February 3, 2016

Where Book Buyers Live @JackieWeger #Amazon #RLFblog

The Reluctant Hero
Blogs about Amazon abound... Amazon is an 800 lb. Gorilla. Amazon is a monopoly. One author reported in a Facebook page, he was only earning two cents per book in Amazon's new royalty structure on borrows (KENP). He is not a happy camper. As indie authors, we don't need to get caught up in the rhetoric on the Web. There is always a hidden agenda and facts not shared. Here is a F.A.C.T. Most indie authors have not explored Amazon. Some have never read Amazon Terms of Service. Here is one of the terms. If you put your books in Select, they may not be published on any other sales venues, i.e. iTunes, Google Play, Barnes and Noble and Kobo. One author ignored those terms and raised a ruckus because Amazon pulled all of the author's books and banned the author from publishing on Amazon for a year. The author did not mention in the rant that Amazon gives the author a five day notice to get books removed from other venues. The author ignored those notices. Oops.

What can an indie author do to master Amazon?

Amazon provides a raft of tools and guides for indie authors. When composing our bios inside Amazon Central, it offers ehow examples. Most don't tick that and compose a resume--as if looking for job...instead of creating a bio that will interest a reader. Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer, Julie Whiteley reminds authors that readers don't take an author ego out of her purse while waiting in dentist office. Readers take out their Kindles. Inside Author Central an author can add up to five RSS feeds...your blogs stream live across your Amazon Author page, as well as your Tweets.
On your author page you will see this beneath your photo:

That Follow button is powerful. Encourage your fans and readers to follow you on Amazon. When you have a new release, Amazon sends out a dedicated email announcing the new book to the follower. Every author can do this. We are told time and again to build a platform. I'm not certain what that is...but Amazon has given us a way to gather followers...yes it has...scroll down to the bottom of your print edition book page, below the first page of reviews and you will see this:

Wow! Amazon does all of the work. You can give away a single print book or five. Up to the author's budget. You can have entrants follow you on Amazon, follow you on Twitter or watch a video on YouTube. But by far, following you on Amazon is more useful. Amazon is where book buyers live and driving a reader to Amazon is smart.
Inside Your KDP Account you may also tick Promote and Advertise next to any of your ebook titles and this will come up:

Amazon is getting better at showing those sponsored ads on book pages where it often shows "Also Bought." These ads are great for exposure. I don't look for sales—yet.
Amazon has sites in thirteen countries. Have you checked your book on all thirteen sites? Bet not. Ten amazon venues offer Kindle Unlimited subscriptions. Go HERE for a list. Guess what you can do? Visit all ten Amazon venues, navigate to your book page...just put in your author name or the title to your book and the book page comes up...You can Tweet/Facebook and Pin your book on Pinterest. On the far right and down a bit you will see the icons below. Use them. See the little envelop. Click it. Up comes a nice short link to your book to copy & paste on Facebook. You can also edit the Tweet that comes up. I do. I add #KindleFic and perhaps another hashtag. If the book is FREE or 99c, I add that. For non-English language sites, I also use Google to translate Read FREE w/Kindle Unlimited or Special Sale or discounted. You will have to remove some text...I take out my name. Or if the book is the first in a series...take out the title of the series. Do the same with your print editions. German and India natives prefer print editions. Pump your book in those languages. Play with Amazon. You can't kill it. And how nice is it to have a readymade tweet from each country?

Every author can build an author page inside Author Central, revise bios, book descriptions, claim and add books and see the total number of reviews on your books on amazon.com. Amazon lists all of your reviews inside Author Central...so easy to grab quotes from reviews for blogs and Tweets. You can also check your author rank. You want to do that during and after a book promotion. During one book promotion my author rank was 37. That told me only 37 other authors were out selling my book in Literary Fiction--which is the category I placed one of my books.
All of the above is just a short list of what I have explored and used on Amazon. There is much more on the sidebar inside Amazon KDP. When you want to know how Amazon works, ASK AMAZON, not your colleagues who may give you misinformation picked up elsewhere. Want to talk to a live person? Say so in 'contact'. Amazon will call you within five minutes.
Finally. Yes, there are many indie authors unhappy with Amazon. I am NOT one of them. My best advice to authors is: Think for Yourself. Make the best decision you can for your book. We are not entitled to sales and we are not entitled to reviews. We must work for those. I never like to sign off a blog without telling you the easiest path to reviews. Put this gentle gem of a plea right after THE END in your book.
Thank you for taking the time to read [title]. If you enjoyed it, please consider telling your friends or posting a short review. Word of mouth is an author's best friend and much appreciated. Thank you. [author name].
Does it work? Yes it does. In my two years as an indie author readers have posted above 1700 organic reviews on my titles. Good luck with your books in 2016.
For more good advice from Jackie Weger

About the Book

The Reluctant Hero
There are a few things Parnell Stillman is dead certain he will never do:
He'd never fall in love.
He'd never have kids.
He'd never be a hero.
Rebecca Hollis is about to change his mind.

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Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FJFV6AY/
Available FREE on Kindle Unlimited

About the Author

Jackie Weger is a traveler of the good earth by foot, boat, bus, train, plane and pickup. After family and writing, destination travel is always on her wish list. She hoards her friends and fans and is often humbled by their kindness. If you asked her what she wants most in life, she says: "A writing cave, a candle and a good book."

February 2, 2016

Seduction in Sierra Leone (The Men of FTI 1) by @OliviaNightRead #RLFblog #RomanticSuspense

Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today's featured book is Seduction In Sierra Leone, The Men of FTI Book One by Olivia Night.

About the Book
Title: Seduction in Sierra Leone, The Men of FTI Book 1
Genre:  Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
In the mangroves of Sierra Leone, two strangers raised a world apart find themselves inextricably connected. Seduction in Sierra Leone, the first in a series of three novels, is a fast-paced tale of murder, lust, and love that transports the reader to a foreign and mysterious world of danger.
Aislinn Salameh, an American relief worker, is searching for purpose in her self- imposed lonely world. The stranger who enters her village on a blistering hot day seems more animal than human. She knows she should stay far away but can’t stop herself from being drawn to the mysterious man.
Brandt Fairlane is haunted by the sins of his past. Detached from others, Brandt has spent his life alone. His line of work is too dangerous for the luxuries of love and family.
When Brandt sees Aislinn and her haunting eyes, he knows he must possess her. But when Brandt’s past comes back from the dead and Aislinn is caught in the crossfire, it is up to him to keep her safe. In order to survive, they must learn to rely on one another. As they run for their lives, the heat between them becomes undeniable. Now, Brandt must not only protect Aislinn from a madman committed to stealing her away, but he also must protect her from himself. Because if Brandt steals her body and her heart, he’ll never let her go.

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About the Author
Olivia Night, a fictional character herself, has always been an avid reader and writer. She found the romance genre in college and has never been able to get enough. One sleepless night, the main characters of Book One in her Men of FTI  series sprang from her head fully formed. They demanded she tell their story; so she did. As they revealed themselves, so did two other intriguing characters. Those characters convinced her to give them their own books because their stories were worth telling too. And so Olivia suddenly became a romance author. When Olivia is not writing, she has the best job in the world, which, too, will remain a secret. In her free time, she reads, write, drinks wine, or is, most likely, out emulating Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Olivia lives in one of the most diverse and vibrant cities in the U.S.—Baltimore. She lives with her cat, which she is convinced was a gladiator in his past life. Olivia plans to continue being awesome at this thing called life. Really, that’s her only goal.

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February 1, 2016

#Romance Lives Forever Blog @HoustonHavens @NaughtyLiterati #RLFblog

RLF Gem Award  
The Top Blogger for this month is Houston Havens. She wins a month of free advertising on the blog. Our Top Blogger of the Year is Sabrina York, who wins a year of free advertising.

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Top Five Bloggers for the Month

Each month, the RLF Gems post ranks in the top ten, but is not counted, in order to focus on guests. The winners are judged by page views. Congratulations to each one! There is a tie for third place.
1 Houston Havens
2 Brita Addams
3 Naughty Literati (Regina Kammer and more)
4 Livia Quinn
5 Olivia Night

Honorable mention: Andrea Dalling

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Top Chatter Award 
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This month's winner is Regina Kammer

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