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Writers' Cafe / Have you ever blocked a subscriber / fan?
« on: April 18, 2016, 11:20:51 am »
Hey folks... I've got a weird one for you.

I've been working on building my mailing list organically for a little over a year now.  Most of what you get is what I would imagine is typical of the thing.  I don't get a whole lot of conversation from people on there, but I have had people review my books, offer assistance with content (spelling and grammatical errors, etc.), and so forth.

Recently, however, I've had a fellow who has been contacting me and is a little... we'll say abrasive.  I ran a contest last week that he didn't partake in, and when I announced that the winners had been selected, he emailed me and berated me.  This isn't the first time he's reached out to me and acted inflammatory, either.  In fact, I've tried to accommodate him multiple times before.  But I'm starting to think that I'm wasting energy on him.  He's actually gone so far as to tell me that he only sticks around for when I give out freebies.

I'm wondering if I should consider cutting him loose.  Has anyone else had a problem like this?

Writers' Cafe / Hoping for some advice...
« on: September 12, 2015, 06:36:08 pm »
Hello everyone!

I'm looking for some solid advice to try and rejuvenate interest in my books.  I'm writing fantasy, and as of late, I've been trying my hand at shorter fantasy (novellas to short novels in length).  I've been working on building up a subscriber list, and I've been trying to promote a little better.  I'm still very bad at this, though!

A few months back, I was asking about advice as well, and I think I was too stubborn to really accept that I could have made mistakes with selecting covers, or titling, or any of it.  I want to see if I can reach out to you kind folk again and see if I can identify just where my problems lie.

In my current situation, one novella, Mageborn, is my permafree.  I had experimented with a second permafree book before (the first book in my trilogy), as well, but I don't think I was seeing much turnover for my subscriber list at the time.  I'm offering another novella for free if you subscribe.

Some of the things that I think were criticized last time were the covers.  I'm in love with my covers, but I'm not sure that they're doing much besides looking nice.  They might not be the best choice for marketability.  Another big flaw is that, though my novellas are all connected in the same world, the individual stories do not have anything to do with each other.  They're essentially origin stories for characters that meet up in the trilogy.  I'm sure this is off-putting to people who want to continue reading about the same characters.  I'm planning on expanding each of those stand-alones into their own trilogies, though... I'm not sure if that would help my case or just be a waste of time.

Anyway, feel free to take me to the cleaners, here.  I'm very interested in hearing feedback.  Lord knows I need it!  Thank you so much!

Writers' Cafe / Sending Story to Street Team
« on: July 17, 2015, 01:37:17 pm »
Hey everyone.  Here for some advice again, as per usual.

I'm about to send one of my stories out to my street team, and it's my first time.  How does everyone else typically do it?  Do you send it out as a PDF?  I want to make sure it is comfortable for my would-be readers.

Thanks for any input!

Writers' Cafe / I need advice bundling fantasy stories
« on: June 29, 2015, 04:28:29 am »
Hi there everyone.

I have a possible dilemma that I was hoping people could talk me through.

Last year, I ran a kickstarter for a series of 5 novellas and a dozen short stories.  I'm nearing completion on that commitment (terribly slow writer).  The idea was that I was going to bundle all 17 stories into one collection, both in ebook and paperback formats.  The problem I'm seeing is that the word count is getting up there.  Before arranging any of the shorts, and only focusing on the novellas, I'm at 146k words.  Is there anything particularly wrong with having what I believe will end up being a 200k word collection?

Thanks for any help you might be able to give!

Writers' Cafe / Feel like a real author again
« on: May 17, 2015, 07:46:18 am »
It's been a long time, but it's finally happened.  After many, many moons, I've finally received another 1-star review, this time for my permafree novella, Mageborn.  I earned my last one in December of 2011, so you can imagine I feel stoked.  It doesn't really bother me... almost feels like my work has been more legitimized.  Besides, it was bound to happen again eventually.

Writers' Cafe / Switched to D2D and Sales Plummetted
« on: May 15, 2015, 05:40:35 pm »
Hi all.  For a long, long time I was in KDP, and then at the start of this year I moved over to Smashwords.  I had very tepid sales from there about three years ago, but they were somewhat better these days.  Sometimes I would sell my entire series on B&N through them.  Then I heard about D2D, and everyone seemed very positive about their experiences with them.  I switched over to them, reserving Smashwords for the things that were unique to them.  On D2D, I've sold a total of 4 books in the course of one month.  What gives?  Should I switch back to Smashwords almost entirely?

Writers' Cafe / What's more important: visibility, or reviews?
« on: May 08, 2015, 01:26:38 pm »
Hello all.  I've been trying to come to terms with why my permafree, Mageborn, has been doing pretty well when I have promotions running (right up there in the top 10 of my genres), yet the other books still aren't really making much of a dent.  I'm lucky if I have 15 sales per month across 7 books (and one boxed trilogy).  So it made me wonder.  I have two entry points that are permanently free, but I'm still not really seeing a lot of momentum.  Is it the low or middling reviews that are holding me back?  Or is it just that I haven't struck that perfect balance of everything yet where my books are visible across the board when they need to be?

Writers' Cafe / D2D and Barnes and Noble
« on: April 16, 2015, 05:16:41 am »
Here's a quick question for those who have used D2D.  How long did it take for them to publish your books to Barnes and Nobles?  For the most part, my books were all published to the other sites within one day, but the Nook looks like it might be lagging behind a little bit.

Writers' Cafe / Mailchimp Groups
« on: April 13, 2015, 07:24:56 am »
Hi all.  I'm looking for a little bit of expertise from someone who might be a little more experienced with Mailchimp that I am.  I recently set up a newsletter group through Mailchimp, but I think I'm ready to up the ante.  I want to invite the people who are on my newsletter list to partake in the opportunity to be on my street team, where they'd get free copies of books in exchange for feedback and banter.

The problem is, I'm still relatively new to the whole thing.  What I want to do is kind of segment things into two groups - the regular newsletter folks, and the street team folks.  How do I send out a campaign to my established group that has the relevant information and has the most organic way of adding them to a separate list / group / segment?

Any help would be most appreciated!

Writers' Cafe / Newsletter \ Mailing List Setup
« on: December 10, 2014, 05:33:35 am »
Hi again everyone.  New question for the forum today.  How do you structure your Newsletter \ Mailing List?  On my website, built with Wordpress, I have a widget on the side that you enter name and email in, but I wonder if it isn't the best way to do it.  Since it's on the front page, I can't direct people to that specific place.

Furthermore, I'm not automated.  Does anyone have any experience with any of that stuff, like mailchimp, or any other auto mailer solutions?

Writers' Cafe / Judge me
« on: December 05, 2014, 07:16:56 am »
Hi all!

I've been writing and releasing stories for a while with very little results, and I wanted to see if anyone could point me out to just why that might be.  In my signature, you'll see my book covers, and if you click on them, it'll take you to the Amazon pages where you'll be able to see the blurbs.  I'm sure I'm doing something wrong, since I'm lucky to sell 10 copies across my series in a month, but I'm not sure where the trouble lies.

Be gentle.  But not too much.

Thank you in advance!

Writers' Cafe / BKnights Promotion
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:01:38 am »
I just wanted to talk about my experience using BKnight's promotion over at fiverr.  Prior to any outside help, I'd always tried to promote my own work.  I'd promote a book here and there as a freebie for a full five day period, and I think, at most, I moved 49 books per day.

This time, I wanted to try out BKnights, because I've heard so many good things about them.  It's also important to know that I had three stories running at the same time (one was a short that a colleague of mine wrote for the series).  That may have something to do with why it happened, but I digress.

In the first day of the promotions, I moved over 700 ebooks.  Over 400 of them were for the first novel in my series, and a further 300 were from the novella that starts a flashback quintet.  All told, at the end of the five day promotion, over 1,500 free books were picked up.  Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.  A few sales have already trickled in too, and while it isn't many, I can definitely see a correlation.  If you're interested in building an audience, and you're not opposed to delivering your product as a freebie, you should definitely consider BKnights in the future.

Writers' Cafe / What is the right way to build a solid team of readers?
« on: August 27, 2014, 05:28:18 am »
Hi there everyone!

There are so many components to consider of this writing machine, from the prose itself, to the marketing in the forms of the blurb and the cover, but at the end of it all, the consumer is so very important to the grand design.  One of the things that I see a lot of people do is develop a huge fanbase of dedicated readers.  But how do you go about getting these folks on board?  Do you bargain with them with free copies of your books in exchange for a newsletter sign up?  Are you meeting these folks at conventions or on message boards like this?

I'm beginning to learn that the writing itself sometimes isn't enough to gain traction, and I'm looking to learn the ropes from the beginning.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Writers' Cafe / Virtual Book Tours
« on: August 22, 2014, 11:18:51 am »
Hi everybody.  New question for you today.

A few months back, I was interviewing another author for our Otherworld feature, and he was getting ready to prepare his next book for release.  Ahead of time (or maybe during its release), he was going to do a virtual book tour for press.  Now, I should probably be asking him this, but I wanted to see if anyone here had any insight.  How does it work?

  • How do you arrange to write guest blogs for other websites?
  • How do you determine what your blog is going to be about?
  • Is there any compensation for either party (or is it basically just a you scratch my back, I scratch yours situation)?
  • Has anyone else had a positive experience doing it?

I was thinking about maybe doing something like this for the finale in my novella quintet, but I wanted to examine what other people have experienced first.

Writers' Cafe / Cutting a long book into two parts
« on: August 19, 2014, 09:59:47 am »
Hey everyone!

I have a new question for all you experts today.  My third book is a massive one, clocking in at nearly 700 pages on Amazon.  I've heard several of my readers express a little anxiety because of the size of the novel.  Has anyone had any experience chopping their novels down into multiple parts?  How do you go about doing something like that?  What do you typically price it as?  I was thinking the logical stopping point for the split is roughly halfway through this novel, and I'd sell each part (about 120,000 words each) at 2.99.

About three years ago, I released my first book, and then just six months later, the sequel was quick on its tail.  I remember that November through January, I was selling 300 copies per month.  I'll be lucky these days to get even half that in a year, even with another five stories under my belt.  Has anyone else experienced something like that, where you're flying high and then you just plummet?

The Book Bazaar / The Bindings of Fate by Michael DeAngelo
« on: April 02, 2012, 01:03:15 pm »
Heroes Will Rise. Cities Will Fall.
The realm of Tellest is filled with bloodlust, greed and violence. Long has the world been thrust into turmoil, driven by the insatiable urge of man's conquest, and whatever rewards can be earned from the end of a blade.
But so, too, are the lands a place of courage, valor and sacrifice. Brave men and women across the world will stand up to the tyranny of the power-hungry kings, or be swept away by it.
Kaos Kreegan is a man haunted by memories of the past. To survive in the harsh world that evolves around him, he needs to rely on his wits and his friends to bring evil to justice, and avenge the wrongs that have been done to him. Along the way, he will discover that Tellest carries many surprises - and so does he.

I'd gladly answer any questions anybody may have about this book, or the Tellest series.

Introductions & Welcomes / Nice to run into this site
« on: April 02, 2012, 10:21:10 am »
Hello everyone.  Just happened to randomly run into this site, and I've got to say, I'm pretty impressed.  I can't believe I haven't heard about kindleboards until now.  Hoping to get the hang of this place really quickly.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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