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Home Recente activiteit. Deze discussie is vergrendeld Publishing a print version of a book on Amazon that's already on Kindle. Ga omlaag. You only see even number pages of your ebook? This means something's wrong. Don't hit that publish button yet. What did you upload? I hope not a pdf. You realize ebooks don't strictly speaking have pages, because the amount of text can be more or less depending on whether the reader is reading on a big desk top computer, a phone, or something in between.
Readers can also change the font and the size of text. Your mention of even pages makes me worry about a pdf, that won't "flow" the way an ebook has to. If you just published a straight Word document, did you maybe accidentally hit some command like "include only even pages"? Word has a lot of weird commands that it likes to trick you with.
If you think this is the problem, and can't find where it hid it Word hides things. Then it laughs , and if your text seems funky in other ways, easiest is to open a brand new, unformatted Word file, and copy in your text without formatting use the paste-without-formatting command in the Edit menu.
You'll have to get centered text centered again, etc. As to your previously published print books, who physically has them? To get started, you'll need to create an account and project, at which point you can input title information and some of the basics. For my page book, I went with a fairly traditional 6-byinch paperback size, cream paper, and a glossy cover; matte covers are generally more popular with fiction, but there are no hard and fast rules.
CreateSpace lets you use a free number, but then the printed book will always say the publisher name is CreateSpace in Amazon. Kindle books don't need ISBN numbers. CreateSpace offers cover design as a service, and companies like Canva offer a free tool.
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CreateSpace also provides a cover template builde r based on the size and specs of your book. Something I noticed and went back and forth with CreateSpace on is whether the spine portion of the cover design template is exactly on the spine, or if it's slightly off in other words, bleeding a tiny bit onto the front or back cover. Basically, don't worry too much about it; it's likely some books on your shelf already have a tiny bit of bleed from slight variances in manufacturing, and it's only even visible if your spine color is very different than the front and back cover like with my book.
To save money, I ended up doing the interior layout myself. You'll want to use CreateSpace's layout templates as a reference, as the side margins change on even and odd pages in the book. CreateSpace also offers templates to show fonts and internal layout design; I ended up cribbing from one of these and using free fonts that looked a lot like the expensive commercial fonts I saw in CreateSpace's example layouts.
Another option is to hire someone to do the layout; CreateSpace also offers this service. But since I did it myself, I'll continue with some tips on that front. On a basic level, you can use Microsoft Word to add footnotes, page numbers, the title of your book at the top of even pages , and your author name at the top of odd pages , which works fine in fiction. You may also want to leave the headers of the first page of a chapter blank, and with non-fiction books, have each odd page header contain the chapter name.
In Microsoft Word, the way you get there is with section breaks; they're extremely important for getting headers and page numbers right. It's simple, too; just insert a new section break before each chapter, and another one again after the first page of the next chapter. Then you can modify the header inside that chapter after the first page. You'll also want to add an extra blank even-numbered page if your chapter finishes on an odd page; section breaks make this easy as well.
I set up a basic scratch table of contents as I wrote the book. But once you're getting near the end, for Kindle publishing, you'll need a table of contents that's hyperlinked to each chapter, which Microsoft Word can assist with. Since a printed book needs one too, you might as well set it up the right way first. I ended up having two split versions to constantly update—one for print, which I had laid out just right, and then one for Kindle with the hyperlinks added.
I was so nervous at this point, since I had worked so hard on the print layout, that I didn't want to muck up a known good file. Not only that, but I was constantly changing the numbers in the table of contents manually for the paperback version as the size of chapters changed during finalizing and editing.
In other words, I could have saved a ton of time. Don't be me, and do it the right way from the beginning. Hyphenation makes fully justified text look more professional, though not everyone loves it. Simply turn it on in Word; you can fine tune it just to your liking, so that it triggers only when words will be spaced a certain distance apart the default setting is a good middle ground , or so you don't end up with five hyphenated lines in a row. For non-fiction, you'll also need an index. I've got a few non-fiction books without one and it doesn't look as professional.
Word has a pretty thorough indexing tool you can use that will automatically go through the book and record instances of each word. That said, you'll also want to edit the index manually—and carefully—to add commonly looked-up phrases and themes for your book, as well as prune odd-looking entries and join up groups of page numbers like , instead of saying 33, 34, 35, 36, and No really, did you build your own site and who is hosting? Thanks in advance — Jacob. Those are for sale at Barnes and Nobles Nook store.
It seems that there are two sets of rules. Only the indie authors have to give up their rights to sell elsewhere. And those free bestsellers are getting all the funds in the pot. This whole promotion is about putting everyone else out of business. Has no one else noticed this? Interesting point. I imagine the rules for KDP select only apply to self-published authors. As self-publishers, we also have the option NOT to choose to given Amazon exclusive publishing rights. You sell millions of hardbacks first and then you might be worth something to amazon. Until then, your getting a way way way way way better deal then they are.
Thank you for this sound advice. My book just recently came out on Kindle. I plan on having soft cover edition availability soon. Royalties are directed towards assisting those in need. Anyway thanks. I have often thought about writing a book about local history — which I have been researching for over 30 years. Bolton Lancashire Is there a place for such a book on Amazon? How long should a book be — or could you write several shorter books? Can a book have photos in it?
I am very excited about this idea and wonder if it would be possible for you to itemise the steps needed from writing the book to seeing it published on Amazon. I am a complete novice re Kindle as I have only just bought one. I think they are brilliant. May I wish you continued success with your book, and a prosperous New Year. Kind Regards Christine Crumblehulme. Hi Christine.
I love history. I would buy it. Anyway, yes there is quite a niche for history. Write not to make money as a priority but because it is a passion you wish to share the world with. Write a good product, have it edited, get an amazing cover design, get your book in MOBI format. Be willing to market.
Things take time. Createspace does a wonderful job on making print on demand books. Kickstarter is a good place to gain exposure also. Maybe set up a blog. Preview chapters for the audience. Why are you passionate in it? Who weigh on the Tribulation, the dyfunctional church systm, the living practically in uncertain times, and positively integrating into their respective communities…. Do it because you believe in it. Let everything else sort itself out. Be practical and study thoroughly. Good luck. Any ideas how to promote it? I read stories like yours and wonder how you got your novel noticed in the first place.
I am unsure if the last post was to me Eileen? I would attempt twitter, facebook, other social networking entities. Network with your friends. Thinks take time!! Writing an excellent product is half the battle. You still have to network and make it known.
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Look online for places where you can promote a preview of your book for free. Write to journal magazines, etc, etc. Nothing spectactular. Most people I have spoken with want to have my book in paperback so next month it will be vailable in paperback for the sailors, soldiers, college students, and college faculty that want to purchase my book.
Once and a great while people become best selling authors overnight, the most it takes time, a repoire and build up using promotions, previews of your book, youtube trailers, etc, etc. I guess you could do some advertisements but I am unsure how those go. Everything from writing to journalists, magazines, facebook, twitter, etc will help in the long run. Be patient. If you wrote a great product people will take notice. Get really good honest positive reviews as well.
Those are essential. Social networking through different media outlets and gaining 4 and 5 star reviews on your book will help immensely.
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Those are my two cents. Take care. Thanks for the great info Tristan. I took your advice and have published my book on Amazon with a free offering scheduled for Jan 10 to I hope I can get some reviews — good or bad. This was the best information I have found about Kindle. I have 5 books almost ready to upload and while I planned on using the KDP offer I had no idea it could be that effective. I had also questioned if the free books would count in the sales volume which you answered.
Thanks for the links as they are very helpful. I am in the process of doing a 5 day promotion. It has downloads today. The first day. Prior to this promotion it was selling a day on Kindle version. Plus I have a paperback version. It works people. Thi Exposure works. Hoping to hit over 2, byy the end of the promotion.
With four 5 star reviews as well, hopefully will get more. Be an author for the long haul. We shall see. Hopefully a few more good reviews also. Press frowrd people. Keep pushing friends!! Royalties go to orphans, widows, veterans, and families in need. If one family is positively impacted than mission accomplished. The promotion went well. Placed me 1 in my primary genre of Messianic Judaism and 60 in Christianity. The sales have been positively good thus fr from the fallout of the promotion. Word of advice someone will always have something bad to say about whatever you publish.
There will be fans and critics alike. How ever that was a nice trick, glad to read. You can also promote your book free at kindlepromoter on twitter. Just foolow them and they will follow u back and promote your ebook for Free………….. Loved the story! New to this book writing thing and just published my first book. I feel like a very tiny fish in a big sea. I have sold 2 books in one week and they did not rate it. I have not tried the free promotion yet but will starting tomorrow. Did you decide to do it one day at a time spread out or all 5 in a row. What do you think is best?
Personally, I think you get more mileage out of this, because if the book does well on a free promotion day, you can get into the charts and more people see your book. Your article was inspiring. I am fortunate to have an average of 4. I wanted the title to stand out, but maybe I was a bit too aggressive. Still, sales have been similar to what you mentioned in your article, a month.
You gave me a bit of hope today. Thank you for sharing. Really glad to hear that, Katie. Best of luck with the sales and thanks for the feedback! I rather enjoy getting email updates when people comment on their experiences. Made me realize how important it is for me to set this feature up on my website. I completed a Kindle promotion 5 days duration a few months ago and the book was selected times.
So now I have once again renewed by KDP Select and am trying the free book promotion just one day at a time spread over the three month period. I am happy that the book is being read. My question is: Where do people go to learn about these free promotions? Where is the listing located? Do I go to the Kindle Store to find the free offers?
How do they know the book is being offered for free? Could you please let me know where the offere is displayed on Amazon. I think I need an advertizing company that will do the promoting for me at a reasonable cost. Thanks so much for this website and your shared ideas. Hope fully you can answer my question about where the daily free promotions are listed. I know some people promote their free book download via email and social media Facebook, Twitter etc. In addition to that, I imagine Amazon has several Kindle-based promotion channels about the free books, too, as you alluded to.
This is extremely exciting because I prefer exposure over income. I am lucky to have a great day job!
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Great, Katie! Good luck with it. Well, for some people KDP helped them out alot. As for me it was a waste of time. I got hardly any free downloads and the sales went nowhere. Update: I am running a two day promotion and Day 1 yielded downloads. Will these ever translate into sales? Hi, for one of my authors, we enrolled her short story in KDP.
Regular price 99 cents. It sold a copy or so. We did a free promotion for 2 days and had downloads and got a pretty high sales rank. But when the promotion was over, the sales rank immediately reverted back to what it was before the promotion and we immediately lost any momentum.
I meant to include a question with my last post. I know another author who had downloads of her free story, then when the free promotion ended, she sold another in the next couple of days. But that was a year ago. Hi Eric, Good question. Huge thanks for this article. I did a 5 day promotion and had over downloads. It became No. Since then the book gets a steady 15 sales per day.
So it definitely works! A lot of people advised me on the importance of an eye-catching cover too, and a first chapter that hooks the sample reader. What else did you do to promote the book? Hi Tristan, Thanks! I posted the link in a couple forums too, but none got any real traffic. Is there a Top 5 high traffic magical places where e-book writers fiction can submit their book links and get real traffic?
Thanks again, Dylan. Its pages, first i priced it at 9. I had a 5 day promo, and only recieved downloads. What am i doing wrong. Can someone please advise and give this rookie some tips. I want this book to a success. Please any and all suggestions will be embraced. Thanks and congrats to you all! Using a picture of a real person can be off putting to many. Although Harry Potter is on the cover, he is stylized and cartooned. I love the title but I agree that the cover is weak.
Is that what you meant to have in there? I suspect not. In the first three or four paragraphs, I found at least three grammatical errors. Great content poorly crafted will not sell. The problem with self publishing is that anyone can and does publish. It enables junk to muddy the waters. Maybe you can, but you need an editor. Consider this — even Hemingway had an editor, right? The cover is really quite off-putting. How many summers did you have in Brooklyn per year? I would highly suggest checking sites like elance.
This may set you back one or two thousand dollars, but it will be money well spent if this book means that much to you. Hi WJ, Just downloaded your book. I look forward to reading it! Best of luck with the sales and hope to see your next work soon. I also see that your book is 57 pages. Would appreciate your thoughts! Hey Dylan, good question. The only problem is that it was too short. Not too short for the price, not too short for the plot.
For your sequel, I think a 50 page goal would be totally acceptable! Hi WJ. Thanks again! Are most books on kindle pages? Thanks for the article. I just finished my 1st book promo, well, my 1st everything. Newbie alert! So I quickly scheduled a 5 day promo, four days out and went to work. In hindsight, maybe a mistake, but I was excited. Additionally, it seems as though every time I want to make a change to my book s by way of KDP — no matter how big or small — they take my book down, put it in pending status, and I have to wait for it to go back live.
I guess I need to have faith in your strategy and offer my new work, A Broken Rose, for free for a day or two and see what happens. Hey Drew, Agree, it would be good if Amazon had some more detailed metrics. Yes I find them to be inefficient in regards to having an effective site — I can never remember how to get into Kindle so fish round in old emails forever. Thanks so much. Your information is valuable. I am new at this but very enthusiastic and excited about our book. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Our book is about Golf Long Driving.
It is called Long And Straight. Hi Ray, Thanks for writing in. Glad you found the article helpful — best of luck with the book. You must be killing it on the golf course! I just wanted to thank you for this. I did this for a period of 3 days and I got over 1, downloads. Sales have gone up since then. I do no less than 30 sales per week of my book Groupie Chronicles since the free promo.
Thank you.!!! These are very good tips for publishing your ebook with Amazon. I have a problem and infact need help from anyone.
I have 2 books published on Amazon. The first book is on Google first page for its keyword,but it does not make any sales. The second book is also on Google second page for its keyword and making sales slowly. Can someone tell me the short fall of the first book? Thank you. Instead you put a link to a fat burning ad. I for one enjoy it when new authors put links to their E-published content. Or are at least interested in the self publishing world.
I think we all do. Or whatever it is you just did. Hello just curious but What are the legal impilcations if your book mentions real life places e. New York, public hoildays or your version of the men in black. No not the movie. Type of thing. I really want to get my books out there! Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Hey Sez! In your Amazon Author Dashboard, go to Bookshelf. Once your book is enrolled in KDP Select and is available for sale on our website, you will be able to schedule free book promotions in two ways:. The Promotions Manager will allow you to schedule one or more free promotions, edit or delete a scheduled free promotion, or stop an ongoing free promotion.
If you choose to stop an ongoing promotion, it can take from a few minutes to several hours for the action to take effect. Thank you so much, WJ Davies. I knew I was being a complete idiot. Thanks ever so much for the advice. Am still in the free promotion phase but doing really well so far, currently 36th in the Suspense Free downloads list. Think this has a lot to do with some of the things you mention in your article. Waiting to see what will happen on Friday when it goes back to priced.
Cheers for the guidance. Am now eagerly working on my follow-up novels which I have been jotting for ages! Hey, thanks for your blog post, it was very useful to read through, a great checklist! I can only see the paid on KDP. Where do I get this info? I can certainly vouch for using KDP Select to boost sales.
I had five and a half thousand downloads by the end of Sunday and the book stayed at No. That was incredible. That is an awesome reaction to your free promotion. I published my very adorable if I do say so myself on KDP and then offered a free promotion for two days and only had 23 downloads.
So I strongly suspect that lots of people just download free books whenever they come across them. My first promo day was done without sending a word anywere — just people saw the book and took it. That day there were downloads, because I decided that was enough for them and stopped the promotion. Read thecreativepenn. I used 2 days from 5 promo on Amazon KDP Select, and my book Aurora: Secrets behind Reality was downloaded times with absolutely NO reviews, after that the sales went to copies a day and then 0 for the past 2 days.
Oh, Debbie, I only now see that your comment was not addressed to me. Hi Marina, No problem at all. Good luck with your book and I will check out the blog you recommended anyway. I appreciate any advice! A little late to the party but wanted to share my experience with KDP. I helped my dad publish his novel, The Runaway Kindle in December of We had a few sales but it sat languishing in the 6-figure of sales I think it was , in its category. I tried the KDP program two separate times about 4 months apart and gave away about copies which resulted in some sales — but for the most part, total sales were still in double digits.
The third time I tried it I found every free announcement site on the web including Twitter and Facebook. I made my announcements a couple days previous to the launch, the day before the launch, the day of the launch, halfway through the free period and on the last day. Over 22, downloads in 5 days which resulted in over sales over the next 3 months and 30 pretty positive reviews.
Run your campaign towards the beginning of the month so you can capture the sales during that month. The beauty of the program is that you can do it every 90 days. I just consider these quarterly sales numbers. One other thing I should add: My most success came with starting a 5-day campaign on a Saturday and wrapping it up on the following Wednesday.
Horrible download numbers around holidays. Could you please clarify my doubt? Not quite. Same royalties as described in the post from Amazon. How long do you normally have to wait to get sales going up? Here is my question I am self publishing using create space are you telling me that the only way to get on K-amazon is to not allow create space to sell any books of mines?
And neither can any of you keep pushing until something happens good luck fellow Authors its your year. Good to hear about your book coming out. Best of luck with it. This is an awesome post! Or it was listed there as well after the KDP Promotion ended? Free downloads count towards that list, as do paid. So some people will see you at the top of those lists regardless of whether free or paid. It did slowly go down again after the big rush, but you do get some time at the top which also increases cross-sells.
Thank you for the post. Your post contained some useful information. Good to hear about your book. I wrote my book in MS Word, and then spent the 6 hours or so massaging the styles. One other thing you could consider is: there are people who run small businesses specialising in Kindle formatting. If you wanted, you could outsource that part: give them your current unformatted manuscript, pay them a bit, and get back a Kindle-ready manuscript in return.
Thanks a lot for the great advice! Love your idea of going free for awhile. I am new to Kindle. Immediately after publishing, i enrolled 5 days free promotion. But still didnt see any sales. Is it a wrong step? How Kindle readers will come to know about my book? I just published my first book and was going to run a free promo on it.
Did any one here have reviews already before they ran their promos? Many thanks.
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I had two reviews when I did my first giveaway. By the time I did my third and figured out how to do it right I had two dozen reviews. Thanks Jay. Thanks ever so! The point of the promo is to get the reviews. I got a couple out of the promos. Best of luck! I took your advice and I got downloads from zero in the previous week! Then it went back to zero! Funny thing is the folks who have read it tell me they were splitting their sides laughing…. Great stuff here! Just wanted to add a word of warning that I learned the hard way today : If you edit your book after your free period or anytime, I suppose , you will lose your rankings in all categories!
I had close to 2, free downloads and I was 1 in one category and 3 in another. But, after the free download period, I added in a bonus chapter that some customers were asking about. After my book was re-uploaded, ALL of my rankings went away. Interesting note there about changing content and influence on sales. I noticed that if you change catagory mid promotion then you can suddenly lose ranking position big time!
Just an extra note, I saw an article earlier about setting up a Facebook fan page. It is a work in progress but any comments and suggestions welcome. Hey Michael, Great to know. That happened to me too!! I went ahead and ran my KDP promo and announced it beforehand, as Jay suggested. I think I was a little too tentative.
Many thanks Tristan, It is a bit strange having the real thing here. I figured if I was going to have a stab at it then I may as well put the effort in. Even if it all fails, I have a physical copy. I have read these comments here with interest and have now tried to follow your advice, but I am not sure it worked out so well, so therefore I ask about an honest feedback.
I have just published a Kindle with essays made from interviews with muslim women on equality. I had five days promotion and I had only downloads.