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Messages - Amanda M. Lee

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: Today at 11:22:54 AM »
I wrote 6K over the weekend on a new book, 9K today on the same book, and edited 9K on another book.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: My dashboard is bleeding sales
« on: Today at 08:38:43 AM »
There was a KDP forum notification saying the KU rate would not be done until after the weekend. Which makes it late, but obviously they didn't want to be doing it this particular weekend.


Edit: So it should be coming out very soon now, as the US is now in Mon business hours.
It could come out today but I wouldn't be surprised if it's later in the week for this particular month.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KU Borrowing and KDP Select?
« on: Yesterday at 03:31:00 PM »
It's been like that for years so ... it is what it is.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Where do I get the link to post in signature?
« on: Yesterday at 08:55:18 AM »
Go up to the bar, under author scroll down to author signature tool.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KB Author Signature tool
« on: Yesterday at 08:54:06 AM »
Could you give us a plain vanilla step-by-step guide on how to do this?  ::) I want to add a new non-fiction book and that will make 11 - all very different except for the two Leon books. I don't want to murder any of my children to make way for the new one  :(
There are now 20 fields in the author signature tool.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: My dashboard is bleeding sales
« on: July 14, 2018, 01:49:50 PM »
Is this because reports are coming out tomorrow? Maybe the bots, I mean the accountants, are moving end of month sales to this month?
I don't believe the reports are coming out tomorrow.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: My dashboard is bleeding sales
« on: July 14, 2018, 11:53:26 AM »
I've lost money for July, but it's all shown up on June's reports. It's weird.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: July 13, 2018, 12:49:52 PM »
8K written to finish a book, 9K edited

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: July 12, 2018, 01:26:40 PM »
9K written, 9K edited. Should finish the main writing on this one tomorrow.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: July 11, 2018, 01:18:34 PM »
9K written, 9K edited

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: July 10, 2018, 02:13:04 PM »
9K written, 9K edited

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Honestly, if they haven't responded by now, they're not going to. If you have the time, though, it certainly couldn't hurt anything.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: July 09, 2018, 02:45:23 PM »
9K written, 9K edited

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: July 06, 2018, 02:08:12 PM »
9K written, 9K edited

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: July 05, 2018, 10:42:53 AM »
9K written, 9K edited

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Speculation about Kobo and KU
« on: July 04, 2018, 02:25:01 PM »
I think you would be surprised. Look at the RWA demographics:
 
They buy print books in brick and mortar stores, and the most voracious readers are in younger demographics that don't have as much disposable income. A lot of them shop at Walmart for the prices. This is reflected in the books that Walmart stocks in its stores.
That survey doesn't mention Walmart specifically that I saw. I believe brick and mortar stores are much more likely to be Barnes & Noble, Target, etc. The three Walmarts closest to me have one shelf of books. They don't even have a whole aisle. One has a panel and the rest of the aisle is greeting cards. I simply don't think whale readers are spending a lot of time shopping at Walmart. I saw a thing where the average Walmart shopper is a 50-year-old female with a median income around 50K a year, I believe. That doesn't seem to coincide with the demographics you're providing. Target, on the other hand, has a younger demographic with more expendable income. I just don't think the name "Walmart" is associated with books, so that perception is going to have to be turned if they want to be a player.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Speculation about Kobo and KU
« on: July 04, 2018, 01:56:17 PM »

Okay, so here's the interesting thing about Walmart. They were within 5 miles of 90 some percent of the US population. Surprising as it may be, Amazon might have the online market share, but that doesn't necessarily represent the US consumer population. Kobo has the infrastructure and Walmart has the means to reach a brand new audience. Imagine a display in the middle of Walmart of heavily discounted Walmart branded Kobo reading devices. And with each purchase comes a $10 Walmart branded Kobo giftcard? And look, they even have a POS computer where you can add books to your ereader without actually having to go online.

They can potentially bring a digital market to a largely physical market.

And I don't foresee them doing any of that. And, while it may be a little stereotypical, I just don't think most people shopping at Walmart are whale readers.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Speculation about Kobo and KU
« on: July 04, 2018, 01:35:11 PM »
I think the problem is perception. I don't know a lot of people (read: any) who look at Walmart and think ... books! They look at Walmart and think "I need a new box fan for the window and I need it now and oh, look, there's a new video game and ... hey ... cheap flip-flops for five bucks." To compete, Walmart needs to draw in readers. I don't think they're going to have an easy time doing it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: July 04, 2018, 08:46:02 AM »
9K written and edited yesterday, 9K written and edited today

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Novellas versus novels
« on: July 03, 2018, 07:31:13 AM »
If you want numbers, my 30K novellas have made $204,399. There are 15 of them. In the exact same series, my full-length books have made $1,301,328 over 12 books. The novels stay higher in the rankings and sell better over the long haul. Now, I'm sure some people like novellas. I've found more readers like full novels, though, and they're extremely vocal about it. While you can make good money selling novellas, I'm pretty sure, in almost every case (notice I said almost), you will make more money selling novels.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What do new writers obsess about but shouldn't?
« on: July 03, 2018, 05:39:45 AM »
Reviews. The obsession over reviews makes me want to scream. There is no magic number for Amazon to start recommending your book. Let that myth die.
Sales numbers. Don't sit there and refresh your dashboard 500 times a day. Write the next book. You're wasting time.
Third-party sellers have my book. No, Amazon isn't ripping you off. Those sellers will buy the book from you should it actually sell. There is no vast conspiracy.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Novellas versus novels
« on: July 03, 2018, 05:13:24 AM »
You've already pretty much said what you want to hear so, does it really matter? You've phrased things in such a way that's it's essentially novellas or bust. Still, as someone that's sold more than two million books now, has written multiple novellas and novels, let me just say: The novels sell way better and the readers vastly prefer novels. I don't foresee that changing anytime soon.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: July 02, 2018, 10:58:14 AM »
I kind of lost track of what got finished between Friday and Sunday. Either way, I did 8K today to finish a book and 9K edited. I start a new one tomorrow.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thousand Words a Day Club 2018
« on: June 26, 2018, 01:25:55 PM »
9K written, 5K edited to finish a book and send it off to the editor.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Why am I still getting KDP Select Page Reads?
« on: June 25, 2018, 08:03:16 PM »
People don't have your books yanked from them after you withdraw. They keep them until they're done.

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