Kindle Publishing - What to Do & What NOT to do.

by haya
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Everyone lately 's been yapping about Kindle publishing...

I mean I get it, it's HUGE. Books online. eBooks, wow.
I have never got involved with the whole Kindle publishing business but I sure have been tempted quite a bit.
I decided to carry out a bit of a research online to find out more and I ended up with a few markers:

- Avoid using PLR. Amazon is NOT a fan and eventually you'll lose your Amazon account. (yes, some people have)

- Cover. It has to be of GOOD QUALITY! The goal is to end up with something appealing to your prospects (future readers). You may use 3D covers with kindle but most of them don't so don't feel pressured to do so.

- Editing. Always get a proof reader or an editor to avoid possible negative reviews from the public for misspelling. You'll lose credit gradually if this happens.

- Research. Come up with a high quality book. Include interesting information, information of value. Something, anything to entice your readers to come back for more.

Bestsellers. Look at the best sellers' productions. Imitate them. Follow the same steps, input your experience and end up with better results combined!

Amazon Advertising. Remember, you do NOT have to, but I have seen a LOT of publishers refer to Amazon Advertising for traffic.




This is basically what I have come up with. It is nothing really, hopefully when I publish my own kindles one day, I will show you exactly how to do that for replication.

Enjoy fellas!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    .....and above all else, make sure you that you write, write, and write some more.

    .....Collect e-mail addresses.
    Every ebook you put out should have a resource link(s) to YOUR website with an opt-in form above the fold.

    ......Create a following and you'll have passive income for many, many years, possibly decades.

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    • Profile picture of the author haya
      Originally Posted by Rod Cortez View Post

      .....and above all else, make sure you that you write, write, and write some more.

      .....Collect e-mail addresses.
      Every ebook you put out should have a resource link(s) to YOUR website with an opt-in form above the fold.

      ......Create a following and you'll have passive income for many, many years, possibly decades.

      RoD
      That's true.

      Some people make a LOT of money out of kindle publishing. It amazes me really.

      One day that'll be us, I hope!
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    • Profile picture of the author samjaynz
      Originally Posted by Rod Cortez View Post

      .....and above all else, make sure you that you write, write, and write some more.

      .....Collect e-mail addresses.
      Every ebook you put out should have a resource link(s) to YOUR website with an opt-in form above the fold.

      ......Create a following and you'll have passive income for many, many years, possibly decades.

      RoD
      I agree with Rod. The more books you write, the sooner you will see real results. When I started on Kindle I made the mistake of only writing a couple of titles to test the water. Now I know that by stacking multiple titles up the profits roll in much faster!
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    Read the introductions of various Kindle ebooks like the one you want to write, so that you may understand how to present your ideas.

    Help your readers feel satisfied with your work.







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    • Profile picture of the author Thohir Wijaya
      It's also good:
      Amazon Author Central
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Lee
    I'm in the middle of writing my 1st kindle book, I'm super excited about it. Even if it only sells a couple copies, being able to say I'm a published author will add some additional credibility. Good info here!
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    Create a cover that looks good in tiny icon size. Most of us want to be in the "HOT NEW RELEASES" arena. OK so that is 62 X 90 in size. The new "100 TOP BESTSELLERS" is 99 X 150 in size. Please remember that technology changes, but people stay the same. For example, a top 40 song sells simply by being in the top 40 area. Just try to create a book that has the same staying power. Yeah, like a top 40 song. Getting in is not easy. However, you need to make sure you have a good cover. That will drive your sales even more.
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  • Profile picture of the author sqwm1im
    I think it boils down to providing quality over everything else. Nice cover, good subject, well-written. That's all you need. Linking to mailing lists etc are good, but without a quality book no-one will buy it
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    • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
      Originally Posted by sqwm1im View Post

      I think it boils down to providing quality over everything else. Nice cover, good subject, well-written. That's all you need. Linking to mailing lists etc are good, but without a quality book no-one will buy it
      Quality is necessary, but not enough. Marketing is the art of creating channels that will connect the market with the product. That link is necessary too.

      If you start strong in Amazon, whether because you already have a connection with your market via other means or whatever, and the book gets into any of the promoting lists inside Amazon, then you could sit and relax. Amazon does it for you.

      But when you don´t have that strong push at the beginning, it is a long and tough walk.

      At least this is what happened with my books.

      With the non fiction ones, I saw results right away and they keep selling well.

      The fiction one, only now is starting to move more, still not comparable with the others. I´m about to release the sequel, I´d like to think that will give it a push because now the system is more or less setup.
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      • Profile picture of the author sqwm1im
        Originally Posted by Sandra Martinez View Post

        Quality is necessary, but not enough. Marketing is the art of creating channels that will connect the market with the product. That link is necessary too.
        Yup, agreed, and that's what I was trying to say - you can market a turd but it will do you no favours in the long run. Start with a quality product and you'll get sales regardless - the amount of sales then comes down to your marketing and promotion plan.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
    Originally Posted by haya View Post

    Everyone lately 's been yapping about Kindle publishing...

    I mean I get it, it's HUGE. Books online. eBooks, wow.
    I have never got involved with the whole Kindle publishing business but I sure have been tempted quite a bit.
    I decided to carry out a bit of a research online to find out more and I ended up with a few markers:

    - Avoid using PLR. Amazon is NOT a fan and eventually you'll lose your Amazon account. (yes, some people have)

    - Cover. It has to be of GOOD QUALITY! The goal is to end up with something appealing to your prospects (future readers). You may use 3D covers with kindle but most of them don't so don't feel pressured to do so.

    - Editing. Always get a proof reader or an editor to avoid possible negative reviews from the public for misspelling. You'll lose credit gradually if this happens.

    - Research. Come up with a high quality book. Include interesting information, information of value. Something, anything to entice your readers to come back for more.

    Bestsellers. Look at the best sellers' productions. Imitate them. Follow the same steps, input your experience and end up with better results combined!

    Amazon Advertising. Remember, you do NOT have to, but I have seen a LOT of publishers refer to Amazon Advertising for traffic.




    This is basically what I have come up with. It is nothing really, hopefully when I publish my own kindles one day, I will show you exactly how to do that for replication.

    Enjoy fellas!
    The word "yapping" has a pejorative connotation to it. Its hard to do anything well if you don't believe in it. Perhaps that was not your intention, but it doesn't sound like this is something you really want to do.
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    • Profile picture of the author haya
      Originally Posted by JMichaelZ View Post

      The word "yapping" has a pejorative connotation to it. Its hard to do anything well if you don't believe in it. Perhaps that was not your intention, but it doesn't sound like this is something you really want to do.
      Lol. Fair enough. It does sound that I am not interested, which I wasn't but let's face it, you have to keep up with the crowd.

      I have always had the idea that Kindle Publishing is challenging, difficult, daunting and well, impossible. It was just the impression I had. So yeah, said yapping.

      That all changed now.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
        I had that idea too. I don't anymore after publishing a couple of times. its a lot simpler process than I had thought at first.
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  • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
    Originally Posted by haya View Post


    -• Amazon Advertising. Remember, you do NOT have to, but I have seen a LOT of publishers refer to Amazon Advertising for traffic.




    This is basically what I have come up with. It is nothing really, hopefully when I publish my own kindles one day, I will show you exactly how to do that for replication.

    Enjoy fellas!
    I have been at this some time and do not know of anyone using Amazon Advertising for traffic to Kindle books. Now Amazon Advertising for products on external websites yes but to Kindle books? Do share more info on this.
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    • Profile picture of the author RedWhale
      Hello All,
      I'm new to this site and this is my first post. I'm very interested in publishing an ebook through Kindle. I have one written already, but I've been sitting on it until I finish my second book. The first is non-fiction and something I created simply to try out this avenue. The second is fiction, a book of short stories. My questions are, has anyone had any experience with a short story ebook? If so about how long is the book in terms of page count? Is there a genre that sells better than others? Humor? Sci-Fi? Etc... Is everyone going straight to Amazon or are people doing the Smashwords route first?

      I have approximately twenty-one short stories I'm considering compiling together, but I wanted to get some feedback before I do to best assess my direction. Most are absurdist humor and a few are more dramatic.

      The non-fiction book is about thirty pages so far although I thought of a couple of additions I could make to extend the book and hopefully the interest in the content. Thanks ahead of time and I'll be looking forward to any responses that can help. Best of luck to everyone.
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  • Profile picture of the author taxpayment1
    Hey man,

    Actually that was great information I appreciate you sharing. I love amazon and love kindles they are great. Nothing is better than making money online and loving what you do. Keep us updated If you think of any thing in the near future brother looking forward to it (=
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  • Profile picture of the author goindeep
    Originally Posted by haya View Post

    Everyone lately ‘s been yapping about Kindle publishing…

    I mean I get it, it’s HUGE. Books online. eBooks, wow.
    I have never got involved with the whole Kindle publishing business but I sure have been tempted quite a bit.
    I decided to carry out a bit of a research online to find out more and I ended up with a few markers:

    - Avoid using PLR. Amazon is NOT a fan and eventually you’ll lose your Amazon account. (yes, some people have)

    - Cover. It has to be of GOOD QUALITY! The goal is to end up with something appealing to your prospects (future readers). You may use 3D covers with kindle but most of them don’t so don’t feel pressured to do so.

    - Editing. Always get a proof reader or an editor to avoid possible negative reviews from the public for misspelling. You’ll lose credit gradually if this happens.

    - Research. Come up with a high quality book. Include interesting information, information of value. Something, anything to entice your readers to come back for more.

    Bestsellers. Look at the best sellers’ productions. Imitate them. Follow the same steps, input your experience and end up with better results combined!

    Amazon Advertising. Remember, you do NOT have to, but I have seen a LOT of publishers refer to Amazon Advertising for traffic.




    This is basically what I have come up with. It is nothing really, hopefully when I publish my own kindles one day, I will show you exactly how to do that for replication.

    Enjoy fellas!
    Write and write well.

    Have no expectations.

    Kindle is a guaranteed money maker for Kindle, Amazon and about 1% or less than that of kindle published authors, believe me - more people struggle with kindle than with any other marketing thing I have ever seen and that's coming from countless hours of solid research online into the phenomenon that is Kindle publishing.

    Most people think I talk a good load of you know what when I tell them to be careful with kindle, do yourself a favour and see if you can find a handful of people on this forum that earn a full time income directly from publishing books and have a life outside of kindle and you will see what I mean. Even the successful kindle folk supplement their income with other means because it is actually quite difficult to create yourself a single source of cash flow that you can live on with Kindle.

    All the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author KateD
    Hello Haya....


    When I read "yapping" in your original post, I could almost hear your accent coming through the text. You write the way you speak, and that can definitely be used as a tool going forward.

    There is an OCEAN of opportunities when it comes to generating income on the Kindle format (as a side note, although you are focusing on Kindle, there are a variety of other distributors that you can generate royalties from using the same content - you just have to format it differently for each).

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    --->I can also write other fiction (horror, romance, mystery, etc). Just ask me, I don't bite. :)
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  • Profile picture of the author JRJWrites
    Thanks Haya! This is really great info, as I myself am thinking about/starting to write a Kindle eBook. Very helpful!
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  • Profile picture of the author benzwm02
    Great list, remember to include authentic reviews to help your book rank on your launch day. These include can include reviews from 'beta readers' of your book.

    Try not to use family/friends/ or paid, fake, reviewers. This will get your account suspended.
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  • Profile picture of the author John J M
    Yup, as mentioned a couple posts above, reviews are very important.

    I'd also add that it's a good idea to put books in related series whenever possible - for fiction and non-fiction. Then, if you a buyer for one book, you'll probably have the buyer for another too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Slate Marketing
    What to do: Most of what is already in this thread above this post.

    I will say that I know thousands of people who have done books on the Kindle and by far, the #1 mistake I see people making is just writing books and not focusing on *marketing and selling* them!

    You can be the best writer in the world but it won't make you rich or get your books in the hands of tens of thousands of people. You need to not only write great books, but build yourself what I like to call an "author brand", loyal followers who buy, read, and recommend your books to others.

    Combining the branding, marketing, & selling with excellent writing and lots of hustle is what will set you apart from 99% of all the other authors out there.
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