The Small Town Producing 140 Million Books A Year

The last page of your favorite mystery novel probably offers this brief, final mystery: “Printed and bound in Berryville, Virginia.” Just where is Berryville, you may ask. A question that can only grow when you learn that a town of some 4,000 people is responsible for producing some 140 million books a year. A Trappist […]

Authors, Please Don’t Act Like Scammers

Since June 2017, author David Gaughran has written a series of posts complaining about scammers breaking the Kindle Store and about Amazon’s frequently heavy-handed approach to dealing with the problem. The main culprit is so-called click-farmed titles and other dodgy marketing practices. If anything, the problem seems to have grown worse since then. This is because […]

Fresh & Easy Way To Donate Low Balance Gift Cards

Your gift card balance is fifty-nine cents. What can you buy online for that? In today’s economy, not much. Wait! Before you toss it out, have you ever thought of donating your low balance gift cards to Azure Fire Publishing? Well, you can! The amount you have on there is too low to buy anything […]

7 Of The Most Successful Rejects

A large part of being a publisher is evaluating manuscripts. Sadly, not all of them can get published. However, getting rejected usually only means your book doesn’t fit a publisher’s profile or publishing schedule. Here are seven people who had to go through multiple rejections to become some of the most successful people around! 7 Of […]

Google Changes Images Policy

Google recently made a subtle change to its image search — but one that may have big repercussions for copyright. The company has now removed the “view image” button from image search, which will make it trickier to save copyrighted images directly. Once a direct link to a high-resolution version of your chosen image, the “view […]

Infographic: Amazon’s Extraordinary History

In just 23 years, Amazon has gone from a relatively obscure book business to a dominant online retailer, cloud service provider, and much, much more. What it is the most famous for, however, is that it is undeniably the world’s largest bookstore. A fun fact is that when it made this claim in 1997, Barnes & […]

KDP Print Makes Changes. What Does That Mean For Authors?

A lot of authors, especially Indie ones, have been using CreateSpace for years now to publish their works. Createspace, which makes books, CDs, and DVDs on demand, was initially known as BookSurge, a startup that Amazon bought in 2005. Back then, few imagined that Amazon would gradually roll the company’s services into its own. But that’s […]

2017 FSFNet Fall ‘Keep Writing’ Challenge Winners

Here at Azure Fire our mission is to: Enrich the literary heritage of youth friendly fantasy and science-fiction; Inspire, teach, publish, and enable new authors of all ages and ethnicities to produce youth friendly fantasy and science-fiction which promote imagination, creativity, literary traditions, and tolerance; and Encourage people of all ages and ethnicities to read […]

Amazon Steps Up Its Anti-fraud Efforts

Since 2015, Amazon has been actively trying to stomp out scammers exploiting authors. Foremost among these are fake reviews, but a couple of months ago it stepped up its anti-fraud efforts by filing arbitration complaints against five individuals. According to the company, these offered services to KDP author and publishers aimed at helping them manipulate the reading […]

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