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How to set up “Kindle for the Web” on your site

A few days ago my web site was mentioned in the Amazon Author Central newsletter as an example of Amazon’s new Kindle for the Web feature in action. Here’s what it looks like on my web site (or you can just click the “Chapter One” link above): By pasting a text string supplied by Amazon,…

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Must-read blogs for the indie author

To be an indie author is to be (at varying times) an editor, a designer, a production manager, and a publicist. It’s not easy being an expert at so many things. So I devote a fair amount of my time learning from the experts. Fortunately, many of them publish blogs. And by experts I’m not…

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The production of The Tourist Trail

Lately I’ve received a number of questions from fellow writers about the self-publishing process. While I don’t consider myself an expert, I’m happy to share the ups and downs of my journey. Just keep in mind that the list below is already a few steps too long given recent changes in the industry. Here is…

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The Kindle Nation Effect: From 25,000 to 234 overnight

Yesterday, The Tourist Trail was featured on Kindle Nation. Kindle Nation is a newsletter/web site published by Steve Windwalker, who is an expert on the Kindle ecosystem — from self-publishing to pricing to sales numbers. If you’re an author or reader, his newsletters are a must read. Anyway, I woke up this morning and my…

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The book is published. Now the hard work begins…

The Tourist Trail is available on the Kindle, on the iPad, and, at last, in paperback (from Amazon and from me). Now the hard work begins. I don’t mean to trivialize the writing of this book. Four years went into it and countless drafts. But for the self-published, self-promotion is a steep uphill climb. It’s…

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Amazon doubles Kindle royalties (with strings attached)

Amazon has gone from offering authors and publishers 35% royalties to 70% royalties. Why the sudden act of generosity you ask? Perhaps it has something to do with the competition. Apple’s iPad offers a 70% royalty rate by default. And Google’s upcoming Editons Program is said to offer a 63% royalty (I’m not sure how they…