Kindle is a best-selling, compact e-reader device that is widely used today. It provides users with the feel of reading a paperback book without the usual burden of having to carry several books at a time; here, you will be able to store every book you like. It is built to be lighter than a paperback and can hold up to 1,400 E-books. It does not look like the common PDF reader, since its interface has paper-like appearance and you can even read it under the sunlight without its glare. It has a built-in dictionary for young readers and a parental control feature which lets parents limit their kids to the contents they can see. Finishing a book and craving for more will not be a problem, you just have to turn on your wireless connection and download an e-book that takes less than 60 seconds to finish downloading. These are just some of the reasons why more and more people are leaning on having their own Kindle and just download what they want to read.
If reading and writing are your passions, and you would like to earn money by doing what you love, Kindle welcomes self-publishing among its users. You can make money by publishing your own books and advertise them, while keeping your fingers crossed, waiting for the outcome.
Here’s how you can make money by publishing a Kindle E-book:
1. Identify your market.
Know the type of readers that might be interested in what you have to offer. Are they young adults who are obsessed with vampire love stories? Do they like to hear what happens when you get bullied in school? Do they want to read about a very wild sci-fi world? These are just some questions you should ask yourself before you put your thoughts in writing. Also, organize your forte by keywords and rank them by the most popular ones. This is a critical part because eBook readers would look for something by searching with the relevant keywords. Make sure you are confident that you can produce quality work in your selected market.
2. Ask around.
It pays to learn something from someone and feedback is very important. It helps you be more specific on what type of market you will be targeting. Suggestions should always be welcome, so you don’t get that monotone of your thoughts. Ask your marketing savvy friends on which ideas are most marketable, and which are the trend right now.
3. Decide what to write.
You should base this on the feedbacks you’ve acquired from your personal network and your knowledge about the subject. Does this subject really interest you? Or did you just choose it because it has the most potential to sell? Profiting from publishing a Kindle eBook might be a great idea, but leaning on to something that suggests high selling value but is an out-of-your-grasp idea only guarantees a below average output.
4. Plan what you wanted done.
Isolate yourself in the most comfortable and conducive area there is for you to write. Open up your mind to ideas no matter how unrelated or how wide they seem to be. Ask yourself these questions: what is the purpose of this book? Is it to entertain, or to inform? What put me in the position of deciding to write one?
5. Publish a higher-than-average book.
Once you have identified your market, you should produce the goods you’ll have to offer your consumers. Make sure that what you put as a title comes close to your keyword. And though you are inspired by your favorite author, try your best to refrain from making your work sound like a rip-off. A copy editor is a good investment and having him take a closer look at your book will be very advantageous. Your cover is important too. It’s a bonus if you are a graphic artist, but if you aren’t, better hand the job to someone who knows well about it. You might find this unnecessary for a first timer and you might think going for the cheapest package is the best choice. However, you need to make a good impression so it pays to have someone who is qualified and competent look over your work and design something professional for your book cover.
6. Put value to your work.
It is a common concept for e-book readers to base prices they pay on the number of pages of books they purchase. You might want to consider this tip: if you have a 600-page book and you’re selling it for $4, you can have it divided to 4 parts and price it at $2 per part. That way, you earn more and you might also induce that craving-for-the-next-book feel to your reader. Having said this, it will only be a matter of timing.
7. Promote your book.
You can also publish your eBook as paperback. Amazon’s CreateSpace and Lulu offers printing on demand services for eBooks. And since Amazon keeps a small stock of publishing, you can quickly get your copy as a traditionally published book. You can use this copy to promote your work to your friends, acquaintances and whoever might be interested in reading what you have written. You can also link your Kindle and paperback; this will drive sales of both. And though we are talking about a Kindle e-book, you can also go out of the box by providing a PDF version of your book on your own website, which will cost you almost nothing.
8. Launch your book.
Making your eBook known does not end by simply promoting it; you should also plan a unique eBook launch. Doing this can also include: sending emails to your friends and family of when the eBook launch will be; they can also tell others about your eBook and you instantly have that network of supporters behind your back. Offer something that would make readers want to try your book; you can give them a free coverage of your product for a definite time, for example. Making it a business does not also mean that only you get to hoard the money. You also have to spend a portion of your revenue to give away copies of the book. A free eBook makes it easier to be downloaded, and then when word spreads of what a great eBook this was, you can start selling copies.
9. Focus on one platform.
You should be proficient in having your work published in a single platform first. You can start with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). It is a wise network of readers to stick to, so have it in mastery before trying, for example, Apple’s iBookstore, Barnes & Nobles Nook and the Kobo Store.
10. One topic-several title-rule
So you’re done determining what topic best suits your knowledge and expertise. It’s time for you to create different scenarios in that genre. Readers might want to subscribe to your works if they liked your first one. A personal example: I am very much a fan of Jodi Picoult and for years I have been collecting her books and reading them. But I was not a fan of romance so the moment she wrote one, I still bought it for the sake of collection, though I didn’t particularly like the story. Other consumers however, might not avail if it’s something off their genre so it will be safer if you stick to what you know.
Making money by publishing a Kindle eBook just basically starts with you writing an eBook. But an eBook that is haphazardly written may not guarantee profit. It may just be a waste of time, so plan your agenda well before taking the first step. Do not jump and oblige yourself to go with the process.
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