Those that have read my last few newsletters know that I am really excited about publishing books on Kindle. In fact, I’ll tell you in a few minutes about the 4 books I am currently writing for Kindle, and the challenge I have set myself.
First though, let’s consider why Kindle so appealing?
With Google seemingly changing (perhaps a more accurate term would be “enforcing”) the rules, webmasters (including myself) are looking for ways to future-proof their business and become more independent from Google.
However, I do have concerns over Kindle.
The good thing about it is that Amazon make it so easy to publish a book, and it then becomes part of the Kindle marketplace. You can go in and see YOUR book on Amazon. How cool is that?
This ease of publishing is also the bad thing about Kindle. When anything becomes easy, with promises of monetary rewards, the sharks circle.
Amazon have already had to clear out a lot of junk from the Kindle Marketplace. A lot of this was due to courses promising to make you rich by publishing PLR content as Kindle eBooks. Being able to publish a book in a couple of minutes makes Kindle publishing a prime target for the get-rich-quick brigade and it is still happening. The good news though is that Amazon are being more vigilant to prevent this type of “content” being published.
Even without going down the PLR route, it is still tempting for those who want to take short cuts. Just create poor quality content and turn it into a Kindle book. Who cares if refund rates are high because a lot of sales will stick, and when it only takes a few hours to write and publish the book, it’s not like a big investment.
The problem for serious Kindle authors though is that once people know they can get a refund without a hassle, everybody’s refund rates go higher. People read the books, refund them and move onto the next. Now, I know not everyone is like that, and that the vast majority of people are honest, but I know it goes on.
As long as Amazon stay vigilant, hopefully this scenario won’t happen. I have only been reading about Kindle publishing for a few weeks now, but I have already heard of some Kindle publishers having their accounts closed. I don’t have details on why, but reasons suggested in some circles include high refund rates, publishing books at an impossibly high rate (at least impossible for an individual delivering quality). Maybe Amazon do have this under control?
Whatever my concerns over the future of Kindle, I am jumping in with both feet. I figure that if I get in now, and problems arise later when the get-rich-quick brigade find a new loophole, I’ll at least have had a chance to build my reputation on Kindle. That will give me the best possible chance of surviving as a long term Kindle publisher if and when Amazon make changes to the program.
The book I am writing for Kindle
I mentioned earlier that I am writing 4 books at the moment.
The first one was largely written by my wife, but since English is not her native language, I am doing the editing on that one. It currently runs to about 80 pages. It’s a book that we are creating for a niche site I run.
The second book is going to be an updated version of my Future-Proof SEO book which will include stuff I have learnt about since the Penguin update. That one hasn’t even been started yet, but should be fairly quick to write.
The third book is another book in the same niche as book number 1. This one is all planned out and I am working on the writing.
The fourth book is fiction. I am a big science fiction fan, so that is the genre I am writing in, at least for this book. This one is the first part of a trilogy which I have mapped out. I am working every evening on this book when the kids have gone to bed. I have mapped out a total of 20 chapters, and last night I finished chapter 7, yay!
I should also add that my wife and her sister have both caught the Kindle bug as well. They have both completed the first drafts of their respective books. Those books are in Spanish, so it will be interesting to see how they work out.
OK, today is the 17th July. The challenge I have set myself is to complete 3 of the 4 books by the end of this month. That’s not finished as in published. That’s finished as in completed the writing stage. I’ll then have to proof-read and edit them (those who read my newsletter know that this is not my strong point 😉 ). Of course I’d love to complete all 4 of them in that time-frame, but I think that is a little too ambitious.
To hold myself more accountable for my progress, I have setup a Facebook page to document my own Kindle publishing journey (I have seen a couple of other marketers do this, and I think it’s a great idea).
However, I have set the page up so anyone can contribute to the page. If you are starting out writing for Kindle, please come along to the Facebook page, like it, and then post your own progress as well. Feel free to post tips, tricks, interesting URLs etc. if you feel they will help us aspiring Kindle authors. Go ahead, visit A Kindle Publishing Journey and say hello. Let me know if you think I am crazy. If you feel crazy too, set your own goal and keep us updated on that Facebook page.
For those sitting on the fence about Kindle publishing, or for those that are sold but want a little motivation, I saw a great webinar the other day. As with many webinars these days, this one was setup to sell an expensive Kindle course (I seem to remember it was $997). However, there is a lot of great tips & information given away for free in the webinar, and for those needing motivation, I think it will do the trick. Here is the webinar (it’s not an affiliate link as I am not promoting that course).
If you are interested in dipping your feet in Kindle publishing, I actually recommend Geoff Shaw’s Kindling Course which is a lot cheaper.
NOTE: That link takes you to the Warrior Forum where this course is sold as a WSO, but don’t let the fact it is a WSO put you off.
Is Geoff’s course as good as the $997 product? I have no idea as I haven’t bought that one. I’m not going to either. Geoff is quick with support too. When I did ask about something that I felt was missing from the course, Geoff kindly created a new tutorial for his course covering that aspect.