Publishing for the Kindle
I have recently got a shot in the arm for the writing and publishing of my books business. After reading books encouraging the publishing of written works on Amazon Kindle I feel more inclined to get a book written and published as soon as possible. The recent book that I was reading was quite improbable in the way that it was saying you could write a book a week. It might well be possible, but they would have to be short and possibly not very good books. The main thing that I got from that book that I would pass on to other people would be that it is better to try and keep trying rather than to give up before even starting. It is highly likely that there will be some books that hardly sell anything at all and then others which could go like gangbusters. You can’t really go on what has been successful before or even what is being successful at the present time. For example when the zombie books were being very successful in terms of sales, everybody wants to go and write a zombie book and then probably finds that by the time the book is available to purchase, that other people have had the same idea and they were too late to the party also. So I have jumped into Scrivener author software and have a book in the works and will soom be published.
More than one book in your store
It is most definitely a very good idea to have more than one eBook published so that if a person who has bought your book and likes it, will very likely also want to read more from you. You can put links into your books that you have written, to your other titles and maybe even have a sample chapter to get the reader started. Another thing about having number of books available is that if some do well and some don’t, then playing the percentages regards success you are more likely to be feeling better about how your sales are going if at least one of the books is doing well. If this is the case then it’s more likely that you will continue writing and get more books out there, rather than giving up.
Quantity versus quality
I recently read a book which reckoned it was possible to write one book a week to publish to Amazon. This was with writing for five hours a day for four days and on the fifth day doing the re-writing and editing. The Saturday and Sunday was for a little bit of thinking and writing of small notes so that you would have subjects and stories to write about from Monday to Thursday. I suppose it could be possible, but the books would have to be very short books or not very good books. Like most people, I would prefer to go for quality rather than getting a name for writing crappy books. Even if those crappy books were making some money, they are still crappy books that could hurt you in the long term as an author.
On the other hand, in marketing and selling terms of your books it is a good idea to have more than one book available for your readers. What this author does, is to write four books on one topic, one after the other. This would be a good idea as you would be already in the flow for that subject matter. So if you were writing fiction then you would have a series that your readers could follow one through to another. Same sort of thing with non-fiction books where you can cover another area in a different book and get more sales overall. If these books are cheap enough for people to buy then I don’t suppose people will mind too much if the books are short, so long as the information contained within are worthy of even that small price. In these days of online reviews by your readers that obviously it is going to make sense to make sure that you give good value.
Another book I read recently was based upon the idea of creating a book within 90 days and this seemed a little bit more reasonable as it gave specific advice on how to actually complete the task. Writing 1500 words per day and then on the next day to rewrite those words and to add another 1500 words would seem to be quite doable. The rewriting of the words from the previous day moves it on stage from being a first draft and also gets you into the swing of things for writing the next block of words. It seems like a fairly good plan and I think I would like to have a go at it. I reckon by using the process you would be more likely to get something of quality and worthy of charging a higher price for in the Amazon bookstore.
Getting the book into the hands of your readers
Whichever way you go about writing your book, it is going be necessary to spend some time in finding readers and making sales. There is a book by a writer called John Locke who managed to sell a large number of books of moderate quality through the Kindle store and he did this by building up an email list of his audience. Doing something like this takes quite some time and seems to be the best way to go forward these days; especially for the self published author.
The basic idea behind his marketing is to get people that are interested in his books onto his email list and this was his basic starting point. When somebody on this list bought something from him they were then moved on to another list or a sub list within the main list. It was then possible for him to make offers to these people that had already bought one product and to build up the sales numbers. The readers that bought more than one of his books would go on to the next list which is the list of super fans. Super fans are the people that will buy every book that you write and will most likely also tell their friends and therefore it makes good sense to treat your super fans extra well. You would have more personal contact with these super fans and offer things like naming a character in a book to come based on the name of your super fan. People like the personal approach and feeling special by having direct contact with the author of the books they like to read.