Has anyone here ever self-published an E-book?
If so, how did you go about marketing your book and generating sales?
Each time I publish a paperback through New Generation I use the cover for the KDP version through Amazon on my Amazon Author Pages (one each for amazon.com and amazon.co.uk). I have a link here on the RAVENFEAST page as well as on my Northworld Saga site to the amazon.com Author Page, as well as on My Book Buzz pages.
I do have a bias towards the paperback, as I signed copies sold at Battle Abbey in October last year and will be back there this year (2015) with possibly two new books published since then. However, having said that, I won't deny KP users the chance to read the books.
One drawback I found with uploading my books to Amazon KDP was I couldn't upload the separate historical notes (plus pronunciation guide*) and map as they were designated 'unsupported documents' when I had a go at doing that. Therefore the paperback readers get the benefit of the extra information.
*There is a lot of early mediaeval English terminology as well as place names
My book is available through Amazon's Kindle.
I've participated in the Kindle Select program where you can schedule up to 5 day to offer your eBook for free downloads. The idea behind it is people will recommend it to other readers after reading it after the free promotion.
Author Marketing Club.com has free Kindle book submission tool. Essentially you'd list your free promo days on the various service links they provide and they'll get the word out. As I stated this is a word of mouth thing.
If someone has a large social network on Facebook or other websites they can post links announcing there book is for sale.
Join some author/writer LinkedIn groups and participate in discussions and always use the following as part of your signature; blah blah, author of ...etc with the book's URL underneath. This is indirect marketing.
Naturally if you have a blog, website, or even on HP you'd want to include a blurb about your book on your profile page.
Depending on the type of book you've written it may be worth it for you to sign up for free daily alerts on Radioguestlist.com. Throughout the day they'll email you small radio, blogtalk radio, and podcast hosts who are looking for guests to appear on their show. If your book is of the "self-help" or "how to" genre you may be able to pitch them a show idea which ties into the subject of your book.
The interviews are over the phone generally last from 30 minutes to an hour. The host will allow you to plug your book at the end of the show. Note: Some hosts will request a paperback book while others are fine with a PDF version to review before the show. Best wishes!
I wrote a hub about this that includes a few methods for ebooks and a few methods for print books (I'll include the link below). But in general, ebooks rely on social media and art-sharing websites (like deviant art). Be sure to create an author page so that people can like/follow you for future updates, and try to find creative ways to draw them back to that page, without always advertising the book. It's slow going to make sales and get reviews, but it should help motivate you to write more.
http://mtdremer.hubpages.com/hub/Ways-t … ished-Book
I have just published an E-book on Amazon, publishing the book was easy, marketing the book is a pain in the neck, especially as I have practically no social media presence. Yes, I do have Facebook, Twitter, etc, but I am not active on them and have few followers.
I would recommend spending at least 1 hour a day on social media, collect followers, when you do publish your E-book, they will be essential to your marketing campaign, if possible get a mailing list.
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