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Old 05-12-2012, 12:56 PM   #181
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Vydorscope, to be perfectly honest, I never read the rules.

But you aroused my curiosity and so I did just now. I don't think I'm in violation because my posts are just my content. They seek to entertain or inform. They are not solicitations to buy anything. I think in social media, being too much about yourself is just frowned upon, not verboten. Anyways, I'll post the link to the rules here for everyone to read and interpret.

http://www.stumbleupon.com/community-rules/
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:09 PM   #182
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All writing is subjective. But what does the word "subjective" mean? To me it means that the interpretation of the message is dependent on the context. Or, for all you NLP nerds, the reference frame.

Social proof from social media in the form of 'tweet, facebook, follower, like' counters form a positive reference frame in an over-saturated fiction market.

This is partly why I said earlier in this forum that I think indie publishing should be done in "layers". You publish your stuff for a while, then you try to drum up some "social proof". Then you write some more. Then you try to develop some more "social proof".

And, the cool thing about layers is that as you move up through those layers, the nature of the game being played changes. i.e. a Twitter user with 40 followers doesn't have the same experience as one with 4000. Life isn't fair. But once this fact is accepted, it can be used advantageously.
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Who do I have to f@&# to get 40 followers on Twitter? Just askin'. Actually, I'd probably be a lot happier doing that than writing and using Twitter to sell the books...
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:16 PM   #184
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I was hoping getting one of my books banned by Barnes & Noble would sell a few extra copies, but it sort of got lost in all the fuss over the zombie publisher guy.
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:28 PM   #185
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I was hoping getting one of my books banned by Barnes & Noble would sell a few extra copies, but it sort of got lost in all the fuss over the zombie publisher guy.
Care to explain why you got banned?
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:34 PM   #186
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They said inappropriate content.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:44 PM   #187
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Who do I have to f@&# to get 40 followers on Twitter? Just askin'. Actually, I'd probably be a lot happier doing that than writing and using Twitter to sell the books...
Thought about getting some QR code business cards made? The name of the book and QR code on the front, short blurb on the back?
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:57 PM   #188
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They said inappropriate content.
Think I'll have to try some of your stuff . Was it just the one story, or everything?
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Old 05-18-2012, 07:24 AM   #189
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Think I'll have to try some of your stuff . Was it just the one story, or everything?
Just the one story (ACAB) and the short story collection it was in. But those were my gateway drugs for everything else.
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Thought about getting some QR code business cards made? The name of the book and QR code on the front, short blurb on the back?
Yes (though I might have a time picking which books to put on the card), but I'm not doing that unless I know of a place where I can drop them off AND be assured that the crowd is truly interested. Otherwise, I've just committed second-hand littering, like the promo cards I see on the sidewalks all over town (I don't know about you, but I HATE when people indiscriminately stick cards and menus on my car when it's parked in a lot... they get left behind). Maybe the next SF convention.
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Yes (though I might have a time picking which books to put on the card), but I'm not doing that unless I know of a place where I can drop them off AND be assured that the crowd is truly interested. Otherwise, I've just committed second-hand littering, like the promo cards I see on the sidewalks all over town (I don't know about you, but I HATE when people indiscriminately stick cards and menus on my car when it's parked in a lot... they get left behind). Maybe the next SF convention.
Yes, that makes me crazy when they litter the parking lots like that!

I think the convention promotion thing is a great idea Steve.
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Yes, that makes me crazy when they litter the parking lots like that!

I think the convention promotion thing is a great idea Steve.
Well, it's about the only thing I've got left. But so much depends on creating a card people will pull out of their goodie bags (or off the promo tables), stop and read, and click through. That can be tough, people are so hardened against advertising of any kind.
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The additional thing would be to get on panels at the convention .. try to arrange a signing if that's a possibility... etc. any way to get the word out.
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The additional thing would be to get on panels at the convention .. try to arrange a signing if that's a possibility... etc. any way to get the word out.
That's the thing: I rarely have the opportunity to go to conventions (drat those day jobs!), so I can only arrange to have something added to people's goodie bags or freebie tables. Besides, I've already glommed onto the fact that no one wants to hear me talk!
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I'm curious; Have any of you seen an increase in sales of your stand alone ebooks, after you've published a series?
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