Reedsy for Authors, Editors, Designers and more

Where can I find a great editor? That gets asked often in author circles along with questions for cover designers, formatters and more. Reedsy is a great place to find everyone you need before publishing a book.

Reedsy co-founder Ricardo Fayet discusses (below) how authors, editors, book designers and more can benefit with the site. Not long and very informative. Hosted by Jason Matthews.

For more information visit https://reedsy.com/.

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New Category Rankings for Amazon Books

Amazon category ranking 3Not sure exactly when Amazon made the switch from listing only the Top 100 in categories in the Product Details to the Top 3,000 or so. I’m not even sure how high it goes.

The official word at KDP remains the same: Every book will have a Best Seller Rank after it has sold at least one copy, but Category rankings will only appear in the Product Details section of a book’s detail page if the book is ranked within the Top 100 books in its category.

Amazon category rankingClearly not the case anymore. Months ago this example (left) would have only shown the #82 ranking for Metaphysical and anything over the Top 100 would be omitted. Now it displays for a couple of categories beyond 100.

Amazon category ranking 2Or here’s another example (right) that’s slightly more bizarre. This book is presently #16 for Dogs, which is kinda cool, and it’s also #224 for Short Story-Single Authors, which is kinda strange. (How many authors does it take to write a short story and why is there a category for that?)

Good move, bad move, TMI? What do you think?

At least books that aren’t selling well have a little something to be proud about. But does it mean anything or help with sales?

Please share your comments below.


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83% off (limited time) Complete Self-Publishing Video Course

Publish Ebooks on Amazon Kindle and Global RetailersUdemy is practically giving away this course on self-publishing, just $10 for a limited time before going back to $59. http://bit.ly/1KaL3Va

Title: Sell Ebooks on Amazon Kindle and Global Retailers

Subtitle: Self publishing made easy. Sell ebooks at Amazon, Apple, Google, B&N, Kobo, Smashwords, Scribd and major retailers.

Course Description:

Get readers around the world and sell ebooks from:

  • Amazon
  • Apple iBooks Store
  • Google Play
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Kobo
  • Smashwords
  • Scribd
  • Oyster and many more!

Everything you need to format documents, convert to ePub, make covers, upload and sell at retailers, and for marketing.

Save time and money while getting your ebook to readers in every nation.

Instructed by Jason Matthews, bestselling author of 6 books and self-publishing expert. The manual and video lessons explain it with real-time instruction. The lessons include:

  • the PDF guide book that goes with the video
  • formatting for all major retailers
  • converting to other formats (ePub, HTML mobi, PDF)
  • cover design
  • selling at Amazon, Apple, Google Play, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo and more
  • making free blogs and websites
  • PayPal sales with an automated system – Shopping cart sales
  • social media (Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, YouTube)
  • public relations (PR)
  • getting reviews and more

Accomplish publishing goals fast. Simple enough for beginners and great for experts who could use extra guidance.

Get started today and reach more readers soon.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 44 lectures and 5.5 hours of content!
  • Self publish ebooks professionally and effectively
  • Format ebooks from Microsoft Word Documents
  • Create Table of Contents, active hyperlinks and useful features within ebooks
  • Convert MS Word to EPUB using Calibre
  • Make great ebook covers while saving money
  • Upload and sell at Amazon
  • Upload and sell through distributors (Smashwords and Draft2Digital)
  • Upload and sell at major retailers (Apple, Google Play, Barnes & Noble, Kobo)
  • Sell ebooks with PayPal and system that runs on autopilot
  • Sell ebooks with shopping cart application from their website or blog
  • Market wisely using social media
  • Use websites and blogs to sell ebooks
  • Create a complete author platform and use Amazon Author Central
  • Use PR (Public Relations) for marketing
  • Get more reviews
  • Make money from sales

83% off – Sell Ebooks on Amazon Kindle and Global Retailers

 


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(Metadata Only) Preorders Now Available at Smashwords

Big news from Smashwords founder, Mark Coker:

Ebook preorders are the single most important new tool for indie authors who want to improve the visibility, desirability and sales of their new releases.

Over the last 12 months, ebooks born as preorders at Smashwords earned more than triple the earnings of books that were simply uploaded the day of release.

Ever since we announced preorder distribution two years ago for iBooks, Barnes & Noble and Kobo, I’ve been advocating preorders as an essential best practice for all indies.

Yet despite the amazing power of preorders, and despite the copious evidence that preorders can work miracles, most indie authors don’t use them today. Fewer than 10 percent of books released at Smashwords over the last 12 months were released as preorders.

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Self-Publishing with Smashwords

Self-Publishing with SmashwordsSelf-Publishing with Smashwords has just been released as my latest video course at Udemy. New to the formatting game or having trouble with your NCX file? No more worries, never fear Meatgrinder again. And the best part–for a limited time the course is available at 100% off with

coupon code: June2015

Hope you enjoy it and please leave a review :)

Smashwords is the world’s largest distributor of self-published ebooks, making it fast, free and easy for authors to sell at major retailers around the globe. 350,000 authors have published with Smashwords and enjoy total control over the sampling, pricing and marketing of their books.

Smashwords has many unique features that set it apart from other major retailers:

1. Pays you 85% royalties on direct sales.

2. Converts your ebook into every file type for any possible e-reading device.

3. Distributes your ebook for sale to other retailers like Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Page Foundry, Baker & Taylor, Library Direct, Oyster, Scribd, Flipkart and OverDrive while handling the finances.

4. Allows you to generate ebook coupons for any amount and time frame.

5. Create an author profile with photos, videos, links to your print books and sites, interview and more.

You can always publish at Smashwords even if you publish at other retailers like Amazon. However, if you are enrolled in KDP Select then you’ll need to wait for the 90-day exclusive period to be over. Then you can opt-out of KDP Select and continue to sell at Amazon plus Smashwords, Apple, Google, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and many more!

Hurry while this coupon offer lasts. And it will be good karma if you leave a review.


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