It’s been at least a year since I deep-dived into self-publishing opportunities for short ebooks. Not only has this sector grown, with more ebooks published, it’s also more lucrative.
You’ll find the details in our new program, Short Reads’ Secrets: A Short Reads Self-Publishing Report.
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There are two primary categories for short ebooks, Short Reads and Short Stories. Of the two categories, pay attention to Short Reads — it’s a restricted category, which means that you can’t choose it as one of your two categories when you publish. Amazon slots your book into Short Reads depending on reading time.
Amazon designates a very short Kindle ebook, up to 11 pages, as a 15-minute read. “Two-hour reads” are up to 100 pages, which in word count terms — at 250 words per “page” is 25,000 words.
So, Kindle Short Reads are anywhere from 2,500 words to 25,000 words.
When you first visit the Short Reads Great Stories In One Sitting page, you’ll see a lot of fiction, but rest assured, Short Reads books include nonfiction too, in many different categories.
Bestsellers in Short Reads have their own Amazon Best Sellers’ pages — here’s the main Short Reads Best Sellers page. Click on any of the links in the left sidebar to reach the Best Sellers page for any of the timed-categories.
Avoid the Short Stories browse category
Why avoid the Short Stories category? You can choose it yourself, when you upload your book, as a “browse category”. However, it’s flooded with steamy romances. You’re much better off choosing another category, so that Amazon’s algorithms get a better idea of your content.
Amazon will combine your chosen categories with your keywords, and will slot your book into the appropriate Short Reads sub-category — Short Reads has almost as many sub-categories as the main Kindle Store.
You’ll find all the details in Short Reads’ Secrets: A Short Reads Self-Publishing Report.
Think that all the self-publishing opportunities are gone?
They’re not. I created Short Reads’ Secrets to help you to find them.
Investigate for yourself. Happy writing. 🙂
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