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Writers' Cafe / Re: Am I doing my launch all wrong?
« on: Yesterday at 04:31:32 AM »
Thank you everyone, this has been REALLY helpful. As an indi writer maybe the hardest thing is feeling alone, so it's good to feel like you're not! I will be telling the KS today, and announcing it on FB etc. I will also experiment with AMS (I'm not actually sure what it stands for!) but I will keep it at 99c (down from the official price of 2.99). And yes, I am working on the next!

Alex, I just gave you a short mention in my newsletter. Not sure if it'll help, but I tried. Best of luck!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Went wide and reviews begin to disappear
« on: February 22, 2018, 07:28:36 PM »
In order to be suffering from confirmation bias, I'd have to had a bias in the first place. :) If everybody here who reported losing reviews was newly departing Select, I might have believed Amazon was targeting people going wide. Instead, we see some people staying with Select and some people leaving targeted at the same time. Conclusion: it isn't going wide that's causing the problem.

I think your other suggestion provides the answer. This wouldn't be the first time bots came through and did something very similar to what Amazon had done before and then fixed. I seem to recall other issues in which a person got an issue solved only to have it recur. I'm just talking about reviews, but about other things as well.

I agree with you, Bill. It has nothing to do with being in/out of Select. Two of my reviews vanished from books that are all in, while the third disappeared from a book which is wide.

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The Book Bazaar / Re: The Strange Case at Misty Ridge
« on: February 22, 2018, 03:44:09 AM »
The Strange Case at Misty Ridge is available in paperback and on Kindle, and is still *Free* to read with Kindle Unlimited.

A young woman's plea for help leads Jack Keswick to a haunted cottage, but there are things more terrifying than the restless dead.

"The glow offered by the nightlight is gentle, orange-pink even through closed lids, and the distant murmurings of the downstairs television, along with the occasional sounds of laughter–my parents, talking and laughing in tones which soothe–comforts me, and gives reassurance of their close proximity.

I fidget from my side onto my back, and something tickles the top of my thigh. The lightness of the contact induces an involuntary giggle, and a second movement, lower down my leg, is greeted with the same response. Something scurries across my cheek and down my neck, and suddenly I am frightened.

There are things crawling on my legs and up my arms, and even through the cloth of the bodysuit I can feel their weight pressing on my chest. I attempt to open my eyes, but thin legs tangle with fine lashes as they rest upon my lids like coins of the dead."

https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G
https://www.amazon.com.au/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Went wide and reviews begin to disappear
« on: February 22, 2018, 03:30:11 AM »
I've been keeping an eye on this - as I don't have too many to check - and it seems to be an ongoing issue. This week I've lost one from a novel and one from a short story, but I've regained one on a novella! :D The one on the novella has been missing for a fortnight, go figure?

ETA: I'm being selfish here, but it's nice to know I'm not alone! :o

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The Book Bazaar / Re: Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria
« on: February 21, 2018, 05:08:55 AM »
Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria is available in paperback and on Kindle, and is *free* to read with Kindle Unlimited. There is also a chance to win a signed copy in this Goodreads Giveaway: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17305920-carmilla



http://www.davidbrianwriting.co.uk/index.html

Karl Bohm was a broken man, and so would readily accept whatever fate may have in store for him. Even if he was to suffer the horror of being torn apart and devoured, he could accept his lot, for he had failed in his duty as a parent. He had failed to protect his beautiful Katharina. No, he deserved to die. At least, these were the thoughts filling his head, utterly mistaken as he was in thinking any of this madness was his doing.  However, these musings did not long weigh heavy on his mind.
   Indeed, all contemplation of his own untimely demise vanished the moment he looked up, and stared in disbelief beyond the creatures surrounding him.

When fate draws together the lives of two young women, their mutual attraction quickly flourishes into a bond which threatens the boundaries of social etiquette in 1860�s Styria.
As their relationship continues to develop further, they remain oblivious to the growing terror which surrounds them, as throughout the province other young women begin dying in mysterious circumstances. Meanwhile, others are falling victim to the apparently random attacks of a rampaging pack of wolves. When, finally the truth is revealed, the scene is set for a confrontation between two ancient evils.

https://www.amazon.com/Carmilla-Wolves-Styria-Karnstein-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00AQBZK80
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Carmilla-Wolves-Styria-Karnstein-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00AQBZK80
https://www.amazon.com.au/Carmilla-Wolves-Styria-Karnstein-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00AQBZK80

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Barrel Racers?
« on: February 15, 2018, 04:21:37 PM »
UK here - I'd see that term and picture a bloke sitting in a wooden barrel floating down a river, a little like in the Hobbit films.

Same. :D

ETA. And we used to own horses.

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Are you a fan of the supernatural? Here's a chance to pick up a *Signed Copy* of The Damnation Game by David Brian: Goodreads Giveaway: Winner to be drawn on February 16th.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25877490-the-damnation-game



Kate Stringer is a woman in mourning, her murdered husband the latest victim of the notorious Catholic Jack slayer. A nationwide manhunt remains underway, but the serial killer continues to remain elusive. Now, unknown to her, Kate too has been targeted by the maniac. However, other forces are in play. Things moving in the shadows, with an agenda of their own...

Available in either paperback or Kindle, and *Free* to read with Kindle Unlimited.
https://www.amazon.com/Damnation-Game-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B01130H3CI
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Damnation-Game-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B01130H3CI
https://www.amazon.com.au/Damnation-Game-David-Brian-ebook/dp/B01130H3CI

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The Book Bazaar / Re: The Strange Case at Misty Ridge
« on: February 09, 2018, 06:48:43 AM »
The Strange Case at Misty Ridge is available in paperback and on Kindle, and is still *Free* to read with Kindle Unlimited.

"The glow offered by the nightlight is gentle, orange-pink even through closed lids, and the distant murmurings of the downstairs television, along with the occasional sounds of laughter–my parents, talking and laughing in tones which soothe–comforts me, and gives reassurance of their close proximity.

I fidget from my side onto my back, and something tickles the top of my thigh. The lightness of the contact induces an involuntary giggle, and a second movement, lower down my leg, is greeted with the same response. Something scurries across my cheek and down my neck, and suddenly I am frightened.

There are things crawling on my legs and up my arms, and even through the cloth of the bodysuit I can feel their weight pressing on my chest. I attempt to open my eyes, but thin legs tangle with fine lashes as they rest upon my lids like coins of the dead."

https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G
https://www.amazon.com.au/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G

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As promised (since I'm back from holiday and I have all my info in front of me), here's a bunch of new info:

Martin Lastrappes' Podcast Hour
The Darkness Dwells Podcast
Confessions of a Reviewer: http://confessionsofareviewer.blogspot.co.uk/ (reviews, publicity, book tours)
Chuck Wendig's blog: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/12/19/five-things-i-learned-by-writing-insert-your-book-here/
Nick Kaufmann's The Scariest Part blog: http://www.nicholaskaufmann.com/the-scariest-part/

Thanks for the additions, Joe.

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I've been hunting around for a newsletter list builder promotion / giveaway that caters for horror lists, but haven't really found any - the big ones all appear to be romance / paranormal biased which doesn't rock my boat. Anybody used a company promo for building a horror list and care to share who?

I'm tentatively setting a small one for myself up with some Severed Press writers on board for March, and that might be testing the water for me to do more in the future, so if anybody's interested in getting on board, pipe up here... I'm currently running one of my own on my website if you want to see the kind of thing I'm thinking of... just with other writers involved instead of it being all my own books to giveaway.

http://www.williammeikle.com

Willie, I'd definitely be interested in joining in with this. My novels are currently locked into KU, but if you'd be Ok with my submitting a novella...?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Puff Daddy suing me
« on: February 06, 2018, 02:04:31 AM »
Trademark prevents you from being a singer/rapper using the name Puff Daddy
But trademark is to prevent unfair competition in a specific business area. In other words, you cant call your own café McDonald's. But you can open a McDonald's Jewelry Store.
There's no way a customer could confuse one with the other.
And since trademark does not top freedom of speech, you could call a fictional character Puff Daddy is he's not a singer/rapper.

I'm not sure this is strictly accurate. Twenty years ago, there was a company in the town I live who used the name Tyres R Us. It was a pretty big deal when the toy company took action against them, and succeeded in forcing a name change. This being said, there is now another company using that same name. Who knows?

Wild Blow Hiccup.  :D

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Nightlife is a 7,500 word horror short, *Free* to download on Amazon Kindle. Promo applies February 5th/6th.
Jason Briggs has fallen out with his girlfriend and fought with his mates. All he had wanted was a fun night on the town. Now, things are about to go from bad to worse.



https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GRYYMNI
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01GRYYMNI
https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B01GRYYMNI

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The Book Bazaar / Re: The Strange Case at Misty Ridge
« on: January 31, 2018, 02:45:13 PM »
The Strange Case at Misty Ridge is available for purchase on Amazon, or can be read *Free* with Kindle Unlimited. There is also a Goodreads Giveaway, offering the chance to win a *signed* copy. Giveaway ends February 3rd, 2018.



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34655621-the-strange-case-at-misty-ridge

"The dead are never still, they exist just beyond the corners of our eye, in the barren wasteland beyond our own phantasmagoria, and we, for the most part, remain oblivious to their plight."

https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G
https://www.amazon.com.au/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G

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The Book Bazaar / Re: Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria
« on: January 26, 2018, 03:56:35 AM »
Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria is priced $3.99/£2.99 on Amazon, or read *Free* with Kindle Unlimited.



When fate draws together the lives of two young women, their mutual attraction quickly flourishes into a bond which threatens the boundaries of social etiquette in 1860’s Styria.
As their relationship continues to develop further, they remain oblivious to the growing terror which surrounds them, as throughout the province other young women begin dying in mysterious circumstances. Meanwhile, others are falling victim to the apparently random attacks of a rampaging pack of wolves. When, finally the truth is revealed, the scene is set for a battle between two ancient evils.

https://www.amazon.com/Carmilla-Wolves-Styria-Karnstein-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00AQBZK80
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Carmilla-Wolves-Styria-Karnstein-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00AQBZK80
https://www.amazon.com.au/Carmilla-Wolves-Styria-Karnstein-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00AQBZK80

Please note: This derivative novel is a re-imagining of J. S. Le Fanu's original novella, Carmilla, and introduces an array of new characters and plot-lines. For anyone wishing to check out this new world imagining, Carmilla: A Dark Fugue is a standalone short that runs parallel to events in the novel, and can be read for *Free* as an introduction to the savagery and tragedy unfolding in this world.



https://www.amazon.com/Carmilla-Dark-Fugue-Karnstein-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00G3ILVO2
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Carmilla-Dark-Fugue-Karnstein-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00G3ILVO2
https://www.amazon.com.au/Carmilla-Dark-Fugue-Karnstein-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00G3ILVO2
https://www.books2read.com/u/md1AX4

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Your Best Idea
« on: January 17, 2018, 06:22:33 PM »
This will teach me to take my time and read a little slower  :o

 :D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Your Best Idea
« on: January 17, 2018, 12:39:35 PM »
Can you give me an amazing name for my happy-end love story, in which an angel falls in love with a girl and stays on Earth?

Lucifer's Penance  :o...I'll get my coat. :-X  ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Whom do you consider the best writer?
« on: January 17, 2018, 12:25:24 PM »
Chuck Norris, hands down.

WRITER(!) not fighter!  :o :o Seriously, I like what you did there. 8) ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Strange rank behavior for new releases
« on: January 17, 2018, 12:16:32 PM »
This is what I'm seeing too - a slow and steady rise up the ranks, which started maybe 20 or so hours ago now and is still ongoing, that's not connected to any sale or borrow. Some have risen by 50K over a number of hours. Whereas my higher-ranked books are sliding at a similar rate, and sales recorded on the KDP dashboard are not affecting the rank.

I hadn't noticed anything before reading this, but having just checked Author Central, I see my books are mirroring this behavior. 

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The Strange Case at Misty Ridge is currently priced .99c/.99p. Promo runs January 17-21. The book is available on Amazon, and through Kindle Unlimited.

The dead are never still, they exist just beyond the corners of our eye, in the barren wasteland beyond our own phantasmagoria, and we, for the most part, remain oblivious to their plight.
When a young woman turns up at Jack Keswick's door, claiming her home is infested with troublesome spirits, his investigation leads to a haunted cottage, the restless dead, and the revelation of a maleficent force that will forever change his perception of reality.



https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G

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Dark Albion is a collection of eight twisted tales, involving bizarre science, government conspiracies, ghosts, and a family of shape-shifting rarities. The collection also includes the Amazon Best-selling novella, The Boy on the Beach. The Kindle edition is priced $2.99/£1.99, or can be read free with Kindle Unlimited.
There is also a Goodreads Giveaway running for the chance to win a *signed* copy of this book. Giveaway closes midnight January 15, 2018.



Mary Webb has uncovered evidence of something too crazy to be true; the conspiracy theorists are right, the human race is being ruled over by a secret cabal of reptilian shape-shifters.
It seems insane. But Mary has proof the threat is real.
Should she run the story, or just bury it and get on with her life?
And can she stay alive long enough to make a decision, either way?
 

https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Albion-Twisted-Complete-Selected-ebook/dp/B008HHSQXQ
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Albion-Twisted-Complete-Selected-ebook/dp/B008HHSQXQ
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29566297-dark-albion

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Well done, sir! ;)

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My pleasure, Brian. Was there a big difference between the two books (sub-genre, perhaps?), or did they perhaps run on different dates? Haven't used them yet, so not sure if it's a once a week newsletter or something. Will still give them a shot.

Joe, The second book was The Boy on the Beach. It's a novella so I don't know if that affected its wider appeal. As you say, it's worth giving them a shot.

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This thread is going to be gold! Already added to my favourites. Thank you, Joe!

Out of interest, has anyone had any success with the 13 Horror Street Promo Newsletters? Looks interesting and think I will give them a try in the new year.

Lee, I tried them with The Strange Case at Misty Ridge (priced .99c), and landed 27 sales. Tried them with a different book (also .99c) but only managed three sales. I know these figures are accurate because at the time I was experimenting with individual promo sites.

Joe, great idea! Bookmarked!

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The Book Bazaar / Re: The Strange Case at Misty Ridge
« on: January 05, 2018, 04:28:07 AM »
The Strange Case at Misty Ridge is available on Amazon for $2.99/£1.99, or read for *Free* with Kindle Unlimited.



"This last month, well you won’t believe this… I live there and I can barely believe it, but they keep painting the walls.”
By this stage my head was buzzing. This definitely sounded like genuine poltergeist activity.
   “So, they, the spirits, are just splashing paint randomly onto the walls, or are they writing messages?” I had just wanted to clarify exactly what she meant … her reply blew me away.
   She shook her head.
   “No, they are not splashing paint on the walls. They are painting the walls. You know, like a decorator would.”

When a young woman turns up at Jack Keswick’s door, claiming her home is infested with troublesome spirits, his investigation leads to a haunted cottage, the restless dead, and the revelation of a maleficent force that will forever change Jack’s perception of reality.

https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G

https://www.amazon.com.au/Strange-Case-Misty-Ridge-ebook/dp/B06XRHG64G


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon Removing Arc Reviews (thread no. 2)
« on: January 04, 2018, 04:18:22 AM »
Amazon's review system is broken. Thousands and thousands of books in the store with star-ratings of 3.5 or higher, which just by virtue of mathematics means there's plenty of total dreck out there with inflated star ratings and unwarranted glowing reviews. As a customer, this is completely unhelpful.

A bit off topic as this doesn't concern ARCs, but Amazon has just yanked another of my reviews in their US store. It used to annoy me to no end, as I've rarely sought reviews (ARCs or otherwise). Now though, I just accept it as a fact of their flawed system.

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