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Kindle Scout No Longer Accepting Submissions

Before, if a writer wanted to get published by a really good publisher, like Amazon, and they're not having any luck querying agents, they could submit their title to Kindle Scout. To have the Great Zon marketing their book and a cash advance was a really good thing for the self published author. And, all an author has to do is get the highest nominations to win.

A friend of mine, Jim Heskett, submitted his title, Shadow Soldiers: A Layne Parrish Spy Thriller and got selected for publication.

What is Kindle Scout?

Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It's a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and featured Amazon marketing.


Twitter's New Rules on Automation and What It Means For Users

Twitter has released new rules which will definitely affect the time marketers spend on social media. To sum it up, Twitter users cannot:

1) Post duplicate tweets with multiple accounts.
2) Post duplicate or substantially similar content, replies, or mentions over multiple accounts or multiple duplicate updates on one account, or create duplicate or substantially similar accounts.

Which basically means you cannot leave automated posts to run for long periods of time without changing content, and you cannot use the same post and tweet it from different accounts you own.



The Breakthrough Novel Awards: 2nd Chance at Glory?


The book competition that will support winners 110%! How many can claim that? The prizes are unmatched in the industry.

What makes this competition different? Experts will handle book development and marketing, so the winning novel will receive everything it needs from people who know what they're doing. From editing to book advertising. The works!


Cover Reveal: The Chronicles of Aveline and An Interview with Ken Fry


Diverting from his usual male-dominated thrillers, bestselling and multi-award winning author Ken Fry has written a historical suspense novel with a female protagonist.

Books by Ken Fry and The Book Khaleesi proudly present...
The Cover of The Chronicles of Aveline

Authors to Watch: The Bastille Mysteries Authors, Peter Stevens & Ian Honeysett

I come across gems in the Indie Industry so often I should be an agent for a publishing house, or create my own one day. Today on Authors to Watch, I'd like you all to meet two British writers whose works will be enjoyed by crime thriller, murder mystery readers - PETER STEVENS & IAN HONEYSETT - the authors of The Bastille Mysteries.


Review of Bishop's War: A Thriller by Rafael Amadeus Hines

With hundreds of reviews, this book by author Rafael Amadeus Hines has long intrigued me, and I'm glad I finally got around to reading it.

Synopsis:

This fast-paced and action-packed suspense thriller introduces us to Special Forces Sergeant John Bishop, decorated war hero, and nephew of crime boss, Gonzalo Valdez. After returning home from Afghanistan John’s hopes for a peaceful future are quickly shattered when he is catapulted back into the global war on terror through a succession of life-threatening events and corrupt intrigue. He battles against terrorist operatives in New York, a powerful Afghan warlord, and a psychopathic billionaire with powerful White House connections. When John’s uncle gets involved, he proceeds to treat John’s enemies to a bitter taste of mob vengeance. From that point on the ride speeds up and the reader will have to hold on for dear life. This is a thriller not to be matched for intensity and breathless excitement—not for the faint-hearted.

Authors to Watch: Eeva Lancaster Interviews Adam Croft, One of the Best Selling Crime and Thriller Authors in the World

While writing my book Being Indie, I came across this author in my research, featured by The Guardian in 2016 as one of the biggest selling authors of the year. What's so awesome about that? He's one of ours. A self published author.


Branding and How to Properly Market Your Book



There's a saying that I like:

"If you can't tell it... You can't sell it..."

If your books are really good, but they're not selling, then maybe you're telling it the wrong way.

One would think that authors, who are storytellers, would have no problem here. But, the lack of marketing know-how is common among writers. In social media, you will see conflicting messages and brands.Their marketing materials do not quite get their messages clearly across and often confuses their message.

Before marketing your book, there are two things that you need to know more of, in order to maximize your marketing efforts and get results.

A Review of FOTOJET: How It's Better Than Canva in Many Ways

I have a new addition to my design arsenal and I'd like to share it with everyone who loves to create their own social media headers and advertising collateral.

It's called FOTOJET. At first glance, it looks like CANVA, but when you start exploring the designing options, you'll discover that it is a more powerful image editing tool.

COVER REVEAL of LOVE: A TANGLED KNOT

If you know Eichin Chang-Lim, then you've probably seen her books Tough Scratches published by Tate Publishing. It was a blessing that Eichin ended her contract with them before the Tate fiasco happened.

So now, Eichin is self publishing all her books. Tough Scratches has undergone a major facelift. Tough Scratches 1 & 2 has been combined, and re-edited by Nikki Busch and myself --- and will be re-published as a new edition, with a new title... Love: A Tangled Knot. 

Eichin Chang-Lim and The Book Khaleesi are proud to present the book cover of this new adult romance, now available for pre-order.