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Writers' Cafe / Re: What is Bookbub?
« Last post by KelliWolfe on Today at 12:36:47 PM »
What is Bub? Baby don't hurt me. Don't hurt me no more...
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One question: I can't book promo sites for my launch until I've already made the book live, because the promo sites require the AISN number. Yet, some promo sites have lead times to book that can be weeks. So how do we time stacking promos launching a new book? I was hoping to book the promos now even though my book releases in April.

If you don't want to set up a long Amazon pre-order, which may dilute some of your launch juice, you can put the book up on Goodreads with the cover and all the details. I did this for Book 1 of my space opera series and emailed the sites along with my application and let them know that I could send them the ASIN/Amazon link a week before the promo. They all said that was fine. I did do a pre-order of a few days so I could get that info to them in time. If you've already got good reviews on other stuff you've published, they'll probably be fine with just seeing that the book looks professional, and Goodreads is fine for that.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Will page reads pick up since Olympics is over?
« Last post by kw3000 on Today at 12:29:59 PM »
My page read is not affected by the Winter Olympics, but when there were shooting in the schools and Trump is decided to nuke Pyongyang!

Huh?
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Writers' Cafe / Re: What is Bookbub?
« Last post by kw3000 on Today at 12:28:19 PM »
You don't have to be wide to get accepted, but it does help. And yes, the more platforms the better; it benefits the BB user, but it will also benefit the author in terms of added sales on BB day -- and for a while afterward. The more books you have, especially if you write a series, the bigger the benefit with sell through.

Thank you for answering my questions. :)

Here's one more (hope it's okay to ask these in your thread, OP): If you use an aggregator like D2D, is Bookbub less likely to accept you versus if you go direct on each platform individually?
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Will page reads pick up since Olympics is over?
« Last post by Sam Rivers on Today at 12:24:18 PM »
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My page read is not affected by the Winter Olympics, but when there were shooting in the schools and Trump is decided to nuke Pyongyang!

It is not likely that Trump will nuke Pyongyang. There are other ways to resolve this issue.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is AwesomeGang Reliable?
« Last post by Alan Felyk on Today at 12:07:23 PM »
AwesomeGang may be reliable if you don't run into any problems. But if something goes awry, good friggin' luck in trying to get it fixed.

From my experience, Vinny seldom read his emails. And from some of the posts on this thread, it seems this has been an ongoing issue. I bought a stack pack of ads for Damaged Beyond All Recognition--five straight weeks of advertising in Awesomegang.com, Pretty-Hot.com, DiscountBookMan.com, AwesomeBookPromotion.com, and BookReaderMagazine.com. I tried to use a discount coupon that Vinny had provided in a promotional email, but I was charged the full amount.

I wrote an email inquiring about the coupon issue. No response. I wrote a second email, and Vinny wrote back, giving me a refund that equaled the discount. He also, to his credit, caught a submission error that duplicated information in my book description. Later, I realized that I had forgotten to include my book cover in my submission. So, I sent an email with the cover attached. The first ad ran last week and, to my surprise, the cover to my first book (Damaged Right Out Of The Box) ran with the write-up to Damaged Beyond All Recognition. Since then, I wrote three emails to Vinny, trying to fix the problem. No response to any of them. And guess what. Today's ad in Pretty-Hot.com repeats the wrong cover error. So, I assume that the next three ads will as well.

I don't know anybody who would be happy with this experience. I certainly am not.







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So the Lunar Deception is now in the waiting room. I imagine its something like the bit in beetlejuice when they first arrive in the afterlife.
I'm hoping for a quick answer either way, but while I'm here I'll have a french martini please.

Welcome to the room! It's already day 3 for me. I don't know if others are/were this nervous every day, but I'm constantly checking my email, expecting the news at any minute :o
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Another trademark question
« Last post by notjohn on Today at 12:03:16 PM »
If you don't have enough money to consult a lawyer, you also can't afford to be sued, so it's probably better to avoid naming names. Especially when saying Cool Whip instead of whipped cream, for example, doesn't really add anything to the scene.

Gosh, I don't think I agree with either of those propositions. It's only the folks who can't afford a lawyer whom nobody in his right mind would sue! And certainly I think Cool Whip is much better artistically than "whipped cream." (But don't spoil the effect by adding (TM)!)

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting: https://viewbook.at/notjohn

The blog: https://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
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Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you get reviews and exposure: anyone?
« Last post by kathrynoh on Today at 12:01:29 PM »
Swapping reviews with other authors is a bad move. Amazon doesn't like it and will remove the reviews if they discover you're doing that. Same with family and friends.

Some reader groups on Goodreads have read and review programs. Because they are run by the group organisers, the requirements vary from group to group. Sometimes you might have to wait a while to get on their review list but still worth doing. It's free and you are connecting with readers in your genre.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Best POD to use?
« Last post by notjohn on Today at 11:59:09 AM »
I'm with Cassie. I've used CreateSpace since 2010 and I find it easy to use, the help desk and community forums fine (still!), and the mesh with Amazon perfect. I use expanded distribution, and it's very important for me. In January, 65 percent of my books were sold on the various Amazon stores and 35 percent on  Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, and other sales outlets. (The royalty is significantly lower, but I have finessed that by raising my prices overall. That doesn't seem to affect sales.)

The one thing I would do differently if I were starting now is to buy all my ISBNs from Bowker so I could easily move to IngramSpark in the event that CS closes down. The KDP Print option is still very much in beta, but I'm sure the CS books will move over there seamlessly in that event. By using one's own ISBN, the book will be instantly available on Amazon and also available to other online books, to libraries, and to bricks&mortar bookstores through Ingram.

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting: https://viewbook.at/notjohn

The blog: https://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
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