Chris of PowerLists.org asks via email: I recently published my first book on KDP Select and was wondering if it is best to do a five-day promotion or to split up the days into one two-day promotional campaign and one three-day promotional campaign. Thanks. Love your show.”
It’s great to see that a lot of recent questions are coming from first-time authors. That means a lot of people out there are taking action. Continue reading
It’s time for another Five Questions segment. In this episode, Steve covers a variety of topics including finding your international reviews, if the Author Follow button works, media liability insurance, formatting, and putting a product on Udemy.
Nick asks: I have heard you, on several occasions, talk about your “street team” in regard to how you get reviews for your books when you launch them. I understand the concept with asking your list for the review, but how do you go about it? Do you just simply ask them to post favorable reviews if they enjoyed the book? I have been building lots of lists with Kindle and haven’t really tapped into them for reviews yet; I would really love to hear your thoughts on that.
Reviews are really important. Not only do they tell people good things and bad things about your book, they also affect Amazon’s ranking algorithm. There are a lot of paid promotion sites that require a certain number of reviews before they will even consider promoting your book. Finally, if you don’t have any reviews, people might not be willing to give your book a try. Continue reading
Dennis has about a dozen books on Kindle and CreateSpace. It’s like pulling teeth to get people to review them, even on books that have been downloaded for free on KDP several thousand times. He wants to know Steve’s secret for generating reviews.
In episode 2, Steve talked extensively about generating reviews. It’s not a secret; just talk to people and build an audience. He feels it’s all about getting organic reviews and telling people why reviews are so important. Make sure you tell people exactly what they need to do to leave a review. Continue reading
Andrew wants to know how self-published authors should handle reviews when reviews are so integral to success in self-publishing.
It’s difficult to put a lot of effort into a book and then get negative reviews, but there’s not much you can do about it. Everyone gets negative reviews, even famous authors. Steve says there are three ways to handle a negative review: Continue reading
Many readers don’t realize how important interviews are for independent authors. In this episode, Steve outlines his process for encouraging readers to review his books on Amazon.
Rama from PublicSpeakKing.com wants to know how many sales an author needs to make before readers start leaving organic reviews. Organic reviews are very important, especially for independent authors. These are reviews written by people who don’t know you. Steve says he has seen it take up to 1,000 downloads to get one review while doing free promo does, but he uses a process to increase his chances of getting organic reviews from readers. He feels this process is 100 percent white hat (ethical) because he’s not asking readers for positive reviews.
There’s a lot you can do to get organic reviews on your self-published books. Continue reading