KU Scammers Attack Amazon's Free Ebook Charts Bewares

Last month, Amazon was caught up in a crisis at least partly of its own making when bungled attempts to deal with a growing Kindle Unlimited scammer problem resulted in the sanctioning of innocent authors. Amazon has since apologized, and has also pledged to beef up its response to the KU scamming mess – but questions very much remain about whether Amazon is taking the problem seriously enough. A quick check shows that some of the main scammers are still operating, under the very same author names and book titles that were reported to Amazon in late February and early March. Which is very disappointing. A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting with Phoenix Sullivan about the problem and Read More…

Digging Deeper Into Author Earnings Publishing Resources

The Author Earnings team are attempting to do something which hasn"t been done before, and their work can"t be refined and improved unless there is some intelligent criticism of their approach and findings. Today I"ve invited Phoenix Sullivan to blog on the topic. I"ve known Phoenix for a few years now, and if there"s a smarter person in publishing, I haven"t heard of them. KBoards regulars will already know that Phoenix understands the inner workings of the Kindle Store better than anyone outside Amazon. And I can personally vouch for her expertise: she was the biggest influence on (and help with) Let"s Get Visible and also the marketing brains behind a box set I was in, which did very well Read More…

How To Avoid Publishing-Assisted Suicide Bewares Publishing

I regularly take aim at “assisted self-publishing” because it often results in a shoddy product, a serious price-tag and/or a big chunk of the author’s royalties going to a middleman that is doing little more than uploading (which is the easiest part of the process). However, I’m not against assisted self-publishing per se, and today’s guest post sketches out a potential model for such companies, an author-centric approach that can benefit all parties, particularly the author. And it’s not just theory. Phoenix Sullivan is an author, self-publisher, and IMO one of the smartest people in the publishing business. Regular readers will know that she was one of the brains behind figuring out the Popularity list and the subsequent algorithm changes to Read More…