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Writers' Cafe / Re: one-star review, need advice
« on: February 19, 2018, 05:06:39 PM »
I have a one-star that simply reads, "Wouldn't download." And they still didn't remove it.

That could be taken two ways. You obviously feel it meant that the reader had a problem with the download and never received the book.

But, it could also be a warning to others.

Just being the Devil's Advocate here. ;)

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: February 14, 2018, 08:03:50 PM »
I'm actually finished for this week already. I love it when a plan comes together. I'm off for the boat show, and when I get back, I'll be a day ahead of schedule. Just by turning it up a notch for a couple of rainy weekends, I was able to get far enough ahead, that I can take time off to play. Anyone in Miami want to drive my truck back for me? I might buy something while I'm there.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Subtitle Query
« on: February 11, 2018, 06:58:08 PM »
I think it works in some cases, and doesn't in others. The sub-title of my two series are Caribbean Adventure Series, and Caribbean Thriller Series. I don't target Caribbean readers, but those who have visited El Caribe, or would like to. I don't think that would hold true for British Thriller Series, though, as you're pinpointing a location, as opposed to my broader location. Maybe something other than British? London Thriller Series sounds more enticing. Or Piccadilly Thriller? I don't know, just thinking out loud. Dover Cliff Thriller? North Atlantic Thriller?

Writers' Cafe / Re: one-star review, need advice
« on: February 11, 2018, 06:48:15 PM »
If the email to Amazon is 200 words, that's 200 words you could be writing in the next book, which would be a much better use of your time, because Amazon won't remove it.

My books have been featured in BookBub almost twenty times now. But, here's the kicker, I've applied at least 400 times. You don't have to wait four weeks to apply again. You can apply immediately at a lower price. And you don't have to use just the first in series. Last week, my third book was in BB and it was hugely successful. I've had BB promos on books 1-6 of the series and all have been hugely successful.

Basically, I apply on a Monday for a discounted BB. When it's rejected, I apply the same day for a free feature. When that's turned down, I move to the next book. On any given day of the week, all year long, BookBub has an application from me. Their selection process isn't based on the number of reviews or the average. Mostly, they look for a book that fits well with books already selected, or other books in the application process.

With three books, you can apply every five days and still be within their four week rule.
Book One discounted on the 1st
Book One free on the 6th
Book Two discounted on the 11th
Book Two free on the 16th
Book Three discounted on the 21st
Book Three free on the 26th
Book One discounted whatever date is 28 days after its last application, in this case on the 6th.

It takes planning, so you don't violate their rules. I've been doing it this way for almost four years now. And that's the secret to my success with BookBub. Bury 'em. With 15 novels to choose from, I can literally send an application every single day.

Thanks Wayne. I appreciate it. Enjoy the warm weather. Sometimes I miss it (like today, 5-6 inches last night). Spent over 40 years in central Florida. Not much of a Miami person, though. Love the keys, crystal River, Tampa Bay. Saint Johns. Boaters? Ah-yep. Traded my fishin rods for white tail and a crossbow 10 years ago. Lolol

Happy to help. This is a lot bigger than any one of us and will impact how indie business is conducted in the future.

I'm not big on Miami either. But it's the biggest boat show of the year. And boaters are my target audience. And the official launch of my radio network (I own 5K shares) will be at the boat show on Saturday. I'm being interviewed live, along with my friend Eric Stone, who just recorded a song about my books. So, it's a business trip, albeit a fun one.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: February 11, 2018, 06:21:49 PM »
Thirty-four words more than planned this week, putting me a good three days ahead of schedule. I can easily take two days off next week for the boat show, and still be a day ahead of schedule when I finish Wednesday's writing session.

Dropped another nickle in the kitty, via PP. Whatever I have left after my trip to Miami next Thursday, I'll split between yours and Christina's fundraisers.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Words to KU pages conversion
« on: February 10, 2018, 07:30:36 PM »
Word count is ambiguous in calculating KENPC. If two books have the same number of words, but one has a lot of big words and the other has a lot of small words, they won't be the same KENPC.

Mine range from 160 to 200 words per page. I did a comparison about two years ago and found that my books were within about 1% when counting characters per page, including spaces.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Reasons for a rise in ranking?
« on: February 10, 2018, 07:25:06 PM »
Book rank doesn't just reflect how many sales or borrows the book had. It reflects how many sales or borrows it;s had compared to every other book on Amazon. A book can move up and down in rank without any sales or borrows, if the books ahead of it in rank have a slow day.

That's probably not the case here, since you've had zero sales and page reads for a long time. Sometimes, it's just a bug in the machine. Though no longer relevant, this graph shows just that. A drop in rank from about #7000 to #260,000 and back up to #7000 the next day. It makes the graph totally unreadable. A two day drop and rebound of over 250,000 spots just isn't possible.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Pricing a box(ed) set
« on: February 10, 2018, 07:09:01 PM »
Ideally, you want the box set to be less than the price of the four individual books, so your high price is $15.95.

You also want the price to be higher than the price of books 2-4. That way, someone who buys book one won't save money by buying the box set instead of the next three books. So, your low price point would be $11.98.

Therein lies your problem. Both your high and low are above the $9.99 to get 70%. Maybe consider a three book box set. Then your high and low would be $11.96 and $7.99.

With a three book box set priced at $7.99, a reader might buy #1 for $3.99, like it and want the rest. Buying the next two individually would be $7.98, once cent less than buying the box set. Sure, it's only a penny, but human nature will push them to save that penny and buy the next two individually.

Except for the fact that the defendant AND her counselor are held responsible, jointly and severally, for payment in an anti-slapp. At least that's the way I understand it. I don't see an attorney being able to continue working as an officer of the court, with an outstanding judgement against him.

Phoenix makes a very good point. Right now, you'll either have to spend money to answer the opposition, or not answer it and if the judge says California does have jurisdiction over you (which I highly doubt will happen), then you could probably spend less money on an anti-slapp. I really think this judge WANTS to see an anti-slapp.

Edited. Drop me a PM if you have any questions. - Becca

I farted last week and the wind's been out of the east for ten days. By now my fart's in California and people there can smell it. Should I be looking out for another meaningless motion?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you read your own novels?
« on: February 06, 2018, 07:49:53 AM »
The first time I do a complete read through of my own books, is after my narrator finishes recording. I do the quality editing myself, listening and following along with the published ebook manuscript.

I will admit though, sometimes I have to look something up from a previous book and occasionally get sucked into the story and spend too much writing time reading my own stuff.  :o

Writers' Cafe / Re: Can someone explain audible pricing?
« on: February 06, 2018, 07:45:18 AM »
Kevin hit the high points. Audible subscribers have a variety of prices available. They can use their one credit per month, buy more credits, pay the member price, or buy the Whispersynched ebook and get the audiobook for $7.95.

To us, the bottom line is how much will your royalty be per audiobook sale. As a general rule of thumb, I calculate the average royalty paid per audiobook from the previous month and use that to estimate the current month. It goes up and down constantly. Right now, I'm estimating a royalty of $3.64 per sale.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Post BookBub depression! :(
« on: February 06, 2018, 07:36:36 AM »
Until recently, I did not take my writing seriously. It was just a hobby. Yes, it made some money last year... but it was hardly bill paying money. But I can now see that, with three or four earners out there, I might could make a serious go at this.

My idea, when I released my first book, was that I might make enough extra cash to buy some woodworking tools, so I could get off the road and build cabinets and canoes. I was an over the road trucker at the time, away from home and family for two weeks at a time, then home for one day. I somehow guessed that one book wouldn't do the job, and quickly wrote a second, longer one, in a matter of two months. During that two months, the first one earned $59.68, not quite enough for a cheap circular saw, much less the equipment I needed. But, after the second book was released on December 18th, 2013, my total sales for that month leaped up to $529.77.

That was about the time I found KBoards. Armed with a few simple marketing ideas learned here, January, 2014 was a $2644.87 month. A light bulb switched on inside my skull. Fast forward four years to last month, and the release of my 15th novel in late December, coupled with a BookBub promo three days before the release, and January turned into an estimated $78,238.19 month. That's a lot of western red cedar, mahogany, and teak.

I still don't have the power tools, but the woodworking shop is incorporated in the design of the new home I'll build in 2019. ;)

Writers' Cafe / Re: 5,000 words per week club.
« on: February 04, 2018, 06:43:22 AM »
Wayne, thank you for sharing your process. Just catching up with this thread now, and I'm inspired. Your spreadsheets and your sage advice has given me a sorely needed boot to the behind. You've also caused me to shed my usual slacker attire and create a production schedule. I'm hard at work on a new trilogy and much more optimistic about 2018 now. I think a plan similar to yours will help keep me accountable. Many thanks.  8)

Anything for The Great Labowski, Ken.

The slacker or procrastination gene is in all of us. Cavemen knew instinctively that doing anything meant burning precious calories. So, he put off climbing the mountain to see what was on the other side, until after he could kill something and eat it. Procrastinating made him fat and happy and he put it off another day. You'll find his bones, still on the far side of that mountain.

The only way to overcome the procrastination gene is to deliberately do the work anyway, even if you can put it off until tomorrow. And that takes planning. A written plan with little steps to achieve a specific goal.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Post BookBub depression! :(
« on: February 03, 2018, 06:23:21 PM »
I hate to sound like a broken record, but you're doing things in the wrong order. Before you start promoting a book, it needs a sequel. Nothing, no amount of promotions, ads, or arm twisting will sell a good first book as well as a good second book.

Broken record part:
Set it aside. Forget you wrote it. Don't bother checking sales. Put all your energy into publishing the sequel. Stop what you're doing, and start writing. Anything else (if you want to succeed as a writer) is a waste of time. With the minor exception of that you now know what BookBub can do.

It's a fantastic promotional tool, but it gets even more fantastic when there are more and more books after the one advertised. For instance, here's two months of Ruthless Charity's sales. It's the second book in what will be a four book ongoing series in April. Right now there are only three published. The series is a spinoff of a very successful 12 volume series. On December 24th, the first book in the Charity series, Merciless Charity, was featured in BookBub. Ruthless earned an average $50 more per day for 12 days. That's $600 more in earnings. It continues to sell $25 above normal today, six weeks later, adding an additional $750 on top of the $600. And it's just one book. When book one in the originial series is in BB, I see this same graph for all twelve books, the peak coming later with each subsequent title, and of course lower, because not everyone is going to read all twelve. It boggles the mind.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How Do You Come Up With Book Ideas?
« on: February 03, 2018, 05:55:11 PM »
By and large a lot of my ideas are conceived in actual events. Either a person I once met, or a situation I was once in, then I expand on it and make it into something a reader will like. I've taken a lot of shots on my first book, because the protagonists wife is raped and murdered on their wedding night. Some have even suggested that because I wrote it, I condone it, or wish it. When in actuality, it really happened. I got the idea from a real life kidnapping, that happened in the Eighties.

But, the majority of my characters and plot ideas come from real life experiences, and virtually all of the settings in my books are drawn from experience. Except Cuba. I haven't been to Cuba yet.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I can't figure out why my novel isn't selling
« on: February 03, 2018, 04:56:48 PM »
But, first they would have to have been struck the first time. My point is that the odds of making anything close to "living on" money with one book, is on the order of a million to one. It just doesn't happen.

Writers' Cafe / Re: When does Amazon report "reads"
« on: February 03, 2018, 04:54:24 PM »
It may update every six minutes, but I've seen on multiple occasions that sales do no show up on the dashboard for hours. And I'm not referring to the monthly sales or the royalties, I am talking uniquely about the dashboard. I've even seen this entirely firsthand when I paid in full for two of my books on two separate occasions (unfortunately for me, it was only a few days later that KDP offered my author copies at cost).

I couldn't speak to the KU reads though regarding the same thing. I've only seen the sales stuff with ebooks and paperbacks.

I'm talking strictly about ebooks, not paperback. I'm about five weeks after my most recent launch and three days after a VERY high month. Sales volume averaged 340 ebook sales per day. I can assure you, the Ka-Ching on Book Report goes off ten times an hour. If the dashboard doesn't change for hours, then no sales happened.

Writers' Cafe / Re: When does Amazon report "reads"
« on: February 03, 2018, 04:50:14 PM »
Here's a perfect example. Book three in my first series is free today. It hasn't sold a single copy. Book one in the same series has sold 40 copies. Right now on BookReport, book three, which hasn't sold anything, is my third highest revenue producer. Book one is only $.99, but even with 40 sales today it's my 12th highest revenue producer. This is because book three had a lot of sales yesterday afternoon. In fact it went from less than ten sales at 5pm my time, to 25 sales by end of day. Most of those afternoon and evening sales didn't clear the bank until after midnight, so the revenue goes onto today, while the sales volume was recorded for yesterday.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is it possible to make a living writing fiction?
« on: February 03, 2018, 03:57:49 PM »
Just remember that every single author started with just one book.  :) Keep writing.

I keep a screen shot of my October through November, 2013 sales graph in my office to keep me grounded in reality. I didn't get paid for those months until February, 2014, because my first book didn't earn enough. It sold 23 copies before the second one was released. Mostly to friends and family. But, on December 18th, 2013, I released the second book. Both sold over 100 copies in those last two weeks of the month.

What Pauline said; keep writing.

Writers' Cafe / Re: When does Amazon report "reads"
« on: February 03, 2018, 03:49:19 PM »
Some days KDP dash reporting seems random (no regular intervals between updates). Some afternoons it seems to freeze for a couple hours, as it always seems to do between 8-10pm PT. Sales seldom match with MTD numbers and seem to arrive in batches (0 for several hours, then five sales appear). There are days when Book Report numbers never sync with KDP's, which is odd because the former draws data from the latter.

At best I view KDP and Book Report as ballpark estimates.

Sales and revenue are two different things and aren't represented as equals on either KDP or Book Report. When a sale occurs, it will show up on the Dashboard within six minutes. If it hasn't changed for six minutes, there wasn't a sale. Revenue shown on both the KDP Dashboard and on Book Report (BR draws its data directly from KDP), is updated every six minutes also. The lag between the sale being counted and the revenue being displayed is the time it takes the sale to clear the bank. In the evening and on weekends, that lag can be long. Some banks don't process payments at all during non-business hours.

In short, sales volume and revenue will never match and will update at different times.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I can't figure out why my novel isn't selling
« on: February 03, 2018, 03:37:09 PM »
The link to it is in my signature. It's my first and only fiction book. My ads for it have gotten clicks. To the tune of well over two hundred clicks between five ads that I have run between AMS and FB. I have worked with a copywriter to focus them with concise and engaging language and they are definitely getting the clicks, but pretty much nothing is converting into sales or KU downloads. My cover is professionally done, my book is professionally edited, and my blurb was written by a talented copywriter. Honestly, I don't get it. And the people who have read the book have all enjoyed it. What am I missing?     

Edit to add: I am running a second version of my blurb. So the initial one when I posted this will no longer be visible in half a day or so.

You answered your own question with the second sentence.

Forget you ever wrote that first novel. Set it aside. It's not going to do much of anything without a second one to back it up. Yeah, some have done well with a first novel. Some have been struck twice by lightning, too.

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