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Final chance to sign up--starts Monday  ;D

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We're up to 19 books now  ;D Still a couple more days to join, the cross promo starts Monday the 9th!

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There's still time to sign up--deadline is 04/08/2018
Thanks to everyone who has signed up so far  ;D

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Hello!
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.

ALL INFO or JOIN HERE----> https://dashboard.bookfunnel.com/bundles/board/m0vi72yg9i

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Just thought I'd update since I'm getting a few DM's on the subject--if your series isn't on the site yet, it means I haven't posted it yet. I have a backlog of almost 100 series forms to get through.

There is NO rejection of forms/books UNLESS there is info missing, or entered incorrectly (like links to your books, which has happened twice). So, as long as your info is correct, in time, your books will get posted  8)  But do make sure your info is complete and correct as I do not go searching for it, I simply don't have the time.

Thank you for sharing your completed series!
Once I do get all the forms uploaded to the site I'll post back here to let everyone know--of course, you're still free to sign up if you have not.

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If I don't see my series, does that mean you simply haven't had time to post it?

Correct!
I have lots of forms to get through--although, there were 2 I had to throw out as the forms were not filled out fully--no book links were given and I don't have time to go search for books and links  ;)

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-- THE FORMS ARE OPEN AGAIN--

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, links below.
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. 

FOR AGES 18+ SERIES: https://completedseriesbookshelf.blogspot.com/p/for-authors.html
FOR LOWER CONTENT SERIES (Teen/YA/Clean Reads): https://jlbyagiveaways.blogspot.com/p/for-authors.html

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Yes I'm confuzzled too. My two complete series don't have swearing or explicit sex but they aren't aimed at teenagers. I don't know where to put them.

From previous post:

For those asking about content rating clarification....

I created a key specifically for these sites after testing with my readers and tweaking until they were happy with it. YA does not auto equal children's or MG book (on this site), it simply explains the content rating of the book--per listings on this site. Each book is then also broken down by genre and availability (see the site sidebar-- labels).

I first started out with specific ages, like appropriate for 11+ or 16+ however, my readers got the impression that 11+ meant it was a kids book and were not looking at them. Example--a cozy mystery aimed at an adult reader base, but the content was no swearing and only light romance--nothing more than kissing on the page. Putting that in 11+ confused them... putting it as YA, they liked this better. And making the reader happy and more apt to click and buy is what I'm aiming for ;D If it makes the reader less confused, I'm sticking with it.

On this site:
YA = A clean read (no swearing, any romance is light and only kissing).
TEEN = may have mild/limited foul language, may have romance and passion, but any sex is behind closed doors.

ADULT SITE = if strong language is used often, or on the page sex scenes occur.

When filling out the form, be sure to add tags and keywords that define your genre, sub genres, themes, and whatnot, this way, it auto files into the appropriate labels (again, those get listed in the sidebar on the site). Here's the YA/TEEN site again: https://jlbyagiveaways.blogspot.com/

Hope that clarifies  :D

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For those asking about content rating clarification....

I created a key specifically for these sites after testing with my readers and tweaking until they were happy with it. YA does not auto equal children's or MG book (on this site), it simply explains the content rating of the book--per listings on this site. Each book is then also broken down by genre and availability (see the site sidebar-- labels).

I first started out with specific ages, like appropriate for 11+ or 16+ however, my readers got the impression that 11+ meant it was a kids book and were not looking at them. Example--a cozy mystery aimed at an adult reader base, but the content was no swearing and only light romance--nothing more than kissing on the page. Putting that in 11+ confused them... putting it as YA, they liked this better. And making the reader happy and more apt to click and buy is what I'm aiming for ;D If it makes the reader less confused, I'm sticking with it.

On this site:
YA = A clean read (no swearing, any romance is light and only kissing).
TEEN = may have mild/limited foul language, may have romance and passion, but any sex is behind closed doors.

ADULT SITE = if strong language is used often, or on the page sex scenes occur.

When filling out the form, be sure to add tags and keywords that define your genre, sub genres, themes, and whatnot, this way, it auto files into the appropriate labels (again, those get listed in the sidebar on the site). Here's the YA/TEEN site again: https://jlbyagiveaways.blogspot.com/

Hope that clarifies  :D

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Yes, I did see that, but it suggests (to me, at least) that category is aimed only at young readers. I guess I'll go for 18+ and hope no one is disappointed at the lack of profanity and explicit sex!

I think you're missing it on the form.
FROM THE FORM:

YA = (NO swearing, minimal violence, romance okay but no more than innocent kissing)

Teen = (on our page this is minimal swearing, passion and romance okay, but any sex is behind closed doors)

Sorry, I'm not sure where the confusion is. But in this case, it sounds like yours would be in the teen category, not 18+.... the 18+ readers will be grumpy if they expect sex and there isn't any--just saying  ;)

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The YA site is YA/TEEN, if you go to form it breaks down the options for content rating  ;D

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Thanks for signing up!

There are two ways to join the weekly digest--there SHOULD be a bright orange bar that floats around the top of the website for those wishing to signup via messenger bot, and there SHOULD be a popup that comes up for an actual newsletter option. If they are not coming up for you, let me know and I'll check on it as I do see them when I go to the sites  ;D

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-- THE FORMS ARE OPEN AGAIN--

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. 

THANK YOU!
FOR AGES 18+ SERIES: https://completedseriesbookshelf.blogspot.com/p/for-authors.html
FOR LOWER CONTENT RATED SERIES: https://jlbyagiveaways.blogspot.com/p/for-authors.html

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 :D sounds good!

Last 48 hours to get the .99 box set  :D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Author Beta
« on: December 29, 2017, 10:57:22 AM »
Got the invite and thinking of trying it out, but do any of you who have joined know--can you merge more than three pen names under the same account now? Or did they keep that rule of only three per account?

UPDATE-- Amazon responded way fast! But unfortunately, more than three pen names under one account is still not an option. So that's not super helpful. Oh well.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: We now have 2 rows of Sponsored Ads on our book's page
« on: December 20, 2017, 09:04:44 AM »
I'm not seeing it today, but a few days ago I noticed on more than one of my book pages that the sponsored products was showing ABOVE alsobots. I was not a fan of that at all!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How to find your 'wide' books
« on: December 09, 2017, 01:57:18 PM »
If you're through D2D, these are the subsidiary stores to look out for:

inktera, 24 symbols, indigo,
blz.nl, libris.nl, buch.de, fnac,
mondadori, angus and robertson

plus any others you might have distributed to.
But those above are offshoots of tolino, BN, kobo

FNAC can be a real pain to get out of. Both times I've removed my books I had to have D2D send take down notices to FNAC because they only removed some of the books, even after 2 weeks of waiting! And then, a month after they were finally removed, 2 of the books showed up in the store again. So be diligent about checking them.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Moving book to another KDP account
« on: November 07, 2017, 06:06:53 AM »
I realize this is an older thread, but I'm wondering if anyone has made a move like this recently? I'm in a similar situation where I might sign with a small local publisher to handle certain aspects as my book list is becoming more than I can manage, but it would require moving some of them to the publishers account rather than my own. I'm about to send a note to KDP as well, but thought I'd do some research while I'm waiting for a reply.

Mainly, my concern is would I still control the amazon author page? Or would that have to be transferred to the new publisher as well, and if so, would that would mean losing all my followers?

From what I've managed to locate on the subject, I will lose rank but should be able to retain reviews.

ALSO, and I just thought of this and will go add to my KDP note as well, but this series is in KU, should I wait until the 3 months are up? It's still going to be in KU once republished, but I'd hate for that to be some sort of confusing mess.


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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.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Drop Method--Later in a Series?
« on: October 26, 2017, 08:09:24 AM »
Well, I was kind of hoping people would share opinions on both. But the idea still applies to an existing series. Putting book 6 out and at the same time putting books 7 - 10 up for preorder. Same idea. Again, just asking what people think of it. I'm not trying to co-opt your thread, but since the issues are so close to the same, I was hoping to expand the discussion just slightly.

No worries. It's just that I've seen that scenario (brand new series) discussed in other threads (that also started out as different topics :) ) so I was trying to come at it from this particular angle of the already established series, and whether it would have any benefit. I'm 50/50 on the idea. Part of me wants to try it just to see what happens, and part of me just wants to release the books as I finish them. Lots to ponder.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Drop Method--Later in a Series?
« on: October 26, 2017, 07:49:16 AM »
Another option, that I wonder what people think of: Putting book 1 up for sale and on the same day, putting the rest up for pre-order, with staggered release dates. That way, people who want to buy the next book right away can pre-order it immediately, but you still get more of a tail.

What about that?
But this is strictly for a series that already exists, not a brand new series. Looking at the possibility of using a release method that some authors have good success with (with brand new series or pen names), but trying to apply it to later releases in an already existing series.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Drop Method--Later in a Series?
« on: October 26, 2017, 07:46:06 AM »
Pricing is definitely something to keep in mind. And I'm wondering if thinking in that manner that doing a pre-order might be the way to go then.
I think I'd even do some discount pricing, maybe 2 of the books .99 each and the others my normal prices of 2.99/3.99 that way they don't feel like they are spending a lot right up front to get them.

And its all about visibility really, and being in KU (with this series at least), then pricing might not even matter much and some won't pre-order anyway because they'll wait to borrow. Hmmmm.. things to ponder.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Drop Method--Later in a Series?
« on: October 26, 2017, 07:15:40 AM »
It's something I was already sort of thinking of, having the rest of the books in the series ready to go, BUT I was going to set up pre-orders for 3-4 weeks apart.... so now it's deciding whether to stick to that plan or perhaps try the drop method and see if it does anything of benefit. I've got some time to think on it as I wouldn't be ready to release or pout up pre-orders until after New Year anyway.

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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. 

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

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