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Really, publishing saved my life.
If I didn't have this, well, it wouldn't be a good time.
The whole reason I got started in publishing was not for my own sake, but for the sake of two other writers. My mom and PAK (Patricia A. Knight). Okay, yes I was going to publish my own stuff, but I'd known they had books they wanted to publish and they were books that needed to be out in the world and those two were going to let them just sit and rot in bag until they found a publisher. So I became one.
I went into this journey with knowledge of marketing but no experience. But it keeps but in chair, hands on keyboard. Especially when you're scratching your head about how Amazon assigns its Page Numbers.
Amazon's rough estimate is determined by word count. Word count for me is 250 words per page. Word count for Amazon? 330 words per page.
So you can see where hard core paper back people trying to make sense of Kindle page numbers will just cause them frustration. I imaging they'll look for the page numbers on the paperback and when they don't find the paperback, they'll scratch their heads and say, I'm not buying 89 pages for ten bucks.
These are the things that keep publishers OUT OF TROUBLE. How? Because instead of beating up people, I'm beating up my computer.
I've haven't found a person in a review (YET) that says the story was too long.
They bemoan that they wasted their time on a novel, yes, because they finish that book no matter the cost in time for them. Fantastic you finisher! I personally don't have time and won't finish a book because while I might have paid for it, my time is worth so much more than ten dollars.
What I do see people say is the book was too short.
"I paid 99¢ for this and it was only 50,000 words! I'll never buy from this author AGAIN!"
Wow. Okay. Ummm...I thought it was about the story. I thought it was about how the story enriched your life not a word count goal you had.
So being diplomatic, I contacted Amazon to get the book page numbers corrected. End result...ACTION ITEM...go to CreateSpace, upload your eBook, get a fiverr to add some text to a back cover, wait the 5 days for Amazon and VOILA! Pages are now estimated from the printed book.
And that's how I was able to stay OUT OF TROUBLE with my beloved authors! PRINT!
7/25/2013 06:13:30 am
I did read this, but have not learned the ins and outs of using Amazon for self publication. There are some books I either helped to ghost write or actually wrote for sale there.
Stephanie ~ Head Troll @ Troll River Publications
7/25/2013 06:25:47 am
Miriam ~ I've been working with Amazon since January 2012 (only 6 months right now) and I haven't learned Amazon's ins and outs either. Some who I've talked to that have been working with Amazon for 6 years tell me they don't know Amazon's ins and outs. No worries! We may never know!
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