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Why give away the first chapters of your self published kindle book for free

I am a man who eats his own dog food.  That is, I do what I talk about.  Recently I told a friend that a great way to promote your self published kindle book is to give away the first few chapters of your book free.

He asked me, "So can I download one of yours then?"  Cue me changing the subject.  
Luckily I am ugly enough to know when I am being a hypocrite so I spent this morning putting the first 6 chapters of my kindle book; Mr Personal Development into a PDF that you can get here.
Mr Personal Development.


Why do this?  Well clearly the idea is that you read the chapters and have to finish the story by purchasing the book.  Does it actually work?
Yes it does.  I have had varying degrees of success with.
Give it a go and see how you get on.  TIP - Put a link to the book in the freebie or they won't know where to go to purchase.
Let me know how you get on.
Matt

How should I price my Kindle book?

That my friend is a great question!


It's a tricky business knowing how to price your kindle book.  Questions you might have going around in your head right now are: -
1. Do I go high and get 70% of the revenue hoping that I sell enough to make it worth it? (Internal voice is saying, "70% of $3 is a lot.") 2. Go low and become a best seller making only 30%  ("Please let that happen") 3. Low to start then high? ("I'll get them interested.")
How on earth do you know?  Well the answer is...there isn't a define pricing structure for your books.  But you can determine roughly what it should be and then tweak as you go.  How do you do that?
Look at what others are doing in your genre.  If you work mainly in the fiction/thriller genre like me then likely you might want to price your first book low.  Are you published already?  If not then maybe 99cents is a good idea until you get reviews and people like your book.
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My big mistake publishing to Kindle and how to avoid it

I'm certainly no big time author (yet) but I have more than a handful of books published on Kindle.  Some sell really well some sell okish.

So you would think I know the Kindle publishing process pretty well by now right?  Well I should.

Should being the word here.

Here is the mistake I made.  All the other books I have on Kindle are short stories, under 10,000 words.  Mr Personal Development is a novella/novel of over 65,000 words.

It was at the time my first 'real' book and I was so excited to actually have it edited and finished.  Well in my haste I went though all the processes of having a cover professionally done, paying someone to edit it and then getting it up on Kindle as soon as possible.  I downloaded it myself, check it and smiled as I thought about all the sales I would get.

And then....

I emailed people to tell them it was live and they could buy it.....

But then......

I read it all the way through and to my astonishment I had uploaded and old non edited vers…