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Expert Interview with Devon Martindale: Founder of Audiobook production company Audioshelf

Expert Interview with Devon Martindale: Founder of Audiobook production company Audioshelf

 

Feeling like you have run out of readers? Has updating your eBook's keyword and category choices in the Amazon KDP dashboard not yielded the influx of new readers you expected? What option does the frustrated author have to unlock a new reader-base? 

 

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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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Digital disruptions, how ready are you?

Digital disruptions, how ready are you?

 

Disruption. Things change. You can either be the artist that embraces change and strives to put your readers, listeners or viewer first, delivering quality content over a variety of mediums. Or you can be the artist who remains at a day job they hate whilst cursing an industry that appears to not appreciate their creative genius.

All entrenched industries eventually evolve.  The modern consumers of your creative talent want the content delivered in multiple formats over different platforms. Smart artists meet the consumer halfway, delivering content to all busy platforms.

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The Beauty of Sharing

The Beauty of Sharing

 

This was not intended to be a blog post. It was intended to be spoken idea. Do not be distracted by spelling or wording that might not be properly adapted to the blog format. I have deliberately left it as unedited as possible.

This is what I consider an idea worth sharing.

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How the BabyCart.co.za scam hurts online business start-ups in South Africa

How the BabyCart.co.za scam hurts online business start-ups in South Africa

 

I have to admit upfront that I am somewhat biased here.

More than biased—I am actually pretty pissed. Not only because BabyCart failed to keep their commitments to their customers but also because they treated these customers appallingly after receiving many well-earned complaints.

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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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eBook Publishing in South Africa and the role Amazon has to play.

eBook Publishing in South Africa and the role Amazon has to play.

 

What is eBook Publishing, what steps are involved in the digital publishing process, how the process different from the normal hard-copy publishing route and is it the best choice for you?  Let’s start by taking a look at where the digital revolution really started.

 

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