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Writers' Cafe / What do I need to know about a re-release?
« on: January 21, 2014, 10:56:54 am »
Hi all!

I hope everyone is well, I haven't been around much and I've missed you all! I've been a bit of recluse working like a fiend to get some things accomplished and finally, for the first time in almost a year, I have a bit of a lull in my schedule I'm dedicating re-releasing my first novel. The book is sort of dead in the water due to a combination of things and I want to try for a big re-launch to maybe, hopefully, freshen things up.

It starts with a re-edit, which I've already had done and waiting on me for over a year now. I'm going over the MS with a fine-tooth comb and applying some of the things I've learned about self-editing over the past year to hopefully shine it up. And since I was going to all that work, I've commissioned Scarlett (love her!) for a new cover ... I'm waiting to hear back from my first choice formatter ... and so on it goes.

Here's my rough plan ...

1. Invest in a makeover
2. Offer a Goodreads giveaway
3. Beg Amazon to let owners of the book know a new version is available - already sent an e-mail asking about their policy in regards to such a thing
4. Contact some of the blogs that featured the novel to maybe mention the relaunch
5. Try to gather up some new reviews
6. Apply to Bookbub (the book has over 50 reviews and is sitting at 4 stars in it's current state)

So, what am I missing? I've never done this before, uncharted territory for me, but I know some of you have...and I was wondering maybe you know what I may be lacking in my plan.


Writers' Cafe / Is Goodreads going to lose valuable reviewers?
« on: October 24, 2013, 07:59:29 am »
Interesting article posted on Salon yesterday (forgive me if this has already been discussed).

Forgive me if this has been posted, but when I saw it, I wanted to share.

Basically, Scarlett Johansson is suing because in a novel a fictional character is mistaken for the actress. 

As for me, I don't relate the likeness of my characters to actresses or actors.  On one hand it seems like a true overreaction on Johansson's part ... but on the other, depending on the context of the novel, it might be a reputation thing, the character who looks like her partaking in illegal/immoral activities?  Really, I don't know.

What say you?

Because you know, whether you have real life kiddos or not, you give birth to your characters and send them off into the world all the same. 

Everyone knows 1-star reviews hurt, heck I've had one in the past that was comment-less, it was like a drive by -- it stung, but I moved on.

I've pretty much sat on this for 24-hours, thinking "okay, you won't feel so badly once you get over the shock."  Not true.  And I think it's because of the accusation in the review, not exactly because of the review itself.  

The reviewer told me in, no uncertain terms, I'm a terrible writer and the editing of my work is awful.  I can take both of those blows.  I had the book gone over three times -- edited by Lauren Dee, edited by Ashley Davis, proofed by Red Adept.  I literally did the best I could do, I tried.  As for my writing?  That can't be helped.  I write how I write how I write.  Subjective tastes and all that.

If you hate my work on those merits, I'm fine with it ... really ... totally fine.

What is really bothering me though is a stinging accusation that I stole another writer's plot.  I absolutely, unequivocally did not do that.  As a matter of fact, I've read the other book, mine was already finished and waiting to be edited when I did so.  It came out in June, mine came out in early October -- it takes me about 6 months to write a book, then about another 3 to have to have it finished up with editing.  

I am stung and hurt and so embarrassed.  And I just cannot get over it.  I've tried.  

The comparison of the "plots" gives away the ending -- so there is a abject spoiler in the review, which sucks since the ending is a big twist -- or was.  

I don't respond to negative reviews, or positive reviews for that matter.  Never have.  This will be no exception.  But my sales have slowed down over the past day ... and I wish I could tell this reviewer that, although the book contains certain similarities in plot, I'm not a cheat, and began working on this book, including the end, long before the other book was released.  

Sorry for this long thread ... I just needed to vent.  

Writers' Cafe / Barnes & Noble vs. Simon & Schuster ...
« on: March 24, 2013, 05:47:35 am »

Just read about this ... it seems that B&N wants titles at a cheaper price and they are asking for more money when it comes to placing the books in prime locations.

There is a whole list of "casualties" ... new and younger writers hurt by this.


Writers' Cafe / Curious minds want to know ... (agent question)
« on: March 23, 2013, 05:40:20 pm »
This is for anyone who may have experience in what I'm, hypothetically, interested in knowing more about.

With the success of eBooks in general, the rapidly growing popularity of self-publishing and the success stories we hear (all the top 100 sellers, NYT and USA best sellers), I'm curious to know if anyone has signed an already successful book on with an agent and what that agent wanted from you -- did she/he ask you to re-edit or revise, pull the tile off Amazon or B&N or iTunes, suggest changing the title ... in general, if you can and without naming names, I'm interested in what the experiences have been.

Writers' Cafe / Ignore.
« on: March 07, 2013, 03:06:16 pm »

Writers' Cafe / UPDATED With Fresh Options! What Say You ...
« on: March 07, 2013, 12:33:30 pm »
So here's what's up ...

I'm working with Renu on my new cover.  Unfortunately (or fortunately) things in my genre have changed.  We're no longer seeing beautiful women on the cover ... but things, objects, stuff that makes sense and doesn't make sense -- but they're moving away from imagery of women.  All right, gotta roll with the punches, as they say.

During my searching around for photos, I found one I LOVE.  Love, love, love, love.  It would be perfect for the theme of the book and convey a very strong message.  Like I normally do, I searched book covers with XX on it.  

Lo and behold if some trade book didn't use the image EXACTLY how I wanted to use it.

Lo and behold if this title isn't some no-name, but got a deal of press a couple years back -- it now hangs out at 80k on Amazon.

Now, I can buy the stock image on Getty Images, it's available and ready for use ... and I could probably get Renu to alter the atmosphere a little so at first glance it's not exactly the same -- the typography would be different too.  But the bottom line is ... I know somewhere this image has been used.  Would it be so, so, so bad if I did it anyway because it will haunt me if I don't ... OR ... am I taking a cheap shot at another book by using it for my own little title which will never be as popular as the one it originated on?

What say you?

Hi KB Author Friends!

Every year my husband plays in a charity hockey game (Guns vs. Hoses ... Cops vs. Firefighters) at the Allstate Arena in Chicago.  It draws huge crowds and lots of sponsorships (including Hollywood Casino, Oakley, La Batt Blue, Ulta Cosmetics and more).  And every year they select a charity to donate 100% of the proceeds towards, and part of that effort is a silent auction.  

Being that my husband is so involved and super supportive of my dream ... I want to pay that back and support him while also supporting a great cause.  

So, here is my thought ...

My plan is to buy a Kindle and super load it with fantastic Indie Authors to be raffled off for Wounded Warriors.  If any of you would be interested in donating a digital copy of your book, I would be so touched and really grateful.  I know it's asking a lot, but it's for a good cause.  

I will do what I can, on my part, to promote this giveaway ... I'll be printing rack cards with author names to sit beside the auctioned item as a "flyer" so even if someone does win, they can still take that with them.  And the winner will get not only the kindle loaded up, but also a booklet with the contributing authors bios and information.  

Thank you all in advance for your consideration.  

Can I include the link to the charity events website?  If so, you can find more information there.

This information is scattered throughout the pages, but I figured making it "front page" may help limit any confusion and keep everyone UTD.

There is now a website for authors who have donated :

Donors get an author-centric page.  I'll personally do anything I can to promote you on my end.  

The only genre I can't accept is erotica for the obvious reasons being (a) it's a charity and (b) we don't know the potential age of the winner.  Everything else, however, is fair game -- I think the plethora of genres, books and authors makes for a more interesting prize.  

To submit, all you have to do is e-mail me at: ashley (at) ashleymacklerpaternostro (dot) com

Please include the following:

- .mobi file of your book(s)
- any important links you want included on your page (twitter, facebook, pinterest, blog and/or website)
- author biography if you have one you specifically want used ... if not, I will hijack your author bio from your Amazon page (as well as your photo!)

Thanks again everyone for your ongoing support ... it means a lot to me, the players of the charity game and ultimately, the Wounded Warrior Project who will benefit from our efforts.

I finally did it ... bit the bullet and ordered a Noreve case for my iPhone (the one with the cardholders on the back and the ability to answer the phone without opening the flap ... in red -- I'm having some crazy love affair with that color right now  :D).  

I paid, after the discount, $50.00 and change. And, all things considered and equal, I couldn't really beat the price ... not for leather, not for handmade ... a plastic case would cost me nearly as much.  Plus, I figure the leather must had some protection during my clumsy moments (which are far more frequent then I'd let on).  

So, I'm wondering if anyone else has this cover (or any other Noreve) for their iPhone and how they like it?  I had an Ocean Blue (very bright, very primary) for my Kindle a few years back and LOVED it.  But this is a different beast.  I'm wondering how the flip functions for those have it and use it.  I guess I probably should have asked before ordering ... but, excitement overwhelmed me.

Writers' Cafe / Hmm ... Createspace pricing change?
« on: February 21, 2013, 08:46:01 pm »
My paperback books have always been priced at 13.95, which is on par with trade paperbacks of my particular genre.  I just went into my CS account to expand distribution and as I was clicking through the confirm and save portion of the process I noticed CS had raised my minimum price.  Now, it wasn't up'd by much (just $.05) ... but still, it was raised and I cannot, for the life of me figure out why!  The price has been the same since the launch $13.95 and just a few months ago, that was fine.  I'm assuming they're raising their prices -- or maybe it has something to do expanding my distribution ... but if you know, or have the answer, please tell me!

Has anyone encountered this? 

Writers' Cafe / Full Out BRAG ... forgive me in advance
« on: February 20, 2013, 03:56:56 am »
I woke up this morning to this ...

#94 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#8 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Literary
#9 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction
#16 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Women's Fiction > Contemporary Women

I have NEVER been in the top 100 before for paid sales.  I am positively beside myself right now.  And I know, after the recent thread, that there are so many accomplishments much bigger then this ... but I'm so excited right now.  

Thanks for letting me share.  

ETA:  Yesterday morning, my book was hanging out at 113K.

Writers' Cafe / Does Amazon Normally Drag It's Heels?
« on: January 29, 2013, 10:55:07 am »
About 24 hours I submitted my book for a price change ... from 3.99 to .99. I know they say it takes 12 hours, but 24?  Is this normal for the price change?

Writers' Cafe / "By The Seat of My Pants" Promo
« on: January 11, 2013, 04:57:24 am »
My first term of Select ends on the 16th ... and thus far I have only used one promo of three days.  My numbers started to backslide on Wednesday and I figured why not just use those two free days up rather then forfeit them?  A last ditch effort?  I'd say so.  I signed up for what I call a "seat of my pants promo" and I hope it was a good idea -- my numbers, yesterday, continued to climb back up going from around 16k to 40k to 60k ending at 89k.

So, interestingly enough, we've been talking about the slow death of Select and some have wondered if it's the program OR all the promotion we do of the program that moves our books.

Well, for me, we shall see.  

I have done ABSOLUTELY no promotion of this giveaway.  None, nada, zilch.  I'm only mentioning it here because I'm going to post my numbers and ranking.  It's a little experiment to see if a book with next to no visibility can move copies at all just leaning on Amazon.

Here is where it begins --

January 1- January 10 :
SOLD - 25

Rating - 4.5 stars
Reviews - 10

Ranking - Around 89k

January 11:

PROMO - 22 @ 6:55a
Ranking - None

PROMO - 106 @ 12:08
Ranking -#2,845 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
#41 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Literary Fiction
#54 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Women's Fiction

PROMO - 952 @ 7:13p
Ranking - #1,401 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
#28 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Literary Fiction
#36 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Women's Fiction

PROMO - 979 @ 7:27p (only updating because I saw a large jump in over-all ranking)
Ranking - #708 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
#23 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Literary Fiction
#24 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Women's Fiction

PROMO - 1204 @ 10:10p
Ranking - #260 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
#13 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Women's Fiction
Interestingly, my ranking for Lit fell off, but it was still hanging out at #23 when I checked and my other category, Contemporary, had me at #41

January 12

PROMO - 1374 @ 7:27a
Ranking - #211 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
#9 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Literary Fiction
#10 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Women's Fiction
In Contemporary, it's #19

PROMO - 1595 @ 6:25p
Ranking -#273 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
#11 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Women's Fiction
#16 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Literary Fiction
Interesting backslide beginning

PROMO - 1722 @ 11:59p
Ranking -#380 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
#14 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Women's Fiction
#20 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Literary Fiction

Perhaps the biggest surprise was my ability to giveaway books in the UK.  Never before I have had such numbers or ranked that high ...
#43 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
      #3 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Literary Fiction

Hi All!

I bought a Kindle Fire when they first came out and used it mostly for watching Amazon Prime videos, which is to say, I didn't use it much.  I now have an iPad Mini and the Fire has become sort of redundant technology and I think it needs a new home where someone can actually use and enjoy it.  

No issues or damage at all ... and I'll sell it with a beautiful green (it's sort of an apple/leaf color) leather M-Edge case (executive platform style).  Comes with original AC charger and I *might* be able to scrounge up the box, but probably not.  

If you'd like to see pictures, please PM with your e-mail and I will gladly send them your way.  

I'm asking $120.00 $100.00 OBO shipped with payment via Paypal ... but I'm open to reasonable offers as well.

Thanks so much!

Writers' Cafe / Does anyone know which books this belongs to?
« on: January 03, 2013, 09:17:56 am »
I remember a while back there was a thread on this book cover where a little girl/boy was running through a field and behind her/him was a trail of glowing dust?  I think it was Sci-Fi but maybe YA?  We discussed the cover and how the stars should have been done in foil for the dust-jacket version.

I have been searching ALL DAY with no luck.  But, I am gathering ideas for a book cover and the effect of the dust is something I want ... so it's a good reference.


Writers' Cafe / Anyone Else With A Strange Uptick In Sales?
« on: December 31, 2012, 07:50:03 am »
I was surprised (pleasantly so) this morning when I signed into KDP and noticed I'd move a lot (well, a lot for me) books over night. 30-ish books with 4 returns. My ranking fell into 11.5k range (which it's never been before) ... so, just for fun, I checked again -- no more books sold but my number keeps falling, now I'm hanging out in the 10.5k range. And I'm just wondering if anyone has experienced a small surge?

I did a free giveaway last week (almost a week ago) and there had been NO change post-free at all -- and I honestly didn't giveaway that many books any how (2,700 across all stores).  I shot right back up to 150k-250k range and languished there until today. 

I don't think I've been featured anywhere ... I haven't done any promotion at all in the past week.  I'm just wondering if Amazon isn't glitchy today for some reason (not that I am complaining).

Kindle Accessories / The Biggest No-No ... But It's A Win
« on: December 27, 2012, 07:10:10 am »
Yesterday during a trip to Best Buy I decided to treat myself to the "baby" Kindle (the Paperwhites were out-of-stock and I'm a bit impatient, not to mention I never really loved my Kindle Touch and missed the buttons!) ... I was excited ... but even more excited about getting a new cover.

I have always loved really *fine* covers.  Noreve, Cole Haan ... I've toyed with the idea of getting an Oberon, but I like the fact the Kindle is lightweight and the heft of the Oberon has always been a consideration for me.  So, when I got my new Kindle (since it will be my primary reading device going forward), I knew I wanted something special -- and frankly, there was nothing spectacular at Best Buy whatsoever.

My husband and I had to venture into Barnes & Noble for a few things and I was greeted with the candy-store display of bright, shinny, happy Nook covers.  Beautiful Nook covers.  Sweet baby grass greens and vivid ocean blues, bright peony pinks.  It was like "Ah! This is what I want!"

Now, I know the Nook Simple Touch and the Baby Kindle are different sizes ... but they aren't that different.  So I hightailed it back to my car, opened the Kindle box in the parking lot and took my new lil' toy (complete with plastic) into Barns & Noble.  I opened the cases and HOLY MOLY it fit.  Not perfectly, but it fit-ish. 

I told my husband, as we were walking back in, that this was almost sacrilegious (hyperbole, I suppose on my part.) He told me he was certain they wouldn't care ... a sale is, after all, still a sale.


I told him he could handle it if anyone asked.

I'd ended up picking the **perfect** case, being that I'm a writer, the quote pressed into the leather was so fitting for me and I was thrilled.  I even wedged my little Kindle into the case and it fit -- not perfectly -- but good enough. 

As I'm getting ready to leave my husband walks over with another case ... same color ... little bit large ... and does so right in front of the main display.

Enter the Nook salesgirl.

"Those to cases are for different Nooks ... Nook Simple Touch," She points to mine, "Nook HD." She points to the one in my husband's hand.
"Yeah, she has a Kindle, so we're just trying to find the case she likes best," my husband says thinking nothing of it. 
"Those aren't for the Kindle!" she said giving him the most curious look.
"We tried it, it will work"  he says, glancing at me and I just smiled, tried to play nice.
"But it's not for the Kindle it's for the Nook!" she started to grow agitated.
"I understand that.  But she wants to try it," he repeats himself.

She glanced at the salesman working the area with her and the look was almost comical. 

"Those cases aren't for Kindle," the man says as he and this woman trade looks, "Kindles don't have the buttons on the back."
"It'll be fine," my husband says, and walks away.

He got a good laugh at how right I was.  The Nook people were horrified.

But, ultimately the case does work.  The Kindle is held "just enough" by the clips and a little double sided foam tapes secures the kindle even more without damaging the device or the case.  So, if you like the Nook Simple Touch cases ... this is something you may want to consider --- just don't make mention of your goal in store.

The Book Bazaar / In The After is running a Month-of-Love promotional sale!
« on: December 25, 2012, 05:42:48 am »
Hi all!

Just wanted to announce that my novel is currently running a month-of-love promotion.  The book is currently available for $.99!

There is a reason fairy tales end when they do ... because happily ever after is just the beginning of real life.

Once upon a time in the quaint, forgotten coastal town of Joyce, Washington Emmy Burns existed in the middle of an inconsequential life that resembled a small-town fairy tale; days filled with caring for her daughter Avery, running her small but thriving pottery store, married to the only man she had ever loved. But all of that changed when the fog rolled out one beautiful morning, leaving emptiness where Emmy had stood only the day before. She had seemingly and without a sound vanished into the thick misty air of the Pacific Northwest, taking with her a lifetime of secrets.

In the aftermath Stephen Burns is content telling the police his wife must have simply chosen to walk away from him and their daughter. But Sidney Ruth, Emmy's closest friend, knows the truth. Sidney is the one person who had watched as the vines grew around the dark forest that was the Burn's marriage.

Years of abuse has to led to this moment. As the days unfurl so do the secrets Emmy kept walled away, leaving the people of Joyce wondering: What really happened to Emmy Burns in her happily ever after?

Writers' Cafe / 1-star club has a new member
« on: December 08, 2012, 09:58:20 pm »
Hi, my name is Ashley and I just received my first one-star review. 

I have nothing to vent over since it was a Goodreads drive-by ... no text, just a little singular star.  It's going to hurt my rating once it officially and formally hits, but I'm okay.  Really.  No chocolate, no wine and no whine.  I take heart in knowing I'm in good company. 

Writers' Cafe / Writers ... prepare yourselves ...
« on: November 29, 2012, 09:35:00 pm »
I just signed into KDP ... and saw the lending fund for December is 1.4 MILLLION dollars ... perhaps we can guess now that Amazon has sold a *huge* amount of Kindles and is expecting a bumper holiday season.

So Jocelyn Sweetapple and I were talking the other day ... we bounced around the idea of possibly setting up our own collective book signing and the more I thought about it, the more I fell in love with the idea.

Naturally, I was wondering if any of you all would be interested in possibly working together to create a book signing?

In my hometown there is a small local (thriving) bookstore.  They're independent, but have a draw of huge names -- well known writers, when visiting the area, tend to work with them over Barnes and Nobel which is just a few blocks away.  They do a beautiful job of letting residents know when writers are in town and work heavily with "group tours" bringing in multiple writers at once under one big, beautiful umbrella of literature.  I know they have multiple book-clubs that meet within the store, they always have a healthy "local writer" section and they keep signed copies of novels post-event.

I'm contemplating contacting them to set something up ... and was wondering if anyone would like to join forces.  I don't know what would be required or offered or needed, obviously I'm on the ground floor looking up, but I think it had potential.  

If interested, PM me or e-mail me.  

This morning I checked my "author email" which is not directly linked to my Amazon account and I found this e-mail from Amazon from another author (I've never heard of her, never read one of her books) saying that XXXXX XXXX (name blanked out to protect her identity) wanted me to see her book on Amazon. 

Has anyone ever received this sort of message?  I'm wondering if there isn't some sort of new "publicity tool" Amazon is rolling out that I don't know about yet. 

Writers' Cafe / Heroine w/ Heart book tour cancelled ...
« on: October 22, 2012, 08:56:08 pm »
Anyone beside me and Jocelyn sign up?

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