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Visualizing Amazon: Best Sellers

ALLi Watchdog Examines The Amazon Publishing Effect On The Book Bestseller Charts

Beginning in the last half of 2016, many indie authors reported sharp declines in their Amazon sales. Some wonder if a global slump in sales could be to blame, while others point to the rise of Amazon’s imprints as a possible cause. More than a possible cause: I’ve heard authors express absolute certainty that Amazon […]

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Amazon Sales Rank: Taming the Algorithm

Confused by the behavior of Amazon’s sales rank? John Doppler takes the mystery out of this frequently misunderstood feature. We’re all familiar with Amazon’s sales rank, those tantalizing numbers that have driven authors to obsessively revisit their pages over and over in hopes of seeing their book climb through the ranks. Yet, as a closely […]

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Top Tips for Self-Published Authors from our Sunday Superstars

Each Sunday we interview a super-successful indie author who provides an inspiring role model to self-published writers everywhere. They share the secrets of their success, their working methods and their ambitions – and in answer to our final question, they offer their top tip for other indie authors. Here’s are some of our favourite tips, […]

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Measuring Success by Susan Kaye Quinn

“Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.” – Jules Renard (French Writer, 1864-1910) Until very recently, writing was a Glory business, where success for most authors was measured by status, not dollars. Landing an agent and a book deal with a Big Six (Five? Four?) publisher […]

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Capturing the Magic of Self-Publishing Middle Grade with Sybil Nelson & Laura Pauling

Many authors have no problem self-publishing their adult and young adult novels. Many of these authors have found tremendous success. But then the subject of middle grade novels is brought up. Writers say, “Um, er, I…, not sure what to think about that.” They scratch their heads. “Is there a market for it? I want […]

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