Kindle Direct Publishing: The KDP Select Program from Amazon

Kindle Direct Publishing: The KDP Select Program from Amazon

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…

Amazon Still Deleting Books and Reviews Inexplicably. Or is There an Explanation?

Amazon Still Deleting Books and Reviews Inexplicably. Or is There an Explanation?

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…

Resolutions: Tis the Season for Supporting the Industry

Expert: Carolyn Howard-Johnson Aha! It is resolution time! I’d love to give authors advice on setting goals for the New Year. Here’s the thing: I’ve done that and—in the doing of it—realize that no one author can help another set goals because each author and each title is so different.…

Got White Papers? ::  How Nonfiction Authors  Can Use “Nutritional Content”  to Attract a Zillion Readers — Give or Take

Got White Papers? :: How Nonfiction Authors Can Use “Nutritional Content” to Attract a Zillion Readers — Give or Take

Guest Expert: Laurel Marshfield The Da Vinci Code Model Around Christmastime, a number of years ago, I was browsing at a local Borders bookstore (now, sadly, extinct), looking for, among other things, thrillers by the mega-bestselling author, Dan Brown. A client of mine wanted to construct his thriller-in-progress in the…

New Year’s Resolutions for Marketing Your Book: Say Yes to New Things

Guest Expert: Phyllis Zimbler Miller Thanks to the Internet, the release date of our published or self-published books no longer matter as long as the books are available online. We can continue to market our books indefinitely. And this is a great time of year to look ahead and commit…

Have a Holly Jolly Promotion Season for Your Book

Or How to Jazz Up a Writing Career with Holiday Promotions Expert: Carolyn Howard-Johnson Have you heard of The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans? It was originally self-published. Evans believed in himself (and his book) when big publishers didn’t. When it did well, “lo and behold,” as they say…

How to Create Terrific Content for Your Virtual Book Tour

How to Create Terrific Content for Your Virtual Book Tour

Today’s guest post from Dana Lynn Smith, The Savvy Book Marketer, is part of the virtual book tour for her newest book marketing guide, Virtual Book Tour Magic. Whether you’re writing articles or doing interviews, a virtual book tour is your opportunity to shine in front of a targeted audience…

What To Keep In Mind When Publishing eBooks

What To Keep In Mind When Publishing eBooks

Guest: Andrea Susan Glass According to Forrester Research, digital book sales tripled to $966 million in 2010 and are set to almost triple again by 2015. Last summer, Amazon said sales of ebooks for its Kindle reader had far eclipsed hardcover book sales. In about 2007, Amazon introduced its Kindle…

5 Lessons I Learnt About Book Marketing from Writing Get Noticed

5 Lessons I Learnt About Book Marketing from Writing Get Noticed

Guest: Marcus Taylor, co-author of the book Get Noticed About four months ago Rob (co-author) and I were discussing whether to self-publish our book or instead go down the traditional publishing route, in the end we chose to self-publish – after all, we had written a book about getting noticed,…

3 Steps to e-Book Cover Design Success

Guest Expert: Joel Friedlander The move to e-books has brought with it a new challenge for book cover designers, amateur and professional. The first challenge, of course, if you’ve been designing book covers for any time, is to understand exactly what an e-book cover really is. Unlike print books, which…

Is the eBook Expressway Every Author’s Back Road — to Big Bucks & a Bona Fide Writing Career?

Is the eBook Expressway Every Author’s Back Road — to Big Bucks & a Bona Fide Writing Career?

Guest Expert: Laurel Marshfield While rarely noticed, there’s an instructive parallel between people who yearn to be famous authors and those who yearn to be famous actors. The mainstream literary scene, like Hollywood, is constellated by twenty-five or so big-name authors with literary-auction-level fame (and among actors, by twenty-five or…

Congratulations Carolyn on Winning USA “BEST BOOKS 2011” Award!

Recently we got to know that Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a BookBuzzr Author won The USA “BEST BOOKS 2011” Award for best business book in the writing category for her new edition of The Frugal Book Promoter. Congratulations Carolyn! (USABookNews.com, is the premiere online magazine and review website for mainstream and independent…

EEEEEE-books!! 5 Top Questions

EEEEEE-books!! 5 Top Questions

A short intro to digital media for authors who haven’t got a clue Guest Expert: Lynn Serafinn I’m a fairly techie person. I’m on the computer so much I might has well have a microprocessor implanted into my brain so I didn’t have to sit at my desk all the…

Going Digital with eBooks

Going Digital with eBooks

Guest Expert: Paula Krapf “Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.” Stephen Fry What’s relatively inexpensive to produce, has a quick turnaround time, and is Evergreen? In the publishing world, we’re talking about eBooks. Once mostly unknown and obscure documents with limited distribution, eBooks in some…

Smart Strategies for Pricing Your Ebook

Guest Expert: Dana Lynn Smith There’s no doubt that ebooks sales are sizzling, and ebooks have even surpassed sales of printed books on Amazon.com. But the publishing industry continues to wrestle with the issue of how to price ebooks competitively, while still providing a reasonable profit for authors and publishers.…

Plan your (eBook) “Flight”  and “Fly Your Plan”

Plan your (eBook) “Flight” and “Fly Your Plan”

Expert: Claudia Jackson Pilots use checklists for pre-flight and pre-landing operations. A checklist helps keep a pilot focused, remember important details and most importantly help them make good decisions to prevent simple errors that might otherwise lead to disaster. In order for your book get a great take-off you need…

Having a Eye-Catching Author Website is Easier Than You Think

Having a Eye-Catching Author Website is Easier Than You Think

Guest: Frank Anderson I’m not an author, I’m a web designer and web hosting manager. I’ve never written a book, but I’ve seen hundreds, if not thousands of websites created by authors to pitch their latest project. And it makes me cringe every time I see a book with so…

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