Joe Konrath is a thriller writer, a genuinely good guy, and a very successful ebook seller for the Kindle. He’s blogged about the surprising value of e-rights. Yesterday, he hosted an incredibly valuable chat on Twitter about ebooks while saving an average midwestern city from a meteor that was about to destroy it (I know, amazing right?). Anyway, he handed down some hard-won tips about publishing to Kindle that I collected for you and yours. Before I list his tips, here’s a larger, overriding point that he made:
“Bottom Line: Ebooks aren’t the future. They’re the now. Exploit your erights, keep the $$$.”
Self-Publishing Kindle Mistakes
#1: Pricing too high. People don’t want to pay more than $5 for an ebook.
#2: Amateur cover. Unless you have crazy mad Photoshop skills, get a pro to do it.
#3: Expecting instant success. You’re 1 book out of 500,000. Help people find you.
#4: Spelling/grammar errors in book description. Duh!
#5: Not checking your preview. You have to proof read it, make sure it is perfect.
#6: Forgetting about it. Once your book is live, it requires occasional attention from you.
Kindle Ebook Success Tips
#1: A good book. Well written, no formatting errors, no grammar/spelling problems.
#2: Good product description. It should read like back jacket copy.
#3: The more ebooks listed, the easier you are to find, the more you’ll sell.
#4: Add teaser chapters for your other books in the back matter of your ebooks.
#5: Trade chapters with other authors to include in back matter for cross pollination of fans.
#6: Post links to your ebook on your website, blog, and www.kindleboards.com
#7: Price it between 99 cents and $3.99. This is the most important tip of all.
#8: Experiment. Change covers, prices, promo techniques, descriptions, and track sales.
Ebook cover art tips
#1: Hire a pro. Expect to pay between $200 and $1000 per cover
#2: Make sure it is readable as a thumbnail–most covers are seen when tiny
#3: Don’t make it too “busy.” Clean and simple is better.
#4: Brand yourself. Your covers should look similar, or have a common theme.
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-Moses Siregar III