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Writers' Cafe / Rebranding with a Christmas cover?
« on: October 27, 2020, 01:06:10 pm »
Hi all,

I haven't done much promoting or advertising with my first standalone novel, but it did win an award several years ago. Since then it has been sitting quietly on Amazon with the occasional sale. The novel is in the humorous fiction category.

Since the book takes place during the Christmas holidays, I was thinking about doing a Christmas cover. Has anybody had experience with this? And did it increase sales, with or without advertising?

Thanks for your input!

Writers' Cafe / What am I doing wrong in KU?
« on: June 12, 2020, 03:05:03 pm »
Hi all,
I launched my second standalone book a few months ago. It is a psychological crime novel with a professional cover. I know that's subjective, but let's assume cover and blurb are good. I messed around with a few AMS ads and made a few sales but have stopped. Ebook and paperback sales continue to trickle in, but I have not had any KU page reads. Is there a secret to that, or am I missing something? Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks

Writers' Cafe / Best way to promote book in KDP Select?
« on: May 04, 2020, 12:19:58 pm »
Hi all,

I have not had much success with my crime novel in KDP select. No page reads. Maybe because I haven't done any advertising. I am either thinking about a Countdown deal or a free day. Which method might work better in getting more readers? I'm sure free works, but is that really a route to go? Anyway, after July, I will be going wide. Just checking to see if there was a way to boost sales in the meantime.

Thanks for your input and stay safe!

Hi all,

I am writing a new mystery series and was wondering if any indie authors are making money with their backlist?

If so, is this with or without advertising?

My goals are to generate a few hundred to a few thousand dollars a month. I realize this may take years, but I'm fine with that. I am in it for the long haul. I enjoy writing.

I am also aware that making money self-publishing has gotten a lot harder today. With that said, are any of you trying for a traditional deal?

Your thoughts are appreciated.   

Writers' Cafe / BookBub New Release
« on: October 18, 2019, 02:29:00 pm »
Hi all,

I have a standalone title that I just released. I have just received an email that BooKBub has selected my title for a Featured New Release.

Since this is only my second book, I do not have a large following yet. The title is in KU now. Is this something I can do, and if I can, should I?


Writers' Cafe / Amazon KDP Pen to Publish 2019
« on: October 03, 2019, 10:38:23 am »
Hi all,

I received an email from Amazon that said I might consider entering the Pen to Publish contest. My latest novel goes live in a few weeks. The contest is through KDP India and says that all novels in English are welcome. Does anybody know about this contest, and is it something I should consider? I wanted to enter the Kindle Storyteller contest but missed the deadline. Thanks!

Writers' Cafe / Help with KDP Fiction Categories
« on: August 15, 2019, 01:14:54 pm »
Hi all,

I am planning to release my new novel in a couple of months and was hoping for some feedback on the two Fiction categories on KDP.

My novel is a mash-up of Literary Fiction, Crime, and a Mystery Whydunit.

Facts about the novel: It is a hardboiled L.A. neo-noir book. There is no gratuitous violence (just a fist fight) no sex, (rats) but it does contain strong language. Since a lot of the book is set on the streets of L.A. I tried to capture the way a lot of the characters really speak.

The person murdered and the murderer are both revealed in the first chapter. So what keeps the reader turning pages is the why, not the who.

So my question is, what two categories would you choose for the best results for me and the reader? I have chosen Fiction - Literary. And I am torn between Fiction - Crime, and Fiction - Mystery & Detective - Hardboiled.

Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Writers' Cafe / Launching in UK or USA?
« on: June 19, 2019, 10:56:14 am »
Hi all,

I am considering entering the Storyteller contest with my new standalone. I am a US citizen and I know the contest, while launching in the UK, is open to most. My question is, if I launch my book in the UK, does it simultaneously launch in the US? Ebook and paperback? Just trying to coordinate my marketing efforts. Any advice would be appreciated!

Writers' Cafe / Should I run a Preorder on my Standalone novel?
« on: February 06, 2019, 12:27:10 pm »
Hi all,

I don't have a huge following yet. This is my second standalone Literary Crime novel, and it is ready to publish. I plan on being in KU exclusively for the three months, then wide. I understand that I will need to market the book, but is a preorder strategy something I should look at? Thanks!

Writers' Cafe / Help with new Amateur Sleuth series
« on: January 21, 2019, 01:27:25 pm »
Hi all,

After writing a few standalone novels, I have decided to write a new mystery series for adults. In this series, my objective is to write-to-market and reach the widest audience possible. I was hoping that I might get some feedback on some questions that I am struggling with.

1. What age do you think is the sweet spot for the protagonist to be? 30s? 40s? 50s?
2. Is 60K word length ok for this genre? I realize 70k is better but 60K cuts editing costs.
3. Are amateur sleuth novels even popular anymore?

Any feedback is helpful. Thanks!

Writers' Cafe / Wide or Not?
« on: December 09, 2018, 02:21:28 pm »
Hi all,

I am planning a new release for next spring and wondering if I should go wide. This is only my second book, and both are standalones. I write contemporary/literary fiction and want to give it the best chance at success. What do you think? Amazon or wide?

Writers' Cafe / Need help with Book Launch
« on: November 08, 2018, 12:58:50 pm »
Hi All,

I would appreciate your feedback on my upcoming book launch. This will be my first time making a marketing plan, so I am starting out from scratch. I do have one book that I have published on Amazon, but haven't done any marketing with it yet. I was waiting on my second novel, that is now ready for publication. Unfortunately, my books are standalones and not in a series, which I know gets less traction. I have a small mailing list and not much else. I will have a little marketing money for paid advertising. The new book is Crime Lit. Hardboiled Noir.

So, here are some of the questions that I am wrestling with.

1. Do I launch in December? Or do I build up my mailing list for a few more months and launch in the Spring of next year?

2. Would you go exclusive with Amazon KDP or wide? And if wide, with who?

3. What paid advertisers would you go with?

4. Should I buy my own ISBN?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! 

Writers' Cafe / Should I change my Title?
« on: October 04, 2018, 11:41:07 am »
Hi All,

What would you do?
I am in a bit of a quandary. I like some, always try to find a unique title for my books that nobody has yet claimed. I know that's getting tougher today, but yet it still bugs me when something like this happens. A couple of weeks ago, after I was finishing my final formatting for my novel, an indie musical artist released a new album with my exact title. Yes, it is an album, and not a novel. The title is regional, and thus the themes are similar. This artist is not huge, but he has worked with some impressive musicians in the past. Of course, he has just as much right to use any title he wishes, but it has got me thinking if I should change my title now. I have already spent a decent amount of money getting ready for publication, and maybe I'm just over thinking the issue. I don't know. Anyway, I guess I just wanted to vent a little frustration. Thanks to all who post for letting me learn the ropes.

Writers' Cafe / Timeline for a murder mystery
« on: July 02, 2018, 01:25:20 pm »
Hi All,

I am planning a new murder mystery series with an amateur sleuth and I'm wondering what an average timeline of the story would be? I know that a Cozy can take place in a night or over a weekend, but what about, say, a Hardboiled mystery or something in-between? A week? Two weeks? A month? New trends? Stumped. Thanks for your help!

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