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The Book Bazaar / Re: Books by Theresa M. Moore
« on: September 20, 2011, 06:25:06 pm »
Nonfiction books for sale:
A BOOK OF FIVE RINGS: A Practical Guide to Strategy by Miyamoto Musashihttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B002AMUXBM

The Ten Percent Solution: Simplifying the Tax Code in The New Economyhttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B0030ZRWV2

PRINCIPLES OF SELF-PUBLISHING: How to Publish and Market A Book or Ebook On a Shoestring Budget3rd Edition http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0052T1WVK

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Why Your Sales Have Dropped
« on: September 20, 2011, 06:12:35 pm »
I have been struggling to get people to raise their ebook prices, not lower them. I have had an ongoing battle with people who seem to think that pricing their ebooks at 99 cents will get them sales. It will. But the author will have to sell way more ebooks to make the same kind of money they could get if they price the ebooks higher. Some do not understand the math, no matter how you explain it. My sales have dropped because of numerous technical changes which caused me to lose sales, not because my ebooks were no good. I had been going along earning a chunk of change until Amazon chose to change its sales algorithm in August, and there have been instances of the KDP reporting subroutine going down. This has nothing to do with whether I am self-published or not. There is simply no telling what happens on Amazon anymore.

This is why I don't rely on Amazon or any outside retailer for sales. Instead, I choose to concentrate my marketing on driving traffic to my own site. The other retailers can do what they want; I'll just keep on keeping on. If I get sales through them, good. But I refuse to stand there waiting. They say a watched pot never comes to a boil, so I've stopped watching them fail to sell books and ebooks.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Aaaannnddd now my sales rank is gone
« on: September 08, 2011, 03:20:10 pm »
Vanished. Kaput. Even on Author Central it says "this book is no longer ranked." I checked around, and it's not some huge anti-indie conspiracy, because I found Big 6 and small press books that are unranked suddenly, and I found indie books that still have their rankings. Dunno what's up, and don't care as long as it's fixed by the time they pay me.

I'm such a liar, it's totally freaking me out.

I haven't had any normal sales since the August glitch, and some of my sales rankings have dropped to "unknown". Two of my books' rankings have dropped to the 4millions or so, from a ranking of the mid 50,000s. No sales at all since Monday. 2 since the beginning of the month. The whole look of the thing is freakishly skewed toward the devices and the books are parked toward the bottom. The only way I can find my books is if I check by title. Nothing is the same anymore. They owe me money but I'll have to wait to the Sept. 15 report to see how it all shook out in the end. September may be worse than August. Just have to wait.

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The Children of The Dragon series:
Destiny's Forge http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ICXJEG
To Taste The Dragon's Blood http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003K16NB6
Red Dragon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001E4S6QQ
The Queen's Marksman http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002ACPMOU
A Pirate's Daughter http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002ACPN0I
Truth and The Dragon's Blood http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002ACPN30

Plus: The Mystery of Cranewood Manor http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001P80XQM
and The Ten Percent Solution: Simplifying the Tax Code in The New Economy http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0030ZRWV2

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The Children of The Dragon series is a chronicle of the Xosan, vampires from the planet Antellus, once human but transformed by a dragon's blood. They are stories of science fiction, fact and fantasy, myth and history, romance, tragedy and triumph; linked together by the theme of the vampire as hero:
Destiny's Forge http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ICXJEG
To Taste The Dragon's Blood http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003K16NB6
NAGRASANTI Illustrated Vampire Omnibus http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003M0OX7Q
Red Dragon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001E4S6QQ
The Queen's Marksman http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002ACPMOU
A Pirate's Daughter http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002ACPN0I
Truth and The Dragon's Blood http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002ACPN30
Written In Blood http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004Y5OZ7Q

Coming soon: Swords of The Dragon's Blood  October.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Wow, Kindle Boards is killing other boards
« on: June 21, 2011, 02:05:15 pm »
I agree. I signed up for the Nook Board and it wouldn't let me add my book covers to the signature. Then when I tried to reply to someone's post, I got a message that said there wasn't enough memory for a reply to the thread. I'm not a computer genius, but it seems that those are elementary issues which should be corrected to be successful.

Larry Buttram
www.larrybuttram.com
That's funny. I have the opposite problem. I can't get my signature to accept larger images and I can't add more than 5 books. So I have dropped them and gone back to just my site's link. But they must be losing posters if they can't even afford a reply. A pity. I deal with both KDP and PubIt and don't get much traction with the official BN forum.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Wow, Kindle Boards is killing other boards
« on: June 21, 2011, 01:59:47 pm »
Kudos go to Harvey and the wonderful MODS... NOthing to do with Amazon, other than we all love kindles & reading.
  I LOVE your avatar!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Copyright Infringement - What Do You Do?
« on: June 21, 2011, 01:58:30 pm »
Last night I discovered someone has taken two of my books and published them as their own.  One is under my name and title, and the person even used the same cover and description.  The other one is a book they changed the title, cover and description, but they used my name.  For the description, they used the first paragraph in my book.
I already contacted Amazon about the violations to my copyright.  Is there something else I should be doing?  Does anyone have experience or know of someone who's been through this?  Will Amazon take those books down and stop this person from doing this to me or another author again?
Thanks for any feedback.
Since I replied to you on your blog I will tell you one of the things I have done. When you go into your Author Central page, check all listings of your books for any irregularities. If there are Kindle editions not asspciated with a printed book, be sure that Amazon has the correct ASIN and link it. Also, go into every edition and leave an editorial review, such as "this is the current edition of the book" (or ebook) and put that in your author's line. That way, anyone trying this will find their entry shut out.

Second, did you click the box that says "worldwide rights" in your Kindle setup? Did you click that you are the author or publisher before saving and publishing. If you did, then you are covered. Any spam entry will be removed, though it takes a few days to remove the link. Amazon is very aware that these things exist and any information you give them will remove all doubt. Don't run to the copyright office, because you will be spending money needlessly. Only if you are challenged in court should you invest, because you are covered under copyright law the moment you place the copyright information on your document. A notice should be sufficient. Amazon will see that notice on your entry and double check it against the spam entry. As they have information about your account it should be a simple matter for them to compare the two. Then don't worry. Amazon is engaged right now in removing the spurious files as they have been spammed by partial segments sold as complete books and that would famage Amazon's reputation as an honest seller.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: BN PubIt users: Account in Review?
« on: June 21, 2011, 01:10:48 pm »
There have been a flood of Kindle spammers posting ebooks like crazy and I think PubIt is just trying to cover that base. So far I have not heard anything from PubIt, but on the other hand sales have dropped off and I am going to go investigate.

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http://www.antellus.com

The sequel to the Children of The Dragon book Written In Blood by Theresa M. Moore will be published at the end of June or the beginning of July. Preordering will be offered as soon as June 26 as the book is finalized and prepared for printing. The book and ebook will be released simultaneously, and be available on Kindle in the days following

Swords of The Dragon's Blood is an historical fantasy of high action, adventure and vampire romance. The sequel to Written In Blood follows Alexander and Lucien as they blaze a trail into France and the court of king Louis XIV, where they enter his employ. They serve him and his descendents honorably for over a century. But in 1789 it is dangerous to be mistaken for aristo, even for a vampire, so Alexander and Lucien must find a way escape before they face the sharp taste of Madame La Guillotine.

The Children of The Dragon series of SF/vampire books by Theresa M. Moore is a chronicle of the Xosan, living vampires from the planet Antellus who were once human but were transformed by a dragon's blood. They are stories of science fiction, fact and fantasy, myth and history, romance, tragedy and triumph; linked together by the theme of the vampire as hero and told in a daring cinematic style.


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The Book Bazaar / Re: Indie Historical Novel Thread
« on: June 17, 2011, 01:35:10 pm »
I've got several ready to read, and one coming at the end of this month.

The Queen's Marksman http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002ACPMOU watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oaWAZrY148  $2.99

A Pirate's Daughter http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002ACPN0I watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwg-hj5z_jQ $2.99

Written In Blood http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004Y5OZ7Q watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t166dCeozsM $4.99

Swords of The Dragon's Blood is the sequel to Written In Blood and I hope to have it published by the end of the month.

The Children of The Dragon series of SF/vampire books is a chronicle of the Xosan, living vampires from the planet Antellus who were once human but were transformed by a dragon's blood. They are stories of science fiction, fact and fantasy, myth and history, romance, tragedy and triumph; linked together by the theme of the vampire as hero and told in a daring cinematic style.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Simply Promote!!!
« on: June 17, 2011, 01:23:52 pm »
Check out my special page for authors http://www.antellus.com/other-authors.html where I allow authors to submit for inclusion. Just look at the site and follow the directions.  :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: When sales slow to a trickle...
« on: June 06, 2011, 03:10:44 pm »
Keep doing what you're doing. It's not you, it's the selling program on Amazon. I had slow to regular sales no matter what my ebooks were priced at, and since I read about one author suffering lost royalties at the hands of a merciless promotion dept. I have raised my ebook prices back to a decent level. Treasure the few paying sales you get versus the thousands of free downloads.

As for a correlation between sales of ebooks and printed books, there is none. Printed books have fallen off drastically since Amazon has focused exclusively on its promotion of Kindles. While this may result in more ebook sales down the road, once the ebook is sold there is no guarantee that the printed books will sell to readers who already read the book on a Kindle. There is a disconnect there, and I am skeptical of claims that one will naturally lead to the other.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Who else has lowered their price to 99 cents?
« on: June 06, 2011, 03:03:50 pm »
Not getting involved in all that.
I lowered my fiction ebooks to 99 cents over the Memorial Day weekend and did not get the kind of sales numbers you are boasting. As for free ebooks, I can't afford to give books away. I have taken my ebook prices back to $2.99 and above, as it really made no difference in sales in the long run. If people really want to read good ebooks they will make the investment. If not, I won't depend on Amazon to make my sales decisions for me. I have had better sales in other venues.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Price Match on Amazon - Do you get 70% Royalty?
« on: June 06, 2011, 02:54:44 pm »
Part of the issue seems to be that, no matter how you price your ebook elsewhere, including your own site, Amazon can and will undercut you in price. I have read of an author finding out by accident that Amazon decided to "sell" his 99 cent ebook for free, downloading thousands but no royalties earned. This seems to be the main worry among those of us who try to keep our heads above water. Since I read that article I immediately took my ebook prices back to $2.99 and above. Only my short stories and singles are 99 cents.

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The Book Bazaar / PRINCIPLES OF SELF-PUBLISHING 3rd Ed. is Published!
« on: June 06, 2011, 02:34:10 pm »
 PRINCIPLES OF SELF-PUBLISHING: How to Publish and Market A Book or Ebook On a Shoestring Budget, 3rd Edition. An updated primer on the history of books and printing, and the basics of preparing a manuscript for publication; including the philosophy and discipline of publishing, marketing and selling, bookkeeping and other developments in digital publishing. Based on the author's years of experience in the print advertising and publishing field, accounting, bookkeeping and tax expertise. The methods in this book can be applied to the development of any product. ISBN 9781463533106, 208 pages trade paperback $21.95, ebook available for $5.99

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Ignoring the trolls. Sticking to one's guns. Consistency. Discipline. Paying attention to the details, no matter how small they may appear. Looking back on the origins. Looking forward to better days. When you fall off the horse, pick youself up and get back on. And never, never, try to please everybody.

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May I chime in here and clarify things from my own experience about Smashwords?
A year ago I removed all my titles from SW because it was squirrelly about reporting sales, and did not find out there were any until I did. I had to wait about nine months before I gave up and pulled out. I made a lot of money from only one outlet, and that is Barnes & Noble. Since then, I have posted 12 books on the main retailers and my own site without the need to use Smashwords in any capacity and with little difficulty at all.

At the time, ISBNs were not an issue. Since then I have been able to upload my files directly to each vendor I wanted to reach: Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Neither one has placed a requirement for an ISBN on any ebook title. Amazon assigns its own internal catalog no. called an ASIN, and Barnes & Noble's PubIt assigns a UPC number, or Universal Product Code. This is internal to them and my own imprint Antellus is listed as the publisher. For myself, I assign an internal catalog number to each title. For my print books I allow CreateSpace to assign an ISBN to them.  ISBN is an artifact of Bowker's need to make money from the sale of numbers. You can buy a cheaper ISBN from the official site isbn.org, or leave it off completely. An ISBN is not a legal requirement to publish or sell a book. You can confidently publish and sell to your heart's content and only make the decision to accept the contract requirements of your publisher if it is to your advantage to do so. If the assignment of an ISBN becomes a contractural shiboleth it is time to consider whether the distribution service is doing a good job of serving your needs.

As for "edition", this is done as a courtesy to your host site. I publish "Kindle editions" regularly, and "ebook editions" if it looks like there is no difference between one edition and another. Otherwise I don't bother, because the reader will not be paying attention to which edition it is unless it is an intentional revision.

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The Book Bazaar / Written In Blood historical/vampire novel
« on: May 05, 2011, 05:06:46 pm »
Written In Blood - Children of The Dragon book 8. A historical fantasy of high action, adventure and vampire romance! In 1645 Alexander Corvina persuades his fullblood father Lucien Arkanon to rejoin the world of men after a long period of isolation. They share danger and adventure on the road as they travel to France one step ahead of the Ottoman Turks, and are eyewitnesses to history along the way. Follow their amazing adventures as they approach their goal. Yet their adventures have only just begun. This book includes a series of maps tracing our heroes' journey of 10,000 miles. The 300 page ebook available for $3.99.

The Children of The Dragon series of SF/vampire books by Theresa M. Moore is a chronicle of the Xosan, living vampires from the planet Antellus who were once human but were transformed by a dragon's blood. They are stories of science fiction, fact and fantasy, myth and history, romance, tragedy and triumph; linked together by the theme of the vampire as hero and told in a daring cinematic style.


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The Book Bazaar / NAGRASANTI Illustrated Vampire Omnibus
« on: May 05, 2011, 05:03:24 pm »
NAGRASANTI Illustrated Vampire Omnibus - Children of The Dragon book 3. Illustrated versions of the next four books in the series: "Red Dragon", "The Queen's Marksman", "A Pirate's Daughter" and "Truth and The Dragon's Blood". These are stories which continue in the series theme of the vampire as hero and contain black and white illustrations rendered in inks and grayscale acrylics by the author. The 311 page ebook  is now available for $3.99. The print book will be available on Amazon soon.

The Children of The Dragon series of SF/vampire books by Theresa M. Moore is a chronicle of the Xosan, living vampires from the planet Antellus who were once human but were transformed by a dragon's blood. They are stories of science fiction, fact and fantasy, myth and history, romance, tragedy and triumph; linked together by the theme of the vampire as hero and told in a daring cinematic style.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you have a vampire novel?
« on: April 20, 2011, 03:49:14 pm »
I have 7, with an 8th in progress. They are just past YA but not erotica. Check them out:

Destiny's Forge

To Taste The Dragon's Blood
NAGRASANTI Illustrated Vampire Anthology
Red Dragon
The Queen's Marksman
A Pirate's Daughter
Truth and The Dragon's Blood
and an Introduction piece to the 8th book.
 
Watch the video!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How close to going "bust" are you? (financially)
« on: April 18, 2011, 06:38:50 pm »
Budgeting with very slow sales to show for the hard work is beginning to shove the creativity out the door.
I do this for a living. I don't have a day job, as I have passed the "desirable" threshhold a long time ago (it used to be 40 was the ceiling for jobs, and there is always the pressure to retire early). I have no income but what my household produces, so we don't eat out, we don't go to the movies, and I spend about 20 hours out of the day working on my books, marketing and in other ways trying to sell my products. My work IS my life, so you can imagine how disheartening it is to know that someone can just rocket past me with a cheap little novel and hit the best seller list in a couple of weeks; that it isn't particularly good, but somehow the author just got lucky. I can talk about best selling books which turned out to be doorstops when the critics actually read them, but they got the 15 minutes of fame I have never seen.

What do I do instead? none of my skills are appreciated. Nobody buys art, they don't buy illustrated books unless they feature a superhero in Spandex, and they don't have any appreciation for history. So I guess I should just fold up my tent and disappear into the twilight. I used to enjoy my work, but what do I get when people just want free books, or won't buy enough to support my life? I feel disenfranchised and completely invisible to the whole discussion of who benefits from reading, as if all my hard work is valueless to the community at large.

It's also emotionally wrenching. How can I write about joyful things in a joyless world?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: On the problem with pricing...
« on: April 18, 2011, 06:17:34 pm »
There are a lot of people who will scoop up freebies. Hard to blame them. I do it too. Heck, it's free! And there is a lot of good free content. But that doesn't mean those freebie picker-uppers aren't also buyers. Many indies are selling well at $.99 and $2.99 and even a few above that. The "freeloaders" do not dominate. If you find that to the case, perhaps there's another issue afoot.
No, many are balking at 99 cents.  As it is, it's really a rental fee when it comes to Kindle and Nook. But I sell PDFs and other ebook formats independent of both devices at that price and I can't get them to even look. They're the same prices as Kindle and Nook. To avoid the silly price war going on between the two sellers I match the prices on all vendors across the board. I even give away significant portions for free thinking it will attract buyers, but no. They're all about "I won't buy it unless it's free." That's the difference between "scooping up" freebies and freeloading. It's the expectation of having a book handed you on a silver platter. It's the expectation that books grow on trees. [Ha. They used to, but that's another issue.] It's also the perception that anything priced low enough to attract a buyer is automatic crap, so they won't get it because they lose nothing, but the author loses that sale. People are always trying to convince me otherwise, but I know the difference. It's not about quality. It's not about the subject or anything else. It's all about price. I wrote for 30 years for free and I would like a return on my investment of time and energy. That's all.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: On the problem with pricing...
« on: April 18, 2011, 05:31:06 pm »
Addendum: as an indie author and publisher of my own books I was once a reader myself. I well recognize that it does not make sense to price an ebook at the same price or higher than a print book. Recently I took a look at my physical book prices and saw that I could shave off an additional dollar and still enjoy a modest to understate margin against all my costs. But along with that I shaved a dollar off all my ebook prices, and now my most expensive ebook is priced at $2.99 on Kindle, vs the print price of $21.95. I mean, what else can I do? One of the major decisions I have been forced to make is to not produce any more illustrated books, because it costs more to produce one of those than a dime-store novel. I may have to resort to publishing to only the art crowd, because apparently readers don't appreciate art. Not on covers or interiors.
And again, it's the freeloaders who are dominating the discussion. I can't help it if they don't want to pay anything for someone else's work. Watch them cry when they show up to work one day and their boss says, "I've decided not to issue a paycheck anymore, because I expect you to work for me for free." Are you kidding? The whole plant would get up and walk out. It's an issue of perspective, and the "perceived value" of a book, which apparently is now ZERO.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: On the problem with pricing...
« on: April 18, 2011, 05:05:18 pm »
You make an interesting/intriguing argument, Theresa. My experience with readers has been that they are willing to pay for content, within reason (and, of course, one person's definition of "reasonable" might be different from another person's definition). I'm finding that for unknown writers, most readers don't expect to pay premium prices. Ditto with eBooks vs. paper books -- readers expect eBooks to be less expensive than the paper counterparts (to wit: see the whole Michael Connelly kerfuffle). I don't mind going with a lower price since I fall into that "unknown" territory to many readers.

Joe Konrath had an interesting blog post on whether low-priced eBooks devalue their worth. (His answer: no.)

Welcome to Kindle Boards, by the way! :)
Thanks for the welcome. I agree with Konrath, but the fact is that without ebook sales even a well-known author won't make that much money. He talks about the big 6 valuing an ebook at whatever they think it should sell for, but I have already acknowledged that without any kind of backing I am battling my way uphill to the realm of Known. The problem is that I read posts from newbies who want to know if there are any free ebooks they can read. Already, the issue is price. They don't care who wrote it, they just care about the price. It is not my problem if the big six want $10 + for an ebook. I care about selling my books, not theirs. I don't mind going with a lower price, but sales are slow anyway, and I have been at this for years. I am battling a form of discouragement which is likely to get worse, not better.

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