MatchBook – great news for people who like paperbacks AND Kindles!

MatchBook – great news for people who like paperbacks AND Kindles!

MatchBook – Free/Discounted Kindle Books Amazon have just written to authors to announce a new program they are calling MatchBook. It’s a fantastic idea – and one that my daughter has been asking them to introduce for over a year! They are allowing publishers and authors to offer the Kindle versions of their books at a discount to anyone who buys the print versions. This is fantastic news for both readers and authors. Authors will benefit from more downloads of their Kindle books – the more downloads you get, the higher up the bestseller rankings you rise, so more people see your books, so more sales. Readers will benefit because they will be able to get Kindle versions of their favorite books at a much reduced cost – free in some cases. I think this is the best news I’ve read in a long time and I’m very excited about it, as you can probably tell! Amazon are rolling out the program in the next couple of weeks and – here’s the best bit – it will be available for print books you have bought previously (if their publishers/authors enrol in the program). PS – If you are an author and you don’t have your eBooks available as print editions yet, now is a great time to do that. You may be interested in my course on how to use CreateSpace, which is the quickest way of getting your book into print and listed on Amazon.   You may also like:I'm So Glad I Gave Up PepsiThe reluctant...

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New book coming soon … Goodreads For Authors

I’m happy to announce that my new book, ‘Goodreads for Authors’, will be published this week. I have been researching and writing this book since late last year, with the help of the wonderful Anna Maria of Coo Farm Press. Anna is a researcher and proof-reader who has a passion for books. It makes it a lot more fun working with someone who really believes in books! I’m now thoroughly in love with Goodreads. I had been a member for about a year, but with no understanding of how it worked or what I was really there for. Having to study it for weeks has made me understand it and the ethos behind it, with the result that I’m now quite evangelistic about the site. It was founded by Otis and Elizabeth Chandler in 2006. Otis loved looking at his friends’ bookshelves in their homes and wondered if it would be possible to set up a site which represented people’s bookshelves. The amazing result is Goodreads. People indicate the books they have read, or own, and give them a star rating – or write a review of them. They make friends on Goodreads (often friends from the physical world or other social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter) and their friends can browse their virtual bookshelves. It may not sound like fun but it really is! I have made contact with friends from years ago just by finding out that we have similar taste in books, and we’ve renewed contact. There are also lots of contests and opportunities to win books in the Giveaway section. For authors, who also tend to be book-lovers, it means that we can show our readers and potential readers what our reading choices are. We can also interact in book discussion groups – you’ll find me wittering on about Twlight! – and post videos, blog entries and more. If you’d like to connect with me on Goodreads my URL is: http://www.goodreads.com/michellebooth. My book will be available on Amazon in Kindle format on February 20th and on other sites (and formats) at the end of March.     You may also like:Do You Struggle To Get Up In The Mornings?Book Review: Successful Minute...

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Book Review: Get Off Your Arse

Book Review: Get Off Your Arse

This book is written by Brad Burton, who runs a very popular business networking group in the UK. The man is a dynamo with a huge following – which is why he has been able to get away with giving his book such a controversial title! Those in the know refer to it as GOYA. I bet there are lots of people who read the title of this book and never pick it up. I think I may have been one of those if I hadn’t read some of Brad’s stuff online first. He’s a no-nonsense Northerner who isn’t afraid to call a spade a spade. That is why he is so successful. He hasn’t written this in a ‘look at me I’m successful’ way though. He’s written it as a literary bomb, a device to wake up worn-down business people into taking massive action (a sort of Northern Anthony Robbins). The book charts the story of his progress from struggling small business owner to super-motivator and the driving force behind the phenomenally-successful 4Networking groups, but it is also a how-to, giving ideas and sparking creativity. Brad tells it like it is, no sugary sweetness and bland, business-speak. He tells you to get out there, come up with ideas, any ideas, and drag your business out of the small-time into the successful. I talked to Brad at one of the 4Networking meetings and he gave me extra, kooky, wonderful ideas to drive my business forward. The man’s walking dynamite. I highly recommend this business book. It is different from all the rest and may just give you the jolt you need to take your business to the next level. As a separate bonus, it is really handy to keep around the house to motivate lacklustre teenagers. I asked my daughter to clear the dishes from the table the other night. She muttered the usual, “In a minute”. I held up the book silently. She laughed and GOT UP!!!!! Worth buying it just for that. The book is available in paperback and Kindle formats: Paperback:Kindle: Please let me know if it works on your teenagers too! You may also like:A Little About MeChattering parrots - inspiration for...

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Mo The Talking Dog Is Live!

Mo The Talking Dog Is Live!

My children’s novel, Mo, was finally published this week. I started it about 6 years ago – so it’s been quite a wait! It has gone through a few changes and development from the original plot I had in mind and there was a lot of red pen involved when it was being edited and proof-read!   Mo himself was brought to life by my brilliant illustrator Sam, of SpeelioDesign. He went through a few design changes:  The scene being pictured is when Mo, led by his friend the African Grey parrot Mimic, raid the ‘fridge. So we wanted to show the items in the ‘fridge. The bottles and cartons in the door didn’t have colour at first, so the emphasis would be on the characters, but we decided to give the door contents some colour. We also got rid of the cheese and replace it with a pear. After consulting with children, we learned that Mo’s teeth were a bit scary, so we lost those! Sam made his eyes a bit more appealing too and gave Mimic more colour and less beady eyes. We decided to put the book’s title in Mimic’s wings, lighten Mo’s fur a little and make his eyes softer and just a little cross-eyed as he is looking up at his name. Sam went for bolder, brighter primary colours as, of the different options we showed the children we surveyed, the brighter colours were considered much more appealing. The children commented that they would be more likely to pick up a book with a cover like this, the colours draw them in. Once the book was live on Amazon, the hard work really began! It’s been a mad round of press releases, social media, registering for Amazon promotions, submitting the book to book reviewers and sites and much more. And there was me thinking that the writing would be the hard part of the publishing process! One of the things I have done is joined the Author Marketing Club. They provide training to teach hapless authors the ins and outs of promoting themselves. No mean feat considering the fact that most authors would rather hide in a dark room with a laptop than tell the world about their work!   You may also like:Do You Struggle To Get Up In The Mornings?Do reviews have to be either honest OR...

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A Sneak Peak …

A Sneak Peak …

Here’s a sneak peak of the cover of my upcoming children’s book, ‘Mo’, which is due to be published on Amazon Kindle Monday 17th December 2012 (all being well!), then in paperback in 2013:

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