This is an update on my effort to make Passive income with Kindle eBooks – See Part 1 here.
Welp, I’m now a (self-) published author. It’s thrilling.
It’d be more thrilling if anyone actually bought the book. See my eBooks page, if you’re interested.
I set up an account with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), which was a breeze… The most difficult part was finding the routing number for my business bank account, which, honestly… wasn’t actually difficult at all.
For a cover image, I turned to the lovely folks at Fiver. I searched for “book cover” and ordered from the highest-rated provider. Two weeks later, I was given a shitty-ass clip-art cover that looked like something Debbie made. Debbie works in my office and she thinks she’s good with computers because she knows how to use clip-art in Microsoft Word. She only uses these astounding powers for good, by leaving passive-aggressive messages on the refrigerator in the lounge.
So I made my own cover. It wasn’t clip-art, but it was still terrible.
So I learned a few things in Paint.net and made another cover, which isn’t world-class but it’s totally passable. No, wait. Compared to the shit I paid $5 for, it’s a fucking miracle.
The book is about 10,000 words and it can be found in the self-help section. I didn’t have much of a strategy when choosing the subject… I just wrote about something I’ve given a lot of thought over the years. Whether or not anyone will buy it and, if they do, whether or not they’ll like it is up in the air at the point.
I’m doing a little marketing to see if I can make that happen sooner. I’ve registered on several self-help forums and I’ve been mentioning the book here and there, in a very casual and non-spammy way… Only to people who I think might actually benefit from it, and then I offer to send them a free copy. The goal here is to get a few readers and hopefully some reviews.
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I’ve started on my next book already, and I’m contracting the majority of this one out to thecontentauthority.com. My next update should include notes on the quality of their work, and more on the first book as well.
No actual income from eBook sales yet, but the book’s been live for less than a week! Stay tuned.