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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: BookBub - The Best Examples. Really?
« Last post by writeway on February 18, 2024, 03:11:49 PM »
Ouch.  :shocked: Yeah, be careful when talking about other authors' ads, books, or whatever in public. How would you feel if another author poked fun at your promotional efforts or whatever? Just saying. Bad form even if you didn't mean to offend. Comes off like sour grapes and jealousy. Sometimes the very people you are talking about are right there in the group, forum, etc. Evidence in this very thread. I'm not one of the authors in this article, just saying. Anyway, the opinion that matters is Bookbub's and they felt these ads were the best so it is what it is.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: "By this author carousel" now showing up on Amazon
« Last post by writeway on February 18, 2024, 03:08:14 PM »
I've seen it since last year. I don't know if it disappears or only appears on certain books because I had it when I looked at one of my series last month but I don't see it on every book. I have a very large catalog BTW if that's the criteria.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Audible delays and Amazon's audiobook virtual voice
« Last post by alhawke on February 18, 2024, 07:13:41 AM »
Nothing new about Audible delays, right? But it's getting very delayed. I publish via Findaway so for those of you who publish on ACX, let me know.

My newest audio book has still not published via Amazon and is in all other markets for the past two months. Nor has a newer boxed set over the past month.

I'm wondering if it's due to AI? The Amazon beta audiobook service looks extremely easy to use on my KDP dashboard and even got me considering clicking a button and moving forward. Any of you submitting any titles of your own yet to this? Could this new service be flooding the market with new titles?
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That's a bit dramatic, and there's nothing new there at all.

Those changes were highlighted a while ago now.

The flood of drek is real. But the changes to search engines will need to run the gauntlet of consumer usage.

Those who want the sites, not the summary, will stay with whoever remains in the same model as now. If enough do, the new way might not work as well as they might expect.

Time will tell. I've seen no difference so far. And the only real place I'm seeing drek is Quora.
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Excellent article calling it like it is, and well worth a read. Note: You may encounter a paywall.

AI is changing how we use the web at the same time that it floods the world with questionable content
https://www.wsj.com/tech/ai/its-the-end-of-the-web-as-we-know-it-2ab686a2?st=fdfdyrogkm5kb6a
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What are Amazon doing now? [Public] / Re: is the book world turning against Goodreads?
« Last post by APP on February 18, 2024, 02:33:50 AM »
Another reason for authors to stay away from Goodreads.

‘God forbid that a dog should die’: when Goodreads reviews go bad
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2024/feb/17/god-forbid-that-a-dog-should-die-when-goodreads-reviews-go-bad
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: Survey Results: The State of Indie Authorship
« Last post by TimothyEllis on February 16, 2024, 11:43:15 AM »
“Of 1,500 Americans surveyed,

That's a non-sample.

That's too small to even be credible.

15,000 minimum on that sort of survey to just be credible. 150,000 to be useful.
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READ HERE FIRST >>>> About the Forum [Public] / Re: Removing a topic.
« Last post by TimothyEllis on February 16, 2024, 11:35:42 AM »
Is it possible to delete a topic from the forum completely, including all associated posts and responses, or is it only possible to lock a thread without deleting its content?

A topic can only be locked by users. On request to me, it can be deleted.

The facility to delete was abused early on, and removed.
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READ HERE FIRST >>>> About the Forum [Public] / Removing a topic.
« Last post by MathBax on February 16, 2024, 10:43:53 AM »
Is it possible to delete a topic from the forum completely, including all associated posts and responses, or is it only possible to lock a thread without deleting its content?
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: Survey Results: The State of Indie Authorship
« Last post by Hopscotch on February 16, 2024, 10:02:48 AM »
Here is what we’re really up against:

How many books did you read in 2023? Are you in the top 1 percent?
Washington Post   Jan 5, 2024

“Of 1,500 Americans surveyed, a less-than-ideal 46 percent finished zero books last year and 5 percent read just one….Reading five books put you in the top 33 percent, while reading 10 books put you in the top 21 percent. Those…who read more than 50 books are the true one-percenters: people who read more books than 99 percent of their fellow Americans….”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2024/01/05/how-many-books-did-you-read-2023-see-how-you-stack
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