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How To Sell Romance Novels On Kindle. Marketing Your Ebook In Amazon's Ecosystem: A Guide For Kindle Publishing Authors. (How To Sell Fiction On Kindle. ... A Guide For Kindle Publishing Authors. 3) Kindle Edition
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First, the negative. I don't see this as a major objection, as I'll explain.
A lot of material in this book comes straight from "Make a Killing on Kindle." I don't have a problem with that; like any writer I am quite capable of rapidly skimming past familiar blocks of text. I see it as a good example of reasonably recycling material into additional kindle offerings. A large proportion of the book is new material and based on additional research and experience. It's well worth the purchase based on the new material.
Second, some positives. Michael Alvear gives some specific good examples and specific bad examples. I found those examples to be quite helpful. This book has a good discussion of stuffing keywords in titles: maybe yes, maybe no, but Michael helps you make an intelligent decision. Ditto for descriptions.
Michael stays focused on his primary goal: How to sell your kindle books within the amazon ecosystem. I appreciate that he stayed on point throughout the book.
An interesting feature of this new offering is the associated research data. He has compiled lists of the most common searches for specific genre. It looks like, as the purchaser of any of his books on selling fiction on kindle, you get access to ALL of the research results. That's a good approach.
The research results, as of this writing, seem a bit thin on the ground. On the other hand, I've not really begun using the results. There may be a lot more meat in there than I realize.
There are two positives here.
First, Michael is sharing his research process with us. By using his example, I can drill down on my own, getting even more niche-specific and see what I find.
Second, I am hoping that Michael will be adding more results over time, and we all benefit. I do NOT know whether this is the case, but he invites us to join a mailing list for just this purpose.
One thing I would like to have seen was a "resources" section at the end, or perhaps posted on that research site. Various other related books and recommended tools were mentioned throughout the book. The "additional reading" list would be a HUGE plus. Kate Harper, in "How to Publish and Sell Your Article..." explains that she gets feedback from readers who buy an article ONLY for that resources section.
Let me share this book's benefit to me personally. Last week I re-read "Make a Killing on Kindle" and realized that I have some work to do with my own manuscripts. On a whim, I checked Michael Alvear's author page and discovered the niche-specific books.
Having now read "How To Sell Romance Novels On Kindle," I will now be revising and refocusing my manuscripts themselves. In recommending how to better sell the book within the Amazon Kindle ecosystem, he helped me discover some weaknesses in the books themselves. Who knows, but I'm hoping that I might actually be on to something!
In the final chapter Michael notes that with some of his books and with some of his clients' books, these "best practices" have worked well. With others, they have not. The strong implication is to not be a "one-hit wonder." Find a way to keep producing additional books!
"Make A Killing on Kindle" is subtitled "The Guerilla Marketer's Guide." With "How To Sell Romance Novels On Kindle," Michael has backed off on some of his "black hat" recommendations, particularly to do with reviews.
As I write this, "How To Sell Romance Novels On Kindle" has three reviews. Two are marked as Amazon Verified Purchase. The book has sales rank 99,858.
If you are an author - why else would you be reading this all the way through? - I strongly encourage you to "pay it forward."
If, and only if, any kindle book you read deserves a good review, please take the time to put that opinion inside the amazon ecosystem. As you know, one sentence plus the star rating is sufficient.
Finally, remember that Michael has sold so many copies of his Guerilla Marketer's Guide that his contrarian advice is probably now the mainstream advice. Do your own research, collect your own numbers. Michael tells you step by step how, when, and why to collect those numbers and develop your own expertise.