- Paperback: 178 pages
- Publisher: LuckyCinda (Aug. 27 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996089896
- ISBN-13: 978-0996089890
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 327 g
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Advanced Kindle Book Marketing: How to sell more Ebooks online with new Amazon promotions and Kindle Bestseller tips Paperback – Aug 27 2014
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About the Author
Lucinda Sue Crosby is an award-winning author, environmentalist and journalist. She has written several books, won numerous awards for her craft and has made a living as a writer in numerous genres. She is a Nashville songwriter, commissioned poet and sought after public speaker. Laura Dobbins is a former newspaper editor, reporter and designer. She is also an author, cover designer and blogger. She operates Kindle Book Promos, http://kindlebookpromos.luckycinda.com, a site dedicated to the promotion of Kindle books and its authors.
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A large chuck is devoted to developing and using keywords in your title, book description and when putting your book up for sale on Amazon's site, but this is information that can be found online pretty easily. There are bits and pieces of information that can prove useful, but you'd have to wade through a ton of verbiage to find it. The book also devotes the last 20 percent of the book to duplicating the websites and services that it listed in the main text.
A lot of the advice is not very good. It can be simplistic, such as using "terrifying," "hair-raising," and "adrenaline-kicking" to describe your thriller. Observing "regarding fiction trends, series are popular now" seems obvious to anyone who has read anything since Conan Doyle's day. My favorite was “the spine should display your name and book title.” It advises you to vet any promotional programs before buying into one, but not how to do it. Ditto with suggesting (twice) "automate as much as possible, outsource if you can afford to do so and be creative."
Some of the material is wrong or incomplete. It confuses the Library of Congress control number (which is used by libraries to categorize your book) with the LofC's copyright program. Registering your copyright does not cost $45 anymore, it can be $35 or $55. The book defines the difference between POD and traditional printing by the number of books ordered. Not only is it wrong, but it doesn't mention Ingram Spark's POD program which is designed for bookstore distribution. (And if you're wondering why we're discussing printed books in a book titled "Advanced Kindle Book Marketing," join the line.)
Finally, a book that advises you to “present error-free copy with professional quality content and copy editing” should not contain spelling errors ("chaacters," "firs," "rackig," and "uuse") that Word would have flagged, talk about "a raving review" when it meant rave, and confuse linking to Amazon's Author Central when it meant the Author Page, and in one case remove the note "This info covered above so I deleted."
Crosby and Dobbins go extensively through the basics: from keywords and book categories to promos, book reviews and using social media. One chapter includes good information on the strategic use of “free days,” those times when you (or your publisher) can, or should, offer your book for free. It’s not as obvious or as simple as you think it might be.
Remember that the book is strictly about ebook marketing on Kindle and Amazon, and it’s exhaustive in that regard. You’ll need to seek other resources if you’re looking for a book on how to publish an ebook.
This book is packed with information and how-to's on marketing your book. Lucinda has even provided hundreds of hyperlinks to take you where you need to go.
I'm not even an author and yet I found myself researching the process. It was so easy! Lucinda has removed all the road blocks so that anyone can be a success.
If you're an author and your book has stalled or you just or you just didn't know how to get started... here's your roadmap.
I found this extremely helpful and plan to put some of these suggestions to practice. I would recommend this book for all authors.