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Messages - isaacsweeney

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They can sell OK, but you need to put some thought into it.

If they're in series with the same characters or the same location, but each tells an individual story, they can do quite well.

They need to be 20k word limit minimum. This works out as about 80-100 pages, minimum.

Brand them as series, put them wide. They're not going to burn up the page reads charts anyway. Ask $2.99 for them and run specials. Put them in audio. They only take 2-3 hours. Put the audio wide.

I have a series of four novellas, soon to be five. I did the stats for them last week and was astonished how many they'd sold for the amount of time I'd put into them, seeing as all of them were old short stories I wrote when I was submitting short stories to magazines. I repurposed the theme and plot and inserted the same characters to turn them into a series.

As others say, novels sell better, but when you have a bunch of shorter works, it pays to streamline them into a series.

Yup.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: July 04, 2020, 09:38:48 pm »
My latest blog post was trying to explain why I didn't post a reading from my next book yet.
The good news is because an anthology of short stories just got published that I'm in. 
A welcome surprise for me.
https://jdrewbrumbaugh.com/oops-not-a-reading/

Published with the fam. Always cool. Nice job!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: July 04, 2020, 09:34:56 pm »
I write lots of different kinds of stuff. Here's a poem. It's called The N Word.

https://writealreadycom.wpcomstaging.com/2020/07/04/the-n-word-a-poem/

Here's a snippet. Read the whole poem at the link.


The N Word

Family members would die
for others,
no matter the skin color.
Still, they used the
N word freely,
knowing that you need an “n” to
turn “ethic” into “ethnic.”
“That’s how I was raised” - their mantra as
they encouraged me to think for myself.

...

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Introducing the Indie Crime Scene
« on: June 29, 2020, 10:35:39 pm »
It's the last day of June, and time for our monthly round-up of new mystery, thriller and crime fiction releases by indie and small press authors.

Do you want your mystery, crime novel or thriller featured at the Indie Crime Scene or would you like to be interviewed or submit a guest post? We are looking forward to your submissions.

Saw me there. Yay!!

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My novella has been out for four weeks and is not selling so far.  I do have a mailing list and am running an ad on Bookbub.  Also posting on facebook and twitter.  Thx.

I write short too. Link your stuff. What's it like?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Objectifying females and males on covers
« on: June 29, 2020, 08:50:11 pm »
 
Objectification has little to do with whether or not a model is conventionally attractive.

Hot model does not equal objectified cover.

Objectification is treating a person as an object. This happens all the time with conventionally unattractive people treated as before images. How often have you seen a headless fat person as the image on a health article.

Hot models can be presented as characters or as objects. Think of the types of images you see in profiles of male celebrities. The guys are pretty much always hot. Sometimes, they're even scantily clad, but they are never presented as body parts.

LOTS of romance covers look like that. I'd dare say the majority of well selling romance covers in 2020 present the models as people/characters, not cropped body parts.

I did a quick count of the erotica top 50 yesterday, and I would stick with my number, that more than half the covers didn't objectify the model. I would bet romance is the same. Especially in non-US regions, where "hot dude" covers are less the rage.

If you want to put abs on your cover, go for it. I think your cover will look a little dated, but it might work for your niche. I don't know. But take responsibility for your choice. Don't say "the market made me do it."

We're all limited by the market. And we can put some of the responsibility there. But we're all responsibly for our choices too.

If other people criticize your choice, well, that's part of the job. Get over it. People will criticize all your choices, on all your books, forever.

As for the conversation about romance, desire, what women are told they're supposed to want, and romanticizing problematic ideas--

That is a conversation too big and subtle for Kboards. I'd make the same general argument--take responsibility for your personal choices, without shaming yourself or anyone else--but I don't really trust the people here (or anyone outside of romance) to understand the nuances.

Will you go steady with me?  :-* :-*

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Look Inside
« on: June 29, 2020, 08:39:18 pm »
When I first read this subject, I kept getting "Pour Some Sugar On Me" stuck in my head. I that's "Step inside ..." but, what can I say, my brain works in strange ways.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Look Inside
« on: June 29, 2020, 08:37:57 pm »
Could you be seeing it all because it's yours?

I know this is off-topic, but your "Alone in the Dark" font is AWESOME!!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
« on: June 29, 2020, 08:26:44 pm »
Yes, I like this cover better.

Thanks. Still may tweak some things, but I get what everyone was saying. While I disagree on the defamation thing many told me about in another thread (and some in this one), I'm not too stubborn to listen sometimes. ;)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
« on: June 29, 2020, 08:19:46 pm »
Heard of the company DoorDash but I dont know what service they provide. It wouldnt be a selling point for me.
The cover is hard to read and the background is unclear but I do make out a road. Is doordash like uber so this guy is picking up people but then kills them rather than dropping them off at their door?

DoorDash is one of those food delivery apps. So this guy orders food and, every now and then, kidnaps, toys with, and kills the delivery driver. It's supposed to be one of those hokey page-turners.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
« on: June 29, 2020, 08:15:32 pm »
Can you put a "Be" in there or is it too late?  Somehow it feels better to say, "Be Careful What You Dash For."

I put the "Be" in and took it out again about a million times. I'm actually having anxiety writing about this. In the end, I went shorter because of the Strunk and White adage, "Vigorous writing is concise."

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
« on: June 29, 2020, 06:42:37 pm »


Working on it. You guys are good.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
« on: June 28, 2020, 10:07:45 pm »
I dunno. I just liked it. The book's dark in content, but I guess it needs to be changed. Thanks ya'll.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
« on: June 27, 2020, 10:22:13 am »

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The Book Bazaar / Re: Careful What You Dash For - thriller
« on: June 26, 2020, 05:22:56 pm »
Got some Instagram love. Feels goooooood!

https://www.instagram.com/p/CB6doXwglCw/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

"This was a surprisingly gripping short novella, with a bada** protagonist. I normally don’t read horror or thrillers, but this quick read won’t disappoint."

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Introducing the Indie Crime Scene
« on: June 26, 2020, 05:11:21 pm »
My crime thriller novelette came out June 1. Here's the link. https://www.amazon.com/Careful-What-You-Dash-Novelette-ebook/dp/B088Q2PLT8 . Cool looking site.

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Writers' Cafe / Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
« on: June 26, 2020, 05:07:28 pm »


just curious

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Objectifying females and males on covers
« on: June 23, 2020, 11:04:57 am »
#metoo

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Testing signature page
« on: June 23, 2020, 11:03:18 am »
This helped. Thanks.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Creative marketing?
« on: June 23, 2020, 10:24:42 am »
Isaac, please don't take offence, but you should really start with addressing the basics - your cover needs changing - sorry  :o

Thanks. Do you have any outside-the-box things that you do to market?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Creative marketing?
« on: June 23, 2020, 08:11:29 am »
Isaac, please don't take offence, but you should really start with addressing the basics - your cover needs changing - sorry  :o

And that wasn't really the question. I mean, I appreciate the sentiment, I guess, but it comes across as rude when you don't offer anything constructive.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Creative marketing?
« on: June 23, 2020, 08:06:39 am »
Isaac, please don't take offence, but you should really start with addressing the basics - your cover needs changing - sorry  :o

What don't you like about it?

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Writers' Cafe / Creative marketing?
« on: June 22, 2020, 12:03:08 am »
While I was DoorDashing, I left paperback copies of my novelette on the porches with the people's food.

I was just wondering what other creative marketing ideas you had.


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The 99 cents countdown ends 6/23. Not much time left.

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