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Publishing News Roundup Series: Books Disappear on Amazon

by Maureen Crisp •  November 7, 2018  •   Follow

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Books are disappearing all over Amazon.

What does this mean for authors and publishers? If your books have been affected, how can you, as a self-published author, get around the bug to get your material in the hands of readers? Marketing well and keeping in touch with your readers at this time is crucial. Stay connected with them to not lose fan base.


Are you writing everyday?


This week around the publishing blogosphere… 


If you have a Kindle ebook you might have noticed that books are disappearing all over the Amazon ebook store. Nate Hoffelder investigated and found there is a bug loose… 


Meanwhile Mark at The New Publishing Standard (TNPS) has a post about the Amazon’s stock market hit and why we should take notice.


This week some important imprints were dropped or consolidated. For writers this means fewer outlets picking up novels. For the big publishers… are they saving money? 



I’ve been reading Seth Godin’s blog for years… He is the master of the short post with the big nugget inside. In this post he talks about the value of daily blogging...- Just think daily writing and there you have a new way of getting your thoughts out there.


Techcrunch has an interesting article on text serials. A writing team has a dark fantasy text serial going through Snapchat. Storytelling is compulsive and comes in all sorts of containers… echos of last NaNoWriMo where I ended up writing a big speech 

It is NaNoWriMo… (National Novel Writing Month.)

All over the world writers are gathering supplies and hunkering down to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. Of course there are the rebels out there who commit to writing 50,000 words but spread over different projects or the writers who focus on writing a 500 word picture book a day… because they are…(fill in the appropriate adjective/noun combo.)


Here are a few great links for anyone for needs some NANO inspiration.


If you want to treat yourself to some great writing craft books head on over to the Storybundle – NANO page. Every year Kevin Anderson curates some GREAT books and you can get them all very cheaply! (Every year I can’t resist buying them…)
Joanna Penn has a great post from Zara Altair on the three stages of editing.  This is a comprehensive look at what each stage is and how to approach it. A must read and bookmark for November- NaNoEdMo.

In The Craft Section,

Two great posts from K M Weiland-How to turn an idea into a story and
When you need to do radical revision– Ruth Harris- Bookmark

In The Marketing Section,

3 more things to do on Goodreads– Elizabeth S Craig -Bookmark
How to upload and Sell books on KDP– The full rundown from Fitsmallbusiness- Bookmark
Two Bookmark worthy posts from the Bookbub Blog- Biggest bookbub ad mistakes and 50 inspirational marketing tips.

To Finish,

I was noodling around the internet looking at pre made covers for inspiration- Yes there are writers out there who stockpile covers for books they want to write. I’m have all my sci fi series covers ready… but I’m still writing the books. (That was last years NANO project -then I ended up writing a big speech. LOL)  This week I came across this great pre made bookcover site… One of the great features is that you can play around with titles and placement instantly and see what it looks like before you buy… and the covers aren’t expensive at all. Lots of happy playing when I should be writing. 



About Maureen Crisp

Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.