Third edition of The Global Indie Author now available in Canada

Well, after much trial and tribulation, the third edition of The Global Indie Author is out now in Canada. Readers can find it on Chapters/Indigo and Amazon.ca. By the way, that “Usually delivers in 3-5 weeks” declaration on the Amazon.ca website is nonsense; the book delivers in less than a week. The extended delivery time is just part of Amazon/CreateSpace’s strategy against competitor Lightning Source, which, incidentally, is covered in detail in the book. If you want to avoid supporting Amazon, buy from the Chapters/Indigo website, where the book is Read More …

Third Edition of The Global Indie Author is now available in U.S. and Europe

The third edition of The Global Indie Author is out now in print on Amazon U.S., UK, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy. All other territories coming soon! eBooks are also on the way. As mentioned in my previous post, the third edition features a new cover, new subtitle — to reflect the truly global phenomenon that self-publishing has become — and a great deal of new content (over 80 pages). The technical chapters have been completely overhauled to deal with the complexities of image handling, the increasing frustrations of font Read More …

Amazon expands payment options for indie authors

Indie authors operating outside the U.S. have long complained about the limited payment options available to them by Amazon, particularly with regards to receiving payments by EFT (electronic funds transfer), which not only reduces the author’s cost to receive payments but lowers the payment thresholds. Well, Amazon has begun to address this issue with expanded payment options, though the stickler for many is still Amazon.com payments: while authors in Canada, Japan, and India can now receive Amazon.com payments converted into your local currency and paid by EFT into your Canadian, Read More …

CreateSpace clarifies payment terms

When I first signed on with CreateSpace their payment terms were a bit vague: they pay when royalties reach a minimum of $20.00; payment is by electronic funds transfer (EFT) if you have a U.S. bank account; if not, CreateSpace will pay by U.S. dollar cheque but they “may charge a per check fee and accrue and withhold payments until the total amount due meets a minimum dollar threshold.” What that cheque fee and minimum threshold might be was not stated anywhere. This has now been clarified: the minimum payment Read More …