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Writers' Cafe / Re: Vellum - check it out!
« on: April 09, 2015, 08:27:31 AM »
I've been using Scrivener and most recently did a couple of books for my husband in Jutoh. If you use Vellum for ebooks, what do you do for paperbacks? I always do them at Createspace and don't want to stop...

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Unlimited Strategies
« on: July 18, 2014, 08:58:46 AM »
Hmm.. I've been thinking of writing shorter stuff but now this will make it work a try...

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Unlimited?? Anyone have the scoop?
« on: July 18, 2014, 08:28:47 AM »
But then again, maybe Amazon WANTS just a high volume of shorter, cheap works. In retail, we call it the illusion of choice. The more options available, the more likely the customer completes the sale...despite the fact that the majority of the time they will buy the same thing. McDonalds makes 70% of their revenue off of five menu items, and yet whenever they have scaled back their menu sales plummeted. WalMart went through the same thing a few years ago when they decided to "clean up" their aisles by limiting the number of options to those that customers buy most. The result was less foot traffic and plummeting sales.

I didn't know this and it makes prefect sense. Yep, we are part of the illusion!

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Wow, this is really inspiring! My first novel did pretty well, my second one didn't ride that wave like I hoped it would. I'm going to finish my 3rd one (about half done now) before going for permafree. I could feel my energy level and enthusiasm rising as I read your first post here!

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Scratch one more thing off my to-do list!

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I try to make my cover images distinctive enough that they will give some idea of the plot. I won't put a whole blurb in the front, but I might experiment with a one-sentence teaser...

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Well I am only 13, so that should help your averages pull down.

But I'm 71... raising the average a bit!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 1,000 Amazon Sales in 1 Day!
« on: May 20, 2014, 01:23:01 PM »
Thanks so much for sharing your successes with us all here. I was already going to get back to plotting my 3rd book tomorrow, and I'll do it faster and with more zest thanks to you!

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For me, it would be plotting. I love to do the writing after I've got a fairly detailed plot... tried being a pantser and ended up too scattered... but on my third cozy now, I'm still struggling with getting the plot figured out.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Using Bitcoins instead of Payal to sell your books
« on: December 29, 2013, 02:26:04 PM »
I might try it.. in five years or more. See how it settles out.

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No, I wouldn't, partly because I need to earn some money and I would probably throw myself into something else. (Crafts on etsy? Umm...)

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My husband and I never went the traditional route. In the 1980s, when we were raising llamas, we started a little publishing company focused just on that, I did several books, and he did several videos. That paid a good part of our bills though I did once create our living room sofa with a basis of books that had gone out of date.

Later, he got into natural building videos. Later still, we got a pretty good presence on the internet with our websites and when we went to Mexico, we said goodbye to 25 years of trips to the post office by turning the videos into Createspace DVDs. We still make part of our living from them.

He's staying with non-fiction paperbacks so far, but I've moved to fiction on Kindle and in paperback.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: NaNoWriMo - Nov 2013 - CONSOLIDATED thread
« on: November 22, 2013, 07:59:51 PM »
I finished my first cozy mystery during the July NaNo camp, and got it up on Kindle and Createspace late in Sept... it needed a LOT of tweaking after July. I wasn't exactly pantsing but my plotting was minimal and chaotic. Anyway, for this NaNo I am about 42,000 words into my second one, and I tried a different tack with it, spending a good bit of time in October on my plot outline in Scrivener. So I had a good idea where I was going when I began writing on November 1. I know I'll finish writing by the end of the month, but I may finish what I've got plotted at too few words and need to do more description. At present, it's too strong on dialogue!

I use the NaNoWriMo website to keep track of my word count progress and sometimes to read their pep talks, but I haven't gotten onto their forums. Nobody else doing it that I know of in my town.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP only reason you are published?
« on: November 22, 2013, 09:47:01 AM »
My husband and I have been self-publishing since the 80s, but it was all non-fiction paperbacks and later PDF ebooks. It has been a part of our income steadily if not spectacularly ever since. Last year I decided that my science fiction writer father had been dead for enough decades that I should get over thinking people would compare my writing with his, and I wrote a cozy mystery which is selling some. I think KDP was a big part of my being willing to try my hand at fiction.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How long did it take for your series to "take off"?
« on: November 22, 2013, 09:37:54 AM »
I've been happily surprised that my first book, the only one out so far, has been selling an average of 8 to 10 copies a day since it came out about 2 months ago. It's a cozy mystery ("Dead in the Stacks") with a 2.99 price tag, and the only promotion I've done is a bit on my personal page at Facebook... started a blog but am neglecting it for now, haven't even done my author page on Amazon. I know quite a few of my friends bought the book initially and that probably gave it a good start. It got into the top 100 cozy mysteries at Az a few times at first, and that must have helped.

My plan was to start doing promotion after I had 2 books in the open-ended series up, and that should be by the end of this year.

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