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Writers' Cafe / Re: Record keeping
« on: August 24, 2019, 09:30:19 am »
I'm only in KU, but before when I was wide, I used Google Sheets to track my sales. But it was a pain.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What are the TOP Promotion Sites these days?
« on: August 24, 2019, 07:18:03 am »
I bounce between sites like BookBarbarian, Freebooksy, FussyLibrarian,  Booksends, and ENT. I also have used BK Knights.

You genre does matter. I write Post-Apoc, so BookBarbarian didn't work so well with me.

I just did a BargainBooksy yesterday and it went smashingly well. Best sales day this month.  FussyLibrarian is good bargain in my opinion.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Looking for Authors to Interview
« on: May 27, 2019, 04:21:07 am »
Thanks for the offer. Let me know if you'd want to interview me. I write post-apoc and horror.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Best Editing software
« on: May 11, 2019, 04:59:16 am »
I have a 5-Step Process:
- Have Natural Reader (Text-to-Speech SW) read it to me (this catching missing words and clunky sentences)
- Use ProWriting Aid
- The run a check through MS Word (it does catch things
- Listen to it again
- Get it to my Editor (she is the greatest)




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Writers' Cafe / Re: What was your first year (or two) like?
« on: January 31, 2019, 12:49:13 pm »
It's been several years since my first year. I made $76.49 across 3 books and 2 short stories.

I'm making substantially more today. It just takes time and building a platform and a backlist.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Best Sales Strategies
« on: January 31, 2019, 12:45:03 pm »
I agree with Carol's post (see above). Write in a series, use rapid release (even if you have to hold back book to release a book a month), know the tropes, and keep putting books out. Some will say that organic reach is dead, but I made five-figures last year by using social media and networking with other authors. I only spent $173 on ads.

Now, will that work today? Some. But if you only have one book out, I would wait until you have your second book out before you do much marketing.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Page reads down
« on: January 31, 2019, 12:39:00 pm »
I fell into a wasteland of low page reads in December and that carried into January, but I released a new book in my series a couple weeks ago and the page reads are creeping up. Well, that I also created 5 news ads on Amazon.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Trying not to cry
« on: January 29, 2019, 02:42:04 pm »
I had a reader leave a review that said he couldn't take me killing off characters he liked and he stopped reading my books. I thought I was raising the stakes.

I can honestly say that I've been a bit more reserved with the wholesale killing of supporting characters now.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Thoughts on the Russell Blake article
« on: December 21, 2018, 04:43:12 pm »
Definitely a sobering look at the state of indie-publishing. I've been fortunate to build up decent sales using old-school strategies, but I fear the end is near on those and pay-to-play will be in my future. In one way, it means that indie-publishing has finally matured. In another way, I'm scared as hell.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you ever feel bad about doing the bare minimum?
« on: November 17, 2018, 04:37:44 am »
I always feel bad when I only do the bare minimum.

Yesterday, I squandered an hour I could have been writing. Since I work a demanding full-time job, that hour was a time I let slip away.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do book trailers work?
« on: October 11, 2018, 11:25:14 am »
Sadly, I don't think so. I created one for my first book and it didn't move the needle at all in terms of sales.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: If everything is gripping, is anything gripping?
« on: August 17, 2018, 11:14:21 am »
These potato chips are Grippos  ;D



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Writers' Cafe / Re: I can now pay a bill...
« on: August 03, 2018, 03:13:38 pm »
Congratulations. That's such a rewarding feeling when you hit that level of earnings.

Keep up the good work.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pagereads - time for some wild speculation
« on: July 29, 2018, 03:01:36 pm »
Quote
C) It's a preview of their new KENP August calculation based on 800 words per page instead of 200 or so.

Just curious, where did this info come from? If it's true, it will mean a HUGE decrease in revenue from Page Reads.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Pagereads - time for some wild speculation
« on: July 29, 2018, 02:50:09 pm »
I've seen a massive drop in Page Reads today. Compared to my average Page Reads per day this week, I'm down to about a quarter of my average.

I sure hope this gets corrected -- or that it's not a drop off in real Page Reads.
 

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Writers' Cafe / Re: BookReport down again?!!!
« on: July 10, 2018, 04:23:16 am »
I had to access it three times this morning to get to work.

I've never been happy with its cost. For what it does, it should be half of what it is.

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My recommendation would be to write your story. There have been movies about school shootings, why not a book?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Said goodbye to Wide
« on: February 20, 2018, 06:38:09 pm »
I was wide with two series and made very little money. I went exclusive and I have to tell you that KU has been very, very good to me.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: stuck in the outlining phase
« on: February 05, 2018, 06:26:21 pm »

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Hang on in There!
« on: February 05, 2018, 05:07:56 pm »
Your story is similar to mine, but I learned the "stick to one genre" lesson a little earlier than maybe you did. That didn't stop me from writing a 3 book series outside that genre. And that hurt me, in my opinion -- the time away from focusing on one thing.

I'm getting similar sales number to you and, like you, I haven't done any paid advertising, but I re-did all my covers and descriptions.
 

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you read your own novels?
« on: February 05, 2018, 04:56:54 pm »
I only read them for reference and continuity. I'm too busy working on the next book. And the next one.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How detailed are your outlines?
« on: January 31, 2018, 05:04:17 pm »
My outlines vary. They usually range from 4-7 pages, but I tend to pants inside the outlines a lot. For instance, an outline for a trilogy has transformed into what hope will be a seven book series. Who knows? It may go 8 books.

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I'm a medium-grinder. I have a small mailing list and don't advertise much, but where I grind is putting out new books. Over a 9 month period, I will be putting out 9 books.

I'm just hoping that old adage still works - the best marketing is a new book.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Relaunch Strategy Without the Rookie Mistakes
« on: January 27, 2018, 01:40:27 pm »
Like you, I've been writing since 2013 and I've had two series out with very lackluster sales numbers. One series was with a small press, one was self-pubbed. I just reviewed the sales numbers -- they were wretched. 

After a year off writing in 2016 due to a family health emergency, I decided to relaunch my series last summer. I followed Chris Fox's book and re-did the covers, re-edited all of them, and then relaunched them on Oct. 1.

Well, what a difference new covers made -- well, that and having control of my books. Even though I've done no advertising, my sales have been literally ten times better than they had been in the past. (Advertising starts next month.)

My advice to anyone relaunch is to check out Chris Fox's book - Relaunch Your Novel. I thought I had good enough covers, but obviously, I did not.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Are Video Book Trailers Worth It?
« on: January 26, 2018, 06:11:23 pm »
I did a full-blown a few years ago; an all-day shoot with a full cast and special effects. Since I have a background in video production, I produced it myself but it still cost me more than it delivered.

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