Formatting, formatting, formatting…and re-submitting!

April 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So….

……..I’ve spent the better part of this morning formatting and editing files for Smashwords and Kindle.

I’m going to be uploading new versions of Shades of Grey: Prologue and Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil to Kindle (I kinda made a few MINOR changes to the tail-end of SoG:HNE — nothing too significant, just some expansion to the Witigo discovery).

AND AND AND — Her Man, The Deal, Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie, Shades of Grey: Prologue and Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil SHOULD be available on Smashwords in the next 72 hours or so!!!

Provided I meet their standards and all that!

Previously, these titles were only available on Kindle.

Anyway, I must return to said tasks…

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress and Editor

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Cancelling Amazon exclusivity of books…

March 8, 2012 at 9:48 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

……as soon as my arrangements through Kindle Direct Publishing reach their 90-day agreement deadline, I am going to be uploading my books to Smashwords — again.  Shortly after uploading to both Amazon and Smashwords, I saw Amazon’s KDP offer for their Prime program/Owners Lending Library, where for each borrowed novel you recieved a percentage of the total borrows sales.  I now feel that being able to attract readers from platforms other than the Kindle is far more advantageous than limiting my audience to Kindle users (Smashwords uses and distributes to far more formats — readable by Kobo, etc).

Some of the books currently available on Amazon will not reach their 90-day exclusivity until the end of May.  Others have already “expired” and I did not “roll-them-over” for another period/term.

Anotherwords, some of my previously Kindle-only works are going to be appearing on Smashwords shortly.

Also, I have a number of titles that i am going to be issuing as Second Editions and re-releasing in the next few months, as well as some brand-new never-before seen titles that are slowly typing themselves into existence…

I am going to try to release at least 1 title ever 1 – 2 months.

I am no longer going to be making my titles KDP exclusive.  I want to reach a broader audience, and even though Amazon’s market is far larger than Smashwords (at least their reach seems to be wider), Smashwords will make for greater accessibility of my work (which is what I am striving for).

My apologies to any readers I may have alienated for my choices in the past, and to Kindle Prime readers who likely will no longer be able to get my novels for $0.00 after the 90-day terms end.

Thank you for your time.

I look forward to giving you hours of entertainment in the near future!

Sincere regards and happy reading,

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur and Apologetic Fumbling Self-Published-Self-Promoted-Self-Marketed Author

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I lied!!!

February 7, 2012 at 10:06 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

……in a previous post, I stated that I only had about $650 in sales Dec – Jan.

I just looked up my sales on the Kindle Direct Publishing account website…approx $700 in sales in USD, $70 GBP, and $25 in Euros.  I really must learn to understand the monetary systems a bit better!

I expect that the first week of February will result in approx $70USD in sales and European sales approx $15 in assorted monies.

Anotherwords, off to a slow start, but little progress is still progress, and at least I am building a readership with my $0.99USD priced books and free promotions (where the BIG download numbers occur, in the 10’s of thousands!)!!!

Yes, it would be nice to one day be able to write to support my writing, and write alone, but for now I have to keep my day job! lol It’s a day job I love, so it’s one that I will likely keep until, if, and when my writing income becomes the greater earning power, allowing me the luxury – and priviledge – of being to work primarily as an author whose success (or failure) is at the entire mercy of their reading audience.

That being said, I apologize for my previous inaccurate account of my Amazon sales.  Since this Blog is written in part to chronicle the ups & downs of an amateur author, I was almost certain that someone would appreciate hearing the honest numbers involved in my endeavour (35% royalties for books priced under $2.99USD; 70% royalties for books priced over $2.99 USD through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing). 

I am keeping my single installments of Reaper Series (paranormal/horror for adult audience), Shades of Grey (paranormal/horror for adults), and Getting Lucky (erotica series) priced at $0.99, so I am getting 35% of $0.99 or roughly $0.34 per sale there.  Stand alone titles (such as Her Man [romance] and The Deal [erotica/paranormal]) will also likely remain at $0.99.  I will offer larger collections in the future, which I expect to be priced at approx $3.99 for Reaper I – V and possibly $2.99 or $3.99 for the Shades of Grey I – V collection.

I am going to be selecting a charitable organization with each title, to whom I am going to give a portion of the royalites collected.  I estimate this amount will be between 7% and 10% per royalty.  I will calculate and distribute this amount at the end of every year.

With February/March being the income tax season here in Canada, I am of course concerned about making sure that I accurately report all of my income, expenses, etc. At the moment, my writing income is very small. My expenses have put me in a “loss” situation for 2011 (through the purchase of software, new laptop, printer, filing cabinet x 2, office supplies [i.e. printer cartridge, paper, pens, mouse, keyboard, flash drves, external HD, etc], and other incidentals). 

I look forward to working with the very patient and knowledgable staff at H & R Block to help me figure out those receipts I need to keep track of, and those I don’t — etc. It’s all very…..complex.  Capital losses and write offs and whatnot.  But that’s what the Tax Literate are for.  I fall into the category of Tax Illiterate.  But i’m working on that!

Anyway, my self-assigned break is over, so it’s time to hit the floor and do a round.

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress, Night Nurse and Taxation Neophyte

p.s. Reaper V due out on or around February 29! WIll try to promote FREE at that time!  Are you excited? I’m excited! Number V already! Whoot-whoot!

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Not sure whether to laugh or cry lol

January 23, 2012 at 8:10 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

……I’ve recieved some good reviews for my Reaper series, some bad reviews, some great reviews, and some REALLY negative reviews.

Almost makes a girl wish she’d never encouraged readers to “post reviews, even if negative”.

One reader made comments regarding my lifestyle, somehow trying to draw a parallel between effectiveness as an author and effectiveness as a human being.  Suffice, to say, I replied to the review with as polite a comment as i could manage.

They were entitled to THEIR opinion – I nevertheless am also entitled to mine.

Had some really great reviews too…made me feel much better about this whole learning process.

After taking notes from the reviews, I am making a point of making the installments of the Reaper Series longer…as that seems to be the biggeest reader concern/annoyance so far.

That, and as much as I hate to do it, I think I am going to censor the adult/vulgar language a little – as that appears to be another (valid) concern/complaint.

So long as it doesn’t take away from the storyline, and doesn’t take away from the theme and voice of Reaper, I am willing to take critique and criticism into careful consideration.

With that being said, thank-you for your reviews —- keep em coming!

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Author and Fairly Reasonable Human Being

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