In my last post on Make Money with Amazon Kindle Book, I mentioned about the advantage of publishing an Amazon kindle book and also a special bonus of my kindle book – How To Create A Website With WordPress And Start A Profitable Online Business for my readers. Thanks to those who supported my kindle book, it actually hit Amazon Hot New Releases in Web Marketing category for 3 days.
I got quite a few responses from readers that are interested in kindle publishing. So, I thought I will detail on how I publish my kindle book in 2 weeks by working only 2 hours a day, including market research, content writing, formatting, cover design to uploading to the kindle platform. So, let’s get started!
I have to admit that I didn’t do much market research because my intent for this kindle publishing pilot project is to get my hands wet on this publishing business, from start to finish. I choose blogging / online marketing mainly because I am very familiar with the topic. I have read and written many reports / blog posts in this area and hence it is a piece of cake for me to come out with this kindle book.
In the Kindle platform, there are all kind of categories and hence you are open to write anything you are interested. You can do proper market research by checking out the category you would like to target before you delve in. You will know the market competition in your targeted category. For example, if we delve into the category –> Kindle Store › Kindle eBooks › Advice & How-to › Diets & Weight Loss › Diets, we will see 12 items listed in the first page (sorted by popularity by default).
Just click on the no 1, 5th and the last one (12th) to check their best seller ranks under product details. I took the 12th as an example below:
This best sellers rank for this book is around #15,000. It is estimated that this book is selling around 300 a month based on one of the courses I bought. However, please note that the best sellers rank is updated hourly. So, there is definitely huge demand in this category. Also, the competition is not extremely fierce.
After you pick a category, you need to start generating content. You can write it yourself if you are familiar with the topic. If not, you can outsource your book. Outsourcing a book does not come cheap, especially if you mention you need to get a book done in your description! If you want to save some money, you need to say a short report of 4,000 words and give them the title of each chapter. Or you can even just outsource 20 pieces of 500 words articles and compile them yourself. This will be the cheapest way to deal with it.
Another way is to interview people that are familiar with the topic, like bloggers in your targeted niche. Or you can ask them to contribute to your book and they will get a link back to their website in return. This way you can get content for your book for free.
One easy way is to use PLR content as your basis. I know a lot of people will frown upon hearing PLR content. The fact is it is extremely useful and will save you a lot of time if you know what you are doing. The key is never use PLR as it is. Always blend in your story, personality and rewrite it. You can get your ebook done very quick by leveraging on the ready made PLR content.
Make sure your book is up to certain standard else you will receive lots of refund, complaints and bad review no matter how low you price your ebook.
If you know how to write a fiction, you are in luck since the majority of the best sellers is of fiction category.
I am not a good graphic designer so when it comes to graphic I will generally outsource to others. There are plenty of e-cover service providers. Just take a look at Fiverr and get your cover done if you are like me.
Amazon provides a lot of guidance on formatting of the book and it does accept various file type such as .doc, .pdf, .mobi, .html, etc… The way I did it is to follow a paid guidance in WSO.
I write in a .doc (not .docx) Word document. You can add in color pictures, anchor link, bold, italic, underline in your ebook. However, bullet points and other special fonts will have some problem when transferred to Kindle format. So, I instead of a bullet point, I always use dash (-) when needed in the book.
Use a page break when you want the chapter to start from a new page. Also, set the margin to 0 for all sides (left, right, up and down) and it will look perfect in kindle format.
When you are satisfied with your ebook, save it as .html (webpage, filter). Download Mobipocket Creator as we will need to use it to generate .prc file type to submit to the kindle platform. Inside Mobipocket Creator, click on Import from existing file > html document. Just choose the ebook that you saved as .html earlier on, change the lanugage to English and click Import.
You will see a new window. Under View, click on Cover Image > Add Cover Image > Choose your cover image and click update. Finally, click Build and it will generate a .prc file. This is the file that we are going to upload to the kindle platform.
You can buy a gig in Fiverr to help you out if you are lazy to do the formatting.
Upload To Kindle Platform
At this point, you should have your .prc file ebook ready to be uploaded to kindle platform. Visit http://kdp.amazon.com and sign in with your account (or open an account if you don’t have one). In the Amazon bookshelf, click “Add New Title”. Follow the instruction to fill in the details of your book and upload your book in .prc format and you are good to go.
Remember to craft out a good description for your book as this is one of the first thing people will read before they buy your book. Of course, you will need a good cover to attract people. After you are done with uploading the kindle book, make sure to preview your kindle book using the previewer software by Amazon. You can just download your book preview file and view it using the previewer. This is to make sure the format of your kindle book is all good.
That’s basically the process of publishing a kindle book on Amazon. This is very straight forward and the best part — it is FREE!
I have also prepared a video to run through how you can easily upload your kindle book to the KDP platform below:
I am still doing some test to promote Amazon book both externally and within Amazon itself so might dedicate another post in future purely for book promotion.
As usual, leave me your comment below to share your experience with Amazon publishing or any thoughts / ideas you have in mind.