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is a fun and easy environment where most independent authors learn to
swim. But, eventually, many of us grow out of the Amazon kiddie pool and
go wide, making our books available on retailers other than Amazon.
Unfortunately, the waters of Google, iTunes, and so forth are dark and
shark infested, and we enter those strange seas with some trepidation.
Perhaps you'll ease my fright by spending five minutes helping me gain
traction at the new e-retailers?
I definitely don't
expect you to copy your reviews over to every site, but if you already
have an account at Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Google, or Kobo, those
are my top priority. Thank you in advance for helping me learn to tread water in the wider, darker ocean beyond Amazon!
hatched chicks will be hitting our post office this week, and to
celebrate I'm giving our readers a chance to stock up on chicken
supplies at little or no cost. First, don't miss Pasture Basics,
which is free on Amazon today. The book is full of everything I've
learned about rotational chicken pasturing over the last few years and
should help prevent the smelly, brown chicken runs I often see on
It's here! The Naturally Bug-Free Garden has hit bookstores at last!
you want a copy of your very own, you can order from any of these
retailers (or hit a bricks-and-mortar store and ask for a copy):
Want a free paperback? Head over to my other blog and join the treasure hunt for a chance to win a free copy. I hope you enjoy my most colorful book to date!
Our newest release comes from Errol Hess, one of the founding editors of Sow's Ear Magazine and an award-winning author who has been published in Madison Review and many other journals. His debut book, Sapling Grove Secrets,
compiles four short stories that remind me of a mixture of Wendell
Berry and O. Henry. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did!
Now's your chance to catch up on Terra's adventures for only $1.98! The first novel in the series, Shiftless, is free today; the second novel, Pack Princess, is marked down to 99 cents; and the prequel short story, Bloodling Wolf, is available at its normal low price of 99 cents. I hope you enjoy the ride!
believe that Amazon sells 67% of ebooks in the U.S., and they also
provide several perks for authors who choose to subscribe to KDP Select
and eschew all other retailers. On the other hand, different types of
readers tend to flock to different platforms, with Canadian readers
largely preferring Kobo, for example. Similarly, niche books may reach
their audience better on retailers other than Amazon, and many authors
have found that non-Amazon customers are willing to pay more for books.
Finally, how can you know whether your core readers are all hanging out
on iTunes or Google Play unless you give those sites a try?
And Permaculture Chicken: Incubation Handbook is available on:
On the other hand, going wide does
have growing pains that reach beyond formatting your book to match each
retailer's standards. One of the issues with going wide is that you
spread out your readers, which makes it harder to move up the
bestseller lists. In addition, indie authors have a harder time breaking
into some of the other sites (although reports are that Kobo is very
Those of you who read my other blog
will know that I'm a cheapskate. I also read like crazy, averaging
about four books a week, and our tiny local library can't keep up.
Farmstead Feast: Winter
is now live! I've the new title to the introductory price of 99 cents
and have made it free for subscribers to Kindle Unlimited, so hopefully
you'll consider giving it a shot.
Are you looking for some lighter reading for those long winter nights? My homesteading novel, Watermelon Summer, is marked down to 99 cents today.
"A subtly beautiful tale...this highly-readable young-adult book will find a spot on your bookshelf to be read again and again."
--- Laura Strathman Hulka, Story Circle Book Reviews
Grab your copy here while it's on sale, and thanks for reading!
The second edition of Trailersteading is now available on Amazon!
This expanded version contains several new profiles of trailersteaders
who used mobile homes as a stepping stone on their path to independence,
as well as a new chapter on our own experiences working our trailer
into a permaculture homestead. Learn how to build a shade trellis,
greywater wetland, window awnings, and much more!
Thanks for reading! And while you're at it, check out the new covers I've made for Microbusiness Independence and $10 Root Cellar.
I think the Trailersteading cover needs a face lift too, but I haven't
quite figured out what the new cover should look like. Suggestions are
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