Archive for the 'Bookselling' Category

Understanding Amazon’s KDP Program

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Have you published your books through the Amazon KDP program? Do you understand the statements/reports? I think I’m beginning to. I started getting confused when they introduced KOLL (Kindle Owner’s Lending Library) and now there’s KENP (Kindle Edition Normalized Pages). Suddenly, I noticed that book sales for my Klepto Cat Mysteries were down a little, […]

Why Write a Book Proposal?

Monday, September 7th, 2015

At some point during the process of writing a book, you may realize that you need a book proposal. Maybe you’ve finished writing your memoir, travel guide, business book, cookbook, mystery, or historical novel and you’re seeking publication. You approach a publisher or an agent who says, “Please submit a complete book proposal.” Perhaps you’re […]

Your Book Review

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

I read the other day through one of my online discussion groups that Amazon was running a paid review program. Color me gullible, but I was ready to believe it—but I couldn’t actually believe it. I mean, things are changing so fast and furious in publishing and companies are reaching out and trying new things… […]

What’s to Become of the Book Festival?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The giant Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (LATFB) is over. Typically, we would still be planning for the event, but it came earlier than usual this year. I guess the timing of Easter had something to do with that. SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network) had a presence at the LATFB as we […]

“Is my book good enough?”

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

This is a question I sometimes get from new authors. “Is it publishable?” I sometimes wonder if they actually mean, “can I make a lot of money selling this book?” Or do they simply want to know if they’d be embarrassing themselves if they publish this book? When an author asks this, he or she […]

Kindle Novels Are Selling

Monday, August 12th, 2013

If you have a novel in the works or if you’re currently seeking a publisher, I urge you to consider signing up for the Kindle Direct Publishing program (KDP). Here are the facts: Nearly seventy-eight percent of all books produced each year sell fewer than 100 copies. Of course, that’s generally because authors aren’t aware […]

Card Readers, Amazon and Library Sales

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

I’m still catching up with my contacts made from the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. I had to manually make a few credit card charges. My new Intuit card reader quit working and the backup I brought with me would not work, either. Bummer. I have had a merchant account system connected to my […]

What’s the Value of a Book Festival for Authors?

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

I’m back from the Los Angeles Festival of Books (LATFB). And I have stories to tell. If you’ve never sat in a booth at a major book festival with your book, I recommend it. But I have to tell you that it will not be a relaxing way to spend an afternoon or an entire […]

Get More Valuable Exposure for Your Book

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

I promised I would talk about exposure today. Exposure is one of the most valuable benefits you take away from nearly any of your promotional efforts. The exposure benefits are especially prevalent and important to authors who get out and speak to their audiences. Whether you are speaking to a group, talking casually with people […]

Bookselling Opportunity for Authors

Friday, February 1st, 2013

SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network) is offering some major book-promotion opportunities right now. Join SPAWN ($65/year) and you can sign up to sell your books at the gigantic Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in the SPAWN booth. $203 per day instead of the $1,000 (or so) you would pay for a booth […]