How To Self Publish On Amazon.com
January 3, 2011 Personal Development
Most surveys show that 80% of people want to write a book.
You’ve probably had the same thought a few different times in your life. Maybe you’re one of the few who have actually taken action and seen the process through to completion but most have not.
Today I’m going to give all of you “closet best-selling authors” a simple blue print to get your book on Amazon.com . It’s so easy, a cavemen could do it:)
Keep in mind, I’m going to show you how to publish the book. I’m assuming you already have the information in your mind and ready to get those chapters flowing from your head to your hand. Or, you already have the book written and don’t know how to upload it to Amazon.
Why Amazon? Because it gets a boatload of traffic every day.
One statistic I found said that on average, 4 million people visit Amazon.com each day. That may be a bit high, maybe low – their Alexa ranking is no joke.
Alexa ranks websites by popularity. The lower the number, the more popular the site. Amazon’s Alexa’s ranking is currently 15; meaning there are only 14 other sites on the planet that receive more traffic than Amazon.com
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Aside from the massive amount of traffic going to Amazon, there’s another important reason why you want to self publish using this platform:
- It’s easy
- It lends massive credibility to you and your brand
I teach thousands around the world how to monetize their passion by building a huge brand.
There’s hundreds of ways to do this but if you can hit the ground running with a book – it builds credibility and creates momentum.
Part of my teachings involve contacting local and national media outlets to get your message to the masses.
When you contact TV & radio stations, they’re going to do a bit of research. If you already have a link to your book on Amazon, you’ve saved them the research time and leap-frogged others looking for the same air time.
Think about how it would help your self esteem to see your book online!
I’m not going to teach you how to promote the book today, that’s an entirely separate plan. Getting it published is the first step. So here we go:
Once you have your book saved on your computer, go to CreateSpace.com. Set up your free account and follow the instructions to upload your digital version of your book to the site.
Create space is owned by Amazon.com, everything you upload will be easily sent to Amazon.
Side Note: You can upload audio & video too – we’re just focusing on your book today.
Once you’re ready to have your book uploaded to CreateSpace.com , you’re gong to need graphics completed for the front and back cover. Create Space gives you all the specs to upload your content but you may not be clear on pagination, PSD files, etc.
Take the exact specs Create Space is asking for regarding pagination & graphics and head on over to Elance.com Post your project for graphic artists to bid on. Let them know exactly what you are doing. Include a link to the specs page at CreateSpace.com and welcome all bidders.
You want to outsource all of the uploading.
You’re an author. Stick with brand-building & let others publish your book for you.
You will receive bids from all over the world from Elance providers. It’s up to you how much you want to pay but I’ve had it done many times for different books and never paid more than $50 for the entire publishing process – including PSD files and pagination. I simply gave the specs to potential bidders and explained they need to do the entire job, no exceptions.
I give the Elance provider my username and password to my CreateSpace account to finish the process. If you’re worried about the person having that type of information, just change it once they have uploaded your book.
Amazon will send you a proof of your book in paperback for you to approve. This usually takes about a week to receive your book. Once you review the book, go back to CreatSpace and approve – you’re good to go.
You’re now an Author – Woo Hoo!
Wasn’t that simple?
Now it’s time to put your PR machine to work.
As we discussed last week, you need an online sales funnel – no exceptions. When you begin getting media exposure, you don’t want to be like 99% of all the others on TV. These people have no clue how to capitalize on exposure.
You do not want a brochure site with pretty graphics and pictures of your dogs.
You want a sales machine!
You’re not going to earn significant income as a direct result of your book being on Amazon.com but you will earn lots of income because you’re an author and you know how to promote.
Follow the steps above and work though the process of getting a book online.
If you don’t have a book or feel like you don’t have the time to write one yourself – use any of our 36 books we provide you with PLR rights.
Change all or nothing of the content inside the book.
At the very least, change the title put your name on it and upload to CreateSpace.
You can have your book done in an hour.
Here’s our vault of books with graphics for you to use: The Self Help Vault
You can always write your own original book and follow the steps provided in this post.
Either way – do something! It’s unacceptable to go through another year without taking massive action and separating yourself from the masses.
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