and I work in IT.  Yes, I really do... as a manager now, so I'm good at telling people what to do and not really good at doing anything myself.   ;D

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I'm running a 2 day KDP free promo and did one GenrePulse ad that started yesterday afternoon.  I woke up this morning to #1 in Hard Science Fiction!  I'm not one of those big hitters so I was pretty impressed by that. 

So in case anyone was wondering about James's GenrePulse offering, it looks to be pretty good.

How do we add a picture to these posts... I can't figure that out!

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Writers' Cafe / Best days for a free promotion on Select?
« on: November 30, 2014, 07:25:29 AM »
What's the consensus (if there is one) on the # of free days for a title in KDP Select?  I was thinking 2 to 3 days max, then saving the other days for a different window during the enrollment period.  If it's 2, then which days?  Friday and Saturday with a return to regular pricing (.99) on Sunday?  Any other days during the week better for offering a free promotion?  This will be my first KDP Select Free promotion.  Thanks!

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I highly recommend the Sell More Books Show!  I've been listening to them for the past 20 shows (they just finished their 30th) and find them as one of the best self publishing podcasts to listen to.  Rocking Self Publishing is right up there as well.  Jim and Bryan have good chemistry and really offer good tips, advice and news.  The show is right to the point instead of some shows that go on and on before they start talking about the main topic.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Made a mistake with a newsletter. Should I resend?
« on: October 11, 2014, 08:33:33 AM »
Thanks everyone.  Very good advice.  I ended up resending and included "Corrected with links" in the same subject line.  No complaints from anyone, more opens and 'clicks' on the new links, and so far only a 1.7% unsubscribe rate.

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I have to agree... this is an awesome service.  Got 176 new subscribers!  WOW!  I added them to a separate list just so I can send them a "welcome" email and offer them a free book for people interested.  So far, 2 of them have unsubscribed, but so far, so good.

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Writers' Cafe / Made a mistake with a newsletter. Should I resend?
« on: October 10, 2014, 09:40:32 AM »
I participated in a promotion where I got a bunch of new subscribers to my newsletter.  I wrote up a new welcome message and offered them a copy of my book.  I put in the book's summary blurb and a few more sentences of what it's about. 

The thing I forgot to do is hyperlink any of my images and titles to Amazon!  Du-oh!  So they cannot click on the book and see the "glowing" reviews on Amazon.  At the risk of these new subscribers thinking I'm spamming them with too many emails (when I told them that I won't email them too often), so I resend with the hyperlinks included?  I was thinking of putting "Correction" or something in the subject.

I think many people want to click and see more about a book in Amazon.  I could be wrong about that though...

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Hi all.  To close the loop on this, here are the final results:

5th day (9/30) Kindle Books & Tips: 33 sales
6th day (10/1) 10/1/14   October Giveaway Sponsorship (Free Kindle Giveaway) - newsletter promotion:  13 sales

Ranking at the end of the 6th day:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,203 Paid in Kindle Store
#33 in Science Fiction > Hard Science Fiction
#37 in Science Fiction > Galactic Empire
#46 in Science Fiction > High Tech

My conclusion is that Kindle Books & Tips was the best promotion for my book.  My genre is science fiction so maybe they are a more appropriate platform for those readers.  As I mentioned before, The Midlist was disappointing possibly because I'm not in their core target audience, but they've been more than accommodating and have offered to re-run my ad at a future date.  Hats off to them.

I'm curious to hear from other sci-fi authors about which promotions worked the best for them.  Maybe I'll start a new topic if there isn't an existing one - having a list of good sites to promote sci-fi would be great.

I've had a bunch of preorders for Book #2 as a result of this promotion so having the next book ready in Amazon with a preorder page is helpful.  The Awakening just got a new 5 star review from one of my newest readers, so all in all, I'm considering this promotion a success.

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In case anyone is tracking this or would still like to know:

5th Day (9/29) with The Midlist - 13 sales

I'm disappointed with the results of this promotion and am working with their team on a possible re-run.  I was one of the main sponsors yesterday and expected a significantly better result.  I'll keep you guys posted.

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The Awakening is up there now.  It's the first in the series and the momentum has also helped with the 2nd book.

    #72 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Hard Science Fiction
    #91 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Galactic Empire
    #92 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > High Tech

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3rd Day (9/27) with no promo I only had 4 sales.
4th Day (9/28) with a bknights promo, I've had 7 sales.  Here is my current ranking:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,332 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
 
I know many people were wondering about bknights and thinking they do really well, so I really don't know about my numbers.  Seems way low.  Oh well...  Anyway, tomorrow is the Midlist.  I'm expecting a good turnout with that one... well, at least more than 4 or 7 sales.

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2nd day results were much better.  15 sales.  Not sure how to add the image to this post like others have done, but here is the rank.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,320 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#71 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Hard Science Fiction
#91 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Galactic Empire
#98 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > High Tech

From 925,000 on Wednesday (pre-promotion), 58,600 yesterday, to 13,320 today.  I'm happy with the results so far.  I can finally say that I have a top 100 book in 3 separate categories!   ;D

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Now that's a story we all like to hear!  Did you change keywords?  Congrats.. you deserve it. 

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First day result was 3 sales.  With the start of a Countdown deal and two promotions, I see that as disappointing.

Am I being unrealistic here?  3 sales is infinitely better than the 0 I had over the past two weeks, but I was hoping for a bit more.  I was under the assumption that Countdown deals give you a boost without the promos and that the promos will give you an additional lift.  Hopefully things will improve over the next few days.

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Last, you mentioned you did an ebook soda ad. This is one of the two places I used to promo my perma free. I used bknights/fiverr and had about 700 more downloads than normal that day. Ebook soda did nothing at all for me. My downloads were actually worse than normal that day---and never picked back up afterward. So I asked for a refund, which they gave me. They seem to be really nice ppl, so I felt bad, but, really, the results with them were terrible. Did you get good results with ebooksoda?

Hope you get LOTS of sales!

Good luck to you also!  Will be watching your results as well.  I also tried for an ENT promotion but they didn't have availability this week, but I did hear you can do well with them.

Unfortunately, when I did my promotion way back in June I think it was, I only got 3 downloads from ebooksoda.  So nothing much...

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James, I just sent you an email asking for the link to see my stats for today's promotion, but I was able to find it, so you can ignore.  So far, 27 clicks.  Do you know when the ad went out?  I'm hoping for more.

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