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Experience with selling E-books on Amazon
« on: January 08, 2015, 10:54:58 PM »
Hello, is there anyone out there who has experienced selling their e-books in amazon? I have recently published one book of around 10,000 words for 99 cents, however, the sales isn't doing very well. Do you have any tips for me?

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Re: Experience with selling E-books on Amazon
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2015, 02:09:12 AM »
Ten Thousand words is a short story if fiction or a really basic text for non-fiction.  Even if I was interested in the title, I would probably get to the length and click away without even reading the reviews.  My opinion (and potentially other readers) is that 10,000 worth of non-fiction probably doesn't contain anything I can't find easily on the web.  Plenty of blogs offering more than that free.  And 10,000 words of fiction doesn't really give me much time to get into the universe.  Like most readers, I only have a limited amount to spend on my reading and don't like to 'waste' it on something that will be done very quickly.

If you can get them past the length, how are the reviews?

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Re: Experience with selling E-books on Amazon
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2015, 07:59:12 AM »
It depends on what the book is about, non-fiction or a short story or poems? The market is flooded and I have a book at 99 cents and you only get I think about 37 cents after tax etc. My book was just to get an author page and to see how it all worked, so you advertise on Goodreads and other forums as an exchange.

I have my own site and blog where I advertise it, so you need to create some back links to the book. Use your author page link as a signature on things to get people to see your page and book.

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Re: Experience with selling E-books on Amazon
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2015, 05:26:53 PM »
I've had a book on Amazon for a long time now and haven't done much on the sales front. That's entirely my fault as I haven't very actively marketed it, I need to review the pricing, and need to better understand the marketplace. It's a project for me to sort out.


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Re: Experience with selling E-books on Amazon
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2015, 08:03:34 AM »
Join the club, I too have published a couple E-Books on Amazon.  So, far though I have had little or no success in selling them.  I don't think the books are all that bad, they may not be great pieces of literature but they are entertaining.  I just can't seem to find an audience for them. 

So, unfortunately I don't really have any advice for you about how to sell yours.  I wich someone would be able to give me advice on how to get mine off the ground. 

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Re: Experience with selling E-books on Amazon
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2015, 10:34:58 AM »
Like anything, it depends what you want and how much you're willing to do to get it. People who are successful authors on Amazon (and aren't big names and don't have publishing houses and so on) generally throw a LOT of effort into writing groups on FB, networking and publicising their stuff.

It also depends on what you're selling. If it's a 10-page ebook about earning online, join the queue of 20,000,000 other people publishing the same old same old. If it's a 100-page useful non-fiction title or a reasonable-length novel, you'll generally get a better response but still have to put in a lot of work.

My book's been on Amazon for a couple of years now, and hasn't sold much (no marketing, no advertising, no networking). It's being used in writing classes somewhere in Alaska, though. Weird, but true. :)

Have you considered sending free review copies to reasonable-traffic review blogs?

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Re: Experience with selling E-books on Amazon
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2015, 09:18:53 AM »
I agree with Scott. The hardest part in publishing your book is marketing and promoting it. Many writers go to book bloggers for help, especially when it comes to selling fiction. You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login is a great site for writers; it's got tons of tips, resources for designing, formatting, promoting, etc. Also, You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login has a great site where he publishes earnings of self-published writers and he blogs about promoting and writing and publishing ebooks. These guys have great and practical pieces of advice.

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Re: Experience with selling E-books on Amazon
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2015, 05:09:27 PM »
It depends on what the book is about. If it is about sales, self improvement the leads to an increase of sales, and appears to be fairly good quality then you can take a slightly different approach. First find out where people who sell things hang out on the internet, so lets say your target is realestate agents. Then increase the price of your book to atleast $20-25 because if it is only $0.99 it is too cheap, and they will thing it lacks quality. Then make good copy to promote your book.

Someone in sales will buy your book, because if your book helps them in the slightest way, and they make one sale, they recovered the $20-25. On the other hand if your book sucks all they lost is $25.

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Re: Experience with selling E-books on Amazon
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2015, 05:39:01 PM »
I decided to write an e-book just as an experiment to see if it was a good idea. I spent from 12a.m to 5.am in the morning writing whatever came to mind. I did the formatting and published it for 99 cents. It's been a couple months since then. Every now and then (1 or 2 weeks) I get $8 dollars deposited into my bank account. I have some bad reviews from people expecting something awesome and some nice reviews. I've gone online to places that say they will promote your book  for free. I signed up for a couple, can't recall the names. I'm not sure if that helped with sells. I read some people make like $300 a month. That instead of writing what you want, you have to write what sells and then Market, Market, Market...

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Re: Experience with selling E-books on Amazon
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2015, 06:39:47 PM »
I think the biggest barrier is that the market is flooded.  Everyone who has the capability of writing something OK-ish seems to be doing it and trying to sell it. While I'm all for entrepreneurs, at the 99cent level on Amazon, there is a LOT of junk, and a few gems. If you are a great writer and have a great story to tell, it will still likely take you quite some time to accumulate a fair amount of good reviews to build your name, simply because there are only so many people buying and they aren't buying handfuls of books per week.

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Re: Experience with selling E-books on Amazon
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2015, 01:19:54 AM »
This makes for very interesting reading! I've thought about penning an eBook, but never thought it was such a tough market. I never took for granted just how much aggressive marketing and promoting needs to go into it, but it sounds like it's a cut-throat area. Kudos to all those who have already given it a go, hope you all succeed at it. I might just hang fire on this one lol

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Re: Experience with selling E-books on Amazon
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2015, 01:42:46 AM »
I've been in the process of writing one myself, and all the research I've done for it (the e-book selling process, not the information for the book) has said about the same thing: exposure. I've seen them say to advertise yourself, to have a good following (whether on a personal blog, on Twitter, whatever) and go from there. I for one don't have a very large following (but have considered starting up a blog, so maybe that'd help), but I see the appeal of having one (your followers would probably be decently interested in something you're writing). Other than exposure, there wasn't much to be said. Perhaps you could make a blog entry (if you have one, but if not why not start one?) about writing an ebook and have a little hint or nudge alongside the link to yours?

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Re: Experience with selling E-books on Amazon
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2015, 05:19:10 AM »
I'm still in the process of writing my first book so I haven't started the selling process yet.
I'm not going to put all my eggs in one basket on it but my situation is also quite different from others as I have an entire town behind me and they all are willing to buy the book. You bets believe they will be brutally honest if it sucks though.
My problem would be getting exposure outside of that town, which is net going to be a walk in the park.
I  don't have that big of a following on my twitter or youtube but I am friends with some bigger youtubers so they may help me out a bit.
I'm not sure if I would be the right person to give anyone advice since I haven't gone through the process yet.

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Re: Experience with selling E-books on Amazon
« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2015, 02:59:37 PM »
Right now I'm in the process of writing my first book. It's only been less than a week of me writing it and I haven't been able to put a ton of time into it yet, but I'm already at a thousand words and two full chapters, with another two chapters started. I know that I have a long way to go, but the concept is good and I already have people who I am in contact with via twitter in my chronically ill family excited for it to be published.

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Re: Experience with selling E-books on Amazon
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2015, 12:56:27 PM »
The rules for VAT have recently changed on Amazon and they recommend you the cost in your profit rather than charge the customer. There is a lot of small print with Amazon, so check it out before you commit and check any of the boxes.

Amazon does have more exposure but you get less profit than other e-book platforms.

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