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The Next Step - A Kindle Book

By Edited Nov 5, 2016 2 13

In the last 6 months I’ve produced 6 Kindle books, something I never believed a year ago I could do. But life in the online writing business is changing so fast, I had an idea and having produced one, I kept writing and produced a few more. Here’s how it happened.


A year ago I was doing very nicely with Google money from HubPages articles and Amazon Associates money. My google money along with my HubPages views disappeared in February 2011 when Google Panda hit, and then at the end of June I lost my Amazon money when the law in California changed. This loss of my two main sources of income made me look in the direction of Kindle books, something I hadn’t considered until then.


I decided I would aim for 5,000 words. My book would have 10 chapters and each chapter would have 500 words. As someone who has been writing articles for a while, 10 articles with 500 words each didn’t sound as bad as 5,000 words. I planned the heading and chapter titles, penciled in a week and got writing.


I’d heard it was difficult to load a Kindle book, but the instructions, if read, were easy to follow. Although Amazon accepts doc files, it is better to convert a docx file to mobi and then upload it.


There are a number of sites where you can upload your book for sale at Barnes and Noble and itunes. I looked at Lulu and Smashwords. You upload an epub at Lulu and a doc file at Smashwords and then they sell it at both sites (and take a commission). If you upload it directly at Barnes and Noble then you get more than if you go through Lulu or Smashwords, and this is what I did.


Once I had written one book, I wrote another and another. It’s just like writing articles only people pay you before they read your work. Ebooks are on the increase, many people will now only read books on Kindle or Nook and won’t even buy paper books.


I was a little scared of the whole self-publishing environment, but it was really as difficult as writing my first hub on HubPages or InfoBarrel.


So, if you’ve been writing on HubPages or InfoBarrel for a while and you are not earning much money from it, then consider writing an ebook for Kindle and Nook.



May 23, 2012 11:32am
There are a few authors here who write Kindle books. I've been thinking about it for a few months now and I really like your writing plan of 10 chapters with 500 words each. That is definitely a doable venture. Very interesting article - "Thumbs-Up!"
May 23, 2012 11:45am
I have written a Kindle book and have set it aside to give me some perspective when editing. I hope when I get to publish it is is an easy experience as it was for you! Can you share how you did it exactly?
May 23, 2012 12:04pm
Great article..how much money are you making?
May 23, 2012 12:04pm
Or could share..if how many sales ..sorry "how much money is a little crass" LOL!!
May 27, 2012 7:16pm
TheWriteChick75 - enough to make it worth my while
May 27, 2012 9:57pm
Congratulations, Tina! I have written three books for the Kindle since March, and have another one that I plan to download this weekend. Is there any problem with taking a book you have written for the Kindle and then sell it to Barnes and Noble, as well? Do I wait three months? Are there any unique formatting issues I should know about? Thanks for your interesting article. I have found that it is fun and easy to write for the Kindle, too!
May 27, 2012 9:58pm
Sorry, but I have another question. I see that there is also a paperback edition of your book "Living Simply." Did you have to pay to have paperback copies made? Was it worthwhile?
May 28, 2012 7:44am
I can see I need to write another article to answer all your questions!

My ebooks are for sale on Amazon for Kindle, B&N for Nook, Smashwords and Lulu. Then Smashwords or Lulu sell them in the i store. Only if they are in the KDP program are they to be unique to Amazon. Each place has their own way for formatting, so my book is in mobi for Amazon, ePub for B&N etc.

Living Simply is in Paperback with CreateSpace on Amazon, which was a whole lot more formatting. To create a paperback book you need a cover and a back cover, the ebooks only need a front cover. You can't have a paperback sold in more than one place, but you can have your ebook sold in multiple places.

CreateSpace is free to use. You have to buy one book to proofread it, and then you can buy more and sell them personally (which is what I do) and also it's listed on Amazon. But be careful, you can't unpublish a book on CreateSpace. Putting my book in paperback basically doubled my sales, but I mainly did it because I do talks on getting rid of clutter and I sell the books at the end of the talks. I make more sales there.

Amazon sales to other sales is like 5:1 or maybe 10:1, that's why my last 3 books (written under the name Cyber Scribe) are only on Amazon. You have to see if the effort to get them for sale somewhere else is worth the sales you will get.
May 28, 2012 12:29pm
Ahh, thank you! This was very helpful. I think I'll just stick with the Kindle Direct Publishing system right now. I don't want to lose sales on KDP in order to make just a few sales on other sites. If you write an article about all this, let me know. I would love to learn more about your experience! Since I have only been putting books on Amazon KDP for about 2 1/2 months, I was curious if your sales increased or decreased as the year went by?
May 28, 2012 8:51pm
Well here's an interesting fact. My first book takes about an hour to read. I loaded it on Kindle at 99c for 3 months. After 3 months I changed the price to $2.99 and it didn't change the number of sales at all. I do get about 2 returned for every 100 I sell, but the number of sales are about the same whether the price is 99c or $2.99.

My sales peaked Dec, Jan, Feb as people got Kindles for Christmas. It's hard to say if it's because it was gaining in popularity or because it was Christmas. I think the latter.
May 29, 2012 12:13am
Very encouraging article. I think this is just the motivation I need now. As i am about to start publishing next month. Thanks :-)
May 29, 2012 3:36pm
Thank you so much, Tina. You have been so helpful, I thought I would share my experience in pricing, too. I have experimented with different prices and noticed the same thing as you regarding publishing my books for 99c or $2.99 ... the number of sales is the same. Might as well go for the higher price and the larger percentage! Again, thanks!
Apr 11, 2013 1:07pm
UPDATE My short Kindle book for $2.99 is starting to get 1 star reviews saying it's too short. I think gradually people are beginning to expect better quality and value for money on the Kindle. I'm currently thinking of lowering the price back down to 99c and reduce the number of 1 start reviews saying it's too short.

Also, I've just published another book this month. Go to Amazon and search for Tina Razzell and you'll see my books.
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