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Will publishing on Kindle, or making Audio Books, hurt my profits in the long run?

Different readers prefer different formats. A significant proportion of readers who read ebooks don't buy printed books and vice versa. Print, ebook, and audiobook are different markets, and unless ...
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How much web presence should I have?

You need a website As a fiction author you should buy a web domain (URL) as close to your nom de plume as possible. Include contact info, and a professional bio. If you want a blog or some personal ...
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How much web presence should I have?

At a bare minimum, you need a central landing place to direct people to in your marketing. The important items you want to cover are: Title and brief description (genre, audience) of your book. Your ...
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Will publishing on Kindle, or making Audio Books, hurt my profits in the long run?

Most people have a preferred media format. They either want physical copies, e-books, or audio books, and rarely have interest in other formats. And unlike a preference for softcover or hardback ...
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Can I self-publish a book on the Kindle store when I'm under 18?

Amazon allows your parent to publish your book for you 4.1 Eligibility. You must have an active Program account in order to participate in the Program. You represent that you are at least 18 ...
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Can I make money from short fiction?

Almost certainly no. But the positive thing is: the answer was always “almost certainly no.” Most fiction writers in any era did not make any money. Even the greats often worked day jobs and still ...
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Increasing sales of my Kindle ebook

I can give you my personal experience. I wrote The Darkest Wand, Memoirs from Special Education, and Father Pimp. None of them are best sellers, but 2 made it to the top 50 list while on sale for free....
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Do most e-book writers just self publish on Kindle to start with?

Τhis is a highly opinion seeking question and isn't suitable for an SE site. I'll try to respond with supporting facts. I am talking only about publishing e-books. Facts: Kindle is by far the easiest ...
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What percentage of Amazon ebook customers in the US are subscribers to Kindle Unlimited?

Amazon doesn't reveal stats like this. However, in 2017, The Written Word Media did an estimate based on the KU pot payout to make an estimate, which came out at 2.5-3 million readers: 2.5 million ...
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How Could Satire Be Considered Inappropriate/Objectionable Material?

I don't think the problem is related to the fact that your work is satire, or to the views of any of the characters therein. Rather, it falls foul of the KDP Vella rule that says You cannot: Publish ...
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Fees questions around self publishing ebook over Kindle

You can create the files for an e-book yourself. Amazon provides free software to help you do this. Kindle books are in HTML, the language of web pages, with some variations. So if you're familiar ...
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Can I self-publish a paperback through Amazon KDP, but make the e-book available elsewhere?

As stated on a similar question on Quora, you can publish in multiple places if you publish with KDP. If, however, you publish with KDP Select, as stated in the terms and conditions, you cannot ...
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Dealing with Amazon Kindle where clueless behavior has been consistent

If you have or can get hold of a couple of pieces of software, one being Microsoft Word (any old version) and the other being Calibre (free to download here) then you can use the instructions on this ...
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Taxes and self-publication from other countries

You pay 30% US taxes by default but may get a reduction if your country has an income tax treaty with the US. Most Western countries do. I am in the UK and get a 100% discount because of the treaty ...
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Payment questions around joint publishing ebook over Kindle

If the amounts are small, and the relations between you are friendly, I'd think the simple solution would just be to have the amounts deposited in one bank account or the other, and then periodically -...
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Publishing in KDP direct from outside the US

I've published 6 books so far on KDP, and I'm based out of Calgary. When I log into kdp.amazon.ca, it actually redirects me to kdp.amazon.com. It's one and the same site. I think what you're looking ...
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Pricing your Kindle ebooks at Amazon

Your short story $0.99 - the minimum Amazon will allow. Make sure purchasers know it is a 'short story' or you'll end up with unhappy readers and bad reviews. Your Novella - $2.99 - That gets you a ...
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Should you get an ISBN even if KDP says they don't need one?

You'll get better rates from Amazon if you'll publish exclusively and you don't have to pay for the ISBN. I can't see any real problem for you, if you'll start without an ISBN. Usually you can get ...
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How to avoid "Adult" rating when publishing erotica on KDP

Generally, in my experience the use of foul language or descriptive sex scenes will not cause your book to receive the dreaded "Adult" content rating. The primary content taboos are ...
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Erotic fiction: Kindle Direct Publishing guidelines on pornography

I have self-published several erotica titles under a pen name through KDP, and I've participated in a number of discussions about this in a writer's forum that I frequent. What we have seen over time ...
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Do most e-book writers just self publish on Kindle to start with?

If you can produce a quality ePub file, and you don't have any particular interest in Kindle Select (which requires exclusivity), I see little reason to limit yourself to Kindle. Why limit yourself ...
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Increasing sales of my Kindle ebook

A lot depends on the type of ebook. Is it fiction or nonfiction? Is it the first novel or the serial? Genre or non-genre? The first thing I would stress is getting reviews. The affordable methods ...
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Is SelfPubBookCovers.com a good website to buy book covers?

I don't have experience with that site, but you might want to try looking at Fiverr to see if anyone offering to make covers there seems appropriate. While everything on Fiverr starts at $5 you will ...
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Does publishing erotica on Kindle Marketplace require an ISBN, or is an ASIN sufficient?

In answer to what book identifiers are required for Amazon Marketplace; No, an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is not required to publish an ebook with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Yes, ...
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Where best to insert images using Scrivener for ebook/kindle etc

I had some similar issues/wants and found that adding images (and a lot of other formatting options) in an open-source e-book editor 'Sigil' to be a huge improvement of the quality, layout, form, etc.,...
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What percentage of Amazon ebook customers in the US are subscribers to Kindle Unlimited?

Not an answer to your question but too long for a comment. I beg for tolerance from the moderators ... How do you see the number of KU users affecting your decisions? There's nothing exclusive about ...
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Modern Markup for lengthy novel suited for self-publishing

I have not been able to find any suitable Markup, so I started coding it myself. A very preliminary version is available on GitLab. Any feedback would be VERY welcome.
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How much web presence should I have?

Congratulations on writing your first Novel! In my opinion, the most important aspect of 'web presence' a writer can ever have is an email list. No matter what platform you'll be on, email is the one ...
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How much web presence should I have?

As others have said, definitely create a website with a specific landing page for the novel. You'll want this webpage to include relevant information—the summary, price, length, cover, and a link to ...
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ShareLaTeX or OverLeaf templates to write a book to be self-published on Amazon

The problem with using LaTeX for your purposes is that it doesn't really translate well to ebook formats—it carries a lot of baggage from its print origins and so while you can create PDF files (which ...
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