How to build an audience as an author

I want you to learn from this short post on how to build an audience as an author. This is a simple note and advice from one of the internet’s book marketing platforms – Written Word Media.

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What does it mean to build an audience as an author?

Building an audience as an author is all about using different strategies to gain new readers and also retain old reader membership.

Authors who want to sell more books on Amazon or other online sales stores must learn to consistently build an audience.

Related: Gain access to my best-selling ebook guide on How I Sell ebooks on Amazon and other exclusive Publishing resources 


Benefits of building an audience as an author

The following are some of the benefits of building an audience as an author:

  • To gain new readers
  • To retain old readers or fans
  • To expose your books to more readers per time
  • To get feedback from fans and readers of your books
  • To get ideas about new book titles
  • To sell more books
  • To help in the launch of a new book


A potent way to build an audience as an author

This is what, according to a news release from Written Word Media, consider a potent way to build an audience as an author:

If you’re looking to increase your author earnings, it’s important to focus on what your author business will look like in the future and how you can get there.

So, in addition to a solid catalog of books, what do high-earning authors have? A large audience of readers who buy the author’s new titles, buy their other titles, leave reviews, and spread the word to other readers.

How do they build this audience? Lots of ways, but one of the easiest and most effective ways is by running free promotions where they make their book, usually the first in a series, free. And shout it from rooftops.


Running free promotions for your published books on Amazon KDP

Do you want to learn how to run free book promotions for your published books on Amazon KDP? You need to read this post on how to do free ebook promotion on Amazon KDP 

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Sponsored brands on Amazon

Want to learn how launch your sponsored brands on Amazon? This post is just right for you.

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What are sponsored brands on Amazon?

Sponsored Brands on Amazon are cost-per-click (CPC) ads that feature or show your business brand logo, multiple products and a custom headline. These cost-per-click ads appear in relevant shopping results and they also help to drive the discovery of your business brand among customers shopping for similar products.

Amazon Sponsored Brands, previously known as Amazon Headline Search Ads, can help customers find your business brand and products with creative ads that appear in relevant Amazon shopping results.


Steps to launch sponsored brands on Amazon

The following are the first set of action steps you need to take to launch sponsored brands on Amazon:

  • First add your pen name and book(s) in Amazon Author Central. You should have registered for Amazon Author Central.
  • Second, cick the Books tab on Amazon Author Central.
  • Thirdly, click add it now located at the end of the paragraph at the top of the page.
  • Fourth, in the Search field, enter the book title, ISBN, or author name and click enter.
  • Fifth, once you find the book, click the book cover. If it’s your book, click Add this book.
  • Sixth, if you are claiming a new pen name, you will see [Author name] is my pen name.  Note: If you’re adding a new pen name, we’ll notify you after we verify you’re the rights holder for the selected book. Once verified, it may take up to 48 hours for new claims to be reflected in your Amazon Ads account.

Note: To visit advertising console, click Reports + Marketing and Go to ads console.


More steps to launch your sponsored brands on Amazon

After you are done with the six steps above, you should proceed to follow the steps below:

Update your Author page

You will need to update your Author page on Amazon. You should understand that your Author Page shows essential information about you, like your biography, bibliography, profile photos, and blog feeds.

New readers will likely visit your Author page during their shopping activities to read about you, your business and your book selection. You should ensure your Author page is up-to-date.


Amazon adds additional Author page

Amazon will try to verify if you’re the author of the selected books. If that’s done and verified,  an additional Author Page will be available for you to use and maintain.

The pen name will then appear in the drop-down menu next to your name in the upper right corner of Amazon Author Central.

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How I sell ebooks on Amazon KDP

We have sold lots of ebooks on Amazon.

A lot always depend on what you do right or wrong during publication. The choice of keywords, titles, subtitles, categories chosen, descriptions, cover. You should also understand that you may have to try out paid ads.

This guide will be of great use to you.

How I Sell Ebooks on Amazon






Paid ad for Amazon KDP books at Written Word Media

How to set up paid ad for Amazon KDP books at Written Word Media. If you want to sell more ebooks on Amazon KDP, you will need to use paid ad at one point.

This post will show you how to use paid for your published books on Amazon KDP at Written Word Media 


What is Written Word Media?

Written Word Media an online ad management agency which specializes in running paid book adverts for authors and publishers. This online company has many ad packages for authors like freebooksy, bargainbooksy and more.

Authors have the opportunity to choose whichever ad package they want for their books putting into consideration the genre of their books and also the number of email subscribers they want to reach out to.


Setting up paid ad for Amazon KDP books

You can follow the steps below to set up paid ad for Amazon KDP books at Written Word Media:


Register a free membership account

Register a free membership account at Written Word Media. I live you to do that since it’s a very simple process. Now, let us go to the step.


Login to your dashboard

Login to your dashboard with your email address and password. I did that below:

Paid ad for Amazon KDP books

After you are logged in, go to the menu and select, ‘Books’

I did that below:

Running Amazon ads

I have previously uploaded some of my published books on Amazon. You can see them in the image above.

Now, let me inform you that you have to add or upload your published books on Amazon KDP immediately you register an account and logged into your account. This will make the process of setting up a book promotion easier.

Let me show you how to add or upload your first book as a new member.


Click on add book

I did that below. See the image below:

Sell more books on Amazon

As you can see from the image above, all you need to add your published book on Amazon is your Amazon book link. Just copy and paste into the box above.

Then, click ‘Ads book’

Related: What is Amazon Kindle book price match?

Add description of your book

In the image shown below, you will need to add or enter the description of your book. Now, after you entered the Amazon link of your book and click add book, the system go online to extract and show some information about your published book on Amazon. Usually, the cover of the book on Amazon is displayed.


Finish adding your book

You can then click, ‘Add book’ to finish adding your book.


Set up your book promotion

Now, let’s set up a book promotion for your uploaded book.

Go to your uploaded book as I did below. Click on ‘Promote’


The next page shows the various ad packages available at Written Word Media.




What is Amazon Attribution?

If you want to know what Amazon Attribution is and also know how to add that to your streams of income as an author or publisher, this post is just right for you.

Related: What is Amazon Kindle book price match?


What is Amazon Attribution? A guide for authors

Amazon Attribution is available to all authors on Amazon with an active Amazon Advertising account. This is an interesting tool that works perfectly to ensure you gain more access to more sales on the Amazon store.

Authors can set up their Advertising account by clicking the “Marketing” tab of either their KDP dashboard or Amazon Author Central account.


How Amazon Attribution works

Amazon Attribution works in a simple way and anyone can get it done effectively.

The Amazon Attribution tool allows you to generate special, trackable product links that you can use in your marketing and advertising campaigns.

After some days, Amazon will show you all the traffic that visited these links. This is called the Details Pages Views. Amazon will also show you the following:

  • Resulting Orders
  • Sales value
  • KENP reads (for books enrolled in Kindle Unlimited).


How to access Amazon Attribution

You can access Amazon Attribution by logging into your Amazon Advertising account, you’ll find Amazon Attribution in the sidebar, under “Measurement & Reporting.”

Amazon Attribution is similar to Amazon Advertising in terms of the way they are structured when you consider the Campaigns and Ad groups tabs.

Each Campaign can have many Ad groups. Each Ad group corresponds to a trackable link.

Related: What is Amazon Author Central


About Attribution links and Attribution campaign

Attribution links can only point to one product on the Amazon store but an Attribution campaign can contain several products — and will report on the sales of all the products included in the campaign.

If you’re selling ebook, paperback, and hardback formats of a book., You can include all three formats in an Amazon Attribution campaign,

However, the Attribution links you set up in your Ad groups can only point to only one of the formats (for example the paperback format).


Sales report in Amazon Attribution

If a customer clicks on that link and buys a different format, Amazon Attribution will report that sale only if you included that other format in your campaign.


It’s the same process for book series: if all your books in the series are included in an Attribution campaign, and a customer buys three of them, all three sales will be displayed in your Attribution dashboard. You should however understand that the sales must happen within 14 days of the link click.

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How to write a bestselling book

Do you want to learn how to write a bestselling book on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)?

If you do, this post from the KindlePreneur blog will help you to write a book that will sell on Amazon to reach bestselling status.

Related: How to write a book readers will love


What is a bestselling book?

A bestselling book tops the chart in its categories on Amazon or any other stores online.

There are different types of bestselling statuses for published books on Amazon. There can be bestselling status for newly published books. There can also be bestselling status for the other subcategories.

There are many benefits to books that appear on the bestselling status in these different areas on Amazon or other online stores.

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How to write a bestselling book: KindlePreneur blog

I found this interesting article on how to write a bestselling book on the KindlePreneur blog. You will find this post very useful if you want to write a bestselling book this year.

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Book marketing strategies for Amazon

We recently recommended these book marketing strategies for Amazon for some authors who want to sell more ebooks on Amazon.

I strongly believe they will be of great use to you too if you also want to sell more books on Amazon KDP.

Related; What is Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing price match



What are book marketing strategies?

Book marketing strategies are book marketing plans authors can follow to expose their published books to more readers. This will ultimately increase the number of book sales.

I believe authors should always design short book marketing strategies like the one in this post and long book marketing strategies that can also publicize their brands as authors.


Do you have a book marketing plan?

Do you have a book marketing plan for your published books as an author?

Most authors don’t have one and I wonder how they hope to get their books into the hands of more readers.

Well, these short book marketing strategies will help you to have an idea of good and short ebook marketing strategies that you can use to sell more books on Amazon KDP.

Now, let’s go.


Book marketing strategies: Step-by-step guide

Check out the short book marketing strategies for your published books on Amazon KDP below;

Write a free book. It can be a short book of about 20 pages. In the free ebook, you will list the links to all your other published paid books on Amazon.

Publish the free book on Amazon and Draft2digital.  List the book as free on Draft2digital too.

After publishing on Draft2digital, send an email to Amazon to make the price of the book free on Amazon (price match). Amazon does not allow you to list your book for free when you publish them.


Sell paid books through free book

When people download the free book on Amazon, they will see your paid books and may buy them. You should ensure your free book solves the problem it promised to solve effectively. This will encourage readers to buy your listed paid books on Amazon.

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Paid book marketing plan

I am also highly recommending this paid book marketing plan for your published books on Amazon KDP.


Check paid advertising options

List your book for a paid advert on the website below Written Word Media. We have used it before to promote our books.

Click to see different book advertising options


Run freebooksy ad

You can first of all run a freebooksy marketing on that website to promote your free book or promote a Kindle Select free days on your books on Amazon.


Run a Bargain Booksy ad

You can also run a bargain Booksy marketing ad after this. You will need to measure the impact of the advert to see and analyze your results.

There are other advertising sections on the website above. You can visit the website to see them.

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19 ways to make money with ebooks

This post, 19 Ways to Make Money with Books will show you how to  turn your writing skills into money using books.

Please enjoy it and let me read your comment.

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 Introduction to make money with books 

Thank you so much for your interest in this report. I am an author and a book seller. I am also the set man at NowNow Books.

My nice and very rewarding experience with books and all it stands for made me to add NowNow Books to the list of online companies for our organization, Zarepath Publishing.

My first ever self-published book was silly mistakes in mathematics. It was really a great experience. This project opened my eyes to the hidden treasures that are buried with book publishing and sales.

I sold lots of copies of this book in my country and the project also opened up lots of opportunities for me and my company. I have self-published other books since then and I have discovered more opportunities around this business.

One of the most astounding discoveries I made while writing and selling books was the fact that the sales from direct book sales should not be the main or the only source of revenue for authors.

This was new to me before I ventured into the business. I used to think I can only make money with my books only if I can sell lots of copies of it. In fact, this misplaced thoughts actually deprived me of catching on some opportunities at the early stage of my book business.

I will be using this report to show you the different ways you can use your book to rake in lots of revenue for yourself. The money from the sales of your book should actually be the least revenue source for your book.

I have practically used most of these tips so i will be pointing your attention to internet links to support my claims. If you are reading this ebook and you are connected to the internet, you can just visit these links.


Direct Book Sales

This is very common. Most authors have relied on this as their main source of income. Just like I mentioned above this should not be so. However, this is still a good source of revenue for your book especially if you know how to distribute or market your books.

Writing your book is the first step in your book business, publishing it is another step, distributing or selling it is another and it is a very important one. You can’t make money from your books sales if you don’t have ways of putting it in the hands of people who will pay you cash in exchange for your book.

Strategies in direct book sales are beyond the scope of this report but you can check out this great e-book, „Self-Publishing Resources For Your Book Business‟. It describes the various ways you can sell your self-published books. Over 50 book sales resources are discussed in the book. If you want more information, please contact me


Make money with books: Distribute a Free Report

You can package your book and give it away as a free report on your website. Well you may be wondering how you can make money when you are giving out your book as a free report. There are simple and sure ways to make money using this strategy:


  1. You can use your free report to show your expertise and advertise your existing books or yet to be published book.
  1. You can use your free report to give publicity to your brand or organisation. You can visit to see what I am using free reports to do.
  1. You can include affiliate links in your free report and encourage your readers to visit the links. An affiliate business is one that will give you the opportunity to sell other people’s products to earn a commission on each sale. There are many website online offering affiliate opportunities to visitors to their websites. Most of them offer free subscription. You can carry out a search using the google search engine to obtain information about these websites.
  1. Youu can use your free report to build a customer base. Place the free report on your website using an auto responder form. When visitors come to your website to pick the free report, they are asked to leave their contact information and expect an auto response from you containing the link to the free report. Though, they are collecting this report free of charge, they may become paying customers in the future. You can always contact them with the contact information they left with you.


Start a Blog

A blog is an online diary where experts put their thoughts for the people to read. Blogging is big business now. Authors are now running blogs to show their expertise to the public and to promote their books. People will readily buy from an author they have read from on many occasions and the one they know is an authority on his subject. If you have written a book, you can break the book down into several articles and place them on your blog to showcase your expertise and also to promote future books.


Blogging can be a very rewarding exercise if you can make yourself to post consistently on it and show to your readers that you are an expert on your topic. If you combine blogging with the idea in Chapter 2 above, then you will be having a great sales system for your books that will make you money for a long time.


 Distribute Articles

You can also break down your book contents into articles that you will distribute on the internet free of charge. Webmasters have used article distribution to promote their websites, products, brands etc. on the internet. They have also used them to promote affiliate products.

Webmasters have visited article submission websites to pick up these distributed articles for use on their websites. If yours are picked, it presents a wonderful opportunity for you to obtain cheap exposure for whatever you have used your articles to promote.

Therefore, instead of selling your book, you can break it down into articles and distribute them free of charge on the internet to promote other products.


You can search using google search bar for “Articles submission websites” to see examples and visit them to register an account.


Open Doors With Your Books

I love this strategy. I believe my books should open doors of other opportunities to me. After I published my first book, Silly Mistakes in Mathematics (, lots of parents contacted me for consultancy work for their children. I made more money from these consultancy works than the money I made from the sales of the book itself.


I have voluntarily given my books out to experts in my industry expecting a joint venture opportunity with them. One of it gave me lots of money even before I began to sell the book. Books show you as an expert (which you are if you are the author of the book). Other experts will be willing to do business with you if they have seen your expertise on the pages of your book.


Show Yourself As An Authority

Sometimes, you are not directly interested in making immediate cash with your book. You just want to push a book out and distribute freely to show you as a voice in your industry. So you are just going to be distributing your books in the right places to shout out your brand to the whole world.

This may not give you immediate gains of more cash but an increased recognition in your industry will eventually make you wealthy in the nearest future.


 Website Exposure

Lots of businesses are now going online. Web designers are having a nice time designing websites for business owners. Now it is one thing to have a website online, it is another thing to bring people to it. You can use a book to give great exposure to your website by distributing it as articles or as free ebooks.

You should ensure that you persuade readers of your book to visit your website. You can put other free resources like free newsletters subscriptions, free reports etc. in your book asking readers of your free ebook to visit your website to pick them up. Your website links should be conspicuously placed at strategic positions in your free ebook.


Sell a Service

You can also use your book to advertise a service you render. For example, a web designer can write a free ebook titled, ‘How To Put Your Website On The Internet’ or ‘7 Reasons why You Need a Website For Your Business’. The free ebook will, apart from teaching the readers the theme of the book, highlight the necessity for the readers to have a website for their businesses by contacting him (the author) to render the service.

Whatever service you render, you can put up a free ebook on a theme related to your trade. If you can’t write a book, you can look for private label rights (PLR)materials on the internet that is related to your business.

PLR materials are resources that are produced and have been given out or sold to others who can use them as they deem fit. They can be edited or used the way they are. You can search on google for ‘Your theme+PLR ebooks’.


Sell The Contents on Platforms

You can also decide to arrange the contents of your book in a seminar format and sell as seminars or workshops. For example, if you have a book on ‘How To Make Money Selling Information Products’.

You can decide to teach this book on platforms using the most relevant parts of the book as seminar topics. I have seen authors who have sold their books as front-end products and have also organized seminars on the same book contents to the same readers of their books as back-end products.

Sometimes, when you sell on platforms, you make more money compared to when you sell your product just as a book. Seminars attract higher fees than book sales. There is also the opportunity for you to sell private consultancy services through your seminars.


Sell as Consultancy

You can also start out by selling the contents of your book as a consultancy. Some experts have written small books to promote their consultancy services. They have given out the small books free of charge to their customers. They have also used this free small book to promote their services.

I gave my book ‘Silly Mistakes in Mathematics’ free to my customers anytime i seal a consultancy deal with them to train their children. I found out that this act usually strengthened the confidence these parents have in my ability to deliver on the task they have contracted me for.


 You Can Learn a Trade Through Books

This part of the book will be describing how you can profit from the book of others.

Let me quote James R. Cook here. He is a highly successful entrepreneur and is the author of „The Start-Up Entrepreneur‟: “Books strengthen the mind. I have chosen reading books over formal education as a personal means to provide a cultural backdrop to enterpreneuring. Every crumb of knowledge you gain, whether it be an obscure historical fact or philosophical musing

will contribute in some small fashion to your ultimate business success. Books are instructors on virtually all subjects. They have hastened my career and can most assuredly complement yours”

This man has voted to enrich himself with books. I am not surprised he has results to show. I have investigated the lives of many successful people and I have discovered how passionate they are about this topic.

You can improve yourself using books. You can learn a completely new trade with books. One of my mentors (a newspaper publisher) had to vote for a new trade to save his business from collapse when he discovered a book titled, ‘555 Ways to Earn Extra Money’ written by Jay Conrad Levinson.

He switched on to the information supplied in this book and a fresh surge of financial air blew across his finances and his business.

I have profited immensely from books. I have learnt many new things from books which have gone ahead to improve my lots in life. You can vote for this too. Books will make you rich if you know how to use them for this purpose.


Increase Your Values Through Books

This is related to the previous tip. You should develop the mentality of improving your values with books. When your values increase, your worth will increase and this will have a positive effect on your economy or bank account.

You should learn to look for books that have been written on any topic where you are presently having challenges. It is believed that a book has been written on any topic you can think of. You only need to search for them. The search engines are useful in this regard. You can also use your local library for this purpose or the bookstores.


You can also register as a member of NowNow Books and refer your friends at if you have not done so before. You can also send us an email if you want us to help you in this regard. Send your email to

You should have a book you read every month. I have a list of authors I read from every month. I always read a chapter from their old books if I don‟t have a new book from them. I always ensured I read their thoughts every month.


Start a Membership Page

I want you to get yourself subscribed to our newsletter at to see an example of a simple membership page. We have a page that is loaded with problem-solving books and which is updated on a monthly basis at no cost to subscribers. It is a free membership website. However, offering it free does not mean we can’t profit from it in the long run. We have also used the page to introduce some of our quality premium products to subscribers of the website. We have also used it grow our subscribers list. The catch here is that if you consistently give good values to some people over time, they will end up seeing you as an authority on the subject and they can easily buy from you in the future.

You can also decide to make your membership website a paid one. If you are going to be successful in this business, you must ensure you have enough original contents on your topic so

that your subscribers can stay subscribed to your website for a long time. They will stay with you if you give them value for their money on a regular basis.

Starting and maintaining a membership website of your quality books is also a great way to sell large copies of new books within a very short time. If you have a new book, the first sets of people that must get a notice are your precious subscribers.


Promote a Cause

You can also profit immensely from your book if you decide to write a book to promote a cause. I have seen many NGOs in my country who have not used this strategy to promote their NGOs.

People can readily relate and understand your mission if you have a book written on what you are promoting. People can read your thoughts on the issue and take decisions to identify with your cause.

This strategy can really do a world of good to NGOs. When you have lots of people identifying with your cause, you can be sure money and other resources will flow in the direction of your NGO. You can get in touch with us to write a promotional book for your NGO if you need assistance in this regard, send an email to us at NowNow Books.


Make money with books: Start a Bookstore

You can also start a physical or online bookstore. An offline or a physical bookstore has been around for a long time now and many business-minded people have really profited from it. 

I must confess that there are many of them around now. However, you can start a bookstore that is different from others that are around you. You should offer other different services in your bookstore.

You should look out for ideas that you can run alongside your bookstore that will bring people in your locality into your bookstore. When they come for this, they can also pay a visit into the book section of your bookstore.

I have seen religious organizations make good use of this strategy. Most of them in my country have their bookstores at the entrance of their churches. Church members can just visit the bookstore on their way into the church or when they are leaving.

Most of them have even announced the availability of new titles at the end of a service or a special programme.

They have the crowd, so they can turn the crowds into bookstore customers. An online bookstore is very common these days. Most businesses now have online bookstores on their websites.

These are simple online store set up with basic resources.


Publish Newsletters

You can turn your book idea into a newsletter. For example, if you have an idea like ‘How To Raise Children’, you can decide to start publishing newsletters on ‘Tips for Mums’. A newsletter idea can develop from a single book idea.

You only need to stretch your thinking to expand the idea. I wrote a book ‘Silly Mistakes in Mathematics’ which corrects students’ foundational errors in the subject. I can stretch my thinking to expand this idea to bring up a newsletter like ‘Improved Mathematics for High Schoolers’.

A newsletter can be distributed online (ezine) or as paper edition. If you are low on budget, you can start an online edition of your newsletter. Newsletters will give you the opportunity to develop a customer database, get in touch with them on a regular basis, show your expertise and also give you the opportunity to have ready customers you can sell your future books to.

If you maintain a quality newsletter, you can be sure of a followership of loyal customers for your books and other information products.


Publish Newspapers

This is closely related to the tip above especially if you are publishing your newsletters offline as paper edition. A book idea can be turned into a newspaper idea. For example, I wrote ‘How To Produce Job-winning Resumes’ and distributed it online.

However I discovered that a newspaper idea can come out of this book idea and Job Zone newspaper was born. Publishing newspapers will involve lots of things which are beyond the scope of this guide. You can run a search online for “Newspaper Publishing” and peruse the results.

Finally, I hope you have enjoyed this post.. Now you can be encouraged to earn lots of cash with your book. I am wishing you all the best. If you have comments you want to pass across to me, you can write it here in the comment section.


Amazon KDP reviews: What I do after I get reviews

Have you heard about Amazon KDP reviews (Kindle Direct Publishing)?  Do you understand how to get reviews for your books on Amazon?

Do you even understand the relevance of book reviews to the success of your ebooks on Amazon? This post will show you what we do after we get some reviews for any of our ebooks on Amazon KDP.

Related: Relevance of reviews for your ebooks on Amazon  


What are book reviews on Amazon KDP?

Book reviews on Amazon KDP are very important factors for the success of any published books or ebooks on Amazon. Book reviews are the comments, testimonials, views, or feedback from readers of a book on Amazon.

Readers or customers have the opportunity to come back to the book review page of a book they bought to leave feedback.

Readers can also decide not to write a review but give a star rating between 1 to 5. The higher the rating given or the closer it is to 5, the more satisfied the customer is after reading the book.

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Amazon KDP reviews: What is the relevance?

The relevance of Amazon KDP reviews to the success of your book on Amazon is much. Please find below some of them:

  • It shows how customers value or hate your book.
  • It shows the quality of your book
  • It gives the signal to the Amazon system or algorithm on how to place your book in search results
  • It gives visitors to your book page the opportunity to see what others think about your book
  • It can either encourage people to buy or avoid your book

Related: Check out one of our most reviewed ebooks on Amazon KDP.

What we do after getting reviews for our books

In our organization, we go the extra length to get book reviews. I will be using a future post to show you the creative and free ways we get reviews for our books on Amazon.

After getting some reviews for our published books on Amazon, we carry out some sales-boosting activities to leverage the reviews we have received.

I want you to watch the video below to learn about what we do after we get reviews for our books on Amazon.


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Amazon KDP for beginners

You can use this post, Amazon KDP for beginners, as a beginner to Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). In our organization, we have received lots of emails from beginners on how to get started with publishing books on Amazon.

The contents of these questions made us start KdPCollege. We have also used the blog section of NowNowBooks to churn out good content for many years now.

Just what is Amazon KDP? Watch this video now.


Is Amazon KDP for beginners?

I believe we should start from here. Is Amazon KDP for beginners? The simple answer is, yes, Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing is for beginners.

What does that mean?

Fresh beginners can publish their books on Amazon KDP without much effort. The system is built to accommodate authors at any level of experience.

Amazon KDP also has lots of helpful tutorials in place to help beginners. From the simple steps to the last stages of publishing on Amazon.

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Tutorials on Publishing on Amazon for beginners

These tutorials and blog posts will help you as a beginner with publishing on Amazon KDP. Please take your time to go through all the blog posts.

Learn what Amazon KDP is all about. Read more below.

What is Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing?

Learn how to publish your books on Amazon for free. Read more below:

How to publish a book on Amazon for free

How to register for an Amazon KDP account. Read more below:

How to register for an Amazon KDP account

Pros and cons of self-publishing on Amazon KDP. Read more at:

Pros and cons of self-publishing on Amazon KDP Amazon

How to publish Kindle ebooks on Amazon. Read more below

How to publish Kindle ebooks on Amazon

How to sell lots of ebooks on Amazon. Read the post below:

How do I sell a lot of ebooks on Amazon and Amazon

Reasons why you must publish and sell books on Amazon. Read it below:

Why you must publish and sell books on Amazon

I believe you can get started with those posts and articles above.

However, if you need help, you can check out our recommended publishing resources here.

How to write a book readers love

Do you want yo write a book readers love? I believe every author wants to write a book readers will appreciate and pass across to their friends.

You need your readers to fall in love with your books the moment they begin to read it. There are so many benefits to you and your book if readers of your books love them.

I will be using another post to describe benefits to you and your books if readers love them. That’s going to be a future post.

Today, I want you to enjoy this pillar post on how to write a book readers will love. Enjoy it and pass this post across to your friends on social media and everywhere.

Related: Check out our problem-solving ebooks 


Introduction to how to write a book readers love 

The human body when it is healthy radiates beauty and has the tendency to grow adequately. Everyone desires the beauty of a healthy person.

When a child is not growing adequately, the parents are worried and usually, they schedule a visit to see a physician. If it is found that the child lacks anything that is required for his or her normal growth, the parents go to any length to provide these required growth contents for their child.

Life materials

The human body that is not growing well and which has no outside beauty lacks what I call, “Life Materials” or growth contents that are necessary to make it grow adequately.

The same thing applies to a child that is not growing adequately; he or she lacks growth contents or life Materials.

Authors and life materials

The description above also applies to authors, their books, how readers rate their books and how their books perform in the market.

Wherever there are life materials, there will surely be normal beauty and growth. When your books have life materials or growth contents, they will surely radiate the beauty and attraction that will make them enjoy the love and patronage of readers.

Good books attract loyal readers

When readers love your book (when your book is filled with relevant life materials), they are likely to stay with you for a long time and become great fans who are ready to buy more books from you whenever you publish them.

They will also be ready to pass words around about you and your book to their friends, families, colleagues, online friends and so on.


Why I Wrote This Post on How to write a book readers love 

The main reason why I wrote this post is to make you write interesting books that your readers would love and which will ultimately sell very well in the market. When readers love your books, they will be willing to promote them by using the most potent book-selling strategy which is the word of mouth publicity.

With the word of mouth publicity, the readers who enjoy your book take it upon themselves to inform others about it. If the readers they informed love your book, they will also inform others and it goes on like that.

I know that most books which broke out from the various sales channels either with traditional or independent publishing platforms as best-sellers owe their successes to this potent strategy.

Make your book an exciting read with growth content

You can make each of your non-fiction books an exciting read for your readers if you can learn how to put these life materials or growth additions or growth elements into your books.

They are life materials because they bring life into your books. They add more excitements and originality to your books in addition to the problems it is meant to solve.

What life materials add to your book

Life materials add the following to your books:

  • help in authenticating the solutions you have provided to the problems your books is solving
  • add more benefits and bonuses to your readers
  • provide entertainment to your readers
  • give a strong voice to your book and improve your author profile in the market place
  • increase your book sales and success as an author.


Newspapers and Magazines Also use Life materials 

How to write a book readers will love


I have also observed the use of life materials by newspaper and magazine editors to make readers love their publications. I am sure you have seen this application a lot of times.

The following are some of the ways Newspapers and Magazines use life materials to make readers love their publications:

  • Use of fresh images or pictures on the front pages of some newspapers showing an event that happened the previous day.
  • Report of fresh news as it happens with picture shots accompanying them.
  • Dedicating a section of their newspapers to “Photo News” which only shows picture shots of current events that will interest their readers and most importantly, to show their readers that they are current and that they have ‘life’ running through the “veins’ of their newspapers and magazines.


Books should have life materials to make readers love them

Books should have these life materials too. Your books don’t have to be boring to your readers or uninteresting to your readers.

Placing that extra information, entertainment, gifts and bonuses will surely make your book come alive to your readers.

I have described some (5) of these life materials Or growth contents or addictions in this post.

Related: If you want to read about 25 or more of these growth content, you need to get a full book I wrote about this topic. Read more here.


Life Materials Have Always Been There to make readers love books

I have, over the years, also observed how best-selling authors have used these life materials in their books. These materials have added great quality to their books and have helped them to climb up to the top of the ladder of best-selling authors.

I will be mentioning instances of the use of these materials in some of these best-selling books that I have come across. I will be picking examples from both local (those which sold well in my country) and foreign best-selling books.

I have also used these materials in my books severally and I have observed readers’ positive reactions to these additions. I will also be sharing practical examples from my various books in this post.

This secret is one of the reasons why I have very good reviews and star ratings on Amazon and other online ebook sales channels.

Using the life materials in your books

You will not be able to use all of them in a single book but you can use a combination of many of them in a single book. You will need to pick relevant ones for each book you will be writing.

I am convinced that any life material you decide to use will go a long way to add lots of qualities to your books and end up exciting your readers resulting in more sales for your books.

Benefits of adding life materials to your books

Let me bring the benefits of this post to you in bulleted points:

1. You will be able to write great books

2. You will assist readers of your books to love your books by increasing their reading appetite.

3. You will be able to sell lots of your books.

4. You will be making the solutions you have provided in your books real and workable to your readers.

5. It will make readers of your books value your author brand.

6. People will fall in love with your books and pass information around about it through word of mouth.

7. You will be able to increase your fans database.

Well, I know you can’t wait to get started so I will just roll on the dice immediately.


Make readers love your book: Bring in a Practical Story

I have read many non-fiction books where the authors have failed to include their practical personal stories and that of others in their books. Most of the books written this way are always boring and lack life contents.

People love stories, especially stories which are relevant to the solutions to problems which your book is describing.

You should ensure you strategically and intelligently put these types of stories in relevant places in your book. I am not asking you to make your book a hundred – percent story book, no, you should not do that.

If you include practical stories describing how you or others you have investigated have solved problems your book is describing, you will be making your book come alive to your readers.

People remember stories more

One of the most respected clergy man in the world, E.A Adeboye, the General Oversea of The Redeemed Christian Church of God once said , during one of his sermons, ‘I have found out that people remember more the stories you tell to illustrate your point in your sermon more the sermon itself’.

I am not surprised this man has made his books and sermon very relevant to his readers by sharing his practical stories and that of others in his books. His books are sold in the millions.

Use stories the right way in your books

Stories are powerful especially when they are rightly used in a book. It is not just enough to tell them stories about yourself alone, you can include stories about others who have done things that are relevant to the solution you are describing to a problem in your book.

This is the reason why I strongly believe that one of the best non-fiction books anyone can ever write will only be the ones he or she writes as an expert. An expert in a particular field for many years will have lots of powerful stories to tell of himself or herself or about others.

The Chicken Soup Series

Do you remember the extremely successful Chicken Soup series authored by the duo of Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. Each book in the series is a compilation of heartwarming stories by different contributors. It is on record that readers fell (and are still falling) in love with the books in the series.

Think and Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill)

Celebrated author, Napoleon Hill used practical stories in relevant places in his best-selling book, Think and Grow Rich. These stories did a lot of good to this book.

The stories were well placed at relevant places. They helped the flow of the book; they added quality to the book. Mr. Hill said he spent many years investigating the stories of successful people.

I am not surprised he had lots of these stories to share with his readers in his book. In short, Think and Grow Rich is a story book of successful people.

This celebrated author also added his own practical stories at relevant places in this book. It was just a perfect blend of stories that went a long way to add life or growth contents into the book and the readers and the market reacted positively to it.

I want you to see examples below from his book, I believe you will remember these excerpts from the book if you have read it before. He picked up according to him, by permission, the first life material below from an article written by John Lowell in the New York Worldwide -Telegram.

This should show you that you should be ready to go to any extent to add a practical story to your book if you know it will add value to it. Mr. Hill did just that with this first quotation below:

“When, on the evening of December 12, 1900, some eighty of the nation’s financial mobility gathered in the banquet hall of the University Club on Fifth Avenue to do honor to a young man from out of the west, not a half a dozen of the guests realized they were to witness the most significant episode in American industrial history…”

This story was really a delight and it really imparted me. It presented Mr. Hill’s message on Faith in that chapter in graphical form. I saw the definition and application of faith and idea execution from that story alone.

This is what a good life material does to your book and to your readers. I want you to look at the second life material that really appealed to me in this book:

“While Dr. Gunsalulus was going through college, he observed many defects in our educational systems, defects which he believed he would correct if he were the head of a college…”

This was another classic story from this book that helped the readers to catch, at a glance, the message he tried to pass across in that section of the book. The immediate story above was used to describe the old saying, “Where there is a will, there is a way” under the Imagination Chapter of the book.

You shall Not Be Barren (David O. Oyedepo)

In this book authored by best-selling author and President of one of the fastest growing Pentecostal churches in the world, David Oyedepo wrote a few facts on the book theme from the Bible in the first few chapters of the book and used the remaining chapters to publish practical stories of the people who have had encounters with his ministry on issues relating to the theme of the book.

I want you to read excerpts from the book. You should look at one of the ways he introduced this life material in this popular book:

“Below are some testimonies, proofs of God’s commitment to you. Just as these people got their hearts desires, so also will you! … ‘My wife and I had believed God for the fruit of the womb for over three years. At one of the breakthrough seminars held last year, the Bishop blessed our oil and said it was for quick works…”

Sometimes the stories are called testimonies as we have seen from the book above. The man of God filled that book with stories of those who have recorded victories over childlessness using God’s Word.

I’m not surprised that book sold well in my country. It was a good use of a life material that validated his qualification to write such books and also helped his readers to love the book.


Write a book readers love: Allow Natural Mention

You can also write your books and allow lots of natural mentions of testimonials of people who have had one or two relationships with you over the theme of your book. I have seen lots of best-selling authors do this; they make these testimonials flow freely into every stage of their books where they want to use them.

For example, an author in the course of writing a chapter in his book, paused to write this:

“While I was about to write this chapter, I received an email from a reader of the first edition of this book sharing how the book helped him and also mentioned an important problem area which I will be using this chapter to solve, I will just publish the content of his email below and then continue with this chapter”.

This was an excellent addition that was used naturally in the course of passing across a message in a chapter of a book. Readers of your book will usually love and enjoy these types of stories because they validate your qualification to write the book they are reading.

It also makes your book come alive to them. The readers are reading from a practitioner and not just an ordinary story teller.

I want you to look at how I intelligently added this type of life material to a chapter of my book, You Can Stop Masturbation where I discussed ‘Check Unrelated Issues”.

“A lady after reading one of my short addiction reports, 2 Quick Ways to Stop Addiction, called me on phone and narrated how the report has helped her. She said, “Thank you sir for your report, Two Quick Ways to Cure addiction. I am (her name). I am married but I am addicted to masturbation and I want to stop it. That was why I took time to read your report…

After encouraging and praying with her on the phone, I began to wonder why she is married and yet is addicted to masturbation. After exchanging a few emails with her sharing more articles and reports with her, I perceived it’s likely she was having some unresolved issues with her husband which had made her to go the way of masturbation”.

This life material showed my reader that I have written short reports on the topic of the book before. It shows them how people have benefited from these short reports before.

It shows them how I have been involved in a conversation with a satisfied reader of these past reports. It ends up introducing the main topic of discussion for that chapter of the book, how unrelated issues can cause the problem of addiction. This singular act would surely show my readers my qualification to write the book and also help them to fall in love with my book.

Just like I said, let these types of additions flow freely into your discussion in any section of your book where you want to use them.


Make readers love your books: Use ‘Parablic’ Stories

In my book, Jesus and Your Success, I started with this relevant story:

“Johnson Idiok (not real name) was trained as an agriculturalist in a city university and returned to his village to set up a modern farm. After some years of consistent hard work, his organization grew in leaps and bounds; he became very wealthy. He worked harder and amassed more wealth and properties in the community.

Johnson Idiok was contented to see his personal fortune grow on a regular basis and loved the cult-figure image the people of the village accorded him. On the other hand, Timothy Anderson (not real name) was trained as a production engineer. He left the city to set up a manufacturing firm in his village. He also worked very hard to take his business to the next level recording outstanding breakthroughs in the process. After some years, he had also amassed lots of wealth and properties.

However, Timothy Anderson felt very uncomfortable with the fact that he was the only one making significant progress in his little village. He took a decision to do something about it and approached God for what to do about the situation.

He was inspired to set up a second organization in his village that would inspire and educate the youths and other members of the village on how they can go ahead to achieve what he has achieved and even surpass his achievements. This free service also involved the award of scholarships to those who were finding it difficult financing their education”.

My simple plan for my readers

My plan was to introduce my readers to the reason why I wrote the book right from the introduction page of the book. It was also meant to be a life material – to show my readers the relevance of the book to them and also sustain their interest in the book until they have read the last word in the book.

I call these types of stories, ‘parablic’ stories because sometimes you can follow the Jesus’ story-telling strategies (parables) where you make up a story to describe a point you want to make in any part of your book.

The stories of Johnson Idiok and Timothy Anderson in the story above were made up by me to act as a life material at the beginning of this book.

Rich Dad and Poor Dad book

I want to believe the popular Rich Dad and Poor Dad story of Best-selling author Robert Kiyosaki is a ‘parablic’ story. I am sure you will agree with me that this strategy is one of the reasons why that book and the others after it are best-sellers since it was first released.

People fell in love with the wise narration of the story around his two ‘fathers’ and the provision of solutions to the problems the book was solving. It was a great life material indeed!

Look at Another Story Innovation

I want you to look at another story addition from the book, Just for Girls by Elizabeth M. Hoe and M.Beth Cutaiar. They intelligently introduced the stories of four young females who told their practical stories all through the book. Look at the intelligent introduction of this life material by these authors:

“We’d like to introduce you to four young women from whom we will be hearing throughout this book. Each is based on a real person – a young woman similar to you! Please meet Lori, Sara, Ellen, and Betsy…”

These four young women end up introducing their stories and went on to tell their stories at relevant places throughout the book.

Stories can be powerful and they can be great additions to your books that will make your readers fall in love with them and you.


Write a book readers love: Include Research Results

Have you seen these types of research results below in some books?

“The suicide rate has skyrocketed in the ’80s. For children 10 – 14 the suicide rate has tripled in the last ten years. Leadership magazines estimate that half a million people attempt suicide annually.

In 1981 more people died by suicide than by homicide” This quote was taken from Billy Graham’s best-selling book, Peace with God.

Did you observe the extra work the author did to give his readers quality content? He quoted a research result from a credible organisation that was relevant to that section of his book.

You will agree with me that this was indeed a life material for that book. That book contains many of such quotations.

The research quotations were included at the right places in the book to give more voice to the claims of the author in order to adequately educate his readers. When readers are adequately educated, they will surely fall in love with you and your book and pass information around about it.

Survey results in my book

I want you to look at how I also included such life material in my book, You Can Stop Masturbation:

“Survey results show that “86% of American high school students said that some class mates drink, use drugs and smoke during school day. 44 % of high school students knew students who sold drugs like marijuana, cocaine and their likes at their schools. 52% of high school students said that there was a place on school ground or near school where .students can go to use drugs.

Now the dangerous part of this is that 36% said that it was easy for students to use drugs, drink or smoke during the school day without getting caught”.

I brought in this quotation at a point when I was trying to educate parents on how it is dangerous to leave the moral, spiritual and even academic well-being of their children entirely in the hands of schools or educational institutions.

I wanted them to understand the relevance of getting actively involved in these areas of their children’s development. Therefore, the quoted research result was to help them understand the relevance of my claims.

George B Eager, in his exciting book, Love. Dating and Marriage, wanted to show his readers how it is possible for teenagers and tweenagers to say no to sex before marriage, he quoted a survey result:

“In a survey of over 11,000 teens in grades eight through ten, 94 percent of the girls and 76 percent of the guys said that it’s acceptable to say no to sex”. Again, the research result added at the right place for his readers.

Best-selling authors usually carry out lots of researches while in the process of writing their books. While doing this, they have always come across polls, surveys and researches that have been published by others on the topic.

Smart ones among them have always gone ahead to include these research results in appropriate places in their books quoting the sources of their quotations.

Give credible and verifiable results

You should understand that it is not enough for you to bring up research results from questionable sources. You should take the pain to look for great sources of research results.

Nowadays, you can obtain lots of these online. You can also do a search on the search engines for, “(Your topic) + polls surveys”. For example, if I am writing a book on how to stop addiction, I can search for, “Addiction+ polls surveys”.

Quoting credible research results at appropriate places in your books will show your readers that you have gone to a great extent to produce the book they have in their hands. Every reader wants to get the best of information from every book they read.

If you can share credible polls, surveys and research results that substantiate your claims in your book with them, they will be happy to read more from your book and from you.

I have always included some nice research results in my books and I have also seen how best-selling authors have also done that, in fact I learnt the use of this particular life-material strategy from them.

Good results from this life material

You saw one of the examples in my book, You Can Stop Masturbation. That research result was used at an appropriate place in that book to show parents reading the book that even our schools can’t be totally relied upon to mould our children’s character alone. These types of additions will show readers of your books that you are really worth listening to on the theme of your book.

Relevant results mention

Let me warn again that you are not expected to flood your book with copied research results from surveys, polls and scatter them throughput your book. The research results you are using must flow appropriately with any section of your book where you have decided to use them.

These results are to act as life materials in your book – to make your book come alive to your readers. When you use them carelessly, they do the opposite.

Readers will find out that you are only trying to impress them by using them at places where they are not relevant. This will surely present you as a novice and make the people lose interest in your book and your author brand.


Make readers love your books: Quote Experts

Best-selling authors are also fond of quoting experts in their books. I have also quoted experts in my books at very relevant places.

Quoting other experts in your books as you try to make a valid point to your readers will help to give a strong voice to your point in the mind of your readers. When you use other well-known experts to corroborate your argument in your book, you are giving your readers the opportunity to read the minds of two or more experts on the same topic in a single book.

Some authors have even gone ahead to quote 2 or 3 more experts on the same message and at the same part of the book in order to give more information to their readers.


10Things You Need to Know About Self-Publishing (Joel Friedlander)

I want you to look at the way Joel Friedlander brought in an expert’s quote in a section of his book where he wanted to show his readers why they must not patronize Vanity publishers:

You will agree with me that this was extra information from another expert to support his claims in that section of the book. The readers did not only read his own views about the topic but they also read from another expert he had interacted with.

I want you to look at a good use of this life material in some best-selling books. This first one was taken from Robert Allen’s very successful book, Multiple Streams of Income:

“As an example, let me offer you Susan Powter, who appeared out of nowhere in the early 1990s with her bleached crew cut … This is the marketing blurb about her book: Susan tells how depression led to her 260 – pound “fat coma” and how she overcame ‘the insanity’ of the diet and fitness industry to develop her own wellness plan”

Fantastic inclusion!

Robert was teaching how anyone can turn their life stories into money. He had to include Susan’s story (using the life material I discussed in chapter 1).

He went further to include Susan’s quotes in the marketing blurb of her book. One other good way I have observed Authors’ use of this life material is from the example I am showing below. Still I will be picking a quote from Robert’s book, Multiple Streams of Income:

“Remember the old Chinese saying? Man who chases two rabbits loses both. If Confucius were alive today. He’d probably say: Man must chase ten rabbits in order to catch three”.

He quoted a Chinese proverb. Some other authors have quoted African proverbs or whichever that will add more value to their claims at any part of their books. Your readers don’t have to be natives of the countries you are picking your sayings or proverbs from; it even gives them an additional, free opportunity to learn about the cultures and sayings of other tribes and nations.

Quote from Times News Magazine

I want you to look at the way I used a quotation from the Times News Magazine in my book, Bible Secrets for Effective School Teaching.

I wanted my readers to understand why the teachers of the infamous Adolf Hitler, who wickedly ruined a certain percentage of the population of Jews, will not be exempted from blame and punishment due to their negative influence over this dictator right from his childhood days. To buttress this fact, I found and used the quote below from this respected News organisation:

” …he (Adolph Hitler) was raised a spoiled child by a doting mother, Klara… he grew up a half – educated young man , untrained for any trade or profession, seemingly doomed to failure… Soon Hitler’s researches revealed to him that the Jews is the enemy of all mankind…”

I used this quote to show why the teachers who had taught and negatively influenced him wrongly since his childhood days through books, journals and reports should also come up for mention and blame. This life material has really helped lots of people to agree with my claim even at the various teachers’ seminars that we have organized. It has also helped the readers of that book to agree with my submission on this topic.

How Do You Obtain Great Quotes

You can pick up great quotes from the following sources:

  • From the books and teachings of experts in an industry where your book is solving a problem.
  • From sermons (if the expert is a clergy).
  • During seminars. I look out for these types of quotes when I attend seminars of my mentors.
  • From the newspapers.
  • On radio and television.
  • From the newsletters of experts. I am subscribed to newsletters (ezines) of experts in my industry.
  • From their blogs. Most experts now have blogs and online presence where they post and share their thoughts on a regular basis.

Other strategies to get quotes

Usually, these quotes are short statements of these experts. I always underline great quotes from books whenever I read them.

If I am writing a book on a particular theme, I usually consult a book I have which have a similar theme with the book that I want to write.

I have also written out some of these quotes on a plain sheet of paper and then try to plug in quotes from this list at relevant places as I write my book. I believe every author should have this type of quote document.

There are also books on this that you can purchase online. You should do a search on any of the search engines.

This life material has been in use for years now; it’s about one of the oldest life materials that are still in use today. Let me inform you that it will always be a relevant material if it is used appropriately.


Write a book readers love : Attach a CD or DVD

While in High School, I noticed authors of the popular New Engineering Mathematics added a free CD to the book. Then, as students, we were excited about this free and quality addition.

We were always ready to buy a copy of this book because of this extra gift. Other smart authors have also sold their books with a CD/Dvd attached.

The practice has really improved the perceived values of their works. Prospective customers will go for these types of works because they believe they are getting something extra for their money.

Most times, the extra gift can just be a cd containing the content of the book in Microsoft Word or PDF format. It can also be an audio CD containing an important message that is closely related to the message of the book.

Sometimes, it can even be a Dvd containing video shots of one of the trainings or workshops of the author of the book. This extra gift can also be a CD containing free e-book on topics that are closely related to the topic of the book.

Extra gifts on websites for book readers

Whatever they are, they are life materials that will help to move your book into the heart of your readers. I have also seen authors that have placed these extra gifts on their websites.

For example, Robert Kiyosaki had an audio that can be downloaded free on his website by readers of his best-selling book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I want you to look at the way he used it in several places in his book:

“For a Free Audio Report, What My Rich Dad Taught About Money all you have to do is visit our special website at … and the report is yours for free”

Some authors have also included a coupon in their books for readers to detach, fill and send to them to receive these extra gifts.

The covers of these types of books usually look like what I have below:

How to Overcome Disappointment

…report reveal step by step guide on how you can overcome disappointment


A Training DVD Attached.

Author Name.

All of these practices by authors are meant to add life to their books. It makes the readers have the feeling that they are reading the book of an author who is real and cares for them even before they bought the book.


How to write a book readers love:  Include Tables And Graphs

Just like I shared with you under above under the section on ‘Include Research Results’, tables and graph showing the research results are also good life Materials that you can include in your books.

As usual, you should ensure the results on the tables and graphs are related to any message you are trying to pass across at any part of the book. You don’t just include them just for the sake of doing so. They must give your readers clearer information about your message at that part of the book.

I want you to look at practical examples below.

Mark Coker, Author of The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success and Founder of used this life material severally in his book. I want you to look at examples below:

Did you see the way he introduced a relevant chart that is expected to give graphic illustration of the message he was trying to pass across? After the chart, he continued with his explanation using the information from the same chart.

Include tables and charts where they are useful

Smart authors usually include these tables and graphs at places where they are just necessary. Tables and graphs will add to your book what they have always added to where they are rightly used – clearer information, visual and graphic information about a message you are trying to pass across.

Your readers will be happy with this extra effort from you and will ensure they read your book with more excitement and appetite. Let me inform you that you can go online to search for these types of life materials.

You should search for ‘graphs and tables + your topic of discourse’. This should bring you any available information on the internet.

You can also go directly to the individual websites where this information is domiciled if you know them already. I want you to look again at what Mark Coker did in this same book:

He drew upon data from the Association of American Publishers. The tip here for you is that you can search online for the website of any association, agency that has relationships with your topic of discourse in your book.


Write a book readers love: Include Real-Life Pictures

Publishers of the popular New General Math Book series in Africa used pictures to illustrate some math principle in their book. These additions really added lots of life to this legendary book series.

The pictures used were not just cartoon pictures; they were real pictures of real people. I believe most of these pictures were specially taken for the purpose of the book series.

Author of 10 Things You Need to Know About Self-Publishing

Joel Friedlander used these real pictures severally to illustrate important messages in his book. Look at one of them below on the right hand side of a page in his book where he was describing the necessity of having a good cover for books. He actually included real book covers to illustrate his point.

Dave Chesson (

Dave Chesson, author of Amazon Kindle Rankings and owner of also used this life material severally in his book. Look at an example below:

He also used cartoons in some parts of his book. Let me also add that well-drawn cartoons can also be used in books as Life materials.

Real pictures will do a good job but cartoon can also stand in for these real pictures. You may also combine the two.

Most times, pictures tell a story more than words. It will however be to the advantage of your book and your author brand if you know how to use both life materials (pictures and stories) in your books.

I also used this life material extensively in my own book, Money Making Secrets in the Education Industry. Look at an example below:

I used this life material under a chapter where I described How to Make Great Profits as a Book Author and Publisher. I wanted the readers of my book to see a picture of my first self-published book which did very well in the local market and which qualified me to write that chapter.

In that same book, I used pictures of athletes, top society people and others at places where their pictures would help my readers to see the graphic representation of what I was describing.

Pictures on sales pages

David Stewart, owner of explained how he experienced a big turnaround in his profits when he decided to include pictures on the sales page of his dog training information product. There are also countless numbers of online marketers who have testified to the huge relevance of real-life images on sales copies.

Some have even gone to the extent of including videos describing their products or services. Real-life pictures are even important life materials on sales copies.

The real-life pictures should be relevant and must aid the readers to understand a message you want to pass across in any section of your book where they are used. If they are not going to do this, please don’t use them at all.

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  In Your Book

I will be highlighting below some of the advantages of using a special Direct Response Page in your book.

1. It brings life into your book. 2. It shows the readers they are actually reading the book of someone who is real and who is ready to give more benefits to them. They are reading from a ‘real author’ who has a lively book. 3. With your gifts, it shows the readers that you actually appreciate them for buying your books in the first place. 4. It allows your gift to make room for you. Your readers go into the body of your book with a positive mind towards you. 5. You will have the opportunity of building a database of phone numbers or email addresses of readers or customers of your book over time. 6. You can sell your books directly to this database in the future by sending emails or text messages to them. 7. You will have the opportunity of having a database of readers that can be of good use to you and your book-selling business anytime you want to research a new book title or do a simple market research. 8. You can use it to know how far your book has gone. In my book sample above, I asked for the location of the reader.

These are just some of the many advantages of using a special direct response page in your book. Out of all these, I have come to love the number five advantage the most. A good business must have a means of building a database of customers so that it can sell to them over and over again. It is always very easy to sell to a customer who has bought from you (and is satisfied about your service) than a new person who has not had any business relationship with you in the past.

Tools That You Will Need To Create A Direct Response Page

The following tools will help you to create a direct response page.

1. Your phone number: Just like the way I used one above in my book (shown in the image above). There are also now phone numbers which have auto response messages set up with them. A subscriber receives an auto response from you when he or she subscribes as requested. There are also voicemail services that you can use for this purpose. The voice mail services make it possible for people to instantly pass detailed information from one party to another without directly speaking to them.

2. Your email address: I believe everyone should have an email address now. You may decide to ask your readers to send the information to an email address instead of a phone number. I showed an example from Fred Gleeck’s book earlier. Just like the case with a phone number, this email address can have an autoresponder set up for it where pre-written reply messages can be sent to readers who subscribe as requested.

3. A website (optional): This is optional but you can have a web page set up for this purpose where you can direct your readers to supply their contact information to receive their gifts. The use of website adds more professionalism to the whole thing. It adds more life to it and gain you more respect from your readers.

Your autoresponse phone number and email address can also be a good tool to you. You should also extract the email addresses and phone numbers and keep them in a record. You can also use auto responder services for this purpose for convenience sake. This will give an instant response to the request of your readers and also store their email address for your future use. This way you will not have to manually respond to every request for your gifts. There are many of these free services online today. You can also ask a webmaster to create a special autoresponse email for you from the Cpanel of your website if you own one. For example, when I launched the free report of my book, You Can Stop Masturbation several years ago, I created and autoresponse email, for it (it is disabled now). I asked anyone who desire to receive the free version of the book to send a blank email to this email address. Many did and they received a link to download the free version, a little sales message and a link to buy the full version. I must also add that I also received lots of relevant email messages from users of this free report which has helped me to improve the product on the three occasions I have done so.

Can you see how this life material helped to kick start a relationship between me and my readers and also led to tips which helped me to improve the product on three occasions? Life materials are indeed good materials!

Google Form to the Rescue

You can create a form from the free Google form services available on the internet. You will give the link to your form in your direct response page and when visitors have filled this form, you will be able to retrieve their submitted information in your account. This is a valuable service from the guys at Google. You can visit to use this form. It will only cost you a free registration for a goolge account and I bet you have that already. In case you don’t have one, you should register for one and then create your direct response form using the link above.

I want you to look at how Sam Adeyemi used it in his book, What I Would Have Done Differently. Though this message appeared on the third page, it still serves the same purpose.

The form at that page was created using Google form. He showed his readers how lives have been touched positively through his coaching programme and offered them the opportunity to subscribe to the coaching programme. I believe the readers did not bargain for this when they picked up the book to read. This is what life materials add to your book and to your readers. Your readers are won over by the surprise gift and extra information they did not bargain for.

I believe this type of life material should appear very early in your book so that you can catch the attention of your readers very early. Some readers don’t read books up to the last page. Though, if well used and crafted out, direct response pages can appear anywhere in a book and still achieve the same purpose.


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