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But did you know that the number of reviews a book gets can affect how much promotion it can get on Amazon.com? It’s true. Take a look:
So you see, your reviews have more power than you thought. Even if all you feel comfortable writing is just a couple of sentences like “Kept me on the edge of my seat…”, “Couldn’t put it down…”, “I want to see more from this author…”, “I really enjoyed this, can’t wait for more…”
Those sentences plus a 1-5 star rating can help that author and their work get more exposure on Amazon. This is something that is extremely helpful for Indie and brand new authors who are trying to get their name out there, but may not have hardly any budget to spend on getting their books listed on other sites.
So please, take the time to leave a review, no matter how short or long. You could be doing your favorite authors a HUGE favor, and believe me when I say, “We authors will appreciate it.”
My book first book, “The Bridge” is sitting at 19 reviews so just a few more could really help it gain more exposure. “The Ship”, my second novel, is sitting at lonely 8 reviews, so if you’ve already read it, please leave a rating and a few kinds words so it can get more attention too.
You can reach both books at my Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/allankrummenacker
But don’t just do it for me, do it for other authors whose work you enjoy. Help them become the next Stephen King, JK Rowling, or Suzanna Collins. Remember, you the readers are what makes a book or an author a hit or a miss.
Thank you all for your help and support, and remember keep writing because one day it might be your work the rest of us are trying to help promote.
Some months back, I talked about Kindle Select and Kindle Unlimited and how I did not feel comfortable about having my e-books available exclusively in Kindle form. For those unfamiliar with what was discussed, here’s a quick explanation. In order to be part of Kindle Select and Kindle Unlimited, your book cannot be available in any other e-book format (Nook, Sony, Apple, etc.). This of course means your the e-version of your book cannot be up for sale through Smashwords, Nook, and other e-formats. This did not rub me the right way at the time, but since then there as been no activity for either of my books through Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, or other outlets besides Amazon in spite of a lot of promoting on my part.
But then another disturbing trend began to appear. I started seeing my books selling on Amazon and I began hoping this meant a growing trend in sales. However, there was a problem. In spite of the sales I was not seeing any royalties, which puzzled me greatly. After waiting a few days and seeing this continue to happen, I delved further into the matter and discovered that ALL the recent sales were returned either the same day or the next day. Wondering how this could be happening I quickly learned that a number of individuals have been purchasing e-books, reading them in one day, and then returning them for a full refund. In short, turning Amazon into a sort of ‘library’ where they could get a good read and then return the book without paying a cent in the end.
Now, I fully understand that sometimes people can buy a book that turns out to be nothing of what they expected and would like their money back. This is something Amazon and other companies do allow. However, to abuse this privilege and claim ‘It’s my money and I’m entitled to a refund…’ repeatedly is a real problem. Every author I’ve seen on Amazon makes a portion of their book available for free so prospective buyers can get an idea if the book is something they’d like to read. I myself make about 16% of my book available as a sample so people can decide if this is something they want to buy or not. Yet, a number of people have instead turned Amazon into a revolving library that they don’t have to pay for.
Having lost out on a number of sales, I decided that if my book was going to be treated as if it was part of a library, I wanted to get something for my efforts. So with no sales happening on all other fronts, I took my books down and enrolled them exclusively with KS and KU. Now once you’ve enrolled in KS, your book is also available in KU where you earn money every time your book is borrowed and people read it. However, starting July 1st, this is changing to paying the authors for every page read, which benefits those who right longer books instead of putting out a bunch of really short works which had been the case before.
Now I’ve only joined recently and have yet to see much activity, but I’m hopeful. I think a lot of people have held back because I advertised a “FREE” weekend where almost 400 people grabbed their own Kindle copy of “The Bridge”. This coming weekend, I’ll be offering “The Ship” for free as well. From there, we’ll see how the ‘borrowing’ goes and if there’s any increase in paid sales. I’m hoping that as a result of all these giveaways will increase the reviews for both books and will lead to actual purchases or paid borrows through KU.
I don’t know if this approach will help or hurt, but sometimes you have to try something different. As for those who do not have a Kindle, I do have e-copies of my books in E-Pub and PDF formats and will sell them to you personally. The price is the same as at Amazon $2.99.
*Final note: Amazon has been starting to flag and shut down some of these serial-returners. But there are a great number of them out there and decent authors are suffering for it. Hopefully an answer will present itself and I can put my novels out there in other formats for you all. In the meantime, my contract with KS and KU is only for three months. If I don’t like what happens I may pull the books out and put them back up on Smashwords and other places, we’ll see.
I hope my experiences here are providing you all with insights of what to watch out for as you decide what format to put your own books in. There are many pitfalls and unforeseen issues, but hopefully being warned about what could happen will help you navigate and avoid them.
Until next time, take care and keep writing.
*FREE TODAY AND TOMORROW FOR AMAZON KINDLE*
“The Bridge”, book one in the Para-Earth Series for FREE for ALL Kindle users through Amazon.
That’s right, you can enjoy this 4 and 5 star tale for free as part of your Kindle Unlimited subscription. This paranormal/mystery will introduce you to ghosts, psychics, and a whole new vision of parallel realities unlike anything you’ve ever read before.
So grab a copy for yourself and tell everyone you know so they can take advantage of this 2-day opportunity, they’ll thank you for it.
Book 2 in this series will be available for FREE next weekend so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy “The Bridge” and see what happens next.
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*SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR KINDLE UNLIMITED SUBSCRIBERS*
You can now get “The Bridge”, book on in the Para-Earth Series for FREE through Amazon. That’s right, you can enjoy this 4 and 5 star tale for free as part of your Kindle Unlimited subscription. This paranormal/mystery will introduce you to ghosts, psychics, and a whole new vision of parallel realities unlike anything you’ve ever read before.
So why not check it out today and enjoy a really exciting summer read. Plus when you’re done you’ll find book 2 in the series, “The Ship”, is also available through Kindle Unlimited.
Just click on the link below to get started, and please help spread the word. Thank you and happy reading…
****My $.99 Cent Birthday Weekend Special Has Begun****
I’m celebrating my birthday by slashing the price of my e-books by 2/3rds starting tomorrow. Books 1 and 2 in my Para-Earth Series are each just $.99 cents at Smashwords, Amazon, Kobo and other locations.
So spread the word and take advantage of this opportunity to get your own e-copies of my 5-Star novels.
Within these pages you’ll find ghosts, mystery, love, laughter and suspense unlike anything you’ve read before. You’ll also find beings that are and are not of this world. You can also sample the first chapters of each book for free at Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and Amazon.
Just click on the appropriate link below to get the version that’s right for your e-reader, phone, or computer:
Nook, Apple and other readers (including PDF for just a regular laptop/desktop computer):
Don’t trash that crappy first draft!
Oh it may be full of grammatical errors that would send your high school English teachers into hysterics but that’s not reason enough to throw it away. And maybe the plot line may move like a 1920’s Model T going backwards up the crooked mile, still is it truly worth destroying? And perhaps most of the characters may be as shallow as a puddle, and probably deserve to be drowned in one, but do not throw that draft away!
Instead I want you read every last word, even if it’s hard as hell to get past the first few pages, keep reading! Do not stop until you’ve read the entire thing.
Why? I hear you ask.
Because, that shitty first draft may be the most important one you ever write.
I’m being serious here folks. And no I’m not going to be going on about how every journey in writing starts with a first draft, or something like that. What I am going to tell you is that first drafts, even the lamest ones, have value.
When I first started writing “The Door”, it was going to be the second book in my Para-Earth series. Mainly because it was going take up exactly where the first book “The Bridge” left off. I thought there was no way I could possibly put another story in between the two, even though I really wanted to focus on the second lead couple (Cassandra Elliott, and Julie Cloudfoot) and their blossoming relationship. My original plan was to develop their growing love in the second book, but things were getting too complicated. Too many characters, too many subplots, I had to scale back. So after writing almost 70,000 words in “The Door”, I said enough and set it aside. Instead, I followed some “bread crumbs” I’d left myself (see my blog entry from January 31st https://akrummenacker.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/follow-the-breadcrumbs/) back in “The Bridge” and found an opening.
I had clearly stated that a month had passed between the climactic battle and the events that happened in the epilogue. I had also sent Julie and Cassie over to the west coast. I had plenty of room for a story in between that would involve just the two of them, as well as leading them back to witness the events that took place during the epilogue of “The Bridge”. Thus, “The Ship” was born.
But even after I finished “The Ship” and published it, I was not ready to back to “The Door”. Instead, a new character had captured my imagination and I began work on “The Vampyre Blogs”, hoping to release it next, before returning to “The Door”.
However, after finishing the first draft of “The Vampyre Blogs” I realized I wanted to release it around Halloween and the time had passed. So I sent it off to my editor for corrections, even though it was a first draft. I know it will go through many more changes, but in the meantime, I needed to get back to “The Door” because it had to come before my vampyre’s first tale. I needed to finish the underlying story arc that was running through my first two books. It’s turn had come and I needed to finish it.
By this time it had been over two years since I last looked at it, so it was with experienced eyes that I pulled it out and started to look at the first few pages. Originally, I thought it would be easy to insert just a few scenes and continue the flow I had started, but it didn’t work out that way.
Thanks to “The Ship” so many plans and ideas had to be scrapped. And my writing style had changed. A number of people told me how much my writing had ‘matured’ and now I could clearly see it for myself. So much had to be changed and rewritten. At times it almost seemed too much.
I began to doubt myself and wondered if I was really up to the challenge. Could I really make this story work? Time and again, I kept running up against ideas that no longer fit, and characters who needed to be removed from the story entirely. I began to question myself and ask, “Should I just trash this and start over from scratch?” But then I’d run across scenes that were perfectly fine and still flowed beautifully with the new stuff I was creating. In fact, it felt like what was I creating now was way better than what I’d originally done. And at the same time, the overall storyline was still following what I had wanted all along. In fact, I’d found ways to improve it.
But I was still running up against obstacles and areas where I just wasn’t sure what to do.
Then by sheer chance, I was scrolling through the new draft which was being built on top of a duplicate file of the original first draft. But I overshot where I had left off and found a scene I had completely forgotten about. Pausing I re-read my words and was taken aback by the power of the scene and the beauty I’d created. This scene HAD to stay, I told myself. Then I began thinking, ‘Are there other scenes like this one I’ve forgotten?’
So I did the unthinkable…
I stopped work on “The Door” and took a few steps back. Instead of writing, I decided to read every word and every page of the original first draft.
It hasn’t been easy at times, but I’ve been unearthing scenes that to me are absolute treasures. I’ve also been cutting and removing other scenes and characters who no longer have any place in this book, but might be good for another story down the road. I’ve saved those sections and preserved them in a separate file folder. Those who’ve been following this blog know I always urge writers to do this. What may not be working in your current book, might be just the thing you need in another one down the road.
As for the scenes I’m keeping, I am breathing a sigh of relief. Some of them are better than I anything I might have tried to replace them with. New ideas and ways to move the story forward are opening up to me. But I still have to finish re-reading that ‘shitty first draft’ before I start writing new scenes.
There are more scenes and ideas I’ve forgotten about, of that I’m sure. I may not want to keep all of them, but I suspect even if I don’t keep any of it, they will give me knew ideas. So don’t give up completely on that first draft. Save it, learn from it, and build from it. You might even want to preserve certain scenes from it.
All stories start with a first draft that can be more than a little rough around the edges. But without a first draft, you can’t begin your story.
Until next time, take care of yourselves my friends, and keep writing.
Hello everyone, today I want to give you all a little insight into how things are going with my latest novel.
Some of you may know that I had started working on “The Door” some time back, but then set it aside to work on “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home”. I did this originally, because I’d hoped to get the vampyre book out last October, but of course that didn’t happen. My classes at CSU Monterey Bay got crazy with the workload so I couldn’t finish in time.
Now, the vampyre book is set around October so I wanted to keep with the whole Halloween timing, so after finishing the 1st draft I’ve set it aside and gone back to “The Door”. This is actually beneficial since “The Door” will temporarily wrap things up for the heroes of my first two novels “The Bridge” and “The Ship”. So by going back to “The Door” I can have a sort of trilogy to put out as a box set come Christmastime.
With this in mind I dove back into my first draft of “The Door” which was about 2/3’s done. And below you’ll see how I felt about this at first…
But then something happened. I’d forgotten where I started that book out and who was where when I completed my second novel “The Ship”. Originally I just had Alex and Veronica in the scene at the end of “The Bridge”, but at the end of my second novel “The Ship” I had my other two major characters Julie and Cassandra showing up on the scene seconds later.
Now, I figured adding Cassie and Julie would be easy and I wouldn’t have to change too much of the scene I’d written for “The Door”. Oh there might be a few details here and there, but nothing too major, right? That’s what I kept telling myself two weeks ago…
This is how I feel now…
I swear it feels like I’m rewriting just about every sentence, every word, even the commas and periods! Why? Because I wanted to have my four main characters back together right away and so did my audience. In doing this, I changed the entire dynamics and course of events that followed. The main story is following close to the original plan, but the dialogue and actions changed dramatically.
Furthermore, I’ve also had to remove other characters and events I had planned from later parts of the book as well, because they don’t fit anymore. Yet, I’m not disappointed or sorry to see them go. The story I has had it going originally was becoming too complicated. I needed to simplify things a bit. Plus, thanks to “The Ship” I was able to introduce certain new characters there who would be appearing in this third installment, thus simplifying some of the upcoming scenes.
There’s still plenty of intrigue and mystery in store for my readers with “The Door”. But it’s taking a slightly different form than what I’d originally envisioned, which in my opinion is for the better. There’s still a long haul ahead, but sometimes you need to walk away from a book you’re working on in order to get new ideas and a fresh perspective.
But if you do this, be prepared to be flexible and ready to jettison parts or even entire ideas, chapters, or characters from the story. DO NOT DELETE them though. Save those fragments and put them in special file on your computer. Just because they’re no longer useful for this story, you might find they have a life of their own that may give birth to a whole new idea down the road.
Rewriting may not always be fun, in fact it can be downright infuriating at times. However, it can be a very effective tool to help you create a much better product for your audience.
Until next time, take care and keep writing.