Been on a momentary high on a buy/swap?

This is something most indie authors would have tried at some point or the other. Believe me, been there, done that. It’s a momentary high. The object is simple. You need to get your books high enough on lists to ensure that they are noticed. How does that work? The more number of books that are sold, the higher your book shows up on an amazon list. So, if you can get a number of books sold in a short period of time, you could even climb to a number 1 spot in some lists. For those who haven’t tried this and are wondering if they should, let me disillusion you. It stays up for maybe a day, even less. Yes, you do get a few extra sales, a maximum of up to five, but of course that would depend on your genre, reviews, audience etc, but on the whole you maybe break even or lose money because you are buying (let’s say that ten people are swapping) ten books and you will pay the tax etc on those buys. You will only be getting royalty for your books which are bought by the others in the buy/swap.

Other than being a good Samaritan, and making money for Amazon and getting a few screenshots of your book on the #100 in some vague list, it really doesn’t mean much. But hey, that’s just my opinion.

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Ok, I’ve totally drifted…back on track

I think the point of the last few posts was just to help you understand why I write what I write. We write best what we like to read. That was the point I was trying to make. I really wish I could write porn (they call it erotica these days) or romance with soft porn (they call it steamy scenes these days) because I find that is the fastest selling genre. It will be nice to see some money once in a way.

Do you know that there are genres called ‘biker’ and ‘tattoo’ and ‘rockstar’? I’m not kidding. It exists. Yes, I remember, the actual point I started off trying to make before I drifted was why fantasy is not everybody’s cup of tea, but it is mine. I think I more than addressed that, so let’s move on to marketing again in the coming days?

Authors! Your Free Book Is Worthless

I confess to free promos. This article has given me some perspective, thanks.

Tara Sparling writes

Authors! Your Free Book Is Worthless (To People Over 30) You know you want it! Er… hang on. Do you…?

I’ve been wondering about book pricing for a long time. Specifically, whether making your book free makes me bothered about reading it or not.

And I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not. Bothered, that is.

But before you start weeping and wailing (yes – you in the back, there) this has to be taken in the context of the market demographic to which I belong. And the fact that a clunky, unsophisticated and downright annoying scatter-gun approach to book marketing, which I keep ranting and raving about even though nobody is bloody listening, is yet again way off target.

I said before that books were decreasing in value – and they are, on two levels: both in sales and production.

Firstly, it stands to reason that if you charge me 99c for your book, or make it free, it’s not as valuable to…

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A book is a book is a book

In my teen years and till I reached my late twenties, I would read anything I get my hands on. That’s when I found the suspenseful world of murder with Agatha Christie and Erle Stanley Gardner and the fabulous work of P.G.Wodehouse and so many writers. I flirted with Barbara Taylor Bradford, got tickled by The Thornbirds, looked for Catcher in The Rye because that was what prompted two assassinations, and ended up reading a Pocketful of Rye instead, and wondered what in that book triggered lunacy?

But, this is just to give you an idea of how I would read anything. I would actually give up books during my kid’s exams because once I get into a book, I’m zoned out. I have no idea what is going on around me. Most people party when their kid’s exams get over. I would excitedly pick up the book that I had left for myself as a reward for making it through their exams.

And then reality got ugly again

I think I stopped reading anything and everything, around the time that life took an ugly turn. There was enough mess in life without having to read about it too. Since then, I turn to entertaining books. I completely stopped reading ‘Slice of life’ books. Romance had never ever held much fascination for me, though I’ve checked out the occasional porn, but these days, when I review, I actually skip the sex scenes and read the story. Hm…whatever!
I find fantasy, murder, thrillers with a lot of psychopaths and serial killers, horror and suspense, something which is fast paced and entertaining, good reads. As an author, I also get to review books often and I have read quite a few historical fictions, romances and slice of life books which have been well written, witty and held my attention, but I don’t think I would actually pick up one of those books to read. Yes, I do realize that I probably missed a good read, but hey, it’s a phase. Maybe it’ll go a full circle and one day, I’ll be reading all kinds of books again.

Wednesday Wing….Creating a Slide show on your blog #wwwblogs

Rosie Amber

Welcome to my new feature called Wednesday Wing where I’ll be passing on

observations, tips and information to readers I’ve made a note of.

Rosie's Notebook

Today I’m passing on a tip about creating a slideshow on your WordPress blog. This can create a new dimension to a post.

It can be inserted into a post or set up with a widget on your side bar.

A slideshow as part of your post (using pictures already in your media library)

  1. When writing your post, go to the “add media” button on the top of your draft.
  2. At top left of screen click on “Create Gallery”
  3. Click on all the photo’s you wish to use in your show from your media library
  4. At the bottom right of the screen, click on “Create New Gallery” – the chosen pictures appear and can be moved in a new order, add captions if required.
  5. At the right…

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Why I’ve Gone Back to my Free WordPress Site

Julie Stock - My Indie Writing Life

bald-eagle-489080_640The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that although my website looks quite similar now to the self-hosted one I created just a few weeks ago, it is in fact my good old WordPress.com site with a few tweaks.

If you read my previous post (now deleted) about my migration to a self-hosted WordPress site, you’ll know that it was relatively painless in terms of moving the content from one place to another. I spent a lot of time faffing around with the design, choosing a new theme, installing a header and then loading the widgets but that too, was quite straight-forward.

However, I soon found that in order to change even the slightest thing about the design, I was often having to get to grips with coding. I am lucky in that I am quite good at the technical aspects of most things and I’m also lucky enough to have a…

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