I pretty well have every Kindle related book, product and program in my massive Kindle how-to library. Some of these are fabulous and worth way more than I paid for them, while others are outdated and lacking in one way or another.
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On this resource page you will find my top go-to book and product selections. All of these products are designed to help you build your Kindle sales and “publishing empire.”
I am often surprised at how reluctant some “would-be” authors are to purchase a $3.00 book or $25.00 product. If this is your business, either part-time or full-time, you NEED to invest in it. These purchases are a business write-off. MY bottom line is, that if I can learn ONE new tip, technique or how-to process that will help me sell more books, I will happily pay the price.
When I got started in Kindle publishing one book helped me confidently take the steps necessary to format my book properly and get it onto the Kindle platform in less than 2 hours. That book cost me $5.99 — the information was priceless!
Kindle Publishing How-To’s
Dr. Gary Webb has published a series of books that will get you started on the right foot and will help you write, publish and market your book. Be sure to get all three books in the series. Of all the books available on Kindle publishing, these are the best and are suitable not only for first-timers but will have tips for seasoned book marketers too.
Barb Asselin is a best selling author. In this step-by-step book she tells you how she does it time after time. She includes several software tips that will save you loads of time and effort.
This next book is filled with concise, effective and actionable information. Hundreds of reviewers say they got to best-seller status because of this book
If you get the five books listed above you will be well on your way to creating a best seller in the fastest time possible. These books will give you actionable steps, will cut through the misinformation found all over the internet and will give you the confidence to go ahead and start publishing.
Creating Dynamite Covers
Derek Murphy is an extraordinary book cover designer. This book will give you everything you need to know about designing your own dynamite cover or the knowledge you need to hire someone to do it for you. Your book cover is the first thing potential buyers will see … they will make a buy or no-buy decision based largely on your cover and title. Make the first impression a favorable one!
The following Book Cover Program will help you create dynamite covers in no time. There are 60 professionally designed templates that you can use to create fiction or non-fiction covers. NOTE: This program requires PhotoShop.
I’ve been writing professionally for over 40 years and even I got some great tips from the following 3 MUST HAVE books!
A fast read that will inspire you to action!
If you are always wasting time by writing yourself into a corner, this book will make a HUGE difference. Spend some time planning and save time when actually writing.
Getting The Word Out – Marketing on Steroids
Nick Stevenson went from making $2000 a month on Amazon to selling over $10,000 a month. At the same time, he built his list of fans with over 1000 new subscribers a month. You will find loads of great marketing and list building infomation in this inspiring book.
This book by Shelley Hitz is a classic. It is a MUST for first time publishers. Even seasoned publishers will have numerous ah-ha moments!
Penny Sansevier has one of the BEST explanations of how the Amazon search engine works. This information will make a difference in how you choose titles and categories. Get this right and you will increase sales exponentially!
Another must-have for your self-publishing book shelf.
Simple fact: Book Reviews SELL Books. So my question is, why do so many authors ignore this ultra important part of a book marketing strategy? Because their book is pure trash? Because the author is afraid of negative reviews? Because they are afraid of hard work? Because they don’t know how to go about getting reviews? The following books will help with everything but “pure trash.”
Gisela Hausmann and Divya Lavanya give you loads of no-nonsense information about why you need them and how to get them.
This book on getting reviews is a classic. There is a reason that dozens and dozens of Amazon’s top 100 reviewers love it!
What I especially like about this book is the step-by-step actions and loads of great how-to’s not covered in the other two books.
Alina Rutkowska has a different take on getting reviews. In her 100 Review Book Launch report, she outlines how she got 100 book reviews when she launched a new title.
Your Author Platform
Author Platforms are essential to building steady sales, BUT they take time and effort. There are hundreds of different ways to do it, so I chose the best books on the subject by authors who are creating best sellers on a regular basis. The first two books don’t have “author platform” in their title, but get them anyway!
Get both of Tim Grahl’s books. You will be happy you did!
Using Social Media to Promote Your Book
Using social media to promote your book is actually part of your author platform. These books are not specifically for writers or about selling books, but they will help you build social media networks that work!
Easy to read, easy to apply. This book is about MARKETING, not chatting.
Loads of great examples … from getting started to the all important “Pinterest for Business.”