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The Book Corner / Re: Looking for recommendations - Space Opera
« on: May 24, 2018, 10:52:57 PM »
It may be a bit heavy, but the "Dune" series by Frank Herbert is worth the time (although not entirely in space).
Also, this may sound odd, but the "Blake's 7" novels are actually pretty good.

Alternatively, try anything by Ian Banks or Harry Harrison.

Good luck. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Which banner do you like better?
« on: May 24, 2018, 10:33:43 PM »
I'll throw in my vote for #2 ... the trim size is nicer.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Added a Video to Your Book Page?
« on: May 23, 2018, 09:07:09 PM »
I have video trailers on my Author Page, but haven't yet seen how a trailer can be added to a book page.

I'm not sure people will notice, but I might try adding one when I find time.  (As with all things Amazon, or even "internet" related, not easy to figure out = there's no button that says "push here to add a vdo"! haha I need a button).  ;D

Thanks for all the info!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Worlds closing down?
« on: May 17, 2018, 02:15:11 AM »
I only have 1 title on Kindle Worlds, but it sold well for me. That's a shame that it is being shut down. Several reviewers asked for a sequel... fortunately I hadn't gotten around to it yet.

No idea what we do with our KW title(s) now, but I am sure it's not legal to publish it/them on your own (the franchise belongs to someone else). Perhaps slog it into the back drawer until another day.

Busy with new books... move forward  (and hope KDP as a whole doesn't get shut next).

Writers' Cafe / Re: Suspicious contacts
« on: May 05, 2018, 04:04:48 AM »
I replied with my bank account number and passwords. Oops.... was that a mistake?

haha, kidding.

I think I would not send a free copy of your book (these can be linked to pirate sites), but no harm in replying with info and a link to Amazon or other retailer.  Just provide your website and retailers.

I've found that most readers who download freebies are just hoarding them. 90% don't even read them, so there's no chance of a sale on further books. Also, many of those readers will never pay for content. (There are exceptions, of course). I see no value in ever offering free books. Instead, it's better to get more pay-oriented readers (those who pay for content). I occasionally have a .99 or  1.99 countdown sale, and a higher percentage of those readers will buy my subsequent books in the series (60%). 
However, the best readers are those who pay full price. 95% of those readers tend to buy my 2nd and 3rd books in the series. They actually read, review and buy = better readers/customers.
Collecting freebie-readers might be a waste of time.

That's just my 2 cents (and I want a penny back)  ;D  But all the knowledge I have could fill a thimble, so...  ::)

Writers' Cafe / Re: A New AMS Thread
« on: April 11, 2018, 10:03:59 PM »
Just curious if this has been confirmed by anyone else.... I'm basically positive at this point that AMS doesn't record sales of other books besides the one that was clicked on. For example, if someone clicks my omnibus, and then buys book 1 instead, or vice versa, there is no record of the sale in your AMS reporting.

There are times when I'm only advertising my omnibus, and get sales of book 1, but I've never seen a sale on my omnibus log-sheet that shows the same price as my first book. 

Right now, I'm advertising both my omnibus and series starter, getting sales of both which outnumber the sales shown on the log. I'm sure they're not organic sales, because my books get basically zero organic visibility, so when I stop running ads, sales go to absolute zero, or close to it, and I'm not pushing enough books to get any high rankings that would generate organic traffic. I probably get a few word of mouth sales but those are impossible to account for.

What's making it tough right now is I've had some Facebook ads running too, with very low click prices, but I've recently decided that they're not generating many sales, because when I raise the daily spend on them, sales don't improve. But there are still quite a few sales over the last week or so that just aren't showing up on my log at all, even accounting for a 3 or 4 day delay.

All this confusion is causing me to waste money because I don't know what the heck is going on.

I would agree. Often I don't know what's going on... What is generating my sales? Are clicks on one ad converting to sales on another book? Also, since (like you) I runs ads on FB and other venues at the same time as AMS... it's hard to tell where sales are originating.

The ranges were a bit odd. I think most people publish 1 or 2 books a year, so isn't everyone going to put 0-5 for books? A few people will enter the higher categories.
Income: gross/net. etc.  A bit vague in all questions... but fun to answer a survey, anyway.   :D

Another 5-day Kindle Countdown Sale this week until Tuesday. April 12-16.  Book for a Buck. Alien invasion was never so cheap.  :D

(Valid only on Earth, no other planets)

Writers' Cafe / Re: New Cover Color!
« on: April 09, 2018, 08:29:56 PM »
Blue looks more paranormal, atmospheric, and sets the mood better. But if you want cheerier, the green is more "lively"

I will bookmark this. Thanks for the info.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Music to write by
« on: April 07, 2018, 09:16:31 PM »
Usually silence... but occasionally I will throw on a soundtrack, such as Creepshow (piano) or The Fog, or even Netherworld.

Instrumental only.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is Bargain Booksy bad for YA?
« on: April 07, 2018, 09:11:11 PM »
Bargain Booksy always does Okay for me in science fiction.  The last promo I did hit 41 copies on its 1 day for a .99 countdown (the first day of the CDwn), which isn't stupendous - but certainly isn't bad for a $35 promo. I made up the profit by selling books 2 and 3 in the month that followed.

I recommend Bargain Booksy in Sci-fi, but I am not sure about YA (never tried that category).

Good luck.  8)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is 'Read Cheaply' still in business?
« on: April 03, 2018, 09:23:32 PM »
If it's an occasional blunder, then it can be excused, but this looks like a pattern. Not replying to emails is the ultimate sin in business. A late reply can be excused, but no reply at all (after months) is inexcusable. Sounds like they're having problems. I also noticed in their "email newsletters" that all the books have blurry covers. Looks like they are using a very low resolution.

I'll cross them off the list, and move on...   ;D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is 'Read Cheaply' still in business?
« on: April 02, 2018, 08:33:33 PM »
Odd, they do not reply to any of my messages, but they send me lots of emails advertising their service.  (and I have checked the spam folder, just in case... nothing from them).

Writers' Cafe / Re: OMG!!! WOOHOO!!! Happy Dance. Space Opera #1 !!!!!
« on: April 02, 2018, 07:32:29 PM »
Congrats, fellow space traveler.  That's pretty cool.


Writers' Cafe / Is 'Read Cheaply' still in business?
« on: April 02, 2018, 07:29:27 PM »
I applied to Read Cheaply in December for a .99 promo, but never got a reply. Tried again in March, and no reply. So I sent them an email in early March, and another email last week.... nada. No reply from them at all.

I would assume they are out of business, but I get "advertise with us" spam from them still. So, does anyone know what the deal is with them?  Just poorly organized, or not taking on any new ads?

At the very least, I expect a reply from my emails (it's called "being in business").

Writers' Cafe / Re: How will the facebook troubles effect writers?
« on: March 27, 2018, 06:20:18 AM »
With all this hype and ill-placed paranoia, my Facebook ads are doing great.

TBH I have a little trouble understanding the hype.

So. We have several sites that can--and do--track what we buy and what we search and what we say. OK, why is this news? Why did anyone even think that this would ever be private? Why even are people surprised that companies used this info. We use it to get more relevant search results. We use it to quickly log into sites (yano, when the site remembers your password). Heck, we use it when we place Facebook ads.

All I know is this: if I have to see ads, I much rather see them for things I'm mildly interested in or that don't annoy me than ones that are irrelevant and annoying.

And also: I've never said anything in the open that I would be afraid to say in a lecture theatre full of 500 strangers expecting those strangers to tell it to all their friends if it's something juicy.

I agree. Seems logical they would mine data. I've no problem with it. I don't say anything on FB I wouldn't want repeated. As for knowing my likes ... cool with me.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Pricing complaints...
« on: March 22, 2018, 09:47:18 PM »
I get not wanting to get ripped off, but when I see a famous author's 140-page book garnering complaints from reviewers who are upset at paying 3.89 for "not a full book" or saying they feel "scammed" I'm left scratching my head.

People, perhaps even these same reviewers, willingly line up to pay 3.89 or more for a Starbucks drink or a fast food meal that's gone in about ten minutes, but then complain about paying too much for a book that's "too short" that likely took weeks if not months to write and took the reader 2 to 3 hours longer to consume than comparably priced items?

And about the complaints regarding the book's length: said famous author has "full-length" books out for 11.99 which these folks will gladly consume with nary a word about feeling "ripped off" based on price/length, yet when you do the math that 11.99 book is actually costing them more in terms of content than the shorter work.

I honestly don't understand it.


That's why I'm working on a book that can subsequently be blended into a coffee after reading. "Mocha Joe in Space" will come in 3 flavors.  ;D  Everyone gets their money's worth for $3.99!  And lots of fiber. (Of course, not sure the kindle version will be able to be blended).

Good first line, and good cover. This should do well. Good luck to you!

Writers' Cafe / Re: AMS Ads not converting. What am I doing wrong?
« on: March 22, 2018, 09:32:53 PM »
I rarely use AMS anymore. I can't keep track of their "agenda." I still have 3 ads running, but they rarely get impressions. When they do run, I get good KU page reads, but only moderate sales.

I use Facebook, as I can pay for impressions (meaning *they* don't decide when or if my ad shows. They just show it). I pay for exposure and that works well for me. If I spend $10 on an ad that only produces a few sales (=maybe $11), I didn't just make $1 profit, I have the potential now to sell 3 more books in the series to those 5 or 6 buyers (=potential sale of 15 more books). I think AMS doesn't count that in.

Keep in mind: AMS works for AMS, not for Amazon (or the author). The AMS dept wants to show a profit regardless of whether Amazon shows a profit (more sales). Everyone wants to keep his job.  :D

The Book Corner / Re: Do you enjoy time travel?
« on: March 19, 2018, 11:38:31 PM »
I enjoy Time Travel, but it gives me a headache. As for books with Time Travel as a plot device, it can be a great mechanism - if used well or with originality! The "Primeval" bbc tv series is a good example.  Or in print: Stephen King's "11/22/63" or Asimov's "End of Eternity."

Good Stuff.

Writers' Cafe / Re: arachnids or arachnoids?
« on: March 19, 2018, 11:33:07 PM »
To resize images:

[img height=400]image address[/img]

You can do it by height or width.

Thanks for the image size help!! And for the record, the spiders are the GOOD guys in this book (Revenge of the Spiders).  :D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Adding Other POV's After Third Book?
« on: March 19, 2018, 11:23:46 PM »
I think this is an idea that could work, as long as each book is a standalone - or even if not. Remember "Christine" by Stephen King? He switched POVs between the 3 parts of the novel. Go for it!

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