Why I will focus on self-publishing on the Kindle and Createspace in 2013

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Why I will focus on self-publishing on the Kindle and Createspace (and other marketplaces eventually) in 2013?

3 things:

1. I have found my true (and long overdue) calling - finally become a published author.

2. As a stay-at-home Mommy of a toddler and an infant, I realized it would be more convenient for me to work on a project/book once, publish it, and earn residual income, rather than focus solely on product creation and have hosting issues, support issues, software bugs, refunds/chargebacks etc...

(I've been through all that with product creation, and I must say my Mommy powers aren't enough to do all that lol)

3. With just my first book I have earned $550+ so far. If I scale it up and say, publish at least 10 books by early 2013, with $300+/month sales I am looking at $3,000+/month. Now that's what I call working from home and being my own boss

How about you? What will you focus on in 2013?

Like I always say, "Say It. Write It. Brand It. Become Who You Are Destined To Be!" - Kristine Pierce

Wishing you and your families the Merriest Christmas and a more Prosperous 2013! Aloha!
#2013 #author #createspace #focus #kindle #self publishing
  • Profile picture of the author Elvis Michael
    Way to go, KPierce. Same here.
    Aside from article writing on eHow (back in the day,) ebook publishing has been the easiest way for me to earn residual income.
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  • Profile picture of the author drmani
    I think that's a GREAT plan. Go for it!

    Originally Posted by kpierce View Post

    (I've been through all that with product creation, and I must say my Mommy powers aren't enough to do all that lol)
    I also think you're seriously under-estimating your Mommy powers.
    They can help you do ANYTHING!

    All success
    Dr.Mani
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  • Profile picture of the author GoodFE
    I'm going Kindle as well. Had to take a break from it for awhile but getting back into it recently. I tend to stick to fiction, normally I can finish a 10k-12k book in a day if I remain focused, which is easier said than done of course.
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    • Profile picture of the author PhillyGalJen
      It sounds like you have a great focus and determination going into 2013.

      I want to get a couple more Kindle books up and continue working on my affiliate marketing projects.
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      • Profile picture of the author kpierce
        Originally Posted by PhillyGalJen View Post

        It sounds like you have a great focus and determination going into 2013.

        I want to get a couple more Kindle books up and continue working on my affiliate marketing projects.
        Aloha PhillyGalJen,

        Yes, I finally found my true calling I have seen how I've struggled, triumphed and failed with my internet marketing and product creation efforts from 2008 to 2012...now I know myself better and in which areas I feel I will be more productive and less stressed.

        I have also figured out a better way to keep working from home and taking care of my toddler and infant (and of course the hubby) all at the same time without them (or more the hubby) complaining that I am always on my laptop LOL.

        I am not totally leaving Product Creation and working on my sales funnels, but for now I'd rather do it with a jv partner. I have done this with several WSOs (one is ongoing right now which is for a Charitable cause).

        Yes do that - just keep getting more books out there, keep up the momentum and you will reap wonderful rewards you truly deserve!

        Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a more Prosperous 2013!

        Aloha!
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    • Profile picture of the author kpierce
      Originally Posted by GoodFE View Post

      I'm going Kindle as well. Had to take a break from it for awhile but getting back into it recently. I tend to stick to fiction, normally I can finish a 10k-12k book in a day if I remain focused, which is easier said than done of course.
      Yes, you're right...it is easier said than done...i feel you there I used to be able to write a novel too in one or two sittings...but with a toddler and an infant...arggghhh....you know what I mean...lol

      Anyway, wishing you all the best in all of your publishing endeavors! Let's make 2013 our year!

      Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a more Prosperous 2013!

      Aloha!
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  • Profile picture of the author mervp
    I'm also ready to go on a Kindle tear in 2013, and have a sis who wants to help by publishing her own romance mush fiction novellas (while I handle the marketing). I may not like the genre, but I sure like the payday!
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    • Profile picture of the author hometutor
      Originally Posted by mervp View Post

      I'm also ready to go on a Kindle tear in 2013, and have a sis who wants to help by publishing her own romance mush fiction novellas (while I handle the marketing). I may not like the genre, but I sure like the payday!
      Romance seems to do well if you want to compare it to the most pirated genre I've run across.

      Rick
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    • Profile picture of the author kpierce
      Originally Posted by mervp View Post

      I'm also ready to go on a Kindle tear in 2013, and have a sis who wants to help by publishing her own romance mush fiction novellas (while I handle the marketing). I may not like the genre, but I sure like the payday!
      Definitely do that, mervp! Keep getting your books out there and you'll reap wonderful rewards in the long run...

      Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a more Prosperous 2013!

      Aloha!
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  • Profile picture of the author TycoonRob
    Awesome! It's hard to really say which books will be a hit and which won't, so just keep writing! That's my plan. I want to put out a lot of new books in 2013 and take my income to 2-3x what it is right now.

    One great way to help you reach those levels is to convert your Kindle books into CreateSpace. Another great way that is still not taking off (yet) is audiobooks! I am already working on converting a couple books to audio with more on my agenda for 2013.
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    • Profile picture of the author kpierce
      Originally Posted by BoomBlogger View Post

      Awesome! It's hard to really say which books will be a hit and which won't, so just keep writing! That's my plan. I want to put out a lot of new books in 2013 and take my income to 2-3x what it is right now.

      One great way to help you reach those levels is to convert your Kindle books into CreateSpace. Another great way that is still not taking off (yet) is audiobooks! I am already working on converting a couple books to audio with more on my agenda for 2013.
      Thanks so much, BoomBlogger!

      That is so true! Just keep writing, just keep getting your books out there....

      You're right about audiobooks too...I will work on mine next year...for now it's Kindle and Createspace altogether.

      All the best to your books! Let's make 2013 our year for our books!

      A very Merry Christmas and a more prosperous 2013 to you and your family!

      Aloha!
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  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    Yep - the key is self-publishing and product creation. The fact that selling your products on Kindle is more operationally friendly to you at this point in your life - congrats for figuring that out and knowing your path.

    For me, I will still mainly sell my products off of Kindle given that they tend to be higher-end offerings, but still publish a couple of titles as lead-gen and low-end entry products on Kindle for the reach and branding for sure.

    Totally agree with your take on leveraged income...there are very few businesses in life where you can create once and earn a royalty...that's why self-publishing is so lucractive if you do a good job of targeting, marketing and stick with it.

    Jeff
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    • Profile picture of the author kpierce
      Originally Posted by jbsmith View Post

      Yep - the key is self-publishing and product creation. The fact that selling your products on Kindle is more operationally friendly to you at this point in your life - congrats for figuring that out and knowing your path.

      For me, I will still mainly sell my products off of Kindle given that they tend to be higher-end offerings, but still publish a couple of titles as lead-gen and low-end entry products on Kindle for the reach and branding for sure.

      Totally agree with your take on leveraged income...there are very few businesses in life where you can create once and earn a royalty...that's why self-publishing is so lucractive if you do a good job of targeting, marketing and stick with it.

      Jeff
      Thanks Jeff!

      Very well said! It is always important for us to know exactly what we want to do in life, rather than criss-crossing on paths unknown...and getting bit by the bright shiny objects syndrome....

      Once we have our business plan all mapped out, it's time to take action and just do it!

      Wishing you and your fam a merry Christmas and a more prosperous 2013!

      ALoha!
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  • Profile picture of the author David Micheal
    Yeah. Good luck for you.
    If you have money, you can outsource writing job and the same time you also write. By doing this, you can have more kindle book in short time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Barboza
    I think I'll also try Kindle. I'm also interested in mobile apps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Gram
    Aloha, I LOVE Hawaii!!! Such friendly and laid back people there.

    Great job on your first book, it's excited isn't it. WARNING: It gets addicting!

    Think of all the people getting new smartphones, iPad's, Kindle's, other Tables, etc. More and more readers and book buyers for sure.

    Good luck in 2013 and Happy Holidays!
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    • Profile picture of the author kpierce
      Originally Posted by Paul Gram View Post

      Aloha, I LOVE Hawaii!!! Such friendly and laid back people there.

      Great job on your first book, it's excited isn't it. WARNING: It gets addicting!

      Think of all the people getting new smartphones, iPad's, Kindle's, other Tables, etc. More and more readers and book buyers for sure.

      Good luck in 2013 and Happy Holidays!
      Aloha Paul!

      Mahalo! You are right there - It is definitely addicting!

      Working on more books before the year ends and more for 2013 I am also helping others self-publish which is one of my goals ever since....

      Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a more Prosperous 2013!

      Aloha!
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  • Profile picture of the author Elvis Michael
    Feels great when you finally find your passion, huh? I feel the same exact way and publishing feels natural and comfortable.

    I wrote and published a short, insignificant fiction story into my dad's Amazon/B&N account, and that ONE book has earned him over $150 this month alone. I'm very happy for him, but DARN now I have to replicate the same success for ME, lol. None of the books in my account have come even close to his, so starting next month I will analyze my niches a bit more carefully.
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    • Profile picture of the author kpierce
      Originally Posted by Diablo2 View Post

      Feels great when you finally find your passion, huh? I feel the same exact way and publishing feels natural and comfortable.

      I wrote and published a short, insignificant fiction story into my dad's Amazon/B&N account, and that ONE book has earned him over $150 this month alone. I'm very happy for him, but DARN now I have to replicate the same success for ME, lol. None of the books in my account have come even close to his, so starting next month I will analyze my niches a bit more carefully.
      Oh wow! Yes, just scale it up and you'll get there and more Mine is a seasonal niche (and blessed that it's been doing great with the sales) so that's why I'm working on getting more published before 2012 ends and more in 2013....

      It's true about finding your passion....I have so much stress going around me I don't need more...I just need to see more sales and more good reviews and following from readers who love to read what I write, and I'd be the happiest Mommy
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