Distribution paradox & disparity of price of indie authors books.

Distribution paradox & disparity of price of indie authors books – with Paul White

Ramblings from a Writer's Mind


Yep, that’s a long(ish) title but it says what this post is about.

I have been asked on several occasions if my books are [officially] available from outlets other than CreateSpace/Amazon.

The answer is:I am slowly extending the platforms where my books can be obtained. Migrating some and simply offering others on multi-platforms.

The reasons for the disparity are many, I shall not delve into them all here.

Another issue on many sites is the price charged for my books. This is to some extent beyond my control, or at least I am bound by certain parameters which make it impossible for me to have a single fixed price across all outlets.

6a00d8341c4eab53ef01b8d244c94a970c-300wiWhile this is somewhat annoying, I can see the relation with other products, the ‘recommended retail price‘, or ‘manufacturers suggested selling price‘, which individual retailers try to ‘discount’ against as they…

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8 Tips to Get Great Amazon Book Reviews…

Tips on how to get great Amazon Reviews

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

By Lisa Tener – Book Writing Coach

One strategy that can help catapult your book to page one on Amazon results are your Amazon book reviews. Of course, your book needs to be categorized well on Amazon (with the right keywords and categories). It needs to be well-written, too! But after these “givens” reviews rock.

Why are Amazon Book Reviews Important?

#1: Amazon Takes Reviews Seriously. The Amazon Algorithm looks at book purchases but also at reviews. A large number of 5 star reviews (and 4 star as well) shows Amazon that the book has merit among readers. Amazon will, however, discount reviews if they are from people who did not purchase on Amazon or, so I have heard, if it looks to their algorithm as if you are closely related to the reviewer.

#2: Readers Take Amazon Reviews Seriously. Many potential book buyers read reviews. First, almost…

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Author Toolbox Blog Hop: Sharing a World

Auhor Toolbox Blog Hop

Megan Morgan

It’s time for the Author Toolbox Blog Hop! The hop takes place the third Wednesday of every month (minus November/December) and focuses on the sharing of resources and learning tools for authors.

Stop by the hop page and check out all the participants and their posts this month! Also check out #AuthorToolboxBlogHop on Twitter.

A Common Theme

Many times authors don’t just write one book with the same characters and world–series, sequels, trilogies, quadrilogies and more are pretty common in a variety of genres. They’re often found in sci-fi and fantasy, and in the genre I write, romance. It’s also common in the mystery world, with multi-volume series that focus on one sleuth or detective. It’s this last example that brings me to what I want to talk about today:

The shared world series.

A “shared world” is usually written one of two major ways: either the main character or…

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Tips and Tricks

Wow Tina. I’m learning something else i didn’t know. Thank you 🙂


I always appreciate authors and bloggers sharing
information that makes my blogging life a little easier. Over this past year, I’ve picked up several tips and tricks that I’d like to share with you.


1. Check comments regularly for Spam and Pending.

Many of us have experienced our comments on other blogs being relegated to spam. This is disconcerting, as the blogger might think we’re not visiting their blog; and we may have no way of
letting them know we are. Check spam first, because when a
comment is marked Not Spam, it will be moved to Pending. Then go to Pending and marked Approved.

2. Close comments when appropriate.

We might choose to close comments on our posts for several
reasons: e.g., we’re going on a blogging break; we’re reblogging and want readers to leave comments on the original post.

To the best of my…

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Why Guest Posting Is Important For You And Your Readers [Blogging]

The importance of guest blogging….go on i dare you 🙂

Rachel Poli

Guest posting is a fun way to promote your own blog as well as reach out to other bloggers, potential readers, and get to know other bloggers and friends. It’s the easiest way to make connections and to show off some cool writing, whether it’s yours or someone else.

Why Guest Posting Is So Important | Guest Posts | Blogging | RachelPoli.com

Why You Should Guest Post On Other Blogs

If you want to gain more of an audience or just share more of your writing around, search for blogs that write in your niche and check out their guidelines. You may have a piece that might fit well with their blog or you might have to try to write something that caters to their blog’s wants and needs.

Guest posting will allow more exposure for your writing and your blog. A new audience my find their way to your blog and you’ll have other people liking and promoting your work. You have…

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Five lessons learned as a Speaker/Guest Author at a Lit Festival…

Lessons learnt when you are a guest speaker

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

All learned the very hard way, so you don’t

By Sherry Carroll, AKA the Shiny Happy Sherry


Remember, it can always get worse…


If they offer you a chair, take it…

If they don’t offer you a chair, don’t forget to ask for one.

This was my first public speaking event (as a writer) and the first time EVER doing a reading of one of my books, Even Rock and Roll has Fairy Tales: the Flight of the Sherry Fairy,with a QA and a book signing after; and standing up on stage all that time, without being able to move around much, because you are nervously trying to juggle a book in order to read it out loud to a room full of people, is not as easy as it sounds, especially in high (ish) heels.

My knees/legs were so sore the next day I could…

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Style and Voice #amwriting

Style and Voice! How do you write

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

The literary voice is the way a story is told. Literary voice has been compared to  music. We’ve all noticed how a well-known song can sound so different, depending on who is performing it. The words are the same, the basic melody is there, but some performances shine while others miss the mark.

The distinctive style of each writer forms when we engage personally with a topic and impart our personality to that piece of literature. We are each islands in a vast sea of writers, and the view from our place in the universe is slightly different from that of our fellows.

Therefore, how we convey what we see and imagine has an identifiable sound that is ours alone. Phrasing, word choices, these are the recognizable sounds of our literary style. Our habitual writing style is our unique fingerprint, the author’s voice.

However, voice is often what we love…

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