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It is important to know that Amazon is in no way obligated to change the price of your book. While it is in their best interest as a competitive retailer to price match to the lower price, they may do so slowly, or not at all. Due to this, it is best to initiate this process well before any paid promotions that you have booked such as a Freebooksy promotion are scheduled to run. Have any additional questions about price promotions and how they work? Ask us in the comments or tweet at us at WrittenWordM. It already is but thank you for sharing!
Thank you! This post is very helpful. I was looking at making a perma-free book to help promote my series and I am definitely bookmarking this so I can remember how. Unfortunately, this method no longer works. 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. 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! 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!
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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.
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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. 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.
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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.
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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. 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? Regards and thanks for useful info. Tremendous issues here. I am very glpad to peer your article. Thanks a lot and I am looking forward to contact you. Will you kindly drop me a mail? Just want to that was great information that you shared. My book is already on Amazon in book form and on Kindle and I have not had a single sale. To me it is very discouraging but I trust that things would be better.
Thanks for an interesting article. And now I promote and wait! Im not expecting miracles. Time will tell. One very good way of getting your name around is to do as many interviews as possible, especially if the topic is related to your book. Great story and advice with regards to your success in publishing for Kindle through Amazon…Cheers! Just hours after the promotion ended it was nowhere. I am hearing more negative results from the KDP day giveaway than positive. Sounds to me like you are cutting yourself off at the legs in doing this.
Have you ever thought that those hundreds of free downloads could have resulted in actual sales? To illustrate; I love a particular writer and was waiting for her next novel to come down in price. I was about to buy it anyway, when I saw it was being offered for.
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I immediately bought at that price. Had it not been reduced, I was going to buy it anyway. Most people buy books in rotation. In other words, they buy books, read them, and then buy another group. As I said, people buy books in rotation and your book might be next in that rotation. As an author myself, the only way I would personally do the KDP free giveaway, is if I had a series and was giving away that first book of the series.
Then I could see doing it to get readers interested, which could result in sales for the rest of the series. Just my two cents. Thanks for this great post Sean! Take advantage of the launch of a new site thebooksmachine. The platform has a paid membership but they are offering free memberships for a limited time. Regularly edit and improve the description of your book on those online stores. A reader judges your writing based on your description. Create visual support for your book through a website so that when you post on social media you have a visual connection.
There are tons of tutorials. Thanks for sharing this. Excellent article. I found that Amazon Kindle market is getting really crowded these days there are more than 2,7 million titles. This is a really good article thank you for taking the time to write it Sean. A few reasons why this came about…. I decided on publishing with another company located in where you are living now Sean Thailand.
You get the choice of platforms for your book to appear on and they pay monthly via pay pal. Actually for me this is more convenient than dealing with Amazon. I think the advice to give it for free for a little bit might be useful. I might try that and see if it helps my sales. Last month September I gotten real lazy and basically slacked off doing nothing for my kindle business and guess what? But, I have noticed my sales increasing by a few sales here and there for one of my books. If this used to work, it no longer does. And sometimes no rise at all.
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And sometimes a decrease. Steven, I would have to agree with you- the day of promoting free books is pretty out-dated now. It use to work but not so much any more. Oh well. I know it will take off. Its patients, timing and getting that step up, that mini break where it gets viewed by many. My book is below…. Marty, I love the cover. That is beautiful. Book covers are usually longer with a shorter width. And then the title of the book is a little hard to see on the cover because the black lettering blends in with her black hair and some shadows sometimes.
I think you might want to choose a lighter font so people can see the name. Congrats to you on that. Hey Crazy eyes, thank you for your wise comments. Interesting article, this but looking at some of the grammar and punctuation within it and that in some of the replies, I wonder if some people are cut out for creative writing. Good luck all. There are some odd sentence structures and missing commas. This is all self published. No editor has combed this page for errors, which are in your comment as well as mine. Have also signed up for Select, partly thanks to this post.
With these features, the Kindle has the potential to replace hardcopy textbooks in the future, something many students would probably welcome. I guess I should read Mastery of Mind. How about you? Please post a comment if there are! Thank you. Note: Kindle Books are currently available for U. The first step to reading books through the Kindle app for iPhone or iPad is to buy them. Kindle hacks 28 Articles.
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It's updated daily, so even if you happen to be a speed reader. Signing up for Select will NOT cut everyone who reads ebooks on devices other than the Kindle out of the sales equation. There's a healthy mix. If you have a compatible device, you can also use our new app, Libby, to send borrowed ebooks to Kindle. You will now be able continue where you last left off in your audiobook or Kindle eBook. Listen on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android.
Among calibre plugins, the DeDRM plugin is the most useful my own…. A lot of the books are self-published, and of course that means the quality can vary quite dramatically, but most of the terrible books will be buried. Which is especially nice if you drop the thing on your face while reading in bed. Depending on how good it is. No matter how long you have been enrolled in the Kindle Unlimited or if you are just now enrolling, there is a surplus of great novels to read. Ann What happens when a high-heeled diva goes camping with her sister's dog?
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The process for reading Kindle books on all of these devices is similar. Plus, Amazon. The Kindle also has several functions that you may find helpful while reading. If you'd like to return a Kindle Book before your lending period ends, use these steps: On Amazon's website, go to your "Manage Your Content and Devices" page. We say 'unhelpful' because, perhaps not surprisingly, the way that you cancel the Kindle Unlimited service is buried several layers deep on Amazon. Free Christian Books. Another strategy is to make the e-book free for just a few days. Also get your free copy of Highland Interludesan intro into the.
I wrote about that HERE. Best for: Kindle Unlimited is great if you already have an Amazon device and want to read free e-books on it, as well as shop for paid books. Note: You must own both the matching audiobook and eBook to be able to switch between them. Order your copy now! The borrower does not need to own a Kindle. Parental controls and your Kindle This year, many children may start using a new Kindle.
Having bought yourself a Kindle to save carting the pages of Game of Thrones around, chances are you're nowhere near close to filling your ebook's cavernous memory. The Kindle is great for reading the occasional book, but you might not know that it's also a fantastic tool for students. Kindle books can also be read using our free Kindle reading applications for PC, Mac, and etc. Authors, promote your Kindle book with us. You can read all about configuring the media server here. Convert Web Articles for Your Kindle. If you've read the table above carefully, you've probably noticed something that's very important.
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