indie author

If you’re an indie author, then like me you’re probably a single individual trying your best to not only write your books but actually sell a few copies in the process. If you publish on Amazon then the selling part is taken care of by Amazon, who create a sales page full of information on your book.  Your main concern is marketing your book. While that’s very true, you also need to keep a wary eye out for the little oddities that can crop up on an Amazon page displaying your book.

You may, or may not, know, dear reader, that I’m in the process of writing my final book in a trilogy. Being a trilogy, I was naturally interested in how many pages each book would have when published. According to Amazon book one has 469 pages, which Amazon explains like this ‘Contains real page numbers based on the print edition (ISBN B08BDK56GL).’

The next book in my trilogy, book 2, was actually longer than the first, the word count being bigger by about ten thousand words. And yet, according to the Amazon page the book has less pages? There are 306 pages and Amazon explains this in the following way, ‘The estimated length is calculated using the number of page turns on a Kindle, using settings to closely represent a physical book.’ Why is there a disparity like this? It makes book two look smaller than book one when in actual fact it has more words in it. It may not seem like a big deal, but I’ll bet there are readers out there who only read books that have a minimum number of pages. We all have our little foibles and that may well put potential buyers off.

So, my indie friends, pay attention to the minutiae of publishing or you may find your books may not sell as well as you expect because Amazon may be a little lax in its ability to sell your book.

Copyright © Tom Kane 2021

The Brittle Saga Trilogy

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