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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Last post by Simon Haynes on April 25, 2019, 05:32:13 PM »
Doing well thanks - a spot of gardening, and 1200 words done on my current WIP.

Both my grandfathers served - one in the Great War, in the Royal Flying Corps. (He was sixteen, and lied about his age to join up.)  The other grandfather was in the 8th Army, and saw action in North Africa, and probably Italy. He was MIA for a while, presumed killed, but showed up again (fortunately!)

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Marketing Loft [Public] / Amazon Ad Marketing Services
« Last post by garygibsonsf on April 25, 2019, 05:29:13 PM »
I'm curious if anyone has had experience with businesses that run Amazon ad campaigns for a fee.

The only one I've been able to find so far is www.booksgosocial.com (BGS), who get listed on the Alliance of Independent Authors as a trusted business.

The reviews seem pretty mixed, but a lot of the negative reviews either have terrible grammar, or complain they shouldn't need to have a decent cover for the service to work, and so on.

BGS also run a Twitter promo service, which counts against their legitimacy for me, since I was under the impression Twitter and Facebook posts rarely, if ever, result in meaningful sales.

But: they do have two things going for them. They'll run Amazon ads for you for a couple of months for a fee, and if you don't get decent returns or aren't happy, you get a no-quibbles money-back guarantee.

Even the bad reviews admitted this was the case.

Before you ask why I don't just do them myself, I've been doing them, learning about them, studying them and running different versions of them for a year and it feels like running uphill on a sand dune. You feel like you're getting nowhere.

Plus, even thinking about handing off that job to someone else makes me feel like I just got out of jail.

So: have you used booksgosocial.com or any similar site and got good results? Have you used any similar services and got good results? I'd love to hear from you.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: AUSTRALIAN writer's support thread
« Last post by lea_owens on April 25, 2019, 03:57:48 PM »
How's it all going, fellow Aussies? ANZAC day is here again - always a fairly sombre day. My grandfather was at Gallipoli. Served in WWI and WWII. He died before I was born. I knew Dr Mountjoy when I was young, who was one of the veterinarians with the Light Horse in the Middle East in WWI. His stories were amazing - he had to  put many of the horses down. If you Google his name, along with some keywords, you'll find his photographs online "Stanley Mountjoy horse photographs WWI" should do it - you might find inspiration for a story in them. He was also a good friend of Banjo Patterson. I LOVED Banjo's poems as a kid in the 60s an 70s, so talking to an old man who had been his friend was pretty darned cool.

So much of history is closer than we think. My friend, Alana, talks of her grandmother and her grandmother's good friend - who was Ned Kelly's sister. Her grandfather told her of when Ned Kelly worked their horses at Glenrowan where they lived. Alana is 70 - one of those young 70 year old people though. I keep getting selfies from her on my phone with, "My balcony this morning" and it might be the pyramids behind her, or the Andes, or the Eiffel Tower.

Well, that's my five minute break from writing. Back to the new book - 27,000 words down since April 8, 70,000+ to go, and I'm dilly dallying, as usual. Keep on writing!
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: I'm Exhausted. How About You?
« Last post by Maggie Ann on April 25, 2019, 11:37:48 AM »
I've decided to go into even lower energy mode. I'll continue improving my writing, my editing, and my covers, but as long as I'm not hitting audiences, I can't justify going big. I've missed the boat. I'll only dare as much as my last book has barely earned. (Hint: not much.)  Last year's loss just wasn't sustainable.

I earn enough each month to keep up with the ad spend and a bit more. So, I'm slightly ahead of the game. I spent a lot of money doing audio books. Yes, way too much money. but the audios are keeping me ahead.

When this plan tanks, as it inevitably will, I'll try to come up with another one.

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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Last post by Maggie Ann on April 25, 2019, 10:09:23 AM »
No tear  :banana: and I successfully dictated 50 good words today.  :dance:

Doc found the source of the inflammation and injected cortisone directly into that spot. I'll still use the ice and I'll be checking on exercises as soon as I'm well enough to strengthen those shoulder muscles. I see marathon writing in my future.   :cheers  :band:  :cheers
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I recently used Stephanie's proofreading services, and she did a fantastic job! I'd previously had the work proofread and copy edited. Despite that, she caught a lot of mistakes. She was quick, thorough, and professional. Not only that, but she took a look at my book's description, finding errors in it that others previously missed. I highly recommend her, and look forward to using her again myself!
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Bar & Grill [Public] / This coming Sunday is giving me anxiety...
« Last post by bardsandsages on April 25, 2019, 05:18:36 AM »
We have tickets to see Avengers: Endgame in the morning on Sunday. And then Sunday night is the Battle of Winterfell on GoT.

I don't think my heart is going to be able to handle all of this!  :help :help :help :help :help

I mean, I know I'm gonna be a mess after Endgame if (when) certain characters die. And GoT is going to be a bloodbath. There is no way that episode ends without major deaths. I have "known" these characters for a decade and I cannot handle this!
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: I'm Exhausted. How About You?
« Last post by DougM on April 25, 2019, 04:04:09 AM »
I've decided to go into even lower energy mode. I'll continue improving my writing, my editing, and my covers, but as long as I'm not hitting audiences, I can't justify going big. I've missed the boat. I'll only dare as much as my last book has barely earned. (Hint: not much.)  Last year's loss just wasn't sustainable.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: I just wanna be Amanda Lee
« Last post by cecilia_writer on April 25, 2019, 03:28:40 AM »
Yes, I was just thinking thank goodness we don't have all the dangerous wild animals here (apart from our cat, and also the inhabitants of the Zoo which is 5 minutes' walk away) when I visited a friend in the wilds of Colorado I was a nervous wreck all the time as she had had a bear on her deck staring in the window at her not long before...
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Reminder about next month's sale.
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