Buying our books from Amazon

We are often asked if our books can be bought from Amazon. The answer is YES of course. We know that most people buy from Amazon and have always considered them as our major sales outlet particularly for eBooks of which they have over 80% of the market.

It sometimes takes a few days after the publication date before the print book is listed but almost immediately for the eBook version. It also takes a few sales before Amazon will stock the book for quick delivery – so although it will be listed, the delivery time may be a longer wait than normal or even be ‘out of stock’. However, in our experience, this delay is usually fixed and reduced pretty quickly.

Reviews

Getting good reviews on Amazon is a vital part of marketing books and this can take time. It is also important to note that reviews can only be posted by people who have purchased a book from Amazon (ie. a confirmed purchase) Reviews cannot be posted by non-amazon customers or by us the publisher.

Our books can always be ordered from Amazon. See the sample below.

BookBub: Promoting your book.

As part of our series on helping authors market their books, this article is about BookBub. Get in touch if you want us to run a marketing campaign using this service. We have found it can be very effective for certain types of books and for reaching new audiences especially when the book is first published. The costs (from £50) are, for our service running the campaigns for you, plus the cost of the ‘pay per clicks’ system used by BookBub. This is controlable by region, reader type, genre and budget limited.

What is BookBub?

For Authors & Publishers: BookBub lets authors and publishers connect with millions of power readers to find new fans and sell more books. The marketing tools can help increase a book’s revenue, boost a book up a bestseller list, hook readers into a series, build new release buzz, grow an author’s following, and more!

How does BookBub work?

Readers join for free by providing their email address and choosing their favorite genres, authors, and retailers at BookBub.com. Once signed up, BookBub alerts them to the limited-time discounts, new releases, and preorders on books matching their preferences. Readers can also browse BookBub.com for customized recommendations from people they trust, like authors, editors, and friends. When they see a book they like, they click through to their book retailer of choice and purchase the book from there.

What kinds of books are selected for BookBub’s Featured Deals?

BookBub features a wide range of books across more than four dozen genres. From mysteries to biographies, romance to cookbooks, children’s books to science fiction, BookBub’s selections represent the best of each category. How does BookBub choose which books to select for Featured Deals? Publishers and authors submit hundreds of book deals every day for consideration. BookBub’s editorial team reviews each of these submissions in detail to determine the best ones, taking into account a number of factors, including the book’s critical acclaim, price point, reader reviews, author background, and cover design. The editorial team evaluates the subject matter of a book based on historical reader reaction for that genre.

How does BookBub make money?

Publishers and authors pay BookBub to use their marketing tools. Fees vary based on the product, the book, and a number of other factors.

Does BookBub sell books?

No. BookBub simply alerts its members to the books that its editorial team selects as the best. Readers purchase and download books from their retailer of choice. BookBub works with all major ebook retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, and Kobo.


If this of interest to you get in touch! and we can discuss a campaign and suitable budget.


Merchandise

Check out our new branded merchandise!

Promoting your book

Marketing and promoting your books and getting reviews is always difficult. There is a new service (see below) that might help with this. Give it a try!

StoryOrigin

Story Origin

StoryOrigin helps authors securely distribute review copies and free ebooks, plus it offers a community where you can discover and coordinate group promotions and newsletter swaps. It’s still in beta right now and available for free (but it won’t be free forever).

Using Amazon Author Central

About Author Central

We think it is essential for authors to create a profile and an author page on Amazon. Easy to folllow instruction on how to do this from Amazon is repeated here. As the publisher we cannot do this ‘for authors’.

What you can do on Author Central

The Author Page on Amazon provides a handy place for customers to learn about you. Helping readers to get to know you is an effective way to introduce them to—or better educate them about—your books. On the Author Page, essential information about authors is displayed—including bibliographies, biographies, author photos, and even feeds to blog posts.

You use Author Central to personalize the contents of the Author Page dedicated to your books.

Here’s how to start:

  1. Set up your Author Central account if you haven’t already done so.
  2. In Author Central, click the Profile tab. You’ll see sections for adding or changing your biography, photos, videos, speaking or other events, and blog feeds.
  3. Click the add or edit link next to a section. Instructions appear, along with space to add information.

If you don’t add information to a section, that section does not appear on the Author Page. Sections are always available in Author Central so you can add or change the information later.

Getting an Author Page for your books

The creation process for an Author Page starts as soon as you sign up for Author Central. It can take 3 to 5 days for the Author Page to appear on the Amazon.com site. You can begin adding content to an Author Page as soon as you sign up. Once your Author Central account is set up and approved by a publisher, changes appear on the Author Page within 24 hours of the time you add them in Author Central.

Adding or changing content

Enrolling your book in Search Inside the Book

If you hold the copyright and marketing/promotion rights to your book and would like to enroll it in Search Inside, you can enroll it here.

Linking to Amazon’s Author Pages

You should link to the Author Page from your website, because we think the Author Page is a great place for readers to access all editions of your work. You can use your Author Page URL in your profiles on sites like Facebook and Twitter, or promote your Author Page using services such as Google Ads or Facebook Ads, subject to the policies of those advertising service providers.