How do I set up preorders for paperbacks?

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If you’re new to the writing scene (or even relatively new) you may have seen indie authors with books set up for pre-order purchase and for both ebook and paperback. For authors who use KDPprint (Amazon’s publishing service) this seems like a mystery. (If you need an example, here is an amazon link to my upcoming Oct 2022 release, Sell More Books at Live Events.)

How does an author do that? KDPprint does not allow a paperback to collect presales, only ebook versions. There are reasons why which we could spend time speculating on, but that would be a waste. The big question is: how can an indie set that up?

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Want to sell more books at live events? Free resource for a limited time!

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Early May… at a mid-Iowa Renaissance Festival.
It always rains at renfest. At least for a few minutes. A quick shower gave me a moment to sort out the larger bills from the smaller ones. It was only the first day, but I was doing pretty well. Enough that a random kilted man sees my cash and says to his buddy in the pirate outfit, “Dang, man. I’m in the wrong business. I’ve gotta write me a book.”

Here’s the thing about me, but I’m good at live sales… like the face to face kind… I’m always trying to improve my online sales systems, but I excel at live shows. I travel to sell my books at multiple events per year. Let me tell you about it… Continue reading Want to sell more books at live events? Free resource for a limited time!

Color Printing and the Cost impact of Children’s books

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I recently had a reader email me questions about printing color in books.  Their question/complaint was along the lines of “Is having color in my book an industry no-no? Are interior color images useless in a +500 page book? I don’t understand this book selling industry and the absolutely crazy costs of this type of publishing!!!”

The frustration is understandable—especially since there are some things a person might want to try, such as including a few color images inside the book. This might especially be true if you are writing nonfiction and have a handful of images you might wish to include—something common in travelogues and other types of books…

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Help me avoid homelessness!

 

Hey everyone! I’m not quite homeless, but if I was a hobo would you give me $1? Would you buy 17 books from me for $0.99? What if some of the books in that fat stack of fiction were by a few bestsellers? 

Check out this huge book bundle I’m in and buy a copy of 17 books for just .99. It will seriously help prevent me from becoming homeless! Plus you’ll get like $150 worth of books for one fifteenth of the cost of the last coffee I bought at Starbucks… just click here or on the graphic!

Start a scary-good new series.

My Post-Apocalyptic SF/Horror has just released and it’s just 99c through Halloween. This story is my baby. Please pick up a copy and tell the world!

Dr. Swaggart must race against time, failing lights, and a leaky oxygen tank to save his new family: the last remnant of mankind who dwells in the underground bunker Ark 1. If he fails, the monster infecting his friends will finally succeed in destroying humanity once and for all!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09DWJZKS7

NaNoWriMo: Special Tool Set

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Nanowrimo is coming up. It’s okay if you’re not participating, but if you’re an author (at any stage–maybe you’re just dabbling or considering your first story) this bundle of tools might be an amazing find for you. you can get the full load of books from folks who know a few things about the Indie world. You can pick up all the books for just $20 or 4 of them for $5.

I can tell you that I bought some of these books for full price and have used them in my own writing career. You’ll find books by Kevin J Anderson (Dune, Star Wars,) Craig Martelle (20booksto50k,) Joanna Penn (The Creative Penn,) and yours truly!

It also includes a massive discount on Jutoh3 if you’re looking to get away from standard word processors (I use Scrivener which this Jutoh has been compared to).

Get the whole thing for a limited time (through November) over at https://storybundle.com/nano

How to not look like a hack on StoryOrigin

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I use StoryOrigin a lot. For a while, I used both SO and BookFunnel, but I found I preferred SO for a variety of reasons. It used to be free, and I was actually happy when it went to a paid service because even a very low cost of entry helps weed out the no talent hacks. Yes. I said it. (There are a great many folks who will load up newsletter swaps—as many as 70 of them per NL Swap—with really bad DIY covers and questionable content.)

Authors who use newsletter services like StoryOrigin, BookFunnel, Prolficworks, etc. are very familiar with “Freebie seekers.” They eventually get purged from our NewsLetter Lists… likewise with unscrupulous swappers who steal access to your list or repeatedly beg to swap their garbage books that they’ve invested $0 into in hopes that you’ll prominently feature that terrible cover to their audience even though your $600 pro cover (and $400 edit) will be at the bottom of a 30 book catalogue email on a NL list with a 2% open rate out of 212 subs (and one of those recorded opens was the author just testing the link).

You can see I have an ax to grind with NL swap partners who act like hacks. Even though SO is a paid service, it is still free, but with limited features, just like bookfunnel is. I could talk about why I think SO is superior, but I’ll leave that for another time.

However, I’ve run across a great many folks with great covers for books that have decent reviews and they still look like hacks. It’s not their fault (actually it is) but they might have never wrapped their head around how the process works—that ignorance leads them to miss out on swaps and inclusion with group promos so I thought I’d write a hand guide. Ignorance is easily cured so long as a person wishes it so. Sidenote: you may have gotten this link emailed directly to you if you tried to swap with me on SO or enter one of my group promos. Please pay attention to this article’s contents as the things discussed in it are the norm for both SO & BookFunnel. If I sent this to you, take it as an indication that potential swaps may happen further down the line so long as you start using the system correctly.

Without further ado, let’s discuss How not to look like a hack on StoryOrigin.

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