Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sell More Books on Amazon for Free


Are you books not selling like you’d hoped or planned? Well, in today’s video I’m going to show you 5 ways to sell more books on Amazon for free, so stick around.

Hey everybody, Keith Wheeler here, and if you want to continue to get hints, tips and tricks on how to make self-publishing easier to navigate, then be sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel and hit your bell icon so you can get alerted each and every time I put out new content.

Before I get started, I’d love to know what you’re doing to try and sell more books. Drop me a note in the comments below:

Ok, so sales are not where you’d like them to be, but you don’t have a budget for AMS or Facebook Ads, so what do you do?

Well, here are 5 ways to sell more books on Amazon, for free: 

1. Add a link to your latest book to your email signature. If you can add in a cover photo too, even better. Whether your book is on paperback or kindle ebook, adding a link to It in your signature will serve as free promotion, every time you send an email. The more people who know about your book, the better your chances of selling more books.

2. Reach out to book bloggers and podcasters. Bloggers and podcasters are always looking for their next featured book to review or guest. Research what bloggers and podcasters review books in your genre and go to their websites and apply to be a guest. Since their audience is in the same niche as your books, you’re introducing yourself to your target audience, absolutely free. If the podcaster or blogger endorses your book, there’s a better chance you can sell more books to his audience

3. Reach out to schools/libraries about doing an author visit or reading. By doing an author visit or reading, you can introduce yourself directly to your target audience, without spending money on additional books, etc like you would for an author signing. You can use this time to ask your audience questions to get better insight into what they’re looking for, for future books. You can then give out business cards or you can take orders for your books. The schools/libraries will typically do some promotion of event themselves. The more people that come, the more sales you can get.

4. Set up your authorcentral page. If you’re not already aware, every author can sign up for a free authorcentral page on Amazon. This will allow you to link all your books, post an author bio, link to your website or blog and so much more. All for free. Then, when potential readers see your book on Amazon, they can click on your name and be brought to your authorcentral page to learn more about you and your books. Since this one page contains all of your books in one location, you have a much greater chance selling more books.

5. Write more books. The bottom line is that this is a numbers game. While it is extremely possible that you write one book and it takes off. And I hope it does. However, the truth is, it’s more likely that your book might find some traction but nothing super substantial. The best way to increase your chances of you and your books being noticed and bought, is to write more books. You have a much better chance of someone finding you, if you have 10 books, as opposed to just one. Increased discoverability means better chances of selling more books.

I hope you found these 5 ways to sell more books on amazon helpful.  If there’s a method you use to sell more books that I didn’t cover or if you have any suggestions for future videos, , let me know in the comments below.

Until next time, I’m Keith Wheeler and remember to write right.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

How to publish an ebook on Amazon Kindle





Are you new to self-publishing? Perhaps, you've written a book and are ready to self-publish but not sure how to upload the ebook to KDP.

In today's blog, I'm going to show you how to publish an ebook on Amazon Kindle, so stick around.     
Hey everybody, Keith Wheeler here, and if you want to continue to get hints, tips and tricks on how to make self-publishing easier to navigate, then be sure to subscribe to the channel and hit your bell icon so you can get alerted each and every time I put out new content.

When it comes to publishing a book or ebook the first platform that comes to mind is typically Amazon's KDP or Kindle Direct Publishing. While KDP allows you to self-publish both ebook as well as kdp print books, for the sake of this tutorial, I will focus on how to publish an ebook on Amazon Kindle

So let's get started:

Step 1: Log into kdp.amazon.com

Step 2: Select Language, Book Title and Subtitle(if one exists)

Step 3: Enter Series title, volume # (if book is in a series), Edition #(if not first edition) and Author Name


Step 4: List Contributors, Book Description and Publishing Rights Status

  

Step 5: Enter Keywords

 

Step 6: Select up to 2 categories, Age and Grade range(Both are optional) and whether you want to pre-order or go live


Step 7: Select "Save and Continue"

Step 8: Select DRM choice, upload manuscript and cover(or use cover creator)



Step 9: Launch Previewer and enter in ISBN and Publisher (both optional)

 

Step 10: Select "Save and Continue"

Step 11: Choose whether or not to join KDP Select and select territories

 


Step 12: Choose pricing structure and enter price point


Step 13: Choose whether to join Matchbook and Book Lending programs


Step 14: Select "Publish your Kindle eBook"


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

How to Make Money Online with Upwork





Self-publishing a book on a budget can be tough. In this video, I’m going to show you how to make money online with Upwork, so stick around.

Hey everybody, Keith Wheeler here, and if you want to continue to get hints, tips and tricks on how to make self-publishing easier to navigate, then be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and hit your bell icon so you can get alerted each and every time I put out new content.

While most of my self-published books I have written, illustrated and published for free, it is nice to have a little extra funds set aside, just in case you need them. Enter Upwork. Upwork is a freelance platform, similar to Fiverr, where clients can put in project requests and freelancers can apply for those jobs. While I have both a freelancer account and a client account on Upwork, for today's Upwork tutorial I'm going to show you how to earn money online as a freelancer on Upwork.

First, you need to know that Upwork projects cover a huge spectrum of topics. Some are specific to writing and being a self-published author, like help formatting ebooks for kindle or paperback for Createspace, proofreading, editing, etc. While others have nothing to do with being an indie author and are more generic like data entry in Excel, transcription, and everything in between.

I’m sure there is something posted on the platform that you’re good at.

For starters, you're going to go to www.upwork.com and create an upwork account. Setting up an upwork account is fairly intuitive, so you can just follow the prompts.

Since I already have an Upwork account I'm going to log in.

The important things you need to know when it comes to finding a job on upwork is to:
1. Pick a category you are skilled at
2. Create a compelling upwork coverletter that makes you stand out
3. Understand that you may need to low bid for your first few projects just so you can get the experience and reviews on the Upwork platform.
4. Remember to account for Upwork's fee

Once I started earning money online with Upwork, I put those funds in a separate account just for my self-publishing needs. I hope you find this self-publishing tip helpful and if you want to continue to get all of the hints, tips and tricks on how to make self-publishing easier to navigate then be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and hit the bell icon so you get alerted each and every time I put out new content.

Until next time, I'm Keith Wheeler and remember to Write Right!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

How to Self-Publish on Lulu.com





Are you wanting to self-publish your indie book but not quite sure which platform to use? Well look no further.

In today's video I'm going show you how to publish your book with Lulu.com, so stick around.

Hey everybody, it's Keith Wheeler here and if you want to continue to get all of the hints, tips and tricks on how to make self publishing easier to navigate then be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and hit the little bell icon so you get alerted each time I put out new content.

Save Time
First, I know time is a precious commodity so, if you want to speed up your learning process, feel free to click on the gear icon on the bottom right part of this video. When you hover over it, it should say settings. Next click the speed option and you can then increase the speed of this video to 1.25, 1.5 or even 2 times the normal speed.

Now, while I may touch base on some pros and cons about Lulu publishing, I will do a more in depth Product Review in a later video.

But for now, I’m going to get started.

First Book Free
How would you like to try Lulu.com and not even have to pay for your first proof copy of your book? Head on over to my affiliate link at lulu.kwheelerbooks.com and get a free first copy of your book when you publish.

Let's Get Started
 
Log in. You can go either to my projects or Create and select the project you'd like to create.

1. Choose print book or ebook

For this tutorial, I'm going to select a print book as there are a few more steps.
You now will select the type of print book you'd like to create. You can choose from paperback, hardcover and photobooks and calendars.

2. Pick trim size, paper type, binding and enter page count.

Now we're going to choose the trim size, I'm going to go with 6 x 9.
Next enter in the number of pages for your book. It will give you a min and max page count. You'll also see the default cost per page.

This price may change with the next few steps. Scroll down and select the binding type and the interior print type. Black and white on cream paper, black & white on white paper or Full-color on white.

Notice that you can check out volume discounts as well as the spine measurements. No more need for calculating the cover spine yourself.
Now click "Make this book"

3. Enter title, contributors, channels and ISBN

Enter in your title. It will auto fill your author name, but if you're using a pen name you can change this info here.


Select how you'd like to s
ell this.
Select your ISBN option.

Note: you can download a pdf copy of your barcode so you can add it to the cover of your book if you are creating the cover yourself. If you use Lulu's online cover creator tool, the system will add the barcode on automatically.

Also, Lulu will email you the ISBN number associated to your book so you have it on file as well.

4. Upload interior files

Next we're going to upload our files. Lulu accepts, .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt, .rtf, .jpg, .gif and .png files.
Browse to your books manuscript and click upload. It should be noted that this is only your self-published interior file, not your cover. That will come later.
Click make Print-Ready file

If you want to review your interior, you can select "Download" and it will show you a pdf version of your manuscript.

5. Create the cover

Next it will bring you to the cover wizard. If you don't already have a cover spread made, it is a fairly intuitive tool. You can choose your background, layouts, themes and even add in extras like adding the lulu url to the back cover near your isbn.


You can upload images and drag and drop elements as you see fit.
Since I already have a cover spread set up, I'm going to select "advanced one piece cover designer"
Your browser may ask if you want to leave the page, just select yes.

Browse to your cover image, remember to add in the isbn to the back. This screen will show you the dimensions your cover should be.

Once your cover is uploaded click save and continue

6. Project info page
 
Next up, your project info page on Lulu. Start by selecting a category.

If this book is intended for mature audiences, be sure to click this box.

Next, it's time to add in some relevant keywords. There is a max of 3 terms per "keyword" so choose 
wisely

Now it's time to add in your book description. Your job here is to make your book inticing to your potential reader.

You have a 50 character minimum and a 1000 character max. Luckily there's a progress bar that let's 
you know when you're getting close to your max character count.

Next up is the language and copyright info.
You must select a license type. For this, most people will probably just qualify as the Standard Copyright License

Edition # and Publisher is not required but the spaces are there if you need it. Remember, if this is the first time you're publishing this book, you do NOT need to put a 1 in the edition spot.

Click save and continue

 
7. Set price

And now for the important part, the price. For paperback, Lulu does an 80/20 split. Meaning, the author/creator gets 80% of the profits. For ebooks, Lulu does a 90/10. For ebooks, while you can offer your ebook for free or .99 on Lulu.com, ebook royalties only count for ebooks above .99.

On the project price page you can see how much royalties you'll make both on Lulu's marketplace as well as if it's purchased through one of the other marketplaces they work with.

In addition, you can create a discount for Lulu marketplace buyers.


8. Send for review

Finally, you select Review Project.

And there you have it. So are you still interested in trying out Lulu for your next publication. If so, check out my affiliate at lulu.kwheelerbooks.com and get a free first copy of your book when you publish. I'll drop a link to it in the show notes below.

Share your experiences with Lulu or any other self-publishing platform in the comments below. Until next time, I'm Keith Wheeler and remember to Write Right.