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Do you start letting people know about an upcoming book while it's in the works, or do you keep it under wraps until it's done? I don't mean like running ads or anything, I just mean like posting about it on your blog, on social media, maybe showing your completed cover (if you have one), etc.

Anyone have any results as to whether pre-promotion helps, hurts, or does nothing?

Whenever I try to login to Amazon Associates today, I get the below message:

We're sorry!

An error occurred when we tried to process your request. Rest assured, we're already working on the problem and expect to resolve it shortly.

Anybody else seen this?

Writers' Cafe / Just some fun cover play...
« on: April 06, 2014, 07:34:36 pm »
When I come up with story ideas, I often like to do a potential cover as a visual reference and inspiration to me. I don't know at this point if I'll ever finish this story (I suspect that I will), but I thought you all might get a kick out of seeing the potential cover I came up with. No critiques really needed at this point, but you can tell me what you think anyway. :)

Revolution Z


A corrupt government...

A resurrected former President...

A zombie clone army...

A murder...


About to release a new detective novel for one of my authors, and I'm trying to decide which of the below versions of the cover I like best. What do you all think?


Writers' Cafe / Draft2Digital delays?
« on: January 08, 2014, 11:30:44 am »
Does anyone else have titles they uploaded to Draft2Digital before Christmas that are still pending distribution to Apple, Kobo, and Nook?

Hi guys!

I'm just in the process of trying to assess what kind of covers work best, and I'm wondering what you all think about illustrated covers. Do they work? Do you, from a reader's perspective, like them? Do you prefer simpler covers (ala Hunger Games, Twilight, etc.)? Are photographic covers the "standard" now? Or does it, as I personally think, vary depending upon genre?

I'm just trying to figure out what works and what doesn't, as both a publisher and a designer.

Writers' Cafe / Building a mailing list
« on: December 13, 2013, 11:04:33 am »
How do you guys go about building your mailing lists?

Writers' Cafe / Pets under Home and Garden category?
« on: December 12, 2013, 05:19:57 pm »
Am I the only one that thinks Smashwords listing Pets under the Home and Garden category kind of weird?

Writers' Cafe / My Indiegogo campaign (COMPLETED,)
« on: November 19, 2013, 02:55:52 pm »

Hi everybody!

I've got an Indiegogo campaign going on for my upcoming book, newly retitled Revolution Z, and I'd like to ask you all to check it out, and if you can't donate yourself, at least help me spread the word. The fabulous Hugh Howey was kind enough to help out and to donate. Man, I wanna be just like him when I grow up!  :)


Below is a press release that scslawin was kind enough to revise for me.



             email: [email protected]

Disabled Author Launches Indiegogo Campaign to Help Start the Zombie Revolution

November 25, 2013 - Stockbridge, GA.

President George Washington is about to be resurrected from the dead, just in time to lead the zombie revolution against corrupt officials in Washington, DC! Author GB Banks has launched an Indiegogo campaign with a modest goal aimed at raising funds for his upcoming book, Revolution Z, a zombie war thriller.

GB Banks has Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as "Brittle Bone Disease". He's had it all of his life, yet it hasn't stopped him from having big dreams, the biggest of which is to become a successful author. Now Banks is using the popular crowdfunding website Indiegogo to raise funds to promote his soon to be released novel, Revolution Z, described as a "zombie war thriller". The story involves a government plot involving the resurrection of President George Washington to lead an army of invincible cloned zombie soldiers. But when the President uncovers the nefarious plans of the corrupt leaders in charge of the United States government, he instead leads his army of the walking dead in an assault on Washington, DC.

When asked about his Indiegogo fundraising campaign, Banks replied: “If this book is successful, it could be life changing for me. I live on a fixed income, and I need money to help promote the book properly. I also require full time assistance, and I hope to be able to hire a private nurse to travel with me whenever I need to attend book conventions and other promotional events. I really want to build a more independent life for myself so that I can not only get out and explore the world I've mostly only seen through my imagination, and I also want to give back to my parents for all that they've done for me throughout my life."

Banks serves as an inspiration to others who are struggling with disabilities, proving that they should never give up on their dreams, regardless of the limitations they may face. Says Banks: "My body may have limits, but my imagination is limitless."

If you would like to donate to GB Banks' "Help Start the Zombie Revolution" campaign, please visit

To contact the author, you may send him an email at: [email protected]

Writers' Cafe / Book recommendations for authors
« on: November 13, 2013, 03:09:57 pm »
I thought I would share my personal book recommendations for authors, and then maybe you all could do the same.

Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively
This is like my bible. I think this book, more than any other, launched my writing career. It teaches the art of wordsmithing, choosing the right words to paint pictures in the mind's eye. I haven't read it in a while, but I used to read it a couple of times a year to get my writer juices flowing again.

The Writer's Complete Fantasy Reference
Pretty comprehensive reference guide for Fantasy writers. If you're in need of story inspiration or on information related to standard elements included in classic fantasy, you might want to check this out.

How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy
Another good book if you need to know know elements to help you build your Science Fiction or Fantasy universe.

Sell Your Novel to Hollywood: How to Write a Novel Hollywood Wants - Marketing Strategies from Bestselling Authors and More, Written by a Hollywood Super Agent
A new book on the scene. Covers many of the same strategies I'm using today to make my books successful. Is a great resource if you want to sell your book to Hollywood, but I find that it's also a great resource for those of you wanting to know how to write books that sell. And like my own upcoming Christmas short story, the proceeds go to charity.

I have more, as soon as I get my tired old brain to remember them.  :D Please check out these books, and also recommend your own. I'd like to see this become a nice large resource page for the authors here.

Writers' Cafe / Supporting The Indie Spotlight
« on: November 13, 2013, 04:47:57 am »
Hi all,

This is my final appeal for support for The Indie Spotlight. If you are interested in buying an ad, go here, or if you would just like to make a donation to help me keep it going, please send it to "gregb <dot> bdd <at> gmail <dot> com". I desperately want to keep it open, but without some help with operating costs, I don't think I can.  :(

Thank you.

Writers' Cafe / Can you do permafree through Draft2Digital?
« on: November 12, 2013, 12:23:28 pm »
I found something that says that the ebook won't be free on B & N, but I'm trying to confirm this so I can decide whether to publish the D2D or Smashwords.

Thanks in advance!

Writers' Cafe / This time I need cover input
« on: October 16, 2013, 04:22:17 pm »
Hi guys!

I'm really struggling to get the best cover possible for my latest book, Zombie George Washington, and I have reason to believe that the current cover just isn't working. A lot of people have seen it, but the sales are very low. So below is the current cover on the left, and the new cover is on the right. Please tell me what you think, because I really need to make this book a success.

Thanks in advance.

The Book Bazaar / Zombie George Washington
« on: October 08, 2013, 07:58:52 pm »
Hello everybody!

This is my latest book, and I'm working very hard to make this a success because, as many of you may or may not know, I have Type III Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as "Brittle Bone Disease". I honestly don't enjoy being so upfront about the details of my life, but my aging parents have been my caretakers all of my life, and I desperately want to give back to them. I also need to be able to hire a private nurse so I can start building a more independent life because as my parents get older I'm really becoming more worried what will happen to me when they are gone. So if you can buy a copy, and/or help me spread the word so that I can either turn this into a bestselling or maybe even attract Hollywood to considering turning this into a film, it would mean the world to me. This book is my best chance to make my dreams come true, and I just need any help I can get to make this happen.

Thank you for at least taking time to read this.


He was the first President of the United States
Now he may also be the last...

When the resurrected general George Washington discovers the corruption now ruling the US government, he vows to do something about it. So President Washington wages war on the nation's capitol...with an army of zombie soldiers at his back.

Just curious how often you start out a story, or a chapter, or even just a passage, only to realize later that you started off from a completely wrong perspective? While it's annoying when it happens to me, the reward is that when I find the "right" voice, it's like winning the lottery...Well not quite, but it's still great.  :)


What many of us had predicted has finally happened: Barnes & Noble has flown the white flag when it comes to making and selling new tablet devices.

The company announced today in its fourth quarter and full-year earnings release that it will no longer be producing Nook tablet devices to focus on a “partnership model” where it distributes its content through apps on other manufacturers’ devices and on e-readers...

Writers' Cafe / What makes a good pre-made cover?
« on: June 23, 2013, 01:18:02 pm »
I'm curious if there is any specific formula or needs that determine attractive pre-made covers since I'm trying to create some to put on sale.

Writers' Cafe / Describing real locations in your story
« on: June 20, 2013, 10:36:32 am »
There's nothing against using and describing real locations (like a mall) in our stories, is there? Just thinking ahead to a potential future story.

Writers' Cafe / What is your most treasured reviewer comment?
« on: June 12, 2013, 08:20:55 pm »
Not counting the wonderful reviews I got for my short story collection years ago, including one from fantasy author Piers Anthony, the first two episodes of my new series has 20 reviews combined so far, and even the one's who gave me 1 or 2 stars because it was short have said that it was well-written and/or well-edited. That really makes me feel good because even though I find a lot of errors when I do my revisions, I feel like I'm good at finding them all because of my years in various writers workshops. And I do feel like I'm a good writer, but when others reaffirm that, it really rekindles your passion for writing, at least it has for me.

What about you? I know a few people have posted similar comments recently, but I thought it would be cool to have a dedicated discussion on this topic. So what is the most treasured comment that you've gotten from a reviewer?

Writers' Cafe / Connecting episodes of a series on Kindle
« on: June 11, 2013, 12:59:01 pm »
I checked the "series" checkbox, entered the series title and the episode number, but I'm not seeing any difference in the listings for my episodes. I thought they would connect them together somehow so that if you viewed one episode's page that you would also see links to the others.

Anybody know if Amazon will connect the episodes, or if there is a way to get them to do it?

I've got a KDP promotion starting Friday for my recently re-released short story collection, Phoenix Tales: Stories of Death & Life, hoping it'll do well and jump start post-promo sales, and I'm just wondering if others have any experience so I'll know what to expect? I'd think that a short story collection would be well suited for the ebook medium and that the short story is becoming popular again, but I've been out of the short story game for a while and I don't know if my assumptions are true or not.

Any insights you may have are much appreciated!

By the way, here's the brand new cover for it. Honestly, I had some really awful covers on it before, even the first edition which got a lot of great reviews (that was in pre-ebook revolution days).

Writers' Cafe / Amazon Author's Rank
« on: June 02, 2013, 04:56:12 pm »
Amazon Author Rank
#57 in Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Horror

The above is my current author's rank in Horror. I'm really blown away by this. I've never seen any ranking like this on any of my books before. My new story, WALKERS is doing really well so far, so I'm sure it's the reason for the ranking. But still...WOW!


I thought it might be fun to have a single thread for both authors and book cover designers alike to just show off their best book covers. If you are an author and are proud of your cover, post it and feel free to tell who designed it. If you are a cover designer, post samples of what you consider your best work. But this thread isn't for outright promotion, just for fun, enjoyment, and inspiration. But if someone wants to know about a particular artist's work, or wants a link to buy the book in question, that's fine as long as this is fine with the moderators.

And let's to do one book cover per post. You can always post more covers over time, but no back to back posts either. Let each cover and each person have there own moment to shine!

I'll start it off with a cover I just designed last week for one of my company's authors.

Writers' Cafe / KDP promo on a holiday weekend
« on: May 21, 2013, 04:20:03 pm »
Is having a KDP promo on a holiday weekend a good or bad idea? Is it possible that the answer to the question depends on the kind of book and the holiday (would one kind of book do better on Memorial Day weekend than another)?

Thank you in advance for any insight you might have!

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