Many paid trainings explain how to become a millionaire author by publishing your e-book on Amazon.
My opinion on the subject is in three lines:
- It’s very simple to learn, do not pay a training for it
- You are unlikely to become a millionaire with one book
- You should also plan a paper version of your book
- And regarding the first point, here’s how to proceed in 7 simple steps.
Step 1: write your book
Yes, before you want to publish anything, you still have to have written … More than 80% of people say they want to write a book, less than 1% do. Be part of the minority!
Writing is a free leisure and you can make a career. The first thing to do is to take action to turn your idea into a manuscript (or hire a ghostwriter to do it).
Step 2: format your book
The format published on the Amazon Kindle is .mobi but no need to buy software to convert your manuscript: you can use any Word file and Amazon will take care of the conversion.
The only thing to respect for the format of your manuscript is to stay sober and avoid the frills that seem nice on your computer screen: nothing tells you that the result will be as good on tablet … but not do not forget to correct your text!
Step 3: make a nice cover
A good book needs a nice cover. And if KDP offers an online cover editor, the result is rarely satisfying. Opt for a real visual that will make you look more professional.
If you’re not a graphic designer, you can hire one for a small fee on Craigslist, 99designs or Fiverr. If you choose the third option (the cheapest), prepare a picture and clear instructions on pain of being (very) disappointed with the result!
Step 4: Prepare your sales pitch
The textual argument is the equivalent of the 4th cover on the Internet: it must present your book and give ordinary visitors the desire to become real readers!
For this, you can of course summarize your work but do not forget to list the expected benefits and some good reasons to read (knowledge, escape, relaxation …). You can also add a little humor, it never hurts.
Step 5: Create your account on KDP
Step simplissime if any, since you just have click on “Registration” and follow the instructions. It takes a few seconds, a few minutes at most …
And do not forget to fill in your bank information too if you want to be able to cash the royalties that are sure to arrive with the sales (many!) Of your bestseller.
Step 6: upload all
Once your KDP account is created, click on “add a new title” and follow the procedure by filling in the various information and loading your cover and your manuscript into the interface.
At the end of the first step, you will be able to preview the result that it will give on a tablet. If you like, you can go ahead and complete the process by indicating the selling price … then validate it all.
Step 7: do not forget to make your promo!
In 24h to 48h, your e-book will be available to order anywhere in the world; do not forget to promote it! Talk about your book around you and post messages on your platform and on social networks.
If the subject is suitable, you can also send the information to the press and some specialized blogs … Finally, plan to make a paper version and remember to declare your royalties in taxes!