You DO NOT have to give self-publishers a cut if you sell your book on your website

By FebruaryFalls on April 12th 2014

I wondered about this myself and it’s a great relief to know that I will benefit from sales. Also keep in mind that if your books are continuing to do well on self-publishing platforms, why rock the boat? But you can still do them both.

Also keep in mind that things change i.e. self-publishing platforms can suddenly be pulled from under us, so it’s important not to build a business on their backs. It’s best to be on several self-publishing platforms. My reason for only being with Amazon is because some only deal with one currency, and not all of them price match, which interferes with my marketing strategy. Don’t copy this strategy. Do what’s right for you.

Why sell direct?

It allows you to see the results of your work.

How to get started

1. Pick an e-commerce service provider
2. After you sign up, upload your files, cover, description and set your price.

There are many hosting sites.

I would like to hear from you. Are you selling your book direct from your website? Are you selling your book in conjunction with a self-publisher?

Please leave a comment in the box below.

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The feasibility of book promotion websites

By FebruaryFalls on April 4th 2014

You MUST market your book before publication. I failed to do this, simply because I didn’t know. Part of my marketing plan was to pay someone to promote my book, so I could focus what little time I have, on writing. I picked a handful of websites to choose from. The prices started at $25.00 on up.

The problem was that I had already done what they wanted me to pay them for, and on top of that, THEIR followers – who they promote to – are pretty much like me: writer/author looking for someone to promote their book.
I felt it was counterproductive to partner with them. My instincts told me to wait until I publish my second book, FLAT 32, as I will then have more shelf space and Amazon will therefore assist me with promotion.
I have indeed heard that people have been quite successful paying for book promotion. It’s a risk and a risk is always worth taking, but I’m following my instincts.

Am I wrong in my views? Have you paid someone to promote your book? Please leave a comment in the box below.

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Available to buy world-wide in the Amazon kindle store: http://amzn.com/B00FYZ66IG

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Sites that market your book direct to Kobo readers

By FebruaryFalls on March 21st 2014

I wrote a similar post for Amazon, so I’m not going to make many changes to this post.

If you publish on Kobo, you can pay the following sites to market your book direct to Kobo readers. These are just a few sites:-

• BookBub.com
• StoryFinds.com
• Trindiebooks.com

I’m still trying to familiarize myself with Kobo’s website, so I’m not sure if they will assist you with promoting your second book, like Amazon. With Amazon, the more books you have available, the more virtual shelf space you have, the easier it is for people to discover you.

You can also choose to sell your books for free, but there are pros and cons for doing so. On one hand your rankings improve and you gain fans of your work and on the other, it’s not guaranteed that your book will actually be read – there nothing wrong with taking risk however.

What makes sense for you i.e Pay someone to promote your book or focus on getting the work out there? Please leave a comment below.

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Amazon:
http://amzn.com/B00FYZ66IG - US STORE
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00FYZ66IG – UK STORE

Kobo:

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-GB/ebook/the-lead-dancer-always-gets-flowers

BACKUP your manuscript!

By FebruaryFalls on March 1st 2014

I published my e-book with Amazon on October 17, 2013. I also used a few other distributors, Kobo, being amongst them. Kobo is a Canadian organization. I don’t like their website much, as it isn’t as clear on how to find need to know information.

When I initially uploaded my manuscript to Kobo in December, their previewer malfunctioned, so I had to use the e-Reader on my desktop i.e. Adobe Digital in order to see what my manuscript looked like. Somewhere along the way, my manuscript got corrupted i.e. the table of contents was all over the place and photos I had attached in the back matter i.e. About the author, Connect-with- me-on-line, etc. was in the front matter i.e. copyright notice, title page, dedication etc.

Every distributor wants you to prepare your manuscript a certain way. Because of the corruption, I wasted a lot of time and money reformatting my manuscript which I did via Notepad, which is one of the features on Microsoft. This has taught me to have a valuable lesson: BACKUP my manuscript. You should be WRITING.

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Links: http://amzn.com/B00FYZ66IG – US STORE
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00FYZ66IG – UK STORE

Sites that market your book direct to Kindle readers

By FebruaryFalls on February 20th 2014

If you publish on Amazon, you can pay the following sites to market your book direct to Kindle readers – these are just a few sites.

• Kindle Nation Daily
• AskDavid.com
• BookBub
• Pixel of Ink

I only have a small budget set aside for promotion, so I’m going to initially use AskDavid.com. I’ll make a blog when I see the results of the promotion. I believe I mentioned in previous posts that once you publish your second book, Amazon algorithms does much of the promotion for you. The more books you have available, the more virtual shelf space you have, the easier it is for people to discover you.

You can also choose to sell your books for free, but there are pros and cons for doing so. On one hand your rankings improve and on the other, it’s not guaranteed that they will actually even read your book and perhaps leave a review.

What makes sense for you i.e Pay someone to promote your book or focus on getting the work out there? Please leave a comment below.

smashwordskindlebookcover2013

http://amzn.com/B00FYZ66IG – US STORE
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00FYZ66IG – UK STORE