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OK, just finished a week of advertising through Amazon. I dropped the price to 99 cents. I sold a LOT of books, and it moved the position of the books up into the 100,000's and kept them there.

It was easy to do. I recommend it. To this, you have to be on Kindle Direct Publishing, and select the marketing option. To be on this plan, I'm reasonably sure you have to be exclusive to Kindle.

I've had very little success before on Smashbooks and Nook - certainly nothing like this


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Does anybody write novels or know any independent authors who do?

I'm a published author and started my own publishing business. I'm looking for authors to promote on my publishing site, http://www.laptiast.com/submissions.html

It's pretty simple. Contact me via this page or the email on the website. Let me know what the book's about. If I think what you've written would be a good fit for the site, I'll gladly post a picture of the book cover in the online store section and link it back to you. I don't make any money off your book. I only make money off the books I personally write or an author I decide to publish.

In regards to my own experience with advertising, I reached out to radio, but found it very expensive. I decided on a email campaign through an art magazine, which too was expensive, but I did get some sales. I'm now trying to link up with small stores in my area and other authors, as well. I just dropped off books where I get my haircut. They're selling them too! LOL



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OK, just finished a week of advertising through Amazon. I dropped the price to 99 cents. I sold a LOT of books, and it moved the position of the books up into the 100,000's and kept them there.

It was easy to do. I recommend it. To this, you have to be on Kindle Direct Publishing, and select the marketing option. To be on this plan, I'm reasonably sure you have to be exclusive to Kindle.

I've had very little success before on Smashbooks and Nook - certainly nothing like this


Wiz, would you mind to share some follow up on what the long term effects were? I've heard some horror stories that the results are temporary and some plummet severely a few days later. I hope you didn't go through that effect. :-)


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That's pretty much exactly what happens


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Awwww I was hoping it wasn't true. :-( I had heard several report the same effect. Very sorry.

Oh, and btw.. big ole Greene County howdies.. hehehe a homeboy! woot!


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OK, been slammed with work so now I can do a more complete synopsis for you all

After you've been on Kindle a while and made a certain amount of money/spent a certain amount of time, you can do a promo.

Your price for doing this appears to be that people can borrow your books for free. That doesn't give you any money, but it DOES count toward your popularity as far as I can tell.

You can give the book away or you can charge $.99 for it. I chose the latter. I saw an immediate spike increase in sales - enough to drive me back into the top 100k, almost to the top 10k, in a week.

Thing is, you've now set the price point of your book at .99. I did this for all of my books and I shouldn't have - if I'd been smarter I'd have just done the first book and will if I do this again. Of course, if you don't have a series, this is irrelevant.

After the sale, I didn't sell for another 2 weeks. Now I'm creeping back up to where I was.


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Very dumb question... but author ranking wise, of course the higher the better but Wiz made me wonder. Top 100k? and almost into to 10k? IF you are comfortable sharing this, where did it start out? Did you start low then grow consistently upward or start high and the new wear off and you start to lose ranking? My friend's book went live 6/4/14 and has just now started to drop into the 10k range. Never once been out of the top 50 in his category and until just last week, was always top 10-25 range with rankings in the 2k,3k range. Knowing there are millions out there, am I stressing over the drop for nothing?


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Started out in the top million, but I'd been sitting in the top 10k for a while after a co-advertising thing I did with a charity

THAT, by the way, works. Get together with a charity and tell them you'll give your book profits to them if they'll advertise you for a week. It's very inexpensive and you can open up a whole new avenue to your forum


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Already thought of that. :-) Not for book promotion but I regularly support St. Judes so I asked the author if he would consider that option. I also heavily promote the Amazon Smile program too.

NOT SPAM, showing you the linkage in case others want to do the same for their books..
http://smile.amazon.com/Highway-Stars-B ... .e.+wilson

You can encourage your buyers to purchase your product via the Amazon Smile site and designate what charity they chose. Amazon only donates 5% but still, that's effort and commendable considering they don't have to do anything at all. It changes nothing on the author's end at all.


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I'll be trying the Kindle Countdown deal next week for the first time. I'll let you all know how it works out.


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A friend of mine used a company called buview to help him get amazon reviews. He said he first used them to help better develop his main character due to so so reviews. I told him after I read his book the first time that the main character needed more something because I though ehh. After his revision, he said that he went back to the same company and got more reviews. Something about tired of giving away his book and peeps not giving any reviews. Any how, he’s now pitching to publishers. I hope this helps out.



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