It sucks but there is a game you have to play to make money on Amazon.
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.
Unfortunately, at the time of writing, there is no real way around this obstacle. Similarly, if you write guest blog posts based on your draft, you can get free editorial feedback about your non-fiction. I am writing a How To book that requires a lot of pictures. Being different can be very expensive, but our successes come from standing out from the crowd. Hope this series helps you out. How many authors are making a living from self-publishing? Their name kept coming up in writing communities, so I gave them a try.
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. 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.
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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. 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! Great to hear Carmin! Getting your book onto Amazon is really easy. You can upload it from a number of formats including Microsoft Word. You will get an ISBN number when you publish that will make the title yours. You could also do a search for related books to see what they are pricing at. Q: If using Kindle to publish your book do you have access to order information? Who order and their email address? Great article, thank you.
I found some of the category information regarding the number of books in parenthesis but not quite as you described it. Also I have found that the categories on Amazon, from the customer facing point of view, seem different to the categories available in the KDP as a self publisher. Have you found this to be an issue before? Great post! Although the course I took encourage students to launch for free I decided not to do that and go with. Helps you to protect yourself as well from random readers that just leave not so nice reviews because you are just giving away your book….. Thanks for sharing all these info..
Thanks for this article! Also in the process of publishing my first book, though I am trying to decide whether I want to go for the Amazon option or doing completely independently on my own website as I already have a significant audience.
I would publish on Amazon and just link from your website to the Amazon page. Thanks for this post. I appreciate this article. You mentioned blogging helps with creating ideas for the book. Thank you. Unfortunately, people equate self-publishing with traditional publishing where a book undergoes a great deal of scrutiny, editing, revision and rewriting before it ever gets in the hands of a reader. Writing a book is not easy, but self- publishing on Amazon has turned it into something people think they can do as if it is a 5th grade creative writing assignment. For those that truly want to be writers, there are many local organizations you can join to learn the craft, and learn about the industry of traditional publishing — but that would mean putting in the time and the work, and Amazon is so much easier!
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