Amazon KDP Select authors are losing page reads, apparently due to software glitches

I love Amazon’s KDP Select almost as much as I love Buster, my 13-year-old Pekeapom, a mix of Pekingese and Pomeranian, the dog you see to the right. But every now and then my rescue pup dirties up…

Source: Amazon KDP Select authors are losing page reads, apparently due to software glitches


Let’s Get Digital Is Free. Maybe Forever?

If you’re an author and haven’t read it at least once, you;re missing out.

David Gaughran

digital2OPT FREE at Amazon | Apple | B&N | Kobo

I first published Let’s Get Digital in July 2011, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, and then released a (much) revamped and updated version in September 2014.

Combined, both editions have sold well over 25,000 copies at this point, which is about 24,000 copies more than I ever hoped. So my sincere thanks to all of you for that – particularly the generous authors who contributed to the book and the army of writers recommending it to others.

Speaking of which, a friend told me the other day that she was grateful I’d written the book because it gives her a quick and easy way to answer emails from newbs.

Well, let me tell you, I’m totally fine with monetizing other people’s laziness. If I could monetize my own laziness I’d be richer than Croesus (one of the original investors in…

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KU Scammers Attack Amazon’s Free Ebook Charts

More scamming. Please send an email to Jeff Bezos (majority owner and CEO of Amazon) about this:

David Gaughran

freescamLast month, Amazon was caught up in a crisis at least partly of its own making when bungled attempts to deal with a growing Kindle Unlimited scammer problem resulted in the sanctioning of innocent authors.

Amazon has since apologized, and has also pledged to beef up its response to the KU scamming mess – but questions very much remain about whether Amazon is taking the problem seriously enough. A quick check shows that some of the main scammers are still operating, under the very same author names and book titles that were reported to Amazon in late February and early March. Which is very disappointing.

A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting with Phoenix Sullivan about the problem and she told me about something else she was witnessing – scammers taking over the free charts in the Kindle Store. I could see what she was describing and invited…

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Amazon Takes Aim At Scammers But Hits Authors

A bad situation all around.

David Gaughran

kuAmazon is an extremely innovative company – and usually quite responsive to self-publisher’s concerns – but sometimes it gets things very wrong too.

Today is one of those times.

I’ve received several reports from writers threatened with having books removed from sale, and heard even more worrying stories from others who had their titles actually removed from the Kindle Store without notice.

What were these authors guilty of? What crime did they commit for Amazon to adopt such heavy handed treatment? Something completely innocuous: the Table of Contents was at the rear of their books instead of at the front.

Yep, that’s it.

We’ll get to what might be the root cause of this crackdown in a moment, but Amazon is claiming that having a TOC in the end-matter instead of the front-matter is a breach of the (ever-changing, 100+ pages) Kindle Publishing Guidelines (PDF). Amazon says that rear TOCs result in…

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The One Where An Author Steals Text From My Book To Sell Pirated Software

Better than a soap opera…

David Gaughran

IWSParadonIn today’s episode we are going to out a two-bit huckster who tried to put one over on yours truly, take a quick detour through the verdant fields of copyright law (and the slightly plainer meadows of moral rights), and then end with an example of how to handle a scammer.

Sound fun? Strap yourselves in!

A helpful reader – who will remain nameless for reasons that will become obvious – emailed me yesterday morning. I was just about to start work but the subject line caught my attention: Did You Give Permission For This?

Uh oh. I started reading the message he had forwarded.

It had originated from a domain called (you can cut-and-paste that address or Google it, but I’m not linking directly and giving them an SEO boost). And it appeared to be a straight cog from my book Let’s Get Visible.

Emailexcerpt1What was going…

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FYI: Penguin Random House Is Still In The Vanity Business

As usual, Gaughran is spot-on. Spread the word and don’t get taken.

David Gaughran

asandfriendsnewPenguin Random House announced the sale of Author Solutions on Tuesday, leading to headlines stating it has exited the self-publishing business and various commentators congratulating it for cleaning house. Unfortunately, neither of those things are true.

Four Penguin Random House-owned vanity presses will remain in operation – Partridge India, Partridge Singapore, Partridge Africa, and MeGustaEscribir – and will be run as Partner Imprints. You can read more about how Partner Imprints work here, but the short version is that Author Solutions will operate these four vanity presses on behalf of Penguin Random House, and PRH’s job will be to provide leads (aka newbie writers), lend its name and brand to the effort, and then sit back and collect its commissions.

This is precisely how Author Solutions operates Archway Publishing on behalf of Simon & Schuster, Westbow for HarperCollins, and Balboa Press for Hay House, among others. In short, Penguin Random…

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Where did summer go?

Tempus Fugit is what they say, meaning “time flees,” though often rendered as “time flies.” It’s been quite the summer since my last post, with a lot going on.

We’ve done two great summer giveaways for our Exclusive Insiders Group, with a third big giveaway starting next week. By the end of September we’ll have given away over $1000 worth of books, audiobooks and Amazon gift cards to the fans, just for being on our mailing list. If you’d like to be a member of David VanDyke’s Exclusive Insiders, hurry and sign up so you don’t miss our next giveaway. We send something out emails couple of times a month with special offers, giveaways and book news. Go to this link to sign up: David’s Exclusive Insiders



Book #12 of BV Larson’s Star Force, DEMON STAR, formerly working-titled Gauntlet, has been released. Co-written by yours truly, it brings Cody Riggs and the crew of the Valiant home, completing the trilogy. There might be more Star Force books, depending on fan demand.




Apocalypse Austin is also a new release in the Plague Wars series, continuing the story of the first few years after Infection Day. Curl up with your old friends Reaper, Skull and Spooky for another tense, action-packed apocalyptic adventure from me and Ryan King.




Desolator and Tactics of Conquest have also been released in Audiobook format, narrated by the incomparable Artie Sievers.Desolator-Tactics-3D-RF-covers

MoonFall is a new release as well, the second book in my brother Drew’s and my paranormal werewolf new adult romance series, and he’s well on the way to completing book 3, which should be out by Halloween. We’ve plotted out books 4 and 5 as well, so you werewolf fans have more treats coming. Sit! Stay! Read!

For the future, I’m working on book 3 of the Cal Corwin series, which will tie up a lot of loose ends. After that, I’ll be writing a brand-new action-packed space-sci-fi adventure series that will be set in a far different universe from that of Plague Wars/Stellar Conquest, filled with new concepts, cool tech and aliens.

If you’re attending ComiCon in Salt Lake City, I’ll be there at a book booth in the vendor area for most of the convention, so stop by and say hi, and pick up a signed book or bookmark!

Cheers and happy reading,