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Amazon’s buy box change and you

Amazon's buy box change

You might have heard about Amazon’s buy box change by now.

If you haven’t, here’s the summary: The default purchase option in what is known as the “buy box” used to be the book’s publisher (either the publishing company or you, the author, if you’re self-published). That’s no longer guaranteed.

With the change, a third-party vendor, not the publisher, might “own” the buy box. This is how Amazon sells other products; it’s now applying that process to print books.

There are several articles about this online, but I found this one from Vox.com, “Amazon made a small change to the way it sells books. Publishers are terrified,” especially helpful.

Expand your audience exponentially with smart Goodreads marketing

Expand your audience exponentially with smart Goodreads marketing

Our guest blogger on smart Goodreads marketing is Kate Sullivan, a professional book designer, editor, and the web editor of TCK Publishing, an independent press dedicated to helping writers make the most out of their author careers. I’m a fan of TCK’s podcast for authors, “The Publishing Profits Podcast Show,” too.

Expand your audience exponentially with smart Goodreads marketing

smart Goodreads marketingBy Kate Sullivan

By now, most of us book people are familiar with Goodreads. It’s an amazing place to keep track of what you’re reading, what you want to read next, and everything to do with the bookish life. And since most authors are also avid readers, we tend to have our digital bookshelves well stocked and we regularly update our reading progress, reviews, and more.

Many of us also have our author profiles set up and have our Facebook and Twitter accounts linked to Goodreads. Heck, maybe you’ve even synced your blog to your Goodreads author page through RSS.

These are all fantastic ways to start leveraging the power of Goodreads’ massive audience to promote your books—but there’s more you can do to take advantage of all those eager readers just looking for the next great book to read.

Let’s look at a few ways—some free and some paid—to connect with the 55 million Goodreads members who might just love your book.

Turn your book into a movie: 16 treatment tips

Turn your book into a movie: 16 treatment tips

Today’s guest blogger, Kenneth Atchity, is one of my favorite new friends. In his former career, Ken, a Yale Ph.D., was a Fulbright professor of comparative literature. Today, he is a writer (his most recent novel is The Messiah Matrix), literary manager, and Emmy-nominated producer who’s made hundreds of deals in television and film. He has produced more than 30 films, including “Meg” (in post), “Angels in the Snow,” “Hysteria,” “The Lost Valentine” (one of my favorites on the Hallmark Channel!), “Erased,” “The Madams Family,” and “Joe Somebody.” He is well known among authors for teaching them the ins and outs of making a Hollywood deal.  BIG NEWS: Ken will be my guest on a special free teleseminar, Selling Your Story to Hollywood: A Conversation with a Movie Producer,” on May 18. Details here and below — reserve your seat now!

Turn your book into a movie: 16 treatment tips

Turn your book into a movie 2By Kenneth Atchity

Making a book into a film can cost producers anymore $1 million to $200 million, so this is clearly a major investment.

Talk to a story editor from any production company, studio, or agency “story department,” and they will tell you the weaknesses they see in novels submitted for film or television.

The story department’s report on the book’s potential for translation to film, referred to as “coverage,” is their feedback to the decision-making exec. It can make or break it for you — and it kills countless submissions.

The sad thing is, most writers will almost never even get as far as a coverage of their novel.

That’s often because of the book’s “treatment.”

Amazon sales rank: What the heck does it mean?

Amazon sales rank: What the heck does it mean?

Our guest blogger today is my friend Randi Minetor, an author I’ve known for years. We meet regularly for lunch with other central and western New York members of the American Society of Journalists and Author’s Renegade Upstate New York Chapter. Those laugh-filled gatherings let us share information and horror stories and make those important in-person connections that lead to helpful articles like this one! Randi is the author of books on national parks, travel, American history, birds and birding, trees and wildflowers, psychology and sociology, and a wide range of general interest topics. See the whole list on her Amazon Author page.

Amazon sales rank: What the heck does it mean?

Amazon sales rank 2By Randi Minetor

Are you obsessed with your Amazon sales rank?

If you’re like most authors, you may find yourself checking the book’s page daily—or several times a day—to see if the number has changed, and to speculate on what it means.

If it changes by 1 million or more in a day, is your book a runaway bestseller?

If it zigzags up and down across the 100,000 line, does that mean sales are especially brisk?

If you’re not watching this mysterious ranking on a daily basis, let me introduce you so you, too, can join the fun.

How to create an e-book box set from a series of books

e-book box set

Our guest blogger today is Susan Daffron, an author I admire very much for her intelligence, wisdom, and success. Susan is the author of the Alpine Grove Romantic Comedies, a series of novels that feature residents of the small town of Alpine Grove and their various quirky dogs and cats. She is also an award-winning author of many nonfiction books, including several about pets and animal rescue. You can read more about Susan on her website. If you enjoy this guest post from her, be sure to read another article she wrote for us about her experience with BookBub ads.

How to create an e-book box set from a series of books

e-book box set 2By Susan Daffron

If you have a series of books, you may have considered releasing a box set.

The process is fairly simple and it’s a great way to monetize your backlist. For a long time, even though I knew the advantages, I had a huge mental block about box sets. The old saying, “the confused mind does nothing” was me. Finally, once I had 8 books in my series, I decided to get over myself and figure out what I needed to do.

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