Author Help

Helping authors publish

Introducing our Bespoke Publishing Package

When we first started Author Help, it made sense to create a complete publishing package so that authors could get everything they needed in a single off-the-shelf bundle. But every author needs something different.

We recognise that some authors may need help getting up and running on social media, some want their work only in paperback, and some have particular needs around images. Books of different lengths and complexities take different times to work with.

We have rewritten our package offering from the ground up. There are new services available, we’ve hammered out the calculations, and we’ve put together some internal processes.

By making our package modular, each author we work with can get the service – and the price – that’s right for them. Plus we’ve added a few little extra touches!

So go take a look at our new publishing package or contact us to book a free consultation.

Weekly News: 19th October 2020

Every week, we post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

  • If you use Payhip for direct sales from your WordPress website, you’ll find our new plugin very useful.
  • France has criticised the European Commission over guidance on applying new copyright rules, saying that the guidance could weaken the law.
  • If a cyber-attacker can get your password, they can wreak all kinds of havoc. Here are some of the common techniques they use to get passwords.
  • Can you learn anything from this marketing case study?
  • Conan Doyle’s estate has sued over Sherlock Holmes having emotions. This article has the details, plus interesting commentary from a lawyer.
  • You’ve got a mailing list (you have, haven’t you?). Now, here’s how to use it to sell books.
  • For those who need to reduce the length of their books, here are three ideas.

If you want to publish your book, email us to find out how we can help.

Weekly News: 12th October 2020

Every week, we post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

  • Some help for authors just starting out, from veteran indies Joanna Penn and David Gaughran
  • Authors often ask if their writing is good enough, but that’s the wrong question. The real question is, do you like writing for its own sake?
  • Self-publishing romance authors know how to market their books. Consequently they sell well. So why does a large part of the industry ignore or mock them?
  • Our Local Links WordPress Plugin for authors will localise your links. Plus it now makes it easy to include affiliate codes on your Amazon, Apple, Google, and Kobo links.
  • There’s lots of conflicting advice about when to send emails to your list. We only send them when we have something to say. This explains why.
  • Many authors don’t register their copyright. Here’s the argument for why you should, and how to do it.
  • We won’t be supplying Mobi files for upload to Amazon any more, because Amazon want you to upload an ePub file instead.

If you want to publish your book, email us to find out how we can help.

Weekly News: 5th October 2020

Every week, we post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

  • Why short chapters are better than long ones.
  • Word of mouth is the best form of marketing. Here’s how to get more of it.
  • I’ve always been wide (ie not Amazon exclusive) with all my books. If you want to do the same, Kobo Writing Life has some useful pointers.
  • Three common issues fiction writers have in early drafts, and how to fix them.
  • Here are some ways to build your author platform.
  • Five things that should be on every author’s website. Are you missing any?
  • The Frankfurt book fair is going to be virtual, but that calling it “fake” does everyone a disservice.

If you want to publish your book, email us to find out how we can help.

Weekly News: 28th September 2020

Every week, I post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

If you want to publish your book, email me at robin@authorhelp.uk.

Weekly News: 21st September 2020

Every week, I post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

If you want to publish your book, email me at robin@authorhelp.uk.

Weekly News: 14th September 2020

Every week, I post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

  • To sell more books, give readers what they want.
  • Schedule your social media posts for free.
  • Your non-viewpoint characters have emotions too. Here’s how to show them.
  • Passive voice isn’t always a bad thing.
  • Make your settings powerful.
  • The two most important pages on your website.
  • Another reason to make sure you have HTTPS set up on your website. In October, Google Chrome will start showing two warnings to anyone submitting a form (eg a contact form) that doesn’t use HTTPS.

If you want to publish your book, email me at robin@authorhelp.uk.

Minimum list price for Kindle books

I recently organised a multi-author sale. Several authors (including myself) agreed to reduce the price of one or more of their ebooks to $0.99/£0.99 for a week. I created a page on my website listing the books with links to where they could be bought. Everyone agreed to promote the sale to their newsletter or pay towards a Facebook advertising campaign. So far so good.

I got an unpleasant surprise on the eve of the sale, when I went to reduce the price of one of my books to the required $0.99/£0.99. Amazon wouldn’t let me reduce the price to less than $1.99/£1.25. These minimum prices have been in place since at least 2017, but they don’t get talked about very much, so they’re easy to miss.

The book that I was trying to reduce the price on contains a lot of images, and the file size is about 7MB, much larger than the typical ebook. Kindle books of between 3MB and 10MB have a minimum price of $1.99, even on the 35% royalty option. Kindle books larger than 10MB have a minimum price of $2.99 on the 35% royalty option.

Most ebooks won’t be affected by this, but books with large numbers of images and ebook box sets might be. If you’re planning to run a sale, check the minimum price for your book before you publicise the sale price. In my case, I was able to work around the issue. Since I have multiple books published, I was able to simply put a different book in the sale, one with a file size small enough to allow me to reduce the price as required. This neatly illustrates one of the advantages of having multiple books published — greater flexibility.

The full details of the price limits for different sizes are on the list price requirements page at KDP Help.

Weekly News: 7th September 2020

Every week, I post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

If you want to publish your book, email me at robin@authorhelp.uk.

Weekly News: 31st August 2020

Every week, I post a curated list of links that authors should find useful or interesting. Here are this week’s links:

If you want to publish your book, email me at robin@authorhelp.uk.

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