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Corona Virus Public Discussions / Re: Covid-19. The Lighter Side
« Last post by TimothyEllis on October 27, 2020, 10:55:51 PM »
Of course they were wearing masks then.

How else do you make sure people don't identify whose butt was on view at any given time.

Corona Virus Public Discussions / Re: Covid-19. The Lighter Side
« Last post by Jan Hurst-Nicholson on October 27, 2020, 10:51:49 PM »
Publisher's Office [Public] / Re: Series conundrum, your thoughts please.
« Last post by notthatamanda on October 27, 2020, 08:29:05 PM »
You tell Amazon what the series is, via the metadata and asking for the series page via KDP.
You can set them up at one series, or two separate series, or leave them out of the series, but I'm not aware of how to do a subseries.

In your burger example it makes more sense to me to do a burger series and a meatless burger series.
Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: AMS advice for the comically inept
« Last post by Simon Haynes on October 27, 2020, 05:46:49 PM »
Useful new vid. Also contains a counter-argument for the 'hundreds of AMS ads theory'

Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Google Play promo codes
« Last post by LilyBLily on October 27, 2020, 02:24:57 PM »
If I can get the mental bandwidth together, I might try this. I never sell anything on Google Play. Maybe somebody on my mailing list buys from them.
Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Series readthrough - how far can it go?
« Last post by Crystal on October 27, 2020, 01:23:21 PM »
I should note I'm taking about sales after all books are published when I'm advertising book one. IME a pretty small percent of readers return for book two (or three or four) on their own when it comes to series of standalones.
Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Are dust resistant keyboards really dust resistant?
« Last post by JRTomlin on October 27, 2020, 01:19:09 PM »
When I used to sell computers, many years ago, you could get a moulded latex cover for some keyboards. (We used to install computers in bars & hotels, so spills were an issue)

Nowadays I have no idea whether it's a thing. I have a big air compressor and a spray nozzle, so when it gets too much I take my Corsair kb outside and blow the dust out.

However, I'd suggest dust in the PC is a much bigger issue. In most computers the CPU heatsink (under the fan) is completely clogged, which means it overheats and throttles to a lower speed to protect itself.

I blow mine out every couple of months, and the dust cloud travels across the next three houses in the street. When I did my friend's PC I think they issued a smog warning on the weather forecast.
Keyboard covers are very much a thing and pretty popular at the moment with concerns about viruses, since unlike keyboards you can wash them. They are silicon rather than latex and very thin. I use one partly because I can wash it and partly because I am prone to drowning keyboards in coffee. I haven't found dust to be an issue. (Cookie crumbs maybe) I've murdered more than one. 😜

Ultra Thin Desktop PC Silicone Clear Keyboard Cover Skin Protector Compatible... via @amazon
Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Series readthrough - how far can it go?
« Last post by TimothyEllis on October 27, 2020, 12:11:15 PM »
For those who write longer series, say, 10 novels or more - how far does a profitable readthrough stretch after the first couple of books?  Ie, does book 10 pull in as much as 10-20-30% of your book 1 earnings?  Might several short series (3 books) in the same genre do better than one long series as ea short series offers readers a fresh start? :shrug

If book 10 is pulling only 30% of the income of book 1, then you did something seriously wrong somewhere down the series.

As a general rule, each new book will see about 95% of the readers of the last one, assuming you don't goof.

My first series has 13 novels and a novelette. Books 6 and 10 change the PoV character, and were written at times of major health issues, so are very different. They broke the series, particularly 10, so 12 and 13 which were my best work to date at that time, never did as well as they should have.


Then you do the spin off series, the sequel to the first series, and now you have a universe.

So now you bring in a new set of characters in that universe, interacting with the old ones, and learning what went on before they came into things. This brings in new readers, and some of them go back and binge read the previous series.

The fall off from these readers is very low, because they're invested in finding out what already happened before where they entered the universe.

My spin off series 2 gets the least love, not the least because book 3 totally changes pace and focus. But I'm going to address that soon so readers of my current main character will want to go back and read the backstory of his latest.

I don't worry about fall off between books in series anymore. You always lose someone.

The trick is to continue writing in a way that you attract more new readers to replace the ones you lose, and those new readers go back and read everything.

Not writing universes though, if you write in trilogies within a long series, you tend to only lose people at the beginning of a new trilogy when you jump the shark. Elizabeth Moon did that for me with the new Vatta novel. The blurb makes it clear most of it is set on a planet, but the MC is best in space. Shark, meet jump. No. The moment you change things too much, you lose readers.

My series 5 is sending new readers back to book 1, and it keeps leaping back into the 30k range. The rest of series 1 also keeps jumping into the 30-50k range as people read through.

But the really interesting thing now is, the flow in series 1 is completely different now than when I was writing it, or even for 2 years after.

Publisher's Office [Public] / Series conundrum, your thoughts please.
« Last post by baldricko on October 27, 2020, 09:51:16 AM »
The problem I face is committing to the title, along with the cost of the ISBNs. I don't want to make a mistake that affects the series as a whole or the new subseries / series. It's a nonfiction series, which I guess may or may not matter.

Should I jeopardize my series title and following by including in it a subseries? Or should I simply make it a separate series (even though it is really a part of the established one)?

Is there another way to go about this? Where a series of books is part of a whole series yet forms a series of its own so that I can title the books in the subseries from Book 1, Book 2...?

I have a series of nonfiction books that share the last two words in all the titles. This two word phrase sums up the main direction and focus of the books. So far there are four books in the series. Each book in the series has a different title with the two word phrase added at the end. What I want to do is add another five to ten shorter books that also use the last two word phrase in the three word titles. The titles will all be the same, but I add Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, etc at the end. Actually, the 'Book...' bit is under the three word title like it was a subtitle (but not a subtitle).

The main problem with this setup that I can see is these five to ten new books will dominate the four books. People may not even see them in the back catalogue on my author page. I'm not sure if this is the right way to go about doing this, hence the idea of setting it up as a subseries. So that Amazon sees it as a subsection(?) within the main series but still gives it it's own series page.

Here's an unimaginative example, but it will do. You have a series titled Burger Recipes with titles like On the Run Burger Recipes (Burger Recipes Book 1) and Fantasy Island Burger Recipes (Burger Recipes, Book 2). You want to write a book about meatless burger recipes and you have enough enough ideas to make a five book series with titles like Delicious Egg and Bean without Meat Burger Recipes, American Style Without Meat Burger Recipes. This another series with the last phrase in each title being Without Meat Burger Recipes

Would I do best to treat these as a subseries? With titles like these: Delicious Egg and Bean Without Meat Burger Recipes(Burger Recipes, Book 3), American Style Without Meat Burger Recipes (Burger Recipes, Book 4).

OR create a new series? Titling this way instead: Delicious Egg and Bean Without Meat Burger Recipes(Burger Recipes, Book 1), American Style Without Meat Burger Recipes (Burger Recipes, Book 2).

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: AMS advice for the comically inept
« Last post by Simon Haynes on October 27, 2020, 07:42:29 AM »
Agreed. I came up with a killer plot for the third gaslamp novel and now I want to start on that one, but I have this other book to finish first ;-) December task, I guess...

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