Many of us have taken advantage of POD technology to publish our own books. POD – or Print On Demand – shouldn’t be confused with vanity presses. Although POD publishers don’t have the power or resources of a major publishing house, they can be extremely profitable – especially when the publisher and the author are the same person.
But how can you let the world know that your work is waiting to be discovered?
1 Join Amazon Advantage
What are the requirements for joining Amazon.com Advantage?
- You must have North American distribution rights for each title.
- You must have an e-mail address and internet access.
- You must have a scannable ISBN/EAN/UPC barcode on every item
- You must comply with Membership Agreement and Rules and Instructions
How much does Advantage cost, and what are the terms?
There is an annual fee of $29.95 to be a member of Advantage. Your fee includes unlimited title enrollment, access to our Vendor Services team, and access to the Vendor web site to manage your account. The standard terms for Advantage vendors is 55% – you keep 45% of the List Price. That means that Amazon.com is entitled to 55% of the List Price for each unit that sells. You, the vendor, receive 45% of the List Price. You set the List Price, also known as Suggested Retail Price, of your products, and all payments made to you are calculated based on the List Price. If Amazon.com decides to further reduce the sales price to the customer below the List Price, the customer discount comes out of Amazon.com’s percentage. For example, if the List Price is $39.95, you will make $17.98 from each copy sold, even if the Customer Price or Our Price on Amazon.com is discounted from the List Price.
2 Sell Your Book on eBay
Learn about best practices for selling on eBay through Cindy Shebley’s classes and by joining OSI Rock Stars.
Also recommended — 5 Steps to Success by Cindy Shebley
3 Create a Blog About Your Book
Use a WordPress blog (free) to promote your book. This will be easy to set up, is keyword and search engine optimized, and can be updated without any knowledge of web sites or web site software.
This is Part 1 of a 3 part Series