Ok, I’m here to tell you that everyone can be a writer and publisher thanks to Kindle Publishing, a subsidiary of Amazon Inc. Yes, you read it correctly. I’m not making this up.
Kindle publishing is not as impossible or as difficult as you may believe, and there are methods for accomplishing the feat and becoming an Author. Thanks to Amazon, anybody with a little education will upload a manuscript and start selling it within days, not months.
In this post, I will reveal a few Kindle book publishing secrets that you may not have known about.
Are you prepared? Let’s get started.
1) You don’t have to have a 100-page Kindle book.
Some people have considered writing books and claiming the coveted title of Author, but have been put off by the prospect of sitting down and writing pages upon pages of text, eventually amounting to hundreds of pages.
In reality, in the world of old-fashioned physical book printing, a book had to have a certain number of pages. The limitation, however, no longer exists thanks to the modern age and Amazon.
People can also purchase a Kindle eBook for any amount of entries.
People are searching for facts or a solution to a problem. They are looking for facts that can help them solve their problems. They are unconcerned with the number of pages. What matters is that you can provide a solution.
And if you can do that on fewer pages, that’s much easier for them. Who needs to read hundreds of pages on the internet? I, for one, will not read such a novel. My page limit is 50. If you can’t give me the details I need in so many pages, I’m afraid I’ll skip your eBook. This is so for a large number of users on the internet.
Your Kindle eBook can be no more than 4-10 pages long. Are you capable of writing a book with so many pages? I’m sure you will. After that, you can create and sell eBooks on Amazon. Yes, you heard it correctly.
2) The pages in Kindle books are much narrower than the pages in Microsoft Word.
Yes, I learned this when I published my first eBook on Amazon.
The size of the Word Doc you use to prepare or write your manuscript differs greatly from what appears on the Kindle Reader. When you look at the Kindle book, you will see how thin it is.
So, as you import and view a book of twenty Word pages on the Kindle, it would be much larger than it was initially. This came as a welcome surprise to me.
Assume you have a 30-page novel. When you upload this to Amazon and it is translated to a Kindle eBook, the same eBook will appear in the Kindle Store as 40-46 pages.
3) You may already have the material for your novel.
Consider someone who has been blogging about how to make money online. What you need to do is organize any of your previous write-ups or posts in a coherent manner, and you’ve got yourself a Kindle eBook.
I once compiled and aptly named a collection of posts I had on Drawing Tips. I released it on Amazon as a Kindle eBook as well as a paper book by their former division, Createspace. This section has now been combined with the Kindle publishing section.
You can also stretch or add to previously published posts by simply adding a few photos to your eBook. You now have your Kindle eBook.
A word of caution here. Then fill your eBook with a lot of photos, or Amazon will charge you a lot of money for it. They argue that it raises the cost of shipping. If this is important, it can eat into your earnings. Except in the case of a recipe book, I hardly use photos in my Kindle eBooks.
4) Amazon makes it too easy for everyone to become a Publisher.
Amazon forever altered the book industry. Anyone can submit a manuscript of any length to Amazon and get it published within hours if the contents are original.
There will be no more tales of being rejected by the publishing house to which you submitted your book. I’ve uploaded eBooks that have been licensed and put in Kindle stores in less than 5-10 hours. And some of these eBooks were sold within a few days. This was unheard of in the days before the Kindle or any of the other Readers.
Amazon has made things easy for everyone.
Do you know that your eBooks don’t need any special formatting or conversion? You just need to prepare and apply your manuscript as a Word doc, much like you did on your PC. You can also email the manuscript as a PDF if you choose. Personally, I upload all of my Kindle eBooks as Word documents and let Amazon manage all of the technical details.
Finally, after you have completed your manuscript and are able to upload and print it, Amazon has created a convenient step-by-step procedure for you to follow and submit your manuscript for processing and acceptance. Kindle eBooks are usually licensed and available within 24 hours of submission. As this essay has shown, Kindly Publishing is not as daunting as it sounds.
You are not even required to write. There are people on several Freelancing platforms who can also write and format your Kindle eBooks for a small fee. You can get a short eBook written for you for $20-$30. You’ll print it in your own name and make hundreds of dollars off it. Many authors you read from today are doing just this on Amazon.
I hope this essay has shown you that becoming an Amazon Author and Publisher is not as challenging or intimidating as you might have imagined.
Thanks to Amazon and her brilliant invention, the Kindle Reader, everyone can now be an Author.