At long last, writers do not have to go through the demanding and discouraging process of submitting their book only to receive a 1000 rejections. With today’s technology, it’s easy for writers to publish their own book(s).
But along with the success of publishing your book comes heavy competition. Many writers and even marketers have got on the band wagon of self publishing.
Not that long ago, I wrote an eBook before electronic books were prevalent. I had a rather large research book about the supply and demand of all jobs throughout the nation.
It would have been a great seller except for one thing. No-one, not even Amazon, knew what an eBook was. Plus, they definitely didn’t have the software to sell my electronic book.
Although I was way ahead of my time, it didn’t do me any good if I couldn’t market my book. Back in 2010, e-books continued to advance in their own underground markets. An eBook was generally distributed via public domain. In fact, it wasn’t until 2003 that libraries began offering free downloadable popular fiction and non-fiction e-books to the public. But I wanted to sell my book and not give it away!
It was in 2007 that Amazon launched the Kindle. According to an article by TeleRead, American eBook sales in 2007 jumped to $31.7 million or 23.6 percent higher than in 2006. Moreover, U.S. libraries that made eBooks available nearly doubled within 5 years, climbing from 38.3% in 2007 to 67.2% in 2011.
Today, eBook sales numbers are staggering. Rendering a report posted in Yahoo finance, “While total eBook revenue was unchanged, the number of eBooks sold rose 10% to 513 million. That represented 22.1% of all trade books sold last year, up from 19.7% in 2012.”
Big Competition Means Better Marketing
With that much of an increase in eBook sales, you can image the fierce competition. Even if you have a #1 bestseller,without good marketing, your book will be lost amongst the millions of other eBooks. One of the best ways to market your book is with positive reviews. When you have positive reviews you have a better chance of gaining popularity. When purchasing a product, one of the first things people look at are the reviews.
Currently I write mostly on oDesk, one of the world’s largest online workplaces where savvy businesses and professional freelancers go to work! Some of the work I do for clients includes posting book reviews on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, How To articles, SEO content, health related posts and so much more.
On oDesk, a business or individual can post a job such as ‘book reviewer needed’, and offer a flat rate or per hour. Generally, I accept book review jobs that are a flat rate. I am negotiable in price, prompt and efficient. As well, I maintain a 4.98 star on oDesk, even after five years. Until recently, my work history was a 5 star. I had one client that did not speak or write English well at all. He was not very clear on what was needed. I suppose, one average score in 5 years isn’t bad.