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Writers' Cafe / Re: My dashboard is bleeding sales
« on: July 14, 2018, 02:12:17 PM »
Well this would make sense as to why when I left my house this morning I had more royalties posted than I do looking now after getting home many hours later.... I'm just about on my last bit of patience waiting out amazon getting their act together, and damned tired of losing money to their mess ups.

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Summer YA Fantasy Free Book Fair
PROMO DATES: JULY 2nd-7th
SIGN UP BY 06/29

**GENRES ACCEPTED**
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.

FULL DETAILS and FORM:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScvRvD6x2uWsX5j55H6W2AMyCcOLTIeZxnCZW2oaCW2UIt33w/viewform?usp=sf_link

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Missing from Store
« on: June 12, 2018, 02:46:27 PM »
I ended up with 5 titles missing for over 24 hours and ranks eventually returned, but in a more diminished fashion.

However... the other messed up part is that in the 3 days leading up to this debacle, I'd been having stellar sales says. My rankings were up on all my books and I was having record sales days. Best I've seen in over a year.

And then boom... 5 of my 35 titles went missing across a couple different pen names and after they finally came back, all my sales tanked, hard. Almost vanished completely and still days later very few sales are posting.

Has anyone else who had books missing also having this other strange side effect?
I'd hoped it was just a delay or something, but I've never had days where I sold ONLY 1-2 books. This is just NUTS.

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One week left to join!

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Still time to join  ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: No App for Locating Mismatched Quotation Marks?
« on: June 06, 2018, 02:32:06 PM »
I use pro writing aid and it normally does a good job of finding missing quotations.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Missing from Store
« on: June 06, 2018, 08:50:31 AM »
Add me to the list of the missing  ::) 

I didn't even realize that it was missing for over a day already. I just got a reader message that they'd been trying to download it for over 24 hours. UGH.

EDITED TO ADD--I've got 4 titles missing. All first in series freebies and a bundle.

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Promo Updated to clarify this is for paranormal/supernatural/fantasy ROMANCE books with beachy settings... still time to join  ;D
https://dashboard.bookfunnel.com/bundles/board/39w50ckmht

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

BOOKS/GENRES ACCEPTED:
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.

Requirements:
**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

FOR FULL DETAILS, DATES, OR TO JOIN:

Promo #1: Summer Fantasy Adventure Free Book Fair
**BOOKS/GENRES ACCEPTED**
YA/Teen Friendly Only
Portal Fantasy / Fantasy Quest / Fantasy Adventure / Low Fantasy / Epic Fantasy
https://goo.gl/forms/6Dyz91DEKIcgVscF3

Promo #2: Sweet Summer Supernatural Romance Reads
**BOOKS/GENRES ACCEPTED**
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.
https://goo.gl/forms/AqC9xzze7ImaO5R32

Promo #3: Sizzling Summer Supernatural Romance Reads
**BOOKS/GENRES ACCEPTED**
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.
https://goo.gl/forms/17gM9JZD0glT38FT2

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Hello!
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!

FULL INFO OR JOIN HERE:
https://dashboard.bookfunnel.com/bundles/board/39w50ckmht

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Sorry to be a downer... but I've been waiting for over 4 weeks for price matching and had to cancel a free promo... not BB, that would have been soul crushing, but hard enough as it is. Amazon keeps matching, then it reverts to paid a day later... then back to free. They keep telling me it's a glitch they're trying to fix, meanwhile I can get nothing going for momentum since the rankings are a mess.

I have a couple more perma frees for other series they keep telling me they will match--but then I keep getting we need more time messages and another 4-5 days later nothing has happened so I email them again, and same thing... sorry, we need more time.

I recently left KU and went wide. I've been trying to set up book 1 perma frees and a couple of bundle freebies for almost a month now. Other authors are not having this issue are are getting matched within a day or two, and in the past that was the case for me too.

Anyway... price matching is not a guarantee and they can choose to be fickle now and then.

Is it really a glitch in my case? NO idea... starting to feel like I'm going in circles and they've just decided not to price match and are dragging out just telling me they aren't going to for whatever reason.

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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:
https://dashboard.bookfunnel.com/bundles/board/4gpoudh2c1

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.

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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.

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My requests are just as I usually do them, via the KDP contact for price matching. I report it on the sales page, but I never wait for that to kick in or I might be waiting for months.

And as I said above, my first request went as expected, actually much faster. But then starting days later my requests all of a sudden just got weird responses almost like some new department took it over or something and had no idea what to do. I've been back and forth with them about 4 times so far but I'm just not getting anywhere and they keep telling me they need more time to research the issue.

I've also got 2 covers that I tweaked and the new versions never made it to the amazon store even a week after publishing, and I've been back and forth on that as well and they keep telling me they'll get it fixed asap, but NOPE. Old covers still there. And when they say 1-2 days, I'm giving them 3-4 and then contacting again.

I mainly want to get my summer promotion set up and booked but I don't dare until I see they've done the price matching.

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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

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Last day to join the promo  8)
Starts tomorrow.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How fast does KU release books after leaving
« on: May 12, 2018, 04:22:04 AM »
I had a handful of books leave KU last night, and while in my dashboard they now show enroll in KU so I know they are out, they are still showing KU in the amazon store! Grrrr... does it usually have a delay like this? Or should I be contacting them to fix asap? I've got all my files uploaded to other places just waiting to hit publish.

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Promo start date pushed back a few days!
We need a few more authors to join.
You can now join up until May 13th  ;D

Thanks all!


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Timeline to join extended 48 more hours  :D
https://dashboard.bookfunnel.com/bundles/board/uc2b4su508


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Still a few days to join the bookfunnel promo for Witchy Romance Reads  ;D

https://dashboard.bookfunnel.com/bundles/board/uc2b4su508

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Promo Updated: Spring into Health!

We were calling it Spring into Cooking but have decided to expand that topic to overall health and well-being, diet and nutrition, and cookbooks.
Join until May 11th.

https://dashboard.bookfunnel.com/bundles/board/nhxwqvogwg

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While cover 1 does have a book 1 feel to it, cover #2 is the one that catches my eye first.

Perhaps if you were able to take cover 1 and turn that flame in his hand just a little brighter, to better match the others, it might draw the eye in more?

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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:

https://dashboard.bookfunnel.com/bundles/board/uc2b4su508


Thanks!

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There's still time to join--deadline is May 11th  :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Dealing with moving a book to a new pen name
« on: April 27, 2018, 02:04:51 PM »
I'm not quite sure on this, but last year I moved an entire series from a publishers account, to my own KDP account, and was advised by amazon that as long as all the book/series info stayed the same, they could transfer the reviews for me, which they did. However, if you're changing the author name, they might not see that as the staying the same and might not give them back to you.


 

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