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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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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Now I’m Performing Another Mad Experiment… With Instafreebie!

Instafreebie seems to be the big thing for authors these days. It's been said that you can collect a lot of email addresses by using the service. If you are not familiar with Instafreebie, let me explain a bit about what it is and what it can do for you. Instafreebie is a website that …

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An Experiment With Kobo

As many of you who follow my blog may know, I use a distributor for my eBooks for many sales channels outside of Amazon. Draft2Digital is my key to getting into stores I know I'd never get into myself (like the Tolino dealers). However, I've been hearing a great deal about how much better it …

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Amazon’s Hammer Strikes

This is just one of many stories swirling around the indie publishing community today and for the past week about Amazon's apparent crackdown on scammers. In a blog post from yesterday, indie published author Adam Dreece tells his story which would strike a lot of fear in anyone, but particularly someone whose books are enrolled …

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Putting the Paperback Book Theory to the Test!

For a really long time, I'd put off creating paperback versions of my books. Conventional wisdom was that having them was really for a lark, and that very few people ever sold an appreciable number of them. I'm going to get the chance to see whether they are correct about this or not, because as …

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