Publish For Kindle For Profit
I’ve been involved in publishing for years on a non-profit level. By non-profit, I literally mean that I didn’t make any money or try to make any money for several years. At 19, still in college, I opened a small non-profit press and started publishing poetry and literature through a number of platforms. Eventually, I would learn to format print books, ebooks, and overall become very good at it.
This led to me learning about the Kindle as it was just starting to become a major player in the literary world. I instantly started publishing for this platform, but still wasn’t trying to make much money from it. Then ,after I started freelance writing for a living, I realize that I may as well use what I knew about Kindle Direct Publishing and publish a few books for profit.
You Can Publish On Virtually Any Topic For Kindle
The first book I published for profit was about Kale. If you don’t know, Kale is a greeny, leafy vegetable used in salads and a lot of health-nut smoothies and the like. I actually have never even eaten it, and I only picked the topic because it seemed to be trending. While finding hot topics is something that helps me make money, it would have been better to pick a topic I was actually interested in. Still, this book sells at least 5 copies a month, bringing me $10-20.
After that first book, I felt a little discourage about this method of trying to make an income. I had come to the conclusion that one of two methods would work for me. Either I could write and publish a ton of small books on Amazon or I could try to write a few really great books and then spend money (that I didn’t have) to promote them and do the marketing right.
I didn’t have the money or the time to market my books. I was working full-time as a freelancer just struggling to get a hold of decent jobs and pay my bills on time, and with the two month waiting period that it takes to get paid from Kindle sales, I knew that it had to become a side project and not my focus.
So what did I do? I could have easily given up, but I figured that publishing a large volume of books would be a better start than waiting until I had money to market a few really strong titles. When I found myself tired of working for others, I’d spend a day or two a pound out a decent instructional book, recipe book, or even piece of fiction and put it up for sale on Amazon.
Doing this casually, I have about 30 books on Amazon under a number of pseudonyms. Finding what books sell well is a difficult task, but overall I make anywhere from $500-1000 a month just selling these ebooks. Most of them only sell a few copies per month, but even without a hard marketing push, there are some books that easily make me $100 every month.
Upload Simple Quality Books For Kindle
So my advice on this front is simple: write quality ebooks but keep them relatively short (5000-1000 words tops). Publish them yourself. Don’t try to do anything fancy with formatting, and you should be able to figure formatting out on your own. If you don’t have money, it doesn’t mean you can’t start working toward a semi-passive income selling ebooks on Amazon. And remember, Amazon is the largest ebook retailer in the world, but it’s not the only one. So once you’ve released your book on Kindle, you can always go to other formats later on to make even more money on the same books!
When you find a niche that brings you money, produce a few titles in it. It’s alright if you’re releasing the same basic information as long as it’s in a different package and has some of its own flare each time.
Make A Killing On Kindle (Without Blogging, Facebook Or Twitter). The Guerilla Marketer’s Guide To Selling Ebooks On Amazon [Kindle Edition]
“Three hat tips to Michael Alvear’s Make A Killing On Kindle!” — Guy Kawasaki, quoting this book in his entrepreneurial bestseller, APE.
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There are only 12 steps to successful Kindle selling and I show you how to do each of them with step-by-step directions, including picture tutorials.
musicmakerr Is an editor, writer, and publisher based out of California. musicmakrr is also a musician and a great cook that currently offers his writing skills through gigs at fiverr.com.