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Writers' Cafe / Reviving obscure books
« on: June 04, 2016, 06:41:52 am »
Does anyone know of a good way to revive a book that hasn't sold many copies?

Details: I have two pen names: this one, and one for cozy mysteries/romance/black comedy. I'm having some trouble with my other pen name.

I launched my first book under this name last November, and it was a good experience. But when I launched another book under my second in December, book #2 immediately fell into obscurity. At first I thought it was because the writing is old (I wrote it when I was 16), or perhaps someone who writes my type of supernatural suspense has no business writing romance or comedy. At one point, I even thought it was because the book would at best, only appeal to women. Now that book sits in the "never sold" pile. I didn't do much advertising for book #2, and forgot about it until recently. A friend who has had the manuscript for a while read it and liked it, though she said my old cover was the reason she put it off for so long. I have since changed the cover; how do I re-mobilize the book? 


A friend of mine sent me two links this morning of dailymotion videos advertising pirated copies of my book for free.  I think I'm supposed to be mad, but I'm not. :D It's kind of nice, seeing that they took the time to copy the cover into short videos. Does anyone else feel this way?

I heard somewhere that some authors use free downloads as a means of marketing their other books. Out of curiosity, what is your ratio of free downloads to sales for your other books?

Thanks! :)

Writers' Cafe / Facebook posting services, do people use them?
« on: December 24, 2015, 05:28:54 pm »
A friend of mine is considering starting a book promo business. She posted a bunch of ads in Facebook groups for my book, and I think they were helpful so I suggested she makes a business out of it. Would this be a service authors would be interested in? If so, what would be an acceptable rate?

Writers' Cafe / Has anyone tried ENT in the past month? (December)
« on: December 23, 2015, 08:08:41 pm »
Has anyone tried ENT in the past month? What kind of results did you get? Please and thank you!

Writers' Cafe / Is there a place to trade services? Cover for edits?
« on: December 20, 2015, 11:32:41 am »
Is there a writer's marketplace where people can trade services? I'm looking for a proofreader/ copy editor for cheap. I can make book covers (~$40-60 each).

Thank you :)

My friend just sent me a text telling me that he got a free movie (Kung Fu Panda) after he bought my book. Is this something that's happening today?

Writers' Cafe / December KENP - Chances of it being 0.0025 per page?
« on: December 16, 2015, 03:23:23 pm »
Is it just me, or did the 1-month free trial for KU cause a big multiplier (8x, 10x) for the number of KENP read? Doesn't that mean the payout per page is going to be minimal?

Writers' Cafe / How do I report a lower price for a permafree to Amazon?
« on: December 10, 2015, 11:24:20 pm »
I want to make my short story Rain ( permafree. I put it on Smashwords here: ( but now I'm not sure where to go from there.

Is there a place I can report it? Or does someone else have to report it? (If so, will someone please report it as free?)

Writers' Cafe / Missing sales in Amaxon KDP royalty chart?
« on: December 07, 2015, 08:37:45 pm »
Is anyone else missing items from a couple days ago? The number of sales I have does not match the number of royalties paid. Does the system usually lag a few days or am I not seeing something?

Thanks guys. Sorry if this is a silly question. I'm still figuring things out.

Writers' Cafe / Break time: Looking for books to read and review (Have KU)
« on: November 28, 2015, 10:56:26 pm »
I have Kindle Unlimited, and I need a break from writing. (Props to everyone who's still awake and writing.)

If you have a book that is new or just needs more reviews, feel free to let me know. My only caveat is no erotica or anything close to porn (romance okay).

To the best of my knowledge, it's not advertising if I'm asking for books, right?  :P

Books read and reviewed

1. Jenny Schwartz - Sky Garden

Writers' Cafe / Thunderclap?
« on: November 24, 2015, 09:13:29 am »
Does anyone have any insights on Thunderclap? I just started one for my book and am wondering what to do with it. Do I simply message people to sign up for the link, or is it better to go to a group or page to get supporters? Thanks in advance!

I just published my novel a few days ago, and I had a short story running on free promotion. Does anyone know or have a guess as to if that affects sales? I'm considering launching another free short story after that just to keep promotional efforts going.

I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks in advance!

Writers' Cafe / Marketing Experiment
« on: November 22, 2015, 01:24:43 pm »
I launched my first book two days ago and am now experimenting with advertisement. Hopefully this is helpful to others. If anyone has any input, please let me know.

Week 1 Attempts (11/20-11/26)

Readers in the Know: (free) I have to say this guy is great. He put ads for my book on his website, facebook, and twitter. I will definitely continue using his service. I think I will purchase his gold promo package in December.

BookKitty on fiverr: ($5) I used her before and was happy to purchase again. She's very professional and tries to do as much as she can for her customers.

Bknights on fiverr: ($5) A very professional group. They got back to me within a day and I scheduled a promo for 11/27. Fingers crossed.

Flurriesofwords on fiverr: ($5) This business misrepresented its product. It promised to advertise in 2 blogs (one in the US and one in the UK), facebook, and twitter (the two latter ones allegedly have 35,000 followers.) It turned out that the two blogs are actually one blog with two URLs; the followers for both are the same people. Upon asking for proof of their facebook and twitter post, the seller refused. I requested a refund. The seller refused. Fiverr customer support eventually gave me a refund. This business is now closed. The seller posted a rant about this review in her blog.
edited to remove WHOA link, and commentary beyond basic facts.  PM me if you have any questions.  --Betsy/Ann

Goodreads: (free) I found a group of people who will give one honest review each for a free copy of the book. I sent them each a PDF, so hopefully that will turn into something. I also found a person who runs a book feature blog. It's free but you have to apply. It's an up and starting blog, so I'll let you know how it goes.

Asking for friends to help: (free) It's funny. The years I spent as an artist, I built up a network of people. One of them has decided to take up promoting my book in exchange for some of my artwork. He was able to secure 6 sales in the last couple of hours. If anyone had a previous job before writing, I recommend falling back on the old network.

Sales: 36/week (36 total)

Week 2 Attempts (11/27-12/3)

Bknights on fiverr: (same $5) This man works miracles. Seriously, you cannot ask for a better ad. He's very easy to communicate with, flexible in terms of dates, and his website is very well put together. With this and my own promotions and a couple of my friends sharing my posts on facebook and group text messages, my book was pushed from rank 49,000's to #6,590. Also I got #9, #10, and #16 on the Top 100 Bestsellers lists for 3 categories. If you're just starting out, or running low on funds, try Bknights. (Also, and this is a rumor, but it seems he gives refunds for the books he was not able to sell as well as he wanted)

eBook Booster: ($25) Good people. They're very professional, act quickly, and they really make sure all the work is done as promised. I will definitely use them again when I can figure out how the countdown deals work.

Sales: 44 so far

Writers' Cafe / Advice please for a newly published author
« on: November 21, 2015, 03:59:34 pm »
I launched my book yesterday, but am having trouble making sales. I posted it on facebook to my friends, and tried to look for promotion websites, but since my book isn't 99 cents or free, most of them seem off limits to me.

I suspect it might be my presentation. (Or if it's something else, please let me know.) In the past, I sold only short stories, so I don't know much about advertising full length novels. 

Thanks in advance!

The Book Bazaar / FREE - Lucinda on the Roof (Promotional Free Book)
« on: November 19, 2015, 05:25:48 pm »
Lucinda on the roof:

A psychological suspense short. It's free for the next 5 days. Please and thank you.

Writers' Cafe / Pricing on Kindle for first time authors
« on: October 17, 2015, 09:23:44 pm »
Does anyone have advice on how first time authors should price books on Amazon Kindle? I'm considering the $2.99 option, but was told by a more experienced author that $0.99 sells more books. Is that true?

Hi everyone,

This is me shamelessly asking for help (and hopefully offering a free Kindle book). I started a Kindle Scout campaign for my book, The Almshouse.
Here it is.

Please help me get the attention of the Amazon Press team by nominating this book. All you have to do is click the link above and the blue "Nominate me" button.

Voting is free and through your Amazon accounts. All you have to do is click. That's it. It's only one click for the entire duration of the campaign.

Though they will not automatically publish it, Amazon will review my work with enough nominations. (at least, that's what it says in their pitch.) If this book is selected, Amazon will send a free copy of it to all of its nominators.

If you have any questions regarding the program, the book, or anything else, I'd be happy to share what I know so far.

Please and Thank you!

Introductions & Welcomes / Hello World!
« on: October 15, 2015, 03:28:32 pm »
Hi everyone,

I'm new to the KBoards, but I heard it's a strong kindle community and I'm excited to try it. For the veteran members , how do you like it here so far?

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