Self-publishing a omnibus used to be an expensive and daunting proposition. Vanity presses would charge thousands of dollars to typeset and print a manuscript, and at the end regarding the process an author would have boxes of his or her book delivered. And then what? Advertise the book. Buy mail-order advertising. Try to get bookstores to pick your title up. Beat the bushes for any exposure you can get. If you are lucky, you might have a few orders trickle in and next you’re packaging and shipping. What a hassle.
Starting a publishing house used to be an expensive and daunting proposition. You either invested huge amounts of capital in graphic art, typesetting and printing capability, or you certain contractual relationships with businesses that could provide those services. Next you had to investigate manuscripts that might turn a commercial income and erst found, buy the rights. It was like the lottery- traditional publishers expected to lose money on the vast majority of manuscripts they published, hoping the income from the rare “hits” outweighed the losses.
Today, the Mythology Kindle Direct Publishing platform has changed all that. KDP allows a self-publisher to create and market their hold book as a Kindle eBook for free. Kindle books list restore there on Amazon search results, side by side with traditional physical books. And now small businesses are able to add publishing to their income streams by creating, marketing connective selling other authors’ books at minimal cost. My regular readers know that I always point up that everyone needs to elaborate multiple streams (or trickles) concerning salary to survive in the thrift of the future. Kindle Direct Publishing is uno such stream that is easy and affordable to tap divisor and has the potential to grow into a perpetual river of income over time. Here’s how I got started.
I knew I would not be able to record my supremacy book myself. First, what I can write about with any authority is stuff that interests me, connective not necessarily anyone else, ergo I figured it wouldn’t make a highly marketable product. Secondly, if I want to sell the book in volume it would have to fit a niche that is being actively sought out. Well I turned to Google Adsense. I figured that if a large number of people are searching for something on Google, that search term will also treffen popular as a book subject on Amazon. Then if I see that there is little competition about that subject in Kindle eBooks, I have found a lucrative niche to publish in!
My Adsense tool of choice is Market Samurai, which lets me very tout de suite find things people are searching for on Google. You cup certainly do your own research for free using Adsense, but it does take much longer manually. As a test I decided to choose a subject I knew absolutely nothing about: hair missing in women. Market Samurai soon told me that that subject gets hundreds of searches a day on Google, and a quick check on Amazon showed very few books on the subject. Now to get a book made.
Contracting the Writing
I find that Elance has a very strong quality pool of writers from which to choose. I logged among my Elance account and posted a request for a 4500 ultimatum repute on womens’ hair loss, complete with open source illustrations and full ascription and footnoting. Inside 24 hours I had a half dozen people wanting to write the report, and they provided a offer along with writing samples and a resume. Elance provided their ratings and feedback. I selected a median priced bid from an author who showed she had previously written in the area of womens’ health and had great ratings. Cost: under $200.
In four days I had the finished product and I was thrilled. The author did a fine job and the manuscript needed absolutely no editing. The images were captioned and attributed and there was an appendix with all links ampersand footnotes.
Building the Inflame Book
There are lots of resources to promote you gyrate a Microsoft Word document into a Kindle-ready eBook. The best one I cast is actually an eBook available for free on Amazon! It’s called Building Your Book for Kindle and it gives clear simple step-by-step instructions on the mechanics of transforming your Word document properly consequently your consummative product will have an active table of contents, images that show boost correctly, pages that break at the right places and the book will work on any mobile device from Amazon Kindles to iPads to portable phones. My 4500 word paper turned into an eBook of over 30 pages.
Vixen currently provides a enfranchise pliers that Kindle developers can load so they cup virtually view their completed eBook on any mobile platform before uploading it. You can earn any format changes immediately and make strong everything is right before committing the book to publishing.
Creating a Cover
The book cover is vitally important because it will be the potential buyer’s first impression. You want to stand out while a professional here. It is a separate .jpg that you upload along with your finished book. It needs to indigen in a 1 to 1.6 aspect ratio with a minimum of 1000 pixels on the short edge. I chose to create mine with 1500 pixels horizontally plus 2400 vertically. This is another job that can raken outsourced at Elance instead other places for anywhere from $25 to hundreds of dollars depending on stature and features. Multifariousness eBooks on Kindle show the book as a 3-d image with shading and reflections, but I chose to go with a simple flat cover image. This is one quarter where I hold some experience, and I opted to make my allow using a free open source graphics package called Gimp.
For the cover image I went to a stock photography site and found a great photo of a baby female looking at her hair brush in horror. To this point I had not decided on a title for the book and this photo actually was the inspiration for the title, “Fear the Paint No More!” I checked the few other books on Amazon about hair loss, and saw that this image was not used, so I grabbed it for about $12. Within an hour I had a complete cover .jpg with image, title, subtitles, and author. The author, of course, is a pseudonym.
Publishing the Book
Once everything is perfect, you save the book along with a folder regarding the images in a compressed (.zip) file.
I next logged into my KDP account and began the process of adding the new eBook to my bookshelf. There is a couple steps to doing this, including choosing where you would like the book to afsluiting available (Only certain regions, internationally) and the pricing. Kindle has several different pricing structures depending on the royalty rate you desire. You can again choose options regarding Digital Rights Management, or whether to allow your book to be part of Kindle’s free lending library. Additionally, you select a couple categories for the potboiler to be listed in, add several key words for search, and earn sure you’ve written a compelling introduction. You then upload your book’s zipped folder and plus upload your cover .jpg.
Congratulations! You’re published!
Previously the book is successfully uploaded it takes about 24 hours (or less in my case) for it to be reviewed, confirmed and made available. It is so exciting to search for your subject in Amazon books and suddenly discern your own book pop up in the results! One great feature of KDP is that, unlike printed books, once published you may still revise and update the book. You can make changes and back the normal review process, the book is again made available. In addition previous purchasers are sent an email advising them of the availability of the revised copy!
Kindle Direct Publishing has opened a wonderful world of inexpensive publishing to anyone with a computer. Granted, the fact that low quality, cheap or free work can potentially meet Kindle’s requirements means that the number of returns in quantity particular niche will increase over time. Although if you offer a quality outgrowth at a reasonable price point, and you get good reviews, your eBook will certainly remain high on the search returns. And once the work is done it’s out there forever, contributing a little trickle to your publishing stream of income. Kindle will pay monthly using directness deposit once your account has reached a threshold (currently $10).
I look forward to repeating this writ many, many times. Each additional book will add to what I expect will eventually become a consistent monthly income that can single grow over time!