The best place to sell my first eBook?

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Hi friend,

I'm 19 years old guy, and I have been writing my first eBook (Mystery Story), I really don't have ideas about where to start. I'm looking to get advantage and revenues of my eBook. I expect to complete 60 pages (short story). !

Note: I'm working to build my blog, that I will take serious things in it that will attract visitors. So should I sell the eBook on my own blog with my wanted price or sell it on amazon?

And how to get many buyers?


Thanks in advance, and sorry for my week accent.
Best regards,
Yazeed.
#amazon #ebook #marketing #place #sell
  • Profile picture of the author yragcom1
    Go to Amazon, and look up this Kindle books by John Locke. He sold over a million books on Kindle, and wrote a book about what he did to do it. It's a interesting read on the whole Amazon promo process from someone who's done it.

    How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months! - Kindle...How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months! - Kindle...

    P.S. It's "weak", not "week". Better work on that.
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  • Profile picture of the author jameskyle
    I definitely suggest using Amazon as a distributor not your own blog. Very simple reasoning , your blog currently doesn't come close to the amount of traffic Amazon has.

    Your blog should be seen as way to connect with your readers and prep them for your material not much as a distributor , however you can also use twitter for similar purposes.

    Amazon Kindle's even has the ability to promote your book, however if this is your first time creating an E-book you shouldn't be seeing this as a major income generator so don't make unrealistic expectations.

    No doubt that you will see some sales, however realistically it takes a while to understand what type of writing sells the best so definitely stick to it if you like writing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marked09
    Kindle would be a great way to start but personally, the place where you will sell your book will not matter that much until you learn how to send targeted traffic to your offer.

    Once you completed the book find someone to review it for you and also try to learn how you can send seed traffic so that you can generate your initial review and get the ball rolling.
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  • Profile picture of the author yazooda
    Guys, I really don't know how to thank you! I appreciate your kind help.

    Best regards,
    Yazeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author capefox
    You could try selling it through e-Junkie. Check them out; they even have an affiliate set-up where you could invite affiliates to promote it on your behalf for a commission.
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    • Profile picture of the author yazooda
      Originally Posted by capefox View Post

      You could try selling it through e-Junkie. Check them out; they even have an affiliate set-up where you could invite affiliates to promote it on your behalf for a commission.
      Oh, I forgot to ask about where to offer my book for affiliates to promote it?
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      • Profile picture of the author capefox
        Originally Posted by yazooda View Post

        Oh, I forgot to ask about where to offer my book for affiliates to promote it?
        E-Junkie is a platform from which you could sell your e-book - they also have an affiliate program so you could do your affiliate setup right there.

        Also have a look at Tradebit.com - you can upload your e-book to their website for sale, too. I did that just this morning with my latest e-book.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnsams364
    Originally Posted by yazooda View Post

    Hi friend, Note: I'm working to build my blog, that I will take serious things in it that will attract visitors. So should I sell the eBook on my own blog with my wanted price or sell it on amazon?
    Best regards,
    Yazeed.
    If I were you I would choose the Amazon Kindle. The Amazon Kindle is the leading ebook seller site around the world. I suggest you to use the Kindle. Best of luck. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author winnermarketing
    You could sell it on amazon and advertise it throught your blog or facebook/Twitter page!
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  • Profile picture of the author ceenote100
    In addition to what everyone else had said, find some message boards related to the content of your book, create some profiles and get active with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fingertips
    Hi yazooda

    Another thought just sprang to mind. I am also a writer (thriller and short stories) and I never tried this before, but why don't you take some of your short stories (between 2500 and 5000 words), and offer them as a free offer on your blog for people who subscribe. Maybe one a month...

    You could also ask people to send their short stories in as well and build a following that way.

    Then you can upsell your longer stories as special offers on the blog - pdf's which you sell for $8.99 or whatever price you want.. That way you don't have to pay fees to the publishers and you can also test the market. You could call them exclusives. I don't think you can publish them on Kindle once you have sold them on your blog - but I'm not sure.

    Even if you don't try it with your stories I will be trying it with mine lol

    Good luck and let me know if it works?

    Kind regards
    Richard
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    • Profile picture of the author yazooda
      Originally Posted by Fingertips View Post

      Hi yazooda

      Another thought just sprang to mind. I am also a writer (thriller and short stories) and I never tried this before, but why don't you take some of your short stories (between 2500 and 5000 words), and offer them as a free offer on your blog for people who subscribe. Maybe one a month...

      You could also ask people to send their short stories in as well and build a following that way.

      Then you can upsell your longer stories as special offers on the blog - pdf's which you sell for $8.99 or whatever price you want.. That way you don't have to pay fees to the publishers and you can also test the market. You could call them exclusives. I don't think you can publish them on Kindle once you have sold them on your blog - but I'm not sure.

      Even if you don't try it with your stories I will be trying it with mine lol

      Good luck and let me know if it works?

      Kind regards
      Richard


      Mr. Richard, that was an amazing idea, but I think that I will face some technically problems with that as a blogger, mean on how to add an element that sends the Free Story for those who subscribe. It needs a professional blogger to write a script right?

      Best regards,
      Yazeed
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  • Profile picture of the author ezb1
    For sales, I would start with Amazon KDP Select because you can advertise your book as a free promotion or as a paid promotion for 5 or 7 days respectively during your 3 month exclusive period. Use paid promotions to you book during your promo (fiverr) and free promos to your book during your promo (facebook groups). Using some of the ideas shared by others here is also a good idea.
    In terms of sustained sales after your promo, this is always easier if you have a series (say 3 books held together by cliff hangers, same characters, etc.) as your free promos can be sequential and each book can promote the other books in the series.
    Regarding affiliates for ebooks -- not likely unless it already sells extremely well or you're a very well known author already and this is a new addition to your stable.

    Hope this helps.
    Good luck,
    Joyce Zborower

    p.s. ".....how to add an element that sends the Free Story for those who subscribe."
    Get an auto-responder -- Mailchimp is free, or there are several good paid ones.
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    • Profile picture of the author yazooda
      Originally Posted by ezb1 View Post

      For sales, I would start with Amazon KDP Select because you can advertise your book as a free promotion or as a paid promotion for 5 or 7 days respectively during your 3 month exclusive period. Use paid promotions to you book during your promo (fiverr) and free promos to your book during your promo (facebook groups). Using some of the ideas shared by others here is also a good idea.
      In terms of sustained sales after your promo, this is always easier if you have a series (say 3 books held together by cliff hangers, same characters, etc.) as your free promos can be sequential and each book can promote the other books in the series.
      Regarding affiliates for ebooks -- not likely unless it already sells extremely well or you're a very well known author already and this is a new addition to your stable.

      Hope this helps.
      Good luck,
      Joyce Zborower

      p.s. ".....how to add an element that sends the Free Story for those who subscribe."
      Get an auto-responder -- Mailchimp is free, or there are several good paid ones.
      That really helped me strongly, I will start working on MailChimp.

      Best regards,
      Yazeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Originally Posted by yazooda View Post

    I'm working to build my blog, that I will take serious things in it that will attract visitors. So should I sell the eBook on my own blog with my wanted price or sell it on amazon?
    Do both. Put it on Createspace and publish it there on Amazon as a paperback book (might have to "bulk up" your book though)

    Then list it on Amazon Kindle. Then on Sony Smashwords. Then on Nook. Then Barnes & Nobles. Then see if "Half .com" will be able to list it in their marketplace.

    Then after all those things, put it on your site/blog in the form of an ebook, and market the heck out of it. Make sure the theme of your blog and everything you write about relates to your product. It's not a tough job to do. Good luck.
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    • Profile picture of the author yazooda
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      Do both. Put it on Createspace and publish it there on Amazon as a paperback book (might have to "bulk up" your book though)

      Then list it on Amazon Kindle. Then on Sony Smashwords. Then on Nook. Then Barnes & Nobles. Then see if "Half .com" will be able to list it in their marketplace.

      Then after all those things, put it on your site/blog in the form of an ebook, and market the heck out of it. Make sure the theme of your blog and everything you write about relates to your product. It's not a tough job to do. Good luck.
      Wow, Randall, how could that happen? Is it permissible to publish on several markets? and how?

      Regards,
      Yazeed.
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    • Profile picture of the author yragcom1
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      Do both. Put it on Createspace and publish it there on Amazon as a paperback book (might have to "bulk up" your book though)

      Then list it on Amazon Kindle. Then on Sony Smashwords. Then on Nook. Then Barnes & Nobles. Then see if "Half .com" will be able to list it in their marketplace.

      Then after all those things, put it on your site/blog in the form of an ebook, and market the heck out of it. Make sure the theme of your blog and everything you write about relates to your product. It's not a tough job to do. Good luck.
      I'd check the rules of use regarding using multiple selling platforms. Amazon has a problem with that, as I remember it. In other words, I'm not sure that you can sell on Amazon AND Barnes and Noble at the same time. I might be wrong, but you should check that before you set it up like that.
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      • Profile picture of the author yazooda
        Originally Posted by yragcom1 View Post

        I'd check the rules of use regarding using multiple selling platforms. Amazon has a problem with that, as I remember it. In other words, I'm not sure that you can sell on Amazon AND Barnes and Noble at the same time. I might be wrong, but you should check that before you set it up like that.
        Yes, I think that would be better, it doesn't worth to lose a Story Copyrights.

        Best Regards,
        Yazeed.
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      • Profile picture of the author billboss
        Originally Posted by yragcom1 View Post

        I'd check the rules of use regarding using multiple selling platforms. Amazon has a problem with that, as I remember it. In other words, I'm not sure that you can sell on Amazon AND Barnes and Noble at the same time. I might be wrong, but you should check that before you set it up like that.
        You're allowed to sell on multiple platforms are long as you are not enrolled in the KDP select program. Being enrolled gives amazon exclusive rights to your work for 90 days and it cannot be sold anywhere else including your own website or blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fingertips
    Hi

    With regard to automating the short stories on your blog, it is actually quite easy to do - all you really need is an auto responder to collect your email subscriptions, and put the short stories in the emails and schedule them to go out once a week/month or whatever. Each email would also contain an offer to one of your paid stories at a discounted rate for subscribers. Be careful not to sell the same stories to your group as the ones you publish on Kindle, as you will have legal difficulties with Amazon if you do lol
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  • Profile picture of the author simonmks
    hello dear,
    I advise you to create a facebook account just for this project and request more friendships possible in various parts of the country, so you can advertise your ebook at no cost, then after the first earnings you have to invest in paid advertising.
    good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author SupplementTalk
    I'm a noobie kindle publisher, just started this week actually but I do feel comfortable saying that amazon is the best choice simply because of the traffic they can bring to your book. In order for your book to sell you will need a few good reviews to get the ball rolling. Then it will snowball.
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    • Profile picture of the author yazooda
      Originally Posted by SupplementTalk View Post

      I'm a noobie kindle publisher, just started this week actually but I do feel comfortable saying that amazon is the best choice simply because of the traffic they can bring to your book. In order for your book to sell you will need a few good reviews to get the ball rolling. Then it will snowball.
      Man, do you know?! ... That was the best assistance for me ... 2 Thumps UP !
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  • Profile picture of the author gitsoms
    Hi,
    I published my first kindle book on Amazon a few months ago and it was quite a learning experience for me. From the importance of a book cover, to the importance of categories, to when and where to take advantage of the free download period, I learned a lot about marketing a book. I would be glad to give you a free ebook that is excellent material for you about how to market your ebook and maximize the volume of sales from you book. PM me and I would be glad to send it to you
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  • Profile picture of the author ron200
    Amazon KDP is the best to start on for sure. Who doesn't know about Amazon and visit the site for one thing or another regularly?

    After struggling to figure out how to do the Table of Contents and make it clickable I finally discovered Scrivener and you get 30 days of use trial which could span more than a month depending on how often you use it and then its $40 to buy. Its well worth it. lots of great features and it does the clickable Table of Contents automatically!

    I stumbled across this LONG article that has lots of cool charts in it showing Indie author stats and other things. Bottom line is 30% of all ebook sales are Inde ebooks without ISBN's. Meaning no name authors that don't even attach an ISBN to their books.
    January 2015 Author Earnings Report – Author Earnings

    Good luck with new writing venture!
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    • Profile picture of the author yazooda
      Originally Posted by ron200 View Post

      Amazon KDP is the best to start on for sure. Who doesn't know about Amazon and visit the site for one thing or another regularly?

      After struggling to figure out how to do the Table of Contents and make it clickable I finally discovered Scrivener and you get 30 days of use trial which could span more than a month depending on how often you use it and then its $40 to buy. Its well worth it. lots of great features and it does the clickable Table of Contents automatically!

      I stumbled across this LONG article that has lots of cool charts in it showing Indie author stats and other things. Bottom line is 30% of all ebook sales are Inde ebooks without ISBN's. Meaning no name authors that don't even attach an ISBN to their books.
      January 2015 Author Earnings Report - Author Earnings

      Good luck with new writing venture!
      Thanks Friend,

      After reading all that I felt "deep ideas" in your brain and long experience that made you much better with that. I wished I hear more from you which will help me to avoid problems and stupid movements. Anyway, many thanks for you, don't stop your value advices.

      Best Regards,
      Yazeed.
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  • ^ That. save your $$$
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  • Profile picture of the author fernelis2009
    I do recommend to you Amazon
    since you´re going to get free traffic for free as well as buyers there.
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    • Profile picture of the author yazooda
      Originally Posted by fernelis2009 View Post

      I do recommend to you Amazon
      since you´re going to get free traffic for free as well as buyers there.
      Nice, but really does amazon give you access to your buyers so you collect them and use them later for next eBooks promotions?

      Big THANKS
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnGravelle
    Definitely give kindle a try, there are blogs and websites as well where you can submit your story if you want to build a nice following first, Good luck my friend
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  • Profile picture of the author Bradtastic
    Hey yazooda,

    I'd definitely start with Kindle. I know you said you're looking at writing a mystery story, but can you be more specific? Is it a cozy mystery, or a gritty and violent kind of thing?

    Have you written mysteries before? From what I've seen they can sell well, but it's also a bloated genre on Kindle because of a lot of really bad writers. Even though certain people say you don't have to be a great writer to make it, I'd counter that you have to be at LEAST on the good side of average. Not saying this to dissuade you, but definitely have a few people in your target market read it before you release it and get their feedback. An extra pair of eyes can save your life. And if it doesn't sell well, try to figure out why, change something up, and keep going! All the best man!
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    • Profile picture of the author yazooda
      Originally Posted by Bradtastic View Post

      Hey yazooda,

      I'd definitely start with Kindle. I know you said you're looking at writing a mystery story, but can you be more specific? Is it a cozy mystery, or a gritty and violent kind of thing?

      Have you written mysteries before? From what I've seen they can sell well, but it's also a bloated genre on Kindle because of a lot of really bad writers. Even though certain people say you don't have to be a great writer to make it, I'd counter that you have to be at LEAST on the good side of average. Not saying this to dissuade you, but definitely have a few people in your target market read it before you release it and get their feedback. An extra pair of eyes can save your life. And if it doesn't sell well, try to figure out why, change something up, and keep going! All the best man!
      Sir Bradtastic,

      That was the best enthusiastic comment for me, my one is somehow cozy & gritty. The first story I write. nearly 60-70 pages (still working on it).

      Thanks very much
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  • Profile picture of the author Theprincesswants
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  • Profile picture of the author billboss
    I would publish your book at all the major retailers. I would keep your book out of Amazon KDP Select since amazon just rolled out kindled unlimited 2.0. You would be making pennies for borrows of your book. You could use draft2digital.com to get your books on iTunes,Barnes and Noble, kobo, and a number of other ebook markets. Also since you will not be exclusive to amazon like you would be if you joined select; you could also offer it for sale on your webpage and even offer up the first chapter for free to bribe people to join your mailing list.
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    • Profile picture of the author yazooda
      Originally Posted by billboss View Post

      I would publish your book at all the major retailers. I would keep your book out of Amazon KDP Select since amazon just rolled out kindled unlimited 2.0. You would be making pennies for borrows of your book. You could use draft2digital.com to get your books on iTunes,Barnes and Noble, kobo, and a number of other ebook markets. Also since you will not be exclusive to amazon like you would be if you joined select; you could also offer it for sale on your webpage and even offer up the first chapter for free to bribe people to join your mailing list.
      Billbos Honestly, I would like to hear more about kindle unlimited 2.0. What did you mean please? Will amazon readers split into two parts?
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      • Profile picture of the author billboss
        Originally Posted by yazooda View Post

        Billbos Honestly, I would like to hear more about kindle unlimited 2.0. What did you mean please? Will amazon readers split into two parts?

        I will send you a pm to go into more detail but basically when amazon launched kindle unlimited 1.0 when you signed up for kindle select you were given a certain amount of money per borrow. Amazon would take a certain amount of money from there "fund" then divide that by the number of borrow's then you would be left with a dollar amount. Now with kindle unlimited 2.0 amazon takes a certain amount of money from there "fund" and divides it by the number of page reads for each book in kindle unlimited. So for example one of my cookbooks that I had in kindle select went from making $1.35 per borrow to if I kept it in select and with the estimation's on page rate estimates floating around it would make 28 cents! And that is only IF they read my book completely. Kindle unlimited 2.0 heavily favors longer books now and has put people like me in a tough spot.
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        • Profile picture of the author yazooda
          Originally Posted by billboss View Post

          I will send you a pm to go into more detail but basically when amazon launched kindle unlimited 1.0 when you signed up for kindle select you were given a certain amount of money per borrow. Amazon would take a certain amount of money from there "fund" then divide that by the number of borrow's then you would be left with a dollar amount. Now with kindle unlimited 2.0 amazon takes a certain amount of money from there "fund" and divides it by the number of page reads for each book in kindle unlimited. So for example one of my cookbooks that I had in kindle select went from making $1.35 per borrow to if I kept it in select and with the estimation's on page rate estimates floating around it would make 28 cents! And that is only IF they read my book completely. Kindle unlimited 2.0 heavily favors longer books now and has put people like me in a tough spot.
          Suggestions Guys ! This speech confused me a little :-( .. What about my 50 pages Short Story. I don't want to regret of first eBook Publishing !!
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  • Profile picture of the author kazim
    These are some best places for selling ebook.
    Booktango
    NOOK Press
    Smashwords
    EBookIt!
    ClickBank
    iUniverse
    Lulu
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  • Profile picture of the author BradfordHatch
    Kindle can definitely help you out..

    Or you can find JV partners and pay them commission..

    Or you can add other good things in your course and promote for more bucks on udemy..

    Just couple of thoughts..

    Best luck
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  • Profile picture of the author yazooda
    Thanks very much guys, but now I'm a little worried of being publishing my eBook on Amazon after reading some comments about amazon.
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  • Profile picture of the author ssenterprse
    As a new writer, you are going to start your journey in this sector. So according to me you should start with the Kindle. The Amazon Kindle is the leading e-book selling site in the whole world. You should start with the right place. If you can earn a amount of money from this site, you will be inspired. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author BrentGarett
    Try kindle for sure, you can do directly with clickbank as well
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  • Profile picture of the author yazooda
    Great, so let me roll the ball.
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