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Writers' Cafe / Re: Author Reboot - Advice Requested
« on: Yesterday at 02:09:36 PM »
I'd say new name, have book 2 on pre-order at least, market to both but focus on the bigger market which is sci-fi. (Might be worth reading the Nebula presentation Data Guy just did that talks about relative market sizes within sci-fi and fantasy to see why I'm saying that.)

Writers' Cafe / Re: A New AMS Thread
« on: Yesterday at 12:23:18 PM »
Interesting. Must've started after May 22, because I started three new SP ads that day and all are showing data.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A New AMS Thread
« on: May 23, 2018, 02:47:55 PM »
Cassie: KDP Rocket scrapes your also-boughts...

Ah, good to know.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A New AMS Thread
« on: May 23, 2018, 11:47:10 AM »
Has anyone seen software that can (preferably easily) be used to download lists from Goodreads and/or

You might want to start a new thread and ask this question so those who don't come here can see it, too. I'd love a little tool that mines my book's also boughts for me...

Writers' Cafe / Re: Going wide with romances?
« on: May 23, 2018, 11:44:19 AM »
Can I do this if I list the books through D2D?

No. You need to be direct with them.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Going wide with romances?
« on: May 22, 2018, 07:31:54 PM »
Go direct with Kobo and apply for their promos.

Writers' Cafe / Re: ACX Romance Package Payouts for 1Q2018
« on: May 22, 2018, 04:55:09 PM »
For anyone who wants to remove their titles they now have an FAQ about it:

Basically just gives a contact email. Also, I heard back that the bonus should be spread across all of my titles not just the one they listed in the report.

Writers' Cafe / Re: ACX Romance Package Payouts for 1Q2018
« on: May 22, 2018, 12:15:34 PM »
No bonus for me :/

I made about 50 cents per listen and it seems to have hurt both my audio and ebook sales on coordinated books.

I have no idea how they determined the bonus payout. Last quarter I had no minutes and got a bonus. This quarter I had four titles with listens out of ten that are in the program and got a bonus on one that wasn't even the most listened to. I wrote to ask for some sort of explanation on that one.

Writers' Cafe / Re: ACX Romance Package Payouts for 1Q2018
« on: May 22, 2018, 12:14:17 PM »
I've tried to be let out of the program five times and turned down each time.

Weird. About half a dozen of the folks in the Marie Force group said they were let out.

Writers' Cafe / ACX Romance Package Payouts for 1Q2018
« on: May 22, 2018, 11:14:11 AM »
Just got my payout for the quarter for the program. Looks like about 10 cents per 100 minutes listened to. They did another early adopter bonus that's more than the payout for the actual minutes listened to by about 10x for me but not as much as they paid out last quarter. (Also mine only seemed to apply to one of my titles even though four of them had minutes listened to and one had more minutes listened to than the one that had the early adopter bonus.)

I'm also hearing word that people who requested to be let out of the program have been.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP dashboard working?
« on: May 21, 2018, 04:50:19 PM »
My Author central dashboard has been out off and on all day today. Maybe they're doing some background maintenance?

Or Book Report broke it again...

It's Amazon. They like new and shiny. They favor new releases and books that have never before been advertised using AMS.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP dashboard working?
« on: May 21, 2018, 01:32:03 PM »
I had 500 KU pages show up for a 40 page story.  I've contacted Amazon twice (do not need bot issues) and they say they're real KU pages...but no change in ranking in over a week.

ETA: I'll be wide with everything in another six weeks.

That's the default number of pages they assign to a title that hasn't had a KENP assigned yet. Very early on (right after KU 2.0) I had a short story that's only about 35 KENP now show with 500 pages. And they paid me for them. So maybe that's just one borrow at a point before the title had KENP assigned to it?

Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP dashboard working?
« on: May 21, 2018, 12:34:15 PM »
If you're in KU the rank jumps when the book is borrowed but page reads only show up when the book is read. That could be a year from now. But give it a few days and you'll probably see some page reads register.

I was under the impression that AMS ads were only available to authors in the US.

Pretty sure that's not true. Authors who access AMS through their KDP account can only run them on the US store, but I believe they're open to everyone with a KDP account. Try signing up here using the last option listed:

What Mark said. Just don't enable any of the distribution channels. You should still be able to order author copies.

I'm not sure how good their curation is. I got a recommendation email from them yesterday with all kinds of AMS titles listed, including two with almost identical covers and titles sitting side by side that were released twelve days apart and where the author on the second one couldn't even spell their name right.

Writers' Cafe / Re: book ads displayed on amazon
« on: May 19, 2018, 08:57:37 AM »
Usually the books i see down there are books that were in an author's signature line in the forum post I was just reading. I can't tell you why the number varies, though.

As someone with a background in compliance monitoring systems, I can think of about a dozen ways they could approach this more effectively. But clearly there isn't the will to do so.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Getting personal
« on: May 17, 2018, 05:00:56 PM »
I would let your readers know if that's what you want to do. There was a romance author last year who I followed on Twitter whose husband died very suddenly and she talked about it on Twitter and FB because she couldn't not talk about it. Some people go inward when things like this happen, in which case the "hey, life guys, I gotta take a break" explanation is fine, but some go outward, in which case share what you want about what happened and how you are. Those who want will reach out to you and you'll have community to help support you through this. I don't think anyone will see it as some sort of cynical ploy to get sales.

And, this is an odd offer to make, but a writer friend of mine went through a situation a few years back where she was separated from her husband and he got a terminal cancer diagnosis and she ended up caring for him during the last little bit. If you want to talk to her, I can put you in touch. It sounds bizarre, but going through something like this means that sometimes you have to expand your circle to find people who "get it" and can understand what you're feeling right now. (PM if you want her info.)

Also, so sorry this happened to you. Give yourself the time you need to work through it and know it isn't always a straight path and that's okay.

Writers' Cafe / Re: AMS ads on books 2,3... in a series
« on: May 17, 2018, 11:11:42 AM »
I've advertised books 2 and 3 in a trilogy with the assumption that when people click on the cover for one of them that they'll go buy book 1. I've also advertised a standalone romance with a new couple that had a prior book that could be read first. I treat those ads just like I would any other ad. The trilogy books had a lower conversion rate but were still profitable. The standalone romance was more successful than the first book when I ran AMS on it because of a difference in subject matter.

My reason for running books 2 and 3 in the trilogy were that I'd been running book 1 for a while at that point and figured a new cover might draw in new readers. My 3rd cover is the strongest one in that series IMO.

I'm not doubting you in the least but using the TCK sales calculator, 150,000 translates into one sale or borrow a day. I know that's a guess, but it aligns with my personal experience fairly well.

I experimented with a book at $4.99 with a KENP of 777, so either a sale or full-read borrow brought in the same revenue. Theoretically, if it ranked at #150,000, it would earn $104 a month, so three of them ranked the same would bring in $314. A book with a more average length of 350 KENP at $2.99 would earn about $55 a month, so three books ranked at 150,000 would earn about $164. Thirty books would total $19,600 yearly. That's still very respectable for backlist books. Those thirty books would need an average rank of 50,000 to earn $100,000 a year.

The series I referenced is wide and also sells better in the UK than US. You don't see the full picture when you focus on Amazon US rank.

A book ranking at 150,000 or higher isn't earning much.

I have a trilogy ranking around there or even a little higher in the Amazon US store that made $500 last month. Times that by 10 for thirty titles and that's $5,000 per month on backlist. Add in one strong new series running at the same time and $100K in revenue seems possible even with "bad" ranks on most of the titles. It's when the books are in the millions that they're really not earning anything. And, of course, that assumes that U.S. Amazon ebook store is where earnings are coming from, which is not true of all titles.

Writers' Cafe / Re: ACX Royalties?
« on: May 16, 2018, 08:51:23 AM »
That really depends on the length of the title (since audio on ACX is priced based on length) and then on what type of sales you're getting: straight buys, Whispersync, user credit.

To get into YA instead of Children's you need to use an age range:

Want to list your book in the Children's or Teen & Young Adult categories on,, or If so, you must choose at least one Juvenile Category (BISAC Subject Code). For Children's categories, you'll also need to set the minimum recommended reading age to 0 – 11 years old.

For Teen & Young Adult categories on and, set the minimum recommended reading age to 13 – 17 years old. For, set the minimum recommended reading age to 12 – 15 years. On and, titles with a Juvenile Category and a minimum recommended age of 12 may be categorized in Children’s or Teens. This depends on other information about the book. Keep in mind that an independent category will show for,,, and

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