You might be wondering how you could publish on the Kindle if you’ve never written anything longer than a grocery list. Never fear! Read on and find out why you should make the effort and why publishing on Kindle is not as daunting as you may think. First of all, you may wonder, why you would want to get published in a format that can only be accessed with a device that you may not even own… yet.
1) A voracious market
With more and more Kindle owners looking for information to add to their new reading devices, you’ve got a ready-made market. And if you have a book in the Kindle store on a topic they’re interested in, they may well find it — and buy it. With many Kindle books priced at impulse-purchase levels, people end up clicking “buy” a lot more often than they used to, especially since they can get the information immediately.
2) Find your audience
Whether you’ve got valuable info you want to get into the public’s hands, or whether you are simply looking for more clients and customers, getting published on Kindle gives you an easy way to be found. Say you’re a marriage counselor. Publish a book on Kindle and include information about your services, and maybe a free gift in the form of a special report or download. Then people will race to find you, buy your Kindle book, and then visit your website to collect their free gift — and join your evergrowing mailing list.
3) Be an instant expert
Let’s face it: People are impressed by authors. And Kindle makes it very easy to become an author. Once you have assembled your book, you can upload it to the Kindle store in less than an hour. Even better, English language books are generally approved within 24 hours.
Once you’re published, just add the link to your email signature and start adding “Author of [Your book’s name here]” after your name. You’ll gain instant status, which will help you get more press coverage, more attention, and more customers.
4) It’s easy and fast
As I just demonstrated, getting published on Kindle is not the sort of ordeal most people associate with getting published in the traditional manner. You upload your book and your cover, answer a few questions, create a description, and you’re done.
5) You can earn royalties
Even better, getting published on Kindle is not only free, but you can earn royalties too. And a whole lot more royalties than you’d ever get from a traditional publisher. If you’re publishing a print book with a traditional publisher, your share of the profits may be less than $1 a book. With Kindle, you can get up to 70% of the purchase price!
Of course, you need to sell books in order to earn royalties. The good news is that Amazon is giving you a hand there, too. Amazon actually helps you market your book in the Kindle store – and beyond, by providing a sales page, and by putting your book in front of browsers looking at related books.
Getting published on Kindle can be very rewarding. And considering how easy it is, there’s little reason not to make the effort and add that “Author of…” tagline after your name!