FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  • What is Goodkindles?
  • What can I expect when I promote my book on Goodkindles?
  • How can I offer my book for free or with a discount?
  • How should I promote my series?
  • How to get a book self-published?
  • What do I need to prepare while self-publishing my book?
  • What is the difference between Goodkindles and other book promotion services?
  • How do I promote my book?
  • While submitting, when I fill out the submission form with my book details will you check it for errors?
  • What is a best way to promote a book?
  • Should I promote my book with a free giveaway, discount promotion or at it’s normal price?
  • How do I know if my book will be on a free or discount promotion on Amazon, and when?
  • I have planned a free (or discounted) promotion for my book in my Amazon KDP Panel. Should I list my book in the beginning, in the middle or in the end of the promotion?
  • Is it true that when my book will hit 50 reviews, Amazon will start to promote it?
  • I would like to advertise my book with a Main Banner. Will my banner be the only one there for a whole month?
  • What is the best and most useful software for writers?
  • Do you have a free book submission option for authors who would like to promote their books for free?
  • I am promoting my book with a discount / free giveaway pretty frequently. Do you have any tools that will help me market my book promotions?
  • Do you promote books with a blast on social media?
  • Why should I use a different promotional description than the blurb I use on Amazon, while marketing my book with you?
  • Is the amount of reviews that my book has on Amazon important? How many reviews should my book have to maximize my sale results?
  • How can I promote my author website?
  • I have planned a free promotion in KDP select. Is it enough to promote my book and increase its' rank, or should I spread information about it?
  • If I use a free ebook submission tool, will my book be promoted on Goodkindles? 
  • Should I use free amazon kindle book submission tools available online?
  • I have promoted my book on BookBub recently. Should I list my book with Goodkindles as soon as possible, or should I wait a bit?
  • What are the best book promotion sites for authors (aside from Goodkindles?)

What is Goodkindles?

Goodkindles is a book promotion site for self-published authors, that helps writers sell their books by listing them on the website itself, and sending information about it to social media followers and newsletter subscribers.

What can I expect when I promote my book on Goodkindles?

You can expect that your book will get a large amount of views, and if our users like it, you can also expect an increase in sales. You can also expect an increase in long term sales. We are running Goodkindles differently than other book promotion sites - while other book marketing services usually rely entirely on their newsletter and the "initial blast" as their main tool to promote books, at Goodkindles your book will be also getting views every day after, as our aim is to run our site a bit similar to an online bookstore. Readers browse our site categories every day and your book will be getting views every day. Many authors who use our site are experiencing a sustained sales effect.
Please be aware that, like in the case of all promotional services, big traffic may cause but does not guarantee immediate growth of sales or popularity of the promoted book. Book popularity and sales depend on many independent factors such as: appeal of the cover, attractiveness of description, price, current sale trends, reviews of users, competition and, most importantly, quality of the book.

How can I offer my book for free or with a discount?

To run a free or discounted promotion of your book, you need to schedule it first in your Amazon KDP Panel (you can register to Amazon KDP here). After you schedule a promotion, you can then enter the dates to our online form. You will be redirected to the form after picking up one of our options for it on our "Submit your book" page.

How should I promote my series?

Many series authors have seen great effects using a popular series authors strategy - they run a free promotion (for a few days) of Book 1, while leaving other parts at their normal price. If the readers like the book number one, there is a big chance that they will buy next parts of the series.

How to get a book self-published?

To get your book self-published, you need to sign up to one of online ebook self-publishing platforms. There are a few out there, but the most popular self-publishing platform is Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. You can open an author account there, and self-publish your book at no cost.

What do I need to prepare while self-publishing my book?

You will need your book text as a text file or pdf, and also an image that will be your book cover. If you would like to make a cover for your book by yourself, you can use a completely free, open-source software called GIMP.

What is the difference between Goodkindles and other book promotion services?

There are many book marketing sites out there - so when we started in 2011, decided that we want to differentiate Goodkindles from other services. We too send the newsletter with the books to readers, but the main difference is that Goodkindles is built in many ways like a bookstore - and we work every day to encourage our visitors to browse it and discover new reads. This means that authors can expect results not only in the beginning, but also later as the readers browse our site every day and your books will be getting views.

We also are one of the most active ebook promotion services on Twitter. A single promotional tweet on our account has had it's value estimated between $330 - $400 by a well-known web influence measure company.

How do I promote my book?

When the book is already published, a lot of authors find that in order to interest readers, they need to promote it. First, they make sure that their book has a good cover, no errors, interesting description and a reasonable price. Then they bring traffic to it - and make people see it. This is where our book marketing service comes into action - we put your book in front of audience of readers and potential buyers of your book.

While submitting, when I fill out the form with my book details will you check it for errors?

Yes, we will check the form you have filled out for errors - but only the technical errors, not in terms of content. We will check if the amazon link or ASIN is working properly, we will check the price, author name and the free or discounted promotion dates. In terms of content you will need to double-check if the promotional blurb you use (we strongly suggest you use a completely different description than the one you are using on Amazon) looks exactly as you would like it to appear, and also that there are not any typos or errors. If you find any errors, or decide that you would like to change your promotional book blurb, please contact us.

What is a best way to promote a book?

A best way to promote a book is to follow a classic 4P marketing plan. What is marketing? Marketing is a management process through which goods and services move from concept to the customer. The 4P stands for four most important components of book marketing: product, price, place (selection of a distribution channel to reach the customer) and promotional strategy.

Should I promote my book with a free giveaway, discount promotion or at its' regular price?

There is no single correct answer to that question, as each author has his own experiences with free and discount book promotions. However, a general rule of thumb says: if you are on the beginning of your journey with ebook marketing and you do not have too many reviews, submit your book to our site with a free promotion. A lot of authors have reported great results with free copies downloads, and later also an improvement in terms of sales. There is also a chance that your book will be reviewed by a reader that was able to download your book for free. If you already have some reviews, some sales, and you feel that you are ready to step into the next level - go with the discount promotion. Finally, if your book has positive reviews, you see that the readers are interested in it (you see sales regularly) and you feel that the price is right - submit and promote your book at its' regular price.

How do I know if my book will be on a free or discount promotion on Amazon, and when?

The free and discount promotions are something that you can plan personally in your Amazon KDP Author panel. You can log in there, click "promote and advertise" next to the title you wish to promote, and then you can schedule a free or discount promotion for your book by choosing the dates by yourself. And then when you know the type and the dates of the promotion, come back to our site and list your book then, entering the type and dates of chosen promotion in the book submission form.

I have planned a free (or discounted) promotion for my book in my Amazon KDP Panel. Should I list my book in the beginning, in the middle or in the end of the promotion?

If you have already planned a promotion (free or discounted) for your book, you should pick a preferred date for your listing (in our book submission form) as close to the day the promo begins as possible - ideally on the first day of the free giveaway or discount sale.

Is it true that when my book will hit 50 reviews, Amazon will start to promote it?

It is not true. Amazon includes your book in the "also boughts" and "you might like" lists independently from how many reviews you have. Having more than 50 reviews can help, but does not guarantee that Amazon will highlight the book for spotlight positions and its newsletter. However, getting as many reviews as possible is a great way of promoting your book and making the decision process easier for new readers. It also helps your book to get on the Top Rated lists which are based on reviews.

I would like to advertise my book with a Main Banner. Will my advertisement be the only one there for a whole month?

You are welcome to promote your book with our banners. Your ad will be put there in rotation with banners of other authors who decide to book the same month as you.

What is the best and most useful software for writers?

There are many writing apps, but among them there are a few programs for writers that we strongly recommend. If you need to prepare a cover for your book by yourself, we recommend a free, open source program GIMP. You can also use Scribus - a great free open source desktop publishing software, that allows preparation of professional quality images. If you are searching for a software that will help you to write a book, we recommend FocusWriter - a program that eliminates all distractions from your desktop and allows you to focus completely on writing. Libre Office is a fully-featured alternative to Microsoft Word, completely free. You can also save your files as PDFs easily. If you have already finished writing your book, and would like to prepare an ebook file, you may try Sigil - a free program designed specifically for ebook editing. Many authors recommend Evernote as the best research tool, and an idea collecting program. It's great advantage is a full synchronization between your computer and phone, so you can write down ideas for your books anywhere you are.

Do you have a free book submission option for authors who would like to promote their books for free?

Getting a guaranteed listing on our site requires getting one of our paid options. If getting a paid book promotion package is not possible at the moment, and you are looking for a way to advertise your book for free, you can send your book details for an editorial consideration. To suggest your book to be promoted for free, please send a short summary, amazon link and upcoming discount / free giveaway details to our editors at goodkindles (at) gmail (dot) com. Please note that due to the popularity of our book marketing service we receive many submissions every day and we strongly advise to list your book with one of our three options.

I am promoting my book with a discount / free giveaway pretty frequently. Do you have any tools that will help me market my book promotions?

Yes - you can use our auto-renewal plan, which is an option for authors that allows them to promote books automatically once a month. Once a month your book will be brought back to the homepage, and promoted on our all other channels (newsletter, twitter and so on).

Do you promote books with a blast on social media?

Yes, we promote books not only on our website and in our newsletter, but we also market books with a blast on twitter, facebook, google plus, tumblr, linkedin, and also on quora, although on quora we only promote books handpicked by our editors.

Why should I use a different promotional description than the blurb I use on Amazon, while marketing my book with you?

An usual sale path of user that buys a book promoted on Goodkindles site leads them from the promotional listing of the book submitted on Goodkindles - to Amazon page of the book. Using a different blurb than the one you are using on Amazon means that a potential reader reads a promotional text on our website, and then, when he goes to Amazon, he reads another engaging description. If the two texts are not the same, then the chance that he will abandon his intention to buy the book is much lower.

Is the amount of reviews that my book has on Amazon important? How many reviews should my book have to maximize my sale results?

Yes, the amount of reviews your book has is an important marketing and sale factor. If your book has no reviews, it lowers the probability that your book will be bought. The more positive reviews your book has, the better. There are certain thresholds - many experts agree that you will see an improvement in terms of sales after your book reaches them: 5, 10,25 and 50 positive reviews.

How can I promote my author website?

If you run an author website or an author blog, you can promote it with us by adding it to our list of author websites. To add your author website to the list, please submit your book with a Professional option, which includes adding the site to authors' website list.

I have planned a free promotion in KDP select. Is it enough to promote my book and increase its' rank, or should I spread information about it?

You definitely should spread the information about your free promotion in KDP Select as widely as possible. Running a free promotion hugely increases a chance that your book will be picked up by potential readers, but there are many books being launched every day, and if you would like your book to climb up the amazon rankings, you need to make it easy to discover - you definitely should promote your book free days with our book promotion services.

If I use a free ebook submission tool, will my book be promoted on Goodkindles?

No. If you use a free ebook submission tool online, your book will not be promoted on Goodkindles. Marketing books by mass submission system with the same, generic blurb either does not work at all or brings very insignificant results. At Goodkindles we believe that a book promotion works best if it is individually adapted to each author needs. The only way to get your book marketed on our site is to use our own book submission page. This way your listing is guaranteed, and we promote your book on as many online ebook marketing channels as possible. We are always up-to-date with the best and newest book marketing trends and ideas.

Should I use free amazon kindle book submission tools available online?

This depends on how much time do you plan to spend promoting your books, and what results in terms of book sales do you expect. Marketing your ebook with a free amazon kindle book submission tools available online is sometimes regarded as a method for the lazy, and usually brings much lower results than an individual promotion that uses a new, fresh promotional blurb, often timed with a discount or a sale, on a date chosen by the author himself.

I have promoted my book on BookBub recently. Should I list my book with Goodkindles as soon as possible, or should I wait a bit?

If you have promoted your book with BookBub recently, the general book marketing rule of thumb says that there are two strategies. If you have had many book sales then you should wait at least a few days until you promote your book with us. If you feel that you could have had more sales, then you should list your book with us as soon as possible, to remind readers about it.

What are the best book promotion sites for authors (aside from Goodkindles?)

There are many indie book promotion sites out there, but not all of them can bring you good results (it is also worth noting that many of them require your book to be free in order to be accepted for promotion). We have ran big marketing campaigns for many authors who wanted to advertise their kindle books not only on our website but also on others as well, and we have used a majority of available ebook promotion sites, including free kindle book promotion websites and blogs. In our experience two top book promotion sites worth trying aside from Goodkindles are BookBub and Freebooksy.

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