Category Archives for Author Services

The New KDP Select System – Numbers, Performance, and Thoughts: Day 2

Today signifies the second day of KDP Select's new system. We have a shiny new interface, and I totally love it. Let me show it to you. I normally cut out the browser crap, but hey. You now know I am

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Author Services: KDP Select

In a previous blog post, I discussed my financials. I had several people approach me and ask about January, the first month where all four of my titles were involved in the KDP Select system. KDP Select

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Author Services Guide: Using Amazon’s AMS Platform Effectively

This week, I've talked a lot about Amazon's AMS platform, first announcing the system and my hopes for it, as well as ranting about some of the more idiotic elements of their creative guidelines. Today,

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Author Services: Amazon’s Giveaway Platform

Amazon is on a roll in its efforts to dominate the digital marketplace. Today, Amazon has announced the release of its giveaway platform, a tool that is only partially viable for authors. For all of ten

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Author Services: Amazon’s AMS Snubs Thriller/Mystery/Genre Authors

Amazon's AMS, its new Pay Per Click advertising platform (yes, the one I talked about yesterday in this post), takes aim at the authors of thriller and mystery genres, with a notable number of civilian

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Author Services: Amazon’s PPC Advertising Platform

For those using KDP Select, Amazon's exclusive self-publishing platform, an interesting new tool has been released. I don't even know what the platform is technically called. It's a PPC/CPC (Pay per click/Cost

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Author Services Review: Amazon Countdown Deals (Inquisitor)

I've written about Amazon Countdown Deals before. In December of 2013, I ran a promotion right before Christmas. It worked extremely well. I have since learned that countdown deals, outside of the Christmas

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Author Services Review: The Aftermath of the Promotion

Success is a fleeting, unpredictable thing. When I planned the launch of Inquisitor, I had a few set goals for myself. I wanted to make the top 10,000 on Amazon, and I wanted to make back $250.00 in earnings

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Multi-Services Review, Part 4: The Day After

When I went into my book tour extravaganza, I had high hopes–of course I did. I was investing a lot of time, money, and effort into making my book launch as successful as possible. I like to think

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Multi-Services Review, Part 3: Working with Promoters

This post follows up with the first and second posts of the multi-services review series. I'm going to be talking about several facets of my promotional efforts, including reviews of each group I'm

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Multi-Services Review, Part 2: Organizing your Release Day Extravaganza

Releasing Inquisitor (Yes, that is a buy link you're seeing) has been quite the adventure. My original plans involved a stealthy soft-launch release of the novel, going undercover to get buy links for

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Multi-Services Review, Part 1: Preparing for a Release Day Extravaganza

On May 16, 2014, I will be releasing my third novel, Inquisitor. Unlike my other two novels, Inquisitor is a paranormal urban fantasy. Because of the popularity of the genre, I made a very important

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kboards promotions: A Review

kboards is a popular forum for kindle fans, both readers and writers. They offer advertisement on their forums, their blog, their facebook page, and their twitter account. I purchased their one-day package,

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Reading Addiction Book Tours: A Review

Reading Addiction Book Tours is the second book touring group I have experimented with, and I think it's my favorite by far. It is run by a delightful lady named Cami Hensley. She's a gem to work with,

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Orangeberry Book Tours – A Review of Many Parts – Part 2

This is part two of my progress with Orangeberry Book Tours, an online promotion venue for authors. Orangeberry is a high ranking book tour group in Alexa, Google, and other search engines. This gives

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Self-Publishing via Smashwords: A Review

In July of 2013, I dived into the world of self-publishing head first. I left the paddle and canoe at home. In the effort to spread my novel as far as I could in my opening days as a debut author, I decided

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Author Services – Diving into the World of Marketing & Promotion

Writing a novel and posting it on amazon/smashwords/goodreads isn't enough. In order to become a truly successful novelist, you need to spread the word about your book. Some people do this the old fashioned

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