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Of Helpful Readers and Typos

My latest eBook, The Serpent’s Egg, was published in March of this year. This morning, Amazon.com sent me an email, listing about 20 typos received from readers. When I checked the typos, I discovered that all of my mdashes — like these — had been removed from the document. So, where I had written, for […]

AMS adverts – an analysis

I’ve been experimenting with AMS (Amazon Marketing Services) ads. There are two types of ads available: Sponsored Product and Product Display. I selected Sponsored Product ads. These allow for Automatic or Manual targeting (by means of keywords). Using Manual targeting, I entered as many keywords as I could think of that I could link with my book […]

HOW GOOD ARE KINDLE UNLIMITED RETURNS?

I have completed a quick analysis of the US KENP rates over the past 15 months. I wanted to investigate the returns from Kindle Unlimited in the USA, and compare these with the royalty from eBook sales. For the analysis, I chose my best selling book, The Black Orchestra, which carries a selling price of […]

Ghostly feet

Things That Go Bump

Sometimes I think this house might be haunted. I hear noises that make no sense, like the creak of floorboards that sound just like someone is walking about in empty rooms, or the sound of doors opening and closing. And sometimes, when I hear the footsteps, I open the living room door to see who’s […]

Book cover for JJ Toner's Houdini's Handcuffs

Police Inspector or Private Eye

  The two novels in my Irish detective series both feature an Irish police detective, called DI Ben Jordan. Before I started writing the first book, Houdini’s Handcuffs, I had to choose whether my main character would be a private detective or a policeman. I decided on a police inspector. Looking back, I’ve tried to […]