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Indie Publishing Paths: What’s Your Reader Retention Plan? Part Five
Part of the Indie Authors Series
In this Indie Publishing Paths series, we first focused on how to decide which path will work best for us. Once we know our goals and priorities and are ready to put our book up for sale, we need to decide on:
- the where (such as whether we use a distributor or we sell direct through a retailer or go exclusive with Amazon’s KDP Select),
- the when (whether we delay, use a preorder, or go for immediate sales), and
- the how much (whether we price high, in the middle, or low, whether our pricing strategy is a good match for what we want to accomplish, and whether a freebie is a good idea for our situation).
The second phase of our indie publishing journey is to figure out how best to increase our chances for success along our chosen path. Whatever our goal, we’ll have a better chance of success if we can hold onto our readers from book to book.
So far, in the second part of this series, we’ve covered our options for…:
- keeping our readers (such as leading them to our next book or to our newsletter)
- using buy links to lead readers to our next book (with the pros and cons for each type of link)
- creating non-expiring buy links (so readers will never encounter a dead buy link)
- including an excerpt to sell our next book to readers (and when an excerpt might not be a good idea)
One of the options we discussed in Part One of this Reader Retention Plan phase was enticing our readers to stick around by offering extra content on our website. Let’s take a closer look at what information should be included on our author website and what information we could include as bonuses.
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