That’s right, you can make money selling kindle eBooks! In fact, last month I made over $1,300 from a total of 8 kindle books I have published. To some of you, it may seem like these books are long and detailed in nature. In actuality, these books are really short (between 5,000 and 15,000 words).
My Background on Selling Kindle Books
I found out about making money with kindle from a friend on Facebook. He sent me a link to a webinar where a guy was making $30,000 per month selling these little eBooks. I sat in on the webinar and gathered all the information I could. So in January of 2012 I published my first kindle book and it was a complete FAILURE. As it turns out, I was doing my research wrong. I was basically publishing a book that nobody wanted to buy! Big mistake.
My next book was a hit. I did my research correctly and published something of quality with a good cover and title. It has been selling about 150 books per month since January…all on autopilot! I then went on to create 7 more book from late January until today. Actually, I just published my 9th book yesterday. Those 8 books made me just over $1,300 in April of this year!
How it Works
I’m going to take you step-by-step through the process of researching to publish a book to kindle and success with it.
Doing Your Research
You may think that you need to do keyword research and it’s a long process to come up with a good title and content for the book. Well, it’s not that complicated. In fact, it’s very simple!
You have to think about how people search and buy books from Amazon. They either use the search bar, or they look directly on the best seller list. The best seller list is where I do all my research for my books. What you do is go to Amazon.com, hover over “shop by department”, hover over “books”, then click “Kindle Books”. On the left side you will see a “best sellers” link. Click that link to go to the best seller list for kindle books.
Here is where you can browse for categories to publish a book in. Drill down into a category of your choosing until you can’t drill down anymore. What you are looking for is 2 things:
- Books are selling
- You can get into the best seller list easily
To do that, you will have to click on the #1 book, the #20 book, and the #100 book. For each book, you need to look at the sales rank data. This number will tell you whether the books are selling in this category or not.
Below is an image from Amazon.com which shows where to find the best seller rank of the books.
So I drilled down to “Running and Jogging”, and here are the sales rank data for the #1, #20, and #100 books:
- #1 – 602
- #20 – 17,287
- #100 – 85,232
As you can see, those are pretty good numbers. The #1 book is selling 90 to 120 copies per DAY, the #20 book is selling about 4 to 9 copies per DAY, and the #100 book is selling around 20 to 30 copies per MONTH.
The lower the sales rank, the more the book is selling. I came up with those rough numbers from my own books. I have had a book that was selling around the 1,000 in sales rank and it was selling around 100 copies a day. I also have books selling in the 10,000 rank, the 20,000 rank, and so on. So those numbers are rough, but I just wanted to give you a good idea of how these books can sell.
It’s very easy to get a book selling around the 30,000 rank. In fact, it would only take about 2 sales to break the 80,000 rank. Once you find a category like this, where the top books are selling and it’s pretty simple to get into the top 100, you have a winner.
What to Do Next?
There are few things you need to do once you find a good category, you need to create your title for the book. I usually do this by looking at the top 20 in that category and seeing what is already selling and come up with something unique but similar to what people are already buying.
Then, you need to write an outline or have someone write the book for you. You should do more research and find out what your target market would want to see in the type of book you are writing. Remember to edit like crazy!
Then you will need to go to kdp.amazon.com and publish the book. There are simple steps you need to follow and those are pretty straight forward.
The last thing you need to do is get some good reviews from your friends and family and have them post the review of the book on Amazon. Reviews are a good indication of how well the book is written and how helpful it is.
As you can see, it’s pretty simple to publish a book to Amazon kindle. I’ve only been publishing kindle books for 4 months and I am making over $1,000 per month (that’s 100% passive income).
If you want more information on how to sell kindle books, you can head over to ShuckaBuck.com. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I will get back to you!