Something strange happened on the way to the Amazon…

Some people may have noticed that books that I declare ‘free’ aren’t free on all the Amazon websites.

I’ve mentioned this to the good people at Amazon on a few occasions, each time they fix it, but somehow there is a glitch in their system that unfixes their fixes.

This is a short post to let Kindle-owners know that you can get all the free books for free at Smashwords. All you need is a free account, look for my name there and download the ‘mobi’ version of the books. You can upload those to your Kindle or use the Kindle’s e-mail address to load them through wifi if that’s easier.

I hope this helps someone!

A Girl Named Sandy

Dear Reader,

GirlNamedSandy_320Finally, after literally years of work, the book that started as a dream in Bristol has come to life, and now it’s available online!

For now the e-book is available via SmashwordsAmazon.com and Barnes&Noble, Apple iTunes and Kobobooks should follow soon!

You can find the paperback on Lulu.com.

 

Reviews for Hilda’s 10th adventure

Dear reader,

Hilda 10 Magic on the rocks
As I occasionally am curious about how people perceive the books of our beloved Wicked Witch, I made my way over to Amazon.com to see if there are any new reviews. To my delight, several people left reviews for Hilda – Magic on the Rocks. 5 reviews, and all of them 5 stars!

If you want to see all of them (I know I do!) you can follow this link.

The newest review I found there says:

Classic Paul….10 stars….oops 5 out of five!Great continuation with affiliation….The characters are amazing with or without introductions. Any of these characters could have a spin off created and based on new individual story lines. Wonderfully written by a great story telling word wielding phonetic word webbing genius. If you haven’t read any of the books, then you are missing a treat. I recommend that you start with book 1 Hilda the Wicked Witch the rest are listed in order or by date published…So go on, buy them, read them…Enjoy them…I did!

Thank you, everyone who reads and appreciates the books. You are the ones who make me proud, you are the ones who drive me to writing more!

B&N Announces First Author to Sell a Million eBooks via PubIt

from The Digital Reader by Nate Hoffelder

Remember how Amazon used to make a big deal about the Kindle Millions Club, a group of self-published authors who have each sold more than a million Kindle ebooks? They have not announced any in a while (I guess the novelty wore off), but the idea must still seem fresh and new to B&N.

Barnes & Noble sent out a press release today touting Barbara Freethy as being the first self-published author to sell a million copies of her ebooks via PubIt. Freethy is the author of 31 novels, including the 17 titles from her backlist as well as 3 new works which she has uploaded to sell in the B&N Nook ebookstore.

According to her blog, this milestone comes a few short months after a similar one in the Kindle Store, making this author the first to proclaim achieving the one million mark in both major ebookstores.

Note, though, that Amazon hasn’t announced her induction into the Kindle Millions Club. I guess Amazon lost interest after the first score of authors.

Still, congratulations are in order. Barbara has achieved a goal that many other authors would trade their souls for. Well Done!

B&N Announces First Author to Sell a Million eBooks via PubIt is post from The Digital Reader

APG Freebies are coming

Dear reader,

Several writers from the Alexandria Publishing Group will have books for free over the weekend from September 14-16.

Among those are:

The coming storm by Valerie Douglas

Elon of Aerilann, Elven advisor to the High King of Men, helped negotiate the treaty between Elves, Dwarves and men. He suddenly finds that fragile truce threatened from without by an unknown enemy and from within by old hatreds and prejudice. With the aid of his true-friend Colath, the wizard Jareth and the Elven archer Jalila, he goes in search of the source of the threat.

Ailith, the Heir to Riverford, fights her own silent battle. Her father has changed, but her quest to discover what changed him puts her life and very soul in danger and leaves her only one direction in which to turn. Elon.
To preserve the alliance, though, Elon will have to choose between his honor, his duty and everything for which he fought.

(Click the title or the image to visit Amazon.com for the book.)

Magnus Opum by Jonathan Gould

A story about a little person in a very big world.

Magnus Mandalora never thought he would leave the safe confines of the small homely village of Lower Kertoob. He certainly never expected to end up in the middle of a long-running war between the saintly Cherines and the beastly Glurgs. But when circumstance places him in such a dubious position, he finds himself on a rollicking adventure where nothing is quite as it seems.Magnus Opum is an epic fantasy that’s slightly skewed – Tolkien with a twist.

(Click the title or the image to visit Amazon.com for the book.)

The Shadowbearer by Terry Simpson

Knight Commander Stefan Dorn, leader of the Unvanquished, has known only war, death and, victory. All in the name of his loyalty to King Nerian the Lightbearer, a man he idolized.
Until now.
Everything he thought he knew about the King, his people, and his world is coming to an end. At a time when there should be peace, he’s once again called to war.
Torn between shocking changes at home, his family, loyalty to his men and his King, Stefan wishes only to enjoy life away from the battlefield. But with the new campaign comes a rabid, unforgiving enemy and a potential cataclysm.
Follow him as he fights to save his family, his people, his honor, and his birthright from the grips of the shade. Can he save them all? If not, which will he choose, which will he lose?
The Shadowbearer is a rousing and engaging prequel to Etchings of Power and a worthy addition to the Aegis of the Gods series.

(Click the title or the image to visit Amazon.com for the book.)

Cataclysm by Stephen H. King

Crystal isn’t sure what to think when she learns that she’s married to and has children by Mars, the God of War. She knows that she’s not giving him up to his ex-wife, the Goddess of Love, without a fight. Venus has other plans, though, and the goddess and the mortal woman square off.

At the same time, Crystal has to deal with Sorscha, the shape-shifting thrakkon who has fought by the side of Mars as a silver dragon, and served him as a beautiful woman, for longer than Crystal can imagine. The thrakkon calls her husband Master, but can Crystal trust her?

Join the rapid action and occasional humor as Crystal follows her husband to Olympus, the dive bar for the gods, as well as through a destroyed Bay Area, looking for survivors of the cataclysm as well as clues on how to defeat a goddess.

(Click the title or the image to visit Amazon.com for the book.)

Lily Marin book 2 now on Amazon

Dear reader,

At time the speed of all things Internet surprise me. Amazon.com assured me that it would take about 12 hours before book 2 of Lily Marin would be available. Alas, the book is already in the many stores around the interworld.


Lily Marin, three short steampunk stories book 2 is available in the Amazon stores of the USA, UK, Germany, Italy, France and Spain. Please note that, while the book is meant to be free, it will take a while before Amazon notices that it is indeed free in other places. Until then, the book is there for the amount of US$0.99, and an equivalent in Euros and British Pounds in the other stores.

I cannot set the price lower.

 

Jeff Bezos Letter to Shareholders

Dear reader, and perhaps fellow publisher on KDP,

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has written a letter to Amazon’s shareholders, in which he talks about the innovation and future prospects of his company. From the letter:

Kindle Direct Publishing has quickly taken on astonishing scale – more than a thousand KDP authors now each sell more than a thousand copies a month, some have already reached hundreds of thousands of sales, and two have already joined the Kindle Million Club. KDP is a big win for authors. Authors who use KDP get to keep their copyrights, keep their derivative rights, get to publish on their schedule – a typical delay in traditional publishing can be a year or more from the time the book is finished – and … saving the best for last … KDP authors can get paid royalties of 70%. The largest traditional publishers pay royalties of only 17.5% on ebooks (they pay 25% of 70% of the selling price which works out to be 17.5% of the selling price). The KDP royalty structure is completely transformative for authors. A typical selling price for a KDP book is a reader-friendly $2.99 – authors get approximately $2 of that! With the legacy royalty of 17.5%, the selling price would have to be $11.43 to yield the same $2 per unit royalty. I assure you that authors sell many, many more copies at $2.99 than they would at $11.43.

Kindle Direct Publishing is good for readers because they get lower prices, but perhaps just as important, readers also get access to more diversity since authors that might have been rejected by establishment publishing channels now get their chance in the marketplace. You can get a pretty good window into this. Take a look at the Kindle best-seller list, and compare it to the New York Times best-seller list – which is more diverse? The Kindle list is chock-full of books from small presses and self-published authors, while the New York Times list is dominated by successful and established authors.

There is more, if you are interested in reading the entire article, which was published on the Seattle Weekly blog, please follow this link.

Amazon lets authors spy on readers

Originally published on writersdigest, written by Rob Eagar, author of Sell Your Book Like Wildfire

“Did you know that Amazon lets authors see who is highlighting notes in their books and tweeting content to friends? When someone reads a book using a Kindle device or app, Amazon stores the information they highlight. Plus, Amazon displays who used Twitter to spread word of mouth to their friends. How does it work?

1. Go to: https://kindle.amazon.com

2. Type in the title of your book in the “Search” box at the top right-hand corner.

3. Click on your title when it appears in the search listing.

4. You will see a picture of your book cover, a list that says “Posts from this book,” and a section called “Highlights,” which shows content that people notated while reading your book on their Kindle.

It may seem a little creepy that Amazon tracks all of this reader information. But, keep in mind that Amazon only displays information that readers agree to make public. There’s no blatant invasion of privacy. Kindle readers can turn off this sharing feature if they desire.

Amazon’s slogan for their Kindle service is “Read. Review. Remember.” I like that tagline, and I think their new service offers some innovative promotional opportunities for authors. Here’s why:

1. Authors get an unprecedented opportunity to peek into the minds of their readers. You can see what parts of a book resonate with readers the most, because you can literally see the passages that people highlighted. This ability allows the author to focus future blog posts, free resources, interview topics, or social media conversations on content that they know people already find intriguing.

2. Authors can identify and thank readers who share word of mouth via Twitter. By seeing who tweets your material, you can leave a message at that individual’s Twitter account to show your appreciation for telling their friends. How cool is that?

3. If your book doesn’t have many highlighted portions or shared posts, it could indicate that your book isn’t being discovered or the content isn’t capturing reader interest. Knowing that information can serve as a wake-up call to improve your marketing or strengthen the manuscript for your next book.

Even though this service from Amazon is unique, I would urge you to take it with a grain of salt. Don’t base your book’s marketing plan or primary promotional activities on the comments you see posted or the passages highlighted. Those comments listed only represent a small fraction of your total reader base. Instead, stay focused on marketing your book based on its overall value. Use the benefit of this service to gauge what kind of conversation is happening around your books.

I’m excited to see Amazon offer another ground-breaking service that brings readers and authors closer together. At times, they seem like one of the few organizations dedicated to helping authors break the down the walls of publishing.”


I have tried this, and it works:

The Devil’s Diary

Dear reader,

It is done. The Devil’s Diary is now officially available through several channels:

 

The Devil’s Diary – Experience a month in the life of the devil, and see that it is not all brimstone and roses. (Note: this book is not for the religiously faint of heart!)

E-book available at Smashwords (many formats), and all Amazon stores (Kindle only).