Welcome to the Roundtable Roundup, our weekly podcast where we go back to our roots and have brought back the Roundtable aspect. Each Sunday (American time) we’ll invite a guest or two to join us live to discuss the latest news and views from the self-publishing and indie industry.

Author Cate Morgan joined Chrishuan Keller Hanna and Robert Chazz Chute to discuss the below topics:

Do Presales work for New Authors?

JA Konrath details the pros and cons of the Amazon Preorders service for new writers. After some experimentation for his book, WEBCAM, he has shared his thoughts on how it affects writing life, sales, and your platform.
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The Ripped Bodice

The only brick and mortar romance exclusive book store has opened in Culver City, CA. While they claim to be the world’s first Romance Only Bookstore, the honor actually goes to the Intrigue Bookstore in Australia that went online only in 2002.
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Amazon recruiting publishing companies for Kindle Unlimited

Amazon is actively recruiting publishers for their Kindle Unlimited Service. According to the article, David Naggar, vice-president of Kindle Content for, along with other Amazon representatives from its US and European operations—including Alessio Santarelli, Kindle’s director, EU Content Store, and Amy Worth, director, Kindle Content, UK—gave presentations at Penguin Random House (PRH), HarperCollins (HC) and Hachette, and to a group of Independent Alliance publishers.
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…as they expand across Europe and launches Kindle Unlimited in Spain and Italy
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Smashword’s Annual Survey

Smashwords released their annual survey that reveals the best practices of the bestsellers on their platform. They looked at actual retail sales over the 12 month period between March 2015 through February 2016.
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