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Kindle-izing Kittens & Conference Success

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Last weekend I attended the Oklahoma Writers Federation annual conference. Any gathering of like-minded writerly types inspires me with rocket-fuel determination to GET-STUFF-DONE! This conference was no exception.

Right on the heels (paws?) of Kindle-izing my first book, Complete Kitten Care I met a savvy writer named Maria Hooley at the OWFI book signing. She’s had great success with the process and gave me some wonderful tips (thank you Maria!). You see, while there’s a savvy group in the DTP area at Amazon Kindle, they frown on self promotion there–techie questions only need be posted. Otherwise you risk getting nether regions singed. Maria pointed me to KindleBoards which still has strict rules–but also opportunities to get the word out. There, you can create a signature that includes a picture/link to your Kindle book, for example, and post a thread about the title.

I’m still very new to this process and learning as I go. The key to getting a book noticed on amazon and raising sales ranking has to do with “tagging” the book, as well. Huh? Who knew? Go to the book page, scroll down, and you’ll see a list of words that the author and/or readers have generated that describes the content. Click on those that you agree with, and as the #’s increase, potentially your ranking also rises. The community at KindleBoards helps each other out with this process.

Finally, from what I’ve gathered, book sales rarely happen unless/until the book receives several positive reviews. Now, when Complete Kitten Care first edition hit the shelves, cat-savvy folks from the writer community came out with meows and yowls of praise! But those stay with the paper book–they don’t carry over to the Kindle version. *sigh* Therefore I’m asking–actually I’m sitting-up-and-begging for anyone who generously reviewed the book previously to do so again. Oh, and go “tag” the sucker, too. Tag Maria’s books as well. She’s good people!

Switching gears–some of y’all know that I’ve long aspired to write fiction, thrillers actually. While at the OWFI conference, I was very pleased to receive absolutely stunning positive reviews of my WIP, which incorporates dog viewpoint as one of the major characters! No, this isn’t an anthropomorphic warm-and-fuzzy pooch, but a thriller with a dog that thinks/smells/acts/communicates like a dog–partnering with his trainer/behaviorist protagonist. So I’m PUMPED to finish revisions and get that puppy (literally!) into the hands of agents. SNOOPY-DANCE-‘O-JOY!

woofs and purrs until next time,


About amyshojai

Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant (dogs/cats), award winning author of 30+ pet care titles and thrillers, and spokesperson to the pet industry.

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