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Writers' Cafe / Re: My experiece with Audiobooks
« on: Today at 04:51:38 PM »
Thanks for sharing, Ahmad! In the process of producing my first audiobook with ACX. I'm lucky enough to live in the US...

Writers' Cafe / Re: How Readers Discover New Books to Buy
« on: Yesterday at 03:07:22 PM »
That right there is the whole shebang. It's amazing how many authors write a book, slap a cover on it, put it up on Amazon and then wonder why no one is buying it. Then they start getting mad at Amazon for not doing enough to get the droves to flock to their book. Too many of them believe all those Youtube videos that tell them to write a book, put it on Amazon and you'll be making tens of thousands of dollars every night as you sleep. They all think they're the next Andy Weir.

Well, that's very easily fixed. If you're in KU, do a free run with Freebooksy and as many other ads that'll book you. If you don't take off at least a little bit after that, something's wrong with your book/presentation/etc.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How Readers Discover New Books to Buy
« on: Yesterday at 10:13:42 AM »
Yes, that is a useful article. I totally agree that the cover sure isn't WHY someone buys a book, but definitely a good cover will make them notice it easier. That being said, I don't spend hundreds and hundreds on covers. Lately, I've been using premades, and those covers are great and sell my books well. is the best!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Got good news today
« on: July 16, 2018, 12:32:08 PM »
That's great news. Hoping for more :D

Writers' Cafe / Re: KENPC for June 2018: US Rate 0.0046009 per page
« on: July 16, 2018, 12:26:52 PM »
Thank God it didn't go down at least. And thanks for doing the math. I'm too lazy...

Writers' Cafe / Re: ACX Audiobook
« on: July 15, 2018, 02:58:07 PM »
Congrats! Am in the process to produce my first. Can totally relate to your excitement ;D Hope you have many sales.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Launching at Full Price instead of 99c
« on: July 13, 2018, 08:45:36 AM »
I launch at $2.99 and then I usually do a Freebooksy day a few days after and go up to $3.99. That usually gets things rolling well. I launch books in KU, then go wide after the first 3 months.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Speculation about Kobo and KU
« on: July 09, 2018, 01:39:23 PM »
They said "very soon" in the email they sent me a couple of days ago with a request to fix some technical things with my blurbs that wouldn't work on Walmart's store.

Who sent you an email? Kobo? I didn't get one:(

Writers' Cafe / Re: Speculation about Kobo and KU
« on: July 09, 2018, 01:22:19 PM »
Does anyone know when they will launch their ebook sales? Like, can we expect it to happen this year? Just curious. Googled it and couldn't find info.

The Book Bazaar / Fatal Fixation - Psych thriller New release
« on: July 09, 2018, 12:42:51 PM »
Check out my new KU release, Fatal Fixation - a psychological thriller with a mind-blowing twist. (Click the cover to get to Amazon.)


Sparks fly when struggling actress Nina Tyler meets lawyer Dylan Whitman. Their chemistry is so intense Nina even rethinks her staunch position on relationships being a waste of time. But there's something about Dylan that scares her--and she knows it has nothing to do with fear of getting close to a man, like her best friend thinks. It's something far worse.

Preppy Dylan has had his heart broken and reluctantly ends up on a date with wild, complicated Nina. While her unabashed attitude unsettles him at first, he soon realizes that he really likes her. But the closer they get, the stranger she acts. Too late though---Dylan is hooked. And then Emma, the girl who broke his heart, is murdered, and it looks like Nina has something to do with it...

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bookbub on holidays
« on: May 30, 2018, 07:59:12 AM »
Just checked---137 so far (79 on the day of the BB). But this book is only available at Amazon as it's in KU. I've had about 20K in page reads in two days, expecting more today. The book is 400 KENPC. It's no 2,350 in the US amazon right now.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bookbub on holidays
« on: May 30, 2018, 07:36:58 AM »
55K?  Well done!  Was it a U.S. Bookbub?

Yes, it was available everywhere.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bookbub on holidays
« on: May 30, 2018, 07:36:30 AM »
Was it just free on memorial day itself? Would be interesting to see the numbers for flowthrough, if people catch up on emails after the holiday.

Yes, yes only on Memorial Day. Well, I had to make it free everywhere a few days before the BB, including Amazon. All vendors put it back to full price at midnight Memorial Day, but Amazon took till around 1.30pm EST to take it off free. Downloads kept going strong the day after Memorial Day (but they were stronger on Memorial Day). Great sales of the sequel on Memorial Day (it's in KU at the moment.) The final book in the trilogy will be out next week. This was my best BB ever.

Writers' Cafe / Re: To plot or not to plot
« on: May 29, 2018, 01:05:23 PM »
Genre is a big factor. Aside from always having a overall premise an idea of a cause and resolution to my narrative I pants my horror. But genres that require a solid framework of mystery and puzzle need plotting. Otherwise you just end up creating a Get Out Of Jail plot device to tie everything together.

Not true at all that mystery and puzzle need to be plotted. You can always go back and add details when you're done.

Writers' Cafe / Re: To plot or not to plot
« on: May 29, 2018, 07:00:31 AM »
I, too, jot down ideas to use later on a separate document as I write the story. When I get stuck, I look at those notes and get more ideas to keep writing.

Writers' Cafe / Re: To plot or not to plot
« on: May 29, 2018, 06:37:34 AM »
Pantser. But I always have a general idea what the book is about. I like to write myself into a corner, and then come up with a solution to get out of it. Makes for very unpredictable mysteries...

Writers' Cafe / Re: How many books have you published so far?
« on: May 29, 2018, 05:42:23 AM »
I started self-pubbing in 2014---not writing, have written for many years before that---and wrote romance because I was with a romance publisher. Published five books in a year I believe. Unpublished the romances and started over in 2015, writing thrillers, which is the genre I like. So far, have published maybe 20 novels? My income is growing every year. Will go full-time at the end of the year.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bookbub on holidays
« on: May 29, 2018, 05:34:42 AM »
What was the holiday? No idea.
It's called Memorial Day and it's pretty big in the US. Lots of people travel.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bookbub on holidays
« on: May 29, 2018, 05:34:10 AM »
Oh, well done!
Thanks! I'm eagerly awaiting for Amazon to switch to full price again.... Everyone else did a long time ago.

Writers' Cafe / Bookbub on holidays
« on: May 29, 2018, 05:29:53 AM »
Just wanted to let anyone who wonders if it's good to have a Bookbub on a holiday is worth it or not that it is. I had a free Bookbub (at all vendors) for my psychological thriller yesterday, which was Memorial Day. I gave away something like 55K and lots of sales on sequel. Average downloads are 34K, I think. Definitely worth it.  :D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Any self-published authors living in Sweden?
« on: May 28, 2018, 08:51:30 AM »
The only good thing with Sweden is our summers. If you intend to live in Stockholm I guess we are a couple of authors that could guide you around but be prepared for more traffic than we have ever had. Also, be aware that housing is extremely expensive and absolutely impossible to arrange for a decent rent. Most are forced into buying a house or apartment.. which for some reason still requires hefty rent.

Swedish media and publishing industry, if you decide to approach them, are forbiddingly difficult to enter unless you know someone or get a scholarship, indenture or similar. Many authors woe how difficult it is to get a book published with trade in US/UK/etc...  but it is even more so here. Old, very old, hierarchies still reign.

As for royalties and tax, yes, it's considered regular income and taxed as such so be prepared to pay a fair bit of it to the state. Social costs are only relevant if you intend to run as a business (could even be single person simple business but must then at lest be registered. If you run business you need to apply for F-skatt which means you pay your own social costs. They are the same for the media industry as any other , normally about 31% (be aware you ALSO have top pay income tax on top of that...) Sweden is, contrary to popular belief in some circles, NOT a beneficial place for entreprenurs. I strongly suggest you base your publishing income through an offshore company.

Anyway... enough clouds over my country. There are a few mundane benefits.. As mentioned, our summers are very nice. You can safely drink tap water. Everyone speaks English. "Almost" free healthcare (but Canadians have that too and ours leaves a lot to be desired).

I knew moving to the US was a great move... Though, I do miss the Swedish summers...  and salty licorice!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Poll - Dissatisfaction with Kindle Unlimited
« on: May 26, 2018, 03:45:47 PM »
I voted that I will let the 90-day subscription run out, then go wide. Which doesn't accurately depict my current situation. I went wide a while ago, but with my latest trilogy, I'm putting each book in KU for 90 days, then I go wide with that book and stay wide. This has worked well for me. I recommend it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Mac owners---is AppleCare worth it?
« on: May 21, 2018, 03:22:02 PM »
I'm definitely a risk-taker, so I guess I'll skip the extended warranty. Mine is a 2016 MacAir 13 inches. Paid $800 for it on sale at Best Buy last year and I love it. Sounds like it should be okay. Oh, and thanks so much for all the detailed input/answers!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Mac owners---is AppleCare worth it?
« on: May 21, 2018, 01:56:11 PM »
I'm somebody who never buys extended warranties.... except AppleCare. I always buy AppleCare and have found it to be totally worth the cost (and peace of mind).

I had a Mac Air that after about 2 years started having intermittent problems with the power port (as in I would plug it in and sometimes it wouldn't charge  :o). They repaired it a few different times, but the problem kept reoccurring. Finally, I asked for a replacement -- I was actually past the 3-year mark at this point but since it was well documented before my AppleCare expired they ended up sending me a brand new model. Yes, I was a delighted customer.  ;D

Several years ago they also replaced an iPhone for me under the AppleCare plan.

I've found Apple is actually very good about standing behind the coverage. That said, in both of my replacement cases it took some very persistent "I need to escalate this," to get to the level of support where I was assigned a specific person whose job it was to stay with me until there was a full resolution.

Thanks. I never had problems with my PCs until I dropped them. I'm surprised to hear about all these problems people are having with Mac computers. Mine is an Air as well and works great for right now (almost a year old). I thought Macs were supposed to be such great quality!! And here I'm hearing how they fall apart on their own after a couple of years. What the heck??

Writers' Cafe / Re: Mac owners---is AppleCare worth it?
« on: May 21, 2018, 11:38:43 AM »
Wow, now I'm leaning towards not getting it again:) I don't foresee dropping it like I did with my PCs (which was the reason they broke). Hopefully more ppl will chime in, and then I'll feel even more confident about the decision.

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