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brenda Drexler

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What is best strategy for actually selling book on Amazon...or anywhere?
Posted: Dec 31, 2017 8:58 AM
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What is best strategy for actually selling book on Amazon...or anywhere?
B.L. Alley

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Posted: Dec 31, 2017 9:01 AM   in response to: brenda Drexler in response to: brenda Drexler
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Spend the time to make it readable and include an attractive, inviting cover.
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Posted: Dec 31, 2017 9:03 AM   in response to: brenda Drexler in response to: brenda Drexler
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And then market your book cause having it just on Amazon, no matter how great it is, will not do much to sell it unless readers are aware of it.
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Posted: Dec 31, 2017 9:35 AM   in response to: brenda Drexler in response to: brenda Drexler
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brenda Drexler wrote:
What is best strategy for actually selling book on Amazon...or anywhere?
There is no one best strategy. If there were, we'd all be millionaires.

There are two types of writers: those who write for enjoyment or "for art", and those who treat writing as a business. If you want to sell books, I suggest the latter approach. It involves a lot more work: researching your market, defining your audience, paying attention to trends and genre expectations, and finally, writing books that lots of people want to read.

That should come before what the other posters here said, but those facets of publishing are equally important.
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brenda Drexler wrote:
What is best strategy for actually selling book on Amazon...or anywhere?

The best strategy is the one that works for you and your book. The problem is that there are hundreds, with thousands of variations. Generally, the better your book and farther you can step out of your comfort zone, the greater chance you have of doing well. Understanding the ever-evolving marketplace is always a plus; note that marketplace is currently undergoing tremendous upheaval. There is no magic formula, and what works well for one author and book will usually not work for anyone else.
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Posted: Dec 31, 2017 10:34 AM   in response to: Salamander Mall... in response to: Salamander Mall...
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Salamander Mallory wrote:


The best strategy is the one that works for you and your book. The problem is that there are hundreds, with thousands of variations. Generally, the better your book and farther you can step out of your comfort zone, the greater chance you have of doing well. Understanding the ever-evolving marketplace is always a plus; note that marketplace is currently undergoing tremendous upheaval. There is no magic formula, and what works well for one author and book will usually not work for anyone else.
Damn, don't be frightening her off. After having an attention drawing cover and an interesting blurb, the best way, in my opinion, and cheapest money-wise but expensive time-wise (at least initially) is through social media. Then once that's set up and showing some sales and if you are confident with the book's quality and potential, look at paying for marketing, but doing that smart involves research and finding out what those successful Indie writers in your genre are doing correct and trying it yourself to some small level so as not to lose your shirt. What works for one WILL work for others, though not everyone. It may be better too to consider paying for marketing once you have a few offerings out there so you can spread the costs over several books.

I'm not sure what you, Salamander, mean by "note that marketplace is currently undergoing tremendous upheaval," so maybe you could clarify.
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Posted: Dec 31, 2017 10:51 AM   in response to: brenda Drexler in response to: brenda Drexler
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Go onto (ACX.com) and create an audio book. Audio books are another venue that's often overlooked.
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Posted: Dec 31, 2017 1:13 PM   in response to: brenda Drexler in response to: brenda Drexler
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I rely mostly on my websites and on my newsletter.

Weirdly, this month (I send out the newsletter the first day of each month) I'm thinking that I don't have enough material for a letter, so I may let it go.

It used to be easy to make money on the KDP and rival booksellers. (Don't forget that there is a world outside of Amazon's!) It's not so easy now. There were 388,000 Kindle titles available when I started; there are six million now.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting (2018 edition)

The blog: https://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com
constructivedis...

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Posted: Jan 1, 2018 3:15 PM   in response to: brenda Drexler in response to: brenda Drexler
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For ebooks, set the price to Free for a few days a month. Amazon counts free sales toward your sales totals when you switch back to paid sales, thus boosting your page rankings and increasing the chance your book will get noticed by people looking for something to read.

Think hard about categories and search terms and read everything you can on the subject.

Make sure you have a good title and a cover that grabs attention even when it's the size of a postage stamp.

Also, write something really good.
Brad the wronger

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Posted: Jan 1, 2018 4:11 PM   in response to: constructivedis... in response to: constructivedis...
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Amazon counts free sales toward your sales totals when you switch back to paid sales, thus boosting your page rankings

Sorry, but that's incorrect. When your book changes back to paid sales ranking, it picks up roughly where it left off before it was free.
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Posted: Jan 1, 2018 4:45 PM   in response to: constructivedis... in response to: constructivedis...
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You need to study Amazon's terms before giving out incorrect information. Giveaways do not earn you money nor boost sales rankings. They are entirely separate.
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constructivedisorder wrote:
For ebooks, set the price to Free for a few days a month. Amazon counts free sales toward your sales totals when you switch back to paid sales, thus boosting your page rankings and increasing the chance your book will get noticed by people looking for something to read.
About as wrong as wrong can be. Making a book a freebie (also known as "worthless" ) actually hurts paid ranking because while you were out of the paid store you didn't get any sales and everyone else did.

Think hard about categories and search terms and read everything you can on the subject.

Make sure you have a good title and a cover that grabs attention even when it's the size of a postage stamp.

Also, write something really good.

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Posted: Jan 1, 2018 7:27 PM   in response to: brenda Drexler in response to: brenda Drexler
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Best strategy for selling assumes you want to make money. The best way to do that is to write a series that is in a popular genre using the proper genre tropes that readers expect. Once you have an appropriate book written, you need to make sure it's well edited and has a professional looking cover. Then write two more in the series. While writing books 2 and 3 you can begin to research marketing strategies for book 1. But don't spend a lot of money until you have more books in your series available. I'd also scour the kboards.com site for marketing info other authors have posted. You need to come up with a strategy you think will work for your style of interaction with others and your genre and your pocket book.
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Posted: Jan 3, 2018 12:54 AM   in response to: brenda Drexler in response to: brenda Drexler
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Write a quality book first of all, take care of having an appealing cover and market it. Social media as well as your network are great and cheap ways to spread it. Good luck with it!
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Posted: Jan 3, 2018 1:28 AM   in response to: B.L. Alley in response to: B.L. Alley
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Proper Title, attractive cover image, catchy description, and most important factor is the book must be interesting. It's also important to find the right audiance.
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