A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing (and Other Avenues to Sell Your Books)

Writing a book and getting it published used to be a huge endeavor. You had to pitch it to a literary agent who would then pitch it to a publisher and it could sometimes take years to get it accepted. These days, with kindle and the online world at everyone’s fingertips, getting your book out to the world and learning how to self-publish is easier than you might think.

If you’re an entrepreneur, having a book for your business has many perks such as the added credibility, expert status and the ability to use that book to attract your ideal clients. Some even say that a book is now like a bigger, better business card.

Used correctly, your book can help you attract your tribe for years to come (so long as you continue to market it, but that’s not what we’re talking about today).

So first, Why self-publish?

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For one, YOU KEEP ALL THE CREATIVE RIGHTS. You have the freedom to do what you want with the title, the cover and the content of your book. Why give that away?

Secondly, while it may seem enticing to use a publisher because you think they would promote your book, that’s just not what happens. They don’t promise to sell any copies of your book. In fact, when you pitch to them, they want to see how many people follow you on all your social media channels and they want to know how many books you think YOU’LL sell.

Lastly, self-publishing means you can get your book out faster. The exact day you’re done writing, you could upload it to amazon (though I wouldn’t recommend that – you might want to let it sit a couple days and do some editing …. But that’s totally up to you).

My expertise is in Amazon, so let’s talk about what you need to get your book uploaded and available to the world via Amazon.

Here’s a “How to Self-Publish” checklist to have ready for kindle:

1. Your finished ebook ????

2. Interactive table of contents

3. Cover in kindle size

4. Description

5. Keywords

5. Title

6. Subtitle

7. Pricing

Once you have all those things, you can go to Amazon KDP and upload your book. You’ll need an Amazon KDP account at minimum – this is where you are directly uploading your book.

Optionally, you’ll want an Amazon author central page. Many new authors forget about the author central page or they plain just don’t know it’s available to them. The author central page allows you to share your photo, bio, your blog, your upcoming events, your videos, etc. Again, totally optional, but highly highly recommended if you want to be taken seriously.

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Other Avenues to sell your book

Now let’s talk about different places you can sell your books. I want to preface this with the fact that I teach my clients to use their book as a marketing tool. The book is not the end product that they’re selling. They are UPSELLING and using their book as a door-opener to new prospect and clients.

If you’re looking for purely book sales … we can go there for a little while because I was asked to include it in this article.

1. On your website 

– you can have a website dedicated to your book, or a page on your business website that has your book on it

2. In your shop

–with your other info products

3. Subscribe and pay for book promotion services

You can even look on fiverr. Please do your due diligence on any of these services.

4. Book signing tour

5. Amazon promotional opportunities:

Createspace (owned by Amazon) – you can select to have your book available at Barnes and Noble, along with other online retailers UPDATE: createspace will be eliminated in the near future and you can now create your print version through KDP as well.

Amazon Marketing Services (AMS) – you can create your own ads to appear in Amazon.

Amazon KDP Select – you can use this service to promote your book 5 days out of every 3 months. Please read the rules for this program because if you use it, you’re obligated to be in it for 3 months and you may not sell your book anywhere else for less than what you have it listed for on Amazon.

6. Social Media

– create a Facebook Fanpage specifically for your book

7. Facebook Groups dedicated to kindle readers

– Just search “kindle” and you’ll find a plethora of groups that promote books. Read the rules for each group to see how often, what price, when and what genre you can promote.

8. Local mom and pop book shops

9. Get creative

– Find other ways to get the word out. Look what other authors are doing ….YouTube, contests, referrals, etc.

The main thing about selling your book is to be proactive rather than sitting around waiting for something to happen. This is a sure fire way to have nothing happen at all.

The Philosophy Behind Business Books

My clients are generally entrepreneurs and coaches who want a book to help those who are struggling like they once were. They are looking to create impact and change in the world, get their message out to a larger audience, and they have coaching products and packages that they promote from the 100’s of dollars to the 10’s of thousands of dollars that their readers will advance to purchasing. That’s why they want to learn how to self-publish.

Mathematically speaking, book royalties and direct sales is a hard gig for you to make even $10k or more per month.

Most entrepreneurs who are successful with making money from their book, make it on the backend. They’re happy to give their book away for free or offer it at a low cost to get that new lead in so that they can nurture and then upsell them into a bigger package that would better serve that client.

Your book is not your end product

To an entrepreneur, the book is not the end product. The book is the hook product. It’s a lead magnet.

So with that said, the best way to sell your book so you can sell your other bigger packages, is to use a BOOK FUNNEL! Use it as opt in lead magnet. Then nurture that reader like I just said and turn him or her into a higher paying client.

THAT is the best way to be profitable with your book.

If you’re eager to learn more about how to self-publish and how you can have a book that also grows your business that is not “just” a Best Seller, then I think you’re going to love my Easy Writer Guaranteed Amazon Best Seller program.

It shows you and walks you through the easy step-by-step process to get your book written (with the right marketing elements inside it), shows you how to get your book to Best Seller (guaranteed) and gives you the missing piece to other book programs – it shows you how to leverage your book for clients, turing readers into paying clients in your other programs.

If that’s something you’d like to do in your business, then go ahead and take advantage of this program, PLUS the awesome bonuses here:  https://vickiegould.com/amazon-group/


Vickie Gould is a Law of Attraction business and book coach, best selling author, and speaker. She believes that everyone has a story to share and a journey orchestrated for their positive growth — and that those experiences should be written in a best selling book.

Vickie helps entrepreneurs to write, self-publish and leverage their own business books to share those stories, grow their following, create more impact and turn readers into clients through her Easy Writer Program, one-on-one coaching and her free Facebook Group, Write Your Biz Book.

She has written 10 best sellers such as Easy Writer (named after her signature program) and Standing in the Gap, and helped nearly 100 others to become best selling authors as well.

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