Closed for business: Two big things that could penalize your Amazon author account (and how to prevent them)

Make no mistake. If you have heard me speak before almost anywhere or read anything I have to say about writing, I emphasize one thing above all else:

“You can be as artsy as you want to be while you are writing your book, but once it is finished, it is a product. A product you must distribute and market in order for it to sell.”

There’s another part to this reality of writing as a business: the number one distributor of ebooks remains Amazon, and for most authors about 80% of their sales would disappear, should the online giant refuse to sell their work. Discoverability on Amazon is the number one trick authors, publishers, and book marketers are trying to crack. Of course, if it works on Amazon, the same method will likely increase sales on iBooks and Nook as well, provided an author even offers their books for…

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5 thoughts on “Closed for business: Two big things that could penalize your Amazon author account (and how to prevent them)

  1. Thanks Chris for the comprehensive list. I particularly note the spike info – if a radio, tv or other promotion results in a big number of e-book purchases then your suggestion re spikes (of advising Amazon prior or at least when numbers start rising) helpful. I’m on radio on the 26th August and a spike in sales would be great – I’ll keep watch … 🙂

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