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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Last post by Anarchist on October 26, 2020, 03:11:11 AM »


Season 1...

Interesting, mostly due to worldbuilding. If you enjoy the cyberpunk genre, you'll like this from a bird's-eye view.

Acting: A couple actors do solid work. Most do forgettable work. A few do consistently cringe-worthy work.

Writing: Uneven. Some good episodes and some bad episodes.

Directing: Solid. A few great sequences surrounded by really good ones. Poor choices here and there, but that's to be expected when you're relying on a stable of directors (unlike, for example, season 1 of True Detective).

Visuals: great. Big budget put to good use.

Overall: 7


Season 2...

A dumpster fire.

Acting: with the exception of one character, sh*tty.

Writing: terrible. Bad enough to make you curse the writers.

Directing: also terrible. Storytelling sacrificed for cool-looking scenes (which aren't nearly as cool-looking as the directors probably imagined).

Visuals: ho-hum. Lower budget than season 1. But rather than leaning into the storytelling, they tried to dazzle and totally missed the landing.

Overall: 2 (only saving grace was one particular character's arc).

I've just started watching Season 1, having decided I need Netflix in my life (I really don't, but I'll tell myself that). I'm finding it interesting to compare it to the book - read a long, long time ago. A lot of the elements are there and some of the side-stories / side-characters are really well done (I love the hotel AI). Sounds like I might need a distraction to get me through season 2, though!

If by "distraction" you mean hallucinogenic drugs, they can only help with season 2. ;)

Reminds me of Wayward Pines. The first season followed Crouch's trilogy fairly well. Good source material. And the show boasted a good cast, including Matt Dillon. The writing was good. The directing was pretty good. Solid season overall.

Season 2 of Wayward Pines sh*t the bed. Not even Jason Patric could save it.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: AMS advice for the comically inept
« Last post by Simon Haynes on October 26, 2020, 02:25:31 AM »
Exactly. I already had a lot of ads running, with at least 6 different series to promote, plus a non-fic title and the box sets, times Auto/category/keywords AND the paperbacks.

It's just going to take some time to make 100 ads for each starter, paperback, box set, etc. Across 4 countries. (I'm not going to do any more for DE/FR/ES/IT)



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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: AMS advice for the comically inept
« Last post by LilyBLily on October 26, 2020, 01:44:57 AM »
I just started 18 short-term category ads using Bryan's suggested budget, bid, and time span. I'm going to do a bunch more, because, why not? If 80% never work at all, this is not an expensive experiment. And the method is blessedly simple.
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Last post by VanessaC on October 26, 2020, 01:11:16 AM »


Season 1...

Interesting, mostly due to worldbuilding. If you enjoy the cyberpunk genre, you'll like this from a bird's-eye view.

Acting: A couple actors do solid work. Most do forgettable work. A few do consistently cringe-worthy work.

Writing: Uneven. Some good episodes and some bad episodes.

Directing: Solid. A few great sequences surrounded by really good ones. Poor choices here and there, but that's to be expected when you're relying on a stable of directors (unlike, for example, season 1 of True Detective).

Visuals: great. Big budget put to good use.

Overall: 7


Season 2...

A dumpster fire.

Acting: with the exception of one character, sh*tty.

Writing: terrible. Bad enough to make you curse the writers.

Directing: also terrible. Storytelling sacrificed for cool-looking scenes (which aren't nearly as cool-looking as the directors probably imagined).

Visuals: ho-hum. Lower budget than season 1. But rather than leaning into the storytelling, they tried to dazzle and totally missed the landing.

Overall: 2 (only saving grace was one particular character's arc).

I've just started watching Season 1, having decided I need Netflix in my life (I really don't, but I'll tell myself that). I'm finding it interesting to compare it to the book - read a long, long time ago. A lot of the elements are there and some of the side-stories / side-characters are really well done (I love the hotel AI). Sounds like I might need a distraction to get me through season 2, though!
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: AMS advice for the comically inept
« Last post by Hopscotch on October 26, 2020, 01:04:14 AM »
Not advocating anyone do anything in particular, just discussing.

Everything is worth hearing and I :littleclap the chance to hear it.  After applying this thread's good advice and Bryan's teaching, I've begun to see a modest improvement in sales/reads.  But I've been wandering in the sales desert so long I have to wonder, Who are these people crazy enough to buy my books? 
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: AMS advice for the comically inept
« Last post by notthatamanda on October 25, 2020, 11:36:00 PM »
I'm going to base the decisions on the number of clicks I get. Since I'm bidding low I'm prepared to wait a little longer. One book is already profitable, thanks to two sales I got off the bat and finally got another sale yesterday. (Whew) I know the romance book is going to take a long time to get enough impressions to get to 10 clicks since it's so competitive and hard to get impressions.

Not advocating anyone do anything in particular, just discussing.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: AMS advice for the comically inept
« Last post by Simon Haynes on October 25, 2020, 10:58:03 PM »
I'll give all my new ads about 7 days to work. If they only have a handful of impressions by then I'll set up another with the exact same parameters and paste all the keywords in.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: AMS advice for the comically inept
« Last post by notthatamanda on October 25, 2020, 09:49:10 PM »
I remember he said that if an ad stops working you should export the keywords and do another one. That it works better than copying it. For whatever reason, the algos aren't liking the longer running ads now. But it's good to know that there is a fairly quick way around it.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Ever heard of this promo site?
« Last post by Gerri Attrick on October 25, 2020, 04:58:11 PM »
Thanks, everyone.

I shall leave them well alone.
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Corona Virus Public Discussions / Re: Covid-19. The Lighter Side
« Last post by TimothyEllis on October 25, 2020, 04:14:08 PM »
This about sums it up:

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