Free Kindle Books Rock

Amazon has found a winning formula for new undiscovered authors. I’m running down what’s quickly becoming a well-worn path, publishing two of my stories (shown above) directly on Kindle. Yes, I still had the expense of hiring a cover illustrator/designer and an editor/copyeditor (you don’t want to read something where I put the [...]

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The Crowded World of Kindle Publishing

So today as I have two titles on the verge of publishing on Kindle, I was reading some articles about general trends in Kindle publishing. They were talking about HOW many books are being published and that folks success offering free days via Kindle Direct Publishing means that now there is a glut of [...]

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Do Children’s Books on Kindle Sell?

So I had read in some writing forums that while some genres were selling well on Kindle, such as non-fiction and trashy romance novels, that others, such as children’s books by unknown authors, were not doing very well.
So when I decided to create and publish a Kindle version of Poster Girl, I expected little. [...]

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Try! - Advice from Beverly Cleary

So I’ve been rereading Beverly Cleary’s autobiography, A Girl from Yamhill and I latched on to one short passage from the time I had for reading this morning.
Cleary wrote that the local shoe store announced a contest sponsored by Keds shoes for the best essay about an animal and that many in her class [...]

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Update: Publishing a Kindle Ebook

Sigh…. so much for me allowing you to follow along with the live progress.
As my son would say, “Worst blogger ever” — ha ha…
The Kindle ebook came out the first week in February (almost 3 weeks ago). I can’t remember when exactly. It is a non-fiction book for adults with a pen [...]

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2012 Newbery and Caldecott Award Winners Announced

Wow, quite a shocker on the Newbery Medal Award Winners for 2012. Only one of the favorites was an award recipient. In what many people considered a very strong year in children’s books, the crowd gave an audible groan or murmer when it was announced there were TWO Honor Books chosen (fewer than average).
The Newbery [...]

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When Will the 2012 Newbery Medal Award Winners Be Announced? Soon!

So a quick departure from my series of posts on publishing on Kindle because it’s THAT time of year. Time to predict and then discover what great children’s book will win the Newbery Award this year.
And when exactly, you ask do they announce the winners? The Newbery and Caldecott award winners will be [...]

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Question and Answers with Alex Scarrow, author of YA series, TimeRiders

So we’re very lucky to have here today (virtually of course) Alex Scarrow, author of the TimeRiders series (TimeRiders (Book 1), TimeRiders: Day of the Predator (Book 2) and TimeRiders: The Doomsday Code (Book 3)). First I must thank him for taking the time to stop by my blog and answer my questions.  So now, [...]

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Publish or Perish. No, no, no…Market or Perish - Part Two

In the previous post, Edward Trayer (a.k.a Billy Bob Buttons) wrote that the best time to consider how you will market the book is before you have written the first word. Today he continues with some specifics to consider and more of his reasoning on why a marketing plan can’t be an after-thought.
I sold thousands [...]

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Publish or Perish. No, no, no…Market or Perish

Guest blog entry by Edward H Trayer
When you plan your ‘Bestseller’ you can do it in one of two ways: write the story you want to read in the bathtub or write the story everybody else wants to read in the bathtub. Occasionally, for example, the wonderful J K Rowling and her Harry Potter books, [...]

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Unique and Wonderful Self-Published Children’s Book

Watch this video to hear another self-published children’s book success story:

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The Lightning Thief - Percy Jackson — I haven’t been this….

I’m reading the story of Percy Jackson, in The Lightning Thief and I haven’t been this excited about a book series since Harry Potter. . I do vaguely remember hearing this book mentionned at a children’s writing conference, but it certainly hasn’t had the buzz that Harry Potter did and yet… I like [...]

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