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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have You Posted to Your Blog Recently?
« on: January 29, 2015, 01:45:50 pm »
I posted some thoughts about KDP Select's new pay per click ad services on my new blog about Amazon and what I think the service is missing:

Writers' Cafe / Re: Indie Anthology "Stories on the Go #2" (2015)
« on: January 25, 2015, 03:39:25 pm »
I missed the first one by hours. So definitely in for #2. ;)

Not Quite Kindle / Re: SEAHAWKS
« on: January 18, 2015, 06:46:57 pm »
If you wrote it in your novel, no one would believe it. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: The power of the bitly link
« on: December 24, 2014, 01:39:46 pm »
Love the bitly service.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Worlds -- Veronica Mars now available
« on: December 24, 2014, 08:20:14 am »
Thank you Steven! I was searching all through AuthorCentral. It was driving me nuts. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: All BOOKS should stand alone...
« on: December 23, 2014, 11:28:12 pm »
Mark, I agree that I would like to have readers who would read anything I wrote, no matter the genre, rather than just readers who would only read me in a single genre.

In my own, limited experience, though, it's really hard. I have three mysteries in a series, three guidebooks for small nonprofits, the first book of a science fiction trilogy, and—as of today—a Veronica Mars fan fiction novella published through Kindle Worlds. I would challenge you to find a consistent fan base that would read all of those books. There's probably five people, and they are all my friends.

It's not that it's not manageable. I have brand/marketing work I do for my fiction and brand/marketing work I do for my nonprofit books. I target and I appreciate cross-over appeal when it happens, but I don't count on it.

I would also add that there is a huge range of styles within "series" that would challenge an overarching "all books should" generalization.

For example, I have a "series" of mysteries. Each stands alone well enough, but you'd probably get a little more enjoyment to read them in order. I have a science fiction trilogy (currently halfway through the second book). I wouldn't dream of recommending someone read the second book without the first. I'm sure they could piece it together, but what would be the point?

As for Veronica Mars... well, there's another one of mine that doesn't really stand on its own. Even though it's not a series, it's set in a much bigger world. A whole different kind of situation where you need to know more to get enjoyment out of my book. If you like the TV show or the movie, you would probably like my novella. If you haven't ever seen it or don't know what it is, then I wouldn't suggest you start with it.

I don't think that it's offensive to a reader to find that book and realize it's not for them because they don't understand the world it's set in. They'll sample and move on, or they'll get a refund of their $1.99, and everyone's good.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Worlds -- Veronica Mars now available
« on: December 23, 2014, 10:46:03 pm »
Resurrecting an old thread, but I'm curious, Jason, how have sales been for this? And how does royalty reporting work? It says AuthorCentral but that seems odd. I just put my own Veronica Mars novella up through the Kindle Worlds program, and I'm trying to get a sense of what this will be like! Either way, it was a fun experience and a blast to write.

My novella (if anyone's interested):


Writers' Cafe / Re: Free First in Series on Kobo
« on: December 03, 2014, 11:31:05 pm »
My mystery The Saints Go Dying is perma-free on Kobo and is the start to the series! I'd love to get it in front of some readers on Kobo via the free page!

Thank you, Mark!

Writers' Cafe / Re: The SPECULATIVE FICTION high-five circle.
« on: October 20, 2014, 08:49:01 pm »

Beth, I seriously love this cover. Great look!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Success advertising with KND?
« on: October 03, 2014, 03:30:39 pm »
I have used a few of their options for paid books. I've had sales, yes, but not enough to earn back to the total. The one that I've had the most success with is the one that sends the first few thousand words to people's Kindles. Others, not so much.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The SPECULATIVE FICTION high-five circle.
« on: September 09, 2014, 09:20:58 pm »
Replying. :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: The SPECULATIVE FICTION high-five circle.
« on: September 09, 2014, 03:27:10 pm »
Hey everyone,

Two years ago I was in an early group of authors for for my mysteries.

If you don't know, the site sells a bundle of books available under a pay-what-you-want rate, but if you pay above a certain amount, you get extra books. My return was pretty good (second only to Bookbub in sales), and that was two years ago. I'm hopeful it would be higher now since they (in theory) have more subscribers.

Jason who runs the site asked me if I was interested in putting together a sci-fi or spec fic bundle. If you're interested in something like that, please PM me and let me know! I'm looking for sci-fi books *not* in KDP Select or that will be out of it soon.

I'm hoping to put together something resembling a common theme (my book, The Lead Cloak will be in there. Set in 2081, high-tech book with adventure) but I could envision a lot of ways that very disparate books could be tied together depending on what common thread I can find.

Writers' Cafe / Re: KDP Pre-orders
« on: August 14, 2014, 01:33:02 pm »
I'm in! I am half-way through the second draft of the third book in my nonprofit guidebook series. This seems like a perfect way to market it in advance (as soon as I finish the current draft.)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Anyone used/using co-working spaces?
« on: August 05, 2014, 09:25:40 pm »
I actually started a co-working space in 2007 with some fellow freelancers. Generally, the vibe was great, when it was there. But I also discovered that sometimes office politics can creep in, even when you don't have the hierarchy of an office.

Let's say someone brings their child for the day. Is this specifically allowed or disallowed? If the child is being disruptive is someone tasked with saying something? Or is it up to the person who is annoyed to say something? Even though that person is paying money for a certain level of service and space. If there is a coffee maker, do you bring your own coffee? Who do you complain to if someone takes it?

I know these sound like super pedestrian things. But as the person who heard about it from the co-workers, I can also tell you that getting it right is pretty important for people enjoying their time. We didn't always get it right--there weren't enough people to justify any paid staff and so we often were more of just a drop-in place than a lively hub of creative people. But if you can find one with a good vibe, reasonable costs, and who does a good job of managing expectations, it's a really wonderful environment.


That's what I get for not reading carefully. I saw the 7/15 deadline but missed the 101 story cap. Dang! I actually had my story finished in time and everything! I was just away on the 4th and missed the countdown.

If someone pulls out for some reason, can there be a waiting list?

Writers' Cafe / Re: disillusioned with multiple channels
« on: June 12, 2014, 02:51:38 pm »
I put my books up before.

For example, when the Marinara Murders was on Bookbub, I had almost $900 in sales on Nook and $200 in sales on Apple (of the Marinara Murders plus other books in the series). All that was in addition to the huge sales on Amazon. If I were exclusive to Amazon, maaayyybeee some of those sales would have gone to Amazon instead. But I bet most of them wouldn't have. Bookbub seems to have a good crowd of Nook and Apple readers. Even a handful of Kobo

Writers' Cafe / Re: Babelcube Foreign Rights Translation Service?
« on: June 12, 2014, 01:07:45 pm »
Just wanted to say that two of my books now have sales panes on them.

I've sold one copy of The Lead Cloak in Italian, and three copies of The Marinara Murders in Spanish. We'll see how it goes moving on, but that's more sales than I was getting in Italian or Spanish-speaking countries before!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Smashwords has daily reporting now!!!!
« on: June 12, 2014, 01:02:42 pm »
I had a jump in Apple sales last month, and it was great to see it on a spreadsheet (belatedly, yes, since this hadn't launched yet). But so useful to see.

Thank you, Mark!

Writers' Cafe / Re: disillusioned with multiple channels
« on: June 12, 2014, 12:55:03 pm »
I found it to be helpful to be on multiple channels after a successful Bookbub promotion. Hitting top rankings store-wide in Apple and Nook have really helped increase sales there.


That sounds like a dream opportunity!

I have some experience directing theater. I remember reading that M Night Shyamalan would only agree to sell the script for The 6th Sense if he was the director. He had a killer script, so it worked out. But that idea of having the control of a director is really intriguing to me.


I'm impressed you were able to keep some creative control! Did you write contribute to the screenplay at all, or just review drafts? Very cool!

I thought kboarders would be interested in this. I interviewed my podcasting co-host Brent Hartinger about what it was like to see his debut novel, Geography Club, turned into a Hollywood film--a film co-starring Scott Bakula, no less! (It's on Netflix now if you want to check it out.)

Short answer: if you're willing to give up all creative control and luck out with a good producer (Brent describes this as being willing to get married to someone after a 45 minute phone call) it might be a great experience! For Brent it was especially interesting, seeing a film adaptation of a book he wrote that was partly autobiographical. Layers upon layers there.

He is more eloquent than that in the interview, though, so if you want to check it out, here are the links:

iTunes link:

web link:

We can all dream of being so lucky...

Domino Flynn, that's my understanding of the terms.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Smashwords and Overdrive
« on: May 20, 2014, 07:27:26 pm »
That's what my local library uses. I'm glad it's finally available to them!


Here's my book in Spanish

The cover was designed by my regular designer. Just changing the title from English to Spanish.

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