How to Manage a Book Series on Amazon

Ghost Walk and other books my Melissa BowersockBefore now, managing a series (starting a new one, adding or deleting a book, etc.) on Amazon was no easy task. Every time I added a new book to mine, I had to wait the obligatory 72 hours to see if it would automatically update (it never did), then send a message to Amazon to add the book, complete with ASIN of the new book and the web address of my series page. They would respond pretty quickly, telling me the update would take place within another 72 hours, although usually it happened before that. Okay, not a terrible ordeal, but certainly a PITA when I was releasing a new book every 6-8 weeks.

Imagine my surprise when, after my latest request, I got an email from Amazon saying I could update my series page myself! Yea! No more waiting on them. I don’t know why it took them this long to figure this out, but I’m glad they finally did.

Have you written a series? Or have you hesitated to wade into the waters for fear that it would be complicated to market the series on Amazon? Well, wait no more. Now you can do it yourself, have total control, and offer the full package to your loyal readers. Continue reading “How to Manage a Book Series on Amazon”

When the Reading Audience is Captive

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Sale has been extended to May 31

There isn’t a corner of the world the Coronavirus hasn’t hit (well, maybe Antarctica) and now millions of people are stuck at home with nothing to do. Some are diehard readers, and others choose to binge watch stuff on Netflix or another online platform. For many people the social isolation is too much to bear. They can’t figure out how to productively pass the time. And then there are those of us who spend much of our year in social isolation, and this is just business as usual.

Smashwords has set out to ease the pain of isolation. They’re holding a sitewide Author Give Back program that lasts from March 20 to May 31. Authors can enroll some, or all, of their books, and those can either be listed as free, or you can set a discounted price. I’ve been a part of Smashwords for many years, and each time they have an event like Christmas in July or another promotion, I’ve always enrolled my books and short stories. Readers can find the sale books here. This is a good, free way to get your books promoted. But do you make money off giving away books? Yes, you do! Continue reading “When the Reading Audience is Captive”

Author Eats Crow – Never Say Never

raven on a tree branch courtesy of pixabayWay back in 2014, I wrote an article here on Indies Unlimited about how I would (almost) NEVER write a sequel or a series. I ranted quite a bit about inspiration vs. conscious, mechanical design of a plot, and I named names. As you might imagine, I got both positive and negative comments on that post, as I fully expected.

So here I sit, five years later, and I’m writing Book #22 of my paranormal mystery series!

What changed? Nothing.  Everything. I have no idea. Continue reading “Author Eats Crow – Never Say Never”

When Is a Serial Just a Tease?

To be continuedThe serial has had a long and distinguished career in the annals of publishing. Its heyday, arguably, was the 19th century. That’s when a host of factors – a more literate public, improved printing techniques, and better distribution – came together to create a market for popular weekly and monthly publications. Editors had to fill the paper or magazine somehow, and often turned to writers of fiction, who would then write a segment of a continuing story for each new edition. A surprising number of books that we consider classics today first appeared in installments, among them Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers, Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, and Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Amazon instituted a program in 2012 that was intended to bring back the serial novel. With Kindle Serials, readers pay upfront for the whole book, and installments are delivered to the customers’ devices as they become available. (Don’t bother looking for information on submissions; they’re not taking any right now.) Continue reading “When Is a Serial Just a Tease?”

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