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 […]

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How to Write Faster

I’m writing a new book. It’s called ‘The Serpent’s Egg’. I have an outline in place, as I always do, that consists of a line or two of text, called ‘beats’ for each chapter describing what happens. Think of writing a book as climbing a cliff, these beats act like footholds to keep the story […]

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What Next?

I wrote my first novel Monkey Puzzle in 1995, after I was made redundant, and set about looking for an agent to represent it. I got about 30 rejections. Eventually, I spoke on the phone to a literary agent in Ireland. He had not read any of my work, but when I told him my […]

Analysing my Readership

In an attempt to identify my readership demographic, I took a detailed look at the reviews received for The Black Orchestra. Here’s what I discovered:   US Female Male Both All Unknown Total 79 248 327 439 112 No 20 62 82 111 29 Average 3.95 4.00 3.99 3.95 3.86 UK Female Male Both All […]