Amazon is the #1 place for readers to discover books. Love ’em or hate ’em, Amazon is king, and your book needs to be listed there in order to get in front of readers. Marketing a book on Amazon is a very specific task and can be different from general book marketing, since you have to play by Amazon’s rules. Below are some key steps you need to take in order to learn how to market your book on Amazon.
1. Prepare your Book With a Good Cover and Professional Editing
Make sure your book is well-edited and has a good cover. Our data suggests that using a professional editor and cover designer is the way to go. Don’t know where to find cover designers or editors? Try a service like Reedsy where you can shop for the perfect person to help you. Want more data on what makes a good cover and a well edited book? Here’s some past articles on cover design and editing.
2. Setup your Amazon eBook Metadata
Metadata is just a fancy phrase for ‘data about your book’. Amazon allows you to set the metadata when you setup your book through the KDP interface, so you’ll want to think about it before publishing. The easiest way to optimize your metadata is to make sure your book description is at least 100 words, and uses genre specific terms that people will be searching for. If you struggle with what to write, try using the if…then construct: “if you like suspenseful thrillers, then you’ll love this book” or “if you liked Gone Girl, then you’ll love this book”.
3. Get Reviews Before You Start Selling Your Book on Amazon
Reviews are key to a book selling. On Amazon, some readers will completely ignore your book if it has zero reviews, because there will always be 5 other books for them to choose from. Getting the first early reviews is hard, but don’t get discouraged, and whatever you do, don’t cheat, Amazon will find out. You are permitted to politely ask people to review your book, but you can’t pay them to do it. One tried and true technique for getting reviews is to run a giveaway, gifting copies to the winners. Once the giveaway is over, you can politely ask the winners to review your book. There’s no guarantee that they will review it (or review it positively), but it’s a good way to get started. Sound like a pain? You can always have us do the legwork for you with our Giveaway Package.
4. Understand the Amazon Algorithm
Amazon sales are all about rankings: The higher you rank in the Amazon popularity charts, the more new readers will discover your book. Nobody knows precisely how the Amazon ranking algorithm works, but we do know that it’s highly correlated with volume of sales over short periods of time. This means that in order to rise in the ranks, you need to try to sell lots of copies over a brief period of time. You cannot ‘game the system’ but understanding that high volumes of sales leads to better rankings can help you plan a successful marketing strategy.
5. Plan your Book Marketing for a 48 Hour Blitz
After #4, we know what you’re thinking: How do you sell lots of copies of your books in a short period of time? This is where you use the “stacking” strategy, namely, planning multiple promotional opportunities for your book at once. Many authors book promotions with services like Freebooksy or Bargain Booksy during a free or discount price promotion to spur a spike in sales. Readers subscribed to these services are always on the hunt for great, bargain reads, and a high volume of them will download your title if they find it appealing. Dont know where you should price your book during a promotion? We can help you with that. Once you have a price promotion scheduled, start stacking up other things you can do on that day: Post to social media; send an email to your list; and tell your friends and family.
On the day of your promotions, clear your schedule as much as you can. Make sure you can respond to social media inquiries from potential readers, or handle any last minute marketing decisions that you may need to make. Don’t expect to get a lot of writing done on these days, as marketing should be the priority. In addition to sales of the book you are promoting, you should see what we call ‘halo sales’ or sales from your backlist. This is a huge benefit to marketing and is often overlooked.
7. Wait 90 days, Rinse, Repeat.
Figuring out how to market your book once is great, but the job of marketing never stops. Make sure your sales stay healthy by running stacked promotions once every 90 or so days. Bumping your book(s) up in the charts every few months will get them in front of new readers, and help you gain a devoted following. You can focus on content marketing for your books in the downtime between your promotion days to keep sales at a consistent level.
92 comments on “How to Market Your Book on Amazon in 7 Easy Steps”
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I have written two books 1. Uprooted & Forlorn- The life of Kashmiri Pandits in exile and 2. Upanishad: The concentrated wisdom. Could you please read, rate and review it accordingly?
I can review, being an Indian and a rather voracious reader and a published author myself. Both the topics resonate with my reading genres.
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I’m not an author. We run Written Word Media, and work with over 20,000 authors. We’ve seen a lot of books succeed on Amazon. This article is based on our learnings from seeing what works, and what doesn’t, hopefully these tips can help you succeed. Thanks for reading!
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Hey Linda! authors can promote with us by booking a feature to promote their book. You can do from our homepage, and if you have any questions before or after you book, shoot our team an email at email@example.com.
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Hey Samuel, great! Shoot us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about which promo to choose, or simply click the “promote my book” button on our homepage to get started.
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What you needed, sir, was an editor, since at least 4:14 PM on April 27, 2016.
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Am a new self published author with biographical works. Hoping Amazon will be a spring board for me to reach the global audience
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Easier said than done. The website you referred me, Reedsy to which I started an account to get a professional editor’s quote is very expensive, they are asking thousands of dollars to edit my book, ($3500 to $4500 to copy edit and $5500 for developmental editing) I know that it’s a long volume. I don’t have that kind of money. Is there a website that has more reasonable rates for professional editing?
Hey Anthony, you’ll probably want to look for a smaller company or find a freelance editor. This post has more information on how to do so. We also recommend reaching out on author forums like KBoards to get advice from other authors.
I am an author and a freelance editor write to me at email@example.com
Thumbtack! I found my editor there…do your homework, though, and check reviews!
Hi, if you don’t mind, you can give me the manuscript to edit and proofread. I am Sam, an English Language instructor, and a newspaper editor
Hi Samuel: I just published my second book, entitled HO CHI SEEDS and Other Twisting Vines. It contains two 5-Act plays and 7 other epic poems and aphorisms. 196 Pages. It is dedicated to Vietnam and WWII soldiers; those who survived and those who did not. As well as the families left behind. In the style of J Alfred Prufrock and Brooklonsky Most. Can you help me?
I found the best place to find editors is Upworks, plenty of people to choose from and very competitive pricing. I got an American author for US1,000 and he did everything even put the finished product to Kindle.
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Chris Hall The Editing Hall. Try there. She’s a good editor and affordable.
Reedsy can be good for discovering books, etc. But their reviewers are too expensive, especially for indie authors.
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Go to almost any publishing company and they’ll offer a whole self-publishing package for the prices you’re talking about. By “whole package” I mean editing, printing, and distributing. Don’t make the mistake many make of thinking distribution is the same as marketing. They can get it to the store; you have to move it off the shelf.
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I want to post my book in Amazon, how can l do that
Hey Micah, Check out our guide on how to self-publish on Amazon!
What books cost that much? At that rate, no one could post ratings, reviews, or comments. And no one buys in bulk, except retailers. I HAVE a review. STARK TALES, an Anthology. It’s a mosaic novel about paranormal time travel.
Do you belong to a writers group anywhere? If not, I would strongly recommend it. Writers groups are a good source of information, critiques, and fellowship with like-minded people. Plus, many of them do self publish and can talk you through the process.
Thank you for sharing Mela. Would you be willing to suggest writers groups please?
I have four self-published books that I may be interested in selling on Amazon. Would like some assistance setting it up. They are selling well locally but I want more exposure.
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Fiverr and Upwork I am an Indie author and there are hundreds of qualified editors with reviews on both of those platforms. That is a lot of money unless you are Jk Rowling. Anyone reading this never self publish anything without getting it edited first.
I am a new publisher, just completed my first fiction. Do I have the chances of getting to the top too?
Amazon requires revues only from customers that have spent $50 on their site. Any way around this?
Hello Lawrence, unfortunately there is not a way around this limit to my knowledge.
Is this practice new? My Guild published a book in 2020 and we were able to get a review with a single purchase.
Good info. Very helpful indeed!
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Regarding reviews: you forget that Amazon has a criteria of 50$. If you have not purchased for this amount you are not allowed to make a review. This even though your reader purchased the book.
How do you get around that?
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Hye, what if I wanted to sell ebook of bullet journal (e-planner) ? Can I have any tips or suggestions?
Hi,my books are mostly Christian books namely:Healing,Prosperity, Holiness,Prevailing Prayers etc.They are currently on Amazon but what I earn monthly is almost the amount I spend on promotions/campaigns.
Please how can you help .
Just finished a book on Language Translation. Precisely over 1000 translations from English to to 3 African (Nigerian) languages but I am now confused now on how to sell them. I need your advice on this please
Who decides the pricing of one”s book. My publisher didn’t. I have never put a price on it and I do not where where one goes to do this anyway. I have seen my book advertised all over the internet asking for hideous prices like $54 and down to $35. As a friend said you will never sell your book at that price, But I never priced it so where do I go to set a price on it?
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Hi there.I published my first poetry book Pisces,a month ago.It is available on Amazon.It is an Afrikaans poetry book.I,m looking for online groups or pages for Afrikaans speaking South Aftican expats in USA,UK or Australia who might be interested in buying my e-book on Amazon.Would appreciate some info.
Hi, I liked the article. One of my thoughts is how to protect my book before sending it to be proofread. Can I copywrite it before it is sent to a proofreader? To calm my paranoid writers brain. Thanks. Chris.
Hey Christopher, I think this is something a lot of authors worry about. A few ways to put your mind at ease are to save a version of your work with a date before you send to a proofreader. It’s also a good idea to use a proofreader that has experience and has other authors that can vouch for them.
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I wanted to ask. I have published a book on Amazon. If I buy say $500 worth of books on my account. Does this count as pushing the book into the “Best Seller” list?
Hey Sam, no they will not work as Amazon has checks in place to make sure authors don’t do this.
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This book is significant to me. I wouldn’t boast that it contains the best poems you’ll ever read, but I can ensure you that I have buried a piece of my heart in it. It is a collection of my poems over the years. This was truly a one-man show. From editing it to even designing the cover, I’ve done it all! It took me 3 days in total. They are the proof of my growth and change. This one is written for everyone to resonate, if feasible.
This comment section is so depressing. I hate that social media and begging for reviews is such a factor in being an author today. It really ruins it.
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