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Writers' Cafe / Re: When you don't market yourself or your books.
« on: August 02, 2016, 08:46:40 AM »
Hey, I remember you. You've changed the cover for The Pattern Ship since you left. :) Welcome back! And good luck with your restart. :D

Thank you. Yes, I paid for a series of covers to my own requirements - they mostly look alright.

I'm doing a 'slow'  $500 restart as its August and most people already have their reading material arranged. By September I intend to boost that up as I should be close to having my next books ready and I'm quite excited about them. It should then be a full push until Xmas.

Writers' Cafe / Re: When you don't market yourself or your books.
« on: August 02, 2016, 08:07:46 AM »
Hi TobiasRoote,

As you have a good spread of nice-looking books, I do rather suspect your lack of sales is exactly as you've said, due to lack of promos/eyes-on. When I launched my first novel last year I did an aggressive Facebook promotion and this kept the sales high from day one until latterly, so I didn't do any blogging or whatever else.

Now I am snivelling at a few sales a day too, having seen them plummet from 3,000/month on one book, to 200/month now if I am lucky!

I have only the one book so if I were in your shoes, I would do a hard-hitting, investment-backed promo for a few days and I would probably use Facebook again, myself. I know many people do not find it cost-effective but you seem to have a library of ready-to-run, well-drafted books so if these haven't been seen yet by the majority of your market, what's the likelihood it doesn't give you a massive lift-off? Those readers are going to love having a fair few books to get stuck into. So I'd have thought, anyway.

I wish I were where you are...I'm chugging along on book two but taking so much editing to pay the bills, that my writing days are pretty filled with other good stuff.

Best of British (or American!)


Thanks! I'm sure when your second book launches it will swing back in your favour. although don't leave it too long, I've learned that fans are only patient for so long.

Writers' Cafe / Re: When you don't market yourself or your books.
« on: August 02, 2016, 08:05:24 AM »
It's personal. And provides an excellent string of "I'm back! This is what I was doing, y'all!" content-based emails.

I agree, I hadn't thought of it, but now its been mentioned, I will.

Writers' Cafe / Re: When you don't market yourself or your books.
« on: August 02, 2016, 08:04:19 AM »
I would document that exact journey in an Auto-responder mailing sequence, that mixes your story with the book promos.

Good idea that :)

Writers' Cafe / When you don't market yourself or your books.
« on: August 01, 2016, 11:25:31 PM »
Well, I left here a year ago and spent the time writing a few more books and travelling Spain, Italy, Portugal, France and Greece. In that time my income went down from a living wage to more recently a paltry few quid a day. Despite the addition of new books the lack of marketing meant the spike was short-lived and the decline continued.

Now, I'm settled back where I started writing - Corfu and intend to turn things around with some new books coming out this Autumn and Winter with a marketing campaign (starting this month) to pull the revenue up to a manageable level again.

Can it be done? I ask - I'll let you know.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Posting to Facebook Groups is only a waste of time!
« on: August 01, 2016, 11:18:28 PM »
and those other authors 'spamming' their books are no different to you going on there and promoting yours. Try finding groups specific to your genre and only 'spam' in them. As others said, join groups, but disable notifications from the outset.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The New Kids In Town: Fake NEGATIVE Reviews!
« on: July 29, 2016, 07:59:47 AM »
There is a saying out there "What you think is none of my business" I believe you can re-interpret that to apply to your reviewers. In the past I have responded to deliberate inaccuracies in a review. In hindsight I wish I had remembered this saying and now no longer respond positively or negatively to anything posted. If people comer on my Facebook page, or email me to point out negative aspects (they never do) I'm happy to discuss these with them.

Get back to writing.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Createspace picture quality
« on: July 28, 2016, 03:40:35 AM »
Createspace will generally require you to submit images at 300 dpi. They will warn you if they are lower quality. I made the error of increasing a 72 dpi image to 300 dpi once expecting it to resolve to 300 dpi - it did, but highly pixelated - it looked awful.

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