Topic: Amazon

Authoring, Writing and Book Publishing Tips

Authoring, Writing and Book Publishing Tips

 

 
Here are 4 essential tips for authors and Amazon:
1.    You need more than 84 book reviews (this is down from 101 … so good needs—still a book load to gather) before Amazon will recommend your book to other visitors in the section that says, “People who bought this also bought…” GO get them … ask and re-ask … it’s what you have to do
2.    Book buyers will immediately start the judging of your book by the cover. …

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Book Review Secrets — What to Do and Not to Do in Getting Them Today

Book Review Secrets — What to Do and Not to Do in Getting Them Today

In the U.S., over 70% of books are sold through the Amazon channels. Book reviews are considered “essential” to have, yet Amazon has taken an aggressive posture in removing many that are posted: many from legitimate book buyers/owners and some from phony “reviewers”.

What happens when a posted book review has been zapped by the Amazon bots (or many); is there a path to getting reviews that stick; are perplexed about which type of reviews to seek …

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Have You Matched UP Yet with Amazon?

Have You Matched UP Yet with Amazon?

Have You Matched UP Yet? Last month, it was the Happy Birthday month for Amazon’s creation of the Kindle / Book Matchbook program. On yesterday’s Author Mentoring Mondays, we had quite a discussion on the how-tos and why authors should take advantage of the free participation.

 

Let’s recap what the program does for you and your book …
Two years ago, Amazon quietly launched the Matchbook program. Designed to push print books … the bonus is that a …

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Self-Published Authors Beware: Will Your Book Be Hit with an Amazon Slapdown?

Self-Published Authors Beware: Will Your Book Be Hit with an Amazon Slapdown?

Oh-Oh … Avoid the Amazon Warning and Possible Slap Down for a Crappy Book
Amazon has been the self and indie publisher’s best friend. If you’ve got a book, Amazon will be a primary portal to sell it. Amazon also sells 70 percent of eBooks. Because of the ease of getting on Amazon, there are plenty of crappy books available. In January of 2016, Amazon announced that it will slap Warning labels on poorly edited books …

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Author Alert: Kindle Unlimited Is … Disappointedly Limited

Author Alert: Kindle Unlimited Is … Disappointedly Limited

e Book News alert: Kindle Unlimited adoption continued to grow last month, but unfortunately it grew faster than Amazon’s willingness to fund it.

Last month, Amazon released the latest statistics on KDP Select, the program used to fund indie author and publisher participation in Kindle Unlimited. You may recall all the hype around the launch of Kindle Unlimited in July of 2014–that it would be like a revenue stream a la Netflix. There were plenty …

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Authoring, Writing and Book Publishing Tips for March 13, 2015

Authoring, Writing and Book Publishing Tips for March 13, 2015

 It’s always smart to see what Amazon is up to …
 
 Have you MatchBooked yet?A terrific boost for printed books, it combines print and eBook sales–buy the print book at whatever Amazon has the book at PLUS get the eBook from FREE to $2.99 …you decide the price. All you need to do is click on the box within your eBook account with Amazon and get on board … and start a marketing campaign shouting it …

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Top Ten Twitter Tweets of July 24

Top Ten Twitter Tweets of July 24

It’s Thursday at …

Wow… looking forward to the member and family BBQ this weekend… it’s a freebie! If you are in CO, make sure you come! We are debuting the twice monthly FREE webinar series for members only next month…watch for the entire schedule to be posted on the website through December soon. 
Today
Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing will focus on a variety of common hiccups that new authors get into. Her guest is …

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Move Over Netflix … Here Comes Bookflix

Move Over Netflix … Here Comes Bookflix

The Buzz Arrives … Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited Lands!
Amazon has a new offering … the dust hasn’t settled but the buzz is flowing. You have heard of Netflix. This is Bookflix.

 
If you at think about using this program, here’s a HUGE caution: 
Indies would do well to avoid Kindle Unlimited for one simple reason:  it requires KDP Select exclusivity. For me, doing an exclusive means that there has to be a tremendous bonus, usually financial with it.  Smashwords’ CEO Mark Coker …

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Cliques Aren’t Us … Author U Expands Its Community

Cliques Aren’t Us … Author U Expands Its Community

 There are a variety of definitions of “community” including:
A group of people with common interests, likeness, shared ideas and activities.

Author U fills them all—we are authors; we are alike (and yet very different in our topics, methodologies and strategies); we share ideas and activities.   
The author’s voice—your voice—is amazing … reaching every corner of every community. To expand our community, Author U has surfaced on LinkedIn this past week. The community has expanded …

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#Amazon Takes the Machete to #BookReviews Again

#Amazon Takes the Machete to #BookReviews Again

Help … my Book Review has fallen and it can’t get up!

A recent phone conversation from an author revealed that several of her 5 star reviews were given the ax via Amazon. All were legit; all had read the book to her knowledge … I know that I had and I went into some detail with my review.
Two years ago, there was grumbling in the author community that book reviews  on Amazon were mysteriously going astray. A …

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