Amazon's Kindle platform has made writing and publishing a book a breeze. Everything is in your hands. It's never been as easy to become an author. Let's look at why Kindle publishing may be in your future.
Here are the primary reasons.
1. Traditional (Also Known As "Legacy") Publishers Are Hurting
Margins are dropping throughout the industry. Ebooks may, or may not, save traditional publishers. This means that at this time, you need to be wary of signing contracts with companies which may not be in business a year from now.
When a company winds up, it's a long process. After you've signed a contract, you've made a deal. It may be years before you can legitimately publish your book elsewhere if you're caught up in a company collapse.
Additionally, book publishers are mere shadows of what they used to be. It's hard to get a contract, and trying to get a contract can take years.
2. A Huge Market for Your Book: Millions of Keen Readers Own E-Reader Devices
The big benefit of ebooks is that you can read them on any digital device. You don't need a Kindle. I own a Kindle, but I prefer to read my purchases on my iPad, iPhone and computer, using Amazon's apps.
Most readers believe that they need a dedicated e-reader, but this just isn't so. As buyers become more comfortable with reading anywhere they choose, the already huge market will expand.
Interestingly, Amazon reports that sales of print books, both softcover and hardcover, have risen too. The ebook market isn't cannibalizing print, it's expanding the book market.
For me, and for many other writers, the huge market for ebooks is the primary reason we self-publish.
3. Publishing Your Books Is Simple on the Kindle and Other Platforms
New writers worry about formatting for e-readers, but it's simple. Basically, write your book in Microsoft Word, or any other word processor which can create DOC files. You need a couple of additional steps; these are described in Amazon's Help files.
For most books, formatting will take around half an hour, depending on the speed of your computer.
If you don't want to format your manuscript yourself, you can hire someone to do it very cheaply. Just email your manuscript, and you'll receive a beautifully formatted ebook in return.
4. Self-Publishing Is Profitable
The market's huge, which means that there's room for you, too. Top-selling authors are making millions of dollars. You may never reach these heights, but you can make a decent income, and most importantly, your book will be published.
If you want to write a book, the world has changed. Is Kindle publishing in your future? It's in mine.
Turn Your Words Into Gold: Write and Sell An Ebook In Just Eight Hours
Here's what I love about writing ebooks: you write them once, and they keep on selling forever.
I know several writers who've taken to the Kindle platform like the proverbial ducks to water. One writer friend turns out a new Kindle ebook every month, like clockwork. The last time we spoke, she had 11 ebooks selling -- and her income is rising month by month.
Another writer friend mixes writing her own ebooks, with writing ebooks for others. Currently she's been commissioned to write a biography, and a family history, for the same client. She's finding it huge fun, and she's making more money than she's ever made.
The benefit of writing and selling ebooks is that once written, they can keep on selling forever. Would you trade eight hours for an income stream?