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 …
Let’s face it, most authors scratch their heads when it comes to figuring out where they should be in the Amazon machine. Oh, they have a general idea … but how in the heck does one drill down into some of the odd-ball categories so frankly, they can own it. With the millions (yes millions) of books in the “e” world popping annual, claiming the top spot(s) in categories can push book sales. Doing …
This is hot and it puts Indie Authors in the catbird seat … Amazon came up with a program last month that pushes print books … the bonus is that your get the eBook at a deep discount.
Matchbook bundles the print book with the ebook. The customer they get a deeply discounted or free Kindle version of the same book. It’s similar to what Amazon’s audiobook program.
Traditional publishers are doing something that sounds like, but …
Did you know that it’s Share a Sunset with Your Lover Month? … how fabulous is that!
… definitely don’t forget to attend the Author U-Tattered Cover event on Monday evening, July 23rd … http://authoru.org/tattered-cover.html
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Your Book Success Is Up to You … and ONLY You!
This week, I send three emails to three separate authors that I had shephered and agreed to co-publish their books about the lack of sales. Publishers don’t love the term, “lack of sales.” None of these authors should have got the “Wake up and smell the book roses … possible death toll bell” from me.
I hated writing them … I hated sending them.
And, I had …
Book Publishing Savvy Today:
Do You Know Where Your Book Sales Come From?
Do You Know Where Your Clients Come From?
Do You Know Where Your ____ Comes From?
Having a marketing and sales background, it was drilled in that I had to follow my leads, track my leads and know where my business came from. Maybe. Maybe not … at least today. The Internet has changed a lot of the rules of yesterday … yesteryear. It’s …
You’ve got to be strategic in how you market yourself and your books. Book selling is way beyond the bookstore—in fact, bookstores are minor players for many authors. It makes sense to be on Facebook (continues to grow–and change–by leaps and bounds), LinkedIn (business connecting); and Google+ (savvier than Facebook–watch it really take off next year); to send out tweets on Twitter (if you have different hats of expertise, more than one Twitter account makes …
Everyone is a Publishing Consultant/Professional … really?
Years ago, I was a financial planner … before financial planning was a profession. Starting as stock broker with EF Hutton, I learned that savvy investors did something besides buy and sell stocks and bonds. An early bird in the CFP arena (Certified Financial Planner), I eventually left Hutton to start my own company, where I specialized in overall financial planning. Then a national study was done on up-and-coming …
eMarketing is everywhere. For authors, it should start with the signature in each email. What’s in yours?
Start with using upper and lower case letters in your email and website addresses. Email and website addresses rarely are just one word wonders, especially when it comes to book titles. Help your reader to visually get cues to your name and title. Sue@IveWrittenTheMostFantasticBookInTheWorldAndYouBetterBelieveIt.com is a heck of a lot easier to read than firstname.lastname@example.org.
The typical, www.thenameofmybookisfantastic.com is too hard for …