Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Relatively New Amazon/Twitter Benefits for All Authors and Their Books


You have probably noticed that I encourage authors--traditionally published and self-published authors-- to use all the benefits Amazon offers them—even if you’re not much of an Amazon fan. That includes helping one another out (and encouraging fellow writers and friends) to add your book to their Wish Lists. Why? Because it helps your exposure and your algorithms on Amazon.com, that’s why. Here’s a recent message I gleaned from a recent e-mail direct from Amazon about the new Twitter/Amazon partnership that will help you with that:

Here's how to let Twitter Make Using Amazon Wish List Easy

To Add to your wish list directly from Twitter:
 
  1. Find a tweet containing an Amazon product link
  2. Hit the reply butoone with and include an Amazon hashtag like this: #AmazonWishList
  3. The item gets added to you Amazon Wish List and you can go back and shop later—easily. No forgetting. No extra steps.

Of course, you can also do this when you’re browsing Amazon, too. Just go to any buypage on Amazon and click on the oval Wish List button located on the right of every buy page. How about trying it with one of mine at http://bit.ly/FrugalBookPromo. Doing so benefits you, too: Your own icon may appear at the top of those same buy pages—with links to YOUR page or Amazon profile! One click benefits all.

 

PS: Kindle Unlimited is relatively new, too. This new Amazon feature is another reason I hang in there with Kindle Select, even if it means giving Amazon an exclusive on my e-books (not my paperbacks!). Their Kindle Unlimited is now also available on Amazon.co.uk (United Kingdom and Ireland), too.  They say these customers "will be able to read as many books as they want from a library of over 650,000 titles [when they are]  subscribed to Kindle Unlimited. All books enrolled in KDP Select with publishing rights in the United Kingdom will be automatically included in Kindle Unlimited on Amazon.co.uk.
"Just so you know, you earn a share of the KDP Select global fund each time a customer accesses your book from Kindle Unlimited and reads more than 10% of the book they order—about the length of reading the free sample available in Kindle books—as opposed to a payout when the book is simply downloaded."
I say, this feature exposes your book to a whole new audience of book lovers willing to pay a monthly fee to access e-books! (-: and you still get your royalty--or more.  


----- Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including the award-winning second edition of, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher; The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor .

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