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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: Release Timelines and Holidays
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on November 28, 2023, 11:50:39 PM »
For me, the holidays usually result in worse sales. If you're doing a rapid release model such as Timothy uses, it may not make as much difference because fans are primed to expect new releases at relatively regular intervals. But for those of us who can't match that pace, people's minds are elsewhere on the holidays.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: Release Timelines and Holidays
« Last post by LilyBLily on November 28, 2023, 08:35:53 AM »
I ignore holidays, and release on my schedule.

Next one for me, with one last Saturday, is aimed for December 23. I've done that before without any problems, but this year has seen everything change, so it might be different.

All the same, I'm on fire writing at the moment, so while I was releasing at 35 days for a while, it's now down to around 28.

I don't run ads. Things are not real good these days, but I'm not that desperate yet.

I hope sales improve. At least the writing is going well. I forget if you have a large newsletter list to encourage sales--although, as always, YMMV. Not the sure thing that pre-orders supposedly are, but you can ask your newsletter peeps to rate the books if they read them in KU, and that could help visibility.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: Release Timelines and Holidays
« Last post by alhawke on November 28, 2023, 05:18:52 AM »
I would consider releasing your book in early January. I find sales are worse during all holidays, unless your book is targeting the holiday itself.

It used to be that January was a gold mine for Indie writers. Everyone got their kindles and went looking for ebooks to fill their new readers with. But, there's quite a few more books available now. Times have changed and I don't see a rush of sales in January, but I always see a drop in sales on holidays (I even see less sales on weekends with my books). Usually, I still fare better in January.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: Release Timelines and Holidays
« Last post by TimothyEllis on November 28, 2023, 03:03:33 AM »
I ignore holidays, and release on my schedule.

Next one for me, with one last Saturday, is aimed for December 23. I've done that before without any problems, but this year has seen everything change, so it might be different.

All the same, I'm on fire writing at the moment, so while I was releasing at 35 days for a while, it's now down to around 28.

I don't run ads. Things are not real good these days, but I'm not that desperate yet.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Release Timelines and Holidays
« Last post by Matthew on November 28, 2023, 02:38:54 AM »
My latest book took me longer than expected to finish, so it's pushed itself into the holiday season. The book is not themed for the holidays; it's sci-fi. Historically my books haven't done so hot in December so I've been thinking of pushing the release until January. I'm only releasing an ebook for now, which makes buying the book as a gift less likely. I might have more luck if people buy new Kindles or have gift money after Christmas. I don't think I can compete with the ad spend of others, especially since this is the first book for a new pen name. (I'm not sure I want to bother with ads at all with one book)

Guess I'm curious if others have had more luck releasing before or after the holidays, and whether you ran ads.
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Editors & Proofreaders [Public] / Re: Affordable proofreading - $10 off your first book!
« Last post by Alexa on November 25, 2023, 07:56:22 AM »
Now booking for December and January!
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Bot Discussion Public / Re: Blowup at OpenAI
« Last post by Jeff Tanyard on November 25, 2023, 07:09:59 AM »
That was probably the scariest thing I'll read all year.

I belong to the camp that believes AI could/does pose an existential risk to humanity.


Remember when cults like Heaven's Gate and Jonestown, while crazy and self-destructive, were at least well-mannered enough to keep their destruction to themselves rather than trying to force the rest of us to share in it?

Ah, I miss the good old days.   :icon_sad:
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Bot Discussion Public / Re: Blowup at OpenAI
« Last post by APP on November 25, 2023, 07:00:55 AM »
I belong to the camp that believes AI could/does pose an existential risk to humanity.

Sam Altmanís Second Coming Sparks New Fears of the AI Apocalypse
https://www.wired.com/story/sam-altman-second-coming-sparks-new-fears-ai-apocalypse/
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Bot Discussion Public / Re: Blowup at OpenAI
« Last post by LBL on November 25, 2023, 02:15:06 AM »
That was probably the scariest thing I'll read all year.
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Bot Discussion Public / Blowup at OpenAI
« Last post by APP on November 24, 2023, 05:59:47 AM »
For those of you that are interested, this article gives some great insight.

Note: The Wall Street Journal does have a paywall for many/most of its articles, but sometimes it doesn't.

https://www.wsj.com/tech/ai/openai-blowup-effective-altruism-disaster-f46a55e8?st=spwpxvm32gbl09w
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