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The Book Bazaar / Cold Reading (Mystery) by David Wisehart
« on: February 15, 2016, 02:58:13 pm »

Cold Reading by David Wisehart

A missing actress...a secret cult...a warm body...and a cold one.

When Hollywood private eye Nick Shaw is hired to find a missing actress, a simple case of disappearance becomes a maze of conspiracy and murder.

From Theatre Row to society parties, from tarot parlors to kinky cults, he follows cold leads and hot ladies, searching for truth in the city of lies.

Fans of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett will love this noir crime novel of action and suspense featuring hard-boiled private detective Nick Shaw.

Cold Reading by David Wisehart

Writers' Cafe / Most Read in Kindle Unlimited
« on: July 03, 2015, 02:57:09 am »
Not sure if this has been mentioned yet, but there is a "Most Read" category on the KU page, which I'm guessing is new:

Writers' Cafe / Reviews for individual volumes showing up for bundles?
« on: October 24, 2014, 05:26:07 pm »
Are reviews for individual books now being included automatically on the product pages for bundles?

This seems to be the case for Russell Blake's new bundle:

Anyone else seeing this on their new bundles?

Or has this been happening for awhile?

Writers' Cafe / BookBub US vs. UK
« on: September 23, 2014, 10:48:46 am »
Just saw this on BookBub's price page:

Rates only include BookBub's US edition. Add a 5 percent fee to include the UK in any promotion.

Looks like BookBub is starting to segment their list by geographic region.

Writers' Cafe / If you're in Los Angeles, come see my film...
« on: August 16, 2013, 12:34:11 am »
This is sort of writing-related.

My short film "Bang" (which I wrote, directed, and produced) is an official selection of the LA Indie Film Fest, and will screen Wednesday night, August 21, 8pm at the Let Live Theatre in West Hollywood.

More details here:


Writers' Cafe / Technical problems with KDP reports?
« on: July 21, 2013, 01:12:34 am »
KDP seems to be incorrectly reporting the "Prior Six Weeks' Royalties" for at least one of my books.

The book is priced at $4.99, but all sales for last week are at 35% royalty instead of 70%. Normally, most would be at 70% with only a few at 35%.

This is for a book returning to paid after a three-day free run.

When I try to check/change pricing for my book, I get this message:

"Sorry. We're currently working to resolve some technical problems on KDP. The service or feature you're trying to use will be restored as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience."

I hope the problem I'm seeing is the one they're fixing.

Anyone else seeing this?


Writers' Cafe / New suspense categories?
« on: July 15, 2013, 08:35:43 pm »
Today I noticed my supernatural thriller Blood Alley showing up in some new "Suspense" sub-genre bestseller lists:

Are these new?

>Kindle Store
>>Kindle Ebooks
>>>Literature & Fiction
>>>>Genre Fiction
>>>>>Mystery & Thrillers
>>>>>>>>Werewolves & Shifters


FREE JULY 17-19!

"... gasp, gasp, gimme a sec, let me catch my breath ... WHAT. A. THRILLER!!! I read a lot and I mean A LOT ... and I can honestly say that I have never, never read a more thrilling thriller than David Wisehart's Blood Alley."
~Linda L. Roy, Amazon customer review

Buckle up for a high-octane, pulse-pounding thrill ride...

Could you survive a haunted highway?

Blood Alley is the deadliest road in America.

Some call it a death trap. Others say it's haunted. Only the locals know the truth...

Blood Alley belongs to the Highwayman, a vengeful phantom who drives his ghost car at night to claim the souls of all who cross him.

Teenagers on their way to a funeral get delayed by engine trouble and ignore the warnings:

Don't drive Blood Alley at night!

Four teenagers hit the road at sunset.

Will any survive to see the dawn?

What readers are saying:

"A lot of action and thrills!"

"One hell of a ride!"
~Mary Romero

"Good page turner!"

"A great thriller!"
~Periodical Gazette


Click here and grab your copy today:



Writers' Cafe / Name Change: "Kindle Author" is now "Ebook Impresario"
« on: October 15, 2012, 11:43:18 pm »
The "Kindle Author" facebook page is now called "Ebook Impresario."

This is because Amazon requested that I no longer use the trademark term "Kindle" in my domain name or facebook page.

Sorry for the confusion.


Writers' Cafe / Success with Facebook
« on: July 15, 2012, 06:26:53 pm »
I've had some success this week using Facebook to promote my free days on Amazon, and I thought I'd share.

My "Kindle Author" FB page has 27,000 likes.

I promote a lot of free books on my site, and I decided to make all of my own books free for five days as a tie-in to my birthday.

The reason for this is that birthdays tend to generate a lot of "Happy Birthday" comments on FB, and I thought it would be a great idea to try to get this year's birthday wishes included as comments to a FB status with a promotional link to my novel.

The more comments, likes, and shares that a FB status post gets, the more people will see the status in their FB news feeds, and the more chance that status has to go viral.

Here's the status post:

As you can see, the status post has so far generated 2,371 likes and 239 comments. It was shared 1,032 times.

As a result, 51,600 people saw the status post in their news feeds.

This is considerably more than the 27,000 people who have liked my FB page. Some of that extra visibility was the result of a paid promotion: I spent $100 to promote the status post for three days.

This generated 4,306 clicks to my Amazon sales page, where Devil's Lair was (and currently still is) available for free.

By the end of the third day, I had 8,834 free downloads of Devil's Lair (helped by a Pixel of Ink mention on the first day).

The book reached #37 on the free list in the US Kindle store, and was briefly the #1 free fantasy novel:

Overall, it was a fun experiment and a successful campaign.

You can check out my facebook page here:

Devil's Lair is free through July 16:


Writers' Cafe / Kindle Author blog relaunched / sponsorships available
« on: March 07, 2012, 06:52:57 am »
Today I am relaunching the Kindle Author blog:

As some of you know, the old version was deleted by Google/Blogger without notice or explanation. I have been unable to get Google to restore the old blog, so I have relaunched Kindle Author on WordPress.

As part of the relaunch, I am offering discounted sponsorships.

Today only, I will be selling "Book of the Day" sponsorships for $30/day. (This is a deep discount from the previous price of $75/day).

The offer ends tonight (March 7, 2012) at midnight Pacific Standard Time. Tomorrow, the price will be $50/day.

Kindle Author has over 7,500 facebook fans, and more than 7,500 twitter followers.

Blog traffic is difficult to predict at launch. However, based on past facebook and twitter clickthrough data, I expect to get more than 1,500 page views per day this week, and to continue growing traffic from there.

For more details on the Kindle Author "Book of the Day" sponsorships, go here:


David Wisehart

UPDATE: The $30/day rate has now expired. Sponsorships are sold out through June 2012. Kindle Author "Book of the Day" sponsorships are available for later in the year, at the new rate of $50/day.

On my blog today I've posted my sales report for yesterday:

Devil's Lair sold phenomenally well on Christmas Day.

My novel spent the day in the top 400 in the Kindle store, out of 1.2 million ebooks.

This means a few things. My results are atypical. I'm an outlier. I got lucky.

I've had great success with my recent free promotion on Amazon, and other indie authors have had success with theirs, but if you're a writer thinking of promoting your book the way I promoted mine, please understand that your mileage will vary.

I went into this free promotion thinking it would boost my sales, and it has. But my expectations were far lower than the reality.

In November I was selling about one copy a day of Devil's Lair in the US Kindle store. I hoped that after the free promotion I might end up selling 5 copies a day, which over the course of a month would pay my rent. If I could sell 10 copies a day consistently, that would cover all my basic living expenses.

On Christmas Day alone, based on the sales of a single novel in the US Kindle store, I earned enough revenue to buy myself a new MacBook.

To put it mildly, the sales numbers were unexpected, and startlingly good.

Read the rest here:


New blog post today that some of you might be interested in:

How I Got 4,800 Amazon Customers to Download My Kindle Ebook in Less Than 24 Hours

The two factors that most drive book sales are author reputation and word of mouth.

But how is a new author with no reputation supposed to generate positive word of mouth?

Writing a good book comes first, of course, but then what? How does one promote a first novel?

Or should an author ignore promotion altogether and just keep writing? After all, the best promotion for a book is another book. That's why series sell so well.

One tried-and-true method of generating word of mouth is free giveaways....


Writers' Cafe / Formatting differences with Kindle Fire?
« on: December 20, 2011, 04:12:23 pm »
I just got my first review from someone who read my novel on a Kindle Fire, and they noted something odd about the formatting:

"There is, however, a downside, and I'm going to assume it's a function of electronic formatting of Wisehart's manuscript. On my downloaded version, five pages of the book are blank. Each displays a header with the book's title, but there is no other text on the page. I don't know if those pages contained essential information, but their lack did not diminish my understanding of the story - I think."

Here the full review:

I don't have a Kindle Fire, so I'm not seeing the problem this reviewer mentions. The formatting seemed fine on my Kindle 3 (and I've had other reviewers comment on how good the formatting was). Anyone know what might account for extra blank pages on a Kindle Fire?



Writers' Cafe / Announce your free book on the Kindle Author blog
« on: December 19, 2011, 08:37:15 pm »
I'm considering a new feature for my blog: free Kindle ebook alerts.

If you have a Kindle ebook scheduled to go free this week, send me a private message with details: title, author, ASIN, plus the start and end dates of your free promotion.

I'll test this with just a few books each day. I can't guarantee I'll include yours, but if you've got a freebie, I'd like to know.



Writers' Cafe / Paid Store Rankings Boosted by Borrowed Books?
« on: December 10, 2011, 01:21:46 am »
It's too soon to be sure, but I think the ranking for Devil's Lair got a boost in the paid store because of borrowed books from the Kindle Owner's Lending Library.

My book was borrowed twice on a day with no paid sales, and my ranking in the paid store improved. (Of course it's possible I had sales that haven't yet been reported.)

Has anyone else noticed this with their books?


Writers' Cafe / The New World of Free
« on: December 10, 2011, 12:32:51 am »
I wanted to offer some data points for what can happen with free ebooks offered through KDP Select.

Yesterday I had five ebooks available for free: three short stories, one collection of stories, and one verse play. None of these were selling well before the promotion. The short stories were selling 1-10 copies per month. The collection was selling 5-10 copies per month. The verse play was selling 0-1 copies per month. (Fortunately, I have two other ebooks that sell much better.)

Here are the results after 24 hours (Title/US/UK/DE):

Endgame (short story) / 76 / 27 / 0
Endgame and Other Stories (collection) / 54 / 45 / 1
Ghost of the Living (short story) / 88 / 39 / 0
The Man Who Saved Gonesse (short story) / 107 / 60 / 0
Valentino: a play in verse / 50 / 22 / 0

TOTAL = 569 downloads

This is significantly down from the four- and five-digit numbers posted by others.

I'm happy with these results, but I know others would not be.

Adjust your expectations accordingly.



I've created a Kickstarter project to fund the completion of my upcoming novel, Cold Reading.

Cold Reading is a hardboiled detective novel featuring Nick Shaw, Private Eye.

Nick is a struggling actor in Los Angeles who pays his bills with detective work. After he flubs an audition, Nick is hired by a Hollywood theater producer to find a missing actress. Desperate for money, Nick takes the case—but soon wishes he hadn't, as he follows cold leads and hot ladies through danger and deceit to unravel the mystery and pull back the curtain. On stage and off, nothing is quite what it seems....

You can read the first ten chapters of Cold Reading on Nick Shaw's blog, and follow Nick's adventures on twitter.

A rough draft of Cold Reading is complete, and currently in revisions. The novel will be self-published in December as an ebook, and in January as a paperback. Also in January a limited number of hardbacks will be published exclusively for Kickstarter backers.

You can pre-order your copy of Cold Reading now through Kickstarter. Your donation will help me to complete the revisions and edits in time for the book's anticipated release date: December 20, 2011.

Thank you for your support!


Writers' Cafe / How I Became an Indie Author
« on: October 08, 2011, 01:14:33 am »
I'm today's guest blogger at The Writer's Guide to E-Publishing, talking about how I became an indie author. Here's a sample...

I became an indie author at the age of eight. I’d been reading books for a few years. I loved the way they looked and smelled, and the way they sounded in my mind. A good book could put a story in your head, a song in your heart, and a smile on your face. I wanted to do that. It seemed like it would be a fun thing to do.

My first stories were short, hand-written, and illustrated. They were heavily influenced by Jules Verne, with clever titles like Journey to the Bottom of the Center of the Earth. I wrote them with my younger brothers, who soon tired of writing stories. I never did.

Comic books were next. Most were about cute animals with deadly super powers. I wrote them, illustrated them, and put them on the market. The market was elementary school, and business was booming. I couldn’t write them fast enough. This was before color copiers, so each comic book was an original. I sold them for twenty-five cents, and made a few bucks before shifting my focus to novels.

My desire to write novels had a lot to do with Hobbits. At the age of eight I got for Christmas a complete set of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. My dad had been reading Tolkien’s stories to my brothers and me in the evenings, a few pages at a time, a couple nights a week, before tucking us into our dreams. In those days I had serial dreams—one night’s dream was continued the next night. Every morning was a cliffhanger. I started writing down my serial dreams, and they became an epic fantasy novel-in-progress....

Read the rest at The Writer's Guide to E-Publishing:


Writers' Cafe / New Facebook Feature: Ticker ("Mark read a book")
« on: September 22, 2011, 01:19:06 pm »
Facebook unveiled a bunch of changes today at their developers conference. Of particular interest to the Kindle community, one feature, Ticker, will allow Facebook users to more easily share what they're reading:

"Last year, Zuckerberg said, Facebook rolled out Open Graph, a map of all of a user's connections in the world, and made it so users can connect to anything they want in any way they want. But now with the next Open Graph, he said, users will also be able to connect to an order of magnitude more things than ever before using what he called Ticker, a way to express "lightweight" actions, thoughts, and other things anytime they want.

When a user shares a post normally, it goes into their news feed. But when that user adds activity through Open Graph, it will go into the Ticker and into the Timeline, but not into the news feed unless that's what's desired. It's a lightweight stream of everything going on around you, Zuckerberg said, and it's the first time Facebook has enabled sharing activities other than simply "liking" something, such as listening to a song, watching a movie, reading a book, or even cooking a meal." (Emphasis mine.)

Zuckerberg onstage presented an example of the feature: "Mark listened to a song." (The words in bold were highlighted and presumably clickable.)

What does this mean for authors and ebooks?

Seems like sharing what we're reading will be even more frictionless. It's a simple concept, but multiplied by the expanding number of Facebook users, this could help generate a lot more "word of mouth."

Looking forward to seeing how this plays out.


Writers' Cafe / Can "book cards" save bookstores?
« on: September 16, 2011, 01:40:13 am »
Dean Wesley Smith reports on his "book card" experiment at Worldcon:


According to reports in two Spanish papers, Amazon will launch on September 15 and have a Kindle store in Spain by the end of the year.


Writers' Cafe / Is 15% commission too much to give an agent?
« on: August 09, 2011, 09:17:13 am »
When I first started submitting to agents (as a teen in the 1980s), the standard commission for agents was 10%.

By the 1990s, 15% was standard.

The justification for this had to do, I believe, with the extra work agents were taking on as gatekeepers. Agents read slush because publishers didn't want to. Also, New York rents and lunches are expensive. But mostly, agents bumped up their rates because they could. Authors were desperate.

In this new world of publishing, it's the agents who are desperate.

15% commission is outrageous.

Go back to 10%.

Or maybe 5.


Writers' Cafe / Cool idea—how to sell your book on a gift card!
« on: May 24, 2011, 12:06:31 am »
Dean Wesley Smith has a great idea for selling books with gift cards. Read it here:

If you've got English-language books available on for EUR 0,99, please consider adding your title to this discussion thread:


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