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Writers' Cafe / Re: Mailerlite Glitch
« on: Yesterday at 03:04:49 PM »
I got the same message from them when I contacted them, and that was hours ago. I told them I needed to send out my new release newsletter today and they said sorry. Even though some of my groups say they are larger, I can only send to three people.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Mailerlite Glitch
« on: Yesterday at 02:07:04 PM »
Yes, this is the indexing but you can work around it. When you select your subscribers, you can head to groups and check all of them and it will blast it out to everyone that way :)
I can get to about half of my list that way, but one of my groups is missing thousands of members. (It says I have two.) I guess one list would be better than none, though. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Can you do an audiobook for a permafree book?
« on: Yesterday at 10:36:30 AM »
I'm no expert on either topic, but I've been looking into audiobooks myself. Since the royalty split is based on your audiobook and not the ebook, I don't see why it would matter to the narrator. And then there's the option where you pay the narrator per production hour, so again, it shouldn't matter on the price. Best of luck!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Mailerlite Glitch
« on: Yesterday at 09:17:59 AM »
I have the same problem and also have a new release today. It would've been great for Mailerlite to let us know about this ahead of time!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: A couple of questions on setting up KDP preorder
« on: July 11, 2018, 08:23:43 AM »
You should get emails from Amazon as the date approaches, too, as a reminder to get your final manuscript in. I find those to be very helpful.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Quick (I promise!) AMS ad question
« on: July 11, 2018, 08:20:00 AM »
I always keep mine running because I figure if I'm willing to pay for other promo sites at that time, I should be willing to pay for AMS, too. I usually run more than one promo site ad at a time, though, so it's already hard to tell what downloads are coming from where. Also, I'm afraid if I mess with my AMS ads too much, the ones that are working will stop working.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Automated Ad Submission Software
« on: July 08, 2018, 06:42:25 PM »
I've been using KDROI for a few years, and I like it. I also submit to other sites, but it makes it simple to submit to about 30 sites all at once. Of those 30, usually only 3 or so will pick up my book for the promo because I'm not paying them, but you do usually get an email from them that tells you how to guarantee your submission as well, so you can always do that and pay for a spot. It makes it a lot faster to hit a bunch of sites at once without filling out all of the forms. I then always submit to five or six other sites myself, some that aren't part of KDROI. I feel like KDROI paid for itself over the years, though, in the three or four sites that pick up my listing every time without charging me.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP author copies
« on: July 07, 2018, 10:42:07 PM »
I think the KDP copies have 'Proof Copy' or some similar text on the cover, but I am not absolutely sure. Can anyone confirm or refute that?
Mine don't. I think there are proof copies available through KDP and Author copies. Mine look just like the ones a customer would buy.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP author copies
« on: July 07, 2018, 08:30:22 PM »
Since you all are on the topic. How do you price your print books? Does KDP give you a print cost as a base? I'm about to make my first venture into print soon and am wondering about price point.

Yes, KDP tells you a minimum amount it has to be. I usually price according to the length of the book after that. You can plug different numbers in to see how much you'll get at different price points.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP author copies
« on: July 07, 2018, 03:05:47 PM »
I have ordered author copies from KDP and CS, and I think the KDP ones are a little bit cheaper, though I haven't compared prices. As to the second part of your question, when you go to publish the paperback in KDP, it asks you if it is already published in CS. If the answer is yes, you are required to plug in some information from CS, and then it will revert everything from the CS version to the KDP version. Hope that makes sense.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: New books not appearing on Amazon US store
« on: June 29, 2018, 08:49:18 AM »
I edited the book and it's now publishing :::::::fingers crossed::::::

Edited at 9:05--- IT'S UP!!!  Thank you!!!

Yay!!! Glad that worked for you!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: New books not appearing on Amazon US store
« on: June 28, 2018, 11:46:42 AM »
I had this happen with a pre-order a couple of weeks ago. A couple of days after it was allegedly live but impossible to find, I went in and updated the file and it showed up a few hours later. There was nothing wrong with the file, and it didn't need updated, but that seemed to jar something loose on their end.

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Book Raid does a pay after the promo, though I think they require your credit card info up front. It's also pay per click with a max of $20. I usually use them when I have a free or 99 cent promo running on Amazon.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: removing five-star reviews
« on: June 08, 2018, 06:40:22 PM »
I lost two yesterday, one earlier in the week. It happens sometimes. Once in a while they come back. I don't know that objecting would do any good, but if you try it, best of luck!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Clean or Sweet Romance Rules
« on: May 30, 2018, 06:11:17 AM »
Just to clarify, my series happens to be both clean and Christian. I wasn't implying that a clean romance also had to be a Christian romance. I know there are clean romances that are not Christian.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Clean or Sweet Romance Rules
« on: May 30, 2018, 05:47:04 AM »
I started writing a clean/Christian romance series right around the time Hallmark announced they were looking for books to turn into movies last year, so I went by their guidelines (I haven't submitted anything to them, though). They said basically a kiss at the end is all they want physically. No harsh language or anything either. Not sure if all clean romance is like that, but I figured Hallmark probably knew what they were talking about, so I stuck to that. 

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Zon IV: The Quest for Metrics
« on: May 25, 2018, 08:05:23 PM »
There are a few. The one I think most people use is this one (maybe):
https://kindlepreneur.com/amazon-kdp-sales-rank-calculator/

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do Amazon Ever Remove Reviews?
« on: May 21, 2018, 03:46:20 PM »
I second it doesn't hurt to ask! I had them remove one once for a similar reason. Good luck!

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The only prequel I have is numbered as book 0 on Amazon. I originally had it numbered as book 1 but decided to change it when I saw someone else on KBoards mention that his prequel is numbered as book 0. I think it's less confusing for readers because they know they can start with reading my book 1 (since that's what I wrote first) but they could also start with book 0. When the book I wrote first was numbered book 2, people didn't know they could skip the prequel. Now, people usually read book 1 first and then go back to book 0.
I did not unpublish anything, only changed the covers to reflect the new numbers and updated through the KDP dashboard.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing Two Series at Once
« on: May 04, 2018, 05:53:54 PM »
I also rotate between my series. I publish fairly quickly so readers aren't waiting too long for the next book in any given series even if I've written a book in a different series in-between. It also keeps me from getting bored working on one series for too long at any given time.

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If you haven't read through the large threads here about AMS, you might look through there. There's a wealth of information to be gleaned from those threads.
The only way AMS ads can get you into Also Boughts is if they work, and someone buys your book (as far as I know). AMS ads are designed to get you into things like Sponsored Products on pages related to your book, or so that you will show up in searches people do utilizing the keywords you've bid on. This is my understanding, anyway, and I've been using AMS ads for a while now.
Some authors who have big publishers can get reviews on their books ahead of time. Some of them have very large ARC teams so they can launch with lots of reviews and lots of preorders. We can't do the review part (unless you publish your print book first and have the reviews posted there and then they link) but you can get ARC readers and have them post early reviews once the book is live.
I think 60-70% isn't a bad ACOS. You are making money, which is better than losing it. Keep in mind that doesn't reflect page reads if you're in KU, nor does it reflect sell through to other books in your series or your backlist. I am willing to take a loss on my ACOS for my first in series to a degree because I know I'll make that money up on sell through.
I launched a book this week and had a promo stack set up while the book was on preorder so that I could try to get a good ranking upon release and keep my book visible. I think the sooner you can advertise the better. You don't want your rank to tank and have to try and fight your way back up. When books are new, it seems like it is easier for them to gain some traction and stay visible until they hit that first 30 day cliff and then the battle begins again.
I can't really help with the marketing part of your question. Most of what I've learned about marketing I've learned here, and I am still a little prawn. Hopefully, some other people will answer that part of your question.
I think the most important thing is to keep trying new things and see what works and what doesn't. The market is constantly changing, and what works for one book today might not work again tomorrow or might not work for your next book. Keep writing, keep plugging away, and hopefully, something will take off.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: AMS Product Display Ad in Review 1.5 Weeks
« on: May 04, 2018, 10:18:23 AM »
I don't think so. I had one take three days this week, and I think that's the longest it's ever taken. Maybe copy it and try again??

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Writers' Cafe / Re: ARC Teams
« on: May 04, 2018, 10:17:21 AM »
Thanks for sharing!

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I do. It's hard enough for me to keep myself/my pen name straight.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Two different questions ??
« on: April 28, 2018, 02:28:16 PM »
Did you have much luck getting reviews when it was all said and done?  Thanks for the kind words about the cover.  Hope you enjoy the read!

I haven't had much luck with reviews. I have 6. I even signed up for Ram's ARC service when it was free in March. I have noticed that most of my new releases are not getting the same kind of reviews I used to get. Not sure what's going on....
I'm sure I'll enjoy it. Thanks!

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