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Webook's February 2015 Newsletter

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Dear WEbook,

We hope that even though February's almost through, you've all been keeping up your New Year's Resolutions to write every day! If you feel like your dedication to writing has been waning over recent weeks, there are plenty of writing opportunities available on WEbook to help coax those shy tales out from the shadows of winter blues (yes, we've got them too!).

We've set up a few of our own group projects for the WEbook community to get involved in this month. Jump right in to one of the projects below and who knows, it might just be the inspiration you need to get those literary juices pumping again!

>> The 500 Word Challenge <<
Write 500 words a day as part of this project. With the support of fellow WEbookers, you'll be back into the swing of things before you know it!
>> A Problem Shared is a Problem Halved <<
Ask your fellow WEbookers for some help! Painful paragraph? Sticky sentence? Here's the place to iron out your literary creases.
>> Pitch a Plot <<
Think you've got a great idea? Want a second opinion?
Help sort the inspired from the... not so great...

In this month's newsletter, we're featuring part two of our three week focus on self-publishing. With advice on how to get the best out of your own self-publishing experience, developing a readership has never been more straight-forwards! This month we've got some insider info from Kim Reeves, on how to make sure your ebook gets noticed by potential readers on sites like Amazon.

We'll also be announcing our Member of the Month nomination for February and highlighting a Featured Project. Of course, we've also got the hotly-contested WEbook Ebook giveaway again this month, so make sure to get your entries in early!

With some exciting updates to WEbook planned over the coming months, plus of course, the ever expanding list of projects to read and competitions to enter, make sure to keep updated with all the developments and ensure you're the first to discover great new writing talent by visiting us regularly.

Happy writing WEbookers!

The WEbook Team

 
 

For February's Book of the Month, we are showcasing the soon-to-be-released, Songs From the Laughing Tree by A.U. Latif. Be on the lookout for some giveaways of the book on our Twitter and Facebook pages over the coming weeks.

Aftab has been a member of WEbook since 2010, and his repeated successes in the monthly challenges led our editorial team to approach him for WEbook publication.


"In a town called Love, the hidden corner of India, a storyteller teeters on the brink of death. With his last breath he wreathes two fabulous tales for his dear daughter: one of a fictional prince in the city of Minzar, a city consumed by history and magic; the other of the storyteller’s own life, the cataclysms and daydreams that swept him to the devil’s door, where for another turn of the snowglobe he would sell his heart and soul."

Read an excerpt...

WEbook of the Month
Songs From the Laughing Tree
 

Member of the Month!

Our Member of the Month for February is...
LordTilley

We decided to highlight LordTilley's greatness this month because of his outstanding project contributions. Although only a newbie on the site, LordTilley added over 500 pieces of writing to WEbook in less than a month. Wow. Hats off, m'Lord!

LordTilley, perhaps unsurprisingly has loads of great submissions on WEbook for other members to read through and comment on, head on over to his Project Page and take a look.

Project Spotlight: Feb '15

Our Project Spotlight this month is on...
The Rockstar's Kiss
by S.E. Bradley

S.E. Bradley has 18 chapters of engaging writing enclosing a wonderful love story that will make you want to read late into the night.

Do you have a project that you think should be next month's Project of the Month? Or, perhaps you know of a great writer on WEbook who deserves a bit of recognition? Let us know by emailing our editorial team with your favorite projects.

 
 
Ready to Self-Publish your ebook? Let WEbook help you out...

In part two of our three edition feature on how to self-publish with success, we're going to be discussing the best way to target your ebook to customers in online stores. Our wonderful WEbook author, Kimberley Reeves (Broken), has seen huge success self-publishing her romance titles, with some even rising to the top of the Amazon Kindle charts! Sound like something you'd like to achieve as well? Well lucky for you, we've convinced Kim to spill a few of her secrets... Read on to discover what preparation she does to ensure her books' successes, and how she approaches marketing her books on sites such as Amazon, with such enviable results.

Genre and Target Audience

Your novel is polished to perfection, you have a phenomenal cover and spectacular blurb; now what?

Select the appropriate genre. Sounds simple enough, but there are some things you need to consider before choosing the obvious one. During the set-up process, you are allowed up to seven search keywords.

These are extremely important because customers searching by keywords vs. a specific genre will be able to find your novel.

Who is your target audience? Gender and age are factors, but choosing the best sub-genre is as important as selecting the main genre.

Encompass the widest possible audience. One way to discover the most popular sub-genres is to check out categories on sites like Amazon. In the Kindle Store, each genre has its own set of sub-genres.

• Pull up the top 100 freebie listings in your genre to see how they are categorizing their novels. Not only does this enable you to determine which sub-genres will suit your novel, but it also gives you ideas for new or different categories to consider.

Keywords

Keywords are incredibly important if you want your book to be found.

Think about how you search for ebooks online - chances are you're using keywords. Here are a couple of things you should consider when picking your own keywords:

• Avoid repeating title and main category/genre words, as these are already in use within your listing.

• Choose keywords frequently used in a search, vs. words specific to your novel. Let's take a romance with elements of suspense, set in Santa Cruz, California, for example. Prime keywords would be: Mystery & Suspense, Women’s Fiction, Genre Fiction, Action & Adventure, Literary Fiction.

• For the last few keywords, use a broad category like 'detective', 'crime', or, 'thriller'. Avoid using words specific to the novel, like 'Santa Cruz', 'beach', or, 'California', because most customers will not hone down their search that tight.

Keywords are counted based on commas: 'Action & Adventure', 'Mystery & Suspense', 'Horror' ~ you've used five words, but actually these only count as three keywords.

Price

Now you get to price your novel. Easy, right?

You spent a gazillion hours writing and editing and finding the perfect cover, so you should charge accordingly. About $150 an ebook should cover it, minus the pain and suffering which goes with the territory, of course. One small problem; no one will buy it at that price. And there is the conundrum all Indie writers run in to: If I price it too high, no one will buy. If I price it too low, people will think it’s substandard and not buy.

Research! Find out the average price of ebooks in your genre. Genre makes a huge difference. The market is flooded with romance novels, meaning supply is high & cost is lower.

Consider the size of your novel. A 120,000 word novel should be priced higher than a 60,000 word one.

Experiment! If you price your novel at $3.99 and it’s not selling, lower the price to $2.99 and see what happens.

Sale volume often makes up for price difference. Do be patient before deciding to adjust the pricing though; it may take a while for your sales to pick up momentum.

 
 
Broken by Kimberley Reeves
WEbook Ebook Giveaway!

This month we're going to be giving away copies of Kimberley Reeves' Broken
Read an excerpt...

In order to be in with a chance of winning this month's prize, all you need to do is answer this question:


What is the name of the town in India where, 'Songs from the Laughing Tree', is set?



Enter Now!

 
 
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