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Kindle forums: A Distraction

Recently I have been doing a lot of promoting and while I was doing so I found myself getting more and more involved in conversations with other authors on the Kindle forums.

There are actually two kindle forums. There is the Kindle publishers forum which is only accessable through an authors account and this is where the majority of the authors actually spend their time (there has been a lot of hostility towards authors from readers on the other forums for some reason, personally I’d love to get to interact with book authors) here there are the standard help with formatting forums, accounts problems, etc¬† but there are two other forums where I spend a lot of my time.

General questions forum where we all talk about everything from pricing, reviews, blurbs, sales levels and what we should do next.

Then there is my personal favourite section of them all the ‘Voice of the author’ forum. It’s full of marketing advice, authors swapping books for review and general encouragement. I’ve probably bought more books thanks to this section of the forum in the last 6 months than I have in the last 6 years.

In the other kindle forums on the main Amazon sites there is a fairly new section called meet our authors. This shows great promise as long as readers actually come and meet the authors of course. I’ve set up my very own meet the author discussion page so anyone wanting to chat to me about my books etc can head here.

I’ve also spent quite a bit of time in discussion pages for particular books. Each product on Amazon has a section just above suggested similar discussion pages where anyone can either create a discussion thread or join in an existing one about the product. For example one of my readers on Amazon.com created a Why I loved ‘With Proud Humility’ discussion thread.

If you’re an author or a reader I’d encourage you to head over to chat to lots of other people and distract me even more from writing ūüėČ

Best Fiction Books From Indie Authors: Interview with Patrick

While I’ve been browsing my way through the secret hidden forums of the kindle publishers/authors world I’ve met quite a number of authors and a few have stuck out to me. I’d like to introduce you to Patrick, just one of those authors, who is working to create a list on Amazon.com and .co.uk populated by the best books from indie authors. This is the first of many projects Patrick is working on as he also has a website being created called The ePublishing Consortium

I asked Patrick some questions about him and the list he is creating and thought I’d share some of what he said.

How long have you been publishing as an indie author/interested in indie ebook publishing?

I have been publishing books since 2007 when I released Legacy Inheritance in paperback.  I wrote the manuscript and donated the first printing to a nonprofit as a fundraiser.  I have been writing books since 1993 as a hobby.

What exactly is the list and what made you decide to invest your time effort and money into other authors by creating it?

The list is designed to find the best authors and promote their works in an otherwise difficult-to-find environment.¬† Most new eAuthors¬†and their books are¬†the hardest to promote¬†due to being an ‘unknown quantity’.¬† There is a strong struggle for these authors as they do not know their way around the industry due to being new/inexperienced at it.¬† The List is a tie-in to the ePublishing¬†Consortium where works can be shown, the best can be promoted, the Consortium selects their award recipients and authors can promote their¬†books to increase sales.

The reason¬†this effort is being¬†focused on a solution for all eAuthors is due to its real need.¬† The publishing industry is undergoing a major evolution right now.¬† It is somewhat in a state of flux and chaos.¬† It is during the times of chaos where the most change occurs.¬† The need for independent, as well as veteran,¬†authors to publish their own¬†work has come.¬†¬†There will always be a nostalgia about¬†paper books.¬† But, the direction is clear…¬†electronic is the format of the future.¬† We are seeing the cutting¬†edge of this evolution now.

What do you hope to gain from the list both personally and for others?

I have always had sort of a Robin Hood complex wanting to help those who need it.  My life has not been perfect and there is a learning curve with each new venture, but, there is nothing like the power of people working together to build something.  There is a strong personal satisfaction derived from being part of that.

You can check out the list on Amazon.com here and .co.uk here.