Amazon allows your book to be listed with two (2) book categories with initial release. You can choose from the major categories (54 main headings with hundreds of subheadings – see list here. However, listings with those major categories will have intense competition. Let’s take again the mystery fiction book example – see list here.
Forbes estimates that more than 1,000,000 books are self-published every single year. But with all this competition, why should you self-publish? Simple – be your own boss and control every aspect of your book! You control where to sell and for which price; you will get paid directly to your bank account. You are in
In the past few years, I’ve been noticing a large influx of bad writers. And I believe this correlates with the ease of self-publishing… Everyone can write, publish and sell online with minimal effort. But this was not possible previously as one needed to find a publisher who was willing to get the book released. The
It depends on your country. In the US, it is Bowker (https://www.myidentifiers.com), the only official ISBN issuer. You register with them and get your own imprint/publisher name (one ISBN = $125 or buy in bulk: 10 ISBNs = $295). In the UK you can get your ISBN from Nielson (https://www.nielsenisbnstore.com), £89 per ISBN or £164
#1 Uploading MS Word doc file to Amazon and letting it convert Many authors tend to think that uploading their MS Word docs is all that is needed and suddenly decide that they have officially ‘self-published’ their books. To let automated software take control of your book’s layout and typesetting is a very WRONG approach.
📈Optimize your search keywords Choose keywords which have acceptable search volume but low competition (and are of course relevant to your book). You can have seven keywords for your book. Again, when you search the keywords — make sure that the first page of results aren’t filled with authority figures and best-sellers. 📈Optimize your category
There are so many different sized books out there, is there even a standard? What is recommended? You could definitely visit your local bookstore and browse the shelves to see what is most popular in your writing genre and what trim size the bestselling titles use. However, I usually recommend to keep it simple and
You need to focus on marketing and building a brand. Don’t get trapped into thinking that you’re done, because publishing a book is like having a business. And it’s important that you start treating it like one. 🎩