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)

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how to Boost Book Sales by 2400 Per Cent

Want to sell more books? Don't expect your facebook posts to do it for you! Follow this very important tip. Get back with me if you need some help. # sell more books #BookMarketingideas #BookMarketingReshared post from +Book Marketing Tools

"Somebody on an e-mail list was 24 times more likely to buy a book, than somebody that was following on Twitter."

This quote from book marketer Tim Grahl was one of many great things from our interview with him:


Authors: Using Instagram yet?

Instagram is an excellent tool for authors. SO much you can do with it.Life - People want to know YOU, so your slice of life pics will be great.On location -  Show your writing in process, locations for stories and more.

Quotes - Share your tips and wisdom. share quotes from your book.

Have fun! Here are some fabulous tips from +Rebekah Radice  to help you start. Thanks +Peg Fitzpatrick  for bringing this to us!

My Instagram account is I invite you to follow me! If you're interesting, I'll follow back. 😀

Follow your BLISS,
Ronda Del Boccio
#InstagramForAuthors   #SocialMediaMarketing

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How to use Instagram to Expand your Business Reach
via +Rebekah Radice

One tip:
Give a Unique Perspective
Instagram is a great place to highlight what makes your business special.

It’s also an excellent way to humanize your company.

Whether you’re taking a picture of your latest creation or sharing an upcoming event, choose eye-catching images.

Stay away from typical shots or standard stock photos. Instead, capture a unique aspect or feature."

Are you on Instagram? You can find me here:

#instagram   #instagramtip  #socialmediatips

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Social media INTERVENTION Saves Your Sanity!

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Frustrated by time-sucking social media? This fast, fun class teaches you a simple system to take back your day.

Revised for 2015, thi 22 min. 23 second web class teaches you:

If people look for you and you're not on social, you're nobody! Being in social media sites is essential to your book marketing success.

* Why authors need to be on social media
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* the "RIPPLE" that lets you get in and out of each social network in under a minute AND be a social, responsible web citizen.

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Can Slideshare Bring You Customers?

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As an author, you're an expert in certain areas, EVEN if you write fiction. Have you thought of using Slideshare to generate interest in your book? It can be a fabulous tool when you know how to use it.Find out how Slideshare can generate leads in this great article for +Social Media Examiner  by +Peg Fitzpatrick

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4 Ways to Use SlideShare for Lead Generation
Are you using SlideShare presentations to market your business?

Have you considered +SlideShare as a conversion tool?

SlideShare is useful for sharing highly informative presentations with your audience, but it’s also a hot social platform. Many businesses are missing out on the huge potential of SlideShare as a social marketing and lead conversion tool.

My latest guest post for +Social Media Examiner. If you like it, please share with your network as well. Thanks!!

Read it all here:

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Authors: Considering Hosting a Blog Book Tour?

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This video from the Author Hangout series from +Book Marketing Tools  is an excellent primer on doing blog tours for your book launch!
#booklaunch   #booklaunching   #launchparty   #bookmarketing   #bookmarketingtipsReshared post from +Book Marketing Tools

"A success for one indie author, is a success for all of us." - Alana Terry on The Author Hangout... Listen to the rest of the interview about blog tours and more:


Images are the new call to action!

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indeed, +Peg Fitzpatrick . Bad news for blind authors! heehee #artofsocialReshared post from +Omi Sido

SEO Tip of the day

"Images are the new call to action (CTA). If people come to your blog and can’t share it easily, they won’t." - +Peg Fitzpatrick

A good tip from +Peg Fitzpatrick (Author • speaker • rockin' a positive attitude • passionate about social media • innovative idea girl • visual marketing maverick • naturally caffeinated • Google+ evangelist • travelista • and so much more.
Co-author of The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users with Guy Kawasaki. ) in this article:

Other tips coming from +Peg Fitzpatrick in the same article (

" Choose the right size

Cover photo 851 x 315 pixels
Facebook post 940 x 788 pixels
Facebook ad for a Page 1,200 x 444 pixels
Avatar size upload 180 x 180 pixels, preview 160 x 160 pixels

Cover photo 2,048 x 1,152
Google + post 800 x 600 pixels
Avatar size 250 x 250 pixels minimum

Image 640 x 640 pixels – 1:1 aspect ratio
Profile photo 180 x 180 pixels

Header image 1,500 x 500 pixels
Tweet image 1,000 x 500 – 2:1 aspect ratio
Profile photo 400 x 400 pixels

Channel art 2,560 x 1,440 pixels
Video thumbnail 1280 x 720 (with minimum width of 640 pixels)
Channel icon  800 x 800 pixels

Pin 735 x 1,100 pixels – ideal size for a long, vertical image
735 x 735 pixels "

Note: Everything included in the quotation marks above is a direct quotation from the +Peg Fitzpatrick' article: Quick Tips for Great Social Media Graphics(

The awesome graphic that you see attached to this post was created following one of the tips in the article (article by +Peg Fitzpatrick) use And it only took me 5 min 🙂

PS None of the quotes above should be associated in anyway with Royal Sofia (


Book Marketing Tips: Does Your Book Have a Call to Action?

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"The End" is not the end. It is just the beginning. Do you have a next step, a call to action, in your book? Here's some great advice from +Book Marketing Tools  to help.
#bookmarketing   #bookmarketingtips   #writingtips  

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Put Calls To Action In The Back Of Your Books To Sell More Books - Readers reach the end of your book... then what? If you aren't sending them somewhere specific, you may lose the reader for good. Here are some tips on calls to action you can use:


Writing a Novel: After the First Draft

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THis month I #amrevising  my #wip   They All Died Smiling

As I go through the book start to finish, I'm so happy with where it went. No huge blunders. Yay!

Looking for ways to enrich scenes. When I write dialogue-heavy scenes, I often just write the words. Now, the #editing  phase, is when I go back and add gestures or other details.

I also read through for consistency, pacing, and character development.

I found a little pacing error that was easily enough fixed. I didn't want Kassidy catching on to something right away, but her intuition had to start nagging at her a bit.

So that's my update for They all Died Smiling!

Follow your BLISS,
Ronda Del Boccio
Best Selling Author and Speaker
  #paranormalromance   #paranormalsuspense  


Social Media Marketing for Authors: What Size Should My Image Be?

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Images make a post POP - assuming they look right! Images can help you with #bookmarketing  , connecting with your reader, and showing off your beautiful (hopefully) book cover. But it can be frustrating...Have you ever posted an image in social media only to see it come out much differently than you expected?

Have you ever wondered what's the best size image that works well in Pinterest?

Have you ever gone into a network to add a photo, only to find that the cover image guidelines have changed?

+Peg Fitzpatrick  knows her stuff, and here she shares the guide to teach you all you need to know about images in social media. Thanks so much!

Take Peg's advice, and be sure to grab her book co-authored with +Guy Kawasaki ,

Follow your BLISS,
Ronda Del Boccio
#1 best selling author, speaker & Top Reviewer

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Attention bloggers! The Essential Cheat Sheet for Social Media Image Sizes via +Rebekah Radice

"Just when you feel comfortable with the most recent updates, along comes a whole new round.

One area that continues to evolve is social media images. From cover photos to the exact right photo dimensions for posts, keeping up can feel impossible.

To help you make the most of your online presence, Rebekah put together an essential list of social media image sizes for the top eight social networks.

You’ll also find best practices and examples that show you how to leverage graphics to build awareness, interest and engagement."

Read it all here:

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#socialmedia   #visualmarketing   #DIYdesign   #visualmedia   #artofsocial


Social Media Lingo: Abbreviations & Alphabet Soup of Social Media Marketing

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There are so many acronyms! It's like onscreen alphabet soup. Here's the decoder ring. Thanks +Peg Fitzpatrick 

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An EPIC list of Social Media Acronyms & Abbreviations from +Kevan Lee and +Buffer 

The Ultimate List of Social Media Acronyms and Abbreviations
A complete glossary of social media acronyms and abbreviations - along with definitions - for social media updates and marketing.


Legally Using Online Pictures

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Just because you see a photo on a website doesn't mean you are free to use it for any purpose. What's to do? Find out below.

Thanks Peg +Peg Fitzpatrick 
#creativecommons   #copyrightprotection   #copyrightlaw   #copyrightinfringement  

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12 Most Picture Perfect Ways To Ensure You’re Legally Using Online Photos written by +Sara Hawkins 
Hint: you can't use images that you find on the internet without permission. This means images from Google search, movies, television, other people's graphics, etc. Read on..

"Using images in our online work is crucial. It’s a visual medium and how better to tell your story or draw in your audience than with a compelling photo? But while some may be flattered you’re using a photo they took or image they created, most are not. Besides all the SEO and search-engine ranking reasons, using someone else’s work without their permission is not only wrong but also may be illegal."

12 Most Picture Perfect Ways To Ensure You’re Legally Using Online Photos
Attorney and social media writer, Sara Hawkins, snaps the 12 Most Picture Perfect Ways To Ensure You’re Legally Using Online Photos.


Social Media for Authors: 20 Insider Features

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You use social media sites as an author all the time, but I know that it's easy to miss some of the coolest hacks and tips you could use, if only you knew about them. I know I'm learning new things all the time. +Denise Wakeman brings you 20 cool tricks and feature for Facebook, Twitter and more.
#soccialMediaMarketing   #bookmarketing   #bookmarketingtips

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Do you know about all these little-known features on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest?

via +HubSpot


20 Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & Pinterest Features You Didn't Know Existed (But Totally Should)
Check out this list of 20 little-known things you can do on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.


Authors: Great Book Tease Image

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Do you make book teaser images for your books? It's a good book marketing idea. I shall make 1 this week. #bookteaser   #bookmarketing  

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In the glamorous society of Mykonos, a family is drowned in riches, power, and deadly secrets…
#99cents    #SALE  
DEADLY SECRETS by ‪#‎bestselling‬ author Angel Sefer
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Character Development: What Music Does Your Character Like?

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Kassidy, the protagonist in my novel-in-progress They All Died Smiling has a playlist. I know her well enough to understand her music tastes. Here's her playlist.

As you write, do you consider what your main characters would listen to? IF so, share your character's name and an example or two of his/her playlist songs.

Ronda Del Boccio
Award winning and best selling author
#characterdevelopment   #writingskills  

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Readers Want Good Books

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Right to the best of your ability and continue to improve your craft.The best way to know who you are as an artist is to write lots and lots of words and get feedback from readers so that you're able to improve.#writingskillsReshared post from +Book Marketing Tools

"We can promote all we want, if we don't have a great book that readers want to read, it's not going to work." - +Martin Crosbie on The Author Hangout. Watch:


How Can Authors Track Sales from Social Media?

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As an author, you talk about your book(s) and others you've read in social. Do those mentions turn into sales? Sure, but it's hard to measure what really happens.

Here's an example. I saw posts about an awesome book called Voodoo Butterfly #VoodooButterfly  on Facebook. I didn't get it. Some days later, I went to Amazon and got it. But the trail from Camille Fay's mention (or whoever posted the original I saw), cannot be measured as a social sale because the trail died.

This is an excelltnhe post by the brilliant and way cool +Jay Baer  (author of YouTility, 1 of my MUST READ books for authors and biz owners alike). Check this out and consider how it affects your book marketing

Some book marketing tips:
1. Encourage social sharing right in your book as well as on your blog/site and in social media.
2. Create a hashtag for your book. Put it into the book and encourage readers to use it when spreading the word online.
3. Spend more time in the networks your readers (ideal customer/market) use.

#bookmarketingtips   #bookmarketing   #youtility   #socialmediamarketing  

 Follow your BLISS,
Ronda Del Boccio
Award-winning,  #1 best selling author and speaker
Amazon Top Reviewer

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Why Social Media Will Never Get the Credit It Deserves

Social media is never going to get the credit it deserves for driving commerce, and there’s a simple reason why.

Find Out Why:


Author: Want Your Book Reviewed

I'm an Amazon Top Reviewer, and I oks on my website. My thoughts are relevant to authors as well as readers. #BookReviewer   #BookReview   #author   #writer  

For authors, you'll learn something about how to make your book awesome.
For readers, you'll know whether the book is something you'll enjoy.

Get details and find out how to request a review at

Book Review Opportunity for Authors | Write On Purpose
Would you like to have your book reviewed by an Amazon Top Reviewer? If I choose your book, I'll review it on Amazon and on my site, It's great to have Amazon reviews. Very important. And what a bonus to have reviews on other websites as well. Preferred genres include ...