Volume 1: January 2011
In this Edition:- New Name for DTP
- 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
- 70% Royalty for Canada Sales
- Your Voice
- Reach New Readers
- Track Your Sales
- Featured KDP Books
- From Our Forums
- Tip of the Month
- Featured Author
Compete in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
Think your unpublished or self-published novel deserves recognition? Then enter your manuscript in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The entry period opens January 24th.
This competition brings talented authors, reviewers, and publishing experts together to find and develop new voices in fiction, while surfacing the next popular novel. The competition includes two Grand Prizes, one for General Fiction and one for Young Adult Fiction. Each Grand Prize winner will receive a publishing contract with Penguin, which includes a $15,000 advance. Up to 5,000 Entries will be accepted within each category between January 24, 2011 and February 6, 2011.
Visit CreateSpace to submit your novel, read more about the Contest, and review the Official Rules.
Reach More Readers through KDP with Kindle for Windows 7 Phones
On January 12, 2011, Amazon announced the availability of Kindle for Windows Phone 7. Now, customers around the
world can purchase and read your KDP books on their Windows 7
Kindle for Windows Phone 7 includes the features customers
love about all of the Kindle apps, plus new features built into a Kindle
app for the first time, such as personalized book recommendations on
your Kindle app home screen and the ability to send a book suggestion to
a friend from any book in your library without leaving the app.
Learn more about Kindle for Windows Phone 7
Track Your Bestsellers Rank History
We’ve added new features in Author Central, a free service created to help you better merchandize your books and connect with more readers. You can now track all your books’ Amazon Bestsellers Rank history – both Kindle and print editions – through the “sales info” page in Author Central.
Tip of the Month
Did you know that if you have worldwide rights to sell your books and you select worldwide rights through KDP, your book will be available to customers in any country where Kindle books are sold? Adding worldwide rights can help you increase your sales.
If you are the book's author and have not transferred your publishing rights to another party, you may have worldwide publishing rights.
To learn more about how to update your rights settings in KDP, log into KDP and follow the instructions here.
Contact UsHave questions about using KDP? Read our forums to find answers to common questions, or email us.
Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Kindle Direct Publishing Newsletter
A common request we’ve heard from KDP authors and publishers
is "talk to us!" Starting this month, we’re doing just that. You’re
reading the first edition of what will be a regular newsletter focused
on authors and publishers who use KDP to publish their books to Kindle.
The goal of this newsletter is to provide you with relevant information
to make you more successful.
And, as always, we value your feedback. If you would like to see specific features in this newsletter, write to us at email@example.com.
--Kindle Direct Publishing
DTP is now Kindle Direct Publishing!
We've changed our name! Digital Text Platform has become Kindle Direct Publishing. Our new name highlights our mission to provide authors and publishers with direct access to publishing to Kindle.
New: 70% Royalty Option for Canadian Sales
We're happy to announce that we have extended our 70 percent royalty option to include books sold in Canada. This royalty option applies to each book sold in Canada from the Kindle Store for Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, or one of the Kindle apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, PC, Mac and Android-based devices.
Authors and publishers around the world can receive 70% of the sale of their book in Canada, subject to the standard terms and conditions. A vast majority of our successful authors and publishers have embraced our 70% royalty option for sales in the United States and UK, and we are excited to extend this royalty option to sales in Canada. For details, please see our terms and conditions.
Your Voice: KDP Author Randolph Lalonde
Randolph Lalonde shares his advice on the importance of staying positive.
“In general terms, most new independent authors are not only
presenting and promoting their work, they’re also presenting an online
persona. Over the last few years I’ve learned that, aside from
offering the best book you can, staying positive and presenting a
trustworthy, personalized front is beyond helpful. It’s critical.
At first blush it sounds easy, but there are some serious
obstacles. Even now many authors self- publish their work as though they
are admitting defeat by doing so. To them they’re sending the message
that they’ve given up on snaring an agent or getting a deal from a big
publisher. More and more that’s not the truth of the matter. Many
authors like myself aren’t interested in being signed by a large
publisher for a variety of reasons. But this means that we face more
challenges in generating publicity or ‘buzz’ about our work. Staying
positive can be difficult, but it’s worth it.
Announce your book where independent or self-published
authors are welcome. Invite people to your Amazon page instead of
begging them to attend or telling them to click on your link. Use your
synopsis and cover to promote your book, not an attitude of entitlement
or a “you can’t miss this” type of advertising message. The people on
the forums and other web pages you’re visiting don’t owe you anything,
and they’ll often bolt as soon as they see something that looks like
unwanted advertising. It’s also important to be reasonably vocal about
being happy to find a place where you’re welcome. Just a few years ago
independent authors weren’t welcome on any highly visible websites.
There’s one more thing. By being positive you reduce undesired
online drama, your level of regret or worry and distractions. As a
writer I assume you don’t have time for those unwanted distractions. If
you’re like me, you’d much rather be working on your next book.
Featured KDP Books
The Gift of Fury by Richard Jackson
Enter the world of Count Albritton. It is a world where
magic and the supernatural are very real. Creatures of legend, sorcerers
and other powers walk among us. As a paranormal investigator, Count
helps people with supernatural problems the authorities are either
unwilling or unable to deal with. It's dangerous work. Luckily he has
Kara, a beautiful guardian angel to help him.
Disintegration by Scott Nicholson
When a mysterious fire destroys his home and shatters his
family, Jacob Wells is pulled into a downward spiral that draws him
ever closer to the past he thought was dead and buried. Now his twin
brother Joshua is back in town, seeking to settle old scores and claim
his half of the Wells birthright. Jacob’s wife Renee is struggling with
her own past and her attempts to salvage Jacob are driven by guilt and
The Clones of Mawcett by Thomas DiPrima
While digging through the ruins of a long dead civilization on the
planet Mawcett, a team of Terran and Nordakian archeologists find an
underground tunnel leading to a door in such extraordinary condition
that it could have been fabricated as recently as that morning. They
labor throughout the day, using every modern device available to them,
but are unable to gain entry.
Then, in the early hours of the
new day, seemingly in response to the screams of a frustrated,
over-tired scientist, the door slides noiselessly open. Upon passing
through the entranceway, the archeologists are stunned to find an
elaborate complex in pristine condition. Summoning the courage to
venture further, they enter a large circular chamber lined with strange
electronic equipment, and immediately become engrossed in examining
strange symbols etched into the floor near the center of the room.
Suddenly, they're bathed in a strange light that paralyzes them where
they stand. They watch in frozen terror as a clear, circular wall rises
up around them. When the enclosed area begins to fill with a dense ocher
gas smelling of persimmons, the dig site laborers, who had witnessed
the activity from the periphery, run screaming for the entrance.
B.V. Larson: Featured KDP Author
B.V. Larson talks about his experience with Kindle Direct Publishing.
"Kindle Direct Publishing has reawakened my interest in writing
fiction. I’d written several novels and many non-fiction pieces, but
despite short story sales, awards, textbook publications, agents,
contracts, etc., I had trouble nailing down a novel in print form. In
part, this was due to my own impatience. One must have fanatical
persistence to publish a paper novel; even if everything goes smoothly,
the traditional publication process requires literally years of effort. I suggest you carefully weigh your strengths and use outside
services where you are weak. If you aren’t a graphic artist, get one. If
you need help with editing, find a freelance editor. If you have
technical troubles formatting and uploading your work, get help there,
too. In my own case, except for proofreading, I’m performing all these
Before releasing your book, I would suggest downloading (and
reading) at least the free sample of the top-selling twenty novels in
your target category. Make sure your work looks something like theirs.
If it does, your odds of selling well are higher. If it doesn’t,
consider a rewrite. To get the word out, I have a website. A blog or
other forms of social-networking can help get you off the ground. I
would caution people who might go overboard in this area, however. Don’t
chat online all day; write good stories instead.
Lastly, don’t expect instant success. Writing is like any other art form. It’s hard work for
most of us. You have to learn to crawl before you walk or run. If you’ve
ever listened to an elementary school orchestra playing their first
concert, you will know what I mean. But just because a kid with a violin
sounds bad in the fifth grade doesn’t mean they’ll never be any good.
It means they need practice—years of it. The good news is that now
everyone has the chance to climb up on the stage and give it a try.”