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Aggie’s how-to, The Rewritten Word, held multiple Amazon category bestseller status for over nineteen months (and still holding), and Amazon Categories Create Best Sellers hit multiple category bestseller three days after release at Kindle.
Published at Thomas Nelson before age 30, award-winning author Aggie Villanueva is now a self-published fiction & nonfiction author at Amazon/Kindle with The Rewritten Word (won the 2011 Global eBooks award in Writing/Publishing), Rightfully Mine and Amazon Categories Create Best Sellers, all of which reached bestseller in multiple categories shortly after release, and also ranking in multiple categories of Amazon’s Top Rated, Hot New Releases and Tag Communities lists.
Aggie founded Promotion á la Carte, author promotional services July 2010 and 6 months later was voted #2 at Preditors & Editors in Promotion, and #4 in 2011. My Book Marketing Systems, her sister company saves authors $100s - $1,000s, allowing them entry into the author app mobile market. She teaches author promotion across the Web.
Villanueva is also an award-winning critically acclaimed photographic artist represented by galleries nationwide, including Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ. Contact Villanueva at firstname.lastname@example.org.
on Jan. 27, 2013 :
Like most publishers, I would love to see my authors reach the best seller level on Amazon. That was my purpose in purchasing this book.
Aggie is sharing her own experience with us in details, in what could be described like a live case study with real examples, and tips to achieve the same results. She is openly sharing all her secrets with us, which is awesome. It is not easy to achieve though and requires quite some time and efforts to put in action.
One thing that bothered me was the fact that most extra information is available through links to her website. Whereas I understand the legal restrictions imposed by the distributors, I tend to read my ebooks offline so as not to be bothered by chat sessions and email pings.
Another thing that left me wanting is the authors app. Aggie is building a mobile app for authors, she is talking about it, but apparently it is not yet live. I wish she had put a date when it should become available and a way to get informed by email when it will.
One thing I would have loved to see in the book is an additional chapter which would be like a step by step summary, a checklist to reach the best seller stage.
All in all, I am giving 5 stars to this book because it really adds value and clarify quite a lot of dark points about Amazon.
Thank you for putting all this together Aggie.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Aug. 31, 2012 :
Many indie author publishing and promotional guides share similar information. At this point in my indie author career, it's all about finding bits of information not already in the multitude of other books written on the subject.
Aggie Villanueva's book didn't disappoint. She doesn't tell you what categories you should list your book under, but she explains how to find better categories, and how to change them step-by-step. She explains how Amazon uses your ranking within these categories to promote your work.
I've since implemented many of her ideas and noticed a tremendous difference. My debut novel, The Fall of Billy Hitchings, spent three weeks on the bestseller list in July, and has currently been there the last three days. Since making changes she suggested, my book has also been on the Amazon UK bestseller list for almost two months!
Understand that this book won't tell you how to put your book on the bestseller list, only how to make it easier using Amazon's built in promotional system with categories.
There were details I didn't expect to get from her book revolving around little known rules Amazon has about sharing reviews on other sites. She discusses these rules in detail and shares links that explain those rules more clearly.
I agree with a few other Amazon reviews on some of the negative aspects, but I can also argue those negatives were needed.
One complaint is that she uses this book to promote others she has written. This is a common practice, and some author's go overboard in this respect, but I didn't feel that as much in this case. Though there was quite a bit of self-promotion, Aggie used much of it to show the reader how her techniques improved those individual books, and to show that she was a bestseller herself.
I read another complaint about the usage of too many links. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. Most of the links take the reader back to her blog and bonus information in regards to her book. This bothered me in that I felt if there was information to be found, why not place it in the book itself?
Here's the problem. Aggie Villanueva implements a growing trend with informational books in that it's a living thing. Whenever she finds new or pertinent information, she adds it to her website. She could have entered the new information in her book, but then those readers who bought her book before the implemented changes wouldn't have access to the latest information.
Definitely worth the money, but it would have been nice if the newer information was instilled within the book rather than on her site.
(reviewed long after purchase)
Romana Van Lissum
on May 10, 2012 :
Thank you Aggie for a very informative e book! As I write this review, I am proud to say that my new book, The Life of a Stripper became an Amazon best seller on Amazon.com (on its release date April 23/12, which happened to be my birthday!) This in turn helped my first book, How to be a Waitress and Make Big Tips become an Amazon best seller on Amazon.ca.
Thank you! Thank you!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)