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Writers' Cafe / Re: What are your writing tics?
« on: July 01, 2020, 06:01:06 pm »
just, only, so, really, pretty, even ...I have many.  But I've been catching them more often while I'm writing.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KB Author Signature tool
« on: July 01, 2020, 05:42:32 pm »
EEKS!  Need help.   Becca, as you can see, I tried to use the table you posted and now my signature has your books in it...except in my profile, I look and see the ASINS to the books I copy-pasted.  I keep refreshing, but it's not working...

I'll go back in & play with it some more...but the auto-signature is definitely broken.  :D

Okay...just saw it when I went back...the LINK to Amazon's image also needs to be changed.  Correcting now :)

By the way, thanks for the code!  It helped immensely!

If you can figure out the "downloads" per dollar, that will help.  I have a spreadsheet that will tell me how many downloads (above the normal average) were downloaded and how much the ad costs. By dividing it out, I get the number of downloads per dollar. I also have a rough idea of how many of the permafreebooks need to be downloaded to earn $1.00 in sell-through. By comparing the two, I can decide whether the ad is worthwhile or not. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: AuthorUpRoar
« on: June 30, 2020, 11:26:33 am »
This is the first I've heard of them.  I'm usually a late adopter when it comes to advertising. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: My ENT Promo Results
« on: June 30, 2020, 11:19:51 am »
Thanks for sharing.  I always like to see ad results! :D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Two Editions of the Same Book
« on: June 29, 2020, 06:46:30 pm »
Thanks for your feedback.  I "knew" that, but felt a bit backed into a corner and hoped for a different answer, LOL.  The KDP site says that any title or author name change should come with a new edition, but my old edition ties to the print, not to mention the reviews...


My decision is to redesign the covers, but keep the old titles.  Less hassle that way, and I won't have to worry about starting over.

Writers' Cafe / Two Editions of the Same Book
« on: June 28, 2020, 05:37:51 pm »
Hi All,

 My When, Were & Howl series need a serious reboot, so I'm redesigning covers.  I don't want to change the print books.  Ideally, I'd like to have Second Editions releases, 1st edition ebooks with the old covers and 2nd edition ebooks with the new, so that the print books still have a matching ebook.  I checked Amazon and they basically said to have a Previously published as [book title] by [author name]." when submitting as a new book, but not whether the old book should be removed.  On the other hand, that sounds ripe for Amazon difficulties down the road. (I understand that I can only have one edition in KU and none wide...this is aside from that.)

I'm inclined just to change the ebook covers/titles, even though the covers won't match so that I won't have any problems later.  Has anyone tried keeping both editions or done replacement covers?  What did you do?

Writers' Cafe / Amazon's 2 Step Verification Process Broken
« on: January 22, 2020, 06:07:29 am »
A few days ago I tried to get into my 'Account information' for Amazon.  I clicked the 2-step button and waited for a phone call that never came.  I called customer service. After an hour and a half, I gave up.  Amazon's policy is that their Customer Service Reps can't change anything. A user MUST use the 2-step verification process. Which was broken at the time.

So, fast forward a few days later, I tried again on a whim and it worked. The 2-step verification, which Amazon absolutely requires to make address, phone, bank changes AND get your paperless tax forms is buggy. If you request the phone call and don't get it, try again in a couple of days.

Amazon, if you're listening.  You need a second method for people to change their accounts when your system fails.  If the 2-step verification process is broken, "Calling a friend's phone", which was what was suggested to me by customer service, is not a secure option.

Writers' Cafe / Link to Kindle Advertising Gone (& What to do)
« on: October 20, 2019, 12:39:55 pm »
I'm not sure how many share this problem, but on the main page of for the tab that says "Ad Campaigns", I no longer have a link that takes me to the Dashboard.  It just says, "Learn more about Amazon Advertising" which takes me to the help site and nothing else.

Although I've contacted Amazon I haven't heard back yet.

However, there IS another way in.  Go in through Bookshelf and select a book to "Promote and Advertise" which will give you a back door to the advertising console.  Hope that helps anyone who is having the same problem...

Why not set it up in Word?  1) Insert Image into Word.  2) Choose Image 3) Right Click 4)Insert Hyperlink 5) Place within this document.

Then you'll just need to place your bookmarks for the landing. (I get bored with inserting bookmarks at the end of a book, so I usually do them as I go.  Every time I come to a new Chapter, I've gotten into the habit of inserting the bookmark then.)

Hope that helps :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Where to get free fonts?
« on: August 02, 2019, 08:02:59 pm » has free fonts for commercial use, but be VERY careful.  Sometimes fonts are listed that are "unclaimed". I won't use those. There should be a usage license associated.  If I'm going to use a font listed for free, I ALWAYS take a screenshot or download the license agreements and track them in a "Fonts" Folder in my covers folder.  I also put my paid fonts licenses in there, just in case there is a problem later.

Also, I am leery of the $50 for 10,000 fonts, etc. downloads. Unless someone is willing to give you the license agreement for the fonts or they are built into programs already, I consider them off limits.

Also, you don't have to buy/download a ton of fonts.  If you look at the bestselling books in your genre, you'll probably find one or two that will be perfect for you. (Use the snipping tool and upload to a font identifier to help you in your purchase or in your search for the best 'free' font that will suit your genre)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Can you use too many pen names
« on: May 03, 2019, 06:27:30 pm »
As a person who has, I suppose so, and yet I keep thinking of new genres to write in.  The limit on Author Central pages is three, but technically you can have as many pen names as you want.  With my many pen names, I spread myself too thin on all of them.  The one that sells the best is the one where I am currently focused and release a book every couple of months. I'm planning to keep going in that pen name throughout the year, even though there are five series ITCHING to be written for other pen names...

I should add, in my opinion, I'd rather release the books spaced further apart then lump them all under one name for the reader's sake, but it takes a long time to get to a full time status if you're too diluted (and I am the perfect example of this).  I write horror, romance, paranormal romance, children's middle grade, and now YA which I WILL lump under the Middle grade pen name, plus I did a few short non-fiction and a few attempts at humor.  The 20 books to 50k model works best if your 20 books are under the same name... :)

On the flip side, it's been a great learning process, but I still think my mind likes to go in different directions, so after a bit of reigning in, I'll let it go again.  When I return to my diverse ideas, at least I have a pen name for almost everything now...

Writers' Cafe / Re: What's the maximum ACoS you'll tolerate on Amazon Ads?
« on: February 18, 2019, 10:39:05 am »
I don't look at the ACOS as much as cost per click and change in performance based on turning ads on & off.  If I can get people into the first book at a certain cost per click, then I know what my overall ROI is.  The problem with the ACOS is that it can't look at the sell through of the rest of the series as well as I can calculate it.  I wish there was a better tracking method. I have the feeling Amazon has more information than it shares on the ROI of an ad.

« on: January 08, 2019, 04:11:01 pm »
Hey everyone, just a heads up.  With the new AMS ads dashboard, Amazon has accidentally turned back on ads that were in paused status.  It might be worth checking your dashboards....

Writers' Cafe / Re: Christmas sales
« on: December 20, 2018, 04:14:39 am »
December is usually a decent month in comparison to the spring months, but I don't have the data to know if discounting specifically at Christmas is worthwhile.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Don't Do This To Your Readers...
« on: December 03, 2018, 12:40:44 pm »
Psychotick, that is probably what she was going for...but it's definitely not something I want to read in fiction :)

My pen named books had a surge of paperback sales recently, outstripping the ebook sales.  I have no idea why, but lately I've been using the AMS ads, and for some reason, I think they draw paperback sales.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Don't Do This To Your Readers...
« on: December 03, 2018, 09:59:03 am »
Red Alert--  I'm not saying the author thinks these things, but she's a good writer and knows better.  I love her other books.  My reading time is limited now that I write so much, and the disappointment was major because the plot was well-written if the MC had just stood up for herself when the time came. I wasted a whole weekend getting to the point where I quit reading. When the main character should have stabbed her attacker with a pitchfork or whatever implement was handy, the main character played 'helpless victim', allowing him into her room that evening.  When she should have told her mother or really anyone else, she remains silent to the point where she loses her true love. This continued on for another 40 pages and I just couldn't read another word. No one in their right mind would let this guy live, let alone remain silent and watch him be a predator in her circle of friends and family.  The MC watched him hurt people and animals, including attacks on herself...she supposedly cared for animals and the people under her protection, and did nothing. She had visions and when her best friend turned up dead, knowing it was probably her attacker, she 'wouldn't look at the face' in the visions.  GRRR :) 

Thanks Ann, I know it's deserved, but I still won't do it.  Other people have mirrored my thoughts in her reviews, so I'll leave it alone...except to speak here...because that might make a difference for future works :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: What if I'm just not feeling the story anymore?
« on: December 02, 2018, 07:09:09 pm »
I tend to move from story to story.  The problem with that is done too often, it creates a lot of wasted material.  I have half a dozen unfinished novels.  Two I'm revisiting. Four are just waiting for me to come back.  It's best if you can push through, but if you need a few days off, it doesn't hurt to swap over and long as you come back ;)

Writers' Cafe / Don't Do This To Your Readers...
« on: December 02, 2018, 07:02:47 pm »
I just stopped reading at 407 of a 600+ page book of a well-known author that I usually love.  I don't leave one star reviews because I know how it feels, but I'm so ticked off at the book I had to vent and where to go but here ;D.  If your character is magical and clairvoyant and there is an animal torturing, serial killer, rapist living in the same house...maybe, just maybe, don't make her a wimp with Stockholm syndrome who just can't see the truth 400 pages in. She's clairvoyant!  I just couldn't take it anymore.  I skipped to the end, found out he'd killed more people and caused more harm and the end--waste of time.

Okay, done venting.  Carry on :) 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Does anyone manage more than three pen names?
« on: September 16, 2018, 01:13:19 pm »
Although you are only allowed 3 profiles on Author Central, you can certainly publish more than 3 pen names.  I dabble everywhere and have more than three pen names, which has definitely NOT helped me in the business and selling side of things, but I think it would have been worse to have a muddle of genres  :D

If your family doesn't mind not having a controlled author page, you can still publish under the pen name. You won't have an 'About the Author' section on the Amazon page, but it will still be available for purchase.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Why is everyone hating on cliffhangers????
« on: August 24, 2018, 05:31:01 am »
As a reader, it's bothersome to get to the end of a book and have things completely unresolved.  For a good 'reader' experience, you can leave little teases on subplots, but not the main plot.

As a writer?  I have one serial under a pen name with a true cliffhanger.  I'm talking like the old style, "hero in danger" when the book ends right there with the hero in mortal peril.  I make it VERY clear in the blurb that it's a cliffhanger. It's by far the highest sell-through book I have, but with the lowest review rating (around 3 stars) and the fewest copies given away (permafree) of all my books.  To be fair, though, it's made back a decent salary versus time invested, and not all of my books have.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How long can you keep writing a series?
« on: August 18, 2018, 01:53:39 pm »
I would say as long as people are buying into the series and you enjoy writing it, you could probably keep going.  One thing to be careful of is that let's say only 10 readers get to Book 20.  But 1,000 readers buy Book 1 because you put Book 20 out.  You see the math.  Putting out Book 20 might be more important to keeping the Amazon Algorithm alive for Book 1, even if the sell-through dies somewhere in the middle.  There is also the huge box set possibility.

That said, I'm not even close to getting 20 books of anything out...but my best selling series are the long ones.  I stagger between projects, pen names, and genres and it has cost me HUGELY in sales. But I'm not burned it's really a personal choice at the end of the day.

I should note, I see the point of others regarding losing readers who are bored in a series.  I think that's valid, but I've found it's a lot harder to get readers into a new series than keep them once I've got 'em.  If you find a book that dips in buy-through, maybe investigate and see if something went awry.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What loses you loyal readers?
« on: August 18, 2018, 01:46:41 pm »
As an author, I'm interested in the answers to this question as well, because obviously none of us want to lose loyal readers.  As a reader, if I'm invested in an author, there are a few huge issues that I have that will stop me cold. 

1) If I'm reading a book and the supposed 'good' guy tortures or delights in the pain of another.  I was reading an Urban Fantasy, was three books in and would have read the whole series and then this happened.  I put down the book and moved on. (Just a note, usually if I get through one book of an author, I'll look for the next and the next and the next. For me to stop in the middle of a series is a HUGE thing. If you've hooked me in the first book, I usually keep going)

2) Boredom. To be fair, usually this happens when I'm reading a genre to learn, something just isn't 'my thing'.

3) Reading something that insults a group of people. Kind of vague, but it can cover a lot. For example, the helpless female stereotype in westerns.

My theory is that horror is a mystery with a single question.  Will the main character survive the terrors taking down all of his friends?  You could probably have a decent horror series using the same character, but at some point readers will probably wonder why the same guy keeps surviving.  Usually it feels more like the luck of the draw.

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