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Hugh, you have cured me of my wistful hope that I would one day be snatched up by a trad publisher. After reading through the reports and subsequent posts from other indie authors, I see that I'd be better off without the scanty royalties the big 5 offer. My thanks go to you and the data guy for your hard work compiling the reports and explaining them in such detail.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Work in Progress Cover for The Snow Omnibus
« on: February 15, 2014, 10:20:41 pm »
I think the cover is striking and would definitely look twice if I saw it on Amazon. I'm not sure what program you use to make your covers but I use GIMP and it has a 'Drop Shadow' function that would make your name/title stand out without having to change anything else about it.

Selling 4 million books without the help of a trad publisher is a mind boggling achievement. You have proven that it is possible for indie authors to succeed but we have to put in the effort and not just sit around and expect the sales to roll in on their own.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Originality is a myth?
« on: February 12, 2014, 06:23:21 am »
Originality is certainly not a myth – at least not when it comes to comedy/humour/humor.

If you examine ancient text you will find very little in the way of creative comedy. And yes, I know humour is very subjective, but there is clearly a notable progression of creativity and development of humour through the centuries.

And here’s the…er… proof:

 “Be not afraid of greyness. Some are born grey, some achieve greyness, and others have 50 shades of the stuff thrust upon them.”

- Colin


Hilarious! Can I quote you, Colin?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Feedback on illustrated YA Fantasy cover art, please?
« on: February 11, 2014, 05:59:42 am »
The cover looks awesome, very eye catching. You have a real talent for cover design.

I put the order for both series in my "From the Author" that appears right below the "also-boughts" on each book's page, since Kindle for some reason still doesn't show the order of the series (print does). It's also listed on my author page on Amazon. That seems to work pretty well.

(My books definitely don't have to be read in order, but most readers seem to prefer to do it that way.)

As a marketing person, I totally agree on the branding. I brand across my series as well as within (you can see in my sig). That works too, I think.

I'm reading a series at the moment that someone loaned me. Her books are set in the same area with the same people over a number of years. I had to check the copyright to see what year they were published so I could read them in some kind of order, since some of the same characters appear all through the series. You're right, people do like to read them in order.

Branding is definitely important. Like the OP said, it should be obvious at a glance that they aren't stand alone books if you're writing a series.

The most important thing is to have the link for the next book in the series at the end of the story.

That is good advice. I make sure to add links to the rest of the series and I also mention when the next book will be published.

I am an avid fan of series and sometimes have to google the author to find out what order to buy their books in when it is not clear. I didn't want to put my potential readers through that process so have the book number in the cover and the metadata info to make it as easy for them to follow as possible.

The sixth book in my series just went live today. I should be used to it by now but I still get nervous that something will go horribly wrong. So far, so good...

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