Friday, April 15, 2016

Number 1 - How to Get a FREE Kindle BESTSELLER #AtoZChallenge

Today is the “N” Day in the A to Z Challenge – 2016.  Let’s use Number 1 to tie into the letter N.

I was hopeful that someday that lofty status might happen, but as my novel count reached six I seriously doubted that I would ever be able to make that claim. The competition is fierce. The volumes of books that are published daily are hard to fathom. Breaking out of obscurity is next to impossible.

How do you get noticed with so many writers on the scene?

The answer is: Marketing and Money.

There are a bunch of marketing people that want to help an author. These gurus charge a handsome amount. Basically their advice is to convert the written word to an eFormatted edition and sell it – or should I say, give it away - on Kindle. However, that is only half of it. After authors make their eBook available on Kindle they really need to participate in the Kindle Select program.

Two options are available. The Countdown Deals program allows for an escalating price. The second choice allows for five free days during a sign up period. Pick out 5 days and get organized. That takes care of a marketing choice.

The next step is where the money comes in. There are a number of services that charge fees to get the eBook downloaded on Kindle. They are tapped into eBook reader sites and promotional lists. Typically the more you spend the higher the download count. I did four of my books in a single year. Needless to say I learned a lot and found out which services worked the best.

On the day of your free promotion just wake up and watch the numbers soar. An author can follow the progress on Kindle as the reports are posted hourly. It is fun to see your cover methodically climb to the top as the eBook downloads accumulate.

Of course social media plays a big part too. Twitter posts, Facebook groups, Goodreads announcements, email campaigns to readers, an Amazon Author page, and website alerts help. The cover postings in the various genres on Amazon and Kindle are equally as important. Publicity feeds on itself.

When all is said and done I can say that I am now a Number 1 Best Selling Author on Amazon Kindle. Here are some of the results that can be verified through screenshots that were taken: 

         ·     Opur’s Blade – No. 1 Overall
         ·     Opur’s Blade – No. 1 Cozy Mystery
         ·     Opur’s Blade – No. 1 Sports Fiction
         ·     Opur’s Blade – No. 1 Teen Fiction


  •  Pabby’s Score –No. 2 Overall
  •  Pabby’s Score –No. 1 Crime Fiction
  •  Pabby’s Score –No. 1 Legal Thriller
  •  Pabby’s Score –No. 1 Teen


    ·     Lifetime Loser – No. 6 Overall
    ·     Lifetime Loser – No. 1 Golf
    ·     Lifetime Loser - No. 2 Crime Fiction
    ·     Lifetime Loser – No. 3 Teen

Shari’s Shot was my first promotion and did not fare quite as well only because I did not have my marketing strategies perfected. It got into the Top 50 Overall and into the Top 5 in Crime Fiction. Had I figured things out a little earlier I’m confident that this book would have reached higher download levels.

What was gained? A lot of new readers and sales that continue to this day. Feel free to get in touch with me. I’ll steer you in the right direction.

James Ross has penned several novels from the Prairie Winds Golf Course setting. The stories are character-based, cross many genres, and have become Kindle favorites. Visit his  website for detailed information, reader comments, and contact links.

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