Links, My Books, Promotion

Sell More Kindle Books with Better Links

I’ve been reading book marketing tips for three years, but recently I learned something that made me want to do the “V8” forehead smack. If you sell your ebooks on Amazon, but only link to the book page in your own country, do you know you might be missing sales?

linksI live in the US, but if I click on a Kindlebook link that leads to the Amazon UK page, I won’t be able to buy the ebook. If I’m observant enough, I might see a notice on right-hand of the page telling me I can only shop at Amazon.com. BUT if I click on the link provided, it doesn’t take me to the page for the ebook I was looking at on Amazon UK, no,  it takes me to the Amazon Kindle storefront! It works the same for all Amazon stores.

So, if I post only Amazon US links on my blog or social media accounts hoping to entice readers to buy my ebook I’m probably discouraging or, at least, frustrating my friends and contacts who live outside the US. If they are interested in my ebook and click the US link I provided, they might very well think the book is not available for them to buy. Bad news, right? BUT …

Did you know you can easily create a universal link that will direct the potential buyer to the page for your Kindlebook in their country’s Amazon store?

I know of two free services where you can create these links: BookLinker and SmartURL. I learned about these through this blog post by Jason Matthews, which includes step-by-step videos to show you how it’s done. I used BookLinker and in a couple of minutes had a universal link to use on my blog, social media accounts, and my other Kindlebooks.

BookLinker is simpler to use. You can create an Author page link or Amazon Associate links also.  An advantage to using SmartURL is that you can create a link to your Amazon reviews page and use it in your ebooks to encourage readers to leave a review. So, though my new book link is through BookLinker, I’ll also be creating a review page link through SmartURL and updating my ebooks.

And don’t forget to make a universal link for your print version too. Although Amazon may allow you to buy a print book from any of its stores, who wants to pay international shipping if they don’t have to?

The Brevity of Roses: A man discovers himself through the two women he loves.Okay, so how am I initiating use of my new links? By running a book sale, of course. For the next five days (1-5 September) The Brevity of Roses ebook is free! (Remember Amazon has a free Kindle app, so you don’t have to have a Kindle to read Kindlebooks.)

Illusion_2014_widgetWhat’s better than one sale? Two sales! So also this week, I’ll be running a Kindle Countdown Deal on An Illusion of Trust ebook! The price starts at $.99 cents and will rise to $1.99 midweek before returning to its regular price at midnight PST on Sunday. (UK price will be £ .99 VAT-inclusive for the duration, with the sale ending at midnight GMT on Sunday.)

Go ahead, readers, click my links!

 

Linda

 

Fiction, My Books, Novel, Writing

Brevity’s less than a buck!

Yes, brevity means less time, but for the next few days it also means less money. That’s right; my debut novel, The Brevity of Roses, is on sale today through Tuesday for only 99-cents!

In case you’re new around here and don’t know anything about this novel, which was the mainstream fiction runner-up in the 2013 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent Book Awards, here’s the back cover blurb:

The Brevity of Roses: A man discovers himself through the two women he loves.In this contemporary tale of love, loss, and redemption, a desperate man discovers his salvation lies in an unlikely source.

Jalal Vaziri has looks, money, women–and a habit of running from reality. Convinced he’s only running from a father who hates him, a career mistake, and endless partying, he abandons Wall Street and reinvents himself as a poet in a California beach house. A fresh start is all he needs. When Meredith, an intriguing older woman enters his life, he believes all his dreams are coming true. But too soon those dreams dissolve into nightmare. Jalal flees again. He’s nearing the point of no return when young and feisty Renee blocks his retreat and challenges him to finally face the truth about what he’s trying to outrun.

You can also download here a sample to your Kindle or click LOOK INSIDE to read the first 32 pages.

If you’ve read Brevity and enjoyed it, would you please share this post on Facebook, Twitter, etc. to let your friends and followers know about the sale? Thanks for your support.

Linda

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