I’ve been making money online working from home for years now – but just performed an interesting little experiment with my Chase Business bank account: I performed a search for all the ACH credits to that account over the past 24 months, which is the time limit Chase imposes for searching for such things. Then I downloaded the history into an Excel file and sorted by the description field, in order to extract all the deposits Amazon has placed into that account thus far.
I learned the total was $4,348.95, and if I add to that figure the $616.33 that I know Amazon is set to deposit by year’s end, representing my October 2013 sales, plus the approximately $572.93 in November 2013 Kindle royalties and $175.44 in December 2013 Kindle royalties I’ve earned for the first half of this month, that means my Kindle royalties are at least $5,713.65 as you read this. (I didn’t start getting deposits until May 2012 from my book sales.)
For writers who’ve recently jumped onto the Kindle Direct Publishing bandwagon, this might sound like a great feat – and don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for the income – but I published my first Kindle book under a pen name way back in January of 2011, so it took a while to learn how to earn this income.
Nevertheless, having nearly three years under my belt as a published Kindle author has taught me a thing or two about increasing my book sales – and I plan to do a lot more of the following things that have helped me increase my book sales, as I hope these tips help you:
#1 – Write lots of books that interest you
My main tip is to write the things you want to read – and therefore want to write – that hold your interest, because those are the books that you tend to finish.
#2 – Stay on top of trends
When KDP Select first came out, it was an option that really helped Kindle authors get visibility for their books, and a post-free promotion book “boost” that helped writers make a lot of book sales even after their promotion period was done. Though it may not work as effectively as it once did, it is still a viable marketing tool.
These days, I’m experimenting with Amazon’s new “Kindle Countdown Deals” and their Kindle Comic Creator to create children’s books and see how that affects my sales.
#3 – Write under pen names and your real name
There are things you might feel comfortable writing about under your real name, and a whole lot more you’d write about under someone else’s made up name. Don’t limit yourself to a certain topic just because you don’t want to publish it under your real name. Even Mark Twain used a pseudonym.
#4 – Write a short book or essay
The thought of a 250-page book might overwhelm you to the point whereby you give up on creating one. However, the idea of a 5,000-word short story or essay might sound doable to you. In that case, if you set out to publish a new non-fiction essay or short story, you might see it through to the end long enough to get it published on Kindle. It would be like testing the waters: You might discover that your short essay about “goat farming” or whatever draws more interest than you expected, which could lead to a whole series of books on the topic once you see those sales rise.
#5 – Research your topic first
There are a couple of important free research tool links I have bookmarked on my toolbar, and those are the SEOBook.com keyword research tool and the Google AdWords keyword planner – both of which require free accounts to access.
I often check those to see the popularity of a certain phrase to discover if there’s a market for the book prior to even writing a new one. For example, let’s say you’re a developer at Cambridge Web Design, and you’d love to write a book about the latest coding design updates in the Drupal arena. Well, you could do what I just did and pop the word “Drupal” into a keyword tool research box to learn that more than 120 searches per day come into search engines for the phrase “Drupal 7 eBook,” which could be a perfect niche for you to slide into, if your research on Amazon tells you that there is a dearth of good books about that topic in the Kindle Store.
Follow these tips to try and help your Kindle sales increase, and share any more tips for increasing Kindle royalties you may have run across. Do tell, because who isn’t looking for a way to pay off credit cards from places like http://www.toppfinans.com and to reduce all of our debt these days?