Talking about ISBNs for self published authors.

I now have ISBNs. Loads of them. This is a big deal for me as it’s a step closer to producing a better book. I haven’t bought any up to now for the following reasons: I want my books professionally edited. I want legit covers designed. I need ISBNs for them. Professional editing costs a …

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Writing in a pandemic

Well, my (writing) world went to shit. I can’t write in cafés anymore. I could. They’re open, but I don’t want to. Plus, I’m not ready to edit yet. I’m still drafting my next story. My dictation schedule took a hammering because after I stopped watching non-stop news updates, the sun had come out, and …

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Amazon's Algorithm Book Sale Rank and Effect

Amazon’s 30, 60, & 90 day cliff, and the power of 1 sale

Look at the Amazon Rank Graphic. Is your book lurking at the bottom of the Amazon Charts? Or are you worrying about Amazon’s 30, 60, & 90 day ‘cliff’ drop? Fear not. My chart graphic shows what happens when a book is left without promotion until it hits the floor (around # 8 million in …

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How to write a character first powerful plot

How to write a character first powerful plot

We’ve all heard that plot driven stories may be fun to write, but readers stick around for the characters. But how exactly do we squeeze all that boring character heavy stuff into our action packed storyline?? If you’re like me, character may be your weakness. You know enough, but start with plotting and the character …

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The Difference Between An Idea, A Concept, And A Premise

An idea is to travel to Florida. A concept is to travel by car and stop at all the national parks along the way. A premise is to take your estranged father with you and mend fences while on the road.   This is taken directly from the pages of Larry Brooks’, Story Engineering. I …

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The Christmas Book Buying Public for Self Published Authors

This Post is just a reminder for Christmas next year at how powerful the Nov/Dec month is. For me, sales didn’t really register for the first few days of Dec, but that’s probably a delay in Amazon’s reporting. This tells me that I need to get everything done and published by November 2020 at the …

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Amazon Ads in Germany, Italy, France, & Spain

One small leap for man. One giant leap for mankind! I jumped in with both eyes closed and completed my first German AMS Ad! If it wasn’t for Google Translate*, I wouldn’t have gotten through the signup process. Luckily, it connected through my UK login and accepted my banking details (already saved in the dashboard …

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Customer Psychology and Key Dates for Fiction Book Publishing

Thinking of Publishing in July? November? Maybe Easter? Think again. Don’t make decisions based on ‘hunches’. Make them based on data. And if you haven’t published yet and need some evidence, use mine. Above is a chart of my AMS ad spend (orange line) and my Impressions (blue blocks) for 2019. You’ll see how the …

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Shocka! eBooks Sales Are Down! And Why This Is Very Wrong

Audiobook sales are up and eBook sales are down according to The Times. Full article here but due to The Times paywall barrier you can read more about this on the Independent article. But more importantly, is this true? Yes and no. tl;dr: We don’t really know because Amazon doesn’t release their sales figures and …

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The Best Free Book on Writing Craft by Philip K Dick

If you ever write, or see writing where, arms reach, shoulders shrug, eyes follow, hands roam, lips pucker, or eyebrows bunch, Philip K Dick has the perfect solution for you. This short and sweet text is the perfect lesson to discover short-comings in your writing, or that of others. I promise after this read, you’ll …

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