Amazon charges distribution fees for each listing. Amazon will report a sale after the day return window closes. We will process a payment and send it to you within 15—45 days if you meet the minimum payment threshold. Easy Setup. Make Your Book. Step 2: Create your listing Choose a book from your dashboard, and click 'Sell my book'. Set Up In Dashboard.
Step 4: Promote your book Embed a preview on your blog, then share your book on social media with a comment about how to buy it. Use Kickstarter to fundraise for an offset run of your book. Blurb can help with the pricing, warehousing, and shipping. Volume Printing. Hire an Expert. When you self-publish a book on Amazon, you will pick two categories in which your book will show up. This is extremely important because your book will primarily be competing with these books when someone is just browsing for good reads in a category. It sucks but there is a game you have to play to make money on Amazon.
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Your category needs to be at least loosely related. It does no good to be ranked highly in a category if it is completely off from what people are expecting. Another way to find how competitive it is to rank a book within a category is by checking the Amazon Best Sellers Rank of the top 10 books. Books are ranked in this best sellers category against all other books depending on how many daily sales they average.
The table below shows an approximate from my research for how many daily sales a book needs for different rankings on the Amazon Best Seller scale. This one will be controversial because some people have done very well launching their book for free. They make the price free for the first few days and hope to get thousands of downloads. I tried this on my first two books and hated the results. Very few people ever leave a review for a book, maybe one in every readers. Another reason why I hate the free book launch process is because Amazon has two different ranking scales for free and paid books.
Your free book launch might do very well, vaulting you to a top spot in your category…but on the free ranking scale. Once you change the price, you move to the paid rankings and lose all your momentum. If you can use your book as a way to persuade people to buy other products or services, a process called a sales funnel, you might do very well offering it for free. I know authors that make their book permanently free just to use it as a way to sell other products. Instead, you need to reach out to bloggers and your own network for reviews.
They can be as short as a few words but a few sentences are always best. I like to get at least ten reviews within the first month of publishing a book. More is better but getting to double-digits is usually good enough to put you in a different class of books from those that have just a few reviews. Getting reviews from other bloggers, friends and family is easier with your first few books but gets more difficult if you are publishing often and every year.
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Having a blog makes things easier because you can reach out to readers with a free copy as well. This will provide you with an extra stream of income. I write most only persona finance and money topics so investing, making money online and crowdfunding. Are your book only digital? Or do you have physical books too? I did not see any costs for the printing of the books. I publish the books in digital, print on demand and audio. The print on demand only charges when a book is shipped out so it comes out of the purchase price.
Good for you! Self-publishing is actually mainstream already. Only the tradpub houses are left in the 20th century. Though sales should be looked at from an annual point of view, counted from the date of release. There are sales cliffs, unexplainable downturns, bogeymen, gremlins, the lot. Not to mention the fratricidal attitude of some insecure authors in the genres you choose.
But remember, writing and publishing are two different animals. The latter is the rambunctious one. Might try doing it as freelance work on some of the freelancer websites. Thanks for the insight, clarity and direction. I thoroughly enjoyed your article. It cleared up a few thoughts and provided insight in other areas.
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Your informational generosity is appreciated. This article is very illuminating…You have really provided a foot print for the emerging generation. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Well done, and thanks again. Cassie J. I am a new author and hope to have my book ready for Amazon by the summer. Do you have a blog for step by step instructions to place your book on Amazon?
My novel is non fiction romance and I am having a small mom and pop publishing company close to my home print out copies for ARCs. I will send to family and friends.
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So my ISBN number will already be on my book. I am in the process of copy writing now. Since this is my first book ever in my life, is filling out the Amazon download self explanatory? Can I do this myself or will I need help? Thank you!
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