In the last three months of 2011, Amazon released three new Kindles, including a $79 Kindle, which is their lowest priced, yet, two new Touch Kindles, and the long rumored Kindle Fire 7" color tablet, which sold a million units a week in December.
While this is exciting news for readers, it's extraordinary news for writers, because this means there will be millions more buying and reading ebooks!
Start Kindle-izing all of your content, NOW!
The more ebooks you can have for sale on Amazon, the better. Authors who've had ebooks available on Amazon for several years, reported that in December, 2010, sales numbers started to skyrocket and haven't stopped since. It seems that Amazon released several new low priced Kindles at the end of 2010, as well, which were one of 2010s top holiday gifts and led to record ebook sales.
It seems likely that 2011s new Kindles will
trigger another leap in ebook sales.
So if you've been thinking about writing ebooks, or like me have been working on several but have been too busy with other projects to get very far with them, it's time to make ebooks a TOP PRIORITY! And if you've already got some ebooks up for sale, it's time to kick it up a notch and add more. Even if you can only spend a half hour a day on writing or compiling content for your ebooks, think how many ebooks you can have up by the end of the year!
Once your ebooks are up on Amazon, of course, you can also format them for other e-readers and offer them for sale at Barnes & Noble, and elsewhere.
An ebook can be any length.
An ebook doesn't have to be what is traditionally thought of as book length. It can be any length.
An ebook can be...
- a short story or collection of stories
- an article or collection of articles
- a novella or novel
- a short or full-length non-fiction book
- a transcription of an interview
- a collection of tips
- a compilation of your best blog posts on a particular subject
You don't have to have to start from scratch. In fact, it's better if you don't. If you have content sitting on your computer that's finished or almost done, you've got material you can use to get a couple of ebooks up quickly and start building your audience, learning what types of promotion work best, and becoming a Kindle formatting expert, so that by the time you have your novel or full-length non-fiction book completed, you're better equipped to format, promote, and sell it.
What content is sitting on your computer, just waiting to become an ebook?
Your computer is a goldmine of ebook content, whether you’re searching through old files or combing through the content on your blog.
Ebook content can come from:
- writing projects in various stages of completion on your computer
- individual or topic related blog posts, or a blog series
- previously published magazine articles, anthology stories, or books whose rights have reverted back to you
- transcriptions of talks you've given on webinars, telesummits, or online radio shows
- PDF ebooks you already have for sale or are using as an opt-in offer or free bonus
Some content will be ready to go and will fill a complete ebook, while other content may need to be finished, focused a bit differently, or supplemented with new material. Whichever the case, start getting some ebooks on Amazon, or adding more, and ride the wave of sales that these new Kindles are sure to inspire.
If you're not sure where to begin, or would like some support writing, compiling or promoting your ebooks, I'd be happy to help. Check out my ebook coaching page.
Click on the this link to learn more about the Kindle Fire.
(Legalese: To be clear...I am an Amazon affiliate and may make a little money if you buy through my links. But I'm Krazy for Kindles and only recommend them because I love how they're changing writer's lives, and because I'm on my way to building my own ebook empire, while hoping to help you build yours. Which reminds me, keep an eye out for my first ebook, Finding Home and other Short Stories, with bonus material on How to Write Inspirational Stories for Chicken Soup for the Soul and Other Anthologies. It's coming February, 2012.)