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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is KDP Rocket worth the $97?
« Last post by KelliWolfe on Today at 09:36:57 AM »
I kicked around buying it until this month and am now kicking myself for not buying it sooner. What a great time saver.
I found the interface pretty simple to use, and was generating keywords etc within minutes after completing the installation.

I've used Samurai, and only looked at Rocket when a buddy here on the boards suggested I look at it.

I can't say anything about Dave's Cust Service b/c, frankly, I haven't needed it. Great product.
Desmond, what features does it offer over Samurai that make it worth the extra cost? Samurai is OK at it's price, but if this one really is that much better I'd be willing to drop the money on it.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Smashwords Payment
« Last post by Trina M. Lee on Today at 09:36:54 AM »
Yes I've been waiting impatiently too. I don't see why they can't just choose a select day of the month like everyone else and pay on that day. The guessing game is getting old.
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I was just curious as to people's experiences with the time it takes to get approved/rejected.  The campaign for my urban fantasy novel "Red Chords" ended on Feb 11.  I had heard 5 - 7 days was normal, with 15 days being an outside max.  It seems like I am on day 11 and my campaign still shows as under review.  I guess with the in-depth feedback, their workload must be higher.  Thoughts and experience welcome.

Thanks!
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I decided to write a blog post with my progress so far and some thoughts on what has worked from a marketing perspective. Might be interesting to some of you.

http://dpwoolliscroft.com/2018/02/22/kindlescout-campaign-update/

Now I need to actually do some writing! KindleScout is such a major distraction...
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Adding my own great experience to the mix, I just had four of my paperbacks formatted by Colleen. She managed to do the job both professionally and incredibly fast. She was very pleasant to work with, and made sure that I was happy with the results. I'm really happy with the way it turned out :)
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is KDP Rocket worth the $97?
« Last post by Desmond X. Torres on Today at 09:28:02 AM »
I kicked around buying it until this month and am now kicking myself for not buying it sooner. What a great time saver.
I found the interface pretty simple to use, and was generating keywords etc within minutes after completing the installation.

I've used Samurai, and only looked at Rocket when a buddy here on the boards suggested I look at it.

I can't say anything about Dave's Cust Service b/c, frankly, I haven't needed it. Great product.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: First run at USA Today Bestseller List
« Last post by VLH on Today at 09:26:11 AM »
So, total US sales for the week so far = ?

2,806 total, which is more than I've ever sold before in a month, but a far cry from what's needed for USA Today, even with three days left I think. I'm not too disappointed about it. There were a lot more sales of the other books in the series than I anticipated, which really helped pay for all the ads. I've been in the profit margin since the 20th (who could be disappointed about that!).

Anyway, I'll post final numbers on Sunday. Moving forward, I'll be toiling away on the 6th book in the series. After that releases, I'll create another boxed set of books 3-6 and submit it to BookBub, as well as the first boxed set after the 6 month requirement. Maybe lightning can strike twice! More product equals more opportunity (I'm finally getting to experience that bit of marketing knowledge, not just read about it).

Thanks for all the tips and encouragement, it's been amazing!!!  :-* :-* :-*
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Yes, but if I can get the artist that created these covers and only $15 for a premium cover, WOW! I'm all in.  ;)


 :o haha wow. J.K. Rowling got a deal.
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PORTFOLIO UPDATE!

Wonderful River Den series by Claire Cullen. I've done 3 covers for this series and maybe more.
The style changes a bit from book 1 to the later books, and I like how things progress. The Stolen cover was one of my favorites. But there might be another one that should top that.

Get it on Amazon!
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Writers' Cafe / Re: A New AMS Thread
« Last post by Lyle 007 on Today at 09:22:30 AM »
I don't know what on earth that rep was trying to sell you. As soon as you submit an ad campaign it should be visible in your dashboard right at the top with a status of Pending, I think it is. If that hasn't happened, the ad didn't get submitted for review. Once it's accepted it should show as running in that Status column. At that point, if you need to update your bid, click on the campaign name. This will take you to a detail screen for that campaign. For the PD ads, scroll down and you'll see your bid and can click in that box and change it. For your SP ads, you'll see a listing of your keywords with bids next to them. Click into any of those boxes to change the bid there.

In terms of when information shows up. Generally I see impression and click information showing up same day. Maybe on a slight delay but I don't think it's more than 12 hours or so. Estimated sales take longer and part of that is in how they count a sale. Someone can click on your ad today and not buy for five days but that purchase five days from now may get credited to the ad.

In terms of billing information. When they bill you, they provide a breakdown of spend by ad campaign. So I can take my spend on Book X and compare that to my revenue on book X for the ad period. (I use KDP and CS numbers for that, limited to just the US market.)

That is what I was thinking (sans impressions or clicks - my bids are low but it should hit here and there) - it should show regardless, and quickly at that.  They were accepted.  But the display is a blank screen. Nothing shows up under status.  The 14 day thing is weird I agree. Why did she say that?

BTW I did auto vs discreet keywords. But that should be no different I would imagine.

Off with another CU...


EDIT  update : she backed off on the 14 day thing and now says it takes awhile ... and that my ads should show - and they don't. 
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