As a self employed person I find myself wearing many different hats during the course of a business day and I’m acutely aware that I’ll be entirely responsible for my own retirement when the time comes. For this reason I attempt to always spend a minimum of 20% of my time on product creation, because my ebooks, templates, apps and other products continue to make sales and earn an income even while I’m sleeping, playing with the kids or off doing all the other busy work on my list.
Kindle books are the perfect product to add to your arsenal because if you’ve been blogging for any amount of time you likely already have lots of content and you’re building a fan base, plus Kindle books are fast, easy and cheap to put together. Here are five simple steps to creating your own Kindle book:
1) Gather the Content
Write up a report on a topic you’re interested in, put together a short instructional guide, or gather some of your best blog posts to develop a short book. If you blog about recipes, sewing, crafts, family or business, pick some of your favorite recipes, posts or tutorials and combine them to create a short book on your niche.
2) Get a Free Kindle Account
To self-publish your books on the Amazon Kindle Store you’ll need a Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) account. It’s free to join and any books you publish through KDP can participate in the 70% royalty program.
3) Format Your Book
You can get lots of help and tips on formatting your Kindle book through the KDP quick guide or you can automatically convert your documents using the Kinstant Formatter for a small investment. If your book is very complex or contains lots of graphics and images then you might want to consider using an editing service.
4) Upload Your Book
Next you’ll upload the formatted book through your KDP account. You’ll also need to enter the title, the price, a short description, and the names of any contributors. To help readers find your book you’ll be asked to choose a category and to enter 5 to 7 descriptive keywords.
5) Create a Cover
Technically it’s optional to include a cover, but buyers are very visual and you’ll make more sales with an eye catching cover so you really need to have one. It doesn’t have to be fancy and you can create a simple cover yourself, or if you need help in that department you can hire a graphic designer to make your cover.
Once your Kindle book is uploaded and all ready to go, be sure to market the book to your readers and others by placing sidebar ads on your blog and sharing through all of your social media accounts. If you’d like a little more direction on how to get your book to the top of the list for your keywords at Kindle, I’d highly recommend that you check out the Page One Profits guide – you’ll learn how to quickly get your books to rank high in searches, which will result in more sales for you! The Page One Profits guide is just $27, but you can take $17 off with promo code DENISE and pay only $10 through October 17th.