Once you hit the button to publish your self published book on Kindle Direct Publishing, you’re not at the end of your publishing journey. In fact, you’ve just started it! The most difficult thing about self publishing is selling your book. And it’s only getting tougher to do so.
How selling self published books really works (or doesn’t!) is explained. While many of the principles apply to all self publishing platforms, the main focus will be on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) self publishing platform for your print books and Kindle eBooks.
Here’s just some of what we’ll discuss:
How many people could realistically buy your self published book.
Why is selling self published books so difficult?
What do self published authors really make from their books? (Real survey data!)
What is your author platform? And how do you build it?
How to figure out how big your author platform is. (The included worksheet is a helpful tool you’ll use again and again.)
Using Amazon Marketing Services (AMS) for advertising your books on Amazon.
Kindle Free eBook and Countdown Deal promotions, and Pre-Orders.
Selling “games” that actually hurt your sales.
Is This Course for You?
This course is for new authors using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) for self publishing their print books and/or Kindle eBooks. It will not cover how to prepare or format your manuscript for uploading to KDP. (I have another course here on Udemy, How to Self Publish a Nonfiction Kindle eBook Like a Pro, which covers that.) This course is also for self published authors who are struggling with their book sales on Amazon. We’ll concentrate solely on issues relating to selling your book after publication.
I’m your instructor, Dr. Heidi Thorne, MBA/DBA, a self published author of several business books and host of The Heidi Thorne Show podcast on self publishing (on iTunes and YouTube). In addition to my personal publishing endeavors, I was a trade newspaper editor and advertising director for over 15 years, and spent the majority of my career in sales and advertising. I hold a master’s and doctorate in business, and taught at the college level for 5 years.
Disclaimer: The information provided is in this course for educational and informational purposes only and your results are not guaranteed.
Disclosure: Heidi Thorne and her company, Thorne Communications LLC, are not associated with or hired by Amazon or Kindle Direct Publishing. However, she and her company receive royalties and revenues from sales of their products on Amazon and its companies.