In today‘s article, I want to share my experience with Amazon Kindle Publishing and some of the things I have learned along the way. Since the introduction of the Kindle in November of 2007, the door has been open for authors at all levels to publish kindle eBooks. That’s a whole other discussion for another time. However, if you are thinking about self-publishing, or e-publishing as I like to call it, then I hope that what I have learned will help you.
Amazon Kindle publishing: Lesson One
Success will come with time – I originally had this as the third lesson within this article, but after my revisions, it had to come first. I’m sure that before you stumbled onto my blog you came across many others that promised that could make a six figure income writing eBooks. While it is possible to do that, it takes time. The sites that are swearing up and down about you becoming an overnight success are typically those that have saturated the market with poorly done eBooks. The truth is, it is going to take some time to reach that point. I don’t have an exact figure as to the exact time, but for those who have had success, it has taken them time to get where they are publishing eBooks successfully. It all comes down to expectation management (see Lesson Two) and dedication.
Establish some goals for yourself – I know you’ve heard this before, but I have found it to be essential if you want to have any measure of success. Before you get fixated on making money online with eBooks, jot down what it is that you would like to accomplish before investing your time and money. I was two weeks into my journey before I sat down and wrote what I wanted to accomplish long term and short term. By doing this, I was able to focus my energy on writing, publishing and marketing my eBooks on Amazon kindle Publishing Direct correctly. Most importantly, setting goals helps you save money.
Get training – I can’t take credit for this one; I got this idea from Dave Koziel’s 9-part YouTube Amazon Kindle Publishing video training series. You might be laughing, but do not underestimate the “University of YouTube”! I have learned a lot from watching videos about self-publishing, and best of all, they’re FREE! You can’t beat free, but as Dave notes, you will have to pay for some of the quality courses along the way. The difference between the two is that the free stuff will give you just enough to get started. The paid courses will give you a good base foundation, but will leave out some essential information. To get those nuggets, you generally will have to pay extra for advanced training on a membership site. I’ve two of these, Stefan Pylarinos’ course ware and currently Nick Stephenson’s course. I have found them to both to be very informative for writing my eBooks as well as marketing them.