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New Sunday Show Interview series – The Ultimate Bucket List – A test run with Sally Cronin

What’s on your Ultimate Bucket List?

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

It is time to bring back the Sunday Show interview series after a summer hiatus, and as usual I have come up with a new theme. The Ultimate Bucket List. 

It is also a great opportunity to showcase your blog or books.

I was reading recently what the top ten activities were listed on the average person’s bucket list (things to do before you die) and this particular list caught my eye as it was both entertaining and seemed to include most of the common wishes that my friends have talked about.

If you have an author you have already achieved one dream that it seems most people desire.. at#8 is the desire to write a book. And for some of us (say she hopefully) at #10 is the wish to be successful at what we work at.

There are the usual madcap, highly dangerous, get you close…

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HOW TO – Link your Blog Posts to Goodreads & Amazon…

Here’s another great post for authors of any genre.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Extract of an article by author Maria Murnane on the CreateSpace Community Site:


When it comes to author blogging, there are two questions I hear more than any others:

1. What should I blog about?
2. How can I get people to read my blog?

Regarding the content of your blog, that’s up to you. For the most part, I like to blog about grammar, book marketing, and the writing process itself, but other authors take a more personal approach and share details about their daily lives. Those who write nonfiction often blog about the topics covered in their books to present themselves as experts. For example, the author of a book on personal finance might blog about the best way to prepare taxes, while a cookbook author might share yummy new soup recipes for the cold winter months. A general rule of thumb is to provide interesting, helpful content…

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How NOT to promote your books on Goodreads – Guest Post by, Jemima Pett…

I thought I knew quite a bit about the Goodreads site and their system. Reading this article brought back some of the things I know but most importantly, introduced me to a few things I either didn’t know or had forgotten. Therefore, a very worthwhile read full of relevant information for authors especially.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

According to Goodreads, the site has over 55 million members worldwide. That’s a lot of readers. It doesn’t take much to understand why nearly every self-published person comes to the conclusion that they should be promoting their books on the site.

It’s a sensitive issue, and one that has changed a little since the original Goodreads was sold to Amazon. I notice more ways that Amazon and Goodreads use each others’ opportunities. Amazon now enables you to do giveaways… Goodreads has been doing that since it started. Goodreads now has an extensive list of marketing opportunities that it promotes to authors, which look like things in the Amazon school of marketing to me, but are nevertheless valid and valuable opportunities – so take them.

In researching this post, I was surprised by things I knew about but didn’t know about. I knew about giveaways, I’d seen themed months, and I…

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Indie Sales Dominate

I must admit that data analysis is not one of my favourite pastimes. It is however a useful skill and I remain thankful to my BSc Psychology degree which often forced me into the world of data analysis. Data really doesn’t float my boat but occasionally something crosses my radar and I sit up and take note.

Take a look at the table below. In May 2016, Indie authors had captured almost 50% of the Amazon eBook market. We live in exciting times according to the report; today it’s possible to be a full-time professional author, earning $50,000+ a year without ever sending a query letter. On Amazon alone, the data shows (in the USA) over a thousand indie authors earning a full-time living right now with their self-published titles.

Indie Published 42%
Small or Medium Publisher 17%
Amazon Published 10%
Big Five 23%
Uncategorized Single Author Publisher 8%

Those stats speak volumes about how the various sub-sections of the industry are performing because after all, it is not only about the quality of the writing. Some weight has to be applied to the other sections of the publishing process. Ultimately, the readers are the “gatekeepers” but somebody has to get the words out there.

Here’s a 2016 breakdown of authors . . .

75,943 Indie Authors
123,371 Small/Medium Publisher Authors
    1,822 Amazon Imprint Authors
35,457  Big Five Authors
57,498 Uncategorized

In October 2016 things changed . . .

During the five short months since May, it seems that Indies lost their market share gains of the preceding 18 months. This was counterbalanced to a limited extent by a slight uptick in traditionally published unit sales: both Big Five and Small/Medium Traditional Publishers each gained roughly 1% in market share. But most of the lost indie market share seems to have gone to Amazon Imprints, who gained a whopping 4% in market share.

But I wonder? Is this decrease in Indie sales due to authors being hard at work on their next novel? It’s a tough balancing act between doing what we do best, getting our work out to the world and staying at the top of the listings.

What do you think?

If you want to see the full report, go to the Source:

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