MASTERCLASS: How to Become a Kindle Bestseller – with Nicola May

Become a Kindle Bestseller - with Nicola May

Want to become a Kindle bestseller? Join self-publishing sensation Nicola May in conversation with Jon Reed. Find out how she became the #1 Kindle bestselling author – and how you can too.

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How to get to #1 on Kindle

Welcome to Ferry Lane MarketHave you been thinking of publishing a Kindle ebook? Perhaps as a way to earn some extra income? There’s never been a better time: people are reading more than ever. We’re delighted to welcome chart-topping self-published author Nicola May back for another illuminating masterclass, in which she’ll reveal her top tips for sales success.

The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, book 1 in Nicola’s bestselling Cockleberry Bay series, became the #1 bestselling Kindle book across all genres in the UK in 2019, gathered thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon, and led to three more books in the series. But how did she do it? All will be revealed in this essential masterclass for any author who wants to become a bestseller.

In July the first book in Nicola’s new series, Welcome to Ferry Lane Market, is published by Hodder Books. Having experienced publishing as both a traditionally published and indie author, we will also consider the pros and cons of each approach.

How to become a bestseller

What we will cover

  • What it takes to become a Kindle bestseller
  • The pros and cons of self-publishing v. traditional publishing
  • How to spot trends and write what people want to read
  • Writing in genres and series
  • The Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform
  • The essential self-publishing tools and services that Nicola uses
  • Nicola’s top tips for marketing your book.

Workshop includes:

  • Video replays of Nicola’s two previous live masterclasses
  • Valuable insights, tips and advice from Nicola May
  • A 2-page PDF resource with Nicola’s top tips for self-publishing success.
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About Nicola May

Nicola MayNicola May is a rom-com superstar. She is the author of a dozen romantic comedies, all of which have appeared in the Kindle bestseller charts, including the #1 bestselling The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay.

Two of them won awards at the Festival of Romance, and another was named ebook of the week in The Sun. Described by Winifred Robinson of BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours as ‘the invisible bestselling author’, Nicola campaigned successfully for the introduction of ebook charts in the publishing trade press.

In November 2020 she also signed a three-book deal with Hodder. The first book in that series, Welcome to Ferry Lane Market, published on 22nd July 2021 – and book two, Starry Skies in Ferry Lane Market, on 11th Novemb er 2011. See Nicola May’s interview on this blog for more details.

You can find all books by our masterclass speakers in our Publishing Talk Bookshop.org Bookshop, which also helps support local independent bookshops in the UK.

Cockleberry Bay Trilogy

About the Publishing Talk Masterclasses

Our online masterclasses are talks, interviews, seminars and workshops from successful authors, publishers, agents and industry experts designed to help you fulfil your potential as an author. Find out more on our masterclasses page.

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Jon Reed

Jon Reed is a content writer, author, screenwriter, lecturer, blogger - and the founder of Publishing Talk. He was previously a publisher for 10 years. Publishing Talk aims to help new and emerging authors write, publish and sell books. Advice is available via the blog and our masterclasses and membership programme. More...

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  • 11th December 2020 at 9:05 am
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    Really enjoyed this masterclass, it was SO inspiring and enlightening. I now feel very excited about the prospect of self-publishing and also very reassured that it’s not a difficult process from a technical point of view. Nicola’s publishing success story was completely fascinating too! Many thanks to Nicola (and Jon) for a great session with an abundance of practical tips and advice.

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