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RE: Thoughts on the amazon process please. - SteeBee - 17 Jul 2016 04:42 PM

Any advice on the above?


RE: Thoughts on the amazon process please. - cecilia_writer - 17 Jul 2016 04:49 PM

As far as I know this doesn't make any difference - I get some payments for books under my own name and some for the pen-name ones. As long as they are linked to your KDP account and bank account it should be fine.


RE: Thoughts on the amazon process please. - SteeBee - 21 Jul 2016 09:13 AM

Thanks Cecilia. I've found the answer & post here in case it is of any use to others. You can open a KDP account under your real name & any books which you submit - regardless of pen name(s) - will be linked to your account for payment purposes. Apparently some people act as publishers & have different authors on their own account.


RE: Thoughts on the amazon process please. - Raúl Sánchez Gilo - 15 Mar 2017 07:07 PM

I guess you can select the book is part of a series...and in the future to delete it in case you never finish the whole series. I have not tried, but has somebody tried to change that part of the description? it is allowed to be changed in the future editions?


RE: Thoughts on the amazon process please. - H.E. Bulstrode - 16 Mar 2017 10:41 AM

The question of whether you should describe a book as a part of a series is an interesting one. The six novellas/novelettes that I have published thus far have been described as part of a series, although they are all standalone works and contain different sets of characters (although a couple of the latter appear in one, are mentioned in another, and are likely to appear in future publications). What unites them all is place and theme: they are all set in the West Country (hence the 'West Country Tales' series subheading), and involve an element of the supernatural, occult or the uncanny. It'd be interesting to hear others' views as to what constitutes a series: for example, do you think that a series should include some of the same characters, or not? Incidentally, can anyone tell me why my books aren't showing up below even though I've attached them to my signature?


RE: Thoughts on the amazon process please. - Kath Middleton - 16 Mar 2017 12:01 PM

You need to have made a minimum number of posts before your books show up. From memory, around a dozen.
As to a series, I think the books should have some connection. With yours it's the place, so I'd call that a series.


RE: Thoughts on the amazon process please. - Adira August - 16 Mar 2017 05:45 PM

(16 Jul 2016 03:01 PM)SteeBee Wrote: Wrote:  Thank you all for your replies. Another dub question before I create an amazon account - I am using a pen name so can I use that instead of my real name? Would there be any issues when I input my bank details to get paid royalties if I use the pen name as opposed to my own?
You're going to set up a KDP account. They will ask you a buttload of stuff. That's your "publisher/author" permanent KDP identity. Then you can post your book. You can launch twenty titles with twenty different author names, if you want.  You are your own publisher - a business as well as a writer. There is a KDP Community forum, also. You need to learn about keywords and all kinds of stuff. Just - READ EVERYTHING. Bookmark the pages within KDP. 

Remember you can re-upload, so check your book in the previewer. It's a learning process. Come back when you get confused! 

Post your cover here for critique is my advice. And your blurb. (And there's no such thing as too much editing for spelling grammar. ) It's not hard, it's just - you have to be willing to put some work in, esp at first. You'll be fine. I'm like a total dunce and with help from forum people, even I do it!


RE: Thoughts on the amazon process please. - H.E. Bulstrode - 17 Mar 2017 11:28 AM

(16 Mar 2017 12:01 PM)Kath Middleton Wrote: Wrote:  You need to have made a minimum number of posts before your books show up. From memory, around a dozen.
As to a series, I think the books should have some connection. With yours it's the place, so I'd call that a series.
Thanks for your advice Kath. That explains things with respect to the absence of book icons :-)

Having published half a dozen tales set in the West Country, it looks as if I'll be heading somewhere quite exotic for one of my forthcoming publications: Yorkshire. I'll leave it as a one-off rather than create a new series.


RE: Thoughts on the amazon process please. - M.Ali - 21 Mar 2017 07:41 AM

I'd say the Amazon process is quite good. The tricky part for us self-publishers is the marketing.