Want to make money writing and selling ebooks? This can become a very lucrative home business, and most of the tools you need are free.
I’ve been writing and selling ebooks for over a decade. In the early years, it was a challenge. These days however, with Amazon’s Kindle bookstore, sales are easy.
Here are my three best tips.
1. Shorter Is Better
Print books are usually over 70,000 words, which is around 200 pages. Shorter books are looked on as booklets.
Digital books on the other hand, are meant to be read quickly. Therefore, if you’re just starting out, aim to have your ebook short. This means that your readers can get the information they want quickly: they can read your book during a train ride, or while they’re waiting for a meeting to start.
Not only can you give your readers exactly the information they want when you write shorter ebooks, you can also write more of them, which gives you more opportunities for sales.
2. Volume Sells
Amazon sells millions of ebooks. The company does this because it has an amazing database, as well as vast amounts of data on book buyers. This means that Amazon can promote your ebooks for you, to exactly the people who are most likely to buy them.
Volume sells. The more books you have on Amazon, the more books you will sell. However, keep something in mind. The people who read books on one topic, will usually buy additional books on that topic. If you write five books on five different topics however, it’s unlikely that the people who buy your book on fishing, will buy your book on angora knitting.
Make sure that you stick to one topic for several books, so that each book can promote the other.
3. Know Your Readers
You also need to think about your readers. Readers buy a book for a reason. If you’ve written an erotic novel for example, readers who like erotic fiction will buy your novel.
Don’t let those readers down; give them what they expect. Read bestselling novels which are similar to your own, and study Amazon’s forums, so you can see what readers like, and what they don’t.
If you’re writing nonfiction, look for gaps in the market. There are thousands of topics you can cover. Meet your readers’ needs in the books you write, and you’ll make sales.
Amazon has opened a whole new world of activity for freelance writers. If you want to make money writing ebooks, you can.