There’s never been a better time to be a writer. You’re in charge of your fortune. Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing has changed publishing, permanently. While the publishing industry’s looking for ways to swim in this new environment without drowning, we writers need to take the opportunities Kindle self-publishing gives us NOW.
The Window of Opportunity Is Closing…
I developed our new program, Kindle Magic, Self-publishing Mastery, for one reason. It’s this. I can see the window of opportunities for individual authors closing.
Hachette has settled its dispute with Amazon. While I was completely on Amazon’s side, that doesn’t mean that I’ve got my eyes closed. Big publishing is made up of multinational corporations with millions of dollars to throw at a problem, and Amazon. They’re all 800-pound gorillas.
In the past, publishing was dominated by brand-name authors, like Stephen King. That’s still the case. However, new authors are raking in money from Amazon — they started from nothing, to make $100,000 in a week, in H.M. Ward’s case.
Listen Up, This Is Important
I work with writers every day. I love it, because I love writers and writing. However, it’s frustrating at times. I encourage my students to leap into self-publishing, and so they do… they dip in a toe. These are amazing writers. They could and should be establishing themselves not only on Amazon, but using Amazon to leverage their writing careers.
They worry about the oddest things: how to find someone to format their work, how to get a cover, how to get started on social media, how to build a website…
Let’s look at these things.
- Formatting. It’s simple. Upload your MS Word file, or a PDF to Amazon. Seriously. Amazon gives you a Previewer, so you can assess the results. If it’s not pretty, eliminate all the excess formatting in your Word doc. Use bold for headlines. Still not happy? Get someone on fiverr.com to format it.
- How to get a cover: use Amazon’s Kindle Cover Creator. It’s free. When your ebook sells 5,000 copies, you can get someone to design a custom cover for it. Until then, just upload the ebook.
- How to get started on social media: if you haven’t done it yet, WRITE A COUPLE OF EBOOKS first. The chances that your first ebook, fiction or nonfiction, will be a bestseller are minimal. Sorry. With a first ebook, social media won’t help. If you’re already on social media, by all means promote. If you aren’t, write another ebook before you worry about social media — then you’ll have two things for readers to buy.
- How to build a website? Use Weebly. You can publish your website in an hour, even if you haven’t written a word of content — and it’s free.
If You Want to Self-Publish (and You Should), Now’s the Time
During Hachette’s seven-month dispute with Amazon, indies became decidedly spooked. Some authors issued dire warnings, that independent authors would soon be unable to make money on Amazon.
While I don’t believe that, I do know that everything changes. Everything. It’s no longer as easy for indies to make money as it was a year ago. This time next year, the situation will be even more challenging. As I’ve said, I created Kindle Magic, Self-publishing Mastery for one reason only. The window of opportunity for indies is closing.
Jump in, before the window slams shut. Kindle Magic, Self-publishing Mastery will help.
Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing Can Be Your Personal Goldmine
In Kindle Magic, Self-publishing Mastery, we cover what you need to know to publish both fiction and nonfiction successfully. We also look at ways you can leverage your ebooks to help your writing career.
Enjoy. It’s my earnest hope that it helps you to overcome your blocks, and win the success you deserve.
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