Email to Amazon Followers: What to Write?

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FOLLOWERS AT AMAZON

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) has a new feature.

When you publish a new Kindle e-book, in a couple of weeks (or so) Amazon sends you an email (to whatever email you have linked to your KDP publishing account).

The email subject is: A Question about Your Book (followed by the title of your book).

It’s not an advertisement. It’s not a problem. (Unless you get a different email!)

It’s an opportunity.

When you publish a new Kindle e-book, you can send a personal message to your Amazon followers.

Amazon will approve your message and send it out to your Amazon followers, letting them know about your new release.

This message may go out a few days after you submit it.

WHAT SHOULD YOU WRITE IN YOUR MESSAGE TO YOUR AMAZON FOLLOWERS?

Here’s your chance to include that personal touch in your message about your new book.

There is more than one way to do it, and it needs to agree with your author persona.

There is also an easy way to get a lot of good ideas for how to do this well.

Follow several successful authors at Amazon so you can see what kinds of ideas they use in their personal messages.

The next time they publish a Kindle e-book through KDP, you’ll receive (in a few weeks) their personal message to their Amazon followers (assuming they accept Amazon’s offer to do so).

While you’re browsing for top selling authors on Amazon, also find them on Twitter, Facebook, and their blogs.

This will also let you see how they use social media. You may get to see some of their marketing tactics firsthand. You can learn a lot by following successful authors.

Ideally, you want to follow KDP authors at Amazon. If they publish through KDP, they will receive this opportunity.

AMAZON FOLLOWERS

When a customer visits your Author Central page at Amazon.com, there is a large yellow Follow button on the left-hand side, under your primary author photo.

This lets customers follow you at Amazon. (Too bad it doesn’t include a brief explanation of what this is in a way that would encourage more follows.)

Unfortunately, it doesn’t show you how many followers you have. If you receive an offer to send a personal message to your Amazon followers about your new release, then you know you have at least one follower.

Follow yourself. This way, when you send out your personal message, you’ll also be able to see how it looks from the customer’s side.

GET MORE AMAZON FOLLOWERS

Yes, you want to do this:

  • Many customers are reluctant to sign up for an author’s email newsletter. But how about signing up through Amazon to receive email updates via Amazon? Customers who already shop at Amazon are more apt to trust Amazon’s email system.
  • Similarly, many customers are reluctant to follow authors via Twitter, Facebook, or the author’s blog. Some people don’t like social media. Some people follow authors, but don’t read most of the messages that they get from hundreds of people they follow.
  • Amazon lets customers follow their favorite authors directly on Amazon. Authors can send a personal message to their Amazon followers when they release new books. Customers sign-up directly at Amazon. The emails come from Amazon, not the author. Authors don’t receive the customer’s email address, so they don’t have to be worried about being contacted frequently by the author. The only time they will hear from the author is when the author publishes a new book.
  • You’re not trying to drive traffic away from one site to go to Amazon. These are Amazon followers hearing about your book from Amazon itself.

So how do you get more Amazon followers?

Put a note at the end of your book letting customers know that they can follow you directly at Amazon. Explain how to do it, and show them why it’s valuable.

  • Explain that they can follow you directly at Amazon.
  • Just visit your Amazon author page. Provide a link to your Author Central page.
  • Tell them to look for the large yellow Follow button on the left. It’s as simple as that.
  • Explain that Amazon won’t give out their email address to you. The only time they will hear from you is when you publish a new book, and the message will come directly from Amazon, not from you.
  • Start off with something like, “Would you like Amazon to notify you by email when I release a new book?” (For a series, finish with “the next book in the series.”) This helps to show why they should follow you.

Write happy, be happy. 🙂

Chris McMullen

Copyright © 2015

Chris McMullen, Author of A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and Other Online Booksellers

  • Volume 1 on formatting and publishing
  • Volume 2 on marketability and marketing
  • 4-in-1 Boxed set includes both volumes and more
  • Kindle Formatting Magic (coming soon)

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Follow Authors at Amazon (Hear all about it)

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FOLLOWING AUTHORS AT AMAZON

A really cool thing happened to me recently.

I received an email from Amazon a week or two ago.

I almost deleted it. At first, I thought it was an advertisement for a book. I get those a lot.

But I noticed the subject line and realized it was different.

The email subject was: A Question about Your Book “Learn or Review Trigonometry: Essential Skills.”

My first thought was to wonder what was wrong. But it was good news, not bad.

The question was, “Would you like to share this release with your Amazon Followers?”

You bet I would! (Too bad I don’t have that many Amazon followers. But I’ll take what I can get.)

The email included a picture of my book cover, the title, and Yes and No buttons. I clicked Yes.

I published this book on June 10. I received the email from Amazon on June 26, a little over two weeks after the publication date. I responded Yes on the 26th.

According to Amazon, “…you may be invited by Amazon Follow to share a personal message about an upcoming release to your followers.”

It’s available by invitation only. I’ve published dozens of books, and this was my first invitation. (Maybe I deleted a few others!! At least, this was the first invitation that I noticed.)

If you receive an invitation, when you click the Yes button, you must compose a message for your followers.

At 1:07 a.m. this morning, I received an email from Amazon. That’s about a week after I clicked Yes.

The subject states that I have 1 new update from people I follow on Amazon. Inside the email, there is:

  • One of my pictures from my author page, but not the default main image. How and why they chose the image, I have no idea.
  • Text: “Chris McMullen released and wrote a personal message about Learn or Review Trigonometry: Essential Skills.”
  • A See More button.

When I click the See More button, I come to an Amazon page with:

  • the same author page picture
  • my name as a hyperlink (click on it and you visit my author page)
  • the message I had composed
  • the cover thumbnail
  • the title of the book as a hyperlink (to visit the product page)
  • the list price
  • and the review count (0 reviews as of now)

One thing I regret is that the Look Inside still hasn’t activated, even though the book has been out for a few weeks. Usually, the Look Inside shows up quickly, but this time it seems to be stuck. It’s odd that Amazon didn’t check this out and either delay my message until it was resolved or speed up the Look Inside process. (The Kindle edition doesn’t have a Look Inside because I used the Kindle Textbook Creator, but if the print Look Inside shows up, that should show up with the Kindle edition, too.)

FOLLOW AUTHORS ON AMAZON

First, if you’re an author, whether you’ve self-published or traditionally published, you should follow yourself at Amazon.

That way, if you ever get the chance to send a message to your followers, you’ll get to see firsthand what it looks like from the other side.

Next, you should visit the author pages of your favorite authors at Amazon and follow them.

Amazon might let you know when their new books come out.

Visit the author’s Author Central page. From any of the author’s books, if the author has an Amazon author page, you can find a link to it with their picture and biography on the book’s product page.

Once you reach the author page, click the large yellow Follow button under the author’s picture.

LEARN OR REVIEW TRIGONOMETRY

Paperback: http://amzn.com/1941691021

(Has a #1 new release tag, though the sales rank is around 300,000 right now. Nice thing about some nonfiction categories is that you don’t have to sell dozens of books per day to get extra exposure, though there was a magical day a couple of weeks back where it sold 15 copies.)

Kindle: http://amzn.com/B0106X7NL4

Write happy, be happy. 🙂

Chris McMullen

Copyright © 2015

Chris McMullen, Author of A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and Other Online Booksellers

  • Volume 1 on formatting and publishing
  • Volume 2 on marketability and marketing
  • 4-in-1 Boxed set includes both volumes and more
  • Kindle Formatting Magic (coming soon)

Follow me at WordPress, find my author page on Facebook, or connect with me through Twitter.

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