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Writers' Cafe / Re: why is my book not selling?
« on: Today at 08:23:50 am »
There is a non-furry audience for felinoid heroes in sci-fi (and probably fantasy.) Do not fret about that. Even if ser, wasn't used in Game of Thrones, etc, it is not this world, and sci-fi / fantasy readers can stretch their brains to imagine a different honorific than "sir."

That said...don't stretch people's minds too much. You want your world to be easily accessible

Okay, on to the critique:

There are typos in your blurb and in the first couple paragraphs. Grammar helps make books accessible.

Next, there is so much tell, you need more show.

The POV seems a little strange too. Would he be described as feline if everyone is feline? Humans don't look at other humans and think first. "The human standing before them" They would think, "The tall man with blonde hair standing before them."

Lastly, the feline head doesn't look like it was professionally merged with the body.

Before you do anything, join a critique group. Get feedback.

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Beautiful work Jeff!

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Still taking sign-ups!

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Still taking sign-ups!

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Just a few more days to sign up for this one.

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Haha, I get that.

Do you need to wait for more people to sign up for the group promo first, though, is what I meant?

Err...no? It doesn't matter when you send, as long as it is within the dates of the promo.

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Just signed up to a Storyorigin account for this, C Gockel.

Got permafree uploaded, all set up, Mailchimp integrated. Just wondering what to do next. Went to sign up to your group promo, and it asks 'when can you send it to your newsletter?'

What do I put there?

You put the date you'll include it in your newsletter.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: BookBub Featured Deal Thread
« on: September 19, 2020, 11:00:52 am »
Hi Everyone - As Bodie Dykstra mentioned I hit #29 on Amazon.com yesterday. Woot! I have exposure, but did I make money?

I paid $754 for the promo. To break even I needed 2154--I did beat that, but only *just* the day of the sale. I had a little over 1700 on Amazon (I think it may violate TOS to say exactly how much?), 178 on iBooks, 168 on Nook, 150 on Kobo. GooglePlay hasn't updated yet, so who knows over there. >:( (ETA: 100 sales on GooglePlay) I know from my personal list / swaps that single titles generate half the interest as boxsets. I probably wouldn't advertise a single 99-cent title in BookBub unless it was in KindleUnlimited. You'd probably get better ROI from a free run--even if that free run was only at smaller sites.

I guess one thing to note is that I had over 1100 sales BEFORE the BookBub. They cost me $165 from smaller newsletter sites. However, most of those sales actually came from newsletter *swaps.* I've been swapping with people all year and had goodwill from people with deep sci-fi only lists. Two authors, both with lists over 20k, shared my newsletter on Monday and Tuesday. If you look back I had a lot of sales those days.

I got over 200 sales from my own newsletter. (I send people to my site so I can collect affiliate income and track sales without violating TOS.) Some were previous customers who wanted to buy the series for their friends and family (they emailed to let me know they'd done so), but a lot were probably folks who'd downloaded a freebie from MyBookCave, StoryOrigins, and BookFunnel and were waiting for a sale to continue the series. (That said, I have found people will buy a book at full-price if you just remind them. "Love Archangel Down? Noa's Ark Book 2 is available now at your favorite vendor!" I need to do that more often!)

Sales are still pretty brisk today, and I've seen a slight uptick in sales of follow up books. I'm hopeful that will continue.





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Writers' Cafe / FREE Sci-Fi Newsletter Builder @ StoryOrigin Oct 1 - 30th
« on: September 19, 2020, 10:25:13 am »
StoryOrigin is like Bookfunnel, you offer a short story, novel, novella and get an email address in return. Unlike BookFunnel, StoryOrigins is free *for now.*

This newsletter is for sci-fi, all subgenres except erotica.

- No mailing list size or integration requirement!
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Writers' Cafe / FREE Fantasy Newsletter Builder @ StoryOrigin Oct 1 - 30
« on: September 19, 2020, 10:22:14 am »
StoryOrigin is like Bookfunnel, you offer a short story, novel, novella and get an email address in return. Unlike BookFunnel, StoryOrigins is free *for now.*

This newsletter is for fantasy, all subgenres except erotica. No previews will be allowed. Pro-covers and editing are a must. No mailing list size or integration requirement.

Sign-up is here: https://storyoriginapp.com/bundles/8e37b316-ec8d-11ea-b45a-3b2ea461787c/info


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StoryOrigin is like Bookfunnel, you offer a short story, novel, novella and get an email address in return. Unlike BookFunnel, StoryOrigins is free *for now.*

This newsletter is for fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, and horror...any books and short stories about things that go bump in the night. I only ask that there be something "otherworldly" about it. (So Silence of the Lambs, no.)

- No previews will be allowed.
- Pro-covers and editing are a must.
- No mailing list size or integration requirement!

Sign-up is here: https://storyoriginapp.com/bundles/4fbf51f2-e0ee-11ea-a86f-03e9e2693eef/info




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Writers' Cafe / Re: Selected for Book Bub Feature Deal
« on: September 18, 2020, 07:50:36 am »
Bookbub featured deals aren't great if you only have standalones, because most of the benefit comes from sell-through to other books.

Yes, this.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: BookBub Featured Deal Thread
« on: September 18, 2020, 05:50:52 am »
Welp...today is the day.

Starting rank was 342.

Yesterday I had over 350 sales on Zon (notice higher rank despite lower sales---Zon really favors consistent sales over spikes)...over 100 of those came from my mailinglist. A lot of subs I've picked up from BookFunnel and StoryOrigin finally converted. Also, several people said they bought it for their friends and family.

On other vendors 12 sales Kobo, 9 sales on iBooks, 9 sales Nook. (ETA: 12 sales on GooglePlay)

I have not noticed any sell-thru whatsoever yet, but I have two preorders in the series, and they've been doing slightly better than before.

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I'm in Chicago. There are a few of us around here, but maybe not many of us per capita. The cost of living is high here and the weather sucks in summer and in winter and most of spring. When our kids are out of school we'll probably leave.

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I don't know that I've gotten a lot of 1 star reviews from 99 cent deals.  I think most of mine have come from free days.

Yep.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: BookBub Featured Deal Thread
« on: September 17, 2020, 08:51:03 am »
Only slightly over 125 sales on Amazon yesterday. 12 on iBooks, 4 on Kobo, 1 on Nook.

Starting rank was 709 this morning, but has sunk all the way to 1300+. I have a lot of newsletters booked for today, and hopefully they'll give the book a box a boost.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Selected for Book Bub Feature Deal
« on: September 17, 2020, 06:06:55 am »
He doesn't want to personally take the risk on his own product. He knew the price when he applied. Bookbub is even doing what he asked and he's STILL trying to get others to takr the risk for him. I wouldn't be surprised if he never gets selected for another bookbub after this.

They will select him again. Perhaps when he has more than one book out and can recoup the costs in sell-thru.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: BookBub Featured Deal Thread
« on: September 16, 2020, 07:25:18 am »
Over 300 sales on Amazon yesterday, 6 on iBooks, 3 on Nook, 4 on Kobo. (ETA: 2 on GooglePlay) I know, the sales growth on the other vendors is really eye popping. (Okay, maybe it is, just not in the right way.)

Starting rank on Amazon was 779.

Today I have only one swap and one BookDoggy promo so I don't expect much in the way of sales. As my rank falls, I must resist sending to my personal lists. That must wait until tomorrow. I need my rank to be really high tomorrow night.

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I forgot to mention EreaderIQ! I also like FB ads.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: BookBub Featured Deal Thread
« on: September 15, 2020, 08:24:39 am »
Welp I had 1 sale on Kobo yesterday, 2 on Nook, 2 on iBooks, (ETA: 1 on GooglePlay!) and over 300 on Amazon. I think most of my swaps are with KU authors, as that is where most sci-fi tends to be. That probably contributed to the dearth of sales on other vendors.

My shameless begging produced two new newsletter mentions, one on the 17th, which I need to be high in the rankings on Friday--the higher I am when the Bub hits, the less the Bub has to work to elevate my rank. Because I need to be high in the rankings going into Friday's 'Bub, I've decided to switch my Personal List send and my Box Set list send to Thursday, the 17th as well. 

Starting rank today was 707...up from 187,000+ plus yesterday!

Sales are slower, but still respectable today.

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I've had good results with Freebooksy, I'm sorry that wasn't your experience. FussyLibrarian, ENT, RobinReads, eBookDiscovery, FKTips, BookBarbarian, BookBasset, Booksends, Love Kissed Books, have all worked well for me.

BookBub is taking fewer and fewer free books.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I'm not sure I understand Bookbub
« on: September 15, 2020, 04:46:43 am »
I'd like to make one of my novels free for a few days (due to KU) and advertise that fact on Bookbub, but I'm not sure how to coordinate it. I can select to make the book free for a few days whenever I want on KU, but do I have to wait while Bookbub "choose" my Ad? Is it dependent on winning a slot or something? Anyone with any experience of this?

Thanks to all!  ;)

There are BookBub featured deals which are pretty hard to get. You'd need to apply, and then make your book free based on when they offered to promote you.

Then there are BookBub CPC ads. Those you register for, and once they select you, you can run them anytime.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kobo sales taken a dive.
« on: September 14, 2020, 08:21:02 pm »
I second Kobo in-store promos. The first free in series ones cost $10 and work well.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: FREE Newsletter Builder - Myth & Fairy Tales
« on: September 14, 2020, 04:29:22 pm »
Still taking sign-ups for this!

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Still taking sign-ups for this!

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