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Hi Rebecca,

I sent a message to you (but perhaps it did not go through) a few days ago also asking questions about the platinum promotion.

Writers' Cafe / Re: FB Ad issue, Please Help!
« on: December 08, 2015, 05:00:09 PM »
This is happening on a campaign that I paid someone to setup for me. I made it active but noticed after a few days there was no activity. At first he thought it was okay because apparently the ads can take a while to gain impressions but he created another campaign that is also not reporting any activity. He contacted support yesterday, no updates yet. Report it if you haven't done so already. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Success stories NON-FICTION on KU
« on: December 16, 2014, 07:30:04 PM »
This is just a hobby at this point. I'm happy that people are actually buying on a regular basis every month. All books are part of a series in a small niche.

Kobo, Amazon, B&N - 2011 - less than 100 - 1 title
Kobo, Amazon, B&N - 2012 - 120  - 1 title
Amazon, B&N - 2013 - 165 [Kobo - removed from sale. B&N removed from sale then put it back on sale] - Added two more titles
Amazon - 2014 - (if December is good) 400  [B&N - removed from sale. All numbers reported are Amazon alone] - Added one more title

I feel comfortable being only on Amazon at this point because it's the one market my ebooks regularly sell on. I've got an account with Apple but just haven't added them there yet.

I attribute the increase this year partly to KU. Some months this year the borrows have equaled or surpassed regular sales for the ebooks in Select. I didn't have all the books in Select all year. Right now they are all in.

@Kayla - I don't consider my stuff well edited except for one book which has a print version and I revised it few times. In a perfect world they would all be perfect but I'm trying to get over perfectionism because it can be paralyzing and slows down my productivity. That's the reason why there was only one title in 2011 and 2012. I kept fixing it and not working on other stuff. I think the advice I've read here to just write the next book, is what counts in fiction and non fiction. That one book in my niche that I kept polishing was not doing much good on its own. 

Lots of successful nonfiction writers are out there.  However, they are not necessarily earning all or even most of their revenue from Kindle books -- or any kind of book, for that matter. Many NF authors leverage books to build their professional reputations. They are more interested in consulting contracts, speaker gigs, and other forms of income. Being the author of an Amazon bestseller is a means to an end, not THE end.

This. I made one of my ebooks an ecourse and I have made more money from the ecourse than selling the ebook. So I am making the other books into ecourses.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The Benefits of Having Few Sales
« on: November 13, 2014, 08:51:58 PM »
There is no one bugging you about when the next book is coming out, even though it is outrageously late and you haven't updated the publication date on your website.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KOBO - A diary of incompetence?
« on: September 05, 2014, 01:39:25 PM »
On my forth try today in a second browser, I was finally able to login to Kobo writing life. At first I thought it was a problem with my login because the login page kept redirecting to itself. I went through the forgot password process three times and still could not get in. The same thing happened no matter what browser I used. Then I thought to myself, it's not me it's them. I came here to see if anyone else was in the same hell. It's not exactly the same but I see I'm in good company.

Why, put myself through this torture? They sent me an email saying that my payment details are somehow missing and could I re-enter it. I've never been paid by them, though they do owe me royalties that perhaps I'll receive one day if I ever sell anything there ever again and reach their payment threshold.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Series Branding
« on: August 27, 2014, 07:51:49 PM »
I have the series name on the cover but not the number. In addition to the names the covers look similar to each other.

I think as long as there is some way for the reader to tell that the books are in a series (not necessarily on the cover or in the title, but maybe on an interior page listing everything) then however you do it is fine.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Help needed!! I just published for a week and....
« on: April 19, 2014, 10:25:57 AM »
It's possible that you might be seeing a cached page on your end. Have you tried clearing your browser's cache, shutting the browser down, restarting it and viewing the page again?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Where can I sell my ebooks for bitcoin?
« on: February 28, 2014, 08:04:15 PM »
Forget the selling. It's getting your money out that you should worry about if something happens.

Cautionary tale: I had money in Internet-based payment service E-Gold in 2007. The gov't indicted the company for money laundering and froze the assets. Seven years later [2014] I received a check for my money. I had to go though a claims process and identity verification etc. I stuck it out but I am certain other people gave up.

It wouldn't be useful for me personally because I know how to setup my own website. I think it could be useful for some authors who don't have the time or are not technologically inclined, to any easy to use site. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Some sci-fi arts - Opinions are welcome
« on: January 11, 2014, 11:00:34 AM »
I think you should write the series and include the images. I think they help to ground the reader in the reality of the world they are reading.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Some sci-fi arts - Opinions are welcome
« on: January 11, 2014, 10:54:36 AM »
beautiful. But just make sure they'll look good on a gray-scale reader, not just on a tablet.

also, I don't know whether you're planning on publishing through CreateSpace or not, but I'm having a devil of a time getting them to accept some much more simple graphics in one of my books.

I was using word to upload to CreateSpace and also ran into issues with images even though I increased them to the dpi they wanted. In the end I tried a pdf file instead of word and that worked out fine.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Business Question - LLC and other things
« on: January 11, 2014, 10:40:17 AM »
I just wanted to chime in that an option is to form a single member llc and file paperwork with the irs to disregard it as a separate entity for tax purposes.

If you have a good library near you I recommend reading the NOLO series of books that cover the different types of businesses you could form.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 1 Year, 100 Titles = My Results
« on: December 16, 2013, 05:20:12 PM »
I don't mind paying for an autoresponder, or investing in my business if it will sell more books. I don't even mind paying $1000 for 1000 ISBN's on principle. It's just the convincing my landlord to skip charging me rent for a couple of months that's the hard part. :D

Do you have any autoresponder recommendations, and how does that work to send it to their Kindle? Do they just have to load it manually after it arrives in their email?

I like Aweber, another popular one is getresponse. I imagine that if I were to give out free ebooks, the mailing list subscribers would have to side load (manually load) it to the Kindle or other device after downloading it from the link I provided.

I like seeing my covers.

Practically all of my sales are from Amazon and a few from BN. I sold one ebook on Kobo and nothing since so I've never been paid by them.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Where are the non-fiction writers on kboards?
« on: October 11, 2013, 01:37:58 PM »
Waves hand.

I presently have only one book of a series on sale. It makes enough per month to buy a meal or two. Last month I took Dalya's advice to put up a print copy of your kindle book even if you don't expect any sales. To my surprise I made a handful of sales. The royalty payment from one month on the print sales are worth several months of kindle royalties combined. So I will be making print copies of everything else in the series available when they finally go on sale and I will also do video. About a month ago I also made the book available as video training and already got a small royalty payment from that. Repurpose your non fiction content if you can.

I am in the draft stage of two more books in my series. Two years after publishing the first one. Do keep at it. I haven't lost my enthusiasm for publishing. I'm always happy to see more non fiction people popping up here asking questions and reporting on their experience, because I felt sort of lonely at the beginning because I am doing non fiction [for now] and most of the writers here are fiction.

Frank's experience with Bookbud is interesting to me, because I did not have it on my radar as a possible advertising source because all the post I read on it were from fiction writers so I assumed non fiction would not do well there.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Got a gently threatening 'copyright' email
« on: January 29, 2013, 03:17:10 PM »
I'll chime in and advise 'get a lawyer.' Specifically get a lawyer specializing in intellectual property and copyright law.

I didn't want to spend the money but it was worth it, and perhaps you can write it off on your taxes.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Non-Fiction
« on: December 10, 2012, 08:13:21 PM »
*raising furry paw* Author of 26 nonfiction pet books here--first pub'd with Noo Yawk and then kindle-ized the backlist. Three in the siggy are original nonfiction just pub'd this year. All sell fairly well, and are steady sellers. In my experience the nonfiction commands a higher price, too. But for nonfiction to sell well, you sort of need a platform for it to do really well.

I've just ventured into fiction, but it's an extension of my "pet platform" to bring the nonfiction dog/cat audience over. *shrug*

I agree with both. I have to work on the platform part, meaning that I have to update my websites.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Non-Fiction
« on: December 10, 2012, 07:19:40 PM »
The fact that you're asking about non fiction is an encouraging sign to me. This is my second year hanging around the cafe and there has been more people expressing an interest in non fiction. I hope to see many more of us.

I think most of us here in non fiction are serving a niche audience. Not niche necessarily in terms of size but in terms of a focused audience. I'm in the how to/educational category and might go into fiction one day. In terms of sales, I'm guilty of not marketing but I usually have a few sales each month without doing anything. Then there will be months of nothing and then it will pick back up again. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: E-Junkie
« on: October 19, 2012, 09:59:58 PM »
I sold a few pdf copies of a book, as an affiliate of the original author via ejunkie. It seemed to work well at the time. If I ever sell direct from my website I do have them on my possibilities list.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thoughts on Kobo Writing Life?
« on: October 07, 2012, 06:42:02 PM »
PS:  I actually noticed and wondered why there was random junk in the URL when I copied it.  But I proceeded because it never occurred to me that even Kobo could possibly be shortsighted enough to change the random junk willy-nilly and break the links.  As I adjust my expectations downward and you adjust your performance upward, I hope we can meet in the middle and be pals.  I wish you well and I appreciate the laughs if not the extra work.  (Oh, and third try was the charm on the monthly statement, eh?  See, persistence pays off!  Now please go persist on cobbling together a search engine before it is time to worry about monthly statements again.) 

I really expected Kobo to have a better setup. They had time to review the platforms of the competition and come up with something if not better at least equal.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thoughts on Kobo Writing Life?
« on: October 02, 2012, 09:02:38 PM »
A work in progress...

Sent me a sales report last week that was for someone else. Sent me an email yesterday acknowledging the mistake.

There are several things wrong with her piece.

She says that three months prior to publication, the publisher called her to talk about how to coordinate efforts.  She immediately asked them what they were going to do?  I'm curious as to what she was doing up to that point.  Did she expect the publisher to do everything for her?  That's a joke and any informed, educated writer knows that they are going to have to some pretty heavy lifting in the way of marketing unless you're an established bestseller.  And even then - you're expected to participate.

Actually, no. They way you have characterized the author/publisher interaction is not what is written in the blog post. They gave her a list of things to do for marketing and she in turn asked them what they would be doing. I find this reasonable. Part of the reason for signing with a publisher is for them to provide help with marketing.

Three months before the publication date, the PR department called me up to “coordinate our efforts.” But really, their call was just about giving me a list of what I was going to do to publicize the book. I asked them what they were going to do. They had no idea. Seriously. They did not have a written plan, or any list, and when I pushed one of the people on this first call to give me examples of what the publishers would do to promote my book, she said “newsgroups.”

Writers' Cafe / Re: JPEG Files
« on: July 09, 2012, 09:22:29 AM »
AFAIK, You don't upload JPEG to Amazon unless it's a cover image.

This can be done just like any other book. If you're using Word, create a regular Word manuscript and insert the pictures into the manuscript (probably as many that can fit on the page with space for your text) then convert the Word file into a format Amazon understands. You could use mobi pocket creator to create a .mobi file.

Perhaps there is something going on. I was surprised to see a sale in Pubit. The last time I sold there was in February and then before that it was July of last year. I've pretty much given up on it because the only time I really saw any sales was when I first released in January 2011.

I don't really get a sense that you can promote to Nook ppl.

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