Self-Publishing Short: Become an Amazon Affiliate

Self-Publishing Short: Become an Amazon Affiliate

Did you know that you can sign up for Amazon’s affiliate program and use your affiliate code to link to your book to make a little extra money? You should use your affiliate link wherever you link to your book on Amazon, such as on your website or in your newsletter. Then, when someone clicks and buys your book, you make a small commission from Amazon. This is separate from the money you make as the author of the book.

Plus, as a bonus, if they buy something else on Amazon after clicking your link, you also get a commission on that sale, as long as it is a qualifying product. I had one author tell me that someone bought their book, plus a big screen TV. He got a commission payment for the TV in addition to the one for his book. They do not even have to buy your book for you to get commission on what they buy after clicking on your link.

You should use your affiliate link for any book you review or recommend on your site, not just your own book.

To start, you should have a website. Then sign up for Amazon’s affiliate program at https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/. Once approved you can use their link builder to find your book and they will give you the link to use.  Do this for any book that you talk about. You will probably not get rich, but every penny counts!

Self-Publishing Short: Six Things You Need to Know Before Your Cover Is Designed

Self-Publishing Short: Six Things You Need to Know Before Your Cover Is Designed

Hello, all! Kimberly here from Jera Publishing. Today your self-publishing short is on the six things you need to know before you have your book cover designed. At Jera Publishing, we often have authors come to us for interior book design after they have had their cover designed, and they often have issues because they do not fully understand the cover design process. While having the front cover for marketing purposes before your book is published is a good thing, you need to know the following items before the cover design process is even started.

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A Chat with Shawn Manaher of Book Marketing Tools

A Chat with Shawn Manaher of Book Marketing Tools

Publishing a book is challenging to say the least—you wrote the book (which took ages), revised it (which may have taken even longer), handed it over to your editor (which was intimidating and, yes, time-consuming), and then waited for typesetting, cover design, proofing, and a myriad of other production tasks. So, when the book is finally up for purchase, you can sit back, relax, and watch the sales roll in, right?

Not so fast. (more…)

The Dangers of Plagiarism

The Dangers of Plagiarism

The first time (that I know of) I was plagiarized was in college. Someone had copied and pasted at least three of my sentences on an online message board where we were to post weekly thoughts about our assigned material. Now, these weren’t commonly worded sentences, so it wasn’t coincidental—I knew I had been plagiarized. (more…)

Intern Insights: An Interview with Lee Gimenez

Intern Insights: An Interview with Lee Gimenez

During my time at Jera, I was given the wonderful opportunity to interview the incredibly brilliant and generous author Lee Gimenez. Mr. Gimenez is a self-published and traditionally published author of eleven books. Some of his best sellers include Killing West, The Washington Ultimatum, and BlackSnow Zero. Words cannot describe the overwhelming sensation that came over me as I found out I had been given such an amazing opportunity by Jera Publishing and Mr. Gimenez himself. (more…)

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