Mastering Amazon~Gloves Off

Written By: Jackie Weger - Jan• 28•16

Getting to Know Amazon…

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The  brouhaha about Amazon and the Quality Control messages is still on simmer. We won’t know the shakeout until we cruise Amazon in early February and see those books with the Flags–if any. Meanwhile, we still have a lot to learn and we still have to sell our books. Amazon is a global market. For months I’ve been trying to connect with book bloggers and promoters of English language books in foreign countries. I found a couple and you will find their links at the foot of this article. I found few sites in Canada and Australia. The UK has promo sites we like, but few bloggers with any reach or traffic to make a stop worthwhile. I’m going to tell you straight up: All but one blogger on the Australian Continent was closed to American authors. Canadian sites prefer literary. I ain’t. Scottish sites pump literary or legacy published. Found not a single blogger in Ireland.  If you know of any, share the links in the comments, Please. Okay. Moving on…

Cover HouseOnPersimmonRoad 8-2-15

“A most refreshing, realistic and original romantic plot I’ve come across in such a long time. Brilliant!” Organic reader review, one of 575+ reviews globally.

Here is what I did instead: I visited every Amazon global site, found my books on the sites and Tweeted from the site. I used Google to translate at least one word, such as Free or Discounted or Free with Kindle Unlimited, and added that to the Tweet. Blow me over with a feather. I’ve reached some readers and sold a few books or snagged some borrows from every country I tweeted from. Go Here to see the House on Persimmon Road on  Do me the kindness of tweeting  the book from Spain, and then just type your name in the search bar–all of your books will come up.  Go to work.  See these icons on the lower right of your book page:

Snipit Amazon Spain

Use those. Remember you may add to the Tweet. #Gratis. #Kindle ilimitado.  #Hola, mis amigas. Click the envelope and a very nice short link to your book comes up. I copy and paste that as the link in Hootsuite or Twitter and add my cover to the tweet.

I love tweeting and sharing from Here’s one of my Tweets: 素晴らしいロマンス のみ ¥ 311.  Bet you did not know this: Most of your reviews on books on are posted on books on Yes, you may tick translate this page and it will come up in your native language. How nice is that? 

Another Amazon feature we are using is the Create Space Amazon Giveaway. I did not like the giveaway when our only entrant task was follow on Twitter or Nothing. I emailed Amazon and told them I spend hundreds of dollars to drive readers to my book page, and Amazon’s marketing director serves up a giveaway that drives readers to Twitter.  Tweeting doesn’t sell books. Fire that guy! I want entrants to follow me on Amazon. One, because they are less likely to unfollow and two: Amazon sends out a dedicated email to followers when we have a new release. So! Now we have that choice.     A two book giveaway (1 winner every 299) generates not less than 500 followers. One giveaway a month generates about 6000 followers on Amazon every twelves months. IMO, that beats pre-release orders to heck and back. The author has to do all of the promoting to gather those pre-release orders and many won’t buy the book. Busy work. Find out if your print edition is eligible for a Giveaway.

Scroll to the bottom of your book page just below the first page of reviews to find this:  

 Snipit amazon Giveaway- House

You only pay for books claimed.  Amazon does all the work. Even composes the Tweet. Nice. Giveaway books often end up in used book stores or sold by 3rd parties on Amazon. That is fine with me, because most of us made our reputations by word-of-mouth in used bookstores. The owners and readers talk books in used bookstores.  In 30 years, I’ve never been approached in a Barnes & Noble by anyone talking up a book. Have you?


New Release. Do you read in Spanish? if so, message me on Facebook for a gift book. Thanks, Jackie Weger

Last note. I published a book in Spanish. I haven’t a clue yet, how to market the thing. But Tweeting and Facebooking from Spain, Brazil and Mexico has generated some sales and KENP pages read. I also tweet in Spanish from Yes, I had a Spanish editor/translator. Okay, as promised some links: Michael C. Smith owns BeeZeeBooks, New Zealand:  One of our fav bloggers and promoters in India is: Nikita Johri. She owns Her blog is rated #1 in India.

All right. I’m ending with a wee rant: Over the past few days I read bits by guest authors on blogs I like and follow–all about how to get reviews. Moreover,  two or three reviews is all the books have after a year or more. No sales. I just am not gonna listen to an author who doesn’t sell books. Sorry, if that hurts an ego. Jump through those hoops for reviews if you prefer. Author choice. But nobody tells you the easiest way to gather those organic reviews. Here it is: Put this small and gentle plea for a review right after THE END in your books.

Thank you for taking the time to read [title]. If you enjoyed it, please consider telling your friends or posting a short review. Word of mouth is an author’s best friend and much appreciated. Thank you. [author name].

Those 38 words have generated more than 14,000 reviews on eNovel Author’s at Work member books.  Seventy-seven that I know of in the past 3 days. The caveat is you must put your books in the hands of readers to get those reviews. So. We do. It’s called promotion.

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  1. MaryD says:

    Aussie or Kiwi blogger, Jackie? 🙂 Michael (the kiwi) is going to be a little annoyed to be called an Aussie but then again, we do like to claim kiwis as Aussies all the time.

    why is everyone twisting themselves in knots? If the book is properly edited/proofread etc, what’s there to worry about? Some people just like to whinge and be drama queens.

    • Jackie Weger says:

      I said Australian Continent. Shoot. I will pull out my globe. Don’t mess with me, Mary D. I ain’t getting into Aussie/Kiwi squabbles. Don’t you guys use boomerangs for weapons? Mercy. Even when a book is properly edited, proofed and formatted, there can issues. Collectively, authors are some of the most insecure beings on earth. They worry, they suffer angst; some have egos that could fill a blimp. Some of us just plod along anc cope as best we can.

      • MaryD says:

        It’s so much fun to mess with you. Kiwi authors are even more angsty ’cause they’re called Australian. Trust me this is an ISSUE.
        Authors are insecure? Surely you jest! I think the only other profession who has bigger insecurity issues is actors I deal with authors and actors…makes me wish for a big rock to crawl under or a baseball bat.

      • Jackie Weger says:

        See those dang typos. You stirred me up!

  2. I’m about to try an Amazon giveaway myself, so thanks for sharing that 🙂

  3. Laurie Boris says:

    Thank you, Jackie! Great idea about using social media from international Amazon pages.

  4. I had tried tweeting from Amazon sites, and like your idea of adding the translation for free.

  5. Jackie, you’re a wonder. Do you sleep?

  6. Mary Smith says:

    Very useful post, Jackie.I’ve already tweeted from Spain but will do it better tomorrow, adding my thank you in Spanish and remembering to use the short link. And I’ll do the global rounds. Love your Japanese tweet 🙂
    The Amazon Giveaway sounds like a good idea. I will investigate.
    It will indeed be interesting to see what happens when Amazon starts planting its flags.
    Mary Smith

  7. TJ Shortt says:

    Wow! Always learning something new from you. Thanks for another great post Jackie!

  8. KJD says:

    What a fantastically helpful blog.
    I’ve just set up my first Giveaway campaign and sent a few Tweets from foreign sites (including one for Persimmon Road in Spain).

    Thanks millions, Jackie.

  9. P.C. Zick says:

    Doing a giveaway as we speak. Thanks, Jackie.

  10. Julie Frayn says:

    OK, Amazon giveaway added to the list of stuff to do when I return to the writing world.
    Julie Frayn
    Author of Mazie Baby (Mazie Baby)

  11. Kim Headlee says:

    Thanks for the heads up about Amazon Createspace giveaways, which I’m going to set up for my latest release, a Twain sequel, King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court.

    I’m still trying to figure out how my YA medieval paranormal romance Snow in July spent its first three months after release on the Amazon top 20 list for Teen Historical Romance with absolutely NO marketing effort on my part, garnering almost 2,000 paid downloads during that period. Pricing it at 99 cents probably had a lot to do with it, and all I can figure is that it was included in Amazon’s emails to customers. I thought that success would automatically spill over to titles I released after that, but no. (Drat!) I’ve got to work hard like most everyone else now to get any of my titles noticed these days.

  12. Traci Hall says:

    Thanks Jackie! I love this post, and I am off to do a giveaway as well. My next job as an author/business owner is to tackle Amazon on the foreign sites. I only wish there was more time in the day to get it all done!

  13. Kim Headlee says:

    P.S. An update on the Createspace giveaway eligibility issue. My hardcover edition of King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court, which I released via IngramSpark this past November because Createspace no longer supports the hardcover option, is also eligible for the Amazon giveaway option… I’m guessing because I released its paperback edition via Createspace. None of my other IngramSpark print-edition titles are eligible for Amazon giveaways. All of those are paperbacks, however, so perhaps Amazon allows giveaways of hardcovers regardless of whether or not there’s an affiliated Createspace paperback edition.

    The only drawback to setting up a giveaway for my KASIWC hardcover right now is that its cover hasn’t yet populated into its Amazon product page. The typical wait period for this to occur is 3-6 months, which I don’t understand in this digital age of most things happening instantly, but there it is. 🙂

    • Jackie Weger says:

      Kim Headlee: Here is the good news. Even if the cover has not populated on the book page you, you upload your cover in the Giveaway ad. So, if you have the book cover handy, you’re good to engage in a giveaway.

  14. Great ideas! I will start working my way slowly through them. Thanks!

  15. Awesome information. As always. Thank you, Jackie.

  16. Cashmere says:

    Extremely informative. Its been a slow and steady journey for me trying to figure out just what to do with Amazon Kindle ebooks. And I thank authors like you who have shared their experiences with us. Its nice to have a map, sort of , to follow.

    • Jackie Weger says:

      Hi, Cashmere! Nice to see you here. Boy! Do I hear you. I spent my first six months as an indie author on my knees. The learning curve is horrid. Social media and networking is great for exposure. I’ve learned the only thing that sells ebooks is: Promotion with sites that have an active book buying subscriber list.

      Jackie Weger
      Caras Ocultas

  17. Wow – talk of thinking out of the box! Love this post – so full of fresh ideas. Going now to tweet your book from the Spanish site, and I love the idea of tweeting in Japanese! Will also check that Amazon giveaway option. Way to go for telling Amazon what we really need! Thank you Jackie 🙂

  18. A fellow author friend referred me to this blog, and I’m so glad she did. I’d never heard of CreateSpace giveaways before (and I follow a LOT of bloggers in the indie author marketing field). Thank you for sharing!

    • Jackie Weger says:

      Welcome, Chelsea Field. I am so happy to learn the article is a help to you. eNovel Authors love the Amazon Giveaway. Most bloggers don’t share such tips and information because 1) They don’t know. 2) They don’t explore Amazon and 3) They want to sell you their ehow or a $299 course on how to sell your books or build your “platform.” We don’t sell anything here. We don’t charge $$$. eNovel Authors at Work is all about helping indie authors sell THEIR books. Thanks for stopping by. Don’t be a stranger.
      Jackie Weger
      Caras Ocultas

  19. Daphne Kapsali says:

    LOVE this. Thank you Jackie.

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  21. Thanks so much for this! Kayelle Allen shared this to our marketing group and I am inspired to start trying these!

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