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What to do AFTER you upload your book on Amazon

Your Book’s First Day on Amazon.com

There are things we want to see on our book’s Amazon page: Search Inside working nicely (but not showing TOO much of the book) All versions of our book showing up on all the different book’s pages and linked together Our Author Page highlighted and linked Our reviews from previous editions posted on the current edition Perhaps our book discountedRead More …


Do This, Not That

This month, I asked Jerry Friends, the Publishing and Distribution Manager at Thompson Shore to sit down with me. Jerry and I met at AuthorU Extravaganza last September and I was impressed with his knowledge of self-publishing. Jerry has seen thousands of books succeed and fail in the last few years and so I asked him to join me. WhatRead More …


Can I Work with Wholesalers if I Use CreateSpace to Print my Book?

Question: “I published my book on CreateSpace…. can I work with wholesalers so I can sell my book to bookstores and libraries?” The Answer: Maybe. Here is the full story: If you have purchased your ISBNs from your country’s ISBN/Books in Print bureau (in the US, it is Bowker) then YOU own the ISBN and YOU are the publisher ofRead More …


Can Someone Else Sell My Book For Me?

“Hello, New Shelves Books, How may I help you?” “Hi, I have a book and I want to know if you can sell my book for me to stores and libraries?” The answer? Yes and No… It is possible to hire someone to EXECUTE the sales activities for your book, but YOU need to create the sales plan and the materialsRead More …


Amazon’s New Marketing Programs and Offerings

A few years back, authors and small presses could participate in a number of marketing programs at Amazon.com. BUY X GET Y was one of my favorites. You could contact Amazon and request a link from your book to another book of similar appeal. It was not inexpensive, but it was a terrific program that exposed your book to readersRead More …


Why you need IngramSpark AND CreateSpace – UPDATED

 By Amy Collins (previously published at www.buildbookbuzz.com) I have been asked one question more than any other: “Do I need IngramSpark if I have CreateSpace?” I know it’s tempting to avoid the extra expense and hassle of taking on a second print on demand (POD) provider, but I want to take a moment and share some of the experiences we’ve hadRead More …


How To Set Up a Price Specific Bar Code for FREE


POD Math

A number of you have asked me about how the math works when you go to IngramSpark for POD.  Here is an example: A 204 page POD paperback book costs $4.98 to print. (.02 a page plus .90 for the cover) The book is priced retail at 16.99 Ingram will purchase the book from Ingram Spark at 55% discount offRead More …


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