Want to know what it’s like to get a contract from Kindle Scott? Author T. L. Zalecki gives us an insight into the process in inner workings of her journey to being published in Kindle Scout Success: An Aspiring Author’s Journey.
“Being on Kindle Scout is an exciting but actually quite harrowing ride,” says T.L. Zalecki.
We can read a lot from the publishers angle, but to get the view from the authors desk is a refreshingly different perspective. It is particularly interesting to read about the marketing that she undertook, including the utilization of Social Media resources.
Should you join an Authors Forum? In this article by Kristen Houghton the author suggests that it’s a good idea to, if you do so with the correct expectations. She says:
There’s an old joke about a man trying to sell an air conditioner at an air conditioner sales convention. Concerning this experience he had some clear-cut advice for prospective salespeople. This advice was summed up in two words: DON’T TRY!
Don’t join a forum expecting this to increase your sales. Indeed, to join just to try to sell will get you at best ignored, at worst ostracized. The best … Read the rest ...
This morning I got an email:
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I’ve recently been looking at Kindle Scout, which might be looked on as Amazon’s venture into the more traditional world of publishing. Kindle Scout is promoted as a reader-powered publishing for currently unpublished books. Readers help decide if your book gets published, and if they are selected, the book will receive a 5-year renewable contract, a $1,500 advance and a 50% eBook royalty rate.
So is it all good news? A recent article from Shayla Eaton discusses Kindle Scout, and the big issue that she sees problem with it. The problem identified can be summed up in one word – editing. Amazon … Read the rest ...
Indie Author Liz Long has recently published an interesting blog post called Why I’m Mad About Self-Publishing Stigma
In this article she point out that jest because she is self-published says nothing about her talent, “all” it does is show how she chooses to get her books to the world. As she says:
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It irks me because they make me feel like I’m not good enough. That I’ll always be “not good enough.” That we aren’t “real writers.” It’s why it took me years to finally tell people about my books and still get shy about it even today
Many new authors want to write a book because they think it’ll make them a lot of money. But this is fleeting. Being an author, whether you self publish or work with a traditional publisher, is extremely hard work.
In the 1920s, S.S. Van Dine put forth 20 rules about detective stories. He said no love interests, no supernatural elements and no crazy twists. Do his rules hold up?
The short article below discusses the impact a self-published book on credibility.
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Sometimes less is more. Which do you prefer, and which version tells us everything more effectively?
“That morning, Andy got up, and wondered what to wear. He flicked through some options before deciding on the Versace, the one he’d had tailored just for him when he went to Venice that spring, and then went downstairs to fix himself a latte. He preferred non-fat milk, which he took out the fridge and put in a pan to boil before extracting a mug from the shelf and adding coffee and then the milk, stirring it with a spoon before sitting down to
Amazon has announced that their Kindle Unlimited payment arrangements will be changing from next month. In future, rather than a simple per book borrowed amount, they will pay per page read. Their announcement give us the following examples:
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Here are some examples of how it would work if the fund was $10M and 100,000,000 total pages were read in the month:
- The author of a 100 page book that was borrowed and read completely 100 times would earn $1,000 ($10 million multiplied by 10,000 pages for this author divided by 100,000,000 total pages).
- The author of a 200 page book that