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10 Things You Need to Know About Publishing on Amazon – Part 1

How gutting is it when you already have a few successful books under your belt and, all of a sudden, your publisher pulls out. He or she no longer wants to represent you, despite your success. Instead of letting it get you down, pull yourself up and find a new publisher. That’s not too difficult when you are already a successful author because many publishers will snap up successful authors in a heartbeat. However, if your chosen marketing platform is Amazon, some bookstores will not carry your books.

So why not consider embracing Amazon wholly? You might find that success comes even easier and the face of Amazon is always changing; they are always trying new things that benefit their authors. Sadly, there are a lot of people who talk Amazon down, people who say they are ripping authors off. I’m here to tell you that there are plenty of good reasons why you should seriously consider Amazon as your publishing platform but before you do, consider these 10 things:

Your Books Will Never Be In a Bookstore

When you sign up to a publisher who uses Amazon publishing, you need to keep in mind that your book is never going to be in a physical bookstore. Amazon is the biggest bookstore in the world though and, whether you choose eBook publishing or physical book publishing, your book will be displayed for all to see. There are a couple of exceptions – some of the Big Box stores such as Sam’s Club or Walmart may agree to take your title, even a local indie if you have a decent relationship with them, but these really are the exception and not the rule.

Amazon is a Big Six Publisher

Before Random House and Penguin merged, the Big Six publishers were much talked about. After the merger, it went down to the Big Five but they never counted Amazon. Clearly, in terms of editorial, production, and total units sold, Amazon is up there with the best. With Amazon publishing you are not a self-publisher; with the exception of the marketing channels, everything that Amazon offers is offered by any other major publishing house; they just have a few extras that the others don’t.

Your Book Will Never Be On The Bestseller Lists

And by this, I’m talking about the New York Times. Even if you sell millions of copies through Amazon, you will only ever see it on the Amazon bestseller lists, nowhere else. Things are changing; the Wall Street Journal is now including titles published through Amazon and, in time, the others will follow. For now, be content with the Amazon lists.

In part 2, I will be giving you even more facts about Amazon publishing, everything you need to be aware of before you take the leap and choose it as your marketing and publishing platform. Like any publishing company, you should always consider all the facts before you take the leap because what works for one may not work for another.


Written by Readers’ Favorite Reviewer Anne-Marie Reynolds