Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

Re: Nate Hoffelder

With no fanfare or official announcement, earlier today Amazon quietly gave indie authors a sales feature some had been requesting for the past several years.

According to a new page in the KDP help section, authors and publishers who distribute their works through Amazon’s publishing portal can now elect to put their next work up for pre-order. Amazon asks them to first upload a draft copy of the work, and promises that Amazon will “publish a product detail page for it within 24 hours of approval”. It’s not clear what Amazon means by approval, but I have confirmed with an author that this is for real.

Pre-order buttons were one feature that many indie authors wanted but few had – in KDP at least. While this option had long been available in iBooks, Amazon had restricted the option in the Kindle Store, limiting it to publishers and a select handful of indie authors.

But not anymore.

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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Endings Are Easy. Openings Are Hard. - Hey, There's A Dead Guy in the Living Room
  2. Twelve Things You Should Do on Your Personal Google+ Account Right Now
  3. 13 Ways to Impress an Agent - Books & Such Literary Management : Books & Such Literary Management
  4. Never sell your book. It’s not about the book; it’s about what the book can do for the reader.
  5. 26 Ways to Bring Your Blog to Life |
  6. Resources for Writers: Spark up Your Story - Adding Suspense, Tension & Intrigue – Handout
  7. Characters or Ciphers? Which Are You Casting in Your Story? - Helping Writers Become Authors
  8. Self Promotion - How to Make It Not All About You | Daniel Decker
  9. What Shouldn't be Included in a Novel | The Editor's Blog
  10. Anne R. Allen's Blog: TOOLS OF THE (WRITER’S) TRADE: Lots of them FREE + reviews, how-to videos and cheat sheets.
  11. Why the Hero needs his Nemesis | Stavros Halvatzis
  12. Flash Flood Fiction : Tips For Better Description
  13. How Long Does it Take to Write a Book? | David Bruns
  14. How Do I Format the Line Spacing to Indicate a Mid-Scene Break? |
  15. 7 Pinterest Marketing Tips to Improve Your Visibility | Social Media Examiner
  16. Writer Unboxed » How to Listen to a Famous Author Talk About Writing
  17. The Character Debate: Strong and Vulnerable? | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  18. The Seven Deadly Sins of Prologues | Kristen Lamb's Blog
  19. How to Market Your Fiction Writing Through the Brilliance of Other Authors by Jason Kong — The Book Designer
  20. How to Use Your Blog to Leverage Social Proof and Increase Your Authority : @ProBlogger
  21. A Complete Guide to Crawling Inside Your Customer's Head With Empathy Maps - Copyblogger
  22. Amazon Expands Pre-order Buttons to All KDP Authors - The Digital Reader
  23. 75 Free Stock Photos to Use in Your Marketing [Free Download]
  24. Fiction University: 10 Tips for Shooting Your Own Cover Photo
  25. How to fix a plot hole | Nail Your Novel
  26. Content Marketing Rules: What to Ditch and What to Keep - Jeffbullas's Blog
  27. It's a New Brand World: 14 Things You Need to Know About Marketing Communications Today : MarketingProfs Article
  28. Tweet Images for More Impact on Twitter
  29. How to Create, Publish, and Market an Anthology (and why you’d want to) with J.M. Ney-Grimm | Lindsay Buroker
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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