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StoryBundle – Writestuff 2016

May 25, 2016 – 8:35 pm | No Comment

We don’t often feature these products on the group blog, but this is one designed for indie authors, and it doesn’t have affiliate links AND you can donate 10% to charity, so we thought we’d see how it went.
Storybundle and HumbleBundle feature products in ‘bundles’ at a significant amount of money off, and if you’re looking to study or intake information, this bundle is a …

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KDP Select and Instafreebie – a caution

February 1, 2017 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

I’ve been talking to people a lot about the new promotional methods out there while we revamp the blog (you’ll notice that all bar a few articles are still up on the site for now – they need updating, to the point that we’re actually setting up some new projects and doing something new for y’all.  It’s a huge revamp, but I’ll talk about that in a separate post later in the week.).  For now, let’s talk about Instafreebie and how it could get you into a lot of trouble with Amazon.

Amazon’s KDP Select/KU rules are set up that they’re supposed be the only place your book is available from – bar those that you personally supply to reviewers.
I’ll repeat that.  The only place you should be sending your books out are personally FROM YOUR EMAIL or from a site such as Netgalley (for now, that may change), through your blog tour team if you’re using one and KDP select.

What’s the difference between KDP and KDP Select?

KDP allows you to publish to the KDP platform, gives you lower royalties on certain territories, and no promotional tools.  It also allows you to go ‘wide’, that is, publish on every existing writing distribution platform.

KDP Select means you’re ONLY on Amazon.  It gives you access to KU, which allows people to borrow your books (which is paid for from a subscription pool), and you earn a set amount per page, which they announce monthly.  It gives you promotional tools.  And it means that you don’t drop royalties from 70% to 35%  in certain territories.  KDP select is a rolling unless opt out 90 day period.  You can enroll, run for a few days, then tick the box to leave after 90 days, but many authors don’t, and frequently notice after 90 days have passed.

Well, what about Instafreebie?

Until recently, I thought Instafreebie was fine, but I’ve recently had to look into it when it was asked on a page and I was available to answer.
Believe it or not, Instafreebie says no. They’ve ALWAYS said no.  KDP select was introduced in 2011 (late 2011, I believe, possibly as late as November and December), and Libboo, which later became Instafreebie’s first archived terms and conditions page shows up in March 2014.

Here’s the clause in it’s entirety.  It exits on the current site, but for the purposes of research, I went through the Way Back Machine to look up it’s terms and conditions. (May 2nd, 2014)

3.7 Amazon KDP Select and other Exclusive Programs. By creating a Freebie campaign or giveaway on InstaFreebie, you represent that you are not forbidden to do so by other Programs in which you are enrolled, such as Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing Select program. InstaFreebie holds no responsibility for parties who violate the Terms and Conditions of other Programs by using the InstaFreebie service. Please check the Terms and Conditions of other Programs in which you are enrolled before creating a Freebies campaign on instaFreebie

Here are the current terms.

Libboo owns Instafreebie – note that the orange site is Instafreebie by Libboo, while the Green site appears to simply clarify the brand to Instafreebie, and acknowledge Libboo in the terms and conditions.

What does this mean for me?

It means that if your book is in KDP Select or KU, it’s important NOT to use Instafreebie.  Instafreebie has always had that clause in and while  it’s possible it’s just a protection, it’s equally possible that it’s not allowed.  Everything I’ve read in fact suggests that it’s completely not advised, so if you’re in the position of doing an Instafreebie right now and you’re in KDP select/KU, I would recommend removing the Instafreebie immediately.  The only way around this is to change it to 10% or less of your book and then give away it as a sampler, because that is within KDP’s rules surrounding exclusivity.

 What do you think?   Does this affect you?

 

StoryBundle – Writestuff 2016

May 25, 2016 – 8:35 pm | No Comment
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We don’t often feature these products on the group blog, but this is one designed for indie authors, and it doesn’t have affiliate links AND you can donate 10% to charity, so we thought we’d see how it went.
Storybundle and HumbleBundle feature products in ‘bundles’ at a significant amount of money off, and if you’re looking to study or intake information, this bundle is a …

Pronoun merges with MacMillan

May 25, 2016 – 8:10 pm | No Comment
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Pronoun announced today that they were merging with MacMillan, in a move that is probably going to be quite surprising to many. There have been a lot of changes recently in the indie author community, so what is clear is that people are trying to forge the best of their platforms for various needs – it’s just a question of finding the ones that work …

Weekly subgroup discussions – Week beginning Sunday 15th May

May 15, 2016 – 11:36 pm | No Comment
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All of our Indie Author groups are no spam, so people can enjoy the discussions.  We feature our subgroups regularly, so please join us for some great conversations, and to hang out with other writers that enjoy the same genres.  Readers can join us to see who is discussing the things that interest them and click through to the writers that offer the most interesting …

Self-publishing 101

January 15, 2016 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

Write a good book and finish it. Do not even consider self-publishing until it’s finished, with good cover art and editing.
Write at least two and up to five more books before releasing Book One, even if it’s in another genre – nothing sells Book One like Book Two, Three, etc.
Give the first book to beta readers for evaluation – give them a time to return …

My experience with Twitter Ads

January 9, 2016 – 5:58 pm | One Comment
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At the end of 2015 I had the idea to experiment with Twitter’s advertisement machine. It’s easy to find: http://ads.twitter.com. You sign in with your twitter account and there’s where you start.
You can set up all kinds of campaigns. I wanted one that got more traffic to my website so I went for that. (You can go into the ads site and look around without …

How to be a Pantser – Character Development

December 23, 2015 – 3:57 pm | No Comment
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When you first met one of your best friends, did you know everything there was to know about them? Of course not. Sometimes becoming friends is instantaneous, something about them tells you that you just know somehow that you’ll like them. Maybe it’s the easy way they have about them, or the direct way they look at you, the way they’re comfortable in their own …

Pinterest for Writers

December 23, 2015 – 3:38 pm | No Comment
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First, remember that Pinterest is not a promotion or sale site, it’s simply another social media site except that it’s geared around pictures. For a writer, a Pinterest page allows readers to get to know the writer as a person, as well as your work. Your goal with Pinterest is to engage readers. So, with that in mind:

Create a Pinterest page for you as a writer. …

Our new classes, starting October 1st, and a freebie

September 27, 2015 – 12:45 pm | No Comment
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If you struggle with marketing, you are cordially invited to join us for some accessible, affordable classes based around everything social media.  These classes are designed to teach you to handle your social media in a way that doesn’t overwhelm you, and gives you the chance to write, market yourself on various platforms, or work […]

Approaching Book Review Blogs

September 15, 2015 – 2:17 pm | No Comment
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I have been reviewing at least a book a week for two and a half years over on my magic realism blog. I am also an indie author, so you could say I have a foot in both camps. I try to support my fellow indie authors on the blog by reviewing indie books as well as traditionally published ones, but there are times when …

How to write a best-selling novel

August 7, 2015 – 4:01 pm | One Comment
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First, read. Read a lot. (Stephen King, paraphrased – “if you don’t have time to read, you can’t write.”) Reading will teach you how to write, how to write well, and how to write compelling characters.
Corollary – read the genre you’re writing in, that will teach you the ins and outs of that genre, and it may inspire a story.
Second, are you a pantser or a …