Series Changes with Kindle

Arphaxad:

Important information for self published authors.

Originally posted on chrismcmullen:

Series

Kindle is changing the way that series appear at Amazon:

  • The change will make it easier for customers to see that a given book is part of a series.
  • The change will clearly show the volume number to help customers find the next volume of a series and to read a series in order.
  • The change will show the series name to help customers find all of the volumes of a given series.

Example

You publish an e-book with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and enter the following information in the publishing fields:

  • Title: Mr. Wrong Feels Oh So Right
  • Series Title: Bad Romance
  • Volume: 3

When people search for your e-book on Amazon, they will see the following in search results:

  • Mr. Wrong Feels Oh So Right (Bad Romance Book 3)

The parentheses show that this book is part of a series. The “Book 3″ makes it clear that this…

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Book Review: Merlin’s Blade by Robert Treskillard

Merlin_bladeMerlin’s Greatest Weakness Could Become His Greatest Strength

When a meteorite crashes near a small village in fifth-century Britain, it brings with it a mysterious black stone that bewitches anyone who comes in contact with its glow—a power the druids hope to use to destroy King Uthur’s kingdom. The only person who seems immune is a young, shy, half-blind swordsmith’s son named Merlin.

As his family, village, and even the young Arthur, are placed in danger, Merlin must face his fears and his blindness to take hold of the role ordained for him. But when he is surrounded by adversaries, how will he save the girl he cherishes and rid Britain of this deadly evil … without losing his life?

This was a fun read that got through my participation in the BookLook blogger program in exchange for an honest review.

Merlin’s Blade is the first book in a series called The Merlin Spiral by author Robert Treskillard. As you can guess from the title, it is a retelling of the classic Arthurian legends, except Robert Treskillard really shakes things up.

Written as a epic fantasy, there are plenty of characters to get to know and no shortage of subplots to follow. Treskillard weaves a truly compelling tale that keeps the pages turning. I was really hooked by the way he gives you just enough of the classic Arthurian characters that it feels familiar, but all of them have enough differences to make you want to get to know these specific incarnations of them.

I would recommend this book for any fans of Arthurian tales and epic fantasy. I will be jumping right in to book 2 of the series, so look for another review of that one. If you read this book, you will not be disappointed.

Until next time…

 

p.s. I have a blog hop post over due, you can expect that one on Monday. I was hit a bad cold for a couple of days and did not get it done as planned, sorry about that one Dee. I also have some exciting news to share in that post and can’t wait to tell you all about it. Thank you all who take the time to read my blog, I truly appreciate it.

CSFF Blog Tour – A Draw Of Kings

Originally posted on A Christian Worldview of Fiction:

A-Draw-of-Kings-cover A Draw Of Kings by Patrick Carr is the concluding book of The Staff & The Sword trilogy. CSFF Blog Tour has been privileged to feature the previous two books as well, so it’s fitting that we follow this epic fantasy to its conclusion.

Speaking of the previous two books, both A Cast Of Stones and The Hero’s Lot have been nominated for the Clive Staples Award for Christian Speculative Fiction. Voting started today for the three finalists. Voters must have read at least two of the nominations.

So it seems fortuitous that CSFF is featuring the third Staff & Sword book this week.

I’m eager to see what others touring this book think of this action-packed ending. Here is the list of those who will be posting.

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Monday Motivation: Dale Carnegie

Dale-Carnegie-author“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

~ Dale Carnegie

Until next time…

My Blog Hop Interview

Arphaxad:

Get to know Dee Strange during her blog hop. Then look for my blog hop post next week.

Originally posted on Strange Writer:

Power of Words
The wonderful Jenna Willet who writes the Jen’s Pen Den blog invited me to participate in a blog-hop that asks writers four pertinent questions.  I was flattered she thought of me.  The questions asked, though simple, are the kind that many writers struggle to respond.

Here are the questions she passed along to me:

1) What am I working on?
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
3) Why do I write what I do?
4) How does my writing process work?

I wrote these into a Word document and gave each of them a little thought before replying, sometimes adding to the answer, sometimes changing them.  Questions 1 and 4 were straightforward.  The middle two?  Not so much.  But before I talk about me, I shall introduce you to Jenna first–the lovely lady who ambushed me with this blog hop.

jennawillet
Jenna Willett is a native…

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Day 40: Clarifying ISBN

Arphaxad:

Very useful information for self-publishing authors. Thank you Dee Strange.

Originally posted on Strange Writer:

numbers

There’s a lot of mixed messages on the net about ISBNs.  I’ve read a lot of different articles and sources about them, some of which contradict the other, so there seems to be a lot of misinformation and confusion about how to apply the ISBN to digital books.  I went straight to the source (Thorpe Bowker in Australia, but you can find your ISBN provider in your country using the International ISBN Agency website).

ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number.  If your book is a family genealogy and you’re only handing it out to family members, then you don’t need to fork out the money for an ISBN.  If you’re planning on selling it (even if the list price is a $0 value, i.e., free), then you need an ISBN, as it is a unique code specially assigned to your book.  Book retailers and libraries catalogue their…

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Monday Motivation: Pablo Picasso

pablo_picasso“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”

~ Pablo Picasso

Until next time…

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