Category Archives: Amazon

Going Perma Free: My Reflections After 100,000 Downloads of my eBook

Going Perma Free Enough was enough. I’d read those blog posts one too many times. You know the ones. The posts by authors with a massive fantasy series or a YA series who made their first book permanently free on Amazon, also known as perma free, and sold thousands of copies of their subsequent books as a result. I didn’t have a fiction series,
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Exactly how one author sells 70-75 books a day.

“… I have broken a certain barrier and have been able to lift the Trilogy into a meaningful level of visibility.”  This is an email I received from a former student of my online book marketing class, Octavia Randolph. I am reprinting it with her permission here, with some very minor edits to keep it succinct.  Dear Laura I took your on-line marketing class (the
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Blogpost Replay: “Amazon’s answer to indie-audio publishing… ACX.com” Guest post on Audio book creation with Jeff Bennington.

Today I am so thankful to have Jeff Bennington, author of The Indie Author’s Guide to the Universe (& more – see full list of books below), founder of The Kindle Book Review and all-round Indie author supporter on the 30 Day Books blog. When I heard that Jeff was turning his books into audio books on Audible.com, I knew he would be the perfect person
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Are you pressing publish before you’re ready – just because it’s so easy?

Yesterday I told you the story of my new guide that’s out TODAY – Fire Up Amazon: How to Tweak your Amazon Presence to Perfection and Ramp Up Your Sales Potential!   And if you read that post, you know what a pain in the you-know-what this one has been to write and create. It’s taking me way longer than expected to get off the
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The KDP Select blogposts every author should read

KDP Select has been one of the most widely debated and divided issues in self-publishing this year. A lot of the authors I have worked with have used it, and seen great results. But we didn’t make the decision to enter it lightly, and we spent hours preparing for it to ensure it’s success counterbalanced the negatives involved in entering the program. Bigger picture
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“You can follow books up the charts on a piece of elastic.” Part 2 of interview with Amazon.co.uk best-seller Mark Edwards.

In part 2 of this interview (find part 1 here), I asked best-selling author Mark Edwards: “Before the book deal with Harper Collins, how did you get your books onto no 1 & no 2 spot on Amazon.co.uk?” Besides guest blogging and interacting on forums, there was another strategy that Mark had mentioned on Joanna Penn’s site The Creative Penn: tweaking his Amazon meta-date
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The first British self-published authors to hit #1 spot on Amazon.co.uk

Interview with Mark Edwards on Living the Dream!   Mark Edwards and his writing partner Louise Voss were the first British indie authors to hit #1 & #2 on the Amazon.co.uk charts with Killing Cupid & Catch Your Death. But their journey to that point wasn’t exactly plain sailing… In part 1 of this interview (about 10 minutes), find out how long it took
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“Sell the sizzle, not the steak”. How to write a brilliant book description for fiction & non-fiction titles.

I spoke to Mark Edwards over Skype a few weeks (months?!) back and I will be posting that interview very soon. It’s a great chat about how Mark used his background in copywriting to study the book descriptions of best-sellers on Amazon.co.uk. When he used what he learned from his research for his own book description, “book sales literally doubled in an hour!”. What
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How to make the most of your eBook’s free days/ KDP Select days

The success of KDP Select’s free days (or other ways of giving your book away for free since this can be done strategically via Smashwords or iBooks) has been widely debated. I’m not going to touch upon the issue of whether you should go free or not – that’s a personal choice and there is much literature out there to enable you to decide.
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7 reasons Why eBook authors should have a paperback (hint – it’s not for the $$$!)

There is little doubt that eBooks are going to stick around for a long while yet, but there is a LOT to be said for authors still willing to print in paperback. Love this. Want one?  cargocollective.com Publishing Print On Demand (POD) paperback books is inexpensive with companies like CreateSpace and Lightning Source. If you already have an ebook, all you’ll need is the back
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