Link of the Week – Dear Jeff

June 19, 2018

I’m loving this!

USA Today Best-selling author Suzan Tisdale writes an open letter to founder and chief executive officer of Amazon about the cheating, thievery, and other big problems with Kindle Direct Publishing and the Kindle Unlimted program. A must read!

An Open Letter to Jeff Bezos


Link of the Week – Author Beware

April 10, 2018

Here is a one-stop info shop for today’s publishing scams. This Reedsy blog touches on vanity presses, scams, contests and more authors should avoid. They also give some helpful tips on how to sidestep these pitfalls. Check it out!

https://blog.reedsy.com/scams-and-publishing-companies-to-avoid/


Link Of The Week- Self Publishing Authors Podcast

August 15, 2017

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They are called the SPA (Self Publishing Authors) Girls, and let me tell you, they know their stuff! The podcasts are free and informative with a ton of humor thrown in. This business can be overwhelming- they sift through the cacophony to find the true bits of guidance we all need. Enjoy listening and learning from interviews with Mark Dawson, Roxanne St. Claire, Brian Meeks and more!

http://www.selfpublishingauthorspodcast.com/

 

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They also have a book that is fantastic! Here’s the link for that as a bonus-

https://goo.gl/rB5ByH

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Link Of The Week- Pronoun

August 23, 2016

I discovered this company at the annual conference of RWA in San Diego. They offer many services and looks like it may be a great place to do further investigation.

https://pronoun.com/download

 

Pronoun is a publishing platform created expressly to empower authors.

  • Create gorgeous ebooks and sell on Amazon, iBooks, B&N, Kobo, and Google
  • Take the mystery out of metadata and optimize your keywords, price, and more
  • Always know how your book is doing with daily sales and performance updates
  • Get a custom marketing page to promote your book and connect with readers

 

All for free.


Link of the Week – The Digital Reader – Amazon Pruning

June 21, 2016

Is Amazon at it again? Would you, the author, be surprised? Amazon has cut ties with ebook newsletter services that have affiliate accounts with the giant. Bye-bye Fussy Librian, Pixel of Ink and  eReaderIQ. Sure, we all want the reader experience to improve. But at what cost to the writers? Read about it at The Digital Reader.

Amazon Lowers the Boom on Discount eBook Sites

http://the-digital-reader.com/2016/06/15/amazon-brings-the-hammer-down-on-discount-ebook-sites/

Read this article posted back in May.

Is Amazon Purging eBook Promotion Letters? http://the-digital-reader.com/2016/05/10/is-amazon-purging-ebook-promotion-newsletters/

And in case you hadn’t heard that Goodreads (owned by Amazon) is getting into the ebook discount business (Whaaat? Have you been living under a rock?)  Move Over BookBub, Fussy Librarian – Goodreads is Getting into eBook Discounts http://the-digital-reader.com/2016/05/17/move-over-bookbub-fussy-librarian-goodreads-is-getting-into-ebook-discounts/

From Goodreads’ Blog: https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/648-new-great-deals-on-ebooks-personalized-just-for-you-u-s-members

Discuss this amongst yourselves. 🙂


Link of the Week – Stripping Amazon’s Book Link Anatomy

February 2, 2016

Authors, did you know you might be sabotaging your Amazon reviews? You know, when great reviews disappear, removed by Amazon citing that the author knows the reviewer, etc. It’s all in the Amazon URL you might be using when you share your book links on social media.

This short video by K-lytics explains it all and tells you how to strip your book links down to avoid Amazon’s bots.

 


Link of the Week – Amazon’s Quality Control

January 26, 2016
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Artist – Nicolas Raymond

Authors, you may or may not have heard that Amazon will now begin implementing warning labels to books.  The reasoning is to make sure books sold through Amazon meet high standards. It’s their way of quality control. Sounds good, right? No one wants to purchase a book with loads of typos, poor story structure, and bad formatting. Certainly, this new flagging will begin to cull out the bad apples, those people who simply throw up unedited content and/or blurry or pixelated covers with nary a care. Yep, good stuff.

But I’m willing to bet this will backlash negatively on undeserving authors. Especially with this little gem “Content that does not provide an enjoyable reading experience.” Too many trolls out there.

This week’s link is to Amazon’s Guide to Kindle Content Quality.

https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A1MMQ0JHRBEINX

And here is a blog post from eNovel Authors at Work which gives more information and advice on what to do if your book is flagged.

http://enovelauthorsatwork.com/amazons-new-rules-for-kindle-authors-in-february/

More about Amazon, book typos and what will cause Amazon to flag books on Words on Words.

http://johndopp.com/writers/amazon-kindle-spelling-mistakes/

One last link, just for fun. Suggested Warning Labels.

 


Link Of The Week- Boroughs Publishing

October 27, 2015

This blog was created for readers and authors to provide a peek into the world of writing and publishing. This week’s link is definitely meant for both of you!

As a reader, you’ll be happy to discover Boroughs has an amazing line-up of authors. You want historicals- they’ve got ’em. You want suspense- they’ve got ’em. They have a library covering most any romance genre you could possibly be interested in.

Am I biased? Yes. Yes I am! Boroughs is my publisher and I’m about to release my very first book. (Check back in on Friday for my cover reveal. 🙂

http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/

 

“If you’re an avid reader of Romance fiction then you’ve found your new home. New to Romance? Let us entertain you, thrill you, make your heart pound, tickle your desire, bring on a few tears and have you smiling from ear to ear.”

As an author, you’ll be thrilled to know they are actively looking for new talent! Check out their web site and see the wide span of material they are hunting.

Enjoy and have a great day!! bpg-badge

 


Active Table of Contents for Kindle

March 23, 2015

So, you finished a book and have decided to take the indie publishing route. Now you’ve done it, wandering into unfamiliar territory.

So much goes into setting a book up for sale on Amazon. Little details and nuances that you find along the way can be daunting. From formatting to metadata, some processes are easy, others make you feel like you are throwing knives at a moving target, blindfolded, in a wind tunnel.

Well, my dear word slingers, I’m hoping I can help ease the hemorrhaging just a bit. I’m going to show you in easy, bite size chunks (with handy, dandy screen shots!) how to create an active Table of Contents (TOC) in Word for Kindle.

But I must add a disclaimer here. Yes, I must. Because sure as sh—, er sure as the sun rises, someone will cry foul and say it doesn’t work. Or claim there’s another way. I am not a techno goddess. A goddess, yes. A techno goddess, no. But if you follow these instructions, you should have no trouble ‘tall.

Also, please note that there are services provided by Amazon, and the like, that can create an active TOC for you. Sure can. But wouldn’t you rather learn to do this at no cost? It really is pretty simple.

One last thing I must blast before I get started. Do not use Word’s Table of Contents generator. It’s a trick. There are more steps involved, and, yeah, more steps means you’re given more opportunities to screw up. Let’s not be a screw-up.

Ready to begin?

I’m using a book I already have for sale on Amazon, but does not have a table of contents. Once done, I can upload the new version. (Sweet!)

First up, insert a page break where you want the TOC to be placed. This could be after the acknowledgments, copyright page, or other book matter. Type Table of Contents, then type in the names you’ve given your chapters—Chapter 1, Chapter One, The Seize, you get the idea. If you include an Acknowledgment page, About the Author page, or other significant page, be sure to add it in the TOC, as well.

(Click on image for better viewing.)

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Create a TOC page.

 

Okay. Pay attention. Here is where the work begins. Find your first chapter and highlight the chapter title.

Bookmark the destination. By doing this, when the reader clicks on the TOC entry, they will be directed to that spot in your book. Cool, huh? So how do you Bookmark? Click the INSERT tab in the toolbar and scroll over to BOOKMARK. (Some Word versions you’ll need to scroll down the drop menu.)

 

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Bookmark ’em Dano!

 

Surprise! A new window pops up. You will be prompted to give the bookmark a name. For the sake of your sanity, I’d recommend naming the bookmark exactly what you’ve named your chapter. No spaces are allowed in naming your bookmark. PITA, I know. If you want spaces, use the underscore key.

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Name your Bookmark.

 

Click ADD.

Next up, go back to the TOC and highlight the chapter you just named in the Bookmark.  Go to INSERT and select HYPERLINK. Another window pops up.

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Highlight item in TOC.

 

Now select PLACE IN THIS DOCUMENT  on the left side of the box (or DOCUMENT in the middle of your screen). You are ANCHORING the hyperlink inside a document. Select the chapter you are anchoring. Click OKAY. Booyah!  (In some Word versions – like Word for Mac – you may have an ANCHOR blank where the bookmark would appear, then you’d click LOCATE to finish the step. A new window would appear. Click the BOOKMARK arrow down key and select chapter. Done.)

 

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Insert hyperlink.

 

Tah-Dah! You have now hyperlinked your chapter title in your TOC to its location within your document/manuscript. When you click on it, you will be directed to the beginning of your chapter. Repeat the process for Acknowledgment pages, About the Author pages, or anything else you have added to your TOC.

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Don’t forget other important pages.

 

Instead of toggling back and forth through all the different windows, I bookmark and name all items in my TOC and then go back to anchor and hyperlink. I also use the FIND feature to get me to the chapters in the middle of the document faster. That’s just me, though.

If you’re feeling extra frisky, you could even hyperlink the chapters in the manuscript back to the TOC. This will allow your readers to go back to the TOC and hop around to different chapters with ease. Just go to your TOC page, highlight the TOC title, bookmark/name it—same steps as before. The difference is finding Chapter One in the document (instead of in the TOC), then highlight, anchor, and hyperlink. Repeat for every chapter.

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Bookmark TOC.

 

 

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Hyperlink chapters to TOC for easy hopping around to different locations.

 

It might seem laborious, but once you do it a couple of times, it becomes quite easy-peasy. Don’t forget to check all your hyperlinks to make sure they go to the right chapters, and vice versa.

And now you know!


Link of the Week – Smashwords + Overdrive

June 3, 2014

smashwords-logoFor those of you who are Indie authors or are considering going indie…

Smashwords has now teamed up with Overdrive. Overdrive is the distributor of ebooks to 90% of the libraries in the US. For someone like me who has taken the long route to get into my local library, this is a big deal. 

http://blog.smashwords.com/2014/05/smashwords-and-overdrive-to-bring.html