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Short and "Sweet" Reminder

I've run across this a few times lately, so it seemed time to comment to help clear up any confusion.

In American English only use single quotation marks when you are already inside quoted material. That's it. Not when the word or phrase is "not really" a quote. Not when it's just for emphasis. Doesn't matter.

James "Big Boy" Jones
He pressed the "Enter" key.
She had one of "those" faces.
"Then he said, 'I love you.'"

Self-publishing should still be quality publishing.
Now scheduling September and later.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Minor rant on bookbub pricing...
« Last post by Usedtoposthere on Today at 09:43:00 AM »
Lots of great comments here. A few things to say. I have had 20+ BookBubs, wide and KU, free, 99 cents, and 1.99 (on APub books):

1. BookBub favors wide books these days, though they will run KU books sometimes. Too bad because KU sellthrough is fantastic. I move as many books on Amazon as wide with a BookBub, and sometimes more (30-93k on a free book.) For me, free has by far the longest and most profitable tail, as it exposes so many more readers to my stuff.

2. My best same-month profit from a BookBub ad was about $40k. Yeah it is worth it, if people pick up and like the book.

3. Cover cover cover. If you do not have a professional quality cover, you will almost surely not get an ad. Also: good editing.

4. Sell through to audio is fantastic, especially for a free book. Not as good as when WhispwrSync was 1.99, but still good. That alone easily pays the cost of the ad.

5. ROI on a stand alone can be terrific. One of my best ROIs was on a Standalone in a different subgenre than the rest of my stuff. Borrows of the free then formerly free book in KU, and sales due to visibility from the borrows. And then sales of other series.

6. Customers fit into segments. Some customers pick up only freebies or love boxed sets or only borrow books in KU. But there are a lot of customers who use free or cheap books curated by BookBub to find new authors. Like going through the paperback carousel at the library and picking out books that look interesting. You might end up reading a third of them all the way through. Maybe one out iof ten times, you will go back to find other books by that author.

7. I have picked up most of my readership through bargain-newsletter promoted free offers. It worked six years ago, and it still works now.

8. Not all genres are equal, and there is a definite BookBub reader. Think “Baby boomer woman homeowner.” That is not all of them of course, but that is how their subscribers seem to skew.
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Yeah for KDP print, the text on the cover must be precisely, exactly the same as the text in the metadata and the text on the title page. That includes punctuation (e.g. if you were publishing "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" you can't skip the comma on the cover). You also can't do something that obscures part of the text, like if that comma is the same color as the background and can't be easily seen, they'll reject it.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Question for cozy writers
« Last post by DebDougall on Today at 09:38:25 AM »
That's a horrible thing that scammers do. I know several cozy authors who had their cover design copied so closely that readers questioned them. One was so frustrated that she spent $5k to redo all her covers to a more complicated design. It's not a good strategy, especially if your goal is a long-term career.

It's one thing to follow common cover tropes, like cute cartoon characters, bright colors, etc. But to mimic a successful authors cover so closely that it looks just like theirs is so wrong.

Thanks Pamela,

I had no idea scammers were doing that in the cozy genre but I knew it was rife in others.

I don't know who you're referring to, but I know a successful cozy author who recently changed her covers to (IMO) dull, dull, dull, when they were originally uniquely themed (self-made) and just jumped off the page because there was nothing else like them. They were probably the cleverest cover design I've ever seen. 

Now, they're nowhere near as appealing as they were but I guess if she was feeling some heat, changing them was the only option. She has a huge fanbase so I guess her readers will stay with her whatever she does. (I'm not asking who you're talking about but I doubt we're referring to the same author because I've never seen any other cozies with covers like her original ones).

The writer I was referring to in my OP also writes British cozies. Her/his covers are bright and eyecatching and a ton of authors are producing very similar covers now. I don't think they're scammers, just jumping on the coat tails of someone else's success.

Kind of like Oakwood mentioned with Amanda. She was the Mama of the witch genre covers but I guess there are tons of authors who have used them for reference.

Anyways, interesting and a little concerning. Thanks again.

Edit; I have to say, I don't understand why readers would question a cover with an author when it has another author's name on it. Am I missing something?
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If Amazon wants people to switch, perhaps they'll come up with a one-click option. Based on what info you need to supply when switching, do you think that would be possible? IOW, is there any data that Amazon couldn't pull from the CS database?

If CS shuts down, I'd expect a button that says, Migrate All CS Titles to KDP.
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I like the cover. The name of the game lately is being different, and your cover certainly is different. I do think that you could make some sort of adjustments, if as said, it might lead people to think it is a box set.

Blurb - not sure I understand it correctly, but maybe a new kind of beginning?

   The greatest wars are fought in the mind, something Christine soon learns when she wakes up afraid and disoriented in a U.S. government laboratory. Someone named Jenn has been implanted in her brain, but why? Not only that, she can't remember things - important things like how she got there.

Probably way off. Sorry if it is.

Exactly! I want it to be different yet I still need to tweak it to alleviate the possibility of genre confusion.

Your blurb is is pretty on target. I'm going to steal the first line if it's OK with you. :-)

Thanks for taking the time to reply. It means a whole lot!
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Minor rant on bookbub pricing...
« Last post by BonafideDreamer on Today at 09:22:45 AM »
I only wish I can afford BookBub prices. But even if I could, I don't think I stand a chance as a new writer trying to self-publish my first book.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Question for cozy writers
« Last post by willow163 on Today at 09:22:13 AM »
No offense, Willow, but how do you think your covers are different from the genre? Other than the fact that you mixed illustrations and real-world photos (which very few people would do), how do you think they're different?

No, I'm sorry, I wrote when I was sick and tired and read my post later and realized that most of it made no sense. I was trying to make the point of, why would you want to copy somebody else's cover and not stick out as your own brand? I can spot one of your covers right away (you're always in the "recommended" section on my kindle app), because of how you branded. I want that too and think other authors should strive for the same thing. Not to just "match" somebody else and hope it gets them sales.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: It Was All a Dream
« Last post by TromboneAl on Today at 09:21:56 AM »
Wasn't that almost exactly the plot of the 1990 version of Total Recall? Arnie goes to get memories of a vacation to Mars implanted, but he'd already been messed with before that and his whole life is a set of false memories?

Yes, I think so. I hadn't remembered that part.
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I have to agree with Rick about the cover. It was definitely confusing. It was more like a pictogram than a cover that tells me the genre. I don't want to have to figure out a cover.

Thank you very much for taking the time to reply!

I want to tweak the cover some to alleviate some possible confusion. I have to keep reminding myself that my mind can get tainted by being in writer-mode for so long. I've found it interesting that only writers have made those comments so far. I'm not saying your statements are wrong at all, but I need to weigh them along with reader feedback which has been overwhelmingly positive.

The three images are important aspects of the book. The vault, Christine and something in space. The images are meant to be striking and attention grabbing. The text should be able to explain enough to get people to read the blurb. I'm not there yet, but I think this concept will work after tweaking.

Again, thanks!!
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