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Writers' Cafe / Re: Faith in human nature - restored.
« on: May 06, 2017, 10:49:45 AM »
Shared on social media and I will on my upcoming newsletter as well.  Mark, what a lovely thing you have done.  I pray this works for her and her family. 

I've gotta say, I'm incredibly frustrated with KDP right now. I released two titles in July and I think both are borked - and KDP won't help at all.

Title #1 was a twinpack of historicals released mid-July.
Title #2 was a new release.

Title #1 didn't get also boughts for ages, but has them now. For now at least. But I think something is up with it. For starters, it's not in Kindle Exclusives.

Much more serious is what is happening with Title #2. It was released at the end of July. It STILL has no Also Boughts. After multiple emails to Amazon, multiple escalations, KDP claims that is normal and nothing is wrong with it.

Not sure what to do here. The sales for the new release are way below what they should be. It has no Also Boughts so it's invisible to the recommendation engine. It looks odd in the API. There's only one book pointing at it (Title #1 above). It doesn't seem to generate browsing-based recommendation emails. And it's also not in Kindle Exclusives.

And Amazon won't do anything and claim nothing is wrong. How can Title #2 not have also boughts after two months? It has also boughts in the UK (where sales are considerably lower). It has also boughts in Australia, where it has had THREE sales, total. It has also boughts in DE where it has had NONE. There has been far more sales in the US than all the other Kindle Stores combined - yet no also boughts. Title #1 has also boughts. Title #2 does not. Title #2 has WAY more sales.

And KDP says nothing is wrong. This is killing my new release. Well, it has already killed it and it's preventing me bringing it back to life. How can I run promo when it has no also boughts? Any organic spike I get leads to the dead fish bounce afterwards because Amazon is not recommending that title to other customers either on site or by email. Any spike fizzles out instantly.

Incredibly dispiriting, and doubly so when Amazon refuses to even investigate properly. When I emailed KDP, they claimed that I had more sales in Australia than the US, and that's why I have no also boughts in the US.

I have had three blinking sales in Australia.


This happened to me last year.  No Also Boughts on a new release.  I had to email and email.  They kept saying that "You have to sell to be able to get Also Boughts."  Um...I'm selling.  Finally they had to do something for that individual book to get me Also Boughts.  The sales did eventually catch up after I ran a Bookbub but until then that book was hosed.  My advice is not to give up with them.  Keep escalating.  It took me weeks to get it straightened out. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Full time! Now the real work begins...
« on: September 09, 2016, 11:22:20 AM »
I can honestly say that my worst day as a writer was a million times better than my best day at the corporate job. 
It's a huge transition though so give yourself some time to adjust.  Fiddle with your schedule until you find the right one.  Be cognizant of your health because sitting all day is hard on the body.  Most of all...enjoy!!! 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Using Bookbub ads to promote a new release
« on: August 18, 2016, 05:45:55 AM »
I actually have my first ad running this weekend however not for a new release.  I'm running it on my freebie.  But I do plan to run ads on my next release.  I'll report back here with results.  Thanks for posting, Mark.  That was very interesting. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: VAT and pricing for Bookbub - request for help
« on: August 07, 2016, 02:50:09 PM »
Kobo is 99p as far as I can see. Google is 68p, which at current exchange rates is about 89c. I'm not sure about itunes, as I don't have the app and can't find it online.

Thank you!!

Writers' Cafe / VAT and pricing for Bookbub - request for help
« on: August 07, 2016, 01:45:23 PM »
Can anyone in the UK and Australia help?  I have a Bookbub on the 9th on Justice Healed but I cannot see if my 99 cents price is set correctly for the other countries.  It looks like the Zon is okay but I'm not sure how iTunes, Kobo, and Google look.  Do they add the VAT on top of the 99 cents (so I need to go back in and adjust my price?) or is it included in the 99 cents? 
Thank you so much!

Ranking at Amazon is "relative." So you may not have sold in the last few days but other books have not sold in a greater number of days. 
And if you are in KU, you may have had a few ghost borrows where someone has borrowed your book but hasn't read it yet. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Update on Gumroad
« on: July 08, 2015, 02:29:58 PM »
Awesome, Elizabeth.  This is also on my To Do list.  It sounds like it's working well so far.  Like you, I'd like to reward readers who buy direct from me with discounts and the ability to get a book a week or two earlier than other retail outlets. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Who killed B&N Nook sales?
« on: July 06, 2015, 07:20:36 AM »
Before their site "upgrade" B&N was #2 for me.  Now?  They're dead last.  Sales have screeched to a halt. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Has anyone used My Romance Reads lately?
« on: June 30, 2015, 12:00:43 PM »
I had one Sunday on a permafree book.  About 2500 downloads (on Amazon) and a hair over a thousand yesterday.  I think Freebooksy is a better value at 4000 downloads for $100 and they have lots of Apple readers to juice sales there. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: How long does it take you to write a full novel?
« on: June 21, 2015, 09:47:29 AM »
I can usually knock out an 80K book in about 5 to 6 weeks but I edit as I go so when I finish it's pretty close to the end product.  I'd love to be able to skip the editing on the firsts draft but it makes me crazy knowing there's something in the beginning that needs to be fixed or changed and I can't concentrate on new words. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Here comes summer - Oh no!
« on: May 31, 2015, 05:00:45 PM »
I'm releasing in July but it's an established series.   

Writers' Cafe / Re: So...yeah...self publishing...I'm doing it...
« on: May 29, 2015, 02:36:01 PM »
Sorry that you've parted with your publisher but welcome to the ranks!  :)

Yes, you create a copyright page for both digital and print.  I use a pretty standard one and place it after the title page but before the blurb and dedication:

Copyright 2015 by Olivia Jaymes

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED: The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by up to 5 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.

All characters and events in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead is strictly coincidental.

I went full time in January of 2013 and haven't looked back.  Book money hadn't quite covered the day job salary at that point but I was so freaking miserable at my soul sucking corporate finance job I quit anyway.
I didn't take any time off in between I sat down and started writing another book.  And then another.  I've released 16 books since then under two pen names.  This is the coolest job in the world. 
And yes, most of my friends and coworkers think I sit around and sip coffee all day wearing tweed.   :o  Hubby knows differently though and he's joined me to run the business side of things. 
Congrats on being ready to make the leap!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Have you published anything this month?
« on: May 28, 2015, 06:33:22 AM »
The first book in my new romantic suspense series released on the 19th and I'm working hard on the second book for July. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Who do you recommend for print formatting?
« on: May 25, 2015, 05:00:36 PM »
Paul Salvette

I think he does a great job.  :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Current market value of serials vs series
« on: May 21, 2015, 12:45:37 PM »
I think there are a few things you should take into consideration here.

 - Are serials popular in your genre?

 - What are the pricing strategies in your genre?  You say you think you might have to price at 99 cents because you're new.  My feeling is that you should be looking at what your peers are charging and follow that model. 

 - Does your story lend itself to a serial?  Are there complete arcs within your book? 

 - Math.  If you broke down your 50K novel into let's say three installments and each sold 100 units each at 99 cents you would make about $100.  If you priced a full length novel at 3.99 and sold those same 100 units you're looking at $260.00. (I'm not mathematically inclined so I may have made a mess of this)

I guess my point is that pricing is less about you being new and more about fitting into your genre.  If you have a quality product price it within the parameters that your target readers are used to.

And congratulations on your book.   :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Signing your books, with a personal comment
« on: May 19, 2015, 11:30:23 AM »
I did a signing in Las Vegas so I wrote "Viva Las Vegas" or "What happens in Vegas stays in the book."  Otherwise, I usually write something like "It was so wonderful meeting you" or "I hope you enjoy the story."

The first book in one series is permafree but for the other two series the books are 3.99.  I have run two Bookbub ads on one of those books however so I do mark it down a couple of times a year. 

And yes, permafree helps sales on the first series.  I took the book off permafree for a month and the sales collapsed.  Badly.  I won't make that mistake again.

Standard disclaimer - I write contemporary romance so YMMV.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Success stories: How long to gain traction?
« on: May 13, 2015, 08:53:01 AM »
My first book came out in March of 2012 and I went full time in January of 2013.  Earlier than I should have but the day job had turned miserable.  By then I had out about 8 books with a small pub but I went indie at the end of 2013.
But I have to say I still worry about bills and that this will be the month that everyone realizes I'm a fraud and no one will buy my books.  I'm not sure I'll ever get over the fear that it will all go away. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: A thank you to KBoards authors
« on: May 05, 2015, 04:13:15 PM »
Thank you!   :)

Cinco De Mayo is a big deal down here in the Sunshine State but I will try to stay away from the Margaritas long enough to:

 - Write 2K

 - Work on laying out newsletter

 - Create a few FB ads for later in the month

Good luck everyone!   :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Today's Goals - May the Fourth Be with You
« on: May 04, 2015, 05:58:51 PM »
Managed to meet and exceed my goal by 200 words.     Hoping for the same tomorrow. 

Hope everyone is marking off those to-do lists.   :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Today's Goals - May the Fourth Be with You
« on: May 04, 2015, 01:59:42 PM »
Life is getting in the way.  A print cover showed up in my inbox so I headed over to CreateSpace then hubby started talking to me about the end of the school year and what we're going to do this summer.  So I still have about 400 words to go.  But the day isn't over yet. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Today's Goals - May the Fourth Be with You
« on: May 04, 2015, 06:39:15 AM »
Trip to Target.
2K on WIP.

Yes, my goals are modest today. 

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