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Writers' Cafe / Re: Boasting about sales ( an indie thing?)
« on: June 02, 2018, 07:35:19 PM »
Sales, like everything, is subject to gravity. No matter how high they are, figures are bound to come down. I am seeing that happening now. But it's easy for people to fudge or lie about numbers to boast about their sales. Notjohn is partially right there. But some writers do share real figures which help aspiring/newbies.

So here are a lucky newbie's numbers so far, notwithstanding Notjohn's comment: For the eight months since I started with Amazon, Book Report says I sold the equivalent of 22,000 copies of the three books of my fantasy series (each released roughly two months apart. Starting October 2017). Each reached the top three spots of their bestseller subgenre. Roughly 7,000 in ebook sales and 7.5 million in KU pages. No BookBub.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Ultimate Author Insult!
« on: June 02, 2018, 07:19:52 PM »
On the streets of downtown Seattle, my husband and I came across a man selling his memoirs. He stopped us to chat and try to sell his book to us. I eagerly shared with him that I, too, am an author. But when I told him that I wrote historical romance he answered with, "Oh, books for housewives." In a tone that was almost as if those books were beneath him.

Whatever yo. The best part was that my husband caught that this hurt my feelings and he patted me on the back, telling me it was okay and that I worked hard. Sigh. It bothers me that people out there believe romance to be a stupid genre when they have no idea how freaking hard it is to not only write a romance novel, do it over and over again, but SELL THEM because romance writers are intelligent and very picky. They are also lovely and loyal readers. It's insulting them as well as all authors of romance when people poo-poo the genre.

He is on the streets of Seattle selling his memoirs. That sentence speaks for itself. You should be laughing your guts out when he said that "housewives" thing. A lot of classics are romance stories.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Can't Do Daily Word Counts
« on: May 28, 2018, 10:13:45 PM »
I don't do word counts, either... I would write 1 chapter a day but it became tiring so I would just finish 1 chapter in 3 days,  which makes it a good 2 chapters a week with a day off to edit my drafts. (Sigh) I know it's only a mere 2 chapters, but I'd rather keep going than be really bothered by my "progress" and I'm happy about myself.

I'm moving to your model as well. As a part-time writer and a novice, I like that stress-free (?) approach.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How many books have you published so far?
« on: May 28, 2018, 06:39:17 PM »
8 months. 4 novels, 2 novellas. 1 companion book of long stories to fantasy series coming out - novella length. As to financials, too early to say.

As an aside... I hate Conan Exiles. It ate a lot of a writing time lately.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How many books have you published so far?
« on: May 28, 2018, 08:35:54 AM »
8 months. 4 novels, 2 novellas. 1 companion book of long stories to fantasy series coming out - novella length. As to financials, too early to say.

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Hi, kw3000. Interesting question as usual. I do the reverse. I sometimes write silly fantasy as a break from "serious" fantasy. All that world-building drains the neurons.

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Gosh, I thought it was the 15th! But then I pay no attention to those emails. What's the point, since there's no dollar information? It's a rare month when I don't have a sale on every store except NL. (Has anyone EVER sold a book on NL?)

Have sold a few. LOL. Though I noticed my sales are now 35% international, 65% Amazon.com.

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For me, it's the 20th of the month though foreign markets are usually marked "pending confirmation by the bank" - related to exchange rates on date of actual payment.  So one gets the dollar equivalent only on the rates of payment.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The bubble has burst
« on: May 20, 2018, 06:52:51 PM »
Competition has become increasingly fierce.

No barrier to entry existed on a platform that offered commercial potential. Predictably, in Darwinian fashion, the strong began to dominate the weak.

Soon, the weak will all but disappear or relegate themselves to non-contested territory.

Agree. Things change. Market and reader preferences change. Writing styles change. Move on.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Amazon has reduced author's royalties
« on: May 20, 2018, 06:50:35 PM »
OMG. Click bait title of the week, lol.

This. LOL. Seriously, the BEST place to advertise is where you're sure the readers are.

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Two thumbs up.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How many KU reads per month to make money?
« on: May 13, 2018, 10:01:24 PM »
I'm a new writer too. But being such a newbie, the issue of "real money" really didn't cross my mind until sales resulted. Up to now, I still have no idea how I am doing in KU. My cents is to focus on writing instead of the expected "income." We're too green for that. For us new writers, the mere fact of people reading our work should suffice for now. Everything else is gravy. Otherwise, there's a very deep hole of disappointment waiting.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you have a Muse?
« on: May 13, 2018, 09:55:08 PM »
I had a muse. I got a restraining order.   :P

LOL. A pair of good binoculars would help.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: I need an Intervention!!!!
« on: May 11, 2018, 05:07:38 PM »
Book 1 50%
Book 2 less than 10%
Book 3 less than 10%
Book 4 25%
Book 5 nowhere
Book 6 nowhere
Book 7 right around 15%
Book 8 nowhere
Book 9 nowhere
Book 10 50%
Book 11 nowhere
Book 12 nowhere

Standalone 1 50%
Standalone 2 35%
Standalone 3 25%


OMG! Too many cooking all at once. Focus on two or three. Keep notes or an outline for the rest (as suggested). I doubt if you'll finish anything the way you're going about it. Unless you can get clones of yourself.

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No issues here. Yet. I hope it doesn't happen. Though ebook sales have been increasing lately compared to KU reads (on the downturn0 and international sales have reached 40% of total ebook and KU reads.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: New author saying hi
« on: May 10, 2018, 07:58:46 PM »
Welcome to the mob. But it's our mob.  ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Not a Moderator anymore!
« on: May 09, 2018, 06:51:58 PM »
Thanks for devoting your time herding us peons.

We all know and highly appreciate the hard work of the mods - especially when moderation involved overseeing a mob of opinionated writers from different genres, experiences, generations, and countries.

Best of luck.

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Cliffs happen. According to one research, Amazon publishes close to a million new books per year. That's roughly 80,000 per month or nearly 3,000 per day. Unless one is a big-name writer, drops in sales are to be expected.

Amazon does like you to publish often. If only to take advantage of the initial promo stage. Hopefully, it will bring the rest of the books along.

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My mother harps on me endlessly to write a story to Hallmark  ::)

Harp harp harp, nag nag nag. "If they make a movie of it, you could make a million!" I love my mother, I really do.

But, no thanks. No. Thanks.

I'm sure there are other authors out there who would adore the opportunity for such an accolade. I'll make sure my story isn't clogging the pile.  ;)

 ;D Luckily (or unluckily) I stink at writing romances.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Asian Spec Fiction 99c Cross Promo: Nov 3-5
« on: May 07, 2018, 09:26:24 PM »
Hi. Sent email query. Thanks!

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Just pulled my sales data in units for January to March 2018 from Book Report. It's not available anymore on the Amazon Dashboard. Book Report does show the old data but I don't know if it's 100% accurate (don't know if they reflect book returns). At least you'll have the approximate numbers.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Should I continue a series? Advice welcome
« on: May 06, 2018, 07:28:42 AM »
Am I the only person utterly confused by this!

WHY?

It's a reference to posting stories on free reading/serialized websites. Wattpad and others. I use my blog and RRL.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Should I un-publish and start over?
« on: May 06, 2018, 04:38:18 AM »
My two cents.

You could do it one book at a time. Fix errors first. Cover, copy edit, etc. Then republish it under the same ASIN. Request Amazon to update all previous versions ("better reader experience" is a key phrase in your request). Otherwise, someone among the previous buyers may take offense at the relaunching/reselling of a better version. That could possibly lead to extremely bad reviews which will have nothing to do with the story or content.

After that, you could come up with your new book and bundle it or whatever marketing plan you have.

Add - I have already done the revised edition thing. Amazon updated all previous versions with the same ASIN (new cover and copyedited content).

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Well now, two spaces it is!
« on: May 05, 2018, 07:31:47 PM »
I wonder how much they spent for their "two-spaces" project?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Ups and downs of a long self publishing career
« on: May 05, 2018, 07:24:25 PM »
He made over $1 million and he 'failed' - wow - I cant wait to achieve that kind of failure.  :o

LOL. I'd take that kind of failure.... make that 2 or more million so that the failure is more depressing.

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