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Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing skills v Marketing skills
« on: April 30, 2018, 04:18:52 PM »
Before I wrote one word of my first ever book I watched a tonne of podcasts on YouTube, and that got me up to speed pretty quickly on what you have to do as an indie author to succeed, i.e. figure out ways to market your work.

There is an irony to all of this though. Undoubtedly it's tough out there, with thousands of books flowing into the charts, and if you don't promote then your book can just sink without a trace. But, a big part of the reason it took me until I was 44 before I started writing was because I thought there wasn't any point, because to me getting a book 'out there' meant being traditionally published and that meant having an agent, none of which I saw happening for someone just starting out. So each time I had a story idea I wrote it down and filed it away for the 'time I write that first book'

But now look at the situation. You don't need to be trad published, and you don't need an agent to get your imagination to the readers. And I kinda love that. That freedom. The flip side is that you can't JUST be an author. But it is what it is.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How to promote your blog?
« on: April 30, 2018, 03:55:51 PM »
You might try offering to guest post on other blogs, as well as leaving thoughtful comments on other blogs that have similar interests.  Good luck! :D  ETA: There are some writers on twitter who keep up a constant stream of writing links. You might drop them a note, see if they would be interested in tweeting you.

You mean book bloggers? (Also for the tweeters?) That would be interesting, I'll have a google and see what comes up.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How to promote your blog?
« on: April 30, 2018, 01:08:58 PM »
Nice looking website. I've read your Cascade series.

As a reader, I'm interested in you. And more books you'll be writing. Write about your daily routine. Where you got inspiration for your characters. What's coming up next. How soon the next book will be out. And so on. The kind of stuff you put on your Facebook page, but longer.

From your Facebook and Twitter accounts, direct people to your blog to read more with links and snippets designed to raise curiosity.

Thanks for the kind words, and that's some great suggestions :). Something that did occur to me was maybe to use Medium to post the author to author stuff, and keep the blog for as you suggested.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How to promote your blog?
« on: April 28, 2018, 12:43:13 PM »
Thanks for the advice.

I have one main website, which is basically the shop window onto what I write. Most of my posts until now have been completely about my books, but I do have things to say about writing in general, based upon my almost 2 years of doing it. Small personal insights which I feel would make good posts. So I'm going to post them there as well.

Writers' Cafe / How to promote your blog?
« on: April 28, 2018, 07:26:04 AM »
I've started to write mini posts on my blog about my thoughts on writing, and my journey in the world. I'm tweeting them out to my few thousand followers, but beyond that any ideas of how to promote those posts?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Book report vs AKreport vs ReaderLinks ?
« on: April 12, 2018, 07:44:47 AM »
I use BookReport and like it. For me, as I'm not in KU, the recent price hike puts it more in the maybe pile, but I might hang on a little and see if they roll out the (rumored) ability to catch wide sales. Then my love will be unconflicted once more!

I've heard a bit about ReaderLinks and I'm very intrigued. I downloaded the free trial but, honestly, didn't get to test it out fully b/c I was in the middle of a launch. I know one friend who adores it, but I don't know. There are a few free webinars knocking around showing the different features (ARC management, ad ROI calculation etc.) so maybe check those out. Or try the free trial I guess.

The one question-mark I had was the whole system is built on these custom links (readerlinks) that you use to do all sorts of nifty things like see which ads are converting etc. But that makes me then a kind of prisoner of the program in that if I ever ditched ReaderLinks or they jacked up the price or whatever, then I've got to undertake a huge amount of work to replace those links - as far as my limited understanding goes (happy to correct if wrong).

As for AKReport, I'm worried about the threads I've seen here talking about data/security/trust issues - not issues you want to have with sensitive data. For me, there's a question mark there about the guys behind it that I don't have with BookReport or ReaderLinks.


Thanks for the advice. In regards to the ReaderLinks, links, I had the same thoughts in regards to what happens if you want to leave their ecosystem, and you have their links in all your books.

I'm all in with KU so I guess it's between Book Report (which I've used until recently) and ReaderLinks.

Writers' Cafe / Book report vs AKreport vs ReaderLinks ?
« on: April 12, 2018, 07:30:53 AM »
Was wondering if anyone has any advice re: pros and cons in regards to those services?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Scene separators in Scrivener 3?
« on: March 26, 2018, 07:28:59 AM »
Thanks for all the suggestions. After a number of tweaks, I managed to get it how I want.

Writers' Cafe / Scene separators in Scrivener 3?
« on: March 25, 2018, 10:08:07 AM »
Anyone here know their way around Scrivener 3?

How do I put ***** as a separator between my scenes? (which are separate files in my chapter foldier).

Writers' Cafe / Re: UK Mac Users
« on: March 07, 2018, 11:51:26 AM »
I switched to Mac Mini about 5 years back. Initially I hated the OS because I was used to the 'what you see is what you get' approach of Windows. But this was Windows XP, not the new versions which I'm not a fan of. After a while I got used to it, and I can say that Mac Mini has been one of the best machines I've ever had. It's pretty old now so slowing down, but I'm looking to upgrade to a MacBook pro at some point.

Is there a better version of the Amazon author dashboard? and is it possible to get your author data via an API? as I might be tempted to create my own app to view things better.

Writers' Cafe / Looking for Scrivener formatting expert
« on: July 22, 2017, 12:29:24 PM »
I use Scrivener to compile my book. The 2 books I recently updated look fine in the previewers (offline and on the dashboard previewer) and on the devices, but looks messed up in the look inside. I need someone who can fix the issue within Scrivener for me.

Writers' Cafe / Kindle formatters in UK/US?
« on: April 19, 2017, 03:13:02 AM »
Can anyone recommend me some reasonably priced, eBook formatters for Kindle ( creating .mobi/Scrivener file) ? US/UK based prefered.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Phrase or Exact search keyword for Amazon Ads?
« on: March 18, 2017, 02:37:11 PM »
That's right. Sponsored ads only have the broad keyword search. You can change the type in Product Display ads, but not in Sponsored.


Writers' Cafe / Phrase or Exact search keyword for Amazon Ads?
« on: March 18, 2017, 12:41:39 PM »
This is a real basic question, but on setting up an Amazon ad campaign, I can't see how you change from a broad keyword search type to phrase or exact, or you can't? you only have the broad option?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Lists of keywords for ads?
« on: March 16, 2017, 12:23:37 PM »
Misread the op. o.O oops.  Are you looking for AMS, Facebook or what's your strategy?

Keywords for Amazon ads.

Writers' Cafe / Lists of keywords for ads?
« on: March 16, 2017, 05:33:19 AM »
I was just wondering if anyone knows where to obtain lists of keywords for ads? specifically post-apocalyptic and scifi.Thanks.

There's two different questions here. There's how low would you sales have to be before you stopped writing as a career, and there's how low would they have to be to stop writing completely.

Taking the later first. Never :)

As for the other, it all depends upon your short term and long term goals. In the short term, do you need to sell a certain number of books to pay bills? if so, and you have been trying for a long time, then obviously something needs to change. But that might not be stopping writing, it might mean doing marketing different, or changing genre's. And even if you do have to stop to get a paid job etc, then maybe it's just a temporary thing until you have enough saved up. In the long term, it depends upon where you want to be with your writing career in a years, 2 years etc and/or if you have other goals you are trying to get too. Then you would backtrack from there to where you are now, and work out what steps you need to accomplish to get there.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Will Artificial Intelligence replace authors?
« on: March 08, 2017, 07:51:55 AM »
Replace authors no? well not unless there are no humans left. But what it will mean is more competition. Yes, it is true that an AI will be able to write exactly what sells, by analysing thousands of best selling books, but there will always be opportunity for a human author to write a great book as well.

The idea of originality is an interesting one. To say that an AI won't be able to come up with original content is completely wrong. All it has to do is cycle through various combinations and eventually it's going to come up with something that hasn't been done before. It's not being creative perhaps in a human sense, but the result will be the same.

An AI though that can properly write a book (as opposed to making suggestions) to the level of a best selling author, is probably a few decades away, so still plenty of time to write lots of our own books :)

But it's inevitable, it will happen. It's all going to depend upon computing power. And right now the leading horse in that race is quantum computing. As soon as they can figure out how to string enough QBits together, human level AI will be here.

Writers' Cafe / Amazon category for Space horror?
« on: February 28, 2017, 06:05:11 AM »
The latest book I'm writing is space scifi, but has horror elements as well, think Alien rather than Aliens.

It's unclear to me though what kind of Amazon categories it would go into, ideas?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Editors that specialise in scifi/fantasy/paranormal?
« on: January 25, 2017, 02:04:20 PM »
Thanks for all the replies so far. I'm mostly looking for copy editing and possibly proofreading.

Writers' Cafe / Editors that specialise in scifi/fantasy/paranormal?
« on: January 25, 2017, 06:55:13 AM »
Anyone know any good editors that specialise in scifi/fantasy/paranormal?

Writers' Cafe / Predictions for 2017?
« on: December 24, 2016, 09:00:18 AM »
What's everyones predictions for the Ebook world in 2017? will the market continue to grow? or maybe it will be harder for indie authors? will BookBub continue to dominate paid promotion, or will FB ads be the main way to advertise books? Will it become more important for indie authors to promote themselves as opposed to their books, or will the main goal still be put out as many books as possible in the time you have?

Writers' Cafe / Re: How Do You Promote 3rd Book In Series?
« on: December 08, 2016, 08:01:57 AM »
I'm sort of in the same situation, having just released book 3 in my series.

This doesn't address your question directly, but my focus is and probably always will be promoting the first book in the series. I don't know how much your books stand as standalones, but with my series each one very much follows on from the last, so for me, I want to get as many readers as possible introduced to book 1. They then hopefully go on to read book 2 and 3, which they can easily find from the links at the end of the books and even from the Amazon page for book 1.

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