Kindle Scout Pros and Cons and some valuable links

I received an email today from Amazon regarding Amazon Scout program. Not really knowing much about it, I began to “scout” around on the web for someone reputable who’s blogged about it and understands the ins and outs of important rights in these matters. So I’m listing a few links below with various viewpoints.

I love finding new sources of information.

Potential Landmines of Kindle Scout by M.A. Demers

Writer’s Beware

The Digital Reader

Chris McMullen

One Author’s experience with Kindle Scout

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Low Prices DeValue books?

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.

Joe Konrath

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Smashwords Blog Post today, Pricing Kindle Books Free without being Exclusive

I’ve had Amazon send me a letter that they would remove X book if I didn’t take it off for free, which if you scroll back through my posts, you can find the issue I had where my book was available on Barnes and Noble through Smashwords and for some reason B&N in Great Britain priced it at free for about 10 months or something. I had nothing to do with it but Amazon was not happy. Go figure. So I always wondered how other authors did the free thing without being penalized. So now Smashwords has done this lovely blog post about the strategy which I’m going to try out for myself since I don’t like getting in trouble and I do like having my books on Amazon and everywhere else! And by the way I now have 4 Coloring Books for Adults available in paperback. So I am debating about making them available as ebooks, again free on Amazon (through the matchbook program) buy the paperback, get the ebook free, then people can see the lovely detailed Mandalas I’ve created. I did not use anyone else’s designs. I did not manipulate anyone’s designs, these are all created on my computer by me. :-)

Pricing Kindle Books to FREE without being Exclusive

coloring book on amazon coloring book by grace brannigan

Coloring Book for Adults Grace Brannigan front cover coloring book 1 with border new cover

Grace Brannigan Coloring Books for Adults on Amazon

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Article on the benefits of Coloring Books!

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

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coloring book by grace brannigancoloring book on amazon

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Interesting Post over at BookBub – Facebook Cover Photo Designs

New post by Diana Urban over at Bookbub. She’s got “39 Stellar Examples of Author Facebook Cover Photo Designs” with some pictures. Eye-catching, some of them more so than others. Not all of them would I consider “stellar”, but I don’t consider mine stellar either. I write in too many genres to have a specific cover for just one category. Here you go, check it out and make your own decision about it.

Facebook Cover Photo Designs

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Modifying Your Book Directly on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing

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

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New Interview by Smashwords Founder Mark Coker

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

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