Increasing Book Sales through Various Amazon Platforms
Increasing book sales usually sparks a discussion about book promotion and marketing methods. However, there are some different platforms you could try that could potentially increase sales and boost your income at the same time. Here are some Amazon publishing platforms that could broaden your book’s audience.
Kindle Singles are ideal for self-publishing short stories or novellas. Your story won’t automatically be published, as it would with KDP. Instead, you need to submit your original, unpublished short story to Kindle Singles for consideration.
Amazon states that the minimum accepted word count is 2,500 words, but they prefer to see longer word counts between 5,000 and 10,000 words in their Singles range. Kindle Singles should be priced between 0.99c and $4.99. Amazon pay 70% royalty for Kindle Singles, even if your Single is priced below $2.99.
You can learn more about Kindle Singles here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html
Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)
The KDP platform gives you the freedom to publish your own books and take control of your own royalties. You simply upload your book files and cover graphic. Choose your own price for your books and write a brief description or blurb. Press submit and your book should be available for sale in the Kindle eBookstore in around 24-48 hours.
Technically, the minimum word count Amazon will accept for a novel into Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is 2,500. You can set your own price for your books in the Kindle eBookstore. Books priced between $0.99c and $2.98 earn 30% royalty on sales. Books priced over $2.99 will earn 70% royalty on sales.
You can learn more about Kindle Direct Publishing here: https://kdp.amazon.com/
If you enroll your ebook into the KDP Select program, it will automatically be included in the KU/KOLL programs. In order to qualify for the KDP Select program your book must be available exclusively through Amazon and can’t be distributed digitally anywhere else.
Kindle Unlimited (KU) is a subscription program for readers that allows them to read as many books as they want during the subscription period. That’s great for voracious readers who devour several books each week. Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL) allows people who own Kindle readers to borrow one book per month with no due date.
Payment is based on the number of pages read. It’s difficult to estimate how much you’re paid per page read, but it’s approximately between $0.005 and $0.015 per page read.
You can learn more about KDP Select here: https://kdp.amazon.com/select
Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX)
You can turn your book into an audio book with Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX). You get to decide how your audio book is produced and who narrates it. You can even choose to narrate it yourself, if you prefer.
Your audio book will earn 40% royalty on net revenues if you choose to distribute it exclusively through ACX, so it will be listed on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. If you choose non-exclusive distribution in order to make your audio book available through other channels as well, the royalty amount drops to 25%. Earnings may also be impacted if you choose a royalty-share option with a producer.
Prices for audiobooks are based on hours and are usually priced as follows:
- Under 1 hour: less than $7
- 1-3 hours: $7 - $10
- 3-5 hours: $10 - $20
- 5-10 hours: 415-$25
- 10-20 hours: $20-$30
- Over 20 hours: $25-$35
You can learn more about turning your ebooks into audio books with ACX here: http://www.acx.com/help/how-it-works/200484210
Kindle Worlds lets you get paid for writing fan fiction. It’s true. You can choose any of the Worlds that have been licensed by Amazon. Submit an original story inspired by popular books, films, TV shows or games and sell it on Amazon.
Your story needs to include one or more copyrightable elements of the World you’re writing within, such as characters, settings or events. Your story needs to be more than 10,000 words long.
Some of the licensed Worlds available include:
- Vampire Diaries
- Gossip Girl
- Pretty LIttle Liars
- Shadow Ops
- Codename: Chandler
- Vampire for Hire
- Veronica Mars
- Atlantis: The Origin Mystery
- Dare to Love
- Game for Love
Your fan fiction story could earn 35% of net revenues through Kindle Worlds. Most stories are priced between $0.99 and $3.99, depending on length
You can learn more about Kindle Worlds here: https://kindleworlds.amazon.com/how
CreateSpace is Amazon’s print-on-demand publishing arm. You can choose to have your book printed out into trade paperback on demand as orders arrive. You simply upload your formatted book files and cover graphics and make it available for sale on Amazon. When a reader buys your book, CreateSpace prints a copy and ships it directly to the buyer.
All the manufacturing and shipping is taken care of and your book remains in stock all the time. The royalty amounts paid will vary, but there is a royalty calculator available here: https://www.createspace.com/Products/Book/Index.jsp#content6:earningRoyaltiesVideo
You can learn more about publishing your book through CreateSpace here: https://www.createspace.com/
There are plenty of ways to increase book sales and boost your story’s earnings, especially when you’re not restricted to publishing on digital platforms. Expand your book’s availability and reach out to entirely new markets and readers you may have missed out on and it could increase book sales more than you hoped.