Kindle Scout Shutting Down

Kindle Scout Shutting Down

It's been a devent run, but it looks like Kindle Scout is coming to a close. It's been hard to judge the overall success of the program that Amazon began in 2015, but it looks like it wasn't successful enough to keep investing in. I'm not tremendously surprised by this news, because Amazon has been shuttering quite a few companies and projects this year as they re-evaluate the business and push forward into different territory.

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Indie Author Tools - Best E-Book Promotion Sites for 2018

Indie Author Tools - Best E-Book Promotion Sites for 2018

All of the sites listed here come from my personal experiences using them as well as things I've heard from other authors. In this case, everything is going to be devoted to sites that promote paid promotions (there is another post for free promotions here) but that doesn't necessarily mean how much the actual book needs to cost to be promoted.

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Guide for Indie Authors to Market Paperbacks on Amazon using Author Marketing Services

Guide for Indie Authors to Market Paperbacks on Amazon using Author Marketing Services

So, you are an indie author who has spent a lot of time writing your book and you released the kindle version on KDP. That's a great start, but you went the extra mile and also released a paperback version (using either KDP Print, CreateSpace, or IngramSpark, right?). Way to go, and you deserve a lot of applause because that isn't an easy thing to do. However, don't applaud yourself for too long, because you've only just begun.

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Amazon Giveaways: Indie Author Review -

Amazon Giveaways: Indie Author Review -

Amazon allows you to host giveaways of just about anything. You can give away your book (as an E-Book or Paperback) or things like new kindle devices or anything people might be interested in. It's incredibly easy to set them up, and there are some really cool features involved that authors can take advantage of to help drive sales.

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Goodreads Giveaways: Indie Author Review - Worthwhile in Finding New Readers

These can be one of the most powerful tools an author has at their disposal. For most self-published authors, there aren't a lot of good ways to get your books into the hands of readers. Not only are Goodreads readers willing to take copies of your book, they are usually more invested to read it than other readers as well.

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E-Book Hounds: Indie Author Review - A Fairly Valuable Company to Promote With

E-Book Hounds: Indie Author Review - A Fairly Valuable Company to Promote With

This is an up and coming company that is trying to make a name for itself in this overloaded market. It has done a decent job up to this point of building an audience, and it has actually been working very hard recently on bringing in new readerships that might be interested in hearing about free and discount books.

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