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Writers' Cafe / Should I continue a series? Advice welcome
« on: May 03, 2018, 09:46:14 PM »

Released a novella two months ago. Principally to test the market. Priced at 1.20USD. It's a fantasy-paranormal-thriller-humor story. Minimal advertising. After two months, ebooks sold at 52 units and 5,100 KU pages read.

Are those figures good enough to continue with a book two?

Thanks in advance.

Writers' Cafe / IT'S BEEN 6 MONTHS! What an experience!
« on: April 08, 2018, 09:37:45 AM »
Hi, guys. Just wanted to share part of a noob's journey. And I know the forum has a lot of new writers or people who intend to publish.

Today marks six months to the day I submitted my first book to Amazon KDP. It's a journey filled with a lot of mistakes. I wish I had discovered Kboards earlier. I could have avoided many of them. For those who want to publish, three basic things this young padawan had learned: 1. a good story, 2. a good cover, and 3. get an editor. I clearly missed out on Nos. 2 and 3 during the first two months. Maybe got the first. Even now I'm not sure. Worry about the rest later on (marketing, etc). And now I find writing and publishing are two different animals, both difficult to manage. But I am very thankful for the things I have learned from the forum. - a lot of pitfalls have been avoided.

Considering the anonymity granted by aliases and the fact that what I have published are not in my sig, I guess some numbers would be okay.

The first book's report (of a series) after six months - roughly 3.6 million reads / more than 3,000 ebook copies sold / 246 giveaways. No Bookbub. Minimal advert (around 300 dollars during that period; for some strange reason, AMS didn't work out for me. But still continuing it for the exposure). The book is still in the top 20,000. The next two books of the series are managing well and have also reached their subgenre's top slot during the first week of release.

Thanks to all the veteran writers who have unselfishly shared their knowledge and experiences.  :)

And to those who are still thinking about starting the journey - you'll never know unless you try. 

Writers' Cafe / Kindle Tab on Microsoft Word: with Kindle Preview
« on: March 31, 2018, 07:57:18 PM »
Just opened my Word application and saw a new feature: A Kindle formatting tab. Will see how it works. I disabled the Kindle plugin before as it bugs the Word application. FYI.

Add - and it incorporates themes!

Writers' Cafe / Category HELP Please.
« on: March 25, 2018, 05:33:16 PM »

I am finding it difficult to select the category for a book scheduled to be published on KU (which allows only 2). As of now, I placed it under science fiction - apocalyptic and military fiction. But I am not sure about these as the book also has fantasy elements. I don't think angels and demons classify as sci-fi though the book has high-tech weaponry and gear. Technical treatment, even.

The blurb goes like this:

A conflict as old as time. Fought in this world. With the weapons and science of humanity.

The Apocalypse is coming. While Heaven waits, the minions of Hell have started infesting the world. Corrupting humanity and stealing the heavenly spark that connects mankind to God. Unless stopped, when the end comes, most of the divine power that exists in every person will belong to the Great Enemy.

It falls to the shoulders of a few good men and women at the side of diminished angels to delay Armageddon. A retrograde action against the forces of darkness.

One of them is Tyler A. West, SEAL E-6 on detached service, left for dead in the sandbox. Recruited by the secretive Khamsa, an organization almost as old as recorded history, he learns how to fight against nightmares made real. Limited by rules as ancient as the struggle against Hell.

Your thoughts? Thanks!

Hi. I thought I'd share this with you.

Contrary to popular belief, the indie market has grown: 2.1% in 2017. Trad publishers by 1.1%. And the total indie ebook market share is growing.

7 of the top 100 selling ebook authors in the US were self-published indies
50 of the top 250 selling ebook authors in the US were self-published indies
121 of the top 500 selling ebook authors in the US were self-published indies
284 of the top 1,000 selling ebook authors in the US were self-published indies
102 of the top 1,000 selling ebook authors in the US were published by Amazon imprints.

On the reported slump:

So perhaps it was inevitable that, now that we’re 7 or 8 years into the era of viable self-publishing, many of these early pioneers are hitting their sophmore slumps. And telling their large author followings that indie publishing is no longer what it used to be, and that “nobody” is making big money anymore.

The data proves them wrong.

What it shows instead is a changing of the author guard.

But the newest superstars of Indie, Inc., who have replaced the indie pioneers in the top rankings, are in general a quieter bunch than their predecessors were. They spend far less time evangelizing self-publishing, or giving advice to large groups of authors. And why would they? Indie publishing has gone mainstream.

Check out the report at their site. I don't think links can be posted.

Wait. We're mainstream? How did that happen?

Writers' Cafe / Ideal Taper-Off Level for Books?
« on: March 02, 2018, 03:01:07 AM »
Here you are:

1. With a book three months on the Zon. You notice sales are half of what they were, rank is slipping, and you realize Rowling ain't you.

2. What's the ideal taper-off level (in terms of Amazon BSR per book) - at three months? at six months? a year?


Been trying to delete early paperback versions of my eBooks for a few days now. They're in unpublished status. But there seems to be a problem. I get the following message:

The service or feature you're trying to use is currently unavailable. We're working to solve the problem as quickly as possible. Please try again later.

Emailed Amazon support and they said I was the only one who could delete them but they'll refer the matter to their engineers. They recommended using a different browser, but still no dice.

Anybody has the same problem?

Writers' Cafe / Advice please: Changing Book Covers
« on: February 19, 2018, 06:43:05 PM »
Been thinking about getting new book covers for some time now. Not the hundreds-of-dollars examples. Still beyond me.

I have three books out. The first, released about 5 months ago, the second around 4 months ago. The third was just released 19th.

My worry about changing covers is reader familiarity and what possible impact it could have on sales and KU reads.

The first book is still in the low four figures of BSR, the second on the high side of four figures. The third is still going up though I think it will stop at the higher side of three figures and then go to the level of the second book.

Any advice would be highly appreciated.


Writers' Cafe / Is there a downturn in Kindle sales and KU reads?
« on: February 11, 2018, 07:43:09 PM »

I noticed that ebook sales and KU reads have been significantly down lately on my sales dashboard this February. As in half. My genre is fantasy. Been watching it for a week now. I would have expected a drastic effect on my over-all Amazon BSR considering it is based on sales. But it had merely moved a few notches up and down.

Anybody else experiencing the same thing?

Writers' Cafe / How do KU readers discover or choose books?
« on: February 02, 2018, 07:51:43 PM »
Hi. I have to admit the question just arose in my mind recently. I am a new author (Just four months on Amazon. First timer in publishing) and have only a vague idea of what the industry rate or averages are with respect to KU reads.

Last December, I came across a blog (no names, of course) from a known publishing company which stated that publishing a book entails expenses ranging from $1,000.00 to $2,000.00 minimum. Considering that the blog obviously catered to new authors, I was a bit miffed. Okay, it's more than that. So I replied saying for new authors, it's more of a passion for the art or the genre. A means of self-expression. With the multitude of available platforms today plus free online book cover makers and formatting aids (I discovered all that last October. Noob here), I said I didn't think such a major financial expenditure was warranted for new and undiscovered authors. Not exactly in those terms but the message was the same.

Then I mentioned some of my experience - First month KU reads (27 Sept to end of October 2017) and then the present total. Fudged the numbers downwards. Minimal advertising. Crappy cover. A stupid print layout at the beginning (Another noob mistake. No idea about epub formatting before). Lately, I went back to the blog and found a reply from the blogger saying the figures were unusual. Also a reply from an aspiring writer saying she lost her life savings going the publishing route (That was really sad. I wish I could post that). 

The reply did get me thinking about how KU readers discover or choose books. I know the Look Inside feature plays a role and Lady Luck a bigger one. But there are thousands of new books a month. 700,000 new books a year and rising (came across this figure. Don't know if it's accurate).

So the question - how do KU readers choose or discover books?


Your Admin Team / Can't Add Books to KB Books
« on: February 02, 2018, 01:45:52 AM »
Hi. Just created an author page but can't add books. When I go the KB Books page, this appears on top of the book displays.

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string(): Access denied for user ''@'localhost' (using password: NO) in /home/kboardscom/public_html/books/index.php on line 51

Warning: mysql_real_escape_string(): A link to the server could not be established in /home/kboardscom/public_html/books/index.php on line 51



Writers' Cafe / QUICK QUERY: Book Ads sponsored by Amazon?
« on: January 04, 2018, 10:04:13 PM »
Hi. Sorry for the noob question but I see ads for my ebooks on Kboards. It says sponsored by Amazon. It shows all 2 books and sometimes even the one on pre-order. I don't think I paid AMZ for all. I have an AMZ promo going but for one book only.

Am I going to be billed for the banner ads?


Writers' Cafe / Is December really a slow sales month?
« on: December 21, 2017, 04:43:26 PM »
Hi. I have read some authors comment that December is a slow sales month. Now that we're approaching Christmas day, I did notice a reduction in sales of books and KU reads though my ranking in the BSR and subgenre went up. Which means slow sales throughout the Amazon universe.

Can those with more experience please clarify? Thanks!

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