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Writers' Cafe / B&N and going permafree
« on: April 07, 2016, 06:35:29 am »
Am I crazy, or did B&N used to have the option to price at $0.00? I see that my book is free there, but on my dashboard it says "Put on Sale" like it's not on offer at all. Is B&N now an outlet I have to price match from elsewhere to get permafree, just like Amazon? Or maybe it was always that way and I just forgot?

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Writers' Cafe / Midlist and Instafreebie
« on: February 03, 2015, 08:36:24 am »
I have a promo coming up with the Midlist and just got an email asking if I'd sign up for a beta test that they're doing where they promote through Instafreebie as well. Did anyone else get this?

This is what they offer:

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In return for letting us promote your book through instaFreebie and Amazon, we will give you:
A list of email addresses for everyone who downloaded and signed up to your author newsletter.
The number of downloads for your book in total.
There will be no limit or cap for how many downloads occur.
We can offer you a DRM or digital watermark to protect your book from being distributed (optional for you).

What we need from you:
The digital file for your book in order to upload it to our system for distribution, in addition to Amazon.
Your name and work address.
Signed Terms and Conditions for InstaFreebie (attached)
A Privacy Policy to protect readers information

Has anyone done this before, or had a good relationship with instafreebie?




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Writers' Cafe / Mailchimp and the spam folder
« on: July 07, 2014, 03:32:05 pm »
Hi all, I had a question I thought you might be able to help me with regarding my email list.

Initially, when I set up my list, I directed my readers in the back matter of my books to visit my website, where I had a cforms plugin for wordpress that let them enter in their email. I was getting, on average, one or so signups a week. Nothing huge, but pretty steady. I'd then manually enter their emails into a mailchimp campaign for the few emails I send out for new releases.

So, after hearing about how awesome mailchimp is as far as managing new subscribers and whatnot, I decided to just switch over completely and link directly to mailchimp. Cut out a step, ideally make it easier for new signups, etc. I redid all the backmatter in all of my books. I did this about two and a half months ago, and since then I have not had one email signup. I know all the links work. I know everything is squared away on my end. The only thing I can think of is that the mailchimp confirmation email sometimes gets sent to the spam folders of the subscriber. When you go through cforms on wordpress, no confirmation is necessary.

Maybe I'm overthinking things. Maybe it's just a lull in signups. Has anyone had trouble with mailchimp stuff getting sent to spam folders of your email list? I'm thinking of switching everything back to direct links to my website.

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Writers' Cafe / Writers and their snacks.
« on: June 30, 2014, 11:31:09 am »
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/07/31/books/review/macnaughton.html?_r=3&

Funny look in at what some of the great writers snacked on when sitting down to write. Personally, I prefer scotch. How about you?

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Writers' Cafe / Disappearing Nook Sales?
« on: February 24, 2014, 11:38:02 am »
Over the weekend I had several hundred nook sales just flat out disappear from my sales report. They were there one day, then gone the next. I've emailed Nook Press about it but have yet to hear back from them. Has anyone else had this happen?

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Writers' Cafe / Box Set Icon creation tool?
« on: November 20, 2013, 08:34:10 am »
Box sets are so hot right now. So hot. I know many of you have them, but I was wondering how you create the little 3D box set pictogram that serves as the cover. Is there a tool somewhere I can download, or are we just making them from scratch?

Cheers,

-BBG

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Writers' Cafe / What's your definition of success?
« on: May 13, 2013, 10:06:50 am »
I'm curious what everyone's definition of success is in self-publishing. Before you hit publish the first time, did anyone sit down and define for themselves what they would consider successful? Was it sales numbers? A certain number of reviews? Number of books published? Writing full time?

Have you made it yet?

For me, for some reason I've always said ten sales a day would do it. Not sure why, really. I think it's a nice, round number. I'm sure once I (hopefully) get there I'll move the goalposts so I want to have that in writing. Sometimes I think we don't take enough time to look at our successes.


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Writers' Cafe / The Onion on living out your dreams as a writer...
« on: April 22, 2013, 11:21:36 am »
The question of when to go full time often comes up on these boards. Here's The Onion with some advice to all of the wishy-washy artists out there. This one hit pretty close to home, although hilariously so.

http://goo.gl/FSqLX

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Writers' Cafe / Maximizing an ENT Bargain Book promo
« on: January 29, 2013, 12:12:48 pm »
Hi all,

I have an ENT BB promo this Friday for Blue Fall. I saw a thread back in October about how best to maximize an ENT Bargain Book promo, but I know how fast this game changes and was wondering if anyone had any more recent advice/anecdotes. Anybody else doing an ENT promo this weekend or in the near future?


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Writers' Cafe / What's the story behind Colleen Hoover?
« on: January 25, 2013, 02:16:30 pm »
Forgive me if I'm out of the loop here, but I am always blown away by books published by author that absolutely kick doors down. Her book Hopeless was published on December 17th, according to Amazon. It has nearly 3000 reviews in a little over a month and sits at #4. What was her approach?


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Writers' Cafe / Self-publishing: A Flowchart.
« on: January 24, 2013, 01:41:03 pm »
Interesting flowchart here for the writer about to publish. Not mine, I took it from reddit (thanks, whomever created it, if you're a KBer as well). I think it's pretty spot on.


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I go back and forth on this, so I wanted to posit the question to all of you. I don't think it matters in sales rank at all, but might it matter in terms of recommendations or alsobots, or who Amazon decides to promote through HNR or any one of their deals?

I don't think any of us can deny that books with more reviews sell better than books with fewer reviews on the whole, but is that correlation purely customer driven? 

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Not sure if this has been distributed around here or not. Interesting take from Mark Coker. What say ye KB?

http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/amazon-plays-indie-authors-like-pawns/

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Writers' Cafe / Another multi-million dollar advance? Why not?
« on: October 04, 2012, 09:31:48 am »
Bidding for Lena Dunham's possible idea for a memoir and/or book of anecdotes titled "Not that Kind of Girl" hit 3.6 million dollars last night. Keep in mind that this isn't even a book, it's a proposal for a book. And here I thought the days of mega advances were coming to a close. Perhaps not.

Dunham is the 26 year old daughter of famous people and creator of the show Girls (which, for the record, I have not seen, so it could very well be awesome). Still, this is a tad ridiculous, is it not?

http://www.deadline.com/2012/10/lena-dunham-book-bidding-at-3-6-million/#utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter


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Writers' Cafe / Harper Voyager to Accept Unagented manuscripts for two weeks
« on: September 12, 2012, 12:01:05 pm »
Maybe they are tired of missing out on all the great self-pubbed stuff hitting the market these days...

http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/harper-voyager-to-accept-unagented-manuscripts-for-two-weeks_b57443

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Not sure if this article has been passed around here yet, but it's an interesting take. This guy advocates doing things that aren't too popular around here (including gaming the Amazon review system) as well as things that are (Just write)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/jul/30/tweet-about-cats-just-write

Any thoughts?

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I used three in April, had a great run. Sales were great, now they have (predictably) dropped off, but are still consistent. I'm running up against the end of my 90 days and will enroll again, but some part of me thinks one free run a period is enough. Am I alone in this? Am I wasting my resources?

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Writers' Cafe / Question about re-publishing and rankings
« on: May 02, 2012, 07:04:38 am »
Quick question that may already have been answered here, but I couldn't find in the archives. If I want to edit my Product Description or add a new review to my "Editorial Review" section of my Amazon page, when I re-publish does it affect my current sales rankings in any way?

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Writers' Cafe / What's the story behind "On the Island"
« on: April 24, 2012, 02:55:46 pm »
Is this an indie book? Is Tracey Garvis Graves a KB contributor? It's at a $2.99 price point and just killing it on every list. It was #10 in the WSJ this weekend too. Anybody know the story behind this?

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Writers' Cafe / What is Young Adult Lit?
« on: April 12, 2012, 02:24:18 pm »
I think the parameters of this genre have changed so much that it's tough to define nowadays. Since it's such a profitable genre and I think a lot of authors want to slate themselves as YA, I think it's worth discussing what makes up a YA book. Is it simply having a protagonist or main character under the age of 20? Are no (or minimal) sex, drugs, or rock and roll a requirement?  Minimal violence? Or is it simply any book that might relate to a teen audience, no matter what the plot and characters?


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Writers' Cafe / Any ForeWord BOTYA Finalists out there?
« on: April 02, 2012, 12:32:00 pm »
ForeWord just announced their shortlist for Book of the Year Awards. I was pumped to find Blue Fall in both the scifi and thriller/suspense categories. Any other KBers throw their books into the ring?

Here's the list: http://www.bookoftheyearawards.com/finalists/2011/

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Writers' Cafe / Ad placement: Worth it?
« on: March 14, 2012, 12:34:35 pm »
I was just curious if anyone out there has had success with placing banner ads, and where. I've heard some people say that it was what helped truly put them on the map, and others say it was a waste of money. Any stories?

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Hi everyone! I'm excited to be a part of the kindle boards! I want to introduce my new book Blue Fall (The Tournament: Volume One)


"There was a time...long ago, when whole nations, entire races of people, pinned their hopes and futures on individual warriors. Whole wars were won and lost on the outcome of a single battle between heroes. Entire countries were moved. Empires rose and fell..."

In Blue Fall, that time has come again.

A routine investigation throws a hapless insurance agent down the rabbit hole, into a world where the rich and powerful place wagers on the greatest game on earth. They call it the Tournament. It offers competition without limits. It is beholden to no man, and constrained by no law, and it is extremely dangerous. But where does the true power lie in this World Cup of warfare? With those who place the bets, or with the deadly players themselves? And can one man expose the secret before they find him?

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Here's what reviewers are already saying about Blue Fall:

Griffith manages to merge love, family, relationships, intrigue and action into 500 pages that you will never want to put down. There isn't a reader that wouldn't be enthralled by "Blue Fall". -Portland Book Review

The plot races along and finally ends on its totally unexpected climax. Showing potential and a vivid imagination, Brad B. Griffith is an author who showcases his talent. -Fantasy Book Critic

With a technology element that ingeniously makes the story work, Blue Fall successfully combines two categories of thriller--conspiracy and techno--in just the right balance and is sure to please readers who enjoy either genre. -ForeWord Clarion Reviews (5 stars out of 5)

Griffith propels the story forward by pinballing among a series of elaborate set pieces...he revels in the details of his action scenes and gives readers a visceral sense of mayhem by sticking close to his well-painted characters. -Kirkus Indie Reviews

Author B. B. Griffith has created a story line which skillfully intertwines four subplots, and a cast of unforgettable characters. The fast paced action, well-scripted dialogue, and universal appeal make "Blue Fall" a potential big screen movie success. -Reader Views

Griffith's first novel is quite a statement. I'm giving it five out of five stars for the simple reason that I could not put this book down. -SPR: The Self Publishing Review (5 stars out of 5)
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Available for only $2.99!
via Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Fall-Tournament-1-ebook/dp/B005NC01OK
via Griffith Publishing: http://griffithpublishing.com/tournament/

Thanks everyone!

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