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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Self-Publishing on Kindle

So I’m reading The Indie Journey: Secrets to Writing Success a bit each day for encouragement and guidance. I’ve realized that I’ve got at least 5 titles, some children’s fiction, some adult non-fiction that are GOOD stories (whether fiction or non-fiction) and why not
1) get them in the hands of readers and
2) get [...]

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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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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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Day 3: Publishing a Kindle ebook

So today I worked with the Kindle ebook cover designer, reviewing a possible photo to use, text and the look I am hoping to achieve. I also followed up on some advice a friend gave that Smashwords.com also offers a single interface to publish to multiple digital publishers. It does not charge an [...]

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Quick Shout-Out

Just a quick shout-out, that there are some interesting posts about self-publishing over on Michelle Davidson Argyle’s blog. 
 I also liked the basic concept of her self-published novel, Cinders.
Cinderella - now officially a princess - finds royal life is not what she once dreamed. When a figure from her past stirs up a long-suppressed passion, Cinderella [...]

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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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Start Early for Effective Book Promotion

In the last post, author Edward Trayer (a.k.a Billy Bob Buttons) wrote that he believed an author needed to consider marketing strategy before writing the book.  I asked other fictional authors when they thought was the right time to develop a game plan for promoting your book.
Here is Deanna Proach’s, author of Day of Revenge [...]

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Adirondack Kids Father/Son Authors Story

So here is part one of my email/blog interview with children’s book self-publisher Gary VanRiper.
Question: Did you try to have the first Adirondack Kids book published by a traditional publisher?
Gary’s reply: We did approach a regional publisher who expressed interest in our story, but who explained the company was already some two years out on [...]

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The Real Advantage of Self-Publishing

Here are some frequently mentionned advantages of self-publishing:

Control over the book’s promotion and availability:  If book sales are slow initially, you can continue to market and promote the book, whereas a traditional publisher will usually remainder the book AND may now deem you as an author with a poor sales record.

Greater potential profit: While [...]

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The Empty Nest, Being Semi-Retired as a Parent

So as I mentionned in the last post, our youngest son left for college this year, leaving us semi-retired as parents. I say semi-retired because Dan still depends on us in many ways — financial being the most obvious, but he still looks for guidance and we still see him, talk to him, or [...]

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Let the Games Begin

Even though my youngest son started college almost two months ago now, I haven’t seen the burst of writing productivity I hoped for.  In fact, I really haven’t been writing at all.  Hmm… 
Around the time Dan left for school, I had a book recommended to me - Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
It [...]

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