Cost of Books to the Author and the Effect on Sales Rank

said on September 21st, 2016 filed under: Nuts and Bolts, Point of the Pencil

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Hearing conflicting opinions about how my discounted purchase of Azriel Dancer would effect my Amazon.com sales ranking, I put the question to CreateSpace, the Amazon subsidiary that actually prints the books. Here's my question: Hello CreateSpace,  Newbie here with two related questions about costs and sales rank.  1.  What is my cost for "author books?"  My book, Azriel Dancer, will be priced at $12.99.  2.  Let's say I order 50 books at my "author price" to be used at a book signing....Continue Reading!

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The Proof is in the Paperback

said on September 17th, 2016 filed under: Art work and photography, Azriel's Angels, Point of the Pencil

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The proof copy of Azriel Dancer just arrived! It's really here.  On sale October 1 at Amazon.com.Continue Reading!

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Pre-Launch Checklist for October 1 Azriel Dancer Blastoff

said on September 13th, 2016 filed under: Nuts and Bolts, Point of the Pencil

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Check     Approve final interior and cover from Streetlight Graphics Check     Receive the "Deliverables" from Streetlight (ready-to-upload files) Check     Upload Print interior and cover to CreateSpace (Amazon print-on-demand subsidiary) Check     Upload Ebook interior and cover to KDP (Kindle Direct); select October 1 for publication Check     Wait, wait, wait for CreateSpace approval Check     Order print proof from CreateSpace Approve Print version no later than September 27 Launch on October 1 #azrieldancer     Continue Reading!

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Doing Business as Shiva Puri Press

said on September 13th, 2016 filed under: Nuts and Bolts, Point of the Pencil

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For reasons too complex and nuanced to get into here, I have been advised to publish Azriel Dancer under a "fictitious" business name.  I'll be "doing business as" Shiva Puri Press.  Those of you who have read Azriel Dancer will understand the reference. Someday you might want to "do business as" somebody or something other than your own name. How do you do it?  The "doing business as" procedure? Go to the Recorder in the county you call home. Fill out a one-page application. ...Continue Reading!

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Genres, sub-Genres, and Keywords

said on September 12th, 2016 filed under: Nuts and Bolts, Point of the Pencil

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You are back at the Point of the Pencil to learn about keyword decisions that affect the life and success of your self-published book.  How I wish I had known about this stuff before I sent the final draft to the formatter. When you upload the book, either for print or for Ebook, you have to select the genre, subgenre, and the keywords that Amazon and other search engines use to find your book and match it to appropriate customers.  A...Continue Reading!

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Point of the Pencil

said on September 10th, 2016 filed under: Nuts and Bolts, Point of the Pencil

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What a great time to be a newbie self-published novelist!  Just a few years ago, a hopeful author would chase down agents, beg them to read (or glance at) the manuscript, buck the long, long odds, and once in a blue moon, an agent would take on the author (sacrificial lamb), and  pitch the book to a publisher.  If the book actually sold, the author would get a pitiful advance, and royalties of pennies on the dollar. I went on such...Continue Reading!

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Azriel Dancer Back Cover (first draft)

said on September 8th, 2016 filed under: Nuts and Bolts

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Azriel Dancer “Azriel Dancer is the kind of sci-fi read that rarely crosses a reviewer's desk . . . moves quickly without the artificial pace that too often imbibes sci-fi adventure stories with a sense of desperation and haste . . . atmospheric and steeped in delightful descriptions that are hauntingly evocative and original . . . nothing staid or predictable about its characters or story line; but most of all, events are narrated with a gripping "you are there" immediacy...Continue Reading!

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Welcome Azriel’s Angels!

said on September 7th, 2016 filed under: Azriel's Angels

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Deep bows of  gratitude to those of you who strapped on your wings and polished your halos in service to the Bodacious Book Launch of Azriel Dancer. We are SIXTY strong; men and women, young and old(er), gay and straight, democrat and republican, from numerous ethnicities, including Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Others, and Declines-To-Answers, from all over the United States--and even a couple of odd Aussies!  Welcome, welcome, welcome, with great respect and affection. And NO, to answer Archangel David Kahler (Archangel...Continue Reading!

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Back Cover of the Amazon (POD) Print on Demand

said on August 30th, 2016 filed under: Uncategorized

“He writes with such joy!  A fresh plot, unpredictable and spontaneous, every page a new discovery.  Kali is my favorite bad guy ever, truly monstrous, and yet funny and oddly engaging.  We love to hate him . . . and hate to love him.”  Cate Hogan, romance author “Fantastic!”  Daniel Ravenda, author of Smoke Rising “Completely Different.  Who could have thought that the apocalypse could be so much fun?”  Greg at 2 Book Lovers Review Twenty-five year-old Azriel doesn’t know much of the...Continue Reading!

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Author and Editor Re-Enact Climactic Scene

said on August 25th, 2016 filed under: Selections from Azriel Dancer, Whimsy

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Author, Bob Jenkins, and editor, Cate Hogan, re-enact crucial scenes from Azriel Dancer, Book One of Daughters of the Kali Yuga. Or they are out in the California foothills just messing around.  Take you pick.  Continue Reading!

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