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How To Sell Your Books By The Truckload On Amazon.com by [Sansevieri, Penny C.]
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  • File Size: 4066 KB
  • Print Length: 37 pages
  • Publication Date: December 3, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CJ0USL0
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The 26 pages of this book took no time to read. Ten minutes, maybe. Some of the ideas are interesting, others were helpful a year or two ago. This book isn't current, which I don't understand since it was published in April of 2013. For example, it suggested having people click the "like" beside your book. Amazon removed this feature and it is exclusively on author pages. The book doesn't tell you it's on Author Central, so you'd have to figure that out for yourself.

Also, the book suggests putting your novel in multiple categories and with multiple keywords. Again, Amazon has made changes where only 2 categories you can add your book to (unless the publisher did so for you) and keywords have vanished. Which is a shame because when I published my book in April, I'd have loved to use keywords. You can use keywords in Shelfari and more categories, so we'll see if any of that translates over to Amazon.

If you're trying to sell your book, ask for reviews from book bloggers, tweet your book (and join #ASMSG and #IAN1 where they tweet your book for you), have a social networking presence (twitter, facebook, goodreads) and make sure your book is well written and properly edited. That will sell your novel.
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I hate to give the book a poor rating, but I think the title is misleading, and the information supplied superficial and limited. If the title was "How to Use Your Amazon Author Page, and How to Manipulate Amazon's Algorithm," I might have given it another star.

The author is an indie book marketing guru who has figured out that the only real money to be made from the self publishing world is, for the most part, from indie authors themselves. That's cool. We need marketing gurus.

The book, however, seems to me to be a marketing tool itself. For the author, that is. Which is cool, too, so long as you know.

All the book really does is to suggest ways to manipulate the Amazon algorithm. No doubt, it's important to understand how Amazon works. But manipulation of the system never works for long. For example, the book suggests that an author use the names of well-known authors as keywords. Amazon does not allow this anymore. It's kind of underhanded, anyway.

The chapters discuss certain elements of Amazon in a very superficial way. That's not to say that there is no useful information in the book. It does explain how to use the Author Central page, and gives ideas on how to categorize your book, and how to contact top reviewers, and gives other links and important information.

But that's all it does. But the book is entitled: "How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon.com" There's more to it, though, than how to manipulate the Amazon algorithms, which only works until Amazon gets wise.

What about:
How to write a good blurb
How to use Goodreads
How to use social media
Blogging and websites
Good editing
Good covers and titles
etc.

I know the book only costs 1.
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This is perhaps a good introduction, but you won't find any startling insights into Amazon's business model here. Still, there are good things to try. I personally think Shelfari and Goodreads are wastes because they're so user unfriendly--I think Amazon just bought them to eliminate potential future competition. I would have preferred more stats and suggestions based on them. Is there an optimum number of days for free promos, for example? Is a weekend free promo better than during the week? How do you choose reviewers who will review self-pubbed ebooks? The screen shots don't work on my Amazon PaperWhite, so I have to glean too much out of context. Either I'm a Luddite (I am for many computer things) or some of those URLs just don't work. Still, this is a good start for anyone trying to use Amazon to raise their book(s) above the average sea level, but it won't guarantee you a tsunami (nothing well, of course--that's luck, pure and simple). Another good job, Penny.
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There are so many of these books out there it is hard to know which one to buy. I got this one and again it didn't tell me anything I didn't already know or could find some place else on the internet.
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I liked how short and to-the-point this was. However, as other reviewers have pointed out, there are TONS of books like this out there, and I've read a good chunk of them; so for me, the information was nothing new and actually a bit too basic (also, outdated). I usually try to avoid judging books solely in comparison to other books, but this niche topic I think warrants a compare-and-contrast. Since there actually isn't a magical formula that guarantees truckload-worthy results (surprise, surprise), and there's a limit to marketing suggestions that indie authors can get, I usually judge these books by how the information is presented to me rather than just the content itself. So that being said, Penny's writing style was casual, terse, and direct, but perhaps too terse and direct -- I wish she embellished the information a bit more with some personal experience, examples, etc. etc. -- something that would make me feel a bit better about shelling out money for something I already know.

So overall, this is a good introductory book as a way for newbie authors to ease their way into the industry. But don't expect to actually sell your books by the truckload just by reading this book, or by reading any other how-to books, for that matter.
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