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Summer YA Fantasy Free Book Fair
SIGN UP BY 06/29

Fantasy/Supernatural/Paranormal ALL Sub Genres: YA/TEEN Friendly ONLY!

This is a call for in store freebies that are published WIDE--so, not just kindle or KU.


I'm setting up three different free book fairs for this summer, feel free to join!
FREE to join!

Fantasy/Paranormal/Supernatural -- broken down below...

These are IN STORE freebie promos.
Goal = Get more eyes on our IN STORE free books to get downloads—this is NOT a list building freebie promo.

**Books must be available WIDE (so in all stores NOT just kindle/KU)
**You must have a FREE book to offer valid for the entire length of the promo. Either a standalone book 1, or free bundle of series firsts is okay. or multi author free bundles are fine too, see form links below for more.
**You must have an email list of at least 500 and be willing to share the promo


Promo #1: Summer Fantasy Adventure Free Book Fair
YA/Teen Friendly Only
Portal Fantasy / Fantasy Quest / Fantasy Adventure / Low Fantasy / Epic Fantasy

Promo #2: Sweet Summer Supernatural Romance Reads
MUST be YA/Teen Friendly
Paranormal/Supernatural/Fantasy with Romantic Themes-- minimal to no bad language, kissing is fine, and any sexy shenanigans must be behind closed doors.

Promo #3: Sizzling Summer Supernatural Romance Reads
Paranormal/Supernatural/Fantasy with Strong Romantic Themes that INCLUDE Adult Content (dirty mouths and/or sex on the page) – sorry, no erotica for this one as it's just not the right audience.

A new bookfunnel list building promo for those who write supernatural/paranormal/fantasy romance with a beach/ocean/coastal/island/lake/water setting for our summer themed HEXED ON THE BEACH giveaway. All sub genres accepted.

**YA welcome to join, but please note there will most likely be adult titles and suggestive covers in the mix.

If you're on bookfunnel and have a book that fits, come join us!


Hello All!
There's just a few days until this promo starts!

If you have a first in series or story intro on bookfunnel, and write YA friendly portal fantasy, please join us:

Do you write YA friendly portal fantasy along the lines of Alice in Wonderland, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Neverending Story, The Wizard of Oz, A Wrinkle in Time? Please join us!

-- For first in series freebies (or prequels/introductions to your series--full story)
-- You will need to share this with your email list/social media accounts at least one time during the promo.
-- Romance subplots are fine as long as they are YA friendly.
-- A day or so before the start date I'll send along an update with some posters and promo materials for easy sharing.

Feel free to share this with other authors you think are a good fit.

Writers' Cafe / KDP Print--Merging/Pulling from Createspace Option
« on: May 24, 2018, 01:12:20 PM »
Createspace lifespan--the big unknown...

So I've been reading through various posts here and other places trying to decide what to do with my paperbacks. I've just gotten out of KU and am going wide and while I'm at it, I've got a big list of paperback updates I've been putting off but really need to get done.

Currently, I'm all in with my paperbacks via createspace.
I'm seeing that KDP print now has the option to pull my book(s) from createspace and merge it to KDP print, but I'm nervous to hit submit as once it's done, the title is removed from createspace so there's no going back if it turns into a nightmare.

I'm not seeing lots of posts about people trying out this method and if they're liking it or loathing it, so before I go for it I wanted to get some opinions on whether I should use the merger/pull from createspace option.... OR, just go with a fresh new start via KDP print and manually remove my createspace versions from amazon.... OR, just leave all my stuff in createspace (including around 10 new titles I need to publish) and wait until that day comes when they decide to close up and we HAVE to move things.

Basically, I really don't want to go through all this work only to find out I need to publish some other way a few months from now, and wondering since I need to do all these updates and publish these new titles, if I shouldn't just add in get out of createspace while I'm at it, and maybe save some time down the road.

I haven't seen anyone talking about having problems, but I'm getting curious and irritated now because I cannot get amazon to price match, and it's not the usual messages from them. Someone in another group I'm in and had heard they were doing away with price matching perma frees, but I've heard no such thing.

About 4 weeks ago I got out of KU and returned wide. I have a few different series and decided for the summer to have some permafrees for promoting. So I did the usual of emailing via KDP with the info to request the price match to free, and all I keep getting from them since is, sorry, we need more time to investigate this further, emails. Each time delaying the next response for 3-5 more days.

A couple of the books had price matched, I think just through the automated system, not because they'd done it as it was not all Zon markets, just a couple. But then a day or so later those had reverted back to paid. And then a day later, free again, and then paid again, and now, a couple free again in some international markets.

Oddly, the very first series and book 1 perma free was matched within hours of sending the request ans has been fine since. It was like, record speed from when I sent in the request to matching in the store. But my others started out with, we need 3-5 days to research, and then at the end of those days I keep getting we need more time messages...

So, anyway... is this happening to anyone else? I feel like I've gotten stuck in some wacky twilight zone loop and I've already had to cancel a promo I thought I'd given plenty of time for as this is going on weeks now and I'm starting to wonder if they're ever going to price match or if I need to rethink my summer promos.

**Also, I'm posting this while it's in my head, but will be away from my computer until this afternoon so I'll respond to comments/questions later today  ;D

Currently accepting authors of witchy romance fiction to join this bookfunnel list building promo.
Deadline to join: 05/13/2018
It can be a clean read, or adult content, but no erotica please.
Main story must have something to do with witches, and have some sort of romance element.
Sorry, please no shifters seeking mates in this one...

Full Info and Join Here:


I don't know how many non-fic writers hang out here, or use bookfunnel, but if you've got a free book or sample chapters you'd like to share there's a non-fic list building campaign on bookfunnel. The last date to sign up is May 11th. The promo starts May 14th and ends May 31st.

The focus is on cooking, diet, health, and nutrition. If you'd like to check it out or join:

Feel free to share with any authors who might like to join.

Cross promo opportunity runs April 9th-30th, 2018 on bookfunnel.

I picked the bookfunnel genres closest possible, but this is for first in series freebies (or prequels/introductions to your series--full story) in the supernatural/paranormal mystery, thriller, and suspense genres with a focus on episodic type series where the story continues and builds with each new book—so, things like cliffhangers or unanswered questions that carry over to the next book, ensemble casts, serials, seasons--basically, your series MUST be read in order... this promo is NOT for series where the books can be read in any order.

YA or adult accepted.
Any sub genre is fine.
Romance or non-romance are both accepted.



Original Post:
I recently did a survey of my own readers asking them what things they wish were easier to find when it came to searching for new books. One of the top answers was finding completed fiction series, and completed fiction series box sets. So, I started collecting these from author friends and sharing them with my readers. They really liked this and want more. So now, I'm creating two blogs dedicated just to completed fiction series.

I'm building an email list, already have a facebook group and other pages started for sharing.
But currently I'm trying to build the series lists.

In the near future there will be a weekly digest and the plan is to rotate new and old postings.
Plus, when you fill out the form to add your completed series, you can include genre, sub genres, and tags, so when I make a post it will auto file into the right labels/categories (you can see some examples on current books posted in the sidebar) to help readers easily find what they are looking for. Things like WIDE versus KU, Content Rating, and Genres....

If you'd like to add your completed series to the site, I've set up google forms--CLOSED FOR NOW I'll reopen soon!
This is FREE! But to be upfront, and this is noted on the forms as well, I do use amazon associates for linking to books on amazon. 

** All fiction genres welcome.
** All content ratings welcome.
** Both KU and Wide completed series.
** Complete series box sets are popular.

All info can be found on the FOR AUTHORS PAGE on the sites, which are still being tweaked but coming along nicely. 


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Writers' Cafe / Paper before Kindle & New Release Mojo
« on: November 04, 2017, 08:21:51 AM »
So I'm planning a big release of a few books at once with a couple more on the way right after....
Typically, in the past, I've done the release just one book at a time and focused on getting reviews after, then promo after that.

But I'm trying to change things up a little and was thinking of trying the release the paperback a few days early method, to get reviews posted, then release the kindle books and get them linked and get promo set up asap.

Being that I've never done this though, my question is, let's say I put the paperbacks up around a week or longer before and got my arc team to post reviews, then released the kindle books. Does setting up paper copies too far in advance dampen the new release mojo of the kindle versions? Or will amazon still see the kindle versions as separate new releases?

Or am I better off just releasing both versions at once, or even just release the kindle versions and get paper up after?
Just looking for advice on what works best to get the most out of my new release mojo, but I know I need a handful of reviews to get some of the promo I want too.

Writers' Cafe / Drop Method--Later in a Series?
« on: October 26, 2017, 06:38:30 AM »
I've been reading through different threads about different methods of releasing books, in planning for a new series coming in 2018, and trying to decide the newest debacle, KU or not.... blah blah blah story of our lives currently  :P

However, I still have a couple series I'm not finished with yet and have been doing some thinking as I write the last books.

The blog articles I've been seeing posted about the drop a bunch of books all at once method all seem to be a few years old now. And it seems like maybe authors are dropping 1-2 new books at once, with a 3rd-4th in the can releasing a few weeks, or month later type of schedule. And then I see groups of authors doing series together and releasing all at once or days or weeks apart.

And while all of this leads to many thoughts about upcoming new books and series, I'm wondering if there is a way to use a drop method to bring life into an older series.

Say, you've got 2-3 books out, but they were released months apart and do okay, but it never picked up steam (because you sort of dropped the ball, released badly and did little promo).

Or, you've got say 6 books out already, but still have 4-5 to go, and sales of new releases are steady but it could sure use a boost to bring new readers into the series.

Do you think there's any value in writing and releasing later books in an already established series all at once?
Do you think it might help breathe new life into a series?

And I'm wondering if I give it a go, should I set them up as a pre-order all to come out the same day (this would be amazon KU), or just let my fans know they are coming and publish and announce all at once when they go live. 

Anyone tried this?
Or does this sort of thing tend to only work with a new series? Or new pen name?

Writers' Cafe / Anyone else stuck in review on amazon?
« on: October 15, 2017, 06:50:22 AM »
Just curious if it's just me and I need to contact KDP at this point, or if it's others too. But I've been stuck in review for over 48 hours now, for simple pricing updates to three different books... all while a few others processed through within an hour or two! I'll never understand how some swoosh right through and others take so long. But I've never waited this long. Good thing my pricing changes weren't for a sale starting soon or I'd be in trouble for sure  ;)

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Another reason Melinda doesn't mind her self-inflicted imprisonment. She gets to spend her days with the charming vampire, who also happens to be her best friend. Only now, she's spending her night's with him too. He just doesn't know it...

Any other girl would enjoy the nightly thrill of a sexy vampire invading her dreams. But not Melinda as her dreams have a tendency to come true. Although typically, they don't include the handsome vampire she's crushing on, but rather horrifying visions of people about to die.

But she cannot stay under self-inflicted house arrest forever. And if her brothers or William get their choice in the matter, Melinda will be out of the house partying with her friends, giving her affections to a human, not a vampire, and digging into her role as a witch.

A role her eldest brother Charlie lives for and a role her second brother Michael would rather live without. Nevertheless, when duty calls, usually from the local sheriff needing help with some tourist who's gotten themselves into trouble, life screeches to a stop, and duty takes over.

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Summer fun is coming! And other than turning thirteen, twins, Meghan and Colin Jacoby, are looking forward to a typical summer... well, typical for them. Which means their uncle (and guardian) will pull into the Cobbscott Campground and park his travel trailer for three full months.

Normally, they’d never spend more than a couple weeks in any one place, their uncle preferring to move around. But only until summer when they’d be Cobbscott bound.

Why did he do this every summer? Why did he prefer to move around? The twins have never thought to ask.

Their only concern being that their friend Sebastien would be in Cobbscott as well... the one person who also happens to know their secret- that they can read each other’s minds.

Arrival at the campground goes as expected and within hours, Meghan and Colin are already making plans to meet up with Sebastien. But before they do, the campground gets some unexpected visitors.

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The twins always wondered who reserved and never used these campsites and now that they have seen the owners, the twins can’t help but get an ominous feeling.

These visitors dress strange and act strange, taking hikes into the woods wearing winged tipped shoes and overcoats, disappearing into things clearly too small to fit so many people, and they never stop peering into the sky as if expecting to see something terrible.

And when unexplainable and frightening events follow their arrival, the twins start to realize that this summer, will be their least typical of all...

Writers' Cafe / Best place to get Fonts?
« on: January 10, 2014, 10:35:15 AM »
Where do you all get your fonts? What sites do you trust to download from?

Writers' Cafe / Anyone used Kindle Domination before?
« on: November 14, 2013, 08:00:23 AM »

Writers' Cafe / Help! Stuck! Two versions of the same story?
« on: November 07, 2013, 03:35:34 PM »
Okay, so I have this series with four books published so far. At the moment, it's young adult friendly, but more mature than another ya series I'm writing, and I've noted that on the book pages and so far, I've had no complaints on that side of things. But, the series just isn't picking up steam. Doing a recent read through, I think I can improve upon things and I've never been against editing and republishing if it is needed.

This is my quandary however. Some of the messages I've gotten hate that the sex scenes are too short and always do that fade to black thing. And frankly, I don't like it either. My characters are in their early to mid twenties.

My fear, when I initially published, was that I had young readers that would want to read this series after finishing my other series, so I felt obligated to keep it tamer than I'd wanted to. In hindsight, I should have just published under a pen name. But you know what they say about hindsight  ;)

And as I've said, I've noted on the pages that it's for a slightly more mature an audience than my other series.

But I'm thinking when I revise, that I might ditch the whole fade to black thing, making it I guess, YA mature or maybe new adult.

I'm worried that I may upset the readers that like the pace it is currently written in, but at the same time, if I really count the numbers of people that have read all four volumes available, let's just say there's plenty of room for growth.

I was toying with releasing two versions of each book. Keep one at the same level I keep it now to appease those already into the series, and release another version that's uncut sort to speak.

I've been thinking if I do this, to keep down on confusion, I might even give it a different name. Similar, but different enough. Almost like it is an offshoot of the series, but one that will be clearly denoted as a more mature read.

Has anyone ever done this? I've tried researching the topic but I'm just not coming up with anything.

I fear that maybe it is just too late and I should just leave it as it is, but the truth is, I'm not liking it! I really want to make changes and feel like the series could be so much more than it is right now.

What are your thoughts?

It's too late, keep it as I've started it...
Publish an uncut version...
Or just do what I want, revise and warn everyone that it now has more mature scenes...

Writers' Cafe / Time taking to go live?
« on: October 25, 2013, 08:57:14 AM »
Just wondering from anyone else that has published in the last week or so, how long it is currently taking for the book to go live on amazon...

I got the message your book is now in the kindle store, but the link is not actually live yet...  :D

Writers' Cafe / Like and be Liked event on facebook
« on: October 09, 2013, 08:42:21 AM »
Hi all .. I was invited to this on facebook... it's still going strong and it is an open invite to any authors.

If your page needs a little love, there's a facebook like event just for authors  ;D Like and be Liked in return!

Writers' Cafe / Bizarro World!
« on: October 07, 2013, 07:17:43 PM »
It is a strange day indeed when my Smashwords updates are going through and updating at all the various vendors, faster than my kdp updates are processing!  :o

Writers' Cafe / Uptick in series refunds?
« on: October 05, 2013, 05:13:44 PM »
Has anyone else noticed an uptick in series refunds? Where it is ridiculously obvious that someone is reading and then refunding each book in your series. I have seen this happen a couple times before, but not often. Maybe once every few months. It's a drag, but I dealt with it.

For the last two months though, I've seen up uptick in this trend. Last month I watched it happen six times. And this month, it is only October 5th, and I've got it happening twice already!

My sales are good. I'm trying to stay focused and happy with that fact. And I understand the occasional refund. Tech issues happen. Someone buys the second book after reading my book one perma free and decides its just not for them...

But the whole buy, read and then refund each one when you've obviously liked it enough to keep reading... BLURGH!  >:(

I've only had one reviewer ever mention the cost of my books, which top out at 3.99, so frankly, for the price of a latte, I don't think I'm overpriced. Other than the one reviewer, I've never received a comment or complaint about the price.

I probably should not be complaining. Sales are good!

But has anyone else had this happening?

Writers' Cafe / Anyone ever been emailed about a movie option?
« on: September 15, 2013, 02:45:51 PM »
Got a strange email today. Someone wanting to speak to me about a movie option for my books... I am pretty much thinking this will somehow be a scam... Just wondering if anyone here ever gets emails like this? And how you would respond?

I've done a few book updates and I've never seen the updates taking so long to appear on amazon. I've gotten the message saying your book is now available in the kindle store and any updates are now live, except that they are not. The changes I made in the descriptions are live, but not the new documents I've uploaded.

Typically in the past I've seen it take an additional 24-48 hours for new documents to go live on amazon, but this is going on 4 and 5 days!

I thought initially it was just one book in particular and after 72 hours of the new document not showing up I thought perhaps something just didn't go right and so I uploaded it again. Another 24 hours later I got the message from kdp that it was published but now, almost another 4 days later, it is still not updated to the new document.  

Has anyone else seen this taking so long?

I sent off a request to amazon but have yet to get a reply.

Maybe I've just been lucky in the past and my updates have gone through more quickly than they typically do.

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