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How Authors Can Survive Among the Glut of Ebooks

Mark Coker of Smashwords gives us some grim statistics, but also shares some very concrete ways to keep on keepin’ on.

I agree – looking at the long haul is the way to go. I first published in 2008 and I still get sales from that first book. For me, it’s never been about the big launch with big first sales – though there is some of that, of course. It has been more about staying the course, keeping up with my writing and publishing, picking and choosing my marketing strategies and learning new things with each new book I publish (Just published book #6 – Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up). I don’t exclusively write and publish – I do have a day job (that I love, by the way, because it’s helping others publish!), but I am not tossing in the towel because there are a lot of others writing and publishing these days. In fact, I encourage people to write and publish (through the writing and publishing workshops I do for libraries and school children). I think there is room for everyone!

Thanks for the insights, Mark!

Nice illustrations Elizabeth!

Smashwords.

Publishing a Paperback with IngramSpark

Abigail Carter – of Writer.ly – has shared some very helpful information for publishing with IngramSpark/LighteningSource.

I have published through createspace/Amazon, have had my books published with a brick and mortar printer in my area and plan on using Ingram/LighteningSource (same company) to get on their distribution list. I wonder if she started with Lightening Sources if it would have been any easier. I think I remember reading that somewhere but I’m not sure about that.

Abigail shares some insights that will make the process easier. Ingram has a long way to go to make the process as easy as Amazon does.

When I try it and if I find out any other helpful tips, I’ll let you-all know!

Publishing a Paperback with IngramSpark – Writer.ly Community.

Is Kindle Unlimited Bad for Authors?

Have you heard about this new offering from Amazon. I have to agree with Mark here and just like KDP Select limits Indies options, so does this program. I like that KDP Select lets you opt out after a certain amount of time. I used it for one of my ebooks and opted out when I allowed to by the program. I think most authors do this. I don’t want to sell my book exclusively to anyone.

I have not gone into the details of this subscription service, but since it requires you to be in KDP Select to be a part of it, I’d read the fine print before I jumped into that boat as an author. As a reader, I don’t read on my nook enough to subscribe to any ebook subscription service, but that’s just me.

Smashwords: Is Kindle Unlimited Bad for Authors?.

Are There Still Pros to Traditional Publishing?

from rahulbemba.blogspot.com

from rahulbemba.blogspot.com

For those who aren’t sure if they want to do self-publishing, Brook Warner of Shewrites gives us some reasons why you may want to go in that direction when thinking of publishing.

It’s really a matter of your goals, your time, and your money.

As I’ve said before, I encourage anyone who asks me about traditional publishing to do self-publishing while they are trying to pitch their story to an agent or publisher. It can only help if your story does well in the self-publishing realm, and the only thing you are going to do different when you self-publish (ebooks to start) is create a cover.

Either option will cause you hire an editor (and if you are serious about making your book a commercial success, I’d encourage you to find a professional.)

And to put an ebook on say, Amazon or Smashwords, you can do that using a properly formatted word doc. Smashwords has a free guide to help you through that process, and if you want to hire someone to do that for you, it’s probably only $100+ or – depending on the size and complexity of your book design.

Are There Still Pros to Traditional Publishing? – She Writes.

Smashwords: Hit the Ebook Bestseller Lists with Preorders – A Guide to Preorder Strategy

If you are not planning on doing this for your next book launch, you need to add it to your do to list. It can be a wonderful way to push your book up in the sales list.

I am going to give it a go with my new book Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up, which I plan to release June 30th. I’ll let you know how it goes. Amazon (and Smashwords, strangely enough) doesn’t allow people to order ahead but I created a work around using a Smashwords coupon code. It will require me to keep a running list of Kindle book requests, but I’m not worried about that, since I’ll have the posts on my blog to help me keep the names.

Just an FYI. I asked Amazon about presale for print books. They do do that, but it has to be 6 month from when the book is available. I’m not sure what indie author has a cover set over 6 months before launch. Not me!

Smashwords: Hit the Ebook Bestseller Lists with Preorders – A Guide to Preorder Strategy.

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I have attached my presale page so you can see what I came up with for additions to the sale to my new book.

Cover by Earl Keleny and selfpubbookcovers.com

Cover by Earl Keleny and selfpubbookcovers.com

Have you every wondered who came up with the clever, handy, intelligent and fashionable Nancy Drew?

Well now you can find out by reading “Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up.”

It actually wasn’t one person who created Nancy, it was three, but there is some debate about even that.

 The ebook is on pre-SALE for $2.99 now through June 30th! Come July 1 it will sell for $4.99

Barnes and Noble         Apple ibookstore    (and soon to be on Kobo presale!)

Note for Kindle Users: Amazon doesn’t do presales for ebooks, so if you have a Kindle and want to take advantage of this sale, leave me a comment to that effect on this post and I’ll give you a code for a discounted ebook come July 1 with the same extras as below depending on when you post your message.

But more than that!

IF YOU BUY THE EBOOK IN
Week 1: between  June 1 – 7, and you sign up to get email notices from this blog
(or if you are already a fan of this blog and you tell me in a post that you referred a friend to this blog),
I will give you the paper version of the book for $10! (That’s 40% off the normal cover price of $16- shipping not included)

Week 2: between June 8th and 14th, if  you write a review for this book on your favor book site and you send me a link to your review,
I will give you  the paper version of the book for $10 and a free ebook of your choice! (That’s 40% off the normal cover price of $16- shipping not included)

Week 3: between June 15th and 21stand you like my book facebook page (www.facebook.com/ckbooks), I will give you any one of my other ebooks absolutely FREE!

Week 4: between June 22nd and June 30th,  if you tweet or share this book or this blog post on facebook, I will give you any one of my other ebooks absolutely FREE!

So tell your friends and pick up “Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up” and find the true story behind the Nancy that everyone knows and loves.

Barnes and Noble        Kobo      Apple ibookstore

(note: the Kobo link is not up as of today, but I’ll add it as soon as it becomes live!)

 

 

Amazon’s Hachette Dispute Foreshadows What’s Next for Indie Authors

If you haven’t read about the Amazon vs Hachette (a Book Publisher) dispute, you should take a look at the Mark Coker’s post below.

It seems to me that the agency model of publishing is on it’s way out, but only time will tell what will replace it. We (authors, indie-publishers) do work in a ever-changing field, and that’s going to be the status quo for some time, I’m sure of it.

Smashwords: Amazon’s Hachette Dispute Foreshadows What’s Next for Indie Authors.

What bookstores want….and why indie authors should learn to give it to them. Part II. |

from nonavarnado.com

from nonavarnado.com

This post by Randall Wood explains a lot when it comes to where to publish and why. And if he is correct ( haven’t read this any place else so I’m a wee-bit skeptical), he also explains why their additional distribution channels do little to actually sell more of your books. I don’t know where he got his figures from, but they are very interesting.

The only thing I would add is, I would print in one additional place – from a brick and mortar printer of your choice. Most do POD nowadays.

The reason?

Many Indie books stores do take self-published books (usually at a 40% discount) but since Createspace takes 50-55% anyway (I heard it was 50% if you published through createspace and 55% if you printed it yourself and you sell it on Amazon yourself), you’re way ahead in the profit category if the indie bookstore takes a book you had printed yourself.

What bookstores want….and why indie authors should learn to give it to them. Part II. |.

Types of Publishing – And you thought there were only two.

gutenbergpressHere is a post on Shewrites by Brooke Warner that lays out the various publishing options people have. I think it helps clear up some of the self-publishing confusion out there so I wanted to share it.

Keep in mind that places like createspace and ingram/lightening source are book printers (and distributors). You can also have a book printed at a brick and mortar printer near you. Most printers these days do print on demand (POD), meaning you can have one or one thousand books printed. The nice thing about brick and mortar printers is that the more you print (in one print run) the less it costs. I know for createspace, the printing cost is the same no matter how many books you have printed. I personally like to use brick and mortar printers because I like to see the books before they are sent out (to make sure the quality is what I want) and so I can sign the books and add a note asking for a review. I also like to work locally if I can – spread the love, so to speak. I may, as some point, also go with createspace but for now, I  put my books on Amazon myself.

Something to think about.

http://www.shewrites.com/profiles/blogs/new-era-of-publishing?inf_contact_key=66d8ad1f0f2711e2116bf3517d23010004ac39af63b49f6751a9963ae33914f6

Author Alert: Resolving the Amazon Keyword Issue | Author Marketing Experts, Inc.

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A very important message for those of you who have books on Amazon from Penny at amarketingexpert.com.

Author Alert: Resolving the Amazon Keyword Issue | Author Marketing Experts, Inc..