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Congratulations on getting the coveted BookBub! And paid too! It sounds like persistence pays. I'm sorry I don't have any experience with getting one, but thanks for sharing your list of promo sites too.
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We have three small children, and at times I beat myself up for not having put more material out there at the rate I have, since I started self-publishing back in 2012. It's all discipline, after all. I used to do 5k a day, and my longest track was 30k in one sitting. The past few years it's been harder, and my output hasn't been as high. But then I remember I somehow fit in publishing three novels around this, which is a record of oddities our home has recorded the past three years:

1) Welcoming two more daughters into the world, one of which followed a high-risk pregnancy.
2) Losing my brother at age 35.
3) A nearly-debilitating health condition that required me to lie on my side for several months.
4) A full-time day gig in Sys Admin/DBA.
5) The onset of stress-related atrial fibrilation.
6) The need to repipe our entire house and gut the downstairs, one project being preventative, the other project being reactive to a flooded dishwasher.
7) A health scare in which I really thought I was getting ALS (yeah, it's different from #3).
8 ) An invasion by bird mites.

So in a nutshell, structuring my writing follows this One Neat Trick (in the parlance of every other spam add on the internet): I accept that writing must happen amidst, and even feed off of, chaos. As chaos is something I abhor and yet has inter-threaded itself into my life, I have decided to accept its presence, and even harness it as subject matter for my next book. They say "write what you know" after all. That's point number two, by the way. Try incorporating your own experiences or interests, and watch the words flow.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Further pondering of the results of going wide
« Last post by JRTomlin on Today at 07:51:49 PM »
It is a big decision, Gemini. I waffled for a long time on taking some out. I still haven't taken out my whole back catalog. As of tomorrow I will have four out and I'm going to wait to see how that goes.

HF can sell extremely well but if you're not Bernard Cornwell, and who is except him, it is tough going. Having to depend so totally on BB promos is not a happy situation. I have pretty fair luck getting them but always wonder how long that will hold up.

ETA: I sell pretty well in the UK, which can be a bit tough. They aren't always nice about Americans writing English/Scottish/Welsh history. Get even the tiniest thing wrong and you're toast.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is free dying?
« Last post by L_Loryn on Today at 07:48:25 PM »
It's like when someone releases an urban fantasy or or any other genre novel that doesn't sell because they did so many things wrong and then decides "urban fantasy is dead!" "Witch cozies are dead!" "Romance is dead!" because my poorly covered, boringly-blurbed, rambling bloat of stream of consciousness first draft didn't sell.

It's so much easier to look outside oneself for the problems.

Well said. ".... rambling bloat of stream of consciousness first draft...." haha.
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I'll give this a try, first with our cats.

Here is Mimi, our adventurous traveling cat.


This is Shadow, our neighbor's cat. Shadow sleeps on our picnic table all day, in our home on cold nights, and eats both the cat and dog food.



Shadow also "helps" me proofread on nice days outside

Richard



Next post...DOGS!

Anybody else can post their critters and gardens too! :)
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You need to expand the topics  to write on. I myself will never  ever buy a romance novel.  Maybe see if some books can be listed under a different topic. like blend science fiction with romance and sell it as a science fiction novel
Romance is still by far the biggest market. And there are many audiences within it.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is free dying?
« Last post by Shelley K on Today at 06:59:49 PM »
Many people I've seen who've declared "free is dead" determined that based on their free book they didn't promote well, that doesn't have a grabby cover or blurb, and maybe isn't even written very well once you get into the book, and often is a stand-alone with no push to get the person to go on to another book. Just making any old book free isn't the best strategy. All the pieces need to be in place to get the most out of it. That's not even a guarantee, but it works great for a lot of authors.

It's like when someone releases an urban fantasy or or any other genre novel that doesn't sell because they did so many things wrong and then decides "urban fantasy is dead!" "Witch cozies are dead!" "Romance is dead!" because my poorly covered, boringly-blurbed, rambling bloat of stream of consciousness first draft didn't sell.

It's so much easier to look outside oneself for the problems.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is free dying?
« Last post by Anarchist on Today at 06:57:13 PM »
Free is the only way I try new-to-me authors.

That's how I discovered Konrath, Russell Blake, Bobby Adair, and many others.

If I like the free book, I buy everything they write.
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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Couples and Amazon Accounts
« Last post by HLS on Today at 06:54:18 PM »
I personally would not want to share accounts.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do Sci-Fi/Fantasy short story collections sell?
« Last post by HLS on Today at 06:45:47 PM »
Yes they do.

I personally only buy  science fiction, fantasy and horror  on the most part
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