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Self Publishing Blog Moved

I've been writing the Self Publishing blog since 2005, originally using Blogger and later using WordPress. I moved the Blogger posts from my Foner Books website to the Blogger domain last year to get them off of Foner Books following Google's algorithm changes that punished small websites. The current Self Publishing 2.0 blog lives in its own subdomain on Foner Books at:

http://www.fonerbooks.com/selfpublishing

One interesting thing about Blogger is the amount of fake traffic that shows up in the stats. Recently, Blogger has been reporting grossly inflated traffic to the latest post, which will now be this post.

There are over 450 posts in this older blog archive that cover various how-to aspects of self publishing, while my newer blog tends to concentrate on the big picture, and the centrality of Amazon to the self publishing ecosystem in the U.S. today.

Self Publishing Science Fiction On Kindle

Earlier this year I set out to write a Science Fiction epic that I'd been thinking about for years. But a funny thing happened when I got around 20,000 words into it - another book interrupted. It was the last thing I expected to happen, to be working four or five hours a day on a book and be unable to resist the idea of an unrelated book intruding to the point that I had to stop what I was doing and write it.

I think the driving force was that the interrupting book, also science fiction, is a satire. In fact, it's a double satire, turning the standard zombie narrative on its head while holding the economic policies of the Federal Reserve bank up to ridicule. I ended up titling the book, "Zombie Master: You Can't Fight The Fed." It's available on Amazon Kindle for $0.99

http://www.amazon.com/Zombie-Master-Cant-Fight-ebook/dp/B008L4GLEG

I wish that Amazon would let me make the book permanently free, because I gave away nearly 2,000 copies during the five free promotional days Amazon allows authors who join the Select program. To make the book permanently free, I would have to get it into Barnes&Noble or Apple for free and hope that Amazon price matches. The easiest way to do this is to sign up with one of the services that publish your eBook through multiple platforms, but I've always had a bit of a knee-jerk reaction to using middlemen, and for just the one title, I'm not super enthusiastic to go through the process of setting up with Apple myself. I'm not even sure I could sign their contract.

So for the time being, I'll see how the book does at $0.99, and if I get enough positive feedback to write a sequel, I'll push to keep the first one free. Of course, Amazon might come up with a permanently free program by then. I think the reason they don't do it now is to avoid having people flood their catalog with promotional spam.

May KOLL Share Drops For Amazon Select Self Publishers

The May 2012 payout to self publishers participating in the Select program for the Kindle Owners Lending Library dropped from $2.48 per borrow in April to $$2.26 in May. I wasn't particularly surprised since the number of eBooks borrowed during the month rose unexpectedly, after falling steadily since the program was introduced.

I don't know if this means that Amazon sold a whole bunch of new Kindles and Kindle Fires in April, perhaps Mother's Day presents, or if it's a natural rhythm nobody has spotted yet since the select program only began in December of last year.

As I wrote in my current self publishing blog this week, the next month will be a real test for Select as the Harry Potter books are added to KOLL. But no point repeating myself.