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Writers' Cafe / Successful Promotion
« on: March 13, 2015, 05:25:47 pm »
Today is the last day for my vampire/ghost novel, Heart of the Dead: Perpetual Creatures 1, to be free on Amazon. As the promotion is winding down I wanted to share some of my numbers.

US: 3,850
UK: 119
DE: 11
FR: 1
ES: 1
IT: 1
JP: 15
IN: 8
CA: 28
MX: 1
AU: 15

It topped out at #105 in the Free store (so close, yet so far away). It has held #1 in Suspense>Paranormal>Vampires, #1 in Suspense>Paranormal>Ghosts, and #2 in Horror>Dark Fantasy almost the whole five days.

I'm really a bit shocked. This is the best free promotion I've ever had. I used BKnight to promote the first day and Booksends for day two. I also used Author Marketing Club's Free Book Submission Tool to spread the word around (though I'm not sure who, if any, picked up my promotion).

People are already buying Perpetual Creatures 2 and I've already received a 5 star review.

I'm not sure if it's that this is a vampire book and, despite the word on the street, people still love blood-suckers. Or maybe it's because it's part of a series. Either way, I'm very happy.

I know the numbers aren't awe-inspiring, but it's good for me. Now I need to hurry up and write book 3.

Thanks to everyone who has pointed me in the right direction. I appreciate the help.

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The Book Corner / I need a book for a 7 year old
« on: October 16, 2014, 02:51:25 pm »
My son is 7 years old and in 2nd grade. I'm looking for a book that will pique his interest. He's all boy, very rough and tumble. He likes race cars, robots, and things like that. He's a strong reader, but he's starting to find it boring. He has a book report due this month and I'd like to find something that he will enjoy.

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Writers' Cafe / Do you take Amazon's pricing advice?
« on: October 07, 2014, 03:41:44 pm »
I was looking at the KDP pricing tool for my books and for one book Amazon suggested that I raise the price from $3.99 to $6.99. For all the other books it suggests that I drop the price from $3.99 to $2.99.

Do any of you take the pricing tool's advice or should I take it with a grain of salt and move on?

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Writers' Cafe / Did the ads really do that much?
« on: October 06, 2014, 08:08:11 pm »
At the beginning of September I set a Kindle countdown promotion for my book Predatory Animals. I paid for three separate ads. None of the expensive ones. Just a few of the smaller players. I also did an all out twitter assault and facebook self-promos. I kept the price at $0.99 for the whole promotion and sold around 200 copies.

I set up another countdown for Guarding the Healer to run from October 1st through the 8th. I did all the same things except for taking out the three paid ads. Everything else is the same. This time around I haven't sold one copy. Not. One. Copy.

Did those three ads really make all that difference or is it that this book is less appealing than my other one. Here is a link to Guarding the Healer. Does anything jump out at you? What did I do wrong?

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005342GQY

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Writers' Cafe / How to link print with ebook
« on: September 26, 2014, 03:22:28 pm »
I know that I should know the answer to this, but it seems to have escaped me. How do you combine your print and ebook versions on Amazon/Author Central? I'm sure there are several posts here about this. I did a search, but couldn't find anything.

Thanks.

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Writers' Cafe / Back matter. 1st or 3rd person?
« on: July 26, 2014, 09:48:06 pm »
In the back matter of my books I usually have a short About the Author, a list of my other books, a link to sign up for my mailing list, a request for reviews, my email address, links to various social media sites that I haunt, and then the copyright page.

My question is, do most of you write the back matter material in 1st or 3rd person? I have been writing it in 3rd person, which I think sounds better for the about the author, but when it comes to requesting reviews and informing readers of my mailing list, 3rd person sounds so impersonal. Should I switch it around or maybe mix and match?

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Writers' Cafe / Another blurb I need your help with
« on: July 24, 2014, 09:37:13 pm »
Hello everyone. I have another terrible blurb that i need help with. This time it's for my ghost/vampire/zombie (yeah, I know) novel. The books has a hint of YA and Paranormal Romance, but it's not firmly anchored in those genres. It's more of a paranormal thriller. Anyway, here is what I have so far:

"The dead are restless, and rarely at peace.

Jerusa Phoenix knows this better than most. She has been watching the lingering spirits of the dead her whole life. But when she happens across a strange young man named Silvanus, she soon finds that ghosts are not the only undead that are haunting the world.

Jerusa’s ghost companion, Alicia, begs her to stay away from the young man with radiant skin and unearthly eyes who seems to be able to hear her very thoughts, but Jerusa is inexplicably drawn to him. Jerusa ignores Alicia’s warnings, and soon finds herself in a confrontation with a group of vampires—a battle that leaves her changed into a blood-drinker while causing another vampire to go savage.

Jerusa joins with the remaining vampires, and with Alicia’s help, sets off to track down the out-of-control savage before they bring down the wrath of the Stewards—the ruling sect of ancient vampires.

What does Silvanus have to do with this? Is he really a god as the other vampires believe. What is he hiding from them? Jerusa is determined to find the truth of this centuries-old secret…if it doesn't kill her first."

There it is. Please help me fine tune this bad boy.

Thanks.

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Writers' Cafe / My Books Are Missing From Author Central
« on: June 19, 2014, 05:18:05 pm »
The title says it all.

Two are missing. I tried to re-add them, but the kindle versions don't show up and the print versions say they are already added.

Oh, and to top it off, I found another set of print versions of my books that weren't added. When I clicked on them, they are "new" copies of my books for sale for $25 plus shipping.

Has the world gone mad?

Anyone else experiencing this?

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Writers' Cafe / I give up. Please help me with my blurb.
« on: June 16, 2014, 08:25:19 pm »
I sure could use your help. I've been working on my novel GUARDING THE HEALER. It has received wonderful reviews, but it still doesn't sell very well. It is a stand alone book in the Dark Fantasy/Horror genre, so I understand it's not going to perform like a book in a romance series, but still, something is wrong.

I've changed the cover a few times. I'm still using the original cover for the paperback, though. I've experimented with price, and changed the blurb a few times, but I think it could still use some work.

This is what I have right now:

"Not all gifts are free. Some will cost you dearly.

When Silas Walker becomes endowed with the power to heal the sick, he finds himself in the midst of an invisible war that has been raging between the forces of Shadow and Light since the beginning of time.

Plagued by an army of Shadow Angels and hunted by a demon-possessed man, Silas must find a way to use his gift to protect those he loves and rid the world of this ancient evil.

The enemy is gathering for battle. Silas's only hope rests in the Guardian Angel he doesn't even know exists. But time is running out. And even an angel cannot change the destiny of a man.

Fans of Stephen King and Dean Koontz will enjoy this tale of love and loss, good and evil, damnation and redemption. Frightening at times, heart wrenching at others, the believable characters and unpredictable events will keep you pondering this story long after you close the book."

I also follow this up with a few quotes from some of the 5 star reviews the book has received. I did this (the quotes and the Stephen King/Dean Koontz mention) following advice I read about making your blub stand out, but now I'm not so sure.

I throw myself upon your mercies. Please help me fix this blurb.

Thank you.

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Writers' Cafe / Alright or All Right
« on: May 09, 2014, 10:33:19 pm »
What is the difference (other than spelling) between "alright" and "all right"? Are they interchangeable?

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Writers' Cafe / Is anyone else having trouble with Nook Press
« on: April 23, 2014, 08:19:36 am »
Recently I took one of my books off of Nook Press to try it on Select. Another book I updated the manuscript. The one that I updated has been stuck in processing for over a week and the one that I had removed won't let me put it back on sale.

Anyone else having similar issues?

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Writers' Cafe / I'm thinking of going all in with Amazon
« on: April 08, 2014, 08:30:51 pm »
Last month I tried out a Kindle Countdown promotion. My sales weren't anything to write home about, but they were better than they have been for a while. The sales of my other books on Amazon increased after the promotion, too.

My sales on all the other outlets have been dismal at best. I haven't sold one book in over a year on Smashwords. Nook, Kobo, Draft2Digital together have given me a handful of sales in several months.

I recently read an article that stated authors should concentrate on one outlet (Amazon since it's usually the most successful) until they increase their number of books and become better known.

I'm seriously considering pulling all of my books and short stories and putting them all in KDP Select. That way I can alternate Countdown and Free promotions every month.

Anyone else out there only publishing with Amazon?

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Not Quite Kindle / Are there any good Kboards iPhone apps?
« on: February 01, 2014, 06:41:37 pm »
I'm looking for a way to keep up with posts here on Kboards while on my phone. Going through Safari isn't all that great. Have any of you found an iPhone app that you like?

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Writers' Cafe / Losing my Job. Thinking of going into Formatting.
« on: December 12, 2013, 03:56:48 pm »
I learned yesterday that I will be losing my job in the next month or two. I wish my book sales were enough to pay the bills, but right now that isn't the case. I've been racking my brain on what I can do to substitute the loss of income. I formatted my last two novels and and several short stories.

I'm wondering, has anyone else had any success fending off the wolves by formatting other writers' books? Are there any writers out there looking for someone to format their novels and short stories for them for a decent price?

I'm just worried that I won't be able to keep enough steady clients. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Writers' Cafe / Changing the Color of Description
« on: January 28, 2013, 02:33:22 pm »
I read somewhere (I can't for the life of me remember where now) that you can change the color of your book's description on Amazon using HTML.

Has anyone tried this?

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Writers' Cafe / I'm thinking of breaking up my collection
« on: January 01, 2013, 04:32:13 pm »
I have a collection of ten short stories that I'm selling on Amazon for $2.99.  Lately I've been thinking of separating the stories into individual Kindle Singles and selling them for $.99 a piece, as well as keeping the collection.

My thinking is that this will increase my virtual bookshelf and reach out to those short story readers that don't want to download an entire book.

Has anyone else done this?  I know people have collected their singles into books, but I'm going the opposite direction.

Opinions?

Thanks.

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Writers' Cafe / opinions on using public domain artwork
« on: September 26, 2012, 07:51:01 pm »
I'm thinking of changing the cover to one of my novels.  I found some artwork that would be perfect.  The artwork is listed as public domain (the artist has been dead for over 100 years).  I don't plan of changing the artwork, at least not very much.

Is this a bad idea?  It would be similar to having the Mona Lisa on your cover.

Opinions?

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Writers' Cafe / Books on SEO, Keywords and Metadata
« on: September 17, 2012, 08:01:01 pm »
With all the discussions going on about SEO, keywords and metadata, I feel a bit lost in the dark.  Does anyone have any good reading material that might help me get up to speed on this subject?

Thanks.

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Writers' Cafe / reviewers of indie writers
« on: September 11, 2012, 07:34:55 pm »
A while back I came across a list of book reviewers that take on indie writers, but I can't seem to find it now.  Does anyone out there know where I can find this list, or another one like it?

Thank you.

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Writers' Cafe / Where's the best place to make audio books?
« on: September 01, 2012, 04:07:45 pm »
I'm thinking of releasing my books as audio books.  Where is the best place to do this?

Thanks.

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Writers' Cafe / question about ibookstore
« on: August 27, 2012, 07:33:21 pm »
My books are available on ibookstore through Smashwords, but I'm wanting to sell directly through Apple.  Do I need to have a MAC to download the appropriate software or can I download it onto a PC?  Apple's iTunes Connect isn't real clear.

Thanks.

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The Book Bazaar / Predatory Animals is Live
« on: August 04, 2012, 09:41:52 pm »
My latest novel, Predatory Animals, is live on Amazon, B&N, Kobo and Smashwords.

IN THE TOWN OF SHADELAND, PEOPLE ARE VANISHING.

After suffering a near-death accident, Casper Brown awakens with a strange new connection to three stray dogs recently adopted by his family. Casper’s nights are filled with dreams of the dogs’ activities; at times he can even see through their eyes. And what he witnesses has him worried for his family’s safety.

AN ENIGMATIC EVIL IS HIDING, WAITING TO STRIKE.

The Pummels are the most beloved family in town. Though their wealth, philanthropy, and charisma form a cloud of mystery about them, their work with the town’s exotic cat rescue center has captured the heart of the people. But the Pummels are guarding a secret. One they will kill to keep quiet.

ITS HUNGER IS INSATIABLE.

Shadeland is a town of shadows, where hunters hide in plain sight and prey scurry about unaware. But a new predator has been unleashed. One unlike any this world has seen.

ITS SURVIVAL IS OUR DOOM.

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Writers' Cafe / I went ahead and bit the bullet
« on: November 24, 2011, 09:00:35 pm »
I've finally joined Twitter.  I know, I know.  I'm way behind.  I'm @gabrielbeyers.  If any one would like to follow me, I would love to follow you back.

Thanks.

Gabe

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Writers' Cafe / I need a Twitter army
« on: November 21, 2011, 08:32:15 pm »
I don't Twitter, but if you do I could use your help.

I have started a Kickstarter campaign to try and fund two of my upcoming titles.  I am 1% funded with 25 days left in my project.  What I need is for some of you wonderful people who Twitter to pass along my Kickstarter link to your followers and help me spread the word.

If you will do this for me I'd be willing to give you a Smashwords coupon so that you can download my novel Guarding the Healer for free.

If this is bad form, I apologize.  But I've fallen on some hard times and this may be the only way these two titles see the light of day.

Here is the Kickstarter link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gabeswriting/contemplations-of-dinner-and-predatory-animals?ref=card

Thank you for the help.

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Writers' Cafe / Kickstarter
« on: November 05, 2011, 08:31:25 pm »
Due to unseen financial troubles, I'm not going to have enough money to self-pub my next novel.  I've been toying with the idea of opening a Kickstarter account.

Have any of you ever tried Kickstarter?  It feels a bit like panhandling, but I'm sort of out of options.

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