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Howdy. I'm a new member here. I've got one book self-published on Amazon's Kindle Select program. I published it on Jan 19, 2015 or two months ago. As of today I'm at a combined 484 sales/KU/KOLL. I have no idea if that's good, bad or meh, but I'm fairly pleased since I've been doing virtually no promoting or marketing.

I updated my info on the author page, but I don't know how to get my photo included, and I also haven't figured out how to add my book, or link to it. Any advice would be appreciated. :)
 

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Welcome, Sean!

If you're talking about adding photos here on KBoards, now that you've made one post, you should be able to edit your profile to include a profile picture. Go to Profile in the top menu and select Forum Profile from the drop down menu (or go here: http://www.kboards.com/index.php?action=profile;area=forumprofile) and add a picture. You can either upload from your computer directly or copy a picture somewhere from the internet. Max size is 140x160 pixels--if the picture is too large, the forum software won't be able to shrink it and the upload will fail.

The easiest way to add a book to your signature is by using our author signature tool, found in the top menu under Authors, or found here: http://www.kboards.com/authorsig

EDIT: You can also handcraft your signature using the tutorial that Emily provided. :D

Be sure to read our Forum Decorum for more information!

Welcome again--please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

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Thanks! Great help with links did the trick.

Now I can try to figure out this whole "marketing" and "promoting" thing to see if I can increase my sales. I guess that's the real trick. :)
 

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You're doing very well for just starting out. The real key to success is to write more books. This self-publishing thing is a marathon, not a sprint. Welcome to KB!
 

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You're doing very well for just starting out. The real key to success is to write more books. This self-publishing thing is a marathon, not a sprint. Welcome to KB!
This is the best advice you'll get. You could waste money promoting one book a great deal--if you have it in you, get onto the next one while promoting, or use the time/money/energy you'd spend on promoting in writing more.

(I publish every few weeks and can only sustain visibility and income by doing so, really)

And your numbers are great. Congrats!
 

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I started working on Book II in the series on Feb 23 (I had spent the month after publishing working on another book in a different genre, which I have put aside for now). I'm at 54,000 words on it and expect to have it ready for editing next month, and published in May. Then I'll start on Book III. Up until recently I pretty much ignored my published book, figuring that it wouldn't sell at all. I had planned on getting the second book finished, then making the first book free to seed my "fan base" (I can't say stuff like that without rolling my eyes...) and trying to sell book II. But for some reason, people started buying the first book. Now I'm wondering if I should try to "catch the wave" and push it to get even better sales.
 

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You just made me want to read your book.  It was the seed your fan base that did it.
 

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I started working on Book II in the series on Feb 23 (I had spent the month after publishing working on another book in a different genre, which I have put aside for now). I'm at 54,000 words on it and expect to have it ready for editing next month, and published in May. Then I'll start on Book III. Up until recently I pretty much ignored my published book, figuring that it wouldn't sell at all. I had planned on getting the second book finished, then making the first book free to seed my "fan base" (I can't say stuff like that without rolling my eyes...) and trying to sell book II. But for some reason, people started buying the first book. Now I'm wondering if I should try to "catch the wave" and push it to get even better sales.
If you haven't already, put a note in the back of book one to give an idea of when two will come out---and if you don't have a mailing list, start one! :)
 

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You're off to a fantastic start, Sean ... congratulations! (And welcome aboard.) :)
 

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Oh and here are some jelly beans to welcome you.
 

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Welcome! I'm relatively new here as well, but I'm starting to get the hang of it. I'm learning a lot along the way as I'm sure you will too. People on the boards are great. I run nearly every question I have by them because they're pros :) Best of luck to you!!! And great numbers!
 

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Well, thanks for the kind words. Every day I expect my sales to drop back to nothing, but so far I've been able to sell about 20 a day for the last few weeks. If that keeps up, I'll be a happy writer. :) At 15 today so far, so keeping fingers crossed. And I'll keep pounding out words on Book II. Indiecognito, you're the second person to recommend that I add a "teaser" to the end of Book I. I keep meaning to do that, but whenever I crank up my word processor, I want to write Book II.

How the heck do you build a mailing list? And is that still the best way to go in a world of Facebook and Twitter?
 

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Well, thanks for the kind words. Every day I expect my sales to drop back to nothing, but so far I've been able to sell about 20 a day for the last few weeks. If that keeps up, I'll be a happy writer. :) At 15 today so far, so keeping fingers crossed. And I'll keep pounding out words on Book II. Indicognito, you're the second person to recommend that I add a "teaser" to the end of Book I. I keep meaning to do that, but whenever I crank up my word processor, I want to write Book II.

How the heck do you build a mailing list? And is that still the best way to go in a world of Facebook and Twitter?
Sean, I'd open up a list on Mailchimp (there's a thread here somewhere and if I had the time I'd hunt for it--it explains it very simply though it's not a tough process). Once you have it, put the link to the signup in the front and back of your book. Say something like "For information on new releases and special offers, sign up for my mailing list."

People will sign on and bob's your uncle.

Facebook is good if you find reader groups that are interested in your genre. Twitter is a lot of author spam and better for posting tweets about other things like your new puppy, your Kim Kardashian obsession or your hatred of Kim Kardashian and puppies, IMO. People tend to ignore repeated posts about books. Unless they're by Kanye West.
 

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Hmm.... sounds like maybe today I take a break from "Warlock" and do some clever updates to "Warrior" to tease readers and get email addresses. OK. I'll get right on that. :)
 
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