[Book Review] Gluten Free Baking Recipes

gfbakingGluten Free Baking Recipes
by Amy Wingate

An essential for any gluten free home cook!

Cooking when gluten intolerant is a challenge. Especially when it comes to baked goodies.

With the higher cost of gluten free ingredients, experimenting with different recipes only to find that the resulting cake ends up resembling a brick, is very disheartening, and trying to convince your children to try eating gluten free cookies can be difficult when they look (and taste) less than great.

In this book “Gluten Free Baking Recipes”, Amy has not only given readers a mixture of easy to create, affordable, yummy recipes. She has also made the results attractive for your kids!

Amy has also included her favorite gluten free flour mixes that will guarantee you get the best results from your baking!

Her ‘Thin and Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies’ had the kids in the neighborhood begging for more!

I highly recommend this book for anyone that has any family members with gluten allergies.

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WTF Are Kindle Singles? How to Publishing Kindle Singles on Amazon

Have you even heard of Kindle Singles?

Kindle Singles are ebooks with a focused theme and defined length that can be accessed from Kindle devices, Kindle reading applications, and on Amazon.

Kindle Singles are longer than a typical magazine feature but shorter than the length of most books. Titles are hand-picked by Amazon, and added on a continuing basis.

Great. That description provided by Amazon isn’t at all vague…

Unsurprisingly authors are very confused about what the heck to list in the Kindle Singles.

Based on the ebooks chosen by Amazon to appear in the fiction listings, Kindle Singles are basically short stand alone stories or the first few chapters of POPULAR novels. Length varies anywhere from 18 to 115 pages (~2,000 to 14,000 words). Prices vary massively, with some authors charging the same as they would for a complete novel.

One thing that definitely stood out is that although less established authors might make the cut with a short story, only the more mainstream authors seem to get their ‘sampler’ versions show up.

Where Kindle Singles does seem handy for self-published fiction writers is for testing out story ideas before committing to a full novel. List a short story. that can stand alone, but can also function as a kind of prequel to a series or full length novel later.

For fiction your Kindle Single should be about 50 pages (~5,000 to 8,000 words). It should have one main plot and little to no focus on subplots.

Rather than just checking out the [meager] listings under Kindle Singles, I suggest taking a look at the Kindle Short Reads category for ideas.

Have you tried Kindle Singles?

 

How To Get Great Reviews Using The Amazon Gift System

My process for getting reviews is three-fold. First I email a PDF/mobi copy to book bloggers and reviewers that do not use kindle. Secondly I include a request at the end of my books asking people to review. Thirdly I use the Amazon gift system.

Gifting a copy of your book for reviews has a few pros and cons, which I will go into after detailing the process I use.

 

Amazon Gift System Review Copy Process

Step 1 – Create a list of potential Amazon reviewers in your genre with their names and email addresses (it is a good idea to store these in a spreadsheet).

Step 2 – Send an email to those potential Amazon reviewers to see if they are interested in reviewing your book (note on your spreadsheet if they want a copy).

Step 3 – Change the price of your book to $0.99 temporarily via KDP (change may take up to 12 hours to show on Amazon).

Step 4 – Go to your book listing on Amazon and click on the Give As Gift button (below the buy button on the right).

Step 5 – Enter the reviewer’s name, email address and a brief message, then complete order.

Step 6 – Update your spreadsheet with the date you sent each reviewer the book.

Step 7 – Go back into KDP and change your book back to your original price (don’t forget this part!)

 

Okay, now the pros and cons of using the Amazon gift system to get reviews…

 

Pros:

1 – This method makes life easier for reviewers and increases the likelihood they will actually read and review since all they have to do is click a button on an email to accept and it gets added to their kindle reader.

2 – It makes your book stand out in their queue to review because you have done something different to other authors.

3 – People are hardwired to feel indebted to you if you give them something. By sending a “gift” rather than a “review copy” they are more likely to post a review.

4 – Reviewers tend to post reviews faster since there is no shipping delay.

5 – The process is much cheaper than providing the reviewer with a paperback version of your book. Overall it costs you $0.65 to provide them with a copy of your book this way, as opposed to $8.30 if you send a paperback review copy

 

Cons:

1 – This method is not free. Long term this costs you $0.65 per copy you send.

2 – You need to pay the full list price of $0.99 upfront and only receive your $0.35 royalty back later.

3 – This method only works for reviewers that actually read books via the Kindle reader on their PC, tablet or Kindle device.

 

Each time I publish a book I carry out free promotion first, then set aside a small budget for “paid” promotion, by which I mean any promotion method that actually costs me money.

For example:
– Providing book copies to reviewers (paperback or the Amazon gift method)
– Running book giveaway competitions (paperback)
– Paid ads (usually on Goodreads)

 

The Amazon Gift system is great if you want to get some reviews quickly (within about 4 weeks), and even if you have a really tight budget you can get excellent results for as little as about $20.

I definitely recommend giving it a shot! Just keep in mind that you will get honest reviews, so be sure to triple check your book first to make it as good as you can.

 

Have you tried this method?  What did you think of your results?