If you’re planning to self-publish an ebook, and don’t have the skills, you’re in luck. Amazon’s experimenting with an automated ebook cover generator (on the lines of CreateSpace’s cover generator. And it’ll be free.) About time, I say.
The Digital Reader has more details on this.
Author Interview – Rasaba Atreya, a successful author born out of annoyance with advertisements … (via ePublish a Book)
Author Interview – Rasaba Atreya, a successful author born out of annoyance with advertisements … Rasana Atreya, author of Tell A Thousand Lies, left a comfortable job in IT because she thought roughing it out as a penniless writer was romantic. She’s a blogger, and the mother of two grade-schoolers…
Kobo, the Japanese counterpart to Amazon, is running a limited time promotion. Between September 1 and November 30 all ebooks priced between $1.99 and $12.99 will earn their authors 80 percent royalty (vs. Amazon’s 70%).
If the book is priced outside of this range, the author will earn 45% royalties (vs. Amazon’s 35%).
Kobo, anyone? kobobooks.com/KoboWritingLife
So you think Amazon is a monopoly? Now comes the news that Microsoft is set to enter the ebook space. Click here for the story from the Apple Insider.
Click here to see why.
My book, Tell A Thousand Lies, is officially out in the world! Print book to follow in a month or less. One line description: A politician bribes an oracle to declare the teen he’s targeted is a Goddess descended from the heavens to endorse him in the elections.
Since I refused a mainstream publishing offer, this is a huge step for me.
For indie authors, word of mouth, as well as reviews on Amazon etc, are absolutely crucial to survival. Should you wish to help, check out the Spread The Word tab above.
Click on the book cover (on your left) to buy the book.
This is an update to my previous post: Penguin, through it’s Book Country arm, is poised to take a 30% cut of of your royalties.
“In other words, an author who directly uploads his or her work to Amazon receives a 70 percent royalty. An author who uses Book Country to upload his or her work to Amazon receives 70 percent of that 70 percent. An author who publishes a $2.99 e-book directly on Amazon will receive $2.05 for each sale. An author who publishes an e-book to Amazon through Book Country will receive just $1.47 for each sale.”
This is in addition to the ‘fees’ you pay Book Country. So Penguin charges you both a one-time fee *and* keeps a percentage of your royalties for perpetuity. Nice deal for Penguin. Not so nice for the desperate-to-be-published writer.