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. …

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NARR8, an Interactive Content Channel

NARR8 is an innovative, new(ish) content platform and mobile app. Founded in 2011 by Alexandr Vashchenko, NARR8 was inspired by Vaschenko's love of comic books and entertainment media. "The name 'NARR8' came from the idea of combining story telling, or 'narration,' with the number 8, which, aside from being an auspiciously lucky number in certain parts of …

How to Create Your First E-Book

My second e-book, How to Create Your First E-Book, is out! Here's the official description: Create Professional, High Quality E-Books, For Free! “The time for merely replicating print books has run its course. E-books are now ready to become their own unique medium and take advantage of all the possibilities digital technologies have to offer.” Authors …

Turning Your Blog into an E-Book

I like to experiment, and recently I decided to try turning my blog into an e-book. Or more specifically, uploading my blog to Kindle as a subscription service. There are many ways to turn a blog into an e-book, and in the future I may play around with some of them. But for now, the …

The Shifting Landscape of Book Reviews

Originally published on HuffingtonPost and IndieReader. Read the full article here. With few exceptions, major news publications do not review indie books, even though more than 235,000 titles were self-published as of 2011. This lack of coverage in traditional media outlets, however, has not stopped indies from their rise. To the contrary, according to a recent New York Times article, “Self-published …

E-Book Review: Golden Biker

Golden Biker by Alexander von Eisenhart Rothe Brought together in India through a series of hare-brained adventures are Arthur, an old bohemian from Cologne; Albert, otherwise known as Bear, a snack bar owner who emigrated to Goa; Gerd, a German businessman with a mid-life crisis; and Sherie, a stunningly good-looking prostitute from Bombay. Together, they embark on …

You Should Self-Publish

Self-publishing is the new business card, or so I'm told. I think this works especially well for non-fiction books, which authors can use to show their authority and get speaking gigs and other jobs. It can also be a great cocktail party conversation starter. What do you do? "I'm a novelist," sounds pretty impressive.  Aside …

Book Review: T-Rex by the Tail

T-Rex by the Tail by Michael Turpin "When 81 year old neo-conservative Karl Patton dies, his four sons must gather up his bones and dredge the river of their own lives lived in the shadow of their father—the T-Rex. 'The T-Rex father possessed an abnormally large mouth from which he would chew out loud, belch, curse, and …

Blurb

Self-publishing books, once considered almost taboo, or at the very least desperate, has evolved into something fun, easy, and even professional. Blurb is a perfect example of this. Based in San Francisco, the company recently had a pop-up store in New York City. Located at 60 Mercer St. in Soho, the store was open from …