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Look forward to reading your book! I have worked with Scrivener for about a year. I am using the Windows version. Any idea? Hi Ed, thank you for this very informative post. I feel like an idiot. In the amazingly short time it took you to answer my question I had a lightbulb go off and I dragged the KindleGen icon to my Utilities folder. Ed, thanks for taking the time to put together this information. I have the latest Windows version of Scrivener and am running into lots of problems.
When I create a chapter in Scrivener and leave it blank then Scrivener automatically numbers it for you. In other words, if I leave the first chapter untitled then Scrivener will automatically fill in Chapter One in the output, including. Well, here is the problem, if I leave the chapter title blank in Scrivener then the compile document prints Chapter One on the first page of the chapter but then in the. Does that make sense? What am I doing wrong? Some issues that I found:.
I had to move it around half a dozen times before the file behaved appropriately in the preview program. It ended up working if I put it in about the second line of text. For some reason, it is still putting all of the text in italics. I must have a hidden code in my file somewhere. I had initially italicized the dedication, but when I un-italicized it and submitted again, it is still italicized.
How can I download the updated file to my device from Amazon to make sure there are no other quirks in the actual book file? I have archived and re-downloaded, but still have the initial file. You can request the latest from them, however. I was trying to fix my book over and over again. When I looked at it in the previewer and kindle app on my pc, it was right, but when I redownloaded it to my Kindle via Amazon, it was the old, bad version. I used Scrivener to produce my Kindle file for my new book, tested it out in the Kindle reviewer app, on each of my devices, etc.
Submitted it to Kindle yesterday, and downloaded the commercial file today. No page breaks, tiny font and long lines, just awful. I have to figure out how to produce and resubmit a file that will work! Hi, PD. Second, are you saying that the font in the front and back matter differs in size from the font in the body of the book? Forgive me if this is an unnecessarily basic point, but remember that on an e-reader the user generally has control over the font size and not the author.
I have created an iPhone travel app: Kauai Beach Guide. I have a number of photos that I would like to use, and would pare down to one for each beach mentioned When you mention images, does this include photos? I hired a developer to do the coding, so I personally am not tech-minded. Everything worked well. However, I am encountering an issue and have not been able to find the answer anywhere. When I create an e-book or Kindle. Any ideas? Thanks, Alfredo.
I just want to say that this article was absolutely fantastic. I really appreciate the time you took to put it together. The instructions were very easy to follow. I just converted my. Thank you for saving me so much time! Glad to hear you were able to compile a. Publishing it on Amazon is a multi-step process, but not a difficult one. Yes, already done that but it asks dozens of questions that are already incorporated in the mobi file via the OPF file.
So, do I have to wade through all that? I was hoping to just FTP it somewhere or maybe send as an email attachment? Yes you do. How people without this background can do this is beyond me. If you already speak fluent German you should write in that language. The advantage I have now is that I can see precisely how to adjust things.
Maybe your guide is not up to date with the current version of scrivener but I am really angry. Like wise creating chapters within the body of text is a complete pain in the backside. I am very frustrated and very angry. If you look over the post and the many comments from other readers, the issue of the Windows version of Scrivener not being the same as the Mac version is discussed repeatedly.
Thanks for your calm, measured response. If your site and therefore your pocket is benefited by the numbers of visitors coming to this page, and a large proportion of those visitors are pc users then you should really put a caveat in the title of the article. That would have prevented me from wasting three hours and becoming unduly stressed. Thanks again for your response and apart from this issue I enjoy this site a lot, hugs. Hi, Alan. The formatting was done, saved, and I was ready to produce the […].
Your email address will not be published. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Thanks for your understanding. When following the standard do-it-yourself process, your objectives may seem mutually exclusive: Trying to force Microsoft Word to generate the lowest-common-denominator format required by the KDP, while Attempting to produce your e-book in a pleasing design that reflects the care and craftsmanship you put into your writing.
Step one : Import your manuscript into a new Scrivener project Time required: three minutes Start Scrivener. Review : Open your. I am an Amazon affiliate, and links to that site use my affiliate code. Comments Hi Ed, It is generous of you to respond to so many questions on here. Thank you so much in advance for your reply. Thanks so much for generously sharing this information. Thank you for your kind reply, Sharon. Much appreciated. Thanks for this post! Thanks for writing a great article and user guide! Thanks, Eve. Hi, Eve. Hope that helps. Thanks again, John. I completed a Kindle promotion 5 days duration a few months ago and the book was selected times.
So now I have once again renewed by KDP Select and am trying the free book promotion just one day at a time spread over the three month period. I am happy that the book is being read. My question is: Where do people go to learn about these free promotions? Where is the listing located? Do I go to the Kindle Store to find the free offers?
How do they know the book is being offered for free? Could you please let me know where the offere is displayed on Amazon. I think I need an advertizing company that will do the promoting for me at a reasonable cost. Thanks so much for this website and your shared ideas. Hope fully you can answer my question about where the daily free promotions are listed. I know some people promote their free book download via email and social media Facebook, Twitter etc.
In addition to that, I imagine Amazon has several Kindle-based promotion channels about the free books, too, as you alluded to. This is extremely exciting because I prefer exposure over income. I am lucky to have a great day job! Great, Katie! Good luck with it. Well, for some people KDP helped them out alot. As for me it was a waste of time. I got hardly any free downloads and the sales went nowhere. Update: I am running a two day promotion and Day 1 yielded downloads. Will these ever translate into sales? Hi, for one of my authors, we enrolled her short story in KDP.
Regular price 99 cents. It sold a copy or so. We did a free promotion for 2 days and had downloads and got a pretty high sales rank. But when the promotion was over, the sales rank immediately reverted back to what it was before the promotion and we immediately lost any momentum. I meant to include a question with my last post. I know another author who had downloads of her free story, then when the free promotion ended, she sold another in the next couple of days. But that was a year ago. Hi Eric, Good question.
Huge thanks for this article. I did a 5 day promotion and had over downloads. It became No. Since then the book gets a steady 15 sales per day. So it definitely works! A lot of people advised me on the importance of an eye-catching cover too, and a first chapter that hooks the sample reader. What else did you do to promote the book? Hi Tristan, Thanks! I posted the link in a couple forums too, but none got any real traffic. Is there a Top 5 high traffic magical places where e-book writers fiction can submit their book links and get real traffic?
Thanks again, Dylan. Its pages, first i priced it at 9. I had a 5 day promo, and only recieved downloads. What am i doing wrong. Can someone please advise and give this rookie some tips. I want this book to a success. Please any and all suggestions will be embraced. Thanks and congrats to you all!
Using a picture of a real person can be off putting to many. Although Harry Potter is on the cover, he is stylized and cartooned. I love the title but I agree that the cover is weak. Is that what you meant to have in there? I suspect not. In the first three or four paragraphs, I found at least three grammatical errors. Great content poorly crafted will not sell.
The problem with self publishing is that anyone can and does publish. It enables junk to muddy the waters. Maybe you can, but you need an editor. Consider this — even Hemingway had an editor, right? The cover is really quite off-putting. How many summers did you have in Brooklyn per year? I would highly suggest checking sites like elance. This may set you back one or two thousand dollars, but it will be money well spent if this book means that much to you. Hi WJ, Just downloaded your book.
I look forward to reading it! Best of luck with the sales and hope to see your next work soon. I also see that your book is 57 pages. Would appreciate your thoughts! Hey Dylan, good question. The only problem is that it was too short. Not too short for the price, not too short for the plot. For your sequel, I think a 50 page goal would be totally acceptable! Hi WJ. Thanks again! Are most books on kindle pages? Thanks for the article.
I just finished my 1st book promo, well, my 1st everything. Newbie alert! So I quickly scheduled a 5 day promo, four days out and went to work. In hindsight, maybe a mistake, but I was excited. Additionally, it seems as though every time I want to make a change to my book s by way of KDP — no matter how big or small — they take my book down, put it in pending status, and I have to wait for it to go back live.
I guess I need to have faith in your strategy and offer my new work, A Broken Rose, for free for a day or two and see what happens. Hey Drew, Agree, it would be good if Amazon had some more detailed metrics. Yes I find them to be inefficient in regards to having an effective site — I can never remember how to get into Kindle so fish round in old emails forever.
Thanks so much. Your information is valuable. I am new at this but very enthusiastic and excited about our book. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Our book is about Golf Long Driving. It is called Long And Straight. Hi Ray, Thanks for writing in. Glad you found the article helpful — best of luck with the book. You must be killing it on the golf course! I just wanted to thank you for this. I did this for a period of 3 days and I got over 1, downloads. Sales have gone up since then. I do no less than 30 sales per week of my book Groupie Chronicles since the free promo. Thank you.!!!
These are very good tips for publishing your ebook with Amazon. I have a problem and infact need help from anyone. I have 2 books published on Amazon. The first book is on Google first page for its keyword,but it does not make any sales. The second book is also on Google second page for its keyword and making sales slowly. Can someone tell me the short fall of the first book? Thank you. Instead you put a link to a fat burning ad.
I for one enjoy it when new authors put links to their E-published content. Or are at least interested in the self publishing world. I think we all do. Or whatever it is you just did. Hello just curious but What are the legal impilcations if your book mentions real life places e. New York, public hoildays or your version of the men in black.
No not the movie. Type of thing. I really want to get my books out there! Any help would be greatly appreciated. Hey Sez! In your Amazon Author Dashboard, go to Bookshelf. Once your book is enrolled in KDP Select and is available for sale on our website, you will be able to schedule free book promotions in two ways:. The Promotions Manager will allow you to schedule one or more free promotions, edit or delete a scheduled free promotion, or stop an ongoing free promotion.
If you choose to stop an ongoing promotion, it can take from a few minutes to several hours for the action to take effect. Thank you so much, WJ Davies. I knew I was being a complete idiot. Thanks ever so much for the advice. Am still in the free promotion phase but doing really well so far, currently 36th in the Suspense Free downloads list.
Think this has a lot to do with some of the things you mention in your article. Waiting to see what will happen on Friday when it goes back to priced. Cheers for the guidance. Am now eagerly working on my follow-up novels which I have been jotting for ages! Hey, thanks for your blog post, it was very useful to read through, a great checklist! I can only see the paid on KDP. Where do I get this info?
I can certainly vouch for using KDP Select to boost sales. I had five and a half thousand downloads by the end of Sunday and the book stayed at No. That was incredible. That is an awesome reaction to your free promotion. I published my very adorable if I do say so myself on KDP and then offered a free promotion for two days and only had 23 downloads.
So I strongly suspect that lots of people just download free books whenever they come across them. My first promo day was done without sending a word anywere — just people saw the book and took it. That day there were downloads, because I decided that was enough for them and stopped the promotion. Read thecreativepenn. I used 2 days from 5 promo on Amazon KDP Select, and my book Aurora: Secrets behind Reality was downloaded times with absolutely NO reviews, after that the sales went to copies a day and then 0 for the past 2 days. Oh, Debbie, I only now see that your comment was not addressed to me.
Hi Marina, No problem at all. Good luck with your book and I will check out the blog you recommended anyway. I appreciate any advice! A little late to the party but wanted to share my experience with KDP. I helped my dad publish his novel, The Runaway Kindle in December of We had a few sales but it sat languishing in the 6-figure of sales I think it was , in its category.
I tried the KDP program two separate times about 4 months apart and gave away about copies which resulted in some sales — but for the most part, total sales were still in double digits. The third time I tried it I found every free announcement site on the web including Twitter and Facebook. I made my announcements a couple days previous to the launch, the day before the launch, the day of the launch, halfway through the free period and on the last day.
Over 22, downloads in 5 days which resulted in over sales over the next 3 months and 30 pretty positive reviews. Run your campaign towards the beginning of the month so you can capture the sales during that month. The beauty of the program is that you can do it every 90 days. I just consider these quarterly sales numbers.
One other thing I should add: My most success came with starting a 5-day campaign on a Saturday and wrapping it up on the following Wednesday. Horrible download numbers around holidays. Could you please clarify my doubt? Not quite. Same royalties as described in the post from Amazon. How long do you normally have to wait to get sales going up? Here is my question I am self publishing using create space are you telling me that the only way to get on K-amazon is to not allow create space to sell any books of mines? And neither can any of you keep pushing until something happens good luck fellow Authors its your year.
Good to hear about your book coming out. Best of luck with it. This is an awesome post! Or it was listed there as well after the KDP Promotion ended? Free downloads count towards that list, as do paid. So some people will see you at the top of those lists regardless of whether free or paid. It did slowly go down again after the big rush, but you do get some time at the top which also increases cross-sells. Thank you for the post. Your post contained some useful information. Good to hear about your book. I wrote my book in MS Word, and then spent the 6 hours or so massaging the styles.
One other thing you could consider is: there are people who run small businesses specialising in Kindle formatting. If you wanted, you could outsource that part: give them your current unformatted manuscript, pay them a bit, and get back a Kindle-ready manuscript in return. Thanks a lot for the great advice! Love your idea of going free for awhile. I am new to Kindle. Immediately after publishing, i enrolled 5 days free promotion. But still didnt see any sales.
Is it a wrong step? How Kindle readers will come to know about my book? I just published my first book and was going to run a free promo on it. Did any one here have reviews already before they ran their promos? Many thanks. I had two reviews when I did my first giveaway. By the time I did my third and figured out how to do it right I had two dozen reviews.
Thanks Jay. Thanks ever so! The point of the promo is to get the reviews. I got a couple out of the promos. Best of luck! I took your advice and I got downloads from zero in the previous week! Then it went back to zero! Funny thing is the folks who have read it tell me they were splitting their sides laughing…. Great stuff here! Just wanted to add a word of warning that I learned the hard way today : If you edit your book after your free period or anytime, I suppose , you will lose your rankings in all categories!
I had close to 2, free downloads and I was 1 in one category and 3 in another. But, after the free download period, I added in a bonus chapter that some customers were asking about. After my book was re-uploaded, ALL of my rankings went away. Interesting note there about changing content and influence on sales.
I noticed that if you change catagory mid promotion then you can suddenly lose ranking position big time! Just an extra note, I saw an article earlier about setting up a Facebook fan page. It is a work in progress but any comments and suggestions welcome. Hey Michael, Great to know.
That happened to me too!! I went ahead and ran my KDP promo and announced it beforehand, as Jay suggested. I think I was a little too tentative. Many thanks Tristan, It is a bit strange having the real thing here. I figured if I was going to have a stab at it then I may as well put the effort in. Even if it all fails, I have a physical copy. I have read these comments here with interest and have now tried to follow your advice, but I am not sure it worked out so well, so therefore I ask about an honest feedback.
I have just published a Kindle with essays made from interviews with muslim women on equality. I had five days promotion and I had only downloads. There were 6, free downloads , Nov , with most of them in the first three days. It does work. Now I want to do two days free on my sequel, but I changed internet providers in December and lost all my files on advertising. I think they really help.
I have a promo period coming up in june so I would be very interested in learning more. This is a great article. Hello everyone. I have read all of the comments here and found it to be very insightful. I joined KDP on August 12, and immediately used the 5 day free promotion. I let everyone on my contact lists on my cellphone and FB know it would be Free. I had about downloads during that Free Trial. After the trial ended I had about 20 sales, but I was excited to have any at all being an unknown author. Suddenly my book was ranked at 6, I had about downloads and more international sales and downloads.
I eventually re-edited my book and re-released 2 editions, a short-version which is 64 pages and a longer version which is 95 pages. I now have 11 reviews and many people who have emailed me, texted,tweeted and LinkedIn me stating they will be posting more reviews. I also changed the cover. I am currently in a Free trial with a steady download of about per day from every country except Italy and whatever BR is.
Now it is in the proper category of Romance, adult, thriller and inspite the increased number of downloads the books have never been rated higher than in the Kindle store during the Free trial. I would love some constructive advice as to what I can do to increase my sales and I appreciate your input in this forum. I love this article, very insightful.
I have written 3 full novels over the last 2 years and am planning on publishing them on amazon soon, once I get over the nervous knots.. I write under different pen names. Would I have to open a new account for each name? You could try pinging Amazon an email. I have just one KDP account in my real name and that works fine in terms of admin, royalties etc. Update, I am at the end of day 1 of a 72 hour promotion. I agree with you on enrolling with KDP. My cousin has a self book titled Ignite your life. It has been downloader , in just one day!
But here again, its all about quality. Just a quick update. Some great advise in here! How do you convert good free downloads to sales??? Hi Danielle, Glad you liked the article.
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Good numbers on the downloads! Couple of things: — If you can convert some of those free downloads into reviews, that will likely help your sales e. This can turn into further sales as well. Thanks for your advice. Any recommendations would be welcome. Can you give me any pointers as to the best way to format it through Microsoft word? Also, as I was writing my draft I added a line of dashes to separate each section. This created one solid black line that I cannot get rid of! Do have any idea how to get rid of this? Oh, the joys of formatting for Kindle!
Kindle publishing pro is what you can use. I got it cheap last year. Very interesting article! I think my Nook sales are literally 1. Have you tried anything like that? Obviously, you have an active blog community, so that may end up being kind of the same thing! I did release a couple of snippets on the blog — chapter excerpts from time-to-time, and also the table of contents and sample chapter.
Definitely worth a shot!
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However, sales on Smashwords are a small percentage of my amazon. Hi Tristan, Is this only available for self published authors? It is also available for sale on Barnes and Nobles, and Warren Publishing. I am a bit disappointed with the lack of exposure and only a handful of reviews. Thanking you in advance for your time and advice. Warm Regards, Donna. Hi Donna, Understandable. Perhaps this could be a question for your publisher? Maybe there is something else wrong with my book? Thanks for taking a peek if you have the time.
I loved any advise at this point. Do you think I should wait until book two is complete to put in Select? Hello Tristan, Thanks for the great article. We were thinking of handing out bookmarks with a QR code linking to the website. Curious to know how else folks promote kindle books in person. There are some good other suggestions in the comments on this post — perhaps they can help.
This used to be the key, but not anymore, because Amazon changed the weight a free book has in the ranking algorithm. I would be surprised if it worked for a brand new fiction book anymore because though the ratings peak while free, they plummet as soon as the freebie is over, so the follow on sales are virtually non-existent.
There is also a glut of free books so the word free does not have the same pull it once did. Even those who previously established themselves on the back of such promos are seeing less results for their giveways.
Apparently you need 5, or more downloads to make it have a follow on effect. The latest word is that for most people free is dead. Readers are getting savy. Hello — really enjoyed your article, thanks for the advice! Soooooo, I put my book up on Amazon today for free. My downloads as of this evening: 29, Holy cow… my question is — really I just need your opinion — Should I keep up with the momentum?
I have the free downloads set up until Tuesday… should I stop it? But freaking out a little too. I hope it means sales! Sincerely, Kerrie L. Brilliant article on how to use the KDP Select programme. Awesome article! I really do recommend doing promotions but you do need a tool to let the public know. You really can do it! Are Kindle and Amazon one and the same? In other words: Amazon is a massive giant, selling almost anything you can think of.
The Kindle is a hard-goods product, their e-reader. Real life experience is always the best. I have followed every step of your advice and removed my book from Smashwords and enrolled in KDP select. I will post progress and share my experience if folk are interested. Hi Tristan, Great article. I have 12 ebooks on kindle and this my first KDP select experiment with a free book.
The 5 day period has almost expired with over free. I wait with baited breath to see if people buy when the freeby time expires. Will keep your readers posted. Great to hear about that. Hi Tristan! Excellent article! Very informative and helpful! Good work on the launch. So, if I am to price my e-book at 1. Did I get this right? Hi Ramz — correct. Cheers Tristan. Hi Richard, Good work on getting it out there!
Yes — you can offer it for free, then change the price as needed, through your KDP dashboard. This is a very helpful article and the benefits of placing your book in Amazon KDP However, you can get a lot more downloads if you submit your book to the book promotion sites that will promote it for free. How long is the exclusivity period for? Best to check their terms. Great article.
Thanks for the advice! I enrolled in KDP Select, making my book free for two days. Hi Graeme, Glad you liked the article. I did include one footnote attribution for a name I linked to, and I purchased the front cover image, which gave me a license of up to , copies. Thanks so much for a wonderful article. I read it just prior to releasing my Kindle book, Nicole Benson.
Thanks again for the great info! Keep up the good work and continued success. Tristan, wow. I am impressed at your statistics. I, like a few here, have just put my first book up on Amazon. Being a woman I found it scarier than I could have believed. You say you took 9 months to get to the publish button well how about 30 years? I know, I know, but my life has been so busy and I was lucky my personal publisher Brian did everything you did and that was why our results are better than we expected.
Great reading others like yourself find this a little difficult but exciting too. I think my nest book will go easier now. Thanks for the kind words! Best of luck, Tristan. Great article, my friend took your advice and sold over copies in four days. Her book is After the storms by Rauzet moustache. Hi Cotney, Woohoo! That is great. Well done and glad you liked the article. Thanks so much for the advice, Tristan! I published my first ebook about three weeks ago and sold about 20 copies. I posted it for free on KDP one day ago and have had nearly downloads thus far!
Thanks again. Hi all, Thought I might quickly update on recent experiments using social media to spread awareness about my novel. All in all, I have had some additional sales, nothing mega. Am more concerned with getting the follow-up novels sorted out otherwise I am going to end up losing my current fan base!
It is also a great place to get new ideas and network with fantastic cover artists, editors, promoters, etc. Running the FB group page also tells me how many people have seen my various status updates. Although only 78 have liked my page, I know that several hundred have seen various updates. There are people on there who are genuinely trying to help other authors with advice and even the opportunity to have their books listed. However, I have found the majority of people are using the forum to promote their novels with frankly underwhelming ads and they wonder why their books are not selling.
They are actually trying to convince other authors to buy their books. Twitter is an excellent way of spreading the word also. How long should I wait before offering it on promotion as a free download? Should I offer it free straight away? Grateful for any advice. Boring disclaimer: Your mileage may vary.. Even just for one, day, then split out the other days. Thank you VERY much!
Hi Tristan — I was wondering if you know of a way you can give free books on Kindle using a specific one-use coupon. Best to check with Amazon on that. Nice article! I have a few Kindle Books on Amazon and am wondering if you know how I can check the numbers that have been downloaded for free on amazon prime? I figure they must be getting downloaded because a couple on my books are in the top in a couple of different categories. Appreciate any insight that you may have on this. I am going to try your advice.
I have had my book on Amazon for 2 months and have not tried the free promotion. I used Google Trends to identify the most-searched-for languages, and used that in my keywords. You could try the same for your niche. Very helpful, I have been worried the free option would canabalise sales but the truth it seems is it only multiplies exponentially exposure and therefore revenue in the long run.
Thanks for sharing. Thanks for your wonderful article here, is pretty good. Hi Dav, Nice to see you getting into the publishing game. You can see this in your Amazon Dashboard under Free Borrows. Thanks Tristan, you are the best. They have not posted any info on my Dashboard. Please, as an experienced personnel in this field; like my eBook appear live on the 27 September, this is October 26; when will it suppose to appear on Dashboard?
Fortunately, I followed your advice, before I read your excellent article! I only have book 1 on KDP Select. The idea is to get coverage for that book and, see if that results in sales for books 2 and 3. Does that sound like a reasonable plan? Thanks again for a great article.
Stan Arnold. I had totally different experience with KDP free promotion. My book was 1 in two categories marriage and divorce during the free promo. As soon as promotion was over my book was kicked down to !!! Can you explain it? Thanks in advance, Nauris. Your article was a great help in steering me in the right direction.
After day one I had free downloads and as of now, day 2, I have I have noticed a major slowdown though after a blistering fast start. Any suggestions? I took all of your advice, and as terrified as I am about rejection, I went live on Amazon this morning. As of this morning, my first volume of poetry is available on Amazon for all Kindle formats. A Mustard Seed Of Poetry is available worldwide for all to enjoy. After years of hard work and dedication, my writing has gone that extra mile.
Above all else, enjoy. This is great stuff; thanks. I have several books up on Kindle now. Just those 14 days or whatever it is; or during the promotion times? Your answers and comments? Hey Ter! Not quite sure on the exclusivity times to be honest. Best to check with Amazon for that. I am so grateful to you and everyone out there who take the time to give advice and share their experiences with other writers.
I put my first book on KDP Select a week and a half ago and have rode a roller coaster of emotions. It was probably the most joyful experience of my life creating my story. I felt happy and in such great spirits as the book took shape. Yet after finishing the writing and editing process, it was time to throw it out to the world and hope it gets caught by others.
I feel encouraged by your strategies and outlook. Plus, the comments I have seen following the article has also made me feel less isolated in my endeavor, and more apart of a large community. I now feel connected to others who love to tell stories and write as I do.
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Again I am thankful for all that take the time to share their struggles and their triumphs. Here is a link to my book for all that are interested. And feedback from any direction is highly valued!!! Hi King, your article came in handy. I just published my book on KDP. Without promotion I made a sale.
Waiting patiently to see what the outcome of the promotions will be. It is on review right now, kindle says. So, I am thinking of giving it a day or two as a chance to stand on its own. If it does not being any attention by its own, I am thinking of doing the kindle select. Your advice if very valuable. Thank you for sharing with us! I have heard a lot about doing two or three days consecutively to really get momentum so am trying that out and I will report back. My book seems to be doing Ok sales wise but not massive, the Nov total was about 75 and Dec is looking like breaking — with very little promotion.
My main tactic so far is to optimise the keywords for the book and get a little bit of social sharing going but I believe if you really want to sell loads of books you need to market it and focus on doing a couple of things really well rather than loads of things really poorly, especially if you are like me and have a day job that takes up all your time.
Two things I am going to try in the new year to get general non Amazon traffic are using Slideshare. The concept is to make a visually appealing PowerPoint sideshow that showcases your book — kind of like a film trailer and then Slideshare and google will do the rest I do this in my day job and its very effective. Google hangouts video chats — again these rank on Google very quickly. Get a few friends together who read your book and discuss it, kind of like a book club — even better get other authors and do a round robin, anyone want to join me in that?.
Ensure your book link is in there and you are using the top target keywords in conversation — hangouts actually transcribes the words and uses it to work out what the video is about and to rank it in search results. Thanks for the tips. It is just 12, words. Do you think its reasonable to have the free period say for 3 days for a pricing of USD2.
Or is that a tad expensive? Nice, it was always cool to read the comments here and see the progress. It was a film script I wrote and I have converted it into a book. Thanks for you great article. It was very helpful, and it is always good to get some guidance when branching into something new. One step at a time, and this was a nice first one. I have a good feeling about it, though I also have to be patient and be in the moment.
Great article! Congrats on the success of your book! Looking forward to contiued learning and growth! Thanks for all the info of KDP. If you have any more pointers, please share. My promos work, free downloads in two days. Not one sale. Thanks for the article it was informative.
Great article on understanding ranking and promotions. The covers are really good. Great article thank you. I am currently formatting my book ready for kindle. It is a pretty large fantasy story and I was wondering whether it might be best to split into two parts and let the first part be continually free on Kindle, what do you think? Good luck with your fantasy. Although there are examples of novels which have been divided and portions on perpetual giveaway, I.
The Island by Michael Stark — a rather successful example, it really comes down to your novel. Does it work as a two parter? Is there a enough detail in the first part and a gripping cliffhanger to get people to read the second part? Is it in a position where you can split it into two parts? The beauty of indie is that you can have a go and if it works great, if not you can try another approach.
Any ideas on publishing outside of the U. Im based in Thailand and wandering if you can use amazon global with KDP direct and any policies regarding tax and payment. Its easy to set up paypal here but logistics and laws are a different matter. Thanks for the useful info…. Can you be a bit more specific with your question so I can help you out please. Thank you for an excellent posting. I appreciate how you shared the details of your results and the experiences you gained. As an author on Kindle myself, marketing is our number one challenge!
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Getting reviews for your amazon books can be hard but they really do help sell your books on the marketplace. If you need an honest review in less then 24hrs of your book I can do that for you :. This is a wonderful technique, thank you! I had downloads between two books, in just a few days, I was ecstatic! In just a few days one of my ebooks was on page 2 for search terms pertinent to the book!
But the minute the free promotion ended no one bought the book. I am dumbfounded why. I have one negative review from some grumpy person, it seems he is ruining my e-book sales. I find that most people cannot be bothered to review books, even when they have enjoyed them. I did this by looking at reviewers of similar books to my own. I picked one which had given an unfavourable review to a book I considered very poor, contacted the reviewer and sent a copy via e-mail. As it happened, I had contacted a professional proof-reader and editor, who kindly pointed out some proof-reading problems, read my book and gave it an honest review and 4 stars.
What you should do is two things, firstly get the book edited.
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Secondly put a call to action right at the end prompting your readers to review your book. So far only one were sold, no reviews. Could you suggest some forums where I can promote this book?
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