Are you intrigued by the thought of Kindle publishing? If you’re a new author, you may be thinking that self-publishing is “vanity publishing” (it’s not) or is somehow of lesser value than “real” (traditional) publishing. (It’s most definitely not.)
Over the past few weeks several readers have asked whether it’s too late to get into Kindle publishing and how to get started. They also wanted to know how much they should “pay a publisher.” (Read on.)
I won’t get into an argument about self-publishing versus traditional publishing, because the strategy you choose depends on:
- You and what you hope to achieve; and
- Whether or not you get an offer from a publisher if you want to pursue traditional publishing.
As for authors paying publishers, here’s all you need to know: publishers pay YOU.
Apropos of which, here’s an excellent article on author scams. You’ll avoid them all when you remember the three words we mentioned: publishers pay YOU.
Kindle publishing: is it too late to start?
In a word, no.
Let’s look at three tips to start your own Kindle publishing career and/ or business venture.
1. Write the kinds of books you enjoy reading
Bestselling author Dean Koontz once said that a writer’s only recreation should be reading. You’re reading for entertainment, primarily, but you’re also reading to learn what’s selling right now.
The big benefit of all this binge reading is that you become comfortable with language and grammar.
Decide whether you’d like to write fiction (novels and short stories), or nonfiction (material that’s factual). Then decide what you like reading most. It’s very hard to write material you hate to read, or by which you’re bored.
2. Play the 50 titles game
You never know what’s lurking in the back of your mind that would be fun to write and will make money too.
Give yourself an hour to brainstorm. Without thinking about it too much, jot down 50 titles.
Can’t get inspired? Use titles on Amazon as examples to help you to brainstorm. You’re not copying, you’re using others’ titles as inspiration for your own.
If you’re writing fiction, think of a word which is common in your genre. For example, in the romance genre, “love” is obviously common in titles. Add another couple of words, and you’ve got a title.
Writing horror novels? Until you’re as famous as Stephen King, consider using words which are common in your genre. Examples: “creature”, “ghost”, “dark” etc.
Titles for nonfiction are easy. Nothing beats “how to” in the title. People always want to know how to do things, so think about what you know, and how you might help other people.
3. What are you excited and curious about?
Writers are often told to “write what you know”. Consider writing about what you want to know.
Kindle publishing: it’s not too late. Start NOW, but…
Please remember that writers write.
Writing comes first. How you publish what you write is a business decision.
Kindle publishing is an option. So is creating a blog as a magazine. Or creating an email newsletter for subscribers and charging for it.
Whatever you choose, have fun with your writing. 🙂
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