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Writers' Cafe / Two Editions of the Same Book
« on: June 28, 2020, 05:37:51 pm »
Hi All,

 My When, Were & Howl series need a serious reboot, so I'm redesigning covers.  I don't want to change the print books.  Ideally, I'd like to have Second Editions releases, 1st edition ebooks with the old covers and 2nd edition ebooks with the new, so that the print books still have a matching ebook.  I checked Amazon and they basically said to have a Previously published as [book title] by [author name]." when submitting as a new book, but not whether the old book should be removed.  On the other hand, that sounds ripe for Amazon difficulties down the road. (I understand that I can only have one edition in KU and none wide...this is aside from that.)

I'm inclined just to change the ebook covers/titles, even though the covers won't match so that I won't have any problems later.  Has anyone tried keeping both editions or done replacement covers?  What did you do?

Writers' Cafe / Amazon's 2 Step Verification Process Broken
« on: January 22, 2020, 06:07:29 am »
A few days ago I tried to get into my 'Account information' for Amazon.  I clicked the 2-step button and waited for a phone call that never came.  I called customer service. After an hour and a half, I gave up.  Amazon's policy is that their Customer Service Reps can't change anything. A user MUST use the 2-step verification process. Which was broken at the time.

So, fast forward a few days later, I tried again on a whim and it worked. The 2-step verification, which Amazon absolutely requires to make address, phone, bank changes AND get your paperless tax forms is buggy. If you request the phone call and don't get it, try again in a couple of days.

Amazon, if you're listening.  You need a second method for people to change their accounts when your system fails.  If the 2-step verification process is broken, "Calling a friend's phone", which was what was suggested to me by customer service, is not a secure option.

Writers' Cafe / Link to Kindle Advertising Gone (& What to do)
« on: October 20, 2019, 12:39:55 pm »
I'm not sure how many share this problem, but on the main page of for the tab that says "Ad Campaigns", I no longer have a link that takes me to the Dashboard.  It just says, "Learn more about Amazon Advertising" which takes me to the help site and nothing else.

Although I've contacted Amazon I haven't heard back yet.

However, there IS another way in.  Go in through Bookshelf and select a book to "Promote and Advertise" which will give you a back door to the advertising console.  Hope that helps anyone who is having the same problem...

« on: January 08, 2019, 04:11:01 pm »
Hey everyone, just a heads up.  With the new AMS ads dashboard, Amazon has accidentally turned back on ads that were in paused status.  It might be worth checking your dashboards....

Writers' Cafe / Don't Do This To Your Readers...
« on: December 02, 2018, 07:02:47 pm »
I just stopped reading at 407 of a 600+ page book of a well-known author that I usually love.  I don't leave one star reviews because I know how it feels, but I'm so ticked off at the book I had to vent and where to go but here ;D.  If your character is magical and clairvoyant and there is an animal torturing, serial killer, rapist living in the same house...maybe, just maybe, don't make her a wimp with Stockholm syndrome who just can't see the truth 400 pages in. She's clairvoyant!  I just couldn't take it anymore.  I skipped to the end, found out he'd killed more people and caused more harm and the end--waste of time.

Okay, done venting.  Carry on :) 

Writers' Cafe / NEWINBOOKS.COM advertisement as of 2018?
« on: May 03, 2018, 03:09:58 pm »
I've read the posts regarding the website, but was wondering if anyone had done an advertisement with them in 2018 and what their results might be.  I'm looking at the romance genre and from what I can tell the rankings are all better than 10,000 for romance.  The price for a feature is really high, though, and the last Kboards posts from 2017 and earlier made me change my mind about trying it out for a new launch.

But...if anyone has different news now...I'd be interested in knowing...

Writers' Cafe / New Group to Help with Cover Design
« on: July 23, 2017, 08:58:21 pm »
Mods, I'm not sure if this is allowed.  If not, I understand.

I searched both Kboards and Facebook for a specific group dedicated to helping authors make the best covers possible.  While there are alot of places where authors post covers for feedback there is not one specific place dedicated to better cover creation (not that I could find in my search earlier today)

I am also inviting cover designers who have services to sell to comment in the introductory post with links to your website. (I haven't decided if or how often this should be refreshed yet.  I just started the group today)

Writers' Cafe / Pulling Books that Don't Sell
« on: June 28, 2017, 05:13:11 pm »
I was listening to a podcast. I believe it was Mary Novak & Sylvia Frost's "Indies that Sell" with Annie Billet.  Annie had mentioned that she cleaned up her back catalog, leaving only the 20-Sided Sorceress and I believe another series.   I currently have four standalones that sell next to nothing.  I leave them because every now and then someone comes through and makes a purchase.

I think it would make sense to pull them if I had a strong brand, but I'm not sure if I have a strong enough brand for it to matter. But maybe that's the reason I should pull them so I can make a stronger brand...

Has anyone else dealt with this?

Writers' Cafe / One Change at a Time
« on: October 18, 2016, 07:15:23 pm »
Over the weekend I made a major change to the covers of my new series.  I hit publish and with excitement waited to see how it would affect the rankings.  Over the course of a few days, I watched the book dive in the wrong direction.  I thought, "This cover is better than my other one. I KNOW it is.  What's wrong?"

Then I realized, I ALSO changed the blurb.  Today I changed the blurb back and just now checked and have recovered to my previous weekend position in the rankings.

I've come away with a few lessons...

1) Watch ranks carefully after making changes
2) Make one change at a time if you want to track how well it affects ranking. (Although I think it would be safe to upload a new book version and change cover or blurb)

Guess that's it :)

Writers' Cafe / Need Cover Comparison Help
« on: July 28, 2016, 09:45:29 pm »

I've actually switched my covers from the first to the second and now back to the first.  I don't know which is better.  I like the girl for subject matter, but it's bland for color (I've tried a variety of options, but this was the best for color).  I like the blue on the 2nd cover, but I don't think it has the same marketing appeal... 

Hi everyone, just posting a new book if you're interested.

Sibling rivalry has never been so dangerous.

Seven years ago Jade and Raven witnessed their father's brutal murder. The killer has returned, and he will stop at nothing to seize a power that he desperately desires. As Elementals just beginning to understand their potential, the sisters are hunted. A dark secret complicates family ties. On the run, hunted, and often at odds, they must learn to work together or risk everything...including their lives.

Writers' Cafe / Promotions for Kindle-unlimited Books at Full Price
« on: July 04, 2016, 10:02:41 am »
Does anyone know of legitimate promotions for books at full price?  I'm about to do a new release for a book that will be in Kindle Unlimited. I don't want to risk promoting with a disreputable company, but I've only really used the 'free promotion' sites.  The only one I can think of might be Bknights.  Any other ideas?

Also, if anyone has suggestions on planning for a new release.  I've been at this a while, but have a terribly bad habit of just publishing the book and hoping it sticks.  I don't plan nearly well I'm open to suggestions there as well.

Writers' Cafe / Advice on Writing Humor
« on: August 09, 2015, 05:15:08 pm »
I'm about to embark on a new series and I want it to be supremely funny.  As a writer I know the techniques of using exaggeration or disparate ideas to create humor, but there's got to be more out there.  (I've checked the library...why are there no books on writing comedy?)

Anyway, if anyone would like to add more techniques, I'd love to learn!

Writers' Cafe / Bookbub and "Critical Reviews"
« on: July 13, 2015, 04:16:04 pm »
Does anyone have a list of the reviewers that Bookbub considers worthy?  I'm betting Kirkus is on the list, but I was wondering if there were others?

Writers' Cafe / Anyone Use Book Butterfly on a Freebie?
« on: April 09, 2015, 05:00:41 pm »
How were the results?

Writers' Cafe / Advertising Site
« on: April 03, 2015, 06:48:31 pm »
This site isn't listed on the "Free for Free Ebooks" lists (at least not the lists I've seen...), but is taking free ebook listings.

ManyBooks  or

Thought it might be of interest... :)

Writers' Cafe / ANY 'EPIC' writers out there?
« on: November 25, 2014, 12:54:07 pm »
I'm setting out to embark on a 5 book epic fantasy that crosses urban and traditional fantasy genres.  I can already tell it's going to be complex and I'm intimidated by the scope of what I'm planning.  For those of you who write epic fiction, how do you keep track of all those details? 

Writers' Cafe / How do you make a professional looking font?
« on: November 14, 2014, 07:06:13 pm »
I just saw the cover thread and it made me think of a topic I have been curious about, but didn't know who to ask.  There are some people who have AWESOME looking font.  How did you get it that way? 

The Book Bazaar / Dark Visions First Love FREE
« on: August 07, 2014, 07:48:09 pm »
Part adventure, part romance, this is the tale of a paladin and a healer who fall in love while fate threatens to tear them apart.

Writers' Cafe / Is there a way to track what works in advertising?
« on: April 13, 2014, 03:24:08 pm »
First I'd like to thank C. Gockel for the awesome link to free advertising for freebies.

Then I'd like to ask.  Is there a way to figure out what advertising works?  I'm having a rather good  situation in that something kicked loose and I'm getting some good download numbers for my free book, but I've submitted to SO many sites, I don't know how to trace where it came from.  I'm trying to trace the surge, but I don't even see my book on the first page of Google.

I've searched ENT and Pixel of Ink which are known 'movers of books' and didn't see me there, so I'm just not sure.  Does anyone know how it's possible to figure it out?  I'd love to spend more time writing than marketing (which it seems right now I'm doing a lot more of).

So far, I know that BookBub, ENT, and Pixel of Ink are generally known to be a breakeven or better type of advertising.  Are there any others?  I have a free book, Moon Struck, that is at 149 pages.  It's under the minimum page requirement for BookBub.  If I'm going to spend advertising dollars, I want to get the most out of it.  The problem is that I have no way of knowing what works...

Anyone have a success story with advertising?

Jen has never enjoyed the full moon. Not like her family and certainly not like her boss, Rob, whose monthly trysts leave the office in a shambles. Jen turns into a mouse on the full moon, the most disrespected form in the were-community.

Her crush on Rob only makes her deep loneliness and feelings of alienation worse. When her friend steals an amulet with the power to turn were-wolf, Jen decides to try it on... only to find that being a wolf isn't all its cracked up to be. Guaranteed to make you howl.

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