Are You Using AMS? Here’s How To Respond To Clicking Disasters

Another post from Nicholas Rossis. He informs us about using AMS and how to respond to clicking disasters. Thank you Nicholas!

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Fake Books | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksI hope you will never have any use for today’s post, but it could be a lifesaver if you are hit by the so-called “clicking disaster.” If you’re using Amazon Marketing Services (AMS), you will have noticed that the reporting system is somewhat… unreliable. However, there are times when the AMS reporting goes completely bonkers. This has been reported by a number of authors who use AMS, and who notice huge spikes (up to 1,000%) in their campaign clicks.

Now, you may think that this is a good thing. And it would be if there was a corresponding increase in sales. Alas, that is not the case: clicking disasters mean that the AMS reporting vastly overrepresents clicks, but the actual sales (as reported by KDP) are not affected by this.

Why Is This Bad?

Well, there are two reasons why this should worry you. First, since you pay for…

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Smorgasbord Christmas Posts from Your Archives – Share your Christmas Past

Let’s Christmas party folks! Sally Cronin needs your ‘old’ Christmas posts.

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Time to get the party started. I have already received some terrific Christmas posts including The Twelve Days of Christmas from Thom Hickey and some short stories and recipes.

I would like you to look back to your December posts for the years you have been blogging and find one or two posts that you can share with a new audience.. mine…. Apart from being shared here and on my social media it is an opportunity to promote your books, art, photography, poetry and your blog with all the links included to enable people to buy your work and come over and enjoy your current posts.  All the posts will be copyrighted to you.

The posts should be at least a year old. Here are some of the content I am looking for – just a note on photographs it saves me time if there are not too many.. so…

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15 Things You’ll Understand If You Love Reading in Bed

‘Capital Nerd’ provides us with 15 things we’ll understand if we love reading in bed. Thanks for this. 😀

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When we say there’s no place like home, what we really mean is there’s no place to read like your bed. Whether it’s a lazy weekend or a late night turning pages, the coziest place to read is underneath the covers. Check out these hilarious images you’ll understand if your bed is your ideal reading spot.

  

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The Origins Of English

Nicholas C. Rossis published a phenomenal article about the origins of English. Thanks so much, Nicholas. This is exciting!

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TED-Ed Original lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. Educator Claire Bowern and Director Patrick Smith have produced a great little film that explains the origins of English. As they explain, when we talk about ‘English’, we often think of it as a single language. But what do the dialects spoken in dozens of countries around the world have in common with each other, or with the writings of Chaucer? The Origins Of English traces the language from the present day back to its ancient roots, showing how English has evolved through generations of speakers.

Going Further Back

However, illustrator Minna Sundberg went even further back. She has captured in an elegant infographic a linguistic tree which reveals some fascinating links between different tongues, illustrating how most of the different languages we speak today can actually be placed in only a couple of groups by their…

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Different Types of Closure

Charles Yallowitz provides us with a post on his blog “Legends of Windermere”, describing different types of closure. I love the article. Thank you, Charles.

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I’ve said in previous posts that one of the most important parts of concluding a series is creating closure. You need to bring things to an end, which isn’t as easy as some people think.  In fact, one of the reasons it can be so tough is because you have a variety of closure types to choose from.  It depends a lot on what you’re going for, but even planning doesn’t alleviate all the pressure.  So, what are the types?

  1. Classic Good Ending– All of the good guys get what they wanted and all of the bad guys got what they deserved.  It’s the oldest type of closure in the book.  Nothing messy and no risk of people feeling it’s a downer.  Though, you might get called out for being weak and unoriginal.
  2. Classic Bad Ending– I’m not sure how long it took for someone…

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Wounded: Why Pain & Wounds are Vital for Fiction – by Kristen Lamb

Kirsten Lamb informs us about why pain and wounds are vital for fiction. Thank you very much for another educational blog post! You’re great!


 

Ah, the masks we wear. We all have them because it’s impossible to be fully human and devoid of cracks. We are all wounded. Yet, therein lies the conundrum for those who long to become writers. We’re all cracked, damaged, dinged yet simultaneously bombarded by countless conflicting messages.

Media, culture, family, society are like a gaggle of cocaine-fueled stepmothers relentlessly determined to make us ‘perfect,’ only then to turn around and zing us for being ‘superficial’ and ‘fake.’

It’s okay to cry, darling. Just next time wear the waterproof mascara. You’re a mess.

Many of us are the walking wounded, encouraged to embrace our flaws, experience all our emotions…but then cover them up because no one wants to see that. Jeez!

This ‘logic’ is absurd enough in life, but for authors we must choose the painful path if we hope to write the great stories, the ones that change people and endure. Perfect, flawless, normal and well-adjusted spell death for fiction. Superb stories provide a safe place for readers to ‘feel and heal’ and our job is to deliver that .

Yet, this comes at a price. I know! Always a catch.

 

To read the entire article click this link:

http://authorkristenlamb.com/2017/11/woundedpeople/

 

 

Is it time to turn off comments on your blog?

Hugh wrote an amazing article about blog posts and turning off comments. Would you do this, bloggers? Isn’t it a blessing to reply to comments? Read what Hugh has to say! Thanks for a great post, Hugh!

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I’ve always believed that leaving and responding to comments on a blog is one of the actions at the very heart of what blogging is all about. Imagine my surprise when I then read that some bloggers are turning off comments being left on their blogs for good.

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If you’re lucky enough to get lots of comments left on your blog, then responding to them can become overwhelming. In the almost four years I’ve been blogging, I’ve approved and responded to nearly 30,000 comments, and it can sometimes take me a whole morning responding. However, I’ve always had the attitude that if somebody has taken the time to read and leave a comment on one of my posts, then it’s only right and polite that I acknowledge them and write a response.

‘Treat every visitor to your blog, as you would any guest to your house.”

Those were the words I…

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