Authors: Video Tutorial: How Can Kindle Pre-Orders Help Sell More Books?

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If you're an indie author publishing with Kindle, you can use a new feature of Kindle Direct Publishing to help you sell more books...Kindle Pre-Orders.

Cool, right? You can build buzz for your book and make pre-orders available to your ans.

Here's a video tutorial showing you how, and more importantly, WHY, Kindle Pre-Orders can help you sell more books and amp up your book marketing efforts..

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How Can Kindle PreOrders Help Me Sell More Books?

If you're a KDP author, you know that new features keep magically appearing. Sure, Amazon sends you an email, but maybe you could use a little help figuring out how to make the most out of the new service. Or maybe you wonder whether you even want to use the new feature at all.

Kindle PreOrders

This week's free mini-class shows you one of the latest Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) additions, Kindle Preorders.

You'll discover

  • Why Kindle preorders are a GOOD thing.
  • How to make the most of offering preorders.
  • How to build buzz ahead of your publication date.
  • How to sell more books with the help of preorders.

You can watch LIVE or later.

How to watch LIVE

Come back to this page Thursday, August 21 at 11 AM US Eastern Time to watch live. The class is only 20 minutes, so you won't blow your morning. Click the video player below or lick where it says "watch the video now" below.

How to watch ANYTIME (after the live event is over)

Watch the video now.

I hope this helps. If y ou have questions, please feel encouraged to add them to the comments. I'll be sure to get back with you.

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What about authoring confuses or frustrates you? I want to know so I can offer a mini-class to help.

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Ronda Del Boccio

best selling author, speaker and mentor, this time helping you sell more books using Kindle Preorders.


Indie Author: How Can You Make Kindle Unlimited Work for You?

Have you heard of Kindle Unlimited yet? It's like Netflix for books. For a monthly fee,

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Kindle Unlimited

First, learn about its benefits for readers. Next, I'll invite you to a free 20 minute training showing you how to make use of it as an indie author.

Kindle Unlimited from the readers perspective:

  • For $9.95/month, you can borrow certain books from the Kindle and Audible libraries.
  • It's not ALL books, but all KDP authors' books and some other titles.
  • You may keep the books in your library for as long as you are a member.
  • Members u can, of course, outright purchase books that are in the KU catalog.

You can login to your Amazon account and see this new program right there.

Kindle Unlimited for Indie Authors

Before you flail your arms and wail that you want people to BUY your book, not borrow it, think again. As long as certain things happen, you'll still earn royalties on your Kindle Unlimited member reads.

Wondering how you can benefit from Kindle Unlimited? Be sure to attend this free 20 minute training Thursday, July 31 at 11:03  AM Eastern.

Kindle Unlimited really can help you sell more books.

Simply register at  to get the training and the class notes to help you master this new membership.

Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio

- this time helping you sell more books

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How Much Can I Expect to Earn from Book Royalties?

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How Much Can I Expect to Earn from Book Royalties?

You're not going to like the answer.

Very few authors rake in ginormous royalty checks,author profit tip: DOn't rely on royalties so unless you're Stephen King or J.K. Rowling, don't expect to make it rich on your book royalties.

My author friend nick recently told me, "I can just about afford lunch from the dollar menu at McDonalds with my royalty check this month." He was astonished that I had paid a whole major bill with mine.

OK, sure, there are a lot of conversations we could have about book marketing, but that's like putting a bandit over a broken arm. 

The issue is bigger than how well you promote your books...BUT there is a way to be a profitable author without focusing solely on how to sell more books.

What it it?

Continue reading "How Much Can I Expect to Earn from Book Royalties?"


Pinterest for Authors: How Can Pinterest Help Authors Sell More Books?

Pinterest for Authors: How Can Pinterest Help Authors Sell More Books?

A friend of mine who is an author recently said, "I hear I oughta get on Pinterest."

That sounds like getting on a horse or something. Funny.

The reason to engage in a particular social network is only in small part "being there."

Yes, it's good to have a presence in the various networks, because that way if it's someone's favorite place to hang, they'll find you.

But any of the networks is, first and foremost, a social network. You want it as a part of your book marketing plan,  but you don't want to run around puking out your book link all over the place like an overzealous partier after a bender.

This awesome infographic by Louise Myers How-To Graphics. succsinctly helps you navigate Pinterest. I'll come back with a few quick tips for authors.

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How Can Amazon Best Sellers Help Any Author Sell More Books?

 How Can Amazon Best Sellers Help Any Author Sell More Books?

It's often not until after a book is published that an author starts thinking about how to sell more books. Today on the Awakened Author Premium Call,  I helped members look at some things on Amazon to help us all understand what's hot.

I think of market research as a treasure hunt. It's a game that helps me reach more people. Look for the Awakened Author hashtag #AwakenedAuthor for more help and tips for authors.

The best time to start thinking about book marketing is NOW, wherever you are in your process, and the earlier the better! 

Where's the best place to go - Google or Amazon?

Google has its place, but remember this. Google is a SEARCH engine. Amazon is a BUYING engine.

You may start with Google to get an overall idea, but jump quickly to where people put their money where their mouth is - Amazon.

People go to Google to look up stuff. They go to Amazon with an intention to buy. That's why you want to use Amazon for the bulk of your market research.

It's important to know what's selling.

Even if you think you're allergic to marketing, the truth is you touch more people when you sell more books.  Makes sense, right? So get over yourself and relax into the fun of sharing your message with more of the world.

Here's how to see what sells so you can model success. Continue reading "How Can Amazon Best Sellers Help Any Author Sell More Books?"


Does Using Social Media Really Help Sell More Books?

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Does Using Social Media Really Help Sell More Books?

People tend to either hate social media or love it. One big complaint many authors have is they want to sell more books with the help of social media sites, but they end up spending hours liking cat pictures, playing games, and otherwise wasting time.

Honestly any tool can help or hurt, depending on whether you use it well. But you may wonder if authors REALLY sell more books thanks to social media.

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Here's a great article that will help you. Stick around after, because I'll share a few tips to help you streamline your efforts.

Five Reasons Social Media Will Always Sell More Books…by

Recently there has been a spate of research and opinion on social media and its effect – or lack thereof – on commerce. Attribution studies abound; critics of such “last-click conversion” studies point to “dark social” and the nuances of driving sales. I’ve been watching all of this with as open a mind as I’ve been able to muster and have come to the following conclusions:

Nearly everything I’ve seen is incomplete, misinformed, or reflects an inability on the part of people and organizations to actually use social as opposed to just doing social; and that social media will always work for marketing and selling books (and ebooks).

Here are the top five reasons why:

  1. The Core Book-Buying Audience Uses Social Media (and so do all those other folks who will buy books if they hear about them…)
    This is true unless your audience falls outside of the 85% of the U.S. population that uses social media or isn’t between the ages of 18 and 65+. Check the most recent Pew stats. Perhaps even bump them against some book industry studies. The audience is there. Fish where the fish are.
  2. Real Consumer Data
    The audience data that marketers, publicists, and salespeople can gather about social media followers, fans, and general users should be invaluable to anyone marketing or selling books. Acting on an understanding of the demographics, psychographics, and behavior of an audience with regard to an author, a title, or a site will grow sales and marketing efficiency. If it doesn’t, then something else is very wrong. Gathering and acting on data certainly helped Obama whip Romney. And it can even be predictive (Holy Grail!); in 2010 a couple smart HP researchers predicted opening box office using Twitter volume and sentiment along with number of screens. They did so with 97% accuracy.
  3. Identifying Adjacent Audiences
    Once you’ve analyzed your core audience, it quite straightforward to identify key attributes of that audience and find “look-alikes.” In other words, folks with similar key attributes (hobbies, beliefs, activities, likes, dislikes, locales, marital status, education level, etc.) and place your book in front of those folks who, it happens, will behave much like your core. This is the social graph and it is major.
  4. SEO
    This could be an essay. Short, over-simplified version focusing on two key points: 1) Both the “general” engines such as Google and the more-specific engines (eg. Amazon) use social “signals” to assist them in determining the authority of everything – including authors and books. Authority=rank. So, positioning. If the title holds up (eg. garners clicks and/or more links over time), it will retain that rank or rise… and 2) As a corollary; an author or title’s presence on the major networks will nearly always enter the first page of a Google search for the author, title, and even some of the longer tail terms. Ranking higher in search sells books; ask Google or Amazon.
  5. Making the Next Campaign Easier
    We hear a lot of talk about scaling marketing efforts. Social is often seen as a hurdle to scale. Social is actually scalable using technology. But it doesn’t really matter if the “IT” hurdle is too great; scale is inherent in using social to market. A marketer’s ability to look at the performance indicators and underlying consumer data of past social campaigns will increase her understanding of what works, for what, and how well. Also, what doesn’t work. This will speed and hone her next efforts. Every time. Knowledge, process, and a better “feel for the game” is scale. Lather, rinse, learn, repeat. Scaled marketing sells more books.

Bottom line: As publishers realize – or perhaps more accurately stated – embrace the fact that they must demonstrate to authors and retail partners that they are the best at connecting books with readers and driving demand, the question becomes how to do so. It is difficult for me to think of any other efforts publishers can employ that will yield the insights and long-lasting audience development of social media. Very difficult.

Peter McCarthy has more than 15 years experience in book marketing and is programming our upcoming marketing conference in in New York on September 26. Learn more about the conference here. Or, register today!

See original article source here.

What does all this mean for you as an author?

It means

  1. You truly can't do without having a strong social media presence.
  2. You need to be “everywhere” without losing your day to social media sites.
  3. Your author success depends upon you being visible, and that requires social media.

How can you use social media the right way?

Here's what you crave:

  • Connection but not losing your day.
  • Being everywhere but not losing your day.
  • Sell more books with the help of social media.
  • KNOW you got a good return on your time investment.

Effortless Social Media for Authors shows you a simple formula for getting in and out of the networks quickly so that you can put your SM time where you can reach more of the influencers in your audience.

You can get in and out of any network in under 2 minutes!

That means you can put a little more time into the places that really matter most.

For example, I know it's important to be on Twitter, but it's mostly useless for my audience, so all I need is some presence and interaction. Using the Smart Effortless Social Media formula, I can go in real quick a time or 2 each day, still be perceived as interactive because I am interacting, then go on to where my audience REALLY hangs.

You can get started right away at The time you save in 1 week will be more than worth the small investment!

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Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

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#007 The UGLY Truth about Publishing, Royalties and Book Marketing: Awakened Author Adventure Episode 7

"Your book should make the reader CRAVE more of you." - Ronda Del Boccio inspirational quotes from Episode 7 Awakened Author Adventure Podcast

The UGLY Truth about Publishing, Royalties & Book Marketing: Awakened Author Adventure Episode 7

The Awakened Author Adventure made it to New & Noteworthy in iTunes in only 5 days! Thank YOU, dear listener, for making this possible!

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Welcome to the Awakened Author Adventure, where visionaries like you come for inspiration, resources and direction to write, publish and share life-changing books.

Your guide is bestselling author, speaker and mentor Ronda Del Boccio, The Story Lady – namely ME

Listen to master the 5 keys for author success in the BLISS Butterfly System, including entrepreneur mindset, how to write and publish a book, and more.

And join to sign up for free training, show reminders and more

Here's what to expect during this episode:

Being an author is the adventure of a lifetime for sure! There is so much that is WONDERFUL about the experience. AND it is also true that there are some “ugly truths” about writing, publishing, and book marketing.

Knowing the reality empowers you to make things work FOR you not against, once you know what is happening and how to overcome the dark side.

Here are a couple of examples you'll h ear during the show:

  • 98% of books only sell 99 copies or less. So being a triple-digit seller makes you a superstar among authors.
  • There are 1 million new books published a year, so your new book is literally 1 in a million.
  • No publisher will do book marketing for you.
  • Sell more books alone does not equate to long-term success.

Stick with me and I'll show you how to follow your B.L.I.S.S. every single day as a successful author who changes lives!

Inspirational quotes for entrepreneurs / authors from today's show

"Your book should make the reader CRAVE more of you." -

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"Your book should make the reader CRAVE more of you." - Ronda Del Boccio inspirational quotes from Episode 7 Awakened Author Adventure Podcast

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Ronda Del Boccio's new podcast –  Awakened Author Adventure – is a wonderful light and inspiration to authors. She has such wonderful, engaging energy! I look forward to each of her next episodes. Can't wait to share it with others!

Linda Feinholz

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