Kindle Publishers - A Couple Of Questions

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I have a lot of free time lately, so I was starting to look in Kindle Publishing for some passive income.

1) What do you (as in you) write about?
2) What's the average length of the books you publish on there?
3) How much do you earn on average on a monthly basis?

Also, does their pay system work the same as the Amazon Affiliate payment system where they hold your earnings for a month?
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  • Profile picture of the author TycoonRob
    1) Kids fiction - short stories; self-help non-fiction; a few longer novels (sci-fi and fantasy)
    2) Since I focus mostly on the kids books, I'd say about 50 pages is what I'm averaging, with 4-8 stories per book.
    3) Earnings vary, but last month was almost $1000, which includes sales from CreateSpace.

    As far as getting paid, it's about 60 days to get paid. So for all of the November sales, I get a report on Dec 15th that tells me how much I made. Tack on 30 days after that to mid-Jan for the "hold time" and then they pay at the end of that next month, so I will get my November sales payment at the end of January.

    The 60 days thing really sucks, but once you get going it's not so bad. For me, every month I'm getting a "steady paycheck", which does vary, sometimes by a few hundred bucks each month, but still it's steady - every month end I get paid.

    What will REALLY suck is that if I get a lot of sales in December or January due to the Xmas holiday and people getting new Kindles, I won't see any of that money until the end of February or March! At least it's nice to know that it will be coming in soon.
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    • Profile picture of the author jacktackett
      Originally Posted by BoomBlogger View Post


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      The 60 days thing really sucks, but once you get going it's not so bad. For me, every month I'm getting a "steady paycheck", which does vary, sometimes by a few hundred bucks each month, but still it's steady - every month end I get paid.

      Be thankful - most authors with traditional publishers get paid either once or twice a year.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Gram
    1. You can write about anything you want. Fiction definitely sells best but money can be made with non fiction as well. I've done both, but like Fiction better.

    2. The average length of book varies based on what the goal of the book is. You can write a long novel, a short lead gen book, and everything in between.

    3. Not going to disclose earnings or niches but Kindle publishing can be VERY successful as long as your books have high quality content, formatted well, and you brand/market yourself and your books properly. There are people making millions of dollars on the Kindle right now.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
      Originally Posted by Paul Gram View Post

      1. You can write about anything you want. Fiction definitely sells best but money can be made with non fiction as well.

      "Write fiction!" they say.


      "The money's in fiction!" they say.


      There's only one appropriate response to that...



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  • Profile picture of the author jerryp
    Originally Posted by Corey Geer View Post

    I have a lot of free time lately, so I was starting to look in Kindle Publishing for some passive income.

    1) What do you (as in you) write about?
    2) What's the average length of the books you publish on there?
    3) How much do you earn on average on a monthly basis?

    Also, does their pay system work the same as the Amazon Affiliate payment system where they hold your earnings for a month?
    Hi Corey,

    Kindle Publishing is really all about passive income. I have learned and am still learning from Geoff Shaw's Kindling program which I think is great. He emphasizes that there is a huge market for fiction but non-fiction "how-to" books are also good sellers.

    My books average about 5000-10000 words. One is fiction and the other is a how-to in the weight loss niche. Geoff emphasizes quality so I take my time and am working on my next book, in the Western niche of all things. I've been inspired by John Locke's ability to combine niches and that's what I'm doing.

    Anyhow go for it Corey. Best of luck,

    Jerry
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  • Profile picture of the author lesterlim85
    You can basically write about anything you want, but of course you have to do the necessary research to see whether a certain category is really worth the effort to "attack". Like mentioned above by some, "Fiction" can make you a lot of money if you do it right, but "non-fiction" can be really profitable as well!

    Cheers,
    Lester
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  • Profile picture of the author JoeMack
    Hello All...

    This Kindle publishing opportunity has really got me thinking. I make a decent amount of money through the usual IM methods, but the thought of writing fiction and getting paid for it is really appealing.

    I know that asking for specifics in terms of income is frowned upon, but what are the realistic expectations one can make if they were dedicating full or part-time efforts to Kindle publishing?

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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by JoeMack View Post

      I know that asking for specifics in terms of income is frowned upon, but what are the realistic expectations one can make if they were dedicating full or part-time efforts to Kindle publishing?

      JoeMack

      It really depends on the writer, the quality of the books, and the marketing machine behind the books.

      The sky is the limit on sales. John Locke famously sold one million units in five months:
      How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months!: John...How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months!: John...
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  • Profile picture of the author miklanderson2
    1. Fiction, non-fiction . . . whatever I think will sell best. I started off in non-fiction and am just now getting my feet wet in fiction. What I've seen so far looks promising, but it takes me a lot longer to write fiction than it does non-fiction. I look for trends and items that are popular and write a book about them. An example of this would be writing and posting a book on Abraham Lincoln a month or two before a popular movie comes out (there have been two recently). Hatfields and McCoys were hot recently as well. Kids books sell well, but illustrating them can take a lot of time or a lot of money up front. Keep an eye on the bestsellers lists and you'll see what topics people want to read about.

    2. Between 100 and 200 pages, but I'm not tied to any specific page count. I write until I'm done, especially when it comes to fiction. Sometimes you can pound out 150 pages and not feel like a book is complete, while other times it takes 50 to wrap up a story.

    3. I'd prefer not to give out exact amounts, but let's just say it's not quite enough to make a comfortable living. If things keep heading in the direction they're heading, it will be soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author Caden
    I recently attended a webinar, where the speaker was giving examples of three of the most successful Kindle publishers and they all write fiction. That's what I'm focusing on now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fun to Write
    You can have success with both fiction and non-fiction. It helps if you have a book publishing strategy. Like it's always better to publish a series of at least 3 related books than a single "one off" stand alone book.

    Page length varies depending on whether its a novella, short story or full length novel. Same goes for a basic non-fiction report or book. Focus more on providing VALUE than page length. If enough value is there then people will gladly buy. I've got a really short book with simple content in a non-fiction niche that sells like clockwork.

    Monthly earnings will fluctuate depending on the type of books you have, how well those books are written, quality of book covers, your promotion efforts, how much they appeal to buyers, mood of buyers, time of year, etc. Too many variables to predict how much money you'll make.

    Just focus on providing quality books in niche markets to hungry buyers after doing some research. Also, you need to have an ability to connect with people through your writing. If you cannot, then outsource the writing part.

    I also recommend joining the Warrior Forum Kindle Book Club.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dean Shainin
      1) What do you (as in you) write about? Primarily fiction and some non-fiction in the past. Had some issues with recipe books and a few how to books.

      2) What's the average length of the books you publish on there? About 3,000 to 6,000 word short stories for fiction. About 40 to 60 pages for non-fiction.

      3) How much do you earn on average on a monthly basis? About $200 to $250 per day, not counting whatever the Kindle Select will be. It's supposed to come out to about $5 per each book borrowed. We will soon see next month...
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      • Profile picture of the author JoeMack
        Originally Posted by Dean Shainin View Post

        1) What do you (as in you) write about? Primarily fiction and some non-fiction in the past. Had some issues with recipe books and a few how to books.

        2) What's the average length of the books you publish on there? About 3,000 to 6,000 word short stories for fiction. About 40 to 60 pages for non-fiction.

        3) How much do you earn on average on a monthly basis? About $200 to $250 per day, not counting whatever the Kindle Select will be. It's supposed to come out to about $5 per each book borrowed. We will soon see next month...

        Dean....

        How long have you been earning Kindle income and how many books to you have published to get to that $200 to $250 a day range?

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        • Profile picture of the author Dean Shainin
          Originally Posted by JoeMack View Post

          Dean....

          How long have you been earning Kindle income and how many books to you have published to get to that $200 to $250 a day range?

          JoeMack
          Hi JoeMack,

          My first book was uploaded and published to Kindle on Dec. 27th 2011. I did not upload and publish a single book from July 2011 to September 2011 to the Kindle platform. I focused and wasted valuable time trying to get up to at least $1,000 per month on the Nook platform to no avail.

          At this point I've got 23 books uploaded and live on the KDP platform.

          The last 24 hours I've made just a little over $300.00

          That's the best earnings to date for a 24 hour period... Might simply be because it's the weekend. Lately it's been right around $200 to $250 per day...

          Nobody talks about Nook, the Barns & Noble platform. Over there I make right around $10 to $20 per day just to show the % difference from Kindle to Nook. However, it's better than a sharp stick in the eye.

          To YOUR Success,
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      • Profile picture of the author Anthony Fesalbon
        Originally Posted by Dean Shainin View Post

        1) What do you (as in you) write about? Primarily fiction and some non-fiction in the past. Had some issues with recipe books and a few how to books.

        2) What's the average length of the books you publish on there? About 3,000 to 6,000 word short stories for fiction. About 40 to 60 pages for non-fiction.

        3) How much do you earn on average on a monthly basis? About $200 to $250 per day, not counting whatever the Kindle Select will be. It's supposed to come out to about $5 per each book borrowed. We will soon see next month...
        That's awesome Dean!
        I haven't start writing kindle books and this coming year, I will start with non-fiction.
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  • Profile picture of the author vwaldeck
    Originally Posted by Corey Geer View Post

    I have a lot of free time lately, so I was starting to look in Kindle Publishing for some passive income.

    1) What do you (as in you) write about?
    2) What's the average length of the books you publish on there?
    3) How much do you earn on average on a monthly basis?

    Also, does their pay system work the same as the Amazon Affiliate payment system where they hold your earnings for a month?
    I write Christian non-fiction, internet marketing and lifestyle related books. A few are full length; most are between 10000 and 20000 words. The shorter ones sell around
    $0.99 / $3.99. I have in excess of 50 kindle books published and make around $300 / $400 per month at the moment - without any further marketing on my part. This is a great opportunity and publishing excellent books is super easy. I have a special warrior offer for those interested at http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...made-easy.html
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  • Profile picture of the author akowally
    Hey,

    I am not sure whether you will be able to get the right advice here.

    Buy a course from a Kindle Pro such as Ryan Deiss or Matt Clark and start making profits in days (or a couple of months depending on how quick you learn)

    Holla at me if you need a writer.

    Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author webmarket
    The world is your oyster quite frankly and, while fiction certainly seems to be hot at the moment, non-fiction books also do extremely well - especially 'how to' style books which help readers to solve a problem.

    Whatever you write perhaps the biggest secret to selling Kindle books lies in having an eye catching cover design which will make your book stand out from the crowd and attract a buyers attention and that 'buying' click. The best book in the world with a bland and boring cover simply will not sell well on Amazon.
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