if you’re a writer who is holding themselves back because of the mysterious costs of self-publishing, this article is for you. Keep that wallet closed–unless it’s for your daily latte, in which case, go for it!
Do you have a book you’ve always loved to write? Or maybe you’ve already written it, but just aren’t sure what to do with it now. What’s holding you back?
If you’re like many writers, you might think it costs an arm and a leg to self-publish something. All those proofreaders, editors, and graphic designers doing the layout. And once that part’s done, how are you supposed to pay to market it so people can actually find it?
We feel you. But thankfully, publishing on Amazon is not as expensive as you might think. Actually, there’s a no-cost way to do it. So if you’re a writer who is holding themselves back because of the mysterious costs of self-publishing, this article is for you. Keep that wallet closed–unless it’s for your daily latte, in which case, go for it! No judgment here.
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Amazon has revolutionized the self-publishing world with its Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform. Authors can now cash in and share their work with millions of readers around the world.
From eBooks to audiobooks, and everything in between, Amazon has rolled out the red carpet for indie authors. It offers a treasure trove of ways you can make money online through Amazon publishing.
Here are just a few:
Some look at all of Amazon’s self-publishing tools and wonder, “Is it free to publish on Amazon?” It definitely can be and we’ll show you how! Let’s dive a little deeper.
If you already have a book written, you can skim some of this next part. If you don’t, do some research into what is popular in the market. What books are people buying? Especially in the self-publishing realm. If cheesecake recipe books are really hot right now (and if they’re not, they should be)–and everyone always raves about how good your cheesecakes are–it might be time to start writing about that. Whatever it is, write what you know.
Another tip: experts in publishing often say it’s better to find a niche subject than to be too broad. Think of it this way. If you write a Keto recipe book, you’ll be competing with the one million other Keto books out there. But what about “Your Guide to Keto Cheesecakes”? We’d definitely buy that.
So, you’ve written your book. You feel really excited about it but need someone to look at it. When it comes to proofreading and editing it, see if a friend who is good at that kind of thing can help. Or maybe you can trade some of your skills in return for their work. You can also learn to spot and fix common grammar and style errors and do some of this work yourself. Or use free online tools like Grammarly or Hemingway.
You’ll also need to format your book properly for Amazon, whether it’s as an ebook or a physical book. Even though it might cost a few bucks, you can hire a freelancer on Upwork or Fiverr to format it for you. There are also some free do-it-yourself software tools and templates you can use online. Or if you want to go the totally free route, you can get a free trial of software like Adobe InDesign and teach yourself how to do it.
With self-publishing, it’s crucial to establish a buzz on social media about your book. Establishing a solid social media presence across various platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn is key. This is not the time to be a wallflower and wait for people to come to you. Hype, hype, hype! And don’t forget to engage with readers and potential fans to grow your community.
Once your book is released, and being marketed, keep a close eye on its performance and make tweaks to your strategy or content as needed. Don’t be afraid to try new things!
Now that you’ve learned all the ways you can publish on Amazon for free, don’t leave that manuscript sitting for one more day collecting dust on your computer. Get it out there! The world needs your story, experience, and skills. You can crush your goals and live the life you’ve always wanted. But it is going to take work. Once you get started, though, you might find it’s easier and more fun than you thought.
Self-publishing can be a roller coaster, for sure. But never stop learning, growing, and adapting. Find what works for you and stick with it.
So … what are you waiting for? Take the plunge into self-publishing. Check out our free training to find out how you can turn your literary dreams into reality and unleash the incredible potential that Amazon Publishing offers.