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You can see some of the best selling books by browsing all the categories of site. Second you want to pick a broad enough market that at least a few titles could be written in the niche. Finally, I would pick a niche that you actually have some interest in.
Whether that's parenting, camping, or business management; pick a niche that appeals to you and has a fairly large established audience. Update: Since writing this post, I found a great software tool that can help you cherry pick the best niches for Kindle books. That software tool is Publisher Rocket. I highly recommend that you go and check out the demo video here , it's very powerful.
Plan for Future Success If you are looking to build a long term self publishing success, you don't want to be a one hit wonder. According to successful self-published authors like Steve Scott and Jonny Andrews, you want to eventually build up your library of book titles.
Once you have a few titles all in the same niche, downloaders of one book will browse other titles that you have and will many times download if they liked your first book. This is really just a classic example of finding your target market and selling additional stuff to them. If all your books are on fishing for example, a person interested in catching Bass might also be interested in catching Rainbow Trout; so if you've written both these books you can get 2 sales instead of just one.
However, if you've written one book on Bass Fishing and another book on Sewing, the chances that the bass fisherman is interested in a book on sewing is very very slim.
You could use the same general strategy with a children's book or fiction books as well. So, you must absolutely plan for your future success by sticking in your niche! So, before you settle on a niche think about whether or not you can see lots of additional book titles in the same market that will appeal to a similar audience. Determine If Books Are Selling Well in Your Niche If you want to make more than a couple of dollars a month by self-publishing a book, you need to make sure that the category you are targeting has enough downloaders.
This step is so important. It will either solidify your decisions made in steps 1 and 2, or may tell you to completely scrap the niche you've picked and try something else.
In a nutshell, I want to see the best sellers in my chosen category with an site best seller rank of at least 10,; and finding titles under 5, is much better. A lower rank means that the book is selling more copies. If a book is ranked 5, on the Kindle store, that means it's probably selling anywhere from 20 to 40 copies a day this is not an exact science but just a best guess based on my own book.
A book with an site best seller rank of 10, or higher is most likely selling less than 10 copies a day and perhaps much less just depending on where it ranks. I don't know about you, but I don't want to write a book that only sells 1 copy a day. I want something that can potentially make 4 figures a month! By going to the Kindle Short Reads you will only see the books selling well that are under a certain length.
This can be an interesting category to compare what other short kindle books are doing on site; however, for research purposes, looking at the overall eBooks section is sufficient.
I want to find the subcategory that most closely matches the book that I plan to write. So, let's dig a bit deeper: If you wanted to write a book about Rivers…this is the category you would want to check out.
This is way above the 10, threshold that I mentioned earlier. I also checked several other titles in this category and all of them are well above 10, There just isn't enough interest from downloaders on this subject.
A Better Example Now let's find a category that would be worth pursuing. How is it's site best seller rank? This book is ranked overall! This category would give you lots of potential to sell a lot of books in.
By using this research method, you will know if a category is a good market to go into or not. Brainstorm Book Topics For Kindle Publishing Now that you have chosen a niche that has a lot of potential for future success and found a category that sells well, it's time to start brainstorming for the topic of your first book! Or can I download the version? At the moment I am in chapter two.
It would be great when you can write about this topic. If you would like a copy, let me know where to send it. The above rights include the right to make such modifications as are technically necessary to exercise the rights in other media and formats, but otherwise you have no rights to make Adaptations….
I read the license as precluding translations to other languages and the use of characters etc but not the reformatting of PDF to html — in both these cases copyright law requires permission of the original author and the work gets a new copyright. Does any one know for sure in this case? Perhaps someone else has a better idea? Sandra — there is no new version planned; you can still download the edition from eg the site links given.
Thanks for the spread of knowledge! Steve: Nice. Steve: So one question I had actually is you know a lot of this kindle books sell for really cheap, so is there real money to be made selling kindle e-books? Jonny: Well the— to give you an idea, the first book that I— I was with a partner at the time. We put out— he would bring in the people and I would make sure that the launch worked. So that was with one book. Steve: Wow. Nice, okay. What does it take to become a successful author on the kindle?
Jonny: Actually it still does all the time. If you go like shotgun style and say like you publish a book on like dog training and then you publish another one on something else, then another thing on something else, it takes the same amount of time to create each one of those books, but they are never going to reinforce each other you know.
Martin I mean for example. Who are you? Who do you want to be? And then just go act like that person. Steve: So based on what you said it kind of implies you need to kind of write multiple books in order to gradually build up your author strength so to speak.
You can either download your way in, or you can take a really— you can take time to go promote that one book. Both strategies work you know. You can drive a lot of traffic, build a big list, grow a following and then launch your book , or you can launch your book and use that to make your following.
How do I use my book to build an audience? Jonny: Well what you want to do like I said is first of all you have to identify— this is like the biggest thing ever. Jonny: Identify who the heck the audience is.
You know what are their wants, needs and desires, hopes, their dreams, their fears? And you literally write this out, know who your audience is and where they are and then you create your book just for this person. So if you can do sci-fi, absolutely do sci-fi, you want to do paranormal do paranormal. The cover is like the most important thing and this is a huge tip to keep in mind is you have to remember the majority of kindle devices out there are not kindle fires, because obviously there are all kinds of funky stuff in the economy right now.
The grayscale kindle was way cheaper and so what was it and they were moving like 5,, kindles around. Jonny: On grayscale so you are going to lose a lot of sales by doing that.
So have an awesome cover— next thing is your title. And then the next piece is you just have a subtitle.
So the marketing in that regards does in fact come first. So do you recommend— I see a lot of books that are just given away for free and then later they start charging for it.
What is kind of like a strategy that has worked for you? Jonny: And that works, so I came up with a technique called pulsing and this was actually something we give you an idea of how well this worked.
When this first started happening there was a mother daughter team that was doing cookbooks and they had never produced a book before, they had no platform, they actually had no idea what they were doing, they just literally followed the steps. Jonny: They literally blew up, it was crazy and that absolutely can work.
Steve: Right. Jonny: There you go, there you go. Steve: Okay, so these are just third party sites that have large email lists that basically help you promote your book for a fee— is that how it works? Jonny: Pretty much yeah there is also… Steve: Okay. Jonny: [inaudible]  is one of the first ones. Steve: Yeah.
Steve: Sure. I would presumably search for like most popular cook book in site, right? And so how did they show up in the search results? Or how did people like find their book in the first place?
Steve: Sounds like a chick in an egg problem though, right? Jonny: Not necessarily because if you do that thing I was recommending that I said called pulsing, you can actually fire your book up there. There is two places if you are fiction; GoodReads, absolutely master the heck out of GoodReads and then get a ton of reviews through— GoodReads will get you the reviews and it will get the bloggers to review your book.
How do you approach bloggers to get reviews? Jonny: The first thing to do is obviously you have to go back to the very first thing I said which is know who your audience is, and then you go and find blogs that are already catering to that audience. Steve: I see. So the likelihood that they would say yes is dramatically increased. So just be cool about it, be nice and I have a very strong rule.
The reality of the rule is when you apply it to a situation like this, it just falls apart, it completely collapses. And literally all it takes sometimes is one review and you can just say hey this person reviewed, this person reviewed. I really prefer the whole seven or ten year overnight success thing, but with the online stuff you can do it very very quickly in comparison to what it used to be, you just have to accept the fact that if you publish a book and you wake up tomorrow you probably not going to be rich you know.
So how do reviews actually help?
If someone actually lands on your listing, sees the review and wants to download the book, right? But do reviews contribute to the visibility in those other columns that you mentioned on site? Jonny: Because one book— the first book we did I actually created sort of a system— we got reviews in a month, it was crazy.
Steve: Just curious what was that change just…? Jonny: Exactly what you want to make sure that you do is you can bribe someone to leave a review as long as you only bribe them with your book and what we did was we bribed them with free cooking videos. We said you could leave a review even if it was a negative one we were still going to give you the videos and so just thank you for helping us get the word out.
And unfortunately that— they changed their terms of service after the book had launched and I had nothing to do with it so it was just one of those Oh!
Man, but now we have like reviews or something like that. Steve: Okay, So I was just curious so how do reviews help exactly? And so some of those bestsellers lists— and this might come as a shock to some folks, you only need maybe five sales.