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Are You Using Video To Promote Your Writing?

June 29, 2015
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You know you need to. You might even want to. But are your using video to promote your writing? You may think that videos require a lot of knowledge, equipment, and talent. Or maybe you just don’t want to appear on camera. I understand that. Once I felt that way too. So…I’ve decided to offer […]

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Focus, Focus, Focus — Especially With Mercury In Retrograde

January 23, 2015
Focus, Focus, Focus — Especially With Mercury In Retrograde

Did you know that Mercury is currently in retrograde? You might not care right now, but you may notice that things go more wrong than usual, especially communications, electronics, and travel. Now, even more than usual, it’s important to maintain your focus. Even if you don’t believe in astrology, I hope you believe in astronomy. […]

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More Authors Upset With Amazon Kindle Unlimited

December 28, 2014
More Authors Upset With Amazon Kindle Unlimited

    Now that we have a few months of payouts behind us in the Amazon Kindle Unlimited program, some authors aren’t as happy as they thought they would be. The payouts have been lower than folks were thinking. (Remember when I warned you about this?) Some of the popular authors are pulling out of […]

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What Caused The Amazon Earnings Share Loss?

October 26, 2014
What Caused The Amazon Earnings Share Loss?

Every Indie author recognizes Amazon as the 800 pound gorilla in the book distribution/sales industry. Even the analysts didn’t expect the large Amazon earnings share loss announced this week. On Thursday, October 23, 2014, Amazon announced a 95 cents a share earnings loss. This has caused the stock price to drop 13% because of these […]

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Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited: What This Means For Authors

July 22, 2014
Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited: What This Means For Authors

A lot of authors are wondering just what Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited means for them and their books. If you have books up on Kindle, you are probably wondering the same thing. Leeza Robertson and I got together and did a Google Hangout where we talked about the new program, the facts, the speculation, and […]

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Common Ground In The Latest Discussion In The Publishing Community

February 25, 2014
Common Ground In The Latest Discussion In The Publishing Community

The authors earning report published by Hugh Howley sparked plenty of discussion in the publishing community with his author earnings report. There are plenty of areas of disagreement. Of course there always will be between the proponents of self-publishing and the traditional publishing advocates. Jack Perry of Digital Book World has found some common ground […]

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Have You Seen The Author Earnings Report

February 25, 2014
Have You Seen The Author Earnings Report

It’s no secret that the publishing world is changing. It’s also no secret that the traditional publishers have always kept book earnings a closely guarded secret. Even to find the earnings of your own books, you’d have to take study the complicated royalty statements. If something didn’t look right, you’d have to finance your own […]

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Using FreeBookService.com Can Get Your KDP Account Banned!

February 22, 2014
Using FreeBookService.com Can Get Your KDP Account Banned!

Warning: If you are using FreeBookService.com, you can get your KDP account banned. Amazon does not approve of the techniques the Free Book site uses to get downloads. If you’ve used the site in the past, you will probably receive a warning letter from Amazon. They are more concerned with folks who continue to use […]

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Is Amazon The Best Place To Sell Books?

October 10, 2013
Is Amazon The Best Place To Sell Books?

Most authors believe that Amazon is the best place to sell books. Is that really true? Until now the only information authors have had about the percent of marketshare of ebook sales by the book distribution channels have come from those channels themselves. It’s important for self-publishing authors to know actual sales percentages and not […]

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Lulu Discontinues Support For DRM (Digital Rights Management)

February 4, 2013
Lulu Discontinues Support For DRM (Digital Rights Management)

Lulu has long been a favorite publishing company for self-publishing authors. One of the problems with using that company has been their insistence on using DRM.  Authors will be applauding this month’s announcement that Lulu discontinues support for DRM (Digital Rights Management). A notice on the website states… For readers who download eBooks directly from […]

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