BookFunnel vs. InstaFreebie Which is better?

July 10, 2017 Mary Winter 0

One of the questions I see on the message boards pretty constantly is: which is better? Instafreebie or BookFunnel? Now I am only an InstaFreebie user; I haven’t signed up for a BookFunnel account, though I can tell from their pricing that they would be cheaper. There’s a single reason for that. Usability. I’ll be […]

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(Almost) Officially Publisher Free and My Reasons Why (or No Shenanigans For Old Authors)

June 12, 2017 Mary Winter 0

By the end of this month I’ll be almost publisher free*, and I’ve updated the sidebar listing of my publishers, including the “no longer in business” list. Over the course of the last few weeks, I’ve been aggressively requesting books back rather than “letting them ride” due in large part to recent developments in the […]

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Why I Give Away Books

March 27, 2017 Mary Winter 0

Earlier I talked about my experiences with InstaFreebie, and more recently I’ve given away books through My Author Home Free. However on several marketing loops I’m on, there’s also been quite the discussion about the sheer volume of free books being given away (I know my Kindle is full. How about yours?) and the marketing […]

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Guests Wanted for Unscrambled Authors

February 14, 2017 Mary Winter 0

Unscrambled Authors: A Podcast of Straight Talk for Authors I host a weekly podcast called Unscrambled Authors where I talk to authors about various aspects of writing. Whether it’s a discussion about plus size models and plus size romance, or how to maintain your creativity, or having a great presence at a convention, we’ve discussed […]

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Some final thoughts on Ellora’s Cave

December 31, 2016 Mary Winter 0

It’s December 31, the day that many authors will receive their books back from Ellora’s Cave after forfeiting some untold amount of royalties. For those of us who received our books back earlier and didn’t give up royalties, as I sip my coffee this morning, I find the moment bittersweet. You see, it was just […]

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All Romance Ebooks Closed

December 29, 2016 Mary Winter 0

By now word has gotten around the internet that All Romance Ebooks (ARE) has closed. If you sell there–and they had been one of the vendors I recommended as an alternative to Amazon–by now you’ve gotten the email. If you haven’t, or you want to read it, check out this excellent post by Joe Hunt. […]

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Author Review of #instafreebie

December 12, 2016 Mary Winter 0

As authors, we’re always looking for the next great promotional tool and for many that’s become InstaFreebie. This is a site where they offer your book for free and you can collect names and emails (optional with the free plan) or connect them directly with your Mailchimp mailing list (paid plan). Paid plans start at […]

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Why I Love My Online Store (And Why I Think You Need One Too)

November 29, 2016 Mary Winter 0

I am just going to come right out and say it–I LOVE MY ECOMMERCE STORE on this site. I really do. I’m a firm believer of not only giving readers multiple choices for books, but also, I know that when I sell a book here, I get a larger share of the sales price than […]

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