5 Great Kindle Publishing Tips

GREAT TIP #1:
Stay active with your readers! When they leave a review, you can reply to their review and thank them or answer a question.
It will let potential buyers trust you more. It will make you appear more genuine!

GREAT TIP #2:
Don’t just do long novels, put out some shorter books too!
You can write really short stories (a few paragraphs long), and publish a compilation of them.
These sell great at $2.99 and people LOVE to buy and read them because they’re a fun quick pick-up-&-read.
Many of my best selling books on Kindle are short story collections at $2.99!
They’re GREAT to get your name out! If you’re not already putting out short stories, you’re missing out on a lot of opportunity.

GREAT TIP #3:
Publish MULTIPLE books! One book alone will barely get your name out there and will barely make you a decent income. Yes, you may get very lucky with that one book and have it featured, but even then you are missing out on HUGE opportunity and letting the new fans down by not publishing even more. Even 2 isn’t enough.
If you genuinely enjoy writing stories, then you should keep writing, and when you finish your story and you like it, publish it as a book on Kindle! (even if it’s short! readers love a good short)
DON’T JUST STOP AT ONE, be persistent, keep going at it, and you will find success!
Studies show that at least 75% of writers who make over 1,000 sales a month have 3+ titles. When I find the graph for that statistic, I will upload it here.

GREAT TIP #4
Get the reader curious as early as you can!
Once you get them curious, you make it hard for them to stop reading. It will be very hard for them to not want to find out what happens next, it’s like casting a magic spell on the reader that makes them very interested in your story!
This is especially imported if your story is published, or you plan to publish it. On Kindle, the buyer can take a quick look into the beginning of the book. When you do that, it is your chance to pull them into the story so that after they finish reading the preview, they won’t be able to resist buying your book!
Try to catch their attention with the first sentence. Something shocking, strange, confusing, scary, ATTENTION GRABBING. Use the rest of that first paragraph to pull them into the story and make them curious as to what is about to happen or how something will play out.
As with a movie, a start that has action and pulls you right into the story is much more entertaining (at least to me), while a slow, boring beginning that can take as much as 30 minutes or even an hour to get into the story just makes me want to go to sleep.

GREAT TIP #5
Keep the reader on the edge, not knowing what will happen next.
This is especially important for paranormal, thriller, mystery, suspense, and horror type genres.

This should be a little obvious, but it’s still very important so that’s why I’m posting about it.

When you keep the reader on the edge of their seat, not knowing what will happen next, it makes them much more engaged in your story so that it’s hard for them to stop reading.

 

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Getting The Buyer To Trust You

One of the most, important things to get lots of sales?
GETTING THE BUYER TO TRUST YOU.

The biggest factors are:

  • Amount of reviews
  • Other books by the author
  • Number of stars in the reviews

You should have at least 5 reviews above 3 stars. A book with a 1 star review does do better that no stars, but the more stars the better. 30 reviews is a great number to aim for, but while your book is still new on the market, 10 reviews is a good goal to set.

You should also have more books that have good reviews. If the buyer clicks on your author name and sees all of your other books with 1 star reviews, it will definitely scare them away from buying your book! Also, if all of your books are in different genres, that will scare a lot of buyers away as well. They will be skeptical if you’ve got all these different genres under one author name. You should just write in 1 genre per author name. If you want to write in another genre, I recommend you create a pin name. You can use any name you can think of!
So, you may have a few reviews already, but if the average star count is 1 or 2 stars, a buyer will be very hesitant and scared to buy the book. Remember, you’ve got to make a good first impression!

BE SURE TO PUT OUT DECENT QUALITY! Would you pay your own asking price?
If it’s not quality enough, go to Fiverr.com and you can find someone to fix up your book and correct your errors for $5. That’s the place I go to when I need a small service done for cheap. I am not trying to promote them, just saying it’s a good place to go.

 

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How do you currently price your Kindle eBooks?

Currently, the best all around price is $2.99. It’s not too high, but not too low. A cheaper price can appear to be cheap and low quality. A higher price can turn off any budget-conscious reader. After Amazon takes their cut, you get $2.

From my own experience, $4.29 in the 2nd best price. Use it only if you think your book is worth the price! The sales are still about the same, it makes the book appear more valuable, and you get $3 a sale instead of $2. But, the higher price may scare off some buyers.

You can use $0.99 short stories to get your name out. You will get higher volume sales more easily, but it takes a LOT to add up so you can’t count on it for revenue. Since you get 35% profits instead of 70% when your book is under $2.99, you will only get $0.35 per sale! It will take 5.71 sales at this price to be equal to 1 sale at $2.99.

You can put together compilations of a few novels or long stories in the same genre and charge $9.99. Some people will buy it, but much less. But hey, it’s worth a shot!

I’m looking into the $3.99 price point. I’ve heard good things about it, but I’m still researching it and I’ll update you soon on what I find!

Welcome!

Welcome to the new website! I am T. Thompson, and I write Kindle books for a living. I currently have over 20 titles selling on Kindle, and they sell great! A lot of you are writers yourself, but you really want to get published. Or maybe you’ve already got books on Kindle, but they just aren’t selling well enough. Well, whoever you are, on this website I will teach you all how to get published on Kindle, and how to get great sales! I’m always researching and keeping an eye out for the latest tips and tricks that can increase sales on Kindle, and I will be sure you update you of them here! So, here’s the very first post of the page, and there is much more to come. I look forward to making this a thriving & helpful community! Before I finish this post, I have a question…

Are you aspiring to get your books published and available for sale?
Or are you already published and selling on Amazon Kindle?
Leave comments below! I need to know my audience, and what kind of tips I should give!

~T. Thompson