How much does one make with self-publishing on Kindle?
I would never ask what a definite amount would be, but if it is worth it to self-publish?
I think that really depends on how carefully you prepare and plan your strategy. Just writing a book and publishing it on Kindle will most likely get you nowhere.
Authors who are successful at Kindle self-publishing put months and months of work into devising, testing and revising a comprehensive promotional strategy - and they frequently put hundreds or even thousands of dollars into marketing their work.
At the outset, you should clearly define your market - the age group and interests of your intended readership. Your promo strategy will be based on that and laser-focussed to create a buzz around your book within that demographic.
Success on Kindle requires the following:
1. A very well crafted book, carefully tailored to a clearly defined market.
2. A clear, comprehensive marketing strategy.
3. A lot of time and effort.
4. Money to spend on professional marketing.
That's the truth. Anything else is just a pipe-dream.
Factors that need to be weighed in is how proactive you're going to be getting the word out about your book, what type of social network you have, along with the genre of the book and the price point.
Authors need a marketing plan! Good reviews can help too.
It's unrealistic for anyone to publish an ebook or any book and simply pray people "discover it and purchase it". As one author once said:
"Writing the book is the (easy) part."
Whether we want to admit it or not what most separates "bestsellers" from "bargain bin" books is the marketing push. Case in point critics trashed "50 Shades of Grey" but the book sold 100 Million copies!
Authorpreneur is a recent term coined for self-publishers who get out there and hustle to sell their books just like any other entrepreneur with a product. They approach writing their books like a business.
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