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Writers' Cafe / Romance Authors - donations for giveaway wanted :)
« on: January 24, 2014, 02:57:00 AM »
Hi!

I'm looking for Romance Author donators toward a '2000 likes on facebook' giveaway I will be doing once I reach 2000 (I'm currently sitting at 1730). It can be anything you want :)

I also want to do a grand prize, so if you donate toward that, you will get a required spot. :D

Thanks!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1g8RpNUfmmsiVec098paRCHTxcfUBouEhulK2aJpXQ3E/viewform

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Writers' Cafe / Someone here knows how to use sigil?
« on: January 17, 2014, 02:36:53 AM »
**Edited**

Nevermind :P I got it working!

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Using affiliate links provides a nice extra income for us authors. Nicer, however, is that it also provides quite a laugh when you look at your reports.

For instance, someone bought this thing: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013EAL42

And then there was someone else who seemed to be needing a tutu: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GTEXPSA

Funnier even (Wouldn't know for the life of me why you would need that): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00685VCS0


I love looking at my reports.


What crazy things have been bought with your affiliate codes?

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Writers' Cafe / I'm sick ... no joke
« on: January 13, 2014, 05:20:28 AM »
Finally finished FIERCE today. 22 days. 3000 + words a day. 71747 words, 28 chapters ... the end.

Now I am dead.

Question: Elle Casey, how in gods name do you keep this up? :P


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Writers' Cafe / Book description - feedback wanted!
« on: December 29, 2013, 10:38:25 AM »
Hi!

I've just written a description for my new book FIERCE, and I'd like to know if it flows right. Does it tell you what the book is about? Is it consistent? Do I tell enough? Is it enticing? Did you spot any errors?
Thanks!!

UPDATED Description:

He''s a fighter. A cocky, confident bad-boy, who's nothing but trouble. However, staying out of trouble is no longer an option ...

Nerdy girl Autumn Blakewood is the prime example of a goodie two-shoes. She studies every night, is never late for class, and always follows the rules. She never felt the need to step out of her comfort zone. That is, until she meets Hunter.

Hunter Bane is a dangerous distraction to everyone around him on campus. Sexy and strong, Hunter enjoys the swooning effect he has on women. Especially those who aren't used to attention, like Autumn.

It's hard for her not to give in to his advances, even though it seems like a game to him. Trying to understand him is impossible, because he shrouds himself in mystery. What she doesn't know is that Hunter has more baggage than anyone should have to carry.

When she discovers he's in a nasty frat club to save the one person that matters to him, it could mean the end of her undeniable connection to him. Even the end of their lives.

But it's too late to turn back now ...

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Writers' Cafe / Moderate milestone ... sharing my tactic
« on: December 18, 2013, 12:16:04 PM »
Hi!

I've been monitoring my sales for quite some time now, and I thought it'd be time to share what it's at now. Reason being; you guys gave a lot of ideas and shared your thoughts, too, so I thought I should share mine as well :)

I started out in July and never expected to grow so fast. I think most of it is because of select freebie promotions and free price matches.

I've just reached $ 12983,56 royalties in total (not paid, but earned). This is from July to November, which I've tracked across multiple channels.
I've sold 9106 books in the process. This does not include any freebies. Most of them were 0.99, some at 2.99, and then I have 1 book at 3.99 and 2 at 5.99 (since december it's 3 at 5.99).

This graph does not include the freebies. I think I gave away over 10000 freebies, but I'm not counting them, because it would only give me a headache :P It's not lost money, you know. I just don't think counting them is worth it.

Anyway, here are my sales, just thought I'd share.



EDIT: Written words down below, per month. Avarages.
July: 5 books (or novellas/short stories, whatever you want to call it.). These were partially written in June.
     - 10k
     - 13k
     - 9k
     - 15k
     - 15k
August: 2 books (vacation)
     - 7.5k
     - 16 k
September: 4 books
     - 18k
     - Boxed Set of 10+13+15+18 (this one is 5.99)
     - Boxed Set of 9+15+16 (this one is 3.99)
     - 11.5k
October: 4 books
     - 13.5 k
     - 16.5k
     - 18k
     - Boxed Set of 11.5+13.5+16.5+18 (this one is 5.99)
November: 2 books (bigger ones)
     - 22.5k
     - 23.5k
December: 3 books
     - 26.5k
     - Boxed Set of 22.5+23.5+26.5 (this one is 5.99)
     - 9.5 k


So what did I do?

- I create my own covers, which means less expenses.
- Elle Casey is right; covers are the bomb, your blurb needs to be awesome, too. The rest will do. You need to lure people in first, so a cover says it all.
- I use a starting price of 0.00, then it goes up to 0.99. The last 1 or 2 are 2.99. I only have serials of 3 or 4 books.
- I write books between 10 k and 18 k. Serials sell well, especially if you have a 0.00 entry book.
- recently I've started writing books between 22 and 26 k, but these have been slow sellers. Will see if it picks up in December (the first one is free now).
- I have 1 short story; it doesn't work that well.
- I bundle all my serials, and sell the bundle according to the individual prices. A bundle with a 0.99 + 0.99 + 2.99 = a price of 3.99. A bundle with a 0.99 + 0.99 + 2.99 + 2.99 = 5.99. A bundle with a 0.00 + 2.99 + 2.99 = 5.99. These are my biggest sellers. Don't let anyone fool you you can't price that high. It works for me. Plus, I get more royalties out of some boxed sets. This might also be because I write erotic romance, so make sure you do the research.
- I wrote 1500 words a day, then 2000, now I work up to 3000. Slowly increasing, but at a steady pace. It requires a lot of focus, which I'm not good at (INTERWEBZ --- oh, kitties! --- SQUIRREL!)
- LINKS IN ALL YOUR BOOKS -- yes, you need links to all other books in your books. And update them EACH TIME you add a new book to your collection. Yes, it's a lot of work.
- Have 4 or 5 different versions of your book: 1 for smashwords (old word 93 style), 1 for d2d & kobo (they can share with those sales, I cannot be arsed to stick links in them for each platform, because d2d = b&n and itunes), 1 for google play (with links), 1 for kindle (with links).
- Add a mailing list to your books.
- Reviews - get a lot of them, as fast as possible. This will generate a quick bump in the amazon algorithm. I've yet to get people to do this, though. Max I can get in 1 day is like 5 reviews, tops.
- Study bestsellers and model your covers/blurbs after it.
- study bestsellers and try to write something similar (but don't plagiarize! Obviously ... common sense, I think)
- SELECT STILL WORKS!! I don't care what people say. See that month, October? Yeah, I had 2 promotions running then. September? Yes, then as well. Power is: I had 2 books in select from the same series. Both of them weren't run at the same time, they were run separately. So I ran a free promotion for book 1 in the beginning of august, then book 2 in the beginning of september. Book 1 then went free again at the end of september, and then book 2  in the middle of october. Lastly, I had my short story go free at the end of October, but I don't count that one along so much. I think these 2 drove massive sales toward my books. Why? Because having book 2 free basically forced people to buy book 1, too. And when book 1 was free for a short time (1 day!), it had massive downloads!

Writing:
- Write in blocks of hours. Take a break when you need to. Force yourself to write at least 500 per block. That could be done within 30 minutes if you work well enough.
- Outline your story before you start writing. Sum up each chapter with about 5 sentences of what to include. This will create structure when you need it. Don't force yourself to stick to it, though.
- Write with music. I noticed this works better for me, because I noticed people connect way better with my books this way. Also, music helps to think about your plot.
- Time your writings. Keep track of how much you write and when. Force yourself to stick to the routine. Stare at that page if you have to.
- Reread previous chapters if you're stuck.
- Give yourself deadlines and stick to them. Even if it means going past your 3k for the day. If you have to, you have to. Your writing = your bread, so you need income, therefor, you need to write. Simple as that.

covers:
- COVERS WITH PEOPLE ARE BEST. I can't stress this enough. People like to look at people. Obviously. Psychological [bullcrap] that's actually true. Eyes are drawn to eyes. Eyes are drawn to faces. Eyes are drawn to bodies. Naked bodies preferred. Yes, they sell. Don't like it? Too bad. :) Seriously, include a model in your cover.
- I first bought stockphoto's separately, because I didn't know if I was going to succeed. Cost me like 70 dollars to buy 2 stock photo's and an avatar. Not pretty.
- Bought 30 credits, and I could buy 8 stockphoto's with it. That was neat.
- Discovered depositphotos in October. GOLDMINE!!! Downloaded 230 out of 250 possible downloads for only 69 dollars!!!!!!! Yes, I'm going to bulk download from now on, and make the covers before I write the story.

Street team:
- I only started one yesterday, but I know it will work wonders
- Have them read an ARC and post the reviews on amazon when the book is release (going to do this, too)
- Have them do blogposts with blasts/blitzes/tours and other material
- let them organize parties on twitter/facebook and takeovers

Mailing list:
- I started with this way too late, but am up to 200 subs now
- I sent out a mail with each new release
- I think I saw 5 sales in total from it. Not much. But I only started in September I guess.

Amazon:
- erotic romance works better than regular romance.
- erotica works well, too, but I think that my erotic romance audience doesn't cross-over and vice versa. Not good to branch out too much.
- Having a lot of the same is good. Having a lot of different genres = not so good.
- My blurbs in 3rd person style work better than my blurbs in 1st person style.
- I made sure to use all the keywords available to get into the most categories as possible.

description & titles:
- include as many category names and keywords in your blurb as possible. If necessary, stick a 'categories' list at the end.
- include a warning with length of book and serial/cliffhanger notification.
- use a tagline at the beginning. Exaggerate. Pretend you're steven king.
- use other author's names as a way to entice readers to read. This also improves your visiblity. But don't make it sound like that person endorsed your book or that you are that person! Good example: If you liked fifty shades of grey or bared to you, you will love this book!
- Make sure your title includes the category, too. Helps with visibility.
- Name the volume/number of the series and the series name itself in your title.

Google Play:
- get your *ss on there right now if you write erotica or erotic romance! It's a goldmine :D But mostly only for erotica or erotic romance.

D2D/Kobo/Barnes&Noble/iTunes:
- I personally think this thing works better than Smashwords.
- Use smashwords to go perma-free
- make it permafree at itunes, kobo and Barnes&Noble, then make it permafree at amazon --> go to kdp -> help -> contact and ask to be price matched. Works wonders!
- Use as many keywords as you can think of, especially genre related and story-related (such as billionaire, cowboy, historical). I noticed especially the billionaire romances work well on Barnes&Noble and Kobo.
- iTunes: people LOVE sweet romances here. If they have a little erotic, that's okay, but my sweet romance outsells my erotica by 100s here.
- Kobo: people like smut. A lot of it.

facebook/twitter:
- do a lot of giveaways via rafflecopter and include your facebook/twitter/mailinglist. Visibility is key.
- Write interesting posts -- Facebook: ask people questions, post stupid/funny things. Pictures do well. -- Twitter: people like links and headlines like newspapers that draw you in.
- host flash giveaways on facebook. Generates more likes and thus more visibility.
- By entering giveaways yourself, you can find a lot of book bloggers on facebook! Their websites are on there, too, and then you can contact them for reviews, book blasts/blitzes and about participating in giveaways with donations
- Be friendly and helpful to book bloggers
- respond to ALL Fans

blog/website -- I have had 10500 visitors since starting out in July. That's 1700+ visitors a month!:
- host other authors for more traction. The more content you generate, the more liked you are by google = people find you more on google = more visitors = maybe more sales?
 - host other authors and include your own affiliate links (start an affiliate account on amazon!)
- host giveaways on your blog - more traction
- make sure your books are in the sidebar - instant visibility
- create a targeted page for all your books to be in and where people can go to immediately buy all your books (with links to all stores)
- make sure the stores have banners on your front page
- make content regularly. Especially if you have new releases

Goodreads:
- nice place to find reviewers, though the review system works different there. Use the groups to find people interested and make a dedicated post.
- Update books for more traction.
- Do a giveaway (paperback only!!) - Haven't done this yet
- use your review on your own book to paste all the retailer links and a banner to make it interesting.

Promotion:
- Sweetfreebooks - costs $5, I don't think I earned it back, but it's nice to spread the word for freebies
- Pixelscroll - $20 ad for a book that was reduced in price (from 5.99 to 2.99) didn't earn back. Might be because price reduction wasn't enough.
- Don't do price reductions without major backing like bookbub. Especially not from 5.99 to 2.99.
- submit your books to a lot of sites. New release websites like WTRAFSOG (erotic), KornerKonnection, indie bookbargains.co.uk, indie book lounge. Submit your freebies to websites in bulk. This can take an hour. I do it with each freebie and every free promo. Also, submit your bargain book to websites when possible, use the same websites, but only if they allow it. List here: http://www.ebookbooster.com/ (left side).

Things I should do, but haven't done:
- start a street team sooner! Started one yesterday
- pay for editing - yes, I hate the fact that I didn't do this from the start, but I had 0 budget, so there was no choice. I will start paying for editing for my next novel, which I plan to write in about a month or 2.
- pay for book tours: I want to start doing review tours, because I know this will get me more reviews = sooner into bookbub, which I still haven't had a chance to try.
- do a bookbub ad.



Sorry if this was a rambling post, but I typed this out in one go, and I seriously DID NOT check for grammar, so if it sucks, sorry. I just wanted to share, because I know you guys love these posts and it can help a lot of people. It helped me when you guys did it, so I wanted to return the favor :)

If I come up with more ideas, I'll post them here and edit this.

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Writers' Cafe / How to get into Romance > sports?
« on: December 15, 2013, 07:43:22 AM »
Hi,

was wondering if anyone knows how you can get into the romance > sports category?

I've seen multiple NA novels involving some kind of sports do this, but I can't seem to find it anywhere on the KDP dashboard. I'm thinking it has something to do with keywords, but I have no clue which one, as it isn't stated as one of the options on this page: https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A19G4ONBAU6NO3

I was also wondering: how can you get your story listed under 'holidays', because I've tried multiple times and just can't seem to get it to work. I must be doing something wrong. I want to write a christmas short, but I have no idea how to actually get it into the proper category :P Does anyone have a great keyword that always works for this?

Thanks!

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Writers' Cafe / Need help picking a cover!
« on: December 07, 2013, 03:55:38 AM »
Hi everyone!

I need your help. I really can't choose between all the covers I've made, and I was hoping you guys could help me pick :P
This is a cover for a New Adult Romance, so this is the first thing that should come to mind looking at it. If not, then I've not made it right XD
I'm also questioning the title. I have a few spares lying around, but "fierce" just speaks to me the most.
I am also wondering if the font is not too harsh. I hope you already guessed this, but the book is about a rocky relationship that features protags who carry heavy loads of crap (and I don't mean in the literal sense LOL). The guy sort of beats the crap out of people in his spare time :D so hence the cover.

All right, here they are:

Number 1 (my thought is that this is too dark):


Number 2:


Number 3 (my personal favorite, but still meh):


UPDATED VERSION OF COVER 3:



Number 4 (I'm not diggin' the white background):



Tiny images:






UPDATED VERSION:



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Writers' Cafe / Now I feel big ...
« on: December 01, 2013, 03:53:13 AM »
I made it to a torrent site!  ;D

Geez, I feel all grown up, now that my books have been pirated. XD I have no idea how they did it, but I'm guessing it has something to do with me offering R2R's. Oh well.
Hope it does something for sales.  :P

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Hi everyone!

I run giveaways every now and then, and I just thought I'd share them with you :) I'll probably run one every 2 weeks or so, so there's a lot of prizes to win and lots of times to come back for a new one!

These giveaways usually contain ebook prizes of genres such as:
  • Romance
  • New Adult
  • Erotica
  • General Contemporary fiction

Here is giveaway number 5 (Jan 9th-Jan 17th, 2013): Jessie Evans' Melt With You



Check it out:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/5f0d889


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Writers' Cafe / Blogger limit? Can't upload photos! Please help O.o
« on: November 26, 2013, 03:46:44 AM »
Ever since today I can't upload pictures to my blog website anymore. This website is hosted on blogger, so I don't have a self hosted website. However, I have no idea how I'm going to upload pictures now. I've tried everything. Different browsers, clearing cache, signing in and out, uploading to picassa, even deleted some of my old pictures. Nothing seems to work.  :'( :-\ :-X

Any of you know something? Help me out a bit, pretty please? :)

I'm featuring a couple of authors and I need to upload their covers to my blog, but I can't as of now ... so frustrating when I have an important feature tomorrow :S

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GIVEAWAY HAS LAUNCHED!

--> Find it here!

Hi everyone!

Since our last collaborated giveaway was so successful, I was thinking let's start one again! People asked me when I'd do one again and said they'd love to join, so I guess it's in high demand. ;)

I can organize the whole thing again, send it to a bunch of sites, put it on my facebook for increased exposure, and make an even prettier banner just for y'all to use ;) Ain't that sweet.
Lol.

RESULTS OF LAST GIVEAWAY:

16073 entries in total!
Avarage newsletter joins: 50+
Avarage facebook fans: 150/200+
Avarage Twitter followers: 50+


See, this is the reason why you want to participate!  ;D


Anyway, here's the deal:

Goal: Increase visibility, more likes on facebook pages, more follows on twitter, tweets about your Ebook and possibly subscribers to your mailing list.

Who can participate: Authors with NA or Romance Ebooks. Any subgenres are okay. Erotic is okay too! Romance is a must. Must be bigger than 20k words.

Giveaway offered to readers: At least 1 Ebook of each author, or more. Choose how many you like, but remember, it's your responsibility to make sure they arrive on the winner's (email)address.

Dates: December 5th -- December 19th = 2 weeks.

How it works: I make the Rafflcopter. We all place the CODE on our website. We ALL promote it to our facebook/twitter pages and/or anything else you can post it on.

The rafflcopter thingie will include: +2 Like [author] facebookpage, +2 Follow [author] on twitter, +4 subscribe to [author] email list, +3 tweet about giveaway, +10 share post on facebook.

Additionally I will post it to the following websites:

- Multiple facebook pages
- Goodreads groups for romance and NA
- The following websites:
http://www.tipjunkie.com/giveaways/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blog-Giveaway-Directory/121506144586298
http://contestgirl.com/add-sweepstakes.pl
http://www.bloggerlinkup.com/
http://www.contestformoms.com/contestandsweepstakes/submit-contest-sweepstakes-here/
http://bloggiveawaydirectory.com/blog-giveaway-linky/
http://justsweep.com/submit-a-giveaway/
http://www.emperola.com/submit-contest
http://www.contestlisting.com/submit/#close
http://www.linkiescontestlinkies.com/p/giveaway-submission.html
http://allpromos.ph/ph-contribute.php
http://anyluckyday.com/submit-giveaway
http://www.biglistofgiveaways.com/main/submit-giveaway/
http://giveawaymonkey.blogspot.ca/p/submit-listing.html
http://sweepstakesmax.com/Add-Sweepstakes
http://sweetiessweeps.com/2009/04/add-your-blog-giveaway.html
http://www.sweepstakesfanatics.com/add-a-giveaway/

What I need from you:
  • Facebook page link
  • twitter handle (that @sign with your name next to it)
  • a link to your 'subscribe to e-mail list' (if you have one). Or show me where it is on your website
  • Which Ebook(s) you're going to offer and how many of each?
  • e-mail address so I can contact you about the winners (if you don't post your e-mail, I will contact you on Kboards. But make sure to be available then)

When the giveaway ends:

I will send the winners e-mail to each of the authors, either through e-mail or kboards. The author is responsible for sending the Ebook to the winner. Please do this within a period of 1 week. Entrants enter in good faith, so please abide by this rule for your own sake as well as ours.

Giveaway disclaimer:

I will create a disclaimer which you can use to post on your website to avoid lawsuits (You never know). SEE BELOW FOR DISCLAIMER.

Quote
Giveaway ends December 19th at 11:59 PM EST. Open internationally. Warning: content possibly not suitable for minors under the age of 17. Prizes will be sent electronically via mail. Winner will be selected on 12/20/2013 by Random.org and be notified by email. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

You can respond down below or send me a message if you're interested in participating! Please include your facebookpage, twitterhandle and books you want to list directly into your post

So... that's about it. Please let me know if you're interested. I'd love to create a nice giveaway with y'all and let's hope for another successful run!

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Writers' Cafe / Looking for a word ...
« on: November 20, 2013, 11:02:02 AM »
Right, so I'm looking for a word and I just can't figure it out. I hate when that happens.

It's when you fill your cheeks with air, then put your lips together, and you blow out the air, creating some sort of farting-ish sound. Children do it. Upset people do it. XD

What do you call it? Anyone can help me out a bit?

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Writers' Cafe / Price won't change?? o.O Panicking!
« on: November 18, 2013, 09:35:38 AM »
Can anyone please check to see if this book is 2.99 instead of 5.99 http://www.amazon.com/Enflamed-Boxed-Erotic-Romance-ebook/dp/B00FA5OCFE/

I've changed the price on thursday and I still don't see any change!

Sent an email to amazon on saturday and they told me that it had changed, but I don't see it! Anyone else see it??

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Writers' Cafe / KDP EFT Threshold Removal!!!!!
« on: November 14, 2013, 02:36:58 PM »
This is awesome for those of us who sell like ... 5 copies per 3 months in let's say Italy, or something like that :P

Got this mail today:


We’re excited to announce the upcoming removal of the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) threshold for our KDP publishers!

Currently, you are required to wait until royalties earned in each Amazon marketplace meet a minimum amount (threshold) in your selected currency before your earnings can be dispersed. On November 25, we will be removing this threshold for payments via EFT. We will be processing your EFT royalties currently under threshold from November 25 through November 29.

To ensure your royalties are processed and sent when this threshold is removed, we encourage you to review your payment information in your KDP account. You can view your reports to see the royalties you will be paid here: https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/reports. Please ensure your information is updated by November 25 so we can pay you for your KDP royalties.

Once this threshold is removed, any future sales you receive will be paid approximately sixty (60) days following the end of the calendar month during which applicable sales occur, no matter the amount.*

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Sincerely,

Kindle Direct Publishing Team

* The EFT threshold for royalties earned in the Amazon.com.br marketplace is still R$20 for Brazilian publishers and $100/£100/€100 for non-Brazilian publishers.

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Writers' Cafe / ebooks with block paragraphs
« on: November 12, 2013, 11:24:00 AM »
So, lately I've seen some ebooks on Amazon that have both block paragraphs and indented first lines.
I've only ever used first line indents, but now I want to try to see what it looks like with block paragraphs. The only problem is, I can't seem to get it to work. Each time I do it in WORD it looks perfect, but when I upload it to Amazon it doesn't stick. It's like Amazon removes the blocks completely.
I Just add a 6/12 pt spacing to the end in WORD paragraph styles. This is the right way to do it, right? Why does KDP not pick it up then? Or should I be using Line spacing instead?
By the way, I normally never do blocked formats, only indented, but I just want to experiment with it a bit. See how it looks :)

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Writers' Cafe / Things I stumble upon ...
« on: November 11, 2013, 03:31:24 AM »




 :o :o :o

That is almost exactly the same. I wonder if the photographer copied it on purpose, or if this is just a second shot of the exact same scenario which happened to be put on a well known book?



So, what have you stumbled upon lately?

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Writers' Cafe / 2 POVs in a serial?
« on: November 09, 2013, 10:24:17 AM »
I'm writing another serial, and this one has a character that just talks to me or something, I don't know how to say it. Normally I only have this with the MC, but now the love interest of the MC is somehow talking in my mind during writing and I can see inside his head. It's causing me to think that his side of the story might also be interesting to tell from his perspective, not just from the MC's.

Problem is, it's a serial.

Is it normal/okay/weird to introduce 2 POVs in a serial? I know in romance novels this is common practice, but I've never seen it happen in a serial before.

And if so, should it be like this?

Chapter 1 - woman's name
Chapter 2 - man's name
Chapter 3 - woman's name
Chapter 4 - man's name

Anyone have some advice? :)

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Writers' Cafe / Tiny Milestone - but I'm still happy!
« on: October 06, 2013, 03:47:34 AM »
A couple of days ago I passed a milestone and I didn't even notice!  :o

As of today I've sold 3200 books. It's small, I know, but it's a start and a way better one than I could've ever anticipated. Never in a million years did I think I would be able to make a living off writing so quickly.

I started in July, sold about 110 books. In August it was 535. Then came September ... whoa, 1873.

October will probably (I've calculated the estimated results) be somewhere around 3200 books sold. I've already passed 704 books and we're only at October 6th.

 ;D ;D ;D

Gosh I'm so happy, seriously! It's working out so nice and I'm really proud of myself for just jumping in and doing it. And I have a lot to thank you guys for. Kboards really helped me a lot, because I got a lot of information about marketing, pricing, blurbs and stuff like that from here. So kudos to you guys for making it possible for me to reach a (small) milestone and I hope there are many more to come!

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Writers' Cafe / New subcategory - bestsellerlist all of the sudden?
« on: October 03, 2013, 12:27:39 PM »
Lol, okay so I just noticed Amazon implemented new subcategories? I just turned up in a couple of bestseller lists that came out of the blue which are all apparently part of Women's Fiction. I have never seen these subcategories before. To my knowledge, they only appeared in the Romance category, that was what I was originally aiming for, but this works nicely too, I suppose.

Check this out:

 Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

    #2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > New Adult & College
    #4 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Romance
    #4 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Multicultural & Interracial

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,714 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#21 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Fantasy
#78 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > New Adult & College


Funny thing is, I didn't change anything about my categories. Even funnier is the fact that almost all my books have the same categories, but not all of them show up in these new sub categories.

What is going on??  :o

I like it though. Since this change my books have shot through the roof, but only the ones that are now apparently in the bestseller lists, rofl.

Anyone else noticed this?

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Hi!

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RESULTS

16073 entries in total!

>> Find the giveaway here: http://clarissawild.blogspot.com/2013/09/awesome-huge-naromance-giveaway.html <<

I want to start doing a giveaway of NA/Romance Ebooks. I'll organize the thing. I had experience with it before, got about 200 entries doing it solo, so now I'm looking for authors to join in on the fun.

Goal: Increase visibility, more likes on facebook pages, more follows on twitter, tweets about your Ebook and possibly subscribers to your mailing list.

Who can participate: Authors with NA/Romance Ebooks. Erotic is okay! Romance is a must. Must be bigger than 20k words.

Giveaway offered to readers: At least 1 Ebook of each author, or more. If you want more, then preferably 2 different Ebooks rather than 2 of the same one. Each winner will win 1 book.

Dates: I wish to start tomorrow, 10/01/2013. Giveaway will run for 3 weeks.

How it works: I make the Rafflcopter. We all place the CODE on our website. We ALL promote it to our facebook/twitter pages and/or anything else you can post it on.

The rafflcopter thingie will include: Like [author] facebookpage, Follow [author] on twitter, subscribe to [author] email list, tweet about giveaway.

Additionally I will post it to the following websites:

- Multiple facebook pages
- Goodreads groups for romance and NA
- The following websites:
http://www.tipjunkie.com/giveaways/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blog-Giveaway-Directory/121506144586298
http://contestgirl.com/add-sweepstakes.pl
http://www.bloggerlinkup.com/
http://www.contestformoms.com/contestandsweepstakes/submit-contest-sweepstakes-here/
http://bloggiveawaydirectory.com/blog-giveaway-linky/
http://justsweep.com/submit-a-giveaway/
http://www.emperola.com/submit-contest
http://www.contestlisting.com/submit/#close
http://www.linkiescontestlinkies.com/p/giveaway-submission.html
http://allpromos.ph/ph-contribute.php
http://anyluckyday.com/submit-giveaway
http://www.biglistofgiveaways.com/main/submit-giveaway/
http://giveawaymonkey.blogspot.ca/p/submit-listing.html
http://sweepstakesmax.com/Add-Sweepstakes
http://sweetiessweeps.com/2009/04/add-your-blog-giveaway.html
http://www.sweepstakesfanatics.com/add-a-giveaway/


What I need from you:
  • Facebook page link
  • twitter page link
  • a link to your 'subscribe to e-mail list' (if you have one). Or show me where it is on your website
  • Which Ebook(s) you're going to offer and how many of each
  • e-mail address so I can contact you about the winners (if you don't post your e-mail, I will contact you on Kboards. But make sure to be available then)

When the giveaway ends:

I will send the winners e-mail to each of the authors, either through e-mail or kboards. The author is responsible for sending the Ebook to the winner. Please do this within a period of 1 week. Entrants enter in good faith, so please abide by this rule for your own sake as well as ours.

Giveaway disclaimer:

I will create a disclaimer which you can use to post on your website to avoid lawsuits (You never know). SEE POST BELOW FOR DISCLAIMER.

You can respond down below if you're interested in participating! Please include your facebookpage, twitterpage and books you want to list directly into your post

So... that's about it. Please let me know if you're interested. I already got some names from the NA thread, but not sure who it was. I'd love to create a nice giveaway with y'all and let's hope for success! :)

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Writers' Cafe / Experience with advertising - help needed
« on: September 22, 2013, 11:49:33 AM »
Hi!

I'm trying to figure out where to advertise and how. I've stumbled across ereader news today (They don't accept erotica ... anyone got a site where it is allowed?), which has a lot of options for advertising. Which of those would you deem the best? The post? The feature? The left bar ad? I have no idea which one will get the best results.
Also, I'm wondering if this is the best site to advertise on? Is there a better one? (Specifically for erotic romance authors).

Thanks!

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Writers' Cafe / price matching question
« on: September 21, 2013, 04:14:10 AM »
If you price a book higher on amazon than on another retailer, and Amazon price matches it, do you still get the royalties associated with the old price or do you get them of the new price? I am not talking about crossing the boundary from 0.99 to 2.99, but I mean something like from 6.99 to 5.99.

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Writers' Cafe / romance > anthology doesn't match with other categories?
« on: September 21, 2013, 02:52:43 AM »
Ahhh nevermind :D seems to have been fixed now

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Writers' Cafe / best mail subjects - research data
« on: September 10, 2013, 01:32:11 AM »
Okay, so I wondered what subject lines work best for author mail. I want to have the best open rate and I wanted to know which subject would trigger the most openings.
I think this is dependent on the genre you write in, but nonetheless, I think it would be a great idea to share it all in this topic. Maybe it can become somewhat of a thinktank for the best subject lines for author mail, if we all share our data, so that we can learn from each other. I know the open rate may be different depending on how much subscribers you have, so I think it's wise to mention the subscriber amount too.

I'll start first.

[book] means the name of the book

FREE download [book]!
Open Rate 83.3% · 25 Opened - 30 subs

FREE book [book]
Open Rate 80.0% · 28 Opened - 35 subs

New book [book]
Open Rate 66.7% · 18 Opened - 27 subs

New Release - [book]
Open Rate 62.9% · 22 Opened - 35 subs

Now I know for a fact that the mail needs either a call to action (a trigger word such as 'now' 'order' 'download' 'free' etc.), something that could potentially affect their lives (i.e. if you don't do this now, then ...), or a question that intrigues them (i.e. would you do this?)

I think in my case you can clearly see the word FREE and DOWNLOAD work best. Including 'book' in the subject is also a good thing to do. 'Release' not so much.

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