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Writers' Cafe / Pricing for a series
« on: June 23, 2018, 12:41:25 AM »
Wanted to get the thoughts of others writing fantasy series' on pricing.

Currently, books #1 and #2 are priced at 2.99 and book #3 is priced at 3.99.

I'm happy with book one at 2.99 as it's the shortest and simplest of the series and I want to offer a low entry point. But I'm seeing a VERY high read through from book two to three. I'm thinking it's very possible that after reading book two, my readers would be fine paying an extra buck to $4.99. Book three is also more than 20% longer than book two with more POVs, bigger world, etc.

Does book one $2.99 book two 2.99 book three 4.99 make sense for me to try?

Is it possible to bump book two up to 3.99?

Your thoughts are appreciated on this question? ;D

Writers' Cafe / Barnes and Noble ??
« on: June 16, 2018, 03:14:54 AM »
Ok guys,

How do you get going on B&N? I'm hitting daily sales on Amazon US, UK, Australia, Kobo, and itunes but nothing on B&N. :o 1 month ZERo sales. Last month 2 random sales.

Would bookbub US feature gain a lot of traction on B&N? I had an international deal almost a month ago and still see results related to that.

How do you guys do it?  ;D

Writers' Cafe / Book lengths in a series
« on: May 28, 2018, 10:19:30 AM »
Question for you guys,

I found that my books are getting progressively longer. More POVS, more locations, more storylines, etc.

My book one is a quick read (Just over 52000 words), Book three is over 60K, Book three is over 80K, and the final book is looking to be a beast. It's not filler. Like legitimate stuff that the characters are working through.

Should this matter or should all the books be similar lengths?

I finished my INT. bookbub and I'm getting daily sales on my backlist books which is really nice for a prawn like me and I'm hoping the last book will really make this a nice money maker for me before I start the next project.

Writers' Cafe / Bookbub question
« on: May 20, 2018, 10:49:34 AM »
When I got email confirmation on international deal they said you can resubmit after thirty days for US feature deal. I think this means from the time they sent the email or do they mean from the time the first deal ran?

Writers' Cafe / AMS ads targeting the UK, AU, etc
« on: May 19, 2018, 09:30:56 AM »
I can't remember if I heard correctly but can I target AMS ads for the UK amazon store (or others)? I'm very interested in trying this if possible. Is this a thing? It seems stores are disconnected in so many ways.

Writers' Cafe / My first Bookbub (international only)
« on: May 18, 2018, 09:48:49 PM »
Hey guys,

My first bookbub has been pretty enjoyable. It is an international only and started rough as somehow the Amazon Canada page didn't get price changed (yet it was showing as lowered in the KDP tray). Nevertheless, we hit #1 in Coming of Age Fantasy and are currently #290 in the paid UK store!

If anyone hasn't checked it out yet, we are running my book one (down in the signature).

I've lived vicariously through so many of you guys with your bookbub deals it's so nice to see how it feels. Next time, hopefully we can get a US feature deal!  =  )

Writers' Cafe / Amazon rankings
« on: May 18, 2018, 07:29:23 AM »
How fast does it tend to update?

If you sold a bunch of books in an hour should it update?

Writers' Cafe / AMS ads on books 2,3... in a series
« on: May 17, 2018, 08:37:02 AM »
Hey, for everyone running AMS ads for their later books do you do anything different than when you run AMS ads for book one? I'm really curious if the ads work well enough on the later books.

What says you? 8)

Writers' Cafe / Bookbub Non-US feature Big question!?
« on: April 24, 2018, 10:58:15 AM »
Hey guys,

I was approved for a Bookbub feature ad! YAY ;D

It's the Non-US one, though. But I'm still excited for the promotion!

My question is how long is a good time to leave my book discounted. They ask at what time I plan to return the price to normal. Should I make it 3 days...or is there something that worked best for you?

And this is a .99 cent deal by the way.

Thanks =  )

Writers' Cafe / automated free book
« on: April 04, 2018, 05:37:28 AM »
Hey, can we have mailchimp automatically send our freebook when the customer joins my link?

Can I make that the first automated email? Do I load the book up to mailchimp, or?

Writers' Cafe / Kobo rankings?
« on: April 03, 2018, 05:28:14 AM »
Does Kobo do rankings based on sales?

If not how can books rise?

Just curious as I've been getting much more traction (without paying promotions) through Kobo and wondering if I have any way to know if I'm moving up on any lists.

Writers' Cafe / Epic fantasy websites for book series
« on: March 28, 2018, 09:17:40 AM »
I'm looking for some examples for epic fantasy websites which promote book series.

Game of Thrones has a pretty good one. Do any successful indie authors run websites for their top series?

I'm interested in taking a look at them!

Writers' Cafe / Bookbub free vs. 0.99
« on: March 07, 2018, 04:22:15 AM »
I see that some authors run free promos through bookbub and some run their books for 0.99.

For those of you who have done so what do you consider the main advantages to either strategy?

Does a big free run on a book that is regular 2.99 or 3.99 provide a lot of benefits with the tail? Any personal stories of how it's helped are encouraged!

For those of you who have had success (of failure) at 0.99 what do you attribute it to?

And does bookbub accept you more often for free over 0.99?

Writers' Cafe / Looking for an inexpensive print formating
« on: March 04, 2018, 10:31:54 AM »
I already have the ebook formatted and am looking for a print format. Any recommendations?

Writers' Cafe / Hidden Gems (for non-romance series)
« on: March 04, 2018, 03:17:59 AM »
Does anyone have experience running a non-romance series through Hidden Gems services?

What were your numbers like?

Worth it?  :)

Writers' Cafe / Kobo Double Daily Deal???
« on: February 16, 2018, 07:09:48 AM »
Have others participated in this promotion before?

My book one was just selected and according to the info it's a "coveted merchandising spot". :o :o

What kind of downloads does one normally see? I priced to .99 from 2.99 in fantasy.

This will be my first promotion (first submission).

Writers' Cafe / Mailing lists can work!
« on: February 13, 2018, 08:08:53 AM »
As a prawn, I've listened to a lot of sage advice on the Kboards (and elsewhere) and I took it on faith that the mailing list was important. Although I have yet to do any paid promotions for my books I'd built up my mailing list to a modest 1,000 subscribers.

After releasing my newest book and getting the kinks worked out on formatting I sent out a very basic email to my list with a cover reveal and some links to the various vendors and to my surprise I've gotten over 100 clicks already and about eighteen sales on the various platforms (about 7 on Amazon, 3 on kobo, and the rest spread out between other vendors)

I know it's almost nothing for most of you but it's nice to see sales arrive at your beck and call without spending money. One of the most confidence inspiring parts is that I'm seeing almost even amount of buy (on that small sales number) between all three books.

My website is under construction for the next couple of weeks and as it finishes I'll be stepping up into the paid promotion zone hoping for even more good results. ;D

Basically, if you are brand new keep up the work and build your system even if you don't spend money you can start seeing sales.

Writers' Cafe / My newsletter is triggering email provider
« on: February 12, 2018, 04:02:38 AM »
A newsletter subscriber just sent me a screenshot of a warning provided along with my newsletter stating "Be careful with this message. The sender's account may be compromised, so this message could be a scam to steal personal information."

 :o :o

The email is a cover reveal for my newest book and links to several of the big retailers: Amazon, Kobo, Nook, etc.

It's a pretty simple email. I'm wondering what's going on and hoping this isn't widespread.

The subscriber is from a "gmail" account so perhaps that explains it? :'(

Writers' Cafe / Who has done a KOBO "free" promo?
« on: February 10, 2018, 09:14:56 AM »
I just gained access to Kobo promotions and saw that their promotions are for free ebooks but it isn't clear what the author gets out of this promo. Is this giving a rank boost or visibility boost through Kobo algorithms like Amazon? Or ONLY hoping for sell through?

Who has done this? =  )

Writers' Cafe / Nook Series page
« on: February 10, 2018, 07:08:02 AM »
Do these exist? Mine are all labeled part of a series but this doesn't seem to mean anything on Nook's site.

Do I have to email them and ask them to create a series page similar to Amazon?

Writers' Cafe / big problem in look inside
« on: February 08, 2018, 10:30:21 PM »
Hey guys, I have a big problem.

I just formatted my first book and I viewed the whole file through my kindle to fix any strange viewing problems with text, formatting, etc. Then I uploaded to Amazon and reviewed each page of the previewer to ensure it looked right.

Everything was fine.

Now it's live and the look inside has all kinds of errors. For example the text is all center justified in the live version but was not in the preview. The first paragraph in each chapter is showing up in a different font and larger  text size than the rest of the paragraph.


Why is this happening?

Book is called Blood Cauldron

Writers' Cafe / OK two more scrivener questions! = )
« on: February 08, 2018, 12:00:02 AM »
I'm formatting my book for the first time and things seem to be going alright, so far.

But, I need to make a TOC and I don't see options for that. Is there an easy way to do this? Or a walkthrough? I can't find one on youtube = /

And lastly, I want to add my world map.

Should I just add a section to the front and drop it in? I put the map image in but it's huge! I know there must be an easy way to resize it =  )

Thanks everyone!

Writers' Cafe / symbols for scene breaks SOLVED
« on: February 07, 2018, 10:22:20 PM »
Is there a place in scrivener which has symbols I can incorporate for scene breaks like a small star, circle, etc?

If not, what do others use for these when formatting?

Writers' Cafe / Apple vs. Amazon
« on: February 03, 2018, 09:33:17 PM »
I have just been writing, editing, preparing covers, plotting, etc these days. I've yet to start paid promotions, though that should change soon as my third and fourth book release) but I've just noticed I have been getting a lot more sales on Apple ibooks than Amazon. I have zero reviews on ibooks and about 15-16 reviews on Amazon.

Any reason my book would be getting more sales on Apple than Amazon?

For reference last pay period was only 2-3 for Amazon and about 15 for Apple.

I inquired before about some fantasy mystery covers and the elements the cover should entail. The vast majority of responders said to look through the sellers. After spending a while looking at these I found some things that are still giving me trouble.

1) There aren't that many books that are in mystery epic fantasy. If you get rid of the romance angle, and urban, paranormal there aren't many to look at.

2) The ones we did find were primarily from TRAD and I don't feel did much to convey genre. They mostly looked like normal fantasy covers. I didn't see any covers that really stood out as "wow".

I'm wondering, should I just made an awesome fantasy cover and make sure mystery is mentioned on the cover, in the blurb, and in whatever marketing I do?

I know I can slap a beautiful epic fantasy cover on it...but not sure if it will be worth it.

I had ideas of doing a cover with the "table full of objects" style mystery cover. The murder weapon and a few other objects from the book. But I also could do one showing off the local environment which is conveyed in the story.

I'd like to get the cover going soon but a little nervous.

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