I made $25,000 In 1 Month Using This Amazon KDP Strategy

Sam Barnes
5 Jun 202310:38

Summary

TLDRThis video offers a comprehensive strategy to maximize profits from Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) during the highly profitable Q4 period leading up to Christmas. The presenter, Sam, shares his expertise in generating over £130,000 from KDP, emphasizing the importance of preparing well in advance. Instead of focusing on oversaturated Christmas-themed books, he recommends targeting evergreen niches that are commonly gifted, such as journals, planners, and books for kids, seniors, colleagues, and quizzes. Sam provides actionable tips, including keeping interiors simple, using Q4-related keywords, and leveraging historical data to identify proven, successful niches. He also demonstrates how to efficiently create content, ensuring uniqueness while avoiding copyright issues.

Takeaways

  • 💁 Q4 (October, November, December) is the most profitable period for Amazon KDP publishers due to increased book sales for Christmas.
  • 📈 Sam has generated over 130,000 pounds from Amazon KDP and shares strategies to maximize profits during Q4.
  • 📚 Focusing solely on Christmas-themed books is not recommended due to high competition and saturation in the niche.
  • 🎁 Books that make good gifts, such as journals, planners, and quiz books, are better targets for Q4 publishing.
  • 🔥 Utilizing historical sales data can identify proven niches that spike in sales during Q4.
  • 🛠 Keeping book interiors simple can be effective, as these books are often purchased as gifts.
  • 📌 Incorporating Q4-related keywords (e.g., 'gag gift', 'secret Santa') in listings can improve visibility.
  • 📖 Targeting proven niches with tools like the Helium 10 Chrome extension can guide content creation.
  • 💎 Early preparation, ideally in the months before Q4, is crucial to capitalizing on the sales spike.
  • 📝 For creating content such as joke books, sourcing and slightly modifying existing jokes can streamline production, but due diligence and adherence to Amazon's terms are essential.

Q & A

  • What is Q4 and why is it so important for Amazon KDP?

    -Q4 refers to the fourth quarter of the year, spanning October to December. It is crucial for Amazon KDP because book sales see a significant uplift during this period as customers purchase books as gifts for Christmas.

  • Why is creating Christmas-themed books not recommended for Q4?

    -Creating Christmas-themed books is not recommended because there is already an oversaturated market for such books, making it extremely competitive. Instead, the focus should be on creating books that can be given as gifts, such as journals, planners, kids' books, and quiz books.

  • How can historical data be used to identify successful niches for Q4?

    -The helium 10 Chrome extension can be used to track a book's sales rank (BSR) over time. Books that experience a significant drop in BSR during the Q4 period indicate that they belong to a successful niche for that time of year.

  • What are the three pieces of advice given for having a successful Q4 strategy?

    -The three pieces of advice are: 1) Keep the book interior simple, 2) Target proven niches that have been successful during Q4, and 3) Use Q4-related keywords in the book listing, such as 'gag gift' or 'secret santa'.

  • How can content be sourced for creating books like joke books for kids?

    -Content can be sourced by searching for existing jokes on Google and compiling them into a unique interior. However, care must be taken to slightly modify the wording to avoid copyright issues.

  • What level of effort is recommended for the interior design of Q4 gift books?

    -Since these books are intended as gifts and not for personal use, the interior design can be kept simple and uncomplicated. The focus should be on creating a functional product rather than an elaborate one.

  • How important is it to follow Amazon's terms and conditions when creating books for Q4?

    -It is crucial to follow Amazon's terms and conditions and ensure that the books being created comply with their guidelines. Proper due diligence should be done to avoid any potential issues.

  • When should the preparation for a successful Q4 begin?

    -The preparation for a successful Q4 should begin well in advance, as the sales made during Q4 are a result of the work put in during the preceding months. The video recommends starting the preparation process early to have a portfolio of books ready for the Q4 period.

  • How does the sales rank (BSR) of a successful Q4 book typically behave throughout the year?

    -A successful Q4 book typically has a stable or fluctuating BSR throughout the year, but experiences a significant drop in BSR (indicating higher sales) during the Q4 period, particularly around November and December. After Christmas, the BSR tends to rise again.

  • What is the recommended approach for creating content for Q4 books to avoid copyright issues?

    -To avoid copyright issues, it is recommended to slightly modify the wording of existing content found online, rather than directly copying and pasting it. This helps create a unique interior while still utilizing widely available resources.

Outlines

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🎯 An Introduction to Q4 and Its Significance for Amazon KDP Publishers

This paragraph introduces the concept of Q4 (the fourth quarter of the year) and its importance for Amazon KDP publishers. It highlights the significant increase in book sales during this period, particularly around Christmas, making it the most profitable time of the year. The paragraph presents data from the author's royalties, showing distinct spikes during previous Q4 periods, including earning over £20,000 in December alone. However, it cautions against simply creating a lot of Christmas-themed books due to the high competition in that niche.

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🗺️ Strategies for a Successful Q4 on Amazon KDP

This paragraph outlines strategies for a successful Q4 on Amazon KDP. It emphasizes keeping book interiors simple, as these books are often given as gifts. Targeting proven niches that historically perform well during Q4 using tools like Helium 10 is recommended. Additionally, utilizing Q4-related keywords in listings, such as 'gag gift' or 'secret santa,' is advised. An example of a successful book niche (jokes for kids) is provided, demonstrating how historical data can guide niche selection.

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🔨 Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Q4-Targeted Books

The final paragraph provides a step-by-step guide to creating books targeted for Q4 success. It suggests finding existing joke content online and modifying it slightly to avoid copyright issues. The interior design can be kept simple, focusing on the content itself rather than elaborate formatting. A word of caution is given to ensure compliance with Amazon's terms and conditions when sourcing and creating book content. The paragraph concludes by encouraging viewers to like and subscribe to the channel for more Amazon KDP content.

Mindmap

Keywords

💡Q4

Q4 refers to the fourth quarter of the year, which typically includes the months of October, November, and December. In the context of this video, Q4 is described as the most profitable period for Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) book sales due to the Christmas and holiday shopping season. The speaker emphasizes the importance of properly preparing for Q4 to maximize sales during this lucrative time of year.

💡Amazon KDP

Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) is a self-publishing service provided by Amazon that allows authors and publishers to publish and sell their books in digital format (e-books) on the Amazon Kindle platform. The video's focus is on teaching strategies and tactics for successfully publishing and selling books through Amazon KDP, particularly during the Q4 holiday season.

💡Christmas books

Christmas books refer to books with a Christmas or holiday theme, often targeted at children. The speaker discourages solely focusing on publishing Christmas-themed books during Q4 due to the high level of competition in this niche. Instead, the recommended strategy is to target broader categories of books that are commonly given as gifts during the holiday season.

💡Gift books

Gift books are books that are typically purchased as presents or gifts, rather than for personal reading or consumption. The video advises targeting categories of books that are commonly given as gifts during Q4, such as journals, planners, children's books, books for seniors, books for colleagues, and quiz books. These types of books are more likely to experience increased sales during the holiday shopping season.

💡Niche

A niche refers to a specific, targeted market segment or category within a broader industry or market. In the context of this video, the speaker discusses targeting proven niches that have historically performed well during Q4, rather than solely focusing on the highly competitive Christmas book niche. Identifying and publishing books in these successful niches is a key strategy for capitalizing on the Q4 sales surge.

💡Keywords

Keywords are the words or phrases that potential customers use to search for products on platforms like Amazon. The video emphasizes the importance of using Q4-related keywords in book listings, such as "gag gift", "secret santa", "surprise for colleagues", etc. Incorporating these relevant keywords can help improve the visibility and discoverability of books during the holiday shopping season.

💡Simple interior

The term "simple interior" refers to the design and content inside a book, particularly for books that are intended as gifts. The speaker advises keeping the interior design and layout simple, as gift recipients may have lower expectations for complex or elaborate interiors compared to books purchased for personal use. This approach allows for faster and easier book creation during the Q4 preparation period.

💡Helium 10

Helium 10 is a suite of tools and software designed for Amazon sellers, including a Chrome extension that provides data and analytics on product sales ranks (BSR) and trends. In the video, the speaker demonstrates using the Helium 10 Chrome extension to identify proven niches and book categories that experience sales spikes during Q4, helping inform the book creation process.

💡Best Sellers Rank (BSR)

Best Sellers Rank (BSR) is a metric used by Amazon to rank the sales performance of products within their respective categories. A lower BSR indicates higher sales and better ranking. The video illustrates using the Helium 10 Chrome extension to analyze the BSR history of successful Q4 books, identifying trends and sales spikes during the holiday season to guide niche and category selection.

💡Content creation

Content creation refers to the process of generating the written material or content for the interior of a book. The video provides an example of creating content for a joke book by combining and modifying existing jokes found online, while cautioning against directly copying copyrighted content. This approach allows for faster and more efficient book creation while maintaining uniqueness and avoiding potential legal issues.

Highlights

Q4 (October-December) is the most profitable period for Amazon KDP, with book sales seeing a huge uplift as customers buy for Christmas.

The author made over £20,000 in one month (December) during the most recent Q4, demonstrating the potential of capitalizing on this period.

Instead of just creating Christmas-themed books, which face intense competition, focus on books that can be given as gifts, such as journals, planners, kids books, books for seniors, colleagues, and quiz books.

Target proven niches that have shown success during Q4 by using data from tools like Helium 10's Chrome extension to analyze sales rank history.

Use Q4-related keywords in your book listings, such as 'gag gift,' 'secret santa,' and 'gift for colleagues.'

Keep book interiors simple, as they are gifts and do not require overly complex designs.

Search for existing jokes, stories, or content online, and modify them slightly to create unique book interiors without directly copying.

The work and preparation for a successful Q4 should be done in the months leading up to Q4, as the books need to be ready for the increased sales during that period.

Analyzing the sales rank history of a successful joke book for 9-year-olds revealed a significant drop in sales rank (indicating higher sales) during the Q4 period, demonstrating the potential of targeting proven niches.

Exercise caution and follow Amazon's terms and conditions when sourcing and using content for book interiors.

Transcripts

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Q4 is by far the most profitable period

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of the entire year when it comes to

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Amazon kvp in this video I'm going to

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show you exactly how you can prepare

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properly for Q4 to ensure you're making

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as much money as possible during this

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period

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so ladies and gentlemen welcome back to

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the channel for those of you who are new

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here my name is Sam and I've generated

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over 130 000 pounds on Amazon KDP and

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this YouTube channel is all about me

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teaching you exactly how you can do the

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same I do have two online courses if you

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want to check those out both down in the

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description if you want to accelerate

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your learning and learn a much greater

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level of depth but for now we're going

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to jump into this YouTube video which is

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going to be all about Amazon KDP and

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preparing for Q4

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so I'm going to start off very simple

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what is Q4 so for those of you that

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don't know Q4 is just the final course

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of the year but it's very very important

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to KDP

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books book sales therefore see a huge

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uplift as customers buy for Christmas so

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Q4 obviously the fourth quarter so

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October November December the final

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three months of the year people buy

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loads of products for Christmas and

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which is which is why it's so successful

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for KDP Publishers as you can see here

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from my uh my latest kind of shot of my

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royalties over time

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I think I made 130 000 pounds of roses

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I've actually made more than this and

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this is the last screenshot I took at

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the end of March but you can see here

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there's really distinct spikes

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throughout my entire growth so there's

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one Spike here one here one here and one

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here this is all Q4 so this just shows

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you how much potential there is to be

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made in Q4 the most recent Q4 I've just

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had I made just over 20 000 pounds in

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one month in December so that just kind

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of shows you the scale of what is

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possible with capitalizing on Q4 and the

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strategy that you can have to implement

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in order to get kind of results like

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this I'm not expecting everyone to make

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twenty thousand pounds in their own or

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their first Q4

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but it's all about the logic and the

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process behind what I've done to

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capitalize on this period of time

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because you can see it is super

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profitable to my Amazon KDP business

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so you talk about Q4 you talk about

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Christmas stuff and the one thing loads

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of people would just say is let's just

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make loads of Christmas books

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that is not the way forward

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as you can see here if I just typed in

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Christmas book for kids there are over

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80 000 results because everyone kind of

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has the same mindset of okay it's Q4 is

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around Christmas therefore you must have

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to make load of Christmas books to be

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successful there is so so much

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competition for these types of books and

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it's just not the way to go don't get me

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wrong some people make an absolute

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killing from Christmas so much harder to

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have a successful book if it's Christmas

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themed because there's so much

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competition that you're competing

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against in this niche

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so instead rather than just saying let's

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make loads of Christmas books think

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about what Christmas is actually all

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about and it's not necessarily about

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just giving Christmas gifts on Christmas

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Day if you're fortunate enough to to

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receive gifts from people you don't

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necessarily just receive Christmas

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themed gifts you get gifts from all

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sorts of things so rather than just

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focusing on Christmas books we need to

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think about okay Robin just think about

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that what books can be typically given

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as a gift that's what we're focusing on

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not Christmas books books that we've

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given as gifts

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so what kind of books can UBC that are

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typically given as gifts anything such

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as journals yearly planners kids books

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books for seniors books for colleagues

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and quiz books loads of these kind of

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books are really really popular during

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Q4 and these are the typical books you

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can see being given as gifts just

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generally things that someone

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necessarily wouldn't buy for themselves

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but you can see as being a nice treat

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for someone if someone buys it for you

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so kind of what this looks like in terms

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of a visual representation

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this left-hand side is going to be

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Christmas books and what you're doing

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and essentially what you're doing if

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you're making Christmas books this red

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area is just all the area that people

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are already publishing in and it's

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already completely saturated you're

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competing for such a tiny portion of an

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already very saturated Niche if you're

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just focusing on Christmas books however

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if you're focusing on kind of books that

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can be given as gifts yes there's loads

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of competition around the kind of whole

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publishing um sphere but because you're

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targeting not necessarily one niche okay

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targeting journals the targeting

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planners are targeting kids books

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colleagues seniors quiz books these

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things you're targeting so many

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different areas of the whole KDP sphere

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and you actually open up a lot

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um more opportunity for you because

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there's just so much less competition

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rather than just doing what everybody

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else is doing and just trying to squeeze

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every single last drop out of Christmas

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book so that's kind of why I approach Q4

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and this way obviously everyone might

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have their own methods I'm only going on

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what has worked for me as you can see

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from my graph previously it has been

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successful so this is just my method and

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if you don't want to do it then by all

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means don't but it's what's got me to

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where I am today

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so with that mind what actually is the

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strategy so ironically money made in Q4

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actually is made in the months before so

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Q4 is where you make the sales but the

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sales of those books those books have to

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be made in the months before which is

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why I'm releasing this video now because

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it gives you plenty of time to build up

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that portfolio of books that's going to

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make you money during Q4 so the work you

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put in now will be rewarded when you get

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to Q4 eventually so here are some pieces

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of advice I would give to anyone wanting

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to have a successful Q4

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first of all keep it simple because

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these are books that are going to be

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given as gifts you can kind of getting

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away you can kind of get away with

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keeping the interior simple it's not

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something that someone's going to buy

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for themselves and I expect this really

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amazing kind of thing because it's given

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us a gift there's kind of a lot more

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leeway I'm not saying be lazy or be uh

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or Rush your interior but you can just

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kind of keep it simple and just don't

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over complicate it

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secondly Target proven niches so you can

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use the helium 10 offset app there meant

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to say Chrome extension to find books

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that Spike during the Q4 period so I'm

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just going to show you that in just a

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second to Target proven niches that you

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have shown to be successful in this key

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for period and then finally Q4 keywords

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you need to make sure that you're using

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Q4 related keywords in your listing so

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things like gag gift secret santa

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um be surprised for colleagues that sort

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of thing

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they're really good keywords to use in

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Q4 so they've got a three really

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important tips I would advise you to use

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during your Q4 strategy but I'm going to

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focus now specifically on this second

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one and Target proven niches I'm going

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to jump over to Amazon now and show you

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exactly what I mean by this kind of

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proven niches that sell during the Q4

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period so we're now in Amazon here and

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I'm going to show you a book here

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hilarious jokes for nine-year-old kids

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it's not a Christmas theme book but it's

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a kind of book you can see being given

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to loads of nine-year-old kids for

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Christmas is like a stocking filler with

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a secret Santa that sort of thing as if

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you look down

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into this BSR over time this is actually

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the helium 10 Chrome extension this is a

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free extension helium 10 is a paid piece

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of software but this specific Chrome

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extension is completely free if you just

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go to the Chrome Web Store and type in

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helium 10 this is what you'll be able to

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download

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I've set the BSR history over a year so

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basically what this does it just tracks

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how a book's sales rank does over the

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entire year and what you can see here

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it's kind of launched at this sort of

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this sort of area and it's not done too

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well I mean it has done well relative

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speaking to where it is now it's kind of

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being up and down a little bit and then

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you can see the BSR just completely

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drops which in this sense is a good

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thing lower BSR means more sales

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completely drops around this November

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time so 6th of November it goes down to

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a thousand and just consistently stays

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super low during this Q4 period even

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when we get into December you can see

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here 9th of December 626 BSR so this was

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the 626th best-selling book on the

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entire of the UK Amazon Marketplace on

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this specific day so it just shows you

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how successful this book has been and

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then once that's actually really

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interesting once you get past Christmas

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you can see the BSR starts to rise again

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obviously it's still a good book so it

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still has a relatively low BSR but

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compared to where it was

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it just shows that this book is one that

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really perform that performs really well

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during Q4 and is exactly what I mean by

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targeting the specific niches that have

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been proven over time so from what I

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would say from this is obviously don't

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just copy this book but this clearly

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shows the sort of joke books for kids

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can be really successful during Q4

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because you can see in the data that

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this is so apparent for you to see so

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that's an example of why it's really

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important to use historical data to know

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exactly what niches our successful

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during Q4 and then just produce books in

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not necessarily in those niches but in

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similar niches that you know are going

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to be successful when you make them so

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jump back over to the slides now and

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carry on with the rest of the video so

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that is the kind of the three things I

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would definitely bear in mind when

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you're talking about your Q4 strategy

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and now it's the final part of the video

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is how you can you actually go ahead and

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make one of these books so I'll just

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show you that joke book which has been

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really successful and how can you

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actually go ahead and make one of these

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books bearing in mind you want to keep a

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simple Target proven niches and use

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those Q4 keywords I'm going to go over

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now and show you where I'd find kind of

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content for something like this joke

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book and just show you how easy it is to

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make a book like this so the main thing

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you can do is just go to Google and just

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find loads of um jokes out there that

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are already made for you so again you

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have to be very very careful with just

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copying content I would never just copy

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stuff

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but there's loads of different search

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results if you just type in jokes for

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kids there's loads of different options

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here and you can combine all of these

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into your one very own Unique Interior

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it's super easy and it doesn't take a

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lot of effort for you to make

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but one thing I will do if you just go

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ahead and copy and paste these you could

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get yourself into trouble with Amazon

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because it's technically not your

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content so what you can do is just

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change a few words in the interior so

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just go for what do you call a Boom Room

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that won't come back you could just say

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what do you call a boomerang that

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doesn't come back a stick and that's

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kind of

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away around us copying someone else's

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content it's a way of keeping your book

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unique and you won't get in trouble with

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Amazon generally speaking so

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that's a very quick example of what I

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would do if I was to make a joke book

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you can keep it super simple on the

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interior too so I'd actually haven't

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seen the inside of this book but I'm

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assuming it's a very basic interior and

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they haven't over complicated things at

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all because it's one of those books

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they're just going to be churning out

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for something like Q4 so you can see

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here so what they have done

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they've actually gone for a little bit

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more detail again it's still pretty

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basic there's nothing really too

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glamorous about this but they've kind of

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made it a little bit more interesting to

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look at you could technically just have

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the jokes and then the punchline

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afterwards it can be as simple as that

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because remember you're not here to kind

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of

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produce books are going to be smashing

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it all year round you're just targeting

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that kind of gift Niche and that's

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exactly what I would do if I was to look

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to make a book like this so that's

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exactly how I would prepare for Q4 on

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the sort of books I would make just an

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error of caution please do make sure

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you're doing your due diligence when

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you're searching for Content ideas for

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your books obviously read Amazon's terms

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and conditions correctly and go through

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all those processes to make sure the

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books you're creating are okay but that

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is how I would go ahead and make my

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