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Ellen L. Ekstrom

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Born
in Vallejo, California, The United States
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Thomas Hardy, Sigrid Undset, the Brontes

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August 2009

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Ellen L. Ekstrom writes within the genres of literary fiction, romance and historical fiction.

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Ellen L. Ekstrom Good morning, Matt.

The marketing I receive from Select is minimal, but it's all I have time for. Select allows giveaways, 'count-down deals' where…more
Good morning, Matt.

The marketing I receive from Select is minimal, but it's all I have time for. Select allows giveaways, 'count-down deals' where you lower the price in increments, and just the exposure of being available at Amazon. If you're enrolled in Select you still receive a royalty when someone borrows the book or downloads it through Kindle Unlimited for free. With the 'pages read' rule being in place, I don't know what that will do to my royalties.

Good, bad or worth it? It's good in that it's available if you don't mind the limited channels - I was at a networking party for my secular job last Thursday and the consistent response to being introduced as a published author was "Can I get your books at Amazon?" No one mentioned Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony, Powell's. Bad in that it is only one vendor and if you want to have your book available everywhere. Not so bad if everyone is shopping at Amazon.

It's worth it for me. I like the convenience of Createspace for trade paperbacks. My traditional publisher wouldn't publish in paper because the sales aren't as good in paper and bookstores won't carry a lot of indie authors because they can't return the remainders. I've stopped fretting over that. I purchase my own ISBN numbers - $10.00 each - so that my imprint can be listed in the Books In Print registry. The templates offered for the book interior are idiot-proof.

The only bad: Amazon is a huge corporate gorilla. But then, so are Doubleday, Random House, Harper Collins, and authors have no control over their work or marketing - in fact, you don't get marketing from big publishers. You have to do it yourself. So, I figured, if I have to do it all myself, I might as well have a big name behind me. I've bent my politics a little. Amazon has been very helpful, professional and friendly. I get treated as a professional and with respect. Perhaps that's because I approach them that way and treat Amazon the same way.

Despite the increase in quality of self-published books, particularly the writing and finished product, there are many people who are snobs about it and won't read indie authors because there are still a few authors who do not take time to edit, produce a professional product, and have public temper tantrums when they get three-star reviews (3 stars are good. Trust me.) There is a lack of professionalism that shows through their work. And then there are those who write series without bothering to see if the first book is selling. The field is now saturated by people writing series - quick reads of 100 pages or less - and the reading audience is getting weary of that.(less)
Ellen L. Ekstrom Hi, Kevin!

I'm not at the old Facebook page any longer - my account was hacked by a well-meaning friend who forwarded something to me and his account…more
Hi, Kevin!

I'm not at the old Facebook page any longer - my account was hacked by a well-meaning friend who forwarded something to me and his account was corrupted. All is well. The next book is coming out in 28 days!(less)
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