How Not To Go Up Against Amazon

How Not To Go Up Against Amazon

On December 6, 2013, Judge Jed Rakoff released an 18-page decision to throw out the lawsuit three independent bookstores filed again Amazon and “The Big Six Publishers” (Random House, Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group, and Macmillan). The

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Joey Pinkney hired by the Independent Author Index…

Joey Pinkney hired by the Independent Author Index…

As some of you know, I started the Independent Author Index as a one-woman show back in March 2012. It grew quickly from only 12 author profiles to over 250, and the addition of Book Bios and Book Reviews have pushed the number

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Amazon launching Kindle Matchbook in October…

Amazon launching Kindle Matchbook in October…

If you purchased a print book on Amazon, retroactive to 1995, you’ll be able to get the Kindle version of the book at a discount sometime in October. This is what Kindle Matchbook is all about. Although Amazon says almost

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3 Reasons It Makes Sense to Some Authors to Pay to Advertise Their Free eBooks…

3 Reasons It Makes Sense to Some Authors to Pay to Advertise Their Free eBooks…

There was a time when finding free eBooks, that weren’t already in the public domain, was like finding a grain of salt in a bowl of rice. However, times have changed drastically, and thousands, dare I say millions, of eBooks,

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Did you know Amazon has a Kindle Indie Bookstore?

Did you know Amazon has a Kindle Indie Bookstore?

Yes, I just found out about it today. I have several books published through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), and I stumbled on this information while searching for help with something else. According to the information I read, Amazon features “top

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Do you know where your book is?

Do you know where your book is?

One of the benefits to authors who join the Index is that they can have all the places where their books are being sold listed for each book. On the Join As An Author form, I list 34 online book-selling

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From WOW! Women on Writing: Create a Teacher’s Guide For Your Children’s Book with Carol J. Amato by Jessica Kennedy

From WOW! Women on Writing: Create a Teacher’s Guide For Your Children’s Book with Carol J. Amato by Jessica Kennedy

Have you ever considered creating a teacher’s guide for your children’s book? If you haven’t, you’re missing out on an opportunity to position your book to be adopted for use in the classroom. Carol J. Amato suggests creating a teacher’s

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So you never plan to write another book, eh?

So you never plan to write another book, eh?

I’ve been profiling independent authors on the Index for a little over a year now, and something that bothers me is that some authors create their whole web/social media presence around the first book they write. Don’t get me wrong.

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From Barnes & Noble: NOOK Press

From Barnes & Noble: NOOK Press

Today we are proud to announce the launch of NOOK Press, a new and innovative self-publishing platform offering authors a fast, easy and free way to write, edit, collaborate and publish the highest quality eBooks and directly distribute them to millions

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Hammer Your Grammar: Have vs. Of

Hammer Your Grammar: Have vs. Of

Choose the correct answer for each sentence. Decide whether the sentence should contain have or of. 1. Mario could [have or of] called Simon and told him he wasn’t going to be able to make it. 2. Alexa and Canady

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