Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Do You Have What It Takes to Write Kindle Books?

Not everyone has the time, patience, or skills to write and publish Kindle books. Here are several things you need to have and do to succeed.

1. Focus

Are you able to focus on one Kindle book project at a time? Many people dream of writing and publishing their books on Kindle, but then they try to tackle too many ideas all at once. To be able to write and complete a book, you need to be able to focus on one project at a time. Multitasking is a myth, and one you should avoid when writing and publishing your own books.

2. Patience

Writing a good book takes time. Publishing it on Kindle takes only a few minutes. It’s getting buyers that can can take a long while.

Don’t expect people to start buying your book immediately after you publish it. You have to develop a following and gain people’s trust.

3. Write Multiple Books Under Each Pen Name

It is recommended that you write for each genre under a different pen name. This is to avoid confusion among your readers who might associate your name with, for example, horror novels. If you suddenly decide to write and publish a romance novel under the same name you published your horror novels, your readers are in for an ugly surprise.

Create a pen name for each genre you plan to write under and then publish at least 3 books under each pen name to begin building a following.

4. Another Source of Income

Always have a diverse income. I have noticed that my Kindle sales can fluctuate from season to season. Be prepared for this by developing at least two other sources of income.

5. Evergreen Material

You may have just written the best book ever on Christmas paper crafts, but guess what? That book is only going to bring you an income from November to December.

While writing seasonal books can be a lot of fun and profitable during the season’s they represent, you will also need to write books that are evergreen. That means, write books that will interest people all year round.

6. Free Time

Writing books takes a lot of time. If you have another job, your trick will be to make the time to write, edit, and publish your book. There are people who are able to do this with just one hour each day, but it takes a long time to complete the project. Make room in your schedule so that you have at least one hour each day to work on your book. On your days off, plan writing marathon sessions of 4 or more hours.

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