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Writers' Cafe / Re: Audio Book Sales?
« on: March 14, 2018, 09:58:45 am »
Plus, many folks looking to the future are expecting a big jump in audio as more people begin using Alexa and all those other devices to listen.

This is tougher than it looks, as I also have been working on this, and there isn't a humorous mystery category, but Caimh McDonnell and Paul Mathews are doing really well right now, both more mystery than thriller, though. For women, Chelsea Field, Deborah Coonts, Stephanie Andrews, and of course Janet Evanovich. It would be really great if it had its own category. For big names don't forget Elmore Leonard (though he is hard to keyword because of all the western stuff) and I find early Robert Crais hilarious.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bookbub challenge
« on: February 16, 2018, 05:34:05 am »
I would be glad to take your slot if you don't want it!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bookbub - do I NEED to promo-stack?
« on: November 30, 2017, 06:22:11 am »
Big fan of stacking. I've had BookBubs for three of our titles, and did almost double the listed average of downloads, both on free deals and paid deals, and a long long tail. A book that ran in march is still selling a dozen copies a day, when it was selling one a week beforehand. A book that was a free deal and is in KU has had 2 mil page reads since it ran in August.

So, that's not empirical proof, it's possible that I'm just so freaking good at making covers and writing blurbs that everyone wants the book, but I'm going to keep stacking just to be safe (providing I ever get another one...)

There's always money in the banana stand.

We have a winner!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Createspace, Ingramspark, Bowker ISBN...
« on: October 19, 2017, 04:43:25 pm »
If you don't care about being distributed through Ingram, I would use KDP so that your book is always in stock at Amazon, then I would use a local printer for bulk copies for myself for selling at conventions, consigning at local bookstores, keeping in my trunk as I drive around town. These days, you can get a decent price (read cheaper than KDP) with an order as low as 250 or 300 copies. Used to be you had to order 1000 or  more, which is brutal.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thoughts On Small Time Publishers?
« on: October 19, 2017, 11:27:21 am »
So I'm going to jump in here because I run a small bookstore AND a small publishing company, which is mostly vanity publishing with some traditional publishing when I can afford it. So I think I can help.

1) Tell your friend to run away. fast.

2) Vanity or small presses are for people who have NO INTEREST whatsoever in either making books or advertising them or doing any accounting. As has been pointed out many many times on Kboards, you can do all these things yourself, and you should. There's nobody on  these boards that fits the profile of my customers. Just the fact that you know what Kboards is means you are proactive with your career. My clients are people who have always wanted to write a book, but have no artistic or design sense, no idea how to use their computer, aren't interested in AMS of Facebook or anything like that. They just want their nice pretty book. For the most part.

3) A small press is, in general, not going to be able to get your book into lots of bookstores any better than you are. And as noted, it will be only one or two copies here and there, and the discount given to bookstores will mean you make about 25 cents on each book that actually sells.

4) Many of the little presses are just vanity presses in disguise.(No, there's no charge, but you have to agree to buy 500 copies, etc) It's why I started my press. As a bookstore, I saw SO MANY local authors bringing in independently published books that either looked terrible, or cost the author way, way too much. (I've met some who spent $10,000 by the time they were done).

5) Please, just introduce your friend to kboards. There's plenty of people on here willing to give helpful info. The ONLY reason to work with a small publisher or a vanity press is if you don't want to do the work of hiring people yourself (for cover, marketing, etc), there is literally nothing that a small publisher is going to bring to the table that you can't do yourself with a bit of study and effort.

6)Finally, if you'd rather just write, and have somebody else deal with everything else, go for it. BUT, don't sign any contract that doesn't let you A) retain all rights, B) have final say on the cover, and C) have final say on the retail price.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Best POD Options?
« on: October 13, 2017, 10:32:37 am »
I got a decent product from KDP, I'm sure they've just shifted all the Createspace people over there. I also use Lightning Source, or if you don't do a lot of books I think they prefer you use Ingram Spark.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Finished my rough draft today!
« on: October 09, 2017, 06:49:38 pm »
Congrats. Great looking cover and website.

Writers' Cafe / Re: AMS Ads Learning
« on: September 29, 2017, 04:34:39 pm »
Got a bunch of Product Display ads started 4 weeks ago, some have impressions trickling in, others still showing zero.  This is painfully slow...

Writers' Cafe / Re: AMS Ads: Is this the best guide out there?
« on: August 29, 2017, 06:34:43 am »
I read this book. I kinda think of it this way: I paid someone $10 to screw around with ads and find some pitfalls and useful tips, then jot them down in a roughly organized fashion. I've saved enough time and outright money for it to be worth $10, but for me the most important thing the book did was inspire me to be bolder with my ads. A budget of $100, or $1000, or more, won't actually cost that much—only bids really matter. Which means you can create fifty different ads to figure out what gets impressions and clicks, and all that data is basically free or better as long as you get a sale or two here and there.

For me, just the push to get off my butt and start experimenting was worth it. YMMV.

All of this above.
I just finished the book. I frankly thought I was going to know everything in it because of listening to various podcasts, etc.
But all it takes is ONE useful tidbit, and you've made your money back. TWO useful tidbits, and you've made ten times the money.

For a guy like me, having it in a printed book (yup, i like paper) instead of slogging through the 256 pages of kboards thread on AMS was very useful.

His biggest point is: do the work. It's going to be hard and take a lot of time and testing. Not really the average message of your get rich quick charlatan.

On the other hand, the fewer people that listen to him, the less competition I'll have for Product Display ads...

Writers' Cafe / Re: AMS adds for wide books
« on: August 28, 2017, 08:19:17 am »
Ahh, perhaps it is because I uploaded them to Amazon through Pronoun rather than directly? They aren't therefore listed on my dashboard, but when I go into AMS ads and create a new ad, I am able to search for them, and then they come up as ineligible.

Thanks, I think you nudged me in the direction I needed to answer my own question.

Writers' Cafe / AMS adds for wide books
« on: August 28, 2017, 07:49:35 am »
Hi, maybe a stupid question, but I keep reading that AMS now accepts adds from books that aren't KDPselect, but my titles say "ineligible" unless they are in Select. Am I missing something?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cleanest way to go wide
« on: August 23, 2017, 09:46:52 am »
I've been happy with Pronoun so far.

Had a free promotion on BookBub on Aug 13 with a newly released book that was exclusive to Amazon, only had ten reviews. I have absolutely no idea why it was accepted. Their ways are mysterious.

Wideness of the Sea by Katie Curtis. 63,000 free downloads, 480,000 page reads so far, 130 sales at full price since coming off free.

Feel free to believe that they hate KU. I'll just keep submitting, thanks...

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover ....
« on: August 16, 2017, 04:46:14 am »
I like it. People are going to tell you that all the little icons are going to get lost in thumbnail, and they are probably right, but I still like it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: BookBub and the Free 100
« on: August 13, 2017, 02:23:42 pm »
Not sure anyone is following this, but first day results showed the top 12 positions in the Kindle Free store are from BookBub. Our book is holding number one, likely because we front stacked it with Freebooksy and ENT.

We'll see what happens tomorrow when a new round of Bookbub comes out.

Writers' Cafe / Re: BookBub and the Free 100
« on: August 13, 2017, 11:01:36 am »
Meanwhile, The Wideness of the Sea just hit #1 in free books, so I am definitely NOT complaining, just always looking for ways to succeed WITHOUT BookBub.

Writers' Cafe / Re: BookBub and the Free 100
« on: August 13, 2017, 10:19:11 am »
My free book did really well with BookBub. I ended up with over 60,000 in downloads within 2 days. Highest sales were in that month too as people went on to purchase more books in the series. Was worth every cent.

Well yes, that's the point of the question: Can you get into the top 20 free list WITHOUT a BookBub? I'd love more success stories.

Writers' Cafe / Re: BookBub and the Free 100
« on: August 12, 2017, 03:52:10 pm »
Amazon would be stupid to do so, though that's not to say they wouldn't. They'd either have to continue advertising their competitors' books (Apple, etc.) or tick off half their subscribers, making the property immediately less valuable--unless, of course, their goal is simply to kill it off. But BB drives a lot of traffic to Amazon, which over time converts into market share and money--so it would seem like shooting themselves in the foot, IMO.

They bought ABE books, and Goodreads, they distribute Lightning Source and Ingram Spark books. I think they take a bigger picture view. They seem to admire, and acquire, category killers, and BookBub is certainly that, Their promo will likely beat ENT and Freebooksy rolled together, by a factor of 10.

Writers' Cafe / BookBub and the Free 100
« on: August 12, 2017, 03:09:36 pm »
I know I should have realized this sooner, but are the top 20 free Kindle books each day just the BookBub books?

I have a free promo started yesterday: 2000 downloads yesterday, 2000 today. tomorrow is BookBub. Right now the book is sitting at #48 (It's called The Wideness of the Sea)

Guidelines lead me to believe the book will get at least 20,000 downloads with the BookBub over the next two days.

Given those numbers, it seems logical that everything in the top 20 everyday is there because of BookBub.

which makes me wonder, when does Amazon buy BookBub?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover Feedback
« on: August 11, 2017, 05:41:38 am »
I say this often, but I think you have much more latitude for artistic imagery with a printed book. Ebook has to be on genre, and extremely clear (doesn't mean it can't also have awesome imagery if it's right)

In this case, I think the second set is beautiful, but the first set is also awesome and will do better as an ebook.

How nice to have two great choices!!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Relaunch a la Chris Fox - covers
« on: August 09, 2017, 01:21:14 pm »
New comparison based on everyone's comments and suggestions. Thanks for those. My color vision isn't good enough to know whether the colors work in thumbnail, though.

I think the yellow on red is great.

Writers' Cafe / Re: This feels like it could be my last chance...
« on: July 31, 2017, 06:32:51 am »
Read about reader funnels. Read about purity of email list. Read about promo stacking. And good luck!!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone switch from KU to Pronoun?
« on: July 24, 2017, 07:53:05 pm »
I've taken two titles wide with Pronoun and gotten Bookbubs for them within 2 tries after a year of rejections.

Of course, this is NOT evidence that BookBub prefers wide, but I thought I would put it out there.

One of the has become sticky in amazon and kobo, the other has drifted back down the rankings. I'm thinking about moving that one back into KDP.

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