To KDP Select or Not? That is the Question
To Do List Beyond Simply Self-Publishing on KDP
- Send email to KDP Support with a request to have them link your Kindle and CreateSpace paperback version. This will ensure they show up on the same page to give your readers both options. This usually doesn't happen without a specfic request from the author, even though Amazon owns both companies.
- Select key categories that are small enough to provide you a place that you can be found by readers that are searching for something new but specific enough to an appropriate genre. I have found best results in sub-sub-sub categories with between 700 and 1,000 other books. Too small and no one is there. Too large and you get lost. If you get on one that is just right, it is relatively easy to stay on the bestseller list for that category.
- Setup your Amazon Author Central profile (both for .com and .co.uk (England)). This is a must to have author credibility. Add photos, a video book intro, rss blog feed (IMPORTANT since all future blog posts will automatically get posted to your Amazon Author Central profile.
- Review keywords you are using for KDP (organic search optimization) and add your subtitle to your KDP listing (and also to createspace when you get that up too). This just provides more keywords for people to find your book.
- Do a competitive pricing analysis with other Kindle eBooks you consider competitors.Not too high and not too low. Remember you are a new author, but don't forget that you don't want to sell at a bargain price, especially if you plan to release other books. Price anchoring is a powerful thing.
- Send out individualized emails soliciting additional Amazon reviews (50-100 emails will result in 5-10 new reviews). This is step one and the highest priority, since it can take several weeks for people to read/review it. I have learned a process where you solicit reviewers of competitor books, and in many cases, they will oblige as long as you give them a free eBook copy.
- Do the same for goodreads