Can you make money from Kindle publishing?

by Martyn Wilson 48 replies
Hi

I am interested to hear from anyone who is making money from Kindle. I've seen lots of tips and advice on this forum about how to publish on Kindle but very little about how others are profiting.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    Kindle is a huge part of my business. I have TONS of fun with it and make good money with it as well.

    I'm sure you've noticed this thread where myself and others are sharing information on the subject:

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...wants-one.html

    Feel free to PM me or add me on Skype if you want to talk more in-depth about Kindle, I love helping people get started!
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      • Profile picture of the author aprilm
        Kindle is my main source of internet income.

        I don't think you'll see many people actually throwing their profit numbers around because

        a) success is defined differently by everyone
        b) many people look at this as private information, especially on the internet, where privacy is a huge issue

        As far as how profitable Kindle can be, just to give you an idea..... I first started in IM in 2010. Since then I have tried Adsense, Affiliate Marketing, and CPA....have built over 7 websites.....and finally I published my first book on Kindle, and while I still utilize affiliate marketing alongside my Kindle books, by far, Kindle publishing has been the most profitable venture I have tried.

        So, in answer to your question "Can you make money from Kindle publishing?"....yes, you can. Anyone can. You just have to stick to it, work hard, and work smart.
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  • Profile picture of the author KillerJVs
    My guess is that they wouldn't be posting on the forum because they'd be out profiting from the work they are doing with the kindle platform...

    I've published a couple of short ebooks on Kindle and make a couple of sales a day just from correct title naming.

    So there isn't any secret, it's just about actually doing it...

    -Matt
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    • Profile picture of the author RoniShwartz
      Originally Posted by KillerJVs View Post

      I've published a couple of short ebooks on Kindle and make a couple of sales a day just from correct title naming.

      So there isn't any secret, it's just about actually doing it...

      -Matt
      Is correct title naming good enough ? Is it sufficient to bring your books to a reasonable position in the search results ?

      Thanks, Roni
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by RoniShwartz View Post

        Is correct title naming good enough ? Is it sufficient to bring your books to a reasonable position in the search results ?

        Thanks, Roni
        I have no idea about search results.

        Back in September, I took an old 7 day ecourse I used to offer, reformatted it, and set it loose on the Kindle marketplace. The only sale for the first couple of months was to a friend. I tweaked the title, description and categories, then forgot about it.

        I've been working on an expanded version off and on for a couple of months.

        I went into the reports section of my dashboard the other day, and was floored to see sales coming in. Most days none, some days one or two, a couple of days with six and eight. Since the beginning of the year, that little 99 cent throwaway has been averaging about a sale every other day. Keep in mind that I've done zero, zilch, nada to promote it.

        A decent title, so-so cover and honest description has been making sales.

        So I've answered the question in the subject line for myself. Yes, you can make money from Kindle publishing.

        The question I've set for myself in 2013 is, how much?
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  • Profile picture of the author colinph970
    my view is to be careful with this genre, it's only a matter of time before Amazon have another round of slaps and erotica may be on the receiving end.
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    • Profile picture of the author WebPen
      Originally Posted by colinph970 View Post

      my view is to be careful with this genre, it's only a matter of time before Amazon have another round of slaps and erotica may be on the receiving end.
      I agree with this. Erotica is big now, but I'd be surprised if it doesn't end up on the chopping block.

      Something tells me Amazon doesn't exactly want to be known as the #1 place to go for erotica, sex-fetish love books.

      Could be wrong though.
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    • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
      Originally Posted by colinph970 View Post

      my view is to be careful with this genre, it's only a matter of time before Amazon have another round of slaps and erotica may be on the receiving end.
      I agree. I think erotica will get a slap down. I already know a few people whose books were removed without notice.
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  • Profile picture of the author arekoseng
    Kindle is a big part of my business friends. They have a LOT of fun with it and make good money with it too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Ogbin
    The Kindle publishing business is a great way to make money on if you know how to.

    These are some tips to help you:

    1. Judge a book by its cover

    Remember that, when it comes to actually SELLING your book (as opposed to reading it), the cover is king. Spend time on it.

    2. Choose your keywords carefully

    Until recently, Amazon allowed uploaders to add as many keyword tags to their Kindle titles as they liked (i.e. words which will help the book show up in searches), but not any more. You’re currently allowed just seven, so choose them with great care.


    3. Don’t underestimate the value of your work

    There’s great debate all over the ebook world about pricing. All to often, the advice is: make it as near to free as possible. While this does entice some readers, it also badly devalues the long hours of work you’ve put into your book.


    4. Throw away your copy of Word

    Although you CAN upload Word documents for conversion into Kindle format, I’d say don’t. Unless you’re prepared to re-upload it every time you find some weird formatting glitch in the finished product. And ebook readers HATE formatting glitches.


    5. Plan ahead

    When you come to write your next masterpiece, think ahead. If needs be, don’t write it in Word at all, just use a simple text editor. It makes for less work later on.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheByteman
      quote:

      Originally Posted by Mike Ogbin
      Although you CAN upload Word documents for conversion into Kindle format, I’d say don’t. Unless you’re prepared to re-upload it every time you find some weird formatting glitch in the finished product. And ebook readers HATE formatting glitches.


      If not Word which is a better format?
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by 7Dorian View Post

        I bought my first Kindle book today, and the writing quality was egregious. Amazon isn't going to be able to sustain Kindle sales for long unless they institute some editorial guidelines. It's a great opportunity at the moment, though, because barrier to entry is apparently nil.
        While I'm all for editorial standards, I don't think poor writing quality is what will sink the Kindle market, if anything ever does. Badly written books, along with books that are purely shill pieces and poorly formatted books usually garner multiple one-star reviews. Those reviews tend to push the poorly written, etc., books into oblivion.

        Originally Posted by TheByteman View Post

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        Originally Posted by Mike Ogbin
        Although you CAN upload Word documents for conversion into Kindle format, I’d say don’t. Unless you’re prepared to re-upload it every time you find some weird formatting glitch in the finished product. And ebook readers HATE formatting glitches.


        If not Word which is a better format?
        I've had good results, for text only books, by saving the Word doc as "filtered HTML" and uploading the html file. Using the filtered html option gets rid of all the extra junk MS adds to Office files for compatibility between applications and legacy versions.

        Open Office Writer also generates very clean html code when you save your book as a web document.
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  • Profile picture of the author anders3397
    I agree not to undervalue your work. If you choose the right niche and really deliver value, you can charge a lot more than 0.99c. Then you don't need to sell that many to make a good income and establish yourself as an authority in that market if you want to too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan J
    I've got a few books up on Kindle and they have made me some decent money. I love the platform and the ease to upload ebooks, HOWEVER...

    I would not use KDP as my Primary Business Model simply due to the fact that all it takes is for Amazon to change their algorithm or something (which they have over the last couple of months) and BOOM...your business could spiral completely out of control.

    For an additional income stream I'd say "YEAH, go for it, there's money to be made there". But as a Primary Business.... I'd say "NO". That's just my personal opinion on the matter though..
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    I wrote a handful of books a year or so ago and they continue to earn autopilot commissions.

    These books are in a variety of niches and generally sell without any promotion at all.

    So yeah, you can definitely make money with Kindle
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    I love publishing on kindle.... I have a few books out there and they do ok... it is essen5rally easy money once the book has been written....

    Danny
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  • Profile picture of the author wordsuwant
    I'm interested in writing books to publish on Kindle but not really sure since the market is so saturated these days and a lot of people have far more knowledge than I do on the hot topics. How do you get people to your book? Just promote on your blog or when you write articles?
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Gram
      Originally Posted by wordsuwant View Post

      I'm interested in writing books to publish on Kindle but not really sure since the market is so saturated these days and a lot of people have far more knowledge than I do on the hot topics. How do you get people to your book? Just promote on your blog or when you write articles?
      You really need to build your brand as an author. Too many people are trying to shortcut this and then they are disappointed when it doesn't work. The Kindle is amazing for people who write great books and then market their books and build an author brand to promote those books.
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  • Profile picture of the author wlasikiewicz
    Most of the stuff on kindle these days are PLR anyway.
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    • Profile picture of the author BackLinkiT
      Originally Posted by wlasikiewicz View Post

      Most of the stuff on kindle these days are PLR anyway.
      I think you'll find that is garbage, old chap, if you bother to look.
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    • Profile picture of the author cyberws
      Originally Posted by wlasikiewicz View Post

      Most of the stuff on kindle these days are PLR anyway.
      No, it is not. Amazon has been really ferocious about removing all PLR and they've done a pretty good job of it. I know several people who have lost their accounts, or had strict warnings, for publishing PLR.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    We have dabbled with it - still prefer publishing ebooks and information products on other platforms where I get more control and higher perceived price.

    We have had some success with lower-priced Kindle reports driving traffic into sales funnel for higher-end products...this is one way that I only see a few people leveraging the Kindle network

    Jeff
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    • Profile picture of the author howtogurus
      Here are the basics for being successful on Kindle:

      1. Good book of course
      2. Great cover, make sure you can read the title at thumbnail size
      3. Catchy title. I like using a title and sub-title, giving me a chance to put in a few keywords
      4. Make sure the first 10% of your eBook contains real value. This is what is displayed in Amazon in the Look Inside section. Buyers use this to make their buying decision. So, start your book off strong, good advice anyway.
      5. Write a good description, the first paragraph is your sales pitch
      6. Pick 7 good keywords. Try this: decide on the best natural keywords describing your book. Now put each of those keywords into Amazon search box. See what comes up in their 10 recommended searches. The ones that fit your book are the keywords you want to use. There is more to this technique but this is the basic idea.
      7. Go with Kindle Prime and use all 5 free days every 90 days. I try to space them out. Others go with 2 or 3 days back to back.
      8. Remind readers in your book preface that they can leave a review on Amazon if they like the book.
      9. Don't forget to set up your Amazon Author page. Amazon USA, UK, CA, Germany, Italy all have separate Author pages, you will need to set up each one if you sell in those countries.
      10. If you have a blog for your book or as an author make sure you syndicate your blog through RSS. Then link that blog into your Amazon Author page.

      ...
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    I have not tried Kindle yet, is this similar to selling ebooks via Amazon? And can you sell the ebooks you created for Kindle at Amazon as well?
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Kindle can be good for business. Just make sure it's a 100% original ebook that you wrote yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author suxes2005
    I'm a living example of this. I make money from kindle these days but there are some dirty secrets that you must learn when it comes to kindle publishing,

    Its so easy to set up but making money or getting people to buy in bulk is the main thing. If you can build a follower first (I prefer email list) then its so much okay.

    Sheyi
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  • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
    Originally Posted by Martyn Wilson View Post

    Hi

    I am interested to hear from anyone who is making money from Kindle. I've seen lots of tips and advice on this forum about how to publish on Kindle but very little about how others are profiting.
    How much money do you consider money?

    I published a book over a month ago, it has been pulling two sales a day. I did promote it, but not anymore. It is on its own and the curve of sales seems to be growing slowly. This one is non fiction.

    Yesterday, I released another one. Fiction. Today I saw three sales.

    One was me.
    One was a good friend. (TY)
    The third one... I don´t know.

    So... can you make money in the book industry? Definitively. Is it a get rich fast thing? I would say NO.
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  • Profile picture of the author i4i
    8 Tips How To Publish On Amazon Kindle For Cash.

    It must start with finding a hot topic niche, then finding the right keyword. you must have great covers for your books. Aways be your own work.

    Tip 1. Give your first book earnings to a charity to build you as a star auther to other supporters, make sure the charity has a good follow on facebook or some social network, and set this up with them. supporters of the charity will buy your book to help that charity.

    Tip 2. Have your second book in your series ready to go,

    Tip 3. Build an email list with the supporter that purchased your book. (ready made buyers).

    Tip 4. pre-launch for your second book, get them ready with a free gift.

    Tip 5. Launch with a bonus.

    Tip 6. Get your next book in your series ready to go.

    Tip 7. Add more marketing to your business to gain more sales.

    Tip 8. Rince and repete
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    Here is my tip for you.

    1. Pick a niche with no competition - zero.

    Well, you will find that your book sells even if it is poor.

    This tip is worth its weight in gold I say. In fact, you can sell more books than even established authors because they are not competing with you.

    Maybe you should think of it this way. If you go into a grocery looking for salt and there is none. Will you buy extra sugar. The answer is no. However, you will buy some brand that is generic. It does not matter what the brand is. Also, you are willing to pay more. In fact, going back home without salt is not an option for you. Heck, you will even buy special salt from the sea. That one is very expensive. It does not matter as you are not willing to exit the grocery. Without salt that is.

    People will type the keyword into amazon. Well, yours is the only book that will pop up. After a while it will get some reviews. This will make sales increase. It takes about a month for a new book to catch fire and then amazon puts your book in the HOT NEW RELEASES area. Oh yes, that will help you even more.

    Trick is to find a niche with no competition - zero.
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  • Selling ebook on Kindle is funny and really produce cash, and also subscribers.
    I'm selling on Italian Amazon Kindle store, mainly, but I've tried also the USA one.
    With a bit of attention to SEO, and a good cover, half of the job is done.

    See you soon!
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    • Profile picture of the author marco005
      Hi,

      this new Kindle market hype.....

      For a noob like me,what is best to start to make good money every month in the kindle market?

      How much people like pay me for my kindle book? $2,3,4 or far more, like $ 12,15,20 ?

      Does anyone makes $200 in month with 1 kindle book.- or does you need a few vary niches of them to make these $200 ?

      Last about last..... must I build an email list to make sales-or does it work the same without build a list?

      best wishes
      marco005
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      • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
        Originally Posted by marco005 View Post

        Hi,

        this new Kindle market hype.....

        For a noob like me,what is best to start to make good money every month in the kindle market?

        How much people like pay me for my kindle book? $2,3,4 or far more, like $ 12,15,20 ?

        Does anyone makes $200 in month with 1 kindle book.- or does you need a few vary niches of them to make these $200 ?

        Last about last..... must I build an email list to make sales-or does it work the same without build a list?

        best wishes
        marco005
        Yes one kindle book can make hundreds even thousands a month and it can make nothing also. So it helps to study the market and understand what you are doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author KateD
    Making money with Kindle can be quite diverse. There's definitely no one path to success.

    Some have success selling fiction. Some with non-fiction. Some with both.
    Some price their books at $9.99 and benefit from the 70% royalty. Others price it at $0.99 and benefit from increased sales.
    Some people write a series of books. Others a series of short stories. Or reports (for non-fiction)
    Some people do no marketing and are successful. Others spent more time marketing their books, and make even more.
    Some people use their Kindle books as lead generators, sending readers back to their website or blog.

    There are LOTS of ways to make money with Kindle. You just have to find the method that works best for your specific talents, experience, and goals.

    Can you make money on Kindle? Yes.

    Is it easy? No. It used to be, but it isn't AS easy. That being said, there are so many people making money with Kindle that never made a PENNY after years doing internet marketing.

    The only way to know for sure is to publish that first book.

    Best wishes,

    KateD
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  • Profile picture of the author Geri Richmond
    Hi,
    I am also very interested in publishing some books on Kindle. It's not saturated at all. There are tons of niches to write about. I understand that you need to pick the right keywords and have the right cover. I know that there are systems around from people who are making 6 figures from Kindle books that they are publishing.

    Geri Richmond
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    • Profile picture of the author dnovacek
      My husband and I have about a dozen eBooks on Kindle right now. His are fiction and mine are nonfiction.

      I make in the low 3 figures monthly, and I haven't done any marketing for them in quite some time.

      I'm experimenting with taking the content in those books, or that I would PUT into those books, and turning it into PLR instead so I can evaluate where I might benefit the most.
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  • Profile picture of the author Veo
    Looks to me like you've got some good advice from some good people above, so no need to repeat.

    Besides all of said above, you should have almost the same approach to kindle biz as to general on-line biz, meaning market research, competition research, keyword research...
    And then if you want to succeed, if you've done the homework properly, stand out from the crowd!
    Be bolder, better, show different angle to the niche, topic, problem, theme...
    And this is really it in a nutshell, of course.

    I wish you all the best,

    Veo
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    • Profile picture of the author marco005
      Hi,


      so I must study the niche market in amazon to find hit niches to write about with low competition,so my kindle ranks fast high in azon?

      And must study the niche market=competitors,how many pages of content they have, kindle with 10,20 or more pages???

      Ho I do a deeper search on azon for a kindle niche?

      best wishes
      marco005
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  • Profile picture of the author AlexGeorge
    There are loads of people making a living off of Kindle right now! It is extremely profitable, but not for everyone. It's great because it allows users to self publish their book, set their own price etc...Kindle lists the book in their database for users to browse, however you will still have to market and promote the book elsewhere. If you have a quality book to sell and know how to market it, then there is a lot of money to be made!
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  • Profile picture of the author TIAMARIACAT
    I have been selling non-fiction Kindle books for over a year now. I have several titles online in 2 niches and have a few more coming out shortly. If you decide to do Kindle it does take a little work and there are NO shortcuts. make sure you read Azons TOS from top to bottom & stick to it. B&N, Smashwords & Createspace all have their own rules & formats.

    1. Make sure you have a nice cover. If you cant self design a cover, then outsource. Lots of people on Fiverr do a nice job & it will save you hours of work. The cover has to be accepted by Amazon too. Some people outsource the whole book. I like to write my own.

    2. Invest in one of the Kindle formatters. It's well worth the money to have your books ready to go instead of being disappointed in having to re-format your book several times before it's accepted. What one publisher will accept, another may not. They are all different.

    3. Do keep a copy in Word so that you can make changes for each of the publishers. I also recommend keeping a backup copy on an external source (disc,hardrive) in case your computer crashes. It would be a heartbreaker to lose all of that hard work.


    4. Base your title & description on keywords. Also write the first chapter of your book ( the part that shows in the preview) so that it attracts buyers. A tool called 'Merchantwords' which is an Amazon keyword search tool ( Like Google for Amazon). I was part of the beta test for this. A nice tool. https://www.merchantwords.com/

    5. Join a few of the Facebook Kindle groups. A great source for tips & tricks.


    6. No matter what you do, no cheating. Amazon or any of the other publishers will ban you in a second if you break their terms of service. There are no shortcuts here.


    I make a few hundred dollars a month from e-books, however my books are very 'nichy'. If you have a more generalized topic, you will attract more readers. Children's books seem to well.

    I've heard erotica is one of their top sellers. It's not one of my niches, but Azon likes to make money & I think they would be hard pressed to let that niche go.


    Good luck !
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  • Profile picture of the author Mrs S
    I've been selling books on Kindle for a few years now, and I have certainly made more from that platform than I did selling the books for ten times the price via ClickBank. These days the competition is hotter so you have to work harder on your promotion than before but it's definitely worth pursuing.

    If you are serious about writing for Kindle then definitely invest in a copy of the Scrivener app which makes writing a breeze and formats for Kindle so everything looks good too.
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    • Profile picture of the author andrewm
      Scrivener is good. I am presently using it. What is good about this application is that they allow you to use the product for 30 consecutive days without purchasing. In other words your 30 days of trial can turn into 60 days, etc. This is no easy work though.

      Andrew






      Originally Posted by Mrs S View Post

      I've been selling books on Kindle for a few years now, and I have certainly made more from that platform than I did selling the books for ten times the price via ClickBank. These days the competition is hotter so you have to work harder on your promotion than before but it's definitely worth pursuing.

      If you are serious about writing for Kindle then definitely invest in a copy of the Scrivener app which makes writing a breeze and formats for Kindle so everything looks good too.
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  • Profile picture of the author marco005
    Hi,

    when you not can write 10-20 pages in good novel quality, you must outsource. A good ghostwriter when you have luck,will cost you around $100 for 15-20 pages of content and then you must invest in theese kindle formatters.......

    So you have to spend little more than $100 to start with that business on azon. The chance will be high,that in the $2,99 price range you will not make any break even point,when you selling 10 of your kindle books,you have made $29,90- but you had invest more than $100.

    I'll be little bit skeptical about this business model, you must know before start how much kindle you can sell in your niche in a month, it should be 100 to make decent profit for 1 kindle.


    marco005
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    • Profile picture of the author KateD
      Originally Posted by marco005 View Post

      Hi,

      when you not can write 10-20 pages in good novel quality, you must outsource. A good ghostwriter when you have luck,will cost you around $100 for 15-20 pages of content and then you must invest in theese kindle formatters.......

      So you have to spend little more than $100 to start with that business on azon. The chance will be high,that in the $2,99 price range you will not make any break even point,when you selling 10 of your kindle books,you have made $29,90- but you had invest more than $100.

      I'll be little bit skeptical about this business model, you must know before start how much kindle you can sell in your niche in a month, it should be 100 to make decent profit for 1 kindle.


      marco005

      Marco....

      You have a very simplistic view of the Kindle publishing opportunity, and I'm not saying that to be disrespectful. As someone that has never published anything on Kindle, you are make broad generalizations that are just not accurate in each unique method of earning money from Kindle publishing.

      Each genre and sub-genre should be handled individually, as each one can be drastically different in terms of price points, typical amount of pages, etc.

      But let's just go with YOUR numbers. Even with THOSE numbers, Kindle publishing is still a no-brainer.

      So, you invested $100 to create a Kindle title to publish. Fine.

      You are selling it at $2.99, and you are estimating 10 sales a month.

      So each month, you are generating $20.93 ($2.99 X 70% royalty X 10 sales)

      After month 5, you will have made $104.65 in royalties.


      What thos means in that after the fifth month, everything else is pure profit....forever.

      From that $100 initial investment:

      Year 1: $151.16 net profit
      Year 2: $251.16 net profit
      Year 3: $251.16 net profit

      and so forth. You get the idea.


      And this was using YOUR numbers. The same number that you said makes you even question the Kindle publishing opportunity.

      I have a short, non-fiction Kindle book that I wrote personally. It is about 20 pages long, and deals with a common IM topic. It consistently sells between 25-50 times a month and it is priced at $2.99. That's a decent $50 to $100 a month from that one simple book.

      Sometimes you have to take off your writer's hat, and put on the entrepreneurial one. It's not about focusing on that one Kindle book making $50 a month. It's about creating a portfolio of Kindle titles that each in total sell enough to satisfy your individual goals.

      And the reality is that with Kindle publishing, even with all the proper research, you won't know exactly how well a title will sell until after you publish it (sometimes long after initially being published).

      Best wishes,

      KateD
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  • Profile picture of the author adrian49
    Good to hear that some of you have published some books to Kindle and are making money from them on autopilot without any need to market. I have a children's book I wrote a while back which I've been sitting on - I feel inspired to go ahea now and publish it!
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  • Profile picture of the author marco005
    Hi,

    @KateD; thanks you have make my eyes little bit open in that kindle buzz...

    But how I find out a "hot" niche? How I find out the price people will spend on my kindle?
    Are there any ways to find out how many kindle I will sell in month?

    Keyword research? ?????
    Full of questions.....???

    I need a tutorial or so to learn about the kindle business.

    And yes, when I have 5 kindles in portofolio, so whenn all 5 sells good every month-they bring money back and profit.

    best wishes
    marco005
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by marco005 View Post

      But how I find out a "hot" niche? How I find out the price people will spend on my kindle?
      Are there any ways to find out how many kindle I will sell in month?

      best wishes
      marco005
      The answers to your first two questions are in the Kindle marketplace itself. Go through the categories and subcategories, clicking on the topics which catch your eye.

      Look at the sale rank for several titles. The lower the rank, the more the title sells. For example, in the Cookbooks, Food & Wine category, two things dominate right now - books by celebrity chefs and recipe books for hot diets (Paleo being hot right now).

      Keep in mind that what's "hot" right now might be stone cold in a few months. Chasing hot niches is not the way to build a passive income from your backlist.

      Scan through the best sellers lists for the categories of interest and note both the subject matter and price. Since these are the "best sellers", this will tell you the range of prices people are willing to pay.

      As for a way to tell how many YOU (or I) will sell in a month, there is nothing that can tell you that in advance. There are a lot of tables out there correlating sales rank to number of copies sold, but the best you can do is make an estimate.

      As an example, let's say that the top ranked book in your chosen category ranks around 20,000. According to most of the tables, that means sales of around 10 per day or 300 per month. Assume #100 ranks about 250,000. This would equate to around 1 sale per month. Rank your book in the top 100 for the category, and you can reasonably expect sales somewhere between those two numbers.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I have a few books up on kindle now, but have not started promoting them yet. Just waiting to finish my next one, and then will start to promote them. While they are just sitting in very busy genres, though - they are still pulling a buck or two here and there, so I'm sure promotion will reap positive results.
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