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Writers' Cafe / Re: "XXXX likes your status update" e-mail from Goodreads
« on: January 25, 2020, 07:32:29 am »
Those are typically pertaining to a book on either your wish list or else completed read list.  Someone is liking that you have that particular book on your list to read or likes the rating you gave it.  I'm not clear whether those individuals are promoting that book for a friend or possibly just really are liking that others are interested in the particular book.  It's a Goodreads thing, with Goodreads primarily focused on readers.  Thus, readers can comment and like whatever they want.  I merely ignore them as they don't really pertain to me or my books.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Free vs $.99
« on: October 12, 2018, 12:15:26 pm »
I agree with Marti and disagree with Notjohn (who always says never give away what you can sell, no matter what).  If your books don't have visibility, you can't/won't sell them.  One of the ways (not the only way, but definitely one of them) to get visibility is to make the first book in a series free.  That definitely does result in more sales of the other books in the series.

I have tried wide with first in series permafree and others in KU (not wide).  I do better with first in series back in KU, priced at $2.99 and then free on one or two days each month, five days every 90 as KU allows.  I pay various sites to advertise my book on its free days.  In my view, for fantasy genre books like mine, that's the best option.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Going wide only on 1st book in series *only*
« on: September 12, 2018, 07:34:42 am »
I did exactly that for several months last year, prior to publishing #6 in my series.  For a couple of months, I did see some increased sales on my other four books but then, not so much, in spite of advertising on all the usual sites.  It was easier getting slots on those sites since I was not restricted to any specific dates.  Although iBooks and D2D reports showed hundreds of downloads of my permafree book #1, I don't think I really got enough traction.  And, I had no luck getting a BookBub.  All this was before I used any AMS ads.  Perhaps the biggest benefit for me was seeing how the ad sites compared since I was booking them on separate dates.

I unpublished wide, put book #1 back in KU, priced it at $2.99 and am convinced I've made more money since.  I also put my first three books in a box set, also in KU (it was necessary for book #1 to be back in KU in order for me to do that).  Still, no BookBub (I had hoped maybe the boxset at $0.99 might get me one).  Sadly, I suspect being exclusive makes getting any BookBub deal much more difficult.  I published book #6 a year ago and that gave me a huge boost in sales on all books for a couple months.  I've been using AMS ads since to sustain sales.  Over half my income is from KU.  Hopefully, I'll finish book #7 soon and get another boost in sales.  We'll see!  Others obviously have done well going wide but for me, with the fantasy series which I'm writing, I believe staying in KU is best.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon email about KENPC wrong reporting
« on: August 30, 2018, 11:43:16 am »
I'm not sure it's related but Amazon had recently (May ??) increased their KENPC on 4 of my 6 books as well as on my box set, and then they changed them back (Aug ??) to original values.  I was not notified by them about this but merely noticed this change by happenstance, which is why I'm not sure of exact dates when they did this.  For about 3 months, those books were showing almost 15% higher KENPC page counts but now they're not.  I have no way to determine what affect, if any, that had on the basis for their payments to me during these 3 months.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KENP Page Read Credit for KU Audiobook Listening?
« on: August 28, 2018, 11:26:05 am »
I think Amazon handled this exactly right. And I seldom agree with them :-)

I'm merely a prawn but two of my six KU books were affected by this; here's what I am receiving for the audiobooks which they say were given away during this situation:

Missy the Werecat (Unabridged)                   P. G. Allison   US   20.00%   21   $24.95   $104.79
Missy's Misadventure:
Missy the Werecat, Book 4 (Unabridged)   P. G. Allison   US   40.00%   17   $24.95   $169.66
                                                                      Grand Total   38                   $274.45

I don't plan on complaining.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KENP Page Read Credit for KU Audiobook Listening?
« on: August 23, 2018, 12:44:33 pm »
I agree with Shelly and David on this one, if anyone's counting raised hands.
I agree as well.  If anyone has a rationale for ACX paying a higher royalty than the a la carte (ALC) which they've proposed, I'd be curious.  However, I see no future in attempting any legal action and will probably accept what they're giving me.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: KENP Page Read Credit for KU Audiobook Listening?
« on: August 23, 2018, 07:31:45 am »
I was not aware my audiobooks had been affected but I just received this email from ACX:

Dear P. G. Allison,
We are contacting you today regarding an update to your ACX earnings. We recently found that due to a technical issue, your audiobook(s) were included in the Kindle Unlimited program in error. We have removed your audiobook(s) from Kindle Unlimited and apologize for the mistake.

For each Kindle Unlimited subscriber who downloaded your audiobook, you will earn the same royalty as you would earn for an a la carte (ALC) sale at list price on Audible. Your earnings from the inclusion in Kindle Unlimited and related download data will be provided to you alongside your July Earnings Reports, which you will receive no later than August 31.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

Kindly,
The ACX Team

Have others received this message as well?  Does the stated royalty payment seem appropriate and adequate?

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I have zero page reads showing for today.  There's another post here suggesting KU4 may be happening.

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I have zero reads showing today.  After a month showing 5K or better reads, the last few days have dropped to 3K and then 2K, consistent with what the OP has stated.

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I've had no problems that I know of; KU provides half my ebook income and I have no plan to leave (again).  I did pull the first in my series out for several months last year, made it permafree and went wide; however, I did not find the benefit to be enough to pull the others out and go wide with those as well.  I then returned this first in series book back to exclusive with Amazon and back into KU, priced it at $2.99, published the first three of my series in a boxed set at $7.99, and am pretty sure my income has benefited.  This is merely my experience but answers the OP's question on this.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: ACX sales stuck for anyone else?
« on: April 06, 2018, 04:37:01 am »
Mine has not updated since April 3rd.  Glad it's not only me.

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I have self edited all my books with only one beta reader for the first four.  My first book has lots of reviews stating it needs an editor but my later books are better.  If you can afford to pay an editor, I'm sure that's best.  I wasn't willing to invest anything in my books when I started out because I had no idea if I'd ever sell any.  I published four in twelve months with low sales.  My early covers were free, from CreateSpace.  I spent very little on marketing.  But, I then got lucky and gained some fans who liked my stories and when I saw sales for those four books suddenly taking off, I did pay for new covers.  Books five and six have done well, triggering more sales for the entire series.  I now spend moderately on marketing but, as is so often stated by others in this forum, the best marketing is to continue publishing.  I wish I could write faster!  We'll see!

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Thanks to finally releasing another book, all six in my Missy the Werecat Series are currently in the top 100 for the Superhero category:

          Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Superhero

Having a Newsletter definitely helped.  Book I is permafree and at #5 in the free category while the other five are in the paid category. 

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Something to think about...
« on: May 25, 2017, 08:31:10 am »
Where is that LIKE button?  We really, REALLY need a LIKE button for posts like these!

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Update!  Late yesterday Amazon did list my book as FREE again and today I received a message from KDP Support saying "they have fixed the error".  Although apologizing for the inconvenience, no explanation was provided for why this glitch occurred.  I'm relieved this was fixed within a day and things are back to normal, with my book's rank now hovering around 1000 in the Free Kindle Store.  Evidently, my promo ads are working and I haven't ended up losing much.  Wheh!

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I had looked into using Pronoun but they said I'd need to delist my ebook from Amazon to list it with them; I think that would have wiped out 3 years of my reviews (4.0 average rating for 279 reviews) and I'd be starting over.  I also am guessing the ebook would be shown separately from the paperback/audiobook rather than combined with them the way it is now.  At least, that was my worry and so I went the "price match" route, as has been done by many authors before me.  I'm hoping Amazon will fix this soon; at least it's still FREE in the other stores outside the US.  (So far ... I hope I'm not jinxing myself by saying that!)

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On Feb 16th, after pulling Book I in my series from KU, going wide and publishing it for FREE in B&N, Apple & Kobo, I sent Amazon a request via KDP Support (Amazon Product Page, Price Matching) to please price match, providing them the corresponding links to these other sites.  On Feb 17th, they did so in most stores but delayed doing so in US until Feb 19.  They sent me an email on Feb 23rd saying it was now FREE in all Kindle stores.  Soooo, I thought I was now permafree and have paid for a couple ads.

Today, I see it is back to $3.99 in the US.  It seems to still be free in their other stores.  Is this merely a temporary glitch?  I've sent KDP Support an email but I'm not sure how long it will take to receive a response.  Have others had this happen?  Should I do something else?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 1099-MISC Forms
« on: January 31, 2017, 03:04:12 pm »

Your 1099 tax forms for 2016 are now available for download online at Amazon Tax Central under your CreateSpace account.

To securely download your forms:
1. Go to https://taxcentral.amazon.com/
2. Sign in using the email (your CreateSpace email address) and password associated with this account
3. Under your CreateSpace account in the "Action" column, click "View/Edit"
4. In the "Year-end tax forms" section, click "Find Forms"
5. Click "Download."


When I followed these instructions, I was able to download all three (Kindle, CreateSpace & Audible).  The Kindle and CreateSpace forms were identical but the Audible form was different.  I'm sure they're mailing them, as John was advised, but there was also an online copy for me (maybe because I checked that option when I set up my account) for my Audible/ACX earnings.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Estate planning for writers/creatives
« on: September 27, 2016, 01:57:06 pm »
I like what was posted on this issue a year ago:

https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,216022.msg3011147.html#msg3011147


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon vs going wide
« on: July 08, 2016, 08:06:18 am »
I would think page reads are dropping off because you haven't had a new release in a while, and they'll pick up again when you release book 3. Since it is in the same series as your other 2, I would stay in KU until you're done, because all the people who read your first 2 in KU will probably be waiting to read 3 in KU and boost your rank and visibility.

This.  Your KU page reads have been excellent for only two books and when your book three comes out, you are very likely to see a huge spike and make lots more money than going wide at this time.  Do some promotions (following all the excellent advise of other kboard members) and you'll reap some excellent benefits.  You obviously have an excellent following from KU readers and you risk losing all that versus possible crickets elsewhere.  Going wide is a longer term strategy which you may wish to follow later, but grab the "low hanging fruit" available by remaining in KU for now.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Hats Off to Pantsers!!
« on: July 07, 2016, 12:31:32 pm »
So far, all my writing has been without any outline; the books have simply evolved as I kept working to make various things happen for my characters, often with surprises as I went along.  While I typically will have a vague goal and direction, I have not yet managed to write down an outline of any kind.  All attempts to do so have met with my staring at a blank page for far too long and giving up.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How long did it take you to reach $100 per day?
« on: July 07, 2016, 11:38:07 am »
It took me about a year and a half and by then I had four books out.  I then had a very nice run for seven months during which book five came out and my average was well above $100 per day.  The last six months, however, my average has dropped down to about $70 per day (and that's due to running monthly promotions).  I really do need to get book six out but other things (full time day job, family events, etc.) have delayed that.

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Submission complete!

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My New Adult/Paranormal/Urban Fantasy series actually qualifies for this.  Here's what one reviewer said: "She gets into lots of trouble but always seems to be on the good end of things at the end.  She is a strong heroine but also likes to help others so even when she is making trouble, it's usually for the bad guys."

For anyone interested in looking at my books, which are all in KU, the first in the series (Missy the Werecat) will be FREE for two days next week (Apr 28-29).

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Writers' Cafe / Re: USATODAY Promo Push Watch me succeed or fail?!
« on: April 02, 2016, 04:40:46 am »
Best of luck, Pippa!  I've just downloaded your boxed set; hopefully, that will help!  I'd read the first book earlier and enjoyed it.  I really like the way you've hit all your milestones so far!

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