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Writers' Cafe / Re: KU: Why is it so difficult to say goodbye?
« on: July 16, 2018, 05:33:20 AM »
Check that the box is unticked. I've heard a few people say they unticked, and it ended up ticked again.

I've always had books come out of Select at the very end of the day after they came out.

Oh yeah. I unchecked my box, looked a week later and the KU fairy had it checked again. Have a look see.  On the other hand, you could have unclicked it right after it was coming out of KU. I noticed that the date of its termination is a day off in two different places on my KDP dashboard depending on where I looked. Otherwise, email them.

Writers' Cafe / Re: International Book Bub Tomorrow (7/7)
« on: July 07, 2018, 07:49:08 AM »
Will do, Salvador.  Which book of yours is being featured on the 12th?

Lunar Discovery.  It is also part of the Amazon UK Seasonal Sale through the end of August so it's receiving a small amount of Zon Algo Love.  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: International Book Bub Tomorrow (7/7)
« on: July 06, 2018, 04:00:45 PM »
I'm in the US, but I thought I'd pile on with my International BookBub on July 12th in the Science Fiction subcategory. Do post on how yours went. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: BookBub - international v all
« on: June 22, 2018, 11:27:44 AM »
Yes, you'll have to change the pricing for Canada, India and Australia. A KCD won't do it for any market place other than US and UK so any KCD deal would only work (paid or free) with a KU title in the US only.  Also, if you change the price to less than $2.99 for international, Amazon will force all your royalties to be paid at the base 35% rate, even if priced at say $2.99 to $9.99 in the US.  Best to be prepared as the pricing models aren't as straight forward when working multiple market places and using in house Zon promotions.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A Prawny success
« on: June 22, 2018, 10:09:30 AM »
I'm still a prawn, larger than I was the first couple of years, so congrats and these prawny moments should always be celebrated!  Can't wait to see you hit 100.  I've only had one of my eleven books do that and I celebrated despite its 4.1 rating. ;)

Writers' Cafe / Re: BookBub - international v all
« on: June 22, 2018, 10:00:28 AM »
International is UK, Canada, Australia, and India.  ALL includes those market places and the US and costs quite a bit more.  Also, Kobo for example, primarily sells in Canada so if you're wide then the international featured deal will get you a lot of sales on that platform as compared to the US only.  You can actually filter their "averages" on their pricing page here: so hit the "Select Regions" arrow and select one of the three options (ALL, UNITED STATES, INTERNATIONAL).

I can't speak to genre, but last October my International featured deal did well selling about 750 copies vs the average of 450 and most importantly, in the Amazon UK store for some reason, it had a very long tail.  It went from no reviews to 19 and my next two books in that series are at 9 and 10 respectively which is good for the UK store compared to the US store.  Without all the scam bots in that market, my first in series had stayed in the top 100 of two major categories (Technothrillers and Hard Science Fiction) for over six months and only recently started to bounce in and out of the category.  Another side effect was it got the attention of someone at Amazon in their marketing department and along with many others here, I was selected to be in the Amazon UK Seasonal Sale.  Final bonus was being accepted for another International featured deal today that will run a week after Amazon discounts my book.

So my personal experience has been that there is no such thing as a bad BookBub even though a few authors have felt disappointed in their featured deals.  With genre, book, marketplace, and retailer, I would guess that your experience(s) could be vastly differently than anyone of us.  The ROI however, is at least break even to several hundred percent of the cost.  I'd go for it if you have the opportunity, you'll never know where your book might stick and help you find a new market and audience.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Everything remains broken
« on: June 21, 2018, 03:07:44 PM »
Is Amazon still price matching at other retailers?  Is the price discounted somewhere else or is it only on Amazon?  I noticed Amazon won't raise the price first if the other retailers are lower.  Either way sounds broken...  We should be able to price where and at what we want.

...I got the same Season Deal for the UK with the same dates. Doesn't sound like it's going to blow the doors off anything, but I'm curious to see what happens, anyway.


Ditto here.  I got the same season deal and dates.  Only my first in series was invited and IIR they asked per book, so the OP could have checked yes for the series lead and no for the other book.  My email also mentioned "last minute changes" so maybe they are used to receiving cancellations?

I type directly into this little box on Kboards and have never had this problem before. Not sure why so many are cutting and pasting. :)

Yes, but I don't think I'd write with my name in too many genres.  Sci-Fi and Fantasy are close enough and since my Sci-Fi are categorized as Techno-thrillers too, I'll stick to my name for those when I start writing them later this year.  Don't know for sure if I'd try a fourth genre, three is enough for me as they're my favorites I feel comfortable writing in those.

Gotta chime in on my own UK experience. I'm US based, went wide and got both an International BookBub and a US BookBub for my Sci-Fi/Techno-Thriller. My Amazon UK sales went from like 2% of my Amazon revenue to nearly 40%.  My book is about a space race between the US, Russia, and China.  Other than the fact that I throw the term "Bloody Hell" around a lot, I've noticed that the small microcosm known as the Zon-UK seemed to help my book since I am showing up in some popular A/B's as well as in the top 100 for the Techno-Thriller sub category.  That stickiness has been going on since last October.  I think the market has more to do with the algos, A/B's and pop/bestseller lists than the fact that one indie is British and another is a Yank.  The same book in the US struggles to reach five digit ranking territory despite me being the aforetomentioned Yank.  ;)

Just my two cents, but it was a pleasant, though unexpected surprise, when it happened to me.  To the OP, I'd look closer at your A/B's to start and go from there.

20.   Continue writing. Book three should be done sometime in the next few months, right?
21.   Nah. Start a sci-fi project. That'll be fun.
23.   Oops, you forgot you needed to finish the fantasy series you started

One look at my signature books and you'll know this rang true for me.  Great read, I enjoyed all ten of your steps.  Now off to finish my two fantasy series, one of which I thought I had finished but readers let me know that I was wrong.  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Making a living... Everyone is different
« on: March 29, 2018, 10:39:39 AM »
I missed this thread last year. Was busy with the day job and my family. I read every post and it was a real eye opener. I draw a lot of inspiration from those of you who find a certain satisfaction in your own level, or measure, of success and not what others define for the industry as a whole.  I've also noticed some wonderful pieces of advice buried here and plan to employ them forthwith. My own earnings chart is like a roller coaster, but I can at least point to each high and low with a degree of certainty and know the cause of each.  For now, while any financial compensation is wonderful, I'm most moved by feedback from readers who love the stories I tell. Can't put a price tag on that.

Writers' Cafe / Re: My prawny attempt to hit #1 in my categories
« on: March 29, 2018, 09:06:27 AM »
Good luck! :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: My prawny attempt to hit #1 in my categories
« on: March 25, 2018, 09:05:17 AM »
You should do very well on the 29th.  How did yesterday go for you?

Writers' Cafe / Re: trad publishing called and I picked up the phone
« on: March 22, 2018, 02:46:37 PM »
Congrats, Gene!

Wishing you a million sales, and not because my book is second on your AB list...  ;D

Writers' Cafe / Re: I bought a Kboards ad and haven't heard back
« on: March 16, 2018, 11:37:36 AM »

I reported it to the mods, hopefully they will have someone look into it for you soon.  Good luck.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Opting out of KDP Select to try for a BookBub
« on: February 25, 2018, 05:24:33 PM »
Yes, Bill. I'm glad you caught my mistake. I just want to opt out of KDP Select because I read that chances are slim of getting a BookBub if your novel is in KDP Select. Do you find that to be true? I did see one KDP Select author in my BookBub newsletter this morning. Book priced at 99 cents and in KU. But do you feel it is wise to opt out of Select and go wide to increase chances of a BookBub?

I want to add some data for my fellow indies which doesn't mean my experience will translate into something for you, but it should help with facts. First, after twenty five rejections over two years I went wide with my series in the Sci-Fi genre and three days later received my first selection for an International Featured Deal. Two months after that I managed the US only to complement it. It was 99 cent paid deal down from $3.99 and it was wide on all five major retailers that BookBub markets to.

This. Chances that you're accepted are less than 5%, if that.

Yes, you do have a bigger chance when you're not in Select, but first make sure your cover, formatting, editing and other presentation is absolutely top notch. If anyone tells you that you need x reviews of y average, this is BS, but editorial reviews and cover blurbs from well-known authors can help, but are not necessary.

Two months after my US deal, I received six rejections in the fantasy genre for paid/99 cents and free on three of my five books. I just skipped the other two and offered up my newly created boxed set which has zero reviews across all retailers and it was accepted for next month. While the individual books share about 170+ reviews, they took the set at 99 cents down from $9.99.

In your opinion, would going with an aggregator like D2D lessen your chances versus publishing at each outlet separately?

I'm using D2D for B&N and iBooks and had no problem obtaining a featured deal so I don't think this is a factor.

I've been watching a few genres regularly and the two that I am in, Science Fiction and Fantasy, are much harder to be selected for a featured deal than say Action Adventure and Horror. Crime Fiction is another one that accepts quite a few Select titles. I think it depends on the genre, quality of the product, and author/publisher more or less in that order.  The takeaway I have with it is if you go wide for only this reason then you best have a plan if/when the Bub continues the rejections. My plan was that my wide Sci-Fi set would go perma 99 cents and my wide fantasy would go permafree. My third series with much longer books (Epic Fantasy genre) stayed in KU.  Again, key is to have some kind of plan and the willingness to learn other platforms, retailers, and markets.

As others have said, it is damn difficult to obtain a featured deal, though Wayne Stinnett is a legend in my mind on obtaining them especially considering that he is exclusive to Amazon, though the quality of his work speaks for itself.

Good luck and you should really come back here and post an update if you go wide and share your experience(s).

Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone interested in BookBub from a nobody?
« on: February 24, 2018, 04:36:09 PM »
Saw your book today. Congrats and hope you have a long and successful tail from it. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Okay Bookbub ad sleuths ....
« on: February 24, 2018, 10:36:54 AM »
I'm going to guess that it's a coincidence that at the exact time you changed, several other authors started mass promotions and outbid you. Even with a terrible looking ad you should receive impressions if not clicks. The fact that you have no impressions tells me either there's a glitch in the ad server which includes your own settings/parameters or your standard bid doesn't cut it any longer. Bid higher and see what happens. I like to work my way up in 50 cent increments each day if I'm experimenting and not needing a sales blitz for a promo.

Double check your ad settings to ensure nothing was missed by you (bid, daily budget, payment method, genre, targeting/audience, etc.) and if all good up your bid. Good luck!

Writers' Cafe / Re: First run at USA Today Bestseller List
« on: February 19, 2018, 08:40:34 AM »
Thanks Scarlett. Although I might be foiled in my attempt for the USAT right here at the start. I can only see two links on my listing...Kobo and Apple aren't on there...

Hi Virginia,

It may be your preferences in your email. On the Bookbub website both the Kobo and iBook links are there and both are 99 cents. You should be fine. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: First run at USA Today Bestseller List
« on: February 14, 2018, 01:41:13 PM »
Good luck!  So are the pre-bookbub dates being used for a ramp up to the featured deal? They won't count for the USA Today run so I'm wondering if they would be better used after the 19th so you can count their sales for the run?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Facebook targeted ad tip
« on: February 07, 2018, 01:31:24 PM »
Good to know. I keep track of that relevancy score to see if interaction is good or not and of course the frequency to see if I'm getting oversaturated. I usually run only one or two ads at a time and only scale up for a short run to support a promo at the time.  I do use a trickle ad at $5 or $10 a day to generate interest, but that's about it. I do need to spend due diligence on monitoring them though and I don't always have the time...  :)

If anyone is interested in a peak at some great interior formatting, have a gander at my Ranger Rising book's Look Inside on Amazon. Colleen did all of that and then some. Flawless, elegant, and definitely something worth investing in. She customized the map I provided and even made me my own logo for my publishing arm (You know I'm a huge, one man publishing company, LOL). When I needed a quick update, she was responsive and quick. I'll leave it at that and let the book's interior do the talking. :)

I'm wondering if it's necessary to do the pre-orders at other retailers to hit the list?  I've never tried something like this, but I've noticed that when others have, there seemed to be a pre-order period to 'gather' orders to hit 500 and be reportable on another retailer other than Amazon, or did I miss something? I think it was with boxed sets. I can't remember what Carolynn did on her run, though I think Ploof did no pre-orders on his successful run. It would be interesting to know either way.

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