The 5th book in my series for writers, The Busy Writer’s Book of Checklists, has just gone live on Amazon Kindle. (I don’t think I’ll ever get over the excitement of having a new book out!)
This one took me a bit longer after I’d finished the final draft, because I had decided to add value by making the whole set of checklists (23 of them so far) available to purchasers as a printable set. We all know how handy it is to have a checklist at our elbow. While e-readers are wonderful for their portability and for quick reference, the real value of a checklist lies in being able to tick things off as you go.
So I carefully created proper checklists in Word, using tables, and converted every one of them into a PDF. Then I zipped them into two files (to reduce the file size) and make them ready for purchasers. All they have to do is forward their Amazon receipt to an email address in the book, and they can have their set of checklists.
I don’t know about you, but if I were a purchaser of something as everyday-useful as a set of checklists, I’d be really happy with that!
Now let me move on to Robin Adolphs, a talented author that I have had the privilege to know for many years. Robin sent me two of her new picture books, mentioning that she also had additional activities related to them on her website.
Well, guys, I was absolutely blown away! Not only were both picture books well written with bright, charming illustrations, but (a) they were available on Kindle as well, and (b) Robin’s website is a pleasure to visit. It looks happy and welcoming, and kids can go there and have fun with an on-screen jigsaw puzzle based on one of the pictures in the book. And what a bonanza for teachers, home-schooling mothers, or simply mothers who would love to download activities for their kids to go along with the story!
By adding value like this, Robin has laid a solid foundation for her books and her ongoing success as an author.
Go along to Robin’s website and take a look.
One final example of how authors of books for Kindle are now including ‘extras’ that go beyond the confines of the actual book… A recent release targeting the Halloween market includes a useful resource section with links to free pumpkin carving patterns, videos on how to carve a pumpkin and a Monster Mash YouTube video, printable halloween certificates for winners of the games, Halloween fun trivia, jokes and more.
Go here to “Look Inside” the book:
Halloween Fun – Scary – Spooky Fun For The Entire Family
Now it’s your turn. How can you add value to your books/website? How can you attract more readers and more sales?
I have turned this into one of the weekly challenges over at the Writing Challenges website, for the week starting August 12. (However, you can do any of these challenges at any time!)
Why not go and join the challenge – and then tell me and everyone else who joins in what you have done to add value!