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Old 24-03-2018, 17:42   #121
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Wow, that is brilliant for £20. Might have to bookmark that page (or just come back here).
For the kind of sales that I'm getting, I wouldn't dream of paying £200, but £20 is a steal.
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Old 31-03-2018, 09:38   #122
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Just read your article on Wordpress - I typed a big comment but it wouldn't let me post!
Maybe it's because I'm in the US (although I'm not sure why that would make a difference) but luckily I was able to hit the back button and grab the text, so here it is:

Nice article Ed. I'm a software engineer by day, and I often cringe at the amount of stats and numbers that my managers want developers to produce. I think using tools to take a first look at the text is probably a good thing, but from my point of view, I'd be wary about changing too much based on what an algorithm was telling me. I agree about the word blindness comment - my technique for getting around this is having 2 or 3 people read each chapter shortly after it is written. Then, when you get to the big read/edit at the end, whilst it's relatively fresh, you know it's already been through a couple of filters. Best of luck with the new noir novella, and I look forward to reading it.
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Old 31-03-2018, 10:10   #123
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Thanks for reading! Not sure why it wouldn't let you comment on the post.

Absolutely - I think trying to eliminate everything that editing software picks up will lead to a very sterile and odd experience. What I like about it, however, is that it makes me look again at my text and think 'can I write this in a different way?'. Sometimes that's yes, and sometimes that's no. Dialogue especially seems to trip it up.
When it goes off to the editor, he'll probably suggest it all gets changed back again It'll be interesting to compare the versions before and after each stage, since I keep them all. That'll probably be a whole different blog post...
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I bought that Donald Trump book recently, and was shocked at the mistakes in it. I'm not really clued up on grammar but spotted four or five glaring errors which should have been picked up. So it's not uncommon, I guess it might be a Kindle thing as people will edit it later
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Old 13-05-2018, 07:50   #125
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Playing with some advert ideas...

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Old 13-05-2018, 20:06   #126
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That's good, I like it.

Reminds me of my Dungeons & Dragons days.

Dungeon Master: Congratulations; You've found a ring with 3 wishes.
Me: Great. I wish that my 10th level warrior who died last week was alive.
DM: He's alive, but as he's buried under 6ft of soil, he suffocates within 2 minutes, and is dead again. How about your 2nd wish?
Me: I'll get back to you on that once I've typed my 14-page wish.
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Old 17-05-2018, 16:54   #127
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Added a review on goodreads to your first novel
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Old 25-05-2018, 05:48   #128
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Pre-ordered Jack Gilmour.
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Old 25-05-2018, 06:27   #129
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Will it be available on Prime Lending Library? If so, I'll read it on that then buy a copy, make you a few more pennies
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Will it be available on Prime Lending Library? If so, I'll read it on that then buy a copy, make you a few more pennies
Err, not sure I think for Prime lending, you have to be invited, but I don't know for sure.
It's not on KDP Select initially as I'm running it on NetGalley for a month or so and you can't do both at once. I'll transfer it over to Select once finished
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Well, got my first pre-release review for Jack Gilmour off NetGalley, and it's 5 stars!
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Is that part of the BGS group thing they advertised a while ago? How does having it on NetGalley affect selling it via Amazon. Admittedly, I haven't put too much effort into understanding it, but I ... err .. don't understand how it all works!
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Well, got my first pre-release review for Jack Gilmour off NetGalley, and it's 5 stars!
and we plebs need to wait until 12 July?
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heh. If you and Rob want a preview copy, just let me know and I'll email you one
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Given that I've already re-ordered, I'm happy to wait. Thanks anyway.
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It's fine, it'll be good holiday reading!
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Is that part of the BGS group thing they advertised a while ago? How does having it on NetGalley affect selling it via Amazon. Admittedly, I haven't put too much effort into understanding it, but I ... err .. don't understand how it all works!
Sorry, missed this question!
Yep, I went through the BGS group. NetGalley is used primarily by trad publishers and the fees are horrifically expensive if you don't go via a third party.
NetGalley is mainly a review site - you make your book available for free and subscribers to the site download and view it. It's useful for generating buzz before the books' release (or, at least, getting some review quotes for use in advertising). The reviewers tend to be bloggers, librarians and booksellers, rather than complete randos.

The landing page for JG:WL is here:
https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/142136
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Thanks for that.

Have you done much advertising for the new novella? (Looking forward to reading it by the way). My sales and reads have flatlined, although after nowt in June and July up to a few days ago, I've had 16 page reads over 3 days on KU, so hopefully this is another new reader who will read until the end! But sometime in the autumn, or maybe I'll wait until Book 2 is ready, I'm going to spend a bit on advertising, so I'm always after data and anecdotes to help me spend wisely.
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Advertising seems a black art to me, and a great way to lose loads of money quickly with no gain.
I've tried Facebook Ads a couple of times in the past, and just got a few clicks from randos. Still, some people swear by them, but I think it's a full time job almost working out all the best combinations for which works and which doesn't.
I'm trying Twitter currently so I'll see how that goes.
Apart from that there's Amazon AMS which has the same caveats as FB, but at least you can pay per click on that one. I'm also trying Bookbub ads on pay per click with my new book but somethings not working on there, as I'm getting very few impressions.

The problem is if your book is 99p, it's almost impossible not to lose money on it. If the profit margin is only 35p on a 99p book, and you need 30p of click cost to win any bids, then your click:buy ratio needs to be 100% to make 5p.
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Bookbub, RobinReads, FussyLibrarian etc - they are the kind of things that I'm thinking about.

I recently set up with Bookbub because they said if you sold your book for 99p, you'd have a chance of getting a spot but it turns out that your book must be at least 50% off its normal price for the last 90 days - hence why I've upped my price to 99p for the summer. The general view is that if you can get on Bookbub, you almost always make your money back and then some. The price is quite steep, but I notice that you can do an "international" deal (UK, AUS, CAN and India I think) and this is much cheaper than one that includes the US - given that most of my sales are in the UK, I think I'll try this one first.

Although I don't claim to know much about how the Facebook and Amazon "click" ads work, they don't appeal to me - your comment about getting the odd random person clicking on it feels about right.

I'd be happy to lose some money with advertising if it helped build an audience.
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