5 Tips to Finding a Niche Product to Sell on Amazon

Finding a niche product to sell on Amazon can be nothing short of difficult. Amazon has been a literal gold rush for the digital age. Everyone wants a piece of the action. After all, more than half of all eCommerce transactions happen on Amazon! So, how do you go about finding a product that is […]

Advanced Amazon SEO Tactics You Need to Know

Amazon has made many businesses a lot of money. Its unprecedented growth has transformed the world of eCommerce. And yet with all this, sellers are facing more competition than ever. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to get a product on page 1, let alone becoming the top-ranking product. This is why we are writing this article.  […]

Writing as a Business: EBook Distribution Options

Now that we have talked about the Amazon exclusive vs. wide distribution options, we need to talk about the options besides Amazon. What do we mean, exactly by wide distribution? How do you get your books on all of those different channels? It sounds like a daunting task. It can seem like it at first, […]

Writing as a Business: Wide Distribution vs. Amazon Exclusivity

Smashwords challenged the publishing industry when Mark Coker launched it in 2007. By 2010, the company was profitable, and was distributing books not only on its own website, but through partnerships with Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Sony. Apple was also in the self-publishing game, and Amazon offered Kindle Direct Publishing options to authors […]

Business 101 for Writers: DIY Formatting vs. Professional

We have covered a lot of ground in the production process of this series, and believe it or not we are almost done. We talked about writing your book, revision and editing, the book cover, and now we are going to talk about interior design and formatting. Don’t think this is an easy subject: I […]

Why I Bother to Write Fiction at All

There are times when I realize fiction is really hard work. It is perhaps the most time consuming of things that I do in the writing and publishing world, and if you work out the pay by the word or the hour, there are plenty of other ways to make more money writing. At the […]

A Visit to Amazon Books

It wasn’t one of the detours I planned to make this trip, but Thursday afternoon rolled around, and I needed a break from the hospital, and I was in Seattle. Two logical things came to mind: I wanted to visit Stumptown coffee, as often as possible. And I wanted to visit a bookstore. One of […]

Do You Know This Author?

Amazon’s Heavy handed review Policy and What it Means Amazon has gotten heavy handed with book reviews in a process that hurts a lot of Indie authors, and damages the very fabric of the initial book marketing push debut authors use. It is said that the average indie published book only sells 100-150 copies in its […]

Crossing Genres

This week, there was an excellent article in the New York Times with a brilliant explanation of religion. A similar piece aired on CBS Sunday Morning. Both pieces stated that religion is more about identity than a set of precepts everyone who ascribes to the religion adheres too. Muslims and Christians are Muslims and Christians […]

The Debate is the Distraction

In one of my seminars, I make the blanket statement that publishing is not changing. It has already changed. The new paradigm is still working itself out in many ways, so in that sense, many things are still changing. But many more have already, and will never go back to the way they were before. […]