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renegadepoetry

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HOW TO SET A RELEASE DATE
Posted: Jul 4, 2011 3:21 PM
 
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Hi. I am publishing my 2nd book through Amazon kindle, how do I make a release date for August so that people can pre order?
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Re: HOW TO SET A RELEASE DATE
Posted: Jul 4, 2011 4:26 PM   in response to: renegadepoetry in response to: renegadepoetry
 
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It's simple. Find a Big 6 publisher to publish your book, agree to give them most of the profits, and then tell them what date you want to establish for release. After they stop laughing, they'll tell you that they'll have it up in about a year.

If you absolutely insist on keeping most of the money earned through the sweat of your brow, you're out luck. Amazon only let's the big boys and girls do preorders. Indies need not apply.
zandosman

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Re: HOW TO SET A RELEASE DATE
Posted: Jul 4, 2011 4:39 PM   in response to: scribblr in response to: scribblr
 
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Or you could set up your author central page and tell people when you plan to release your next book?
dinahsanders

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Re: HOW TO SET A RELEASE DATE
Posted: Sep 10, 2011 11:06 AM   in response to: scribblr in response to: scribblr
 
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Nonsense. This is a perfectly reasonable question. Other online services offer pre-sales and the ability to set a release date in the future.

I'm just setting up for my first Kindle release and was quite surprised to discover that Amazon lacks support for this. Seems strange for them to walk away from this potential income and to risk being later to offer the book than their competition.
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Re: HOW TO SET A RELEASE DATE
Posted: Sep 10, 2011 11:14 AM   in response to: dinahsanders in response to: dinahsanders
 
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[i]Other online services offer pre-sales and the ability to set a release date in the future.[/i]

Which are these? I would like to use them.
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Re: HOW TO SET A RELEASE DATE
Posted: Sep 10, 2011 1:25 PM   in response to: dinahsanders in response to: dinahsanders
 
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[i]Nonsense. This is a perfectly reasonable question.[/i]

I never said it wasn't a reasonable question. Please don't put words in my mouth, I take enough heat for the things I actually say.
:-)

I surmise that Amazon won't let authors establish future release dates with pre-sales because they don't want to collect monies and then have to credit them if the author misses the deadline. The big publishers probably guarantee that the book will be available, and might even have submitted it to Amazon already. The pre-sales might just be a way of building hype. I even asked Amazon if they would allow me to establish a post-submission date for release, with NO pre-sales, and they refused.
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