Working from home has been a lifesaver for my family and household. Over the past decade and more, I have done many things trying to find my own “niche” in this world. Before the internet came along, I tried my hand at sewing bibs, making barrettes, and yes, even stuffing envelopes. Suffice it to say, in those early days, I lost a lot of money from scams. The only legitimate thing I did was answer surveys; I was paid in pennies and sometimes in free products. Ah, enter the internet and the whole game plan changed.
The internet offers so many opportunities for someone wanting to work from home. The jobs are endless from virtual assistant to web design to taking surveys to building websites to blogging. Right now one of the hottest areas of working from home is in writing eBooks in particular for Kindle. Amazon revolutionized the publishing industry, enabling authors to write and publish their books, with success.
Before Kindle, if an author wanted a book published she had to either hope and pray and sweat over whether or not an agent or publishing house would grant them a little attention and acceptance. You heard horror stories of authors having enough rejection slips to paper a room in their home before they got a nibble, if ever. Or the author would have to shell out big bucks to go the vanity publishing route, then the term “self-published” had stigma, no book stores wanted to carry the titles. Ah, but those days are gone, thankfully!
Now that Amazon and Kindle has leveled the playing field, you can write your book, publish it and if you market it right, you will have success. The key to writing a good eBook is to write on something that you are passionate about. Here are some tips for good eBook writing:
Steps to Publishing on Kindle
• Write well, use proper grammar and spelling.
• Edit the eBook, and edit it again. If you can, have someone to edit it. If you cannot, use a program like Word that will help with grammar and spelling, but at the very least having someone read through it.
• Create or have created a decent eBook cover. On Amazon / Kindle, the cover is everything. It is the first impression that will bring in potential buyers. Create a cover garnering emotion.
• Have at the very least 10,000 words.
• Price it right. Kindle eBooks do well in the $.99 to $9.99 range. The books that charge more than that are generally books published by the big publishing houses.
• Enroll in Kindle select. Being exclusively Kindle will help your book to rank high if you take advantage of the free days.
• Write and publish more than one eBook. If you have six to seven eBooks you can run the free giveaways strategically to help rank the other books at every other day, since you are allowed 5 free days per 90.
By having the free days, all the books associated with your author name rank better, pulling you up in the rankings enables customers to see your titles and purchase them. I have tested this and it works!
Lori has 4 eBooks on Kindle at present. She is currently working on the 5th and 6th. Her Mom’s Lifestyle Guide to Working from Home helps to set the foundation for a successful work from home business. She continues to write more Ebooks from her home, while raising her six children with her husband of almost 19 years. You can also find Lori at her blog, Mom’s Lifestyle Guide.