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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 […]

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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 […]