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Or maybe instead of various promo techniques, you have a terrific cover, a strong blurb, and a great book. I've noticed that in urban fantasy, some books just seem to take off whether they're promoted a lot or not. I hope it continues.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Page flip kicks me on the way out...
« on: Yesterday at 06:05:47 PM »
It's done. They got me all out of Select almost at once. I am very happy and relieved. The email merely says "We've processed your request..." with a link in case I have any questions.
I'm glad you are happy, and I wish you all the success in the world  in going wide. Some books don't seem to do very well in KU, and so there's no downside in going wide.
Perhaps your books sell well on Amazon but don't get borrows. If so, going wide might increase your sales considerably. If, however, the books are not selling on Amazon, I wonder what you plan to do differently so that they will sell at other outlets. Or perhaps, that isn't the point. You have the peace of mind of getting out of KU and maybe that's enough. Best of luck to you.

it depends if you have some super marketing campaign planned that would leverage the new release list. You probably don't, so I'd say it's not worth the hassle.


I would change the price on book 1 to $.99 and use free days within KU and paid email promotions tied to the release of book 2 to try and get some visibility for the series. But my experience has been that nothing promotes book 2 like publishing book 3. Good luck.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kudos, Amazon! 9+ More "Author" Accounts Terminated
« on: September 21, 2017, 01:09:01 PM »
Phoenix, thanks for following the issue and fighting the good fight.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: September 21, 2017, 12:54:40 PM »
So, in trying to decide whether to put my new first in series book into KS, I've been looking at the prices KP charges for books it publishes. I understood that book prices were determined by length. For example, a 70K book would be $2.99.

That's a problem for a first in series because I would normally want it priced at $.99 as the lead in to other books priced at $2.99. Does KP offer any flexibility on pricing other than infrequent promotions? Thanks in advance for any thoughts.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is it a stomach bug, or just a new release?
« on: September 19, 2017, 08:19:51 AM »
Congratulations on your great launch. I'm sure worrying while you prepared your launch paid off, but once you're ready to publish, it seems to me that worrying is counterproductive. Better to keep pressing ahead on something else. I hope you stick up high with your new series.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Advice for Book 1 Launch
« on: September 18, 2017, 10:08:46 AM »
That's what I'm doing. Amazon seems to reward fresh content. I would wait at least until you can publish your first 2 within thirty days of each other.


Writers' Cafe / Re: August KU Rate: $0.00419
« on: September 18, 2017, 10:04:56 AM »
I wouldn't get too excited. It's my worst-selling series and it's completely finished so there is very little risk taking it wide. In truth, I'm more interested in going wide with a series here or there for BookBubs than as a protest against KU. My income streams are still extremely healthy under KU.

I've read through ten pages of this monthly bloodletting about the most recent KU rate. The only real news I've seen is that Amanda is taking her worst-performing series out of KU. I haven't seen any of the other huge self-published authors do something similar, even for their worst-performing series.

Until huge authors like Amanda start taking their best-performing series out of KU, I don't think Amazon will care a bit. I plan to spend my time writing books instead of writing on Kboards about the role of tech companies in modern society. But that's just me.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is it a stomach bug, or just a new release?
« on: September 17, 2017, 04:27:15 PM »
Why worry? It's too late to rewrite the book! Good luck.

Writers' Cafe / Re: My first launch (is having no reviews a problem?)
« on: September 17, 2017, 03:29:48 PM »
I wouldn't worry much about reviews, particularly if you put the books in KU. I'd get the second book out and promote the first at $.99 or free as much as you can. Then focus on finishing book 3. Good luck.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is Urban Fantasy doing better on KU or Wide?
« on: September 17, 2017, 03:25:15 PM »
I think urban fantasy does great in KU, but if you've already got your first book wide and free, wouldn't putting book 2 in KU  p*ss  off a lot of readers of book 1? Unless everybody is buying it on Amazon, in which case get book 1 in KU as soon as you can delist it everywhere else.

Writers' Cafe / Re: August KU Rate: $0.00419
« on: September 15, 2017, 10:16:35 PM »
Outing myself here, but this is my best advice, which some people have found useful. "Get off the churn train: writing books that stick."

This is quoted in there, but may also be helpful: "How to be hooky."

IMHO, hookiness is Job One. Trad or self-pubbed, if you're a genre writer, hookiness is what it's all about.

(I should note that I've done very well with KU. At this time, I have one series trad, one indie series wide, and three indie series in KU. KU can be great money, and that matters--it gives you flexibility and options. It's also, for me, easier, and that 33matters too. It's not really KU vs. not--it's building your audience, however you do that.)

Welcome back. I always loved your posts.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Whether to split a Debut Novel for marketing purposes
« on: September 13, 2017, 04:56:47 PM »
The main problem you face in splitting your book is that it shouldn't be possible to split it by "tweaking it slightly." A structurally sound novel has certain elements, and it shouldn't be possible to split it in two and suddenly have two novels.

So either your first book has serious structural problems or the two new books will. Of course, you can rewrite both new books to try and make them complete stories, but you're probably talking about massive changes that wouldn't be any easier than starting from scratch.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: September 13, 2017, 08:58:14 AM »
Nominated Truk Lagoon, Love Again, and Ghost Star.

We all know that even with good or great stats, the chances of winning a contract are slim. But in addition to getting wide exposure for your novel, I have found that a KS campaign can bring unexpected benefits.

A couple of months after my INCOGNOLIO campaign ended, I heard from a woman who had nominated my novel and loved the excerpted chapters. Just before the novel went live I sent her the eBook and a few days later she informed me that she was reading it over the phone to Teller. I thought she was joking but long before Penn & Teller became famous, Teller was her high school Latin teacher. They had stayed in touch over the years and he enjoyed having her read novels to him via the telephone.

Anyhow, Teller (who has nearly 400K Twitter followers) has tweeted three times about INCOGNOLIO, likening it to a carnival mirror maze and comparing the writing to that of Lewis Carroll and Anthony Burgess! Given my softer than soft launch and fairly dismal sales so far, this unanticipated boost from one of my heroes, thanks to my KS campaign, has really lifted my spirits.   ;D

Talk about being hit by lightning! That's an amazing story. I hope it pays off in salels.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: September 10, 2017, 03:56:21 PM »
Just one last announcement for anyone who hasn't heard me begging yet.
Like Flies is on its last day and in a few hours I will be in KS limbo. Anyone who likes a side of fun with their murder mysteries will probably enjoy it and anyone who doesn't... well, you should probably give it a try anyway, even if it is just to find out what the dog's name is.

Thanks again to anyone who has viewed / nominated it and a special thanks to Steve for plugging it along with all the others everyday.

Luke, I nominated it yesterday. I like your sense of humor. Good luck.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: September 10, 2017, 08:37:39 AM »
Ghost at the College is off to a slow start.  Page reads are quite decent, but zero hours H&T so far.  I'm not surprised.  It's the second version of a series, and I wasn't certain if it was going to be worth putting through a campaign or not.

Well, it certainly is worth a campaign, even if it never goes H&T.  Look what's happened to book one, Ghost in the Park:
 Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,506 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
    #27 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Ghosts
    #28 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Supernatural > Psychics
    #29 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Ghosts

GitP hit top 50 in 2 categories shortly after release and then slowly fell to the 60-70 level.  Now it's ranked higher than it ever has been.  Putting book 2 through Scout has certainly had an influence.  I'll keep you guys posted on whether this continues.

As always, top three nominated and fingers crossed for those awaiting news.

Thanks for the update. I hope Ghost in the Park sticks there for months to come.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you keep track of daily sales? Mine are off.
« on: September 09, 2017, 08:11:16 AM »
I really think that hurricanes and forest fires are at play here. Lots of people are on the road, busy getting on the road, or trying to fix up their flooded houses. I'm hopeful that things will improve towards October. People are in dire straights right now. Our sales are kind of small compared to what they are going through.

Exactly. Even people who aren't directly affected are concerned and focused on the the news.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Breaking the Top 1000... Am I missing something here?
« on: September 08, 2017, 08:54:59 AM »
If you're seeking the best marketing strategy, it's fairly simple. Not easy to implement, but simple.

Write to market. Write books in series. Pay for amazing covers. Write a hooky blurb. Write stories readers can't put down. Release the first three books quickly. After that, release followup books often.

Forget about finding magic marketing tricks. Good luck.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Breaking the Top 1000... Am I missing something here?
« on: September 07, 2017, 09:32:31 PM »
From the outside, it's often impossible to understand why one book can jump up and down in the rankings so much, or why one book in a series wildly outperforms others. It could definitely happen by a particular promotion, such as Bookbub, or it can be evidence of something more nefarious. I would suggest it's not worth your time to figure out why these  anomalies happen, particularly why weird changes happen to individual books.

Instead, I'd focus on studying the steady performers in your genres and learning how they manage to maintain a high ranking over a long period of time. Those are the authors who can teach you a lot about writing.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Natasha Snow Designs
« on: September 06, 2017, 09:43:52 PM »
Natasha has been busy lately. Thanks!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Is a new release the best form of promoting a series?
« on: September 06, 2017, 05:45:10 PM »
In my limited experience, yes.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: September 06, 2017, 03:17:06 PM »
Okay, it is live! I'm still updating it and I'll let you know how everything goes in the post as things happen!

Thanks, Lincoln. Your blog post is terrific.

Writers' Cafe / Re: free 3 book writing guide
« on: September 06, 2017, 10:25:30 AM »
Ah, the plot thickens. I followed the OP's Instafreebie link to somebody named Tiffany Shand, who actually does seem to have written the 3 in 1 book that's free on Instafreebie. Tiffany has her own author page with a fresh-faced photo of a woman from Essex who loves spoiled cats and hamsters.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Longtime lurker, first time poster
« on: September 06, 2017, 10:07:02 AM »
The good news is that if you know the elements of a solid short story, you know the elements of a solid novel. The structure is the same, only sturdier. Good luck.

Writers' Cafe / Re: free 3 book writing guide
« on: September 06, 2017, 09:20:13 AM »
I'm not seeing the problem. Somebody who's been a member since January and posted eighty time has some writing advice and it's free! Great! I love free advice. The more the merrier.

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