Looks like Kindle is Finally Smoking

A funny thing happened when I went to the beach yesterday.  I had felt a bit yuck because I had a doctor's appointment and I swear that makes me feel sick even when I walk in there healthy.  So when I got home hubby and I decided to take our ever energetic Ellie-pup for a run down the beach.  Just like always we went down with coffee cup in hand and spend a wonderful hour paddling through the surf with Ellie-pup chasing gulls and sticks and balls to her little heart's content.   It was a wonderful afternoon – I always find that the beach rejuvenates my energies when I am feeling low.

When I got home I immediately checked my emails – nothing happening there which is a good thing.  Then out of force of habit I went in and checked my Amazon Kindle account and I couldn't believe my eyes – I had made over 300 sales while I was down at the beach.  I was blown away because as you know it took me a year to make $100 through royalties on Kindle – how on earth could I have made 300 sales in a matter of hours? 

 

 

My first thought was that I had put the books (it was only two titles that had shot up in sales) on a freebie campaign and had forgotten about it.  When you enroll your Kindle books on KDP Select you are allowed up to 5 days worth of free promotion over a 90 day period.  What Amazon does is promote your book as a freebie for a number of days that you nominate.  While you might think that it is not a good idea to give your book away even for a few days, what this does is it increases the ranking of your books, because the freebie sales are still considered "sales" for ranking purposes.  I had been experimenting with this feature for about a month one different books.  As you can see from the picture above the Fighting Fish book and the Out on the Road Again book has made a few actual sales (about 30 between the two) but the bulk of the "sales" on there are freebies.

Guess what – I wasn't running any promotions – the Garage Sales 101 (that went up by more than 300 copies) and the Letters to a Battered Woman: Letting go of the Why (went up by 91 copies) were actual bone fide sales and when I worked out my royalty payments that worked out to more than $900!!!!  In one day!!! That was my cue for victory dance – yay!   There was only one teeny, tiny little fly in my ointment – my husband checked his Kindle account and he had sold over 800 copies of his barbecue recipe book – and he doesn't consider himself a writer – I could have slapped him except I was so thrilled about the results.  His net profit by the way – more than $1500 – in one afternoon.

Will we get these sorts of sales every day; no of course not.  But the more sales you have the higher ranking your Kindle books get.  The higher your book ranks on the Kindle site, (especially for specific genres and categories) the more likely you are to get organic (free) traffic and sales from the Amazon search function.  The other thing to consider is that this is not instant income – although it is safe money.  Amazon payout once a month and you get your check or bank transfer within 60 days of the conclusion of the month your sales were made.  But if you start getting a system set up now where you are getting the sales on a semi-regular basis you will soon be able to count on those Amazon checks as a monthly income stream.  The other great thing about being a Kindle author is that you can scale this system up as much as you like.  Finally you don't have to be a good writer – if you can write an email or a shopping list you can honestly write your own Kindle books.

In the course I run on Kindle, The Kiwi Kindle Guide you can learn how to have this same sort of success for yourself.  This is not a get rich quick program, it is a solid business model that you can implement part or full time and it will only cost you $20 per week.  Not only will you learn:

  • How to choose topics that buyers are looking for
  • How to format your Kindle book for maximum success
  • The whole gist on uploading and publishing your Kindle title (includes videos of me actually doing this step by step
  • How to stimulate sales and increase your ranking on Amazon

But For a Limited Time Only I am offering the first 20 students who sign up for this course this month (February) the opportunity to have their book proof read and edited before publication – a professional service value worth $499!!

To start your own Kindle career email me at ogp201@maxnet.co.nz with "Kiwi Kindle Guide" in the subject line and I will let you know how you can get started.