Received a threatening letter from KDP? No need to panic

What to do, other than hyperventilating, when one of these threatening emails from KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) pops in your email.

Seems there is always something. Am I right?

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Okay, settle down. Don’t freak out. Walmart is not going to put writers out of business. Not yet anyway. So what do you do if this happens?

First and foremost, make sure the retail price of your books is the same everywhere.

That’s about all you can do. Because Walmart will be Walmart and we have little say in the matter, should they choose to discount your book. And Amazon is, well Amazon.

However, read the following article which gives you more information about what’s going on and fingers crossed we never see any of these mean letters from Amazon.

Click on the image/article below and read more about KDP pricing.

WALMART DISCOUNT PRICING SPARKS THREATENING LETTERS FROM KDP

Walmart Discount Pricing Sparks Threatening Letters from KDP

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How to pick the best self-publishing route

So, you’ve written a children’s book but what now?

How do you decide which service to publish with?

I think it really depends on your target audience. More than cost and convenience needs to be considered. Where do you want to market your book? What age is your book for? Will it sell better in e-format or hardback? Do you want to see it in libraries or schools? What size will it be? Those are just a few.

A great side-by-side comparison for picture books print on demand costs and convenience is addressed in the following post. What Print on Demand service is best for your self-published picture book? By Dayen Sislen

Her post explains the costs and services of three print-on-demand routes you can take.  . For my easy reader I went with just Createspace, but for my two picture books, I used Ingram Sparks and Createspace.

Have you published a picture book? Which did you use?

Do you only publish e-books? Why?

If you’ve written and published a children’s book, click on the contact me button and let me know all about your book. I’d love to share with my readers.

Watch this for more info about writing a  kids books.

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Are you up on the latest Kindle technology?

Kindle in Motion!

Kindle in Motion is a totally different format than Kindle A\V or Kindle with Audio\Video. Which makes me wonder if KM will fare better.

With little fanfare, Amazon introduced Kindle in Motion in the middle of 2016. Not sure how I missed this rollout, apparently I was lost in space. LOL

After reading a recent post about the new moving ebooks, I decided to do a little research. If you didn’t know, I love research. Hello, GoogleGoogle search Jean's Writing

As usual, I’ve provided more links at the end of this post for your reading pleasure. 

Size is important and the size of Kindle in Motion books range between 200-600mb. And apparently, there is a lot involved in producing a Kindle in Motion ebook other than formatting.

After watching this I saw dollar signs! Cha-ching, going out not coming in. I don’t know about you guys but this technique will most likely price me out of formatting my books with Kindle in Motion.Losing money, money flying away Bitmoji Jean M CogdellThe artwork, in and of itself, is expensive. But, animated artwork is downright prohibitive for most writers. Unless you’ve enjoyed the success of JK Rowling.

Food for thought. An author might cut costs by animating just the cover and not the entire book, but would the reader be disappointed?

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Do you think these books are distracting or entertaining? 

Do you think Kindle in Motion will increase sales?

Or do you think the cost will be prohibitive for most writers?

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Some Amazon Kindle-in-Motion books 

 / Kindle in Motion – Ebooks Beyond Black & White

Friday Book Cover: Kindle in Motion

What is Kindle in Motion By Piotr Kowalczyk

Kindle in Motion: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly about Amazon’s New Enhanced Format (Screenshots) Posted on 13 August 2016 by Nate Hoffelder

Is romance in the air at your house?

We never grow too old for romance.

Want proof? Just look at the romance genre. Sales continue to climb. I’m not talking just about erotica (smut novels per my daughter.)

Want to write a bestselling novel?

Add romance to the formula.

Whether you self-publish or traditional,  write mysteries, women’s fiction, dystopian, YA, LGBT fiction, horror, or thriller, add a little romance and you’ve got a bestseller on your hands.

 

Why?

Because everyone loves a good love story.

Still not convinced? Check out the top Amazon 100 ebooks or the NYT Best Seller list and see for yourself. Read some of the book blurbs, I bet you’ll see lots of references to love. Even one of the hottest new YA futuristic book, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline mentions a love connection. 

So tell me—

Could your current work in progress use a little romance? 

Have you given much thought to how hot the romance genre is?

 

That’s it for today. Short and sweet because I’ve got a big romantic evening to plan. 

So go curl up with a good romantic movie or book and get your groove on. 

 

Another writer’s take on romance. Let’s Talk About Romance –By Jaq D Hawkins

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