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Writers' Cafe / Accuracy of Covers?
« on: October 28, 2016, 01:45:12 pm »
While ideally we'd all have custom covers for every book, there are some really great (and affordable) premades out there. But if you're looking for a premade for a book, how much do you need to care about accuracy?

Assuming the cover fits the genre and feel of your book:

If your character has blonde hair, but the character on an otherwise acceptable cover has brown, does it matter?

If your character wields a crossbow, but the character on an otherwise acceptable cover has a more traditional bow, does it matter?

And in the case of something small, like eye colour, if you happened to have the skills to change it yourself, would that be acceptable (i.e. legal and not infringing on the designer's rights in anyway? I assume you'd have to mention the edit on the page where you credit the designer?)

Writers' Cafe / Promoting a new release - is 99c a must?
« on: June 13, 2016, 05:43:27 pm »
Obviously 99c is not a must if you have thousands of mailing list subscribers and the rest, but for someone with 2 subscribers (and, yes, I am one of them) are there any worthwhile ways to promote a new release without discounting?

I always get stuck in thinking that my book will do its best in the first month without discounts, so discounts feel like losing money (especially since it's a month before you can do a countdown deal, so no 70% royalty.) But at the same time, I obviously want to do some promotion, only it seems any advertising I could pay for requires a discount/99c/free price point. (My usual price is $2.99.)

Is the best way to do this just cut the price and take the lesser royalties?

Writers' Cafe / Authors who can't get EFT: how do you get paid?
« on: June 01, 2016, 10:18:14 pm »
After a couple of mentions in other threads about huge bank fees, I looked more closely into my own bank's fees. I'd thought it was $15, but for a foreign wire transfer, it turns out it's $50 - and I think there are currency fees on top of that.

If I'm reading the bank fees page right, cashing a foreign cheque will be $10. Obviously a better choice. Of course cheques are slow and a bit of a hassle, but to save $40 I'd deal with it.

Some others mentioned Payoneer, which, at my current level of income is not negligible when it comes to price. ($29.95 a year plus one percent of all transactions, if I recall correctly.) I do like that I can get my payments without waiting for the thresholds this way, but, again, I'd sooner save the money and wait.

I'm just wondering if there are any other companies/methods that are cheap and easy to save me from the archaic nonsense of cheques? (I'm in New Zealand if it makes any difference.) Also, are there any issues people have had with cheques that I should be aware of?

The Book Bazaar / L S May Books, YA paranormal/fantasy/romance
« on: May 02, 2016, 01:31:31 pm »
Book #1, Confessions of Innocence:

Innocence Cooper was born to rule. She will inherit leadership of the Council of good magic when her father dies or retires. Every witch in the world knows her name. None can ever know her secret.

Her active power - controlling fire - is granted by the evil spirits, not the good ones. A prophecy made decades before her birth declares she will rule over all evil magic.

For seventeen years, Innocence has done the best she can to ignore it. But then the new kid reveals he knows her secret, he shares her power and he came to recruit her.

Her secret is getting out.

Book #2, Redefining Innocence, and book #3 Trials of Innocence also out now!

See book 1 here:
Click covers in the signature line to see all books.

Writers' Cafe / Use of Free + Countdown Deals for Sequels?
« on: January 11, 2016, 12:03:30 pm »
I'm not a big seller, but I have worked out how to get a spike with a countdown deal on book 1 + advertising. I haven't yet tried a free day with book 1, but I understand the idea behind it.

What I'm struggling with is how to use these benefits with book 2 (and, when it comes, book 3 etc.) I have a series where reading it in order is reasonably important, so I guess setting book 2 or higher for free risks people skipping book 1.

I've considered putting book 2 on a countdown deal at the same time as book 1, and sticking with advertising book 1, but it seems if you put decent money into the advertising it's the sell-through to the higher priced sequels that makes it worthwhile, so that doesn't seem to be the right idea either. And setting book 2 on its own countdown deal means I'm advertising book 2 in the series to people who may not have read book 1 (which some sites don't even allow.)

What do people with sequels in KDP Select tend to do? Just not use the free/deal days for the sequels?

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