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Writers' Cafe / Re: Minor rant on bookbub pricing...
« on: Yesterday at 09:16:02 PM »

I wouldn't mind moderate results, even a loss at that rate, if it helped me understand the system before throwing in so much all at once. I have some time before my series are finished anyways, but I would love to have a plan in place before then.

My only BB was international only (more than 2 months ago) and I STILL attribute the sales I'm getting daily across multiple vendors in the UK, Australia, and Canada to that BB. I would say I have had 300%+ ROI.

Dustin is pretty well on top of my current series and I'm actually pretty excited to see what kind of ideas he has after reading through the final book in the Daughter of Havenglade series. We made tremendous progress with Blood Cauldron and the book reads really well. It's a book I'm very proud of. But book #4 Daughter of Dragons is definitely on the epic scale 8)

I periodically review all my contracts so that I know what rights are reverting, and I noticed that I hadn't saved to disk any of my Babelcube contracts. "Not a big deal," I thought, since they allow you to download the contracts from the babelcube site. I start downloading the contracts, and I noticed that all the contracts are version 1.07, dated July 2017. I get to the latest contract that predates July 2017, and they are also version 1.07. I skipped to the very first translation from 2015, and the contract is version 1.07. I contacted Babelcube, because I want to have accurate contracts - you know, something required by law - and they informed me that they didn't have version 1.06, and that all contracts have to adhere to the terms of 1.07. I don't know what changed from 1.06 to 1.07, so if anyone has 1.06 or 1.05, please private message me. I need to know what terms have changed since I was never notified of the change in writing.

Obviously, every change to the contract would have to be approved by both parties. Even if you couldn't find a copy of the contract they would be required to provide one to you and to the courts. They can't hold you to a contract that didn't yet exist when you signed originally unless there is some strange wording in the contracts.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I Reported a Five-Star Review
« on: July 08, 2018, 09:53:22 PM »
Step back from the keyboard RIGHT NOW.

Start ignoring your reviews.

Stop worrying about this.

Stop annoying the **** out of people who bother to write reviews.

People who are upset by spoilers will know that reviews are likely to contain them, so unless they're stupid, they will not be reading reviews in order to look for the spoilers they hate so much.

Anyway, for those people to get angry over this (and at each other) is *their* business and not yours.

Just seriously, quit trying to micro-manage what people say about your books. Once you've published, it's out of your hands.

I agree with Patty.

I've never understood why some writers spend so much time reading and trying to cultivate the quality of their reviews. It's literally for the reader to decide if they think this review is useful. And reading reviews will give away spoilers. My reviews for Daughter of Havenglade are full of "spoilers".

That's part of the game.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Random Tibetan question...
« on: June 27, 2018, 06:11:13 AM »
A given name would be one given directly from the dalai lama or great lama or be a blessing from the parents... like hope or joy or peace or serenity.. because the theology is based on reincarnation, it's believed that the more prosperous in life events (not business or trade) a tibetan is, the better life or blessing they will have in the next life... so names are taken very seriously and rarely changed unless one enters a monastery. A nickname between people close to one another like families or a couple therefore are ones that are both positive and a blessing, using a name that represents what that person means to them (not what they are like a sister, daughter, mother, brother, but who they are as an an individual).. a cursed name would be the opposite like in the US when one sister calls her brother a brat or a demon, that would be very bad in tibetan culture.

I hope that helps .. all those little pieces of knowledge stuck in my head! lol

That's not exactly accurate.

I live near Tibet. I have Tibetan friends and used to live in a Tibetan neighborhood. Most Tibetans are living in China (Tibet is one of the largest Chinese provinces.) The dalai lama hasn't been allowed in China for almost 50 years. Tibetan people have normal names (surname+given name). Some of the more rural tibetans (ones that live on the plateau may still have some of those more exotic sounding names but in Lhasa, or western and northern sichuan province where most tibetans live they have more standard names.

Well, I am partial to fantasy illustrations, though the typography really captivates on that space one. And the sideways planet is very intriguing.

How far out do you have to order these covers, anyway?

Jeff is super professional and very easy-going. He is in it to make a great image/cover, not just for the money (at least that's the impression I've always gotten). I just shipped a free copy of my book all the way to Mexico so he can put our book on his bookshelf.

Looks good!

But we will make an even better one for the final Daughter of Havenglade. Book 4 "Daughter of Dragons"!


The look inside of book one is off-putting to me. It reads like something from the feedback exchanges on places like scribophile. You start book one with a pretty long introduction of someone I'm going to assume is the MC but I'd never find out because I lost interest right away.

I recommend letting us see your MC doing something interesting and relevant to the story NOT explaining his height and build, etc. on page one of your look inside.

Any system that requires you to tell your readers that they must read in a certain way is a system authors should not be supporting. Period. Full stop. If you have to tell people, "Please don't use this tool Amazon gave you, because then Amazon won't pay me" that is a serious, fundamental problem.

This is wage theft. This is like if my employer said "Hey, we can see that you showed up for work today, but your manager clocked you in using Explorer browser instead of Chrome browser, and we only count hours logged in by Chrome browser, even though we can see what is clocked in through the Explorer browser just fine but since most managers don't use it we don't count it, so you aren't getting paid."


In your opinion, what would it take for Amazon to take notice that they are in the wrong and cheating their authors?

Do these authors have any recourse aside from what I did(leave KU)?

Amazon has been clear for over a year that "Readers using page flip will not register page reads for KU."

They also insist "A very small percentage of readers use page flip to read books."

Last year, we had dozens of authors reporting to KU on their readers that admitted they prefer reading in page flip mode. I read all books in page flip mode myself as I can make the text plenty big enough and it's easier to flip pages :P

Amazon has decided to make it the company line that almost no one uses page flip no matter how much evidence is presented to the contrary. This is an attempt to define "pages read" in a more narrow way from what we can tell.

I would urge you to find out which of your readers use page flip and have them message Amazon on your behalf. Other than that, you could make youtube videos about how it doesn't seem fair to allow people to read "pages" of your book without paying for the "page reads".

I ducked out of that mess and have been happy with my gradual rise with wide sales. Making a lot more than I was from page reads but then again I have three books now.

Wow, you guys are still acting shocked about this?

We discussed this same issue over a year ago. If you don't want to be taken advantage of you either go wide or find a way to protest this. But if you just keep acting shocked about what we've known for a long time that doesn't seem productive.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Pricing for a series
« on: June 23, 2018, 10:31:20 PM »
Yeah, I'm going with $4.99 for book three.

I just noticed on ibooks book three is my top seller over the last 40 days.

Writers' Cafe / Re: My KU page reads have died. How about yours?
« on: June 23, 2018, 04:57:59 AM »
This happened to me more than a year ago but I wasn't doing promotions. I was just writing my books and learning about the trade. I decided wide was going to be my game plan. I got accepted on my second attempt ever for a bookbub (non-US) and have stayed semi-sticky since May 18th.

My sales are scattered across a bunch of stores but I've seen consistent sales every day.

Writers' Cafe / Pricing for a series
« on: June 23, 2018, 12:41:25 AM »
Wanted to get the thoughts of others writing fantasy series' on pricing.

Currently, books #1 and #2 are priced at 2.99 and book #3 is priced at 3.99.

I'm happy with book one at 2.99 as it's the shortest and simplest of the series and I want to offer a low entry point. But I'm seeing a VERY high read through from book two to three. I'm thinking it's very possible that after reading book two, my readers would be fine paying an extra buck to $4.99. Book three is also more than 20% longer than book two with more POVs, bigger world, etc.

Does book one $2.99 book two 2.99 book three 4.99 make sense for me to try?

Is it possible to bump book two up to 3.99?

Your thoughts are appreciated on this question? ;D

Writers' Cafe / Re: A big thank you to the communty
« on: June 22, 2018, 01:20:26 PM »
I've sponged a lot of important information myself!

Good job on your first book. I hope there are many more successes in your future!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bookbub International Question(s)
« on: June 19, 2018, 10:50:11 PM »
Congrats, Cory! Following with interest. Please do post numbers when you have them. I love reading more BB stats posts!

In response to your second question: I don't think there's much point in booking additional promos surrounding the BB unless you can get a big one in the day before the BB to help boost your ranking ahead of time so it starts higher and thus goes higher overall. I had an ENT a few days after my BB and it didn't do enough to make up for the added cost really. However, listen to folks who have had more BookBubs than I have. I've just had the one, and didn't have enough advanced notice to organize any big promos before the BB ran.

No matter what you do, good luck! Kick back and enjoy the sales!

I think there's a lot of value in booking promos for just AFTER the bookbub though mine is just in theory as I haven't done this yet. The idea being to keep your high rank as long as possible to extend a longer and larger tail.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quick AMS UK question
« on: June 19, 2018, 12:10:55 PM »
I got a notification that I used 80% of my daily ad spend and they were recommending I up it (to 7 UK$ from 5) but when I looked at the stats I only had 3 clicks with a spend of 0.71.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Barnes and Noble ??
« on: June 19, 2018, 05:48:12 AM »
This discussion is pertinent because B&N's website apparently doesn't work well with Edge or IE.

It should never take 2-3 days to upload, enter details, preview, and publish your work, especially on a browser loaded on probably 80% of the computers in the United States.

You asked about people's experiences with B&N. This discussion is part of your answer.  "How do you get going on B&N?" you asked.

YOu can't "get going" if the site is so clunky it takes 2-3 days just to upload.

No, it was about gaining sales traction. Nothing to do with some authors refusing to use chrome or whatever browser.

It's a sales question NOT a browser question.

Now that you understand a little better please direct your off-topic discussion elsewhere. thanks!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Quick AMS UK question
« on: June 19, 2018, 05:46:16 AM »
Nope, your details wonít be made public. Iím using AMS ads (UK) with a pen name - my real name is on all the legal stuff (and on KDP) and never been made public yet - my real name is very unusual so keeping an eye out for it is quite easy!

I made some ads but there was no option to write the ad copy. Did I miss something?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Barnes and Noble ??
« on: June 18, 2018, 04:57:53 PM »
You are not obligated to search using Google just because you're using Chrome. What's wrong with duckduckgo or maybe incognito?

You guys can start a new thread to talk about browsers. This is not the place.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Barnes and Noble ??
« on: June 16, 2018, 10:39:07 AM »
Nook's Free Friday in-store promo is awesome --- it was more effective than a Bookbub for getting me traction there. Unfortunately, they're hard to land. I applied and didn't hear back until a year later. But...worth a shot.

Good info!

Where are the options for this? I can find anything in my dashboard. Do you have a link or email address to take part in this?

Writers' Cafe / Barnes and Noble ??
« on: June 16, 2018, 03:14:54 AM »
Ok guys,

How do you get going on B&N? I'm hitting daily sales on Amazon US, UK, Australia, Kobo, and itunes but nothing on B&N. :o 1 month ZERo sales. Last month 2 random sales.

Would bookbub US feature gain a lot of traction on B&N? I had an international deal almost a month ago and still see results related to that.

How do you guys do it?  ;D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Category Pollution: Next Battleground
« on: June 13, 2018, 08:39:44 AM »
It's not like placing a bet. It's like knowing the other people are doping and not reporting it, and allowing people who are breaking the rules to "win" while cheating other rule-abiding athletes of the prizes--in this case, visibility.

Readers want to see what they came for. I might love shopping for clothes, but if I go into the grocery store for milk and eggs, and some salesperson keeps shoving shirts in my face and blocking me from getting to the dairy aisle, I'll be a real unhappy shopper.

As a reader years ago, I had to stop browsing books on Amazon because the epic fantasy and sci-fi categories were filling up with manchests, romances thinly-veiled as epic fantasy, and erotica (some that wasn't even trying to be epic fantasy like "Daddy don't touch me there" or some variant).

Writers' Cafe / Re: Category Pollution: Next Battleground
« on: June 13, 2018, 08:23:39 AM »
My opinion on reporting other authors' books...

It's motivated by a desire for empowerment. Tattling on others makes one feel important and influential.

You see it in the workplace. You see it in the classroom. You see it wherever people feel constrained, discouraged, frustrated, and/or inadequate.

I can't imagine Stephen King or J.K. Rowling reporting other authors' books. Nor can I imagine Forrest, Hardt, or Riddle doing so. In fact, I'd be gobsmacked to learn that any 7-figure earner reports another's books.

(For some, schadenfreude may also be a motivating factor. But that's a whole 'nuther story.)

Please don't slander our motivations. I doubt a single person is reporting the book to "empower themselves". I don't tell people to pick up their trash to feel empowered, I do it so we can have a cleaner city and I believe it's not only police officer's job to make society more livable.

Reporting blackhat habits on Amazon that also costs my fellow honest authors money will help clean up the categories and make things better for the reader and the honest folks.

It's already made a ton of difference in classic fiction as noted above.

I wonder what your motivation is to stereotype the thoughts of people you couldn't know anything about.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Category Pollution: Next Battleground
« on: June 13, 2018, 06:59:24 AM »
Of course brigading and bullying are wrong, but so is asking all to turn a blind eye to avoid the sins of the few. Slippery slopes run in more than one direction.

It is abhorrent that someone calling themselves a do-gooder, or a group saying they have similar good intentions, would murder a shoplifter, but their existence and extremist mentality doesn't negate the importance of reporting said shoplifting when you see it because of the broader harm caused by the crime of shoplifting itself.

That kind of mentality that says our actions are to be dictated by what the small percentage of extremists are up to only lends credence to the notion that might makes right. In that instance those who would act in the extreme are controlling all aspects, and that's no kind of solution either.

I agree.

If I see bad behavior I speak out. Whether that be littering, abusing another person, rudeness, or even this purposefully category behavior. These people thrive off of apathy.

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