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Writers' Cafe / Kobo promos
« on: July 14, 2018, 05:20:33 pm »
Can anyone share their results with Kobo promos? How many books were downloaded for a free promo? How long did it take before you saw subsequent sales on other books in the series. Thanks!

Writers' Cafe / How to guesstimate Amazon sales in Australia?
« on: April 11, 2016, 06:15:01 pm »
My Kindle Press book, Dead and Breakfast, is having an unusually good day in Australia. I have no idea why. Since it's pubbed by an Apub, how do I guestimate my sales in the Australia store based on my Aust. rank? Anyone Australian and can tell me? It's 523!

Writers' Cafe / Wrtg to Market question
« on: March 12, 2016, 08:43:53 am »
Chris! or anyone who can help me.

I'm reading Writing to Market.

When I'm selecting subgenres to study, how broad or narrow should I go? For example, is Historical Mysteries too broad? British detectives too narrow? Does it matter? Or am I just looking at sales rank regardless of category?

Writers' Cafe / I'm on a writers retreat
« on: February 27, 2016, 04:03:35 pm »
My author friend and I decided to do an overnight at a hotel in the Poconos and we are writing. Hours and hours of writing. So far, I've written 6K words! I know, for some that's a daily word count. But this is the first time, I've been able to write constantly without fear of interruptions from my kids. I don't have to stop to cook dinner or clean up or anything. I might even get this book fully drafted this weekend!


Writers' Cafe / The Great Mystery Writers Thread
« on: January 07, 2016, 06:54:42 pm »
Calling all mystery authors -- let's take the mystery out of our genre and talk shop. Mystery shop.

What do you write? Traditional? Cozies? Historical? Paranormal?

I kinda write them all. Working on a cozy mystery and I'm publishing a YA paranormal mystery trilogy. My first book is a paranormal YA mystery set in 1996 -- a super genre mashup.

Writers' Cafe / A FB Mystery Writers Group?
« on: January 07, 2016, 10:27:29 am »
I'm looking to see if there is any interest in a mystery writers FB group (Cozy, thrillers, suspense) to discuss craft, promo opportunities, and the mystery genre specifically as an extension of KBoards.

If there is a board like this already, link it here. Thanks!

Writers' Cafe / Worth doing print for cozy mysteries?
« on: November 01, 2015, 05:58:54 pm »
I'm wondering if I should spend the extra money for formatting and a cover wrap for my cozy mystery. Is it worth it? Do cozy authors get many print sales?

The Book Bazaar / Paranormal mystery set in the 90s -- 99 cents
« on: October 05, 2015, 10:03:32 am »
My YA paranormal mystery, Grunge Gods and Graveyards, is only 99 cents this week! (Super cheap. Cheaper than McDonalds coffee. But way better. Trust me.) It's like My So-Called Life meets Ghost meets Veronica Mars. All awesome things.


Writers' Cafe / Thank you, Harvey (Harvey Chute appreciation)
« on: August 27, 2015, 06:34:25 pm »
I haven't seen a thread on this and I'm gutted to even have to write this, but Harvey's wife posted on her blog that Harvey has entered hospice. He has stage 4 cancer. You can see the post here:

Harvey is a good soul, a very kind man, and I just wanted to take a moment to thank him. I met him through Red Adept Publishing and he has been a supportive friend ever since. He guided me to KBoards, and by doing so, helped me find my tribe. After reading all the threads here about indie publishing, I felt energized about my writing career in a way I had never felt before. I'm indebted to Harvey.

Harvey, the founder of KindleBoards which became KBoards died September 25, 2015.  Read his obituary here:

Writers' Cafe / Anyone have an author logo?
« on: August 05, 2015, 10:57:33 am »
Does anyone have an author logo that they put on their books, website, business cards, etc? I'm just curious. I was thinking of having one made as part of my branding. I thought it would be a cool idea.

ETA: Can you link to it, so I can see some examples?

Writers' Cafe / My permafree went to paid?
« on: August 02, 2015, 06:48:42 am »
I just realized why my free downloads stopped. My permafree short story is now 99 cents on Amazon. I have no idea why that has happened. Amazon made it free for me weeks ago without difficulty.

Anyone else?

Writers' Cafe / Anyone write historical mysteries?
« on: July 25, 2015, 09:33:30 am »
I'm planning out my next projects after I finish up my YA mystery trilogy and I'm considering writing two historical mysteries series. How is the indie market for historical mysteries?

My short novel, The Lady in Blue, is on sale for 99 cents this week.
If you like a fast-paced murder mystery set in both 1996 and 1955, you're going to devour The Lady in Blue.

Here's the synopsis.
The Lady in Blue stole a car and fled Ash.
Out on Devlin Road she emerged from a crash.
She wandered the woods with her head dripping blood.
Then drowned in the river in water and mud.

All her life criminology student Liz Bloom has heard this rhyme, meant to scare young campers. When she's about to take on her first cold case, Liz learns the eerie song is about her great aunt Lana. Liz isn't big on studying, but she does have one advantage most criminologists don't -- she can speak to the dead.

In 1955, Lana Bloom was an eighteen-year-old beauty with Hollywood dreams who fell in love with a stranger. When Lana died in a bloody car crash, all signs pointed to the mysterious man who was never seen again.

As Lana unravels the details surrounding her last week of life, the tale she weaves for Liz is one of desire, betrayal, and murder. But if Lana can't identify her killer, not only will a murderer escape punishment, but her ghostly form will cease to exist. And Liz will have failed the most important assignment of all - family.

I'm writing a YA mystery set in Key West and I have my two teen characters go to the warf to buy fish for dinner.
Is that realistic?

When does the day's catch come off a boat? Can they buy a whole fish right then and there? Or would they get it at a fish market? Could they purchase it direct from the fisherman?

Can anyone help me or point me in the right direction?


Writers' Cafe / How to make book free on Nook?
« on: June 09, 2015, 10:06:52 am »
Is there a way to make a book free on Nook without using D2D? When I uploaded my short story to D2D and had it published to Nook, it did so without the cover or blurb. So I thought I'll just upload it myself on Nookpress. But I can't make it free. Should I make it 99 cents and report it, as on Amazon? Or does Nook not work like that?


ETA: Nevermind! Apparently D2D did publish it with a cover and blurb -- just showed up much later. Weird. Disregard

Writers' Cafe / Best day for free promo?
« on: May 30, 2015, 12:32:37 pm »
What day of the week do free books usually do better? Weekends? Mondays?
Just trying to plan a free promotion.

Writers' Cafe / Inspired by a premade cover?
« on: May 25, 2015, 06:33:02 am »
Anyone ever buy a premade cover because you were inspired to write a story based on the cover?
Did you actually write the book? Or are they still sitting on your hard drive?

Writers' Cafe / Anyone ever organize their own cover reveal event?
« on: May 22, 2015, 06:09:56 am »
Has anyone ever organized their own cover reveal? How does one go about it? Do you make a Google form and ask for blogger sign-ups? I'm releasing a new YA novel in September and the cover is almost done. I'd appreciate any advice.

Writers' Cafe / Delisted from Kobo but not on
« on: May 18, 2015, 01:30:05 pm »
Does anyone know how long to expect my book to sit on even though it's gone from Kobo? I want to put The Lady in Blue in Select.

Writers' Cafe / How long to wait after delisting books?
« on: May 17, 2015, 07:18:17 am »
I delisted The Lady in Blue from D2D in order to put it into KU. How long should I wait to know it's absolutely delisted from Tolino? I didn't see it on Scribd. But I can't even figure out how to check Tolino.

Writers' Cafe / How best to market YA?
« on: May 05, 2015, 02:15:37 pm »
I was wondering if anyone had some wisdom on how best to market YA. My first book, Grunge Gods, is published by a small press so there is only so much I can do with that. I just indie published The Lady in Blue and I could use some guidance. I'm not sure if I'm missing marketing opportunities.

I'm working on other books. I'm contacting bloggers for reviews. I participate in collective giveaways.

What works for you when marketing your YA?

The Book Bazaar / Free YA spooky short story set in Key West
« on: May 04, 2015, 07:44:31 am »
My short story, One Night Is All You Need, is a spooky YA short story set in Key West, Florida. It's probably my most favorite thing I've written.
Free until Thursday, May 7th!

Here's the blurb:
After Margot Green helps move her older sister into the University of Miami dorms, she just wants to go home to New Jersey where she can wallow in her loneliness. Unfortunately for Margot, her parents decide to extend their trip to the Florida Keys where they sign up for a kooky tour of historic Key West. Margot is horrified to have to traipse around hotter-than-Hades Old Town with her embarrassing parents until she meets Sam, an enigmatic local, who convinces her to embark on a spooky adventure that will inevitably lead to discovery and heartache.

ONE NIGHT IS ALL YOU NEED is a 5,000-word YA short story that will appeal to both romance and mystery fans.

Writers' Cafe / Published! Thank you KBoards!!
« on: May 01, 2015, 02:31:26 pm »

I just published my first major indie project today!! Thank you so much Harvey and KBoarders. There's no way in hell I would've been able to do this without hanging out here for months and months, soaking up knowledge like a sponge.

The Lady in Blue is live on Amazon (pending on BN and Kobo) and now I'm off to figure out how to get it onto iTunes.

Cookies and ice cream to all of you!

Writers' Cafe / When is a novella a novel?
« on: April 22, 2015, 04:40:32 pm »
My novella is at 46K words and might hit 48K words by the time I'm all done with some last minute additions.
It has the word, novella, in the subtitle. But, if it's 48K words, is it safe to call it a novel or not?

Should I change the subtitle to:
The Lady in Blue: A Grunge Gods and Graveyards Book


Writers' Cafe / Can I get an ISBN later?
« on: March 31, 2015, 06:05:29 pm »
I'm going to publish my novella as an ebook first and then I'll format it for Createaspace later when I've made back some money. Do I need to buy an ISBN now or can I get it later if I decide I want a print option and attach it to the book?

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