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Writers' Cafe / Lesfic Authors & Readers Party
« on: December 30, 2016, 08:28:59 am »
Hi guys.

I'm hosting a lesfic Facebook party on Sunday, January 8, 1pm - 11pm EST.  We've got 10 great authors participating, several of whom have had #1 Amazon bestsellers, and at least one who's won a GCLS award.  Authors will be giving away ebooks, Amazon gift cards, and paperbacks.  Please spread the word far and wide to anyone you know who might be interested!

Here's the link:

Writers' Cafe / Re: The YA writers support thread
« on: August 18, 2015, 09:27:18 am »
Hi you guys :-)

I've not spent much time on KBoards even though I've had an account for a while.  But I just found this YA writers support thread and it looks like the place for me!  I've got a YA fantasy trilogy out and it's doing so-so.  Audio versions for the first two books are in the works and I just put out a bundled set to take advantage of KU -- so far that seems to be working pretty well.  But freebie downloads have totally tanked this month.

Anybody have any advice on cross-promo with other YA authors?  I've been building my mailing list slowly but surely, and while I'd like to work with other YA authors, I feel like with a mailing list of less than 1,000 do I have that much to offer?  Any thoughts?

Thanks & nice to meet you.  :-)

Writers' Cafe / Amazon Giveth; Amazon Taketh Away
« on: April 22, 2015, 04:28:33 am »
Hi guys!

So my book The Portal and the Panther was doing pretty well as a perma-free title.  Then without explanation, Amazon reverted the price to 99 cents a few days ago.  No prices changed anywhere else (it's free on Kobo and Play), and the downloads were (relatively) strong and driving sales for book 2, so I don't know why Amazon had a change of heart.

Is this a common thing for Amazon to do?  Is there anything I can do to keep my perma-free perma-free? 


Writers' Cafe / Re: Which cover?
« on: March 03, 2015, 05:17:25 am »
I like the cooler colors of 1 and 2.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Should I change the cover? and how can I fix the blurb?
« on: February 26, 2015, 08:11:03 am »
Hi Micah,
What if you led with the characters instead of the backdrop? 

Hope Kerman is one of the first children to be born of The Third Gender, a birth defect that turns young adults into human parasites who thrive by absorbing memories, knowledge, and experience from their victims.  Hope fights her natural urge to feed on others, but it's a battle she might not be able to win.

Ben Ziegler is a flawed FBI agent, determined to stop the Third Gender's rapid rise to power.  When X happens, he's forced to choose between his crusade against the Third or protecting his own family.

I don't know if that's quite right, but just something where you're leading with your characters instead of the basic premise of the book.  And you also might want to connect the two characters together.  Right now they feel like two entirely separate storylines -- and if they are then ok that's fine, but if not you might want to bridge them.  Or just choose one of them rather than trying to fit them both in.

Just my two cents!

Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you find your book ranking?
« on: February 25, 2015, 06:07:20 am »
Hi Michael,
For rank, go to the short story's Amazon page and scroll down.  At the bottom of the section entitled "Product Details" is where you will find your rank.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Free promo sites
« on: February 24, 2015, 05:46:58 am »
IndiesUnlimited's Thrifty Thursdays has always given my sales a little boost every time I've done it.  Plus it's easy.  But they only take free books and 99 cent books.

Here's the link:

PS, thanks for posting the list of 90!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Free really is best!
« on: February 19, 2015, 05:49:25 am »
I have two free short stories, one loaded last July and one from last Nov and I still give away 100+ of them combined every day with virtually no promo. They are intros to my series, and the following books are 2.99.

Do you find the two free short stories work well as a way of selling your $2.99 books? 

I'm looking to make my first book in a series of three perma-free at the end of March and I'm wondering what I should expect.  I hear mixed reviews about pulling out of KDP Select / KU.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Twitter as a marketing platform
« on: February 18, 2015, 06:27:22 am »
As a guide...your "Twitter time" should be 95% conversation/advice/free content and 5% promotional.

If you spend 50% of your time trying to will only work 1% of the time. If you build up a reputation for being an authority author with a friendly streak, you'll gain the trust needed so your 5% promotional posts work...every time.

I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but people don't visit Twitter to buy. You have to feed the pony before you can ride it.

I think this is the way to go.  With social media and blog posts in general, I think a good question to ask is always, "What's in it for the reader?"  For my Twitter account, most of my followers are other authors, so I try to mostly post resources I think they'll appreciate.  For my blog, most of my followers (seem to be) readers, so I try to mostly post things I think will be of interest and added value to them.

Tim Grahl has a lot of good things to say on this subject, you might want to check his site out:

Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Greetings from down South
« on: February 18, 2015, 06:21:19 am »
Welcome, fellow Columbian!  Not sure I enjoyed that drizzle of rain... my car handles were frozen shut this morning.  (I know, waah waah!) Yes, we dodged the worst of it but I'm dreading a business trip to Charlotte on Thursday...

KBoards is great.  Jump in and get involved- that's the fun part.

Hey cool!  Yes, I might have spoken too soon about the weather; yesterday was relatively miserable.  But still not as bad as Boston!  :D

Introductions & Welcomes / Greetings from down South
« on: February 17, 2015, 04:22:30 am »
I'm feeling bad for all of you 'Mericans above the Mason-Dixon today.  Here in Columbia, SC, we missed the buckets of snow you got and just enjoyed a drizzle of rain...

I've never been a big forum person, but here I am anyway.  In December I published the first two novels in my YA fantasy series.  It's hard to say if they're "doing well" or not, having nothing to compare it to, but they are selling a few copies each day, which I suppose is a place to start.  Regardless, I wanted to get into the KBoards community to meet other indies and improve my understanding of the industry.

So thanks for having me, and I hope that wherever you are, you're warm!

Introductions & Welcomes / Re: Hello from Sunny North Carolina
« on: February 17, 2015, 04:00:43 am »
Where in North Carolina?  I'm in South Carolina now, but I lived in the Triangle for five years. 

Welcome -- I'm brand new, too!

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