Savvy Book Writers http://www.savvybookwriters.com How to Publish a Book - Blog with Tips for Writers and Publishers Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:48:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 57326183 The Only Rule Amazon Truly Cares About https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2017/08/18/the-only-rule-amazon-truly-cares-about/ Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:48:16 +0000 http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2017/08/18/the-only-rule-amazon-truly-cares-about/ David Gaughran:
On Monday, I found out that some bug hit a German e-book site causing the reactivation of long-dead listings, including one of mine, putting myself and some other authors in breach of KDP Select’s exclusivity rule. Amazon pounced into action and cancelled my Countdown deal which was scheduled for this… ]]>

MUST-READ warning for writers who sell through Amazon KDP Select by David Gaughran – prompting 64 comments so far. Here are some excerpts:
“Amazon only seems to click into gear if it suffers a PR embarrassment.
Perhaps if we all got on social media and blasted Amazon for what they really are–just a way for Jeff Bezos to become king of the world, perhaps they might do something about the underlying problems. I’ve had my share of nightmares with Amazon and have been thinking mightily about taking all my books down. I’ve been garnering more sales at Kobo and itunes in the last year than with Amazon. I’m getting sick of trying to keep up with their “rules”.”
“Amazon seems to forget that they can’t have KDP without authors!”
“Going wide is also offering me opportunities to build human relationships with key players in the wider publishing scene, a process that takes time but is a worthwhile long-term strategy. And my readers can find me on whatever platform they prefer.”
“We have the power to make Amazon listen, but only if we work together.”
Read the whole story here:

David Gaughran

On Monday, I found out that some bug hit a German e-book site causing the reactivation of long-dead listings, including one of mine, putting myself and some other authors in breach of KDP Select’s exclusivity rule.

Amazon pounced into action and cancelled my Countdown deal which was scheduled for this week, screwing up a carefully planned promotion. And despite pledging to resolve the matter and restore the promo, Amazon has not done so.

I’m going to go through what happened in detail so you can be sure that I acted correctly at all points – because there is a lot of shadiness going on at the moment – but feel free to skim some of the details if you wish.

Let’s Get Digital and Let’s Get Visible had never been in Select, so I decided to throw them in for one term as an experiment at the start of July…

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PRO’s and CON’s of Fighting Book Piracy http://www.savvybookwriters.com/pros-and-cons-of-fighting-book-piracy/ Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:52:19 +0000 http://www.savvybookwriters.com/?p=11831 The CON in Publishing

The Verge reported a year ago: “Google received just over 75 million DMCA-related takedown requests in the month of MARCH, representing a new high. The rate at which requests to take down these sites have grown is truly staggering. Compare that to 2014, when Google handled 345 million requests for the entire year.”

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Scam Sites
This Year, the numbers might be even higher… Alone in the United States, publishers are losing sales in the vicinity of $80 to $100 million thanks to book piracy.  David Kudler wrote in an article:
“It’s amazing how much money some people will risk getting a $2.99 e-book for “free.” Essentially, it’s the Nigerian Oil Scam using “free” e-books as the lure. The scam counts on the scammer knowing that they’re doing something dishonest and therefore taking chances they wouldn’t take on a legitimate site. The site requests a credit card number but assures you that it won’t be used. Then you find out that you not only can’t get the content you wanted to download, but now you can’t stop your credit card from getting charged — sometimes a few dollars a month (so you don’t notice), and sometimes thousands of dollars.”  Or they use the site to spread viruses to the internet.

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Fighting, Suing – Or Just Let Go?
There are many “real” piracy sites – unfortunately, there is not much you can do — they are mostly operating out of countries where US and European intellectual property owners are not bound, e.g. China, India, Russia, Vietnam, or some exotic islands.  They can create hundreds of URLs that seem to offer your book, often linking to other sites.
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Seeing it as Book Exposure?
Someone downloads your e-book may end up buying one of your other books later on. After all, using Amazon’s KDP Select, allowing people to download your title for 5 days in a 3-months period is technically almost the same as getting your book downloaded via pdf free download. It gives your book and you as an author exposure

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David Kudler: “You can take some solace in the thought that your fans are showing enough interest to track down your book. If you’re feeling particularly daring, you can use P2P sharing and file-sharing forums to distribute promotional freebies — free excerpts, prequel stories, etc.  Include links and other promotional calls-to-action in the e-book to drive readers toward your site, where you can give them incentives to sign up for your email list by giving them more freebies.  You’ll turn these erstwhile pirates into fans by creating a relationship with them.  There are some incredibly successful authors doing just this, among them Neil Gaiman, Cory Doctorow and Guy Kawasaki.”
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Helen Sedwick,  author and copyright lawyer in California suggests in her article:
“Sooner or later, every writer or blogger will find her work reposted or republished without permission.  Those sites, offering cheap or free PDF’s, are typically scams downloading malware or stealing credit card numbers. Anyone who clicks through on those sites was unlikely to buy your book anyway…
Don’t get caught up in a game of whack-a-mole.  While it’s upsetting to see your work stolen, the theft may have very few economic consequence to you.  You could waste a lot of time chasing these low-lives.  As soon as you deal with one, others may pop up.  Your energy may be better spent creating new work and finding new readers.”

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Here Are Some Useful Tips From WikiHow:

Preventative Measures

Encrypt Your eBooks and Manuscript Files
There are encryption programs, such as LockLizzard  or EditionGuard available for e-books that will only allow the file to be read by authorized users.  This can help prevent a transfer of the original file because the file wouldn’t be readable to anyone but the original purchaser.
This method wouldn’t protect your book because anyone can make a screen photo of each page and sell that as a pirated copy.  There may be some e-book retailers that don’t support encryption, which could limit the availability of your book.

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Track Your Books, Using Watermarks
Trade publishers are protecting their e-books with invisible watermarks and you may have similar security available as a self-publisher. While the watermark technology doesn’t prevent anyone from pirating your book, it does allow you to track the copy of your book. The watermark isn’t visible and is more like a tracking code embedded in the book code. Anti-piracy services scan the internet for the code and report when a pirated copy of your book is found.
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Don’t Allow File Sharing
Readers who purchase your e-book can share it with a friend. If you turn this option at online retailers off, people won’t be able to share your book. Prohibiting file sharing is a double-edged sword because you are losing the opportunity to gain a new reader! Someone who borrows a book from a friend may end up buying one of your other books later on, so if you have numerous titles planned, allow file sharing on your early books.

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Here is What You Can Do If Your Book is Pirated:

It’s YOUR Copyright!
As an author, you are responsible for uncovering pirates and enforcing your copyright by filing a lawsuit. Set search alerts for your name and your book’s title, and for unique text strings that appear in the first 10% and last 10% of the book through Google Alerts.

It’s a good idea to search for yourself once a month – not only for your titles but also for significant expressions in your manuscript. And if you find pirated copies of your book, do not click any links or the download page, you might get a virus. These pages can be moved or deleted easily. Gather evidence of the piracy. Type the main page of the seller in a separate search, and try to get as much information as you can about the website, make screen shots, and bookmark the page.

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Collect Evidence of the Pirated Work.
Monitor the internet for your work and immediately report pirated copies you see. Pirates also will scan print books to make digital copies. Take screen shots, write down direct web addresses, and get web archive copies if possible. Research the site’s visibility, how much traffic does it get? Run a search for the website’s main URL at
https://www.prchecker.info/check_page_rank.php for Google PageRank, and for Alexa Rank.
These sites will give you information on the site’s traffic and how high up the page would appear in search results and an idea of how many people potentially have downloaded a pirated copy of your work.

Find the owner of the domain through the WHOIS domain registry at https://whois.icann.org/en. It will tell you who has registered that domain. If the owner hasn’t enabled identity-blocking, it will give you their address, phone number, email address, and IP address.
If the domain owner has an identity-blocking service enabled, the information you get will be the address and contact information of the domain registrar, not the individual owner. However, you can still use this information to contact the registrar regarding the pirated copies.

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Send a Cease-and-Desist Letter
Here is a template for such a letter:
https://jux.law/cease-desist-letter-template-example-sample-forms/#copyright
If you were able to find the owner of the domain, write a polite letter informing them of the pirated copies of your book available on their website. Take the attitude of assuming that they were unaware of the piracy, and will be willing to work with you.

In your first communication avoid accusing them of stealing your work, and don’t threaten a lawsuit.  Simply provide information about the piracy you’ve found and ask them to work with you to rectify the situation.  Give the owner a deadline to respond, but remain informal. You may get a response that is less than helpful. They may blatantly refuse or they may ignore your letter.  In that case, you may want to talk to an attorney and send a more formal letter.

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Google Can Take-Down the Web Link
Send take-down notices to search engines, such as Google and Bing. Ask them to stop linking to your pirate book on those sites. Include information that proves that you are the copyright owner of the intellectual property in question — and you need to do it for every single pirate link.

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Get Help from Social Media
Social media sites like YouTube, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Facebook have online forms for reporting infringement and sending takedown notices. Look under links titled Legal, Copyright, Report a Problem, or Help.

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Contact Their Web Host
In the U.S., the law requires web hosts, such as WordPress or BlueHost, to have a DMCA agent who can be notified regarding pirated content. Find the link to their copyright page. You’ll find a form you can fill out to notify the site’s DMCA agent. You must provide your name, address, and phone number, along with your copyright information, as well as about the pirated content. The DMCA agent will review your notice and if they agree with you, they’ll remove the content themselves. You’ll typically hear back from them within a day or two.
Contact the domain registrar and hosting company.  If you can find the name of the company that registered the domain or provides hosting services for the website, they also may be obligated to take down pirated content.  Companies located in the United States are required to remove pirated content if they are notified of it.  Send copies of your takedown request to the domain registrar and hosting company.

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Amazon Will Compensate You
According to the Kindle Direct Publishing Terms of Service
5.7 Rights Clearances and Rights Dispute Resolution:
“ If you notify us through the procedure we provide on the applicable Amazon Property for making claims of copyright infringement that a third party has made a Digital Book available for distribution through the Program (or for distribution in a particular territory through the Program) that you have the exclusive right to make available under the Program, then, upon your request and after verification of your claim, we will pay you the Royalties due in connection with any sales of the Digital Book through the Program, and will remove the Digital Book from future sale through the Program, as your sole and exclusive remedy.”
But you need to file a notice of copyright infringement through Amazon’s online form or through written communication with Amazon’s legal department. Their rules, addresses, and contacts can be found at their dedicated website for copyright infringement of digital books.
However, their subsidiary company CreateSpace does not!

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PayPal Might Help Too
WikiHow: “File a report with the payment processing company.  Some payment processing companies, such as PayPal, will ban or suspend users who receive money for pirated content. If the website you found is taking money for pirated copies of your work, you can potentially take away their ability to make any money off of it while you evaluate your other options.
Look on the website for logos of payment processing companies they use. Go to that company’s website and look for a legal or copyright link that will give you the information you need to file your report.”

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Contact Their Advertisers
Jennifer Mattern, a top blogger on freelance issues, suggests you contact the site’s advertisers as well. But you have to be 100% certain the site is actually infringing your work, otherwise it could backfire.

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Follow-Up on Your Infringement Reports
Just because a website or host removes a particular link or page, there’s no guarantee that the pirates won’t simply repost your content.  It also won’t stop them from going to another website and uploading the same content there.  Keep up with intense monitoring of the internet and revisit sites periodically to make sure the pirated content doesn’t return.
Without proper protection, work you have created could end up making money for someone else. Photographer Jeremy Nicholl wrote: “Some time ago I began registering all my photographs with the US Copyright Office.  Like all photographers, I have witnessed a massive increase in theft of my work in recent years.  And, like others I have found it difficult, if not impossible, to get reasonable compensation for these infringements, especially if the infringer is in a foreign country.  But one country, the US, provides very hefty penalties for copyright theft – so long as the work has been registered prior to the infringement in question”.

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However, this is all theory – if the theft is committed in a country where suing is very difficult and costly – or the criminals cannot be caught, or don’t have the means to pay penalties. Read more about copyright registration here

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Register Your Copyright
If you still aren’t able to get rid of pirated copies of your book on the internet, you can sue the pirates for copyright infringement. The registration of your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office has to be before you find out about the criminal actions. Be aware that it can take as long as eight months to process! Better start as soon as your e-book is available in .pdf, .epub or .mobi version – even before it is uploaded to online retailers.

To file your copyright, you can find registration applications and instructions at the Copyright Office website at and you don’t need an attorney to register a copyright. The application is simple and you can complete it online in a few minutes. If you’re the only author of your book, the filing fee is only $35 (by credit or debit card), provided you complete your application online. The copyright registration application must be accompanied by electronic copies of your work, which will be filed with the Library of Congress.

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Legal Proceedings
If you’ve exhausted all other options, such as take-downs by Google, Amazon or the web host of the pirate’s site, you may want to consider suing in court. If you lose considerable amounts of book sales, hire an attorney who specializes in filing copyright infringement lawsuits, and get their opinion on your case. K eep in mind: Federal court proceedings are time-consuming, expensive, and stressful.  Think about it: Is it worth the effort, suing pirates for copyright infringement?  It means you could spend thousands of dollars on legal fees before your case even gets a trial date.  Consider it as a last resort, or if they’ve been selling thousands of pirated copies of your work and made a lot of money.
One law firm that is specialized in copyright law is Hoffman in NYC, but you will find them in almost every state. There are websites, such as Findlaw.com that sort them by cities too. Some lawyers will even work for you on a contingency agreement for a percentage of any settlement; as long as you have registered your writing or your image correctly.
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How Much Can You Charge:
What’s An Infringement Worth? Attorney Carolyn E. Wright who is a specialist in copyright law has an interesting graphic on her website that shows the average amount of damages the perpetrator has to pay:

  • Actual Damages
  • Statutory Damages
  • Ordinary Licence Fee
  • Profits
  • Fine
  • Attorneys fees & costs

If you are an author in the U.S.A.: copyright laws allow punishment for removal or alteration of copyright information a substantial statutory damage – $2,500 – $25,000 – for each image or text.

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Don’t forget: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. And: copyright infringement can even be a source of income for you if you charge the thieves : )

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Resources:
http://johndopp.com/writers/amazon-will-compensate-victims-of-piracy/
http://inkwelleditorial.com/prevent-ebook-theft
http://www.savvybookwriters.com/why-registering-your-copyright/
http://www.wikihow.com/Combat-Book-Piracy
http://www.toptenreviews.com/software/security/best-encryption-software/
http://www.toptenreviews.com/software/security/best-mac-encryption-software/
http://www.savvybookwriters.com/outsmart-thieves-of-your-content-part-1/
http://www.savvybookwriters.com/outsmart-thieves-of-your-content-part-2/

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https://www.amazon.com/Tips-Market-Your-Book-Free-ebook/dp/B018RA72LY

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Benefits of Getting Your Own ISBN http://www.savvybookwriters.com/benefits-of-getting-your-own-isbn/ Fri, 04 Aug 2017 13:50:49 +0000 http://www.savvybookwriters.com/?p=11825 ISBN

30% of all e-books sold in the United States lack an ISBN number and are not listed in library and book stores – nor in market surveys or reports by Bowker, AAP, BISG, and Nielsen. So, why do author-publishers don’t obtain their own ISBN’s? Could it be to they want to avoid the fees?

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After all ISBN’s Belong to the Publisher!
If you are the one who has complete control over your book, doing the marketing and distribution, then consider getting your own ISBN. Each version of your book – e-book, paperback, hardcover, or audio-book – needs a unique ISBN.  Order at least a block of ten numbers.  ISBN numbers are assigned by a group of agencies worldwide coordinated by the International ISBN Agency.
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Where to Order Your ISBN:

Canada
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/publishers/index-e.html
USA
http://www.isbn.org
UK
http://www.isbn.nielsenbook.co.uk/controller.php?page=121
Australia
http://www.thorpe.com.au/isbn/
New Zealand
http://www.natlib.govt.nz/services/get-advice/publishing/isbn
South Africa
http://www.publishsa.co.za/publishing/isbn-numbers

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Benefits of an ISBN
As an author, you may have received offers from distributors, POD companies or “Vanity-Publishers” for a discounted ISBN. Don’t fall for these traps explained in this article!

  • Only the one who purchases their own ISBN from the official distributors is considered the publisher! Or self-publisher.
  • You can list your book worldwide with Bowker to be in all databases of libraries and bookstores around the globe.
  • One of the most important reasons to have your own ISBN is that an ISBN helps to cement your publisher brand and makes it easier for the bookstores and libraries to carry your book or e-book.
  • In Italy e-Books that do not contain an ISBN are charged 22% VAT – while e-books with an ISBN are charged at a rate of only 4%.

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What Do All These Numbers in Your ISBN Code Mean?
ISBN is the International Standard Book Number, a 13-digit number that uniquely identifies books published anywhere in the world. Parts of an ISBN are:

  • group or country identified
  • publisher identifier
  • title identifier
  • and the check digit

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To sell your e-book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple or Kobo doesn’t necessarily require an ISBN, but it will be necessary, as soon as you start your book’s print version. Any book on your book shelf, at libraries or in book stores has a mandatory ISBN.

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Read more:
http://www.isbn.org/faqs_general_questions
http://www.savvybookwriters.com/who-is-the-publisher-check-the-isbn/
http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2015/best-practices-for-ebook-front-matter-copyright-page-part-1/
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]]> 11825 How to Get the Most Out of Social Media http://www.savvybookwriters.com/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-social-media/ Sun, 30 Jul 2017 16:51:38 +0000 http://www.savvybookwriters.com/?p=11817 social-media

Want to reach more followers on your social media sites? How can you reduce your time for posting – and at the same time reach more visitors? When is the best time to be on social media?
The magic words are sharing and connecting:
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Sharing Buttons: A Must!
Place sharing buttons for Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Reddit etc. on your blog, and then connect all your social media sites with each other.
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Schedule Your Posts on Social Media
Use any of these sites – free or paid – to schedule your posts, using the best times of the day or week and send your posts to three or four social media sites at once:

Hootsuite
Buffer
EveryPost
SocialOomph
SproutSocial

Check out the article by SocialMediaExaminer, where all these scheduling sites and their features are explained in detail:
http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/5-social-media-management-tools-to-save-time/
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Import Your Blog to These Sites:
Goodreads: Import your blog. Authors are the only members of Goodreads who can have blogs, and author blogs are a great place to start a conversation and get readers interested in your books.
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Connect All Your Social Media Sites & Website/Blog
– Connect your blog with Amazon and Goodreads
– Connect your Google+ page with Twitter and Facebook
– Connect LinkedIn with your Twitter and Facebook page
– Connect your LinkedIn contacts with Google+
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Connect Your Blog to Goodreads and Amazon
How to connect your blog with your Goodreads page and your Amazon Author Page?
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Goodreads:
From your Author Dashboard, click “view your blog.” This will take you to a welcome page with three options: write a new post, edit your blog’s title and description, or sync with your pre-existing blog – every time you blog, it will then appear on your Goodreads author page. From there you can change the name of your blog, as well as write a new post. Goodreads Authors are the only Goodreads members who can have a blog on the site.

Amazon:
On the Author Central Profile tab, next to “Blogs,” click add blog. Enter the feed address for your blog. Note: Make sure you enter the feed address, not the blog address. If you use WordPress, add /feed/ to your blog’s URL.  For example, if your blog is named writer, and is at http://writer.wordpress.com, your feed address would be http://writer.wordpress.com/feed/.
If you use Blogger, use either of the following formats, replacing yourblogname with the name of your blog.
http://yourblogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss
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http://yourblogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
If you use another blogging service, you should be able to find instructions for obtaining your feed address on their help pages. Another easy way to find a feed address is to go to your blog and look for the universal RSS icon.  Click the icon to go to a page whose URL is your blog feed address.  Click Add.
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Connect All Your Social Media Sites:
It looks like a big spider net when you visualize how to connect all these sites.  Each of your postings will show up on several sites – if they are connected.

Google+
Connect your Google+ account with Twitter and Facebook. Everything you post is immediately pinged to these social media sites.  How to set it up via ManageFlitter is explained in this blog post.  Read more how you get the most out of Google+
http://www.savvybookwriters.com/how-to-start-your-googleplus-presence/
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Pinterest
Connect your Pinterest account with Facebook and Twitter, using their “setting” function.
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LinkedIn
First, connect your LinkedIn page with your Twitter account – and then transfer your LinkedIn followers to your Google+ site.
Got Hundreds of LinkedIn Connections?  Circloscope.com is the only tool that allows you to find Google+ users from your long list of email addresses and to transfer them in bulk to your Google+ account.  A video explains how to connect your LinkedIn followers.  Import LinkedIn contacts to Google+
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/how-to-import-your-linkedin-contacts-to-google/
http://www.savvybookwriters.com/how-you-can-grow-your-google-following/
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Saving time on Social Media, allows you to interact more with your followers and readers.  All these connections between blogs, websites and social media accounts will save you lots of time and get you more followers and readers.  How to set it up is explained in detail in these books:

111 TIPS HOW TO MARKET YOUR BOOK FOR FREE
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018RA72LY

BOOK MARKETING ON A SHOESTRING
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UAVL3LE

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BEHIND CLOSED DOORS Available in Print http://www.savvybookwriters.com/behind-closed-doors-available-in-print/ Sun, 23 Jul 2017 22:12:51 +0000 http://www.savvybookwriters.com/?p=11812 Imagine you are a little house fly and you could get access to homes and mansions were celebrities and politician reside – being able to get a peek behind closed doors and spying on them.

BEHIND-CLOSED-DOORS
Take a peek behind the masks of hypocrisy and the walls of deception that lurk and thrive in the mainstream; the secret, desperate lives of sinners, perverts, and criminals that remain usually well hidden in posh mansions from the wrath and condemnation of our society.

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Get now also the print version of the fictional story BEHIND CLOSED DOORS on all Amazon sites around the world.  Such as Amazon for the USA, Australia, NZ, South Africa – or on Amazon.de, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr or at B&N, Kobo, Gardners, Scribd, Story- Tel, OverDrive, Bookmate, just to name a few of the many retailers and distributors that carry her books.
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Author Dr. Charlayne Grenci’s purpose was to expose and dramatize the true reality of what goes on in the private lives of people in suburban America.  Watched by a tiny little detective fly – tells you all…

https://www.amazon.com/Behind-Closed-Doors-Charlayne-Grenci/dp/1988664055/
Paperback: 282 pages
Publisher: French-Flair Publishing July 21, 2017
ISBN 978-1988664057

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Behind-Closed-Doors-Charlayne-Grenci-ebook/dp/B06Y6DP5JY/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Behind-Closed-Doors-Charlayne-Grenci-ebook/dp/B06Y6DP5JY/

Amazon Germany: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Behind-Closed-Doors-Charlayne-Grenci-ebook/dp/B06Y6DP5JY/
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Follow the Author:
Website and Blog
Author Page
Amazon Book Page

Connect with her on social media:
Facebook
LinkedIn
Google+
Twitter: @CharlayneGrenci

More books by Dr. Charlayne Grenci:
Queen of Domination: My Secret Life
Marcel Proust EXPOSED
SECRET CINEMAS
Last Curtain for a Stripper
A Politician EXPOSED

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]]> 11812 Want Your Novel in Bookstores? http://www.savvybookwriters.com/want-your-novel-in-bookstores/ Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:38:19 +0000 http://www.savvybookwriters.com/?p=11807 Imagine to walk into a local Barnes & Noble and find your own book displayed on the shelves…

IBPA

Before you approach bookstores, make sure your book will pass muster with a book buyer.  The Independent Book Publishers Association has published an Industry Standards Checklist for Professionally Published Books.  If you want bookstores to carry your book, please make sure you can check every single box on this list before you bring a copy into their store and ask them to carry it.

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In March 2017, IBPA’s Advocacy Committee published an Industry Standards Checklist for a Professionally Published Book.  The purpose of the checklist is to give book authors and industry professionals an at-a-glance gauge of the professional presentation of any book in order to help level the playing field between indie publishers and large-scale conglomerates.

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How IBPA Helps Authors:
“Too often, IBPA has noticed a bias against self-published authors, independent publishers, and hybrid presses when it comes to choosing titles or authors for review consideration, book award contests, association memberships, and inclusion on independent bookstore shelves,” said IBPA CEO Angela Bole.
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Excerpt From the Industry Checklist for a Professionally Published Book

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COVER DESIGN
Reference the October 2016 issue of IBPA Independent magazine for examples of great design. If you no longer have your copy, email the IBPA office at info@ibpa-online.org to request a new copy for $4.95 per issue.

Win by Design
http://articles.ibpa-online.org/article/win-by-design/

3 Challenging Covers
http://articles.ibpa-online.org/article/3-challenging-covers/

Sample 1: General Cover
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Sample 2.1: General Cover
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Sample 1: Advance Reader Copy Cover
http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.ibpa-online.org/resource/resmgr/images/checklist/ARC-cover-sample-1.jpg

Sample 2: Advance Reader Copy Cover
http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.ibpa-online.org/resource/resmgr/images/checklist/ARC-cover-sample-2.jpg

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INTERIOR DESIGN SPREADS
The following interior design spreads are linked with permission of the publisher.

Sample 1: Interior Spread
http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.ibpa-online.org/resource/resmgr/images/checklist/book-interior-sample-1.jpg

Sample 2: Interior Spread
http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.ibpa-online.org/resource/resmgr/images/checklist/book-interior-sample-2.jpg

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TITLE PAGES
The title page is often the very first page of the book (if you don’t include a half-title page).

Sample 1: Light Messages Publishing
http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.ibpa-online.org/resource/resmgr/images/checklist/title-page-1.png

Sample 2: Light Messages Publishing
http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.ibpa-online.org/resource/resmgr/images/checklist/title-page-2.png
COPYRIGHT PAGES
Copyright pages vary, but all contain the same general information.  Below are copyright page examples linked with permission of the publisher.

Sample 1: She Writes Press
http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.ibpa-online.org/resource/resmgr/images/checklist/copyright-page-sample-1.jpg

Sample 2: Independent Book Publishers Association
http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.ibpa-online.org/resource/resmgr/images/checklist/copyright-page-sample-5.png

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“IBPA’s Industry Checklist for a Professionally Published Book will help industry professionals and independent publishers and authors bridge this gap by offering a structured means.  It will ensure that books be judged on merit and quality rather than on the business model used to produce them or the size of the publisher.”

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The Kindle Store is Officially Broken http://www.savvybookwriters.com/the-kindle-store-is-officially-broken/ Tue, 18 Jul 2017 01:05:59 +0000 http://www.savvybookwriters.com/?p=11804 Open-Letter-to-Amazon

“Amazon’s continued inaction is increasingly baffling,” wrote best-selling author David Gaughran on his blog. Gaughran reported about many incidents, such as the one that happened recently, when a “click-farmed” title hit #1 in the Kindle Store. And Amazon took no action…

“Over the last six weeks, one particularly brazen author has put four separate titles in the Top 10, and Amazon did nothing whatsoever.  There are many such examples.  I wrote at the start of June about how scammers were taking over Amazon’s free charts. That post led to a phone conversation with KDP’s Executive Customer Relations.  I explained in detail how none of those contentions were true, that readers are leaving angry reviews under these books, which regularly hit the charts, and further that KDP has singularly failed to act on 18 months-worth of complaints.”

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The Facts and How Amazon Reacts (or NOT)
Here are the details what’s going on at the Amazon charts: An increase of 38,584,000%! within days…  How does that not set off alarm bells in Seattle?  Amazon is yet to respond or take any action. Sam DeSilva, a lawyer specializing in IT and outsourcing law at Manches LLP in Oxford had mentioned that: “Potentially, a number of laws are being breached – the consumer protection and unfair trading regulations. Effectively it’s misleading the individual consumers.
It seems that Amazon can invent flying delivery robots, but can’t handle a 1990s-level internet marketer scam.

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Amazon Has A Fake Book Problem
In this former article author David Gaughran explains in detail 
how the click farm scammers “produce” and distribute their books: “For over fifteen months now, scammers have been raiding the Kindle Unlimited pot using a well-worn trick.  They usually pilfer the content first of all – often by stealing an author’s original work and running it through a “synonymizer” – and then upload it to Amazon, thus avoiding the automatic plagiarism detectors. They make sure the “book” is as long as possible.
These thieves make the book free for a few days, and then use a variety of banned methods to generate a huge and immediate surge in downloads – generally suspected to be bots or click-farms or dummy accounts, or some combination thereof.  These fake books then suddenly jump into the Top 20 of the free charts, displacing authors who have gone to considerable effort to put together an advertising campaign for their work.”

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What are Click Farms?
A click farm, according to Wikipedia is a form of click fraud, where a large group of low-paid workers -usually located in developing countries, such as India, the Philippines, and Bangladesh – is hired to click on paid advertising links for the click fraudster.

It is extremely difficult for an automated filter to detect this simulated traffic as fake because the visitor behavior appears exactly the same as that of an actual legitimate visitor.  In an effort to circumvent filtering systems, click fraudsters have begun to use these click farms to mimic actual visitors.
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KindleUnlimited – Forget it!
David Gaughran explained in his blog that fake authors are sucking in money from the communal author pot, and stealing visibility from genuine, hardworking authors – despite the irate reviews from readers.
“One of these scammers who has been engaging in various shady tactics for years with impunity – has gate-crashed the Top 10 four times in the last six weeks using click-farms.  His books tend to immediately slink back to around 100,000 in the charts and don’t have “Also Boughts” weeks after publishing (meaning that he didn’t manage to rustle up 50 genuine sales yet – borrows don’t count towards “Also Boughts”).
On the same day that this click-farmed book hit #1 on Amazon, KDP announced yet another drop in rates for Kindle Unlimited authors – and rates have been steadily dropping for some time now.”

See the long list of emails which David Gaughran sent already to Amazon – without any action from them to stop these scammers. It shows clearly that authors are screwed when participating in KU – not only due to the measly payouts. Best step for authors is NOT to enroll their book in KDP Select.
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Inclusion in KDP Select (and KU) means that authors are losing out on other revenue streams – and also becoming increasingly more reliant on Amazon.  KU is NOT an author’s friend.  It’s Amazon’s friend to draw customers to their site.

 

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]]> 11804 Free Trip to Germany & Switzerland – Hurry! http://www.savvybookwriters.com/free-trip-to-germany-switzerland-hurry/ Sun, 16 Jul 2017 19:54:11 +0000 http://www.savvybookwriters.com/?p=11799 TalesOnRail

Did you always want to travel the romantic Black Forest region?  Or yearn to explore the Jungfraujoch area, to enjoy the stunning Glacier Express route, Interlaken, and to see St. Moritz in Switzerland?
Win a Trip To Europe With Rail Europe!

Join #TalesOnRail in 2017 or for 2018.

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Travel is one of the best ways to find inspiration for creative projects, but it isn’t always easy to get away from work or other everyday life commitments. Creative individuals get now a chance to focus on a personal or professional project during an inspiring, creativity-filled train journey through Southern Germany and central Switzerland in late September 2017. Many artists and writers have been inspired by the beauty of train travel in Europe. Trains are a fantastic place to unplug, relax, and focus on getting work done.
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This opportunity is open to aspiring writers, visual artists, musicians, photographers, videographers, and any other creatives from the USA and Australia.
The most exciting part? TalesOnRail will produce a video series about the artists’ experience, with episodes to be released online in early 2018!  Deadline to enter is July 17, 2017.  But don’t worry: you can apply next year as well, it’s a yearly contest.  Just mark your calendar – and collect ideas and great photos for the next contest.

What Will the Trip Include?
Rail Europe: “We’ll start off in Germany and use our German Rail Passes to explore the regions that have inspired the artists and writers before us.  As guests of Germany Tourism and Deutsche Bahn, we’ll travel through the vibrant area in and around Frankfurt, heading south to the romantic Black Forest region. Then it’s off to Switzerland, where we’ll use our Swiss Travel Passes to explore by train, bus, boat, and maybe even some paragliding (weather and courage permitting). As guests of Switzerland Tourism and Swiss Travel System, we’ll explore Jungfraujoch, the stunning Glacier Express route, Interlaken, and St Moritz.”

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How it Works Explains RailEurope:
“Head on over to Instagram and make sure you’re following us at @raileurope.

Upload a photo to your Instagram account. The photo should show a place that has inspired you creatively, and the caption should explain to us in 3-4 sentences why a trip like this could really help you move forward with a creative project you’re working on or have been wanting to start.”
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VERY IMPORTANT:
“Make sure to use the hashtag #TalesOnRail2017 in your caption so we can find your entry!

“Take a look at our Terms and Conditions. By uploading a photo and entering this contest, you confirm that you’ve read and agree to these Terms.  That’s it!  You have until July 17, 2017, to enter.  We’ll contact a winner a few weeks after the contest closes.”
Check out last year’s #TalesOnRail web series.

The Art of Travel: there’s truly nothing like a train journey
to inspire creative thought and spark new ideas!

 

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Writers: Get Paid $200 Per Word? Maybe! http://www.savvybookwriters.com/writers-get-paid-200-per-word-maybe/ Fri, 14 Jul 2017 19:46:04 +0000 http://www.savvybookwriters.com/?p=11793 $20,000

 

20K for 100 Words?  Yes!  The V International Flash Fiction Competition has such a generous prize on offer – US$20,000 for 100 words – the contest is extremely competitive.  And there is no entry fee.  The former Museum of Words contest attracted recently 35,609 entries from writers in 149 countries.
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The 5th Edition of the International Prize for Micro-Stories is organized by the César Egido Serrano Foundation.  The Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation is based in Spain and is a private, not-for-profit foundation.  The foundation’s aim is to encourage dialogue between different cultures, ideas, religions, and sensibilities.

Entries for the Museum of Words flash fiction contest are open until Thursday, November 23, 2017.  Entries must be submitted via an online form.
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THE WORD
Keeping in mind the Foundation´s ethos, which is that the word is the tool of coexistence between different cultures, religions, and ideologies, the V Edition of competition is open, under the motto: The Word, bridging the gap between different cultures and religions”. The rules of the competition are as follows:

  • Writers from anywhere in the world may participate.
  • The contest rules limit the number of entries per writer to two.
  • Originals whose theme will be free (two per author, maximum) will be written in any of the following languages: Spanish, English, Arabic or Hebrew.
  • An overall first prize of 20,000 dollars is awarded for the best story in any of the languages authorized in the contest.
  • Three prizes of $ 1,000 each will be awarded for the best stories in each of the other remaining languages admitted in the contest, that are not winners of the main prize.
  • The stories cannot exceed 100 words. They will be sent exclusively by completing the online form that will be found on the website of the Foundation.
  • The texts will be original, unpublished in all media (paper, blogs, electronic publications, etc…) and must not have been awarded prizes in any other contest. Those who do not meet this condition will be disqualified.
  • The deadline for submission of originals will end on November 23rd, 2017.
  • The jury will make a selection of the finalists it deems appropriate.  The list of finalist titles will be published on the website of the César Egido Serrano Foundation.
  • The César Egido Serrano Foundation reserves the right to publish the finalist stories.
  • The decision of the jury will be final.
  • The registration in this contest is an agreement in the total acceptance of its rules.

Good luck to all writers who participate!

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US$40,000 for a Short Story? http://www.savvybookwriters.com/us40000-for-a-short-story/ Mon, 10 Jul 2017 01:36:46 +0000 http://www.savvybookwriters.com/?p=11788 You are reading correctly!
The Sunday Times Short Story Award 2018: Entries Now Open for the World’s Richest Short Story Prize July 6, 2017

 

Writing-Contest

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Writers from around the world are invited to enter the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. The winner will receive £30,000 (approx US$40,000), making this the most valuable prize in the world for a single short story.

The prize is for stories up to 6,000 words in length and there is no entry fee.  Stories can be either unpublished or published.  If it was published, the work must have first appeared after 31 December 2016.

Writers can enter regardless of their nationality or residency but they must have an existing record of publication in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

The 2017 Sunday Times Short Award was won by Bret Anthony Johnston, Director of Creative Writing at Harvard University. Previous winners include Jonathan Tel (2016), Yiyun Li (2015), Adam Johnson (2014) and Junot Diaz (2013).

Entries for the 2018 award close at 6 pm GMT on Thursday, Sept 28, 2017.  A long list of up to twenty entries will be published in February 2018 and the winner will be announced in April.  Full terms and conditions for the prize can be found here (PDF) and writers can access the entry form via the Short Story Award website.

Good Luck to All Participants!

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