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If you’re in or around Hamburg Township, Michigan on Saturday, March 2nd, stop by the library between 10am-1pm to meet our authors, Jody Lamb and Molleen Zwiker!

What if you could lend the electronic version of your book to readers for free, while pocketing a royalty?  Sounds crazy, right?  Well, perhaps it would be, if not for Kindle’s ever-adapting platform.

KDP Select” is a program that enables Amazon Prime members to check out a limited amount of books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library at no cost, and read them at their leisure (there’s no due date). The best part, for authors and publishers, is that royalties are paid by Amazon for each copy borrowed. The amount per copy changes monthly, based on a fund that Amazon sets aside every month as incentive for publishers or authors who list their books this way, and is determined in part by how many books are borrowed overall (among all the titles listed in this program). But in general, the royalties are comparable, or sometimes better than, the royalties that would typically be earned by an eBook sale.

The catch? KDP Select requires that the book is released as an eBook through Kindle exclusively for a period of three months. Afterwards, it can be released as an eBook everywhere else (for the Nook, Sony e-readers, and so on), and after the three-month exclusivity period is up, the book will still be enrolled in KDP Select, forever, it seems (or until they end this innovative program). The good news is that the restrictions do not apply to print versions, so the book can be released in print and in the Kindle format simultaneously.

Books published by Scribe Publishing Company will always be made available for Kindle and will participate in this program as long as it lasts. Like book reviews, signings, and other promotional efforts, allowing readers to borrow your work for free is another way to expose potential readers to your work.  Word of mouth travels fast, and if someone borrows your book and likes what they read, they may decide to tell all their friends.

Debut Michigan author Jody Lamb’s heartwarming middle-grade novel tackles the tough topics of parental alcoholism and depression along with coming-of-age struggles of fitting in and bullies.

“Easter Ann Peters’ Operation Cool,” written for children ages eight to 13, is slated for release on November 6 by Scribe Publishing Company.

“This is a tender story of friendship, coping with parental alcoholism and the power of hope,” said Jennifer Baum, founder and editorial director of Scribe Publishing Company. “It stands out because it’s told by Easter Ann, a lovable, witty character readers will cheer for as she copes with common family drama and coming-of-age struggles.”

Lamb was inspired to write the story when she learned how common parental alcoholism is for American children.

Researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Association for Children of Alcoholics estimate that 10 to 25 percent of American kids live with at least one parent who abuses alcohol.

“When I was growing up, I thought alcoholism was unique to my family,” Lamb said. “When I discovered how common it is, I was disappointed in the lack of contemporary, effective books on the subject. Millions of kids are coping with the destructive effects of loved ones’ alcoholism and they believe they are alone because it remains a family secret. I wrote a realistic story to spark discussion, awareness and hope.”

Accomplished middle-grade authors and Jerry Moe, National Director of Children’s Programs at Betty Ford Center, have praised the novel.

“[This story is] a sensitive look at how alcoholism affects the entire family, especially the children,” Moe said. “A message of hope and the possibility of healing makes this a very powerful read.”

The novel will be available for purchase on November 6 in bookstores and on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. An e-book edition is also available in the Kindle store.

A reading and book-signing event is planned for Sunday, November 11 at 1 p.m. at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Brighton, Michigan.

The novel cover image, author photos, videos, event details and other media materials are available at www.JodyLamb.com.

We are still alive. Haven’t posted on the blog lately, but have been gearing up for our fall collection. Made two offers so far. Can’t wait to announce the collection later this summer. Regular publishing news will resume shortly!

Publisher Jennifer Baum will serve as a judge in Dan Poynter’s 2012 Global eBook Awards. The contest accepts self-published or traditionally published eBook submissions from authors, publishers, illustrators and photographers. Any eBook with a copyright date of 2012 or earlier that was listed for sale on a website prior to March 11, 2012 is eligible. Submissions are being accepted until March 12 and finalists will be announced July 10. Find out more.

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