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Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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Sundae posted:

56, I think? I left it 50 on the sales page and called it a day.


Edit: 175,125 pages now... 314 more! COME ON, 314 MORE!

Edit 2: DONE! $1,000 DAY! :tviv:

:pusheen:

Did you do much paid promo for it? I've got dozens of old stories that I've been too lazy to bundle up, I think I'll get on that poo poo today.

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Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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Sundae posted:

I spent about $215 total on promo. We're about to break $1000 again for today and it's only 9:40AM.

I'm just going to keep posting this smiley over and over again until my head stops spinning. :tviv:

Would you mind sharing which sites you used? I've booked TheNaughtyList, Bknights and Excite Spice, but I'm struggling to find others that will take pure erotica and aren't just some shady person on Fiverr. I've had good results with Facebook with non-erotica, but I don't know if they'd even accept this bundle.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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Mr. Pumroy posted:

I will definitely look that up, thanks. I don't have any particular attachment to open office other than it being free.

In my experience OpenOffice is pretty drat bad. If you can't afford Word, I would use Google docs and then try and find a deal for Scrivener or something - AppSumo had it for $20 the other week. Between the two of them you can create a perfectly good ebook in any format (with a bit of time spent learning how)

Also, just sign up for OneDrive, Dropbox, or any of the other cloud storage services, and point them at the folder you keep your writing in. It'll upload automatically and you won't need to gently caress about with USB drives or anything like that again.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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EngineerSean posted:

The adult filter is a joke and has been for years now, hope this helps.

quote:

if writers just put their books in the correct category this wouldn't be a problem. I hope these hacks get their accounts canceled and royalties seized. They're loving things up for everyone else so they can make a quick buck.

people actually think like this

Bardeh fucked around with this message at 21:08 on Sep 17, 2015

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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Pinky Artichoke posted:

Uh, no. It's a completely different thing. I'm not sure why it's a controversial idea that some people might not want to see porn in with the children's literature, for gently caress's sake. If the same customer walks into Barnes & Noble -- which they probably will, after that experience -- erom isn't shelved in the children's section.

Well, of course nobody wants to see porn or anything like that mixed in with children's books. If only Amazon had some sort of...review process...where they could check the content of books to make sure it isn't miscategorised.

It's like if I went to B&N with an obviously pornographic book with a cover that has a woman with her titties all hanging out and it's called Banged by the Gang and showed it to the dude at the desk and said 'Hey so I'm gonna put this in Cookery and Self-Improvement, that cool?' and the dude just shrugs and grunts at me. So I go and put it there, and hey! People see it, they want it, they buy it!

But last week, I looked at the sign on B&N's window that told me to put the book downstairs, in the dark windowless room that nobody knows exists. I put Banged by the Gang in there and it didn't sell a single copy.

What lesson should I learn from this experience, as someone who wants to make money from my writing?

Bardeh fucked around with this message at 22:10 on Sep 17, 2015

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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EngineerSean posted:

I'm not going to chop up the quote from my phone so I just labeled your points 1-4.

1) I'm not going to call out anyone in specific (including myself in a former life) but they largely do not police miscategorization. They'll use it against you if they want to chastise you, but there is no penalty. Let me know when someone loses their account or royalties over it (not future royalties from it being locked into erotica).

2) I believe "Banged" is a filter word but there are many ways to take an obviously pornographic book and make it so that it is not caught by the adult filter, ever. In fact, the book from the article in question did exactly that.

3) You are correct, an adult filter will make your title invisibile.

4) You may infer from points 1-3 when I say "the adult filter is a joke" and that that's a problem and that you should self-censor but lol, that's definitely not true. That's Amazon's problem, not yours. If you want to maximize your income, you'll exploit Amazon's rules to their maximum just like everyone else does. What you should learn is that if Amazon changes something and suddenly all that visibility goes away, you should adapt faster than everyone else.

e: lol was this your book?

I believe we're making the same point here? :shrug:

Also, no, I don't have a book called Banged by the Gang.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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EngineerSean posted:

oh I thought you were saying "people actually think like this" about my comment, but I pretty much agree with the other point too that constant violators of miscategorization should get sterner warnings and eventual account bans because otherwise there's (almost) no reason to book a book in "erotica"

no, I added another quote underneath yours that I read elsewhere. And I know that we shouldn't really be talking about "erotica" in this thread, but my whole silly metaphor was about people feeling like they need to miscategorize because of the way Amazon deals with adult content. If they were more sensible about it, that lady's 12 year old daughter wouldn't have been traumatised by the babysitter erotica she got exposed to while searching for Harry Potter or whatever

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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Piano Maniac posted:

Hello selfpub thread!

I managed to write a short 11k word long romance thing just to test out the self-pub world and now it's in the editing-blurb-cover phase.

All this talk about the adult dungeon worries me. How explicit can you get in the romance genre anyway? If there's one awkward Murakami-level sex scene with tasteful words used for penis and vagina, am I already done goofed?

Plus what kind of fonts work for e-books these days? I wrote my first draft in Garamond, but my girlfriend put a veto on it, because she said that serif-fonts are exhausting to read. Is it really like so? I really haven't noticed any difference between fonts in literature unless a book has just a straight-up horrible typeset hack-job with displeasing margins and hand-feel. What do you guys think?

The content of the book doesn't matter as much, it's all about what words you use in the title and blurb and how much skin there is on your cover. From the sounds of it, you should be fine.

I always just write in Times New Roman, but I have to admit it's not something I've ever put too much thought into.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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Blue Scream posted:

The Amazon page for Kindle romance currently has a huge promo banner advertising 100 romance books at $1.99 each. I know this price point has been considered dead in the past, so I wonder if that's going to change.

Not until they offer 70% on it. Until then, it'll continue to be dead.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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So Amazon is hosed and my reports aren't loading and there's no buy buttons on any book pages and I had about $100 worth of promo booked for today and gently caress everything :sigh:

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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Halbey posted:

Since we're talking about audiobooks - has anyone tried making one?

I put a few samples up on ACX with revenue share, and haven't had any offers yet. Is there a place to find the voice actors and ask them to work on your stuff?

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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Kramdar posted:

Is this the popular choice around here? Do any of you find it distracting compared to Word or GDocs?

It takes a bit of getting used to, but once you have it down it's amazing. It's so much easier to keep track of longer stuff, you can outline, plot, sketch characters, and so on. Plus, you can export your file to any ebook format you want once you're done.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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Congrats, the cover looks great! I will say, though, that at $4.99 you're very unlikely to see many (if any) sales. I'd suggest enrolling it into KDP Select and lowering the price to $0.99, even if it's only temporary. You want to make sure you get as many eyeballs on it as possible in those all-important first 30 days. 99 cents means people will take a chance on it, which means a better ranking which means more visibility, which means more sales. People are pretty unlikely to take a chance on an unknown author for 5 bucks, but for 1, or for free with their Kindle Unlimited sub, why not?

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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AbrahamLincolnLog posted:

People mentioned earlier in the thread that some obscure websites sometimes have huge sales on Scrivener. Any sales like that going on right now? I'd love to try it out but don't really want to spend $30 on it.

You can get a free 30 day trial from the Scrivener people themselves. It's 30 days of actual use, too, so if you don't open the program one day it doesn't count down. Plenty of time to get to grips with it and decide if you like it, then you can search for a deal for a license key.

https://www.literatureandlatte.com/trial.php

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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Mr. Pumroy posted:

I was planning on putting my book up on other platforms, but uh, I was a little asleep at the wheel and didn't' realize that KU autorenews itself every 90 days. How much trouble should I expect if I break exclusivity and just put my book up wherever I want? I don't wanna bite the hand that feeds but I don't wanna wait till December to go wide either. I mean I'm already not selling copies on Google or Itunes so I guess it doesn't matter if I wait, but does Amazon have an internet gestapo that prowls other platforms for books in the KU program?

edit: also got my first royalty payment. feels weird to be paid for stuff i write, but it's something that i hope will happen more often in the future!

Yes, they'll probably find the book within a few days and send you an email asking you to remove it from other storefronts. If you don't, they'll remove your book from KU but you also run the risk of being banned from the program. I'd try sending KDP support an email asking if they'll remove it from KU as you forgot to cancel automatic renewal. They'll probably say no, but it's worth a shot.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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There's also a Kindle app for every single device ever, so they could very easily read your book on an iPad anyway, surely? Still, if it's not doing many borrows anymore, you may as well put it on other storefronts. If you ever want to put it back in KU later (new release on the same pen name etc) it can be done at any time.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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I don't think it's a bug, unfortunately. Selena Kitt had her whole Excessica catalogue moved, and other high earners have had the same thing happen. Most of the books look to be pure romance, but the authors have published (possibly miscategorised) 'Super Romance' in the past. It looks like a crackdown on books appearing on top 100 lists where they don't necessarily belong, just done in the typical Amazon heavy-handed fashion. It's that time of year, in the run up to the holiday season where they're going to have lots of new customers. We'll have to see how it all shakes out this time around, but it's likely that things will go back to normal-ish before long.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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Bobby Deluxe posted:

It's long been noted that if you have normal fiction and smut on the same account, the 'normal' fiction is more likely to get jammed into the smut categories by the automated keyword detection / blurb scanning algorithms. Maybe they tried to tighten the process, but overshot?

Probably something along those lines. :sigh: My catalogue is OK for now, luckily, but this is going to cost some authors and publishers an awful lot of money.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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ravenkult posted:

Everyone was afraid of the pornocalypse. Little did they know they should have been scared of the romancecalypse.

e: In other news, Draft2Digital continues to be shady as gently caress, halving my sales in September and looking like halving them again in October. Apparently I sold 3 copies this month but they deny anything being wrong with their reporting.

Is it not possible that your sales have just dropped? D2D have always been absolutely great, customer service wise.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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ravenkult posted:

They lost my trust that one time I emailed them about their reports and they said they were fine, then emailed everyone a week later to say their reporting was absolutely hosed for 2 weeks, they knew about it, but didn't want to tell us.

It could be though. I don't see a reason why, but what the hell do I know.

e: Also my previous month I sold 32 copies, but then it went down to 29. Now it's down to 28. I don't know anything. I emailed them about it and they said sales numbers are ''estimations'' so they might change.

One explanation could be that people might have asked for refunds or returned books. I think it's highly unlikely that D2D are skimming sales off the top :shrug:

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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magnificent7 posted:

I did all the artwork on it. That's the previous version of the blurb, before it was retooled here.

I'm not going to pull it and start all over. I'm going to continue going forward with this one, while I write my next book and make lots of notes on the better way to do the next one, which will hopefully drive more interest in this one when that one comes out, an idea that's been mentioned here a lot.

I don't know why you're building the publishing process up to be this massively difficult thing. What are you so worried about? It's piss easy to upload the book to Amazon, write a blurb, and enroll it in KU (enroll it for 1 term at least IMO). Then Google some promotional sites, set up a Facebook ad, and book some promo! The whole thing will only take a few hours, tops.

Right now you're giving away the MAJORITY of the royalties on a book you worked hard on to a lovely company who have done an absolutely terrible job. They quite clearly don't give a gently caress about it, or are incompetent to a hilarious degree.

Set aside an afternoon, end your relationship with BookTripe, and make all that work you put into writing the book pay off. You've already done the hard work, and you're letting someone take 60% of your profits for the easy part.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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magnificent7 posted:

Have you thought about taking the poetry back, regrouping, and then sending it to her with a new title?

See? I am learning from you guys.

So, uh, when you gonna end your relationship with Booktrope? Is there a contract holding you with them?

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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Shirec posted:

I've recently been burning my way through this thread and started to write my first novel. Is the barrier for entry too high now? I was never planning on writing speed romance, but has it rocked the standard romance genre just as badly?

No, there's still money to be made, especially in romance. Great money, if you get things right. It's just that when we all started, you could be making really decent money within a month, just from writing erotic shorts. That's not true anymore, due to the way Kindle Unlimited is now structured. You can actually still make money from shorts in KU, but you're far more reliant on boxed sets - the individual stories just don't make enough on their own. It takes longer to ramp up your income, and there's more uncertainty.

Romance novellas and novels can still be very lucrative though, you just need to do your research. Make sure you know which genres are hot, and what readers are looking for within those books. Read a bunch over a week or two, and take note of what sells and what doesn't. I would start off with 25k word serials in Stepbrother/bad boy Alpha male or paranormal romance, and try to aim for one a week. Bundle them up, make or pay for awesome covers ($30-$50 each), and book lots of promotion. Be willing to spend money on promotion, it's pretty much required these days.

Keep your story simple - don't try and think up anything too crazy or unique to make the book stand out, because romance readers are, on the whole, people that like to consume the same thing over and over and over until they get bored and move onto the next trend. Follow the trends, write to them, cash in.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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Bobby Deluxe posted:

Here's a thing. Before, I think it was Sean mentioned newer authors turning to other services to bolster their income, like editing, promo consulting and cover making.

I've been complimented on my covers, for speed romance at least. I keep reading people saying to pay about $50 for a cover. Now if I could get the occasional $50 (hell, even $25) for doing basic covers, that would be very useful financially.

I have been thinking for a while I could list on fiverr, offer a very basic (title, gradient background and author name template) cover and then charge as an extra to cover the cost of adding stock photos.

Similarly, I have experience in editing both from my degree and in editing my own shorts, mostly just in terms of using the Hemingway app and similar. I just don't know the appropriate rates for a beginner to charge, and fiverr seems to be littered with people based in third world countries who can afford to undercut minimum wage by a vast margin.

I don't think I could in all good conscience charge for promo consulting because I still don't really feel i'm doing it right myself.

So I guess... Advice? Is this a good idea? Bad idea? Is there a better way of going about it or does anyone have advice about good ways to get started?

Make a bunch of premades, go to a writer's forum, and post a thread. Sell simple ones for $10 or $15, and you should get some buyers. You can probably turn out four or five simple premades in an hour or so. I'd start with that, see if they sell, and go from there.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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ravenkult posted:

Questions:

1. Where else can I promote my cover giveaway (and my cover services in general, in the future)? I've done most social media (including some groups and communities on G+), Kboards and the relevant subreddit. What am I missing?

2. Blurb question: How significant is length? Does a too-long blurb hurt you?

1. There are quite a few private boards around - PM me and I can point you to the one I use, at least.

2. Too long is bad, for sure. The perfect blurb is relatively short and punchy, sets up the conflict and drama within the story, and I usually like mine to ask some sort of question or leave something explicitly unsaid, to draw the reader in. If you post what you've got here, I'm sure people would be happy to help you out with it.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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ArchangeI posted:

It's just one of the things I've come to accept. Some days you just sit in front of an empty screen for a few hours, and that is still work.

The other technique I've found useful is to tell that inner critic to shut the gently caress up. Like, anytime that tiny voice in the back of your head pips up telling you you used an adverb too many or the same word twice in the same paragraph or yet another comma? Ignore it and keep going, or just tell yourself you'll fix that in editing. Then you come back after you're done with the entire book and you delete the adverb, change the word and ignore the comma because you actually like it better that way. And if you wrote an entire paragraph that is unmitigated poo poo, well, you've got it out of your system and can move on, and when the time to edit comes you can just delete it all.

This my worst problem. I'm paying this lady to ghostwrite for me right now; she's cheap and she bangs out 5k words a day for me consistently. What she sends me is pretty rough and needs editing, but the framework is all there - I can tell she just sits down and furiously types. When I try and do it, I just can't. It has to be perfect, or it eats away at me. The plus side is that I end up with ridiculously clean first drafts, but the minus side is that they take me far too long.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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I just got a 1 star review for 1 'cheesy' line in a 100k word compilation that the reviewer admits they didn't read to completion. :fuckoff:

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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freebooter posted:

OK, thanks. This is all pretty theoretical at the moment because I'm still a ways off finishing the editing process, but it's interesting to see what established writers advise.

I'd have no issue pricing at 0.99 because that's still several dollars even for people who don't bother to read more than a few books in (and $11 for people who read the whole way) and in fact it's more like $1.40 for me since the Aussie dollar continues to tumble. It's just the same as with pricing the first one free - the concern that maybe people think a 0.99 book isn't worth anything.

You will only get 33 cents per sale at a 99 cent price point. However, what you really want is for people to borrow each installment with their KU subscription, because it'll end up making you much more money. 99 cents helps with this because you'll get more sales which will increase your ranking and visibility, ideally attracting more borrows. If you price higher than 99 cents, you'll be passing up most of that extra visibility which is so crucial.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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freebooter posted:

Ah I see. This is all great stuff. I think even after the book is ready to go I'm still going to have to spend quite some time posting and learning. I still don't even know what the base options are, like - does going with Amazon mean you can't publish with anyone else? That seems like the kind of thing they'd do.

To allow customers to borrow with their Kindle Unlimited subscription, the book has to be exclusive to Amazon for 90 days. This sucks, but they're the biggest game in town and the best place to make money and find readers. However, once those 90 days are up, you can look at how the book is doing, and make the decision to remove it from the program and publish it elsewhere. People can still buy a copy on Amazon, they just can't borrow it for free anymore. This is probably what you want to do to maximise your earnings and potential readership.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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December has been awful for me. Really, really awful. It's not surprising though - people are busy shopping, preparing for Christmas, and visiting family. Once January rolls around, we'll get all the new kindles and KU subs that people got as gifts, and everyone else will be reading more too.

Bobby Deluxe, I'm in the same boat as you in a lot of ways. I struggle to motivate myself at the best of times, and the whole holiday period makes it that much more difficult. All I need to do it sit down and write like, 2k a day as a baseline. That would be a novel a month. What happens at the moment is I release a book, feel good about the income boost I see, then my brain uses that as an excuse to take a break and not work when I should be. Cue income drop a few weeks later, cue motivation returning, the cycle repeats.

When I actually get started I can do 2k words in a couple of hours without breaking a sweat, it's just getting started that I'm terrible at. If anyone wants to do some sort of accountability partnership thing with me (we add each other on Skype or whatever and just have a brief chat each day to tell the other person what we've done) that might help. PM me if you're interested. We could also do edit swaps or beta reads, things like that - something that's 'work' that'll get me to sit down and get into that mindset.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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I've had a great couple of days after a predictably slow 25th.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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Arkanomen posted:

That's a lot to consider. Looks like my time will be better spent reading more about promotions. It's really hitting home how badly we were lacking in advertising, more so now that my partner and I are looking to publish more serious works. Thanks!

The simplest and quickest thing to do is just put them all in one huge bundle for now. Get your promo right, and it can make you some quick, easy cash. Worry about re-releasing them all individually later if you want to, but it's a shame to have them all sitting there not doing much when a decent bundle can make you thousands.

E: If you're concerned that some are lower quality than others, your huge megabundle doesn't even have to be on your usual penname. Create a one-off just for the bundle.

Bardeh fucked around with this message at 00:29 on Jan 8, 2016

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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magnificent7 posted:

It's worth my effort, sure.

Is it? The book is sitting at around 500k rank, so that's what, a few cents a day? The book has long since passed its optimum time for promotion (the first 30 days) and I think it's likely now to have sold as many as it'll ever sell. Your time would be better spent working on your next project, which you should in no way even consider handing over to the same chucklefucks that you let handle the release of Snapshot.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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Holy crap she must be raking it in, and she's not even in KU

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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Blue Scream posted:

Kindle Unlimited page read question: I don't have as much time in the day as I'd like, but when I see a goon author putting a new book out on KU I try to borrow it and at least flip all the way to the end, if I can't read it outright. Fastest way to do that is Kindle Cloud Reader. Does Amazon notice and/or care if you just slide the location meter to the right until you've "read" all the pages in the book? Would they flag that as, I don't know, "cheating" or something, and not give the author the royalties?

I've tested this out with my own books in Kindle Cloud Reader. If I click through page by page, but still too quick to ever actually read, I get credit for the whole book. If I just click through to the last page, I only get credit for the first and last.

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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brotherly posted:

Hey! I'm a full time author now! Just throwing that out there.

My only job is to bring the sweet smut to my adoring masses.

Feels good.

Welcome to waking up late and sitting around all day in your underwear. :getin:

I mean, maybe some people still retain some semblance of a normal-person routine, but that's my life these days.

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Dec 2, 2004



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Gau posted:

I have questions along the same lines. It looks like there are still tons of ebook sales. Is the market just that flooded or is there decent money to be made if you put some effort into writing and marketing a book?

There's still money to be made - good money too - but everything angel opportunity said is true. You'll need to research the market, read a ton of books, and really nail down what it is that the successful authors are writing. Look at their covers, their blurbs, the way their stories play out. What are the major tropes, what are readers really looking for? Then, once you've got a decent idea of all that, sit down and write at least a 50,000 word novel. Pay someone to make a cover for you, and probably pay for editing too. Try to drum up interest from readers who will read advance review copies for you. There are services out there that will try to find you some - bookrazor is one that I had decent success with. Getting reviews organically at first is very, very difficult, and good (or bad) reviews will often make or break a release.

Then, you'll need to pay for some promotion. There's plenty of free and cheap promo services out there, but while there are some cheaper options that punch way above their weight (The Naughty List for example) on the whole you get what you pay for. Places like MyRomanceReads, Bargain Booksy, Bookbub (if you can actually get a spot and good luck with that) range upwards from $80 all the way to hundreds for Bookbub, but they'll give your book a nice boost and often land you some reviews. You might get astronomically lucky and your book will be a hit without these promotion services, but that's extraordinarily unlikely. You need to spend money to make money. I set aside a few hundred dollars for promo for each release, and I could easily spend more if I wanted - I just haven't really figured out a way to make Facebook ads work for me yet.

Back when I started, you could make a decent chunk of cash churning out erotica shorts, but that just isn't workable any more. IMO it isn't even worth getting involved in erotica at this point - just spend the time to learn the ropes in Romance and you'll be giving yourself a much better shot at success.

By the way, all of this advice is predicated on you wanting or being willing to write Romance. I'm sure there's money to be made for indie authors in other genres too, but it's that much more difficult because the markets are, on the whole, much smaller.

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Dec 2, 2004



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Gau posted:

When it comes to marketing a (non-Romance) novel, how concerned should I be that my best-fit category is clogged with Romance titles? There are a couple non-Romance titles that sell well in Paranormal and Urban Fantasy, but the non-Romance tag is...not promising. Is this just a good indication that there aren't many readers?

Well, when you compare almost any genre to Romance it's going to come up short in terms of reader numbers. That doesn't mean there's no market for your book, but it does mean it's going to be harder to get any visibility, especially in a sub-cat like Paranormal and Urban Fantasy that is filled with romance titles. However, stuff like Harry Potter being in there shows that there IS a very healthy market for non-romance books.

Unfortunately for you right now, you're going up against Bella Forest who is occupying like half of the top 100 in that subcategory all by herself.

Maybe post your cover and blurb here, and we could see if you could try and fit it in somewhere else?

Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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Blue Scream posted:

Oh, great. In that case, I have a question about preorders. I assume the best way to handle them is by putting a link to the next book in the back of the one you're publishing, but that means the next book already has to have a page on Amazon, correct? So I uploaded the draft for book 2, and the preorder book went live in less than 2 hours, and I put the link to the page at the end of book 1. Then I published book 1 and it's under review for 12-36 hours.

So now I have a preorder page for the second book in my series when the first isn't even visible on the site. I guess it's not a problem right now because I don't have an audience yet, but that seems like it will be a real pain in the rear end in the future. Is there a way around it that I'm missing?

Wait until book 1 is live. Then, upload the preorder for book 2. Update book 1 with the link to book 2. While book 1 is updating, it stays live on the site and available for purchase.

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Bardeh
Dec 2, 2004



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KELNOR THE OVERWASP posted:

Many thanks to engineersean for the much better blurb. Finally got the book up:

http://www.amazon.com/Kung-Fu-Jesus-Way-Cross-ebook/dp/B01DGK4N2G/

Now to promote the hell out of it!

The look inside isn't working yet, so I can't check...but your blurb makes the book seem like a lighthearted comedy / action sort of thing, and the cover you have doesn't fit with that at all. It's likely going to be quite expensive, but you're going to need some custom artwork (or maybe try and find a picture of a kung-fu Jesus on Deviantart or something and try and get permission to use it) because with the current cover I can't see your book moving many copies, unfortunately.

I found this with a cursory search,



http://www.deviantart.com/art/Arkley-Tai-Chi-577333044

and with some very shoddy and slapdash photoshop I came up with this:



Of course there is a lot wrong with it, but it was a quick job (took me literally 5 minutes) to show you that it probably wouldn't be too much effort to improve your branding and sell a lot more copies. I know which cover I would be more likely to click on if I was looking for a story about Jesus doing kung fu.

E: I borrowed it and skimmed through it - you also might want to consider breaking the book up into chapters, and look at fixing the formatting. Right now it's just a huge block of unbroken text and it doesn't look very good. A quick and easy fix for the formatting is to go into Word and do this:



and also consider reducing the spacing between paragraphs. It'll create a much better looking book without any effort at all.

Bardeh fucked around with this message at 08:03 on Mar 27, 2016

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