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Writing contests, to me, are another way to get the attention of a company that wants to sell something to writers, so I don't post about contests so much. But when I saw Inkitt's objective, I knew that while they were doing a contest to drive traffic to their site, I didn't mind posting about this contest. Here is what I read on their site:
Your book is good when your readers love it. Period.
The entire publishing industry has always relied upon the subjective and emotional opinions of their decision makers. This is why Harry Potter was rejected by 13 publishers, Twilight by 14 and Carrie by Stephen King was refused by 30 publishers.
We created Inkitt with the mission to change this - to ensure fair publishing and objectivity for authors. Who are we or any editor in the world to judge whether your book is worth publishing? We don’t think that we or any so-called “expert” is in a position to judge your work. You write your book for your readers, and the most important factor is whether your readers like it or not. That is what we measure at Inkitt.
This is why we built artificially intelligent algorithms that have the ability to analyze reading pattern data and engagement levels. This allows us to make objective and data-driven decisions regarding a story’s potential to become a bestseller.
I couldn't have said it better.
TRP wants to publish books by authors we believe in (not just books). Though the wording on Inkitt's objective about algorithms analyzing a work, I have to say I myself am an analyzer. We all analyze. Reviewers analyze if their followers will like a book. Readers analyze if the book was worth reading for them. Publishers analyze if the book will sell.
Inkitt says who knows if a book will be liked. But they went one step further and said...we're going to use an objective system that can determine that.
We do our best to look at a book and decide where this book will belong. Yes, there is editing before all that, but we're picky on who we work with. For us, we look at the author first then the book. But since Inkitt's goals and TRP goals lined up well, we wanted to introduce them to you!
Check out their contest, read the rules and decide if you'd like to participate!
Here are the main points:
If your one of the lucky ones and have a book that appeals to many people all over the world, you might find the need for a universal link. Or, for prolific authors with numerous libraries and collections global links will help organize and direct readers to those available works.
Here is the scenario:
You have a book blog tour, but the tour is with bloggers from Canada to the U.S. to Zimbabwe and all over Asia. One of two things happens...
The outcome of the first scenario is... No sales, or if your lucky--someone complains that they are being taken to the U.S. store and ask where they can find it in the CA store or the DE store.
The outcome of the second scenario is... Somebody gets the link wrong (it happens, we all make mistakes). Everyone is confused. No sales.
Want to avoid that situation? Read further.
And, of course, Americans go to amazon.com. The different sites makes a difference in price, currency and searches. Try it! I dare ya. Click each of the above sites and see the difference for yourself. If nothing less, it will help you understand what I mean.
This whole different site stuff is useful as there are potential customers across the globe, who may simply need to be pointed to their appropriate store. There is an issue with the way Amazon stores work, as my products I have for sale in the United States can not be bought by customers in the United Kingdom, unless I also include an amazon.co.uk link as well.
So now you should get it. If that's the case, then the next issue becomes creating links for all of the potential countries that may have customers for you (France, Canada, Germany, etc.). This process is tedious and laborious, and now you are here, looking for a way to create a global link; look no further. I shall give you it all! (Evil laugh, evil laugh, evil laugh)
All right, All right! I get it! Global link--How do I make one?
Good news. You have options! (But I'll show you the best one)
There are many services on the Internet that offer a simple solution to creating global links. The only issue is that they tend to have weird ways of making money for themselves, which isn't a bad thing, but can have an effect on how your links work.
I have stumbled across a site called A-FWD: Link Globalizer for Amazon Affiliates And Authors an online service that is exactly what you have been looking for. Just click the link above to be taken to the site.
The website allows you to enter the link to your book (for free), and generates a global link that you can post to the appropriate forum. The outcome: When a client clicks on that global link, they will be directed to your product in their own Amazon store! Hooray!!
Granted, the links they provide can look very long and awkward, but this can be avoided by using a very simple URL shortener such as TinyURL or Bitly.
Overall, this is a great way for you to open your stores up to customers across the globe, without having to worry that they are redirected to the wrong store and unable to purchase your book (or product). I hope that this article has been helpful, and I would definitely recommend using A-FWD to accomplish all of your Amazon Global Link needs.
If you have another site that might be of use for global links, let me know in the comments! Thank you!
Adam: Kings of Guardian has now been released! Check out the excerpt and support our authors here at TRP and consider purchasing Adam on our site.
So...for all you authors out there that don't think you have control over your publisher...this happened...
One day early last year my author, PAK, calls me and says--oh yeah we're all doing a compilation story (meaning all TRP Authors) revolving around a beach theme and your going to publish it.
Do you think I'd even dream of saying no? That's just not the TRP way.
However I did have that moment of...my monkeys are running amok and they are about to throw poo at me (meaning a curve ball I didn't budget for). But after each and all of their stories turned out to be gold nuggets we all agreed to use this as an introduction to readers that know one author (like PAK) but not another (like Rachel De Lune).
So now we have this romantic contemporary beach-themed compilation for a value-priced 99¢. Each story is a stand-alone, novella/novelette, complete, no cliff-hangers story by award winning, award nominated and fan appreciate authors! Check out the excerpts!
And know that not all publishers tell you what to write ;) Sometimes it's good to take control and publish what you want, not what the market tells you to.
January seems to be Award month for Troll River Publications! We'd like to congratulate authors Rachel De Lune and Elizabeth SaFleur for their nomination in the Advanced category of The Golden Flogger Award!
Winners will be announced at the BDSM Writers Con. Check out and register here: http://bdsmwriterscon.com/registration
In 2015 "Holiday Ties" by Elizabeth SaFleur won at the conference and she can attest that the event was unique and worth the trip (even if she hadn't won the award). So if you interested in the inner workings of BDSM and want to write about it, this is the conference for you!
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