Writing for the Kindle platform? I gave you lots of ideas in this week’s ezine, Kindle Empires, and emphasized that volume counts.
I’m writing several novels for the Kindle — all at the same time. This isn’t because I’m a glutton for punishment, although I am… I’m hoping that readers will like book #1, and will read book #2, etc. The more ebooks you have to sell, the more you can sell. Amazon’s amazing database capabilities really kick in when you have more to sell, too.
But how do you write MORE ebooks, especially if the idea of writing just ONE makes you nervous?
That’s easy. Make them SHORTER.
As this post says, Ben Arogundade: 10 Steps to Ebook Success:
“Write shorter books, more often
The average novel is approximately 80,000 words long, but ebooks lend themselves to shorter formats, some even the length of extended essays. (Amazon call them Kindle Singles). The cold fact is, ebooks by definition are cheap, and however many words you write, you will only be able to charge a small amount for it online.”
Your ebooks can be as long or as short as you wish.
In Fast and Easy Kindle Publisher I show you how to get more books onto Amazon, very easily and quickly. You’re publishing nonfiction, which is easier than fiction, too.
Here’s a tip: when you’re writing Kindle nonfiction, think of it this way… ONE problem, ONE solution.
Watch the Kindle bestsellers
Keep an eye on the Kindle free bestsellers.
Today, there’s these two free ebooks on that page:
(If you asked me what a “dump” cake is, I have no idea… 🙂
As you can see, these ebooks are rated at #1 and #6.
Can you see where ONE problem, ONE solution comes in?
Obviously, you can’t make a living giving stuff away; however, once you have several ebooks on Amazon, giving one away is good business. You get readers.
Currently I’m reading every ebook Marsha Canham has on Amazon. I love historical novels, and eat them up like bon bons. I was vaguely familiar with her name, but hadn’t read any of her books. If she hadn’t posted a freebie, I wouldn’t be buying her other ebooks.
That’s the way it works: you give people a taste, and if they like it, they come back for more.
Keep your ebooks short… and keep them coming. 🙂
By the way — Fast and Easy Kindle Publisher is this week’s special offering…
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