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In March 2012 one Canadian author boldly went where few have gone before—into the land of making real money with Amazon's KDP Select program. This is her story… My name is Cheryl Kaye Tardif and I am an international bestselling suspense author who earned over $42,000 dollars in March 2012 selling ebooks via Amazon's KDP Select program, captured the interest of a major liter In March 2012 one Canadian author boldly went where few have gone before—into the land of making real money with Amazon's KDP Select program. This is her story… My name is Cheryl Kaye Tardif and I am an international bestselling suspense author who earned over $42,000 dollars in March 2012 selling ebooks via Amazon's KDP Select program, captured the interest of a major literary agency, and went on to sign with a foreign rights agent. And I'm about to tell you HOW I did all that. I don't normally tell people how much money I make, but I believe writers need to know it IS possible to earn a real income from your books. Seriously, if I can do it, anyone can—if you have the right combination of criteria and techniques. In this book, I'll share with you what I believe are four key elements you must have in place to see high sales. And I'll reveal the strategic techniques I used during my KDP Select promotions that resulted in earning over $42,000—with $32,000 of that from ONE title alone. Not only did I earn over $42,000 in ebook sales, I was contacted by one of the leading literary agencies in New York. The chairman noticed my success when my one title made #4 in the Top 100 Bestselling Kindle ebooks, right under The Hunger Games trilogy. Since then, I've signed with another agent for foreign rights. So, if you're ready to earn some real money with Select, let's begin…


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In March 2012 one Canadian author boldly went where few have gone before—into the land of making real money with Amazon's KDP Select program. This is her story… My name is Cheryl Kaye Tardif and I am an international bestselling suspense author who earned over $42,000 dollars in March 2012 selling ebooks via Amazon's KDP Select program, captured the interest of a major liter In March 2012 one Canadian author boldly went where few have gone before—into the land of making real money with Amazon's KDP Select program. This is her story… My name is Cheryl Kaye Tardif and I am an international bestselling suspense author who earned over $42,000 dollars in March 2012 selling ebooks via Amazon's KDP Select program, captured the interest of a major literary agency, and went on to sign with a foreign rights agent. And I'm about to tell you HOW I did all that. I don't normally tell people how much money I make, but I believe writers need to know it IS possible to earn a real income from your books. Seriously, if I can do it, anyone can—if you have the right combination of criteria and techniques. In this book, I'll share with you what I believe are four key elements you must have in place to see high sales. And I'll reveal the strategic techniques I used during my KDP Select promotions that resulted in earning over $42,000—with $32,000 of that from ONE title alone. Not only did I earn over $42,000 in ebook sales, I was contacted by one of the leading literary agencies in New York. The chairman noticed my success when my one title made #4 in the Top 100 Bestselling Kindle ebooks, right under The Hunger Games trilogy. Since then, I've signed with another agent for foreign rights. So, if you're ready to earn some real money with Select, let's begin…

30 review for How I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rich Meyer

    While this does make some good points and have some useful information for the neophyte author, it pretty much requires that you have already published more than one book, either with a vanity predator or some other place. It also places a high reliance of Amazon's KDP Select, the usefulness of what devolves with every algorithm change behind the scenes. You can make an interesting drinking game out of this book though. Get yourself a full bottle of your favorite liquor and a shot glass. Everyti While this does make some good points and have some useful information for the neophyte author, it pretty much requires that you have already published more than one book, either with a vanity predator or some other place. It also places a high reliance of Amazon's KDP Select, the usefulness of what devolves with every algorithm change behind the scenes. You can make an interesting drinking game out of this book though. Get yourself a full bottle of your favorite liquor and a shot glass. Everytime you read about how the author isn't boasting about the money she makes, take a shot. Everytime she makes a note of mentioning how much money she makes, take another shot. By Chapter Three you should probably put your Kindle down, as you will not know which Kindle is the one you are reading (hint: Try the one in the middle).* *Don't play this game. I take no responsibility for your safety nor accept any liability if you are dumb enough to play "Cheryl Bucks".

  2. 5 out of 5

    Eli

    Anyone who knows anything about publishing their books to Kindle will not need 80% of this book. It's all about using the free promo available to Kindle Select members. There's a lot of repeated statements and tips that drag out each chapter. There is a little useful info towards the end about tweeting and using Facebook. Anyone who knows anything about publishing their books to Kindle will not need 80% of this book. It's all about using the free promo available to Kindle Select members. There's a lot of repeated statements and tips that drag out each chapter. There is a little useful info towards the end about tweeting and using Facebook.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steve Robison

    This is a short book, a quick and easy read; I read the whole book in under three hours. It clearly details the author's great success marketing several of her fiction books using Amazon's KDP Select promotion, allowing indie authors to offer their Kindle books free for up to five days in a ninety day period, in return for exclusivity. I've personally had some success giving away over 900 books in 2012 in some tough genres (poetry and self-help) so I came to this book with a fair amount of knowle This is a short book, a quick and easy read; I read the whole book in under three hours. It clearly details the author's great success marketing several of her fiction books using Amazon's KDP Select promotion, allowing indie authors to offer their Kindle books free for up to five days in a ninety day period, in return for exclusivity. I've personally had some success giving away over 900 books in 2012 in some tough genres (poetry and self-help) so I came to this book with a fair amount of knowledge about the process. Still though, I found the book very useful to me in that it gave me several new ideas, some motivation, and most important, a clear model that I'll follow when releasing my next book. Highly recommended to all authors and would-be authors.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dana Delamar

    Lots of good advice in this book, though nothing earth-shattering. This book is especially useful if you know nothing about KDP Select or how to make the best use of that program. For me, the most valuable part of the book was the long list of resources at the end. I knew about some of them, but many were new to me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jwls Mac Ray

    Marketing Interesting. Got to love algorithms. Would be nice to be this successful. The beauty of social media these days. Good tips.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Butland

    How I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks is an amazing read but best-selling Canadian author Cheryl Kaye Tardif. An author who many would easily discount because she’s Canadian and self-published, Tardif beat the odds and proved a lot of people wrong, even herself, by launching her books to an unbelievably low number on the Amazon best seller’s list. Much like golf, the lower the score with all of your shots the better and with 9 books out now Tardif was as good as half a round How I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks is an amazing read but best-selling Canadian author Cheryl Kaye Tardif. An author who many would easily discount because she’s Canadian and self-published, Tardif beat the odds and proved a lot of people wrong, even herself, by launching her books to an unbelievably low number on the Amazon best seller’s list. Much like golf, the lower the score with all of your shots the better and with 9 books out now Tardif was as good as half a round of golf! In How I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks Tardif documents her journey so that others can learn from her and, in turn, compete with her. By reading this novel I learned some great tricks and tips relevant to fiction writers but also how wonderful it is to learn from other authors. Though we are in almost direct competition a group of authors facing the same challenges are the best teachers. Eager to learn how to make a living from fictional writing, I’ve read other marketing books including Sell More Books!: Book Marketing and Publishing for Low Profile and Debut Authors Rethinking Book Publicity after the Digital Revolutions but Tardif’s left me with the longest to-do list relevant for my books. Sell More Books!: Book Marketing and Publishing for Low Profile and Debut Authors Rethinking Book Publicity after the Digital Revolutions was terrific but seemed too specific to non-fiction to be completely relevant for me. So my challenge to you, if you have any fictional books published, is to buy this book by Tardif and make a list as well as a commitment to put it into action. With school coming back in session, this is the perfect time for us all to take action to promote literacy in a huge way! Let me know your progress. I am setting up to make this September the best year yet for my sales! What about you? Thanks for reading, Sarah Butland author of Sending You Sammy, Brain Tales – Volume One and Arm Farm

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Martin

    I was fortunate enough to get this book while it was on promotion awhile back, and I devoured it. I've read several books on marketing for indie authors, as I AM an indie author with dreams of making writing my full-time job. When I went to college for Creative Writing, they never taught us the business side of writing, or HOW we can make money as professional authors. It was frustrating, being told to get the Publishers Guide. There had to be a better way to be a writer, and be a professional w I was fortunate enough to get this book while it was on promotion awhile back, and I devoured it. I've read several books on marketing for indie authors, as I AM an indie author with dreams of making writing my full-time job. When I went to college for Creative Writing, they never taught us the business side of writing, or HOW we can make money as professional authors. It was frustrating, being told to get the Publishers Guide. There had to be a better way to be a writer, and be a professional writer. This book unlocked so many hidden doors for me. There are so many options for marketing in this book, and Ms. Tardif laid them out in such a concise manner that I got really excited to continue my book series just so I could start on the writing. She made it sound...dare I say it? Fun! Almost immediately after finishing this book, I started to put her tips into practice. I joined the writing networks she suggested, I made several professional acquaintances. My Facebook and Twitter followers have grown so much because of this. I haven't seen any additional sales due to KDP, but that's partly my own fault, as I only have one book available right now. But I'm working hard to finish the second two books in my series so I can see where these steps will take me. Written by Rebekah Martin author of Sugar and Spies

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mike Kalmbach

    Bottom line: Decent, fast read with lots of tips for improving ebook sales. I was a bit skeptical about downloading this ebook. However, I was also curious, and figured if I could get a few bucks worth of advice out of it, it'd be worth the download. As an author, the most valuable pieces were the results of her KDP experiment and the list of places to plug your free ebook. She's absolutely right that in order to get to her level of income, you need to leverage other people. You really need fans w Bottom line: Decent, fast read with lots of tips for improving ebook sales. I was a bit skeptical about downloading this ebook. However, I was also curious, and figured if I could get a few bucks worth of advice out of it, it'd be worth the download. As an author, the most valuable pieces were the results of her KDP experiment and the list of places to plug your free ebook. She's absolutely right that in order to get to her level of income, you need to leverage other people. You really need fans who will sing your praises for you rather than always promoting yourself. With all due respect to Ms. Tardif's success, I was bothered by some of the spam-like methods described for marketing (though I guess they must work for her sales). I'm someone who values connections more than sales, and perhaps that harms my book income. I do wish that the author had taken time to revise the blog posts into something more appropriate for a book format. It appeared to me that they were simply copied into the book as-is. With these reservations, I do still feel that I received the value I wanted from the book. Ms. Tardif did take the time to summarize each chapter in a list of short bullet points, which helped emphasize her core messages. I'll be taking many of her tips to heart, mindful that the ebook world changes quickly, and that sometimes I'm willing to make the tradeoff of making connections vs. making sales. It's worth the read, and is written in an easily-consumed format.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Donovan Adkisson

    I think self-publishing a year to two years ago was easier than it is now. I'm not saying the act of publishing is harder. I’m saying that there are many more independent authors that are self-publishing now because of the success of the early adopters. Self-publishing has the same problem that social media has – noise. How do you break through the noise so that others may find your book and share it with others? That’s when I came across Cherly Kay Tardif’s “How I Made Over $42,000 In 1 Month Se I think self-publishing a year to two years ago was easier than it is now. I'm not saying the act of publishing is harder. I’m saying that there are many more independent authors that are self-publishing now because of the success of the early adopters. Self-publishing has the same problem that social media has – noise. How do you break through the noise so that others may find your book and share it with others? That’s when I came across Cherly Kay Tardif’s “How I Made Over $42,000 In 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks” ebook (actually my wife came across it and sent me the link to the ebook, which I quickly purchased). Cheryl details her actual experience in 2012 when she decided to try Amazon’s KDP Select program, which requires that your ebook be exclusively available on Amazon. She was concerned that she was limiting herself by removing her books from the various distributions channels she had them in and solely rely on just one distribution channel – Amazon. Her results are very inspiring! She also goes into how to promote your books via social media, utilizing concepts such as Tweet Teams and joining various online groups of authors that allow you to cross promote your books with theirs. It’s a quick read and one that I keep going back to and re-reading just to get it all in my mind. I'm not saying that reading her book will make you a successful author. However, this book is one of many tools that you should have in your self-promotion arsenal!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shay Ray Stevens

    Lots of great tips on making the most of your marketing time. For anyone who has wondered about the KDP Select Program and if it can benefit a writer, there is very detailed information in this book about Cheryl's experience. Nowhere in this book does Cheryl guarantee this will happen the same for you (and if that's how you're taking it, you need a dose of reality!) but I think anyone can be helped by simply reading her experience and putting to use the things that work for you. :) Lots of great tips on making the most of your marketing time. For anyone who has wondered about the KDP Select Program and if it can benefit a writer, there is very detailed information in this book about Cheryl's experience. Nowhere in this book does Cheryl guarantee this will happen the same for you (and if that's how you're taking it, you need a dose of reality!) but I think anyone can be helped by simply reading her experience and putting to use the things that work for you. :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    R.A. Giggie

    This book is absolutely amazing. I've never been a market 'guru', and totally lacked market savvy until I read this book. So much of it is common sense if you know about them, yet it's things I wouldn't have thought about. Wow... i am so impressed and look forward to putting these strategies into practice. I recommend this book to every writer, specially the new writers. There's so much to learn. This book is absolutely amazing. I've never been a market 'guru', and totally lacked market savvy until I read this book. So much of it is common sense if you know about them, yet it's things I wouldn't have thought about. Wow... i am so impressed and look forward to putting these strategies into practice. I recommend this book to every writer, specially the new writers. There's so much to learn.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Esther Doyle

    Easy read. This is a great book because Tardif is transparent and lets readers see her stats and what she did to achieve that. She uses social media to do what it's supposed to do and market herself. This is not an exact science so I get that it won't work for everyone. But I appreciate her insight and detailed sharing. Easy read. This is a great book because Tardif is transparent and lets readers see her stats and what she did to achieve that. She uses social media to do what it's supposed to do and market herself. This is not an exact science so I get that it won't work for everyone. But I appreciate her insight and detailed sharing.

  13. 4 out of 5

    S.E. Nelson

    I found this guide very useful. Although I knew some of the tips in the book, there were a few important ones that I picked up. I like the fact that Cheryl Kaye Tardif has no qualms about promoting her work anyway she can. This is the biggest message in this book. For authors who are shy, Sheryl message is - "Have no shame in promoting your work" - which is empowering. Well done. I found this guide very useful. Although I knew some of the tips in the book, there were a few important ones that I picked up. I like the fact that Cheryl Kaye Tardif has no qualms about promoting her work anyway she can. This is the biggest message in this book. For authors who are shy, Sheryl message is - "Have no shame in promoting your work" - which is empowering. Well done.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ruby Madden

    I'm proud to say that this is the first eBook I 'added' to the GoodReads database. All done reading this and very much the better off for it. Cheryl delivers clear-cut, concise, simple & effective advice on how to Self-Publish and get results. Thanks Cheryl! I'm proud to say that this is the first eBook I 'added' to the GoodReads database. All done reading this and very much the better off for it. Cheryl delivers clear-cut, concise, simple & effective advice on how to Self-Publish and get results. Thanks Cheryl!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kim Cano

    This book gave me tips I didn't even think existed, especially on Twitter. Cheryl is genius at coming up with book marketing ideas, not to mention she's a damn good fiction writer, which helps sell books first and foremost. If you're an author--indie or traditional--you need this book! This book gave me tips I didn't even think existed, especially on Twitter. Cheryl is genius at coming up with book marketing ideas, not to mention she's a damn good fiction writer, which helps sell books first and foremost. If you're an author--indie or traditional--you need this book!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Van Lesley

    I really enjoyed this book. It was full of information. I wish the author would have gone beyond her blogs, and given more information. At anyrate, this was valuable information. Worth the purchase and read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Curtis Edmonds

    A collection of blog posts detailing how the author put her books on KDP Select. Very helpful for self-publishers, but I can't imagine anyone else wanting to read this. Still, it gave me some good ideas for my book (which you can totally buy on Amazon, not that this is a plug). A collection of blog posts detailing how the author put her books on KDP Select. Very helpful for self-publishers, but I can't imagine anyone else wanting to read this. Still, it gave me some good ideas for my book (which you can totally buy on Amazon, not that this is a plug).

  18. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    I am anxious to try Cheryl's technique and see if I can't make it all work out as well as she did. I think this book makes a lot of sense based on what I know currently. The "Power of Marketing" is with me after reading this short and concise book. "Dream Big!" I am anxious to try Cheryl's technique and see if I can't make it all work out as well as she did. I think this book makes a lot of sense based on what I know currently. The "Power of Marketing" is with me after reading this short and concise book. "Dream Big!"

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gwynn White

    An interesting perspective on Amazon KDP Select. Lots of very good tips. Good recipe to follow. Recommend to anyone looking at self-publishing, or has self-published and wants to boost sales.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    A brilliant how too book. Congratulations goes to Cheryl for marketing so well.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    The tips I found in this book have made a positive impact on my book marketing efforts.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Poet Gentleness

    This is not a book!! This is a promotion of her books, thoughts on how to annoy your readers, compiled from posts she put in her blog! Please, Ms. Tardiff! Have a care!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susan Gast

    Enjoyed learning different methods of promotion. Looking forward to getting the same results (LOL)!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elle Maxwell

    Wonderful book! So helpful!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Grenier

    I Love This Book And Its Invaluable Information I am really impressed with this book by Cheryl Tardif as it has taught me so much about the selling and promotion of my writing. I knew very little about the Kindle program, KDP Select, and how to use it, and I now know what to expect and what pitfalls to avoid. The information in this valuable guide is now seven years old and so I am not expecting to find all the listed promotional websites to be operating after all this time, but the advice about I Love This Book And Its Invaluable Information I am really impressed with this book by Cheryl Tardif as it has taught me so much about the selling and promotion of my writing. I knew very little about the Kindle program, KDP Select, and how to use it, and I now know what to expect and what pitfalls to avoid. The information in this valuable guide is now seven years old and so I am not expecting to find all the listed promotional websites to be operating after all this time, but the advice about assessing offers will help me choose from these and other sites that advertise promotional services. For someone who has had no idea of how to get reviews for my books and what steps to take in selling and promoting them, the information has been invaluable. I am going to set things in motion with renewed hope. Thank you, Cheryl! I love your book and I wish you the best of luck for your continued success.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    First, I want to disclose that this author is a colleague and that I’ve reviewed two of her novels in the past. I admire Cheryl’s writing and her marketing skills, so it was high time I read this book to see how she became so successful with KDP Select. It was a smart move, as Cheryl offers plenty of helpful tips. I wouldn’t be posting this if I didn’t truly believe that her book will help authors increase their sales. Cheryl’s the first to admit that this book is a detailed account of her experi First, I want to disclose that this author is a colleague and that I’ve reviewed two of her novels in the past. I admire Cheryl’s writing and her marketing skills, so it was high time I read this book to see how she became so successful with KDP Select. It was a smart move, as Cheryl offers plenty of helpful tips. I wouldn’t be posting this if I didn’t truly believe that her book will help authors increase their sales. Cheryl’s the first to admit that this book is a detailed account of her experiment in the early months of 2012. She also reveals that 40% of the content is based on blogs she wrote at the time, but which are no longer publicly available. She’s updated the book and much of her advice it still relevant today, especially when it comes to adopting the right mindset, how to effectively promote free days, and the goals authors should strive for, and why. As you can imagine, though, times change. With the huge influx of ebooks and free offers since 2012, it’s hard to say if a similar experiment would garner the same terrific results. As Cheryl notes, her methods aren’t a guarantee to fame and fortune. She’s simply provided a detailed account of the strategies she used to acquire bestseller status and a big check from Amazon. Note that her methods do require some time and effort, but those who are committed to boosting sales through KDP Select will find this book helpful and inspiring.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Laurel-Rain

    In Cheryl Kaye Tardif's story of her publishing journey, "How I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks," she describes how, after evaluating her progress with various programs, she jumped outside the box and tried something new. Her experiment with KDP Select required her to remove a couple of titles from other programs, but she believed it was worth the risk. And her experiment paid off. She also outlines how she markets using various social networking sites. I thoroughly enjoyed th In Cheryl Kaye Tardif's story of her publishing journey, "How I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks," she describes how, after evaluating her progress with various programs, she jumped outside the box and tried something new. Her experiment with KDP Select required her to remove a couple of titles from other programs, but she believed it was worth the risk. And her experiment paid off. She also outlines how she markets using various social networking sites. I thoroughly enjoyed the conversational and upbeat tone of the book. As an author that has tried a couple of things, but hasn't yet jumped outside the box, I was glued to the pages. After reading her book, I am ready to take the plunge. I do need to weed through a bit more research into the actual logistics of uploading a book into this program, like the nuts and bolts that are involved. But I admire this author, and have enjoyed several of her books, so I'm quite sure that her journey is not outside the realm of possibility for others. Thanks, Cheryl! Five stars.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Davis

    I got this book mainly because of the title and being new to self publishing author, I wanted to know what is available to me. This book is well written and very informative. It laid out an easy to follow marketing strategy and a believable expectation. Will it work for me, I truly believe it will. With my release being a month away and trying to waddle through the KDP Select program, this book answered some questions I had. If you are an author, publisher, or even thinking about it, this is a m I got this book mainly because of the title and being new to self publishing author, I wanted to know what is available to me. This book is well written and very informative. It laid out an easy to follow marketing strategy and a believable expectation. Will it work for me, I truly believe it will. With my release being a month away and trying to waddle through the KDP Select program, this book answered some questions I had. If you are an author, publisher, or even thinking about it, this is a must read. I took a chance on an author I did not know to read a book I was skeptical about to find that I am a fan. I will definitely read her fiction novels. Are you still reading this review? Why? Click that buy button and change your life as an author/publisher. You can thank me later lol. Well OK thank Cheryl too!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Norma Budden

    This was an honest approach the author took in sharing with others a glimpse into the success concerning her use of Kindle's KDP Select program. Her points are well-presented with each chapter summarizing a list of tips at the end. For authors who enjoy the KDP Select program, this book will provide some valuable tips and a few unique ones to try. In fact, even authors publishing through various platforms will find some of the pointers very useful. The biggest problem I had with this book was that This was an honest approach the author took in sharing with others a glimpse into the success concerning her use of Kindle's KDP Select program. Her points are well-presented with each chapter summarizing a list of tips at the end. For authors who enjoy the KDP Select program, this book will provide some valuable tips and a few unique ones to try. In fact, even authors publishing through various platforms will find some of the pointers very useful. The biggest problem I had with this book was that I felt the author was inviting me to buy her book far too often. I like to read statistics and pointers; I just don't want to be pointed in a certain direction, if that makes sense. Show me how it's done and that's good enough for me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Welch

    Subject line says it all. A must-read for newbies who desire to be self-published authors. Yes I know that much of this info about Amazon publishing is available elsewhere--with the Internet these days, same can be said about virtually any subject. But the author makes it compact and digestible. You can read this info-rich work in less than 2 hours. She is candid and friendly and highly readable. She provides a lot of resources all in one place. She unapologetically promotes her work. So what? H Subject line says it all. A must-read for newbies who desire to be self-published authors. Yes I know that much of this info about Amazon publishing is available elsewhere--with the Internet these days, same can be said about virtually any subject. But the author makes it compact and digestible. You can read this info-rich work in less than 2 hours. She is candid and friendly and highly readable. She provides a lot of resources all in one place. She unapologetically promotes her work. So what? Her self-marketing is delivered with a lot of frank info about how to market YOUR stuff. If you are unpublished and need ideas or you are published but unhappy with your current sales, likely you will be receptive to one or more of the tips in this book.

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