Monthly Archives: January 2015

Entering other stores

It looks like I am going to gradually be leaving exclusivity of Amazon’s KDP Select.  The books will still be available on Amazon, but soon they will be on Nook and Kobo.  Apple will take a little longer but eventually.  Because you know, Apple.

I have written before about leaving Amazon exclusivity.  Some of my concerns remain.  Amazon is just better than everyone else.  They’re the New York Yankees and everyone else is playing softball.  But things change.

Dolbin Kindle Cover


So first up Dolbin School for the Extraordinary is now available on Kobo, Nook, Page Foundry and Scribd.

Exclusivity to Amazon can be beneficial for some books and some authors.  For two years it was useful to me.  If I ran a free promo or a Kindle Countdown then I could almost always count on some sort of bounce in sales.  But over the last few months that has been less of a guarantee.  I liked the idea of the Kindle Countdown Deal, but Amazon went and hid the countdown deal on the Kindle.  The Kindle Countdown link used to be on the front page of the bookstore on my Kindle.  Then it was hidden in a Kindle Deals link.  So not only was any book I had on sale hidden, so was the category that the book was in.  The trade off in exclusivity had run out for me.

Kindle Unlimited I have mixed feelings on.  I like that I get paid if someone simply opens the book.  When the program began a reader had to read through 10% of the book before I got paid.  Also the amount I got paid for a borrow changed.  Before Unlimited Amazon was paying around $2 per borrow through the Amazon Prime Program.  But in October I got paid $1.33 per borrow.  Nothing wrong with that, but when I calculate $2 per borrow that’s a big drop in income.

I have nothing against exclusivity if I get something good in return and over the last six months those good things have slowly disappeared.  Now things change a lot in this business, so maybe a year from now things will be different.

Plus now that i have several titles available that will allow some room to experiment.  Put new books in for the exclusivity and see how it goes, and then adjust as necessary.

New Services

I have added a very simple page.  if you are making an indie book and need help please contact me and let’s see how I can help.

Free Books

Get free short stories and free books if you sign-up for my Insider’s List.  You get future books for free before they are available in stores.

How to be famous forever

There was a question on Quora that I answered.

As a person of the arts, (drama, literature, music etc.) what does it take to be remembered by history and to stand the test of time?

I thought it was an interesting question.  So I did a little reading on those that I considered to have stood the test of time, at least 300 years time.

First, let say me I think there is some luck involved here.

After that, you need to be prolific.  

Seriously, over 450 books.

Seriously, over 450 books.

Isaac Asimov wrote over 450 books.

Van Gogh made over 2,000 works of art.

Mozart composed over 600 works of music.

Charlie Chaplin made nearly 100 movies.

Miles Davis’ had at least 48 studio albums, plus dozens of live albums.

Shakespeare wrote at least 37 plays.

Dickens wrote at least 15 novels, five novellas, and hundreds of short stories.

Steven Spielberg has producer credits on at least 147 movies.

Hitchcock directed over 50 movies.

Be prolific.

Become an Idea Machine-by Claudia Azula Altucher (and why you should)

What is an idea machine?

I’d like to be one.  I need to have my life change drastically in some ways.

I have written before about the importance of combining and creating ideas.  But her work takes it to another level.

Claudia Azula Altucher has written a book to help people become an Idea Machine.  Her work is based on her husband’s, James, work in Choose Yourself.


The premise of being an Idea Machine is that you should need to be able to present ideas in any situation to help yourself and those around you.  When things get difficult, if you’re an Idea Machine, then your life doesn’t remain difficult for long.  There will always be solutions available to you.

Here is the basic idea.

Write down 10 ideas.

Easy. Right?

Do it everyday.

Write down at least 10 ideas a day around one theme.

It take time, but that is how it works.  I have been practicing it awhile and can testify to it working.

Claudia has written a very well organized book.  The first 90 days are idea themes for yourself.  The second 90 days are themes of ideas that you giveaway.  There is where the magic really begins when you are an idea machine.

Claudia suggests if you are new to practicing  writing down ideas that you follow the themes in order as she presents them.

Since I’ve been practicing this seriously for about a year.  So I went went through the book to see the different prompts she suggests.  One of my favorites she suggests is Ten Apps You’d Like to Use.

When I practiced with that one I realized I need an app combines Evernote and One-Note.  I use both.  I need that.  Seriously someone get on that.

I like her introduction to the second 90 themes.  Because after 90 days your brain is getting stronger with idea creation.  So now is the time to begin really sharing your ideas with others.

There is a lot value in her suggestions on how to share your ideas with others.  That is my current area work.  Sending out ideas to people in a cold email.  I’ve never done it.  I give ideas away easily when people ask for them, but sending them to people who didn’t ask for them.  Well, I’m not there yet.

There’s my theme for writing tomorrow.  “How to get over this fear of sending out ideas.”

The introduction written by her husband James alone is worth the price of the.  James details why ideas are the currency of the 21st century.

The currency of the 21st century.

I absolutely love that imagine.  Suddenly currency goes from something that is scarce, to something that you can create on a daily basis.  That changes everything.

I have regularly tried to write down ideas.  For years my primary side business was wedding videography and photography.  I regularly write down different packages to present to clients and different ways to get clients.  What James and Claudia’s work added for me was coming up with ideas EVERYDAY with different themes.  When you do that, it gets easier for you to create ideas.

Claudia and James both say that your life changes when you do this.  I can attest this.

For me in the year or so since I have really been practicing this, here are some examples of what has happened to me:

  • Published five paperbacks, and 7 no 8 Kindle books.
  • Read one of my books on my  schools morning announcements.  Who else gets such a captive audience?
  • Created an audio book for my first book
  • Hired to create websites for several colleagues and got paid to do it.
  • Gotten several photography  clients without advertising
  • Interviewed other indie-children’s writers on my blog.  Including several Google Hangouts and Skype interviews.
  • Grew my mailing list from one (me) to over a 100 in about 6 weeks.
  • Had one of my books hit #14 on the Amazon Kindle children’s list.  Literally sitting on the same screen as Harry Potter.  And right next New York Times Best-Seller Wonder. Seriously, what’s that about?  (See the post complete with screen shot.)

That’s just what happened to me.  Read Claudia’s book to see the value in doing this daily practice, and help you create joy in your life.

Also read her husband’s book. I hear it’s pretty good.  (Actually here is my review of his book.)


P.S. If you are interested in getting free short stories and my next book for free before it hits Amazon join my Insider’s List.  You will also be entered to receive signed copies of my paperbacks.  Winner will be announced on February 1.


January updates

I had such a good response in November when I ran the promotion on my mailing list that I decided to run it again.

Martin Tiller Paperbacks-1

So here is the deal.  Sign-up for my Insider’s List and be entered to receive signed copies of all five of my paperbacks.  You also receive some other free goodies, plus you can get my next book for free before it is release on Amazon.

So click here to join:

Four Mile Sprint Cover 2

Also I have uploaded a short story, The Four Mile Sprint, I wrote last summer that is set in the world of Dolbin School for the Exraordinary onto Kobo.  And have set it to free.  I am also hoping that Amazon will price match it.

What I need from you is to tell Amazon that it is free on Kobo..  Click on the link and then tell Amazon you found it cheaper at Kobo.  Click here for the link on Amazon.  It is my desire to make the book permafree.  So I need you help to do that.

Oh and speaking of Dolbin School for the Extraordinary, it is currently free on Amazon.  Check it out if you haven’t, and leave a review if you have read it.