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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Checking again...
« Last post by Marti Talbott on December 03, 2021, 02:04:22 PM »
As a side note if you decide to change your covers, The price on these usually run from $.99 to $129. and they look great. Of course, it's just the front cover but you can ask the author for a quote on a back cover.

You wouldn't believe how many times I've upgraded my cover art. It does help.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Checking again...
« Last post by Luke Everhart on December 03, 2021, 01:56:11 PM »
... Yet, we must persist or our books go right down the tubes. What else have you tried?...

Yes, persistence is a virtue and I need to cultivate a virtue.   :doh:

Tired: Everything.

FB - Recent changes by "meta" has killed the video ADs that were getting clicks.  Now: Nada.
'Zon ADs - Pointless. I am convinced the algo is bias to higher bids for higher priced product.
Google ADs - Getting better. Highly targeted campaigns. One driving to Google Books has given me my first sales there.
Other - Several options have resulted in impressions and traffic to my sight, sales are iffy.

R.C.

RC, have you considered spending some of your ad money on new, professionally designed covers? I suggest it as advertising/marketing advice, so hopefully it's fair game for the thread(?)
I've heard/read that in the early days of indie very homemade looking covers like yours could work (maybe you started back then?). However, nowadays those sorts of covers get an automatic pass from a lot of readers -- they certainly do from me.  :shrug  Usually an author running with homemade jobs has budgetary constraints that necessitate; but, given your ad spending, I assume you have the option. If so, that's the best move imo. (An opinion of a multigenre 2-3 book a week reader that reads predominantly on a kindle, not as an aspiring author who is still dragging his heels on his own endeavors 😏)

BTW, I'm not talking about nor judging the aesthetics of the covers (very subjective), or the genre signaling (fairly objective but not my point); I'm just talking about the amateur vs pro at-a-glance impression.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: An underdog or a powerful hero in fantasy
« Last post by TimothyEllis on December 03, 2021, 01:25:19 PM »
I've read some discussions about making a MC an underdog, as it gives the character a longer path to grow and change and also helps readers to connect with MC better. Yet I see many succsessful series where MC is quite powerful from the beginning.
Does it mean that readers have no problems connecting with powerful characters? What do you think? And which type of MC do you prefer as readers and authors and why?

My current MC (Merlin) is so totally overpowered, but that's not the point. The point for me is the internal struggle with using major power, especially when it has consequences. That's why I write first person, to get the internalizing as the main story.

As far as power goes though, there has to be an origin story, and a development timeline to get to being super powerful. Otherwise all you have is a mary-sue.

I don't mind an underdog. But if all they do is pull rabbits out of arses to win, that gets old very quickly.

The success of the Avengers suggests people accept superheroes readily. But all of them have their issues and demons. And are not all powerful.

One thing I don't like is the powerful MC in the beginning, who then keeps coming across even more powerful baddies, reducing him down to underdog all the time and resulting in pulling rabbits out of arses to survive. I find that totally stupid.

The whole powerful good must fight a more powerful bad thing bores me. Especially since the power is effectively nullified, and arse pulling is resorted to for winning.

I also despise the eternal recurring villain. Super good powerful faces off against super bad powerful, and they fight. Good wins, but bad pulls an arse rabbit and escapes. Then they do it all again. And again. And again. Then it gets rebooted. It's boring!
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / An underdog or a powerful hero in fantasy
« Last post by Lerria321 on December 03, 2021, 12:38:37 PM »
I've read some discussions about making a MC an underdog, as it gives the character a longer path to grow and change and also helps readers to connect with MC better. Yet I see many succsessful series where MC is quite powerful from the beginning.
Does it mean that readers have no problems connecting with powerful characters? What do you think? And which type of MC do you prefer as readers and authors and why?
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Links to my non-fiction, as requested in another thread.

X3 Handbook https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EV43G3Y
X3 Handbook for AP https://www.amazon.com/dp/B010VYG67A
X4 Shipyard Guide https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08QZ6WN5P
Life Harmony: Feng Shui in Plain English https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EX4Y07S
Personal Healing using basic Meditation https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HT087E0
Wisdom of the Ages 1-5 Bundle https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017TSQ7LG
Wisdom of the Ages https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HQSORZI
Wisdom of the Ages Volume 2 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HV5C6WC
Wisdom of the Ages Volume 3 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IJBWRP8
Wisdom of the Ages Volume 4 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KF6QARQ
Wisdom of the Ages Volume 5 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KNMV9TQ
Wisdom of the Ages 6 Accrued Karma https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KP5OYT8
Wisdom of the Ages 7 Healing the Indigo https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KP9BIPM
Wisdom of the Ages 8 Ascension https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LJVW71E
101 Tips for the JoG Brazil Experience https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XVA1BKY
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Checking again...
« Last post by Lorri Moulton on December 03, 2021, 07:51:35 AM »
I'm going to try to get some writing done and enjoy the holidays.  When I have more books finished, maybe I'll try FISF and some paid promos.
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Other Services [Public] / Re: Windows 11
« Last post by Lynn on December 03, 2021, 07:23:06 AM »
That was me with Windows 7. But I have a new laptop, and if I'm going to have to suffer through Windows 10, I might as well suffer through Windows 11 and skip 10 all together. :)
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Other Services [Public] / Re: Windows 11
« Last post by Hopscotch on December 03, 2021, 05:52:38 AM »
I was happy w/Win7Pro until Win10 was forced on me and screwed up all my formatting apps and complicated everything else.  Every s/w upgrade is a disaster whose fixes take longer than I care to suffer.  I'll upgrade to Win11 when all the kinks have been worked out which is likely just before Win12 issues.
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Other Services [Public] / Re: Windows 11
« Last post by Lynn on December 03, 2021, 04:27:00 AM »
I've made the upgrade. The big test for me will be battery longevity. That's about all I care about now that I've seen the set up. It's like Windows 10 married to the rounded curves of Vista, LOL. It's plain and dull and gray gray gray. Sigh.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: What Did You Blog About Today
« Last post by Vijaya on December 03, 2021, 02:04:23 AM »
This fall, I was so delighted when Grace Wynter, who does Authors Up Close series through which I've discovered several new-to-me writers, invited me. Of course, I said yes! And my interview is up today: https://writerunboxed.com/2021/12/02/author-up-close-vijaya-bodach-play-dream-believe/

ps: did you notice the date is a palindrome? So cool.  :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
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