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Startling News for Indie Authors – DMCA Abuse

DMCA Abuse


After reading this I was shocked! I had no idea that this could happen. I didn’t even know a DMCA existed or what one was. Thank you Nordine for sharing this post and your updates on how things transpired! 

I guess if you decide to be an independent author you really need to be vigilant in such things. The lure of being an Indie Author sounds so cool at first, but then I hear things like this that make it a little scary. I’m still on the fence of whether to Indie Publish my next book or not. :-\ 

I’m so thankful other authors are out there willing to help fellow authors. We do need to learn from each other. We are a like breed and need help each other along our creative paths. We’re teammates in a way. At least, that is how I look at it. Thanks again for the post!

News on Writing

Playtime with Amazon’s Search Engine and Selling Prompts

Playtime with Amazon’s Search Engine and Selling Prompts. by Jason Matthews is a great article on how to use Amazon’s search engine to generate keywords for your book. The keywords can be use in your title, interior book content, and in the keyword section of KDP. I think this would work for Create Space as well.

Some great advice here and something we Indie Authors need to keep in mind.

Thanks, Jason!


Bye Bye Smashwords

Okay, so I have been making some changes to where I have my books published. Smashwords….I gave the site a run for a year and made a whopping $7.46!!! Come on! What gives? So many places on the web I have read how great Smashwords is supposed to be at getting your books to Kobo, Apple, Sony, Barnes and Noble, etc. Sure it is great at doing that, but sales through those channels have not amounted to much. For the time, effort, and frustration I put into manuscripts for all their formatting rules…! Ugh I am taking the $7.46 and leaving! I am removing that extra frustration of formatting my books for Smashwords when I already have to do that for Kindle and CreateSpace. I can remove some stress and save a lot of time by cutting out Smashwords. I am not trying to badmouth the site, by all means if you are making it great on Smashwords, then great! It just wasn’t for me.

My books may be on Apple, Sony, B&N and a few other places for the next few weeks, but they will be disappearing soon. Sorry for anyone who uses something other than Kindle. I am thinking of offering my books for sale in these other formats directly from my own website. Something for me to think about.

General Updates

New Audiobooks Available!

On April 29, 2013, The History of Sackets Harbor, New York became available as an audiobook on audible.com.

Audiobook cover
Audiobook cover


On May 1, 2013, Day & Night: A Collection of Nature Poetry became available on audible.com.

Audiobook Cover
Audiobook Cover


Both audiobooks will be available on Amazon and on iTunes within the next few days!

This is so exciting for me. When I started out writing it was for the pure enjoyment of creating something from my imagination and then later did I decide to publish. At the time, there was only traditional publishing available, or should I say that was all I knew of since I didn’t, yet, own a computer. But now there are so many avenues to publishing and in so many different formats it is unbelievable! It is so exciting to be an author at this day in age where the world of publishing is open to all formats of writing as well as many formats to publish your work in, allowing you to reach your audience in a shorter amount of time than by way of a traditional publisher. I am not trying to come down on traditional publishers here. I am just in awe…reflecting on the extent of changes in the publishing industry.

Well, I am off now. I have an article to work on and dinner to make!

God bless!



Publishing News

Anne R. Allens Blog: Indie Publishing in 2013: Why We Cant Party Like Its 2009

Anne R. Allens Blog: Indie Publishing in 2013: Why We Cant Party Like Its 2009.


After reading the above blog, my head is left spinning. Part of me wants to dump Amazon all together for what they are doing. I thought it was great what they were doing for the Indie Authors and now, they have put so much restrictions on us it is making it hard for us. And not only that, they are going to other companies they pay and putting restrictions on them, or they will not pay them. What are we Indie authors supposed to do? What is left out there for us? Especially now that some of the big publishing houses are buying each other out or changing their publishing formats.

I don’t know about anyone else, but this leaves me scared. I was going to release an updated version of one of my books and put for sale again on Amazon but now I am not so sure I want to do that. At least, maybe not Amazon exclusively. This will take some great thinking and praying.

What are your thoughts about the above blog? Does this change your perspective of Amazon and where you will be publishing and/or buying your books in the future?

General Updates

Book Formatting & Entry Into Contest

Tonight I am working on re-formatting a book for my friend (Phyllis Georgina Rose) who wants to put her book (The Rose Garden)  into the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards contest this year. When I am finished with her book, I will be making some minor adjustments to my book, The History of Sackets Harbor, New York, which I will be entering into the same contest. I am so excited about entering my book. I don’t usually enter into contests, but I found I wanted to try something different and exciting.

I’ll probably be spending the next several days working on these books, but I’d rather spend time and make them look as professional as I can. I know how professionalism make an impression on people and how they can tell if you really care about your work by how much time you spend tending to even the smallest detail. i

With that said, I best be off and get back to work. Have a good night!