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Formatter's Forge [Public] / Zooming in on pages when formatting for PDF
« Last post by Paul Gr on Today at 05:00:49 PM »
I (think) I've now worked out how to format a novel as a PDF, for paperback, but something is bothering me.
I've been using the KDP paperback template, and filling in each template page with my text.
The template shows two pages side by side.
But I like to zoom in on the text, so that I can see it better, to check for errors.
When I zoom in on it, the two pages which were side by side become one page.
I'm guessing that you have to zoom out again to get back to two pages side by side, before you create the PDF?
Otherwise, the PDF will consist of single pages which are not side by side?
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Congratulations Lea  :banana:
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Congratulations, Lea!  :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em :smilie_zauber: :band:
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Congratulations Lea!
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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 11:47:15 AM »
Congrats. Hope it goes great for you.
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O. M. G. I just got my first BookBub after all those tries over all these years! *HAPPY DANCE* I just had to race in here and share the news because no one else I know would appreciate why I'm this excited.

It's not for my main sellers but for the first in my middle grade/teen series of horse mysteries, The Outback Riders (most readers are older women who like clean horse-themed adventures and mysteries). It's a free promotion in all regions. The series makes $500 to $700 most months (it's only on Amazon)  without any advertising, so fingers crossed BB still has some influence. There are five books in the series and the first is only short, so I might make the second book free at the same time to draw readers into the series.

If I've been hit with a bit of goodluck fairy dust, I'm tossing it towards all of you in the hope the good luck is shared.


 :banana: :dance: :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em :dance: :banana:
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Now I know why I will never get a BookBub
« Last post by alhawke on Today at 10:11:05 AM »
O. M. G. I just got my first BookBub after all those tries over all these years! *HAPPY DANCE* I just had to race in here and share the news because no one else I know would appreciate why I'm this excited.
:clap: I do the happy dance with you   :dance:
Good luck!
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O. M. G. I just got my first BookBub after all those tries over all these years! *HAPPY DANCE* I just had to race in here and share the news because no one else I know would appreciate why I'm this excited.

It's not for my main sellers but for the first in my middle grade/teen series of horse mysteries, The Outback Riders (most readers are older women who like clean horse-themed adventures and mysteries). It's a free promotion in all regions. The series makes $500 to $700 most months (it's only on Amazon)  without any advertising, so fingers crossed BB still has some influence. There are five books in the series and the first is only short, so I might make the second book free at the same time to draw readers into the series.

If I've been hit with a bit of goodluck fairy dust, I'm tossing it towards all of you in the hope the good luck is shared.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: What gets you to buy books?
« Last post by j tanner on Today at 09:16:11 AM »
I've heard the more noise in your back matter the less likely they are to click/buy the next book.
People say they get better sales with less choices at the end and to focus on the next book and newsletter signups.

I don't find that to be mutually exclusive. The suggested focus remains. Focus does not require exclusion of everything else.

Best practice for your single primary call to action is directly after THE END, before even a page break.

If you can't stomach that, page break, CTA, page break.

After the primary CTA and page break, I don't think having something like this, acknowledgements, author note, etc causes any harm. Amazon is already sticking stuff there even if you don't. It's not like it's distraction-free if you omit these things. If someone has objective test data that shows otherwise, I'm happy to reconsider.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Now I know why I will never get a BookBub
« Last post by Crystal on Today at 08:18:02 AM »
You're more likely to get accepted if you point to a successful BookBub in the past, especially if it's a similar book or the same series.

If BookBub readers had book one as a BB freebie three months ago, they'll probably be interested in book two for .99 (assuming series of standalones).

BookBub is really not a mystery. Subscribe to the newsletter for a few weeks or months. Watch the categories. A solid 80% of the books in each category will follow very specific criteria. I.e. Contemporary romance books are almost always light and fun, they're generally wide, they have more classy covers. New adult has sexier covers, anything bad boy or vaguely darkish but not dark romance, a higher percent of KU books (but still mostly wide).

Most of the books in a given category look similar. They go together.

If you don't want to package your book so it fits into a BB category, that's fine, but why would BookBub go out of their way to figure out where your book fits?
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