“Rhinebows and Unicorns” is up on Amazon!

Rhinebows and Unicorns

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Rhinebows and Unicorns – Available on Smashwords!

Rhinebows and Unicorns

It should be up on Amazon in 12 hours. It will take a couple of weeks before it shows up at Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Sony, Apple etc.

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Rhinebows and Unicorns – Cover Art!

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Don’t Rhine on My Parade – FREE on Amazon!

Finally!

Don’t Rhine on My Parade – Book One in The Rhine Maiden Series

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It Never Rhines – Update Available

I just got this email from Amazon:

Hello Erin Evans,

An updated version of your past Kindle purchase of It Never Rhines but It Pours (The Rhine Maiden Book 2) by Erin Evans is now available.

The updated version contains the following changes:

  • Typos have been corrected.
  • Improved formatting for readability.
  • Significant editorial changes have been made.

You can get the updated version of this book by going to Manage Your Kindle. Find the book in your Kindle Library, click on the “Update Available” link next to the book’s title, and then follow the update prompts. All your devices that have the eBook currently downloaded will be updated automatically the next time they connect to wireless.

We thank you for your business with Amazon.
Sincerely,
Customer Service Department
Amazon.com

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Amazon Update Request

I wanted to share this info for other authors publishing with Amazon KDP.

This is my first time trying to inform buyers of a book update. I searched the community boards and discovered that I had to email kdp-support@amazon.com and make a request. I received this email in return:

Hello Erin,

 We received your request to provide updated content to customers who purchased your book. In order to accurately describe the new updates, we need you to provide some more information.

 Please reply and provide us with details and specific examples of the corrections made for this version of your book. The more details that you provide, the better we will be able to accurately categorize and message your update for end customers. Once we receive these details, we will perform a review of your book and take appropriate action within four weeks. The possible results of our review are listed below. 

1. If the changes made to your content are considered critical, we’ll send an email to all customers who own the book to notify them of the update and improvements made. These customers will be able to choose to opt in to receive the update through the Manage Your Kindle page on Amazon.com. www.amazon.com/gp/digital/fiona/manage

 2. If the changes made to your content are considered minor, we won’t be able to notify all customers by email, but we will activate their ability to update the content through the Manage Your Kindle page on Amazon.com.

 3. If the changes made to your content have caused unexpected critical issues with the book content, we’ll temporarily remove your book from sale. We’ll notify you of the issues found so you can fix them. Once the improvements are made, just let us know and we’ll then email customers as in case 1.

 Once our review is complete, we’ll email you to share the results and action taken.

 Thanks for using Amazon KDP.

 

I emailed them an example for each of the changes I had made: Formatting, Spelling, and Plot Changes, and am now waiting to see what happens next!

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It Never Rhines – Update

I just finished updating It Never Rhines but It Pours and uploaded it to Amazon and Smashwords.

There are just minor changes: formatting, spelling, and slight plot adjustment to match “Don’t Rhine on My Parade.”

If you purchased from Smashwords you can go to the book page and download the new version for free.

I’ve requested that Amazon send an email informing people of the changes and hopefully they will add an “Update” button for that book in the “Manage My Kindle” section. I’m not sure how long that will take, this is my first time trying this out!

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Amazon/Smashwords Price Matching

I think I may have figured this out, so if you’re trying to get a book up on Amazon for free without joining KDP Select, here’s what I think I’ve learned:

This is my theory. Amazon does not price match with Smashwords. They price match with other retailers (B&N, Apple, Kobo etc.). So, your book has to pass Smashwords vetting and make it into their Premium Catalog so it can be shipped to those retailers and then be found by Amazon’s search engines.

So, basically, I jumped the gun by publishing with Amazon before my book made it past the reviewers at Smashwords. I’m still waiting to get approved by them, which means my book is not being sent out to other retailers, which means that Amazon will not price match it.

My advice now would be to publish first with Smashwords, wait until your book passes their review and makes it into their Premium Catalog, gets sent out to book stores, and then publish on Amazon. It should be price matched much faster that way. It’s just a theory, but I’m pretty sure it’s right.

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Don’t Rhine on My Parade will be FREE on Amazon

Hopefully.

A kind reader has pointed out that I did not mention on this blog about the pricing for the re-written first book.  So, please, don’t purchase the book on Amazon until it drops to free. I can’t list a book for free on Amazon, they have to price match from other sellers, so I am listing “Don’t Rhine” for free on Smashwords and waiting for it to drop on Amazon. I know this is an awkward way to do it, but I really want to list the book for free and I have found that the bigger the price differential the faster they are to price match. For example, when I had my book listed for $.99 it took them two months to price match, but when I listed it at $2.99 it took a week.

That said, I have no guarantees that Amazon will indeed price match. If they won’t I will then lower the book to $.99 cents but keep it free on Smashwords.

If you wind up purchasing “Don’t Rhine” for $2.99 (I see on my author report that one person already has!), please let me know and I will send you a coupon for one of my books (your choice) for free (it will be a Smashwords coupon). I am really sorry for the confusion!

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Big Changes!

I know I said in my interview with Beyond the Fried that my next project was not going to be a Rhine Maiden book. Well, I’ve changed my mind. That interview got me thinking. There are quite a few things I wished I had done differently in my first book and I suddenly realized that I can change them! Sounds silly now, but I’ve thought about rewriting The Rhine Maiden in the past and been too overwhelmed by the idea. Now that I have six books under my belt, I think I am finally ready to start over again. Not just re-editing, but a complete rewrite.

The other night I sat down with my husband and made him read to me all the things that people mentioned they hated in the Amazon comments. I know, I’m a big baby. It was just gentler on my tender self-esteem to hear it instead of read it! I now have a list of things to fix, and I think these changes will make it a better book.

Since it will be significantly different from the original, I’m going to delete (gasp!) the The Rhine Maiden and publish a new book. It will still be “A Rhine Maiden Novel” but I’m going to give it a different title, and a new cover. I micro-managed my graphic artist on the first cover and, oddly enough,  it’s the cover I like the least. This time I’m going to stay out of her way. I will lose all my negative reviews that are talking about stuff that will no longer exist in the book. I will also be losing my positive ones, but since it’s almost half and half, I think this is the way to go.

The scary thing is that I will then have to re-edit all the subsequent books to make sure there are no “continuity” problems. The fun part is that I get to reinvent Piper’s beginning.  I feel that I have a better grasp on who she is now and rewriting the first book will only make her a stronger character.

My top five title ideas (for now):

1. Don’t Rhine on My Parade

2. Blame it on the Rhine

3. Out of the Rhine

4. Risk of Rhine

5. Listen to the Rhine

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