Tag Archives: amazon

You Can Win Without Cheating FFS

Most self-publishers will agree: it’s getting tougher out there. If you are in KU, then you’re pretty much dependent on one income stream and if Amazon sales dip or you run afoul of the Hall of Spinning Knives for whatever … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 40 Comments

The Only Rule Amazon Truly Cares About

On Monday, I found out that some bug hit a German e-book site causing the reactivation of long-dead listings, including one of mine, putting myself and some other authors in breach of KDP Select’s exclusivity rule. Amazon pounced into action … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 90 Comments

When Reader Targeting Goes Wrong

Taking a non-scammy tangent from Saturday’s post, I’d like to talk about what happens when you target the wrong readers, because being too scattergun with promo can really hurt your book. I’ve been thinking a lot about this over the last … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 38 Comments

Scammers Break The Kindle Store

On Friday, a book jumped to the #1 spot on Amazon, out of nowhere; it quickly became obvious that the author had used a clickfarm to gatecrash the charts. The Kindle Store is officially broken. This is not the first … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 315 Comments

Amazon Has A Fake Book Problem

Fake books – powered by clickfarms – are gatecrashing Amazon’s charts. And despite being aware of the issue for well over a year, Amazon has failed to resolve it. If you look at the Kindle Store Best Seller charts right now, and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 134 Comments

Please Don’t Buy My Book

I’m just back from The Smarter Artist Summit in Austin, Texas. I won’t try and capture the magic of the event – Kobo Mark does an excellent job – but I would like to talk about the big takeaway: the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 39 Comments

KU Scammers Attack Amazon’s Free Ebook Charts

Last month, Amazon was caught up in a crisis at least partly of its own making when bungled attempts to deal with a growing Kindle Unlimited scammer problem resulted in the sanctioning of innocent authors. Amazon has since apologized, and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 108 Comments