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Top Time-Wasting Habits of Authors Who Publish Online

Top Time-Wasting Habits of Authors Who Publish Online

 

I deal with authors every day of every week. I wake up to the frantic phone calls of author’s wanting to know how their books are selling on Amazon. I take lunch in open areas so that authors who need help can call and I won’t disturb my colleagues. My dinner is littered with the calls from publishing hopefuls who want to know how they can get their manuscript published, my advice is issued freely between mouthfuls. In short - I know authors.

I hope that this post might help those authors who are taking time to perform due diligence on the self-publishing process. If that is you, then thank you for taking the time to read the post on the top time-wasting habits of authors who publish online.

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How applying for a Payoneer card will help you send and receive funds globally.

How applying for a Payoneer card will help you send and receive funds globally.

 

Looking to receive funds from around world into a single US-based account? Read on.

 

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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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South African Authors – Should we give a damn about self-publishing on Amazon.com?

South African Authors – Should we give a damn about self-publishing on Amazon.com?

 

The January 2015 report on author earnings is enough to make most authors sit up and pay attention to the Amazon publishing machine. Headlines like 33% of eBook sales from Amazon.com are indie (self-published) authors or 40% of all dollars earned by authors on eBook sales from Amazon.com are earned by Indie authors all highlight the gradual shift away from the pure traditional publishing paradigm and highlight the success that can be achieved by authors not afraid of learning or experimenting with self-publishing.

This is so damn exciting for a community emerging from under the monopolistic blanket held by the big 5 publishers world-wide over the past few decades. Up until 2007 authors did not have a much of a choice but to collect rejection notices from publishers who, for business reasons, did not or could not accept their books for publication. Since 2007 however, Amazon’s KDP platform and its suite of other offerings aimed at Indie authors have had the author-community gripped in a wave of excitement.

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Amazon Pulls eBook from Shelves Due To Too Many Hyphens

Amazon Pulls eBook from Shelves Due To Too Many Hyphens

I had to share this hilarious story concerning self-published author Graeme Reynolds and his battle with Amazon after they removed his eBook titled "High Moor 2: Moonstruck"  from their virtual shelves. In correspondence that was emailed through to the poor author with the subject title: Kindle Quality Notice, it emerges that due to a complaint received from a customer regarding the excessive use of hyphenated words (yes you read that correctly) the eBook was an eye-sore (hyphen intended) and was subsequently removed from sale. 

This does seem to be a slight over-reaction by the world-leading, eBook-selling giant (I wonder if these hyphens are an eye-sore yet?) The great news is that after a short while Amazon did return to it's senses and published the eBook back into the store-front. (Hyphens and all) It shows that Amazon does make mistakes and a word of caution to self-published authors publishing into the Amazon store to keep an eye out for an email from the dreaded "quality department"...

Read more on Graeme Reynolds explict-laden blog post here.

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Tax Withheld on eBook Royalties by Amazon – A Quick Tip Helping International Authors Save

Tax Withheld on eBook Royalties by Amazon – A Quick Tip Helping International Authors Save

 

This article is written for authors outside the US who currently have taxes withheld from your royalties from the sale of your eBooks. The aim is to reduce this with as little paper being pushed as possible.

 

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