A Look at Amazon: Timeline and Indie Author News

It's been a while since I've posted about Amazon, but as usual, I've been collecting links. Here are some items that explain what Amazon has been up to (you may notice it covers a wide range of topics, which is fitting, since Amazon covers so many industries now): How to Help Readers Find Your Book …

Indie Authors and Kindle Unlimited

Amazon's Kindle Unlimited (KU) service, where readers pay $9.99 per month and authors are paid out of a monthly fund, seems to be very polarizing. Kindle Unlimited History When KU first launched, many authors complained about it, citing its unfair payment system or how it encourages people to upload short, and often not well written, books (since …

Guest Post: Global Fans? Get Global Links

By Cole Lakes - Director of Operations, GeoRiot GeoRiot builds links that work "across countries, devices, and stores." The company also recently acquired BookLinker.net, which creates a universal link for a book "that works for all Amazon stores." If you’re an indie author, chances are you’re taking advantage of Amazon’s international online store to promote and sell …

Comparing the Ebook Submission Process: Self-Publishers v. Publishers

I recently wrapped up a freelance project with a small publisher, where I uploaded/submitted ebook files and metadata to Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Google. In the process, I thought about the similarities and differences between how a self-publisher would go about distributing an ebook versus a publishing company that is submitting files …

Ebook Review: Search Word Pro

Search Word Pro Series by Paul Krupin  Do you know enough about the latest social media marketing strategies, tactics, and tools to improve your success? Search Word Pro is a very specialized personal tool that helps you discover powerful and actionable information quick as a click. If you are going to have a transformative experience that dramatically …

Taking a Closer Look at Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited

There has been a lot of buzz lately around Kindle Unlimited, the latest service to enter the ebook subscription game. But what out of all the subscription services  I'd say that this one is the biggest game changer, and that's because it's an Amazon service. After recently finishing Brad Stone's The Everything Store, I have a …

Using Kindle Countdown Deals as a Marketing Tool

By Ron Glick Indie authors have to make a lot of decisions when it comes to marketing books. New tools come out frequently. Ron Glick, author of 12 books, weighs in on his experience using Amazon's Kindle Countdown. Read on for some great insights. Also check out his latest novel, Dorothy Through the Looking Glass. …

Kindle, Kindle, Kindle: Amazon’s Latest Publishing Tools

In the last week, Amazon has made three big announcements, all of which I think have the potential to greatly help indie authors. Kindle Countdown Deals The first, and most exciting in my opinion, is the Kindle Countdown Deals. What this means is that authors who publish e-books on Amazon have an easy way of …

Freebie Strategies for Indie Authors

UPDATE: Author David Gaughran has also kindly answered a few additional questions.  Using free as a tool can be very beneficial to authors. When Amazon first started their KDP Select program, many authors were able to take advantage of the five freebie days offered during every 90-day exclusivity period, and shoot to best-selling status. However, Amazon has …