How I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks

The #1 Marketing book specifically designed for Amazon’s KDP Select program.

In March 2012 one Canadian author boldly went where few have gone before–into the land of making real money with Amazon’s KDP Select program.

This is her story…

My name is Cheryl Kaye Tardif and I am an international bestselling suspense author who earned over $42,000 dollars in March 2012 selling ebooks via Amazon’s KDP Select program, captured the interest of a major literary agency, and went on to sign with a foreign rights agent. And I’m about to tell you HOW I did all that.

I don’t normally tell people how much money I make, but I believe writers need to know it IS possible to earn a real income from your books. Seriously, if I can do it, anyone can–if you have the right combination of criteria and techniques.

In this book, I’ll share with you what I believe are four key elements you must have in place to see high sales. And I’ll reveal the strategic techniques I used during my KDP Select promotions that resulted in earning over $42,000–with $32,000 of that from ONE title alone.

Not only did I earn over $42,000 in ebook sales, I was contacted by Trident Media, one of the leading literary agencies in New York. The chairman, Robert Gottlieb, saw my success when my one title made #4 in the Top 100 Bestselling Kindle ebooks, right under The Hunger Games trilogy. I am now represented by agent Adrienne Lombardo.

UPDATE: 24/08/12: I’ve now earned over $150,000 in 7 months! And I signed with Trident Media. I was also contacted by the senior editor at a “big 6″ publishing company because of my success on Amazon.

So, if you’re ready to earn some real money with Select, let’s begin…

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3 Responses to How I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks

  1. Too much spam! I began following the author of this book on Twitter as soon as I downloaded the book. Before I was 10% in to the book, I had unfollowed the author again. Her timeline consisted almost entirely of the same message- buy my book. The tweets were on the hour, every hour (something she recommends doing in the book), and went on for days and days. I scrolled through her tweets on the day I unfollowed her- I had to go through two days of tweets to find one ‘not ‘related to one of her books (it was encouraging followers to buy a book by another author) and I think it took me another day of tweets to find a tweet (one, solitary tweet) which was personal, part of a conversation with another human being.It wasn’t a good start to the book.While “experimenting” with KDP Select* the author wrote blog posts outlining what she was doing and the results she was seeing. While interesting, these were simply copied and pasted into the book- they weren’t edited or reformatted. This was annoying to read, because it meant that what should have been links to previous blog posts appeared on my Kindle as a list of the posts, which I had read just three pages previously.The posts are interesting, but really, there’s little in them which is applicable to the reader. It’s all her experience, which is great, and I think seeing other author’s sales figures is fascinating (BTW, if that’s something you’re also interested in, you should check out are The Newbie’s Guide To Publishing).The marketing advice bothered me, and is what brought the rating down to just two stars. It seems ‘very’ spammy to me. Let me give you some examples; When pitching them, say something like” I saw you liked (author). Me too. In fact, he inspired me to write (name of novel) (Amazon URL shortened) ‘Or…. Since you enjoy (author) I think you may like (name of novel)(Amazon URL).Now, I’ve actually gotten a few tweets like this, and I have never clicked a single one, not even when the name-dropped author is one of my all-time favourites. Why? Because a) it’s spammy, and who in their right mind clicks a suspicious looking link on Twitter? and b) it’s rude.The author also advocates visiting your book’s Amazon page, listing the books and authors listed under “Customers who bought this also bought…” searching for those books and authors on Twitter, and contacting them in the above way, with the caveat that the tweets should be worded differently each time, and made personal. If I got a tweet like that which included my name, I still wouldn’t click it. It still feels spammy to me.The book also advocates scheduling tweets in advance using HootSuite, to go out hourly. This is the exact behaviour which made me unfollow the author. I don’t recommend this to anyone. Now, I’m not a bestselling author, never will be, but I am your audience. Don’t do this, please. If I had seen the author’s tweets before buying this book, I would never have contemplated reading it.I should add that there is a paragraph in the book advising readers not to spam anyone, and another paragraph advising people to build relationships with Twitter users before contacting them, but I think the other advice outweighs it, and brings the overall spam rating up.There is a chapter dedicated entirely to finding friends on social networks. Some advice is sound- follow publishers, agents, reviewers, other authors. Some of it is a little strange- search for people who share your characters’ names on Facebook and Twitter, add them as a friend or follow them, then comment on their wall “(for ALL to see). Let them know that they have the same name as your character. Tell them a but about this character and your book. Invite them to order it online- leave the link- and offer to send them an autographed bookplate or bookmark. You can do this in stages, replying to the friend.”Now, maybe this worked for the author, I’m assuming it did, if she achieved the sales figures she says she did. I am not friends with anyone on Facebook that I have not met personally. I wouldn’t add anyone as a friend unless I knew them, and if I added someone I didn’t know, and then got a link on my page (for ALL to see) I would block them there and then.The author assures the reader that she has sent many autographed bookplates and bookmarks to readers who share her characters’ names, and they’re always thrilled to receive it. Maybe they are- but I wouldn’t want an autograph from someone who spammed my page, and whose writing I haven’t read (because if I had read, there would be no need for the author to spam me). Now, if it was George R.R. Martin, that might be a different story…The author makes it very clear in several places that she views writing as a business- she’s trying to make a profit, and I take no issue with that. She is perfectly entitled to do…

  2. Great read, great pep talk, great numbers As soon as I saw the title “How I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks” with actual numbers, I didn’t think twice about sending this $2.99-priced book to my iPad.I stayed up late and read it whilst I did my hair weave and finished it in one sitting.If anything, it was a wonderful pep-talk that gave me great motivation and advice to stick with it and continue to create those Kindle books that I’ve already published (under my pen name) — and I plan to publish more.Cheryl was very practical in giving lots of real numbers from her blog, which detailed her KDP Select journey, and inside she reveals that book that earned $32,000 of that $42K as well.I love it when writers give real numbers.Plus, Cheryl is practical about how much she promotes her books — and gives good tips on how to promote your own. Although I may not take the Twitter route as much as she did and focus more on the SEO of Amazon search engine suggestions and stuff (something I think that helped her book “The River” really sell well), it still helped tremendously to hear her philosophy on promotion vs. spamming vs. good out and out marketing.The book also has a list of great resources of places that you can alert to your KDP Select free days. I plan on using that the next time I’m promotion my books’ free days. And just like the author, I experienced increased sales after participating in the free days.Plus, I’d like to advise Kindle book authors who don’t do so already to include their Amazon Associates affiliate links within their tomes of the books and products they recommend therein (that is, if they are still in a state that approves the Amazon Associates referral program) — why not make more money off the referral fees as well as the book sales?Anyway, great job, Cheryl, and thank you for this book. Well worth it.

  3. K. Costello "sbkris"

    Very worthwhile and educational! Nice writing style too! Really enjoyed this book. Well written, feels like the Author is talking to you personally. Honest and full of very interesting ideas and lots of great links.I’m looking forward to trying out her suggestions. Switched over my Ebook to KDP, so we’ll see…Well worth the 3 $ investment.

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