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3 Great Reasons To Create An Effective AuthorCentral Page on Amazon

3 Great Reasons To Create An Effective AuthorCentral Page on Amazon

 

Finishing a book is often a labor of love, a bucket list item, for many writers.

Marketing the book? Not so much.

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A win for Amazon readers - Amazon will now flag badly formatted and edited eBooks

A win for Amazon readers - Amazon will now flag badly formatted and edited eBooks

 

Earlier this year, Amazon announced a new update to their Kindle Content Quality policy, which would enable readers to report problems found in their eBooks. This was met with panic in the self-publishing industry, as some blogs framed the news in a much more gory manner than was really the case. Visions of red flags and flashing warnings sprung to mind, but it is not quite that bad, yet still not great… What it is, is an opportunity for self-publishing authors to silence the naysayers, who have long bashed the industry, and assure the readers of our commitment to sharing quality content with them.

Get-rich-quick manuals online have alerted opportunists to the idea of publishing books as a means to make money in a hurry. Unfortunately, this has led to an influx of rubbish content that is poorly written and offers little to no value. Amazon, always looking to provide a better reader experience and product quality, decided to protect their assets by enabling readers to complain about poor quality eBooks. Unless your eBook is professionally edited, it may well be in the firing line.

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Want to automatically convert your Word manuscript into Kindle eBook format? Here are the latest Kindle publishing guidelines from Amazon

Want to automatically convert your Word manuscript into Kindle eBook format? Here are the latest Kindle publishing guidelines from Amazon

 

Dear geeky reader, boy do I have a treat for you.

This post is written specially for those who are looking to upload their Microsoft Word document into Amazon's magical black box in the hope that a perfectly-formatted eBook comes out the other side. Using the Amazon Kindle Publishing Guidelines (linked at the end of the post) you are guaranteed to get a gold-star from the eBook-review team at Amazon.

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A post about author royalties and where to find out how much Amazon will pay you.

A post about author royalties and where to find out how much Amazon will pay you.

 

 Tired of wondering where your money is? Worry no more! This post will help that faithful legion of authors loyal to the self-publishing megolith - Amazon - better understand when their dosh will be paid.

This video was made to help authors by digging into live author accounts and then demonstrating which reports an author should use to remain on top of their payment schedule.

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What it means being an African author on Amazon

What it means being an African author on Amazon

 

Africa’s not for sissies is an oft-repeated phrase, but is Africa for authors?

The lists of renowned African authors contain all too familiar names. Why does it seem that the depth of our selection of authors is perhaps less than that of the other continents? Why do we seem to produce less authors, or is that a misconception bred from biased media coverage? Let’s have a look at what it means to be an African author.

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How to open, read and review your eBook files before publishing online.

How to open, read and review your eBook files before publishing online.

 

This article is aimed at the curious author, who after having created (or received) their eBook wants to make sure the eBook gives the reader the best possible reading-experience.

 

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Amazon Kindle Scout - Helping new authors or continuing to exclude them?

Amazon Kindle Scout - Helping new authors or continuing to exclude them?

 

Let’s have a quick look at a recent addition to the author’s arsenal, Amazon’s Kindle Scout. Aimed at giving self-publishing authors access to the power of crowd-sourcing reader support. It seems to be a great tool for the new author, well, as long as you don’t live in Africa. 

The down-low

Kindle Scout is a platform that gives the self-published author a chance to have their eBook published by Amazon. As you could guess, being published by Amazon has its pros and cons.

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