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Writers' Cafe / Re: Trad pubs in AMS
« Last post by Cassie Leigh on Today at 05:57:02 PM »
I also wonder what UF readers are unaware of those books. They're advertising some of the biggest-name UF authors, books that don't really need advertising.

If I were a top-seller who assumed people already knew about my books, I'd be using AMS to own that ad space at the top of the search results so that when people come to buy my book on Amazon the first result isn't someone else's book and I don't risk losing them to a curiosity click.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Third person-she dressed as he- help!
« Last post by Phoenix61 on Today at 05:48:58 PM »
Despite the revelation of the gender, I believe you should continue to use whatever term you began to use. Changing it half way thorough can be jarring for a reader. You reveal the gender of your character, the reader knows, then continue with the story as if nothing happened. The character is still keeping up the appearance of a male, so essentially, nothing has changed.

You could qualify with something like; Loreta as Harry Buford, frequented the saloons with his newfound friends...
Writers' Cafe / Re: Increasing sell-through?
« Last post by taliwrites on Today at 05:48:19 PM »
Sounds like you're doing it right. Those ratios don't sound off to me. I've experimented with a next-book excerpt and found it did the opposite of help, but YMMV. A series arc hook has worked better for me, which is I'm guessing what you mean by cliffhanger.

I definitely don't want it to have the opposite effect. Having the first chapter at the back of the final book in the series helped with the sell-through to another series, but I guess it's different when there's already a cliffhanger.

I have the chapter of the next book at the end of all my books. Works for me, although I've never really spent time checking the numbers. You could try it, and then remove it if you think it doesn't work. 

Do any of your books end on a cliffhanger?

I'm curious to see what answers you get here because this is also my experience. Barnes & Noble and Apple have the highest sell through on my series but I get way more free downloads on the 'Zon. Maybe it's because there is a greater pool of readers who like free on Amazon?

I don't know, but I guess there's a greater pool of readers in general and a whole lot of books, and then there's KU too. I believe I have a few reviews where readers say they would've read the rest of the books in the series if they were free in KU, but I have a feeling the audience for my books just happens to be mostly outside Amazon.

My sell through went up recently by altering the copy sending them to the next book. I originally just copy-pasted the Amazon description but by altering it to an elevator pitch with a call to action ("Tap the image to buy or visit your preferred online retailer") I've increased the unit-count sell through - and that's after raising my price from $3.99 to $4.99!

Unfortunately, my permafrees are going down at the moment due to my own lack of promotional activity - I've been saving myself for the Bookbub on Monday. If I can keep my nerve and hang on with the higher pricing, I should know for sure whether it's a fluke or not.

And my best performing sell through is, surprisingly, Nook. It's outperforming Apple 2:1, which is a switch from earlier in the year. I think I'm snagged in an algorithm over at Nook, or something.

I haven't thought about including the description at all, but I'm terrible at writing descriptions anyway--and yes, I was highly tempted to publish my latest book without one.  :) I only include the link to the series page on my website and an image of the cover of the next book. Maybe I should write something more than just "follow [character's name] story in [book title]. More information: [website link]."

Good luck with your Bookbub!
Writers' Cafe / Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Last post by Lorri Moulton on Today at 05:44:35 PM »
Don't spend all the grocery money!  I am looking forward to seeing your new covers though.  8)
There are exceptions, especially with big name authors, but in general I've gotta say no. I don't believe shorts or single author short collections are the most profitable use of your time. Assuming you write 10k on short stories per week, you could put that 10k into releasing a new novel every 5 weeks, which is likely to earn much more.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Does anyone post on Amazon's boards?
« Last post by David VanDyke on Today at 05:31:10 PM »
If you Google, "KDP Forums" it's the first thing that pops up ... are those the forums?

Yes, but just try to go there. Doesn't work, at least not for me.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Does anyone post on Amazon's boards?
« Last post by David VanDyke on Today at 05:29:16 PM »
No relation to the OP, but man, seeing your two names together just cracks me up.

Good thing mine's a pen name.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Content warnings?
« Last post by Kal241 on Today at 05:28:14 PM »
I don't think a trigger warning is necessary. It's like putting a warning label on a knife; common sense should indicate to any potential owner that they shouldn't keep a knife in reach of a child. I've also seen a lot of one-star reviews complaining about something the author posted a warning about, which tells me that people don't read such warnings.
I prefer Option A, because the leafy one looks too busy to me. I also agree with K.D. that, although the current covers are cute, they suggest middle grade and at some point you might want to update to something more clearly YA.   
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