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When the Old Gods call, where will you go, what will you do?

The Lord of Always is available in paperback and on Amazon Kindle. It can be read for *Free* with Kindle Unlimited.

Multicolored lights pulsating in the skies above an English village. A young bride abducted by something abhorrent. Reports of tentacled monstrosities roaming the streets. A reluctant pensioner who knows more than he cares to admit...

Frank Tanner is a veteran facing the gravest of battles: a struggle against dementia. As he fights to retain the memories that shaped his life, his thoughts are drawn to the period when an ancient evil visited grievious ills on a remote community.

For Frank and his new bride Rosalind, booking a honeymoon at the beautiful Penhale House seemed like the perfect Cornish getaway. But the house stands in a thin place: a weak point in the borders between realities.

During a melee of bizarre events, the newlyweds become separated. Frank turns to a local pensioner for help, but the enigmatic George Smoke is a man who poses more questions than answers. Especially given his wild claims about Old Gods and fallen archons.

As the two men set out in search of Roz, Frank finally learns the deadly truth about the entities pursuing them, and he realizes that finding his wife will be the key to everything.

The Book Bazaar / Re: The Strange Case at Misty Ridge
« on: August 15, 2020, 05:47:07 am »
The Strange Case at Misty Ridge is available on Amazon Kindle priced at .99c/.99p - promo price applies August 15th-18th. The novel is also available in paperback, or can be read for *Free* with Kindle Unlimited.

When a young woman turns up at Jack Keswick’s door, claiming her home is infested with troublesome spirits, the investigation leads to a haunted cottage, the restless dead, and the revelation of a maleficent force that will forever change his perception of reality.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Need help from people who remember 1987
« on: August 10, 2020, 02:45:20 am »
I'm in the UK so things may be different depending on where exactly you're based. But over here people out doing sitework relied on pagers and payphones. Mobile/cell phones never came into general use (as work tools) until around 1989, and even then calls and texts were used at a minimum because of the costs involved.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Permafree unexpectedly reverts to full price
« on: August 03, 2020, 05:11:48 am »
Amazon's author support seems even more unreliable than is usual at the moment (which is really saying something!). I've had a short book at permafree for several years. It's still showing free on the US site, but since the weekend every other Amazon outlet has reverted to paid.

I don't hold out a lot of hope for getting it sorted. I say this because I've been trying to get the page count for one of my books corrected for almost four months now. I've received three emails telling me it's been corrected and will show in 72 hours. Nada. Zilch. Nothing.

I've also been trying to get the count corrected in a second Kindle book, but they insist they have that one right. The paperback proves they are wrong, but it's like talking to the back of your hand.  :-[ ??? :-X

Clive Barker's The Scarlet Gospels collides head-on with Richard Matheson's Hell House. Frank Tanner is an aging war veteran now battling dementia. As he struggles to remember the events that shaped his life, he recalls a period when heavenly hosts descended on an isolated English village, and the locals learned a terrifying truth about the Lord of the Old Testament.

The Lord of Always is a genre blending mix of dark fantasy, horror, and hope. The novel is available on Amazon Kindle for .99c/.99p - promo extended until July 31st. Also available to read for *Free* with Kindle Unlimited.

"Can this really be the remains of an angel? And, if it is, shouldn't we all tremble in anticipation of what awaits at our end?"

I had an email from them saying this.

Amazon are asking you to add all assins to your ad if you have a print book for results to show on your dashboard. They have made changes but I don't know the impact. Maybe it is this resulting in a higher acos

Yeah that could be it.

Amazon ad email 2nd june

In our continued effort to improve your view of advertising performance, we are making an update in our reporting process, providing you with a more actionable view of ad performance and control over spend by title.

As of 1 July 2020, sales for current and new Sponsored Products campaigns featuring Book ASINs will be reported for the advertised ASIN only. Prior to this date, reporting may have included sales for various formats of the title advertised. As a result of this change, you may see a variation in advertising-attributed sales trends. This change does not affect your billing [or royalties].

To continue viewing sales across multiple book formats, add all applicable formats to a single Sponsored Products campaign. For example, in order to see the sales for both the eBook and paperback version of your title, add both ASINs to the same campaign.

Thank you for using Amazon Advertising.

I may be wrong, but I read this as just being about the reporting of sales data. To me, it seems like a measure aimed purely at pinning down the source of a sale. If you've listed various ASINs, then you'll be able to differentiate. Otherwise, you'll just see a general listing of a sale assigned to that particular ad.   

Writers' Cafe / Re: Jim Sterling & The Ultimate Key to Sales
« on: July 17, 2020, 04:22:52 am »
There really isn't a 'key to sales' such as buy this or do that or better covers/content/promotion.

His key to sales is that people watch him for a very specific experience. When he delivers, he is rewarded with high views. With those high views, the algorithm continues to push him forward.

When he tries to provide the content that some viewers 'claim' they want, his views go down. He loses subscribers.

He has, in essence, gone off brand. I am not sure if what has turned out to be his brand is what he wanted as he does discuss some videos he's done that were thoughtful analysis of his subject (video games) which he enjoyed doing but viewers didn't watch even if they said that was what they wanted. So he was rewarded with fewer views.

The gist of the video is to create what consumers want. When it does well, give them more. When they say they want something different, remember it's just a few people saying that and it's not really what they want. Provide something different at your own peril.

Stay true to your brand.

I think he's also making the point that once the algorithms have decided what your brand is, this is the only content they'll push.

ACOS used to count all sales associated with a click, meaning that if someone clicked on your ebook ad and then decided to buy your paperback instead (usually at a higher price), that would all be counted in the ACOS.

Now, a click on an ebook ad is only counted toward a sale if they buy your ebook. Paperback sales aren't included.
This makes the ACOS figure even more useless than it was before.

In the grand scheme of things, if your rankings and total sales haven't changed, then the ads are producing the exact same results that they were before. The only difference is that AMS is reporting things differently.

This doesn't seem right. Where have you read this?

My most successful campaign on AMS ever has been rolling along for over a year. It's a non-fiction book so you know what genre it is in. It's got 81 five stars on Amazon and over 200 five star on Audible. So it's not like it's a non-performer.

As I learned on this board when something is working well don't touch it. The ACOS was sitting around 20%, CPC was in the low .20 and I was selling a good number of books for the type it is for well over a year. 

Suddenly it has stopped working. The ACOS is now over 200% but the CPC is still around .22.

Is AMS doing something different? Or has the campaign run it course? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

I've read here stopping then restarting it after a while has worked but I frankly am puzzled. I don't trust AMS and use it sparingly.

Same thing happened to me in May last year. My best ad was running around 46% and had been for a few years. All of my ads suddenly fell off a cliff, and the ACOS on my top earner climbed to 289%. I spent almost a year trying to sort things out, but was never able to get anywhere near good enough. I barely run any ads now. Good luck.

The Boy on the Beach is *Free* on Amazon - today & tomorrow (July 15th/16th).

A desperate woman on a remote beach, a dreadful truth revealed... and nothing will ever be the same.

As Kyoko said up above, Ereader News Today.

When it comes to free promotions, the tiers kind of go as follows:

Bookbub - the behemoths of book promotions.
Freebooksy/ENT/Bookbarbarian (for Fantasy) - these guys are heavy hitters. Not Bookbub, but still capable of shifting thousands of free copies if the wind is blowing in the right direction.
Bknight/ChoosyBookworm and many other smaller ones.

I really would advise NOT to book with ChoosyBookworm. They did me over last month. Took the money and then failed to promote, and I'm not the only one that has happened to recently, either! And you won't get any response from them if you try and pursue the issue. Actually, good luck even trying to find their customer service contact details. I ended up registering a complaint with Paypal, and it was only then that Choosy balked and refunded me. Seriously, my case wasn't a one off. DO NOT BOOK CHOOSY BOOKWORM!

"Can this really be the remains of an angel? And, if it is, shouldn't we all tremble in anticipation of what awaits at our end?”

The Lord of Always is available on Amazon Kindle for .99c/.99p - promo applies July 14th-21st. Also available to read for *Free* with Kindle Unlimited.

Heavenly Hosts are descending, and they are about to go all Old Testament on our asses!

The Book Bazaar / Re: The Strange Case at Misty Ridge
« on: July 03, 2020, 08:05:55 am »
The Strange Case at Misty Ridge is available in paperback and on Amazon Kindle. The novel can be read for *Free* with Kindle Unlimited.

When a young woman turns up at Jack Keswick’s door, claiming her home is infested with troublesome spirits, his investigation leads to a haunted cottage, the restless dead, and the revelation of a maleficent force that will forever change Jack’s perception of reality.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Sponsored Product Ads.
« on: July 01, 2020, 07:00:12 am »
Thank you!

I will need to try and work out how to use a VPN now.

Thanks for your very helpful reply. I was finding things very confusing.


Best of luck with your writing endeavors.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Sponsored Product Ads.
« on: June 30, 2020, 05:28:59 pm »
Yes, there are ads running on the site. But, Amazon, in their unrivalled wisdom, decided to go down the route of region blocking. I know, right? Unfortunately, this means that if you want to monitor any ads you have running in the US, you'll need to use a VPN. It's a real pain in the a**, but that's the price of working with the Zon.

The Bones of Morden Gray is available on Amazon Kindle priced .99c/.99p - the promo has been extended until Friday, July 3rd.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Full Disclosure Free Run Breakdown
« on: June 25, 2020, 12:30:50 pm »
My words of advice would be to not use Genre Pulse or Price Dropped Books, as you will be throwing money against a wall with barely any return. And, definitely - DEFINITELY - DO NOT USE(!) Choosy Bookworm as they will take your money, and that will be the last you will ever hear from them. If, by some chance, they do manage to feature you, it almost certainly won't be during the time of your promotion. SCAM SITE!

I'm still pursuing them for a refund, as are many others. Unfortunately, once they have your cash they go dark.

Good luck with the promo!

The Book Bazaar / Gloop! - is *free* on June 25th/26th
« on: June 25, 2020, 12:21:54 pm »
Gloop! is a fifteen thousand word novella. It's currently *Free* on Amazon Kindle - promo applies June 25th & 26th. Also available through Kindle Unlimited.

Alice Cluer has a secret friend...

Hmmm. Did you also have a mailing list or any other way to advertise your preorder?

Sorry if I ask a lot of questions. I --and many others-- are always interested in book launch details and you write standalones. Most of the advice out there is for series launching.

Asking questions is always good in this business, right? Well, I'm sorry to say my email list has been all but abandoned over the last eighteen months. A longterm illness in the family, followed by the loss of someone dear to me, meant that I hadn't sent a mail in close to two years. My numbers had dwindled to 134, with roughly a 46% opening rate, so realistically accounted for a dozen or so sales at best.

I also posted regularly to Goodreads and Facebook. Never at the same time as I wanted to observe any correlation between the posts I made and sales. Goodreads definitely bought in some numbers. Facebook: meh!

Oh yeah that's doubly annoying!

And I've long been harboring thought of doing a kind of magazine website for indies featuring good resources and calling out BS services. I would totally feature an article about it. Such stories are good to see.

That sounds great, Adrijus. I'd definitely be up for contributing to that. Feel free to give me a shout.

Sorry about your problems with Choosy Bookworm.

BUT I admit I never thought of running a promotion on a preorder. Do you primarily write standalones? Was this a standalone? First in series?
Are you planning to go into KU at launch?

Hello, Denise. Yes, this was a standalone - most of mine are. And, yep, I enrolled in KU from launch. I just figured running one promo a week during the build up couldn't hurt, and it seemed to work. I figure I'll give KU three/six months and then evaluate where I'm at. Though Misty Ridge pulled in good numbers on the page reads for almost two years, so let's hope Morden Gray manages something like! :)

An example of badly used autoresponder emails. It's the stupid owner. I'd block them. Maybe even write up this same post on a site like or your own site for more authors to see. A public call-out is good. Bet you they'd see that probably if it started going around! :)

That's a good idea, Adrijus. I'll wait and see how things play out over the next seven days (although I'm not expecting a response), and then I'll start shaming them. As a little caveat to this story; I tried unsubscribing from their email lists, but the 'unsubscribe' doesn't work. I can't say I'm surprised. :-X

Paypal dispute could be enough. They are likely to give the money back. And if the service gets enough disputes, could get access revoked eventually.

And I'm sure things will pick up! Slow and steady wins the race.

Absolutely. The laughable part is I'm still getting emails everyday from Booksy asking me to use their services. I've still had no direct response from them regarding their 'fail'. It's a shame they don't actually engage once they've got your money.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Am I gonna get sued? Careful What You Dash For
« on: June 19, 2020, 04:36:58 am »
He asked a valid question. The fact that it was Stephen King makes it MORE likely he would get sued, not less. Since obviously Stephen King has more sales and therefore more money to lose, and the "brand disparagement" more severe because of the greater exposure.

I don't definitively know the answer to your question. However, it may be that SK's villain happened to be using the Mercedes as a murder weapon, whereas the OP is writing of a scenerio in which using the DoorDash service actually places you at risk?

You could write a story in which someone leaves McDonalds and then gets mugged and murdered a hundred yards down the road. But I wouldn't suggest you write a story involving someone taking their kids for a meal at McDonalds, and then one of the children chokes to death on a fragment of bone in his burger. See the difference?

The Damnation Game is *free* to download on Kindle - promo ends June 19th.

A savage killer. A sorrowful widow. And the angry dead, who are never lost for those willing to listen.

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