To Print or Not to Print that Children’s Book

So I recently blogged about my focus shifting to making my self-publishing profitable. Being profitable is a lot easier to do when publishing for Amazon Kindle. For the titles I’ve published, my upfront costs were probably lowest on Dogs, dogs, Dogs. In fact, I’m trying to remember if I had ANY upfront [...]

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Getting Legit Amazon Reviews (my experience)

Another writer on a forum commented to me that I seemed to have a lot of good reviews and where had I gotten them. After I replied, I realized this info would make a good blog post, so here it is:
For The Day I Met Dr. Seuss, I went ahead and asked friends and family [...]

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Self-Publishing for Profit

Even though I officially became a self-publisher in 2007 when Poster Girl rolled off the printing presses and arrived at my home, I think it’s only been in the last month that I actually became a publisher.
What do I mean by that?

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Dogs, dogs, Dogs — Funny and Free

Dogs, dogs, Dogs is funny AND free, today (Jan 31st) and tomorrow (Feb 1).
Don’t despair if you missed it, it’s pretty cheap the rest of the time too.
Don’t despair if you don’t have a Kindle, you can read Kindle books on your computer, by downloading the free application Kindle for PC

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My Kindle Sales Pick Up

Well good news and more good news has been the theme of my children’s books on Kindle in January. I was pleasantly surprised at how well Mattie Monster is NOT Tired has done both with its cheapy 99 cent price and initially as a free download, where it climbed to #1 for Free Books [...]

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Self-Publishing Children’s Books on Kindle - Ebooks in 2013

So a year ago I did not have any children’s books on Kindle. Today, I have four shown here (hopefully):
Amazon.com Widgets
My most recent title Mattie Monster is NOT Tired is a slightly different approach for me.
You see normally I write the story I want to tell, then get feedback from others and [...]

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How Can Amazon Stop (or Greatly Reduce) Paid Book Reviews?

While a few people, primarily Joe Konrath, think authors buying fake book reviews on Amazon is not a big deal, most of us would rather it stop.
I was going to outline the evils of paid Amazon reviews, how they reward people who lie, but let’s cut to the chase:
How [...]

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Dr Seuss or Harry Potter - a new opinion

Sorry, I was away for a few days and therefore delayed posting the latest opinion on Harry Potter books or Dr. Seuss books - which have had the most impact on kids’ reading?
Harry Potter Builds Lifelong Readers & Thinkers
There is no denying the powerful influence of Dr. Suess. Back in the 1950s, kids learned [...]

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Dr. Seuss versus Harry Potter?

Here’s another response to my question of:
Harry Potter books or Dr. Seuss books - which have had the most impact on kids’ reading?
I like the methodology of this response, weighing characters, plots and setting for each. Well, without further ado, here it is:
How can I begin to compare the works of Dr. Seuss and [...]

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Harry Potter vs. Dr. Seuss, Part II

So I asked, in my last post
Harry Potter books or Dr. Seuss books - which have had the most impact on kids’ reading?
and invited others to weigh in with their opinions. Dr. Seuss is currently winning by a landslide. I’ll have to beat the bushes to find some J.K. Rowling fans. Surely [...]

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Harry Potter vs. Dr. Seuss

It’s an absurd question really — an apples and oranges comparison, but I’ll ask it anyway:

Harry Potter books or Dr. Seuss books - which have had the most impact on kids’ reading?
And, since this is my blog, I’ll post my answer to this question first:
I believe that books by Dr. Seuss have had the [...]

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How I Became a Bestselling Author

First, what I didn’t do.
I did not become a bestselling author by:
- paid reviews
- carefully researching niches in Amazon until I found one that looked soft to break into the ‘bestseller’ rankings
- being rich, famous or having a big list who I could convince to buy my book
- offering fabulous bonuses if you [...]

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