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Writers' Cafe / Re: Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
« on: June 30, 2020, 11:31:05 am »
I put the "Be" in and took it out again about a million times. I'm actually having anxiety writing about this. In the end, I went shorter because of the Strunk and White adage, "Vigorous writing is concise."

Doglover and I have only served to confirm that your internal argument is valid, LOL.  I'm sorry to make you anxious. It's okay out, too.  I just had that weird wish to have it in... :D

(My thing is to leave out 'was' because it's passive...but sometimes I leave it out when everyone else would put it in.)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
« on: June 29, 2020, 08:07:50 pm »
Can you put a "Be" in there or is it too late?  Somehow it feels better to say, "Be Careful What You Dash For."

Writers' Cafe / Re: Anybody else feel this way?
« on: June 29, 2020, 08:04:22 pm »
Yes, I can definitely relate.  I've had 4 different pen names with 4 different genres, each one I thought would hit and nothing ever did.  I think because I was chasing trends.  I really like writing middle grade fantasy best, so this pen name is the one that stuck. You had mentioned not writing series, but maybe with romance you can do a sort-of 'Catch-all' type of series, something like introduce a character in Book 1 that ends up the lead in Book 2 and so on.  Or maybe something like Debbie Macomber with a variety of people all living in the same town.  A long series definitely helps...

Carol, thank you for posting...I am in that place exactly...

Writers' Cafe / Re: What am I doing wrong in KU?
« on: June 14, 2020, 01:36:39 pm »
There are a ton of books out there in competition.  The best thing to do is keep writing until you have a long series, and then advertise the first book.  My goal was to get to a point where I could run a kindle countdown every week for my series, and finally just did it this year (after having published the first book 5 years ago).  I'm not a high earner, but I do get consistent sales, mostly driven by the long series. 

I do feel your pain, though.  My first year of publishing was really hard because I'd publish books and then only get a few sales here and there.  I would buy advertising on my stand-alone and not break even.  Super painful.  It takes a long time to build an audience.

Also, if you're new to writing, you might need to revisit the first book because that is your draw to new readers.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Tearing my hair out
« on: June 08, 2020, 05:54:26 pm »
I'm so glad you fixed it.  I remember those page count errors in Word and taking hours to do a ten minute job...or what I would have thought SHOULD be ten minutes.

It may depend on how unique the circumstance.  If you write something based on real events and someone says, "Hey, that's me," you might have a problem.  For other true events, you could potentially take a combination of news stories to make up the one event.

I'm interested in this answer as well.

I started a hard cover on Lulu, but then stopped when the EULA said the book couldn't be already published.  I contacted their customer support and it seemed that the EULA only applied to each format, but because it was not clearly stated & my ebook is in a good place, I left well enough alone. Didn't want to cause a problem at Amazon...

Writers' Cafe / Re: Which title do you think is best for my book?
« on: June 08, 2020, 05:38:32 pm »
Death by Decent Society because it's more unique.  The Road to Rebellion is a good title, but might get lost on Amazon.

I was wondering if anyone else has been having trouble with the print version of KDP.  The ebook was already published, so I clicked on the "Start your paperback now" button. I've never actually done it that way before. I'm stuck on the first page. I haven't even uploaded cover or content yet.

At any rate, I've filled out the first page and can't seem to save either as "Draft" or "Save to Continue". It says "Please fix the highlighted errors in red to continue". The thing is...there ARE no red highlights.  Also, I've checked and double checked and I've filled out the pertinent fields and everything seems in order.

SO...turns out that if the ebook is still "publishing" even though it invites the author to 'start' their print book, the pages won't save.  I started with a new page while keeping the old one over & copy-pasted everything over.  It worked!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Two admins for one Author Central account?
« on: May 05, 2020, 11:35:57 am »
Maybe ask Amazon (or have your friend ask) if they have some kind of secondary login availability?  I'm not sure they would anything like that for us regular authors, but I could imagine a huge publisher needing varying levels of accessibility to an account.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Where to get ideas for a book cover?
« on: May 05, 2020, 11:29:53 am »
Start by searching Amazon's top 100 by the category you see your book in.  I go as far as pasting images of books into Font Squirrel to figure out what particular font is on a book.  I try to imagine my book's cover on that top 100 list.  If I can't even imagine it, there's something wrong with the cover.  Mark where characters are...for example, mystery/thrillers  have a tiny character with their back to the camera while a paranormal romance often have light aqua and black colors with a female tough character on the cover.

My guess would be a pastel cover with images of pertinent locations or maybe something that shows a vacation type of book...maybe check the travel or humor categories?

Writers' Cafe / Re: anyone here not spend money on ads?
« on: May 05, 2020, 11:22:56 am »
I've never had much luck with the pay-per-click type of ads. (I haven't tried it lately, though.)My first book is free and I have 14 books behind it, so I'm in a good place to advertise.  (My regret is trying to buy ads back when I had a single book. Just write the next book in that case, which yes, I know is hard to hear.  I sold one book a month when I first started and it was painful.)

1) Bookbub Featured Ad
2) Freebooksy
3) Digital Book Today
4) Free Books Kindle & Tips (FKBT)
5) Fussy Librarian
6) Awesome Gang
7) Bknights on Fiverr

Writers' Cafe / Re: Authors, What Would You Have Done Differently?
« on: April 01, 2020, 12:40:14 pm »
I would focus on one pen name.  I started out scattered.  I have five pen names and if I had focused all of my energy on one, I think I would be much further along.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Vellum: the official thread
« on: February 24, 2020, 03:17:51 pm »
Just wanted to drop on to say, "I had no idea".  I mean, people said how easy Vellum was to use, but when there is no Windows competitor coming close, it was hard to believe.  I'm a believer. Thanks Vellum!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone can make a living self publishing
« on: February 24, 2020, 03:12:25 pm »
Do you have a few that make the lion's share of the sales or is it just everything at a consistent few copies a month?  I ask because I'm very consistent in my sales, but they're not huge.  Still, I love writing middle grade fantasy, so maybe I should just thousand-duple down on them :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: What are your tips for writing a fast first draft?
« on: October 10, 2019, 03:22:01 pm »
Even if you're more pantser than plotter, it helps thinking about the story before you sit down to write.  If I think about the storyline on the drive home, I usually start faster than if I sit down cold.  I loved the 2k to 10k book as well.  Makes a lot of sense, and I was able to hit 10k once.  Wrote all day and had the day's writing planned out.  Also worked in two stories...

Writers' Cafe / Re: Reader Editing
« on: October 01, 2019, 03:17:08 pm »
I wouldn't put a note in, but I would listen to the reviews and read through the book again for typos.  I'm with you on saving up. I haven't hired an editor for Dusky Hollows, but I want to try it out, so I may for my Sci Fi series. (Just finished the first book).   

If I read through a book 3 times, I know that I can clear enough errors to avoid negative reviews.  If you are a natural copy editor/grammarian, then knowing how many passes you need to make to have near-perfection helps.  After that, I turn it into a print book and then have a couple of beta readers to whom I send the physical copy.  They usually find between 5-20 more errors.  By this time, it is already published in ebook form.  I edit it once more in physical print.  Usually by this time I am switching things back and forth.  Add a that, remove a that. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Affinity Publisher vs Vellum?
« on: October 01, 2019, 03:06:16 pm »
If you're looking for formatting without buying a mac, check out draft2digital.   If you publish through draft2digital they get 10% which is fair.  (You don't necessarily HAVE to publish a book you set up, but you do have to fill out all of the fields as if you are.)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Paperback book summary issues on KDP
« on: September 18, 2019, 03:14:19 pm »
Thanks! I've bookmarked this :)

Writers' Cafe / AMS Ads & Permafree
« on: September 11, 2019, 02:41:31 pm »
I've been wondering if AMS ads actually hurt a permafree book.  Does Amazon algorithms work off a percentage?  For example, if 100 people visit a page and 1 person downloads the book versus 50.  The reason I ask is that I seem to actually slide back in downloads & ranking if I pay for AMS advertising on my permafree book.  It's backwards.  When I shut advertising off to that book, it seems to do better.  Anyone else having the same anomaly?

(It seems to work for the other books, just not the first book).  Maybe something else is affecting it that I can't see...

Writers' Cafe / Re: Has anyone ever tried this? (cover question)
« on: September 01, 2019, 01:37:37 pm »
Yes.  I do this all the time.  Actually for stock photos though.  When I browse through stock photos, I sometimes realize what a great cover it would make and then think, "And I know the perfect story that would work with it."

It's not worth your reputation, your author's account, the possibility that someone might sue you, or the hard feelings of the author and their readers. You may get away with it, but you may also suffer repercussions you don't even foresee at this point.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Author Beware: My ACX Nightmare with Amazon
« on: September 01, 2019, 01:28:04 pm »
I'm glad it was resolved. I think posting here helped.  Amazon contacted me once about something I was related to their swap over of the ad screen.  They do seem to want happy authors...which is good for all of us :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle lockscreen ad design
« on: September 01, 2019, 01:23:14 pm »
I'm also interested in hearing the answer to this...

Writers' Cafe / Re: Stuck in story development...
« on: September 01, 2019, 01:17:27 pm »
I have the same problem.  I mind-map and then get stuck because the ideas feel 'all over the place'.  What helped was pretending I was sitting down to write.  In a notebook, I started with Chapter 1, wrote down the main points of the chapter and so on.  Then you have the foundation in place.  (I should have probably used Scrivener, LOL.  I bought it a few years back and have been slow to adopt, but I can see where it would be easier to outline by moving chapters around once I got started.)

I'm going to look at "Story Engineering". I loved Libbie Hawker's book.

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