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kimberly

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First Step Taken
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 6:25 AM
 
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Hi All and Happy New Year!!!

I finally published two of my books in Dec 2017 and soon the third will be added. Of course I'm really excited after years of doubting my abilities and talents, but took the step finally. I would however like a bit of advice. I knew it may not sell on the first day, but I do wonder how long does it take for someone to purchase your book and what more can I do to gain recognition???

Looking forward to your reply and thank you in advance for your patience and answer.

Do have an enjoyable day

K. Seaton
cdalebrittain

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Re: First Step Taken
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 6:38 AM   in response to: kimberly in response to: kimberly
 
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Writing is easy compared to marketing. With something like 6 million ebooks on Amazon, the books don't sell themselves. (And things are even more difficult for print books.) The book has to be well written, with an eye-catching cover and an intriguing description and, most important, be in a genre that readers want to read. Even so, the book may be invisible.

So you have to market. There's no single best method or magic bullet. What works for one person won't work for someone else. So search the forums for the many many threads on advertising and marketing and try different approaches.

Good luck, and welcome to KDP!
B.L. Alley

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Re: First Step Taken
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 6:39 AM   in response to: kimberly in response to: kimberly
 
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It may not sell on the 1549th day, so make sure your books are readable and let as many people know they exist as is within your means.
Joseph M Erhardt

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Re: First Step Taken
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 6:41 AM   in response to: kimberly in response to: kimberly
 
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And just as a general hint to everyone trying to search the forums:

You may get better results by using Google and restricting the search site, thus:

what-you're-searching-for site:kdp.amazon.com

and you can even further restrict the search to postings within a time period.

This may be easier to use than the forum search devices.
tanzzee

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Re: First Step Taken
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 6:42 AM   in response to: kimberly in response to: kimberly
 
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kimberly wrote:
Hi All and Happy New Year!!!

I finally published two of my books in Dec 2017 and soon the third will be added. Of course I'm really excited after years of doubting my abilities and talents, but took the step finally. I would however like a bit of advice. I knew it may not sell on the first day, but I do wonder how long does it take for someone to purchase your book and what more can I do to gain recognition???

Looking forward to your reply and thank you in advance for your patience and answer.

Do have an enjoyable day

K. Seaton

What steps are you taking to promote your books?

Very occasionally a book will find readers and sell a few copies without any promotion but that is the exception. Normally you will need to spend a lot of time promoting your books and getting them noticed by likely readers. Also, if your category is one of the more popular ones such as romance, your job immediately becomes much harder.
C. Gold

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Re: First Step Taken
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 6:48 AM   in response to: kimberly in response to: kimberly
 
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Happy New Year and congrats on publishing your books. As you may suspect, just putting it out there won't get you many, if any, buys. You need to search these forums and also kboards.com for ideas on how to market your books. This will depend on what genre they are, whether they are a series or standalones, and what you've set as the price. The worst books to try selling are short stories, poems, self help pamphlets, and children's books. The longer the book is, the better edited, and the more professional looking the cover, the better chance it will sell.

Title, blurb, cover, Look Inside, and price are what a reader will look at when deciding on a purchase. You should compare your books to others in your genre to make sure you fall within the price range of those books and have a cover that conveys the proper genre and looks ok sitting with other books in your genre. If you are still convinced you can sell the book, then you have various ways to approach the problem of marketing.

AMS ads - stick with sponsored ads where you can put a daily budget of 1 dollar while you get a feel for keywords. Don't do this on books in the 99c range though, you'll only lose money unless your books are in a series.
FB ads and boosted posts - definitely put a reign on the budget with these otherwise they can eat you out of house and home. I'm currently running a buck a day FB ad. Don't do this for 99c books unless your books are in a series.
Promotion sites - there are lists of these on kboards.com. Some are free, the idea behind all of them is to spam your book out to newsletter subscribers. When I used BargainBooksy I had good results.
Build your own subscriber list - you can use tools like Instafreebie and My Book Cave to put a sample or free book up on their site and then do group promotions with other authors to get emails.

Join Facebook groups in your genre and engage in conversation with other authors and readers to try growing your brand. Some groups allow self promotion in a specified post. I do that whenever I can. I also do newsletter swaps with other authors.

Do research and when you have more specific questions, feel free to ask those. Good luck!
kimberly

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Re: First Step Taken
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 8:08 AM   in response to: kimberly in response to: kimberly
 
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Thank you all for your promote response and advice. I appreciate it greatly and will take it seriously! I shall try your suggestions and update on my progress in hopes of also helping other newbies like me.

Take care everyone

K. Seaton
Wilai Lattimore

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Re: First Step Taken
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 9:28 AM   in response to: kimberly in response to: kimberly
 
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Ama-zon provide some free promotion when your book/s are launched. They have a 'new release' category and your book will show up in it for a month. If you released your books together, then that was your first mistake. Release them three, or four weeks apart and you'll benefit from the extra exposure your author name desperately needs.

For more tips read 'Wilai's 10 steps to becoming a millionaire'. - No, only kidding. Happy new year and good luck with the books.
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