Kindle publishing is HOT. It’s a way for any writer to create hundreds of different income streams. With just a little planning, you can stop trading hours for dollars and can create your own ebook empire.
A couple of weeks ago, we discussed writing short fiction for the Kindle. This week, let’s look at fast and easy Kindle publishing.
I receive questions from writers every week about Kindle ebooks. Here’s what I tell writers:
If you can use a word processor, you can create ebooks;
You need a publishing plan;
Once you’ve published your first couple of ebooks – create a BUSINESS plan. Make no mistake, publishing is a business. Yes, writing books is fun and exciting, but it’s also a business;
Nothing counts except the words. These days, you don’t need to concern yourself with formatting, editing, cover art and the rest. You can get other people to do that. So focus on the words you write.
Kindle publishing is an adventure. Let’s get started on the journey.
What could you write for the Kindle?
Start by thinking about what YOU could write for the Kindle. Look at the image on the right hand side. They’re book categories, and they’ll get you started thinking about what you could write. You’ll notice that there are fiction categories (erotica, romance, mystery etc), as well as nonfiction categories (business and investing, health, computers, education etc.)
(To find the categories, go to Amazon. Slide your mouse over Shop by Department, then choose Kindle, Kindle Books.)
Spend a little time today, browsing the categories. Does anything jump out at you? Do they give you ideas for ebooks you could write?
Unlike paper books, ebooks can be SHORT. Some writers publish articles as ebooks, and if you’ve written a lot of articles, and they fit into Amazon’s categories, you can certainly publish them.
Tip: ebooks are forever. Your ebooks will stay on Amazon, making money for you year after year. Therefore, you must look at your Kindle publishing program as a business.
Kindle publishing is a business
Later this week we’ll look at your publishing plans, and we’ll create a short business plan too. Realizing that you’re building a business will get you into the correct mindset.
Think like a publisher. Publishing houses have list of books they’re publishing. They plan ahead. They know how many books they’ll publish in 2013, and 2014 and beyond. Just like a publisher, you need to create your own publication list, and then PUBLISH.
We’ll have a lot more to say about publishing as your business this week.
Get ideas from categories
Today, focus on getting some ideas for ebooks you can write and publish FAST.
Browse through the Kindle categories. Make notes.
This week, in conjunction with our “fast and easy Kindle publishing” theme, you receive a special offering on Fast and Easy Kindle Publisher. It will give you lots of ideas for ebooks you can write and publish FAST.