Be Vigilant When Publishing Book Titles

Girl at computer cryingI’m in the middle of dealing with several clients (one of whom is myself!) who have made errors when entering book titles on Amazon. This is how it goes:

The Fatal Error

You enter an eBook in Kindle Direct Publishing. You put up the title, subtitle, author, etc. and all goes well. It goes so well you think now you’ll get some print copies to sell locally, give away as prizes, etcetera, so you do a softcover edition. You used to go to Createspace for this, but now you just go to Kindle Direct Publishing and it’s all done in one place. Which is probably better, because I think they now use exactly the same book information entry form, the lack of which was what caused my problem in the first place. Continue reading “Be Vigilant When Publishing Book Titles”

Virginia Gayl Salazar Wins Flash Fiction Challenge

Virginia Gayl Salazar is the Readers’ Choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. The winning entry is decided by the popular vote and rewarded with a special feature here today. (In the case of a tie, the writer who submitted an entry first is the winner per our rules.) Without further ado, here’s the winning story:

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Flash Fiction Writing Prompt: Grand Entrance

chicago 1996 architecture Flash fiction writing prompt copyright KS Brooks
Photo copyright K. S. Brooks. Do not use without attribution.

Use the photograph above as the inspiration for your flash fiction story. Write whatever comes to mind (no sexual, political, or religious stories, jokes, or commentary, please) and after you PROOFREAD it, submit it as your entry in the comments section below. There will be no written prompt.


Welcome to the Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. In 250 words or less, write a story incorporating the elements in the picture at left. The 250 word limit will be strictly enforced.

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Indie Author Newsbreak 11-9-2018

indie author newsOur admin’s a little busy this week, so we’re going to do away with all the wonderful wit that normally prefaces our weekly Indie Author Newsbreak and just get right down to it for you:

Gigi wanted to know why people buy books, so she did a survey, and 355 people responded. She went into things like genre, categories, and more in her article How & Why People Buy Books: The Results of a 355-Person Survey.

Most of these tips aren’t anything our fearless leader hasn’t shared in the past, but in case you weren’t listening… here’s How A Copywriter Would Write A Better Book Description.

If you don’t sell any books, then “Also Boughts” aren’t really an issue for you. But if you do, then you may have noticed them disappearing. The ever helpful and dashing David Gaughran delves into Amazon and the Also Bought Apocalypse to explain things.

That’s all our admin has time for this week. Sorry. If you want to inspire her to be more benevolent, you may send gifts in the form of coffee and chocolate. Feel free to wrap those gifts in hundred dollar bills, if you’d like. Green is such a happy color, isn’t it? Like trees, you know? Happy, happy trees. Have a great weekend!