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Amazon Independent Publishing at Ninc

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on November 13, 2014

Empowering Authors with Amazon Independent Publishing
Novelists, Inc. Conference Day 2, St. Pete Beach Oct. 2014

Several representatives from Amazon Independent Publishing spoke at the Novelists, Inc. Conference. They said they’ve seen consistent growth in print and Kindle books over the past few years. The Kindle growth curve exceeds print. This is a global trend as well. The adaptation to digital, when it occurs, happens fast across the world. The percentage of books sold online compared to brick-and-mortar stores is rising steadily.

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Digital creates discovery through dedicated e-book readers. Kindle owners buy four times more books than before they owned one. “What’s old is new again.” Digital creates incremental demand. We release older titles, and Kindle sales of all our books increase along with print editions. In 2013, there was 90% device ownership in the U.S. with 32% of these being e-readers and 42% being tablets.

At a bookstore, you have to worry about how your book is placed and where customers can find it on the shelf. Online, you’re concerned with how customers hear about and find your books. How can your book stand out against other content? Books have to compete against all other entertainment products and pricing. So how can we grow the mind-share of people who read books?

What’s next? Global marketplaces are another focus. So are opening Kindle stores based on local experience. Reading experiences such as Kindle Voyager and Kindle reading apps. To drive discovery, we have Amazon Author Central, Goodreads, Kindle Daily Deal, and Kindle Countdown Deal.

The Author Experience
Ease-of-use with KDP, Createspace, and Audible
Better tools with a pricing tool and now a Kids Book Creator
Reimagined content through Kindle Worlds and Kindle First Day One
Author lifestyle support with Kindle Scout, WriteOn, APub, indie platforms

The Customer Experience
New models such as Kindle Unlimited
Wider functionality such as #AmazonCart
Global and Local

KDP
Benefits are that it’s easy to enroll, fast to market, global reach. Author maintains control, retains full rights, keeps up to 70% royalty. You can use KDP to publish in territories where you have the rights. The new reporting dashboard launched in February. An order is different from a sale that has cleared the bank. You can retrieve up to 90 days of data. The pricing tool suggests how much you should price your book based on various data.

Pre-order means you can promote your book up to 90 days before the launch. This helps to build sales rank. You should put a link to the next book in your series at the back of the book if possible. 10 days before, you must present the final file. There is a three day block out period prior to launch where you can’t make any further changes.

Series Promotion
Improved search and browse feature.
Be sure to put your info in the metadata.
New series landing pages for the whole series so you can see your books in order.
The next in series will appear as a buy button on devices at the book’s end.

KDP Select means you can attain higher royalties, reach new audiences, participate in special promotions. This includes the Kindle Lending Library, Kindle Countdown Deal, Kindle Unlimited. KDP books do hit the bestseller lists. Authors get paid from a global fund and can earn All-Star bonuses.

Kindle Daily Deal leads to 3000 times more sales. There’s a lasting effect. One day later, there is 110 times sales. At seven days, it’s 18 times sales. At fourteen days, it’s 5 times more sales, and at thirty days, it is 4 times more sales.

On the Kindle Countdown Deal, you get up to seven promo days. The book must be at least one dollar off the list price. There’s a countdown clock on your Amazon book page. Your book is also listed on the KCD landing page and it’s based on ranking where your book appears.

Kindle Unlimited costs consumers $9.99 per month, and this includes audio books. The Kindle Matchbook program means if you buy the new print book, you can buy the Kindle book for $2.99 or less.

Createspace offers global reach, 24/7 customer service, Kindle conversion, industry-leading royalties, free Cover Creator tool, forums, blogs, articles and videos as publishing resources. Professional services of editors and designers are available if needed. Your share of the list price: Createspace 80%; Amazon 60%; Expanded Distribution 40%–all minus a manufacturing fee.

How to Maximize your Success: Use Metadata. This can consist of keywords in terms of genres and categories that are visible at the bottom of the Kindle detail page. This metadata should be consistent across all locales.

Your Amazon Author Central page includes a book list with cover images, author photo, bio, Twitter and blog feed, videos that you upload. Readers will also see recommendations for similar authors. You can get your sales data and ranking on Author Central. Make sure your books are on Goodreads and you have an active presence there.

How to Get Reviews? Offer promotions such as permafree, KCD, etc. Publish in multiple formats, i.e. print, e-book, audio.

Author Platform: Keep up with Goodreads, Amazon Author Central, social media, email lists. Consult with other authors on ways to attract readers.

Note: Any errors in this article are due to my interpretation.

CONTEST ALERT

Win a $25 Amazon/BN gift card or free ebooks from Booklover’s Bench authors in our November contest: http://bookloversbench.com/contest/

1000 Thriller Giveaway: Enter to win a new book every week for a year: http://www.thebigthrill.org/1000-thrillers/

HANGING BY A HAIR is up for a Readers Choice BTS Red Carpet Book Award in the Mystery category. Check it out and vote here: http://btsemag.com/redcarpet/2014_ReadersChoice_Mystery.html

 

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Golden Palm Writing Contest

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on August 5, 2014

Golden Palm Writing Contest

If you’re writing romance and need feedback on your work, enter the Golden Palm Contest sponsored by Florida Romance Writers. Not only do you get score sheets, but we have a hot lineup of editors and agents as final judges in every category.

Florida Romance Writers

Contemporary Category:
Editor:Leah Hultenschmidt, Grand Central Publishing
Agent: Beth Campbell, Bookends
Editor: Cat Clyne, Sourcebooks

Historical Category:
Editor: Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
Agent: Jordy Albert, The Booker Albert Literary Agency
Agent: Dawn Dowdle, The Blue Ridge Literary Agency

Young Adult / New Adult Category:
Editor: Lauren Smulski, Harlequin Teen
Editor: Mary Altman, Sourcebooks
Agent: Mandy Hubbard, D4EO Literary Agency
Agent: Laura Zats, Red Sofa Literary

Paranormal Category:
Editor: Peter Senftleben, Kensington Publishing
Agent: Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates
Editor: Angela James, Carina Press

Entry is $20 for Florida Romance Writer members and $30 for nonmembers. All entries are read by at least one published judge and the lowest score is dropped. Contest ends August 15th. All information to enter is on http://www.frwriters.org/contest/

 

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Appearances and Contests

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on May 12, 2014

Dear Friends, I have yet to report on Malice Domestic, my visit to Maryland, and the Florida Library Association Convention. First I need to go home, unpack my suitcase, pay bills, do laundry, and then upload photos before I can share my experiences with you.

In the meantime, there’s a lot going on this month.

Personal Appearances

May 18, Sunday, 5:00 pm, “Romance to Mystery: Making the Switch” With Nancy J. Cohen and Alyssa Maxwell. Two authors who have made the switch discuss the advantages and problems of making the move. Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444, 561-279-7790, www.murderonthebeach.com

June 14, Saturday, 8:30 am, “Women of Mystery” with Sandra Balzo, Nancy J. Cohen, Miriam Auerbach and Cara Norton. Moderator: Jerry Healy. Mystery Writers Key West Fest, June 13-14, DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL 33040, 305- 293-1818, http://mysterywriterskeywestfest.com/

June 24, Tuesday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, “Writing the Mystery” with Nancy J. Cohen, North Regional/Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd, Coconut Creek, FL 33066, Phone 954- 201-2600, http://www.broward.org/library/locationshours/branches/pages/nr.aspx

August 2, Saturday, 10:00 am, “Blogging, Posting, and Tweeting your Way to Success,” with Nancy J. Cohen at Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444, 561-279-7790. Advance Reservations Required. Fee for Class. http://www.flauthorsacademy.com/home

Online Blog Tour

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Great Escapes Blog Tour May 13-20,

Enter my Blog Tour Rafflecopter Contest to win a Hanging By A Hair T-shirt and a signed print copy of Killer Knots

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Please visit my tour sites. Comments welcome!

May 13, Tuesday, Socrates’ Book Reviews – Guest Post “Plotter, Pantser, or Prepper?”
May 14, Wednesday,
Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf – Interview
May 15, Thursday,
Thoughts in Progress – Review, Interview
May 16, Friday,
Author Expressions – Interview
May 16, Friday,
Read Your Writes Book Reviews – Review
May 17, Saturday,
Chloe Gets A Clue – Interview
May 19, Monday,
Queen of All She Reads – Guest Post “The Mystique of Bones”
May 20, Tuesday,
Books-n-Kisses – Review
May 21, Wednesday, The Kill Zone – Post on “Discovering Story”
June 3, Tuesday,
Cats, Books…and More Cats!Interview

Contests

Brenda Novak’s Diabetes Auction May 1-31
Win a signed print copy Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen
http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/Bidding.taf?_function=detail&Auction_uid1=3319691

Win a synopsis critique by Nancy J. Cohen
http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/Bidding.taf?_function=detail&Auction_uid1=3319692

Booklover’s Bench May 4-18
Win a $25 Amazon/BN Gift card or 1/6 books from Booklovers Bench authors,
http://bookloversbench.com/contest/

 

Have you checked out this magazine? See if you can find the ad I have inside.

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April Contest Winners

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on April 24, 2014

Here are the recent winners from my April contests.

You still have one more chance to win!!! Enter at FreshFiction.com by April 30 to win a Hanging By A Hair T-shirt & door hanger, plus a signed copy of Shear Murder http://freshfiction.com/contest.php?id=6389

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Watch for more contests in May.

April 15-22 Spring Blog Hop sponsored by Florida Chapter of MWA

The grand prize winner of a Kindle Paperwhite is K. Wong

On my blog, “Characters Too Weird to be True,” http://wp.me/pHSwk-1wF, Deannad414 has won her choice of an ebook copy of Shear Murder or Writing the Cozy Mystery.

April 18 Book Launch Party  Nancy J. Cohen and Maggie Toussaint at https://www.facebook.com/NewReleaseParty

These are my winners

S. Allen, E-book copy of Died Blonde
L. Hale, $10 gift card
M. Edwards, E-book copy of Writing the Cozy Mystery
D. Sharp, E-book copy of Shear Murder
D. Frazier, Signed copy of Killer Knots
M. Hayes, A signed copy of Killer Knots
A. Connolley, tropical grocery shopping bag
S. York, Hanging By A Hair T-shirt
D. Esperson, Hanging By A Hair T-shirt

Booklover’s Bench April 4-18, http://bit.ly/13qZ4oF
S. Baker won an ebook copy of Writing the Cozy Mystery and another lucky winner won a $25 gift card.
Watch for our new contest May 4-18

What’s your favorite prize? A book–ebook or signed copy? Swag like a tee shirt? Or a gift card to an online store?

 

 

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Hanging By A Hair Release Day!

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on April 18, 2014

April 18, Friday, Facebook Launch Party 10:00 am – 8:00 pm with Nancy J. Cohen and Maggie Toussaint. Giveaways all day! Join now: https://www.facebook.com/NewReleaseParty

 

HANGING BY A HAIR (Bad Hair Day Mystery #11)  Hanging By A Hair
Now Available!

Amazon Hardcover: http://www.amazon.com/Hanging-Hair-Nancy-J-Cohen/dp/1432828142
Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Hanging-Hair-Bad-Day-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00JJ2XVUQ/
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hanging-Hair-Nancy-J-Cohen/dp/1432828142
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hanging-by-a-hair-nancy-j-cohen/1116603785

Marla’s joyous move to a new house with her husband, Detective Dalton Vail, is marred by their next-door neighbor who erects an illegal fence between their properties. When Dalton reminds the man of the local permitting laws, tempers flare—and worse, the neighbor is found dead the following day. Dismayed when Dalton is removed from the case due to a conflict of interest, Marla decides it’s up to her to find the killer. Can the intrepid hairstylist untangle the clues and pin down the culprit before he strikes again?

“Marla is short for marvelous. If you like your mysteries ‘cozy,’ you’re going to enjoy every minute you spend with her!”—Award-winning author Joanna Campbell Slan

Top Pick 5 Stars! “The author is always keeping you guessing as to where the story will lead you next. Ms. Cohen has just joined the list of my favorite authors and I look forward to reading the other books she has written. I hope you find Hanging by a Hair as great as I did.”—MerryNoelle, Night Owl Reviews

“A pleasingly lighthearted cozy.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“Clues abound, as do quirky characters, wonderfully described South Florida settings, intriguing insights into the beauty salon business and into the wild world of Florida home-owning communities, and flavorful recipes. All in all, Hanging by a Hair is entertaining, enjoyable, and informative. I look forward to Number 12 in this delightful series.”— Stephanie Saxon Levine, Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore

Pinterest Board: http://www.pinterest.com/njcohen/hanging-by-a-hair/

Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/gv5ldn9uw7I

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18351891-hanging-by-a-hair

Coming Up

April 21 – 27, The Big Thrill Roundtable, “Do you enjoy reading books out of seasons?”
http://www.thebigthrill.org/thriller-roundtable/

April 21, Monday, “Story Magic,” Mayhem and Magic, http://mayhemandmagic2.blogspot.com/

April 22, Tuesday, “Creating Hooks in Cozy Mysteries,” Musings From the Slush Pile, http://blog.juliealindsey.com/

Join the fun now: https://www.facebook.com/NewReleaseParty

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New Release, Contests, More

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on April 4, 2014

April is a super busy month for me, so I won’t be able to write many regular blog posts. It’s my release month for Hanging By A Hair (April 18). As a result, I have a blog tour, online launch party, various appearances, contests, and all this while doing a final reading of Peril by Ponytail before turning it in to my editor. At the end of this month, I leave for the Malice Domestic conference in Maryland. So please bear with me during all these announcements and SAVE THESE DATES!

Blog Hop

April 15, Tuesday, Blog Hop sponsored by Florida Chapter of MWA. You can start with my topic, “Characters Too Weird To Be True” and follow along from there. Enter to win a Kindle Paperwhite and other prizes! So come back here on April 15 for this special event. http://nancyjcohen.wordpress.com

Online Launch Party

April 18, Friday, Online Launch Party 10:00 am – 8:00 pm with Nancy J. Cohen and Maggie Toussaint. Giveaways all day! Join now: https://www.facebook.com/NewReleaseParty

Personal Appearance

April 19, Saturday, 11:30 am, “Writing the Cozy Mystery” including 4 Giant Steps to Self-Publishing with Nancy J. Cohen, Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, Doubletree by Hilton, 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, 33441. Reservations Required, http://mwaflorida.org/

Blog Tour

April 18-May 20, Go here to get my complete schedule: http://nancyjcohen.com/appearances

Contests

Fresh Fiction Contest April 1-30

Enter to win a Hanging By A Hair T-shirt & door hanger, plus a signed print copy of Shear Murder at http://freshfiction.com/contest.php?id=6389

Booklover’s Bench Contest April 4-18

Booklover’s Bench, April 4-18, Win a $25 gift card or 1/6 books, including an ebook copy of Writing the Cozy Mystery, http://bookloversbench.com/contest/

Blog Hop

Enter to win a Kindle Paperwhite April 15-22 in FMWA’s first Blog Hop. Begin here on April 15: http://nancyjcohen.wordpress.com

Media Coverage

Fabulous Florida Writers: http://www.fabulousfloridawriters.blogspot.com/2014/04/nancy-cohen-hair-raising-whodunits.html
Interview in The Big Thrill: http://www.thebigthrill.org/2014/03/hanging-by-a-hair-by-nancy-j-cohen/

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Have a Great Day!

 

 

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Valentine’s Day Contests

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day Contest

Take advantage of these three chances to win a signed ARC of Hanging By A Hair, #11 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries!

Valentine’s Day Contest
Enter Feb. 10-24 to win a signed ARC for Hanging By A Hair, a door hanger, and a $10 Starbucks gift card: http://nancyjcohen.com/fun-stuff/contest/

LibraryThing Giveaway
Enter Feb. 7-21 to win 4 signed ARCs Hanging By A Hair. http://www.librarything.com/er/giveaway/list

Booklovers Bench, Feb 4-18: Enter our anniversary contest Feb. 4-18 to win a Kindle Paperwhite or 1/8 free books: http://bit.ly/13qZ4oF including a signed ARC for Hanging By A Hair.

And if you haven’t read my latest blog post on “Story Magic” over at The Kill Zone, take a look now: http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/02/story-logic.html#.Uv4g7omYYdU

Have a sweet day!

 

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Summer Beach Read Contest

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on August 1, 2013

Summer Beach Read Contest

August 1-23, 2013

Enter to win a signed print copy of Moonlight Rhapsody trade edition, one of my earlier futuristic romances, and a $10 Starbucks gift card. Sip your coffee and settle down with a fast-paced romantic scifi adventure. International winner will receive the equivalent ebook.

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Two runners-up will win either a gemstone necklace from Effy or a charm bracelet from Diamonds International. U.S. entries only qualify for this prize due to postage restraints.

 Effy Necklace   Charm Bracelet

To Enter, go to http://nancyjcohen.com/fun-stuff/contest/  or enter below.

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To become eligible for Bonus Newsletter Subscriber Prizes, sign up for my newsletter on my Website now. Look in the left sidebar. Notify me that you have joined and I’ll send you a copy of my latest issue with contest links.

As a subscriber, you can win the following ebook titles from members of Booklover’s Bench:

Nancy J. Cohen, Perish by Pedicure
Karla Darcy, The Virtuous Ward
Linda Hubalek, Butter in the Well
Terry Odell, Finding Sarah
Joanna Campbell Slan, Death of a Dowager
Maggie Toussaint, Muddy Waters
Carol White, Hidden Choices

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Golden Palm Writing Contest

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on June 10, 2013

Enter the 2013 Golden Palm Contest for Unpublished Romance Writers!

The summer is heating up, and so is the Golden Palm Contest sponsored by Florida Romance Writers. If you’re an unpublished romance writer looking to change that status, you need to get your entry in. We have a hot lineup of final judges and a track record of getting requests.

Plus you’ll get great feedback from our published author first round of judges (including me for the paranormal category).

So, while you’re making those summer plans, be sure to add “Enter the Golden Palm Contest” to your calendar! Categories include: Single Title, Historical, Paranormal, New Adult, Young Adult and Short/Long Category Romance.

Final Round Judges are:

Short/Long Category: Allison Carroll, Harlequin

Single Title: Patience Bloom, Senior Editor, Harlequin

Historical: Leah Hultenschmidt, Senior Editor, Sourcebooks

New Adult: Laurie McLean, Foreward Literary

Young Adult: Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, Foreward Literary

Paranormal: Ann-Leslie Tuttle, Senior Editor, Harlequin

Entry is $20 for Florida Romance Writers members and $30 for nonmembers.

Contest ends August 15th. All information to enter is on http://www.frwriters.org/contest/

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Warrior Rogue Release Day

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on April 26, 2013

Warrior Rogue, #2 in the Drift Lords series, is now available in print and multiple digital formats!

Excerpt

The engine whine surged as the jet lifted. She gripped the counter to steady herself.

He didn’t budge, his cobalt eyes narrowing. “The prophecy says we must be together. It may not be what either of us wants, but there is no denying Fate.”    Warrior Rogue

Oh, but I do want you, buddy. And judging from the bulge in your pants, the feeling is mutual. “What prophecy?”

His mouth quirked up at the edges. “The one that claims you and I have to join forces to fight evil.”

Here he goes with his delusional nonsense again.

She jabbed her finger in the air. “The only reason we’re together is because I offered you a job. We should discuss your duties. They do not include seducing me.”

He lifted an eyebrow. “If that’s true, why did you kiss me back and put your arms around me?”

His knowing smile made her stutter. “T-That was a momentary lapse. It won’t happen again.”

“Won’t it? You felt it, too, the connection between us. I knew it the moment I saw your watch. Your destiny is written there, and it’s linked to mine.”

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CLICK HERE to Enter my Release Day Contest April 26-May 19! You can win a hand-made troll figurine by Trolls of Norway or a runner up prize of a signed copy Wicked Women Whodunit.

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No purchase is necessary. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. By submitting your entry, you agree to be entered into the author’s email newsletter list. Your information will not be shared with anyone else, and you may unsubscribe at any time. Winner will be notified by email. Author is not responsible for transmission failures, computer glitches or lost, late, damaged or returned email. Winner agrees for their name to be used in conjunction with the contest on the author’s social media sites.

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Leave a comment and be entered into my grand prize blog tour drawing for a $25 Amazon or BN gift card.

Have you ever met anyone you consider could be a troll?

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