Kindle self-publishing is hot. Every writer I know is considering taking a chance on the Kindle book store. One writer made $700 in his first month, publishing a cookbook of his grandmother’s recipes.
You could make much more — or you could make nothing at all.
If you’re unsure about writing ebooks, that’s understandable. “Writing a book” sounds like a huge project. It can mean months out of your life. You could be spending that time completing writing projects, and getting paid for them, rather than taking a risk.
However, unlike a physical book, an ebook can be any length. You can write ebooks of fewer than 50 pages, so if you write ebooks of 20 pages, you could write one a week. Therefore, you won’t be spending months on your book. You can write and self-publish an ebook in hours.
One of my students asked me WHY she should write something which may or may not bring in any cash.
Here are the reasons I gave her.
1. Bragging Rights
Once you’ve written a book, you can call yourself an “author.” Never discount bragging rights. Clients have hired me solely because of the books I’ve written. As an author, you get instant respect.
Once your book is published to Amazon, you get an Author Page. You can add your blog’s RSS feed to that page; this means more traffic to your site, and potentially more clients.
If your clients have a choice between hiring you, an author, and another writer with similar skills, they’ll choose you. Clients tend to be easily impressed.
2. You May Get Lucky
Who knows? You could get lucky. Your ebook could become a bestseller, or lead to a traditional publishing contract. I’m not suggesting that you look on self-publishing an ebook as a lottery ticket, however it will give you options.
My biggest successes in writing occurred when I took a chance. You never know where something will lead. Your ebook could earn you thousands of dollars a month, or hundreds. Or it could make even more money for you.
You’ll never know unless you give it a try.
3. Enhance Your Writing Skills and Build Your Platform
Every word you write makes you a better writer. Writing and self-publishing an ebook will teach you a lot. Look on it as an experiment.
Over the years, I’ve never regretted anything I wrote, even when a project was a complete disappointment. On the other hand, I still regret opportunities I allowed to slip through my fingers, because I wasn’t prepared to take a small risk.
Are you prepared to take a risk? The self-publishing door is wide open. Step through it. Start writing your first self-published book today.