Prove To Me That You Can Market A Book
It has been a while since I have updated this site with a report on the progress of the publication of my content. I want to reiterate for those who have not read the past two articles, I have marketed ebooks for a substantial amount of time, but could I take my advice and be successful? People seem to have no problem telling you how to sell a book– but what do they really know? If you are familiar with this website, I always test out theories myself to ensure their validity. These past several months I have entered into the world of literature as I prove my point that the right strategies will not only work but make you money. I am doing very well with my writing. There are two reasons I have not had the time to provide an updated article until now (I apologize). 1. This project dominates every second of my time. 2. I have to be confident about everything I suggest as truths. There could be a variety of factors that interfere with my results. While I am never 100% certain of any outcome, I would like to get as close to 100% as possible. From all of the marketers that promise you success, how many of them do you think were personally successful? To prove that My success in the last month I would like to present a graph of the previous month. That month is the one reference of books downloaded on Smashwords for free. There are a variety of websites and platforms I have used other than Smashwords. I have also been very successful with apple and Barnes and Nobel.
Recently I have been narrowing my strategy as I advance my focus on obtaining monetary assets. I have received a high volume of email subscribers, substainly increased my ranking on Google, received favorable reviews, and written enough content to establish myself. I have said in the past that Draft2Digital is easier to use than Smashwords and I stand by that statement. However, Smashwords has a much larger audience, and the ability to gain momentum with your book is far greater with Smashwords. MUCH GREATER! I have not looked into draft2digital in the past six months, but from the few updates I have received, they still fall far behind Smashwords.
I have mostly taunted Amazon and its system to drive sales in private, but I would like it to be known that I do not think they are anywhere near as good as writers believe they are. Why? First, they are entirely geared towards serving the customer and themselves. The company does the bare minimum to stay at the height of power over other companies. I thought it was a shallow move to retract full payment for books based on percentage read. Half a penny per page is ridiculous. Regardless of their tainted ways, their presence is required in the long-run. Not typically as much in the short run. As I began, I did not rely on them AT ALL. As I discussed in the last article, I was building up my email list of followers. Social media was also being developed (Articles will detail this further down the line) and it is still under review. I have two books on KDP and several books on Amazon. However, all of my books became listed on Smashwords. I wouldn’t gain anything from Amazon at the beginning of writing career. Why? There are many reasons but let us focus on one crucial aspect: Smashwords is geared to serve both the author and the reader. They do a better job at it. Amazon suggests a retail price of 2.99, but that makes no sense to anybody BUT THEM. I am confident that this corporation was involved in the marketing and advisement of 2.99 being the average selling price. While I don’t have proof, I am reasonably sure that 2.99 is the most effective way to drive revenue into Amazon’s coffers. The price 2.99 often can mean very little when pricing your book. I go into more detail later in the article.
The Main issues to Discuss Catagories and Keywords
The main issue I want to discuss is the categories that you chose to place your books in and keywords. Keywords (SEO) had very little weight in my overall efforts and is likely to be the same for you. Amazon seems to weigh keywords a little more heavily than Smashwords. My analyses got determined by multiple tests of search from random browser Ip addresses. The SEO provided in Smashwords is effective in delivering readers from search engine results to your book or books.
You want to pick categories that are not heavily trafficked. By doing this you give your book a fighting chance, and in Smashwords, this is particularly valuable. While the subject must pertain to the manuscript, do not place it in a broad category. If you do listen to this advice, the chances of success will become much slimmer. I wrote many manuscripts that I tested under different genres. Stories that received high marks and ratting from reviewers were downloaded less when they were placed in large categories compared to stories that did not have as good of reviews but were in particular genres. Those of you who write horror need to heed this advice because I noticed that most of the horror categories on both Amazon and Smashwords led to poor results despite reviews. Pick genres that are discrete but still pertain to your subject.
Using this strategy enabled me to get my book to number one in the category. Doing this was not easy to do, and I promoted the manuscript on the social media I had established. No friends or family participated in getting it to number one. I did not spend any money. This guide is how to get your book to number one for the least amount of money spent. (This guide is to prove if you take the time and effort you can succeed) The book that ranked number one was also not KDP select. The ranking for your book, as I have discussed before, is based on both sales and views. It remained in number one for almost an entire day. A screenshot will validate this truth. It is in this article. I was able to do this because I placed it in a category where I was only competing with several thousand individuals on Amazon.
There are many other strategies I applied that could relate to this subject. For example, I made sure to include all of my writing in a “series.” By posting them in a series, their visibility would be higher. When I did publish a book for free on KDP Select, it gained lots of downloads but gained no reviews or strength. People tend to review far less when they don’t have to pay for a book. The main reason for keeping a book in KDP select is to gain that half a cent per page read. I even combined several short stories into one book and posted it on Amazon to collect continuous revenue from readers.
As I began to get popular, I received an invitation from Google Books and Google Play asking me to be a member of their (Currently) restricted member community. This email happened recently, but as one would predict, it immediately affected the search engine results of my content. The next article will discuss a website I started, why I started it, and the advantage. Every author should have a webpage but not just any webpage.
TIPS AND FACTS:
1. One thing that is wonderful about Smashwords is that they both allow books to be free and allow people to download the book WITHOUT signing up for membership. These details will become more advanced in future articles.
3. Your cover matters. I see so many people who spend a lot of money on covers that won’t work. I had clients that insisted their cover would sell. What sells? Nonfiction and Romance should include a clear face pic of somebody sexy (also erotica, obviously). Readers connect with the pictures, and having a “Busy,” cover is the worst type. Half of the covers I see make me dizzy.
4. STOP PRICING YOUR BOOKS AT INSANE PRICES. When I was marketing several peoples books, they insisted on very high prices. It is all about supply and demand. Who do you think you are placing a manuscript at 2.99 when there are a million plus books out there just as good with lower costs. I started pricing with .99 cents and based on the results I tweak the price. If people respond to a book, then yes, raise the price. You will make more money in the long run by placing a book at- .99 cents. If you take this initiative, I would highly suggest that you use both Smashwords and Amazon. What is wonderful about Smashwords is that they have a category for 99 cent books and the commission they remove is far less than Amazon. Amazon is a bully.
This is my guide to every author who wants to self-publish and not spend a penny on advertising their books. My advice does not mean it is going to be easy. I got up at 4:00 a.m. to finish this article and will have a full day. It is a lot of work in the beginning, but it gets easier.