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Free Book Marketing Tools for Authors: Canva

Book Marketing Tools for Authors: Canva

Today’s independent author is responsible not only for writing great books but doing their own marketing as well. Increasingly, that includes creating the images and creative assets needed for marketing activities. Images are required for social media posts, graphics are needed for web ads and banner swaps, and every book cover is an image. Back […]

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7 Free Book Marketing Tools for Authors

Book marketing tools for authors

Being an independent author is like running a small business. You have a brand to think about, products (books) to sell, and a website to run. Keeping everything organized can be difficult. To help you out, we’ve listed some free tools that will help to keep you sane while running your author business. Enjoy! 1) […]

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KDP Global Fund Payouts [June 2017 Update]

Every month Amazon announces the size of the previous month’s Kindle Direct Publishing Global Fund. This is the pot of money that authors whose titles are available through Kindle Unlimited get paid out of. In this post, we will be keeping a running list of the the fund sizes, so we can see how it’s […]

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What Makes a $100k Author: 8 Findings Every Author Should Know

Last year we conducted an extensive author survey to tease out the strategies and tactics successful authors were using to achieve their success. It was one of our most popular posts in 2016 so this year we did it again! Last year, we focused on emerging authors and financially successful authors, isolating what the financially successful […]

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What is KDP?: Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing Explained

Authors who have a book that they are ready to publish have two paths: traditional publishing, where a publishing house publishes the book, or self-publishing, where the author publishes the book themselves. If you’ve done research into self-publishing, you may have heard of Amazon KDP, or, Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. Since Amazon holds at least 80% […]

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The State of Our Reader Audience

Written Word Media Reader Audience

The last time we published a comprehensive look at our reader audience was two years ago. Back then, Freebooksy and Bargain Booksy were our only sites and we had a total of 200,000 readers between the two. We’ve made great progress since then and we wanted to update you on where we are today. We […]

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Kindle Unlimited Royalties: KDP Global Fund and Payout Trends

Last year we took a look at Kindle Unlimited and what it means for authors and publishers. The program is still going strong, and Amazon is continuing to market Kindle Unlimited heavily around the Kindle store. We decided to take another look at the current state of kindle unlimited royalties and conjecture on what is […]

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How do the Changes to Amazon’s Affiliate Program Impact Authors?

Changes to Amazon's Affiliate Program

Amazon’s Affiliate Program Amazon Associates is touted by Amazon as the web’s most popular and successful affiliate program. And that is probably true. The program is free to join and rewards affiliates (called “associates”) for driving traffic and purchases on Amazon.com. The program has long been one of the most generous affiliate programs on the […]

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