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Number One New Release in Dog Breeds

I would like to report that yesterday my book “The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle” became the number one best seller for new releases in the category “dog breeds”, and it seems to remain so today. It does not have any reviews though, which is not surprising since it’s only been two-three days. However, if you bought the book and read the book and you liked it I would certainly appreciate a review. Also remember that all proceeds from book sales are donated to the Leonberger Health Foundation International.

Screenshot from Amazon showing that the book is the number one best seller for new releases in the category “dog breeds”.
The book is the number one best seller for new releases in the category “dog breeds”.

In my last post I announced that my book  was available on Amazon and other places. At the time it was not available everywhere it should be, not yet. However, the book is spreading throughout the various on-line bookstores and now it is available in many more places. Therefore, I have updated the lists with the links below. However, your favorite bookstore is not listed below you can search for it using the ISBN or ASIN numbers.

ISBN number for printed edition: 978-0998084954

ISBN number for the e-book edition: 978-0998084961

ASIN number for the e-book edition: B0B5NN32SR

My email is : thomaswikman@msn.com

Below are a few of the places where you can buy it. Click on a link to buy it from your favorite store. Note some locations are not yet available as of this writing.

Print version

E-book version

Image of front cover of the book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle.
This is the front cover of the book. Click on the image to go to the Amazon.com location for the book.
This is the back cover of the book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle.
This is the back cover of the book. Click on the image to go to the Amazon.se location for the book.
These are the endorsements for the book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle.
These are the endorsements for the book. Click on the image to got to the Barnes and Noble location for the book.
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Book Launch Today

Today is a very special birthday. It would have been our Leonberger Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle’s 15th birthday. Today is also the day when a book written in his honor is being released around the world. It is not yet available everywhere. That might take a week or two. However, it is already available in several places just hours after it was uploaded (I will be checking every day for the new venues).

So here it is “The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle”. All proceeds from the book sales are donated to the Leonberger Health Foundation International. Above the front cover image below is a list of links to various places where you can purchase the book. There is a print edition and an e-book edition. It is also possible to search for it at your favorite bookstore using the ISBN number. Tell me if you find a place where it is available, but I have not seen yet. My email is : thomaswikman@msn.com

ISBN number for printed edition: 978-0998084954

ISBN number for the e-book edition: 978-0998084961

ASIN number for the e-book edition: B0B5NN32SR

Below are a few of the places where you can buy it. Click on a link to buy it from your favorite store. Note some locations are not yet available as of this writing.

Print version

E-book version

Front cover of just released book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle.
This is the front cover of the book. Click on the image to go to the Amazon.com location for the book.
Back cover of the just released book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle.
This is the back cover of the book. Click on the image to go to the Amazon.se location for the book (coming feature).
Endorsements for the just released book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle. The Endorsements are from D'Nae Wilson, President, Leonberger Health Foundation International and Julie Schaffert, LCA breeder since 1992.
These are the endorsements for the book. Click on the image to got to the Barnes and Noble location for the book (coming feature).

In the book you can read about our Leonberger Bronco and his amusing adventures. The book also contains information about Leonberger dogs, their history, advice for the care and feeding of very large dogs, breed-specific health and genetic information as well as a comprehensive resource guide. All proceeds from book sales will go to the Leonberger Health Foundation International, an organization that supports research aimed at improving the health of large dogs.

Below are seven selected book spreads

Book spread page 6 & 7 for the just released book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle
Page 6 & 7
Book spread page 24 & 25 for the just released book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle
Page 24 & 25
Book spread page 92 & 93 for the just released book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle
Page 92 & 93
Book spread page 102 & 103 for the just released book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle
Page 102 & 103
Book spread page 108 & 109 for the just released book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle
Page 108 & 109
Book spread page 148 & 149 for the just released book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle
Page 148 & 149

Book spread page 174 & 175 for the just released book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle
Page 174 & 175
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A Most Dangerous Button in Amazon KDP

So, you’ve written a book. You converted your Microsoft Word document or other document to a pdf file that is fit for printing as a book as shown in the images below. There are tools for doing this (like Adobe InDesign), but as a first-time author you may need help with this. You uploaded the file to Amazon KDP, and you uploaded the image files corresponding to the front cover and the back cover. You purchased an ISBN number for your printed book and the e-book version. You have a barcode.

Book excerpt in pdf format ready for publishing
Book in pdf file format ready for upload to Amazon
Screenshot of book excerpt ready for publishing
Book in pdf file format ready for upload to Amazon

You create a KDP account on Amazon. You fill out account information including your bank account (where the royalty goes) and you upload your files and start filling out other data, keywords, category, and finally price.

From Amazon KDP account
The first bookshelf page
Bookshelf screenshot, the life and times of Bronco von der Löwenhöhle.
The first bookshelf page scrolled down, select the book to complete
Screenshot of next bookshelf page
Next bookshelf page, select paperback rights and pricing
Screenshot of next bookshelf page, keywords and categories
Next bookshelf page, keywords and categories
Pricing is next. See the yellow <<Save and Continue>> button, press it

Now to the dangerous button that caused me a lot headache. Watch Out!!!

Now you fill out the price, and the book is ready for publishing, or is it? You may not have uploaded the latest versions of your files. You may want to publish at a later date but watch out for that innocent looking <<Save and Publish>> button. It looks like all the other yellow <<Save and Continue>> buttons. However, if you press whatever you have will be published. I pressed it by mistake, and it was a lot of work to undo the mistake. First the book had to be unpublished. Then the Amazon page for the book had to be deleted and that required a lot of explaining, begging and pleading before Amazon deleted it. Also, you have to start over with filling out all the KDP information and uploading files.

Screenshot that includes the button you should not press
Fill out the price page with the yellow <<Save and Publish>>, don’t press it yet
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Proof version of the book

Here is the second proof version of the book. This one might be it!

This is the Proof version of the book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle. Front and Back cover.
Proof version of the book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle.

I received the second proof for my book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle. All the content looks good, the front and back covers seem to be ready. This might be the final version. Even if we go (me and my editor) with this version, we have already decided that the book will be released on July 3rd, 2022, which would have been Bronco’s 15th birthday. The book will be available on Amazon, including many international Amazon websites, Barnes and Noble, as well as many other bookstores.

The ISBN number for the print edition is 978-0-9980849-5-4

The ISBN number for the e-book edition is 978-0-9980849-6-1

These are endorsements for the book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle by Thomas Wikman. 

“A wonderful tribute to the author’s beloved Bronco. The stories are heartwarming as well as
informative—a true glimpse into life with a Leonberger.”
—D’Nae Wilson, President, Leonberger Health Foundation International

“A lovely tribute to Bronco, with lots of resources for general Leonberger information.”
—Julie Schaffert, LCA breeder since 1992
Endorsements for the book

I will add more detailed information about the book and the links to places to purchase the book at this location. Which is the same as clicking “The Book” menu item at the top.

Finally, seven selected book spreads

Page 6 and 7 from the book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle by Thomas Wikman
Page 6 & 7
Page 24 and 25 from the book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle by Thomas Wikman
Page 24 & 25
Page 92 and 93 from the book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle by Thomas Wikman
Page 92 & 93
Page 102 and 103 from the book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle by Thomas Wikman
Page 102 & 103
Page 108 and 109 from the book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle by Thomas Wikman
Page 108 & 109
Page 148 and 149 from the book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle by Thomas Wikman
Page 148 & 149
Page 174 and 175 from the book The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle by Thomas Wikman
Page 174 & 175
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How to Publish a Dog Book on Amazon (and elsewhere)

Front cover of The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle, Stories and Tips from Thirteen Years with a Leonberger.
Front cover of The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle, Stories and Tips from Thirteen Years with a Leonberger.

Yesterday I received the first proof version of the book I’ve been working on. It will be released on Bronco’s birthday July 3rd (he would have been 15 years old). There are still some fixes that needs to be done including that the two endorsements I got both need to go in the back. However, it is getting close to being done. Therefore, I am writing a brief post on how this came about.

Page example from The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle, Stories and Tips from Thirteen Years with a Leonberger.
Page example from The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle, Stories and Tips from Thirteen Years with a Leonberger.

I just started writing about our beloved Bronco and his crazy and amazing adventures and I added lots of color photographs. Little did I know that creating a real book is very different from writing a long essay and then printing it at Kinkos. For starters, printing a book in color is very expensive and unlike Kinkos you cannot print some pages in color and some in black and white. Amazon has three choices; the entire book in black and white, the entire book in standard color, and the entire book in premium color. That’s it! The cost per page for 206 pages 6X9 inch book is 1.2 cents for black and white, 3.6 cents for standard color, and 7 cents for premium color. Then there is an 85 cent costs for every book. Printing a 206 pages book in black and white is $3.322, standard color $8.266, premium color $15.27.

Black and white: X = 0.85 + 0.012 * 206 = 3.322

Standard color: X = 0.85 + 0.036 * 206 = 8.266

Premium color: X = 0.85 + 0.036 * 206 = 15.27

In addition, Amazon wants 40% of the price of the book and they leave the rest for you as royalty to the author. In my case I am donating all of that to the Leonberger Health Foundation International. So, if the price of the book is $10.95 the royalty to the author is

Black and white: Y = 0.6*10.95 – 3.32= 3.25

Standard color: Y = 0.6*10.95 – 8.266= -1.70

Premium color: Y = 0.6*10.95 – 15.27= -8.7

So that did not work out unless you choose black and white. Let’s say the price of the book is $19.95

Black and white: Y = 0.6*19.95 – 3.32= 11.97

Standard color: Y = 0.6*19.95 – 8.266= 7.02

Premium color: Y = 0.6*19.95 – 15.27= -3.3

This time standard color leaves some for the Leonberger Health Foundation International but premium color still does not work out. There is no printing cost associated with the kindle e-book so in that case you can choose whatever price you like, and Amazon gets 40% and author royalty is 60%. It is not possible to have a negative royalty with the e-book. I should also mention that if you work with a real publisher as opposed to self-publishing or working with a publisher you pay for, they will take care of all of this for you. However, the vast majority of author’s today, especially unknown authors, self-publish.

For additional information check out this page (https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/G201834340)

This is information I did not know before I wrote the book that would have been really helpful when planning the book.

Front and back cover of book. The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle. Stories and Tips from Thirteen Years with a Leonberger.
Front and back cover

Printing cost and royalty calculations are not the only things you need to worry about. You also need to consider the size of the book, how the cover should look like, the type of paper you want to use, and you may want to get endorsements. Unless your English is perfect you probably need an editor. If you are first time author you most likely need help with book design, buying an ISBN number, creating the bar code, creating an author page and book page on Amazon, etc. Book design is when you take your word document, preferably written in Times New Roman 12, and turn into a pdf file where paragraphs and photos are laid out to fit together nicely on a rectangle corresponding to the book size you picked (6X9 in my case). Then you need to upload your files to Amazon and other bookstores. I wrote my book and then I considered all of this. If you are writing a book for the first time you may want to plan for all of this before you write your book. This blog post was focused on the price. I will post more about the concerns another time.