Why publish on Kindle now? A friend asked me this question a few weeks ago. You might be wondering too. Especially since you’ve never written anything but short emails to your friends . No worries! Read on and find out why you should take the leap; make the effort and why publishing on Kindle is not as hard as you may think.
First of all, you may wonder, why you would want to get published in a format that can only be accessed with a device that you may not even own… yet.
1) A hungry market
More and more Kindle owners are looking for information to add to their new ereading devices, you’ve got a ready-made market. And if you have a book in the Kindle store on a topic they’re interested in, they may well find it — and buy it. With many Kindle books priced at impulse-purchase levels, people end up clicking “buy” a lot more often than they used to, especially since they can get the information immediately. That’s what happened to me when I got my Kindle and iPad. I bought more books as a result I read more books.
2) Find your targeted audience
Whether you’ve got valuable info you want to get into the public’s hands, or whether you are simply looking for more clients and customers, getting published on Kindle gives you an easy way to be found. Say you’re a marriage counselor. Publish a book on Kindle and include information about your services, and maybe a free gift in the form of a special report or download. Then people will race to find you, buy your Kindle book, and then visit your website to collect their free gift — and join your ever-growing mailing list.
3) Become an instant expert
Let’s be real: The public still esteems authors. They are impressed by authors. And now, Kindle makes it very easy to become an author. After you have created your book, you can upload it to the Kindle store in less than an hour. Even better, English language books are generally approved within 24 hours.
After you’re published, just add the link to your email signature and start adding “Author of [Your book’s name here]” after your name. You’ll receive instant status in the eyes of most people, which will help you get more press coverage, more attention, and more customers. I say most people, because we all know everyone will think you’re all that. Even so, you only need the people that are interested in your topic to think you and your book are great.
4) It’s easy and fast
In case you’ve been out celebrating the US holiday (July 4th), I sent a notice to my subscribers and current customers about getting published on Kindle. Also, we talked about how it is not the sort of ordeal most people associate with getting published in the traditional manner. You upload your book and your cover, answer a few questions, create a description, and you’re done.
5) You can earn royalties
Even better, getting published on Kindle is not only free, but you can earn royalties too. And a whole lot more royalties than you’d ever get from a traditional publisher. If you’re publishing a print book with a traditional publisher, your share of the profits may be less than $1 a book. With Kindle, you can get up to 70% off the purchase price!
Of course, you need to sell books in order to earn royalties. The good news is that Amazon gives you help here, too. Amazon actually helps you market your book in the Kindle store – and beyond, by providing a sales page, and by putting your book in front of browsers looking at related books.
Getting published on Kindle can be very rewarding. And considering how easy it is, there’s little reason not to make the effort and add that “Author of…” tagline after your name.
Here’s one good way to get started: http://ebookitology.com