This, of course, doesn’t mean my book is better than anyone else’s which is lower priced: but it gives the impression of a larger discount. My book was #1 in the “Bilingual” section for a while, even though most people downloaded it for free.This meant a lot more people saw it, compared to when it was down in the dungeons of Amazon’s search listings.Whilst much of this article is still relevant, we’d also suggest consulting some more recent reviews of the KDP program to make sure you have a balanced view.] 3.
First I’ll tell you the story, then I’ll share how you can do it too.
I thought, finger poised on the yellow ‘Publish’ button.
After my book was finished, it took me around 6 hours to format it to their guidelines. Your book will be available on Amazon in the US, UK, Spain, France, Italy and Germany. For prices $2.99 – $9.99, Amazon gives you 70% and takes 30%. Enroll in the KDP select program, making sure your book is available exclusively to Amazon (or they won’t pay your royalties! If your book is borrowed by KDP members, you’ll also receive a share of the borrowed royalty pie. I tried my first free promotional period on a weekday.
This can easily be outsourced for under $100 on e Lance, too. First, “Save as” Filtered HTML, and then into Amazon’s format (PRC) using Mobi Pocket Creator. For anything outside of that, Amazon takes 65%, and you get 35%. Create an author page on Amazon Author Central Write a bio and add a photo – you are now an author! (For me, this is so minute as to not be relevant – yet.) For all the info on the KDP Select Program check this out. The second time, I tried it on a weekend, where I figured more people would be lazing about on the couch browsing the Kindle Store.
Minimalist formatting is necessary because users can increase or decrease the text size on their Kindle / i Pad, so font size, page numbers and coloured headings become irrelevant. e Lance or 99 Designs are good for this, or you can do it yourself if youíre game. The second time around, free downloads were lower overall, but I did see another big increase in downloads after the promotional period ended. Bonus resource: A fantastic, easy-to-read post from Notes In Spanish about how Ben Curtis published his book (this is what got me started): Will this work for everyone? Your mileage may vary, and everyoneís book will be different.
You can find all of Amazon’s formatting guidelines here. I purchased a photo from i Stock for , which gives me license for up to 499,999 book sales. I do believe that KDP Select is, if nothing else, a fantastic way to experiment with price points, get your book out into the world, and have some fun.
When it went “free” on the Kindle store, it said FREE.
This meant an ‘discount’ during the free period, as opposed to books which were normally 99c, and are then free during promotion (99c discount). Getting in the top twenty lists, and staying there after the promotional period When someone downloads your book (for free or paid), it moves up the charts.
This is similar to e Bay’s “We recommend..” or Youtube’s “Recommended videos” cross-promotion: addictive, aren’t they? Reviews bring more authenticity to your book More downloads = more people reading = more reviews.
I still don’t have a ton of them, but a few stars next to your book makes a difference for fence-sitters.
Only paid sales now count towards permanent rankings.