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Thanks for finding those. That is not for everyone. It wouldn't work for me. But for people with a series in which the books don't have to be read in order, it is something to think about.

The one book of his that I read--or attempted to read, because I don't think I finished it--seemed to have a lot of returning characters and backstory on them. It wasn't the first in the first series but it might have been the first in the second series--which nevertheless clearly felt like coming in to the movie theater halfway into the show. (Something no one does anymore, right? I did it often as a kid.)
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Now I know why I will never get a BookBub
« Last post by JRTomlin on Today at 08:54:05 AM »
Thanks for finding those. That is not for everyone. It wouldn't work for me. But for people with a series in which the books don't have to be read in order, it is something to think about.
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My memory of Wayne's strategy is admittedly hazy (I'm in my forties and declining fast) so just to clear things up a bit, here are some of Wayne's comments about it from 2019:


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It has to be in the right order, though. Discounted first, then free. Once it's rejected at free, you have to wait four weeks before submitting that book again. Otherwise, BookBub's submissions would go up 28 times over each day. But you can submit a different book that same day. I have 15 in my main series to choose from, but have never submitted the latest eight books, just the first seven.

Seven books, twice each, with an average two day turnaround for acceptance or rejection is 28 days, then I start over.


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The more times you apply, the greater the chance of being selected. BookBub won't feature the same author more than once in a month. I had one on July 21st, so I won't be applying again until August 21st. But from that day forward, BookBub will be considering one of my books every day until they accept one. Every...single...rejection...is immediately followed by a new application.


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Since 2014, the only days BookBub isn't considering one of my submissions is during the couple of weeks leading up to a BB Deal. But I do start submitting again the day after the deal, because four weeks out is already on their calendar by then and they won't promote the same author twice in a month. On the day after a BB deal, I'm aiming for that day that just opened up. Lightning never strikes twice? In 2015, I had five BookBub deals from December 31 to May 28, averaging 4.2 weeks apart for 21 weeks. And I own a sailboat. So, I know for certain, that the double strike is possible.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by Maggie Ann on Today at 07:22:36 AM »
Jan, you have spectacular landscaping in your retirement village.
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The only reason I use it is because it's convenient, I don't have to log in or subscribe.
The layout isn't particularly good, there are no categories, and there are ads. between just about every book.
The convenience and age of the site might be the source of BKnights success.
I have an email with lots of mailers. I find myself skimming through them daily--which is why it pays to be the first book on promo emails, imo.
I use BKnights because it sells books and its cheap. For like $12 I get 30-50 free downloads or .99cent sales.
Yeah, they are good and affordable, particularly if you use their newsletter feature
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Now I know why I will never get a BookBub
« Last post by JRTomlin on Today at 06:22:15 AM »
I don't want to run books at a discount/ free that often, so I only submit for BookBubs on a periodic basis. When I decide it's sale time, I make a list of books to submit. Usually, it's 4 or 5 books with a note to self to re-evaluate if you get there.

But... you can't resubmit until you are rejected, so I don't know how anyone is submitting every day. Or even twice a week. I occasionally get a very fast rejection, but it's usually at least 3-4 days.
The phrase was 'more or less every single day'. IIRC as soon as one was rejected, he submitted the next on his list which might be the next day or in a couple of days. Since he has a substantial back catalog, he rarely did not have one submitted. He had a policy at the time, and this was some years ago, of submitting in turn his entire catalog, not just book 1 of a series. Although I did notice that he ran a couple of BB promotions last year, I have no idea if he is still doing it the same way.

I still stick with only submitting the first because most of mine really cannot be read out of order. If mine could be read out of order, I would consider doing that way though. It's worth thinking about.
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I've decided to throw my hat in the ring and put my second book up for an international deal. I have no great hope, but my first book doesn't meet the minimal length requirements.

So I expect a rejection, but you don't know until you try.
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One of the ponytail palms in our retirement village has pink flowers  :). Apparently these are the female plants. The ivory flowers are the male plants. If they are close together the female may bear fruit. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a male one close by.
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I use BKnights because it sells books and its cheap. For like $12 I get 30-50 free downloads or .99cent sales.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: more observations on international amazon ads
« Last post by Paul Gr on January 17, 2022, 08:07:21 PM »
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BKnights through Fiverr uses that website when promoting their books. Why do you like it? I'm curious only because I've always wondered why BKnights has its popularity. I'm guessing it's due to being around for a while in the business. Or is there something else about its layout that you prefer?

The only reason I use it is because it's convenient, I don't have to log in or subscribe.
The layout isn't particularly good, there are no categories, and there are ads. between just about every book.
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