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Offline cecilia_writer Reading Murder by the Glass by Lynda Wilcox
15 Aug 2014, 10:48 AM | Post: #11

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RE: Pre-ordering is here!

(15 Aug 2014 07:14 AM)Jennie Lee Wrote:  It would probably work for authors with a well-established fan base. I'm more your sneak-up-on-potential-readers kind of publisher.

Me too! That's a great way of describing it. (I'm also a last-minute impulse kind of publisher, which means this doesn't really help - but I can see that it would be very useful for more organised people)
Offline Tim_A Reading strictly murder by Lynda Wilcox
15 Aug 2014, 11:20 AM | Post: #12

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RE: Pre-ordering is here!

I did a 3 week publicity run-up for my current release, so it would definitely have benefitted me for that. Still... next time. But as for being organised, no one has ever accused me of that!
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Offline AKMichaels Reading Sixkill by Robert B Parker
15 Aug 2014, 11:34 AM | Post: #13

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RE: Pre-ordering is here!

It's a pity, Tim, cause it would have helped you immensely. I'll be availing myself of the pre-order function with all my new things now as I tend to start gathering interest for new ones while I'm still writing them by teasers and such.
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Offline lyndawrites Reading The Twopenny-Hat Detective by Brian Sellars
15 Aug 2014, 02:14 PM | Post: #14

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RE: Pre-ordering is here!

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(15 Aug 2014 08:01 AM)alexroddie Wrote: Wrote:  
(15 Aug 2014 06:47 AM)lyndawrites Wrote: Wrote:  Not sure about this. If I'm reading it correctly:

1 You must upload the final version of your file 10 days prior to launch

2 Any pre-orders count towards sales and rankings prior to launch. So there goes your big launch day effect, smoothing out any sales and ranking boost you might have got.

I'll see how it pans out before rushing into this, methinks.
Actually, in my opinion this will be of enormous benefit because it will enhance a "slow launch" by automating certain tasks. David Gaughran advocates the slow launch tactic, rather than hitting it with everything you've got on day one (which can result in a rapid slide back down the charts). I tried it out for my last book launch and it seemed to work quite well.

I followed DG's idea for my last launch - and it bombed! Maybe it's because I don't have a big enough mailing list' or enough FB likes (they're almost all the same people, anyway) to make the soft launch tactic effective, but I shan't try that again in a hurry.

Besides if I tell my reader's they can pre-order, but still have to wait, there'd be uproar, I reckon. I'll sound them out on FB and see what they think. Frankly I'm too impatient to sit on a read-to-go book for 10 days, especially as I can't make any changes in that time. And if I spend that time shouting that the book is coming, I am seriously going to p*ss off readers.
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15 Aug 2014, 02:26 PM | Post: #15

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RE: Pre-ordering is here!

(15 Aug 2014 02:14 PM)lyndawrites Wrote: Wrote:  I followed DG's idea for my last launch - and it bombed!  Maybe it's because I don't have a big enough mailing list' or enough FB likes (they're almost all the same people, anyway) to make the soft launch tactic effective, but I shan't try that again in a hurry.

Besides if I tell my reader's they can pre-order, but still have to wait, there'd be uproar, I reckon. I'll sound them out on FB and see what they think. Frankly I'm too impatient to sit on a read-to-go book for 10 days, especially as I can't make any changes in that time. And if I spend that time shouting that the book is coming, I am seriously going to p*ss off readers.
Curious! My mailing list isn't huge either, and I only have a couple of hundred likes on Facebook (hardly enough to make any difference). I suppose timing and luck must play a big part.
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15 Aug 2014, 02:37 PM | Post: #16

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RE: Pre-ordering is here!

Hm. First I saw it as something really promising - especially as it seems as if we don't have to go exclusive.
After reading Lynda's comments I'm not so sure. Well, I can test it with a short story before I publish my next novel.
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08 Sep 2014, 04:39 AM | Post: #17

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RE: Pre-ordering is here!

Setting up a pre-order means we have a hard and fast deadline to meet. That will be a good incentive for some, not so good for others. If the deadline is not met, you will lose the ability to submit pre-orders for 12 months.
One thing to watch out for (since it's not laid out clearly in the TOS) is that if you go in and make changes after submitting the 'final' version 10 days before the book goes live, that will be considered a violation and you will lose pre-order privileges for the next 12 months. So make sure you don't make any more changes after the 10 day deadline. I believe you can make changes in a certain number of days (4?) after the book goes live.

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RE: Pre-ordering is here!

(08 Sep 2014 04:39 AM)Philip Gibson Wrote: Wrote:  Setting up a pre-order means we have a hard and fast deadline to meet. That will be a good incentive for some, not so good for others. If the deadline is not met, you will lose the ability to submit pre-orders for 12 months.
One thing to watch out for (since it's not laid out clearly in the TOS) is that if you go in and make changes after submitting the 'final' version 10 days before the book goes live, that will be considered a violation and you will lose pre-order privileges for the next 12 months. So make sure you don't make any more changes after the 10 day deadline. I believe you can make changes in a certain number of days (4?) after the book goes live.

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I've just used the pre-order for my new release and I made amendment just a few days before going live as we found a couple of things that needed fixed. I have gone in to add a new title and it's still showing me the option for pre-order so it seems they haven't banned me for 12 months.
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