The spreadsheets that help me tame the minutia of indie publishing

I’ve been reading a lot lately about spreadsheets and inventories on another site. Reading about the time involved in such a massive project has made me very happy that I’ve been tracking my stuff from the very beginning. My main “publish-list” spreadsheet is up to ten tabs of data these days, and even includes allContinue reading “The spreadsheets that help me tame the minutia of indie publishing”

PayPal hassles are pushing me to switch from Smashwords to Draft2Digital

I divorced some-odd years ago, and I’ve lagged with the name change for an online bank account and my PayPal account. I finally got around to it recently, and dear lord, it’s obvious to me now why I waited. PayPal changes are a hassle. Their (new) website is glitchy and won’t accept my documents forContinue reading “PayPal hassles are pushing me to switch from Smashwords to Draft2Digital”

Don’t link to your email list provider in your books

I’m going to sound smug for a moment, because frankly, that’s how I’m feeling right about now. From the beginning, I’ve done everything I can to make life easier on myself, and it’s paid off in several ways in the long run. I make all my links in my books go back to my ownContinue reading “Don’t link to your email list provider in your books”

Mailchimp changes—read Gaughran’s post

So day before yesterday, I spent an hour or so trying to find info on the Mailchimp changes I’d just been notified about by email. I’m on the free plan, because my lists are tiny. Like, really super tiny, because I don’t promote them except in my books and on my websites, and I don’tContinue reading “Mailchimp changes—read Gaughran’s post”

Some things to keep in mind about using WordPress for your author site

After reading another post in a forum where someone has had a WordPress site hacked, I felt compelled to write this post. Lots of authors let others set up websites for them and have no clue how they work, and the designer/developer decides to use WordPress to build the site because WordPress makes it easyContinue reading “Some things to keep in mind about using WordPress for your author site”

Kindle Unlimited: a pirate’s treasure

Here’s a screenshot of a post on a forum. Maybe you can guess the forum, but I’m going to do the sane thing here and not mention it by name, because I’m not interested in sending goons after the bad guys and becoming a bad guy myself. But ain’t that grand? Personally, it’s just oneContinue reading “Kindle Unlimited: a pirate’s treasure”

Amazon.co.uk is having a sale on print books that’s causing KDP to price match my ebook

I don’t know exactly what’s going on this morning with Amazon.co.uk and KDP, but I came across an odd value in my sales report from KDP for one of my books. I double checked the book on Amazon.co.uk, where the odd “royalty” came from, and realized Amazon.co.uk is price matching one of my books. TheContinue reading “Amazon.co.uk is having a sale on print books that’s causing KDP to price match my ebook”

Changing a book cover on a paperback: New edition or not?

This post has been updated with an addendum. Turns out I was wrong. I understand that technically I do not have to create a new edition of a paperback at CreateSpace just for a book cover change. But I’ve been mulling over my options and I’ve decided I should. Here’s why: Resales. If the bookContinue reading “Changing a book cover on a paperback: New edition or not?”

Revisiting the cumulative title sales spreadsheet

I had a thought that maybe there was a way to make updating my cumulative title sales spreadsheet easy enough that it would be worth keeping it up to date so I revisited the spreadsheet today for about an hour or so. As you can see in the image above, I have several sheets inContinue reading “Revisiting the cumulative title sales spreadsheet”