BTS056, AI-Generated Images, Designing Your Own Book Cover, Declining Free eBook Downloads, and Struggling to Write Book Three

BTS056, AI-Generated Images, Designing Your Own Book Cover, Declining Free eBook Downloads, and Struggling to Write Book Three

In this episode, I discussed whether you should use AI-generated images in book covers, how to work with a book cover designer and the things you need to know before you design your own book cover. But, this episode isn’t just about blog posts; I also discuss my struggles with writing and the epiphany I’ve had, which helped me make progress after chasing my tail for so long.

Amazon Updates its KDP Guidelines to Include AI Content

Two days ago, on the 7th of September, 2023, Amazon KDP updated its guidelines to include AI-generated content. I wanted to wait a while before sharing this because I often find people jump the gun and overreact before reading the fine print. This amendment requires publishers and independent authors who distribute books via their platform to declare whether the books have content created with the help of Artificial Intelligence. Inside the dashboard for each book, users found a yes or no radio button in which they could declare their usage.

Accounting and Financial Terms for Authors | What You Need to Know About Making Money as an Author

Accounting and Financial Terms for Authors | What You Need to Know About Making Money as an Author

I’ve been threatening to write an article defining a few important financial terms for authors for a while. And the day has finally arrived. So, what pushed me to write another informative rant? The other day, I found a blog post with the headline “How Much Do Authors Make?” and the headline also promised examples of salaries inside the blog post. Let’s just say I was more than intrigued, clicked, and scrolled to the data. To my inner finance nerds horror, the blog post referred to the royalty you would receive from the sale of a book as income. I was so horrified that I wanted to gouge my eyes out with a spoon.

BTS055, My Experiment with Tempting Readers to Impulse Buy the Second Book in a Series. Did It Work?

BTS055, My Experiment with Tempting Readers to Impulse Buy the Second Book in a Series. Did It Work?

So, I have a confession to make. Actually, I’ve been struggling to sell paid books. Sure, I can give them away for free, but paid is a different problem altogether. I’ve been struggling to sell Duplicity, the second book in my James Lalonde Amateur Sleuth Mystery Series. A few days before my forty-second birthday, I decided to embark on a book marketing experiment where I tempt readers to impulse buy the second book in a series.

BTS054, Changes to the KDP Print Pricing, New Categories in KDP, and A Solution to My Series Mistakes | May Author Diary

BTS054, Changes to the KDP Print Pricing, New Categories in KDP, and A Solution to My Series Mistakes | May Author Diary

In the April Behind the Scenes Author Diary, I mentioned that I screwed up my amateur sleuth mystery series; well, a solution might be at hand. So, in this episode, I discuss my plans for my James Lalonde Amateur Sleuth Mystery series books three and four and a new shiny object. On top of this, I discuss a few self-publishing updates, including changes to the KDP print pricing, the new KDP categories, and selling direct with WooCommerce.

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