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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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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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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Day 25: Publishing a Kindle ebook

So I got back the epub draft from Bookbaby, which had one small error that I sent back to correct. Meanwhile realizing how close to publication date we are, has sent me into a flurry of activity on writing guest blog posts and looking for potential reviewers.
Someone on AbsoluteWrite.com forums referenced this [...]

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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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Day 17: Publishing a Kindle Ebook

So yesterday I finished the revisions my copyeditor suggested and submitted my ebook “manuscript” to Bookbaby. I should receive a notice in the next couple weeks when the epub is ready for review. So in the meantime I need to:
- finish my blog setup
- write some blog posts
- decide what contact information I [...]

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Day 12: Publishing a Kindle ebook

Since I started my “Publishing a Kindle ebook” series on day 1 of the year, it makes it easy to figure out what day this is.
So what have I done in the last 9 days.
I hired the ebook cover creator and chose which image she created that I liked best.
I finished writing and [...]

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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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