The first task is to get your blog posts turned into book content. Each post should be in its own Markdown-formatted text file, with all the images for your book in their own folder and referenced in your articles. Make sure your images aren't linked to websites, either; ePub books cannot include linked images. Image links aren't the only thing to watch out for; you'll have to edit out any other HTML code unless you actually want HTML code samples in your book, in which case be sure to set it off with four spaces or a tab so it'll be printed as HTML code.
Keep a list of the things you usually include in articles, search for them in each chapter and make sure they're all edited out. If you're using advanced tables, buttons or other HTML layouts where Markdown doesn't quite cut it, take a screenshot of the element on your site and include that in your book instead. Then, you should edit the intros and conclusions of each article to make sure your content flows together. Most blog post intros include extra details to help new readers understand the topic.
Blog post conclusions often ask readers to add comments or share the article, something that wouldn't make sense in a book. Read your articles as chapters, and then edit each chapter's intro and conclusion into something that'd make more sense in a book. Finally, search for any mentions of blog-related terms, such as post , entry , and comments , along with calls-to-action that wouldn't make sense in a book.
Turn them into something that sounds more correct for an eBook. If your articles each have different authors, you may also want to pick a standardized way to list the author, perhaps at the end of the chapter. Now, time to work on your images. Smaller images from your blog posts will work fine in the book, but if your posts include full-sized photos you'll need to scale them down before including them in your book. The iBooks store, for example, doesn't allow books with images larger than 4 megapixels—or around 2,px per side. Free books don't incur download fees, but you'll still want to keep your book small so it won't take too long for your readers to download it.
Thus, it's best to downscale your images before turning your content into a book. Sort your images by size, scale down the largest ones Preview is a simple tool for this on the Mac , and cut as much unnecessary weight as possible. Want to squeeze out more space? Finally, make sure your image file names don't include spaces or start with a number—really. It seems archaic, but if an eBook includes an image with a filename like this picture.
Make sure your file names look like they're ready for DOS, and they should work just fine. Before you do a final read-through of your text, there's one more thing you should think about: UTM codes on the links in your book. Whether you're publishing a book to raise brand awareness or directly market your products, you'll surely want to know if people actually visit your site because of your book.
Plenty of people may just type in links by hand or remember to visit your site later after reading the book, and you can't track those clicks easily. But, you can track anytime readers tap a link in your eBook copy with a bit of extra work. To have visits from your book tally in Google Analytics or your site's analytics system, you'll want to create a unique UTM or tracking code and append it to the end of every link in your book.
Otherwise, you'll need to search for every link to your site, and add the code manually. If you're planning on turning your eBook into a printed book, you'll need to create short links using a tool like Bitly —something you might have seen before in other books, including those from A Book Apart. Just put each link with the correct UTM code into Bitly or another link shortener, and paste the short link into your text.
That way, readers can easily visit your site without having to type in an insanely long link, and you'll still get to track the visits from the book. It's time for the fun stuff: turning your text into a real book. Exporting a nicely formatted eBook used to be an incredibly difficult process—and it still can be—but there are many tools that can simplify it. There are also many formats you could export your book in, but here are the 3 you should be sure to create:.
While most eBook exporter apps today can generate PDF files and many support ePub, there's one tool we recommend above all after trying 8 of the most popular: Leanpub. Every other tool requires hours of hand-tweaking obscure code inside ePub files to get the iBooks Store to accept the files—Leanpub just works for the most part. And it's free.
Once you've got your eBook text in individual files with your images in the same folder, creating a book in Leanpub is simple. You'll create a new book in your account, then link it to your Dropbox account or GitHub repository. Add your book chapters and images to their respective folders, list your chapter files in the correct order in your book.
Then, open your Leanpub book page, click the Preview link in the menu, and generate a preview of your book. Leanpub is free to generate new eBooks, and it lists your books in the Leanpub store and lets you download completed eBook files to upload to other eBook stores. The books generated by Leadpub are basic—you won't find fancy PDF layouts or dozens of typeface options—but their book exports are laid out nicely and most importantly work in the iBooks and Kindle stores without any extra editing. That's a huge advantage, since almost every other eBook export tool left some small errors that we had to fix before we could upload to iBooks.
If you want something else, there are a number of other tools to export your book, each with their own special features and benefits. Here are some of the best:. Now that you've turned your blog posts into an eBook, it's time to distribute your book. Put your book in the Kindle and iBooks stores, and new readers will discover your content while they're searching for related topics in those stores. It's your best way to give your brand a place in the app-driven mobile world, where readers may be more likely to search an eBook reader app for information than to look up a topic on Google.
The best part is, you don't need a publisher—all you need are a handful of online accounts, and enough patience to navigate Apple and Amazon's bureaucracies. It's both easier and harder than it looks, so be sure to note these points before you publish your first book. Note: if you're uploading books for your company, be sure to make new Apple, Amazon, and other accounts specifically for your company's books.
That'll ensure anyone on your team can publish or edit the books in the future. If you only want to list your book on one eBook store, make it Amazon's Kindle Store. It's hard to pass up the most popular online store, one with eBook apps on almost every platform not to mention the Kindle devices. And Amazon's made it decently simple to list your book. To get started, go to the Kindle Direct Publishing site, login with your Amazon account, and start making a new book.
You'll need to enter the book's name, description, author's name or authors' names , and categories, then can upload your book and cover image. Amazon will notify you of any spelling mistakes it finds in your book—it's worth looking over the suggestions quickly, as it'll likely find things you've missed. Save that, and on the next page you'll get to pick your revenue percentage and set the price for your book.
For paid books, that makes it worth considering if it's worth listing your book elsewhere; free books are best listed as many places as possible. But you'll notice one other snag—there's no option to list your book as a free book. Instead, you'll have to list your book with a price for now. Save everything, and Amazon will email when they get your book listed on the Kindle store. If your book is made from blog posts, though, Amazon will first email telling you they found content from your book online, and will ask you to confirm the copyright.
Just click the link, tab through your book's settings again, check the copyright box, and save again. With that done, your book should be on the Kindle store around days after you first uploaded it. If you want it to be listed for free, you have one more task ahead of you. First, proceed to the next step and get your book on iBooks, where it's easy to list a book for free. Then, have your team and followers click the "tell us about a lower price" link on your Kindle listing, and share your free book link.
Alternately, email Amazon directly from the Kindle Direct Publishing site, and they'll usually price match your book to free within a day. There's one final thing you should do on Amazon: create an author profile on Amazon Author Central. There, you can write a quick bio, link to your blog and Twitter account, and claim yourself as an author on every book you publish.
That's a great way to make your book's listing look more authoritative and get more traffic to your own sites. For an easy way to get your book on iPads and iPhones, the iBooks Store is a great option—and it's easy to list free books. The only trick is that iBooks is extremely picky with the ePub files you upload, enough that I spent half a day hand-editing XML code in our ePub books to get our first books uploaded.
If you use Leanpub or iBooks Author to make your book, you can almost guarantee your book will work on first try; Pandoc is nearly as good, and recent versions of Ulysses and Scrivener should work, but your mileage may vary. If you don't have a Mac, you'll need to instead use an eBook aggregator service like Smashwords or BookBaby to upload from PC—or ask around for someone you know with a Mac.
From iTunes Producer, enter the info about your book, and drag in your cover image and screenshots of the inside of your book we use xpx images; that's the largest size iBooks allows. Make sure the file names for your book cover, screenshots, and eBook file do not include underscores, as otherwise iTunes Producer will show a cryptic java. Then, click the Files button near the top, drag in your ePub file, and click Submit.
Minutes later, you should get a confirmation that your book was uploaded, and within a day your book will be live in the iBooks store. Or, you might get an error screen. The iBooks Store only accepts absolutely perfect ePub formatted books, and will reject books for any number of reasons. Uploads will fail if your book includes images larger than 4 megapixels, as mentioned previously, so be sure to scale your images down.
The good news is, iBooks will tell you each of the errors. If it's just images or simple text formatting errors, you can likely correct them in your original files, re-export the ePub file, and try again. Rinse and repeat until you get your book uploaded. You can extract the files manually, or just use Calibre to dig into your ePub, find the offending file, edit out the wrong code, and export the book to try again. A common problem is that Leanpub's default book cover size is larger than iBooks' accepted limits, so you may need to use a smaller image in Leanpub or manually edit the cover image file from Calibre.
If you wanted to list your book for free, you're all finished since Apple lists new books as free by default. If you'd rather sell your book, though, you'll need to log back into iTunes Connect. There, you can change your book's availability, edit basic metadata about the book, and set its price. You can also check your download stats from iTunes Connect once your book's been uploaded for a while. If you ever need to update your book, though, you'll need to upload changes via iTunes Producer again.
Listing your book in Google Play Books would also seem smart so you can reach Android users, but Google isn't accepting new publishers right now. The traditional eBook stores are far from the only place to list your book. You want as many people as possible to read your book—whether it's a paid book or a lead magnet for your site—so list your book wherever people are looking for new reading material. If you generated your eBook files with Leanpub or Lulu, it's only natural to list your book in their stores.
Once you have your eBook in ePub and mobi formats, you'll have everything you need to get your book listed just about anywhere. Just copy the description text you already used on the Kindle store, make custom graphics if needed from your cover art, and upload your book as many places as you can. We've included our books in a bundle from Paddle , and have listed them on the new eBook marketplace Publi.
There are diminishing returns to listing your book on too many places, since Kindle and iBooks already command so much of the market, but especially when you're just starting out, you might as well try and see which places work best for your book.
Then, especially if you're listing your book for free, be sure to have an online copy of your book on your site. You could just leave the initial blog posts up, perhaps with an "index" post that links them all together, but an online book that's formatted into chapters with a landing page for the table of contents is much nicer. It'll be an easy way to share your book, and you can list your eBook download files there too for yet another distribution method. The simplest option is to just have a landing page where readers can fill out a form and download your book.
Gumroad is a great option for this—you can upload your book, give it away or sell it, and gather email addresses of everyone who downloads your book. The more difficult option is a new online home for your book. We use a tweaked version of our Django-powered blog for our books, while others use WordPress templates designed just for books. Or you could use a "book CMS" like Pollen , which is an open source tool to make your text look and feel like a web-ready book.
Add in your book copy and eBook download links, and you'll have a new landing page to share whenever anyone ask for info about that topic. If you do this, though, there's one very important thing to note: you've already published the content on your blog, and Google doesn't like duplicate content. So, before you publish the new online book, make sure each chapter uses the same permalinks or slugs, as some CMS refer to them as your original blog posts. Then redirect the original blog posts to their new homes as chapters in your book. The Moz team has a great guide to redirects , well worth a read to make sure your content is redirected properly.
Double-check and make sure each original blog post redirects to its new home in your book CMS—it's that important. It'll will keep your Google ranking for your original content, while making sure all new readers see the newly formatted book. You've finally done it: you've planned quality blog posts, turned them into a book, and published it on the world's most popular eBook stores—and maybe even have paper copies of your book. That's quite an accomplishment, one you should be proud of. Pop the champagne—your team deserves it. Then, tomorrow, it's time to get back to work on this same content.
I know. By now, you're tired of seeing the same articles over and over, and the subject that originally seemed like such a good idea for a blog series now sounds dull and boring. But you've still got work to do to make sure people see your book. For that, your best bet is to go back to where it all started: email conversations and blogging.
You should email everyone that's mentioned in the book—every individual and company you linked to, every expert you quoted, every user whose story you included. Preview chapters for the audience. Why are you passionate in it? Who weigh on the Tribulation, the dyfunctional church systm, the living practically in uncertain times, and positively integrating into their respective communities….
Do it because you believe in it. Let everything else sort itself out. Be practical and study thoroughly. Good luck. Any ideas how to promote it? I read stories like yours and wonder how you got your novel noticed in the first place. I am unsure if the last post was to me Eileen? I would attempt twitter, facebook, other social networking entities.
Network with your friends. Thinks take time!! Writing an excellent product is half the battle. You still have to network and make it known. Look online for places where you can promote a preview of your book for free. Write to journal magazines, etc, etc. Nothing spectactular. Most people I have spoken with want to have my book in paperback so next month it will be vailable in paperback for the sailors, soldiers, college students, and college faculty that want to purchase my book. Once and a great while people become best selling authors overnight, the most it takes time, a repoire and build up using promotions, previews of your book, youtube trailers, etc, etc.
I guess you could do some advertisements but I am unsure how those go. Everything from writing to journalists, magazines, facebook, twitter, etc will help in the long run. Be patient.
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If you wrote a great product people will take notice. Get really good honest positive reviews as well. Those are essential. Social networking through different media outlets and gaining 4 and 5 star reviews on your book will help immensely. Those are my two cents. Take care. Thanks for the great info Tristan. I took your advice and have published my book on Amazon with a free offering scheduled for Jan 10 to I hope I can get some reviews — good or bad.
This was the best information I have found about Kindle. I have 5 books almost ready to upload and while I planned on using the KDP offer I had no idea it could be that effective. I had also questioned if the free books would count in the sales volume which you answered. Thanks for the links as they are very helpful. I am in the process of doing a 5 day promotion. It has downloads today. The first day. Prior to this promotion it was selling a day on Kindle version. Plus I have a paperback version.
It works people. Thi Exposure works. Hoping to hit over 2, byy the end of the promotion. With four 5 star reviews as well, hopefully will get more. Be an author for the long haul. We shall see. Hopefully a few more good reviews also. Press frowrd people. Keep pushing friends!! Royalties go to orphans, widows, veterans, and families in need. If one family is positively impacted than mission accomplished. The promotion went well. Placed me 1 in my primary genre of Messianic Judaism and 60 in Christianity. The sales have been positively good thus fr from the fallout of the promotion.
Word of advice someone will always have something bad to say about whatever you publish. There will be fans and critics alike. How ever that was a nice trick, glad to read. You can also promote your book free at kindlepromoter on twitter. Just foolow them and they will follow u back and promote your ebook for Free………….. Loved the story! New to this book writing thing and just published my first book. I feel like a very tiny fish in a big sea. I have sold 2 books in one week and they did not rate it.
I have not tried the free promotion yet but will starting tomorrow. Did you decide to do it one day at a time spread out or all 5 in a row. What do you think is best? Personally, I think you get more mileage out of this, because if the book does well on a free promotion day, you can get into the charts and more people see your book.
Your article was inspiring. I am fortunate to have an average of 4. I wanted the title to stand out, but maybe I was a bit too aggressive. Still, sales have been similar to what you mentioned in your article, a month. You gave me a bit of hope today. Thank you for sharing. Really glad to hear that, Katie. Best of luck with the sales and thanks for the feedback! I rather enjoy getting email updates when people comment on their experiences. Made me realize how important it is for me to set this feature up on my website. 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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 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?
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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!
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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.