A salty little (true) tale involving poetry, sex and a different type of success.
Aeons ago I was at university.
It was a “Science & Technology” university. In those days that meant that the male to female ratio was horrendously biased towards males. Continue reading
I appreciate that this is an opinionated post on ebook publishing. It will be a hard read for some that may make you angry. But I feel it has to be said.
We need to look at the reality of self-publishing as well as the dream. Continue reading
Many indies use Amazon KDP. It is a great way to publish a book of any size. We often associate more pages with more value and bigger royalties but that is not always the case. There are circumstances when publishing paperbacks on Amazon KDP where you can increase royalties by decreasing page count. A case when less is more!
Before I come to this “Story-line” for writers, I want to purposefully digress slightly and talk about an excellent TV series on Netflix called “Black Mirror”. It is relevant (honest!).
Black Mirror is a series without a unifying story. It is in effect a set of stand alone stories. Each story is different and could be put out as-is without any of the others. Each story stands alone on its own merits.
If you place your book (or your book is placed) into one or more public libraries in the UK then you can register for an annual payment under the Public Lending Rights scheme (known as the PLR – see here).
Public Lending Rights is a long standing UK government scheme. It recompenses authors for loans of their work from public libraries. While the income from Public Lending Rights will not set the world on fire, it is a rather satisfying confirmation that your work is getting noticed and read. I believe most other countries run very similar schemes.
When you are promoting you book do not forget to give free copies of your work to the local public libraries. This is especially true if you are writing something that is locality relevant.
In my humble opinion the current state of copyright law is a serious inhibitor to the production of lesser known or nearly forgotten works. Maybe I have this wrong. If so please enlighten me. Continue reading
So what can you expect from selling a niche non-fiction paperback on Amazon or one of the other on-line platforms?
The first thing you need to take on-board is a heavy dose of realism. What is the size of the market for your book? How big should your book be? What will the punters be prepared to pay? Continue reading
I don’t want to knock Amazon KDP publishing platform (well, not by much anyway).
Over the last eight years KDP has provided a way in for countless new authors and publishers. It has almost singlehandedly, wrested control of publishing away from the stale suites governing the big five publishers. Continue reading
Authors all crave Amazon ratings. A string of good ratings really can establish a book. This is especially true for ebooks. An ebook with an initial bad rating will die a sudden death. If the first rating is bad then it can kill free downloads. Let alone sales.
Most readers do not give a rating. Even those who really enjoy or significantly dislike the work usually just let it pass. Most of those who do give a rating do so because the book has had an impact upon them. They try to fairly judge the work on what they got for their money. Which is fair enough and what we all want.