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Awakened: BBW Paranormal Shape Shifter Romance
by J.S. Wiley

Kindle Edition published 2016-01-30
Bestseller ranking: 427006

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From her curvaceous hips to her whiskey colored eyes, plus-size beauty Abagail Cole should be at the top of her dating game. But after a recent breakup with her cheating fiancé, she's never felt more like the stereotypical lonely cat lady.

So, determined to move forward and have some fun, Abagail decides to take a spontaneous trip to a local sports bar and get her buzz on. There she attracts the attention of tattooed, bad-boy millionaire Caleb Delaney, a mysterious and passionate wolf shifter who is immediately bewitched by Abagail's charms--and would do anything to claim her as his future mate.

But when a gorgeous new neighbor also catches her eye, Abagail soon finds herself torn between the affections of two gorgeous, intense love interests. And to make matters even more confusing, she's been experiencing steamy encounters with a presence in her dreams, waking up breathless and longing for more.

As she …

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WordPress. Finally got the hang of it. Though uploading images sometimes hit snags. But I am happy with it. Genre is fantasy.

If you're not producing, at minimum, 18,937 publishable words per day YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG!!!1! You're not a real writer, you're a pretender in a housecoat and you should just quit.  >:(

*yes, I'm totally kidding, do whatever works for you or do whatever Amanda said :)

LOL. You forgot the .5. It should be 18,937.5 words a day.
But seriously, I have no min word count a day (unless there's a deadline). I work a a scene basis. It focuses your mind on that particular part of the story and the results could surprising- letting you explore other possible angles. Destroys your carefully structured plot though.

This. NY is pretty clueless about how to sell books. And they had their chance with mine. I'm way too happy with my indie income to consider NY again unless, like you said, there were wheelbarrows full of cash involved.

I second the motion.  :D

I refuse to jump through the hoops of mighty literary agents and wise publishing editors. For a truckload of cash upfront? Maybe.

Writers' Cafe / Re: One Line From Your Current WIP
« on: March 14, 2018, 10:27:35 PM »
From a LitRPG satire:

Say, shopkeeper. Do you any quests for me? Catching rabbits? Or similar small animals? asked Peepee, hoping against hope.

I am a vegetarian. For quests, our guild has Karage the Dragon Slayer on retainer.

Hi. I thought I'd share this with you.

Contrary to popular belief, the indie market has grown: 2.1% in 2017. Trad publishers by 1.1%. And the total indie ebook market share is growing.

7 of the top 100 selling ebook authors in the US were self-published indies
50 of the top 250 selling ebook authors in the US were self-published indies
121 of the top 500 selling ebook authors in the US were self-published indies
284 of the top 1,000 selling ebook authors in the US were self-published indies
102 of the top 1,000 selling ebook authors in the US were published by Amazon imprints.

On the reported slump:

So perhaps it was inevitable that, now that we’re 7 or 8 years into the era of viable self-publishing, many of these early pioneers are hitting their sophmore slumps. And telling their large author followings that indie publishing is no longer what it used to be, and that “nobody” is making big money anymore.

The data proves them wrong.

What it shows instead is a changing of the author guard.

But the newest superstars of Indie, Inc., who have replaced the indie pioneers in the top rankings, are in general a quieter bunch than their predecessors were. They spend far less time evangelizing self-publishing, or giving advice to large groups of authors. And why would they? Indie publishing has gone mainstream.

Check out the report at their site. I don't think links can be posted.

Wait. We're mainstream? How did that happen?

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU / Koll Question
« on: March 13, 2018, 10:06:41 PM »
Yeah, wasn't even gonna address that. People can think what they like about romance or whatever genre they're aiming at. But I already offered the example of Libbie Hawker, who puts out a historical novel--in completely different settings/eras!--every three months or so, and does very well both as an indie and for Lake Union. She is first and foremost a literary fiction author, and I don't think many people have discounted her writing or research chops. :) Libbie is seriously awesome. At least, I'm in awe!

To do really well as an indie (note I mean "financially"), you most likely do have to be able to write at a 4 novel/year pace. But as the OP says--plenty of other reasons to write. Everybody needs to determine their motivation for themselves. it's important to be honest with yourself about what that is, IMHO.

I guess I have to remember that word the next time a story grabs me by the neck and doesn"t want to let go. For a great many of writers, stories write themselves. Oftentimes, they take a life of their own, arrogantly departing from whatever story structure you"ve planned for it. A lot of stories demand to be written. Brats.

Writers' Cafe / Re: CreateSpace rumor control
« on: March 13, 2018, 09:53:35 PM »
If it happens, it happens. Createspace does fulfill a purpose in Amazon's book business - it enables Amazon to enter other sales channels. But it's a business decision for the corporation which controls a sizable chunk of the industry. Unless one is a major stockholder or a major player in their corporate jungle, nobody will know for certain. Those NDAs do have a purpose.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU / Koll Question
« on: March 13, 2018, 09:40:42 PM »
Two to four books a year is "churning." Oh, that's a lot of writers here...  LOL.

Add - there is a huge difference in writing fiction and non-fiction.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A Createspace question
« on: March 13, 2018, 06:19:30 AM »
I've not had this happen but yeah some folks have. You just reply saying "hey idiots, it's mine." and that seems to suffice.

LOL. I was nicer about it but yes, the thought was there.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU / Koll Question
« on: March 13, 2018, 12:13:59 AM »
Great information, thanks.

I've been around 7,000 since launch at the very end of January but have only just enrolled in ku and rank has shot up to 2,500. Hoping the reads follow!

I'm in mystery by the way

You're welcome. And good luck to all of us.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU / Koll Question
« on: March 13, 2018, 12:06:24 AM »
Wow. Fantastic numbers, congrats.

Do you mind me asking what sort of rank gets those sort of numbers?

Thanks. Maintain being in the top 5,000 rank for 3 months. Then within 10 to 14,000 For another 2 months. Books 2 (4 months out) is in the 15 to 17,000 now and Book 3 (more than a month out) in the 5 to 6,000 rank. All have reached spots 1 to 3 of their subgenre. But what's important is the BSR rank. At least for me. Being no. 1 or 2 or 3 is temporary. Good for a day or so of marketing value.

ADD - Genre is fantasy.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KU / Koll Question
« on: March 12, 2018, 11:45:26 PM »
KU may work for some and not for others. I really can't see the reason for it. A post I made before asked for feedback on KU reading choices. One thing that came out is that it's reader-driven. People have their personal ways of selecting a book. Lady Luck is also a major player.

My very first book (Sept 2017) is now seven figures in reads after five months. It worked for me. Released a novella a week ago. Around 165 pages. Watching its KU reads. Mileage may vary from book to book or writer to writer.

Writers' Cafe / Re: delete book gone on KDP dashboard?
« on: March 12, 2018, 11:24:16 PM »
There was an option before. Don't know if it's still there. Though when I recently tried to delete two books on unpublished status, an error message appeared. I had to contact Amazon directly. The books are now gone from my dashboard.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Which software do you use for writing your book?
« on: March 10, 2018, 10:08:48 PM »
Word. Then Pressbooks for formatting. Both simple software.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Reviews citing outdated info (venting)
« on: March 09, 2018, 05:35:48 PM »
Amazon doesn't remove reviews. When I reformatted my first book and even got a new ASIN for it, the previous negative reviews dealing with the old format remained. I requested removal but nada.

I'll go with Version 4 but use the title font of Version 3.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Sometimes reading funny can help you write funny
« on: March 08, 2018, 05:59:55 PM »
I am reading - An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington. This book is an accompaniment to the television series An Idiot Abroad. Hilarious. Understated humor.

Here's also another shameless self-promotion:
BONER the Barbarian ONLINE XIII: A LitRPG Satire. LOL. Though the release is by the end of March 2018. Wrote it for fun. LitRPG is going mainstream and Hollywood anyway. No, the main character didn't take an arrow in the knee.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Stupid Puns for Writers
« on: March 04, 2018, 07:50:01 PM »
Strictly not a pun. But sounded stupid -
(from a satire on LitrpG; talking about futuristic network conglomerates based on political lines)

Nobody wanted North Korea so it made its own network and proclaimed it a weapon of mass distraction.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How many books haven't you written?
« on: March 02, 2018, 10:07:17 PM »
I really don't know. I've beaten back some with a club as they tend to creep out when I'm trying to sleep at 3 am.

Got four books out. The series is still breathing with books 2 and 3 reaching Nos. 1 and 2 of their subgenre on release date. Book One is still in the top 100, I think. Scared of starting Book 4. Released a fourth book, a totally different fantasy set in the 19th century in an alternate reality, and another one due this month (A satire on litRPG; I needed something less serious than epic fantasy).

Ideas come up when you least expect them. It's the writing them down in stories which is the difficult part. And if one is not careful, they tend to chain you to your computer. They can be slave drivers at times when they attain some degree of coherence. That's why I still have my metaphorical club.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I can't keep a straight face in my writing...
« on: March 02, 2018, 05:15:40 PM »
Humor is great, just be sure you're not giving in to the fear of not being good enough and self-sabotaging. :)

Now that's a malady I strongly suspect I am going through now. LOL

Writers' Cafe / Re: Ideal Taper-Off Level for Books?
« on: March 02, 2018, 05:14:13 PM »
Pretty much what She-la-ti-da said. There's variation, depending on the author. For example, as Dpock says, if the author is big enough, they can maintain decent backlist sales as frequent new releases drive fresh traffic through their catalog. But in general, it's realistic to expect sales to be cut sharply at 30 days, cut again at 60, and again at 90, before trickling away to a sale here and there. That said, you'll occasionally get a series that becomes "sticky" for no apparent reason and those can keep going for years. For example, about half my monthly sales and page reads still come from a 2012/13 series. The other half(ish) comes from whatever is my most recently released series. Comparatively very little comes from my "in between" books. They had their day when they were new, then dropped away after their 3 months were over, to be revived only with occasional advertising. But those "sticky" older series is what you're always hoping for. Those books give stability to an income that would otherwise be jumping and dropping wildly between releases.

Thanks for the replies and comments.

I agree with the "sticky" book or books observation.  Hoping one does "stick." My first book (of a series) is still in the 10,000 bracket of BSR after 5 months and in the top 100 of its subgenre. I do hope that one is what I hope it should be. Though it means feeding the series new volumes and it's getting harder.  ;D

Writers' Cafe / Re: I can't keep a straight face in my writing...
« on: March 02, 2018, 05:07:56 PM »
There goes a side job of writing personal memoirs of politicians.  ;D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Ideal Taper-Off Level for Books?
« on: March 02, 2018, 05:55:11 AM »
Well, ideally the book would have continuous sales, but experience shows us that is not what happens -- or at least not rarer than being struck by a meteor. It's natural for books to "fall" off the 30 day cliff, then worsen after 60 days, then pretty much sliding right on down after that. None of it is "ideal" from our point of view, but that's how it is.

You can counteract this by releasing new books, or by doing ads and promoting the work in search of new readers. You never get that cliff back. For the rare person who hits it right, maybe they just keep selling, but for the vast majority of us, this is the publishing world. Welcome to the hamster wheel.

LOL. What a world I've gotten myself into. Complete with trolls and ogres when one publishes, and the fairy godmothers and godfathers in reviews. Not to mention the flying monkeys and fantastic creatures waiting to waylay the unwitting author. Good thing I still have my day job.  ;D

Writers' Cafe / Ideal Taper-Off Level for Books?
« on: March 02, 2018, 03:01:07 AM »
Here you are:

1. With a book three months on the Zon. You notice sales are half of what they were, rank is slipping, and you realize Rowling ain't you.

2. What's the ideal taper-off level (in terms of Amazon BSR per book) - at three months? at six months? a year?

Tried Createspace. Got suppressed for an ebook which was live on Amazon for 5 months now. What makes things funny is that the issue of publishing the book on Createspace was referred to Createspace Support by Amazon itself (due to inability to delete unpublished paperback versions). And CS support said no problemo.

And now this.

Answered their content validation query. Followed up with another email. It appears it's an epidemic. Here's part of the reply -

Due to unexpectedly high support volume, our content validation team are currently taking longer to reply than usual. You should receive a response within three to five business days.

Hehehe. High support volume... they could juat follow the link to the ebook and then compare data.

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