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Australia’s most prestigious literary award was established through the will of the writer Stella Miles Franklin, best known for her novel My Brilliant Career. The bequest came as a surprise to the literary world as Franklin had told nobody – save her trustees – of her plans.
Miles Franklin had first-hand experience of the struggle to make a living as a writer and was herself the beneficiary of two literary prizes. She was also extremely conscious of the importance of fostering a uniquely Australian literature. She wrote,
"Without an indigenous literature, people can remain alien in their own soil."
How to Write an eBook and Sell it on Amazon. Amazon.com is the biggest store for selling books and since the launch of their eBook reading device “Kindle” they have also become a leader in eBook sales.
1. How Would Like to Have Your eBook Selling Alongside Some Famous and Well Established Authors?
If you are a self-published author you can have your eBook for sale on Amazon. In fact there are several top self-publishing sites that will do it for you. Smashwords and Lulu will provide you with the necessary tools to get your eBook listed. These services will take a commission for every eBook sold on Amazon so be sure to check out the fees for each one. If you want to submit your eBook to Amazon yourself then you also have this option (visit: https://kdp.amazon.com )
2. How to Increase Your eBook's Visibility in Amazon's Search Results. Amazon eBook customers will typically search for eBooks by author, title, or keyword. Like search engines, Amazon uses several criteria in deciding which products to display on the search results page and in what order to display them.
Key Points to Improve Your Listing on Amazon:...
How to Choose a Bestselling eBook Title. A great title can launch your eBook and have a massive impact on those who come across your eBook. Your title should strive to grab the viewers’ attention and create excitement and anticipation as to what the eBook is about.
A great title will separate your eBook form the rest of the titles that get lost in the bunch due to their inability to capture the viewers’ attention. You also want your title to attract media attention. Many books and eBooks have been launched or picked up by media outlets purely because of their unique or provocative title.
A great way to get ideas is to search through the eBooks on a major online store to get ideas. Identify which titles garb your attention and why? Write down the titles that you were attracted to and see if there is a common theme amongst those titles. Did they all use one specific technique as outlined below?
I have often written down my top ten options for a title for an eBook and then asked family and friends for their opinion on what they perceive as the best title. Try this, you will be amazed at how others will interpret a title and see things differently to how to you do. If there is overwhelming support for a title that you were not going to use then you will need to seriously think about your title again.
It’s worth devoting considerable time and energy to getting your title selection right. Remember that many authors and publishers have used this knowledge before you, to turn sales disasters into phenomenal success stories! Your efforts may be rewarded in the same way too....
When a Self-Published Author Has a No. 1 Best-Selling Book
By Jeremy Greenfield
It’s finally happened: A self-published eBook has hit the No. 1 spot on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list. A few have hung around in the top-five, some reaching even No. 2, but this is the first to hold that top spot, following in the footsteps of Fifty Shades of Grey, Gone Girl and other titles from huge publishing houses.
Self-published authors hit by Amazon online royalties cut
By Tom Whitehead
10 Mar 2013
Specialist and minor authors are being damaged by Amazon’s online royalties scheme that punishes those who do not want to sell their books at knock-down prices, critics warned.
If authors sell their books directly through Amazon’s Kindle site the company will hand over 70pc of all sales, providing the cover price is between $2.99 and $9.99 (£1.98 and £6.60). Any books priced above that will be given only 35pc royalties....