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Unfortunately, all those stories about how KDP's new system would be a "boon to authors" wasn't true. It's just another cut in royalties for people in Select. 
July marks the start of the new payment terms for KDP Select. Where Amazon used to pay participating authors based on the number of times an ebook was loaned in Kindle Owner's Lending Library or KDP Select, under the new terms Amazon will pay each author based on the number of pages that have been... Read More »
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Too many fish (i.e. putative authors) in the sea. Same limited food supply. Therefore, portions become smaller. Soon enough, some fish will die away (self-publishing does not give autonomous control to all those pale fish), and portions will swell. Amazon, like most any other company, is in business to grow and then maintain maximum profits. Their best suppliers will prevail. (May you be one of them.) Capitalism 101.
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Interesting post from Bookbub about what covers sell best in what genre. I was awfully pleased to see books and cats are good for mysteries, since my mystery launching July 8th has both :-)
A great cover design can be one of your book’s biggest marketing assets. Our testing has shown that a cover alone can account for a 30 percent difference in clicks on a BookBub listing, and other s...
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11 Tips For The Care And Feeding Of Your Muse: A Writer’s Guide
by Ruth Harris T he muse (also referred to as intuition, instinct, the subconscious, a superpower, the Spidey sense) is generally a friendly and cooperative breed. By nature, the muse tends to be bright eyed, curious and energetic. However, ignored or poorl...
by Ruth Harris The muse (also referred to as intuition, instinct, the subconscious, a superpower, the Spidey sense) is generally a friendly and cooperative breed. By nature, the muse tends to be bright eyed, curious and energ...
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Some important info here. This is what happens when robots are in charge. A number of perfectly benign words will get your review blocked by Amazon's robots. They're trying to keep out obscenities, but that means you also can't say "cock-eyed", "pedagogue", or "assistant". http://www.theinternetpatrol.com/list-of-words-that-will-get-your-amazon-review-rejected/
Many words are prohibited in Amazon reviews, and will get your review rejected. There is no list of forbidden words, so we have decided to create a list here.
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That is sad but funny at the same time.
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6 Bad Reasons to Write a Novel…and 6 Good Ones
by Anne R. Allen S o you think you want to write a novel? You're not alone. According to a New York Times study done a decade ago, 81% of Americans "think they have a book in them". With the indie ebook revolution, I'm sure the percentage has grown. Of cou...
by Anne R. Allen So you think you want to write a novel? You're not alone. According to a New York Times study done a decade ago, 81% of Americans "think they have a book in them". With the indie ebook revolution, I'm sure ...
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Why it's smart to be on Google Plus. Jon Morrow is a major blogging guru. He says, "Google+ consistently delivers more engaged visitors than both Twitter and Facebook. On average, a visitor from Google+ will spend over three minutes on your site, compared to around two minutes for those other platforms."
It might surprise you, but Google+ is still a great place to find eager and engaged readers for your blog. Just follow these four simple steps.
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I loved this post, too, Anne! :)
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The EBUK guys say that India is one of the most exciting prospects on the planet right now for indie authors, and with Bookbub now sending out a newsletter with buy buttons for some of the key Indian stores, including Amazon and Flipkart, we can expect to see a handful of western indies do very well here over the next twelve months.
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I am going to have to figure out how to get Google Plus NOT to post my blog automatically any more, because they never put in the featured graphic. They choose a random tiny thing from the sidebar. 

What was supposed to post was the cover of my new book, which is now available for pre-order for only 99c. It's a comedy about cyberbullying, review trolls, and Richard III. Plus a cat named Buckingham. I just tried to post the Amazon link but Google plus won't post my cover from there either. They'll only post the graphic of an ad for another book Amazon is trying to push on my page. What's UP with them? http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2015/06/11-tips-for-care-and-feeding-of-your.html
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Try putting 'editor in chief' and I think it will take it then.
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It seems we all have to learn about message apps for book promotion. Me, I don't even have a smartphone, so I have no idea what a message app is, but I guess I have to learn...
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I have no idea why Google Plus always takes a random photo from the sidebar instead of my featured book. Today I have a book on a 99c sale: Sherwood Ltd. Plus I have a cover reveal for my new Camilla mystery, SO MUCH FOR BUCKINGHAM. I LOVE this cover from +Keri Knutson 
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Alas and alack! Once again the powers that be fix something that is not broken.
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Mark Williams from EBUK talks foreign markets, especially China. "There are incredible opportunities in the global markets right now for those of us willing to go the extra mile, stake our claim and do some prospecting.

China is by far the largest, but by no means the only goldmine out there for savvy indies willing to take the international markets seriously."
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Why All Authors May Have a "Hybrid" Future: Veteran Children's Author Kristiana Gregory Goes Indie
T he self-publishing movement that was sparked by the introduction of the Kindle ereader eight years ago has taken the entire industry on a rollercoaster ride that shows no signs of slowing down.  The only thing we can count on in today's publishing world i...
The self-publishing movement that was sparked by the introduction of the Kindle ereader eight years ago has taken the entire industry on a rollercoaster ride that shows no signs of slowing down.  The only thing we can coun...
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Good stuff +Anne R. Allen Looking forward to our first Kindles and Audibles
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I'm the author of eight comic novels, FOOD OF LOVE and THE GATSBY GAME, THE LADY OF THE LAKEWOOD DINER, and THE CAMILLA RANDALL MYSTERIES: THE BEST REVENGE, GHOSTWRITERS IN THE SKYSHERWOOD, LTD, NO PLACE LIKE HOME and SO MUCH FOR BUCKINGHAM I also have a collection of short fiction and verses called WHY GRANDMA BOUGHT THAT CARI'm published by MWiDP and Kotu Beach Press.

I've also written a survival guide for writers with Amazon #1 author Catherine Ryan Hyde: HOW TO BE A WRITER IN THE E-AGE and a two-fer boxed set combining The Chanel Caper by NYT million-seller Ruth Harris and The Gatsby Game: CHANEL AND GATSBY

My three comic mysteries about women of the Boomer generation are now available in a boxed set: BOOMER WOMEN: THREE COMEDIES ABOUT A GENERATION THAT CHANGED THE WORLD.

I'm  a former actress and stage director, a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, and I live on the beautiful Central Coast of CA, near San Luis Obispo--the town Oprah called the "happiest town in the US.".
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My blog, Anne R. Allen's Blog...with Ruth Harris was named one of the Best 101 Websites for Writers by Writer's Digest.
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blogging, social media, public speaking, acting, directing, teaching, and I make great chicken soup
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Conferences, Conventions, Workshops, Festivals, Retreats, and Seminars Ongoing - Page Lambert - Workshops, seminars, and writing retreats Ca

Blogs for Self-Publishers, May 16 – 22, 2015 — The Book Designer
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Blogs for Self-Publishers, May 16 – 22, 2015 including Anne R. Allen, Dara Beevas, Amy Quale, Laurie Boris, Jordan Rosenfeld and Debbie Youn

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I talk about books because books are my life. Pardon the F**K outa me. (...
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Something that really got under my skin this week: an author friend of mine was erased from Facebook. Both her personal account and author p

Boost Recognition, Get New Readers, and Increase Sales
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18 of the world's foremost thought-leaders on book marketing and authorial development weigh in on how to best get your book into the hands

Amazon Adds New Review Options Via Drop Down Menus
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If you've tried to review a book on Amazon recently, Amazon has added a few options for users when r...

The Top 10 Resources for Self-Publishing Authors | Mark my Words
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Self-publishing authors have a fair bit to do: Write, edit and format books, design covers, learn how to use Kindle Direct Publishing (and o

6 Quick Tricks to Transform Crappy Ideas into Gleaming Nuggets of Undeni...
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Struggling to come up with content ideas that don't suck. Learn how to transform mediocre to magical with these simple creativity tricks.

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Over several years of blogging, I’ve received some interesting letters from people. And by “interesting” I mean “rude.”

Your eBook Deal How-To Guide! - Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
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eBook Sites You Should Be Using to Promote Your eBook Deal! POSTED eBook Deal How-To 02122015 So you've scheduled an eBook promotion and mar

Copyright Myths Authors Should Know About
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Authors are no strangers to bullshit. We listen to book reviewers, we have agents, we troll forums; we are constantly immersed in a world of

The Beauty Of Being A Hybrid Author • Pubslush Blog
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This week, we had the pleasure of interviewing the talented, Catherine Ryan Hyde author of 27 published and forthcoming books. Her bestselli

9 Ways Writing Short Stories Can Pay Off for WritersWritersDigest.com | ...
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BY ANNE R. ALLEN Bite-sized fiction has moved mainstream, and today’s readers are more eager than ever to “read short.” Here’s why writing l

Where to Find a Great Book Cover Artist
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They say don’t judge a book by its cover–but we do. The cover art has to grab our attention while conveying the tone of the story or a scene

How to Improve Your Fiction Marketing Through Peer Collaboration: 11 Quo...
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How to Improve Your Fiction Marketing Through Peer Collaboration: 11 Quotes From the Experts by Jason Kong offer suggestions from experts on

Negative Book Reviews Getting You Down?
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If negative book reviews are getting you down, read this article and learn to soar above and prove them wrong!

Put a Comedy in your Stocking! Anne R. Allen's NO PLACE LIKE HOME
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Recommended Reading: Like my Goddaughter series? Check out author Anne R. Allen! One of the pleasures I’ve had this year is discovering a fe

Blogs for Self-Publishers, August 30 to September 5, 2014 — The Book Des...
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Blogs for Self-Publishers, August 30 to September 5, 2014 including Molly Greene, Sabrina Ricci, Laurie Boris, Carla King and Lysa Grant

Top 30 Websites for Indie Authors - Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
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Trying to build your writing and publishing career is a challenge. There's a lot of information out there, and trying to discern a solid pie

Who’s Your Distributor: Smashwords or Draft2Digital? by Jason Matthews —...
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Who’s Your Distributor: Smashwords or Draft2Digital? by Jason Matthews compares the pros and cons of distributing books through Smashwords a