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Using Createspace: Ordering Copies of Your Own Paperback Book.

Using Createspace: Ordering Copies of Your Own Paperback Book.

 

Ordering copies of your own title from Createspace are termed “Member orders”.

Authors who understand the benefits of the print-on-demand process and have opted to use the Amazon-owned company, Createspace,  to handle the printing and shipping of their paperback title, might at some point need a large quantity of the paperback, printed and shipped to a certain physical location. Obviously the author would not want to pay the same price for ordering their own title as the customer would. Relax, Createspace has you covered.

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Using Createspace: How to create discount codes for your paperback title

Using Createspace: How to create discount codes for your paperback title

 

This article is for the self-published author looking to enhance the marketing of a print-on-demand paperback listed on Createspace. Before creating these discount codes on Createspace, ensure the following steps of publishing on Createspace have been taken care of:

Your PDF interior manuscript has been formatted according to Createspace interior design standards and specifications.The manuscript interior PDF file along with the cover PDF file have been uploaded to and accepted by Createspace.You have ordered and approved the proof-copy of your manuscript.

 

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Interview with an author - Robin Jackson

Interview with an author - Robin Jackson

 

Recently, whilst on a visit to my coastal hometown of Durban, I was lucky enough to meet up with local author Robin Jackson for coffee and a chat about his success as a South African author publishing online. Robin's focus in his first published book Losing the Faith revolves around the world of a young Jehova's Witness who begins to question the authority of the church infamous for it's cult of followers. The questioning of his beliefs led Robin on a journey of self-discovery and ultimately rejection from the church he had grown up with.

Robin has achieved international acclaim for the title Losing the Faith and now speaks country-wide on the topic of cults, sharing cautionary tales based on his personal journeys. Deciding that writing and speaking was not keeping him busy enough Robin founded Expand Your Mind Publishers. This enables Robin to help other authors who are traveling the same road he knows only too well.

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The 3 most expensive eBooks on Amazon

The 3 most expensive eBooks on Amazon

 

Here are the 3 most expensive eBooks on Amazon as of June 2015.

Something to think about here is that, these prices are excluding local sales tax which means the price might increase further if you were going to purchase. The two most expensive eBooks have a big file size of well over 100 MB, I am not sure if the reading performance would be hampered by the extreme eBook file size. Looking at the Amazon Sales Ranks of these eBooks we can see they are not really flying off the shelves, but at these prices, one would be enough to fund my vacation :)

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Top 10 South African Afrikaans Authors Publishing in Amazon

Top 10 South African Afrikaans Authors Publishing in Amazon

 

Wait, there are Afrikaans authors on Amazon!?

Yes, Amazon currently has an Afrikaans section spanning over 3000 titles, although there is little to no information easily available (that I know of) that shows how well Afrikaans authors are using Amazon to publish independently. After years publishing South African authors on Amazon shelves I thought it was time that someone had a look at which Afrikaans authors had a presence on the world’s largest eBook store, how they are selling and what they are doing right (or wrong).

Why Afrikaans Authors?

I chose to analyse authors on the Afrikaans shelves at Amazon because these shelves clearly should belong to us as South Africans. If I wanted to examine South African authors who write English fiction for example, it becomes impossible to easily and accurately extract exactly which authors within the English category, publish from our sunny shores, as all the English authors are grouped together. Afrikaans has its own clearly designated eBook category, so we are able to accurately assess our local authors’ performance.

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Successful self-published authors take charge and keep your promise

Successful self-published authors take charge and keep your promise

 

Would you walk into a KFC or MacDonald’s and ask the cashier to decide what you want to eat? Would you pull in at a petrol station and ask the pump-attendant to choose your car's fuel type? Would you let him decide the air pressure of your tyres and how much fuel to pump into your tank?

Well, would you?

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Jozi Book Fair - September 2015 at Wits University

Jozi Book Fair - September 2015 at Wits University

September 2015 sees the Jozi Book Fair (JBF) take place at Wits University in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. I have searched the internet far and wide for information on the event, such as a programme detailing the lineup etc but (at the time of writing this article) the event website seems decidedly bare on information on specifics. I would recommend that readers interested in the event stay tuned in to the event on Facebook and Twitter for updates. 

The area of the Jozi Bookfair website dealing with the programme seems to be out of date at the time of writing this article. Hopefully the readers who visit this page closer to the time will find the 2015 programme.

The guest speaker at this years event is Nokugcina Elsie Mhlophe.To be lazy and totally quote from her website (http://www.gcinamhlophe.co.za/):

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