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Writers' Cafe / Re: Update Goodreads Info
« on: August 03, 2020, 07:40:14 am »
Cool, I will give it a shot.  Thanks for the replies and the info. :D

Your old cover never really goes away. They create a new edition and link it to the current edition. I've done this. BUT...your old cover will fade into obscurity over time, if more people share/ save the edition with the new cover. Goodreads is all about patience.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Has anyone tried the Freebooksy Series Promotions?
« on: August 01, 2020, 12:50:10 pm »
Freebooksy has great results. I am perpetually low on cash, so I've only used them once back in 2016 but my urban fantasy novel--which at the time didn't have that many reviews, but they gave me a shot--got 1900+ downloads that month. Most authors will tell you they're consistently good with getting you a high number of downloads and usually you continue to get downloads for days afterward if you promote a permafree title. I'll post the results for others to see, assuming the whole thing doesn't bomb. It IS 2020, after all. @[email protected]

Yes. Please do post the results!
It is the summer slump, but mine did better than I thought. And I honestly think 2020 has been overall good for book sales. When people are bored and stay home, apparently the read more. lolz.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Has anyone tried the Freebooksy Series Promotions?
« on: August 01, 2020, 06:07:48 am »
Oh, okay, gotcha. I think I'm gonna bite the bullet and try it since it's within budget and I really have got to get eyes on that fourth book. It's dying right now. Thanks so much for your help! I hope you get tons more royalties.

I honestly went into the series promotions not expecting much. It was a "what the heck. Let's try it" moment. But, it's almost earned back, which I did not expect! I had more sales today and usually I expect to see a page read bump starting 4 or more days after a promotion, but the page reads are already rolling in!

I don't know that I can say definitively because I ran an ENT the same day. But, Freebooksy and ENT combined netted me 1500 free downloads.

I just ran one. Urban fantasy trilogy, book 1 free, books 2 and 3 at 99 cents. All in KU. I've made 60 percent of my money back already and it ran two days ago? So I'm pretty happy with it. I'd definitely try it again.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Promo Results 18th-20th (inc Bookbub)
« on: July 30, 2020, 12:34:37 pm »
Sorry, should have continued updating this.

Yes, I was selling maybe one book a day before the promo, maybe a handful of pagereads.

Been making over 100 a day every day since the Bookbub, and it doesn't show any signs of stopping. Got the tenth book ready to release on Sunday/Monday too, so that will boost things further, a new release always does.

So yeah, very very worthwhile.

I am VERY happy to hear this!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Promo Results 18th-20th (inc Bookbub)
« on: July 30, 2020, 10:13:48 am »
So...are you seeing any tail from this at all?

If you write books that enough people want to read, and you then collect those people on your mailing list, you don't need to spend nearly as much. I spend 10% of my income on ads. Max. This includes the cost of running my mailing list.

I'm with Patty on this one.

Yes, you need ads to some degree these days. Organic visibility is dead. But, it shouldn't be eating all of your profit. If it is, something is wrong.

Thing is, learning an ad platform has a learning curve, and during that time, yes, you may be eating up more of your profits than you'd like. But hopefully, as you learn and tinker and optimize your ads, they will become less expensive and more profitable. (There are free classes out there, too, so you don't necessarily need to pay for knowledge. Like Bryan Cohen's 7 day Amazon ad challenge.)

Also, sometimes we as authors--and I am guilty of this--keep throwing money at a series that will NEVER be profitable and will never sell well. Instead, we need to move on and write the next one. The better one that's easier to sell.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Newbie Author Advice
« on: July 25, 2020, 07:02:36 pm »
Hey. If you're interested, David Gaughran has a free online course for beginners. His books have helped me a lot.
If you're interested, it can't hurt to take the time!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Newbie Author Advice
« on: July 25, 2020, 10:16:47 am »
Also, you can make a book trailer for free at
I use those. Book trailers don't produce sales, but they are fun to have. So don't spend $$.
Think of them as an extra fan bonus to post to your YouTube, Goodreads profile, and Amazon author central page.

They're like sewing fringe on the bottom of a curtain. Extra.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Newbie Author Advice
« on: July 25, 2020, 06:34:04 am »

You can do this on a slim budget.

1. Cover. Find a good premade. That will save you money. I don't know what genre you are in, but there are inexpensive, good cover artists and premades out there. (maybe check out for some ideas. His covers are $75 to $100, if I remember correctly.)

2. Grammar. ProwritingAid and Grammarly are a good start. Will they catch everything? No, but if you're on a budget you can do this yourself. It depends on your background and how good you are with grammar. If you deep down don't think you have the skills? Hire someone. Flat rate.

3. Formatting. Vellum for Mac is the best, but requires $$. The easiest way, with zero learning curve, is to sign up for a free account at Draft2Digital. You can convert your Word files into ebooks there for free, even if you do not distribute books with them.

4. Advertising. YES. You must advertise. But don't do too much at once. Try to master one platform at a time. I'd say start with Amazon advertising. Set up  1 auto target ad (where Amazon chooses your targets), 1 category ad, and choose the category amazon suggests. and 1 ad with keywords you choose. (authors and books similar to yours, and be realistic.) Don't worry about blowing the budget. Amazon rarely spends all of your ad money. Set the keyword bid at 30 to 35 cents, no dynamic, with a budget of $10 a day.

NOW, before you launch, take the time to read Amazon Decoded by David Gaughran and The ultimate book marketing crash course by Nicholas Erik. Spend some real time choosing your categories and keywords (the ones you type in when you set up your book in KDP.) and, work on your blurb and work on it some more. All these things matter. A lot. And they don't take money, they just take time. So give them the time.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Promo Results 18th-20th (inc Bookbub)
« on: July 24, 2020, 10:36:07 am »
Also -just received a pleasant surprise today. An email from Freebooksy, telling me that they've noticed my book is free, and they've featured it in their newsletter today! For free!


Hellz yeah!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Promo Results 18th-20th (inc Bookbub)
« on: July 24, 2020, 07:22:25 am »
The price depends on the genre. Large genres like romance will cost more. G was in humor, which is a smaller category.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Podium Audio
« on: July 22, 2020, 07:39:53 am »

Since wer'e both Podium-ers now, feel free to DM me with any questions or experiences...

My first one goes live 8/18. Fingers crossed!

Keep it short and simple. I do a one page outline, with the theme, where i need to be at 25/50/75 percent word count, and a line or two about any scenes I already have envisioned.

Plenty of room for pantsing, but enough to keep me on track.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Promo Results 18th-20th (inc Bookbub)
« on: July 20, 2020, 09:53:52 am »
Congratulations on your best-selling cell phone adapter!! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Podium Audio
« on: July 20, 2020, 09:51:09 am »
It's true. There is no advance from Podium.

And, if Podium has reached out, Tantor might follow.  Tantor reached out to me about a month after I signed my Podium contract.

Still, I'm so far impressed with Podium. The narrator is to die for. They did a great job replicating my cover. They are quick to reply and answer all questions. The contract is straight forward and not sketchy.

I will update when the book launches to let you know about marketing, etc.

I'm in the 20booksto50k FB group, and there is a lot of great information there about Podium and Tantor and peoples' experiences. I read through all of that before signing. It might be worth a trip over there to see what others say?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Series Book Names Issue
« on: July 20, 2020, 09:46:29 am »
Yes. If we're talking about subtitles, that is information Amazon tags to figure out your genre/subgenre and who to market to, so to just use "A novel" is missing an opportunity to tell readers and Amazon what your book is about.

I'm probably not explaining that well, but better explanations are out there in the author how-to literature.

As an example for my current series.
The series name for the main full length series is : 24/7 Demon Mart (My novella series is 24/7 Demon Mart Stories.)
The subtitle of book one is "A horror comedy" and for book 2 "A zombie comedy."
Those hit  the tropes people might be searching for on Amazon.

Hope that helps.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Podium Audio
« on: July 19, 2020, 06:41:13 am »
I'm hoping you included a giant tomato clause in the contract that states if and when a giant tomato does indeed eat their studios, that the audio rights revert to you?

After all, what would a giant tomato want with audio books? At least corn has ears...

The giant tomato clause might work. If I'm not mistaken, if they don't make your audiobook within 1 to 3 years of you turning in the finished manuscript, you get the rights back, so yes. The tomato clause would definitely be in effect.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Series Book Names Issue
« on: July 18, 2020, 08:47:34 pm »
It's true that full length  novels cannot be linked in a series with short stories and novellas.

(That's why I have one series for my main full books and a separate series for the novellas that go with it.)

But, as for the above ^^ The subtitle field isn't what needs to match. It's all of the information in the "Series Information" box on the "Edit Book Details" page.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Podium Audio
« on: July 18, 2020, 07:30:21 pm »
I guess I'll find out. I have an appointment for Monday morning to talk with them. We'll see if what they want is what I want, I guess.

Now, if I just knew what I wanted.

Honestly, having one of my books (or all of my books) out there in a quality Audio version is almost exciting enough to not worry too much about the logistics. The chances of me having ever gotten her to Audio myself is close to zero.

It makes sense for me. I probably would have never done audio on my own. Ultimately, it's a personal decision.

Writers' Cafe / Re: page count for kindle
« on: July 18, 2020, 08:41:41 am »
Thanks, I guess it doesn't matter actually.

Please, though. If you have questions or need advice at all on how best to launch your book, don't hesitate to ask. It can be a little overwhelming, especially when you are new.

Some resources that helped me:
Amazon Decoded and Strangers to Superfans by David Gaughran
Launch to Market by Chris Fox
The Ultimate Guide to Book Marketing by Nicholas Erik

Writers' Cafe / Re: page count for kindle
« on: July 18, 2020, 07:20:19 am »
Cool. I guess I'm trying to answer your questions as best I can, without seeing the source you are referencing.

Whether you publish your paperback or your kindle edition first is entirely up to you, and it will not harm you either way, and the two editions have ultimately no bearing on each other's page count. Which one has the highest page count has no relevance at all in deciding which one to publish first.

I don't want you to waste time and energy worrying about something that really doesn't matter, when there are so many other legitimate things you need to do before you launch your new book.

Writers' Cafe / Re: page count for kindle
« on: July 18, 2020, 06:59:11 am »
Honestly, it doesn't matter.  Ultimately, your paperback version doesn't impact the page count on your Kindle edition at all, or your KU pay out.

Most publish the paperback first, because they can send the link to their ARC team so they can leave reviews ahead of the ebook's release. But this isn't essential, particularly if you are new and don't have an ARC team.

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