In our brave new world of self publishing, you need to write, and publish FAST.
The more ebooks you have on the Kindle bookstore, the more you will sell. This applies to both nonfiction, and fiction, because you’re relying on Amazon to promote your ebooks. Amazon is most successful in promoting your books for you if you write in series.
Writing in series can make all the difference in the world to your sales. With just a single title, whether fiction or nonfiction, your book will get lost, and readers won’t find it. Therefore, you need to decide that you will write in series, rather than single titles.
One of my students wrote several books on a topic, but made no attempt to link the books. When she corralled the books and added a series name to the titles, she sold more. After a couple of months, she was selling more ebooks in a day than she’d sold in three months. Series titles sell, because readers can find your books.
Amazon’s KDP Select program helps you too. You’ll be able to offer one of your series ebooks free every three months, which will promote the others. That said, KDP Select has its drawbacks, and it’s not as effective as it was a year ago. However, it still works, but only if you have enough books to sell.
Write in series, for both nonfiction, and fiction
For nonfiction, writing in series means writing more than one ebook on a topic, before you choose a completely new topic.
For example, let’s say that you want to write ebooks on digital photography, Photoshop, and home schooling. You’d write at least three to five ebooks on digital photography before moving to another topic, like Photoshop. In practice, this is easy to do, because ebooks are shorter than print books.
When you’re writing a print book, you’re aiming to write at least 60,000 words — around 250 pages. Book buyers expect a book, rather than a leaflet. Ebook buyers on the other hand, want a solution to a specific problem when they buy an ebook. How to buy a digital camera for example, or how to use their smartphone camera creatively. You could write 10,000 words and cover your topic well. If readers want more information, they can buy your other books on digital photography. Does this make sense to you?
If you’re writing Kindle fiction, consider writing in series too. This applies to both novels and short stories. Always think SERIES. It doesn’t matter much how you tie your fiction ebooks together. You could write a series of erotic romances set in medieval England or Scotland for example, and give the series a title: “Sexy Highland Lairds”. Or you could write a series of novels set in a small town and call the series by the name of the town.
Writing Kindle ebooks is fun, and it’s hugely profitable. Consider writing in series, so that you can put the power of Amazon to work for you, and sell more.
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