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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: More on D2D / Smashwords merger
« Last post by Sailor Stone on February 29, 2024, 11:48:03 PM »
I have been receiving e-mails from D2D for several months updating where they were in their transfer process.
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Book Promotion Board [Public] / Re: Ashley Capes - Epic Fantasy List
« Last post by ashleycapes on February 29, 2024, 07:44:21 PM »
I like those covers.   :)


...I've yet to release a whole trilogy at once...


It can be a little hectic.  Make sure you have your blurbs, keywords, categories, and all that other stuff planned out in advance and written down on a cheat sheet or something so that you don't get everything mixed up.  This is especially true if, as I did, you're uploading to multiple retailers at the same time, not just Amazon.

That aside, congratulations on your latest achievement, and I hope you sell lots of books.   :cheers

Thank you! I did have to go through a bit of that, yeah - had the retailers open and the key info for each book sitting in a notepad doc, tedious! But I definitely had to concentrate and work through it, like, "okay book 1 in this retailer, now book 1 in that retailer etc etc"

Did you find that your readers were generally more pleased with all books being available at once? (However that could be measured :D)
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Book Promotion Board [Public] / Re: Ashley Capes - Epic Fantasy List
« Last post by ashleycapes on February 29, 2024, 07:27:51 PM »
The covers look great. Good luck with your release.
You should do a Kickstarter for the print copies. But make sure that the postage is added to the price of each print copy, so it does not cost you for postage.
Looking forward to your report on how "rapid release" or "all at once release" works for you.

Funny you should mention Kickstarter, as I ran a campaign for these books back in Jan 2023 (ish) :D

So much work!!


I'll definitely report back on the results, I'm very curious now, especially as it's only a couple days until release
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Book Promotion Board [Public] / Re: Ashley Capes - Epic Fantasy List
« Last post by ashleycapes on February 29, 2024, 07:24:31 PM »
Look very pretty and genre appropriate. Good luck with them!

:tup3b


Thank you!

I'm very, very happy with them - I used Vivid Covers (https://www.vividcovers.com/) who I've used before, always happy with Rebekah's work
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Marketing Loft [Public] / More on D2D / Smashwords merger
« Last post by cecilia_writer on February 29, 2024, 06:39:21 PM »
(Not sure if this is the right place to post this, sorry if not)
I accidentally found out only yesterday via Facebook, though I had forgotten following Smashwords there, that they are currently in the process of transferring everybody's books to D2D. I feel as if I've missed out on sone vital piece of information here as I've had no warning from Smashwords that this was already in progress, and from reading some of the details it looks as if the transfer of my own books comes into the 'difficult' category and has to wait until last. I've also got the impression that only the storefront will remain with Smashwords and all the actual publishing stuff will be via D2D.
Maybe this is a good thing anyway - I'm just slightly alarmed that I only saw this by chance on FB as opposed to receiving some kind of communication directly from them. Does anybody here have any further information about this?
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Audible delays and Amazon's audiobook virtual voice
« Last post by ashleycapes on February 29, 2024, 06:33:11 PM »
Amazon/audible were about 52 days behind every other retailer with my last few audiobooks (earlier this year).
That's what I saw with my most recent release too. I thought maybe it was due to AI? But maybe it's just normal delays.
Now I'm waiting for a boxed set to transfer over. So far >1month.

I think the AI slop is definitely a factor in the delays
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Book Promotion Board [Public] / Re: Ashley Capes - Epic Fantasy List
« Last post by Jeff Tanyard on February 29, 2024, 05:09:56 PM »
I like those covers.   :)


...I've yet to release a whole trilogy at once...


It can be a little hectic.  Make sure you have your blurbs, keywords, categories, and all that other stuff planned out in advance and written down on a cheat sheet or something so that you don't get everything mixed up.  This is especially true if, as I did, you're uploading to multiple retailers at the same time, not just Amazon.

That aside, congratulations on your latest achievement, and I hope you sell lots of books.   :cheers
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Book Promotion Board [Public] / Re: Ashley Capes - Epic Fantasy List
« Last post by djmills on February 29, 2024, 06:36:09 AM »
The covers look great. Good luck with your release.
You should do a Kickstarter for the print copies. But make sure that the postage is added to the price of each print copy, so it does not cost you for postage.
Looking forward to your report on how "rapid release" or "all at once release" works for you.
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Book Promotion Board [Public] / Re: Ashley Capes - Epic Fantasy List
« Last post by LilyBLily on February 29, 2024, 05:50:06 AM »
Look very pretty and genre appropriate. Good luck with them!

:tup3b
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: Slow load times on Amazon-related websites
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on February 29, 2024, 02:56:03 AM »
Pings look normal. But if I'm understanding the test correctly, it checks for a response. It doesn't measure whether the page loads correctly or not, right?

I tried testing using GTMetrics, and the homepage took around seven seconds to be interactive, twelve to load completely. That's on one try, so it's better than what I was getting in that sense, but that seems excessively long. When Amazon was working well for me, it was certainly loading faster than that.

If it is some kind of ISP issue, other people will probably notice it as well. I'll keep checking. But as I've said, there's no hint for trouble with anything non-Amazon.

Now I have to go doublecheck some bizarre problems on my own website.
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