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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 / Re: Why You Should Always Believe in Your Writing!
« on: October 15, 2020, 04:02:51 pm »
Congratulations, Mark!
It looks like you're on your way to the quarterfinals.
Good luck!

Writers' Cafe / Re: BookBub Featured Deal Thread
« on: September 14, 2020, 08:05:55 am »
Thanks for sharing, and good luck!

Writers' Cafe / Re: What am I doing wrong in KU?
« on: June 13, 2020, 04:57:26 pm »
Thanks all for the input.
I did check to make sure that the book was enrolled in KDP Select. Which it appears to be. So, all of the factors that were mentioned by everybody appear to play a role: only my second standalone book, time elapsed, possible cover and blurb issues, books not in a series, and lack of advertising. As it stands, I am completely invisible.I am thinking of doing a Kindle Countdown deal to maybe stir some interest. After that, I will go wide with Draft2Digital. Thanks again for the input and stay safe!

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 / Re: Another lite paid promo Countdown
« on: May 18, 2020, 06:49:03 pm »
Bravo! Have you been at .99 the whole countdown?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Another lite paid promo Countdown
« on: May 15, 2020, 12:28:34 pm »
Please keep us posted. Good luck!

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 / Re: BookBub New Release
« on: October 18, 2019, 08:53:27 pm »
I'm planning on a full price release of $4.99.

Writers' Cafe / Re: BookBub New Release
« on: October 18, 2019, 02:37:21 pm »
Yes. The amount is $490.00

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 / Re: Amazon KDP Pen to Publish 2019
« on: October 03, 2019, 03:28:47 pm »

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 / Re: Help with KDP Fiction Categories
« on: August 17, 2019, 10:54:40 am »
Thanks all for the great suggestions!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Help with KDP Fiction Categories
« on: August 15, 2019, 01:40:24 pm »
Thanks for chiming in, Shayne. The novel is a character driven novel and doesn't fit all of the tropes of a Crime or Mystery novel. You could also label it contemporary. I have also had several readers and some editors of the book say it has literary elements. I'm open to suggestions.

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!

I love first person if done right. But as others have said, the MC has to have a big personality and authentic, real life experience. Some of my favorites are Robert Parker, James Lee Burke, and John D. MacDonald. And sorry for dating myself!

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 / Re: Help with new Amateur Sleuth series
« on: January 23, 2019, 07:14:40 pm »
Thanks Carol and David. Great info!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Help with new Amateur Sleuth series
« on: January 22, 2019, 11:58:42 am »
Thanks for all the great feedback. I have some work to do!

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 / Re: Wide or Not?
« on: December 10, 2018, 12:12:14 pm »
Thanks everybody for the feedback! All great suggestions. The keywords that best describe my book are Literary Crime. I got this term from an email Amazon sent me suggesting a book I might like. I'm not sure how many crime readers there are in KU, but it might be worth a shot for three months. As others have said, I can always go wide after that.

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?

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