More publishing stuff

The only remaining problem I have is how to get the html-based link onto my site so people can click on it and buy my book, which pays me 15% of list price per referral. I get all the way through the process, on my Amazon Associates account, but it does not locate my book in its database of products on Amazon.

My friend Steve in Seattle has looked at it, and he says you can’t sell an eBook through Amazon Associates and get credit for it. I haven’t seen this anywhere, but it makes sense, because they won’t produce my book info for the link when I’m trying to post it.

Now I see that WordPress, which is what I use for this blog, has its own plug-in for this, for linking to Amazon products. And if all else fails, I will just put in a link to the Amazon product page.

Sales are modest on my book, compared to let’s say, JA Jance, or Barbara Kingsolver (humor), but it has sold enough so that it’s probable that people other than my friends are buying it. In April, when a few other projects are done, I will work on marketing.

I did do another edit. It had some photos that were printing blank and of course I continue to find typos – things like incomplete quotation marks. So I fixed a lot of those and just re-loaded it on the Amazon DTP site. As before, it took a few days to hit the airwaves, but version 1.1 is now online.

By the way, I did it in Word, as requested by Amazon, and it took out formatting, such as first line indent.

I borrowed someone’s Kindle and read a couple of books on it. I see that they have no formatting either, aside from separating paragraphs. It does accept headers.

About BG

Beryl Gorbman is a writer and private investigator who divides her time between Seattle WA and Merida Yucatan Mexico. She has published two works of fiction, 2012: Deadly Awakening, and Madrugada. They are both available on Amazon and other outlets. Also at Amate Books, and Casa Catherwood in Merida. You can read about them in various articles on this site.
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