Amazon Tagging Returns with Changes

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Amazon’s popular tagging feature allows readers and authors a chance to perform search-engine optimization on their favorite titles. In essence, you can add “fantasy” as a tag to fantasy books to help them gain exposure, and other people can tick the box to “agree” to it. The more a keyword is tagged, the better it’s exposure.

Recently, the tagging functionality was taken off from the U.S. Kindle store. Why? To sum it up, there are three commonly-agreed possibilities with no word ...

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Falling Off the Shelf

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Due to some sort of Amazon glitch, The Dying Times has “fallen off” the virtual shelf at that retailer. I can only say that saying it has been a stressful time since this happened is an understatement.

I’ve been working with Amazon’s KDP service to get the title reinstated, but it’s not back yet. The paperback editions of both books are still available, and the Kindle version of the second book is still up. Hopefully, it will be resolved quickly and ...

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Book Marketing and Promotion

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I’ve been asked from time to time how to get a book out there and get it going, so I decided to make a post about it instead of telling everyone individually. I have a book marketing eBook on Amazon (for $0.99) and it’s on Smashwords (for free), so you can check it out if you want to learn some extra tips on marketing just to Amazon’s crowd. This is more of a general book marketing and promotion post to ...

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The Dying Times has cleared 1000 sales

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The Dying Times has cleared the 1000 sales mark in the first 3 months it has been out.  Sales on other titles add to the numbers and remain steady, as well.

It would only be proper to thank the readers who have made this possible.  Without them, my material wouldn’t be read and would remain in obscurity.  I appreciate all of the readers who have given me a chance so far, and I hope many more will give The Survivor Chronicles ...

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Loss Leaders and Giveaways

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What are loss leaders?  Can they help you?

In the self-publishing world (and in product sales in general), a loss leader is a product that you put out in front of people at a cheap price – sometimes at a loss to yourself, thus the term “loss” leader – which is meant to entice people into trying out the cheap one in favor of possibly purchasing the other products (in my case, books) that you publish later on.

This article discusses the ...

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The Dying Times now for $0.99

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You heard it right.  The Dying Times is now available for only 99 cents.  It’s the closest to a free sample of the series that I can drag myself kicking and screaming to accept.  I haven’t decided if I will leave it at that price forever or increase it again after The War of the Dead comes out.  Maybe it will depend on whether or not it sells well at this new price tag.  It has so far, but I’ll ...

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The Dying Times gets 3-Star Review on Amazon!

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On the Amazon product page, The Dying Times has received its first 3-star review.  On the Amazon rating scale, this is generally considered an average rating, not too good, not too bad.  Good points and bad points that are balanced.  (Update 01/09/2011: I’ve been advised that a 3-star is actually a good review, which makes sense (it’s greater than 51% of the stars you could receive.)

Brian Kittrell, are you insane?  How could you be excited about this?

Well, ...

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Contest Begins Now: Win a Free Kindle 3G!

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This contest is now closed, and a winner has been selected! Thanks to everyone who participated!

The contest begins now for the Q1 2011 Late Nite Books giveaway, endearingly entitled “Nadene’s Awakening”!  The Grand Prize of this contest is a Free Kindle 3G to one lucky winner, signed copies of every book in the series to the First Prize Winner, and more!  Check out the contest details on the contest homepage!

There are free ways to enter, so go ahead and ...

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Riches vs. Fame: An analysis

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In a recent blog article by Stephen Leather, who is leading the sales on Amazon UK Kindle with his title Once Bitten, he shows his sales numbers and talks a bit about the number of sales he has received.  US sales are not quite as high, but I’m sure that he will start accumulating them with the $0.99 price tag.

I also must first disclose that Stephen and I had a rather rough first conversation in which I ...

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Trial Run on eBay in the Works?

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I’ve been thinking lately about how I can find the average price that people want to pay for the print copy of the book.  As a result of a couple of Facebook status updates and some looking around, it suddenly struck me:  maybe eBay can be used as a trial run for the book to determine a good price.

Think about it:  millions of people look at eBay to bid on stuff.  People are more willing to put in a bid ...

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Sales Approaching 300, over 200 sold in December

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I just wanted to make a post regarding sales for December, and, of course, I wanted to thank everyone who has purchased.  I certainly hope you enjoy the book!

This little hobby of mine is becoming a great source of additional income, it would seem.  I’m far off from making this a full-time job, of course, but the little extra boost to my income should help ease the tension at home and pay a few bills.  That’s all I really expected ...

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Giveaway in the Planning for Q1, 2011

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I am planning to offer a giveaway beginning in January, 2011, consisting of a Kindle 3G, as (usually) seen on the front page of Amazon.com, and a few other goodies for second and third prizes, such as signed copies.

Stay tuned.  I am working out the full details of the sweepstakes, and I’ll have it ready by January 1st.

One way to enter will be through purchasing digital or print copies of the book, but don’t worry:  anyone who ...

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Today’s News: Amazon sales and more

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I didn’t want to write three separate blogs for today’s happenings, so I went ahead and combined them all into one for today’s update.  First, I’ve purchased the domain reviewswap.com (which is not up yet in any form), and I will begin working on some custom software to allow independent authors the ability to read each others’ books, post reviews to the website, and agree to post the reviews to Amazon, as well.  This won’t just be an automatic 5-star ...

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