Wednesday, February 1, 2017

IWSG Blog Hop: My Reading Experience, the KDP Countdown Promotion for Girls Succeed!

Hello and welcome to the J.Q. Rose blog. 
Today is the monthly meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group(IWSG) blog hop! 

Internet Writers Support Group Blog Hop
First Wednesday of every month.
What is IWSG? Founder of the  Insecure Writer’s Support Group and author Alex J Cavanaugh explains the group's purpose is "to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!" You're invited to become a member of this supportive group.

The group blogs the first Wednesday of every month The list of bloggers is always available so you can hop around to the author blogs filled with humor, advice, and thought-provoking topics on writing and publishing. You can find the list of participants at Alex's IWSG page.
IWSG Question for the Month

How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?
Yes, I've noticed a few things have changed in my reading experience because I am an author.

1. Reading a book a few nights ago, instead of concentrating on the story, I caught myself checking to see if the author was head-hopping (changing Point of View).  Only a writer would even think about that. I never really noticed POV as a reader. And to be honest, when I first wrote fiction, I had a very difficult time discerning if I could be guilty of writing a story with changing POV's. Sometimes just a simple word changes the POV. Now that tiny word slip jumps out at me! 

2. I notice book covers more now too. I never studied what artistic elements made the book cover attractive to me. But now I usually study them and figure what catches the eye, the font used, the placement of the font on the cover, the colors...Oh my, it goes on and on.

3. I never checked the publisher on the book I was reading until I wrote my own books. I don't care if my reading choices are published traditionally (the major New York publishers or not) or independently. Just curiosity I guess. I don't think readers really care who the publisher is.

4. I choose books by authors I have met online through groups and authors in my publisher groups. 

With that said, I still enjoy reading whether fiction or non-fiction. That has not changed at all.

Kindle e-book
Do you prefer print or e-books?

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Girls Succeed! by J.Q. Rose
To inspire and empower girls

Trying Out the KDP Countdown Promotion 
This Weekend

I'm insecure today about scheduling the KDP Countdown Promotion for my non-fiction book for girls, Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women. I start the countdown of the regularly priced book for $3.99 on Friday, Feb. 3 for 99 cents, Saturday. $1.99, Sunday $2.99, and finally on Monday $3.99. 

Have you tried this promo? If so, did you find weekend sales are better than mid-week? Do you think you need more than one day to offer the book at the reduced prices? Any words of wisdom you have to offer after trying this out? Thanks!!

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  1. Hi J.Q.

    I don't choose my books either by who is traditional or self published. But looking at head hopping, it took me some time to see that I had changed the POV in the middle of a scene.

    For your KDP Promo, consider if you can making your 99 cent day for the entire weekend, Friday through Sunday. Some people are so stressed out with their schedules that they don't have time to take advantage on Friday and will be a little annoyed.

    Shalom aleichem,

  2. I haven't tried Kindle Countdown, so can't say how successful it is. In terms of reading, like most writers I notice things that are out of place.

  3. I should pay more attention to book covers. I definitely notice POV more. Head hopping bothers me now, but it didn't used to. I've never done Kindle countdown. Would be interested to see how it works out for you! Great post!

  4. Good luck with your release.

    I notice those things now while I didn't when I was a reader. I used to head-hop badly, so that one really stands out now.

  5. Hi JQ, I notice exactly the same things as you do! I never used to check who had published the book, but now I nearly always do.
    Regarding the promo - I had heard that weekends were better for sales. I haven't tested it, but I always do any promo from Friday to Tuesday. I try to promote it as widely as possible and have had some good results from advertising in newsletters. There are some here, if it's of interest (although for many of these you have to pay to advertise)
    Good luck with the promo!

  6. I agree with you. When I read and why I read has changed since I took up writing. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  7. Hi J.L. I plan to give an update on the results of the countdown...Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Thanks, L.K. Glad you liked the post. I know. Head hopping never bothered me either until I started writing fiction!!

  9. Hi Helena, I wondered about having an extra day for the 99 cent sale price to extend the sales period an extra day too. Thanks for your input.

  10. Hey Anna, I like being in agreement. !! Thank you for stopping in.

  11. I haven't tried that type of promo. I do hope it goes well. Look forward to hearing all about it. Wishing you lots of success and a lovely week!!

  12. Good luck with the promo. Hope it gets you lots of sells and fans. Keep us posted on how it goes and what you think of the experience.
    Happy IWSG Belated Day!
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

  13. Thank you Juneta. Unfortunately, the promo has gotten off to a bad start and spiraling down from there. I don't know if it's me or gremlins in the amazon works. sigh Have a great weekend!!

  14. Hi Nicola. Thank you for your good wishes. I'll definitely have to update on this promo experience. Thanks for stopping in.


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