Link of the Week – A Voice, Indie Author Support Network

April 24, 2018

Indie authors are long past being tired of the Zon’s antics. Such monkey business includes rank stripping, disappearing reviews or page reads, sketchy Terms of Service rules, the ease of which scammers are able to take advantage, the lack of transparency, unfair wielding of power, and so much more. Most of the woes come from the Kindle Unlimited (KU) program but can affect all authors, whether they exclusively sell with Amazon or distribute wide using different platforms. But no matter what we say or do, Amazon ignores our concerns as if we are pesky little peons.

Currently, a new organization is being formed with the idea that indie authors are a massive force that can not only provide support to one another but give indie authors a voice.

You can read more about this group “exclusively focused on high-level advocacy and interfacing with retailers on issues which concern indies” in a blog post written by David Gaughran.

https://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2018/04/22/giving-a-voice-to-indies/

While this group is still very much in its infancy, I suspect this will catch on like a raging wildfire. It’s already gaining momentum.

http://indieauthorsupportnetwork.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/AuthorSupportNetwork/


Link of the Week – Surviving a Human Stampede

April 17, 2018

A human stampede. It can happen. At a concert, a protest, a sporting event, for the last box of Twinkies, or any place where there is a large gathering of people. This blog post from the Art of Manliness on surviving a human stampede offers some useful information should you ever find yourself caught up in the scary situation.

https://www.artofmanliness.com/2018/03/23/survive-human-stampede/


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 – Google Keyword Planner

April 3, 2018

Keywords are an important part of discoverability for anyone selling goods on Amazon. In authors’ cases, they help drive readers to books. With all the lovely (yes, that is sarcasm) algorithms Amazon has in place that makes it nearly impossible to get noticed, it is crucial to optimize the SEO for every book authors publish. One way to do that is to plan the best keywords to use for your metadata, book description, and more.

Try Google Keyword Planner to “refine search campaigns and ensure content remains relevant”. Come up with a bunch of words that would describe the main points or theme of your book (or other product you are selling) to plug into the planner and retrieve the keywords that garner the most search relevance.

Sounds like a winner.

https://adwords.google.com/home/tools/keyword-planner/


Link of the Week – Best Sellers that Don’t Sell

March 27, 2018

Here’s a bit about best sellers on Amazon in reference to ranking on paid versus category kindle books.  This blog — How To Avoid Best Sellers That Do Not Sell — on K-lytics breaks it down from the buyer’s perspective and the author’s perspective.

http://k-lytics.com/best-sellers/


Link of the Week – Amazon and Money Laundering

March 20, 2018

There seems to be no end to scams and the author is always on the raw end of the deal. Read, or watch the short video, on Fortune.com about a money-laundering scheme using independently published authors’ Amazon accounts.

http://fortune.com/2018/02/22/money-laundering-books-amazon/


Link of the Week – Bedsheet Escape

February 13, 2018

Don’t know about you, but I’ve often thought about how I would escape a burning building—or prison—several stories up. Now I know how, thanks to another tactical survival skill post by The Art of Manliness.

https://www.artofmanliness.com/2017/10/26/escape-building-using-bedsheets/