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How to Sell Your Book, CD, or DVD on Amazon

Like Kevin Kelly (author of New Rules for the New Economy and former Executive Editor of Wired magazine), I sell my self-published material on Amazon. Where we differ is in our outlook and experience making money with self-published titles. Mr. Kelly has the common attitude that it's nearly impossible to generate a decent cash flow, especially considering the substantial cut Amazon takes.

I understand where that mindset comes from. But, luckily, I'm blessed to make a decent living as a self-published author selling my various titles through Amazon, my own web site and a number of other sources. It may be rare, but it is possible to build an identity, a fan base and a steady stream of happy paying customers without the help of a major publisher.

But I digress. The real purpose of this post is to let you know that -- if you produce your own books, CDs, videos or DVDs -- you need to make Amazon at least part of your sales mix. And Kevin Kelly offers a great article detailing exactly what steps you need to take to get your material sold on Amazon.

Read it and determine for yourself how many new fans Amazon can help you reach and how much or how little money you can make by having your titles available at one of the world's largest e-commerce sites.


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