FINAL 24 HOURS LEFT TO KICKSTART THE SOUL SMITH

FINAL 24 HOURS! This is the last chance to be a part of this experience and help Kickstart The Soul Smith! Please help spread the word or express your support in the form of a pledge, because today is the final day!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adriandiglio/the-soul-smith-epic-fantasy-novel/

And The Ravenous Flock, which preludes The Soul Smith and was also edited by Derek Bowen, is still FREE for Kindle all day today as well. If you like the short story, then you’ll LOVE The Soul Smith. (Link to The Ravenous Flock can be found on the Kickstarter page on the link above)

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Get The Ravenous Flock for FREE during Last Days of my Kickstarter!

The Soul Smith Kickstarter campaign has been featured on BackerClub!!!! This is incredibly exciting news, especially as we near the end of the Kickstarter campaign! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adriandiglio/the-soul-smith-epic-fantasy-novel/

Get The Ravenous Flock for FREE on Kindle from Feb 8-12th, 2015 right here: http://amzn.to/13HlBfO

The Ravenous Flock is a short story that preludes the events of my novel, The Soul Smith. It was edited by Derek Bowen (the same editor I have for The Soul Smith for my Kickstarter campaign) and published on Myths Inscribed online fantasy magazine.

Keep spreading the word!

FREE Fantasy for Spring Break!

The Ravenous Flock is free all day on April 5th and April 6th! Grab you free copy for Kindle here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EC0QHB0/

This short story is a prelude of The Blacksmiths series and takes you on a thrill ride filled with danger, intrigue and magic! With multiple 5 star ratings and a price tag of free, you can’t go wrong! Get it now!The Ravenous Flock new cover

Happy Holidays! The Ravenous Flock is FREE till Dec 24th!

I would like to say a special thank you to all of my followers, and wish you all Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.

As a token of my appreciation, and to celebrate, I am giving away my short story, The Ravenous Flock, free from now till Dec 24th (as well as on New Year’s Day too!).

CLICK HERE to go to Amazon and grab your FREE Kindle ebook of The Ravenous Flock!

Two Important Launches: Amazon MatchBook and Oyster

Two pieces of major exciting news for the book industry was announced this month!

First, Amazon is launching a new program called MatchBook in October 2013. The program will allow you to also get the ebook edition of any participating printed book you purchase through Amazon (past or future), for $2.99 or less (or even for free!).

This is incredibly important for a couple of reasons:

  1. Consumers that want to convert their library to digital format can do it now
  2. This increases sales numbers for an industry that has been suffering
  3. It actually supports printed book sales. Consumers may opt to just purchase the hardback since they know they can grab the ebook version as well (especially if it’s free!)

Not to be overshadowed, a new mobile reading platform called Oyster is launching the beta version of their iPhone app and has received lots of hype! Oyster has been dubbed “The Netflix for Books”, and for $9.95 a month you get unlimited access to over 100,000 titles from various participating publishers.

If this receives early success (as I expect it will), more and more publishers will flock to them and offer to add their books to their content library. This could be a game changer for the book industry, and will certainly keep it alive. You can read more about this start up venture here.

I’m calling it right now: This needs to be a strategic acquisition by Barnes & Noble if they expect to stay afloat and compete against Amazon.
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The Process of Publishing on Amazon

 

 

First, some administrative news: My fantasy short story, The Ravenous Flock, is now up on Amazon! So, I wanted to take the time to share my personal experience of independently publishing with them.

After part 2 of The Ravenous Flock was published by Myths Inscribed ezine, all rights immediately reverted back to me per the terms of their publishing agreement. The Ravenous Flock new coverI immediately recognized that I wanted my short story to be available on Amazon to reach a wider audience, so I combined both parts back into one seamless story and added the Prologue of The Soul Smith at the end to create hype for my novel!

The process of publishing on Amazon was fairly simple. I clicked “Independently Publish with Us” at the bottom of Amazon.com and chose to publish through their Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Once you log in, you click “Add a New Title” and begin entering all the information about your book (Name, Title of Series, Publisher, Description, ISBN, etc). The hardest choice was: What genre/categories should my book fall in? You can only choose 2, but I wanted to choose 3. I picked FICTION > Fantasy > Epic. And I picked FICTION > Action & Adventure. The 3rd category that I wanted was FICTION > Fantasy > General. I may have to change this in the future.

Next I got to upload my book cover (or you can design one in their Cover Creator). Without getting into a huge debate, I knew that having a poorly crafted cover can negatively impact sales, so I spent a considerable amount of time ensuring that the graphics looked clean and professional. Once complete, then you get to upload your book. It didn’t give me any guidance as to what format it accepted, so I’m under the impression that it accepts them all. I uploaded a .doc and it converted it to the Kindle format. After upload, it even helps point out potential misspellings. Then comes the fun part of previewing your story in all different Kindle devices to ensure it is formatted correctly. It loads up a virtual device on your screen within your web browser for Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HD 8.9, Kindle Paperwhite, iPad, iPhone, and Kindle. I had to make corrections numerous times and re-upload my story to ensure that it was formatted perfectly across all devices.

Lastly, you choose whether to protect your work with Downloadable Rights Management (DRM) or not. It is completely your choice, but once you choose, you cannot change your mind. Then you get to set the price of your book. The minimum price is $0.99. The price of your ebook also determines what percent of the royalties that you earn. Anything that is priced at $2.99 or above can earn 70% of each sale. Anything priced between $0.99 and $2.99 earns 35%. Then you choose which countries you own rights to your book in (which is all of them) and then you click “I agree” and Publish!

The other major choice is whether to enroll in the KDP Select program. If you choose to enroll, you are agreeing that your ebook will be exclusive to Kindle for 90 days (which auto renews every 90 days). Note: Physical/printed books are not apart of this exclusivity clause. But, if your book is found on the Nook, for example, they will likely cancel your enrollment in the KDP Select program. The benefits of this program are that you earn a percentage of money allocated to books that were borrowed through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. In addition, you can market your book for Free for up to 5 days for each 90 day period that you are enrolled in the program.

Once you have completed the form, it takes 12 hours before your book becomes available on Amazon. So, separate from this process (but equally important) is the enrollment in Amazon Author Central. Once your book is posted, you can enroll in Author Central to get access to the Nielsen BookScan reports (which gives you book sales statistics from physical stores – not from Amazon.com) and it allows you to create your Author Page on Amazon. I created a profile and linked my Twitter and Blog to it as well.

I hope this was helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below.

Amazing Experience at the San Diego County Library

I went to my local library and was blown away by the technological enhancements that they utilized. First, I discovered that you can rent ebooks at the library, and they support all the major e-readers. For copyright purposes, they treat ebooks like physical books, so there can be a waiting list for an ebook, etc. To learn how to borrow ebooks from this library, they’ve prepared many helpful video tutorials! Watch this short one on how to borrow Kindle books:

Secondly, once I had my books and DVD that I needed for my school project, I walked up to the counter to rent them out. The librarian immediately pointed me to the self-checkout counter. She told me to scan my library card and then spread out the books on the table in front of the computer. The books just started popping up onto the screen! They now use RFID tags to checkout books; I was blown away!

I highly encourage everyone to check out your local library and check out all the technological improvements they’ve made, and share it in the comments below!