The second element is an interesting problem."
The second element is an interesting problem."
Today marks the publication of the 50th review in my ImmerseOrDie indie book review series. For those who don’t regularly follow it, the premise is simple: every morning I step onto my treadmill, open a new indie ebook, and begin my daily walk, reading the book for as long as I can maintain my immersion. When that immersion has broken three times, I stop, and write up a short report of what caused my attention to wander. This article today is a reflection on the first 50 such reviews, and a synthesis of A) whether or not I’ve been consistent in my evaluations, and B) trends I’m seeing in the causes of those immersion breaks. Read the rest >
A couple of points I think he missed:
- I need an emotional connection to the character, and I need it fast. I try to give a book until the end of the first chapter … I often fail to get that far.
- Nowhere did I see it explicitly stated how import it be for the stakes to be high. I find that very important. In a recent story I tried to read the stakes were the hero/heroine loosing their job, or being reprimanded by their boss. I couldn’t really care. If the stakes were maybe losing their marriage, the world ending, maybe I could have cared?
- The point about too much exposition at the beginning is good. I’ve been nailed for this in I Bring the Fire in two reviews, but other people feel like I gave just enough detail. You probably can’t please everyone. I do think dog lovers liked the opening scene because they identified with it immediately. Whose dog hasn’t taken a roll-bath in something disgusting?
- Also, I like what he says about characters behaving out of character. That WILL drive me out of a story no matter how far along I am.
- He counts grammar problems as being one of the top things that drives him away, but there is no where in the article that I can determine how picky a grammarian he is. I’ve read some indies with atrocious grammar and marvelous story lines/characters, so I stuck with them. The book I’m thinking of is currently a best seller.
- He hates present tense! (not in this article, but I saw a link at the bottom to an article on that topic. So perhaps he has not read my books!)
Elizabeth Sims (via writingquotes)
I must not let the subplots runaway with the story!
Anonymous said: ETA on ragnarok? Also, isn't it fun to say "Ragnar rock"?
ETA on Ragnarok is probably around about Christmas Time. I’ve been told that releasing right BEFORE Christmas is a bad idea because people are too busy to buy for themselves. So maybe right after Christmas, or the beginning of the new year when everyone has their Amazon gift cards and brand new Kindles?
(Of course, I thought that Warriors would be out at Christmas time and I finished it before September!)
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So, back in June I did a 99 cent promo of Monsters, my second in series. I’ve seen more and more authors set their 2nd in series to 99 cents permanently, and I wanted to see if it would be a beneficial strategy for me. I did earn more money in June compared to July, but I dug a little deeper into the numbers:
- When I compared $ earned per free downloads of my first in series, I made more in July compared to June. I just happened to have more downloads in June than in July due to my promo schedule.
- The 99 cent sale had the most impact the first week, and then the effectiveness really plummeted, and I had to advertise the 99 cent book as well as the permafree first in series.
So, would I do it again?
Yes, IF I get a BookBub promo. And I’d blast all the cheap and free advertisers of 99 cent books at the same time. FYI: Here are all of the free and cheap 99 cent advertisers that I know of:
- Daily CheapReads
- Digital Book Today
- Fussy Librarian
- Indie Book Bargains UK
- New Adult Addiction
- I Read Fantasy https://www.facebook.com/pages/I-Read-Fantasy/593776737335196
- The Midlist
- Pixel of Ink
- Paranormal Addicts (FREE to $2.99 with Paranormal) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paranormal-Addicts/202187749824986
- Chelsea’s Cheap Paranormal Reads (FREE to $2.99 with Paranormal) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chelseas-Cheap-Paranormal-Reads/459504207432223
- Ereaders Dream (FREE to $2.99 Any Genre)https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ereaders-Dream/228999653974968
- Reading Deals
- Choosy Book Worm
- Discount Books Daily
- The Kindle Venue
Because I would expect the BB promo of my 2nd to lift my first in series on the free rankings a bit I’d ALSO hit up a couple of the heavy hitters for permafree first in series the same day: Freebooksy, ILoveVampireNovels, Pixel of Ink, and BKknights.
It doesn’t look like a permanent 99 cent price for Monsters is a good idea for me, but it is possible if the price was launched by BookBub sales of my third in series on up would remain high longer. I’ll have to apply to BookBub and see.
Anonymous said: Here's a big tip if you're starting to write science fiction--keep a running list of all your planets, planetary systems, species, types of ships, weapons, you know the drill. (A big three ring binder, filled with loose leaf notebook paper, works best) It also helps to put a sort of reference section in the back if you invent any new terms. I don't know how long you've been doing sci-fi, so PLEASE!!!!! do not be offended by me giving you this tip. Anyway, welcome to sci-fi wonderland!!!
Offended? Hell, no! Sounds like a good idea! (But I might use a Google Spreadsheet).
Thanks for the advice and the welcome.