This week our theme is fast and easy Kindle publishing. I’ve received questions from writers who would love to get into self-publishing, but for various reasons, have NO time to write. Self-publishing seems complex and confusing; they don’t even know how to get started.
Kindle publishing appeals to me, and to many other writers, because it’s a way of creating passive income streams. Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, your words will sell for years, and the more you publish, the more you will sell. We’ve discussed writing in series for both fiction and nonfiction, so that your books sell each other.
I’m sure that many other writers feel as they do, so let’s look at how you can use any spare minutes you have, and turn them into Kindle cash.
1. Decide what you’ll write
Start by deciding whether you’ll write fiction, or nonfiction.
If you choose fiction, I created the Fiction Fiesta: Write Short Kindle Fiction For Fun and Profit coaching workshop for you. Writers are having huge fun with this. It’s ideal if you’re not sure how to write short stories.
On the other hand, you may be more comfortable writing nonfiction.
Choose one or the other – or, you can choose to write both, of course, as long as you remember to write in SERIES.
2. Decide how much time you have, and use the time
Everything takes longer at the beginning, so the first four ebooks you write will take you the longest, because you’re learning as you go. Once you build your writing muscles, and know what you’re writing, you’ll write more, and more quickly.
Please be prepared: know that you’ll be SLOW when you get started. I assure my writing students that it doesn’t matter how long your first ebook takes you. You’re learning when you’re writing your first books. No one is born knowing how to write: you need to train your brain, and practice.
You’ll get faster. Just be consistent. Decide how much time you have to write, and use that time. You won’t need a lot of time. If you can carve out 20 minutes a day, that’s fine. Get an Evernote account, or use Quip so that you can write wherever you are, even on your phone.
One of my students was convinced he had NO time. He decided that he’d write for ten minutes before he left for work. When I spoke to him a couple of weeks later, he was astonished that he’d found an hour a day he didn’t know he had. Five or ten minutes, here and there, mount up. 🙂
3. Plan: create a publication schedule
Remember, you’re writing in series, so once you’ve decided on your series, and know approximately how much time you have to write each day, create a publication plan.
Your plan might look something like this.
Series 1: four months, from _____ (date) to _____ (date)
Make a list of the titles you’ll write and publish in those months. The “four months” is just an estimate. Enter 12 months, if you estimate it will take you 12 months. Your books will sell for years, so how long it takes you is unimportant. You’re creating a library of your books which will sell for years.
Series 2: four months, from _____ (date) to _____ (date)
Your second series. Enter the titles once you’ve decided what you’ll write as your second series of books.
Series 3: four months, from _____ (date) to _____ (date)
Your third series. Again, enter the titles once you decide – you don’t need to decide now.
Your aim is to create a publication schedule, so you’ll see where you’re headed.
4. Publish FAST
Many writers freak out over the publishing aspect – getting your ebooks online and selling. Read this post, Kindle Self-Publishing: Ease Your Formatting Terrors. I’ve heard many good things about Draft2Digital. The company publishes your ebooks on the four most popular online retailers, and can even create paperbacks for you. Although there’s no up-front costs to you, the company charges you a percentage of your royalties.
Have fun with Kindle publishing. When Amazon launched the Kindle, it changed the publishing landscape for writers. There’s no ceiling on your income. You’re in charge – have fun, and WRITE. You’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish, even if you think you have “no time.” 🙂
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