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Self-Publishing Expenses Gone Wild!

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2014 at 7:34 pm

chrismcmullen

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SELF-PUBLISHING EXPENSES

One of the major benefits of self-publishing is that you can do it (virtually) for FREE.

And, if you set a reasonable list price, the royalty rates are very high.

So with high royalties and minimal costs, if you can stimulate any sales at all, you should easily make something.

There is very little risk.

However, the number of authors who are investing big $$$ in self-publishing and who are losing big $$$ because their self-publishing expenses greatly outweigh their profits is staggering.

HOW MUCH DOES SELF-PUBLISHING COST?

It can cost next to nothing:

  • Zero set-up fees at print-on-demand indie publishing companies like CreateSpace.
  • Zero set-up fees at most major e-book publishing services like Kindle Direct Publishing, Nook, and Kobo.
  • Minimal cost to order one or more printed proofs for paperback books.

If it costs you next to nothing, you don’t…

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The Fat Lady Can’t Sing Without Her Last Three Lines: The Sixth Stanza

In Uncategorized on September 10, 2014 at 10:16 pm

The Adventures of The Cursed Family Chasticayn

The Dysfunctional Family Chasticayn (Poem)

The Sixth Stanza:

Wanted three more lines to accompany the line —

“The Fallen and Forgotten Fruit Best Left Fermenting”

The final note of the poem should take a hard look at the difficulty of this family blending in with society and wether or not it should. Personally I think they ought to be cock-eyed and sideways.

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Today I want to share with you three awesome ways to sell more books right now without any additional traffic.

In Uncategorized on September 9, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Viv Drewa - The Owl Lady

Whether you’re a brand new author with only a few sales or an experienced author with thousands of raving fans, these three simple tips will help you sell more books without any additional traffic, fans, or promotion.
 
In fact, all you have to do is make three small tweaks in 5 minutes to start getting more sales from your existing fan base:
 
1. Link to your squeeze page
 
The first and most powerful strategy is to link to your squeeze page inside your book. (If you don’t know what a squeeze page is, go watch my free video training series on email marketing at http://goo.gl/Aj09Pd)
 
You can link to your squeeze page at the very beginning of your book (usually underneath the copyright information on the title page), and at the end of your book (usually either before or after your author bio.)
 
In…

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How to Use the New Kindle Kids’ Book Creator (Tutorial)

In Uncategorized on September 9, 2014 at 7:19 pm

chrismcmullen

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KINDLE KIDS’ BOOK CREATOR

KDP Kids features a new FREE, easy-to-use tool for designing illustrated children’s books. It’s called the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator.

Will this tool work well for your book?

  • If all (or most) of your book consist of illustrations, and some (or all) of the pages also have text, this tool provides an EASY way to create pop-up text for Kindle devices (and apps).
  • If your book reads more like a novel or chapter book where many pages have just text, I recommend creating a reflowable e-book instead.

First, I will tell you a little bit about the tool, and then I will show you how to use it. It really is easy!

BETTER FORMATTING

Kindle Kids’ Book Creator solves a major hurdle in creating Kindle e-books:

  • Pop-up text makes it much easier to read illustrated children’s books on small devices, such as cell phones.
  • As I’ll…

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Another Three Lines: The Fifth Stanza

In Uncategorized on September 9, 2014 at 5:49 pm

The Adventures of The Cursed Family Chasticayn

The Dysfunctional Family Chasticayn (Poem)

The Fifth Stanza:

Wanted three lines to accompany the line —

“The Pet Peeves Under the Withered Leaves”

What strange creatures surround the Chasticayn’s home?

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Three More Lines With Feeling: The Fourth Stanza

In Uncategorized on September 7, 2014 at 10:23 pm

The Adventures of The Cursed Family Chasticayn

The Dysfunctional Family Chasticayn (Poem)

The Fourth Stanza:

Wanted three more lines to accompany the line —

“The Broken, Spattered, Battered, and Deep-Fried Branches”

Describe the wonderfully demented extended family from the European and Asian sides of the family.

You might consider these two films for inspiration.

  • Benny and June
  • Kamikaze Girls

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A Wish For Three More Charmed Lines: The Third Stanza

In Uncategorized on September 6, 2014 at 10:29 pm

The Adventures of The Cursed Family Chasticayn

The Dysfunctional Family Chasticayn (Poem)

The Third Stanza

Wanted three more lines to accompany the line –
“The Jingly Jangly Funk From the Junk in the Thick Old-Ass Family Trunk”

This Chasticayns are a strange family. Their posessions and contraptions are even weirder. Come on and entertain us with some of their oddest notions by adding a few more lines to this poem.

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DRAMS – new crowdfunding campaign!

In Uncategorized on September 4, 2014 at 7:32 pm

C.N. Faust

Hello, my darlings! I have put up a new crowdfunding campaign for “Drams” to help cover the printing and distribution costs! My brain is exhausted from writing the pitch, so I don’t have much clever to say here. Just click the button below if you want to check it out, and then don’t forget to spread the word! Much love. 

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The Next Three Lines: The Second Stanza

In Uncategorized on September 4, 2014 at 5:33 pm

The Adventures of The Cursed Family Chasticayn

The Dysfunctional Family Chasticayn (Poem)

The Second Stanza:

Wanted three more lines to accompany the line —

“The Dirty Rotten Rotters in the Roots”

The second stanza should reference who the Chasticayn’s are hiding from. Primarily this would include:

  • Wizards of Ancient Atlantis of whom the Family’s Patriarch was once allied.
  • The Chasticayn’s European relatives who still associate and sympathize with the Atlantian Wizards.
  • The Asian side of the family with uncertain and complicated loyalties.

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thoughts penned to paper

In Uncategorized on September 2, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Why we write — through poetry. Beautiful.