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Writers' Cafe / Superfast Question
« on: September 30, 2016, 10:45:27 pm »
Hi All

All of my books are DRM enabled, but now I wonder if this was the right choice. My superfast question is in two parts:

1: If I unpublish and republish my novels can I change this and go with "Do not enable DRM"?
2: Are there any disadvantages I need to know about in terms of unpublishing and republishing novels?

My thanks as ever


Writers' Cafe / Amazon Product Description
« on: September 11, 2016, 06:52:53 pm »

I was looking at a Kindle writer's Amazon Author Central Page and noticed that in between the "Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought" section and the "Product Details" section was another section entitled "Product Description" which this author is using as an "About the Author" section to give a brief bio of her work. It sits just above the "Product details" section and I don't have one on any of my uploads.

I like this because it raises the Author bio higher up the page but I cannot find how to recreate it on my Amazon Author Central Page. I think it's added per book as it's a "Product Description" and also it differs for each of her novels. I can't find a way to do this either on Amazon Author Central or via the KDP upload page and all help will be gratefully received.

Just to clarify each of my uploads ends up on an Amazon page with the following sections under the main book at the top:

Books In This Series
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Product details
More About the Author

But this author has

Books In This Series
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Product Description
Product details
More About the Author

It's the Product Description I would like to recreate.

Thanks, R :)

Writers' Cafe / Sales Figures
« on: September 08, 2016, 08:33:57 pm »
A super quick question here. From time to time I see Kindle writers publishing how many copies they have sold - "100,000" etc. My question is to anyone who has done this - are these including Kindle Unlimited borrows?

I ask because a borrow is technically a sale because the reader paid to read your novel, but sometimes I see writers saying instead - "50,000 sold & 25,000 Kindle Unlimited Borrows"

I'm thinking a lot of writers are throwing their KU borrows into the their "sales" figures - am I right or wrong? Is this dishonest or not?

Thanks R

Writers' Cafe / Facebook Ads
« on: August 19, 2016, 02:00:55 am »
Hi All

I'm considering using Facebooks Ads to help promote my novels and I wondered if any of you had any experience with this you could share. I've had good success without running ads in the UK but still not selling in the US despite several bestsellers in the UK, so now thinking about advertising.

Would be interested to hear your experiences.

Kind regards,
R :)

Writers' Cafe / Amazon Categories
« on: July 27, 2016, 04:27:02 pm »
Hi All

Anyone know how this Amazon category is selected?

"Kindle Store > Books > Crime, Thriller & Mystery > Mystery > Action & Adventure"

When I look in the category selector I can get to "FICTION > Thrillers > General" but can't find the "Mystery" subcategory anywhere.

Many thanks

R :)

Writers' Cafe / Advantages to Kindle Unlimited
« on: April 30, 2016, 10:39:48 pm »
Hi All

I have a quick question here about KU. I have published several novels and I'm pleased with their performance so far, but none of them are KU. The thing is, literally every book published by Indie writers that I look at seems to be KU. I was wondering what your experience is here - how did KU impact your sales/sales figures etc. Is it worthwhile? I understand the principle of it and roughly how it works, but not sure what to expect if I convert my novels to KU.

With kind regards as ever,

R :)

Writers' Cafe / Amazon Royalties Question
« on: April 12, 2016, 08:51:53 pm »
Hi All

Since I started receiving royalties I've noticed the sums are always less than the sales suggest. I looked into this and the difference is always around 16% less than the sales have generated. Is there another cost somewhere that I'm not aware of? For example, with books priced at one pound, I thought the writer got 35%, but at the moment I'm only getting around 29% on books priced at a pound.

Any ideas?

Thanks to all, R :)

Writers' Cafe / Contacted by publishers
« on: April 12, 2016, 04:47:49 pm »
Hi All

Just a quick one here - I was recently contacted by a large publisher who shall remain anonymous but with whom you will all be familiar. They asked me if I would read a proof they're publishing next year and also provide a promotional "blurb" for it. The problem is I am an exclusively self-published writer and while I have had reasonable success with my novels, I still have very little experience. Would it not be easier for them to use an in-house author for this?  Has something similar ever happened to you? Just wondering what your experience is.

Thanks, R  :)

Writers' Cafe / Pros and Cons of Pre-order
« on: March 22, 2016, 02:07:15 pm »
Hello All

Just another quick question about the pros and cons of Amazon pre-order. Some time ago I noticed that a very high-selling Kindle author stopped putting his books up for pre-order, and more recently I see another very high-selling author has also said her latest will not be going on pre-order just to evaluate the two methods.

As someone who has never used pre-order but was considering it, I wondered what your experiences of it were - why use pre-order? What are the pros and cons? It is about sales, ranking - any ideas?

With kind regards, R :)

Writers' Cafe / Writing in different genres
« on: March 14, 2016, 02:32:44 pm »
Hi All

I'm considering writing a new series in a different genre, but I'm unsure whether or not to publish it under my name. The pros are I already have a website, Twitter & Facebook following, etc., albeit one interested in a different genre, so the cons being I would have to start this all over again.

Does anyone here write in more than one genre, and if so, do you use different pen names or put it all out under one name? What are your experiences, advice?

With kind regards,


Writers' Cafe / Selling on Amazon UK but not Amazon US
« on: February 06, 2016, 04:35:33 pm »
Hi All

Just a quick question here about selling in different regions. I write a series which sells well in the UK but almost zero sales in the US. I'm really pleased with the UK response - several #1s in various subcategories and respectable sales, but totally flat in the US. The series has international appeal and similar series to it sell very well in the US so I'm (immodestly) discounting the possibility of it simply not appealing to the US market.

Anyone else here have similar experience, or even vice versa (selling in US but not UK) etc? Obviously I would like to get my work selling in the US market but I don't even think anyone even knows it exists judging by its current ranking there despite a reasonably well concerted social media campaign that clearly worked in the UK.

Any tips for marketing kindles in the US or does it simply take longer to get noticed there because it's such a big market?

Regards as ever,

R :)

Writers' Cafe / Discrepancy in payment figures on Amazon KDP
« on: January 07, 2016, 08:08:18 pm »
Hi All

A quick question here - I'm waiting for a payment and I decided to look into my sales figures more closely. I notice that there is a discrepancy between two Amazon KDP information sources on this. I isolated the figures for the month of November 2015 and on the Reports page the red-line graph is showing 40 more sales than the downloadable Excel files for that month. This is nothing to do with returns - I've counted them out of these figures.

Can anyone explain why this would be so?

Writers' Cafe / Some questions about pricing ebooks
« on: December 08, 2015, 03:22:58 pm »
Hi Everyone

I have a couple of questions about ebook pricing that I hope more experienced authors can answer.

First, why do some writers drop a book's price by a few cents/pence just for a couple of days? The drop in price is so small sometimes (5c/5p) it cannot be to increase sales.

Second, I'm looking at the history of a writer on Amazon UK (in pounds/pence) and I see that her book was reduced to 0.77p for a week in January. When I try to reduce my price below 0.99p I get told this is impossible and the minimum I can price it at is 0.99p. I am interested in how some writers can reduce their price lower than other writers can - have I selected a different mode of pricing structure when I uploaded my book perhaps?

Many thanks, and kindest regards, R :)

Writers' Cafe / Social Media for Marketing
« on: December 04, 2015, 06:26:30 pm »
Just a quick question regarding your opinions on social media for marketing. I have used Twitter and with less success Facebook to market my books, but I notice that several very high-selling writers have very small Twitter/Facebook accounts and in some cases none at all. What are your experiences of using social media to market your books? Starting out, I thought it was extremely important, but now, looking at these writers doing so well without it, I'm wondering if it was just a total waste of time and I'd have been better off using that time to write more stories.

Writers' Cafe / Goodreads Problem
« on: November 25, 2015, 01:35:26 pm »
Hi All

I'm trying to add one of my books to my Goodreads profile and having some problems. I'm clicking "add book" and filing out the form, but there's nowhere to link it to Amazon, and when it appears on my profile there is no cover art, or any option to add cover art that I can see. On top of that the book already exists on Goodreads because a reader has already added it, and yet there doesn't appear to be anywhere on that page that I can click a "this is my book" option either.

All help gratefully received!

Thanks, R

Writers' Cafe / Bestseller Question
« on: November 17, 2015, 03:13:27 am »
Hi All

I have a question about the use of the term "bestseller'. I know this is a broad area, but I would like to know your opinions on when it's right to use the term. I'm following someone who was a bestseller in a specific subcategory on Amazon and uses the term to describe her books and herself "bestselling author" etc. What do you think about this? Do you think you have to be a bestseller in the main overall charts to merit using this word, or will sub-cats suffice?
As ever, my thanks and best regards, R

Writers' Cafe / Facebook Question
« on: November 15, 2015, 02:08:29 pm »

I have a Facebook Page (not profile) and readers who want to follow me are able to "like" the page. My question is about etiquette here - when a reader follows my Author Page, am I supposed to add their profile as a friend? Not really sure how FB works to be honest - you have to have a profile to have a page on FB, so if I add them as a friend would that be adding them to my profile or my page? I can't reciprocate exactly because you can't "like" someone's FB profile. Or... do you simply not reciprocate? Thanks, R.

Writers' Cafe / "See Inside" function not working
« on: November 08, 2015, 02:05:10 am »
Hi All

I uploaded an important amendment to one of my novels 8 days ago, and I uploaded a new novel 8 days ago, and over a week later the amended version is still not showing on the "See Inside" function and the "See Inside" function is not on the new novel at all. The status of both books is "LIVE" so my changes were uploaded. I am concerned these issues will impact sales. I would appreciate any help, including a relevant contact email address for me to ask for help from Amazon if anyone has any experience of this.

Many kind regards, R :)

Writers' Cafe / Problem uploading updated book
« on: November 03, 2015, 10:04:55 pm »
Hi All

I have recently published book 2 in a series I am writing, and so I changed book 1 by putting in a reference to my second book at the start. I did this on a new page in my word document simply listing my books. I uploaded this to Amazon and after review it said "live" but when I use the "look inside" function I saw that it did not have my new page listing my series in it. I went through the process a second time and it still does not have my page at the start listing the series. So basically it is not the document I am uploading.

Any ideas or suggestions welcomed!

R :)

Writers' Cafe / "See Inside"
« on: November 02, 2015, 12:11:39 pm »
Hi all

Very quick question - I uploaded book 2 in my series yesterday and its status is "live" but there is no "see inside" facility on it, but there is on my first book. I can't remember how long it took for this function to happen on book 1, so is there a time lag or have I done something wrong when uploading, etc?

Many sincere thanks, R :)

Writers' Cafe / Question about indicating book nos in a series
« on: October 30, 2015, 07:06:13 pm »
Hi All

I am publishing my second book in a particular series and I want to indicate on Amazon that it is the second by having The Title of the Novel and then in brackets afterwards (A John Smith Thriller). I see in the KDP rules this is not really a subtitle as it does not appear on the book's cover, but I have seen it on other books on Amazon. Am I right in presuming people are simple writing the bracketed part into the Book Name field on KDP?

Many thanks, R

Writers' Cafe / 1st or 3rd person?
« on: October 15, 2015, 09:52:04 pm »
Hi All

A quick question about narrative voice. I'm two thirds of my way through a three story arc, which will become a series if sales go anywhere. It was written in the third person, which I find more natural for me, plus the story demanded it anyway. After the third book I want to start a new trilogy and there's no reason why it couldn't be in 1st or 3rd.

So my question is to those who have written in both, what are your experiences in terms of reader feedback and sales? A brief look online and it seemed liked there was nothing in it, but I see some of the bigger runaway successes seem to be 1st.

Thank you, R

Writers' Cafe / Critical Mass Theory
« on: October 14, 2015, 04:54:16 pm »
Hi all

Looking at a few authors who are doing very well selling ebooks, I started to notice a common theme among them - they all mentioned that their sales started improving a great deal around their third or fourth books. Anyone here have any experience of that? If such a "critical mass" tipping point exists it would make a lot of sense because a standalone story is practically invisible on the internet in 2015. Any thoughts?

Writers' Cafe / Facebook Question
« on: October 13, 2015, 10:21:58 pm »
Hi All

I'm sure many of you run Facebook Pages as part of your social media management for your novels. I set one of these up recently and I'm running a promo where I give a free paperback away to everyone who likes my Page. The problem is, I know people who have liked the page, but when I look under "Likes" I'm not seeing their names. In fact I've seen the number of likes go down by two or three.

Am I looking in the right place to see who likes my page? Is there such a way people can like my page without it registering, or are people simply "unliking" my page. This is no concern to me at all - they can like or unlike any page they want to, but I'm not giving out free paperbacks to people who have unliked me.

I'm not too great with FB, so any help gratefully received.


Writers' Cafe / Reviews on UK but not US page
« on: October 06, 2015, 09:05:23 pm »

Quick question here - I have some reviews on my UK page but they are not on my US page. I'm asking about this because I see other writers have the same reviews on both their US and UK pages, and clearly the reviewers haven't gone to the effort of reviewing twice. So... wondered why these writers have "linked" reviews on both .com and, but not me.

Regards and thanks as ever, R

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