How to Make Money with Kindle Part 3

Selling Your Book

Once your book is up on the Kindle store, how do you actually start to make sales? At the end of the day, the quality of your book is what will determine whether or not it takes off. However, in order for your book to even stand a chance, you need to get it in front of a few hundred people.

That way, if your book has what it takes, people will see it and it’ll take off. If you don’t do the initial promotions however, nobody will even know your book existed.

Here’s how to sell and promote your book.

Create a Link to Sell Your Book on Your Website

Selling your book on your website is easy. All you need to do is add the Amazon Standard Identification Number to the end of this URL:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/

In other words, if your ASIN was “1455503304,” the URL to link to your product would be:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1455503304/

You can link to UK, German and French outlets by using these instead:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/

http://www.amazon.de/dp/

http://www.amazon.fr/dp/

Promoting Your Book to the Kindle Community

Browse Kindle forums and boards and become an active member. Boards like MobileRead or KindleBoards are great places to network with authors and book lovers.

Don’t just promote your book, but aim to add to the community as well. That way people will actually get to know you and want to check out your work.

Send Your Book to Book Review Websites

Look for book review websites in your market and ask if they’d be interested in doing a review of your book.

To find these sites, just look for books that are similar to yours and type into Google:

“[Book Name] Review”

See what websites and blogs come up. Record all the websites that are actively doing book reviews. Make sure they’ve posted new reviews within the last two months.

Contact them by email or phone and ask them to do a review in exchange for a free copy.

Get Your Friends to Review Your Book

Having your book reviewed adds a lot of credibility gets you ranked higher and increases the chances that someone’s going to buy your book.

The easiest way to get reviews in the beginning is to give your book away to your friends and ask them to do the reviews. Make sure they really read the book and are really sharing their opinion.

Try to get at least 5 to 10 reviews up through your personal network.

Do a $.99 Cent Promotion

One way to generate a lot of attention, reviews and downloads is to sell your book at 99 cents. You can use this as an initial promotion tactic to build publicity and ratings, or you can actually price your book at 99 cents.

Either way, many authors have found that by pricing their book at 99 cents they generate a lot more revenue in total through increased sales than if they had priced their book higher.

Promote it on Facebook and Twitter

Use Facebook and Twitter to promote your new book.

Start by publishing a link to the book on your Facebook wall and Tweeting about it. In fact, it’s a good idea to start posting about the upcoming book before it even launches to build excitement.

Also do searches on Twitter for things related to your book to find people you might be able to recommend it to. For example, if you just wrote a book about how to do interior design for a party, then you might search Twitter for keywords like “tips for a party.”

Create a Blog About Your Topic

If you’re publishing a non-fiction book, consider also starting a blog on the topic. Regularly blogging is a great way to get traffic from search engines and build an audience.

The blog can help you promote your book and can also earn revenues from advertising and other product sales. Having a blog can also help you launch future books more successfully.

These are some of the more popular ways you can promote your Kindle book. At the end of the day, the quality of the book is what’ll determine whether it sells or not. However, in order for the book to take off, you need to put in quite a bit of legwork to generate the initial sales.

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