Find a need that matches your expertise and start writing
Writing and selling Kindle eBooks on Amazon.com has become a very popular way to earn extra money.
At the high end, there are authors that routinely
make over $100,000 per month.
If you’ve always wanted a source of income that can conform to your hectic schedule, writing eBooks is an option.
You don’t need the approval or support of a traditional publisher.
There’s no upfront cost involved.
Amazon will simply take a percentage of your sales.
Many aspiring writers are intimidated to get started, but this is unnecessary.
You’ve been communicating all of your life.
Only now you’re going to communicate your thoughts and ideas via writing.
Tips for writing your ﬁrst eBook
(1) Write what sells
If you’re writing ﬁction, you can choose just about any topic.
However, some topics are more popular than others.
For instance, anything about zombies has been quite popular lately.
If you’re interested in writing non-ﬁction, investigate what’s currently selling well.
- Anything to do with relationships, health, and money is perpetually popular. There are many categories within these three broad topics. For example, dating, marriage, divorce, weight-loss, dieting, investing, and making money are all popular topics.
- Inform. We all have things that make us want to know more.
- Solve a common problem.
Find a need that matches your expertise and start writing.
(2) Know your audience before you begin
Who would be interested in your eBook and how much would they be willing to pay?
If your target audience is over 65, you might ﬁnd that audience is a little bit less internet savvy and less likely to ﬁnd your eBook.
- A book written for teenagers might require a diﬀerent voice than one written for business owners. You’ll ﬁnd more success if your writing style closely matches your target audience.
(3) Can the information be found for free elsewhere?
With all the blogs and other websites available online, there’s a lot of great information available for free.
That’s okay, but
you’ll need to provide something “above and beyond”
to make your eBook a worthwhile purchase.
- While the information might be available for free, you could compile it into a more useful and readable format. You might be able to present a fresh perspective on the topic. What beneﬁt will you be providing?
(4) Create a writing schedule
Nearly all writers state that they’d never get anything done
if they waited for inspiration to strike.
A schedule is important if you want to complete your eBook in a reasonable amount of time.
- You’ll likely learn through trial and error that you write better at certain times of the day. Some authors ﬁnd writing to be easier in the morning or the late evening. Others prefer the middle of the day.
- Some environments work better for some than others. Do you require total privacy or silence? Or would you rather write in a coﬀee shop or at the park?
- Set a schedule and stick to it. Thirty minutes per day will probably result in higher compliance and productivity than a single marathon session.
(5) Keep writing and edit later
It can be a mistake to write a page and then stop for editing and formatting.
Once you start writing, keep going!
Do one task at a time. Set aside a separate time for these other activities.
(6) Save, save, save
Sooner or later, you’re certain to lose a large chunk of writing due to a power failure or simple oversight if you don’t save your work often.
Word-processing programs have auto-save features. Use them.
- Save your work in multiple locations. That means your hard drive and another location. It can be a USB drive, external drive, online storage, or even a copy that you email to yourself at the end of each writing session. It would be a shame to lose 200 pages of work due to a hard drive failure.
(7) Ensure the formatting is acceptable
You’ll ﬁnd many reviews of Kindle books that complain about the formatting.
After you’ve uploaded your eBook, check the formatting.
Spend the time to ensure your work
looks as good as possible.
It’s advisable to ﬁrst edit the book yourself and then enlist the services of another.
Experienced and inexpensive editors can be found on any of the freelancing sites.
Marketing Your eBook
Many authors claim that writing is the easy part, and the marketing is the real work.
Even the best eBook can languish if no one knows it exists.
Marketing doesn’t come easy for many writers,
but it’s a necessary part of the process.
Avoid the mistake of waiting until after your book is completed to bring your marketing eﬀorts.
A marketing campaign requires time to be eﬀective.
Tell the world about your eBook:
(1) Create and maintain a blog
It would be challenging to ﬁnd a successful eBook author without a blog.
A website is very simple to build with Word Press.
You can even build a site for free by using one of the free blog-hosting websites.
WordPress.com and blogger.com are two of many examples.
(2) Price your book appropriately
Amazon takes a share of your sales, but the percentage varies with the price.
Look at your competition and the commission rate.
Find a price that works for you.
(3) Consider giving a few copies away for free
People swarm to free items, and eBooks are included in this phenomenon.
Your readers will tell their friends, and you could win future customers.
(4) Get reviews
Give away review copies to relevant websites and organizations.
One positive review from a recognized expert
can make all the diﬀerence.
Enough positive reviews from anonymous sources are also powerful marketing tools.
(5) Take advantage of social media
Open and use social media accounts for both yourself and your blog.
Inform everyone in your world that you have an eBook available for sale.
It’s just as important to let everyone know before it’s ﬁnished.
Pick a release date and start advertising.
(6) Make a video
Talk about your book and provide a link to purchase it.
Share the video through your blog and social media accounts.
(7) Continue editing
Invariably, your readers will ﬁnd errors and point out mistakes.
Take advantage of this free help!
Amazon makes it easy to edit your work and reload it.
Your readers will appreciate your responsiveness.
One advantage of eBooks is the ability to go back
and make corrections after your work has been released.
Marketing your eBook is hard work.
Many experts recommend spending at least
as much time marketing as you do writing.
Create and maintain a marketing schedule.
Consistently spending time each day on your marketing eﬀorts
will prove to be the most eﬀective strategy.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a gifted writer, it’s very possible to boost your income by writing, marketing, and selling Kindle eBooks.
Many eBook writers are even earning full-time incomes from their work.
Keep in mind that writing is only one part of the process.
Marketing your work is just as important.
Consider Kindle for extra income.
It might just be the solution you’ve been looking for.
About George J Ziogas
George is a prolific writer who lives in Australia’s Southern Highlands and works in the thriving city of Sydney. George’s articles are filled with wisdom and good solid advice and center on the topics of freelance writing and living a good life. Though George is multi-lingual speaking both Greek and Macedonian, you will be happy to note that he writes in English! You can find him on Medium.com/
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