Self-Publishing on Amazon #5 With Over a Million Titles in the Kindle Bookstore Are the Odds Against You?

I have limited experience when it comes to Amazon’s e-book marketing (or any other kind of book marketing) but I am sure of two things:  (1) The numbers are daunting.                 (2)Visibility and placement are key to success. Fortunately, there are authors who have been down this road and most are willing to share how they’ve increased their visibility and found success.

Amazon uses algorithms http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algorithm to determine where your book will be placed amongst those million+ titles. No one but Amazon knows exactly how this works, but author David Gaughran of Let’s Get Digital shed some light on the subject in his post Popularity, Visibility & KDP Select  He always offers practical, well-thought out advice, so if you’re considering e-publishing, put him on your must-read list. His posts tend to be sporadic so it’s best to sign up for them.

Another post that I found valuable is Louisa Locke’s  http://mlouisalocke.com/2012/10/18/update-on-categories-and-keywords-why-authors-should-still-care/  She gives great advice on picking the keywords and categories that help readers find you. Another must-read.

If you’re planning on doing a free promotion on KDP Select check out http://ebook-reader-vergleich.org/promoting-ebooks-with-kdpselect.html

Blogs I highly reccommend: 

http://writeitforward.wordpress.com/

http://www.thepassivevoice.com/

http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/

Each of the following books on e-publishing offer something slightly different:

 Joe Konrath’s Be the Monkey — Ebooks and Self-Publishing: A Dialogue Between Authors Barry Eisler and J.A. Konrath http://www.amazon.com/Be-Monkey-Self-Publishing-Between-ebook/

Michael Alvear puts a different  spin on the industry with Make a Killing on Kindle (Without Blogging, Facebook or Twitter) http://www.amazon.com/Blogging-Facebook-Guerilla-Marketers-ebook/

James Scott Bell’s Self-Publishing Attack http://www.amazon.com/Self-Publishing-Absolutely-Unbreakable-Publishing-ebook/

David Gaughran’s Let’s Get Digital  http://www.amazon.com/Lets-Get-Digital-Self-Publish-ebook/ You can also buy it at http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/lets-get-digital/

If you’ve noticed my page has suddenly turned green, it’s because I’m finally working on a new look. I put it off because I tend to panic when attempting anything more difficult than inserting a link. For the moment, I’m using one of the stock WordPress headers, but my inner-control-freakishness creative soul won’t allow that to continue for very long.

I won’t be posting Thanksgiving week. Stay safe and have a fantastic holiday!

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Diana Douglas, author. Coorganizer of the Arizona Novel Writers Workshop. Transplanted Texan. http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Writers-Workshop-com http://twitter.com/#!/themodernscribe
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25 Responses to Self-Publishing on Amazon #5 With Over a Million Titles in the Kindle Bookstore Are the Odds Against You?

  1. David Waid says:

    Thanks for sharing all those links, Diana. They are really helpful and I hope I can put them to use soon.

  2. Great resources. Thank you for the links.

  3. Thanks for the blog love, Diana. You have a wealth of information for e-pubbing here. It’s going to take me a while to get through it this week-end, but I’ll be sharing it. Thanks again.
    -Fae Rowen

  4. ericjbaker says:

    The odds are against every writer. What a strange obsession we share!

    As usual, today’s post was quite practical.

  5. If we were normal, we wouldn’t be writers!

  6. Love the new look to the blog, Diana :)

  7. bethtrissel says:

    Thanks for such a very helpful post.

  8. Wow! Nice gathering of links, looking forward to diving into all the info. Thanks! :)

  9. LaDonna K. Ockinga says:

    This blog was so informative. In business, we usually do a week of teaser advertising before the new product hits the market. I’m a lawyer so I never new why, but reading this makes me realize that the teaser advertising is what puts the product in place to receive these boosts from early sales. Late to the show, but it is starting to come together.
    LaDonna K. Ockinga
    Currently writing Suriviving Love

  10. I’m happy you stopped by!

  11. I’m doing a lot of reading about marketing and self-promotion. Let’s Get Digital is a great book. He makes it seems so easy. Yeah, right! Thanks for the other links and references. You are truly a gem. I love a person who wants to see other writers be successful!

  12. Thanks for the information.
    Have a great week. :-)

  13. zannyro says:

    This was really helpful…..Thanks for sharing it! Have a wonderful Holiday :)

  14. Lafemmeroar says:

    Thanks for another informative post! Tweeting this now to get the word out! :)

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