An Embedding Experiment I Hope Does Not Go Awry

You may know that Amazon has a cool feature for Kindle books where you can embed a preview right into a website page or blog post page. Now, on a site like this one, hosted on WordPress.com, embedded material like that is not supposed to work because of the secure environment here. I heard of …

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Amazon’s Hall of Spinning Knives

Here we go again with Amazon’s misguided hammer…

David Gaughran

Phoenix Sullivan is well-known in the indie community – I’ve known her myself since 2009 or 2010 and consider her a close friend.

Aside from being exceptionally generous with her time and knowledge, tirelessly sharing her insights on marketing and algorithms, Phoenix is also well known as a vocal campaigner against scammers and cheaters – particularly on the current big issues of book stuffing and clickfarming.

And now she is being targeted.

Phoenix made a box set free for a few days back in September, advertising on Freebooksy, KND/BookGorilla, and Digital Book World – all legitimate sites – and there was no other promotion involved with this title. No BookBub CPM ads, no Facebook campaign, no tweets, no newsletter swaps, no mailing lists.

On the third day of her free run, Phoenix’s box set was rank-stripped by Amazon, a punishment normally reserved for those who have used clickfarms or bots…

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I Made A Couple of Minor Changes To My Boxed Set

Hi, everyone! Very briefly, I wanted to let you know that I have made a slight change to the title of the digital boxed set edition of the first three books of The Inventor's Son. It will now be listed in the eBook stores as The Inventor's Son Collection (Books 0-2) because that is a much …

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The Next Steps with Changes to The Inventor’s Son Series

Hi, everyone! It's October 1st now, and I have delisted The Inventor's Son: The Beginning from all sales channels. Google Play books, again, will probably be the first one to have it removed, followed by Amazon. Then Kobo, Nook, and iBooks will probably have it delisted by the end of the day tomorrow. The version …

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Some More Details on my Updates to The Inventor’s Son Series

Hello, everyone! This morning, I took the first steps to changing the price of The Inventor's Son back to $3.99. The price has already changed at Google Play because such changes are usually immediate there. I suspect it will be a few days before the change is completely done with Amazon because Nook takes a …

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Some Important Updates on the Status of The Inventor’s Son Series

Whoa, got your attention? Don't worry, The Traitor's Son IS scheduled for release. ARC copies will be available when I create a pre-order (I decided I'm going to do a month-long pre-order for it just like I did with The Explorer's Son) but in the meantime, there are a few changes I am making with …

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Taming the Dragon: Can Dictation Be the Key to Massive Word Counts?

Dictation has become one of the topics among authors lately, ever since the Self Publishing Formula Podcast featured Scott Baker as a guest, and he extolled the virtues of Dragon NaturallySpeaking software. I know I've contemplated using dictation before, but never believed that I was a good fit for it. I did not think that …

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