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To Go Kindle Select or Not Go Kindle Select?

Time to tackle the burning question for indie authors: Should I go exclusive with Amazon?

For any self-published indie author, Amazon is a big factor in many decisions.  I’ve written before about the 800 lb gorilla that is the Amazon review.  The reason Amazon is so important to reviews is the same reason it’s so important to an author’s sales strategy: it’s the single biggest distributor of books, especially e-books. And with their Kindle Select offering, Amazon offers marketing and sales incentives in exchange for not distributing your e-book with anyone else.

So, the question boils down to, do I want to get a bigger slice of a smaller pie? What’s an indie author to do?


Sparrow Squadron Now Available on NetGalley

Calling all bookbloggers and book reviewers! My debut novel, Sparrow Squadron, is listed on NetGalley for the next month as I try out this service for the first time.

If you’re not familiar with it, the novel is inspired the real-life overlooked stories of the Soviet Union’s women fighter pilots who went into combat against Nazi Germany. Here’s the one-liner:

Her homeland invaded, 16-year-old Aelya Makarova fights back in the deadly skies over WWII Russia. But enemy aces aren’t the only foes she needs to face.

Because I’ve waffled over using NetGalley before, I’m also going to use the results as an opportunity to write about what can be a very important tool for indie authors to get the word out about their work. So for the first time in a while, I’m getting work done both as a blogger and an author!

If you’re a bookblogger, book reviewer or just plain like reading free ebooks, you can go and check it out at the link here, or click on the banner below.

NETGALLEY

 


2018 In Review: My 5-Stars for the Year

In a year where my blogging volume has dropped precipitously due to writing commitments (and, uh, work), this is probably my last post of the year. Let’s go out with a bang! I haven’t had the opportunity to post about some of my favourite things this year, so I’m gathering all my 5-star raves for 2018 in one place.

To keep things manageable, I’m restricting my list of 5-star reading and viewing experiences to “Histories Unfolding Approved” historically-related entries.

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