It's a common question asked by people who have an interest in doing self-publishing. Find out where to start with self publishing for Kindle and get started right away.
The Two Major Issues
Today's question has three answers and you're going to want to stick around for the third answer. Because it will tell you exactly the number one reason you're going to fail at this self-publishing for Kindle if you don't stick around.
So let's get into it. The question that was sent to me today is, where to start with self publishing for Kindle? Now, this is a very common question.
Because when we're getting started with almost anything whether you're gardening or a new puppy or whatever you might have, you're going to want to know where exactly should you start if you want to get going.
With Kindle, there are so many things that you can do. That it becomes very complicated very quickly. And so we're going to look at where exactly to start with self publishing for Kindle.
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Check out my free Self-Publishing Secrets Checklist to help you get started on your journey right away. So let's get into it. When I first got started, I did start with self publishing on Kindle.
And I discovered I made a lot of mistakes. A lot of the mistakes were because I didn't understand two major issues. One of them is that you're going to want to be listening to people who have done the exact journey of self-publishing.
And can help encourage you as you go and help you fix the steps if you're making mistakes. The second is because of other people who have also self-published but have way too much information they're hitting you with at the same time.
Self-publishing doesn't have to be so hard. So when I got started, I put out an ebook but it wasn't selling very well. It wasn't optimized to sell.
The cover wasn't particularly all that good. There were so many things I didn't understand and I didn't know where to start. So where to start with self publishing for Kindle?
Free Tools I Used
Well, let me get into today's answers. The first answer is to keep it simple. You're going to need a cover and your manuscript for the book that you've written.
As well as the description and you're going to need some keywords that you're going to put in there. It'll also involve categories and then you're going to run ads against it. That is the only thing that you need to remember when we're going on Kindle.
Trying to create a Kindle ebook and ensuring that it's going to sell. Now, there are other things like making sure that it's in a market that has books that are already selling.
This involves keyword research and your ads are also going to involve keywords research. So there are some things that you're going to do. If I were going to invest in anything I would make sure the cover is excellent.
Here is the Fiverr version that I use to do my covers that have sold tens of thousands of copies. So I would recommend going with her, she's fantastic.
And for the manuscript, I used a program called Jutoh but you don't have to do that. All of this can be done for free. If you have read my other blogs and watched my other videos, you'll see that you don't have to pay a single penny to make your self-published ebooks sell.
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The other thing is that because you don't need any of these major investments and that is the second answer here. When you're getting started, you can create the cover for free in Canva. You can upload the manuscript using Word for free.
You can write the description yourself and find keywords yourself without using a program like Kindle Spy which is what I use. For the ads, you don't need to research all the keywords.
I use the tool Publisher Rocket but you can also just come up with related keywords. Use Google and just start typing in words or you can also use Amazon and see what it comes up with. Whatever your topic happens to be.
Just Five Minutes A Day
And that then brings us into our third answer of the day, our secret answer. Let's get into this, what exactly is the key to not failing here the number one mistake.
And the answer is, do not do more than one thing at a time. We're not looking to create the cover, the manuscript- writing the book, the description, and keywords all at the same time.
You see how confusing all of this can be. We're going to choose one of those items. We're going to keep it very very simple but we do need to make progress every single day.
If you're not willing to put in the work, you're never going to succeed at Kindle self-publishing. So when you're going to get started, choose one of these areas. You got your manuscript, format it correctly and then get the cover going.
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Just a little progress every single day. For me, I started and said, "I'm going to give it 5 minutes a day". When there's something you want to achieve just do 5 minutes a day.
Set your timer on your watch or your phone and then after 5 minutes, stop unless you feel like continuing. And of course, we often feel like continuing once we've got past the barrier.
But do not do more than one thing at a time when you're getting started with self publishing for Kindle. Make sure that you do make progress. Our goal is to get the book published.
Get anything out there, you can go back and fix it later. You can pay for the services that are needed to make serious sales. But in the beginning, there's no need at all to invest serious money into your thing.
Well, where to start with self publishing for Kindle? What have you found? Go and tell me below in the comments what you've found when your starting to self-publish.
Or if you have any questions about getting started for self-publishing. And check out my other blogs and videos to see answers to your self-publishing questions.