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How To Get More eBook Sales

Updated on February 13, 2015

eBooks have completely revolutionized the way we buy, distribute, and read content. Instead of waiting for a book to come in the mail or driving to the local bookstore, an eBook can be downloaded to a device in a matter of seconds. As tablets such as the Kindle and iPad make it easier for customers to buy their favorite titles, another new innovation came around: self-publishing.

By allowing self-publishing for the Kindle, Amazon set an act for others to follow. Before self-publishing, an author would have to go to several publishers, get rejected by most of them, and keep on going to publishers until one publisher said yes to the idea. This process resulted in many remarkable books from never reaching the bookstores. Dr. Seuss and JK Rowling were rejected by many publishers, but by staying persistent, these two authors were able to turn writing books into a full-time income. Instead of facing the rejection and risk of not having your book published, authors can now self-publish their books. Not only is self-publishing books easier, but self-published authors can do a lot of cool things (such as lower prices to $0.99) that traditionally published authors cannot do.

When I published my first eBook, I read the success stories of people who turned writing eBooks into a full-time income. Despite reading those success stories, it did not take long for me to realize that achieving this success would take a long period of time. Although I knew achieving the same success would take a long period of time, I decided to give it a try.

I published my first eBook in 2013, I have had my ups and downs as an author and remember what it felt like when my first eBook did not make any sales for over a month. Although not making any sales for an entire month got me disappointed, it also encouraged me to figure out the system. I was determined to earn a full-time income as an author, and I looked through many articles that taught me how to get more sales for my eBooks. It was at this point when I learned about the various success stories of self-published authors.

Now I am going to share my knowledge about increasing eBook sales. I decided to utilize these tactics on my books, and after implementing these tactics, I gradually saw more sales. Getting a full-time income from eBooks is a process that requires patience, but by being patient, you will be able to turn writing eBooks into a full-time income. Without any further ado, these are the methods I use to get more sales for my eBooks.


1. Promote your eBooks on your blog and social networks. In order to get more sales, you need to build a following on your blog and social networks. By establishing a strong presence for yourself on the web, you will be able to meet with people who may end up becoming your customers. Most of the people who buy my eBooks talk with me on Twitter immediately after buying the book or right before they buy the book.

2. Publish 1 eBook every month. Publishing 1 eBook every month sounds intimidating, but in order to keep up with the successful self-published authors, it has now become more important than ever to publish eBooks at a frequent, consistent rate. If you are able to write 1,000 words every day, you would be able to write 30,000 words every month which would be more than enough for an eBook.

3. Having multiple eBooks will allow you to have more returning customers. If you only have one eBook, then every customer will only be able to buy at most one of your eBooks. If you have five eBooks, then every customer can buy a maximum of five eBooks. Customers who buy five of your eBooks will also be very likely to buy your 6th eBook right when it is published. Since you have plenty of returning customers at this point, more of those customers will recommend your eBooks to their friends. The more times a customer returns, the more likely that customer is to spread the word about your eBooks.

4. Underprice yourself. It is entirely okay to charge less for your eBooks than you would like to get a greater volume of sales. The self-published authors who are getting thousands of sales on the Kindle every day have no eBooks worth more than $2.99. Some self-published authors even sell their eBooks for $0.99. When I decided to decrease my book prices from $4.99 to $2.99, I saw a dramatic increase in the number of sales I got.

5. Have a good cover. People do judge a book by its cover. If you have to pay $20 to get a good book cover, then it is entirely worth it. A $20 book cover could result in you making thousands of extra dollars later on. Although the thought of spending $20 for a book cover may seem to be expensive, the investment is well worth it.


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      John Marshall 3 years ago from glasgow

      Sounds like good advice.

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      Andromachi Polychroniou 4 years ago from Maurothalassa, Serres, Greece

      You are unbelievable. If you can write 30.000 words a month and do all the things you do at the age of 16 then you must be a genius. How much I dream my children will be like you when they will become 16. Keep up the good work and share with us.