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The Stars Were Right
by K. M. Alexander

Kindle Edition published 2013-09-30
Bestseller ranking: 240035

Product Description
Caravan Master Waldo Bell didn't expect to return home a criminal. He just wanted a relaxing month off between jobs so he could explore the city of Lovat, enjoy a soft bed and a few decent meals. Instead, he’s arrested—accused of killing old friends and hacking off body parts.

Escaping custody and on the run, Wal becomes a citywide fugitive fighting to clear his name. As the body count rises, a shadowy assassin emerges as the true killer, and the trail begins to grow more and more bizarre.

The Stars Were Right combines mystery and monsters, chases and cults, and an ancient evil in a world that is similar but not quite like our own....

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Writers' Cafe / Re: It's Scary Going Wide
« Last post by Elizabeth Ann West on Today at 12:26:53 PM »
Question about translators. Ok so you get one of your books translated into german. Where are you selling that? Doesn't kindle just provide 1 book for all websites? Is this for sale on your website only?


Amazon sells the English version of our books to all the different Amazon stores. I would be uploading a GERMAN version of the book. Right after you put a contributor it asks what language the book is in, it defaults to English so you probably never noticed it. I can sell a German version of A Winter Wrong for example with its own paperback and it's completely separate from my English version in royalties and listings.

So my German translation should sell most in Amazon.de, iBooks, Kobo, Tolino (a German ebook store owned by the cable company? it actually has the largest market share of Germany ebook purchases), and BN etc. This is a big experiment for me, it's an investment on par with a Bookbub ad for non free book plus a portion of royalties for my translators. But I did that on purpose upfront fee + royalties. I WANT a great translation, I WANT my translators to have a stake in the book, just not for forever.

To me, and I told both of my translators this, this is found money. I am not currently selling a German version, so as soon as I earn back my upfront fees, it's pure profit for me without having to do anything but project management. There's definitely a vacuum opening up in foreign translations. Just in historical fiction, Amazon gets 964 new titles in the last 30 days, most of them in English. Germany gets 183. Many of those are older titles or classics that have been translated. Others are by German authors that don't have any books in English as well.

But I think seeing as my English translations do sell, a German translation should sell even better.
The Book Bazaar / Lighten up, it's just the end of the world.
« Last post by BenjWall on Today at 12:19:51 PM »
The end of the world as you've never known it.
"This book provides an alternative to all the doom and gloom apocalyptic novels out there. If you have a slightly off-kilter sense of humour, this is the book for you. It was refreshing to read something different in the genre! Thanks Mr Wallace, I couldn't put it down."

Post-Apocalyptic Nomadic Warriors (A Duck & Cover Adventure)

"Where to start? The great characters? The suspense of trying to figure out which guy really is the good guy? The funny one-liners? However you put it, this is another great action/comedy from Wallace."

The sequel Knights of the Apocalypse will be available Feb. 28!
Writers' Cafe / Re: Just updated my keywords
« Last post by nico on Today at 12:19:16 PM »
I often update things like keywords, and I ALWAYS see a huge upswing on the green line of my graphs, but only teeny tiny upswings in the red line. This makes me suspect that browsers/free searchers are using the search box a LOT more often than paid buyers. Probably because buyers like the clickable lists over typing.

I wonder if this has to do with deal-seeker websites scanning for titles with particular keywords and then listing them...?
Writers' Cafe / Re: It's Scary Going Wide
« Last post by kalel on Today at 12:19:14 PM »
I don't have any plans to do any more discounting. So I'm the weird one. My goals this year are to keep publishing, that's #1 and use Google Adwords to drive traffic to reading my first book for free on my blog (after chapter 5, you will have to join the site to keep reading) so that I'm capturing new readers. It's not easy to build a readership slowly release by release, but for me, as I stay home and write full time, it's the cheapest way I can put sweat equity to work. It's also important to know what you're doing as you say about Hot New Release lists etc. By Consequence of Marriage JUST fell off both HNR lists for it's classification because it timed out. It had been in the top 20, even the top three for many weeks, since the preorder went live at the end of October. That makes a HUGE difference.

3 questions Elizabeth

1. Preorders. Do you usually upload a rough draft ( one that hasn't gone to the editors ) to set the preorder up?

2. Once setup ( 24hrs later ) does it go live ( meaning people can see a preview of that non edited version? )

3. Do you think it's worth writing 3 novels and spacing them out weeks apart. Basically not taking the usual approach of writing, release. Writing release. But writing, writing, writing. Then releasing all at once ( same day ) or releasing them a week apart? Using preorder for the last two?

Jan thanks for the link, I might not have seen it otherwise.

Some of the stats they have for us are way off. Some I wish were true especially the 50k part. I would be booking that vacation to Hawaii asap. Heck I could bring some Kboard members with me :)

I usually don't respond to post like this as they are usually done with anonymous people who are actually selling a competing service (for hundreds of dollars). As I was reading the article I was wondering what their angle was. What site would they give the biggest props. I can't wait to read more of these post from them. They weren't even happy with Bookbub for goodness sake. They also don't allow comments on the post unless you email them. Red Flag for me as I can't even respond to their estimates.

They also want sites like ours to vent books better. They can want all they want. That would be a disservice to the small authors that use our site to get reviews so they can get on to the bigger sites. I am small author and remember that feeling of submitting a book and having it rejected. The only books we really reject have to do with rape or any violent book or books that spread hate. I will also not put up many books for trending "Get rich quick" books or paleo diet books or whatever is the trending topics on "Make money with kindle" stuff on forums.

Our book pages also allow links to the authors social and website and stay on our site for about year (unless we find a lot of broken links.) The Free author interviews stay on our site forever and I even compile ebooks with these interviews that help get the author even more exposure. (Will be perma free soon) We also have an author of the day where we blast that author interview page out to social. These interviews all have a link to buy the book and to the authors social accounts so they can build a following over time.

They say we have 20-30 free submissions that is usually anywhere from 50-150. The featured numbers are off also. I can't remember ever having over 20 although it probably reached that on Christmas and maybe a few other days I didn't count them. When the site gets bigger I will probably cap it at 20 but I don't see that as an issue right now. I also give free features away in contest and if an author emails me and say they need help they usually get one.

Do we have special treatment for some books? Absolutely! I will rotate the books on the homepage and if I see one from a Kboard member I might place it higher for a few hours.

How do we know the books they supposedly tested these sites out with were not Left Handed vampire diaries or something so niche they would always get bad results. Who says they submitted a book at all? Just sayin :)

I will be reading this thread but probably won't spend time responding. I spend my time making our site better.

Hey Vinnie, You are AWESOME!
Writers' Cafe / Re: I'm considering just unveiling myself
« Last post by Cherise Kelley on Today at 12:14:37 PM »
You mean, people on here actually go to the links in the signature specifically to leave a nasty review?  Yikes! 

Lurkers, I think, not the other posters we have come to know and love. PUBLIC. FORUM. Everyone can see our posts here, not just our friends. That cuts both ways. It gives us visibility both to readers who will like us and to readers who might not.

I have always used my real name on the Internet, since 1997. (There are only two people with the name "Cherise Kelley" online. Google us and see how many results you get!) I was a public school teacher when I first got online, so I have always used tact in this environment. Not everyone is so careful. I cringe at many of the arguments I see here.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Research: Serial killer is a ghost
« Last post by 555aaa on Today at 12:12:56 PM »
Easy if the character comes from a conflict region (Bosnia / Serbia, or Chechnya for example?) as a child. Or simply as an illegal, whose family uses a false ID. I think that you might be surprised at how many people have a hard time proving their identity.

So I don't think it's the issue of a person's "true" identity, it's an issue of suppressing a consistent fake identity which would lead the police to the culprit. Definitely a first-world problem.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Research: Serial killer is a ghost
« Last post by Monique on Today at 12:11:53 PM »
Raising someone off the grid would be v doable. It's been done in fiction. I'm fairly certain it's even kind of a trope now.
Fantastic!! Thank you for the link!

You're welcome, Leona!

Excellent blog post.

Yes, just the kind of inspirational advice that newbies need, and packed with useful information.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Research: Serial killer is a ghost
« Last post by Rin on Today at 12:09:40 PM »
Might help you get into the psychology of being a killer too, although it would be hard to make the killer educated.

With the amount of stuff you can learn on the internet?
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