Working with Editors

editing-1756958_960_720 (002)A while back, Laurie Boris gave us a very helpful and comprehensive overview of what you should consider when choosing and working with an editor. While I see no need to amend her concise guide, we here at IU did think it was time to take this a bit further. What can you do to make the overall experience of working with an editor better? What can you do to make sure you are getting your money’s worth — but not paying for things you don’t need — and creating a productive and enjoyable relationship with your editor? Here are a few things to consider. Continue reading “Working with Editors”

Tracking Kindle Sales with Book Report

book report logoIf you’re selling eBooks through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) process, you most likely check your sales through the KDP interface (kdp.amazon.com). The KDP interface defaults to your book(s) dashboard, but if you click on Reports in the top menu, it’ll take you to your sales dashboard where you can view your units sold, Kindle Edition Normalized Pages Read for KU (Kindle Unlimited) and KOLL (Kindle Lending Library), and your accrued royalties for the month. You can also customize the view by changing the dates, sorting on specific books or on specific marketplaces.

This is all well and good, but I find the interface to be rather lackluster.

Enter Book Report. Continue reading “Tracking Kindle Sales with Book Report”

Make Free Book Trailers with Lumen5

When was the last time you had fun doing book promotion? I know; not my favorite thing, either. However, that was before I discovered Lumen5.com.

Lumen5.com is a site where you can make a short book trailer video—for free. And it’s tons of fun. Ever since I found it, I’ve been having a ball making up videos for all my books. Well, not all: after all I do have 32 current titles out there. But I’ve been doing quite a few. Here’s a quick tutorial. Continue reading “Make Free Book Trailers with Lumen5”

Write a Best-Selling Book in Just 3 Days!

Have you seen these ads? Had your eye caught by that promise of easy-peasy success and wealth? I’m assuming (*cough*cough*) that most of you would know from the get-go that this is the bait for a complete scam, but just in case it tickles your palm and sends your brain into financial what-ifs, here’s the lowdown.

You used to see these ads in the backs of magazines (does anyone read paper magazines anymore?), but now you’ll see them as pop-ups on questionable sites or as books on Amazon. If you search on Amazon for any kind of writing advice, you’re bound to see a few of these come up as suggestions.

I looked at one recently called Continue reading “Write a Best-Selling Book in Just 3 Days!”