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Mastering the Amazon KDP Tax Interview - Everything you need to know

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And here we are. A new starry-eyed author publishing our book on Amazon.

We had stumbled upon the the Amazon KDP website after our dad recommended we check it out. But what now? What does one do after entering your email ID into the vast troughs of Amazon's online customer database? Do we do a magic publishing-jig and hope that the God of Publishing smiles upon us? Do we sacrifice one of our dearest paperback-companions as a sign that the Kindle-Deity can trust us?

Once the dust has settled on your brand-new Amazon KDP account you might be wondering why you are now faced by a message from Amazon demanding you spend precious time completing an online tax interview? Why should we? Surely the time taken to complete your manuscript is enough?

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Can an Author Update an eBook already Published on Amazon?

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So, you've published your eBook a few months ago on Kindle, and you've been waiting for those royalty checks to roll in, but alas - no sales to date. Meanwhile, you've been thinking about your book and came up with a number of ways in which you could've put forth a better effort.

Perhaps you've been wondering if self-publishing really is a farce and that all books fade into obscurity when it hits the Kindle store. Not so fast!

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How to apply for an ISBN number from Zimbabwe and other African countries

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Africa is a magical continent. From majestic sunsets through to that wild animal that somehow wondered into your backyard. Simply put, we have a different way of life from the rest of the world. For authors, nowhere is this difference more apparent than when you are wondering how the hell you can get your hands on an ISBN number for your new paperback. This article sheds light on how to obtain an elusive ISBN when you live within the African continent.

My friends and fellow self-publishing authors from the US and UK are laughing at as right now. For those living within Trump’s America or the United Kingdom some distance away, applying for their golden ISBN digits is only a few mouse-clicks away. For those British or American authors who might disagree, lets have a quick recap.

The First-world ISBN application process

Applying for an ISBN number for a US author – Bowker Identifier Services. ($125 for one ISBN)

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Dear Author

Dear Author

 

Dear Author, I am not sure what is happening with you here.

I have called you a few times and emailed you a few times more but you are not giving me any response.

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Ghost in the machine: What does a ghost writer actually do?

Ghost in the machine: What does a ghost writer actually do?

 

Almost everyone wants to write a book someday. Most people just don’t do it.

There are many reasons for the lack of follow-through; one of them is time. This is especially pertinent for executives, celebrities or motivational speakers who really should have a book out there to support their work, but just don’t have the time to put one together. Another reason is that writing scares the hell out of some people. We’re all born differently with unique talents and for some, writing just isn’t it. That’s not to say there isn’t a story to be told. Then there’s good old writer’s block (a blog on writer’s block is coming soon, so watch out for that).

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Is Partridge Africa a scam?

Is Partridge Africa a scam?

 

This is a letter I have received from South African author – Francois* - and is published with his consent. It details his experience as a first-time author dealing with the publishing company Partridge Africa. I will leave the letter as unedited as possible and add only comments and clarity where I think they might be needed. (Dave.)

For those looking to educate themselves, click here for further reading on the dubious practices of Author solutions and other vanity presses.

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2016 – The year of the book - A celebration of self-publishing through numbers.

2016 – The year of the book - A celebration of self-publishing through numbers.

 

45 000 , 78, 71 – A code for that safe where you keep the things no one must find? Nah, even better. Our digital publishing startup recently turned four (counting from the evening of its conception). This post is a textual-reminiscence over the year that was and what it meant for the self-publishing author.

I had a wee bit of fun compiling a list of how many writers had been welcomed through our doors to emerge the other side a literary cowboy, an outlaw in the land ruled by the traditional publisher: a serious, self-publishing author.

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