- Product. It doesn’t matter how good you are at marketing. If your product sucks, you will not have long-term success. Pay attention to details. Hire professionals to do your editing, covers, and formatting. Pay particular attention to selecting a good title and writing a book description.
- Place. Amazon represents the biggest book market, so it makes sense to concentrate your initial efforts there. Once you’ve established yourself as an author, you should try expanding to the other book markets. Smashwords and Draft2Digital help you easily publish to the other e-book platforms.
- Price. Many Kindle readers are price sensitive when it comes to books. If you are an unknown author, you should price as low as possible. You might also consider distributing your books for free to gain exposure. Free books get 50 times more downloads than $0.99 books.
- Promotion. There are numerous awards you can win for your book. All you have to do is submit your book to them along with an entry fee. If you win an award, you can put it on your cover and use it as another marketing weapon in your arsenal. The author’s favorite award contest is the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest (probably because she won it once). She lists dozens more in her book.
- Ten ways to get subscribers to your email list: offering permafree books, Wattpad, StoryCartel, NoiseTrade, content marketing on your blog, Goodreads, contact Amazon reviewers, Facebook ads, Twitter ads.
- You can increase your subscriber base with a giveaway. Some popular choices are Rafflecopter, KingSumo, and UpViral.
- If you’re going to use social media to promote your book, the most useful sites are Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
- Bookbub is one of the biggest e-book deals sites. They are very selective of the books they promote. It can also be expensive to promote your books on Bookbub. But despite the expenses involved, if you can get a Bookbub promotion you will sell hundreds of books.
- Reviews can make or break your book’s success. The quantity of reviews often matters more than quality. For every 100 books you sell, you will only get one unsolicited review. You can get more reviews by sending out free copies of your book to people in exchange for an honest review. Once the first 5-star reviews come in, get as many people as possible to click “Yes” on the “Is this review helpful?” question below the review. Doing this will make sure the best reviews are shown first.
- The author recommends reading these books: How to Make a Living with your Writing by Joanna Penn, Write. Publish. Repeat. by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant, Let’s Get Visible by David Gaughran, Your First 1000 Copies by Tim Grahl, Reader Magnets by Nick Stephenson, Book Reviews that Sell by Gary Webb, On Writing by Stephen King, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, and You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins.
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