UPDATE - FEB 5, 2012 We've received an email from an author who received an email directly from Amazon mentioning that it is okay to put up an excerpt of your book. Specifically, the email says, "You may offer a sample, excerpt or teaser of your KDP Select-enrolled book on your website, as long as it doesn't include a substantial portion of your book's content. Up to about 10% of the book's content is a reasonable amount." Continue reading for a full analysis of the issue. What is KDP Select? KDP Read more [...]
Archive for: January 2012
Guest Expert: Laurel Marshfield eBook Writer In the mid-1960s, the Beatles recorded “Paperback Writer,” a song that could be said to mirror the controlled frenzy currently surrounding eBooks. Why so? With its good-natured satire, the song lends a soundtrack to the hopes that many authors have for this new publishing medium. And if the Beatles had written their hit tune today, surely they would have titled it “eBook Writer.” While the Fab Four here underscore the uncertainty Read more [...]
An author recently asked the following question on the BookBuzzr Pro Authors Forum: What kind of impact does the number of Facebook fans have on your book sales? To answer this question let's do a thought experiment: Consider two authors of the same genre, both of whom are equally unknown to you. Let's call the authors Joe and Jill. Joe has 24 fans on his Facebook fan page. Jill has 2000 fans. Assuming you've got just 5 minutes to investigate one of these authors' books, whose book are Read more [...]
Conducting a Virtual Book Tour for Your eBook: The Secret for Getting your eBook Seen by Thousands of New Readers!
Guest Expert: D’vorah Lansky, M.Ed. and Author of Book Marketing Made Easy: Simple Strategies for Selling Your Nonfiction Book Online. You may be familiar with the concept of a traditional book tour. This is where the author travels from city to city, or state to state, signing books and doing book talks. This can be costly, time intensive, and exhausting. Additionally, there is no guarantee that people will actually show up, even for the most famous of authors. Imagine being able to multiply Read more [...]
Guest Expert: Michelle Hughes As an exclusive Amazon user I was very interested in the debut kdp Select program that was unveiled this month. This program boasted of allowing authors the opportunity to distribute books through the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, earn royalties from a new source, promote their books for free, and get instant feedback on how well the book was doing through the program. For those of you not familiar with the kindle owners' lending library, it's a collection of Read more [...]
Guest Expert: Aggie Villanueva Are We Unintentionally in Violation? Are Amazon book and review deletions actually inexplicable? I’ve been following the controversy about Amazon deleting thousands of book reviews, even authors’ entire books, with no explanation to them other than that they are in violation of Amazon rules. See Reviews Accidentally Deleted by Amazon or Cover-ups and Denials? for info, links and comments from a multitude of authors starting last March, 2011. Are Read more [...]