New Tax Rules for Authors Selling in Japan | Savvy Book Writers

. . You might have received the news from Amazon about Japan’s consumption tax on e-books. I read this email about three times to fully understand it.

Source: New Tax Rules for Authors Selling in Japan | Savvy Book Writers



Great article from Chris McMullen about the new Kindle Unlimited Program at Amazon. Thanks for your thorough review, Chris!


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Toward the end of July, 2014, Amazon introduced a new subscription service called Kindle Unlimited, which allows customers to read unlimited books for $9.99 (US price) per month.

  • This includes 100,000 traditionally published books in addition to 600,000 KDP Select books.
  • Most of the traditionally published books are from smaller publishers, but include some popular books such as Harry Potter.
  • Customers can borrow up to 10 different books at a time (whereas Amazon Prime allows just one borrow per month).
  • Kindle Unlimited only pays a royalty when a customer reaches 10% of the book’s length.
  • All Kindle Unlimited downloads affect sales rank, regardless of whether or not the customer reaches the 10% mark.
  • Royalties for Kindle Unlimited borrows have been as low as $1.30, down considerably from around $2 prior to Kindle Unlimited.
  • Many books receive numerous Kindle Unlimited borrows, while borrows were…

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“The Wolf’s Moon” BEST SELLER by Patrick Jones FEATURED on Indie House Books

Fantastic Article by Indie House Books…Thank you!

The Wolf’s Moon by Patrick Jones, Book 1 of The Linden Chronicles

    It has been one year ago today that my novel, “The Wolf’s Moon”, was launched. After a year, one might expect the memory of that day to have faded – at least a little. It has not. Everything from my first cup of coffee that morning to the cup of black tea before retiring, are still vivid in … Continue reading →

My New “Engagement Area of Learning” the Past Two Months

By Sandra L. Jones, wife of The Author of “The Wolf’s Moon,” Patrick Jones

Anthony Wessel

Interview with Anthony Wessel by Gale Martin

I start my writing career with this article dedicated to Anthony Wessel, CEO of Digital Book Today.

He believed in me, in us.  Sometimes in life, you meet people that are cornerstones in your pathways through the maze they call life.  My husband wrote a book.  Great!  How could I possibly have ever known what this self-publishing platform had in store for us, as my whole career has been in the medical field!

Anthony Wessel featured “The Wolf’s Moon” by Patrick Jones on his website.  The book had received just enough reviews and a rating of 4.2 to qualify for the interview questions.  We were so excited!  It was the very first “Featured Article” that we had!!  We had an incredible response on our free Kindle days thanks to the popularity of Digital Book TodayJumping Man Jumping up and down, we concluded that the process was now complete – WRONG!  Therein begins the book cover saga.

Anthony humored me during the entire process (bless his heart!) in my excited state by taking the time to listen.  He emailed me once and said, “By the way, I hesitate to mention this but…you may want to think about the book cover because it needs some work.”  Here we thought we had the best thing since buttered popcorn!  What could possibly be wrong with this work of art??  Little did we know that this journey through Book Cover Design 101 would take a year to get to this point!!  The first impression of the reader was The Author’s key objective in bringing “The Wolf’s Moon” to life.  Anthony Wessel suggested that I should write an article on the steps that we went through in this process in order to contribute our learning experiences to others within the writing community.

The Wolf Moon by Patrick Jones

BTW…It’s FREE for Valentines Day Feb 13-14

Key considerations we used were as follows:

  1.  Listen to any feedback that is given to you during the self-publishing process.  Someone once told me that feedback is a “gift.”  That is important.  No one has to take the time, so if they do…pay attention.
  2. Follow through with the task you have been given, learn and read everything that you can on the topic.  There are a multitude of resources from experts in the field, like Anthony Wessel.
  3. If you are not happy with the result…that is OK.  This self-publishing platform is a continuous learning project.  The more you study, the more it makes sense.
  4. Doris-Maria Heilman with 111Publishing told me something very true.  “It is a marthon, not a sprint”.
  5. Chad Savage, CEO of Sinister Fonts emailed me after I thanked him for the free fonts and said  that the only payment he wanted was for me to believe…with all my heart.  I thought that was really special.

Simple thoughts, one would think.  Except sometimes you need someone to bring it to your attention. You are too close to it. The good news is that the solution is usually simple!  When I used to troubleshoot instrument performance, I learned to always start at the beginning.  More often than not, the solution was simple, like plugging it in!  Someone else once told me that you have to do something 10 times before your brain puts it to memory (I think it takes me 20!).  But it works.


Patrick Jones author of The Wolf's Moon


I would like to Thank Everyone for their incredible support of our FREE days this weekend!  I cannot tell you how honored I am to have the most FANTASTIC FRIENDS in the UNIVERSE!

First of all, let me say…”ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!!”

Statistics on the FANTASTIC FEEBIE EVENT 2/1/2013 and 2/2/2013 are as follows:

Total US downloads =      2,916

Total UK downloads =           76

Total Germany downloads = 75

Total Canada  downloads =   16

Total Spain downloads =         1


FINISHED UP:  #10 Mystery Thriller/Thriller/Suspense AND #2 Mystery Thriller/Mystery/Series


The Wolf Moon by Patrick Jones

Please Click Here for a Link to the Interview

Today, Indies Unlimited featured “The Wolf’s Moon” by Patrick Jones as a Book Brief.  Isn’t it interesting that they chose this weekend to feature the book!  That coincidence may never happen twice!

Thanks to Indies Unlimited for their devotion to writers everywhere!

The Feel of a Book

Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones, author “The Wolf’s Moon”

I wrote a blog not long ago about how my daughter at two years of age received her first library card.

A couple of decades later she has a room full of books.  Many of them I gave to her when I moved from St. Louis to Crawford County, Missouri.

Crawford County Courthouse

Crawford County Courthouse (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

She still is in the modern age and uses her computer for reading, but she’d rather have a book.

Although my son has almost every type of electronic device known for communication, he still has books for his three sons to read.  The cherry wood bookcase has books so packed in that if he buys anymore, I’ll have to make another bookcase.

As for myself, I have no problem with the electronic devices.  People who do use them buy my book (I hope).  I just have a problem reading from them.

A book has a certain feel.  A new book has a smell that differs from a used book to one that is very old.

The local newspaper, The Bourbon Beacon, has two articles about the library.  (The Beacon is back in print after sixteen years).  One article is how residents can apply to borrow eBooks.  The other article is about “The Alphabet Train” for youngsters.

Where I like turning pages, others like moving a finger.  I can take a book to my cabin to read in the evening and not worry about batteries.

Last evening at the local grocery story, I saw a friend, Carol.  Her mother is up in years and has been ill lately.  Carol was with her mother while the doctors conducted testing.

While Carol waited with her mother between tests, she took out her Kindle and started reading.  Carol was asked, by her mother, what she was doing.

She explained it was something she could use to read a book.  Carol took the Kindle to her mother, demonstrating how it worked.

Smiling a most becoming smile, she asked Carol, “What will they think of next?”