I'm going to hold off until the end of the month in posting all the results from the month, and some of the tests I'm doing, but I will post a few links here to materials that were helpful in either navigating Amazon's processes, tweaking the sale page, etc, if you're hanging around the site for that:
- First, while I'm generally allergic to how-to books, The Indie Author's Guide to the Universe by Jeff Bennington was a great overview of what to do and not to do when approaching Amazon's program. In particular, there were some good, tactical instructions here on dealing with your Amazon page that I didn't see anywhere else. Typical me, I read this after I already had everything set up online. But, the great thing about digital publishing for me means it's never too late to change something you screw up.
- Same for Make A Killing On Kindle (Without Blogging, Facebook Or Twitter) by Michael Alvear. I read this one pretty fast, and think a lot of the info is redundant with what you can find elsewhere online, but there were some good practical tips here that I ended up implementing, including at least one good one that Jeff didn't mention. (Full disclosure: I have not made a killing yet.)
- Joe Konrath's blog is very well known in the indie-publishing world, and many of you are probably reading it already. If not, check it out--he's a great cheerleader for someone considering making the leap into independent publishing.
- Kate Aaron also has some great intro advice in her post 45 Top Tips for Self-Publishing on Amazon.
More soon--stay tuned! (And thanks again for reading...)