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$10,000 prize for Canadian authors

If you’re a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and you published a debut book in 2015, you might be eligible to nominate your title for Kobo’s second annual Emerging Writer Prize. They’re now accepting nominations in categories of Literary Fiction, Romance and Non-Fiction. All submitted books must be available for sale in the Kobo store. […]

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Ebook Orchard closes

A sequence of health issues last week reminded me I’m not 60 any longer. I’m closing Ebook Orchard in order to avoid problems which will occur when these health issues again arise. 0

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Ebook Orchard sign-in update

Visitors to Ebook Orchard now have three options to sign-in or create an account; 1) create their own personal sign-in; 2) use their Facebook, Google+, Twitter or Linkedin account ID; or 3) use their Amazon ID. To ‘Create an Account’ click on the ‘Create an Account’ portion of the ‘Sign-in or Create an Account’ line […]

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New survey says most authors continue to earn less than $500 per year

The Guardian newspaper reports most authors earn less than $500 a year according to the latest research. Almost a third of published authors make less than $500 a year from their writing, according to a new survey, with around a half of writers dissatisfied with their writing income. In the wake of a year that […]

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European Union VAT and Ebook Orchard update.

European Union VAT and Ebook Orchard update. Following discussions regarding VAT and its implications to Ebook Orchard authors it has been decided to disallow residents of the European Union (EU) to purchase ebooks on Ebook Orchard until further notice. The reasoning is that Ebook Orchard isn’t conducting B2C activities but is instead, due to no […]

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What’s happening with Ebook Orchard

A lot has been happening with Ebook Orchard since I last posted about it. Here’s what I’ve done in the past week or so. First, the logo is going to be changed in the next few days because the logo text style needs to be more modern. The fact is I suck at that sort […]

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Ebook Orchard open to the public for beta testing

Starting today, Ebook Orchard is open to the public for viewing during our beta testing period. Ebook Orchard is an online ebook store run by authors for authors. Ebook Orchard provides authors benefits such as 100% retail fee to authors, plus marketing and promotion of their works and our site across multiple social networking sites. […]

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An ebook store by authors for authors

Ebook Orchard is an ebook store started by an author for the benefit of authors, and it is different than other retail outlets in that it doesn’t earn one cent from the sale of ebooks. I decided to create Ebook Orchard after trying to get an author co-operative started. Like many people, authors have little […]

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Authors. Interested in forming a co-op for your own online retail store?

If you are tired of giving 30-40% of the retail price of your book or ebook to somebody else then you may be interested in joining our author co-op and forming our own online retail store. We want to keep most of the retail price to ourselves, because it’s tough out there and coughing up […]

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Ebook Publishing Gets More Difficult from Here – Here’s How

“Ebook Publishing Gets More Difficult from Here – Here’s How” is an article written by Smashwords founder Mark Coker on his blog on November 19, 2014. I’ve copied it here as I felt it contained good information for authors. ### Beginning ### First the good news. For indie (self-published) authors, there’s never been a better […]

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Recycling for self-publishing authors

One of the many hilarious cartoons from “The Other Coast” by Adrian Raeside. 0

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Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2014 – 2018

Price Waterhouse Cooper Canada has released a comprehensive report on media and entertainment which contains information on books and ebooks. This overview may be useful for authors. Key insights at a glance 1 Digital gains returned global consumer books revenue to growth in 2013. Global consumer books revenue grew in 2013 after years of decline, […]

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Kobo report on using big data to help authors

An opportunity lies among those books that have high completion rates yet suffer low sales. Clearly those readers who have stumbled upon these books have loved them – so while the marketing team or editorial department may not have seen a winner among these titles, the reader did; it may well be worth experimenting with […]

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Bowker list shows Author Solutions still scamming book authors

Author Solutions is well-known in the self-publishing world for being a scam and scourge, suckering desperate authors into paying hundreds and thousands of dollars for a dream of riches and fame. There have been so many complaints about Author Solutions and its associated publishers that web sites and blogs have been created just to warn […]

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2014 Smashwords Survey Reveals New Opportunties for Indie Authors

2014 Smashwords Survey Reveals New Opportunties for Indie Authors [slideshare id=36677950&doc=ff-2014swsurveyrtbslideshareeditionppx-140706144952-phpapp02] Key findings in this year’s survey: The ebook sales power curve is extremely steep – This isn’t a surprise, but for the first time we share some numbers along the curve (see the slides in the Series section).  A few titles sell fabulously well […]

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Editorially – an online collaboration site by writers for writers closes doors

UPDATE: Editorially closing web site on May 30th, 2014. From Editorially, ” Today brings some sad news: Editorially is closing its doors. The application will remain available until May 30, at which point the site will go offline. We encourage all users to export their data. We’re proud of the team and tool that we […]

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How to sell your ebooks directly on Goodreads and earn maximum royalties

Goodreads is a popular book/ebook review site recently bought by Amazon, but there is an easy way to sell directly to readers on Goodreads and earn maximum royalties. Self-publishing authors can have links to mobi, ePub, PDF or some other file format, making it very easy for readers to click on the link, see your […]

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How to easily sell your books or ebooks on your blog or web site

The other day I found an easy way to sell my ebooks directly on my free wordpress blog, and other self-publishing authors can easily sell their ebooks or books following the steps outlined on the article link at end of this post. The catch. There’s always a catch. Buying something on the net always requires […]

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I’m tired of reading about your low book or ebook sales. Do something about it.

I want all you new authors out there who aren’t selling any books or ebooks worth a darn and are whining about your low or non-existent sales on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin or other online locale to stop crying about it everywhere as the only sympathy you’re going to get is from your mom or your […]

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Buy This Book. Make Me A Millionaire

Buy This Book Make Me A Millionaire is the perfect gift for someone who has everything, and for those who want absolutely nothing. Although the cover indicates there is nothing worthwhile inside this ebook there are some readers who will purchase this ebook and feel it is the best darn money they ever spent. I […]