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MASTERING AMAZON ~ Second in the Series

Getting the Most out of  Amazon

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We got through Thanksgiving,  a National Election and Christmas is around the corner, plus we’ll soon be making those New Year’s Resolutions. Most of which we won’t keep. But you can do one or two small things to help your books to success. Keep reading for a wee bit of inspiration.

Amazon is where bookbuyers and readers live and that is where we must drive our fans and readers. Before we get started I’d like to share this: I usually sign off my blogs with a gentle review plea that I encourage indie authors to put right after THE END. Here it is:

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Reviews! What fool Expert are you listening to now?

Author Achilles Heel ~ Reviews…Again..

eNovel Authors at Work...a group of indie authors sharing our experiences and ehow.

eNovel Authors at Work…a group of indie authors sharing our experiences and ehow.

Oh, Mercy me…I don’t know where my brain was when I considered it was just indie authors hungering for reviews. Nope. Contracted authors, especially those under contract with small publishers or online publishers are searching for reviews, too.  I’m hearing from them. So called experts and PR folks who want in your wallet and play and prey on the needy author are convincing the authors that reviews sell books.

Count The Roses Final MEDIUM

Released May 26, 2016. 26 Organic Reviews after a small promotion November, 2016. Patience counts.

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Is Amazon Really Stupid?

eNovel Authors at Work...a group of indie authors sharing our experiences and ehow.

eNovel Authors at Work…a group of indie authors sharing our experiences and ehow.

What do you think?

Folks, I am in no way a spokesperson for Amazon. I doubt Amazon even knows I exist outside of books I upload. Amazon previews cover art and text for publication, says yea or nae and Amazon is done with me.

In the past ten days since Amazon posted new review policies authors are in an uproar.  Across the spectrum reader and blogger reviews are being pulled or not allowed. Here’s the skinny: Amazon has a TOS for authors, publishers and reviewers. Yes it does. But few read those things. Amazon explains what no compensation means. Amazon explains what a friend is or is not.

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REVIEW MANIA II

It never stops…

eNovel Authors at Work...a group of indie authors sharing our experiences and ehow. Always FREE

eNovel Authors at Work…a group of indie authors sharing our experiences and ehow. Always FREE

Good afternoon. I’m Jackie Weger, Founder of eNovel Authors at Work. It has been a short three years  since I stepped into our indie author universe. The single word that has resonated during these years is Review. Spend ten minutes surfing Facebook and lurking in forums and you will come across a plethora of posts by indie authors begging for book reviews.  Many indie authors want those reviews as affirmation that  he or she can write and tell a story. That is NOT the province of a review. Readers and bloggers share their opinions of books to alert the next reader if that reader might or might not enjoy the book.

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PROMOTION 101~ NOT JUST FOR NEWBIES

Wanna know the best promotion site of all time?

I’m gonna tell you…right here, right now. It is under your nose: AMAZON.

eNovel Authors at Work...a group of indie authors sharing our experiences and ehow. Always FREE

eNovel Authors at Work…a group of indie authors sharing our experiences and ehow. Always FREE

Absolutely, we all hunger for a Bookbub slot. But snagging a Bookbub slot is not a sure thing. I collect more rejections from Bookbub than I once did scouting for an agent or a publisher. No lie. Meanwhile what can you do to get your book visible and make a few sales?

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Blogging ~ A Call to Action? Or Not…

Blogging Off-Topic

marketing-strategy-planSince I first stepped into indie authorship, advice has poured into my mailbox that I must blog. And recently suggestions are piling up telling me to blog about anything other than my books.  Blog about cooking or recipes or crystals or knitting… And once foodies, new age aficionados or knitters are following my blog, they might also notice I write romance novels and buy one. HUH?

Not to put too fine a point on it, but those folks who are telling me and you how to generate sales by blogging off-topic are

 Where some author advice belongs

Where some author advice belongs

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Amazon’s New Rules for Kindle Authors in February!

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Yep! New rules!  For all authors…Beginning February 03, 2016, Amazon will start posting a little message on all Kindle books not up to snuff. Doesn’t matter if the book  is by an indie author, small press, online publisher or boutique publisher. But this will most assuredly affect indie authors the most.  Here is the notice that will show up on your book if errors are discovered or Amazon has received complaints, courtesy of Michael Kozlowski, Good E Reader on January 21, 2016.

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Perhaps you overlooked this in Amazon’s Content Guidelines:

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What is the Number One Task Indie Authors Fail To Do?

What is the number one task indie authors fail to do?

We are a week into the New Year and if your mail box is like mine, it is in a frenzy with indie service providers and promoters begging for your $$$. This before we have even earned five cents in 2016. Hand over your money, honey and we’ll show you how to get more readers, more reviews and spy on your competition. None of which will actually sell books.

Here is a list of tasks many indie authors don’t do. Not in any particular order but none is the number one overlooked task.

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Book Reviews: The Good ~ The Bad ~ The Ugly

Julie Whiteley

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Julie Whiteley is a highly rated Goodreads and Amazon Reviewer with  one thousand + Reviews posted on Amazon and Goodreads in addition to her blog  cluereview.blogspot.com  She also reviews for NetGalley.  Here’s Julie with part Two of  her series on Book Reviews.

Hello, again, eNovel Authors. Here is part two of What Do Reviewers Want? I mentioned earlier that I’m  a blogger, reader and reviewer. This post concerns issues between authors and reviewers.

Like anything else we do, there is a downside to a good thing. With independent authors having to hit the pavement in order to get their books noticed, reviewers and authors are in direct contact. It can turn ugly.

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What do Reviewers Want?

Julie Whitely

#eNovAaW Resident Reviewer Julie Whiteley

How it’s done ~ Approaching a reviewer…

Hi, everyone. I’m  Julie Whiteley, a blogger, reader and reviewer. Jackie asked me to write a post for you concerning issues between authors and reviewers. And, especially to address what reviewers look for and to note some of the things we all need to work on.

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