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If I wasn't getting a malicious warning about that site, I'd visit it.

In keeping with your theme though, I read this book a few months ago:



I think I read this book faster than any book in the last couple of years. I couldn't put it down and read it from cover to cover in a couple of nights.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: Anyone reading The Innkeeper Chronicles?
« Last post by TimothyEllis on July 23, 2019, 02:35:39 PM »
Any verdicts yet?
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Int'l Only Bookbub Promos worth it?
« Last post by JRTomlin on July 23, 2019, 02:08:59 PM »
Thanks. I really have my doubts about how worthwhile it is for the cost.

I am generally (although not always) lucky about getting BB promotions and one thing that occurs to me that is probably silly but I wonder if I might annoy them if I turn this one down.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Int'l Only Bookbub Promos worth it?
« Last post by TimothyEllis on July 23, 2019, 01:38:12 PM »
I've had one.

Everyone gushed about how good it went, but I was extremely disappointed in the results.

My primary market is the US, and a promo aimed everywhere else was about as pointless as I thought it would be. But it had to be tried. Subsequently trying to get the US version was rejected, which reinforced in my mind the results were not up to even BB's expectations as a test. But given my country breakdown, nothing else should have been expected.

As an Australian author, I sometimes wonder if BB book choosers think my primary market is Aus and UK. And therefore promoing into the US is a waste of their list. While UK is important to me, the US is where I sell most.

By comparison, Freebooksy at half the price, was twice as good.

I'll never do an International BB again. Just not worth it imo.
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Promotion Signup Desk [Public] / Re: The Speculative Fiction Showcase thread
« Last post by CoraBuhlert on July 23, 2019, 11:17:55 AM »
Today's featured new release at the Speculative Fiction Showcase is The Day I Died, book 1 of The Apocalypse Cycle, a new post-apocalyptic YA series by Aya Knight.

Do you want your science fiction, fantasy or horror book featured at the Speculative Fiction Showcase or would you like to be interviewed or submit a guest post? We look forward to receiving your submissions.
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Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: RIP Internet: 1991-2019
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on July 23, 2019, 08:49:55 AM »
...because I know how expensive running a website is becoming.

What sort of money are you talking about? And where does it go?

I won't speak for Bill, but expenses add up quickly.

I used to run hundreds of websites. Each one could easily gobble up five figures in monthly expenses after paying for content (on-site and on other sites), PPC, links (to help organic search ranks), and hosting if you're driving a ton of traffic.

And once a site becomes huge, you should hire a team to handle these chores. That adds to the monthly expense.
A great deal depends upon what one wants to do. In answer to Timothy's question, a simple author site using shared hosting (or even a free blogger or WordPress.com account) if all one wants to do is have a place to show off books (and links to vendors) and maybe a little bio isn't going to be that expensive. It could even be free, but probably not if you also want newsletter signups, which seem to be a paid feature in a lot of places.

If you're running a site (author or otherwise) to which you want to drive significant traffic, that's a whole other ballgame. Free isn't going to cut it. Shared hosting isn't going to cut it. You're stuck with VPS or a dedicated server. That's partly because of SEO considerations, driven by the way Google ranks sites in search results. The ones on page 1 (aside from the ads) are likely to be the ones that run the fastest. An author who just wants people to have  website to see if they search for that author may not care. An author trying to pull people away from social media platforms and/or sell from the site is going need some SEO mojo. Oh, and you'll need a cdn like Cloudflare, so that your site will run fast in any major area Google tests it, not just near the main server where it's hosted.

But performance is not the only issue. Security is a growing concern, which means at least something like Wordfence, maybe also an external firewall like Sitelock or Cloudlfare's. (After being hacked, I have both.)

Then there's GDPR compliance. It may be easier in other environments, but in WordPress, it's almost impossible to prevent all cookies from loading prior to user consent. I tested at least a dozen plugins before finding the one I use--which is a paid plugin, as most of the GDPR ones are. Otherwise, you have cookies loading, some of which may gather information, before consent, and you're vulnerable.

Oh, and if you want to have a blog that actually attracts readers, a visually attractive layout helps, and, since all your posts shouldn't be ads for your books, that probably means licensing at least a few graphics.

The bigger the company running the website, and the higher the need for internet recruitment of customers and even sales, the more expensive the operation is going to be.

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http://www.rideopenspaces.co.uk/the%20fairly%20big%20ride.htm

Interesting I thought. In medieval times people making long trips often changed horses which allows faster travel, but this is a pretty good idea about what making a long trip by horse is like.
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Writer's Workshop [Public] / Re: Read aloud in Word is pretty darn awesome
« Last post by notthatamanda on July 23, 2019, 08:29:49 AM »
You can choose from three voices.  One sounds like Alexa.  It's very robotic.  My next book I'll be listening as I go so I don't have to do 160000 words in one week.
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Writer's Workshop [Public] / Re: Read aloud in Word is pretty darn awesome
« Last post by Wonder on July 23, 2019, 07:17:58 AM »
I had no idea this existed! Thanks for the tip.
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Dan, I'm glad you recreated your drawing!  And Maggie, your book sounds very intriguing.

I spent last night making a video that I hope will get people to try my books.  We'll see.  LOL :pdt
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