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Writers' Cafe / BookBub Results - Holy Carp!
« on: December 22, 2014, 05:58:52 am »
BookBub ran my perma-free book #1 in my series yesterday, under Supernatural Suspense. 

Since I've posted some whiny posts when I've been frustrated about sales or how the books are going, I figure I should post when something works.  And, my God, BB worked even better than I could possibly have hoped.  My results just from yesterday (not counting whatever comes in over today and the next day or two) exceeded the high end of the estimate that BB lists on their pricing page. 

17,425 downloads (13,906 Kindle, 2,510 Nook, 178 Smashwords, 831 Google Play).  The upper range for my category was 16,600.

And, 183 sales of subsequent books in the series on Kindle (even discounting book #2 to $0.99, I still earned more than the promo cost with those sales), and I assume I'll see some # of paid sales from Nook, Smashwords and Google when their reporting catches up (I'm on Nook via Smashwords, so I know that reporting is somewhat slow).

And already another 900 downloads so far this morning and 12 more sales of subsequent books on Kindle.

BB was totally worth the months of aggravation and re-submitting and begging.  No question at all.

Writers' Cafe / Sudden Bump on BN?
« on: December 07, 2014, 02:41:28 pm »
Not that I'm complaining!  But I'd love to know why I got 200 downloads of my perma-free on Barnes & Noble over the last two days.  That doesn't seem like a huge number, but I haven't had more than a handful every day there since I went perma-free in August?

I didn't have any promos running, and there hasn't been a corresponding bump on Amazon (or any other outlet).

The only explanation I can think of is that they didn't all happen the last two days, that's just when I'm seeing the reporting (I'm on BN and elsewhere through Smashwords).  If it is genuine, though, I'd love to know what happened...

Writers' Cafe / Anyone write "medieval romance" ?
« on: December 01, 2014, 07:29:19 am »
My wife is on a kick of reading medieval romance novels recently which is a genre I know absolutely nothing about, so I thought I'd see if anyone here writes in that genre, and I can let her know.  I figure it can't hurt to try and help someone here pick up a new reader...

Writers' Cafe / Preparing for Bookbub - Advice Wanted
« on: November 30, 2014, 06:23:43 am »
So BookBub finally got sick of my endless submissions and accepted me.  They're running the first book in my Dream Series (permafree) on December 21st.

I currently have no other promotions scheduled between now and then (other than a couple of FB events with giveaways).  And I have no new books coming out anytime soon (the next one will probably be out in March of 2015).   

Promo-wise, what can/should I do (if anything) between now and then to maximize the effect of my BB promotion?  And what should I do with the pricing of the subsequent books in the series to improve chances of them being boosted by the BB promo?  Right now, here's how they're priced:

Book 2 - $2.99
Books 3-8 - $3.99
Box set of books 1-3 - $4.99
Box set of books 1-5 - $5.99

Also, books 1-5 are all individually for sale as audiobooks, and there is a single-volume set on audible of books 1-3 together as well.  All eight books are available in paperback.  And all the books are on B&N, Kobo, Google Play and Smashwords, too.

Writers' Cafe / Do I have a novel, a series or a serial?
« on: November 21, 2014, 06:21:34 am »
I'm kicking around an idea for a new story (actually an old story; I've had the basic idea in my brain for a long time, but I've never figured out how to actually tell it, so it's only been an idea until now).  I'm just not sure whether it's a novel (or a series of novels) or a serial.

I've got a novel series now, and I've known from the start that each book was a novel.  I never considered any other format for them.

This new idea is a straight-up science fiction story, with a central time travel plot, a mystery to be resolved, and multiple, seemingly unconnected characters who each get their individual backstory told as they get deeper into the main story (I know, I know, it sounds suspiciously like "Lost", but I've had the basics of this story in my head way before that show aired, I swear!).  It seems like it might work really well as a serial, but I'm not sure, never having written one of them. 

What are the "rules' of a serial?  Is there a commonly accepted length or range of length for each episode?  Would readers accept something where each of the first 5-6 episodes focus on a different character before they all come together (and then begin killing one another off!)?  How many episodes is a reasonable length for a serial to run?

The Book Corner / Winter's Tale - Mark Helprin
« on: November 15, 2014, 01:14:32 pm »
Anyone else on here a fan of the book?  I know it's very much a love-it-or-hate-it book, and I'm firmly in the "love it" camp; I'd say it's my favorite novel (and also the best novel) I've ever read.

I'm doing my yearly re-read, and this year, I'm discussing it a chapter at a time on my blog - if you're a fan of the book (or are just picking it up), please drop in and comment on the book, and whether you think my interpretations of what's going on are insightful, full of carp, or somewhere in between...

This is the index post: - I'm through eleven chapters, a little more than a fourth of the way into the book, so there's a long ways yet to go!

Writers' Cafe / Sell-through?
« on: November 11, 2014, 07:17:46 am »
Can someone give me an idea of what would be considered a reasonable expectation for sell-through three months after going perma-free? 

Looking at my sell-through in a vacuum, I feel like my results are not great, but they also might be entirely typical, or even better than average - I just don't know.

This is what I've got - I went perma-free in early August and had great success with downloads.  The stats for the free book are:
August - 9,931 downloads
September - 6,146 downloads
October - 3,579 downloads
November - 702 downloads so far

I did some promotion in September and October for the perma-free (BKnights, Midlist, Freebooksy)

Sales of book 2 are:
August - 18
September - 36
October - 17
November - 7 so far

Sales of books 3-8 (combined) are:
August - 40
September - 52
October - 153
November - 21 so far
I released book #8 at the end of October.  Also, I had an ENT for book #4, and also promos for book #3 and #5 @ $0.99 in October leading up to the launch of the new book)

Sales of the box set (there are two, one with books 1-5, and one with books 1-3):
August - 14
September - 15
October - 44
November - 19 so far
I did an ENT promo for the 1-5 box set in October to lead into the new release, and I've got a sale with a couple of promos on the 1-3 box set that began at the end of October and is still going on.

Are these numbers good?  Bad?  Average?  I really don't know how to judge them...

The one stat that has me very concerned is the number of signups to my mailing list from the link at the end of the perma-free book.  There have been only two, which is definitely very, very bad.

The Book Bazaar / Take a DREAM VACATION with the latest Dream Series novel!
« on: November 07, 2014, 10:23:14 am »

Thanks to her unique ability to step into other people's dreams, Dr. Sara Alderson has solved murders, unraveled conspiracies and saved lives. But when a crisis hits close to home, even her supernatural gift might not be enough to avert disaster.

On a family vacation to Paris, Sara's fifteen-year-old daughter Grace disappears without a trace. The only way to find her is through Sara's dreams. But her gift has taken an unwanted vacation, and without it, Sara has no idea how to rescue Grace. In a foreign city, with no clues, and her dreaming talent failing her for the first time, Sara must figure out another way to find Grace before it's too late.

Dream Vacation is the eighth book of the Dream Series



What if you could see everyone else's dreams?

Sara Barnes thought her life was perfectly ordinary – until the night she began stepping into other people’s dreams.
Follow Sara as she learns to cope with this extraordinary gift (or curse) in the first three books of the Dream Series:

It’s bad enough that, thanks to her supernatural talent, Sara is learning more than she ever needed to know about her friends and classmates, watching their most secret fantasies whether she wants to or not. Much worse are the other dreams, the ones she sees nearly every night, featuring a strange, terrifying man who commits unspeakable crimes. Now Sara wonders if she’s the only witness to a serial killer – and the only one who knows when and where he’s going to strike next.

Medical school and life as a newlywed would be enough by themselves for anybody to handle. But Sara’s got another problem – her dreams have started up again. Almost everyone at the medical school is dreaming about the death of the school’s least popular teacher, Dr. Morris, and once again, Sara finds herself in the role of unwilling witness to a murder before it happens. But this time, there are too many suspects to count, and it doesn’t help matters that she hates Dr. Morris every bit as much as any of his would-be murderers do.

Sara thought she had made peace with her dreaming talent, but she’s got a surprise coming: her four-year-old daughter has inherited it, too. Unraveling a mystery with lives on the line is difficult enough under the best of circumstances. But when Sara has to view all the evidence through the eyes – and dreams - of a toddler, it may be an impossible task.

And it's ON SALE this week for just $2.99! 

Click the cover above or go to:

Writers' Cafe / Keywords Question
« on: November 06, 2014, 07:02:57 am »
Please forgive a very basic question:

It's my understanding that (on KDP/Amazon), there is no benefit to using keywords that are part of the category you've placed your book in.  In other words, if I've chosen "Paranormal Romance" as one of the two categories I can select on KDP, I should not use either "paranormal" or "romance" or "paranormal romance" as any of my seven allotted keywords. 

Is that correct?  Or is there still some potential advantage to having one or more of them as part of my seven keywords?

Writers' Cafe / Combining Reviews from individual books for a box set?
« on: October 21, 2014, 12:24:30 pm »
I'm guessing there's no way to do this, but I could be wrong, so I'm throwing this out to y'all:

I've got two different Kindle Box Sets of my series books (one has the first five books, the other one has just the first three).  I would like to see the reviews for my individual books somehow attached to the box sets, if that's possible.  Is there any way to do this?

I know that for any of the reviewers I know (beta readers, mainly), I can reach out to them and politely ask them to add a review to the box sets, but can I contact Amazon and ask them to link any reviews (from people who've reviewed all the individual books in the box sets - there are a few of them) to the box sets?  Like I said, I suspect the answer is "no" but I figure it's worth asking...

Writers' Cafe / KDP Select Question (Can I put this book in select?)
« on: October 15, 2014, 02:18:27 pm »
I'm 99% sure I know the answer, but I'll ask it here anyway just in case I'm wrong.

I've just created a three-book "mini box set" from my book series, and it went live on Kindle this morning.  None of the eight individual books in the series are currently in Select; they're all on other retailers, and I have no current plans to put them in.

Can I put the box set in Select, or is it not eligible because the three books comprising it are not exclusive to Amazon?  My guess is that it's not eligible, but I would love to know if I'm wrong, and I can put the box set in Select.

Writers' Cafe / Box Set & Audiobooks question
« on: October 01, 2014, 07:07:39 am »
I had an idea this morning that seems like it's good (or, at worst, that there's no obvious downside), but there are probably things I'm not thinking of, so I'm posting here in hopes that y'all can point them out.

I've had the first five books in my series made into audiobooks (all on ACX, all on Royalty Share).  I've also got the first five books in a "Kindle box set" which currently sells for $5.99 (the first book in the series is free on Kindle, the rest are $3.99).

My idea was to do an Audible Box Set to go along with the Kindle Box set, and combine the first five books into one big, giant audiobook. 

That turned out to be impractical, because I have different narrators for the books (one narrator for books 1-3, and a different narrator each for 4 and 5).  But, since I do have the same narrator for the first three books (and she's agreeable to the idea), I CAN do an Audible edition of the first three books.

So that's the idea.  The catch is, in order to list it on ACX, there must be a Kindle version first (that's what ACX told me, at any rate).  So I would need to create a mini Kindle Box Set with just the first three books.    That's no problem; the formatting will be easy, and I can get my cover artist to do a new cover for it.  It could all be done within days.  And there wouldn't need to be any new recording, since the books are already recorded - my narrator would just need to re-upload all the files she already has, which shouldn't take long.  There are no practical issues to doing this.

But are there any marketing issues I'm not seeing?  Would creating a 3-book box set that would show up on Kindle next to the 5-book set look weird to readers?  WOuld it cannibalize sales from te larger box set, or the individual novels (and should I care it it does)?  What would be a reasonable price for it?  Would it be a good idea (or even allowed) to just keep the mini box set on Kindle long enough to get the Audible edition up and then pull it down?

Or is the whole idea not worth the trouble?  Will a 33-hour long audiobook just not be of interest to listeners?  I really don't know about that one way or the other.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts/comments!

Writers' Cafe / Question - Untranslated Foreign Speech?
« on: August 26, 2014, 04:33:37 am »
So what do people think about using foreign speech that isn't translated, in the course of a novel?  The book is written in first-person, and my heroine hears parts of a conversation in French, which she doesn't know, so there's no way for her to understand what she's heard.  In small doses, is that OK to do?

For context, it's only two lines of dialogue, and it comes in the next-to-last chapter of book eight of the series (so if readers have made it that far, I probably won't be losing them over two lines), but I'm still curious to hear opinions on the topic.  This is the passage in question:

“Bonjour, Madame,” says a young, perfectly coiffed and made-up woman, in a spotless, immaculately-fitting hotel uniform. 

“Hello,” I answer, not quite panting.  “I – I hope you can help me.  I need to find a guest.  A boy.”  I stop to take a ragged breath and continue on.  “My daughter,” I grab Grace, pull her next to me.  She gives the woman a very embarrassed look, which I’m sure is quite genuine.  “She’s been crying about him since last night.  She – you know how girls can be, she never got his last name, and if she doesn’t hear from him before we go back home today, she’ll just die.”

It seemed like the lie that would get the best reception.  This is supposed to be the most romantic city in the world, isn’t it?  Beth speaks up, before the woman – Monique, I read off her uniform – can get a word in.  “S'il vous plaît aider mon amie. Sa fille va la rendre malheureuse pour les six prochaines mites si vous ne le faites pas.”

I don’t know exactly what that means, but I can guess at least some of it.  And it seems to make an impression on Monique; she softens at Beth’s words and then asks me, in a patient tone, “Madame, what do you need?”

“I know the boy’s name, and his sister.  Jamie is the boy, the sister is Zoe.  They’re American.  And they checked in last Wednesday.  I just need to know what room they’re in.  If Grace doesn’t get to see him, she’ll just die.  Do you have a daughter?  If you do, you have to understand.”

Beth again chimes in, “Elle me rendre fou si vous n'avez pas l'aider.”

Monique looks to Beth, sighs heavily.  “Oui, je comprends tout à fait.”  Again, I’m not sure exactly what Beth said.  But whatever it was, Monique told her that she understood.  She turns back to me.  “I will see.  It will take a moment.”

I could simply include a short scene afterwards where Beth tells Sara (the heroine) exactly what she said in French, but i kind of like leaving it this way.  But is that not playing fair with readers?

Writers' Cafe / Blurb Help?
« on: August 19, 2014, 10:17:49 am »
So I'm working on book #8 in my series, and I've got a first effort at a blurb.  I'll say up front that I'm not at all certain about it, so any thoughts would be appreciated:

Thanks to her unique ability to step into other people’s dreams, Dr. Sara Alderson has solved murders, unraveled conspiracies and saved lives.  But when a crisis hits close to home, even her supernatural gift might not be enough to save the day.

On a family vacation to Paris, Sara’s fifteen-year-old daughter Grace disappears without a trace after sneaking out of her room in the middle of the night.  Sara fears that Grace has gotten herself into something she won’t be able to get herself out of, and as long as Grace isn’t sleeping, Sara can’t find her in dreams. 

In a foreign city, with no clues, and her dreaming talent failing her for the first time, will Sara figure out a way to find Grace, before it’s too late?

Dream Vacation is the eighth book of the Dream Series

That's basically the plot.  Family goes to Paris, and in the middle of the trip, the oldest daughter (who's been acting up lately to start with) sneaks out at midnight, without wallet or phone, to rendezvous with an older (20-21) French boy, who takes her to the houseboat he lives on with a friend, and takes advantage of her.  Sara is, obviously, desperate to find her daughter, before she ends up getting hurt, or worse.  Because the girl is at first running on adrenaline and not sleeping until well into the next day, and then later drunk/high, messing up her sleep and causing her not to dream, Sara can't find her that way.

Writers' Cafe / Back Matter - is this too much?
« on: August 17, 2014, 01:41:12 pm »
I'm wondering if I'm cluttering up the back matter right after "The End" of my books.  This is what's currently there:

Sara’s adventures continue in book 2 of this series, “Dream Doctor”(goes direct to the Dream Doctor product page)

Look for it at: to my Amazon Author page)
or to the main homepage at my website)

If you enjoyed “Dream Student”, please click here(goes directly to the reviews page for Dream Student on Amazon) and leave a review at  You can also visit my website at (goes directly to the mailing list signup page at my website) and sign up to receive news and updates about the Dream Series and/or drop me a line at [email protected] (opens up an email window to email to me).  Thank you!
If you really enjoyed it, you’ll love the audiobook edition of “Dream Student” (goes to the Amazon product page for the audiobook) narrated by the amazing Heather Jane Hogan.  Please click here (goes to the audiobook samples page at my website) to listen to a ten minute sample!

Everything bolded is a live link (and the text in parenthesis is just for this post; it's not in the book).

Am I confusing readers, or giving them too many things to potentially do?  Should I take some of the links out to leave the reader just two choices (go straight to the next book on Amazon, or sign up for the mailing list would seem to be the two to keep if I do that...right?)

Writers' Cafe / Stupid Permafree Questions, part deux
« on: August 12, 2014, 12:18:38 pm »
This one is about expectations, and I know there is no one answer, but I'm hoping to get a sense of general expectations so I have some idea how to evaluate the results I'm seeing.

Absent any active promotions (BB, Freebooksy, bknights, whatever), is there some general range for how many downloads one might see in a day? 

Does Amazon do anything initially to make newly free books more visible?

My book (I put book #1 of my series on perma-free) just went free on Amazon between 9 and 10 AM this morning.  As of right now, I have 234 downloads, which seems like a ridiculously high number considering I've done absolutely nothing to announce or promote it (because I didn't know when it would actually become free, so I didn't want to say anything until I saw the price change).  But IS it a high number, or about what I ought to expect?

Is that just an artifact of whatever Amazon does to let people know about a brand new free deal?  Should I expect the numbers to drop off fairly quickly once the newness wears off (until I actively promote it somewhere)?

Last question: IF (big if, I completely understand this) there is going to be any sell-through effect where readers will go on to the subsequent (paid) books in the series, how long does that take, generally, to begin to show?  If I haven't seen in it 2 weeks, should I start to think about Plan C?  A month?  Two months?  Etc.?

I realize everyone is unique, so I know there is no one answer to any of these questions, but this is a new road for me, so any signposts along the way would be well appreciated!

Writers' Cafe / Stupid Perma-Free Question
« on: August 12, 2014, 07:17:42 am »
This will probably sound silly, but I want to be sure I don't screw something up, so here goes:

My book was just price-matched to perma-free by Amazon this morning.  Yay!  My question is, if I go into the book on KDP to make any adjustments (change a keyword or category, tweak the book description, whatever), can that screw up the perma-free?  Because once I make the changes to the book details, I have to click through to the second page (pricing) in order to save the changes I've made, and there has to be a price there, and it can't be free.  Will clicking "Publish" with a $0.99 price automatically raise the price on Amazon, so that I'll have to get them to price-match back down to free again?

It seems like it wouldn't (and I've never read of anybody mentioning it here), but I just want to be sure!

Writers' Cafe / What Am I doing wrong?
« on: August 10, 2014, 10:51:16 am »
Or, who do I have to sacrifice goats to, in order to see some tangible progress with my books?

It's a whine, I know.  But I'm at my wit's end.  I've done everything I can think of.  Changed the covers.  Rewritten the blurbs, several times.  Played with categories.  Done Goodreads giveaways.  Interacted just as a reader to try and get to know people on GR.  promoted on FB.  Promoted other authors on my website.  Done just about every promo site.  Run sales and free giveaways.  Got together a mailing list.  Written more books (seven in all in my series now).  Gotten the first four books on audio.  The books are actually good.  The reviews are very solid.  I've got some genuine fans who are clamoring for the next book in the series.

And yet...

I know it's a marathon, not a sprint, but at some point I would like to stop bleeding money and see something like forward movement.  I'd like to see two straight months where the number of sales increase, which has not happened in 18 months so far. 

I didn't go into this expecting to make a million dollars.  I hoped that, after 18 months, I might at least be netting positive income from this.  I even dreamed of clearing $500 to $1,000 a month.  But that goal seems farther away than it was when I started.  I've put all of my heart and all of my hopes into these books, and put myself out there publicly in ways that terrify me and make me almost physically ill (I'm a fairly extreme introvert, and very nervous even around close friends and family a lot of the time).  And so far all it's accomplished is to cost me around $5,000 and make me question every single choice I've made endlessly. 

I read all the advice here from authors who are having great success, and I try to take what I can from it; I try to replicate what seems like it fits my books - and absolutely NOTHING is getting me any traction at all.  I need something good to happen with these books - I need to MAKE something good happen with them, and I just am at a loss.  Aside from my frustrations with sales, I lost my day job last week, and I'm not really sure where September's rent is going to come from.  That $500-$1,000/month I was hoping for by now would have been really handy.

The only thing I can think of that I haven't done yet is permafree, and I was just about ready to try that when KU rolled out last month and I held back.  And I would try for bookbub with that (although I've tried to get in to BB over and over and over and over etc. with no success for the past year, so I'm not holding my breath on that anymore).  I suppose I need to try that - but at this point I don't have much faith that even it will move the books.  And I just don't understand what the problem is with them. 

Before the big rollout of KU last week, I was just about ready to start the process of making the first book of my series permafree (and then trying to get in BookBub and using some of the other promo sites - Freebooksy, etc - to push it).

But now I'm not sure.  I feel like with the changes of KU (and the fact that nobody knows how it's going to impact things in the short or long run) it might be bad timing to go permafree now.

Any thoughts one way or the other?

Writers' Cafe / Yet Another Blurb Request?
« on: July 22, 2014, 12:34:21 pm »
This is for the last two books in my series.  I'm not at all sure about these, so any thoughts would be appreciated...

Book Six...

Dr. Sara Alderson is heading back to college for her ten-year class reunion.  Her husband and two of her children are coming with her – and so are her supernatural dreams.

One of her old classmates is becoming more frantic with every passing night.  Sara can’t see his face, but she can see everything else in his dreams, and he’s coming closer and closer to committing a desperate act to try and save his business.  Sara’s the only one who can save him, and his family – if she can figure out who he is and what he’s planning in time.

Dream Reunion is the sixth book of the Dream Series.

and Book Seven...

Dr. Sara Alderson thought she was securing her and her family’s future when she moved them to a small town in New York and took a job as Chief of Pediatrics at the local hospital.  Unfortunately, things aren’t going quite according to plan.  For one thing, she has enemies at work who resent her from the moment she sets foot in the hospital.

For another, she’s visiting the dreams of an old man who’s seeing nightly visions of a storm that will wipe out the entire town.  He’s convinced that the visions are true – and as winter closes in, Sara is starting to think he might be right.

Dream Home is the seventh book of the Dream Series.

Writers' Cafe / Blurb Help for series books?
« on: July 15, 2014, 07:04:35 am »
Paging the blurb doctors - any thoughts/comments on these would be appreciated.  Nothing I do is moving the books, so maybe the blurbs are (part of) the problem.

So here's book one:

What if you could see everyone else's dreams?

College junior Sara Barnes thought her life was under control.  Her biggest worries were her upcoming final exams, applying to medical school, Christmas shopping and what to do about the cute freshman in the next dorm who's got a crush on her.  Until the dreams started...
Now she's learning more than she ever wanted to know about everyone around her.  Watching the hidden fantasies and seeing the deepest secrets of her friends and classmates is bad enough.  But much worse are the recurring dreams of a strange, terrifying man... dreams that could cost Sara her sanity... or get her killed.

"Dream Student" is the first book of the Dream Series.

And then book two:

"I didn't expect to see someone I don't know dreaming about killing one of my teachers. I thought I was done with that..."

But Sara's not done with it. As if adjusting to life as a newlywed and starting medical school wasn't difficult enough, she's started seeing the dreams of everyone around her, again. Before everything is said and done, those dreams might destroy Sara's hopes of becoming a doctor, wreck her marriage or even end her life...

"Dream Doctor" is the second novel in the Dreams series.

And book three:

"I would give anything to take this away from her. I would gladly go back to having the nightmares myself..."

As a resident at Children's Hospital, Dr. Sara Alderson can handle ninety hour workweeks, fighting to save her young patients from deadly childhood diseases. But now she's facing something all her training and experience hasn't prepared her for: her four-year-old daughter has inherited her ability to see other people's dreams...

"Dream Child" is the third book in the Dream Series.

So book #1 of my series is going to be the Ereader News Today Book of the Day next Monday, July 14th.  I'm hoping/expecting/praying for good results (200+ sales at the $0.99 sale price).  That will give the book a nice boost, and, from prior experience, there should be a continued effect for a few days afterwards.

What I'm looking for is advice on what I can set up or arrange now to take advantage of the boost that the promo hopefully will provide, and keep sales going.  I've got six days to do whatever I can think of (ideally that won't cost much, or even better, will be free) to keep whatever momentum I get from ENT.

I'm putting books #2 and 3 on sale for $0.99 as well, the day before the promotion, and I'll keep them on sale the rest of next week.  They'll be mentioned in the BOTD post as well.  I've got four more books in the series that will be at the regular $3.99 price, and a collection of books 1-5 that's currently $8.99.  I've also got audiobook editions of the first four books, as well as a short story that fits in the series (narrated by Nicola Bryant from Doctor Who, which at the time I thought would attract a little more attention than it has to date).  Anything I can do to use this promo to increase sales of any of those will be fantastic.

Any advice, ideas, thoughts will be very much appreciated - thanks in advance!

Writers' Cafe / Question about French law (and/or culture)
« on: July 01, 2014, 06:40:14 am »
This is something that's going to come up in my WIP, and i need some info to help me get it right, so I'm asking the minds of Kboards for help...

My heroine and her family (including a 15-year-old daughter) will be in Paris, on vacation.  During the trip, the daughter will meet an older boy (20 or 21), fall hard for him, and, one night after the parents are asleep, sneak out of the hotel and meet him.  It'll be two or three days before the parents find her.  In that time, the boy will take her to a friend's place, where he will get her drunk and have sex with her.

In the U.S., that would definitely be statutory rape due to the age difference, regardless of anything else.  Providing alcohol to a minor would be a crime in itself, as well.  And even though the girl went voluntarily, I could easily see kidnapping charges being brought, too.

But this is happening in France.  How would it be viewed, legally and culturally, compared to U.S. law and customs?  Would it be treated much the same?  How much help and/or sympathy would the parents get from French police, compared to back home in New York?

Thanks in advance for any help!

I got good news just now.  The first book in my series was picked to be the ENT book of the day for next month (July 15th to be exact).

That gives me five weeks to schedule/plan/do stuff so I can follow up whatever results the ENT promo generates.

So, my question to the wise minds of the Writers' Cafe is, what can I do to maximize the benefits I will (hopefully) get from this promotion and keep them going as long as possible?

The book will be $0.99 (that's what I submitted it for), and the subsequent books (#2 through 7) will be $3.99 (I've got books #2 and #3 on sale for $0.99 this week, but I'm planning to raise them back to the higher price on Saturday).  I don't have anything new coming out until October.  I have the box set of the first five books that's currently on sale for $8.99.  And I have the first four books on audible audiobook as well (#5 MIGHT be out by 7/15, but there's no guarantee on that).

Thanks for any ideas y'all might have!

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