Marnie Pehrson explains how to find out how many books you have to sell on Amazon to obtain Amazon best-seller status in the category of your choice. …and, incidentally, how to figure out how many books everybody else is selling in any category you want. Brilliant!
What Number of Self-Pubbed Books Sold Impresses Big 6 Pros?
What standard of achievement in terms of self-published book sales is the threshold for impressing pros in the traditional publishing world? Major book agent Mollie Glick. provides the answer: The Book Doctors: What is the threshold for sales of a self-published book that make you go, “Wow!”? And in what time frame are you looking for with these numbers? Mollie … Read More
Sandy & Patrick Jones: Anatomy of a Free Day with Amazon KDP Select
A guest post on Renee Pawlish’s blog provides tips on using the free promotional features of Amazon’s KDP Select program: I wanted to share some of the information I have gathered from two 2-day free events with Amazon. It took a while just to get to the point where I could understand some of the complexities of the industry. I … Read More
Free Copies of Guy Kawasaki’s APE
Writer.ly is giving away free copies of Guy Kawasaki’s new book, “APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur – How to Publish a Book”, to people who register. A nice deal!
Hot Stuff for Writers: Study of Hundreds of Authors Yields 50 Marketing Tips
Bo Bennett has built a ebook company over the last two years that manages 2,000 titles. He’s just released a free book of promotion and marketing tips. Readers who think marketing advice is necessarily complicated, esoteric, and expensive will applaud Bo Bennett’s decision to release his new ebook ’50 Tips for Promoting and Marketing Your eBook’ at no charge through … Read More
Mark Coker: Free Ebooks = Reviews = Future Sales
via Mark Coker: 5 Steps to Boost eBook Sales – Listening to Readers. What if you don’t have reviews? – This is as big of a problem as poor reviews. If your book has been out for more than three months and it’s not selling and you don’t have reviews, consider setting the price to free, at least for a limited … Read More
Ebook Prices Have Stabilized (at Least for the Moment)
via Digital Book World – After a Roller-Coaster Ride, Ebook Prices Have Stabilized Somewhat in 2013: Prices have since stabilized at a low level as retailers and publishers jockey for position among consumers who generally like and want lower ebook prices. We are now seeing some of the largest publishers experiment with discounting even newer titles. This past week, the average … Read More
Will Google Compete with Amazon as a Bookseller?
via TechCrunch: Google Is Building A Same-Day Amazon Prime Competitor, “Google Shopping Express”: Google is stealthily preparing to launch an Amazon Prime competitor called “Google Shopping Express.” According to one source the service will be $10 or $15 cheaper than Amazon Prime, so $69 or $64 a year and offer same-day delivery from brick-and-mortar stores like Target, Walmart, Walgreens and Safeway … Read More
Fujitsu Says “Keyboard? We Don’t Need No Stinkeen Keyboard”
Fujitsu wants to enable you to type when you don’t have a keyboard handy: The way the entire thing works is as follows: the fingers hit the surface just as they would do on a physical keyboard. The tablet’s webcam picks up these movements, which in turn is the only input for the underlying software. The software will process the … Read More
Top 10 Twitter Hashtags for Writers
Novel Publicity provides a list of top hashtags for writers to use on Twitter: 2. #amediting – …and this is for when you’re editing your work. 3. #askagent – Some agents will answer questions that are tagged with this. You are following agents, right? 4. #fridayreads – So you can tell people what you’re reading. Happens every Friday. This is a great … Read More