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Writers' Cafe / Re: Any successful horror authors out there?
« on: September 11, 2019, 05:33:26 pm »

What Amazon considers horror is a far different thing. Their bestseller list is filled with books I don't consider to be horror, such as PNR, harem, reverse harem, sexy vampires, etc. Those books seem to be selling like hotcakes.

Amazon doesn't consider that horror. Authors are putting their books in those categories hoping to rank, and are pushing out the actual horror titles.

I'm changing career directions and am prepping to release a horror comedy series. I believe there is a demand out there, and it's one that trad pub isn't filling, so there is room for indies. So. Many. Fans. Check out the hashtags #horrorfam an #mutantfam and #horrorfan on twitter. They are there.

Oh, my gosh, is Scholastic still active? I used to order books from them when I was in elementary school, and I'm a LOT older than you! I still have a couple of them, dog-eared and falling apart.
My grandchildren aren't quite in the MG category yet, but I can vouch for the series approach. If they like the first book by an author, they want all the others. They also much prefer physical books to e-books because they seem 'real', and look nice on a shelf.

Oh yes, Scholastic is alive and well!

For children, I believe the keyword is PRINT.
And if you want to dive deeper. LONG SERIES, in print. Because when a kid finds a book they like, they want more. A lot more.

Zero children I know read on devices. Why? Parents know they can click right off the book and onto a game or Youtube or something else. Kindles are black and white and small screened, so illustrated books don't translate well. Plus, the parental focus on screen time limits.

Where do kids find books?
-The library (parents can try lots of things to see what sticks, at no risk)
-The local bookstore (new and used)
-Recommendations from friends
-Their parents' bookcase
-kid book reviewers on youtube
-School book fairs (although, this is better in K-2 because the selection doesn't vary too much from year to year, so if you already own a bunch, there won't be a lot that's new to you.)
-Game and movie tie-ins. Parents of reluctant readers like these because they can segue a screen interest into a reading interest.

Where can they find indies?
-Special programs by illustrator/writers. We've bought indie how to draw books after how to draw workshops.
-Author visits to schools and libraries (schools always include an order form.)
-Book and author fairs/ comic cons and expos put on by local libraries and bookstores, highlighting a particular genre or local authors.

We go to a Comics creator expo every year and buy print comics/books from indie and trad authors there. We've also picked up out of print series at yard sales and library book sales.

There are SO MANY great books for kids these days and in so any formats: novels, illustrated novels like Captain Underpants, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Creature from my Closet and Wiley & Grampa's Creature Feature, full-on manga (assassination classroom rocks) and graphic novels (Anything by Doug Tenappel, Kazu Kibuishi)  There is so much out there that is of high quality these days, that I kinda feel like we're entering a golden age of MG fiction.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Halloween Marketing Plan
« on: September 09, 2019, 05:24:03 pm »
I may be putting together a Story Origin or BooKFunnel promo for horror comedy and Halloween titles soon. I'm releasing the first in my new horror comedy series in October, and I'd like to get it moving for Halloween. Let me know if you're interested, and I'll message you when/ if I set something up!

I think a read of this article will give some interesting insight into this argument, as far as the state of physical bookstores, what publishers push vs what people want to read, etc.

I found it enlightening.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Reedsy - Scam or Worth It?
« on: September 09, 2019, 05:49:04 am »
I really wish people wouldn't chuck the word "scam" about willy-nilly, without any research.

A scam is a situation where a person or service takes your money with no intention to do as they have promised and to never deliver the service you've paid for. THAT is a scam.

Now there is a huge huge huge difference between a service that is a scam and one that does as promised (for example, send your books to their subscribers) and just doesn't deliver the desired results. And even the lack of desired results could be due to issues with the book and its categorisation.

I can CATEGORICALLY say that Reedsy is NOT a scam in ANY way, form or shape.

However, can you perhaps spend your money better than on this service? I'd say so.

Buy an ad at ENT (Ereader News Today), or Bargain Booksy. The results will not be stellar, but I think they serve the market better than Reedsy in this area. Reedsy is a kind of upwork for writers. That's their core business. However, if you pay Reedsy to put your book up wherever, they will do this. The results, however, depend on your books and how well it fits their market. There are better venues. Reedsy is NOT a scam.

This ^^^^^

Thanks Shayne. That makes sense. (Sorry, the Mediafire links went bad and so I lost the images.)

This ^^^
It's all about showing genre immediately, so readers know what kind of story they are getting.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Back matter connecting new books
« on: September 07, 2019, 07:40:23 am »
Keeping your back matter up to date if you publish often can become time consuming. You are always revising it.

I have a landing page that my back matter links to. So I have one page on my site to keep up to date. Way easier!

That's a good idea. Is it a series-specific page or a page that has all of your books/series listed?

I emailed Zon. Explained that I was having trouble raising the price from zero back to list price after a promotion. Sent them links to the book at full price on Google, Apple, Kobo, BNN. They sent me an email within 2 hours and the book is back at full price. Sometimes, you've just got to email!

I had a summer-long free run and have raised the price of my ebook back to normal on all other retailers. Despite updating my book and pricing information, Amazon will not raise it back to list price. It's still free.

Any ideas? Any tips or tricks?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Are there any horror comedy writers here?
« on: August 24, 2019, 06:37:04 am »
Some of my short stories are horror with a comedic tone. "My Big Fat Zombie Apocalypse" is one. But I'm not doing anything longer than that at the moment and not in a position to do any promo/swap stuff. Maybe in the future I can catch up and see what you guys are doing.

If you want to PM me with a link to this story, I'll put it in my October newsletter. I don't need a swap back if you aren't in a position right now!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Bookbub has a competitor now?
« on: August 22, 2019, 10:28:10 am »
Just as any author/publisher who tries to advertise their book as "the New Harry Potter", so do lists advertise themselves as "the new Bookbub". It's always tasteless braggery that proves to be worthless.

When a serious competitor to Bookbub arrives, no one will have predicted which company it is. We can only predict that they will be different and come from an unexpected angle.

Fair enough. And, after some searching, I realize it's been out for a while now but I'm just now hearing of it due to a facebook advertising campaign. They do seem nicely designed with good titles, though, so who knows?

Writers' Cafe / Bookbub has a competitor now?
« on: August 22, 2019, 05:35:56 am »
ran across an ad for

Checked it out. They are presenting themselves as a competitor to Bookbub (at least on the reader end.)
Owned by Open Road Media. Information on that company says it was started by Jane Friedman, who is rather reputable in trad and indie pub circles.

Any thoughts? Looks like they are mostly shilling their own titles right now.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Are there any horror comedy writers here?
« on: August 21, 2019, 08:18:15 am »
I like this plan. I'm finishing off an epic translated series at the moment for rapid release in Q4, but after that I'm hoping to get straight back to the comedy zombies.

I should have a zombie comedy out early next year, so this could work.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Are there any horror comedy writers here?
« on: August 21, 2019, 05:29:22 am »
Blimey, really? Thank you, I'm so glad you liked it! Yay, teaming up!

And yes! I even had to search all over Kboards for it so I could download it. I loved the cover and wanted to read it, but had given my kindle to my father in law (he's going blind and needed very large print.), so when I got a new one, your the first book I downloaded.

Yes. Team up.

If we can get a tight knit, dedicated group of horror comedy authors together, we can promote together. Tightly-focused promotions are imperitive these days. 1 They populate our Zon also boughts with relevant titles. 2. horror comedy is a specific audience, but it's out there, and we can target this niche group with social media and ads, etc. Horror comedy is also currently underserved by trad pub at the moment, but the audience is there, if they can find us.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Are there any horror comedy writers here?
« on: August 21, 2019, 05:25:22 am »
I'm working on something like that off and on, but I ditched it to work on thrillers because I think I need more practice to execute it just right. Murder is easy, comedy is hard.

Funny. I'm the opposite. I just finished a UF mystery trilogy and the murder and clue part was so hard for me, but the horror comedy is just rolling out of me. So much easier for me.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Are there any horror comedy writers here?
« on: August 20, 2019, 09:18:55 am »
Big fan of JDatE.

Monster Hunters (which isn't in my sig???) is probably better categorized as Dark Fantasy but it brings both the funny and scary bits. Road Trip (which is in the sig) is the short that was expanded into the full Monster Hunters novel. A lot of my shorts tread that ground--I see Unlife Of The Party made the sig as well. And my next novel which I intend to fail to release in October has a similar tone of a Sam Raimi style horror romp.

Awesome. We might have enough of us to get something going!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Are there any horror comedy writers here?
« on: August 20, 2019, 07:34:43 am »
I had a go with Apocalypse Barnes which was a well-received comedy zombie novella, thumbnail in my signature below. I have a sequel in its earliest stages: Apocalypse Kew.

I read your book and loved it. I was hoping you were still on here! I'd love to team up.

Writers' Cafe / Are there any horror comedy/ funny fantasy writers here?
« on: August 20, 2019, 06:02:31 am »
Hey all. I am STILL looking for horror comedy and comedy fantasy authors who are interested in forming a community and working together on promotions and more. We are a small niche and a small community, so I'd love to meet others and join forces. A rising tide lifts all boats! If you're interested, post on this thread or PM me and we can figure out the best ways to form a group and communicate!


Hi all.

Are there any other indie horror comedy writers here? (think books like: John Dies at the End, Practical Demonkeeping. Authors like A. Lee Martinez and Christopher Moore.)  If so, reply here. I'm hoping we can create a team and work together on fun and targeted promotions, etc. to build each other up in this niche market. I'm thinking Story Origin promos together, blog tours with each other, newsletter swaps, and whatever else we can come up with.

Yes, in my signature, my first series is UF. Ignore that. My new series is straight up horror comedy, and that's the direction my career is taking me for the foreseeable future.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Looking for advice
« on: August 07, 2019, 09:40:25 am »
Yes. Have Amazon link the books into a series.
Two. Do you have a link to book 2 in Book 1, right after The End?

I *think* you're asking how to hit a bestseller list?

This might help.

If so, any book you sell yourself does not count. Only books sold through retailers (online and Brick and Mortar) count. You'd only need to keep track of books sold yourself for tax purposes.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Please recommend books for my son
« on: July 03, 2019, 11:05:16 am »
I find that for reluctant boy readers graphic novels and books with humor and illustrations really do help. My list above is full of those kinds of books. I hope your son enjoys them!!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Please recommend books for my son
« on: July 02, 2019, 10:34:56 am »
There are TONS of great books for boys that age!
We love
Wiley & Grampa's creature feature series by Kirk Scroggs (out of print but available at library)
Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
Captain Underpants, Ook and Gluk, and Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey
Vordak the Incomprehensible series by Seegert
Creature from my closet series (starting with Wonkenstein) by Obert Skye
Stickman Odyssey by Christopher Ford
Amazing Greek Myths of Wonders and Blunders by Mike Townsend
Anything by Doug Tennapel
Yeti Files by Kevin Sherry
Timmy Failure by Doug Pastis

Space Battle Lunchtime
Cleopatra in Space
Rutabaga the adventure chef
The Bad Guys series by Aaron Blabey
Glorkian Warrior series by James Kochalka
Stone rabbit series by Erik Craddok
The Lunch Lady series by Jarret  Krosoczka
The DC Superpets series

Writers' Cafe / Re: Build your own BookBub for YA Urban Fantasy.
« on: July 01, 2019, 05:40:01 am »
If it helps... I decided to keep book 1 free for the summer.

Since the promo ended, I've had an additional 1,090 Zon downloads
162 more nook, 14 more kobo, and more on itunes and google.

Sales are slow but steady on books 2/3. Hard to give an average, but...(I'll post graphic below)
Book 1 has 15 new goodreads reviews and 8 new zon reviews since the promo started.
Book 2 got 1 new zon review and  3 new goodreads reviews.
Book 3 got its first review at all, on Goodreads.

I'm running a free book promotion on Story Origin this weekend.

Here's how it's bumping along these days.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Build your own BookBub for YA Urban Fantasy.
« on: June 29, 2019, 01:58:56 pm »
Are you now starting to see people buying/reading the other books once they've finished the first?

I've had a steady drip of downloads and sales on every site, every day since the promo ended.

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