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Writers' Cafe / Re: This is my 1000th post - let's celebrate
« on: April 29, 2015, 07:04:17 pm »
I would but I bought "Zen" months ago. I highly recommend it!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Incognito is becoming popular
« on: April 15, 2015, 06:54:17 am »
I hate that people feel nervous about having their covers visible. I like seeing them. I understand why, though.
I keep mine because I write under my real name so it's nothing to find my books. Also, I am way small potatoes. Plus (and this is just me) removing them feels like we're letting the bullies win.
Again, I understand why others feel the way they do.

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Writers have always been encouraged to end a chapter on a cliffhanger, but not until recently have we seen entire books ending on cliffhangers  ::).

I don't know about that. Stephen King's The Wastelands, Dark Tower 3 ends on a huge cliffhanger and it's almost 25 years old. Though I do recall he caught a lot of flack for that ending.

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The Book Corner / Re: I need a book for a 7 year old
« on: April 03, 2015, 03:31:16 pm »
Thank you. These are all great ideas. He's engrossed in the Harry Potter series right now.

I'm getting ready to do this as well. I use Mailchimp. My question is, can I just attach the mobi, ePub, and PDF straight into the autoresponder email or do I have to add a link to a secondary site for the readers to go to?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Successful Promotion
« on: March 13, 2015, 07:13:12 pm »
Day 1 I had approximately 920 downloads. Day 2 it went up to 1,140. Day 3 dropped to 390. Day 4 I jumped to 1,310. And today I've only had 360.

Those are my US numbers.

I'm not sure what caused the lift on day 4. I must've been picked up by some other sites.

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Writers' Cafe / Successful Promotion
« on: March 13, 2015, 05:25:47 pm »
Today is the last day for my vampire/ghost novel, Heart of the Dead: Perpetual Creatures 1, to be free on Amazon. As the promotion is winding down I wanted to share some of my numbers.

US: 3,850
UK: 119
DE: 11
FR: 1
ES: 1
IT: 1
JP: 15
IN: 8
CA: 28
MX: 1
AU: 15

It topped out at #105 in the Free store (so close, yet so far away). It has held #1 in Suspense>Paranormal>Vampires, #1 in Suspense>Paranormal>Ghosts, and #2 in Horror>Dark Fantasy almost the whole five days.

I'm really a bit shocked. This is the best free promotion I've ever had. I used BKnight to promote the first day and Booksends for day two. I also used Author Marketing Club's Free Book Submission Tool to spread the word around (though I'm not sure who, if any, picked up my promotion).

People are already buying Perpetual Creatures 2 and I've already received a 5 star review.

I'm not sure if it's that this is a vampire book and, despite the word on the street, people still love blood-suckers. Or maybe it's because it's part of a series. Either way, I'm very happy.

I know the numbers aren't awe-inspiring, but it's good for me. Now I need to hurry up and write book 3.

Thanks to everyone who has pointed me in the right direction. I appreciate the help.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Need Links to Supernatural Thrillers
« on: December 19, 2014, 10:39:53 am »
Here's a link to Heart of the Dead, book 1 in my Perpetual Creatures series. Lots of ghosts, vampires, and zombie(ish) beings.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Formatting help
« on: November 07, 2014, 07:25:22 pm »
To be honest I think you will run into a lot of problems with that method. You should check out Guido Henkel's 9 part blog post about formatting.

Or you could buy his book Zen of eBook Formatting.

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The Book Corner / Re: I need a book for a 7 year old
« on: October 17, 2014, 07:41:16 am »
Great ideas. Thanks.

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The Book Corner / I need a book for a 7 year old
« on: October 16, 2014, 02:51:25 pm »
My son is 7 years old and in 2nd grade. I'm looking for a book that will pique his interest. He's all boy, very rough and tumble. He likes race cars, robots, and things like that. He's a strong reader, but he's starting to find it boring. He has a book report due this month and I'd like to find something that he will enjoy.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Did the ads really do that much?
« on: October 08, 2014, 09:11:57 am »
It sure has made a believer out of me.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Did the ads really do that much?
« on: October 07, 2014, 07:53:31 pm »
Cover is cool.  Description pulled me in.  You got at least one sale :) Must be the ads.

Thanks. I appreciate that.

Gabriel, Just writing as a reader, I'm a little confused as to what genre your books are in. Your covers don't tell me.

Is it just that it's clearly a genre (whatever it is!) that I'm unlikely to read. I mainly read mysteries and historicals.

Somebody tell me if I'm wrong on this. God knows, I'm no expert on covers.

My books are mostly paranormal thrillers with leanings toward horror. Guarding the Healer is about angels and demons. Predatory Animals is about a deadly monster and a trio of unique dogs. And Heart of the Dead is about ghosts, vampires and zombie(ish) creatures.

I do need to make a correction. It was BookSends not BookEnds that I bought an ad from.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you take Amazon's pricing advice?
« on: October 07, 2014, 07:41:37 pm »
I changed it to $6.99 just for the fun of it. I won't be able to say that it's BS unless I try it out. I don't suspect I'll sell a lot at that price point, but we'll see.

Writers' Cafe / Do you take Amazon's pricing advice?
« on: October 07, 2014, 03:41:44 pm »
I was looking at the KDP pricing tool for my books and for one book Amazon suggested that I raise the price from $3.99 to $6.99. For all the other books it suggests that I drop the price from $3.99 to $2.99.

Do any of you take the pricing tool's advice or should I take it with a grain of salt and move on?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Did the ads really do that much?
« on: October 07, 2014, 03:32:25 pm »
I paid for ads with BookEnds and Kindle Books & Tips. I submitted to POI, but I don't think they posted my book. I'm just wondering if it was the ads that made the difference or if there is something wrong with Guarding the Healer, like the cover or description, or maybe even the subject matter.

I know I could drive myself crazy with this. Chalk it up to my neurotic nature.

Writers' Cafe / Did the ads really do that much?
« on: October 06, 2014, 08:08:11 pm »
At the beginning of September I set a Kindle countdown promotion for my book Predatory Animals. I paid for three separate ads. None of the expensive ones. Just a few of the smaller players. I also did an all out twitter assault and facebook self-promos. I kept the price at $0.99 for the whole promotion and sold around 200 copies.

I set up another countdown for Guarding the Healer to run from October 1st through the 8th. I did all the same things except for taking out the three paid ads. Everything else is the same. This time around I haven't sold one copy. Not. One. Copy.

Did those three ads really make all that difference or is it that this book is less appealing than my other one. Here is a link to Guarding the Healer. Does anything jump out at you? What did I do wrong?

Writers' Cafe / Re: How to link print with ebook
« on: September 27, 2014, 08:37:56 am »
It's been over 24 hours. I'll send them an email. I tried to find the print version on AC to add it hoping it would prompt the link, but it only shows the ebook version. I can find the print version on Amazon though. It's always something.

Thanks everyone.

Writers' Cafe / How to link print with ebook
« on: September 26, 2014, 03:22:28 pm »
I know that I should know the answer to this, but it seems to have escaped me. How do you combine your print and ebook versions on Amazon/Author Central? I'm sure there are several posts here about this. I did a search, but couldn't find anything.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Horror Authors! Free Promo for October!
« on: September 19, 2014, 07:25:18 am »
This is great. Thank you. I'm at work, but I'll email you when I get home.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Description Edits in Author Central or KDP?
« on: August 29, 2014, 10:45:47 am »
I prefer AC to KDP because you don't have to republish. However I usually have to give it two or three tries with AC because it flakes out and messes with the paragraph structure or applies an outdated description.

Six in one hand, half dozen in the other IMO.

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I'll be emailing soon. Thanks.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How would you electrocute someone in an elevator?
« on: August 18, 2014, 04:16:24 pm »
Don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to suck the fun out of the room. I LOVE the Mission Impossible/James Bond style of trapping and disposing of people.

You could have the elevator connected to giant rubber bands and slingshot it up into a group of metal spikes and I'd love it.

Some writers want realism and plausibility in every scene. Sometimes that's good, sometimes bad.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How would you electrocute someone in an elevator?
« on: August 17, 2014, 08:15:03 pm »
Sorry about that. I meant to answer sooner, but life got in the way.

If you are going for realistic and feasible, then I would go with the idea of running the elevator into the pit filled with water. It wouldn't be all THAT difficult to disable the sump pump, trap a person in the car and run it down into the pit.  The tricky part is the timing. You couldn't really fill the pit up and leave it that way for very long. One, the water might seep into the ground on its own, and two, its likely to cause a safety to trip and disable the car.

The Killer could be in the machine room, wait for the person to enter the car, place it on inspection to control where it goes. The doors won't open and he can move it where he wants to. Depending on the current in the water, it might disable the car and it have to be left in the pit, but if the killer is good, he can put things back the way they were and leave. It would look like some kind of freak accident.

Some other ideas that I don't think would work (they might have been joke answers) would be the trap door and electrifying the button. The trap door wouldn't work because there is too much going on underneath an elevator car and the work to add a trap door would be very labor intensive. The same goes for changing out buttons and electrifying the floor or buttons. Unless this elevator is in a dump of a building, someone is going to notice that much work going on and it will raise questions.

Hope that helps. If you have any more specific questions, let me know. It's late and I can't think of what other suggestions were made.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How would you electrocute someone in an elevator?
« on: August 15, 2014, 11:08:12 am »
I actually work on elevators but I'm at work right now (on my break). I'll chime in later when I'm at home.

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