Nuts and Bolts

August 21, 2017

Amazon.com Review Guidelines for “Janabai Shepherd”

Let me take a moment to tell you about Amazon.com reviews. Here is Amazon’s core statement: “We don’t allow anyone to write customer reviews as a […]
October 14, 2016

How does a Professional eBook Campaign Affect Sales for a New Release on Amazon?

Climbing the learning curve of self-published book launching, I spent many days in the trail-side camp of Derek Murphy, a mad (as in crazy) genius in […]
September 21, 2016

Cost of Books to the Author and the Effect on Sales Rank

Hearing conflicting opinions about how my discounted purchase of Azriel Dancer would effect my Amazon.com sales ranking, I put the question to CreateSpace, the Amazon subsidiary […]
September 13, 2016

Pre-Launch Checklist for October 1 Azriel Dancer Blastoff

Check     Approve final interior and cover from Streetlight Graphics Check     Receive the “Deliverables” from Streetlight (ready-to-upload files) Check     Upload Print interior and cover to CreateSpace (Amazon […]
September 13, 2016

Doing Business as Shiva Puri Press

For reasons too complex and nuanced to get into here, I have been advised to publish Azriel Dancer under a “fictitious” business name.  I’ll be “doing […]
September 12, 2016

Genres, sub-Genres, and Keywords

You are back at the Point of the Pencil to learn about keyword decisions that affect the life and success of your self-published book.  How I […]
September 10, 2016

Point of the Pencil

What a great time to be a newbie self-published novelist!  Just a few years ago, a hopeful author would chase down agents, beg them to read […]
September 8, 2016

Azriel Dancer Back Cover (first draft)

Azriel Dancer “Azriel Dancer is the kind of sci-fi read that rarely crosses a reviewer’s desk . . . moves quickly without the artificial pace that […]