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Your Admin Team / Any way to block posts from a specific user?
« on: January 15, 2017, 04:46:48 PM »

Is there any way to block posts from a specific user that I just don't care to see all the time?

Writers' Cafe / Nook Press interface is broken? Changing?
« on: January 12, 2017, 02:19:31 PM »
Is anyone else having problems with the Nook Press website?

Seems there is a new interface in place, and all my books have disappeared along with their sales data...

This has always been a bit strange to me, when Amazon says "Only 1 left in stock" on my CreateSpace POD books, and more on the way. 

I was sitting in a friend's office who wanted a copy of one of my print books. I said I was out of stock personally (I keep a dozen in my car and sell them in odd places...) but I would have more in January. He said it would simply order it online and we went to Amazon together where h placed his order - for overnight delivery.

I said that he would not get it overnight, even though Amazon said he would on the shipping page, as these are POD books and it will take 24-36 hours before the book is printed and shipped. He smiled that "you are an idiot and Amazon is right" smile and we went to lunch.

During lunch, he received the ship notice and forwarded it to me.  The tracking number was active in a couple of hours, and the book arrived Saturday - overnight with Saturday delivery.

I had to know... so I went to the website today and ordered the same book. This time it says usually ships within 8 days.  OK. I tried to order overnight shipping. It's telling me the book won't ship until the 27th...

So... clearly, they actually had printed some of my books ahead in preparation for Christmas shoppers.  I sell a steady volume of paperbacks on Amazon - not a high volume but fairly predictable - and clearly they are taking the risk and printing ahead based on historical orders.


Writers' Cafe / Patterson has a new strategy...
« on: March 21, 2016, 10:33:36 AM »
Duplicated in another thread

I have a dozen or so download codes in the US and UK stores left over from a giveaway campaign for Prophecy's Queen. It's the prequel to The Triadine Saga, and about 4 hours on audio.

If you are interested, please PM me here with your email address and I'll send you a code. Let me know if you wish a code for the US or UK store.

Thanks, and I'll post here again when the codes are all gone.


Writers' Cafe / Cover opinions? Hiking/Travel-Adventure book
« on: June 21, 2015, 04:08:54 AM »
Here's the first pass at a cover for my travel/adventure book.


At the time I'm posting this, there are only 2 days left to sign up for Mark Dawson's unbelievably excellent Facebook advertising course for authors.

I have no connection to the class, or to Mark, other than as a very excited and successful student.  There are no affiliate links or signup referral bonuses, or any other incentives to get me to post this.  None.

If you publish books, you need to understand that Facebook ads CAN be targeted at YOUR readers, anywhere in the world, and Mark's lessons make this trivial to accomplish.

You CAN make money with Facebook ads, and as a self-published author, or even a trade published author frustrated with low sales numbers, this investment in YOUR business is worth every penny.

You can still get his 3 FREE videos here  but... by the time you get them and go through them, the full course will be CLOSED

The full course is available here

Yes, it's $497.  I earned that back, and more, in the first 2 weeks.

If you have even thought about signing up, the course closes in 2 days - as of the time I'm writing this - so jump on it before it's gone and you lament your losses...

Again, I have no connection with Mark or his course other than as an extremely satisfied student.

I keep reading on these forums that "My books don't sell at all," or "You can't make money on Facebook ads," well the people who say these things are either not investing in the right marketing tools for their books, or have missed the mark on how to put together successful Facebook ads.

Here's ONE of my ad statistics - never before shared publically.

I've spent between $2 and $3 a day on a Video ad for the last 30 days $78 in total spending
I've reached 10,700 people, and 5,500 have WATCHED the video - a cost of less than $0.02 a click.
750 of these viewers have clicked one of the LINKS in the ad
250 of these have BOUGHT one or more of my books - according to my affiliate links. I suspect more sales are being registered without the links.
Total revenue I can attribute directly to the ad? $1879

Where else can you invest $78 and return $1879?

Why haven't I been investing much more on this ad?  Frankly, as I write this, I cannot explain why... I'm cranking up the spending now, because it's clearly working, and I've not been taking advantage of it enough!

Anyway, since this is the most valuable thing I can share about making money selling your books, I felt it worth sharing.

Writers' Cafe / BooksButterfly Results on iTunes?
« on: June 05, 2015, 05:22:52 AM »
For those of you who have run Books Butterfly promos, did you get a bump on iTunes or just Amazon?

This is probably not the right place to post this, but I'm running out of ideas.

One of my FREE eBooks - my only FREE eBook - is listed on FlipKart as Out of Stock!

I'm running ads targeting this book right now, and I cannot get ahold of anyone at FlipKart to help. I need an Indian phone number to register on their system and tell them of the problem...

I've reported this to SmashWords, but no reply from them in two days.

Is anyone willing to report my book to FlipKart for me?  How can an eBook be out of stock? Aiyoooo!

Writers' Cafe / James Patterson reveals his secrets to success
« on: June 04, 2015, 09:19:00 PM »
I have not taken this course yet, but a writer friend of mine - who has yet to publish, but has written three full-length novels that I think are very good - recommended this video course.

It's $90, but I thought some people might be interested.  I have no vested interest in this, just sharing. There are 22 online lessons in the series it appears.

James Patterson, author of 19 consecutive #1 New York Times best-sellers, reveals his tricks of the trade.
Learn more:

Writers' Cafe / Book Basset
« on: June 02, 2015, 10:57:02 PM »
I submitted a promo for Book Basset several days ago, paid the invoice, and have heard nothing.

The day of the promo came and went. No joy.

I emailed them. No answer.

Emailed them through the website. No answer.

I just emailed them again through their website.

Is this something I should pursue or just file a PayPal dispute?


Writers' Cafe / Smashwords FlipKart reporting?
« on: May 27, 2015, 10:15:17 PM »
Does anyone know when Smashwords provides FlipKart sales information? 

Do they include FREE books in those figures?

Writers' Cafe / Covers for Boxed Sets
« on: May 21, 2015, 07:10:05 AM »
When you do a boxed set, what do you put on the cover?  Do you do an entirely new image? A combination of the covers in the existing books?  What exactly.

Writers' Cafe / Do D2D Free downloads from B&N Show up?
« on: May 09, 2015, 11:08:18 PM »
I've been trying to track FREE downloads at Barnes & Noble through D2D and don't see any being reported.

I am getting some sell-through to my other books - which I see directly at the B&N site for these books - but I don't see anything in the reports from D2D about FREE downloads of the first book in the series.

Should I ask D2D support, or this this normal?

Writers' Cafe / Prophecys' Queen - Promo Update Thread
« on: May 07, 2015, 10:45:45 PM »
I started my first free book giveaway this month, Prophecy's Queen, the prequel to my series.  I requested promotion on more than 19 different sites, and was accepted by 8 so far.  After three days, I've given away approximately 2300 books, mostly on Amazon, with a few on iTunes, Google Play and Kobo - and of course Smashwords, which does not seem to be tied to the ads (120 before the ads started running, 12 after).

Here's my best Amazon status - updated when I catch it better than before :)

#105 Free in Kindle Store
#2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Epic
#3 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery

Time will tell if it drives sales to the other books in the series.

Writers' Cafe / Flipcart?
« on: April 21, 2015, 07:56:43 PM »
Has anyone managed to get a book to show up in Flipcart?

I opted into this when it became an option on Smashwords, but nothing has shown up in their online store. It's been months...


I've been told that redirect links don't work in a number of different early Kindle devices.

Can I get some of you with Kindle hardware to side load this 1 page eBook and test the link for me?

It's a single page eBook that just has the link in it. The link should go to a book on Amazon, redirected through

Thank you.

Writers' Cafe / Free gift for Amazon Reviews. Against the TOS?
« on: April 17, 2015, 12:50:31 AM »
In the IndieReCon session, "How to Sell on Amazon by the Truckload," with Penny Sansevieri, she recommended the following.

"In your pre-release promotion, offer a free gift for the first 50 people who leave a review of your book on Amazon."

Isn't this against the Amazon TOS?

I ran across this one today.  Sound familiar?

SELF-e is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoardŽ that enables authors and libraries to work together and expose notable self-published ebooks to voracious readers looking to discover something new.

The website is interesting, but I have not yet attempted to submit.

Writers' Cafe / How many free books in YOUR genre on Amazon?
« on: April 07, 2015, 11:43:42 PM »
I an just getting ready to release Prophecy's Queen, a prequel to my Epic Fantasy series which currently consists of two published works, with several more coming.

I have been wrestling with Permafree, Free-for-a-while, $0.99, $1.99, $2.99 and have read everything I can get my hands on about past and current successes as well as failures with all of the above.

My mentor, a NYT Best Selling author does not believe in Permafree. He has a rabid following however and so when he releases a new book he sells thousands of copies on the first day.  Me, not so much.  He says to try it, spend $1000-$3000 on advertising my free book, and then count on the sell-thru to make some money and keep writing to keep it coming.  OK, I'll bite. Still not sure if that's Permafree or just Free-for-a-while, but we will see what happens.

I decided to take a gander at Amazon's Fantasy listing, sorted by Low to High, just to see how many FREE books are currently listed in my genre.


Yep.  That's Two Thousand, Eight Hundred and Sixty FREE Fantasy books on Amazon as of right now.

The last listing, is actually ranked at #19,650 Free in Kindle Store...  Wow... must be very pleased about that one...

Now I know that just making the book FREE doesn't do anything, I'm not dense, but why would anyone ever pay for a book with nearly 2900 FREE titles in Fantasy today?  Seriously....

Anyway, how many FREE books are listed in YOUR genre on Amazon?

Writers' Cafe / OverDrive purchased by Kobo parent company
« on: March 19, 2015, 06:23:29 AM »
The Japanese company who bought Kobo last year just bought OverDrive...  I wonder if this means they will automatically make every eBook in Kobo available for borrowing through OverDrive now...

Writers' Cafe / eBook Format Distribution
« on: January 27, 2015, 05:46:04 PM »
I recently ran a 100 eBook giveaway on LibraryThing, and asked the winners which format book they would prefer.

The numbers were a little surprising to me.

I gave them a choice of Kindle/Mobi, ePub or PDF.

The results were:

Kindle/Mobi 50%
ePub 38%
PDF 11%

A number of readers said they could handle multiple formats, so I gave them the format that was first in their list as their preferred format.

What surprised me?  That so many people wanted ePub.  I've read that Kindle sales surpass ePub sales for many writers at staggering numbers. One author said 100 to 1 Kindle vs ePub sales and that he was going to drop everyone but Amazon.

Just thought I would share this one data point.  Take it for what it's worth.

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