Looking for ebook writing tips? We’ve discussed ebook publishing in 2014, and the most common question was: “how do I know my ebook will sell?”
The short answer: write what’s selling, if you can. In traditional publishing, nimble mid-list authors hopped onto the latest trend. However, two years later, by the time their book was published, the trend might be over.
1. Research the Amazon Top 100: what’s selling?
In ebook publishing, if you spot a hot trend, you can jump on it quickly, and ride the trend to success, as long as you write a good book. For example, “New Adult” books have been hot for years, as has vampire fiction.
Go to the Kindle book store, and check out the Amazon Top 100 in nonfiction categories, and in fiction genres, if you’re looking for inspiration.
Amazon has an Indie Bestsellers list too, as you can see in the image above.
If you’ve already written your ebook, do a search on the Kindle book store, to see how similar books are selling. You can judge roughly how well an ebook is doing by its sales rank.
2. Focus on one problem (nonfiction), or write short stories.
More words aren’t necessarily better, when you’re writing an ebook. Niche your topic right down. In nonfiction, think: one problem, one solution. If your ebook’s 5,000 words, that’s fine.
In fiction, you don’t need to spend months writing a novel. (Although you can if you like.) If you’re just starting out writing fiction, write ten short stories, and post them on Amazon. Your stories may sell, or they may not. Here’s a hint – write in series. Kindle erotica sells well in short form. Think in terms of giving your reader an experience.
3. Write in series, always.
Whether you’re writing nonfiction, or fiction, think in terms of series of ebooks.
For example, if you’re writing an ebook about travel, write five travel ebooks. Each of your books sells the others. Don’t despair if your first couple of ebooks don’t sell.
In fiction, if you’re a short stories, consider writing more short stories which are linked in some way, or which have a specific theme.
Once you’ve written a series, make the first ebook in the series permanently free. This introduces readers to your series, and the may buy the other books if they like the way you write.
Use these three ebook writing tips. There’s never been a greater opportunity for writers than ebooks. You’re in charge. Write – and sell.
Writing Success In 2014: Merry Christmas, Dear Writer
Each year we have a “happy holidays” package which is packed with writing guides you need in the coming year – so here we are again.
I hope you enjoy this package made up of three of my most popular programs.
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