I’m setting out on another little challenge.
However, this time I’m not saying I’m going to do it in 30 days. Because, honestly, I don’t know how long it’s going to take me.
The goal is turn some Amazon Kindle books in to another $1,000 per month income stream.
I’ve got several books on Amazon Kindle right now that are mostly in the health niche that are off to a pretty good start. I’ll be posting my income report for July right around August 15th because that’s when Amazon releases my final numbers for the previous month. As of right now, it looks like I’m going to end right around $450 for the month of July but that’s just based on some preliminary estimates from Amazon.
Still $450 isn’t bad considering that in June, my first couple books netted me about $25.
My goal for this challenge is to add another $1,000 per month income stream ON TOP of that $450 per month that I’ve done with Amazon already.
The books that I’ve published so far in the health niche have been under a pen name that I use in that niche. The books that I’ll be releasing for this challenge will be under my own name.
I will be sharing details about the books and I will be leveraging my existing assets like this blog and my mailing list to get some extra eyeballs (And hopefully some reviews) on the books.
I’ve got three books in the works right now that I’m hoping to release over the next two weeks. I’ve yet to pick names for any of them.
Book 1 is all about WordPress and I will be answering all the most common questions that people have about WordPress.
Book 2 is about different traffic strategies. With this book I’m leveraging the contacts that I have online. I’ve done a series of interviews on traffic strategies and I’ll be compiling them in to a book for Kindle.
Book 3 will be about my experience trying to post books on Amazon. This is the only book I haven’t begun writing because I intend to share how the whole process went from the first two books and what I’ve learned along the way.
None of these books are published yet but the first two are already in process. The first one and the third one I’m completely writing myself. The second one will consist of a compilation of interviews from other talented traffic strategists.
I’ll post progress reports on the blog as I go, similar to how I did in the previous challenge but I won’t hold details back about titles, etc…
I’ve been studying several existing products about Kindle publishing and found that some are amazing but most are crap. More details on the ones that I really like and the ones to avoid in a future post.
Some things that I’ve learned publishing in the health niche so far…
Here are the top 10 tips that I’ve learned so far… Hopefully some golden nuggets for people just getting started.
1. If you write multiple books, put links inside each book that link to the other books. Someone buying one book may enjoy it and buy all the rest. (I’ve seen it a ton)
2. Create high quality book covers. Don’t use Amazon’s stock image or higher some crap designer on Fiverr. The book cover is the first impression.
3. Offer people a bonus from within your book. Send them to a squeeze page to get the bonus. When you build a list this way, you can promote future books and similar books to that list.
4. As you build that list, ask the subscribers to go back and leave reviews. Reviews spur sales.
5. Make the title of the book as descriptive as possible. People don’t want to guess what the books going to be about.
6. Only use high quality content. Avoid outsourced content from people that don’t speak English as a first language. Never ever EVER use PLR content. This will get you banned from selling Kindle books.
7. A 40 page minimum book seems to be the sweet spot. Anything shorter seems to die for me.
8. I use OpenOffice to create my books and save them as .doc files. I’ve tried saving them as .pdf and .mobi and both seem to screw up the formatting a lot. Doc files seem to maintain your original formatting the best.
9. Avoid using bullet points in your book. Use “*” or “-” instead. Bullet points never seem to format properly.
10. Take a look at Amazon’s top reviewers list. Send people that have reviewed books in your niche an email and ask for a review. In exchange, “gift” the book to them through Amazon. It will cost you the cost of your book but you’ll get most of that back in royalties and it will help your sales ranking move up.
Those are probably the top 10 best tips I can think of to get started on Amazon. Currently, I have a team of writers (all from the USA) writing books in the health niche. The marketing books that I’m about to start working on will be all written and edited by me.
So now it’s on to Step 1…
Finish writing my first book.
I’m about 10 pages in to the WordPress book and I’ve got all the interviews finished for the traffic book. I just need to finish writing the first one and compiling the second one.
In all reality, I’ll probably have the traffic book finished first (even though it should be second in the series).
The traffic book just needs less work to be finished.
I’d also like to try my hand at publishing fiction. However, I’m not creative enough to write it so I may be looking to outsource a good story sometime in the near future.
More updates on that later if it pans out. For now, I just need to get these first two books finished and published.
So now… It’s back to OpenOffice to put my head down and just start writing away.
I need your help! Here’s a little contest for you…
As I’m writing my WordPress book, I’m looking for the top questions about WordPress. That’s essentially how I’m writing the book. I’m taking the top 50 questions that people have and then giving in depth answers to each question.
If you can do me a huge favor and post your top WordPress question in the comments below.
I will do my best to answer all of the questions in the book.
I will pick 5 people who posted WordPress questions and give them free copies to all 3 of the books that I will be releasing on Amazon. I will gift you the copies via amazon to read on your Kindle, iPad, PC, Mac, or whatever else you use to read Kindle books.
I’ll announce the winners in my next update.
Also, I’d like to hear from people who have created Kindle books already. What are your best tips? What has your experience been like so far? The most helpful responses will also receive free copies of all my books.
I can’t wait to hear from you. This is a really exciting time and I can’t wait to see how lucrative Amazon and Kindle can really be.
I already know that only have a few books on there can add $400+ per month to my business. Let’s see what happens when I use my real name and share the details of my books with everyone!
Looking forward to your comments and tips!