Inkitt Struck Gold For Authors

Inkitt is Gold for Authors

I have a website that is GOLD for authors. If you are curious about what type of readers want your books or short stories, this is a must! https://www.inkitt.com allows authors to discover their audience. What is the type of information they give?

They have technology that analyzes who reads your book by showing – gender, the speed in which reader’s go through your book, a graph that displays how many stories were read each day, chapters of the book read per reader, age, location and this is all given using data collected by the website. This information will give you the ability to understand what your audience is and how to go forward with your stories. Understanding this information is extremely valuable in marketing your book or stories. I have been writing lots of short stories, and that allows me to cultivate data about who is attracted to my books, and if you have a chapter book, you will be able to easily see which chapters are read the most. Do people finish your book or do they stop reading at a certain point? You are given all of this data! Analyzing this can be effective in growing an audience by altering your book to see the flow.

Getting Noticed on Inkitt

How do I get my book noticed on Inkitt? How do I get readers to look at my stories? Yes, you can send your collected emails to this website, and this will give you a wonderful bump in understanding your audience. If you do not have an email list, what do you do? That is fine too. Tweet your stories but most importantly: Go to Inkitt’s Facebook page and post your book. This feature, I believe, will be taken away in the future but right now it is a great way to boost reads.

Continually Visit Inkitt

You also need to continually visit the website and check your data. While I have no hard facts to confirm the following, I believe they give the author’s book priority based on the activity of the individual on the website. By continually visiting Inkitt, looking at data, posting in the blogs section, and perusing some activity, your book is more likely to be read.

How is This Data Valuable

The data this website collects will allow you to pinpoint your audience and write in a way that directly narrows in on the most popular style and format to gain attention. You can compare your paranormal horror book to a horror romance you wrote. This data is gold when you begin to market your books. If you already know who your audience is, it makes the process much easier. Go Inkitt!

Kind Regards,

Max

A Good Ebook Marketer Could Take Own Advice

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.

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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.

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Real Secrets to Making Your Writing Sell

I Market Books and Now Market My Works As An Active Author

Okay, I promised everybody that I would update you on how I’m marketing my work as an active author. I am going to demonstrate that I can use my own techniques to be successful. When I ran a book marketing agency. People the team dealt with were particularly difficult because they did not understand or/nor accept basic concepts. Their logic is they have a good book. Put it on Amazon and watch the money flow in. It doesn’t work like that. The average cost for a book launch is 5,000 dollars but I have both displayed and spoken of ways to successfully lower costs. This is going to be the ultimate guide to spending very little and obtaining excellent results. I am going to do it and not just write about it. In my business, I did everything I could to help authors profit. In this current era, well-written books alone cannot sell— marketing is necessary! However, no crappy book is going to Sell regardless of how much money is sunk Into marketing. Let’s get this article moving on and start getting to points that people are unaware of!

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The beginning of the Blog for REAL ACTIVE AUTHORS

This is For Active Writers Looking for Guidance! I have good news!

(Not for One Time Authors)

This is the start for a category dedicated to authors who want to make a career out of writing.

To begin, I have ended my business. After conducting book marketing for a lengthy period of time I was able to gather a fund that is now driving my real desire— selling my own books. I needed a sufficient amount of money before I could embark on this journey because it is not a one-step process. For a long time, I have given people advice on this blog on how to make your book successful and I stand by that advice. However, there are methods and information that is needed for an author to be successful. This is geared to authors who are frequently creating new material. This blog and subjects are not for the one-time author. This blog and the provided data and advice go together. However, if you are a very active writer, this always needs to be step one! I am going to begin a new tab that will be about what I am perusing that is certain to drive sales. If you are an author that is making book after book, this is for you!

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The fussy Librarian and Book Sprout

Is the Website The Fussy Librarian a Wise Choise and Book Sprout

 

INTRODUCTION (FEEL FREE TO SKIP DOWN)

We have given a lot of reports on websites that you should be cautious when spending money on their platforms. Now, let’s talk about the statistics we gathered from websites that could generate you money. It is actually going to be about two websites (www.booksprout.co and www.thefussylibrarian.com). Further, I briefly go into statistics of what books are trending right now on Facebook and the times and days you will get the most interactions. Even the types of advertisements that will get the most results and the tactics that get the least results. It is my opinion that Facebook is often not the best choice and these statistics might help you understand further. In every campaign we implement; we do a test to see what Facebook will result in, and sometimes we find it can be useful, but do not throw money in the wind. I have come across many individuals who continuously dole out money to social media without results. This is not wise. It takes marketing research, and skill to even gain moderately successful results. The average marketer will not benefit you most of the time.

Our team recently purchased another data inquiry program, and we hired another employee to focus on data collection. We even go into great detail within this article about our own sales numbers and benefits we saw with these platforms when advertising our own books through them. Statistics are vital in factoring the manner you wish to promote. Most freelancers do not realize this. The following are the facts, and they are not how I see them, but the cold hard statistics. They have been cross-referenced and compared to dozens of platforms to secure accuracy. A lot of this is very detailed statistics. Many people will find these statistics very helpful, but if you want to jump straight down, please do. The letters in bold are verified as extremely reliable data.

Critical Factors of the Fussy Librarian

The Fuss librarian has an advantage that most websites do not. It tries to exclusively deal with books that have already gained some quality status. It does this by limiting submissions based on Amazon ratings, as well as reviews. Also, it is also built to give customers great deals. Given this; it is no surprise that 21.15% of the audience on the website is 65 an older. I speculate that this statistic seems to be driven by individuals who seek good deals and assurance that the reading material is of a higher quality. In addition, this website offers a significant amount of books as free reads. If you are marketing a book in that age group, this is one of the highest rated websites with such a sizable audience of 65+. 18.55% are between 25-34 years old. The previously mentioned age group almost always is predominate on website of these sizes. Therefore, it is worth noting marketing a book for older individuals might have better results here. Further statistics also indicate that older people (primarily women) are more likely to leave a review. How big is the Fussy Librarian? It averages a significant amount of monthly unique visitors (unique visitors are people who return more than once), and 107,234 total visitors. This was recorded between April 2018 — Jun 2018. Visits have increased by 12.22% in this time frame. 78.38% of these visits come from the United States. The following statistics cannot be fully verified, but we estimate that 17.91%% of money funneled through the website goes directly to them.  (this sum is based on the total assets measured). I want to stress that we went through several platforms and this statistic is the most accurate we could obtain. A competing statistic insinuates that 32.29% of the money engaged within the site is directed towards their financial pursuits. While this seems very contradictory, we think two areas of profit were combined in this example. Both their personal earning and author earning could not be verified with 100% accuracy.  This data is not solidified to the point that I can refer to it as a fact. The complexity of their current situation is extremely complicated and involves more details than I am going to go into.

44.72% on the website have been identified as male. 55.28% are females. Consumers most significant interest in the website is kindle related and news. Now I am going to be clear about the issues with Facebook traffic. This is a large website, and 86.55% of their social media comes from Facebook, but this number is from an average of 15,000 views for April — Jun 2018. As I correctly pointed out months ago, the beginning of summer was going to result in a significant spike in sales. The data we have obtained support this. In fact, Jun was one of their best months. This has been true across many platforms. A significant fraction of their users are operating desktops. While this factor might seem irrelevant to you— they all are crucial to marketing methods. For example, the fact that computers are of moderately higher percentage than other advertisement platforms should factor into advertising methods with not just this platform, but others. While their data differs in some significant manners (like age groups that visit), most of this data has a sharp comparison to other platforms. Lastly, I am going to mention that per 10,000 outgoing links 1.52% registered as sales to people spending money on advertisement. While this may seem very low, please consider that a significant portion of the marketing strategy is to give authors a chance to show consumers their books for free (further down our personal results will be listed). If reviews are a result of spending money on their website, it is a benefit. My biggest question for them would be how many reviews are generated from free promotion. The operators of this website declined to leave comments regarding any questions.

Talking about The Fussy Librarian and BookSprout.co

We are not going to talk about the statistics of only one ebook website platform for authors. We are going to compare it to http://www.booksprout.co and then we are going to talk about our own marketing experiences with both platforms.

booksprout.co can be used for free, and there is an estimated 9.15% of 40,000 outgoing links are monopolized by book retailers. If book retailers are investing efforts in this platform, it should bring comfort. 48.84% of related booksprout.co users were interested in shopping. While the dominating category in The Fussy Library was directed at Amazon, book www.booksprout.co came in second place for links with an Amazon destination. Their referral links were all down monumentally in the past month April—Jun, 2018. However, book google referrals were up 810.14%. booksprout.co and thefussylibrarian.com are closely related in category rank. In the past six months, a reported 341 users were active on both of these two websites. We tried to gather information on any publishing agencies that were using either website, and we were unable to obtain data at this point.

FACEBOOK

Once more, there has been a surge in book sales in the summer. There are, of course, many factors that play into this. The main factor is students— particularly college students. It is beginning to level off. We can state with undeniable certainty that science fiction is a growing field of advertisement on Facebook and books in this area are receiving a lot of interactions. The least interactive field on Facebook was the horror genre.

We can also say with undeniable certainty that videos are the best ways to advertise your book, followed by images, and the least effective are coupons. However, it should be noted that while we are discussing interactions with ebooks on these platforms; the amount of sales from the efforts is not something we can verify at this point. Furthermore, it is an unequivocal fact that the most interactions with these posts occur at 4:00 p.m. and Monday is by FAR the most active days. This is a fact. However, I would like to point out that there can be variations based on your content. 

Our Personal Results

I express extreme caution when using Facebook. Studies— including our own show hazy results when marketing books— but most studies show that it is not the most effective manner in many cases. A combination of different promotional strategies is the most effective manner to pursue advertisement. With one book that we promoted on the fussy librarian, we got 925 clicks. However, we tested several methods and forms. One attempt that we made from a book that was not connected to Amazon received almost 0 clicks. Of course, TheFussyLibrarian almost deals exclusively with Amazon, but we had to test the waters. 925 clicks even on Facebook at 50 cents a click is far more expensive than the results that we obtained from their website. Of course, many factors can play a role in how the book is received, but on other platforms, we ran; the results were much less. Twitter is often a mistake to spend money on. If you need statistics on that— we have run vigorous campaigns, and they did not equate to sales on books. The platforms that use Twitter have very low results. When it came to booksprout.co, we were able to obtain reviews. During the entire period mentioned above with 925 clicks from Fussy Librarian, and various other platforms used, we had over 3,000 downloads and spent far more on other advertising methods than the results we gained from thefussylibrarian.com.

CONCLUSION

At the very least, sign up for booksprout.co and use the free version. 10 minutes won’t hurt you to do a little promotion for your book that might lead to some reviews. 

Both of these websites are worth looking into. I am going to reiterate a question that was voiced earlier, “How many reviews are gained when you promote your book for free?” We are not able to state any facts on this matter at this point.

If you have a book that might appeal to an older age group, thefussylibrarian.com might be your answer. They do not spend any money on advertising their services to gain more views on their website, and most of the traffic is direct.

When adverting on Facebook, take notice of the information we have posted. It will help. We will be continuing further monitoring on these websites but are comfortable in asserting that they do get results in the form of downloads.