Anyone With An Amazon Kindle Success Story?

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Fellas,

We are in 2017. I know a guy who wrote a book in August of 2015 and in early February 2016, he had raked in about $52k through his small work of fiction on Amazon.

I have just a simple question...is it still happening for ya'all amazon Kindle publishers out there in 2017?

I have noticed that the posts here about this topic have diminished, and for an explorative guy like me who delves into almost anything, I would like to know if this is still feasible.

Share your stories or just leave a simple comment with your current/recent experience.

Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author quadagon
    Kindle publishing is still alive and well but does seem to have fallen out of vogue with the get rich quick make money while you sleep gurus.

    I think Amazon have done a good job of weeding out a lot of the rubbish that was being promoted. At the same time they are improving how they deal with clickfarms and review rings. It's not perfect but they are continually taking steps in the right direction.

    This is only good news for real authors and publishers. Although this is bad news for those that hoped to outsource a book for $5 do a free promotion and then appear on Oprah.

    I know they are beta testing further changes with the review system as to highlight the opinions of a books ideal customer.

    I hope this comes the norm as it is a much better experience for everyone - although it can still be gamed but it takes a bit more work and money.

    If you are looking into it check out Chris Fox and Mark Dawson they both have excellent material on youtube.
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      I feel it comes down to a value thing. If you help folks, and solve problems, and are authentic, people who dig your content go ahead and plunk down a few bucks to buy your eBook. It really is that simple but doubt/fear/worry kinda block the flow and result in low sales for most Kindle authors.
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    Steve Scott is still killing it I believe.

    I still sell A-OK.

    Really though; writing and selling eBooks on Amazon Kindle is a simple way to solve people's problems. Until mobile devices, Kindle and solving problems goes out of style, you can and will have success in the niche. When you erase the doubt you can succeed in the niche and get clearer on the value of your eBooks
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    There are quite a number of sites that list author earnings.

    Do a quick search. They are easy to find.

    You'll be floored by the amount of passive income FICTION writers make off their series.
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  • Good question. This is something that I've been wondering myself and wanted to start a new thread until I saw this one.

    I've definitely noticed almost all the Kindle video guides on YouTube are dated from 2013 to 2015.

    There is comparatively little new stuff so I'm wondering if this is still feasible?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kes Writes
    kindle publishing is still working but for those who provide real value with their book. If you are not providing value, then don't expect to make any money from your book.
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      Originally Posted by Kes Writes View Post

      kindle publishing is still working but for those who provide real value with their book. If you are not providing value, then don't expect to make any money from your book.
      Agree. It's all about building a CREDIBLE author brand. It's hard to do this with low quality books.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    ive done well on there, selling lots of stuff.

    but it does take time and KEYWORD Seo to do well.

    But it can go viral if you

    - write about what people want [think 50 shades of grey]
    - study what the top 50 sellers are doing and writing.
    - Get good at marketing your product,
    - have something people will talk about,
    - you cannot be just a good writer, it has to be harry potter / 50 shades of grey stuff.
    - if you are chit at writing hire someone who is.

    This is how I have done well on that site. I no longer sell there, but learnt very fast, and happy to pass on my knowledge.
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  • Profile picture of the author freddyhawkz
    Kindle Publishing gained a lot of bad rap because of the number of spam books that are flooding the Kindle Store. But those days are changing. Amazon has made changes to the ranking algorithm to move the spammy books to the bottom of the listings.

    But Kindle publishing is still strong. There are a lot of independent authors who have made it big on Kindle with their books. The best thing about Kindle publishing is that you get instant response from your readers about how good your book is. But it is getting increasingly harder to rank higher with the number of books being published every week.

    If you have a good quality book and market the book intelligently, then you can still make it large on Kindle Store. Remember, if your book is crap, nobody will buy it even if you give it away for free.
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    • Profile picture of the author quadagon
      I agree with what you've said with the exception of this:

      Originally Posted by freddyhawkz View Post

      Remember, if your book is crap, nobody will buy it even if you give it away for free.
      Sadly 'crap' is too subjective.

      One of the best selling books of recent years would be deemed 'crap' by almost all standards.*




      * By the way that's not to encourage the production of crap.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Just checking in Herbert...you writing that best seller yet?
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