On the heels of my previous post via Smashworks, I’m posting this interesting post from over at Joe Konrath’s blog by authors Joe and Barry Eisler. They’ve usually got something interesting to say about self-publishing. In the early days when I first got back into self-publishing I went through a multitude of Joe’s posts to learn about the newer techniques of the self-publishing business.
Coloring Books are everywhere. I have 3 available now and more in the works. Mine are all related to coloring detailed and intricate Mandalas. If you do a search on Amazon or even physically walk into a book store, adult coloring books are everywhere!
This article talks about the benefits of adult coloring books. De-stress, low anxiety and lots of fun creating color on the page! Benefits of Coloring Books
My coloring books on Amazon. 45 detailed Mandalas to color in each book. Detailed Mandala Coloring Book on Amazon
Whenever I make changes to any of my Kindle ebooks (Amazon says I have 40 something) then I generally make the changes in my file on my computer, rename the file because Amazon has this quirky thing (unless they’ve changed it) where you can’t make changes and then upload the file with the same name as the changes won’t take. Interesting, eh?
In the monthly Amazon Kindle newsletter they have an article today about how to modify your book’s content by pulling it from their site, unzipping it, going into the HTML file, making the changes and then doing everything in reverse order to get it back up there.
Hmm, I have not tried that method. To my mind, that sounds like more work, but I’m sure there are others who may find this helpful.
I am posting the link here in case anyone would like these directions. :-)
Amazon Kindle Modify Converted content
I have all my books available through Smashwords. In fact, I sell more books now through Smashwords and their distributors than I do through Amazon. My biggest selling retailer with Smashwords is actually Barnes and Noble, hands down.
What would be really nice is if I could give Barnes and Noble a call, or drop them an email. Ask them if they think there’s anything I can do to boost sales even more. However, I’ve found that’s easier said than done. I’ve never had Barnes and Noble respond to any emails.
I had an issue several years ago where they were giving away one of my titles for about a year for free, even though I had never set up the title as free. I called, emailed, tried to get through to them to please stop putting it up for free since Amazon was threatening to remove it from their site. Sad but true — no response from Barnes and Noble. What I had to end up doing was remove the book from the Barnes and Noble sales channel for about 6 months. Sometimes this publishing world is kind of crazy.
Back to my main point of this post. Here’s a good interview by Smashwords Founder Mark Coker over at writer A.C. Fuller’s blog.
A.C.Fuller Podcast Interview Mark Coker