Print Books: Amazon vs. IngramSpark and Bookstores

Some of the most frequently asked questions my clients ask me are about the difference between Amazon KDP print (formerly CreateSpace) and IngramSpark and about getting books into bookstores. I’ve answered them on my Frequently Asked Questions page.

What’s New: Time to Start Planning 2019

Cover-Armchair Ghost HuntingHow long has it been since you published your last book? If it’s over a year, it’s time to start thinking about a new one. Having more than one book for sale often prompts people …

Poetry and the Printed Page

In the past year, I’ve edited and formatted a few books of poetry. Poetry isn’t only a set of words, it’s sounds and how it appears when the reader scans it.

That’s when the problem begins.

Most poets I know write on a native Word document, which is set to 8.5 x 11 inches unless …

CreateSpace Merge with Amazon KDP

Just in case you thought everything was set — Amazon has started to implement the merger of CreateSpace and Amazon KDP. Details of the CreateSpace merge can be found here: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/GSJULX3WGP36HQ3R

You may receive a notice from Amazon, or notice a link when you log into CreateSpace. (Apparently, this link comes and goes, so …

New Self-Publishing FAQ Page

Service BellMy clients ask me questions … lots of questions!

A teacher at heart, I try to give complete, honest answers as part of the services I provide. My goal is to make you as independent a self-publisher as …

How to Tune Amazon KDP Knobs to Improve Sales

The Neighborhood Cover

Formatted and uploaded by Concierge Self Publishing

If your book has been out for a while, you may have noticed sales are diminishing … or they never got to …

Book Format: The Problems with Images

When people ask me for a quote for a book format for print, one of the first questions I ask is if they have photos or other images. There are two reasons.

1) Companies that produce either print on demand (POD) or print runs of books have certain …

Monday Montanan: A Concierge Self-Publishing Author

Monday Montanan: University of Montana economics professor and self-publishing author confronts Parkinson’s head-on

“April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and O’Donnell’s history with “PD” is but one of many in the Missoula area that can only be cast as heroic.”

Read more about this heroic and humor-filled author in the the Missoulian article.

Lemons and Lemonade: The Reality of Publishing

Lemons

Creative Commons License: Mike Mozart, photographer

The one consistent in today’s world is change–especially if that world involves the reality of publishing.

A few things have happened lately that have made it necessary …

Should You Give Away Free Books?

As many of you know, I write romance. My next book (not self-published) came out the end of November. As a romance writer, I’m a member of several online writing communities. Periodically, there are discussions about the pros and cons of giving away books as part of the marketing effort. Does making a book free …