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Articles: How to sell books.

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 02:25 AM, (594 Reads)

Learn from my mistakes. Iím nearing the end of my sponsorship blitz, but Iím at the point where I can start posting my views on the whole ebook selling phenomenon. First of all, unless youíre already famous, have a strong following, or the most amazing title and cover art ever, donít bother with expensive sponsorships. My results have been pretty much the same in extra sales whether the sponsorship I ran was $10 or $300. If youíre going to place a sponsorship, I recommend the Kindle Fire Department.com, though theyíve grown quite a lot in popularity lately and may not have the same niche effect. Iíve had my best results with them than any other site, and Iíve promoted nine separate books on about two dozen sites. KND and Kindle Boards have become very popular and you get lost in a sea of ads. Same with Pixel of Ink. Blogads.com, my latest venture, did see a small jump in sales but not enough to recoup the cost of advertising on eleven different blogs. I am running another weeklong blitz at the end of this month so weíll see if there are any significant changes. I do have fresh advice that does seem to be working quite well for me. Hereís the secret; put samples of your books on every writerís site that accepts them. Even if the site doesnít allow links you can still say at the end of the sample to google your name on Amazon to download the rest of the book. I recently put up samples on Wattpad.com, who give links to buy automatically. I noticed a jump in sales about two hours after I did this. The key is to update the samples regularly so they rise higher on the new stories list. Itís the same with Authors Den.com and a lot of other sites. My advice to book and ebook writers is to spend a small amount on niche sponsorships just to give you some internet exposure but post free sample chapters everywhere possible. And there are literally thousands of sites. A great cover and jazzy tagline will grab peopleís attention, but nothing beats hooking them with four or five free chapters.

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