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Awakened: BBW Paranormal Shape Shifter Romance
by J.S. Wiley

Kindle Edition published 2016-01-30
Bestseller ranking: 427006

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From her curvaceous hips to her whiskey colored eyes, plus-size beauty Abagail Cole should be at the top of her dating game. But after a recent breakup with her cheating fiancé, she's never felt more like the stereotypical lonely cat lady.

So, determined to move forward and have some fun, Abagail decides to take a spontaneous trip to a local sports bar and get her buzz on. There she attracts the attention of tattooed, bad-boy millionaire Caleb Delaney, a mysterious and passionate wolf shifter who is immediately bewitched by Abagail's charms--and would do anything to claim her as his future mate.

But when a gorgeous new neighbor also catches her eye, Abagail soon finds herself torn between the affections of two gorgeous, intense love interests. And to make matters even more confusing, she's been experiencing steamy encounters with a presence in her dreams, waking up breathless and longing for more.

As she …

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Twitter
« on: Yesterday at 05:02:36 AM »
Ive been looking into twitters ads again, but Im not convinced yet for the reasons youve outlined, plus the ads theyre showing me right now are very poorly targeted. They either need to get it right or charge less while they do.

I dont think its in Amazons interests to give us that sort of data. It forces us to market in the dark, which drives many authors to use AMS. Given how bad AMS reporting is, it doesnt offer much better data anyway.

Im interested in the results you get from twitter.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Twitter
« on: Yesterday at 04:06:53 AM »
It depends on what you put in as your link. If you only included the Amazon link and its reporting a click on the link then it did go to Amazon.

Some caveats on that...

Twitter admit to having a fake account problem (I read its possibly as high as 50%), so be wary of bots.
If you got a thousand link clicks without the corresponding sales then doubt the legitimacy.
In the past, twitters reporting has struck me as inaccurate because the sales didnt follow.

Youll never get an exact answer as to the legitimacy of the clicks to link and conversions, so you have to rely on your common sense. If the sales arent there then dont believe it. If they are then kick it up a notch and see if the sales increase as well.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How important is having your own website?
« on: March 18, 2018, 04:06:12 PM »
Im lucky enough to have a tech guru building/managing/maintaining my website.

They use cleantalk as a firewall and to stop non approved posts and fake registrations. Otherwise, its wordpress and godaddy. Our systems are multi version, full back ups through Dropbox and local servers. Godaddy also does an extra back up of the website. I think were covered.

I post once every 2 - 4 weeks. The site has all the books and links to the wide platforms. Its updated at least once a month. I dont have a large mail list, but we get very few unsubscribes.

Is it worth having? I cant say it did much until we went wide, and itll do a lot more once we hook up bookfunnel and payhip. It gets a lot more traffic now than it ever did before, but thats probably still not saying much. We have more followers on FB. I know some people swear by a mailing list, but weve never given books away to build one, plus Im not convinced its an effective tactic. Maybe it is and maybe it isnt, but I cant be bothered with it. We have people following us through various mediums and Im happy enough with that.

That said, the website is becoming more useful now were starting brand marketing because we can direct people to the website with all the links.

Writers' Cafe / Re: February 2018 - Headline KENPC Rate 0.0046601USD
« on: March 18, 2018, 03:28:15 PM »
The danger of KU isn't that it will collapse and everyone will have to go wide. It's that it will succeed to the point of driving the competition out of business (or out of the indie book business at least) and Amazon will gain a monopoly on all indie book sales, at which point the terms/payout will change and things will become much, much worse for authors, when we all have to beg for scraps from Amazon's table.

I really don't understand why some people aren't getting that.

You're also making the assumption that all authors will make a lot of money in KU and make no/much less money wide (when you speak of losing money going wide as if it's a hard, universal truth), which is not the case.


People like me were making money in KU and now we make more money wide with no gap between our earnings. Other authors are struggling to find their feet on the wide market. There is no standard outcome for going wide, but it is fair to say that until you try going wide you dont know if you will succeed or fail, and how long it will take to go either way.

I didnt go wide because I wasnt making money in KU (albeit the AMS marketing costs were getting ridiculously high even a year or so ago). I evaluated how Amazon were treating KU authors and realized it wasnt going well (page flip, reducing KENP, reducing page rates, etc). Since then weve had even more fiascos with audible rates, scammers and banning (and now taking away page reads from authors) without explaining how they supposedly manipulated rank. Theres more, but its too long to list.

I dont want to see Amazon take complete control of the publishing business. Theyre already behaving badly in my view and I hate to think just how bad theyd be if they owned the game. If it ever comes to that then there wont be a wide to go to. Thatll be the end of the dream for many indie authors because theyll end up paying to publish one way or another, or itll become a zero-sum game.

My earnings from the books dont pay my bills, so I have a pragmatic view of this. I can earn just as much or more wide than I can in KU, so I choose to be wide. Dont get me wrong, BookBubs have been huge in helping me find my feet wide because it isnt easy to learn a new game.

Instead of calling us misguided and stupid, maybe acknowledge that while Amazon have competition (weak though some of you think they are, which I dont agree with) that were helping hold Amazon in check.

That's what I saw too. It was on my mobile phone (although not the mobile site), but on my PC everything looks normal. And they weren't alsoboughts, they were "What did customers buy after looking at this?"

Yep, that was the wording I saw too (forgot to mention that). And I saw it on an iPad. Didnt check it on a PC because I dont use one except for writing. I do everything via the iPad (someone else handles the PC stuff for the books because apparently I cant be trusted  :P).

This is what I see, and have been seeing for a while now. Taken from a random top-selling historical romance (not mine):

Book blurb.
Small banner ad.
4 also boughts. A square product ad.
100+ pages of Sponsored products.
Book info.
Author info.
100+ pages of sponsored ads.
Huge banner ad.
Customers also viewed.

Thats not what I saw. It was four also boughts one on top of the other and there was no carousel to see more of them.

I'm seeing this too now. Two rows of sponsored ads, no alsoboughts, and four of those "What do customers buy" links.

I cant see that now, but you made me check! Although it might be a browser glitch, its worth noting because even that should be fixed.

On another note, just looking at my book page made me sigh. Our pages are such a shambles...

Two ads
Customer who bought this item also bought (5 books x 20 odd pages)
Sponsored product related to this item (5 books x up to 100+ pages)
Editorial review
Product Details
More about the author
Sponsored products related to this item (5 books x up to 100+ pages)
Customer who viewed this item also viewed (5 books x up to 20 pages)
What do customers buy after viewing this item (4 books)
Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations (5 books x up to 20 pages)

That means there are up to 1,200 - 1,500 books being promoted on every book page. And to think we pay to direct traffic to a page so obviously being used to sell against us.

Ive had enough of this. I refuse to pay Amazon through AMS to promote over 1,000 other books. Little wonder the click to sale ratio is so bad. I quit using AMS when the clicks and price went sky high and the return hit the sewer.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Going wide [UPDATED: FIRST TWO MONTHS]
« on: March 18, 2018, 04:19:36 AM »
Wow, some good advice there - thanks. I'll give it a go.

Best of luck with it. There are a lot more ways to play out the marketing once youre wide. You just need to get creative, which technically is the one thing we writers are supposed to be good at.  :P

Writers' Cafe / Re: Going wide [UPDATED: FIRST TWO MONTHS]
« on: March 18, 2018, 04:14:40 AM »
I've done this. It works quite well but I found I got quite a few comments along the lines of "Why isn't this available on Amazon?" if I directed an ad to eg Kobo or iBooks.

I get around that by stating somewhere in the text  available on iBooks, nook, ....

That said, FB see any engagement as good and it helps give your ads and ad account a higher rating, which makes the clicks cheaper, so its a win-win either way.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Going wide [UPDATED: FIRST TWO MONTHS]
« on: March 18, 2018, 01:30:55 AM »
Yes, that's a good idea, although I find FB ads just eat money. I dabbled with FB ads when the first in series went permafree, but they just ate money, so I more or less abandoned it. I'll have another look at it. Thanks.

I found when I narrowed ads down to a specific platform, like say kobo, the clicks were a lot cheaper. For a major push I set up a different ad for every other site except Amazon, which I relied on the eshot type promoters to cover and they did. That worked well because the specific ads targeting iBooks and nook and the others were cheaper than they would have been had I been targeting Amazon. The trick is to make the ad exclusive to the platform so it doesnt pick up just any old account with ebooks/subjects as an interest.

Im still playing around with the various ways to mix it up. Another cheap trick I learned was using twitter. Ive never found it great for selling on Amazon, but the hashtags for the other platforms arent as heavily used. I got some activity from that, admittedly probably not a huge amount, but free is free, eh.

A big upside of the other platforms is the ad space is definitely cheaper. From what Ive read BookBub CPC ads are as well. The other thing Im finding is there is less compete on those sites so, once you get the ball rolling, it rolls for longer and without any targeted marketing. My FB ads are now moving to driving the brand and not a specific site, which means theyll direct the buyer to my website with all the links. Ill only use targeted ads for specific marketing drives, like a new release, discount or to lift presence on a specific platform.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Going wide [UPDATED: FIRST TWO MONTHS]
« on: March 17, 2018, 04:52:14 PM »
@pauline, thanks for the update. If you sell 224 on Amazon, then you should be doing better on the other platforms. It sounds like a visibility problem to me. Im using FB click ads that target specific platforms and only include the link for that platform. It does work, but I wasnt happy with the cost for Kobo (it came out at breakeven). My next step is to try the BookBub CPC ads, but I need to get three more books out for the series I intend to use for the trial. iBooks and Nook are doing very well for me, so theyre fine. The ones Im still trying to get moving are Kobo and Scribd. Google is always a bit patchy for me, but I dont think its a visibly problem its had two BookBubs and still doesnt perform that well so Im not pushing it for now.

Maybe trying some ads that target specific platforms. Its definitely worked for me.

Writers' Cafe / Re: February 2018 - Headline KENPC Rate 0.0046601USD
« on: March 17, 2018, 09:35:07 AM »
The percentage Amazon has lost to other platforms is miniscule.  The only thing their existence does is show that if Amazon freezes out indies, someone else will take up the slack, and maybe that makes Amazon still interested in keeping us around, or maybe not.  You do your own research on that subject, to quote a well respected internet lecturer.

I have done my research and we have not drawn same conclusions. Believe whatever helps you sleep at night.

Writers' Cafe / Re: February 2018 - Headline KENPC Rate 0.0046601USD
« on: March 17, 2018, 09:23:51 AM »
A few social media campaigns don't represent "the general consensus" either.  But that's beside the point and doesn't even ADDRESS the point that it's not Amazon's responsibility to make everyone happy, it's their responsibility to make money for their shareholders.  They're doing that.  If they don't make money, they'll make changes.  What will NOT make them change things is a few thousand or however many there are complaining indie authors on the internet.  We don't matter to them, and we shouldn't.  Complaining about Amazon's practices towards indie authors is incredibly pointless.  Go wide if you want, if you think you can make more money that way.  Do what's best for you, but don't think for one second that Amazon is going to change to suit you.

I'm not crowing about anything.  I'm telling you the truth:  I'm not going to pull out of KU because it pays me more money than I make from sales, by about a 2 or even 3 to 1 ratio.  If there comes a time when it's not worth it, then I'll pull out.  I'm not going to pull out in some misguided effort to "show Jeff Bezos who's boss."  He freaking knows who's boss, and here's a hint:  it's not us. 
And if Amazon gets control of the commerce platform, that's not going to be because I didn't yank my 15 books off KU and slice my paycheck by two-thirds in some sort of poorly thought out protest.

Its more than a few social media campaigns, but do your own research on that subject.

And group actions count. Right now other platforms, TPs and some misguided authors are whats stopping Amazon from running more roughshod over indies than they already are. Imagine a world where they control everything.

But dont you worry about it because other people are doing that for you.

Writers' Cafe / Re: February 2018 - Headline KENPC Rate 0.0046601USD
« on: March 17, 2018, 06:45:04 AM »
But the people who invest in the company don't give a damn about that, NOR SHOULD THEY.  This is how business is done, and we as indie authors have to be adaptable enough to make it work.  That's OUR job, not Amazon's responsibility.

Actually, Amazon have been and are still the subject of various social media campaigns about their bad business practices. True to say thats just the opinion of those people, but hundreds of thousands of them share the same view. I wont mention what those campaigns are here because its not the right venue, but it illustrates that a lot people dont like many aspects of Amazons business practices. A few authors that you know may or may not be representative of the wider view, so unless youve polled hundreds of thousands of authors then you dont know what the general consensus is.

Amazons customers and suppliers do have some say in what they do or at least they should. Shareholders also have some say in what companies do, which is why many investors refuse to put money into tobacco companies. It remains to be seen whether the US and the world will let Bezos take control of the rules of our commerce platform. If that happens then what you get paid, how youre treated, and whether you even get to sell at all will be at Amazons discretion, which is what will happen if the other distributors are forced out.

You might be crowing now, but if Amazon get full control of the commerce platform, you probably wont feel quite as pleased with yourself then.

I got the email and deleted it. They never listen anyway, so I refuse to waste my time anymore.

Also, Jeff Bezos said in an interview that he doesnt believe in surveys because he expects Amazon to excite the customer by giving them what they want before they know they want it. A bit idiotic, but it means surveys have little credibility inside Amazon.

Writers' Cafe / Re: February 2018 - Headline KENPC Rate 0.0046601USD
« on: March 17, 2018, 12:40:39 AM »
Sigh! Just when I was getting poised to go wide.

It's pretty sad when Amazon, with all of the problems it gives us, is in some ways more attentive than some of the "competition."

I find the other platforms much easier to work with. To date, Ive had a few technical glitches that were sorted out, but not one of them has harassed me to prove I own copyright or gotten bent out of shape over anything. For the most part, once youre out of KU, Amazon get out of your face as they should, but they still cant resist turning our book pages into a billboard of crap, deleting reviews for who knows what reason, and randomly harassing us when we update books. None of this happens on any other platform.

As for sales, I havent had any issue at all. Nook and iBooks alone bring  in 40 - 50% of my sales, and the other platforms are just a bit of gravy, but I havent done much promo work for them yet. I havent seen any drop in sales on Amazon, so its effectively doubled my earnings. BookBub do help a lot, but I dont apply for many of those. Ive had 3 in the past year (one int only, one US only, one global). There are so many marketing tools around now that AMS is only one in the mix and its too expensive these days. Better to use the other tools effectively. Its a lot cheaper and used smartly  they can get the same results. Also, AMS is pointless once youre wide because it only advertizes on Amazon and its far too expensive with that limitation it really only makes sense for KU and even then its overpriced, its targeting sucks and the reporting is so warped its meaningless.

These days Amazon are not the first plaform I promote. I run dedicated campaigns for specific sites and, depending on what Im promoting, I dont always push Amazon now. But Im in no hurry so Im prepared to work for the results through a combination of branding, packaging, pricing points, series bundling, publishing and promotion. It takes time, but Im so widely spread across platforms and countries that Im not dependent on any single one. Thats the most stable way to set up your book business because it accommodates fluctuations and removes the risk of single supplier (platform/subscription) dependency.

And I wouldnt say it takes time to make money when you go wide. It depends on what you go wide with in the first place. If youve written books that appeal more to the KU reader, then your catalog might be a tough to sell because those readers perceive the books to be free. Its a whole different product proposition if you have to get someone to part with real money. Before going wide you need to make an honest assessment as to how likely it is that someone will pay cash for your books. If you think they will sell then go for it because the market on the other platforms is actually pretty solid. And, as an added bonus, they stay out of your face and let you focus on writing and promoting rather than running around after them.

How long has your book been on Amazon? I think with nearly every release of mine, Amazon takes 3-4 business days to populate the also-boughts beyond like half a dozen entries.

It wasnt a new release problem. I saw it on several of my books and others. Im hoping its a hiccup or browser setting glitch, otherwise its a very bad development.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Delete
« on: March 16, 2018, 06:56:32 AM »
I'm not seeing it on yours. But I was just on my paperback and all it was showing was four related product ads. No also boughts at all. I hit refresh and it changed back to a normal page.

Thats not my book or genre, but kudos to the author it belongs to. Nice cover and rank, plus I think it just had a BookBub.

Interesting you got the same glitch. I hope this isnt one of Amazons slow roll outs where things switch to and fro until the new thing replaces the old.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Delete
« on: March 16, 2018, 06:21:25 AM »
Phew! Yes, that would be not good.

No, it would not. I have zero faith in Amazon these days, which means I do assume the worst of them. It is a shame, because four years ago I thought highly of them, but they they eroded that trust until now I am actively building my rep on other platforms just to dilute the impact they can have.

One day Amazon might understand the opportunity they lost with a lot of suppliers and customers, but for now they are riding high on the hog and roughshod over people they need to remain successful.

Writers' Cafe / Delete
« on: March 16, 2018, 06:05:54 AM »
Ive rebooted and cleared the browser and the also boughts are back. Thats a weird glitch and I hope it was one and not a preview.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Only 4 also boughts showing and it sucks
« on: March 16, 2018, 05:59:44 AM »
On .com, Im seeing a max of 4 also boughts listing one after the other and not in the usual row. I dont know why I can see that and no one else can. The other countries are showing the usual rows and pages of also boughts. This is only on the .com site for me.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Only 4 also boughts showing and it sucks
« on: March 16, 2018, 05:55:46 AM »
I get 17 pages of alsobots on that book

Im getting 2 also boughts. That doesnt make sense.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Only 4 also boughts showing and it sucks
« on: March 16, 2018, 05:48:04 AM »
Its not a glitch. Ive seen it on a lot of pages, plus its formatted differently, which means its not an error.

Hopefully its a beta and theyll think better of doing this because it means theres virtually no advantage to their platform. Sure, people will say they have a big marketplace, but I only need a small percentage from a lot of different platforms and it adds up just as well.

Writers' Cafe / Only 4 also boughts showing - hopefully was a glitch
« on: March 16, 2018, 05:46:00 AM »
Its probably in beta right now so only some of us have this, but instead of the usual strip of up to 20 pages of also boughts, we now have up to four books showing.

The also boughts were one of the few remaining ways our books could be found without having to pay Amazon, so this is just another way to force us to use AMS, or at least try to.

We get it, Amazon, and believe me many of us are working hard to promote the other platforms over yours. AMS is too expensive for what it returns. The right thing to do is make the tool more effective, not to keep cornering and bullying suppliers. Those of us who are wide will continue to heavily promote the other platforms because its cheaper than using AMS. Im getting 40 - 50% of my sales from the other platforms now.

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