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Writers' Cafe / bookbub question
« on: January 31, 2018, 11:08:13 AM »
If your book straddles two genres and is turned down for one, is it okay to apply for another within the same month? For example, my book was turned for a Christian fiction feature so can I now apply for a Women's Fiction feature--or should I wait a month?

Writers' Cafe / NaNoWriMo Finish Line
« on: November 29, 2017, 10:50:28 AM »
Just crossed the 50k word line. Anyone else? Post the sentence containing your 50k word. Here's mine, ďGrandpa! We barely know each other!Ē Chad shuffled his feet and looked out the window to hide the embarrassing pink flush staining his cheeks.

Question: I just finished the first draft of the third book in my YA trilogy. The first two books are about 55k words, but this third one is only 35k words. Which seems too short. Do I publish it as a novella? Or should I try and pad on another 20k words? I thought about pasting the second and third book together (90k isn't overlong) but then how do I tell the people who already bought and read the second book of my changes? Suggestions?

Writers' Cafe / Pen Name?
« on: May 02, 2017, 01:06:07 PM »
I met a man at a writers conference who suggested I should have two pen names--one for my women's fiction/romances and one for the YA speculative--not because the readers will get confused, but because of the Amazon algorithms. As I'm sure you all know, Amazon recommends reads to people who have bought similar books and by writing what Amazon considers different genres, I'm muddying the waters. Ideas? (Plus, I kind of like the thought of renaming myself. I'm thinking Audry Addison, so I could be at the front of the alphabet.)

Writer friends and wannabe book sellers, I would love to hear your ideas. I'm going to put together a blog post on this and I thought I'd check in to see if there are other good ideas I haven't thought of. Thanks in advance.

Writers' Cafe / Anyone want to butcher my blurb?
« on: September 02, 2016, 12:05:50 PM »
Anyone want to butcher my blurb? Any suggestions on how to make it an obvious YA? Thanks in advance

Everyone talks to animals. Some do it every day, although very few stop to listen for a reply. Lizbet Wood does. And this is just one of the things that set her apart. But she really doesnít understand how different she is until violence shatters her solitary existence.
While Lizbet seeks to understand why mother sought refuge on a deserted island in the Pacific Northwest, she comes face to face with the dangers her mother tried, but failed to escape. When her mother is gravely injured, Lizbet is forced from the island and thrust into a world even more complex and threatening than she could have ever imagined. A world where the animals have no sayÖor do they?

Me to spouse: this is a very silly book.
7 hours later, I finish the third book in the series.
8 hours later, I consider buying the fourth book in the series.
Why do we (I) stick with some (silly) books, and put others down. This isn't a rhetorical question. I'd really like to know. What makes some books hard to put down, even if we're not really enjoying them?

Writers' Cafe / School and Library Visits?
« on: February 08, 2016, 08:16:44 AM »
I've wondered if they would be worth my time. Any thoughts? A presenter at a conference I attended claimed he sold 50 books after every school presentation. The YA series I'm working on could be good for middle schools and high schools. Anyone do this or recommend?

Writers' Cafe / Amazon Followers
« on: January 22, 2016, 09:36:25 AM »
How can I know how many Amazon followers I have? Anyone know? I tried googling it.

Writers' Cafe / Survey (for mostly contemporary romance readers)
« on: January 12, 2016, 10:08:15 AM »
In an effort to better know (and show the love) to the 3500+ Authors of Main Street followers, Iíve created a short anonymous survey. If youíre a contemporary romance author, you might also want to know whoís hanging out on Main Street. I would love input from kboarders. Here's the link to the survey:

And if you're curious about who the heck are the Authors of Main Street, here's a link to our blog:

Writers' Cafe / A Kindle Scout Winner Promo Thread
« on: November 17, 2015, 09:59:52 AM »
I thought about waiting until tomorrow to post this since that's when the promotion starts, but decided to post now in case anyone has some advice. I always love the promotion threads, but Iíve never posted one before mostly because Iím not very organized, but also because Iíve felt I nothing to say that hasnít already been said before. So, hereís a different sort of promotion thread. I booked a small number of relatively inexpensive ads to promote my YA Kindle Scout Winner, Witch Ways. Some of you will probably feel that this isnít useful, because Iíve the mighty Zon doing my heavy lifting. You are right. But some of you might wonder how the Kindle Scout program helps or hinders, so Iím sharing.
Because WW was published by Amazon, I didnít write the blurb, set the keywords or the price. It was published in August and in October they notified me that theyíd be lowering the price to 0.99 for the month of November.
In the past, I havenít found 0.99 promotions to be very successful. I have had much more traction with free promotions, so I hesitated to spend any money on it. I reconsidered, and now Iím regretting my hesitation because I wasnít able to get an ENT ad. (They told me they were full and asked me to reapply at a later time.) I was also turned down by Robin Reads. (Like ENT, they have always performed well.) I ran a KB&T ad earlier in the month. They have also been good to me. I wish I could say I have a Book Bub ad, but Iíve never had the pleasure.
 I donít have access to the actual sales until the end of the month, so Iíll be posting the bookís ranking. Iíll also be sharing the sales of Witch Winter, the sequel. Comments and criticisms welcome.
Here it is:
11/18  Betty Book Freak $8.
11/18  Booktastic        $10.
11/19  Awesome Gang  $10.
11/19  Sweet Free Books $5
11/20  Booksends          $20
11/20  BKnights     $5.
Starting rank as of just now:
Witch Ways: Witch Ways
33 reviews      
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: # #9,618 Paid in Kindle Store
#35 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction > Fantasy
#54 in Books > Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Coming of Age
Witch Winter: (Which I self-published, wrote the blurb, set the price, chose the keywords, etc. I should also mention that my amazing daughter designs my covers, and Amazon didnít ask to change them.)
6 reviews
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,431 Paid in Kindle Store
#13 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales > Folklore
#14 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Collections



Writers' Cafe / Free Promo Op With the Authors of Main Street
« on: October 29, 2015, 05:40:39 PM »
The Authors of Main Street want to shower our nearly 4 thousand followers with holiday cheer by offering free, or nearly free, contemporary romances.

Want to jingle with us? Hereís how:

Your book must be free, or 99 cents, by November 30th.
Send your buy link, log line (one sentence blurb over about 30 words or less) and cover image to Please be sure and put PROMOTION in the subject line.
You must be willing to cross-promote on all your social media outlets and your newsletter.
We hope that this will be beneficial for all of us. If it is, weíll run another promotion for Valentineís Day. And maybe Motherís Day. What about Arbor Day?

(No erotica, please.)

Writers' Cafe / Blurb Critique
« on: August 27, 2015, 07:01:30 PM »
Anyone want to critique my blurb?

The Creature of the Chasm State Park in rural Connecticut is home to more than just legends and mythsÖ
Despite a rocky beginning at Despaign Academy, a school built on the property of Connecticutís last convicted witch, Evelynn Marston finds friends and hopes to score a reporter's position on the schoolís newspaper. But in a place founded on a bedrock of magic and mystery, Evie discovers there are some willing to summon great evil to garner power. When a friendís life hangs in the balance, Evie marshals her wits and a heaping dose of her own brand of magic to right a terrible wrong, never suspecting that the life she saves might just be her own.

Writers' Cafe / Reviews and the new KU
« on: July 10, 2015, 12:33:19 PM »
I know nice people would never review a book they didn't actually read, but now that Amazon is tracking how many pages are read, is it possible that they won't allow reviews if the book was downloaded, but not actually flipped through? (I really hope so.)

Writers' Cafe / Blog Swapping and Promotional Advice Wanted
« on: July 08, 2015, 09:35:36 AM »
My book Witch Ways, a kindle scout winner, will be published in a few weeks. I know how to promote deeply discounted books, but Iím at a loss on how to sell a full priced book. Amazon will technically be in charge of marketing and therefore the pricing of my book, but I want to do all I can. Iíll do a GoodReads Giveaway, but other than that, Iím open to suggestions.
Iíve tried blog tours before without any spikes in sales. So this time rather than pay for a tour company, I thought Iíd see if any YA authors would like to blog swap with me. Anyone? Hereís a link to my blog,

And a link to Witch Wayís Kindle Scout page.

Please PM me if interested.
I can host any time, but Iíd like to be featured in late August through September.

Writers' Cafe / Outlanders Genre?
« on: June 01, 2015, 01:00:26 PM »
Paranormal romance? Urban fantasy? If I wanted to describe my book as a non-sexy Outlander, how would I do that? Suggestions?

Writers' Cafe / Blurb Help
« on: May 06, 2015, 05:07:37 PM »
As soon as I write this 500 characters or less blurb, I'm going to enroll my book in the Kindle Scout program. But first, the blurb...which is always hard, but now it's especially difficult because 500 characters... so here it is. Suggestions please.

Witch Ways

I didnít mean to burn down the science building. But I got mad, things caught on fire, and I was expelled. Nothing like that had ever happened to me before, and because it was so frightening, I had hoped nothing like that would ever happen again.
I was sent to Faith Despaign Academy, the only school that would accept me. Steeped in superstition and riddled with rumors, Faith Despaign was once home to Connecticutís last convicted witch.
The most important thing I learned at Faith Despaign is a fire isnít the most frightening thing that can happen in high school.

Writers' Cafe / Opinions on a book website wanted
« on: April 09, 2015, 01:22:14 PM »
Hey friends,
I got this letter from my sister and she asked me to pass it along.
We had dinner with some friends last night, and they told us of their book website that they need some ideas for.
It's a site where you can search for a book by author, title, characterization, plot, etc., and then you can read a review on it, and purchase it from Amazon, directly from their site.  They've spent about xxxx developing it, and it has a following (of sorts), but they don't know how to take it to the next level.  They haven't done anything with it for a couple of years, and now they are wondering if they should just pull the plug.  They don't want to put anymore money into it.  I hate to see them walk away from their investment.
I think it's a good idea, but the website itself needs some work, in my opinion.  Here's a link to their site:

I gave my suggestions, but Iím curious what others may have to sayÖif anything.

Writers' Cafe / April's A-Z Blog Challenge
« on: April 01, 2015, 09:37:00 AM »
Anyone here participating? I am and I'm wondering if there's someway to link up.

This is an excerpt of a letter to my brother, written after he requested marketing advice. A professional fly-fishing guide, he has published a collection of humorous stories of his experiences on the river. Think All Creatures Great and Small for fly-fishing guys. (Fly Fishing Tales, by Dennis Dickson) 

I'm not a marketing master by any means, but I've read a lot of books, and I'm constantly experimenting. After I wrote this to Dennis, I thought it might help others as well, so I'm posting it. I know it will make me look pathetic compared to everyone else's promotion campaigns, but at least I'm brave enough to share. I'm currently selling in one day what I used to sell in a month. My new goal is to sell in one day what I now sell in one month--which is pretty ambitious.

Anyway, here's what I wrote to Dennis.

Things you can do now.
1.       Make a new cover for you book. Even though the one you have now is much better than the one you had previously, it still doesnít suggest your humor. Also, all of your books need to have the same look. I have an idea for this and will come up with it over the weekend and show it to you.
2.       Weekly, post a story on your blog along with a buy link for your book. Promote this online on all your social media sites and places where fishermen like to virtually hang out. (Do not post fliers onto trees in the woods.)
3.       Get a newsletter account at Mailchimp (itís free.) Tell people that theyíll be the first to know of new releases and stories if they sign up for your newsletter.
4.     Aim for your books to be no less than 150 pages so you can get the discriminating advertisers and no more than 200.   

When you publish a second book.
1.       Send it out to readers in exchange for an honest Amazon review.
2.       Make a newsletter and send it to your crowd (you know, the people that have been following your blog and reading the stories you've been posting weekly.)
3.       Drop the price of your first book to .99 cents and promote it everywhere thatís free. Hereís a  list.
4.       When your book has generated enough sales to cover the cost, promote the .99 cent e-book on paid sites. Hereís the advertisers I use: Choosy Book Worm, Kindle, Books and Tips, the Fussy Librarian, Fiverr bknights. I try to have something to promote each month, and I spend about $40.

When you publish a third book. 
1.       Repeat steps 1-4
2.       Drop price of book one to free and promote it everywhere. Consider advertising and shooting to get spots at the more expensive sites such as Bookbub, Midlist, Booksends, ENT, OHFB   

 I really wish I had known/done all of this earlier. I have yet to try advertising at the more expensive sites. I've had free runs before but never in conjunction with paid advertising. (Silly, I know.) Next month, I plan on running an advertising blitz and seeing where it takes me. I'm excited, and a little scared. I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

I'm sure most of you can think of ways I can improve, and I'd love to hear it.

Writers' Cafe / promo op
« on: February 09, 2015, 07:59:29 AM »
Is it okay to post this here? If not, delete it.
Come and share one line of your favorite review with Authors of Main Streetís 2000+ blog followers. Be sure and leave a buy link to your book!

Writers' Cafe / spreadsheets and stuff
« on: February 04, 2015, 04:28:35 PM »
Would anyone be willing to share how they organize their sales/costs/promotion spreadsheets? (I hope this isn't like asking to peek at someone's nappies.)

The Book Bazaar / Free YA Anthology (and review wanted)
« on: January 21, 2015, 11:31:24 AM »
Iím looking for reviews for my teen romance novel, Beyond the Fortunetellerís Tent, a 2014 I Heart Indies Contest finalist. Itís the first book in my bestselling Beyond series. All three of the books have bounced off and on Amazonís time travel top 100 list.
Book one, Beyond the Fortunetellerís Tent, is currently free in this collection of 13 paranormal stories which Iím sending you. The collection has more than a 130 reviews with a 4.2 overall rating. Itís available at most ebook online retailers, but here is the Amazon link.
 If you read, enjoy and review my book, Beyond the Fortunetellerís Tent, (#8 in the collection) please let me know. I will gladly send you the second book in the series in exchange for an honest review.
Kristy Tate

Writers' Cafe / Choosy Bookworm Read and Review Program
« on: January 10, 2015, 09:57:25 AM »
Has anyone done this? Was it worth the $80?

Writers' Cafe / Is this tacky?
« on: December 16, 2014, 09:57:20 AM »
Would it be crass to find the Amazon reviewers of a book similar to my own and ask if them if theyíd be interested in reading my book?
   I would phrase it like this:
Dear kind-hearted person, (insert name)
I read the review you gave to BEST SELLER (insert title) and wondered if you might enjoy reading my novel as well. Hereís the blurb, and link. If interested, I would happily provide you with an Amazon gift. Of course, reviews are always welcome and appreciated, but this is a gift without any attached strings.
Happy Holidays and Merry Reading,
Good idea? Bad idea?

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