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- Print Length: 108 pages
- Publication Date: November 23, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BSG4LXW
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,875 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books Kindle Edition
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I'm normally not so enthusiastic when writing book reviews, you can see that if you check my other reviews, but this time I can honestly say that I am becoming Steve Scott's fan.
I would say there are two groups of activities when it comes to Kindle publishing. The first group covers technical aspect - how to set an account, format and upload a book, insert pictures. These are important steps but I would call them setting the stage, and they are not the focus of this book. The thing is that too many books on Kindle publishing focus on this technical part.
The second group consists of actions you need to take in order to sell your book - marketing. This is precisely what you will get in this book - a list of marketing activities you want to follow if you want to be a successful Kindle publisher. They are clear, straightforward, applicable and ethical and cover all areas from pricing, KDP Select promotion, white-hat practices, building loyal readers, why email list is important and much more.
I especially like that the author insists that you have to write good books and focus on the activities that bring you the most. You can feel that he speaks from his own experience, and that those are all activities worth doing.
You also get links to other resources on Internet that can further improve your efforts.
If you have already published a Kindle book, I am sure you will find good advice to complement your own selling strategy.
If you are new to Kindle publishing, I would suggest getting this book plus one more book that covers the technical aspect, like for example Kindle Publishing - Format, Publish & Promote your Books on Kindle and read both of them. You will get all the info you need and start in the right way from the very beginning.
Example, strategy refers to big picture and there can be no more than one strategy intended by the marketer. The tools we utilize are stratagems or tactics. Also, principles are tenets, not tenants. There's a big difference. But, as I stated, these errors do not detract from the great step-by-step tactics displayed.
Possibly, my favorite tactic was his explanation for utilizing Amazon's Auhor Central. But, really, almost every tip provided will help new writers sell more books.
As if that were no enough, Scott goes on to give us links to other useful resources used by other writers. A nice bonus.
Overall, I estimate that 61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books by Steve Scott is among the best $2.99 books on Amazon, period. A great bargain. In the future I would love to adopt his tip to start a podcast. If I do I hope to make podcast #1 an interview of Steve Scott.
It’s not some figurative price. For every dollar I spent on “61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books,” I earned at least $1,000 back.
I bought this book on the 4th of May 2013. On 4th, I had been polishing the final version and had wondered how the heck I should proceed from that point on. 22 more days passed before I published my first book on Kindle.
This purchase was the best thing that happened to me in 2013.
A few details about me, so you get the full picture:
English is not my first language.
I had no prior experience in writing and publishing (other than my masters thesis).
I had no online presence and following whatsoever.
I had no authority at all.
Then I got my hands on “61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books” and the universe became crazy.
Down to Earth Advice
I love everything about this book. The first advice is so lame: Write Good Books. Pshaw! Yet, 95% of content producers on Amazon avoid the #1 pillar of success and end up scratching their heads asking why their book didn’t sell. Scott started from strategies, not tactics. Tactics change, but strategy should always be constant.
So, his strategies regard timeless principles, not the latest tricks on Amazon. That’s why his book is as useful as it was 3 years ago. It hasn’t expired a bit. Almost a year after I read “61 Ways,” I read “Write. Publish. Repeat.” by Johnny Truant and Sean Platt. Reading the section considering timeless strategy, I was like: “It’s obvious, Scott said that long ago.”
“61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books” is full of substance
You won’t find an ounce of fluff, hype, or exaggeration in it. And he set my moral compass to very high standards when it comes to publishing books. He shines among content producers on Kindle, especially among those who try to give you advice on how to proceed. Scott wrote a whole chapter on following “white-hat” practices, one of them is “Write BOOKS, not lead generators.” I wish more authors can be like that.
There is quite a lot of “How to sell more books” out there. The most recent and successful I remember is “Book Launch” by Chandler Bolt and James Roper. While it’s not a bad book, it’s not even close to the quality of “61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books” and it IS a lead generator. The scope of both books differs a bit; Chandler and James focus more on why you should publish and how to do it well while Scott focuses on applicable pieces of advice and making a business out of your writing. “Book Launch” can make you excited about writing and publishing. “61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books” will make you do the necessary steps to create your own Kindle business from scratch. That’s the difference between a good book and an excellent book.
Scott writes from his personal experience, describing what worked for him and explaining why he thinks it did. He didn’t follow any guru’s “make money on Kindle” program, he figured it out himself. The tone of his book is far from an “I think I know it all” attitude.
He flawlessly goes from the high level principles into nitty-gritty details. It was the step-by-step information from this book that helped me create my author’s profile and maximize its potential. Thanks to his advice, a greenhorn like me was able to confidently contact KDP support and change his books’ categories. And there are many more precious knowledge gems in this little book. What is more, as far as I know, not a bit of it has expired.
BTW, this is a review of the book, not of the man. I write so much about him only because he is so “blended” with his work. You cannot mention one and forget about the other. I’ll try to keep on the book’s subject as I proceed (but he is a genius of making a business out of the “mystery” industry and you should definitely listen to him!).
Everything about this book just has more substance; it is solid and down-to-earth. Its advice is applicable and my story proves it.
22 days after buying “61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books,” I published my first book. I remember that on the day of launch, I had Kindle PC opened on one screen and the browser on another and I was creating an author’s profile according to the steps enumerated in Scott’s book.
Remember those “encouraging” points about me? Despite all of that, in the last 5 days of May, I sold 7 copies and gave away 487 during the free KDP Select promo (also described in detail in this guide).
In the first full month, I sold 29 copies of my 1st book
I swear that every time I applied something from this manual, I sold more of my books.
Up to November 2013, I published 3 titles and sold 145 copies of them. By no means, I was getting richer. But in “61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books,” there is Strategy #5: Always Be Creating. I was.
At the end of October 2013, I started my blog.
In November, I published the 4th book. It was the first time I invested in my book; I spent $40 on marketing services. This was my first free promo which received over 1000 downloads and that was the first month I sold over 100 copies of my books (my sales never went back to 2 digits again).
See the connection? I did what was advised and I got results.
Strategy #6: Design a Killer Cover
My covers were horrible. I have an aesthetic sense of a brick. To me, everything looks alright.
Luckily, a fellow author from a FB group took mercy on me and produced some decent covers for my existing books. That was another reason behind the better performance of the 4th book.
Strategy #8: Build an Email List
I started building an email list back in July, but it did not do much good for me. At the beginning of January, I had exactly 27 people on my list. I doubled that in January while preparing for the launch of the next book. I also used a list of a few friends I managed to make connections with since May. I believe that made all the difference. My time management book became a bestseller, the first in my writing career. Frankly, I wasn’t prepared for that at all. I just did what was recommended in “61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books.” I had a platform, I had an email list, this book was professionally edited and got a decent cover right at the start.
I sold 996 copies of my books in February 2014 and made half of my salary that month.
The Rest of My Story
I was ready to take my publishing to another level―I was willing to invest money into it, a great feat for someone as cheap as I was. I spent about $350 on the sixth book, but it wasn’t a hit like the previous one. Nonetheless, I made back my investment within a few months.
In 2015, I published seven more books and a few of them made it to #1 in their categories.
At the time of writing this review, I have 15 books on Amazon and an unfortunate public domain work. I’ve already sold over 20,000 copies of my books.
I identify myself as a writer. In 2014, I made a few extra grand to my salary and it was just enough to contribute to the mortgage of our first house ever.
All these things happened because I bought the right book and (admittedly, after hitting a wall a few times following my ideas) I had enough common sense to follow the advice provided in this book.
Up to You
You probably have had a much better start than I had. You’ve spoken English since you were a 1-year-old, you’ve written a bit here and there, your blog have been up and running a few years, or you have had an outstanding career in your field and accumulated a lot of experience. Now just buy “61 Ways to Sell More Nonfiction Kindle Books” and you should beat my results straight off.
Which I wish you from the bottom of my heart.
And I was delighted to get specific ideas that I never considered regarding how to best promote my new Kindle book. For example, the information about how to optimize your author page was stellar. I have followed the directions precisely, even down to the structure of the author bio - it's really great stuff. So many great, actionable tips about how to set yourself up properly and allow Amazon to do all the heavy lifting. Much appreciated!
However, this book offers more than specific tips. It touches on overall marketing strategy for aspiring authors, which is important. You don't want to miss the forest for the trees...
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