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It’s out! Yes, that’s right, Explicit Detail is now officially available in all Amazon territories.
It turns out that release day is actually a bit of an anti-climax. With the introduction of pre-orders most people who wanted their copy early ordered ahead of time. Pre-order sales, as it turns out, don’t actually translate into a bump in Amazon rankings so from my POV everything is the same today as it was yesterday. There was no anxious waiting to see who would be interested in picking up their copy because I already had the pre-sales figures.
Hmm.
But pre-orders are a great thing. They mean that readers can ensure to get their copy of the novels that they want and they won’t forget or miss out. I’ve already set up the pre-order function for my next release and it’s currently working its way through Amazon’s system.
Getting a book out is always a relief. I don’t have to worry about walking out in front of a bus now, the book is out, no stopping it now. Well, I should say that I have to worry less about walking out in front of a bus, but should also note that I do still intend to look both ways before crossing the street.
The apprehension I feel this time is lessened by the fact that Explicit Instruction is already out there, so I hope that more people will be aware of Rushe’s ways. But that doesn’t ease the worry altogether. Rushe doesn’t become a different character over night and so he’s still abrupt and crude, and rough, and foul-mouthed… need I go on? Flick has her work cut out. But it’s the reaction of the readers that makes me nervous. If you’re not expecting Rushe then he can be quite a surprise. The sex is full-on and dirty, and pretty constant at the start so buckle up if you plan to read it :p
With the pre-order promotion done and the majority of initial sales now over, my work is sort of already done. All I can do now is hope that people will read and respond positively. I turn my faith over to the readers with the dream that you will enjoy Rushe and Flick and then tell your friends. It’s your word of mouth that we authors rely on. You are all-powerful as far as we’re concerned. So please read Explicit Detail, if you can, and spread the word. Tell your friends to tell their friends, and we can make sure that Rushe is experienced by any and all who enjoy a good dose of drama and passion. He believes himself so unloveable, maybe we can prove him wrong.

Good luck on your adventures,

xSx

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For all the media coverage, both positive and negative, that Amazon has had over recent weeks, months… years. We indie authors do have a lot to thank them for. We work hard to provide the best product that we can but Amazon allow us to reach an audience far further ranging than we could on our own. And they keep on giving…
The pre-order function was a complete surprise. I know a lot of indies have been clamouring for it and to have our voice recognised is very much appreciated.
We do have to pause, however, at this stage and ask ourselves if this is perhaps Amazon’s way of asserting their dominance in the marketplace. Their dispute with Hachette has seen many well-known authors be denied the pre-order function and authors have been sucked into the middle of the debate with newspaper ads and a letter writing campaign, etc. It is possible this is Amazon’s attempt to curry favour among the self-published.
But we scratch their back so they scratch ours. Indies generate revenue for Amazon and Amazon offer readers. Permitting indies to set up their books on pre-order does allow us to operate more professionally. The hope is that indies will live up to the expectation Amazon have put on us by giving us this option.
So what do we get? On our KDP Bookshelf when we “add new title” we are given a new section to complete in section four:

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We can choose a release date within the next ninety days, but have to submit the completed manuscript to Amazon ten days before. Great, right? To proceed you do have to send them your draft manuscript for approval. Once they have seen that there is enough book there to take the risk on, I guess, then your product page is created.
If you don’t get the final manuscript to them by the stated date then you have breached the terms of the agreement and you will be suspended from using the pre-order function for a year, can’t say fairer than that.
I think it’s terrific. I really do. I hope this is the first of many steps on Amazon’s part to provide a more equal platform for all authors. But we cannot waste this opportunity. Using this function because it is a novelty could be dangerous, if many indies don’t fulfill their end of the bargain Amazon may have a re-think. So bear that in mind!
Readers, well, now you can ensure to have all the novels you want from the moment they’re available. The options are out there for you to choose what you want and it will be delivered to your device on release date. Simples.

Good luck on your adventures,

xSx

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I studied business at college. A large part of business is marketing, so is economics. Here it is.
Books, in most varieties, would be classified as an “elastic” product. What this means, in its simplest form, is that as the price goes up demand will go down. Books are a “luxury” item, you don’t have to buy them.
If the price of your favourite author’s next book suddenly jumped to $900 the chances are you’re not going to run out and buy it on launch day. Whereas if an author you’ve never heard of offers a book for $0.01 then you might be willing to give it a whirl.
We can all agree that supply of ebooks is covered from every angle. If you look at the market as a whole then we know there are choices abound. Even down to the individual author, we don’t have a problem supplying a specific book. The costs to produce are minimal. Time is the greatest factor in creating our product.
Fixed costs are likely covered by our personal bills, as are the variable costs. Again, the only exception to latter would be labour, but every author going in knows that time will be required and it is usually just our own. Further down the line there may be costs accrued for editors or cover designers, etc. but realistically you can’t claw that back by inflating the cost of your novel. You would need to project exactly how many you may sell and if you’re a new author that’s virtually impossible.
When you publish through Amazon they can chose to alter the price of your books without reason or notice, which makes it very difficult for us to control sales of our product. CreateSpace is just crazy because they dictate the minimum price your book can be sold for (which is always an extortionate rate) meaning that a lot of authors are lucky to make more than a couple of pennies for sales of paperbacks. It’s the author who is judged for setting a high price – but we didn’t!
So you’ve written your book, you’ve published it, you may have set up the paperback set up too. Then comes the next big task, promote your book!
I brought up the business thing because I spend a lot of time thinking about pricing, even though it’s sometimes outwith my control. I’ve witnessed the truth of my economics professor’s words on my KDP sales dashboard. I’ve watched the coloured lines go up and down. I’ve watched the royalties go up and down too.
I want to say here that I recently read a blog post about KU and whether or not the number of the books borrowed were added to sales figure, and as such influenced rankings. I can’t find the blog post again. But if there’s anyone out there who is interested, the answer is, no. The number of units borrowed in no way contributes to your book’s rank. I’ve worked it out. Sales alone dictate the rank.
If the economics theories are correct, the next focus is factors that affect demand. So I’m certainly looking forward to winter because summer is a bummer on book sales! Especially with the glorious weather we’ve been having, lol.
But because I have been considering pricing, and marketing strategies, I want to let all new authors in on a little secret. The vast majority of promotion opportunities out there don’t do squat for you. The price for some of these advertising campaigns is nothing short of daylight robbery. I’m still new to this publishing thing too, which is why I wanted to let you know not to part with your money. It really upsets me that websites claiming to make you the next big thing prey on those eager to carve out a writing career. It’s a passion but it can leave author’s open to being taken advantage of. There are some good sites out there with reasonably priced offerings, seek those out first!
But, I’ve gone and done it again with the rambling. I’ll try to pick up this thread again soon because I have lots of views on the promotion machine, and some personal experiences I’d like to share. For now…

Good luck on your adventures,

xSx

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Hello guys!
SPECIAL NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT: Explicit Instruction is available now! I’ve put the link below for you all to check it out when you can. It’s been a long journey and finally we’re here. I look forward to receiving your feedback about this novel, and I very much hope you enjoy embarking on another adventure with me!

Good luck on your adventures,
Scarlett

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The technology gods hate me. It’s official. I’m eternally optimistic – but don’t tell anyone – that no matter how bad things are in your life, someone has it worse. Which is probably why I’ve spent a large portion of this weekend laughing with an, “are you kidding me?” expression.
Who remembers the mess up with Amazon last weekend with MMN? Doesn’t matter if you do. But I have to remind you in order to illustrate my point. So because of that mess I decided to make Rivals ON AIR free on June 1, anyone remember? You’d have to, because there was no other way you would have found out, certainly you wouldn’t have come across an advert, why? Because there weren’t any!
I’ll get to that in a minute. On Friday night I was seriously lacking motivation, so I redesigned the Rivals ON AIR cover, which has been overdue for a revamp. I got no writing done, but I was productive.
Except when I got to my computer on Saturday I decided I didn’t like the cover, being that I was half asleep when I finished it, lol. So I did it again. I created the cover, posted, did final rounds on the promo of Rivals ON AIR… Oh and that night I finished the changes to Explicit Instruction. Check me out! On fire! On the ball! Everything done.
Sunday, and this is where it gets interesting, as I usually do in the morning, I run a quick pass through all the websites I am expecting changes on. There are none. I email around. There are no ads, and my new cover hasn’t loaded – as of posting this it still hasn’t, but whatever. I’m banging my head against the wall with the ads, it’s a Sunday, these things are automated, there is little chance of a substantive response before Monday.
So I pack my boy in the car, we’re going out. Nothing I can do at home. Halfway to where we were going it starts lashing rain, it’s pouring down. Quick diversion, we’ll go shopping! “Yes, I’ll buy you that DVD”. He’s up for it. I get to the shopping centre and everyone, and I mean everyone, has had the same idea. Almost half and hour later we’re still trying to find a parking spot. I’m ready to sack it and leave, but no, Starbucks, coffee will make it all better.
We get a spot – yay! – coffee first, then mummy will buy you anything you want. Get to Starbucks, “coconut frap”, yes it is still raining but I’ve been waiting a decade for this drink to reappear.
“We’ve no syrup left.”
Now it’s busy, I know that, so they’ve probably run out of a lot of things. But seriously the cherry on my cake. I literally laughed in the poor girl’s face.
Anyway, bygones and all that.
Today I get my answer, are you ready? Why did nothing work with Rivals ON AIR on June 1?
“My sincere apologies, there was a technical glitch at Amazon over the weekend that meant that free book sites were unable to retrieve book listings.”
Honestly, you couldn’t write this shit. I love life. I love how even when everything is going wrong your memory banks store it away. Finding a smile in the face of rotten luck is something we all have to muster. All of this is a story for another day, I’ve certainly had characters with a run of bad luck. We are the sum total of our experiences.
This is not a tragedy, it’s a comedy. How do you like your irony served? Rivals ON AIR was free as a consolation for the Amazon mistake the previous week, and they made another mistake meaning that no one knew about the giveaway! I hope that when Amazon finish taking over the world they hire a few decent software guys, maybe Apple could lend you a couple (oh, controversial, lol).
Maybe it’s been easier for me to find my smile because I got a couple of good reviews on MMN, and I finished my amendments to Explicit Instruction, I like to feel productive. But I have to say my motivation is waning today… maybe I should go to Starbucks.

 

Good luck on your adventures,

 

xSx