There is a “loophole” in the LSI system that allows volume publishers (who publish more than 10 books
a year) to become certified and have setup costs waived. So literally they do cost nothing to print other
than the annual maintenance fee (which I seem to remember is about $12/year). With luck the fees will
bankrupt “Books LLC” because most of their books have fortunately never sold one copy (at least on
I want the hour back that I wasted researching this mess.
On March 4th, 2009 Irene Watson interviewed publisher, author, and editor Victor R. Volkman about the Amazon Kindle eBook reader platform and how to publish on it. Victor is the President of Loving Healing Press Inc. and its newest imprint Modern History Press. In this wide ranging discussion, we cover key points including:
What is the Amazon Kindle?
How many Kindles are out there?
How many books are really available on the Kindle?
Can self-publishers and small presses really compete on the Kindle platform?
What kind of conversions issues are there for people doing the work?
What’s New with the Kindle 2 product “refresh”?
What is the big deal about the new text-to-speech feature that reads books to you?
How much are Kindle books and how much do I make as the author or publisher?
Victor R. Volkman began his writing career in the late 1980s writing for computer programming journals such as “Windows Developer’s Journal,” and many other print publications that have been obsoleted since the web was born. He authored two computer programming books in the mid-1990s before finding out that writing for Fortune 500 companies was not terribly profitable. In 2003, he formed Loving Healing Press out of a community project in the Self-Expression and Leadership Program at Landmark Education. Since then, LHP has gone on to publish dozens of cutting-edge books that promote its mission of “redefining what is possible for healing mind and spirit.” As such, he has produced a series of books on Traumatic Incident Reduction as well as empowering other authors in a wide range of helping areas including trauma recovery, self-esteem, physical disabilities, personal growth, and much more. He produces regular podcasts for “
Authors Access,” and the “Unbreak Your Health” show. In 2007, LHP spun off a new imprint Modern History Press dedicated to empowering authors to speak about surviving conflict and seeking identity in modern times. When not publishing, he enjoys spending time with his wife Marian K. Volkman, a formidable author in her own right.
Hello and welcome to a special edition of Authors Access where Authors get published and published authors get successful. I’m your host Victor Volkman, from Loving Healing Press in Ann Arbor Michigan. Tonight we will be listening to my lecture “Amazon Adventures” delivered live at the Motown Writers Conference on November 9th, 2007. In this lecture, I’ll be covering a variety of Amazon programs and strategies including: Amazon Advantage, Amazon Associates, Amazon Connect, Amazon Marketplace, Amazon Mechanical Turk. I’ll also highlight how to make Advanced Tactics work for you such as Listmania!, Search-inside-the-book, social networking, video reviews, and much more.
Be sure to download the accompanying PowerPoint presentation that goes with this lecture so you can read along as we cover the material (PDF version). This lecture was recorded about two weeks before the release of the Amazon Kindle eBook reader so we won’t be mentioning it. However, we hope to have a show in early 2008 that highlights the strengths of this platform and how to parlay your Amazon experience with the Kindle reader. Now sit back and listen to Amazon Adventures recorded in the Southern Fires restaraunt in Detroit Michigan.