You finally did it! You dotted the last ‘I’ crossed the final ‘T’ and uploaded your book to Amazons kindle publishing platform.
Here are 3 things you should, without fail, avoid doing if you want your book to be taken seriously, whether it’s your first time publishing or your 100th.
Arguing With Reviewers
Yes that review was awful.
Did the reviewer have to use that analogy, insult your mother, and accuse you of not knowing the difference between “there” and “their”?
NO, but that’s how some reviewers do things, and don’t be surprised if you get a bad review.
Arguing with them, will do nothing for your book or yourself.
Instead of typing a heated response, get up and walk away from the computer for a few minutes.
Take a walk, clean the bathroom, wash the car. Do anything but fuel the argument.
The question is. How does anybody even know you saw the review.
If you don’t acknowledge it in any way? At worse, your silence tells people that you aren’t paying attention. At best they’ll think you’re too professional to respond to that nonsense.
Paying For Reviews
Book review sites often require a certain number of reviews before they’ll even consider your book.
With most publishing platforms, having reviews usually boost your books rank, making it more visible to potential readers.
And, hey, reviews are just nice to have.
There are inexpensive ways to get authentic reviews. Book review sites take free copies in exchange for honest feedback.
In your books end-matter, ask readers to leave reviews on their favorite sites.
You can even give away copies on your own site or social media account and ask that recipients post honest reviews in exchange.
What you shouldn’t do is pay for those reviews
For starters, that violates most, if not all the book publishing platforms TOS (Terms of Service) which can get you kicked off their sites.
Another problem is that, if and when people find out you paid, they’ll look at all the reviews with suspicion.. did anybody actually read your book?
Using Poor Quality Covers For Your Kindle Publishing Campaigns
- Yes, book covers can be expensive.
- Okay, you may not have a huge budget, unlike the publishing houses.
- Agreed, covers may not be the most important part of the book, the stories are.
Still, an attractive and professional looking cover adds that professional touch to your novel.
So, unless you’re a graphic designer, avoid opening up “paint” or some other program and attempting to design a cover that looks like a 3 year old did.
Why sabotage all the hard work you put in to writing your novel with a crappy looking cover.
Having a professional looking cover done for you is definitely worth it.
Kindle Publishing Provides Another Revenue Stream
Creating multiple revenue streams in your online business is something you should be considering, and kindle publishing is a great way to do this.
No doubt.. writing books does take time and work, but the rewards can be worth waiting for.