5 BIG Kindle Publishing Mistakes

By on December 8, 2017

If you think your book is ready to be published that’s great! So many authors struggle to get to that stage it really is something to be proud of.

However, it’s always best to approach self-publishing with caution. It’s understandable that you are desperate to get your book out there and seen by as many people as possible. But if you publish without taking the following into consideration you may well be doing your book and yourself a disservice.

So what are the things that you can do to make sure that when you do make your book live on Kindle Publishing that you have done everything right? Here are five big kindle publishing mistakes that authors commonly make - so read on and make sure you avoid them!

Publishing in in the wrong genre or to the wrong audience

When you publish your Kindle book, you need to make sure you give it the best possible chance of reaching readers that are most likely to want to buy it. Get this wrong, and it could mean your book simply won’t sell. Amazon provides lots of information on how to research this - follow their advice and do the work BEFORE you choose where to place it.

2. Not formatting your book correctly. Make your life as easy as possible and get all your formatting as well as editing and error checking done before you publish your book. Getting this wrong can be timely and costly, and you’ll be kicking yourself if you start getting reviews from unhappy customers because your book is full of mistakes.

3. Letting it just sit there and expecting sales to roll in

If you want your Kindle book to be successful you can't just sit back and hope that somehow the sales will start rolling in, You need to be proactive. You need to figure out how to make your book stand out. You need to be creative and imaginative and smart. Remember, whatever kind of book you have written, you are in an extremely competitive market so put the work into marketing and promoting your book, and you’ll see your book do better and better.

4. Not understanding Amazons rules

Amazon has rules about self-published books, and it’s a good idea to read about them, understand them and make peace with them if you want your book to do well. Many authors find their review process frustrating and when reviews get blocked or removed authors can feel like tearing their hair out. Similarly getting bad reviews removed can be tricky (and every good book has at least one bad review!) but it’s important to know when to pick your battles and not waste your time and energy fighting against something that can’t be changed,

5. Giving up.

If your book doesn’t as well as you’d like it to don’t give up. Even if your book does well, to begin with, but the sales peter out, keep on pushing it. Authors who keep marketing their books, who continue to be creative and who have perseverance and determination are the ones who are likely to receive success, in the long run, Failure and setbacks are entirely normal.

It’s a good idea to remind yourself that publishing your book is a tough business, but f you tackle the challenges and obstacles you face head on and keep going regardless, you will learn, grow and become all the better for it - the more you do this, the greater chance of success you have!

Bethany Cadman -author of 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers'

Bethany Cadman -author of 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers'

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