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The KDP Select program; just how wonderful is it?

Amazon.com announced the Kindle Direct Publishers Select program on December 8th; at least, that was when I got the email. The email itself is typical KDP email, bland and featureless but the message it delivers sounds enticing. Let’s examine it in a little more detail.

Initial impressions.

On the face of the offer, you get to promote your book on Amazon.com for free for an unlimited number of 5 day periods throughout the time your book is enrolled in the KDP Select program.

Your book gets a share in a fund allocated by Amazon.com for all Select participants.

Self-publishing vs. Big-house publishing

If you are a writer, you are probably considering whether to self-publish or go through one of the big publishing houses to get your novel out there. Lately, this is a choice that most writers have to consider seriously. While Free-eBooks.net and eBookEnvy.com do not have an official recommendation one way or another, I thought it would be a good idea to examine some the most talked about reasons to self-publish — or not.

It’s all about the recognition

Let’s face it: the big publishing houses (familiarly known as the “big six”) still have the respect and recognition

Book adaptions for the screen – silver or otherwise

It seems that there are more and more adaptations of novels to the screen these days. I have made the comment on occasion that adapted films feel like the creativity has gone out of Hollywood. And other cynics seem to agree with me on that point. The alternate point of view is that marketing an unknown story is just too difficult.

We have seen the phenomenal success of movies such as the Harry Potter series and the Twilight Saga and it’s hard to measure those against movies such as The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. While The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was not

Your Chance to be an Award Winning Author…

What would it mean to the success of your ebook if more people knew about it? Imagine being recognized as an Awarding Winning Author! How exciting is that!? And how important could that be in your career as an Author?

There are many awards for Authors and you can reap the benefits of being one of them! The Global eBook Awards are accepting submissions from now until June 30th, 2011 (midnight Pacific Time)

Imagine being able to put one of those fancy “gold stickers” on your book that lets everyone else know that you’ve been recognized in your

Can You Be a Self-Published Star?!

It’s happening more and more often and it’s something the traditional publishers don’t want to admit. The ability of unknown Authors to hit the Big Time by by-passing the Traditional Publishing route.

With a little cash upfront, and some ingenuity, creating a “buzz” is something self-published authors can do on their own allowing them to maintain more control of the creative process, capitalize on better opportunities, and ultimately keep more of the profits in their own pockets.

Stories like those of Zoe Winters’ are becoming more and more common. Until recently Zoe’s resume held a collection of odd