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I was wondering if anyone else has been having trouble with the print version of KDP.  The ebook was already published, so I clicked on the "Start your paperback now" button. I've never actually done it that way before. I'm stuck on the first page. I haven't even uploaded cover or content yet.

At any rate, I've filled out the first page and can't seem to save either as "Draft" or "Save to Continue". It says "Please fix the highlighted errors in red to continue". The thing is...there ARE no red highlights.  Also, I've checked and double checked and I've filled out the pertinent fields and everything seems in order.

SO...turns out that if the ebook is still "publishing" even though it invites the author to 'start' their print book, the pages won't save.  I started with a new page while keeping the old one over & copy-pasted everything over.  It worked!

Writers' Cafe / AMS Ads & Permafree
« on: September 11, 2019, 02:41:31 pm »
I've been wondering if AMS ads actually hurt a permafree book.  Does Amazon algorithms work off a percentage?  For example, if 100 people visit a page and 1 person downloads the book versus 50.  The reason I ask is that I seem to actually slide back in downloads & ranking if I pay for AMS advertising on my permafree book.  It's backwards.  When I shut advertising off to that book, it seems to do better.  Anyone else having the same anomaly?

(It seems to work for the other books, just not the first book).  Maybe something else is affecting it that I can't see...

Writers' Cafe / Going Live -- Print Books on Amazon
« on: August 19, 2019, 04:56:18 pm »
I'm doing print books for the first time through Amazon.  I just ordered a proof copy, but it says that my book has to go "live" for that to happen.  And yet it's not technically published.  Does that mean that however many weeks I take to proof the book will eat into the 30 day window?

In the past with Createspace, I've found that print books actually drove downloads of my permafree.  If I miss the new release cliff while editing, I'm afraid I'll miss that window...

Writers' Cafe / Getting a Book Bub
« on: March 30, 2019, 05:09:32 pm »
I've been going back and forth on whether to post this or not.  After five years of failed attempts to get a Bookbub, I finally got one. Even though Middle Grade Fiction is one of Bookbub's smaller categories, my first submissions in this category went back to 2014.  While I can't say for sure why a book is chosen or not chosen, there were a few key changes to my book that may have made the difference, and I wanted to share them here.

First, I'm coming from a place of a multitude of rejections in the 2015-6 time frame, then to be honest, I gave up on a featured deal. The last time I had submitted a book for my Nan Sweet pen name was in April 2017 and the last time overall was in March 2018, but on a whim I submitted this month. I was so sure of another rejection that I almost didn't check back and then when I did, I just stared at the screen. 

Anyway, to make a long story shorter.  In between 2017 and 2019, I made some key changes to the book and my Author Central page. I'm not sure if those changes pushed my book up, but maybe this will help someone else catch the elusive Bookbub.

1) My books were always properly formatted so that they looked good, but last year I used Draft2Digital's ebook formatting to take the book to the next level.
2) I wrote a list of pertinent quotes from my reviews into the Editorial section of the book's page on Amazon.
3) Although I'm a tiny spender (less than $10), I recently ran some Bookbub 'non-featured' ads and promptly paid the bill.  Maybe somehow a good standing with accounting matters...or the selectors may check to see if someone has done business with them in the past.
4) In 2015, 2016 I submitted every month.  Maybe since Bookbub hadn't seen the book recently, the folks selecting didn't think, "Oh, I turned that down last month because..."
5) I promised to set Books 2-5 at 0.99 for the day of the ad.  I wrote this in the comment.  Although Bookbub never mentioned the comment and it wasn't part of the requirement, I  set my books to 0.99 for that day.

As for results, I gave away just under 5,000 copies and reached #22 in the free store.  My audio sales of the same book will pay for the ad and the follow-through sales of the rest of the series will go toward profit. Right now my ROI is about 100% but that might go up as more readers get through the free book.

Sorry for the long post. My thoughts on selection are conjecture, but it may be valuable. I hope this helps someone get a Bookbub.

Writers' Cafe / Highest Quality "Print on Demand" source?
« on: February 24, 2019, 07:07:01 am »
I've been using Createspace, now Amazon, for all of my print books, but the covers of the latest two (proof copies, both ordered last month) seem to be lower quality than Createspace once used.  I want a higher quality option.  I've heard that Ingram does hard backs and I'm thinking about trying them.  Has anyone tried all of the print-on-demand sources recently for comparison?  Do they all have the cover curl issue?  What advice can you give? 

Writers' Cafe / D2D - Formatting in Large Print for Print Books
« on: December 16, 2018, 06:21:55 am »
I love Draft2digital's formatting for print.  Nan is a pen name. On my regular name, I've done a lot through them. 

Children's books, especially middle grade, have to be in a larger font. D2D autoshrinks the font to 12 pt, regardless of the size of my uploaded font.  I've managed to do "Tara and the Ice Giant" with D2D in a larger font, but I can't remember how I did it.  I remember that I emailed them, but then in the meantime I was playing with the upload and I *think* I found a way to change the font to large...but now I'm not sure if I did it or they did it for me and I just thought I did (if that makes sense  :)

The bottom line...I don't think it's fair to bother D2D every time I want to print larger fonts.  Has anyone found a way to get the formatting on D2D to do larger font on the printbooks? What did you do?

Let's Talk Kindle! / Question on Kindle Book Organization
« on: December 19, 2015, 06:22:12 pm »
Does anyone know how to easily organize books on a Kindle?  I just bought five books in a series. The titles were really long to the point where I couldn't see the book order and accidentally opened book 5 first.  Now I know that two of the MC's married which I would much rather have discovered as it happened.

Is there a way to put books into a folder from the computer and then copy it to Kindle?  For some reason the folders I see in the file on my PC don't equate to the categories I created in the Kindle. (I find it really time consuming to categorize inside the Kindle itself.)

Writers' Cafe / Liliana Technique and Preorder Question
« on: August 01, 2015, 07:54:33 am »
I'm currently sitting on a finished book in my Amazon Bookshelf.  I have four more books in the wings, but still have to do final edits, uploads, etc.  I want to try the Liliana Technique and do a five book release at once, but it is SO HARD not hitting publish when the book is all ready to go. 

My inclination is to be patient and make it a true test of the technique--I've waited this long and only have a few weeks before the rest will be ready. I was wondering if it would work the same if I submitted the books as preorders as I went and set the same 'go live' date for all five books.

Has anyone tried the Liliana Technique with preorders and how did it go? 

Writers' Cafe / Robin Reads Question
« on: July 04, 2015, 07:14:09 am »
I just discovered Robin Reads looking at the boards today.  My first book is free.  The 2nd book in the series is 99 cents through at least the end of July. (It's a short-term drop).

Would you suggest booking an ad for the free book or the 99 cent book?  What kind of results has everyone gotten?

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