tol: Useful Amazon Royalties Estimator (for Your Blog or Website!)

tol: Useful Amazon Royalties Estimator (for Your Blog or Website!)

My friend William,  the “Will Bontrager” in Will Bontrager Software, LLC and my go to guy for custom server software programming, has this interesting habit: He gets inspired by things bloggers write, usually problems, that some custom software can solve, or support and enhance, and he quickly writes the software to do just that. Then(…)

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tol: Publishing Digital Children’s Books – The Market’s Here, and Now

tol: Publishing Digital Children’s Books – The Market’s Here, and Now

On an online forum a number of years ago, right about the time the original Kindle was first introduced, in a discussion of course about its implications, I wrote words to these effect: “The children’s book genre is the only one that will remain largely unaffected by the industry shift to ebooks.” And for an almost endless list of(…)

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tol: Amazon Kindle Kid’s Book Creator – First Impressions and Real World Test

tol: Amazon Kindle Kid’s Book Creator – First Impressions and Real World Test

A couple or so weeks ago, Amazon released an interesting new, free Kindle digital book development tool, its Kindle Kid’s Book Creator. The tool is supposed to simplify the creation of illustrated children’s books for the Kindle — ebooks for kids. That was enough to catch my attention; that it also offers a “Kindle Text Pop-Ups” feature that promises(…)

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tol: Some Amateur Alternatives to Bad Author Portraits

tol: Some Amateur Alternatives to Bad Author Portraits

I’ve always liked the idea of author portraits. You can use them pretty much everywhere: your books, websites, blogs, social media accounts, etc. They humanize you, make you real. Since I’m making the educated guess that your readers are real humans too, this creates an instant effortless connection between you. That’s a good thing… assuming you don’t have a(…)

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