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Writers' Cafe / Reporting income from Amazon and Pronoun
« on: January 22, 2018, 02:24:28 pm »
I understand that Amazon will issue 10-99 forms that we can use in reporting income from our books, but they are not yet available.

Does anyone know if Pronoun will issue 10-99 forms?
I see no mention on their website, only a page documenting payments that have been and will be made. Thanks!

The Book Bazaar / CELEBRATING Launch! 3 Books at discount
« on: October 31, 2017, 03:13:16 pm »
To celebrate the launch of my new series, 'Holiday Enchantment,' with the first book, 'Thanksgiving,' not only is the new book available for a limited time at $0.99, so are two of my previous books!

'Thanksgiving' is a modern fairy tale based on the myth of Cupid and Psyche, in which a widow makes a cross-dimensional journey to be reunited with an alternate world version of the husband who died in this world.

'Wonder Guy' is another, lighter tale from the files of the Fairy Godmothers' Union.

'Spirited' features a djinni who helps the human woman who freed him to save her city from a dangerous succubus demon in an adventure spanning time and space.

















Writers' Cafe / Blurb critique - what do you think
« on: May 31, 2017, 06:03:38 pm »
YA/MG Fantasy: One of Me is Missing

Who wants to be a Mary Sue? Sally Knox, that's who. But the job turns out to be more dangerous than she ever anticipated.

To fourteen-year-old Sally Knox, the world is a buffet of fascinating things to do and learn. She wants it all: arts sculptural, culinary and martial! robots! computer science! you name it! So, what happens when a mutant species of fae grants her wish to be in enough places at once to take all the summer school classes she wants? Complication is just the start of it - and before the end comes the discovery of a human trafficking ring with ties in her own school. Then one of her goes missing and the rest must come to the rescue or be trapped forever in their multiplicitous state.


Does this work? Ideas for improvement?


Writers' Cafe / Legal take down notices for Pirates - worth it?
« on: May 24, 2017, 01:57:12 pm »
Yesterday, doing a little ego-surfing, I found several pirate sites offering free-download pdf versions of the coloring book I published through Createspace. (

Is it worthwhile to send these sites take-down notices? Is that effective? Does anyone have experience with this?


Writers' Cafe / Preorder Pricing
« on: April 03, 2017, 07:03:35 pm »
Hi! Thanks again for all the great information shared here!

Does anyone know if there's a way to offer a discounted price during the preorder period, then have a book go to a regular price (like $2.99) once the book is released - so that there's an added incentive for people to preorder?

Writers' Cafe / Which Typography looks most professional?
« on: March 15, 2017, 08:51:25 am »


I'm including both thumbnail and a larger size to see how the type faces work at each size.

Writers' Cafe / Newbie Indie seeks advice in plotting future releases
« on: March 10, 2017, 06:39:54 pm »
Hi! The back-story:
I've been lurking around here for a few months now, learning a LOT (Thank you!) and scrambling to restore my previously small-press-published reverted titles to circulation as an Indie publisher. Maybe I should have done this more slowly, making more of each release, but I hated to see my Author Page reduced by so many titles.

In January I released my Kindle-Scout-rejected YA book, 'The Winter Knife' and have had trouble getting any reviews for it, despite a month on Netgalley. Someone listed a nice review there, but never posted it to Amazon. I've been working on building up a mailing list and seeking reviews.

I may also have made a mistake in going wide from the start with most of my titles, but I published at least one book in each of two series through Kindle, so I have been able to use AMS for some marketing (though not to much effect so far). The other titles I published through Pronoun, to take advantage of their superior royalty rate for lower-priced ebooks on Amazon. AMS presently shows two sales in one of the series: Fairy Godmothers' Union (sweet romantic urban fantasy). The other series is Team Guardian (a bit spicier urban fantasy featuring a team of super-powered crime fighters). I've just learned I can't get series' pages for them because not all the titles are published through Kindle.

Between mid-January and this month, I've re-released all my small-press titles: A stand-alone urban fantasy novel ('Spirited'), three novella-length 'Team Guardian' stories, and a box-set version of all three stories, and I also re-released two short story collections of Fairy Godmothers' Union short stories with new cover art and created an anthology edition including all those stories and one additional tale.

I've done some InstaFreebie, Mail Chimp and Author Cross-Promo events to build up my mailing list. As of this month, my Author Rank has been zig-zagging between 131,308 (peak) and 307,661 (valley). I'm hoping to keep it from sinking too much before I start releasing more titles. I have another book for which I'm seeking reversion, and three NEW titles planned for this year.

Kensington still has one of my titles, though it's doing them no good, and no good for me in their hands. Zero sales. It's a story involving a young man gifted with super-powers by his fairy godmother, to help him win the hand of the girl next door - and they have it categorized as plain Contemporary Romance. I can't see what they've done with key words but I bet I could do better in making them more specific to this book. Their cover art suggests the hero is a suit-and-tie businessman. He is actually a geeky grad student who doesn't own a suit and tie. Their branding ignores the fact that this book is part of the Fairy Godmothers' Union series. All very frustrating to me. I requested reversion in January; legally, I should be entitled to reversion as of the end of February, but they've been slow in giving me a response.

The present situation and plea for advice:
I want to re-issue 'Wonder Guy' with a pre-order period and good chance of getting some more advance reviews, so that when I issue 'Thanksgiving' (another Kindle-Scout-Rejected title), (which ties in to the Fairy Godmothers' Union books, but starts a five-book series called Holiday Enchantment), I'll have hope of getting a Bookbub ad for 'Wonder Guy' to boost visibility for 'Thanksgiving.'

Or would it be smarter to do something else? What do you think? Book Two of the Holiday series ('Yuletide') is in the works, presently at 30,000 words (aiming for 80-90,000) but I hope to have it ready for release the month following 'Thanksgiving' (I want to release both books ON or just before their name-sake holidays.)

Meanwhile, I'm currently wrapping up the first draft of 'One of Me is Missing' which is another YA in the same world as 'The Winter Knife.' I'm hoping to have it ready for release in early June. I'm also hoping to get enough reviews for 'The Winter Knife' in order to try for a timely Bookbub ad for the release of 'One of Me.'  Any suggestions for increasing my odds to make TWK and 'Wonder Guy' Bookbub eligible? Ideas for fallback plans for the releases of the new books?


Writers' Cafe / How to tell how many followers for one's author page?
« on: March 01, 2017, 06:09:00 pm »
I'm running a Give Away promotion on my latest title, 'Granted Wishes' - a short story collection, and the entry requires entrants to 'Follow' my author page on Amazon. How can we tell how many followers we have? I don't see anything on the Author Central page.

Thanks for answers!

Writers' Cafe / Pronoun vs AMS
« on: February 17, 2017, 09:11:03 am »
I wish I'd known this would be an issue before publishing through Pronoun. This is from the reply I got when asking why I couldn't use AMS to market my book, 'Spirited,':

" this book was not published through KDP, even though it is a Kindle book, it was not published through KDP.
This is the main reason why you cannot find it to create an ad campaign in your AMS account, because the ad campaign is available just for kindle books published through KDP and "Spirited!" was not published through us"

Has anyone else run into this problem? Is it worthwhile trying to go through Pronoun to see if they've got a similar option for marketing?


Writers' Cafe / Netgalley Review
« on: February 03, 2017, 05:58:30 pm »
I hope someone with more NetGalley experience than I can answer this.

I just got my first feedback on NetGalley, a very nice 5-star review - but it's posted only on NetGalley. Should I post it as an editorial review on the book page, or wait for the reviewer to post on Amazon and/or Goodreads, or something else? What do people usually do with NetGalley feedback that the reviewer does not post elsewhere?


Writers' Cafe / Feedback on New Cover Art?
« on: January 20, 2017, 09:00:29 am »
I've been working on some new cover art for the books that have rights reverting to me at the end of the month. Below are some side-by-side comparisons. Old Art is on the left, and the New Art is on the right.

My logic:
With 'Spirited,' the old cover doesn't show anything to indicate the magical djinni who's one of the protagonists - and the old cover is dark, whereas the story is lighter in tone. Also, the female figure looks more like the villain than like the heroine.

With 'Sweet Mercy' the original cover doesn't show anything to indicate that this story involves a near-future world featuring people with psychic superpowers. The heroine is not a sultry vixen so much as a yoga-practitioner crisis-intervention professional. The new cover emphasizes the Superhero Adventure aspect of the story, since it's been previously marketed as Romance and may appeal more to an F/SF/Comix audience.

Writers' Cafe / Rights Reversion process
« on: January 17, 2017, 02:16:51 pm »
I recently requested rights back on my publications with Champagne Books and Kensington's Lyrical Press. Champagne has already sent me the letter verifying reversion on January 30th - which is good, but I just discovered that they've also already removed my titles through them from Amazon.

I sent the letter to Amazon's Legal Department, notifying them of the change, but am concerned that the reviews may be lost because of this early take-down. Or is that SOP? Does anyone have experience with this?

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