Tuesday, February 28, 2012

First Payment From Kindle Direct Publishing

I am so excited to tell you that I received my very first payment from Kindle Direct Publishing at Amazon for my eBooks! I can hardly believe it. Yes, I know I am not selling them for a lot of money, but they are selling. I have three books there and selling each one for .99. It is low enough that I figure the people who I want to reach can afford it.

The hardest part by far, was the formating it for the kindle. Right now, I have my 3rd updated copy of My Homesteading Journey up there. It still is not perfect for me. I tried to fix the problems the conversion made. I tried to make the table of content links work for the third time. They work on my computer in each format I worked on. Still doesn't work in the book. Actually, that book doesn't really need the table of content links as badly as the other two. It would have been nice though.

The other two books are cookbooks and yes, they really do need a table of content with clickable links to work. If you want to use a recipe you need to click it and go right to it. It must have something to do with the conversion is all I can see. Yet, I have bought some kindle books that have links that work and some that do not.

Other than that one issue, I have been quite pleased with my books. I have also learned to do two very important things:

  • Do not check the reviews on Amazon! No more, I have had two bad ones and I will no longer let the bitter tongue of someone else, affect me or my mood. My thoughts on this is that, they are just jealous because I live a life they never will, nor understand. 
  • Do not check your sales all day long. Sometimes I even forget to do it at all. Do not let a refund of a book affect you either. If they don't like your book, it is better that they don't keep it. 
If you decide to sell an eBook on Amazon, let me know and I will go check it out! I love to hear from other authors and your experiences.

Copyright © 2012 Kathleen G. Lupole
All Photographs Copyright © 2012  Kathleen G. Lupole

Friday, February 3, 2012

Is There An eBook In Your Future?

I wrote a post on my other blog yesterday about some eBooks I had bought in the Amazon Kindle store. I read more often on my Kindle Fire than I was reading paper books. Some of the books I have been reading are about writing and it made me think I should write a post here about some of the these eBooks for the readers of this blog. I have read these and would like to share.

Amazon Kindle Freebies: How To Publish Your Kindle Book On Amazon For Free And Make Money From Home

This is the first eBook I purchased about writing after I got my new Kindle. It opened my eyes so to speak! I went right to work on changing my eBooks over to the kindle format and uploaded them on Amazon. I have sold more eBooks than I ever dreamed possible! 

Your Words, Your Story
This book is a resource for new writers, but even experienced writers will get a lot out of it.  The author, Cynthia Harrison, has written it as a memoir as well. I think you will get a lot out of this book. Especially for aspiring writers. She covers many writing topics, not only books, but including blogs and poetry. I enjoyed reading this book very much.

Kindle Cash - The Beginner's Guide to Creating, Marketing, And Publishing On The Amazon Kindle

This book gave me a lot of good information and I found it very useful. I have gone back to it over and over to study different chapters. Michael Masters, the author covers topics such as what to write your eBook about, how to research your keywords, writing your eBook, and marketing it. I mean he really covers everything you could possibly need to know.

Write Good or Die

This book is edited by Scott Nicholson, and consists of articles written by other authors. It is very good and full of information. They are the bare truth on writing and what these authors have experienced. Very interesting and good advice through out. Gives you a lot of inspiration.

How I Wrote My First Book: the story behind the story

This book is another that is written by other authors who share their stories with you. They tell about what they went through writing their first books. Anne K. Edwards and Lida E. Quillen edited this book. I found it interesting because sometimes you feel like you are a horrible writer and wasting your time........especially when you get a first bad review from someone who gives you a bad review because she is a school teacher, and thinks she is suppose to be grading a student's paper......not writing a review for a book she bought on Amazon! Sorry, that is what happened to me. It shows that writers have a lot in common and it seems they like to help each other. I like that.

And if you don't have a Kindle or other book reader, Amazon offers Free Kindle Reading Apps so anyone can read the books on their computers. I hope you will enjoy some of these books as much as I did. Really and truly, I am learning a lot about writing self-published books and my sales are doing fine on my own eBooks. If you have any questions I am more than happy to answer them if I can.

Copyright © 2012 Kathleen G. Lupole
Artwork by Hazel Dran © 1991