From small fries to world renown authors, pirating and plagiarism go hand in hand. Some "writers" take snippets and weave it into a story while others just straight up copy an entire book and claim they wrote it. Thousands of readers flock to pirating sites that remind us of Napster or LimeWire (for those too… Continue reading Pirating Sites—The Rampant Rash of Writers
Rapid release is the idea of releasing books in a series in a short time frame. It comes with a host of myths, pros and cons. What's the purpose? This capitalizes on readers attention spans and market trends. Don't think this works? Look at Netflix. They drop all the episodes of a season at one… Continue reading Rapid Release
ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) teams are some authors bread and butter. It helps expands word of mouth, gives loyal readers the chance to be part of the "me first" movement, and can stack your release week with reviews. Building a solid team can be hard: finding people, handling the files, making sure they adhere to… Continue reading ARC Team File Management
There are lots of ways to market books. Paid ads, newsletter swaps, social media blasts … the list is long. When I first started publishing, I didn’t understand the correlation between genre, ad, cover, blurb, and 10% preview. I thought it was all about the reviews. Most readers won’t know your name. What you want/think… Continue reading Refining Marketing
I think there's a misconception with Amazon and updating ebooks. Yes, it is rather easy to update the file through the KDP dashboard, but that doesn't send out a corrected version to the countless buyers who bought it until that newest version went "live." When you update an eBook on Amazon, only the buyers who… Continue reading Updating Your Files on Amazon
Whatever the path led you here, there's only 2 ways to get a book listed as free on Amazon. Your Book Is In Kindle Select (KU) If your story is in Kindle Unlimited, you'll have access to the Promote and Advertise option for the story. Click it and you'll see the time you have left… Continue reading Free On Amazon
We’ve seen posts like this circulating on Facebook and Twitter. Authors holding hard to the line that there is a magical number of reviews when Amazon does these magical things. “Also Bought” and “You Might Like” lists These aren’t determined by a magical review count. When your book has enough sales, Amazon’s AI determines, based… Continue reading Magical Number of Reviews
Book Bloggers can be your best friend or a headache that you tackle because you don’t know where else to turn for reviews. Some authors find the whole process intimidating and others find it a time-consuming sinkhole. Other authors find working with bloggers the magic that gains them new readers and valid/credible reviews. I hope… Continue reading Approaching Book Bloggers
If you've never worked in a bookstore or for a retailer and noticed what happens to magazines and books, then this might come as a shock. When they are "returned" to the publisher, the covers removed from the books/magazines and shipped in place of shipping the whole book. Stores don't do this for all books.… Continue reading Why Do Stores Tear Off Book Covers?
Kindle Select gets confused with the Kindle program. They are not mutually exclusive. Your book can be in the Kindle program but not be in Kindle Select. Until recently (Autumn 2018), to enroll the book into Kindle Select, you had a check box on the third page of the book set up. They have now… Continue reading Is Kindle Select Good For Me?