Volume 7: October 2011
In This Edition
- KDP in Amazon.fr
- The All-New Kindle Family
- Help Tips and Forums
- Tip of the Month
- Your Voice
- Expand Your Book's- Featured KDP Books
- Resources for KDP Authors
Expand Your Book's Reach
Make your books available in print through CreateSpace.
CreateSpace, a member of the Amazon group of companies, offers tools and services to help you complete your book for print and make it available to millions of customers through Amazon.com and other distribution channels. Click here for a variety of free, expert-created resources to help you better control your marketing success.
Tip of the Month
Delivering a high quality, properly formatted book to your readers is important. Books that aren’t properly formatted may impact your sales in the form of negative reviews from readers, and in some cases, be removed from the Kindle Store. There are many file types that can be uploaded and published using KDP; some requiring only minimal formatting. We encourage you to check out the tools and resources listed here which can help in creating and previewing your book prior to publishing.
Contact UsHave questions about using KDP? Visit our help pages and read our forums to find answers to common questions. You can always reach us by clicking "Contact Us" at the bottom of any page.
Resources for KDP AuthorsSee our video tutorial on how to publish on KDP.
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Kindle Direct Publishing Newsletter:
October 2011 Edition
Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Now Enables Authors and Publishers to Independently Publish Their Books in the Amazon.fr Kindle Store
KDP authors and publishers can now utilize the new French language KDP website and support to make their books available in France, Germany, the UK, US and more than 100 countries worldwide, while continuing to own the rights to their books. Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is a fast, free and easy way for authors and publishers to make their books available to Kindle customers worldwide via Kindle, on the web with Kindle Cloud Reader and on free Kindle reading apps for Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Windows Phone, PC and Mac. Any books you've published through Kindle Direct Publishing which have rights in France are already available in the new Kindle store on Amazon.fr, based on the list prices and royalty plans you've provided for the Amazon.com store.
The popular KDP 70% royalty option is also now available for books sold in France, Belgium, and Monaco; and authors and publishers can receive their payment in Euros, British pounds or US dollars. For more information and program terms, please visit http://kdp.amazon.fr.
"Authors and publishers can now reach more readers by using Kindle Direct Publishing to make their books available to French customers in the new Amazon.fr Kindle Store, as well as customers all over the world," said Greg Greeley, vice president, European Retail. "Authors in many countries have already seen tremendous success with KDP, like American author John Locke who has sold more than 1 million Kindle books using KDP, and we're happy to bring the program to French authors and publishers."
For the full press release, click here
Introducing the All-New Kindle Family: Four New Kindles, Four Amazing Price Points:
Millions of people are already reading on Kindles and Kindle is the bestselling e-reader in the world for four years running. Amazon is excited to introduce an all-new Kindle family: three all-new Kindle e-readers that are smaller, lighter, and more affordable than ever before, and Kindle Fire - a new class of Kindle that brings the same ease-of-use and deep integration of content that helped Kindle re-invent reading - to movies, TV shows, music, magazines, apps, books, games, and more. Any
books you've published through Kindle Direct Publishing will be available on all of these new devices automatically. If you have additional books with color images that have not been published through KDP, you can grow your reach to Kindle Fire customers as well as people who use our free Kindle apps for PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone and Android. For more information about publishing your books with images, please review our help page on image placement and formatting.
"We've now reached the magical two-digit price point for Kindle - twice: the new Kindle and Kindle Touch are only $79 and $99. Kindle Touch 3G is the new top of the line e-reader with free 3G - no monthly fees or annual contracts - and is only $149," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. "Kindle Fire brings together all of the things we've been working on at Amazon for over 15 years into a single, fully-integrated service for customers. With Kindle Fire, you have instant access to all the content, free storage in the Amazon Cloud, the convenience of Amazon Whispersync, our revolutionary cloud-accelerated web browser, the speed and power of a state-of-the-art dual-core processor, a vibrant touch display with 16 million colors in high resolution, and a light 14.6 ounce design that's easy to hold with one hand - all for only $199. We're offering premium products, and we're doing it at non-premium prices."
For the full press release, click here
Your Voice: KDP Author Jessica Park:
Jessica Park, Author of "Flat Out Love" shares her experiences with Kindle Direct Publishing.
After working (rather unhappily) through the traditional publishing route for several years with limited success, I wrote "Relatively Famous" and self-published that book about two years ago. I'm still very happy with that book, but I can see now that I was still subscribing to what I thought I "should" write. Writing "Flat-Out Love" was the first time that I wrote with total abandon, ignoring all of the "rules" often associated with writing for young adults, primarily because I knew that I wouldn't have to get past large publishing houses. I was in control of my book, and I truly understood, at last, the meaning of "pouring your heart" into something. I wrote a novel that was totally "me." I published this on KDP in April of 2011. Sales were slow during the first two months, but suddenly picked up in late June. I had given away tons of review copies to YA book bloggers, many of whom graciously posted their reviews on Amazon and helped garner some online buzz for the book. Flat-Out Love's ranking on Amazon suddenly began jumping, at one point holding steady around #450, and my little book miraculously has spent many weeks as the top-rated kindle romance on Amazon! That marker of success was one I hadn't come close to before.
Along my publishing path, I met many authors from various online author groups that were incredibly helpful. Reading Joe Konrath's blog was also a great support--the sales numbers that he posted were certainly eye-opening, and his many blogs of encouragement were one of the things that kept me going while writing and marketing. I also spent a lot of time networking with bloggers and developing truly wonderful relationships with a generous group of reviewers. To interact with readers, I rely heavily on Facebook, Twitter, and my blog (which I feed into my Amazon author page). Amazon has several excellent tools for authors that have helped lead to my success, most importantly KDP itself, but also Author Central and CreateSpace. The recommendations for my books that Amazon features on other books' pages, as well as the personalized recommendations to readers who have read similar books, have been absolutely key in directing readers to Flat-Out Love. Amazon's self-publishing model has fully convinced me that I really can make it as a writer.
Here's wishing all the best to other authors who are getting started in today's rapidly changing--and tremendously exciting--publishing world!
Featured KDP Books
Abducted by T.R. Ragan
Elizabeth Gardner (Lizzy) is seventeen-years old when she tells her parents she’s going out with her girlfriends. Instead, she meets up with Jared Shayne, her boyfriend of two years. As she walks home beneath an inky black sky, her perfect night becomes her worst nightmare.
Fourteen years later, Lizzy is a licensed PI known as the “one who got away." When she’s not searching for runaway teenagers, working on insurance scams, or talking to her therapist, she’s at the local high school teaching young girls to defend themselves. But her world is turned upside down for the second time after she receives a call from Jared Shayne. He’s an FBI special agent now and he needs her help. Lizzy has no plans to get involved. Not until Jared tells her the kidnapper left her a personalized note.
Escaping from a madman should have been the end of her nightmare…but it was only the beginning.
Chasing Amanda by Melissa Foster
Nine years ago, Molly Tanner witnessed a young girl's abduction in the busy city of Philadelphia, shifting her occasional clairvoyance into overdrive. Two days later, the girl's body was found, and Molly's life fell apart. Consumed by guilt for not acting upon her visions, and on the brink of losing her family, Molly escaped the torturous reminders in the city, fleeing to the safety of the close-knit rural community of Boyds, Maryland.
Molly's life is back on track, her son has begun college, and she and her husband have finally rekindled their relationship. Their fresh start is shattered when a seven-year-old girl disappears from a local park near Molly's home. Unable to turn her back on another child and troubled by memories of the past, Molly sets out to find her, jeopardizing the marriage she'd fought so hard to hold together. While unearthing clues and struggling to decipher her visions, Molly discovers another side of Boyds, where the residents--and the land itself--hold potentially lethal secrets, and exposes another side of her husband, one that threatens to tear them apart.
Between the Lines by Tammara Webber
When Hollywood It Boy, Reid Alexander, arrives on location to shoot his next movie, his goals are the same as always—film another blockbuster hit and enjoy his celebrity status to the fullest while doing so. His costar is a virtual unknown with whom he had blazing hot chemistry during her auditions. The universe is lining up nicely to grant whatever he wants, as usual, until he’s confronted with unexpected obstacles on location like a bitter ex-girlfriend and a rival for the first girl to spark his genuine interest in years.