Smashwords News: Subscribe to Smashwords Alerts for New Release Updates

I got an exciting email from Smashwords today! I'm excited because now YOU can easily know when I put out a new story or book as soon as it happens.

Trouble's Turn FREE short story on Smashwords TEASER: Prayers come to us like whispers

Smashwords is a great place to get books, short stories, and more in ANY digital format you prefer, whether that's for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple, or others.

Here's the email from Smashwords If you have books/stories on Smashwords, you got an email like this personalized for you.

Hello Ronda Del Boccio,

We are excited to announce Smashwords Alerts, a new feature that notifies Smashwords customers of new releases from their favorite authors. The new feature kicks off today.

You can track your number of subscribers and "favorites" in real time from your Smashwords Dashboard under "Marketing and Distribution Tools".

To get the most out of this new capability, please encourage your readers to subscribe to your alerts so they never miss another new release from you.

To subscribe, readers simply visit your profile page at Smashwords (, and click the button labeled "Subscribe to Author Alerts."

Readers are always in full control of their subscriptions. These are "blind" subscriptions, in that the reader's email address is never shared with anyone. Readers only receive an email if there's a new alert from an author they're following, and readers can cancel notifications at any time from their Smashwords Alerts subscriptions page.

Why don't you give it a try by subscribing to your own alert, as well as those from your own favorite authors!

We hope you enjoy this new feature.

We welcome your suggestions for additional enhancements to this feature as we work to make it easier for you to reach the million+ customers of the Smashwords Store. Please contact us here to reach our support team and tell us what you think!



The Smashwords Team

Subscribe to My Smashwords New Release Announcements!

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You'll get a notice each time I put out a new story.

My current stories, which you can read on whatever reading app you like, are:

  • "Trouble's Turn": An adolescent Ally Wolf wants to take on her role of guiding her special human, but her pack thinks she's too young. FREE short story on Smashwords!
  • The Assassin and the Prince:  Feline assassin Aree is taking a break from killing to play bodyguard for a pampered prince on vacation. She comes to regret her choice when he makes her tail twitch once too often.
  • A Tasty Morsel: Sometimes young Ellie pokes her nose in where she shouldn't. Reality takes a major turn when she explores a secret door in a cave she just discovered.
  • ...and whatever I share can know right away!

I hope you enjoy the stories! Thanks for reading.

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Excerpt and Cover Reveal: Trouble’s Turn: A Mystical Animal Allies Short Story by Ronda Del Boccio

Recently I've discovered the coolness that is Smashwords, a free way to publish in a variety of digital book formats. Simply by uploading a Word doc file, I can get my book into places like Kobo, Apple iBooks, and Barnes and Noble.

So I figured that I would put up some of my work, including a couple novellas and today, "Trouble's Turn: a Mystical Animal Allies Short Story."

Dreaming Stories

I had a dream that became this story. Though this tale doesn't resemble the dream, it got me thinking of the life of the animal Allies of Native American spirituality and what their lives are like.

In American Indian Wisdom, each person has an "Ally," an animal spirit guide who helps them live a good life. Trouble in this story is a young White Wolf trying to figure out her place in the world.

Making "Trouble's Turn" FREE

Why Smashwords and not just Amazon? I'll go over that another time, but the main thing is I can't make the short story free for everyone (not just Kindle Unlimited subscribers who pay) on Amazon.

I'm so excited to share the COVER of this short story along with the link where yu can get it in the format of your choice.

Cover Reveal - "Trouble's Turn"

And now...(Drum roll, please!)...The Cover of "Trouble's Turn: A Mystical Animal Allies Short Story" by Ronda Del Boccio, namely, ME.

Cover of "Trouble's Turn: A Mystical Animal Allies Short Story" by Ronda Del Boccio, featuring a white wolf ocming towards the reader

Story Excert of "Trouble's Turn"

Here's an excerpt from "Trouble's Turn": Continue reading "Excerpt and Cover Reveal: Trouble’s Turn: A Mystical Animal Allies Short Story by Ronda Del Boccio"


Digital Publishing Resource Book Review: Author’s Quick Guide to Making Money with Your 99 Cent Kindle Book by Kristen Eckstein

If you've perused the digital shelves of Amazon Kindle looking for advice on how to earn more as an author, you're not alone. Every author wants to earn more, because the fact of the matter is that royalties are no big whoop, even if you're selling a $20 tome.

"Authors earn more money BECAUSE they're authors than they do from actual book sales."

-- Ronda Del Boccio

I have a couple books at 99c. Perhaps you do too. This little volume by Kristen Eckstein is right in line with what I teach all my mentoring students about earning money from y your books. You have to think outside the cover. So heer's my review of a helpful little book

Author's Quick Guide to Making Money with Your 99-Cent Kindle Book by Kristen Eckstein

Cover of Author's Quick GUide to Making Monehy with Your 99-Cent Kindle Book by Kristen Eckstein

99-cent Kindle books seem to be winning the book publishing popularity contest. Every day more of them are released, flooding the market with affordable information. The key with 99-cent Kindle books is to deliver an instant solution to a relevant pain point, and to have a solid back-end in place to make your money elsewhere. This book will show you:

  • How to get (and keep) happy email subscribers - and build your platform
  • The truth about using Amazon Advantage affiliate links inside your book
  • A dozen products and services you can recommend in your e-book - and make money from later
  • How affiliate marketing works - and when it's a good fit for your book
  • What exactly to advertise in the back of your book and how to build a system of passive income
  • Exactly how each sale of one of my 99-cent Kindle books nets me a minimum of $27
  • And more!

Get this Author's Quick Guide today and start earning more profits for each book you sell!

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Is this a worthy book for authors? Continue reading "Digital Publishing Resource Book Review: Author’s Quick Guide to Making Money with Your 99 Cent Kindle Book by Kristen Eckstein"


Indie Publishers: Make the Most of Kindle Unlimited Video Tutorial

Kindle Unlimited is like Netflix for books. It's Amazon's $10/month unlimited lending library. Some indie publishers complain all their book sales dried up since enrolling their books. Others are doing great.

Kindle Unlimited

Here is a video tutorial showing you how to make the most of it.

Some ideas to Keep Kindle Unlimited from Robbing You of Royalties:

  • Put only the first book in a series into KDP Select.
  • OR enroll a book for 3 months then take it out.
  • OR rotate boks in and out of the program, perhaps once a year.
  • Remember you can exclude a KDP Select title from KU by following the procedure

Need help with your book? I do short trainings on all sorts of author-related issues. Fnd out more at and get yourself some helpful free tools.

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Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Click for Member Home Pageselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda's books on Amazon.

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Amazon’s Indie Author Smackdown: Changes to KDP Select Payouts

Amazon has changed the way it pays authors who participate in the KDP Select program. Here is the email from Amazon:

In mid-June, we announced a change to the way we will pay for authors’ participation in Kindle Unlimited (KU) and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL) ( Starting today, the payout of the KDP Select Global Fund will be based on the number of pages KU and KOLL customers read.


In mid-July, we will post results for the fund in June, expected to be at least $11M, making June the largest monthly payout so far. As previously announced, the KDP Select fund for July and August will also be at least $11M.

KDP authors can now see the Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC V1.0) for each of their KDP Select titles on the "Promote and Advertise" page in their Bookshelf ( Please keep in mind that, because it is based on settings specific to this program and intended to normalize the count across all KDP Select titles, KENPC may well vary from page counts listed on a book’s Amazon detail page or page counts for a print book. As measured using KENPC, during the month of June, KU and KOLL customers read nearly 1.9 billion Kindle Edition Normalized Pages (KENPs) of KDP Select books.

For information about how we determine a book’s Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC V1.0), you can read more here:


We welcome your continued feedback and ideas about how we can further improve Kindle Direct Publishing and Kindle Unlimited.


Best regards,
The Kindle Direct Publishing Team


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Some questions Authors have:

What's a Kindle page?

There are no page numbers in Kindle, and anyone can adjust the font. Thus, it is unclear what they're calling a page. They're normalizing, but will it really be in our favor?

How will this affect payouts for the average indie publisher?

The program is new enough that it's hard to tell.


It feels to me like a way to apply a screwdriver to a place where sun doesn't shine!

Please share this all over the social web!

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Ronda Del Boccio

#1 best selling author, speaker, and Amazon Top Reviewer

About Ronda Del Boccio

Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Click for Member Home Pageselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda's books on Amazon.

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Authors: Video Tutorial: How Can Kindle Pre-Orders Help Sell More Books?

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If you're an indie author publishing with Kindle, you can use a new feature of Kindle Direct Publishing to help you sell more books...Kindle Pre-Orders.

Cool, right? You can build buzz for your book and make pre-orders available to your ans.

Here's a video tutorial showing you how, and more importantly, WHY, Kindle Pre-Orders can help you sell more books and amp up your book marketing efforts..

You can see more videos like this to help you with writing, storytelling, publishing and book marketing on my YouTube channel. Subscribe NOW.


Are Kindle Singles Authors Making Money?

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NOTE: This post updated 3/25/15 to reflect the accurate current number of Kindle Singles titles. Note that all quoted text includes the original article source permalinks and is appropriately attributed to the originator

Are Kindle SIngles Authors Making Money?

There are so many ways to publish a book today. Kindle Singles may be Amazon's best kept secret for authors. There are just over 300 titles published to date, and, as you'll see from the story below, some authors are making big bucks on these 99 cents or $1.00 short-to-medium-length books.

“All of this stands in evidence that in its Kindle Singles brand, Amazon is investing in a serious business model behind a quality editorial product. We all -- readers and writers alike -- stand to benefit from that combination.”   in “Authors of Kindle Singles Raking in Tens of Thousands of Dollars” (see below)

What are Kindle Singles? Continue reading "Are Kindle Singles Authors Making Money?"


FREE Today on Kindle: Paranormal Romance Thriller Glory by Devin O’Branagan

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FREE Kindle Book today: Paranormal Romance Thriller

Wo doesn't love GOOD free books? I gave Glory by Devin O'Branagan a 5-star review on Amazon, and I shall review it in depth here on January 21st.

I and bunches of folks helped her with the original launch a while back, and you may remember the Glory cover reveal for the gorgeous new design.

Get your copy of Glory FREE today!

Review (from the Glory Amazon page)

Glory was nominated by the American Library Association to YALSA's Best Popular Paperback for Young Adults List."A fantasy on the shoulders of a strong willed girl, Glory is not to be missed." - Midwest Book Review

"Glory is a well-written, fast-paced novel that sets the stage for other stories in the same universe. O'Branagan introduces supernatural archetypes that slightly twist the usual take on the paranormal, making for an engaging read. Glory's ability to drive her own narrative is reminiscent of Hunger Games' Katniss. I would recommend Glory to YA readers who crave a little more out of the traditional heroine. Its premise is unique, its world intriguing, and Glory herself has many stories left to tell." -The Universal Mirror

"I absolutely loved this book!  From the moment I started to read, I was hooked and was not able to put it down until I was finished. The wild ride you are taken on with Glory is an exciting one.  With a lot of thrills, government conspiracy and a little bit of romance you will finish the book excited for the next installment. I for one cannot wait to get my hands on it." - YA Novel Reader

"Glory was a really good read. The story is constantly moving and progressing, so as a reader you never get bored. It is well-written and the characters are all likable. I can't wait to read the next book!" -Book Briefs

From the Author

Glory is the first book in The Legend of Glory trilogy. The second book, Pretty Sacrifices, is now available. Look for the third novel, Genesis, to be released in 2015. A prominent Hollywood producer has contracted to shop the trilogy as a possible TV or movie project!

Author Devin O'Branagan

Cover of Glory by Devin O'Branagan


Kindle Formatting Resource

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If you're writing a book for Kindle, you can definitely upload the word doc, however, you might decide to use a free tool to transmute it in the .mobi format for Kindle.

The tool I like is  Calibre, and it's simple to use. Just bring your final document into the program and click a button to convert.
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DIgital Publishing Services News: Kindle Unlimited Expands to Spain and Italy

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If you're using Kindle Direct Publishing's Kindle Select promotional program  for any of your books, you'll want to be aware of a great new development.

Kindle Unlimited is a fabulous, in my opinion, A Tasty Morsel paranormal fantasy novella covercontinuity program that enables members to read as many eligible Kindle books as they want via loan. There are also Audible audiobook titles in the program.

The program  is valuable for indie authors as well. You can read my post about Kindle Unlimited for authors here.

Initially, the program only deployed in the USA. Now, little by little, they are expanding into other countries. THtey just added Spain and Italy. Here is the message I received from KDP:

Since you are enrolled in KDP Select, we want you to know Kindle Unlimited has launched on and

Kindle Unlimited has a library of over 700,000 titles. Any title you have enrolled in KDP Select will be available for customers to read.

Learn about Kindle Unlimited:

Best regards,
The Kindle Direct Publishing Team

Little by little, people worldwide will be able to read your books all over the world when you include them in Kindle Select promotions.

Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

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teller of transformational tales

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FREE Humorous Paranormal Fantasy through Nov. 1

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Looking for a fast funny read? A Tasty Morsel is a vampire story, but with a humorous twist. Sparks will fly. Innuendos swill tantalize. Laughter will bubble forth - all for free as a Halloween treat for you.

A Tasty Morsel paranormal fantasy novella cover

 humorous supernatural romance full of "mythical creatures" and humor

A Tasty Morsel takes you into a newly discovered cave with a secret panel.

Scientist Ellie cannot resist the urge to see what’s behind that secret stone door that rolls open at her touch. What she encounters introduces her to a ghoul, a vampire, and a hospital for the undead, among other things.

Full of humor, innuendo and quirky characters, this book will transport you to realms you did not even know existed. Hopefully, you won't take a ride in the ambulance for the undead, as Ellie ended up doing!

Here's one of the reviews:


Download your copy now at

Don't have a Kindle? No problem! There are all sorts of apps for any device or computer. Just download your app. Link is right there below where the buy box is on the page of every Kindle book

Enjoy, and thanks in advance for leaving your review! *****.

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FREE 20 Minute MiniClass: KDP Kindle Authors – How & WHY Kindle Pre-Orders Can…

FREE 20 Minute MiniClass: KDP Kindle Authors - How & WHY Kindle Pre-Orders Can Help You Sell More Books

Until last week, you couldn't offer pre-orders of your upcoming Kindle books. Now you can! Learn how tomake the most of this opportunity during this free miniclass.

It's LIVE right here, on the event page, Google+ and YouTube. And of course, that means it's recorded for your future education as well.

Get the scoop on weekly free mini-classes and get your free special report "7 Ways to Make Money While Still Writing  Your book" at

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KDP Authors, did you know you can now sell pre-orders of your upcoming Kindle releases? It's super easy to do, and in this 20 minute quick class, I'll show you WHY to do it and how tomake the most of it.

This class is recorded and remains in YouTube, but I hope you can come live. Please ask any questions in the comments so I can serve y ou well.

Come back each week for a new mini-class for authors. What do YOU want to know more about? Please answer this super quick survey and let me know

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How Can Kindle PreOrders Help Me Sell More Books?

If you're a KDP author, you know that new features keep magically appearing. Sure, Amazon sends you an email, but maybe you could use a little help figuring out how to make the most out of the new service. Or maybe you wonder whether you even want to use the new feature at all.

Kindle PreOrders

This week's free mini-class shows you one of the latest Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) additions, Kindle Preorders.

You'll discover

  • Why Kindle preorders are a GOOD thing.
  • How to make the most of offering preorders.
  • How to build buzz ahead of your publication date.
  • How to sell more books with the help of preorders.

You can watch LIVE or later.

How to watch LIVE

Come back to this page Thursday, August 21 at 11 AM US Eastern Time to watch live. The class is only 20 minutes, so you won't blow your morning. Click the video player below or lick where it says "watch the video now" below.

How to watch ANYTIME (after the live event is over)

Watch the video now.

I hope this helps. If y ou have questions, please feel encouraged to add them to the comments. I'll be sure to get back with you.

Now I have a very important question for you...

Where are you stuck?

What about authoring confuses or frustrates you? I want to know so I can offer a mini-class to help.

Please take a 1 minute survey at and let me know.

Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio

best selling author, speaker and mentor, this time helping you sell more books using Kindle Preorders.


Kindle Direct Publishing Introduces Kindle Pre-Orders

Gathering pre-orders before the official release of a book is a great way to build anticipation for your book. But until today, you could only do this with books published in physical ink.

Today, Kindle Direct Publishing announced that Kindle authors can now offer pre-orders of their books up to 90 days before the release date.

Kindle Pre-Orders

Kindle PreOrders

Here are the details straight from KDP:

We're excited to announce that you can now make your new books available for pre-order in Kindle Stores worldwide. With a few quick and easy steps you can create a pre-order page up to 90 days in advance of your book's release date--your pre-order product page will be created within 24 hours. When you make your book available for pre-order, customers can order the book anytime leading up to the release date you set. We will deliver it to them on that date.

One advantage of using pre-order is that you can start promoting your Kindle book pre-order page on Author Central, Goodreads, your personal website, and other places ahead of its release to help build excitement for your book. Also, pre-orders will contribute toward sales rank and other Kindle Store merchandising ahead of release, which can help more readers discover your book.

Visit your KDP Bookshelf to set up your new book for pre-order.

How can you make the most of offering Kindle pre-orders?

1. Drip tips, tidbits, scenes, or other tantalizing morsels from your book over time on your blog, in social media, and at live events.

2. Be sure to invite people to become a subscriber. Offer a special gift to those who do.

3. Distribute press releases that share the value of your book to readers.

For more help, join the next 20 minute training Thursday, August 21 at 11 AM ET. Join free now at

YES, it will be recorded and available on YouTube, however being there live means your questions get answered and registering means you get the class notes (cheat sheet).

See you then!

Follow your BLISS!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

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Sometimes, Love BITES! FREE Kindle Book: Paranormal Fantasy Novella A Tasty Morsel

Sometimes, Love BITES, doesn't it?

Maybe it's his bad boy charm. Maybe it's his old world manners. Or maybe it's the fangs. Whatever attracts Ellie to the strange man she finds languishing in that cave, he's about to turn her world upside down.

A Tasty Morsel paranormal fantasy novella coverA Tasty Morsel takes you into a newly discovered cave with a secret panel.

Scientist Ellie cannot resist the urge to see what's behind that secret stone door that rolls open at her touch. What she encounters introduces her to a ghoul, a vampire, and a hospital for the unded, among other things.

The novella is a fun frolic, free July 5-6, 2014 and only 99 cents at full price.

Rave Reviews

A GUY actually read and enjoyed it. I know - shocking, right?

Continue reading "Sometimes, Love BITES! FREE Kindle Book: Paranormal Fantasy Novella A Tasty Morsel"


Need Help Formatting Your Digital Book?

Formatting a book for Kindle, Nook or other vendors should be super easy, but sometimes it's a true pain in the behind. While anything can be changed, wouldn't it be better to have a useful tool to make the job easy:?

Here are a few quick tips followed by a tool.

1. Keep it simple.
Stick to things like bold, italic, and basic lists.

2. Center images. Don't try wrapping text around them.
People read on a Kindle or other device at varying font sizes. Wrapping text seldom works and isn't necessary.

3. Don't waste tons of your precious time on something as mundane as formatting.
Outsource it to Fiverr or use a tool like the one below.

Check out this Formatter.- it takes the stress out of preparing y your book.

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Self Publishing: Where Can I Get Reviews for My Book?

Getting people who know you to write a book review for you is a lot like herding cats!

One of my good friends PROMISED he would review my book Instant Author Formula over a hear ago, but alas, he has not done it even though I gave him a review copy.

Such is life. I find it is harder getting reviews from my contacts than getting them in other ways.

Here are 3 ways you can get reviews for your books.

1. Ask your current contacts, customers and friends to write you a review in exchange for a copy (PDF or Kindle/Nook) of your book.

2. Look up reviewers of similar books on Amazon. Write them requesting a review.

3. Submit your book to review sites.


here are 7 Sites where you can get your self-published book reviewed:


2. Digital Book Today

3. Kirkus

4. Self-Publishing Review


6. Indie B.R.A.G.

7. PW Select (Publisher’s Weekly)

How have YOU gotten reviews? Join the conversation and share your experiences. Do you have a favorite review site?

Follow  your B.L.I.S.S.!

Ronda Del Boccio


Free Kindle Book Today: What Are Good Ideas for Book Marketing Online and Offli…

Free Kindle Book Today: What Are Good Ideas for Book Marketing Online and Offline?

+Kristen Eckstein , Awakened Publishing faculty for, is giving away a free Kindle book for a limited time.

You'll get some book marketing basics, then specific ideas for online and "real world" book marketing. The book is tightly focused, so you wont be distracted by something you don't want to know right now.
Get your copy free today

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Author's Quick Guide to Marketing Your Book Online and Off - Kindle edition by Kristen Eckstein. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Author's Quick Guide to Marketing Your Book Online and Off.


How Did Smashwords Authors Do in 2013?

Smashwords is 1 of the ways people can publish to Kindle, Nook & other e-formats. I have personally not used it, but authors using the service appear to be earning well.

Thanks +Gary McLaren for bringing this to my attention.

have you used Smashwords? What was your experience? I look forward to having you join the conversation!

Follow your B.L.I.S.S.!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

#indieauthors #digitalpublishing

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Smashwords Reports Author Revenue Was Up 33% in 2013

Authors' sales were $20 million, up 33% from $15 million the year before. There are now 275,000 titles (up 45%) and 83,000 authors (up 42%).

#indiepublishing #indiepub

Smashwords Year in Review 2013 - Indie Authors the Stewards of Publishing's Future
Welcome to my annual Smashwords year in review. It was another amazing year. On behalf of all employees at Smashwords, I want to start by thanking every Smashwords author, publisher and agent that publishes and distributes wi...


Do You Really Want to Be a Kindle Book Spammer?

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady - Follow Your B.L.I.S.S.!

I'm an even-tempered person by and large, but one of the things that gets my hackles up is spammy “books” on Kindle. The problem is that because Kindle Direct publishing (KDP) is free, people are finding all kinds of ways to game the system and publish steaming piles of poop onto Amazon.

While Amazon is cracking down on “books” that are nothing more than private label rights garbage with a new cover and title, there is still way too much useless material being belched into the system. 


Here's an article from Reuters. It's a 3–year old article as I publish this, but it points to an ongoing issue of QUALITY books.

Stick with me after the excerpts for some thoughts on writing a LEGITIMATE and worthy book!

Spam clogging Amazon's Kindle self-publishing

SAN FRANCISCO Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:13pm EDT

(Reuters) - Spam has hit the Kindle, clogging the online bookstore of the top-selling eReader with material that is far from being book worthy and threatening to undermine Inc's publishing foray.

Thousands of digital books, called ebooks, are being published through Amazon's self-publishing system each month. Many are not written in the traditional sense.

Instead, they are built using something known as Private Label Rights, or PLR content, which is information that can be bought very cheaply online then reformatted into a digital book.

These ebooks are listed for sale -- often at 99 cents -- alongside more traditional books on Amazon's website, forcing readers to plow through many more titles to find what they want.

Aspiring spammers can even buy a DVD box set called Autopilot Kindle Cash that claims to teach people how to publish 10 to 20 new Kindle books a day without writing a word.

This new phenomenon represents the dark side of an online revolution that's turning the traditional publishing industry on its head by giving authors new ways to access readers directly.

Have Times Changed?

That Reuters article came out 3 years ago, and KDP is definitely on the lookout for spammy books, but that hasn't stopped greedy entrepreneurs from selling package that promise to help you crush it, make a killing, and all sorts of other AGGRESSIVE, war-like ways of talking about raking in cash by mass-producing garbage and publishing it on Kindle.

here are 3 helpful guidelines for Kindle publishing.

  1. Remember that a book is a relationship between the author and reader. You won't grow a true legacy with a , poorly written private label rights book or set of articles.
  2. Publish YOUR work. That's how you build YOUR legacy.
  3. Write the book directly to your ideal customer, not a generalized “someone out there.”

The best way to start

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Ronda Del Boccio

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Creator of the BLISS Butterfly system


Ready to Dispel Ebook Publishing Urban Myths?

I recently had a conversation with a misguided entrepreneur who was telling his tribe that the 99 cent Kindle book is always bad and that nobody serious about their business would publish one.

Wrongo!  That's one of the urban myths of ebook publishing. You can check out the article below with more myths of ebooks, but for now, keep reading this. 

The truth is that people are buying those 99-centers in droves. A peek at the bestsellers in any genre will sh ow you that loads of them are only 9 cents.

I recommend entrepreneurs publish a shorter book (minibook/special report) at this price. For one thing, it gets you past the feeling that you HAVE to write a "whole big book" when you absolutely do not need to write a long volume to be an author worth reading.

Remember, when someone spends even a dollar, they are already 10 times more valuable to you than a freebie-seeker by virtue of the fact that this reader has opened her wallet and invested in  your book..

Amazon Kindle Direct publishing is a phenomenal way to turn y our expertise, stories and ideas into books. Independent publishing is the best way to spread your message, especially when you know what you need to have in place beyond the book.

I would be honored to help you turn your book idea into a life-changing book.

Follow your bliss,
Ronda Del Boccio,  The Story Lady

PS Thanks +Ellen Violette for bringing this resource to my attention. I appreciate it.

#indiepublishing   #kindlebooks   #Kindl   #ebook   #publishing   #TheStoryLady  

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eBook Urban Myths | Digital Book World
What rumors are going around regarding eBooks. Which are true and which are simply urban myths?


#016 How to Write a Book Worth Buying: Awakened Author Adventure Episode 16

Episode 16 Awakened Author Adventure free Writing Podcast

#016 How to Write a Book Worth Buying: 30 Day Awakened Author Challenge Module 8 Day 16

Welcome to Module 16 of the Awakened Author adventure –  where visionaries like you come for resources, tools and direction to write, publish and share your life-changing book!

Each week you get help in 1 of the 5 keys to author success in the BLISS Butterfly System, including how to write a book, book marketing and more.

Your guide on this adventure is #1 best selling author, speaker and mentor Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady, (namely me). I'm PASSIONATE about turning world-changers into bestselling authors with grace, joy and ease.

How to Write a Book WORTH BUYING is the teaching for today's show.

Being a successful visionary author is about more than just writing a book. Today's episode features the L for living and leaving your legacy in the BLISS Butterfly Author Success System.

BLISS Butterfly - Follow your bliss - Follow Your B.L.I.S.S. - Celebrity Author Mentor - Book Marketing Coach - Ronda Del BoccioLEGACY - Follow Your BLISS Poster - BLISS Butterfly - Write on Purpose

There are a lot of hype-filled programs about making a killing on Kindle, crushing it on Amazon, and the like.

Don't fall for the hype! You want to write a book worth reading, and worth buying. You don't want to ruin your reputation by putting out garbage.

  • This module helps. You will learn:
  • The 7 essential elements of a page-turner.
  • The 7 essential elements of the perfect chapter.
  • How to keep yourself in the flow.
  • The fastest way to write a book.
  • the 3 biggest mistake to avoid.

WOW, that's a LOT!

Listen to Episode 16


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Resources from This Week’s Episode

Author Profit Pack, 1 of the Premium Member Benefits, which includes action guides and resources to help you with your book.

Make writing a book easy with Instant Author Formula

Premium Member Calls for live weekly help

Mindset help – get out of your own way with the Miracle Mindshift Month!


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Follow your BLISS!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story lady

bestselling author, speaker and mentor


Book Marketing Coach: How Can I List My Book in Amazon Kindle Free Books?

Book Marketing Coach: How Can I List My Book in Amazon Kindle free Books?

As an author mentor and book marketing coach, I teach authors that including your book among Amazon Kindle free books (for a limited time of course) is a great way to grow a following and potentially hit the bestselling books list.

Kindle books on tablet showing the power of Amazon Kindle free books in the book marketing coach category

Chris' Story

Chris Downs became a #1 bestselling author with his book How to Grow Great Heirloom Tomatoes, and he attracted the attention of Grit Magazine, which is a top publication in the area of farming. His bestseller status was a big reason why they asked him to be a regular contributor to their site.

How to offer YOUR Kindle book for free.

1. a Kindle Book

Another Awakened Author Success Story: Chris Downs, bestselling author & contributor to Grit Magazine - wanna be next?

The first thing you need is to have in order to do a free Kindle book promotion is –  well –  a Kindle book. You can have the full DIY method for free at or let me help you with a book publishing template, insider tips  and all your questions answered in 1 place with the Effortless Digital Publishing Package.

2. Enroll in KDP Select

You will enroll your book in KDP Select, which gives Amazon an exclusive on your book and gives you the supreme privilege of offering your book for FREE for up to 5 days in a 90 day period.

3. Promote Your Book Like Crazy!

This is a great article with 14 free/affordable places to advertise your Amazon free Kindle books:

There are lots of places to promote your book that you can find with a simple search.

Help to Publish a Book on Kindle

There are a couple of considerations around how to publish a book on Kindle. The first is that while publishing is free, you may want some hand-holding through the journey. Why spend more time than  you need to spend?

The second is the book marketing coach part. Simply  having a book up on Amazon doesn't mean you'll get a stampede of buyers devouring your every word.

You will want to promote your book (both during its free run and beyond), or it won't sell. There's no shortcut.

Go ahead and sign up with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). You'll do that anyway. It's such a fabulous program that frees you to be in charge of your own publishing.

Get help with everything from navigating KDP to formatting your book to Amazon Kindle free books promotions inside the Effortless Digital Publishing program.

You'll get a book template to help make formatting easier, all the resources in one place, a Q&A call, a HUGE list of places to post your Amazon Kindle free books promotion and more.

Download Effortless Digital Publishing now and become a published author within as little as a couple of days!

Follow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

Bestselling nonfiction and fantasy author

Creator of the BLISS Butterfly.System for author success


How can the Send to Kindle Button Help Me Spread My Message?

Amazon now has added a new way for content publishers to serve your audience: the send to Kindle button.

You have probably been in this situation before: You see a great post on a blog and you want to read it later. Maybe you even save the link in your bookmarks, but later…what site was that? Where did I put that link?

the send to Kindle button in action

Now, you can serve your readers and share your message by adding a handy button to your site or self-hosted WordPress blog. Here's the news straight from the Kindle Blog

The Send to Kindle Button

by Kindle Editors on 03/19/2013

Sending web content to Kindle is now easier than ever.

We are excited to announce the "Send to Kindle Button", a convenient new way to send content directly from a website to your Kindle.  Customers can check out the Send to Kindle Button today on The Washington Post, TIME, and the popular blog Boing Boing.

Have you ever encountered news, blogs, articles and other content on the web that you want to read but don't have time to do so immediately? The Send to Kindle Button lets you easily send that content to your Kindle to read later, at your convenience. Just send once and read everywhere on any of your Kindle devices or free Kindle reading apps for iPhone, iPad and Android phones or tablets. No more hunting around for that website or blog that caught your eye -- just open your Kindle and all the content you sent is right there.

The Send to Kindle Button is also great for those who want to collect content from the web to use in work projects, school assignments, or hobbies.

The Send to Kindle Button is part of a family of Send to Kindle applications that make it easy for customers to send personal documents and web content to read on their Kindle. To find out more about other Send to Kindle applications for PC, Mac, Chrome, and Firefox, please visit

If you happen to own a website and want to add the Send to Kindle Button, you can get it for free at or at for WordPress bloggers.

Installing the Send to Kindle Button on Your WordPress Blog

It's so simple to install the send to Kindle button!

1. Login to the admin panel of your blog.

2. Go to “add plugin” under Plugins.

3. Put “send to Kindle” in the search box and click enter. The first result should be right.

4. Click “install.”

5. Look down the left column for Send to Kindle and click it. (It should be below Settings).

6. Adjust the look and placement of the button. You can add it to post, pages, archive or homepage (any or all), and adjust the size, font and color (well…light or dark at least).

7. CLICK SAVE when you're done! (I have to say that or you may forget!).

That's it!

For more help with your book, I recommend you pick up “instant Author Formula. You'll discover 6 super simple methods for how to write a book, plus get more help with writing and publishing a book, including a 30 day course. Start reading Instant Author Formula in under a minute on your Kindle device or any of the free Kindle apps.

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Follow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

Bestselling nonfiction and fantasy author, Celebrity Author Mentor

Hashtag #AwakenedAuthor on Twitter.

Creator of the BLISS Butterfly