A Year in FBA Book Preview

Book Cover 3D Transparent 2Rebecca and I are excited to announce our latest book, The Reseller’s Guide to a Year in FBA: A Month by Month Guide to a Profitable Amazon Business.  

We’ve been working on this book for almost a year and on Monday, June 29th, you’ll have the opportunity to get it. 

In our new book, we will break down exactly what to expect for each month of your FBA business.

Here is a sneak peek at what’s inside the book. Simply scroll inside the box below to read through the Table of Contents:

The Reseller’s Guide to a Year in FBA
Table of Contents


  • Wait! Don’t Skip The Introduction!
  • How to Read This Book
  • Repetition
  • Free Updates
  • Recommended Resources
  • A Little About Me
  • Basic Understanding
  • Disclaimers
  • Links
  • Let’s Get Started

Chapter 1: January

  • Happy New Year!
  • Know Your Numbers
  • Q4 Detox
  • Handling Returns
  • January Sourcing Detox
  • Thrift Stores in January
  • Post-Christmas Amazon Price Drops
  • January Sourcing Ideas
  • Popular Items Sold in January
  • Textbooks
  • Long Term Storage Fees
  • Valentine’s Day is Coming
  • Amazon’s Holiday Return Policy
  • Taxes
  • Conclusion
  • Important Dates

Chapter 2: February

  • Welcome to February!
  • Long Term Storage Fees
  • Opportunity Costs
  • February 13th
  • Slower Sales & Lower Sales
  • Valentine’s Day
  • After Valentine’s Day Sales
  • March/April Dates to Prepare For
  • Weather-Related Sourcing Ideas
  • Feed the Beast
  • Iced in? Get creative!
  • Conclusion
  • Important Dates

Chapter 3: March

  • Welcome to March!
  • Garage Sales
  • Hit or Miss
  • ASD in Las Vegas
  • Buying Complete Booths
  • The ASD Experience
  • Overwhelmed by ASD?
  • Can’t Make The Trade Show?
  • April Dates to Prepare For
  • Bundling Basics
  • Important Bundling Rules
  • Higher Bundle Profits
  • Marching Towards Profits
  • Important Dates

Chapter 4: April

  • Welcome to April!
  • Meltable Grocery Items
  • Meltable Mishaps
  • Spring Cleaning
  • Automated Spring Cleaning (Removals)
  • Profitable April Sourcing
  • Garage Sale Tip of the Month
  • Taxes
  • May Dates To Prepare For
  • CES Conference
  • Conclusion
  • Important Dates

Chapter 5: May

  • Welcome to May!
  • What to do on May 1
  • Free Money
  • June Dates to Prepare For
  • Preparing for Summer with Kids at Home
  • How To Gain Millions More Customers
  • Cleaning up Your FBA Inventory with a Garage Sale
  • Conclusion
  • Important Dates

Chapter 6: June

  • Welcome to June!
  • Avoiding The Summer Slowdown
  • Bundle Up To Avoid The Summer Slowdown
  • Family Time
  • July Dates to Prepare For
  • Winter Sourcing
  • Sourcing Road Trip
  • Going on Vacation
  • Conclusion
  • Important Dates

Chapter 7: July

  • Welcome to July!
  • Items to Source in July
  • Post July 4th Sales
  • Massive Target Toy Clearance Sale
  • August Dates to Prepare For
  • Long Term Storage Fees
  • Selling Seasonal Items on Amazon
  • Conclusion
  • Important Dates

Chapter 8: August

  • Welcome to August!
  • End of Summer Sales
  • ASD Trade Show
  • Back to School
  • Back to School for You!
  • While the Kids are Off to School
  • Long Term Storage Fee Reminder
  • Opportunity Costs
  • August 13
  • August 16
  • September Dates to Prepare For
  • Feedback Preparations for Q4
  • Conclusion
  • Important Dates

Chapter 9: September

  • Welcome to September!
  • Preparing for Q$
  • The Q4 Snowball
  • Repricing
  • October Dates to Prepare For
  • Bundling Basics
  • Important Bundling Rules
  • Conclusion
  • Important Dates

Chapter 10: October

  • Welcome to October!
  • Meltables
  • Q4 Preparation
  • Stretching Your Sourcing Money
  • Supplies
  • Toys! Toys! Toys!
  • Hot Toy Lists
  • Raise Your Prices
  • The Christmas Arch
  • Holiday Selling Guidelines for Toys & Games
  • Merchant Fulfill?
  • Halloween Costumes
  • Halloween Candy
  • When to Slash Prices
  • After Halloween
  • Feedback Management
  • Important Dates

Chapter 11: November

  • Welcome to November!
  • Thankful
  • Dollar General Toy Sale
  • Post Halloween
  • More than Just Toys
  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside
  • Summer in November?
  • Correct Q4 Expectations
  • Hot Toys
  • Black Friday Preparation
  • Black Friday Shopping Day
  • Hiring Help for Black Friday
  • Bonus Black Friday Tips
  • Better Prices Before AND After Black Friday?
  • Go At Your Own Pace
  • After Thanksgiving
  • Cyber Monday
  • Quick Q4 Tips for November
  • Final Thoughts about November
  • Important Dates

Chapter 12: December

  • Welcome to December!
  • Holding Your Price vs. The Race to the Bottom
  • Let’s make some money!
  • Pre-Christmas Sales
  • Shipping to Amazon FBA in Time for Christmas
  • Sales
  • The Week Before Christmas
  • After Christmas
  • What To Do With All That Q4 Money
  • Running Year-End Reports For Tax Purposes
  • Looking Towards the New Year
  • Important Dates


What are others starting to say about The Reseller’s Guide to a Year in FBA?

10421469_417704858386654_7706192864140451556_n“Stephen Smotherman has done it again! His Year in FBA book is jam packed with tons of FBA money making and time saving tips for every month of the year! Not only does he walk the seller through all of the relevant events, sales, and holidays for each month, but also provides dozens of resources in each chapter to maximize your sourcing dollars. I highly recommend reading it from cover to cover and then revisiting each month’s chapter to be fully prepared for what lies ahead on the calendar. This comprehensive guide will come in handy no matter how you source your inventory – thrift stores, clearance sales, garage sales, online arbitrage..and even trade shows!” Jay Bayne from scannermonkey.com

1931089_35012509586_1348_n“I found this book to be very interesting and a great read for any reseller. The book is laid out month-by-month to give you an idea of how to organize your business for the year. Each seller will have their own variations, but the book is fantastic for ideas and structure to help a beginner get started, or for a veteran to critique their own existing business. It’s a refreshing view and will get you to stop, think, and review how you are doing things. When you read this book, you’ll think to yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Bob Willey of sellercoaching.com

1725161_10152664061520189_2154552718918813370_n“Wow! Where was this book when I started Amazon FBA? This book reads like a monthly encyclopedia of what to expect in a year selling Amazon FBA. Stephen does an excellent job of summarizing each month of selling and breaking it down into easy to read and understand segments. Each month provides helpful tips, important dates and recommendations based upon the author’s own personal selling experience. A Year in FBA provides an honest depiction of selling Amazon FBA, and the content covered in this book would be perfect for a new seller or as reference guide for a seasoned seller. This is a must read for every Amazon seller!” Amanda Moak of The Brick Shoppe

10176072_10154098924105651_5920972786082785737_n“A man that can write a full chapter about February gets much respect from me. Seriously though, I really enjoyed this innovative book idea. Full of great and timely tips. Specifically I found the bundle discussions great and the tip to not judge a yardsale from the curb. This is a great book if you want to even out your sales and not have a feast in December and famine in June. By using the tips you can be sure to have steadier sales all year long.” Brian Vienna


Book Cover 3D TransparentWant more? Ok, here are more hints as to what the book will offer:

  • What items are the best to buy in each month for resale
  • What important Amazon deadlines are coming up
  • The best times to reprice your inventory
  • How to avoid the summer sales slow down
  • How to prepare and profit from major (and minor) holidays
  • How to have the best Q4 with the “Q4 snowball method”
  • How and when to run your Amazon business reports for tax purposes
  • and so much more!

With The Reseller’s Guide to a Year in FBA, you won’t be left behind on taking advantage of each opportunity you have with FBA. 

We’re still putting the final touches on the book, but it’s currently over 160 pages of profitable information that will help you be prepared for every Amazon money-making possibility. 

Since we’re still adding a few more sections to the book right now, I’d love to have your help in making sure this book is the most well-rounded year in FBA guide possible. What do you hope this book will cover? What questions do you have about a year-round profitable Amazon business? Are some months harder for you than others? Let us know your questions and problems in the comments below, and we’ll do our best to make sure the book addresses your issues. 

18 responses to “A Year in FBA Book Preview

  1. Managing inventory, what/how basic accounting, work space info. Can’t wait for the book!

    • Yes, inventory management and accounting tips are definitely included. And here are some blog posts on my work space. Click here for my shipping station, and here for my processing desk.

  2. Accounting / tax info

  3. What a great idea for a book, can’t wait to read it! I started FBA late December last year and got really into it and was out shopping every weekend, then we had a string of snowstorms and I couldn’t move my car for four months and that sort of interrupted the whole thing and I have found it very hard to get back into it. I work full time and have a photography business (and Etsy store) on the side, so my plan was to do this on the side, very part time, to start and hopefully get to a point where I would be able to quit my job, survive on doing FBA maybe 20 hours / week and my photography the rest of the time. I guess one thing I would love to read about is what the strategy should be if you want to survive on doing FBA on a part time basis.

    • Sorry to hear that the storms caused a speed bump in your FBA journey. I hope that the new book can help get you back on track. And I’ll be posting more about doing FBA part time in some future blog posts.

  4. Summer was my slowest period during my first year, so I’m excited to read your tips about avoiding a slow down. Actually, I’d love advice on every topic you’ve mentioned, so excited for this to come out! When should we expect it? I’m big on goal setting, so tips on that would be helpful. I would also love to see some info on advanced trainings you recommend. Can’t wait!

    • Tara, the book should be ready to be released in about 3 weeks or so. It will definitely include tips on goal setting, as well as advanced resources that I recommend to help your take your FBA business to the next level.

  5. Great idea!! Can’t wait!!

  6. I’d like to hear about your business expense decisions. There are so many auxiliary services to buy like scanning, scanners, listing, repricing, accounting. Budgeting that 1st year, what first investments would you make and why? Did you buy services before you could afford them and give yourself the challenge to list enough to make it worthwhile? Did you drop any services because you found they weren’t essential or you found a better one? Looking forward to the book!

    • You’re right, Ann… it sometimes can be hard to decide on what new thing to buy next…. whether it’s a new book, tool, course, or something else. Right now, this topic is not covered in the book, but it’s now going to be an upcoming blog post. Thanks for the great idea! I’ll definitely be writing a whole post on this topic soon.

  7. You mentioned you already were including 4th quarter help- which is my biggest focus right now because I have never been through it. So thank you!

    Other things I would love to learn about: How to keep your amazon account safe both from hackers and from avoiding account suspension. I feel like the facebook groups are full of stories of people loosing their accounts every day and it is a little worrisome!.

    Thoughts on repricers?

    Importance/experience with buying business insurance?

    Thank you! I love your blog!

    • Lacey, we’ll have a huge section in the book dedicated to Q4… lots of great stuff to learn and apply. Some of your other requests will be in the book, and others will be future blog posts! Thanks for the ideas!

  8. Like so many others,” Accounting” information is probably my greatest need at the moment in my FBA business. I know I need to put systems into place for keeping track of receipts, mileage and other expenses, but I just can’t seem to figure out the best way to do it. I really enjoy reading your posts. Thanks for sharing all of your knowledge with us!

    • Yes, we’ll have some good accounting tips in the book, as well as resources suggestions to learn even more financial skills. Thanks for your encouraging words about the blog.

  9. I just wanted to say that I enjoyed this typo in the TOC under Chapter 9:
    Preparing for Q$
    Or maybe it was deliberate? If so, very clever!

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