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April 23rd:  675
April 24th:  875

None yet for today.  I have no chance of beating January or February's daily averages but I do have a shot at beating March's daily average word count.

Getting close to the 170k mark on this one.  Target is 180k, probably.  Who knows.  The characters wound up encountering the big big bad before taking on the big bad, so not sure how things are going to pan out.  If I stuck with my original plan, I'd probably end up taking another 100k to wrap it up.  Oy.

In other news, on my space opera, the one whose word count I'm not counting here, I seem to have written myself into a corner.  Finally reached the space cat chapter and one of the two-ish main characters called something into question which sort of throws a wrench into how the chapter was supposed to go down.
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Lest we forget - what they did for us.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Amazon Ad Marketing Services
« Last post by 123mlh on Today at 02:05:02 AM »
I'm guessing I would have to give them access to my dashboard which means my password. If that's the case, I wouldn't even look into it any further.

Nope. You can give a separate access to someone for AMS where they can edit your ads but not see your payment information or KDP dashboard. Of course, to me that means working blind because they can't see your KDP dashboard either so can't see the results of their efforts except for what the AMS dash shows.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Amazon Ad Marketing Services
« Last post by Anarchist on Today at 01:48:45 AM »
I do everything myself. I've developed a process (keyword research, bidding strategy, campaign maintenance) that's proven to be highly effective for me. So I don't plan to hand things off.

That said, if I were thinking of hiring a company to do it for me, here's what I'd look for...

- the company does ad campaigns exclusively (no social, no email, etc.). No jack-of-all-trades. I'd want a specialist.
- the company can provide past results. Cumulative impressions should exceed 1 billion. Preferably 3 billion.
- the company will detail exactly what they'll do for me each month. (Create 10 campaigns, test 300 new keywords, provide weekly report of actions taken provide monthly report of results from actions taken, etc.) I'd tolerate no ambiguity here.
- the company will explain their long-term strategy for my books. I don't care how they plan to spend $1,000 in ads this month. I want to know how they plan to spend $15,000 a month a year from now, and how it'll affect ROI.

Just some things to think about.
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Hey all! Still booking for May. :)
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Amazon Ad Marketing Services
« Last post by Maggie Ann on Today at 01:28:56 AM »
I'm guessing I would have to give them access to my dashboard which means my password. If that's the case, I wouldn't even look into it any further.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: Gene Wolfe, 1931-2019
« Last post by DougM on Today at 01:07:56 AM »
I think that I've read 90% of what he's written. This got me to read his final book, which has been sitting on my shelf.

Gene, you love him AND you want to inflict trauma upon him because his books are just that way. He was like family.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Amazon Ad Marketing Services
« Last post by 123mlh on Today at 12:19:23 AM »
Russell Blake has been recommending AMS Adwerks on his blog:

AMSAdwerks@gmail.com
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Last post by anpacker on April 25, 2019, 09:56:58 PM »
One of my grandfathers served in France in WWI. He would never talk about the war in any detail. We always figured it was because his experiences were too terrible to reminisce about.

When he died I was able to read his diary from the war years, and I discovered that after all the training etc he finally arrived in France quite near the end of the war. Then he came down with a sickness that kept him in hospital until after the Armistice was signed. He only spent a few days in the trenches, and there was no major action during that time. He probably never fired a shot.

I don't know for sure, but I suspect that's why he didn't want to talk about the war. (There has to be a story in there somewhere, although it isn't my genre.)

I've never cared that he didn't win the Victoria Cross. If he'd seen more action and been killed, I wouldn't be writing this... ;-)
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: This coming Sunday is giving me anxiety...
« Last post by Michelle Louring on April 25, 2019, 07:09:49 PM »
I have scheduled my work week around the fact that I'll probably be an empty husk, numb from emotional trauma, come Monday.
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