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Messages - CarmenShea

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Okay, first thing: deep breath!!

I know it's your third, but I only launched my second last week and I felt exactly the same!! It's so much more scarier when you know what to expect and when you know what you're doing because then there's more pressure to do it right otherwise you feel like you've failed.

My first book got 9 pre-orders. And so did my second. But there's only so much you can do about that, really.

I know the main things readers look at before deciding on a book are a) the cover, b) the blurb, c) the price. How do you feel about those? Have you received any feedback on them? Also, have you tried jiggling your categories/keywords on amazon, just in case you can get the book into something more fitting (assuming it isn't already).

Do you have a mailing list started? I see you've mentioned ARCs- how many have you sent out? Have you heard back from your reviewers? Are you using Goodreads? I didn't have to ask them, but the vast majority of my reviewers are active on Goodreads so they reviewed there whilst the book was still on pre-order, and though most of them still haven't posted their reviews on Amazon, at least there are some up XD

I wouldn't worry about not having any pre-orders, some authors do them but not everyone does. Your book will still show up as a recently released novel so fingers crossed you grab a few sales that way :)

Again, deep breath. One way or another, you're launching a book on Monday. And that's one hell of an achievement!! :D we tend to forget just how amazing that is in and of itself. Every so often I'll meet a non-writer in my day to day life and they're just absolutely gobsmacked by the idea that I'm an actual "author", and that they can buy my book, and it reminds me that, yes, I am kind of awesome and making my dreams come true!  ;)

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If you're worried, instead of using the brand name, you can use the generic (which in this case I believe is "lorazepam"). The brand is connected with a particular company, whereas the generic name is that of the drug's ingredient, which any company can use and come up with their own branded version.

That said, if it's a very common brand for anxiety, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Same goes for real life places. As long as you put a disclaimer in your copyright you should be clear of any drama :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone 'choose' to write in different locations?
« on: March 30, 2017, 12:08:42 pm »
I was backpacking when I wrote my first novel, but as long as I had my headphones with me, it didn't matter too much where I was! Curled up in a relatively peaceful corner of hostel I was staying in, hiding out in local library, pen and paper at the beach. Of course, it was very easy to let myself be distracted by the travelling and use it as an excuse not to write so it did take me while to get it finished. I didn't have spare cash to use coffee shops/etc but now that I'm back in the UK, I do most of my writing in my bedroom. It hasn't become a stifling environment yet, but I suspect I'll be heading out to find some local spots soon just in case!

Incidentally, how long can you really get away with nursing your drink in a coffee shop? I always feel really bad if I linger when I'm finished XD

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Best Paid Advertising for LGBT Romance
« on: April 17, 2016, 12:30:54 am »
Here's a list of sites I've found which have a separate LGBT list:

Bookbub
Fussy Librarian    http://www.thefussylibrarian.com/for-authors/
Booklovers Heaven http://bookloversheaven.com/
Ebook Hounds   http://www.ebookhounds.com/overview/
Read Cheaply   http://readcheaply.com/partners/#guidelines
Book Gorilla      http://www.bookgorilla.com/advertise
EbookSoda      http://www.ebooksoda.com/authors/terms/


Great list of sites! Thanks for sharing :D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: March 12, 2016, 11:43:41 pm »
I'm feeling your pain, Carmen! So very frustrating. I hope you get it worked out soon.

Thanks, Cindy! Looks like it's unlikely to be sorted before it launches, which I mean isn't a huge deal as they have the final copy, but I feel like they've just left me floundering and I'd have liked to have the option to re-upload or tweak a few things before it officially launched :/

How's your novel going btw? Did you get any more interest once your print edition launched? :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Newbie Launch Support Thread
« on: March 12, 2016, 02:08:47 pm »
Hey guys,

Launching my debut novel tomorrow (omg freaking out) but still looking to get a dozen more supporters before then to help promote it!

If you can, please check out my Thunderclap: http://thndr.me/WUjlbu

I'll willingly return support if you have your own campaign either now or in the future! :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: March 12, 2016, 02:06:48 pm »
So my novel launches tomorrow (OMG) and amazon have been super lovely and CLOSED MY KDP ACCOUNT!  :o

I'd somehow managed to sign up for two accounts under the same email address and instead of asking me about it they just went ahead and closed the one with access to KDP which means that even though my novel is still live on amazon and will still be launched- I literally cannot do anything about it. I can't do any final edits (thank god I'd already uploaded my final manuscript!) and I can't do any price promos or countdown deals or anything. I'm kind of freaking out. I've been fighting with them for the past week to give me access but I feel like we're just going around in circles.

I just needed to tell someone because, as I said, I'm freaking out. Not something I needed right before my first launch :(

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Writers' Cafe / Re: HELP signed up for KDP w/US instead of UK account
« on: March 08, 2016, 01:35:26 am »
Yes, it works out fine. I've been paid a few times (not much  :D). Just make sure you give your NI number so you don't pay any US tax.
Oh good! Thank you so much XD

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Writers' Cafe / Re: HELP signed up for KDP w/US instead of UK account
« on: March 07, 2016, 08:14:48 pm »
I did the same. Don't worry about it.

Yeah? It still works out with the tax/payments/etc? I've filled all that in and linked my UK details so I'm hoping it's okay then.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: HELP signed up for KDP w/US instead of UK account
« on: March 07, 2016, 06:19:15 pm »
Sorry, I've clarified my title- it's basically the wrong amazon account I signed up to KDP with. Using my US one instead of my UK one.

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Writers' Cafe / HELP signed up for KDP w/US instead of UK account
« on: March 07, 2016, 06:11:08 pm »
So I've literally just realised that I've put my novel up on KDP using my US account instead of my UK account (my own fault as they share the same email address).

Basically I want to know- is it worth trying to get it transferred over? My novel is currently up for pre-order, I'm selling worldwide, and has a launch date of March 14th and I'm worried trying to swap it now will mess with that.

On the other hand, I do all my shopping/selling through my UK account and should probably have my novel on there too, right?

Does anyone knows if selling through the US account is in any way better or worse than any other site? OR do we think that it won't actually make a difference to me either way?

 ::)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: March 07, 2016, 05:43:43 pm »
Got an email today from KS saying that I could now get my free copy of Legion Lost! :D

...Which was very exciting until I clicked to order it and realised they'd directed me to the Australian site and now I can't read it because all my devices are linked to my UK account! /dramatic sigh/ I've emailed them to see if they can switch it over but no idea if and when that'll happen.

It's weird I got directed there at all because I signed up to KS with all my UK details, so why send me to the AU store- the initial email links there (which I didn't notice at the time). I *am* currently in New Zealand, so if they're stalking my IP they'd know that, but it's strange they'd direct me there when everything else about my KS campaign is UK related, right?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: March 07, 2016, 05:36:20 pm »
Hi Everybody - I was selected for Kindle Scout last February 28th and then my mom promptly went into the hospital so other than an email blast to my subscribers, I've had very little time to promote. My mom's better now so I can start promoting but I'm wondering if this is too late.

Do any of you know if winners have ever had a build into the HOT category or do you need to be pretty well in there the whole time to have a chance for consideration.

In you'd like to take a look, the book is AMERICAN TERRORIST, an action thriller with a compelling female hero. https://kindlescout.amazon.com/author/campaigns

Thanks for all the suggestions on this board. I've had a chance to nominate several of you and wish you the best.

Hey, glad to hear your mom is doing okay now!

And it's never too late to start promoting! You've still got 21days to go which is great (and it looks like your book is HOT right now too!). I know there've been some authors with low H&T hours who've still been selected. I think mostly KS want to see that you can promote your book, but as long as they think you have a story that will sell they'll accept it. So, basically, go wild with the promo! And see what happens :) I've added you to my saved list and will nominate one I get a free space!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: March 07, 2016, 05:30:57 pm »
And now I hate my first two paragraphs. Especially one line that has two words the wrong way round. Thing is I tried them both ways several times and thought I'd done it the other way to what's printed. Hoping enough  people don't notice it now [emoji52]


You can submit an updated version to KS and they'll change it for you- I had to do that with my campaign not long after it launched!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: March 06, 2016, 09:10:17 pm »

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: March 06, 2016, 01:21:57 am »
Ha! I just sent you that same linkage (I believe) over on your Facebook.
:)
Haha yeah I just got your message XD but hey no complaints from me, I'll take all the recommendations... even the duplicates!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: March 06, 2016, 01:12:13 am »
I've got you covered, Carmen Shea.

Thanks Steve! :D

Carmen, get yourself over to this Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/309681422531552/
You'll fill up your Thunderclap there for sure  :D

Oh wow, thanks for the linkage! :D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: March 05, 2016, 10:42:27 pm »
Hey guys, if you can would you check out my Thunderclap Campaign and consider supporting it? Just trying to get the word out about my novel to as many people as I can as my own social media reach right now isn't all that great :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Newbie Launch Support Thread
« on: March 05, 2016, 10:40:48 pm »
Hey guys, if you can would you check out my Thunderclap Campaign and consider supporting it? Just trying to get the word out about my novel to as many people as I can as my own social media reach right now isn't all that great :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: March 05, 2016, 10:36:01 pm »
I made the cut after all! Just heard the news. Currently drinking a lot of scotch.
Bravo! :D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: March 04, 2016, 09:31:26 pm »
7 days left, 493 hours in H&T with 2.1k views and I'm so ready for the 30 days to be over. I dropped off the H&T yesterday but a couple of author friends blogged and posted on their fb pages and I was back in the hot seat. I wish I could buy a round of beverages for everyone who has supported me these past few weeks, but I suspect I'd be emptying out my back account if I had to opportunity to do that, so I'll settle for saying a huge thanks you once this is over.
Tip for those just starting out. I think I got the most engagement (and nominations) from readers clicking and commenting on a fb post I boosted. You can boost at 1 a day and that has worked really well for me. I just set up a post with a nice image, link and a bit about kindle scout - the help a girl out thing, then added the call to action line and I've had tons of engagement from that one boosted post. Make sure you set your targeting though, don't just boost to fb friends, boost to people who will like your genre and pick a popular series in that genre and target it's readers.
Good luck to all those that are waiting to hear back. I have my toes crossed for you as I'm using my fingers to type.  ;D
Got your nominated, lovely! and everything crossed for you too X) I really want to read yours.
I read the Ramayana series of books years ago and loved the richness of the world and the mythology involved, and I feel like your story could be just as epic based on what I've read so far :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Newbie Launch Support Thread
« on: March 01, 2016, 12:35:08 am »
My wife and I were talking and maybe the surge in short book sales is due to cell phones and tablets. Never before has there been a time when just about everyone is digitaly connected in some way. Folks want something to read on their phone/tablet that is short and not too long. Just a thought

That could actually be it! Now that I think about it, whenever I don't have a lot of time (aka when I only have my phone to read on) but still want to read something I search my goodreads and organise by page size and go for the shortest ones first XD


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Newbie Launch Support Thread
« on: March 01, 2016, 12:31:58 am »
Great work!

My book 2 went live today. It's a good feeling :)

And to you! :D I need to submit my final copy by the 4th but once that's done I'm all primed and ready to recommence work on book two. It really is a good feeling!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Newbie Launch Support Thread
« on: February 29, 2016, 03:04:44 pm »
My book is now live on Amazon! :D

I'm so excited omg. Please consider checking it out, guys (and, if it sounds like your cup of tea, maybe ordering it too?) ;)

Now I need to work on how to promo the hell out of it!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: February 29, 2016, 03:01:17 pm »
My book just launched on Amazon! :D ...well, the pre-orders for it anyway! If you liked the sound of it whilst I was going through my own KS campaign, please do consider checking it out (and, you know, maybe ordering it?) ;) heh

And thanks again for all the support from this thread. You guys have been the absolute best!!


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