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Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone Else Waiting on a US Payment Notice?
« on: December 22, 2016, 04:41:28 PM »
I was just coming here to check if others are still waiting for US payment, and I'm a little relieved to find that I'm not alone. It's kind of frustrating, especially since this month's payment is going to be relatively decent due to a new release in Sept/Oct, but I was one of the ones who got hit with KDP's mysterious KU glitch, and the KU reads were less than anticipated. I had a thought that perhaps AMZ may be addressing the "glitch" in this payment cycle, which is why it's late, but I'm probably indulging in wishful thinking.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Marketing, Book Launches, and Info
« on: November 22, 2016, 02:32:48 AM »
Mine's been pending too, but I do stay on the down-low most of the time. Ah well...

Writers' Cafe / Re: Red Feather Romance - worth the promo $$?
« on: November 12, 2016, 04:03:22 AM »
Thanks, folks, appreciate the feedback.

Writers' Cafe / Red Feather Romance - worth the promo $$?
« on: November 11, 2016, 04:04:11 AM »
Anyone use Red Feather Romance for promoting romance? It's another offshoot of Freebooksey, so it's fairly expensive. I do like that the categories are granular, but maybe too granular? I'm wondering if the ROI is there.

Writers' Cafe / Re: LGBT Authors Support Thread
« on: October 18, 2016, 05:27:26 PM »
I've been very happy with Beth Balmanno at By the Book Editing:

I wondered about certain genres getting hit harder than others as well. The books in my historical romance pen name have completely tanked. Even after a free promo run in late September, when I noticed there hadn't been sales and I needed juice the tank, there were no sales following decent downloads, which was a bummer.

The other pen name is in a different romance genre, and while my latest release (also in Sept) was disappointing, it wasn't a complete flop.

OTOH, as a reader, it has been frustrating to see the same books recommended to me over and over based on my browsing history no matter what I did. Maybe I wasn't alone. I wonder now if there has been a tweak to Zon's search engines which was very disruptive to the Also Boughts and recommends.

The beta test invitation just showed up in my KDP dashboard. Has anyone given it a go yet?

Just tried to check in on my KDP numbers just now and the report is down with a big red sign: "We are working to update these reports. Check back soon."

Fingers crossed they are addressing the issue.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing Partnerships - the business side
« on: September 12, 2016, 04:15:29 PM »
Thank you, I'd never heard of residential property taxes potentially being reassessed as a business as a result of incorporating, so that is new (to me) information and could be a difference-maker.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing Partnerships - the business side
« on: September 12, 2016, 10:06:02 AM »
Thank you, Julie, this is just the type of nuts-and-bolts information I was seeking. Is it desirable to establish an LLC at this point, or is that simply another administrative layer that isn't necessary? I've read both sides pro and con for LLCs and am curious what others think.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Writing Partnerships - the business side
« on: September 12, 2016, 09:40:54 AM »
Julie, I think she means she's going to collaborate with someone, and they're going to publish under a single name, but she doesn't know how the finances need to be handled because Amazon will only deposit the profits into one author's bank account.

I apologize if I got that wrong.

Yes, this. Sorry if I was unclear. It's a partnership for a new pen name, not one of the current three that I have already established.

Writers' Cafe / Writing Partnerships - the business side
« on: September 12, 2016, 07:30:32 AM »
I'm considering a writing partnership for a new pen name and I'm wondering about the business side as I know KDP only allows one bank account per author. Currently I've been earning a decent amount but not enough to go full time, therefore I've been having royalties deposited in my household account (I have a day job, so taxes haven't been an issue yet). I've been meaning to get serious about the business side for a little while now and now that the partnership opportunity has been presented, now seems like a good time.

I'd be grateful if folks could give me insights about the business side of writing partnerships, let me know the pitfalls and things that are no-no's with KDP, or best practices.

Apologies if this topic has been recently addressed elsewhere on the boards, a search turned up nada.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Help me tear apart my blurb M/M fantasy romance
« on: September 09, 2016, 03:58:27 AM »
Can I ask if the story is PG-13-ish, or more a hard-R? The cover, to me, skews a little YA, but the set up (prince and slave) goes down the erotica path, which may be confusing to some readers.

If it lands on the hard-R (lots of sexytimes), perhaps consider flipping the blurb to start with what's at stake for Havyn.

There are a lot of names being thrown at the reader right off the bat, and if a potential reader is skimming, they might not take the time to absorb them.


Thank you for featuring an m/m romance author.

My questions would be: what is your advertising strategy? Do Facebook ads work for this particular genre?

Two LGBTQ novels won RITAs this year. Do you see LGBTQ romance novels getting more popular with romance readers?

What is the difference in the market between when you got started in m/m verses today?

I'm looking forward to this podcast!

Just emailed you, Annette, thank you for organizing!

Writers' Cafe / Re: S.Frost Book Cover Designs
« on: May 20, 2016, 04:04:55 AM »
I must chime in and say that I feel that Sylvia's awesome cover for Bait was a key reason the novel got up to the 200 ranking overall in Amazon's store. Plus she was a joy to work with.  ;)

I am interested, thank you for organizing.  :) I'll email you.

Thanks, Lia, I did not know about the Rainbow Shelf.

Ebook Hounds also has a targeted LGTBQ list, but I'm unsure of the ROI.

Thank you for starting this podcast series, and I look forward to learning alot. I feel a solid craft foundation is the key to breaking through in a saturated market. Readers may not consciously know why a book is "good" but they respond to the storytelling and it gives them the confidence that your other books will be "good" too. At least, that's what I've found, and it's been very gratifying to have reviews like "I didn't expect much when I began but I was hooked on page one" or "This book was a pleasant surprise, I couldn't stop turning the pages." Then the reader network gets engaged with word-of-mouth and half the marketing headaches are taken care of.

Great post. I hope to go part time at my day job in a year or so, knock wood.

The most effective sales tool I've found is making sure the blurb is pristine and will appeal to readers in the genre with the tropes they hunger for. In fact, I write the blurb first before I even outline the novel, so that I'm making sure I'm creating a story the reader in the genre really wants. A killer blurb will get the new reader to stage 2, which is to click the Look Inside. Of course, it goes without saying that page one of the novel needs to grab your reader by the throat.

Libbie Hawker has an awesome tutorial on blurbs:

Oh cool, I was just exploring KS as a way to launch a new series. Timely and informative, thank you!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone use Kindle Scout to launch a series?
« on: March 02, 2016, 04:02:00 AM »
My Bad Tom Series does exactly that. The first book is Kindle Scout and the next two are not. I am truthfully not sure if that helps or hinders me.

Because the books really need to be read in order, I am unable to do any real marketing for the series. This is because the first book has never gone on sale.
It's not on sale yet? That would be very frustrating, especially if the other books are ready to go. Has Amazon let you know when they will release it?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone use Kindle Scout to launch a series?
« on: March 01, 2016, 05:33:09 PM »
I think if I got accepted by kindle scout I'd want the power of Amazon behind all my next releases in the series. If your first book is accepted, you're exclusive so may as well stay exclusive and keep their marketing. It's a five year contract isn't it?

It's 5 years, 50% royalty split, and if it earns less than a set amount in the 5 years, the rights revert upon request.

Thanks, all.

Writers' Cafe / Anyone use Kindle Scout to launch a series?
« on: March 01, 2016, 10:30:23 AM »
I'm considering launching a new series under a pen name and I was wondering if anyone jumpstarted the process by using Kindle Scout for the first book. My thought was that participating in the program might help Book 1 gain some traction in the Amazon store and find initial readers. Books 2 and 3 would be published independently.

Pros? Cons? Dumb idea?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Did everyone hear about Samhain?
« on: February 26, 2016, 07:03:30 PM »
This is shocking, but not unexpected. Looking at Amazon's top 100 in any of romance's subcats, a good chunk is taken by KU titles. I fear other digital presses like Riptide might follow Samhain's exodus.

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