Amazon Central and Goodreads

If you are not on Amazon Author Central or Goodreads as an author, you need to be. For reference, here are the two sites:
Why does this matter? Amazon is the largest book retailer in the world. Your Author Central Page functionality provides a platform for Amazon readers to interact with you. You can do more than just list your books and bio. You can link your blog and list your events. You can also upload videos if you have them. When there is a new blog post on your site, your Amazon followers will be notified. When you have a new release listed in your bibliography, your followers will also be notified. So it is a way to automatically contact your readers. And don’t forget to claim your sites in other countries on Amazon. No, the US site is not the only one — you need to claim them all!
The UK site is probably second in importance. There is not an Australian site yet. Also note, the US site is the only one to integrate blogs. And, if you use Google Chrome, you are easily able to translate the foreign languages, if you cannot read them.
Here is a quick checklist for Amazon Author Central:
  • Claim your site by clicking on the link.
  • Click on the books that are yours. You might need to click through quite a few if your name is similar to someone else.
  • Add your bio
  • Add your photo — or photos
  • Link your blog
  • Enter your upcoming events
  • Upload your videos
  • Repeat these steps for each country site (except the blog)
  • Keep these updated from time to time — especially when you have a new release.
  • You might also consider making these country-specific if you have content related to that country.
So what about Goodreads? It is one of the top book review places on the Internet. You can interact with lots of readers here. You can also run giveaways and interact with your readers via Q&A. Note that Goodreads is now owned by Amazon, but they have not integrated this with Author Central — yet.
To claim your Goodreads page, do the following:
  1. Sign in or create an account, and then search for your most popular book via ISBN, ASIN, or title.
  2. On the book, click on your author name. Scroll to the bottom of your author profile page.
  3. Click “Is this you?”
In the drop down, click on Account Settings and make sure you’ve done the following:
  • Add your biography
  • On the right, click on Videos to add videos
  • On the right, click on Events to add events
  • On the right, click on Edit Blog. Here you can add a Goodreads blog or link your existing blog. To link existing you need to enter the Existing Blog Feed URL.
In the drop down, click on Profile and do the following:
  • Add your website URL
  • Add your Twitter handle
  • Add the genres you write within
  • You can update your bio here
  • You can also add books and combine editions
If you set all of this up, your existing blog will feed both of these sites automatically and will reach your followers. Which brings me to one of the most important points. Besides trying to capture their emails and getting them to post your reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, ask your readers to follow you on both sites. Provide links to your author pages — and with Goodreads you can even include buttons (for those of you who are web savvy).

The Nook is dead

Long-time readers of this newsletter know we’ve been concerned about the viability of Barnes and Noble as other big box retailers meet their demise and Amazon gobbles up their customers.
Barnes has also struggled with their executive leadership and appear (to us) to be mostly disorganized and rudderless. While we greatly value them as a means to get to our customers — they are the largest brick and mortar book retailer after all — we have realized we need to part ways in a couple of key ways:
1) We had taken advantage of Barnes & Nobles direct distribution model which permitted them to print books for us for their online customers and, in theory, provide a direct means to print and distribute to their stores. You might recall some of the early problems with them rejecting our content for being labeled “Made in the USA” and for them clamping down too hard on intellectual property — in effect locking up dozens of our titles for no valid reason. After these issues were resolved, we gave them another chance, but three times now they have held book signings with our authors who had books in their direct supply chain. Three times they called us directly to place an order. In other words, their store managers have no idea they had a print and distribution option internally and that the books they were calling about were set up. “Oh, that’s corporate” or “Oh, that’s the e-Commerce department” were typical excuses. Realizing this was not likely to be corrected any time soon, we moved all of this business over to Ingram. While we pay more per book, at least we know the stores are looking here for them. Ingram was more than happy to oblige and set up a slick automated way to move them over. We are now working on this. You should know the metadata about your books at B&N is only about 20% of what is available at Ingram. And here is what else we learned — corporate was only giving a 35% discount to their stores! Ingram gives them a better deal — no wonder they were ignoring it!
2) Sales on the NOOK platform have been sliding for many months. During December we sold only one NOOK eBook despite having many dozens listed on the platform. This was the end of the rope for us. Being on the NOOK platform prevented us from getting full access to Amazon Kindle promotions and opportunities. While I firmly believe this is monopoly-like behavior on Amazon’s part and should be looked at by the FTC, we are now able to switch on all of our eBooks on Amazon without limitations. What does this mean? We can now run promotions and giveaways for you on Amazon. We also will receive funds for Kindle Unlimited. Bear in mind, they are paying (gross) about four tenths of a cent per page. This means we are receiving about $1 for a 250 page book — the typical size of most books. In other words, Amazon, by default, is paying us like every book is on sale for 99 cents. Again — another monopoly-like example that needs to be looked at. But we were not fully participating in this in the past. When we did, we just lumped the pennies on to your ebook sales rather than listing it separately. Now, we will be listing it separately on royalty reports so you can see the impact. We think you will see a modest increase in the coming months.
How will that look on your royalty reports? We will be reporting to you in 1000 page units. So if you “sold” 1542 pages, your quantity would be 1.542. The price is then normalized to 1000 page units. So the price of .00446 per page will be expressed as $4.46 per 1000 page units. This is closer to the typical full price paid for an ebook.
Diane McCormick’s “Well-behaved Taverns Seldom Make History” three-peats as the Sunbury Press bestseller for January

Diane McCormick’s “Well-behaved Taverns Seldom Make History” three-peats as the Sunbury Press bestseller for January

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for January 2019 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 1 Well-behaved Taverns Seldom Make History Diane McCormick History
2 20 Dead Center Jason Altmire Politics
3 10 Chicken Bone Beach Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks History
4 4 The Marines’ Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 Mark Carlson Aviation History
5 2 Illegal Among Us Marktine Kalaw Immigration Memoir
6 3 A Short Season Jake Gronsky & David Bohner Sports Memoir
7 16 Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety Mike Hawley True Crime
8 9 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
9 12 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military Memoir
10 5 The 1932 Yankees Ronald Mayer Baseball
11 17 Captain Hooter’s Guide to Amsterdam Coffeeshops Captain Hooter Travel
12 The Ripper’s Haunts Mike Hawley True Crime
13 19 Scorched Earth John L Moore History
14 21 The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment Mark Pendergrast Legal History
15 NEW Pennsylvania Oddities Marlin Bressi History
16 6 Gettysburg Eddie Lawrence Knorr Baseball
17 Tories, Terror, and Tea John L Moore History
18 7 Graves of Our Founders volume 1 Knorr, Farrell, and Farley Biography
19 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L Moore History
20 NEW Hear the Whistle Blowing John Lindermuth History
21 Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Military Memoir
22 30 Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania George Donehoo History
23 Dreams of My Comrades Scott Zuckerman Military Memoir
24 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L Moore History
25 The Descendants of Hans Peter Knorr Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
26 11 A Super Steelers Journey Merrill Shaffer Football
27 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
28 25 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L Moore History
29 13 Bows, Bullets, & Bears John L Moore History
30 23 Mere Catholicism Daniel Agatino Religion
J M West’s “Dying for Vengeance” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for January

J M West’s “Dying for Vengeance” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for January

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for January 2019 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 Dying for Vengeance J M West Detective Thriller
2 6 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
3 5 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
4 The Bartered Body J R Lindermuth Historical
5 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical
6 17 Moon Games Shelly Frome Detective Thriller
7 1 As the Raven Flies Job Leach Crime Thriller
8 9 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical
9 7 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical
10 Sipping Whiskey in a Grave Mark Mitten Western
11 16 The Titan Strain Virginia Soenksen Dystopian
12 12 Atonement Kyle Alexander Romines Western
13 Dead of Spring Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
14 Maybe Tomorrow Sue Carvalko Historical
15 Patsy! Doug Brode Historical
16 The Ghosts of Laurelford Margaret Meacham YA Thriller
17 The Rest Area Murder L D Knorr Detective Thriller
18 13 The Wolf of Britannia part 2 Jess Stephen Hughes Historical
19 4 The Wolf of Britannia part 1 Jess Stephen Hughes Historical
20 The Sea Is a Thief David Parmalee Historical
Kyle Romines takes the top spot at Hellbender Books for January with “The Keeper of the Crows”

Kyle Romines takes the top spot at Hellbender Books for January with “The Keeper of the Crows”

HELLBENDER BOOKS – Bestsellers for January 2019 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 5 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Supernatural Thriller
2 1 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Psychological Thriller
3 2 Dark Entry John Kachuba Supernatural Thriller
4 The Devil’s Grasp Koscienski & Pisano Dark Fantasy
5 Among the People Keith Rommel Supernatural Thriller
6 The Bookseller’s Secret Catherine Jordan Supernatural Thriller
7 3 The Lurking Man Keith Rommel Psychological Thriller
8 The Silent Woman Keith Rommel Psychological Thriller
9 4 The Sinful Man Keith Rommel Psychological Thriller
10 The Devil Tree Keith Rommel Supernatural Thriller
Karim el Koussa’s “Jesus the Phoenician” is the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for January

Karim el Koussa’s “Jesus the Phoenician” is the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for January

ARS METAPHYSICA – Bestsellers for January 2019 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 3 Jesus the Phoenician Karim el Koussa Religious History
2 4 The Phoenician Code Karim el Koussa Metaphysical Fiction
3 6 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Metaphysical
4 9 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
5 2 The ABCs of Narcissism Michelle Hoffer Relationships
6 7 Der Lange Verborgene Freund John George Hohman Folk Magic
7 Soaring Minds Journal & Workbook Michelle Hoffer Relationships
8 Planet Jesus vol 2 Doug Brode Metaphysical Fiction
9 Spiritual Body or Physical Spirit Phillip Benjamin Metaphysical
10 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Metaphysical
Dennis Clausen’s “The Accountant’s Apprentice” is the Brown Posey Press bestseller for January

Dennis Clausen’s “The Accountant’s Apprentice” is the Brown Posey Press bestseller for January

BROWN POSEY PRESS – Bestsellers for January 2019 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 8 The Accountant’s Apprentice Dennis Clausen Literary Fiction
2 Whispers in the Alders H A Callum Literary Fiction
3 9 The Heatstroke Line Edward Rubin Climate Fiction
4 Darker Gifts Stefan May Poetry
5 Sacred Sites of Native Americans … Patricia Waldygo Art
6 6 The Sins of Rachel Sims Dennis Clausen Literary Fiction
7 1 My Christmas Attic Dennis Clausen Literary Fiction
8 Roadman Stefan May Poetry
9 10 Happiness is in the Kitchen Giulio Alberoni Culinary History
10 7 The Search for Judd McCarthy Dennis Clausen Literary Fiction
Matt Anderson’s “Pink Flamingos All Around” is the Speckled Egg Press bestseller for January

Matt Anderson’s “Pink Flamingos All Around” is the Speckled Egg Press bestseller for January

SPECKLED EGG PRESS – Bestsellers for January 2019 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 2 Pink Flamingos All Around Matt Anderson Juvenile Animals
2 1 The Mouse with the Broken Tail Dan Shutters Juvenile Christian
3 3 Colors in the Garden the Creator Made Wendy Latty Juvenile Christian
4 4 The Bear Wendy Latty Juvenile Adventure
5 5 Solomon Screech Owl’s Antarctic Adventure Beth Lancione Juvenile Adventure