Nothing is easy when you have to do it the first time most especially if it's something new to you. Find out whether self publishing to Kindle is difficult or just a walk in the park.
I Started With A Simple Book
Today's question has three answers and you are going to want to stick around for the third answer. Because it's a secret to how controlling the difficulty level will make you more money.
Now, let's get into it. The question that was sent into me today was, is self publishing to Kindle difficult? This is a question that many people when you are considering whether to self-publish through Kindle or somewhere else or maybe self-publishing at all.
But specifically, self publishing to Kindle whether it's going to be too difficult and worth your effort or not. And that is the question that even when I was getting started, which I also started with Kindle, I had it figure out what the correct answer to this was.
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So, let's get into it. Is self publishing to Kindle difficult? Well, when I first started, I started reading books, listening to podcasts, and watching Youtube videos. Also, taking courses and all these sorts of things.
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When I first started, that was just simply a book that Steve Scott had written several years ago on publishing a book in 30 days.
I wasn't sure whether it was possible and so I started the entire process. I discovered yes, in fact, it is completely doable getting a Kindle book out.
By following systematically through a series of steps to get that book onto the market. As long as you know which steps are necessary. Some of the steps I found to be very very difficult, in particular getting the cover.
He was commenting may be doing this or that and trying to figure out what the right title would be. I found that yes, it was a bit challenging but it was doable.
The difficulty level varied a little bit and that is a very interesting aspect to when we are getting into the answers. So, is self publishing to Kindle difficult?
Simplicity Is The Key
The answer is like many things, it depends, yes and no. At the basic level, it is very easy, you can write anything. Having one page of text is plenty enough.
You can take it in Word and upload it directly to KDP. You can go through their Kindle Direct Publishing place where you can create your cover, you can just come up with any old title, and you can publish it out to Kindle.
So at one level, was that hard? No, that was very very simple and easy. But at another level, when we're trying to figure this whole thing out, we discover that if you want to make sales on your book then it becomes a little trickier.
Because we would want to use some tools. For me, I use Jutoh and I also use Fiverr. It starts to cost more money and it starts to get a little more complex.
The more money that's coming in, the better the tools you can use. You can hire other people to do this work for you. I have virtual assistants that work for me and also help to build the books that I publish so that I don't have to do too much of the main work.
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But one of the keys is learning the process. But when you first get started, you do not want to expose yourself to the most complex ways of doing all of these different things.
You want to keep things as simple as possible. And that brings us into the third answer which is our secret answer for today. Which is to succeed, you should keep it as simple as possible for your level of self-publishing.
Now, you'll notice, I didn't say keep it as simple as possible. I do not keep things as simple as possible or as easy as it might be. I simply recognize that for each person, you have a level of difficulty.
When you cross that line, you will become demotivated or you'll get so bogged down in figuring all of the complexities out that you never get your book onto the market.
Or you do a one-time and feel it was so painful and you don't want to do it again. If you are going to win at self-publishing, it's all about iterating. It's doing it over and over again in a loop, each time we figure out what we could do better for the next time.
Checklist Is Necessary
We then slow things down to make it simple enough that it's still fun-engaging for us and yet we're still learning. Then the next time we do it, we make it a little bit more complex.
So, this is something a lot of self-publishers get wrong. They either go too complex or they don't ever learn from what they are doing and to make it better for the next time.
We're always thinking, what about the next time? I use the Checklist and make a clear list that shows exactly what needs to be done. You can grab my free Self-Publishing Secrets Checklist that I use to make 170 plus books.
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My virtual assistants even use the same checklist, the same pattern. This is a simple version of the checklist, I use a way more complex one. But for a person getting started, they don't want to use my complex checklist.
They want to use my more simple one. But to make sure we don't forget or skip many steps, each time we do it we ask ourselves is this as good as I could get? Or is it possible that I could use a better tool or something?
So we increase the complexity and the difficulty with our own abilities. As we get better at something, we are now ready to take on bigger challenges. But then it's not really so difficult.
No point should the entire process be incredibly difficult. It should always be a little difficult. Cause if it's not, just like lifting weights, as we adjust and our muscles get stronger, we are ready for more weights.
And if we stay with just the easy ones, we are not going to build a muscle mass. And in this case, we will not sell as many books if we do not grow and learn and take on bigger challenges as move through the self-publishing journey.
So, is self publishing to Kindle difficult? What have you found? Go and let me know below in the comments. I always love to respond to any comments that are given to me. Check out my other blogs and videos for more answers to your self-publishing questions.