New Cover Reveal

Some of the most consistent feedback I've received on Crimson & Creamhas been regarding the book's cover. In general, comments have stated it could be more professional (not surprising at all). Since I actually create my own covers (like you couldn't tell!), I decided to take a crack at a new image for Crimson & Cream that still maintains a consistent look with the other two books of the trilogy (i.e., font, size, layout, coloration, etc.).

I do have a plan to eventually get all three covers professionally re-done, but for now, I'm rolling out a replacement for the bloody sword and shield. The new image is a scene from the novel that I'd always envisioned would make a good cover. There's a lot of symbolism that refers to the trilogy in the new version (including retaining the iconography of the bloody sword and shield coat of arms).

If you're curious as to the process, I used Blender to make a 3D model of the entire scene, and then experimented with…

Fantasy Fiction Deals & Kindle Unlimited Reads

Do you run Kindle Countdown Deals for your fantasy ebooks?
Is your book available to read on Kindle Unlimited?
Do you give away Smashwords discount coupons?
Would you like a place to promote your fantasy novels for free?

I do, and after some investigation on Facebook and Google+, I decided to design such a place. It's called the Fantasy Fiction Deals & Kindle Unlimited Reads Facebook page and associated group. I created this page/group for indie fantasy authors to promote their book sales and Kindle Unlimited books. My goal is to have a place for Facebook readers to find fantasy book deals without spam and unrelated ads. A few similar groups already exist on Facebook, but I'd like to try to improve upon what's already out there, focus strictly on the fantasy genre, and join forces with my fellow indie fantasy writers to network and share readers.

I started by creating a Facebook group, but RJ Blain had some great ideas on the advantages of setting up a Facebook page (i…

Where to Market Your Kindle Unlimited eBooks

My three fantasy novels and trilogy compilation are currently enrolled in Kindle Unlimited (KU), but I'm struggling with how to effectively promote them. I've noticed spikes in KU pages read when I'm running a Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Countdown deal for one of my books, but how should I promote these KU books on their own merit?

I've found a plethora of Facebook groups dedicated to KU, where authors are allowed to post ads for their KU books. I'm not going to list all the sites here, but if you search on Facebook for "Kindle Unlimited" you'll find well over a dozen groups catering to KU readers. For example, KDP Select Authors - Kindle Unlimited Readers is a public Facebook group with over 14,000 members. I've been posting my eBooks on these sites for about a month, but haven't seen any direct correlation to KU pages read yet.

I've found similar groups on Google Plus, but they are less numerous and sparsely populated, so I'm not …

Why are Your Paperbacks So Expensive?

Why are paperback book prices so high, even for self-published novels? It's a legitimate question, and I wanted to find the answer, so I went to Amazon and CreatSpace and started reading.

If you want to self-publish your novel into a standard (5-inch by 8-inch trim size), black-ink paperback, Amazon charges $0.012 per page. For example, Amazon's cost calculation for printing a 300-page, black-ink paperback sold on Amazon US is:

     $0.85 (Fixed Cost) + (300 (Page Count) * $0.012 (Per Page Cost)) = $4.45 (Printing Cost).

Your paperback's minimum list price is based on your printing cost (so your royalties cover the cost to print your book). To calculate your minimum list price, Amazon divides your printing cost by the royalty rate (60%):

     Printing Cost / 60% (Royalty Rate) = Minimum List Price

For example, a 300-page black-ink paperback sold in the US is $4.45 (Printing Cost) / 60% (Royalty Rate) = $7.42 (Minimum List Price). To complicate matters, Amazon also has a lowe…