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Messages - Lu Kudzoza

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Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Amazon Ads
« on: April 06, 2020, 04:20:11 PM »
Haha. Yeah, it's hard not to throw more money at the ads when you start to see sales and page reads pick up.

My experience with ads is that Amazon tends to lead to more page reads than sales. Facebook ads get more sales than page reads. I've also found that Amazon tends to cost more per click, but that might be because I had some poor targeting in the beginning that caused relevance issues.

BTW, I've started Goblins at the Gates and I'm really enjoying it. Great character building on your part.

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Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Amazon Ads
« on: April 05, 2020, 04:44:42 PM »
I understand that, but I don't write a series. I write books all set in the same alternate world, but I don't have a series. I'm not going to write a series just so I can sell more books. That's not my goal. I tell the stories that I have to tell, then I do the best I can to promote them. For me, it's the stories first, the sales second. I don't mean to imply any criticism to choices made by others. It's just how my writing goes.

I totally understand. I firmly believe you should write what you want to write then find your audience. If you only want to write stand alone books in the same universe a similar approach to writing a series could work for you, although it will be a bit harder. I'd recommend that you only advertise one book at a time. There are a lot of readers who will read everything you write, especially in your niche of alternate history. So, if you only advertise one book keeping the cost per click low you'll spend less on advertising, but still get reads on your all of your books. With a series it might take 3 books to get profitable, with stand alones it'll probably take 4 or 5.

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Self Publishing Discussion / Re: Amazon Ads
« on: April 04, 2020, 10:31:29 PM »
@Skip the secret is to only advertise books that are a first in a series then hope the read through to the next few books in the series gets you profitable. It's really tough to make a profit on a stand alone book. If you had a three book series the very rough math would look like this (I'm using your sales and page reads as an example as if it's the first book in the series).

Ad spend: $255.84

Net Sales: $102.86
Page Reads: 7100 x .0045 (approximate per page read paid) = $31.95
Sales plus Page Reads: $134.81

Net Loss on book 1: 255.84 - 134.81 = $121.03

If 90% of people who read book one went on to read book two you'd get your 121.03 back ($134.81 x .9 = 121.33).

It's not likely that you'd get 90% read through. Most authors say they get somewhere between 50% and 75%. So, you'd probably need three books in a series to start making money. But every book after that in the series would make it more profitable.

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Is the word Aye overused by author’s?

Aye.

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I agree with @Skip. The harsh reality of the world is that your work won't get noticed unless you advertise. Amazon is a good place to start. FB is another place where advertising works. However, you really need two or maybe three books in a series to be profitable. The important thing is to only target authors and books that are very similar in style and plot as yours. Then keep the cost per click low (below 20 cents if you can).

Here's a FB group that focuses on advertising for books that might help: https://www.facebook.com/groups/393917614473395/?ref=bookmarks

On the topic of social media, it really isn't important for finding new people to read your book. But, it is important as a way to keep in contact with people who have read one of your books. You can use it similar to a newsletter, but for people who'd rather follow you on social media than get email from you.

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Tehol and Bugg

Oh yeah, one of my favorites.

@Eclipse I think we need a competition in a sports bracket style.  ;D

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General Discussion / Re: I'm getting published in Romania
« on: February 24, 2020, 04:21:54 PM »
Congrats!

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Kind of a threesome: Fitz and the Fool and Nighteyes  :o

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My favorite story line was Warrick. His mystery is interesting enough to make me want to read the rest of the books. @Ryan Mueller  deserves serious respect for thinking up a character that keeps us guessing/thinking about good and evil and how much context matters when we judge it.

I'm with @Eclipse on the random action scenes. But, this could be my personal preference too. I like books that rely more on the characters than the action. I'm currently reading book 5 in Peter V. Brett's Demon Cycle and he has a lot of gratuitous action too. Again, probably just me, but I think an action scene should move the story forward in some way or show how a character is growing (either in knowledge, personality, or power). Action fans will probably love all of these scenes.

A few of you have mentioned that the writing was utilitarian. To me it was much like Brandon Sanderson's style so I was fine with it.

Overall, I thought it was good solid writing based on a really cool concept for the villain and the world. I give it 4 stars.

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Note: I read this a couple of years ago so I'm commenting after refreshing my memory rather than a full re-read.

Mostly enjoyed the first 20%. Marcus is my favorite character up to this point, although Ryan does a good job building the other character stories.

Unlike @isos81 I like seeing a lot of Warrick from his own perspective. In fact, I love the idea of books showing the intentions of the villain along with the hero's. So far, Warrick is my second favorite story line (if it can be called a story line).

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General Discussion / Re: The Fantasy Faction Food Thread
« on: February 03, 2020, 04:14:50 PM »
Went for a Korean dinner and had Ramen. Absolutely awesome, I'm a vegetarian and still love a spicy miso soup base with peppers, onions and mushrooms, There's place near work which has similar and I love it.
 


Looks delicious... except for tofu, But I'm sure you already knew that. Haha.

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Robin Hobb has a lot of dragons in her books. They're most prominent in the Liveship Traders Trilogy and the Rain Wild Chronicles. Both of these series are almost as much about the dragons as they are the people. If you haven't read Liveship Traders you really should because it's based on a cool concept that relates to dragons.

Farseer Trilogy and Tawny Man Trilogy also have dragons, but not so memorable.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy-Faction Facebook Group
« on: January 17, 2020, 05:00:59 PM »
Why do subjects like diversity in fantasy, religion in fantasy, lgbt topics etc get close down fast in the Facebook group yet here in the forum there stay open where everyone is civil to each other even if you disagree with each other. is it because it’s mainly writers here who can express themselves better without resorting to insults or is it because people who use forums today are of an older generation or because there’s less people on the forum then on Facebook.

What I don’t like in the Facebook group is that your posts get lost straight away. With people posting new stuff constantly about wheel of time.  ;)

And memes of the Witcher.

It's because of the 3% asshole rule. 3% of people in the world are assholes. So, the larger the group the more assholes there are. Once a group gets to a certain size it reaches critical mass where the assholes hijack every thread with an interesting topic.

BTW, how do you guys like Wheel of Time? I think it's wonderful and everyone should read it.  ;D

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I’ll recommend a TV series based on books, it’s historical and that’s The Last Kingdom, and another historical series with a ‘hero’ whose moral compass is badly skewed, but he somehow winds up rather likeable and the history is extremely well researched (the notes at the make great reading on their own), and that’s The Flashman Papers by George MacDonald Fraser. Also have you made the acquaintance of Locke Lamora?

You'll want to read the Saxon Series by Bernard Cornwell before watching the The Last Kingdom as they're the basis for the show. The books are fast paced and easy to read. And as always, the books are better than the show.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Unrepentant Characters
« on: January 07, 2020, 04:44:38 PM »
Andross Guile popped in my mind as I'm currently reading Lightbringer. Though, he is not pure evil. He has humane feelings.

If you want to turn someone despised into someone good, then I believe the best way would be to show that he has human feelings. Pity, love, self-sacrifice against worse evil are some examples. Otherwise, he will be alien to me throughout the novel.

Andross Guile was a character that almost got there for me, but not quite. Probably because it took so long for his true motivation to be revealed. The early part of the series focused too much on him just wanting power.

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