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ladyhawk101

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Re: Okay so what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Apr 9, 2012 6:01 AM   in response to: andrewtcampbell in response to: andrewtcampbell
 
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How are you on short fiction? Could you write a 10k spin-off of one of your existing books? If so, do it and list it on SW for free. Make sure it can stand alone, but at the end you can put in a bit about the book that inspired it. Gives people a chance to see what you can do and whets their appetite for more.

It wasn't me who listed this :(

I've no idea. And I've done a search but couldn't find anything relevant. :(
Sorry Andrew.
diamondlifestyle

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Re: Okay so what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Apr 9, 2012 6:18 AM   in response to: ladyhawk101 in response to: ladyhawk101
 
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It's Smashwords.com they distribute on their own site, and to B&N, itunes, sony, kobo, diesel and baker-taylor. You can list your works for free on there, and they'll go out to the network as free. Very useful for building a reputation / getting interest in an existing series. I've got a spin-off short from my fantasy trilogy free on SW and Amazon price-matched it back in October.
ladyhawk101

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Re: Okay so what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Apr 9, 2012 8:48 AM   in response to: diamondlifestyle in response to: diamondlifestyle
 
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SW duh. of course it is SMASHWORDS why didn't it click?

All my indie titles are on Smashwords :)
andrewtcampbell

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Re: Okay so what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:37 PM   in response to: ladyhawk101 in response to: ladyhawk101
 
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Thanks guys, this may be a silly question... but can you list a book on both Amazon and SmashWords? Am I right in saying that if you're listed on KDP select, there is some sort of agreement with them?

Andy
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Re: Okay so what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:51 PM   in response to: andrewtcampbell in response to: andrewtcampbell
 
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You can list your book on as many places as you'd like as long as you are not enrolled in Select. If you are, Amazon then requires exclusivity.
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Re: Okay so what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:59 PM   in response to: irene2147 in response to: irene2147
 
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I see. I wonder if its worth me remaining on kdp select? I only get about 2 borrows a month! What other sites can you list your book? I'd love to know what they are and if Im missing out on sales from these by remaining faithful to kdp...

Cheers!
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Re: Okay so what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Apr 9, 2012 1:17 PM   in response to: andrewtcampbell in response to: andrewtcampbell
 
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Smashwords will distribute to the retailers that Diamondlifestyle mentioned above. You can also list it on B&N through Pubit, Make Your Offer, Google Play through their partner program, and Goodreads.
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Re: Okay so what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Apr 9, 2012 1:27 PM   in response to: andrewtcampbell in response to: andrewtcampbell
 
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If you're in Select you've signed a 3-month exclusivity agreement and you can't break it. You need to remember to opt out at the end of the agreement or it'll automatically renew. SW takes a couple of weeks to ship out to the distribution channel once you're approved for premium status (if your manuscript is properly formatted that shouldn't be a problem - make sure you download and read the style guide, free from SW) -- people have varying results from SW and the distribution channels. Some do well some don't, but if your sales are only so-so on Amazon then you might as well spread the book around. There's other sites out there like ezread and omnilit, as well as specialist sites like allromanceebooks.
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Re: Okay so what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Apr 9, 2012 1:40 PM   in response to: diamondlifestyle in response to: diamondlifestyle
 
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Great, thats well worth considering. As Amazon was my first port of call, I seem to have forgotten that theres a big world beyond there.

My book genre is Humour and the theme is Facebook. Ive such a big target udience and I cant reach them! The frustration eh.

If you like funny facebook statuses, you're all welcome to join the page for a regular supply :-)
http://www.facebook.com/funnystatusbook
Would love some feedback :-)
sevendogslaughing

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Re: Okay so what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Apr 10, 2012 9:51 AM   in response to: ladyhawk101 in response to: ladyhawk101
 
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This is fascinating stuff, and very relevant to us all, so many, many thanks to all you kind people who are willing to help out. I'll be reviewing my own publicity etc. just as soon as I can. We've hit a terrible world recession and things aren't going to get better for a while - we need all the help we can get and I for one am very grateful indeed.
sevendogslaughing

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Re: Okay so what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Apr 10, 2012 9:54 AM   in response to: ladyhawk101 in response to: ladyhawk101
 
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Help, please? How exactly do we do a press release? is this a conventional thing, or on Amazon. I'm very confused....
diamondlifestyle

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Re: Okay so what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Apr 10, 2012 1:18 PM   in response to: sevendogslaughing in response to: sevendogslaughing
 
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A press release is a brief snippet about your book set out to relevant agencies in the hopes someone will pick it up and run with it. Some tips can be found here http://www.publicityinsider.com/release.asp -- google it, you'll find loads of info, although not something I've tried myself.
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Re: Okay so what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Apr 11, 2012 2:49 AM   in response to: diamondlifestyle in response to: diamondlifestyle
 
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