Pen names – Do you need one?

By FebruaryFalls on August 11th 2014

I feel its a personal decision. You may consider getting a pen name for professional and personal reasons i.e. if your a lawyer or teacher, because people often sue, and this includes friends and family. Indie writers don’t need pen names.

Writers who need to keep their true identity from being disclosed need to hire a lawyer to draw up documents, so that they can approach traditional publishers. The lawyer should not reveal this information.

Make sure you Google the name you want to use to make sure that no one else has it. It also wouldn’t hurt to look on Amazon.

I would like to hear from you….

Do you feel the need to use a pen name? How do you feel about pen names?

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UPDATE: Progress on my new Novella #Flat32

I have FINALLY finished the second revision of #FLAT32 but its still not ready. The plan is to put it side for a week, before I work on the third revision. It has 40 chapters.

I used myself as a muse for the story, which is why I’m on the cover. I’ve been stalked by both men and women with mental health issues through the years, however, this is NOT my story. #Flat32 is set in California and the U.K The story is about an African American woman named Mint, who finds herself being stalked and incessantly harassed by her neighbors.
#GettingOnWithWhatIWasPutOnThisEarthToDo #Novella #Kindle #Writer

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Should you sell your novel for 99 cents?

By FebruaryFalls on June 2, 2014

The first rule of business is to take care of your investment, so it’s wise to have a marketing plan in place, as well as market your book before you publish it. This is something I failed to do.

I have said this many a time, but what’s important to me is reaching a global audience, getting fans of my work, getting the work out there and occupy my mind with people who I can touch with my work. My debut Novella, THE LEAD DANCER ALWAYS GETS FLOWERS, has dropped out the charts, but it is still selling. The sales are trickling in, so I therefore reduced the price to 99 cents.

99 cents is an impulse buy for anyone. From what all I have read, 99 cents is a good price for unknown authors. I should have done this from the beginning, but I let my ego get in the way and priced my book at what I felt it was worth – I still do, but I have to do what makes sense in order to achieve my writing goals. When the sales increase, I will gradually increase the price. Don’t follow my lead. Do what works for you.

Sometimes I download free books and I’ve been very lucky that they have been very good reads. It is not the case for most people. As part of my marketing plan, when I publish my next Novella, FLAT 32, which I am still revising, I will sell it for 99 cents and at the same time offer, THE LEAD DANCER ALWAYS GETS FLOWERS, for free. I’m looking forward to the outcome. Always revise your marketing plan in order to get the results you seek.

When you publish your second book to Amazon, they will help you with the promotion, so it’s good to have as many books as possible in your virtual store.

Always remember, TAKE CARE OF YOUR INVESTMENT.

I would like to hear from you….

Did you have a marketing plan when you published your book?

What is the list price of your book? Have you had to reduce the price? If so, what was your reasoning behind
it?

How do you feel about listing a book for 99 cents?

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Writing IS a business – tips on how to take care of it.

By FebruaryFalls on May 12th 2014

I have come across MANY articles and the following is the culmination of what I have learned.

1. Understand contracts and know what you need to have in them like an escape clause. NO ONE will
look out for your interest better then YOU. Publishers are looking out for themselves, hence the
contract.

2. Whoever you partner with to publish your book, make sure they keep up their end of the contract.

3. Try to understand copyright law, as it’s the foundation of your business.

4. My motto is: NOTHING last forever. If you feel you want to leave your publisher, you can ALWAYS
get out of a contract.

5. NOTHING is final until you sign the contract.

6. Don’t jump at the first publishing deal offered.

I would like to hear from you. What have your experiences been with your publisher? If bad, how did you handle it and what was the outcome?

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What is Amazon Author rank?

By FebruaryFalls on April 28th 2014

Amazon Author rank is based on sales of all your books in comparison to the sales of other author regardless of formats. My e-book, THE LEAD DANCER ALWAYS GETS FLOWERS, is currently ranked 1,105,284.

WHERE WILL AMAZON RANK BE SEEN ON AMAZON.COM?

The rank will only appear for authors in the top 100 browse category. It can be found in the author’s Author page and Amazon Author Rank page.

READING AN AMAZON AUTHOR RANK via AUTHOR CENTRAL

The blue points shows your best author rank of the day, recorded around midnight Pacific time. They show only that one point in time – your best ranking of the day. The orange point is a snapshot of your rank right now and is updated hourly.

I’m not concerned with rankings or being number one in the charts. My main concern is getting new material out there, getting fans of my work and selling my work globally.

I would like to hear from you. What do you think of the ranking system? How often do you check your rank? What do you think of the author central page?

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You DO NOT have to give self-publishers a cut if you sell your book on your website

By FebruaryFalls on April 12th 2014

I wondered about this myself and it’s a great relief to know that I will benefit from sales. Also keep in mind that if your books are continuing to do well on self-publishing platforms, why rock the boat? But you can still do them both.

Also keep in mind that things change i.e. self-publishing platforms can suddenly be pulled from under us, so it’s important not to build a business on their backs. It’s best to be on several self-publishing platforms. My reason for only being with Amazon is because some only deal with one currency, and not all of them price match, which interferes with my marketing strategy. Don’t copy this strategy. Do what’s right for you.

Why sell direct?

It allows you to see the results of your work.

How to get started

1. Pick an e-commerce service provider
2. After you sign up, upload your files, cover, description and set your price.

There are many hosting sites.

I would like to hear from you. Are you selling your book direct from your website? Are you selling your book in conjunction with a self-publisher?

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