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How I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks [Kindle Edition]

Cheryl Kaye Tardif
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)

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Book Description


#1 Marketing book specifically designed for Amazon's KDP Select program

In March 2012 one Canadian author boldly went where few have gone before—into the land of making real money with Amazon's KDP Select program.

This is her story…

My name is Cheryl Kaye Tardif and I am an international bestselling suspense author who earned over $42,000 dollars in March 2012 selling ebooks via Amazon's KDP Select program, captured the interest of a major literary agency, and went on to sign with a foreign rights agent. And I'm about to tell you HOW I did all that.

I don't normally tell people how much money I make, but I believe writers need to know it IS possible to earn a real income from your books. Seriously, if I can do it, anyone can—if you have the right combination of criteria and techniques.

In this book, I'll share with you what I believe are four key elements you must have in place to see high sales. And I'll reveal the strategic techniques I used during my KDP Select promotions that resulted in earning over $42,000—with $32,000 of that from ONE title alone.

Not only did I earn over $42,000 in ebook sales, I was contacted by Trident Media, one of the leading literary agencies in New York. The chairman, Robert Gottlieb, saw my success when my one title made #4 in the Top 100 Bestselling Kindle ebooks, right under The Hunger Games trilogy. I am now represented by Trident Media Group and I have 2 audiobook deals in the works.

So, if you're ready to earn some real money with Select, let's begin…

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Do yourself a favor: Don't just READ this book; DO the steps during a Select free promotion or a discount sale!!! I can't emphasize that enough. It's the only way to evaluate whether they'll work for you or not. I have recently discovered that if I use these same techniques during a $0.99 promotion, my sales drastically increase. And when I don't use them, my sales slow down. Thank you to everyone who has contacted me to report this is working for them. I am very happy for you. I wish you the best in success always! ~ Cheryl

About the Author

Cheryl Kaye Tardif is an award-winning, international bestselling Canadian suspense author. Her novels include Submerged, Divine Justice, Children of the Fog, The River, Divine Intervention, and Whale Song, which New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice calls "a compelling story of love and family and the mysteries of the human heart...a beautiful, haunting novel."
She is now working on her next thriller.
Cheryl also enjoys writing short stories inspired mainly by her author idol Stephen King, and this has resulted in Skeletons in the Closet & Other Creepy Stories (collection of shorts) and Remote Control (novelette eBook).
In 2010 Cheryl detoured into the romance genre with her contemporary romantic suspense debut, Lancelot's Lady, written under the pen name of Cherish D'Angelo.
Booklist raves, "Tardif, already a big hit in Canada...a name to reckon with south of the border."
Cheryl's website:
Official blog:
You can also find Cheryl Kaye Tardif on Facebook, Goodreads, Shelfari and LibraryThing, plus other social networks.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1426 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Imajin Books (November 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080USSYW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,013 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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260 of 285 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Filler Material to Sort Through October 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
While the grammar is acceptable, and there is a little bit of information; however, the book isn't formatted to deliver this information in a ready-to-use fashion. You have to pick through the tons of filler material that makes one wonder if the writer plans to get to a point anytime soon. I read the book through twice to be sure I wasn't missing any gems. I was let down by this theme which runs through the book: Learn the Pros and Cons of Kindle Publishing. Well, that is why I bought your book. I expected you to elaborate on those kinds of topics. HOW did you navigate through the pros and cons and HOW did you manage to succeed, etc. Delivering platitudes without substance is not telling me HOW anything was done. Sadly, this book is little more than that.

I really didn't read any hardcore HOW TO info until the fourth chapter. Even then, it is little more than common sense. The rest of the book seems to be the author republishing her blog posts that track her sales. Inside of HOW I should just be I MADE...because in this short summary of her glowing sales statics one finds little if any HOW.

In the front matter of the book it says "This is a work of fiction." I emailed the author about that and she stated that it was an oversight since this was her first non-fiction work. I can understand that and I give her credit for responding promptly.

There are more substantive titles available, and I would recommend moving along to those. There's nothing to see here folks.
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69 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very empowering book for even established authors... January 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I am new to Kindle and Amazon, but I see it is the place to be and Kindle is redefining how authors spend time promoting themselves. Prepare to drag yourself to your last book signing because when you read Cheryl Kaye Tardif's book you will be investing your energy on much more fun things that are also more permanent than a fleeting book signing appearance. I love it, love it, love it! And this reconfirmed my feelings that book signings are one trick ponies. I am so glad I can walk away from those chains after reading her book.

After three months, I am only using about half her methods and I can say my sales have tripled and I have much more free time. Any place I do invest my energy is always long term and this is the most important thing I learned from Tardif's book. I plan to also read her "Indy Author Guide to the Universe" and want to thank her here and now for stepping out on a limb to share what activities helped her to succeed. We do live in a Jungle.

The Kindle book was also well done, meaning well formatted. It has a table of contents that is "interactive." I rarely see a live TOC in any Kindle book. I do want to point out sometimes offering free things invites bottom feeders who just want to say something shocking to get your attention to their own author-dom. Its a level low tactic but I see people doing it mainly with FREE things, so I may think harder on how bad I want thunder thieves around. Look at any high cost book and you do not see many negative reviews and then compare that with ones that are inexpensive, (that has never been free) and then compare with one that has been "free" even for a few days on Amazon. I think the less money that changed hands the more likely they are to get nailed with one stars filibuster types that want the "floor.
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290 of 344 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much spam! May 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I began following the author of this book on Twitter as soon as I downloaded the book. Before I was 10% in to the book, I had unfollowed the author again. Her timeline consisted almost entirely of the same message- buy my book. The tweets were on the hour, every hour (something she recommends doing in the book), and went on for days and days. I scrolled through her tweets on the day I unfollowed her- I had to go through two days of tweets to find one 'not 'related to one of her books (it was encouraging followers to buy a book by another author) and I think it took me another day of tweets to find a tweet (one, solitary tweet) which was personal, part of a conversation with another human being.

It wasn't a good start to the book.

While "experimenting" with KDP Select* the author wrote blog posts outlining what she was doing and the results she was seeing. While interesting, these were simply copied and pasted into the book- they weren't edited or reformatted. This was annoying to read, because it meant that what should have been links to previous blog posts appeared on my Kindle as a list of the posts, which I had read just three pages previously.

The posts are interesting, but really, there's little in them which is applicable to the reader. It's all her experience, which is great, and I think seeing other author's sales figures is fascinating (BTW, if that's something you're also interested in, you should check out are The Newbie's Guide To Publishing).

The marketing advice bothered me, and is what brought the rating down to just two stars. It seems 'very' spammy to me. Let me give you some examples;

When pitching them, say something like" I saw you liked (author). Me too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the doctored ordered!
This book was just what I needed to find out how to market your eBook successfully. I really didn't need information on formatting your eBook as there is plenty of free information... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Ghostdog
5.0 out of 5 stars Indie writers read this book!
Let me be honest and say I didn't,t expect much from this book. After all there are tons of books per porting to teach us how to sell more books right? Read more
Published 14 days ago by cooknTbone
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative
I have read several of these books on how to sell Kindle eBooks. This is one of the better. Some really good ideas to help you in your writing journey.
Published 16 days ago by Cindy Stringer Wismer
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to believe
Great advice, but I don't believe it.
Published 21 days ago by LittlestMac
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Cool in 2012, unfortunately amazon has changed and its more competitive.
Published 22 days ago by Alice E. Albrecht
2.0 out of 5 stars I also felt like I was reading the author's accolades too much rather...
Some of the information was valuable but much of I felt was redundant. I also felt like I was reading the author's accolades too much rather than a how-to guide.
Published 24 days ago by Rolanda L. Schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheryl Tardif Give A Lot of Clear, Concise Suggestions for the...
Ms. Tardif put together a very succinct list of suggestions that have worked for her as an indie writer, and while she doesn't guarantee it will work for you, she gives steps for... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brenda Stinnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
Thanks for sharing!! I am excited to give it a try and see where it leads me. The directory at the end is AWESOME!!
Published 1 month ago by Full of Fiction
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new
I bought this book not because I thought I'd really make $42,000, but because I was looking for marketing tips. Read more
Published 1 month ago by highlandlas
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This book really goes into debt of the right things to do for getting your work noticed. Read this book!
Published 2 months ago by Caden Browning
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More About the Author


Dear reader:

I'm an international bestselling Canadian author who loves to say, "I kill people off for a living!" You can imagine the looks I get from people. Sometimes I'll tell them, "Fictitiously, of course. I'm an author." Sometimes I won't say anything; I'll let them wonder...

Booklist calls me "a big hit in Canada...a name to reckon with south of the border."

Born in Vancouver, BC, I was a "military brat" and a "military wife" who has lived all across Canada and in Bermuda. I now reside in Edmonton, AB, with my husband Marc and our Pomeranian Princess, Chai.

AGENT information:
Erica Spellman-Silverman
Trident Media Group
41 Madison Avenue, Floor 36
New York, NY 10010

Ph: 212-333-1506

Cheryl's links:


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