Monday, June 24, 2019

Book Isn't Selling? Here Are Some Ideas

"While there are countless sources of advice and marketing tricks on how to sell ebooks and books online on Amazon, the most important factors of all are to have a good product and to attract positive attention to your books. 
If you have published more than a couple of titles, perhaps it has been some time since you analysed what you are really doing to attract attention."
I do have to note that the advice to post on Google + is old - Google + is sadly no more. 

I did recover and change the description to my book (Deliveryman: Palm Springs), and though I think both of those areas are much improved, it hasn't resulted in any movement. I haven't advertised it though, so the experiment continues. 

Monday, June 17, 2019

Ebook Pirates: Using Ebooks to Spread Malware and Get Personal Info!


“The reason is simple. Spammers and scammers have seized upon ebook piracy as means not to offer illegal downloads, but to gum up the search engines with spammy links that, at best, trick people in viewing a lot of pointless ads and, at worst, try to scam users out of their personal information.”
You may find your ebook for sale on some other, oddball, site. It's happened to at least one of my clients. However, that site may just be fishing (or phishing) for personal information, or to try and get someone to click so the site can then download malware. They don't really have your book - it's just used as bait. 

People sometimes suck. 

Monday, June 10, 2019

My Days as a Book Formatter are Numbered!

I received an email recently announcing that Kindle Create will soon be able to format paperbacks as well as Kindle books. The Kindle conversion process is incredibly easy as long as you have the Word document formatted correctly (and that is also very, very easy to accomplish by following some very simple rules). I haven't downloaded the new Kindle Create yet, but I suspect it will also be easy. Anything I do, formatting-wise, can and will be automated. It's only a matter of time.
“You can use Kindle Create to prepare an eBook and paperback with the same manuscript file. If you prepare your paperback with Kindle Create, you can publish it in any trim size. Kindle Create also takes care of complicated paperback formatting tasks for you. When you upload your file to KDP, margins are automatically calculated, and page numbers are added to your paperback's table of contents page and footers. Your first chapter will start on a right-facing page, with subsequent chapters starting on the next available page.”
Read about the new Kindle Create - coming soon!


Monday, June 3, 2019

Authors: You Need an Author Page on Amazon & Goodreads!

I recommend all authors, indie published or traditionally published, have a nice Amazon (and Goodreads) author page.
“Books published by traditional publishing houses always have enhanced Amazon Central book sales pages. The same tools are available for self-published authors, and they are very easy to use. 
It doesn’t take long to make your sales pages far more appealing. The publishing industry and selling books is tough, so every little lever you can pull will help you. 
There is one last bonus to having an Author Central account. 
You will have access to much better sales info data including NPD Bookscan, Sales rank by title and version and your overall Author ranking. 
So, what are you waiting for? Use Author Central and all of its tools to help you reach more readers and sell more books.”
Read the entire article.

Beautiful Fall Day

It's a beautiful fall day here in Illinois. Seen on the Fox River Trail