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Chris A. Baird | July 21, 2020
self publishing a booklet

You want to know if it is hard to self publish a booklet and out of curiosity, you came to the point asking if is it worth it self publishing a booklet? Well, let me share with you my story that might answer your question.

The Lesson I've Learned

Today's question has three answers and the third answer is something you're going to want to stick around for. You're going to learn exactly the correct length your booklet needs to be if you wish to make as much money as possible in selling it.

So let's get into it. Today's question is, is it worth self-publishing a booklet? Now, this question was sent in and it makes a complete sense to me.

That if you've got yourself a booklet and you've already created the content. You're going to want to know maybe you could make money off of the booklet that you have.

So you want to know maybe you should self-publish it. That is exactly what we're going to look at. If you're already done all of the work to create the booklet.

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Why not take a little bit of extra effort and self publish a booklet if it's going to make money? But of course, if it's not then there's no reason to go about doing that.

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When I first started I realized I was working through some books that we're exploring how exactly to get started self-publishing. And the book, the link they were looking at was 10,000 to 15,000 words as the ideal length for your self-publishing.

So I wrote my first book and it was I believe 10,000 words. And my next book maybe 22,000. I wrote some even 4,000 and 5,000-word books, I played around a lot of the different links.

I discovered that certain links are better, and certain links that are not so good. But in terms of the shortest length, I even found that by publishing an essay my son had written even in seventh grade.

Or maybe it was even sixth grade published the essay out there. And the result was it actually was selling. So even an essay that was only I don't know five hundred thousand words people are interested in all sorts of topics.

So I published it and from time to time I still see sales on that essay that he wrote on like a book report. It was on a book that he had read and written a short essay on.

I guess for me the lesson I learned was that everything will sell at some level every single thing you do. If you have some of the cover and the description and things like that, that is correct.

So that was a very important lesson for me. But the question still comes back, is it worth self publishing a booklet? Well, the answer is yes, it is worth self-publishing any kind of writings you are sitting on.

Little Rule To Follow

If you've already written something it's a waste to just let it sit there. Why not put it out there, run advertisements against it. There are people who are interested in it.

It's the answer number two, audiences are buyers for any topic you can think about. In other words, people are willing to buy books and pamphlets and short essays and long books on any topic you can imagine.

It's unbelievable because the audience that you'll find on Amazon in particular and also on other sites are so massive. You'll be surprised when you see the sale that you're getting through it.

However, there is a caveat here. You will sell a hundred times more books if you choose a topic that is based on a keyword people are already searching for.

I personally use Kindle spy to find those hidden keywords that are so powerful. Where you can find not so many books that have been published on it.

Yet a lot of people are searching. There is a tool called Kindle Spy which I personally use. I can tell you it is fantastic.

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You're able to immediately see when you just do a search on Amazon for a number of books. You'll immediately see the list come up. It'll tell you how many books there are on that topic.

And Kindle spy will show you of the top 20 results. How many of those are in the top hundred thousand basic sales rank on Amazon.

And that ratio, when you're looking at the total number of books that result divided by the number in the top hundred thousand that will give you a number. And if you can find a number under let's say 30.

Well, then that tells you that this is a book that's worth publishing on. And if you follow that little rule you're going to already be on a topic that people are going to buy.

But I still would say if you've got a manuscript why not put it out there. I just put it into Jutoh which makes it easy to format the book and get it into a format that you can then publish quickly. That brings us to answer number three, it's today's question which is the secret answer of the day.

And that is the magic number of words you're going to want your book to be is three thousand. Now, let me explain why. The first thing is a three thousand word book is long enough.

3,000 Words For A Book

That most people who are looking for an answer on something or something entertaining or whatever it would be, they are going to want it to be a certain link. Otherwise, they will complain to one star, give you one star in your book.

The reviews are going to be negative. But at 3,000 words I found that people tend not to go so negative on it. They can see the length of the book and it gives them enough material that they're going to be able to do it.

3,000 words get you to a book that's about 24 pages if we include the table of contents and some of the copyright information. The disclaimer at the end and these sorts of things right the conclusion the introduction all of this.

It is being about 24 pages. Any other advantage and this is where the secret aspect comes in is that 3,000 words will give you a book that's long enough that you can make a paper copy version of that book.

So not just an ebook but also a paper copy version of your booklet. That is something that most people have not completely considered. So you're going to want to make sure it's at least three thousand words if you can.

But it's okay to go under that because as I said just a one-page essay you can put that as a Kindle book out there just can't make it paper. Then the second thing is you're also able to make an audiobook out of that.

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Three thousand words are perfect. It gives you an audiobook that's like I think 10 or 20 minutes long. Because remember you would take 3,000 divided by 255 and 155 words a minute and then that gives you an idea how many minutes long it's going to be.

So you can have your ebook, you'll have your paperback book and you'll have your audiobook version. If you get to that three thousand word marker. Which is not all that long if we're thinking about pamphlets.

But if you can't do it, I understand. Then stick to a link that is under 3000 words. Just published as an ebook.

I wouldn't do the audiobook that would be bad and you won't be allowed to do that, to do the paperback book. That's also true when doing hardback books on Lulu or if you're doing Ingram Spark which I also would recommend.

But just sticking with the basics here, this is something that you're going to want to keep in mind. Well, is it worth self publishing a booklet? What have you found?

Have you found that you've been able to make some money off us doing that? Or maybe you found that you did it but you weren't able to make any sales? This is maybe because of your ads may be because of your keywords.

There are several reasons but I'd be very interested. Go ahead and leave a comment below and I would love to hear what you have found and check out my other blogs and videos just like this one.

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