Monday, August 24, 2015

No to Amazon Exclusivity

Experienced indies have long found out what’s best for them, but the newbie authors still ask this same question: KDP Select or No KDP Select? 

KDP means Kindle Direct Publishing. If you want to self-publish your book with Amazon, you register at and upload your book. Fast and simple. But there’s also KDP Select. KDP Select gives you a few advantages, such as making your book free for 5 days, which is considered a smart marketing move. And if you think giving a book away for free is wrong, then think of the libraries. Yes, that’s right. There’s also the Countdown that comes with Select, when you put your book on a sale and the price slowly goes up during a 5 day period. Again, not a bad marketing trick. And the third advantage is the Borrows. When the book is in Select, readers can borrow it for free, while you still get paid. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Why Do Authors Ask for Reviews?

If you’re an avid kindle reader and don’t shun away from indie books, then you might have seen the same request at the end of almost every book by an indie author: please leave a review. 

Many readers find this off-putting, but trust me, we don’t have much choice. Indie authors have to make that request, because indie authors need reviews. A lot. It’s not that we are review maniacs, or that we are star addicts. I couldn’t care less for reviews, and if I am going to read a book, instead of reading the reviews I’ll download the free sample and decide for myself if the book is interesting and needs to be purchased and read. I haven’t checked my reviews for a while, because, as wise people say, reviews are for other readers, not writers. That’s true. The book is out already, and the writers shouldn’t waste time trudging through the reviews. But indie writers need reviews like air. And here’s why: 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Authors Writing in a Second Language

Have you seen my website already?
It's called AWISL: Authors Writing in a Second Language. Go visit it if you're an AWISL, too. Ask me anything about writing/publishing or send me your book for a review. And don't worry, I'm not giving less than three stars :)))
It's been a while I haven't read a good mystery. And I won't mind fantasy, too. And sci-fi. And of course horror. But please, No Romance. Can't stand Romance.