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Maids of Misfortune has been #1 historical mystery on Kindle best seller list since July

Hi,I am new to Kindle Forum, really like the look of the site, and so I thought I would introduce myself and my one published book (so far) Maids of Misfortune: A…Continue

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Started Oct 28, 2010

 

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Kate Rice commented on M. Louisa Locke's blog post The First Year as an Indie Author in Review: Sweet Success
"I really appreciate that perspective -- thanks!"
Feb 14, 2012
M. Louisa Locke commented on M. Louisa Locke's blog post The First Year as an Indie Author in Review: Sweet Success
"Dear Kate, I think it has a lot to do with expectations. When I self-published in 2009, the people who were selling well were generally just people like Konrath, and I never expected to sell as well as someone who had traditionally published, had a…"
Feb 14, 2012
Kate Rice commented on M. Louisa Locke's blog post The First Year as an Indie Author in Review: Sweet Success
"Mary Louisa -- I want you to know that I've bookmarked this article and keep returning to it every few days (often after a rough day) for inspiration. Did you ever feel like just giving up in those first four months? What do you think made the…"
Feb 14, 2012
M. Louisa Locke replied to Walt F.J. Goodridge's discussion My Kindle Revolution tipping point! What was yours?
"For me this came when I got back from a mystery convention in 2009 and heard the same sad old story--that it was very difficult for someone to sell a genre book (mine is a cozy historical mystery), that the going advance rate for a first time author…"
Dec 15, 2011
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Categories, keywords and tags, Oh My! Why Should an Author Care?

I published this in October, 2011, but felt it got such good response (and a number of authors who took my advice and found an improvement in sales) that I decided to repost here:Two weeks ago I published my second historical mystery, Uneasy Spirits, and in the process I was reminded of how confusing it can be to determine the best category and key words I should use on Amazon to describe my book. Since there are several other authors who…See More
Dec 15, 2011
M. Louisa Locke and Dawn LaBuy-Brockett are now friends
Nov 28, 2011
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7 Tips on how to sell books on Kindle

This post was originally a guest post over on Patty Henderson’s blog, The Henderson Files, entitled 7 Tips on how to sell books on Kindle. I am reprinting it here.First of all, why should you listen to me, an unknown author, tell you how to sell your book on Kindle? A little more than a year ago, I was a semi-retired professor of U.S. Women’s history who, besides a few academic…See More
Sep 3, 2011
Kim Richardson commented on M. Louisa Locke's blog post The First Year as an Indie Author in Review: Sweet Success
"Very inspiring. I just started out, and so far it's moving very slowly. But I'm headstrong and determined."
Apr 17, 2011
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abhi commented on M. Louisa Locke's blog post The First Year as an Indie Author in Review: Sweet Success
"thanks for a beautiful post. It's great to hear you're doing so well.     "
Dec 14, 2010

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About Me
I am semi-retired, teaching U.S. Women's History, and I published an historical mystery, Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery ($2.99), that has been number one on the Kindle historical mystery list since July. I also have a short story, Dandy Detects, using some of the same characters, for 99cents on Kindle.
Book(s) I'm Currently Reading
Louise Penny's Still Life
Laurie King's The Art of Detection
Favourite Books, Book Genres and Favourite Authors
Mysteries, Science Fiction, Historical fiction.
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Yes
Since when have you owned a Kindle?
January 25, 2008
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Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery
Dandy Detects: A Victorian San Francisco Story (a short story)
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http://mlouisalocke.com/
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http://mlouisalocke.com/blog/

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Categories, keywords and tags, Oh My! Why Should an Author Care?

I published this in October, 2011, but felt it got such good response (and a number of authors who took my advice and found an improvement in sales) that I decided to repost here:

Two weeks ago I published my second historical mystery, Uneasy Spirits, and in the process I was reminded of how confusing it can be to determine the best category and key words I should use on Amazon to describe my book. Since there are several…

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Posted on December 15, 2011 at 3:18pm

7 Tips on how to sell books on Kindle

This post was originally a guest post over on Patty Henderson’s blog, The Henderson Files, entitled 7 Tips on how to sell books on KindleI am reprinting it here.



First of all, why should you listen to me, an unknown author, tell you how to sell your book on Kindle? A…

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Posted on September 3, 2011 at 6:34pm

The First Year as an Indie Author in Review: Sweet Success

A year ago, during the last week in November and the first weeks of December, I self-published my first book, Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery, as an ebook on Smashwords and Kindle, and as a POD book through CreateSpace. I had no history as a published author, no contacts in the publishing world, and no marketing plan. I had a self-created author web-site and blog site, a facebook friends list of about 40, a lovely…

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Posted on December 14, 2010 at 11:45am — 6 Comments

Late to the Fair: Why I became an Indie Author

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