Creating A New Pen Name for Already-Published Work

This post is inspired by a comment I made to Dean Wesley Smith’s reprinting of his “The New World of Publishing: Pen Names” blog article. In the comments someone asked if they should rebrand work to a new pen name that they have already published. That’s a hard question to answer. First, decide why you would want a different pen name for the works in question. Go read Dean’s post on the subject and then think it over. Make the decision based on business reasons, not emotion. My suggestion is to make the decision now and not put it off to later. Then stick with that decision, whichever way you choose to go. Okay, you’ve done that and you are …

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Effective Ebook Front and Back Matter

This article is not about the story itself. It will assume you have finished the work in questions and are now making the hard decisions that come with publishing. One of the most time-consuming is putting together the front matter and the back matter of an ebook for the first time. Yes, we can use the print books we likely have around us as a guideline, but those are print books. Ebooks are completely different animal when it comes to the format, presentation, and mode of selling. Items which may seem like a no-brainer need to be rethought. Many ebook buyers have learned to download samples from their favorite retailer to be sure they like it enough to buy it. …

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Amazon 47North – Pricing Analysis

“For our customers who are avid readers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, we’re happy to introduce 47North, the latest imprint from Amazon Publishing. 47North offers a wide array of new novels and cult favorites, from urban fantasies to space operas, alternate histories to gothic and supernatural horror.” As I write science fiction, this is the area of the 47North catalogue I will focus in on. They are still rolling out the pre-orders, so the science fiction portion is a small percentage of the overall count. (8 books out of 35) Even if we have only 8 books, here is the breakdown in book pricing: $9.99 List discounted to $7.99 6 $9.99 List discounted to $3.99 1 $9.99 List discounted …

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Amazon Author Central – New Sites!

This is a little late from the big announcement, but better late than never. There are more Author Central’s to keep track of at Amazon. The first three, US, UK, and Germany I discussed in this post. Now we have two more to add: Japan France Please see the other post for advice on how to set them up even if you do not know the languages. One good thing that I’ve noticed so far, is that any update on the US side appears to propagate across the other sites once they are set up. If anyone has had problems with this, please let others know in the comment section along with what you might have had to do to fix …

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The Writing Business Plan and NaNoWriMo

I once had a business plan. I worked several days on it, refining and tweaking various goals. Then I got to the list of the books. And I’ve already finished and published most of them. I knew going into this that once I got going I would probably move forward a bit faster than expected. I did not expect just how fast. The reason? This whole process is absolutely addicting, but in the most marvelous way. I’m writing all the time. Stories are at all stages of completion and planning. More stories are waiting in the wings, tapping their feet in impatience for my attention. Then there is what pushed this all into overdrive. The ability to take those stories …

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