Amazon Giveaways • Are Ebooks Getting Shafted?

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 Amazon.com 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

Great Rules of Good Writing

If you google “manuscript formatting” or “writing guidelines,” you’ll get a plethora of suggestions on how to write and format your masterpiece.  If you listen to everyone who has an opinion, or even just to those who have an opinion and claim to be experts, you’ll end up writing pablum. Which may be great it … Read more