Kindle Self Publishing: Amazon Self Publishing Made Easy
The world has indeed become flat, which was Thomas Friedman’s New York Times bestselling book the World is Flat is all about. In the book, Friedman talked about how the Internet has changed the way people do business. In particular, he expounded on how the Internet has practically leveled all playing fields in science, business, technology, and education.
One of the areas in which the Internet has made it possible for ordinary people to compete head-on with the world’s biggest companies is the publications industry. It used to be that for a person to have a shot at being a bestselling author or simply have his or her book published, he or she must go through publishing companies. And assuming that they’re able to successfully partner with one, they would not be able to get the lion’s share of their sales because the publishing company receives most of it. And rightfully so, because it’s the publishing company that bears all of the financial risk when it comes to publishing and marketing an author’s book.
Today, ordinary people like you and I no longer have to partner with big publishing companies just to have our own books published. We can publish our own books and market them all over the world without investing much at all. The Internet, through companies like Amazon.com, gives us the ability to self-publish our own books.
Self-publishing is the act or process of writing, publishing, and selling your own books without the need for a publishing company. If you have excellent writing skills, it will be much easier for you to write or come up with your own book. But if you don’t have great writing skills, you can still come up with your own book. How?
By hiring ghostwriters to write your books for you. In particular, you can use the services of The Writing Summit. When the e-book you’ve ordered from the company has been delivered to you, all claims and rights to the material are transferred to you. That means all future proceeds and royalties from the sale of the e-book belong to you and you alone.
But before you sit down in front of your computer to write your book’s first words or engage the services of The Writing Summit to write your book for you, you’ll need to choose a very good topic first. And by very good I mean a topic that’s profitable, i.e., will sell. So how can you choose a profitable topic to write about?
There are 2 things you need to look for in a potentially profitable book topic or idea. These are demand on the Kindle Store and competition for said topic. So where do you start?
There are many different ways to go about this, but one of the quickest and best ways to do so is to go on websites like quora.com or reddit.com. Within those web sites you can get an idea of what people are currently talking about or interested in because these sites act like mega forums in which people can ask and talk about anything under the sun. Quora.com is practically a question-and-answer website. In it, you’ll be able to access information on what many people are currently interested in through the questions they ask. You can even filter your question feed according to topics that you’re interested in. By looking at the questions people ask on the website and the amount of engagement such questions elicit, you can get good ideas on specific topics to self-publish.
Reddit.com is considered a social media community where visitors of the website can vote on the various types of content posted on the site. On this website, you get the chance to discover which specific types of content or topics are currently trending online, which may be indicative of public demand for books published on such topics.
However, mere interest in a particular subject or topic can’t be totally considered as demand. While it can point to or indicate such, demand can only be validated by determining if people are willing to pay for materials on the topics they’re interested in. In other words, are they willing to put their money where there interests are? So how can you estimate this?
Once you find a potential topic to write a book about, go and check out the Kindle Store’s list of books on that niche. Type the topic or its keywords into the search box and it will return a list of books that Amazon thinks are the most relevant for your topic search. Type in, for example, “how to get out of debt”. You’ll see a list of books on the topic, which include at least 2 certified bestsellers on the Kindle Store.
Next, open each of the top ten books on the list on a different tab. In each of the tabs’ product details, you can find its Amazon Best Seller’s Rank or ABSR. Armed with this knowledge, you can use a very powerful tool called KD Spy by Wesley Atkins. You can use KD Spy to quickly asses the competition of a book and how well it sells. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: You can access the competition of the book based on the number of sales/ reviews and if the book is selling based on the Sales Rank. Typically if the first 10 books have a sales rank less than 150k, then it mean that it sells and a good niche to work in. If the first 10 books have reviews less than 30, then you may be able to rank higher.
Demand isn’t the only consideration for estimating whether or not a specific niche or topic is profitable. You also have to factor in competition. You may have a topic that’s very much in demand but if there are lots of similar books that are already out in the Kindle Store, your chances of selling a lot of copies of your self-published e-book are much lower. As such, more than just being in demand, you must choose a topic with relatively low competition if you hope to sell a lot of copies.
As mentioned before, typically if the first 10 books have a sales rank less than 150k, then it mean that it sells and a good niche to work in. If the first 10 books have reviews less than 30, then you may be able to rank higher since obtaining 30 reviews wouldn’t be that hard!
Now if you see the first 10 books as have sales rank as low as 30k with 100 or more reviews, then you may want to steer clear of this particular keyword (the phrase you used to search for the book). I am not saying that you cannot make money with these books, but just understand that you will need to spend A LOT of time marketing and ranking the books.
As mentioned earlier, you can either write your own book or if you’re not comfortable with your writing skills (or have the time to write), you can engage the services of a writing company to come up with your own e-book. But writing the e-books isn’t the last thing on your list of to-dos before finally self-publishing your book on the Kindle Store. You’ll need to make sure it’s packaged well. You’ll need to format your content so that it can be easily read on any Kindle device and you’ll have to create a beautiful cover for your e-book to draw customers in.
Fortunately, formatting is something that’s very easy to do. You can download materials from Amazon’s KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) website that will guide you on how to properly format your material when publishing them as e-books on the Kindle Store. If you don’t have time for that and would rather outsource it, you can do so for only $5.00 at Fiverr.com.
The saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” just isn’t true in the world of publishing. Let’s face it – one of the ways people judge a book before buying it is the cover. A poorly designed cover speaks of the author’s lack of concern for quality, which will most probably hold true for the book’s content. And you don’t want your potential buyers to think that way of your self-published book, do you? Unless you’re a graphic artist yourself, it’s best to outsource your book cover design and creation to freelance graphic artists from, where else but Fiverr.com. Why? It’ll only set you back $5.00! How practical is that, huh?
Finally, it’s time to publish your e-book on Amazon’s Kindle Store. It goes without saying that you’ve already set up your publisher’s account at www.kdp.amazon.com and if you haven’t yet, you must do so if you want to self publish your work on the biggest e-book marketing platform in the world. The best part is that it’s free!
Yes, self-publishing your book on Amazon’s Kindle Store won’t cost you anything. You’ll only pay them when you’re able to sell copies of your books, where a certain percentage of the selling price will be deducted from your proceeds, which is dependent on the price range of your book.
What Are You Waiting For?
Given the ease and very low cost of coming up with your own e-books and publishing them on Amazon’s Kindle Store via a free publisher’s account at www.kdp.amazon.com, there’s really no reason why you should put off your dream of becoming a published author on the world’s biggest online publication platform, and earn potentially good income doing so. In fact, you can even spend $0.00 if you’re a prolific writer, good at graphic design, and are willing to learn how to format the materials yourself. The only thing that can hinder you from Kindle Self Publishing on Amazon’s Kindle Store is you. So what are you waiting for? Do it now!
If you are still uncertain about Kindle Self Publishing, then I highly recommend signing up for the course Kindle Money Mastery! Everything that I am writing about in this blog I have learned from K Money Mastery by Stefan. I highly recommend his course!
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