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Amazon Takes the Second Step Against AI

Amazon Takes the Second Step Against AI

It's funny how fast things are shaking up in the publishing industry. Barely a week ago I was telling you how Amazon is taking its first step against AI-generated books in the form of a new questionnaire you must answer when publishing a title regarding your use of...

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Promoting Your Book Through Influencer Marketing

Promoting Your Book Through Influencer Marketing

This is a guest post by Patrizia Ranzi, an experienced digital marketing professional with ten years of expertise in media strategy, social media, and paid search. She also runs the blog patriziaranzi.com, where she shares her insights and knowledge. How to Leverage...

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Amazon Takes the First Step Against AI

Amazon Takes the First Step Against AI

Following the flood of AI-generated books and the KENP scam I was discussing a couple of weeks ago, Amazon has started taking action — just as I had predicted. As the Goodreader reports, Amazon KDP has recently introduced new content guidelines specifically addressing...

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Amazon Ends Its Periodicals Program

Amazon Ends Its Periodicals Program

As Barbara Krasnoff reports on The Verge, Amazon ended its periodicals program on September 4, 2023. The program allowed you to subscribe to several magazines as part of your Kindle Unlimited membership. Unlike books in KU, magazines were not required to be exclusive...

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How to Write Books Using AI

How to Write Books Using AI

You may recall how I recently discussed the KENP Scam, whereby AI-generated books are flooding Amazon in a blatant attempt to collect KENP royalties. You may have wondered just how easy it is to do so in practice — write a whole book from scratch. Geeky Gadgets and...

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The Shape of Stories, according to Kurt Vonnegut

The Shape of Stories, according to Kurt Vonnegut

I recently came across this video on Upworthy, where Vonnegut explains the shape of three different types of stories. According to him, any story, from “person gets into trouble” to “boy meets girl” to “Cinderella,” can be summed up on two axes: the Y represents good...

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Understanding the KENP Scam

Understanding the KENP Scam

In my previous post, I explained how Jane Friedman's name was used in a bunch of AI-generated books. Today, I'll explain how this may be part of a larger scam. As TechRadar reports, a shockingly high number of AI-generated books have appeared. As an indie author,...

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A New Kind of Piracy: Jane Friedman’s Tale

A New Kind of Piracy: Jane Friedman’s Tale

Earlier this month, famous author Jane Friedman was in for a nasty surprise: several copies of books supposedly written by her were listed for sale on Amazon. Just as bad, they were listed under her Goodreads page as well. As Friedman explains, after 25+ years in the...

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The 1960s: A Golden Age for Science Fiction

The 1960s: A Golden Age for Science Fiction

I'm more than happy to acknowledge that my work is heavily influenced by the 60's sci-fi trailblazers. In fact, I only keep a couple of books on my nightstand — and one of them is Philip K. Dick's Exegesis. So, when I came across a feature on 60s sci-fi on Horror...

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