If you're self-publishing some of or all of your works, you might know to have your books on Amazon (any price), B & N ($2.99 or more), and Kobo ($1.99 or more) at a higher percentage of the sales price.
Smashwords pays more for B & N for books priced at less than $2.99, and for Kobo books priced at less than $1.99.
But right now, Kobo is offering even a better deal! So here it is!
From Sept. 1 to Nov. 30, 2012, you'll earn 80% in place of 70%! (Adjustments will only appear in your statement of earnings) --books priced $1.99 or more.
I only just learned of it, so trying to get them up there now. But even so, you get 60% on titles at Smashwords for the $1.99+ instead of 70% and every little percentage counts! I've only started with my most popular books on Kobo for now--all the vampire books and the YA fae series. Which makes 12 books. I'll add more (another 12 books) as I have more time. They're still up at Kobo through Smashwords, but as soon as they have been "published" through Kobo, I'll opt out of carrying them at Smashwords.
The good thing about having your titles on these sites when you can instead of having them go through the premium channel at Smashwords is that if you need to make changes--sales price, cover, ebook, you can do so without it taking forever for the change to take effect.
Also, instead of waiting a month to see how many sales you've made, and waiting three months to receive that payment, you can learn of sales as they happen on a much more timely basis. Sure, we don't need another distraction, though one of my students said that she receives an email notifying her when she sells so she doesn't have to check out the publisher site on an hourly basis.
But it is important to know if any of our promotional efforts are working! So if I do a promo of some sort for a book, and don't know for 3 months if it was a success or not, that doesn't help me. Sure, I see the ranking go way down on Amazon for the book (which indicates it's selling), but I still haven't any idea if the cost of the promotion has me in the red and whether doing another one like that will help or not.
All Romance Ebooks is another great site to set up an account. I was going to also do Apple and signed up for it, but realized I needed a Mac computer to upload files, so that was the end of that!
Another thing you can do is sell print books--I've started to do a few of those on my more popular titles, all the fae, and starting with the historical books. Different books will do well in different formats. It's free, so it doesn't cost anything, unless I want premium distribution and that's $25 per book. Those go to other sites other than Amazon, but the amount I make on them is very small. I just broke even on print books since the cost of premium distribution used to cost $39 per title.
Some successfully sell a lot of autographed books off their own website. You've got to make sure you charge sales tax and keep up with all that paperwork, plus you'll need to ship, which can take up some time. But some really sell a lot that way, so it's a viable option.
Audiobooks, also. But you have to have a really good narrator or it can kill the sales of your audiobooks.
But the best thing you can do for sales?
Write the next book!
Any other ideas?
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