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Writers' Cafe / Re: Not Quite Ready!
« on: Yesterday at 02:55:04 PM »
The last time I ordered paperback copies from KDP it took a month for me to get them. Originally, it said a week, but it kept getting pushed back.
I use Vellum for formatting now, but before I made that investment, I used Reedsy because it's free, and the finished product looks pretty professional to me. It's also pretty easy to use.
I give my ARC team a month. I have 60 of them right now, and of that, I will be happy if 10 actually post a review in the first week, just to give you an idea of what you might be able to expect, although everyone is different.
Hope that helps!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Newsletter advice please
« on: April 20, 2018, 10:09:29 AM »
I would suggest, though, that if you plan to grow your list over the free limits of MailChimp you look at MailerLite. I started with MailChimp and had to transfer everything to MailerLite because MailerLite is cheaper than MailChimp. That might save you a headache down the road.

They usually end up linking them on their own, though sometimes it does take a while (a long while--maybe a week or more.) But it probably wouldn't hurt to give them a nudge!

Writers' Cafe / Re: After Bookbub, best promo sites?
« on: April 17, 2018, 09:12:03 AM »
Thanks ID Johnson. These are great.
No problem! I hope they work out for you! :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: After Bookbub, best promo sites?
« on: April 17, 2018, 08:30:30 AM »
I think there are a lot of other threads here that might have better answers to your question, but there are a few inexpensive ones that I use which sometimes get good results, and sometimes don't, depending upon genre and whether or not it's free. Book Raid, Book Pebble, Booktastick, Book Cave, and eBook Soda have all gotten me some good results on free days for paranormal romance. Good luck!

Coming from another Indie writer who also had to learn to walk again and knows the equally intense pain of finding out you needed an editor for your editor, I thought this was awesome. I also love the covers in your signature line.

So perhaps this could be a workaround. Thanks for letting us know!

Sure! Good luck! I hope it works for you, too.

I just changed my numbers on my Ghosts of Southampton Series to make Prelude book 0 instead of book 1 and it's linked to the series. I probably did it a month ago. It was already linked, though, when I changed the numbers.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Hardcover back color scheme help!
« on: April 08, 2018, 02:46:48 PM »
I won't be much help, but I'll second that I love the new cover. It looks really cool!

Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP Author copies a joke?
« on: April 04, 2018, 07:47:22 AM »
No, am talking about an actual author copy, just like a customer would buy from Amazon but the author is only charged the printing and shipping cost.  They have an option to order on the KDP bookshelf page (it's right under the option to order proofs)

I ordered author copies of five of my books from KDP in January. Initially, it said they'd be delivered in a week. That got pushed off four times so that it actually took a month. I was okay with that because I didn't need them right away, but it was frustrating to see it keep getting changed. When they finally did arrive, they are of the same quality as the copies I get from Createspace or that customers order from Amazon. I'm happy with them, but I probably wouldn't order that way again if I was in a hurry.


Thanks so much for the helpful advice I've received over the past two years. Steve, Lincoln, Bill, Jaxon, Lexi, Julianne, ID Johnson, the list goes on and on, I appreciate you guys so much.

Now, that is some list to be included on! Thank you, Jada! I feel like saying something along the lines of, "It's been an honor serving with each of you."
Maybe we need to start an entirely new thread, something like, Life After Kindle Scout--a little different than the "My Book Wasn't Selected" thread but just a way to still stay connected with each other now that this adventure is over. The authors I've met on this thread are still some of the most influential and supportive people I know, and it would be nice to continue to have a place to "hang out" together.

Yesterday's Spacemage just hit #1 in at least 3 sub-categories.

 #247 Paid in Kindle Store
Its been 2 years since I was even top 10 in any of these.

#2 in Space Opera, and hanging out for another step up there too. :)

That's awesome! Way to go!!

I put up preorders when I'm planning promos for launch and need an ASIN and link. If I'm not doing promos that require those things, then I don't do a preorder. Preorders haven't helped with my rankings since Amazon changed their policy so that you no longer get the benefit of all of those preorders hitting rank at the same time. Sometimes they can hurt your rank if they're spread out and otherwise would've come all at the same time on release day. That's just me, though. Hope that helps.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Advance Read ARC Reviews
« on: March 29, 2018, 06:04:21 AM »
Has anyone signed up and gotten reviews back recently? My request should be active now, and the book out to readers, and Iím hoping for good results.

Prelude went out in the middle of the month, not sure of the exact date. I got 8 sign ups and have gotten 3 reviews. One of them did buy the next book in series and left a review for that one also. I have another book that I think was supposed to start yesterday but I'm not sure. It is scheduled for March, though, so it's gotta be soon.
So far, my reviews have been four and five star reviews, thorough, and fair, I think.

I got some emails too. The titles didnít sound familiar and publication dates were a year or more old. One had a sales rank of about two million. None were Kindle Press books.
Yup--I am pretty sure I didn't nominate most of the books I'm getting emails for because they're so old. But, hey, if they want to send out another link to one of my failed KS attempts, that works for me! (I haven't seen either of my books in an email today yet though....)

Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP - Anyone else stuck in converting files?
« on: March 26, 2018, 09:11:00 AM »
I haven't done it yet today, but a few months ago I did. I had to re-upload the document. If you let it go, it'll eventually just give an error message that you have to re-upload it anyway, or at least that's what I got. But you can re-upload it even before you get the error, it usually works that time.
That hasn't worked for me today. I've restarted several times and keep getting hung up. A patient person would move on to something else and come back later. I guess I prefer to watch things spin endlessly in circles that go nowhere....

Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP - Anyone else stuck in converting files?
« on: March 26, 2018, 07:52:36 AM »
I'm having trouble, too! Glad to know it's not just me!!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Advance Read ARC Reviews
« on: March 20, 2018, 02:50:46 PM »
My book went out to readers last week and I already have three new reviews, so I'm definitely happy with the free trial! Thank you!!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Currently with Mailchimp - Should I switch?
« on: March 20, 2018, 09:23:37 AM »
I started off with MailChimp, too, but once I began using Instafreebie to grow my newsletter subscribers, I quickly had to change to something more cost effective, which for me has been MailerLite. I still have my free MailChimp account and use it for a specific list that doesn't have a lot of subscribers, but switching to MailerLite saved me a lot of money.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP author copies is now a thing.
« on: March 02, 2018, 06:03:17 AM »
Order author copies of your book before publication. These are the same as retail copies (the version of your book that's currently available for sale on Amazon). You pay only the printing cost for your selected marketplace times the number of copies. Shipping and applicable taxes will be applied at checkout.

I'm assuming it means I can only order author copies one time. Was anybody able to order copies more than once? Did anybody else see this warning when they tried to order?

I ordered mine after they were published. I think maybe they're just saying you can get them even before they're published, but you can also order them afterward. When I go into my bookshelf and click on "order author copies" for books I've already ordered, I still have the option to order more, so it's not a one time thing.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP author copies is now a thing.
« on: March 01, 2018, 04:50:29 PM »
I ordered author copies last month and have them already. They look just like the copies I've gotten from CS in the past. They did postpone my shipping three times, so instead of a week it took a month for me to get them, but that didn't bother me because I was just ordering them for myself.

I filled out the form for my Ghosts of Southampton series and signed up for your newsletter. Will share your site with my newsletter next time it goes out and post to FB/Twitter. Thank you!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Advance Read ARC Reviews
« on: February 28, 2018, 06:30:58 AM »
I submitted the form as well. Thank you for letting us try it out for free, and best of luck with your launch!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Getting ready to launch a newsletter: Any advice?
« on: February 25, 2018, 10:59:11 AM »
I second the nod for Instafreebie. That's where I've gotten most of my sign ups. I wrote novelettes (about 11,000 words) for two of my top sellers and offer them on there in exchange for signing up for my newsletter.

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