Kindle miscellany

Am I the only one who didn’t notice this before?  Under the Amazon Kindle Books buy now button is another option: Send a sample.  It’s probably been there for ages, but I clicked it for the first time last night for my new novel, Monster Slayer’s Son.  To my delight I immediately received not just a sample but four full chapters of my book, which I immediately read on my Kindle. And when I got to the end there was a Buy button.  The story was so great I was tempted to click the Buy button immediately, but I waited.  

Why would I wait when I was already four chapters into an engrossing story?  

I waited only because I am having a problem with the cover image and title.  On Kindle’s direct publishing site my cover looks just right, but for some reason when it transfers over to Amazon it changes my title from Monster Slayer’s Son to the working title I used while I was writing.  I have now gone into the cover creator  four times and rebuilt the cover, putting in the title Monster Slayer’s Son each time.  It looks just right, I click Publish and voila–When I check it on Amazon there it is, the scary coyote with the title across his chest Murder on the Big Rez.  Luckily the name of the book beside the cover is correct.  I am not going to edit it again for a few days.  Every time I edit it takes the book off line for six hours or so.  So just think of Murder on the Big Rez as a sub-title until either I figure this out or Kindle tells me how to fix it.  

I wonder if there’s a Fix things here button right under my nose.  Probably not.

So, for now ignore the title on the cover, try a sample and enjoy the story.  Don’t have a Kindle?  Download the Kindle app to your phone or tablet.  You don’t need to buy a Kindle to enjoy the great stories available out there.  And even better you can start reading a story before you buy it.  I wish I tried a sample of a few books before I actually bought with one click in the past! Heck, I wish I had tried a sample of the great books I’ve bought and then clicked Buy four chapters in.  It’s a much better idea than storing books in my library long after I’ve forgotten what they’re about!

I’m off to see once more if I can figure out where I went wrong.

Best wishes for a wonderful day and exciting stories!!



About Karen Hopkins

Karen Hopkins (1949-) was born in Los Angeles and raised in Martinez, California. At seventeen she moved to Talcahuano, Chile. After completing her university degree she worked in London, England for Pan American Airlines and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, and India. For twenty-six years Karen taught Spanish and English as a Second Language in a variety of settings including a private school in Panama, the "most remote school in the United States" in Ticaboo, Utah, the Navajo Reservation, and a teacher exchange in Hermosillo, Mexico. Karen and her husband traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Central America, spending many summers in the highlands of Chiapas and Guatemala . Karen currently lives in Southern Arizona, near the Mexican border.
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