I'm not the type of person to tell people what to do or what they should read. Two weeks ago, I had come across a blog post by an author I follow had posted relating to new authors. I thought there were plenty of valid points all new authors should know when they are starting … Continue reading Something All New Authors Should Read
THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO READ IF YOU UTILIZE AMAZON.
Fake books – powered by clickfarms – are gatecrashing Amazon’s charts. And despite being aware of the issue for well over a year, Amazon has failed to resolve it.
If you look at the Kindle Store Best Seller charts right now, and click over to Free Books, you will see that the Top 20 currently has five suspicious-looking titles.
None of them have reviews. All were published in the last week. They have no Also Boughts – meaning they have had very few sales. Each of these titles are around 2,500 pages long, seem to have duplicated content, and are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.
What is going on here?
For over fifteen months now, scammers have been raiding the Kindle Unlimited pot using a well-worn trick. They usually pilfer the content first of all – often by stealing an author’s original work and running it through a synonymizer – and…
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There they were. Those two words you thought would never happen. Six little letters. You type slowly and reverently: The End. The act of completing a novel is huge. Of the billions of people on the planet we are in a very small, select group of Homo sapiens. Soak up the ambiance because shortly you … Continue reading Self Publishing…Is It Worth It?
The Sandpaper Crew, an online beta reader group and Introvert PRESS, are co-hosting a Query Letter workshop on July 8th, 2017. The workshop is for people with current query letter looking for input and recommendations for improvement. The event will last for a 24 hours. It will allow you to post your query letter and … Continue reading Query Letter Workshop
If you enjoyed Orwell's 1984, Huxley's Brave New World, or even Pixar's Wall-e there is something for you in Nate Ragolia's The Retroactivist. Throw in a bit of nuanced Stepford Wives and a splash Bellamy's Looking Backward and you have a sense of the novel: a speculative fiction piece focused on what truly qualifies a society as utopian … Continue reading THE RETROACTIVIST by Nate Ragolia
First of all, what is KDP Select? It’s pretty unlikely that you don’t know already what this is, but for the sake of full disclosure and those that don’t know, it’s basically a 3-month, optional contract you can enter into with Amazon. If you’re like me, and you have just one book– –don’t do it! […] … Continue reading Grace Harney’s Advice on KDP Select
Hello folks — here’s a chance for a short story submission. Monolith will be accepting short stories starting in June via Monolith. For all the details you can join Creative Writers on Facebook for details. Post questions if you need more info and cannot find it.
I recently had a hare-brained idea to make an anthology. That’s a short-story collection in case anyone knows. Have you ever had a nagging thought in your head saying, “That doesn’t seem too hard? I bet even I could do that!”? In my case, it rapidly evolved from “Maybe I should try?”, through “Do it do it do it do it do it…”, to suddenly finding myself posting this in the Creative Writers group on Facebook:
Soon the group was discussing the idea at length, getting excited and helping me pick out a font for the cover. Before long the group had a brand new pinned post and I was challenging the group to coming up with a cover image that would be appropriate for both the series title, Monolith, and the theme of book one: New Beginnings.
Here are some of the early mock-ups for the front cover:
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