Amazon Giveaways • Are Ebooks Getting Shafted?

Crossing In Time by D. L. Orton

Or Why do Amazon Giveaways for Print Books Count Toward Bestseller Rankings But Ebooks Do Not? This is the second post in an ongoing analysis of Amazon Giveaways for books (Kindle, paperback, and hardback editions). In an earlier blog post, I shared some data on Amazon Giveaways for Kindle ebooks. My conclusion: If you don’t want … Read more

Are Amazon Ebook Giveaways a SCAM?

Are Amazon Ebook Giveaways a Scam?

On March 1st, 2016 announced that Kindle ebooks would now be eligible for Amazon Giveaways, and the Indie Publishing (aka Self Publishing) World cautiously celebrated (i.e. we drank our morning coffee with a bit more zest.) After running a handful of ebook giveaways (seven as of today), it turns out that the initial caution … Read more

The Best Hookers


A couple of years ago I signed up for an Algonkian writer’s workshop.  I was interested in the workshop because I wanted to see how my writing stood up to the scrutiny of others, but also because I wanted to see what the competition looked like:  What were other first-time novelists writing about?  How captivating were … Read more