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Survive the Summer Sales Slump

Industry folks from all sides will argue as to whether or not a summer sales slump occurs, particularly in the eBook space. We at AOAD don’t have specific numbers to prove this, but anecdotal evidence, personal experience, and the fact that many publishers take chunks of time off during the summer when sales are lower seem to be good indicators that it happens to some extent.

The question is, if or when the summer sales slump hits, what can you do about it? Let’s talk about some ways to deal with these slower months. We don’t guarantee sales, but we do think you’ll have a productive summer if you try these out!

Hold a Sale
Hold a price drop on one (or more) of your books. As simple as that. Price drops tend to boost sales units. You may see less $, but at the same time, you may see more $ than if you hadn’t done the sale.

Release a Boxed Set
If you have a series completed, consider releasing a box set of the series during the summer. Don’t have a completed series without a box? Try an anthology with several other authors.

Promote, Promote, Promote
Rather than back off on your promotions, step up. Many authors take the summer off. Many publishers take a portion of the summer off. Take advantage of potentially having less voices to compete with and do more promoting in the summer.

Release a New Book
Releasing a new book during traditional slump months can help you get through the slump and bolster your numbers. Two things to consider… If you release in June, try releasing a summer-themed book to take advantage of those beach readers. Also, think about releasing in August which has the potential to kick start your fall sales.

Try A Social Media Refresh
Take advantages of these months when readers are paying less attention and refresh your social media. Give your brand a face lift, launch a new website, get started on a new platform (never tried Instagram? Try now), and so forth.

Summerize Your Incentives
Any giveaways, sales, releases, promotions, etc. that you do, try to make them summer themed. Combine them with other summer incentives. Think beaches, BBQ, pools, snow cones & ice cream…you get it.  Just remember, if you do this, to time your events earlier in the summer. You know…when it’s still summer for a while.

Hook Up with Other Authors
Use the power of cross-promotion. In the summer try to do events like Facebook parties, Twitter parties, Newsletter visits, blog visits or blasts, and so on, with other authors.

Get Ready for Fall
Take these slower months to get ready for the uptick in the fall. Hold off on those promotions and sales and hit them hard at the end of August, September/October. After taking a break and hearing less over the summer, readers may be more ready to take advantage. (Yes, we know this contradicts our earlier suggestion about promoting in the summer. Lol. Pick one and try it out. See what works for you.)

Take advantage of a slow down and use all that extra time in your life to beef up your skills. Take workshops, go to a conference, take an online or local college course, try writing exercises, join a writing group, and anything else you can think of.

Take a break and read over the summer. Reading is a huge part of being an author. Keep up with how the market it changing in your genre. Enjoy other authors’ work. Rekindle your passion.

Write, Write, Write
Take the summer to write your heart out. Get words on the page so that when the industry returns to full steam in the fall, you can jump right in. Or get a head start on a project so that you can take it easier in the fall.

No matter which of our suggestions you try, definitely try the last one! We wish you luck heading into the summer and would love to hear what works for you. Do you see the slump? What have you tried?

Common Editing Misses

One of our editors is a retired English teacher, and quite possibly the most thorough editor I’ve ever come across in terms of grammar. This editor has a list of common grammar mistakes missed consistently during editing (whether by writers OR by previous editors).

Some of these grammar rules may be a preference of a given publisher to not apply in favor of a less formal voice. However, whether writing fiction or non-fiction, it helps to be aware of the rules. I thought I’d share her list today and get them on your radar. (Do consult with your editor about these.)

Lie / Lay
With this one it helps to remember that “to lay” is referring to objects, and “to lie” is referring to a person’s body doing the action.

*table from

Like / As
Using like vs. as when preceding a comparison, here’s the trick…

If the comparison phrase has no verb, you use “like.”

She trembled like a leaf.
The heat in his gaze disappeared like a cool mist.

If the comparison phrase has a subject and verb, you MUST use “as” or “as though”.

She trembled as a leaf fluttering to the ground might tremble.
The heat in his gaze disappeared, as though he’d mentally taken a step back.

They (for one person)
When writing about a nameless person for whom you have not yet identified the gender, it can get tricky from a grammatical standpoint. Most writers will then refer to that person as “they.”

Ex. The thief was stealthy. They’d managed to get by all our security. They must move like a ninja.

The problem with this is “they” is plural, referring to more than one person. To be technically correct, you should write the above example in the following way:

Ex. The thief was stealthy. He or she had managed to get by all our security. He or she must move like a ninja.

This, obviously, can become quite clunky especially in fiction writing. We recommend reworking the sentence to try to avoid it when possible. Ask your publisher for his or her preference as well.

Ex. The thief was stealthy with skills like a ninja, because not a single one of our security measures had been tripped. 

Hopefully these were helpful. What common grammar mistakes do you find either you miss or often get missed in editing?

Resources for Authors

There are tons of tools out there, some free and some for a fee, which can be useful for authors in all the various areas in which they have to operate–primarily in writing and marketing. Each month, Authors On A Dime features a different resource in the section below. But we thought we’d highlight some of the tools we use most…
This easy-to-use online tool allows you to make graphics for various purposes. Experts say that people are more likely to view or click a post with graphics. Here’s a free way to create those.

Need help setting your writing or editing goals and then tracking to those. Here’s a fantastic tool to help you with that. The free version only allows 2 projects at a time.

Doing fancier graphics that need more than Times New Roman & Arial. Check out these fonts. (Be careful about using only those that are designated 100% free and Public Domain.)

Deposit Photos
Need fancier photos, or you plan to do your own cover design. A subscription at Deposit Photos might be your best bet.

KDP Rocket
We use this tool (yes, you pay for it) to research best keywords for a given book. It’s been invaluable for Amazon keywords not only for search results, but also for Amazon Ads.

Author Cross Promotion
Looking to build your mailing list quickly with readers who actually interact and act on your announcements? Try the mailing list building events at Author Cross Promotions!

There are tons of resources and tools out there for authors. Which ones do you use constantly that you would recommend. AOAD is always looking for great tips! Send yours in and we’ll share.

Unglue Your NaNoWriMo Project

Depositphotos_22233231_l-2015-SMALLNaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is the annual challenge many writers take up. The goal is to write a full 50k word (or more) book in one month. There are many classes, blog posts, and tips out there for getting through this challenge. If you ever get a chance to take Candace Havens “Book in a Month” workshop, we highly recommend it.

For those participating in NaNoWriMo this year, we thought we’d share some tips–born of experience–on getting your writing unstuck. If your writing is bogged down, try any of the below!

Push Through It / Set a Goal
Obviously for NaNo, you probably have a goal of so many words or pages a night. If you’re stuck, keep writing until you hit that goal. As a rule, pushing through, even if you eventually go back and re-write all of it, often gets you past the sticky point. NaNoWriMo, in general, has proven that the “just get it on paper” technique can be quite effective, or people wouldn’t continue to do it every year.

Skip It & Come Back
Sometimes getting back in the rhythm takes a little inspiration. If you’re stuck on one part, go write a different part. Something you’ve been noodling on and just waiting to sink your teeth into tends to be best. Come back to the sticky part later. It’s possible you’ll find you were stuck because what you were trying to write wasn’t integral to the story and you can either leave it out or skim over it quickly.

Going back through what you’ve already written and starting to perfect it can often clarify a point you forgot about or were still fuzzy on. Sometimes that discovery ends up being exactly what you need to get you unstuck. Or sometimes editing inspires a new idea or direction – yet another solution. (Just be careful, because sometimes you can get bogged down even more – gotta be careful with this one!)

Map It Out
You may find yourself lost in the journey of your writing because you don’t know where you’re going. This happens a lot to pantsers, we find. By doing a little outlining, determining the frame of the story moving forward, even if it’s just the next few scenes, it may get you out of your sticky mess.

For whatever reason, I do all my best thinking when I’m running (or walking these days). This is true if I’m working out a problem for work, for home, for my kids… or for writing. My mind clears and ideas solidify. Find the activity that does that for you – cooking? yoga? shopping? –and then go do that when you are in a dead-lock. It blows away the cobwebs.

Work on a Different Project
If you’re anything like us, you may have several projects going, or an idea you’ve been wanting to work on. It may seem counter-intuitive, given the short time limit for NaNoWriMo, but changing projects, even if just for an hour, can help. Whether it’s editing or outlining or researching. This can give your brain a break, and gets the inspiration flowing again.

Go Back Through Workshop Notes
If you’re like us, you’ve have taken (and continue to take) writing workshops. You probably have loads of fantastic notes and templates just begging to be used. If you get stuck, start reading through your notes and handouts on workshops to see if anything pops out to get you moving again.

Boil It Down
A great workshop I took once had us define the idea, premise, concept, and conflict. It’s a booger of an exercise, but if you force yourself through it, it can help sharpen the direction of your story. Help you focus on what’s it really about?

Write the Blurb and/or Tagline
Writing the blurb, and especially the tagline, is another way to pinpoint what the focus of your story is. This also helps you get it out of the way for later. 😉

Do Something Outrageous
Another great workshop on building conflict, talked about torturing your characters–trying to find the worst situation(s) to put them into. So if I’m stuck, I try to think of the worst thing I could throw at them at that moment in the story, and then I try to make it even worse, something really difficult for me to solve, and then I write it. Building the conflict definitely spices things up when you’re writing!

Research / Surf the Web
This is another one where you can bog down, so be careful. But sometimes doing research can help details pop out that might be your breakthrough brilliant idea to improve your story. Do research on location, or mythology, or clothing. Start looking at images – fan art, movie clips, book covers. Or even something as basic as putting together your heroine’s outfit for a particular scene. Visual cues and new information can help.

Go to the End and Work Backwards
Maybe you know where you want things to end, but have gotten stuck on how to get your characters there. By writing the ending and then working backwards a scene at a time, you may eventually figure out what needs to happen in the middle to meet up with where they end. Like with mysteries where you need to know the end to lay the clues properly.

Retrace Your Conflict
Many times, a story gets bogged down because you’ve lost your conflict. Take the time to go back retrace what happened. Did you lose sight of the conflict? Do you solve it too soon? Is it not enough of a conflict? Do you need to reintroduce it? Look to your conflict, and 9 times out of 10, you’ll reinvigorate your writing.

We hope this helps! Best of luck to all you NaNoWriMo’ers! 🙂 And we hope you have a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Social Media Images Help Find Readers

Social media, for most authors, is the primary means of advertising, marketing, and connecting with readers. A majority of authors start wit the basic needs–a banner image on Facebook and/or a website and use of their book covers.

But there are so many more options for what you can do with images in social media. For example, do you create custom, related images for your blog posts or most important social media posts? All current research shows that posts on social media which include graphics get a higher engagement than those which don’t.

Here are just a few ideas of different images you might want to try using on social media:

Banners are the long/skinny images that go across the top of your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, website, or other platforms. Sometimes a website has multiple banners, one across the top and one or more on the home page or at the top of each main page. Typically, you want these images to include your logo and/or website. They can also be used to announce/advertise the most important upcoming dates for you as an author (usually new releases).

These image can include more detailed graphics for paid online or print magazine ads. They can also be ads on other websites or in newsletters. This means they come in a wide range of sizes and needs.

Use images–usually on Facebook or Twitter–to announce anything from new releases to sales to book signings and so forth. Images will always engage more than just text for these announcements.

Memes are usually just for fun–funny comments on being an author, what you feel like without coffee in the morning, etc. They can also help catch the attention of new readers for your books. Make a meme which has an image of your heroine and a quote from the book, or the cover with the tagline.

Blog Posts
Always try to have an image that helps grab attention when you post on your blog. Usually, an image which includes the catchy title of the blog post is a great place to started. Other images which illustrate whatever the topic is are also good.

There are a ton of other ways to use imagery when posting on social media. Hopefully these gave you a few new things to think about.

By the way, there is a fantastic page at Make a Website Hub which shows the recommended image dimensions (as of 2016) for various social media needs.

Organizing Social Media Ideas

AuthorToolKit-SocialMediaLists.pngTechnology has made the world of the author into something very different from what it once was. Not only do we have the ability to self-publish and reach a mass audiences through ebooks, but marketing methods have also changed with the advent of social media. And they continue to change and evolve at a rapid pace with new tools and services available practically daily.

We highly recommend starting to keep lists of social media ideas, tools, services, and articles.

The level at which you track your social media ideas is entirely personal preference. Whether you use social media a little, or a lot, OneNote can help you get organized and stay on top of what can easily become overwhelming.Getting organized for your social media has several benefits, including:


  • making social media less overwhelming
  • ensuring consistent use of your social media outlets
  • ensuing varied types of posts and higher level of interest from followers
  • spreading social media out evenly each month
  • pre-planning for important events (releases, cover reveals, etc.
  • tracking ideas for later use

Use of OneNote to help me organize my social media is very basic (and therefore easy to use and easy to keep up with). This is as easy as keeping a bulleted list.

Pay attention to what you see other authors do (or anyone using social media for marketing), or articles you come across, workshops you take, etc. and add to your list anything you personally liked or found effective or interesting.

For social media tracking, take the following steps:

  1. Create a Notebook titled “Social Media”
  2. Create a tab in that Notebook titled “Ideas”
  3. Add pages titled “XXX Ideas List” for each form of social media
    • Facebook Ideas List
    • Blog Ideas List
    • Twitter Ideas List
    • Website Ideas List
    • Instagram Ideas List
    • Etc.
  4. On each page create a bulleted list.
  5. Start entering ideas (pull from articles about great ways to use those tools and ideas you pick up from other authors and industry folks)
  6. Click anywhere on the page
  7. Click the “bulleted list” icon in the top
  8. Start typing
  9. Hit the enter key to add another bullet for another idea
  10. Hit enter twice to stop the list

Don’t forget to copy and paste links to any great website examples or blog posts you find on that topic.


Here’s an example of a Blog Topic Idea Lists!

In your Social Media Notebook in OneNote you can also schedule social media posts/ideas a month at a time and keep To Do lists for specific activities (like price drops or book releases). But we’ll have to get to those another time!

How to Write a Query Letter

query-letterAfter you’ve done your research and written the blurb for your book, it’s time to write your query letter. Don’t make this more complicated than it actually is. Every editor/agent/assistant is looking at a few key pieces of information and the blurb/book pitch. Here’s how you write your letter.



[OPTIONAL PERSONAL INTRO]. I am submitting for your consideration my [GENRE] novel, [TITLE], complete at [##,###] words.



Per your submissions requirements, I am providing [WHAT YOU’RE PROVIDING].

Thank you very much for taking the time to consider [TITLE]. I look forward to hearing from you soon.






Address the Person

Do NOT send out a blanket form letter. You’ve done your research. Address the query directly to the editor or agent you are querying. And yes, it is appropriate, to address it to Mr. or Ms. [insert last name].

Optional Personal Intro

If, during your research of the editor or agent, you have found information specific to what they are looking for or who/what they represent which might make them partial to your query, include it in the intro. For example:

“I saw on your recent blog post that you are looking for fresh new romantic comedy voices.”

“I saw that you represent Author XYZ, and believe you would enjoy my voice.”

PLEASE NOTICE that these examples are not a dissertation. One or two short sentences tops.

Optional Relevant Personal Info

After the blurb, if you have any relevant personal information to help the editor or agent with their decision. Keep this section short–1 to 2 sentences tops. This is not a full resume or a roll call of your accomplishments. Highlight the top 1 or 2 pieces of information which are most impactful to that editor or agent. Information can include the following:

  • awards
  • bestselling status
  • publications
  • organizations you are active in
  • possibly a quote from a review (short and relevant)

What You’re Providing

During your research, you may have come across a list of what the editor or agent wants you to provide in the query. Usually this involves something like a synopsis and/or a partial manuscript (1-3 chapters). Rarely do they want a full manuscript with the query. Sometimes, depending on why you are querying, they may ask for more information about you. Be sure to read the query instructions on their website in detail.

In this paragraph you show that you read those and are providing the information requested. This may be a sentence as short as, “Per you submission requirements, I am providing the first three chapters (attached).” Or it may be a paragraph with additional information.

Leave this paragraph out if they only want the query letter.

Contact Info

After your signature, make sure to provide your contact information. This includes:

  • Your Name
  • Writes as Your Pen Name
  • Your Email Address
  • Your Website
  • Your Mailing Address


Dear Ms. Agent,

I saw that you are currently looking for a new romantic comedy voice. I am submitting for your consideration my romantic comedy, THE WRONG KIND OF COMPATIBLE, complete at 48,000 words.

Data analyst Cassie Howard may be brilliant (and, okay, a little awkward), but she’s worked hard to get where she is. She definitely doesn’t need some sexy new analyst coming in and taking credit for her work. Or the inappropriate thoughts that keep popping out of her mouth she’d rather he not hear.

For undercover FBI agent Drew Kerrigan, computers have always made more sense than people, but he’d better develop some slick social skills in a hurry if he’s going to win over the too-tantalizing-for-his-sanity Cassie. Hacking their systems was easy. Now he’s just got to hack the one person in the company most likely to see through his ruse…

I am currently published with XYZ Press with a 3-book contemporary romance series completed. My contemporary romance, Saving the Sheriff, won first place in the 2016 Emily Awards. I am also an active member of LMN Organization.

Per your submissions requirements, I am providing the synopsis and first chapter (attached).

Thank you very much for taking the time to consider The Wrong Kind of Compatible. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Abigail Owen

Abigail Owen
Writing as Kadie Scott
1000 Mailing Address St.
Austin, TX 12345

Researching Before You Query

february (1)A query letter is a more basic document than many writers make it out to be, and the process, while it can be time-consuming, is also a relatively simple one. We’re going to walk through a few different steps on this topic. Today, let’s talk about researching and pre-query work

Why You Research First?

Every editor and agent I’ve every talked to has TONS of stories about authors who submitted queries that CLEARLY didn’t follow the instructions on that agent or editor’s website. And I’m not talking smaller stuff like “oops I forgot to include the word count” or I addressed it “Dear Madame” instead of “Dear Debbie”. I’m talking that editor or agent doesn’t even represent the genre your book is in.

Sounds idiotic, but people get lazy. DON’T be a lazy author. Do NOT send out a form letter with a ton of editors BCCd on it. Take the time to research each agent/editor you are submitting to. You don’t want to mess up your chances by demonstrating off the bat that you don’t know how to read a website and follow instructions.

Ask the Right Questions

Remember, this is a job interview that goes both ways. You want the RIGHT editor or agent for you, so taking the time to research isn’t just about knowing what to include in the letter. It’s about finding the right fit.

Questions you should be trying to find out answers to while you research the editor/agent include the following:

Generic Info

  1. Does he/she have a website that is easily accessible with information on querying readily and obviously available? (Big one. If they don’t they may not be taking new authors, which is a bummer. OR, they are not clear communicators which is much worse.)
  2. Does he/she represent the genre I write?
  3. What length novels does he/she prefer or typically represent (word count)?
  4. Is he/she currently taking on new authors? What about in your genre?
  5. Would you be working directly with that editor/agent or with someone else in their office? Why? Ask all the same questions about those individuals.

Deep Digging

  1. Does he/she have a wish list of what they’d be particularly excited to see right now?
  2. How long has he/she been in this business?
  3. Are they a member of Association of Author Representatives or another organization which sets standards and guidelines for the people in their industry?
  4. Does he/she blog? (Go read it.)
  5. Is he/she on various social media? (Go follow and pay attention.)
  6. Which authors does this agent/editor already represent? What’s their track record with those authors? (harder to find info)
  7. If you feel comfortable contacting authors, try to politely find out how he/she like working with that agent/editor and why (because different personalities mesh well with some and not others). You can also try websites like Writer’s Beware (just be wary of sour grapes and or stale information). Here’s a website with a ton of resources on researching track records–Victoria Strauss.

Query Logistics

  1. What do they want to see in the query? (Just the letter, a synopsis, the full MS, other?)
  2. See above questions about genre, length, and representation.
  3. How do they want you to submit the query (Online form? Email? Attachments? No attachments?)
  4. What is their general response time to queries?

In Conclusion

There are TONS of other questions you’ll want to ask the editor/agent directly if you get past the initial query phase and are seriously considering signing a contract. We’ll get to those on another day.

In the meantime, as you start this process, we promise taking the time to properly research will be well worth the effort. There is a big difference working with someone who you get along with, share interests with, and can have a creative dynamic with, and someone who is just a body. That is true in any job.


How to Publish to Amazon Kindle

self-pubFirst of all, this blog post assumes you have completed a manuscript, formatted in the method Amazon requires, have a book cover image, have written your blurb, and have thought through things like copyright and ISBN. If you haven’t you are NOT ready to publish. You may want to check out our articles on those various toics. If you have done those things, then this is the article for you.

Today we’re going to walk you through the steps to self-publish an eBook with Amazon Kindle (which is super easy).

  1. Go to
  2. Login with your regular Amazon login (so you get paid under your legal name – don’t worry if you’re using a different pen name)
  3. Click the “Create New Title” button
  4. KDP Select
    1. This is an option where you do NOT load it at other eBook retailers or distributors for 90 days. See below for more info.
  5. Enter the book details (Amazon is very good about providing definitions for each) including:
    1. Book Name
    2. Book Subtitle (if any)
    3. Series Name (if any)
    4. Series Volume – the number of this book within the series (if any)
    5. Edition Number – if this is a republishing (if any)
    6. Publisher – leave blank for self-publishing
    7. Description – the book blurb
    8. Book Contributors – I recommend only the author (you) – this is where you put your pen name
    9. Language – leave as English
    10. ISBN (if any)
  6. Verify Publishing Rights
    1. If this is a work of fiction from your own hand which you can copyright, then you are selecting “This is not a public domain work and I hold the necessary publishing rights.”
  7. Target Your Book
    1. Categories – you only get two from a predefined list. Yours will likely fall under Fiction and then a subcategory
    2. Age Range – I have heard that this can pull you out of search results. However if you write romance with steamy scenes or erotica, I personally suggest you use it. But that’s from the POV of a mother. 🙂
    3. U.S. Grade – Only use this if you’re writing children’s books
    4. Search keywords – You get up to 7, and they can be phrases rather than single words. See below for more info.
  8. Book Release Option
    1. Select either immediately or pick a date within 90 days
    2. If you pick a date, your book goes on preorder. There are lots of articles about using preorder. My suggestion is putting it on preorder at a lower price for 2-4 weeks prior to release, but not sooner.
  9. Book Cover
    1. Upload the JPG of your final book cover (see our lesson on book covers)
  10. Upload Your Book File
    1. Digital Rights Management
      1. Read the description carefully and decide for yourself which you’d prefer to do. This one is total personal preference.
    2. Pre-Order
      1. If you select a future date, you can state whether this version you are uploading is draft or final. You are REQUIRED to upload something, even if it’s not finished.
      2. You will want to select draft until you really have uploaded your final copy.
    3. Upload
      1. Open your final formatted Word document of your book (see our lesson on formatting
      2. Save as > Web Page, Filtered
      3. Upload the web page filtered version of the file
      4. Use the online tool provided to check your book in multiple Kindle formats to make sure it looks good
  11. Click “Save and Continue”
  12. Verify Your Publishing Territories
    1. Unless you have a specific reason not to publish in a specific country, select “Worldwide”
  13. Select Pricing
    1. Select a Royalty %
      1. if your book is $2.99 and up, select 70%
      2. if it’s under that price, you have to select 35%
    2. Enter a Price under “” and let the other territories automatically calculate based on conversion rates
  14. Kindle Matchbook
    1. Checking this option will allow people who buy a print copy to get a free eBook copy.
    2. Personal preference here, but my opinion is, they paid for your book already (and a lot more than just the ebook version) so go ahead and check this option to give it to them.
  15. Kindle Book Lending
    1. Check this option if you want Kindle users to be able to lend their kindle copy to friends for a period of up to 14 days each.
    2. Another personal preference, but my theory is they are helping you find new readers who might purchase your other books.
  16. Check the “Terms and Conditions” box
  17. Click the “Save and Publish” button


It typically takes about 24 hours to publish once you click the button. Here are a few more things to consider…

KDP Select

Primarily you would choose to do this because of the marketing related tools you get with it, and the potential to earn more $ with Kindle Pages. At this time, my personal opinion is the free days aren’t worth it, but the Amazon ads are. For the first 90 days. Then turn it off and publish at other retailers.


Some would argue that keywords are one of the most important things you can enter to help get your book noticed. You can enter full phrases as a single keyword. You get up to 7 keywords.

One method to find keywords is to go on Amazon into the Kindle books section and drill down in the categories on the side. For example, under Paranormal Romance you’ll find things like werewolves & shapeshifters. So you might make that a keyword if your book falls under it.

However, the best keyword advice I’ve found, I found here:


There are tons of strategies on setting eBook pricing. Smashwords does an entire presentation on it. This, again is personal preference. I suggest you do your research, look at other similar books (genre and length) by self-pub’d authors, and debate the royalties implications. (IF you price under $2.99 you can only get 35% royalty. Above $2.99 and you get 70%).

Your Book Link

Once your book publishes, when you go to and look at the book in the dashboard, a string of number and letters will show up under the title. Those are your ASIN. The direct link to your book will be: (the ASIN # goes there)