Topic: Amazon

So What Do You Think About Amazon’s Kindle Lending Program By Carolyn Howard-Johnson

So What Do You Think About Amazon’s Kindle Lending Program By Carolyn Howard-Johnson

I often use a “Q&A a la Ann Landers” format as part of my SharingwithWriters newsletter. I became a regular reader of her columns when I started my first job in journalism and part of my duties were to make her column fit the “society page” layout. In other words, edit it to fit. Gasp! I cringed every time I had to delete a word, but I learned much from her—about life and about editing! …

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Authoring, Writing and Book Publishing Tips: Amazon Order Tips

Authoring, Writing and Book Publishing Tips: Amazon Order Tips

 Amazon Customer Care Tip: the phone # to call is 866-216-1072. It will direct you to an overseas contact. When I called for help on something for my Unplugged event, I hit two obstacles: 1-she was hard to understand with her accent; 2-there was so much background, it was difficult to hear anything. What to do? Just say you want a U.S. representative. You will be immediately routed back to the U.S. … clarity and …

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Book Cover RE-DESIGN BOOSTS SALES 1200%!

Book Cover RE-DESIGN BOOSTS SALES 1200%!

Lorilyn Roberts came to me with a book cover re-design project and her current book cover was not all that bad. I think I mentioned that the font was kind of “masculine” (Meaning boxy and dated) and she mentioned that the girl on the front needed some hair AND some CLOTHING so she didn’t look naked.
I didn’t find much magic in the image but there was still something about what WAS there that created interest so …

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Special Amazon Alert for All Authors and Publishers

Special Amazon Alert for All Authors and Publishers

Heads up authors … when you sell your book as the author/publisher, you may no longer be at the top of the list of buy choices!

AuthorU.org is one of the Affiliates of the Independent Book Publishers Association.  Below is an announcement that popped this week that is directed from it … all authors that have books on Amazon for sale should take note.
If you are with IngramSpark, Create Space or any other POD service, this WILL …

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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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