This comes as a celebration of my JrVIP status . The chapters of this guide will look like this: How to pick the right niche? How to get content? How to publish your book? How to get/write/post reviews? I might add some chapters here, but the a/m ones are the base of this guide A few words about me I have signed-up in BHW community 2 years ago and, since then, I have learned literally tons of useful things: mainly internet marketing methods that drive profit...but not only limited to that. I learned that if you struggle enough, one day success will surely come. After failing with several methods at the beginning, I started to have some success with email marketing and websites development (content, link-building and monetization). However, these projects did not provided me with enough financial resources so I could leave my 9 to 5 job and start focusing completely on IM. Almost one year ago I discovered this thread: http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackhat-seo/making-money/550442-guys-kindle-ticket.html This was a life changer for me. I was inspired by GobBluthJD's success, therefore I decided to take action in this new field (for me). Now, in March 2014, I managed to drop my 9 to 5 job so that I could focus completely on Kindle publishing. Unbelievable for me, but this project has managed to provide more financial resources than my regular job. The best part about it is that the profit stream is not steady... but ascending My Journey If you are anxious to read about my â€˜process map', just skip this journey and head to the first chapter of this guide. This is how the time span looks of my Kindle publishing success looks like (summary): April 2013: Reading the a/m thread. Becoming anxious. Starting to write my first book in an non-fiction niche. June 2013: Finishing the book. Publishing it. Running a free promotion of 5 days. About 800 downloads. Looking very promising! I was very enthusiastic at this point. But the sales have chilled me down. Only 8 books sold by the end of this month. I was not convinced that this plan will work. However, I decided to give one more try. Starting to write the second book. July 2013: Around the middle of the month my second book was ready. I published it and run a free 5 days promotion (not a good idea to run the free promotion for 5 consecutive days, but we will discuss this later). This time I had registered about 1000 downloads. Also I started to receive some reviews. The sales that followed were a bit more encouraging: 1-2 sales per day by the end of this month. This reminded that I need to pay way more attention to obtaining reviews. I registered in different reviews group and started the exchanging review activity. August 2013: Because I begun to see improvements in the sales of my 2 books, I cancelled my holiday and started working on the next books (same niche). It took me one week to write and publish one book (15-20k words). Because of my experience with content creation for my websites I was able to easily write 3k words/ day. This month I was selling about 28-34 copies of my first two books and the sales of the new books (after free 5 days promotion) started to move, too, at an incredible 1-2 books/ day rate. This was the moment when I observed that having multiple books published under the same pen name and in the same niche was increasing the sales of all these books. It is something like the snowball effect, but we will discuss this later, too. September 2013: I continued to write new books at the rate of one book/ week. By the end of this month I was having a total of 10 published books, each one selling at a pace of 1-2 books/ day. However, a major problem appeared by the end of this month. The reviewing exchange activity has definitely ensured a steady sales rate but it also attracted Amazon attention over the reviews which are being posted for my books. All of them have been deleted and I have received a warning email from amazon, stating that it looks like I might be involved in some review exchange process and my account could be suspended if I am not putting an end to it. I stopped with review exchange, of course, but I didn't gave up: I discovered Fiverr reviews (I know...bad idea, again...). October 2013: I took one major decision at the beginning of this month: the money that I was earning from book sales ($600-700/ month) I started to invest in outsourcing books content creation. I picked a dozen of writers from freelance and odesk and placed some test orders. I ended up working with 4 of them (in the beginning). They were providing the best rates for the quality of content. This was a very good idea. Instead of publishing one book/ week I was now uploading in KDP 4 books each 7 days. November 2013: 20 books published in 2 non-fiction niches. The best book was selling at a rate of 7 copies/ day. The lowest sales were with one book: just one copy a day. The ratio was somewhere at 3 copies/ day/ book. I was earning about $2 on each sold Kindle book. $120/ day was just a dream a couple of months ago But another problem showed up: Fiverr reviews were getting deleted. All of them. The maximum period of time that a review was sticking: 2 weeks. The lowest: deleted after a couple of hours. I had to fix this problem. I knew that $120/ day was possible only because of the reviews that I was buying ( the content was not crap; on the contrary, it was very decent compared to my competition; but, nowadays, if Shakespeare would have a debut on Kindle he wouldn't sell anything without reviews; it's just impossible to stand up in that crowd of writers). So, here comes my second decision, which basically brought my success: I started to develop techniques and strategies for posting my own reviews. I will give more details about this later. The most important thing is that the reviews posted by me (and my team of writers) are still sticking. And the first one started to appear in November, 2013. December 2013: the holidays are a boom in terms of sales in any industry. And so it is in Kindle publishing. With more than 25 books published and increased sales, I managed to go beyond $150/ day. January: 2014: The reinvestment of the earnings that I made in December, allowed me to hire more writers and publish even more books: 37 books published by the end of January. The selling rate ratio remained the same: 3 sales/ day/ book. This translated into $333/ day. Of course, this was not pure profit because I had to pay my writers, my covers creators and other costs associated with amazon reviews creation. February 2014: The number of published books went over 50. The sales saw a slightly increase and I left my 9-5 job because, the earnings on the last couple of months were bigger compared to what I was earning from that job. I took this risk but I don't regret anything, now. I am not going to post silly print-screens from my Amazon account. This is because I find them too irrelevant and easy to fake. Furthermore, this not the point of this guide. I've included this journey here, so that I would not be needed to open another thread. It is not very important. I think that the things that will follow in this thread will definitely be important. After publishing a post in in the well-known GobBluthJD's thread â€˜Guys: Kindle is the Ticket!', I realized that a complete step by step guide about publishing and selling Kindle books might be useful for the beginners in this area. Advanced Kindle publishers could also find some useful things here, saving in this way the time needed to investigate and research over different issues that might come around in this process. Of course, my Kindle publishing process is inspired from many books (or WSO's, as they are called on the other forum). Therefore, you will find here the combination of methods and techniques that worked for me. It's nothing new in the content of this guide. However, this combination could be unique and it also proved to work in my case. 1. How to pick the right niche? Fiction Niches I cannot give pertinent guidance related to fiction niches because I have no experience in that area. I published only non-fiction books. However, the most popular fiction niches are (in this order): Romance Fantasy (mixed with Romance would be the best choice here) Science Fiction Mystery (again, it should be mixed with Romance) Thriller Erotica ( don't make the mistake of confusing Erotica with pornography) Historical Fiction Drama Horror Young Adult Apocalyptic Non-Fiction Niches Normally, you are suggested to try to decide on a thing on what you are really good at and start writing a book about that particular skill or knowledge. Things are not so simple in our real life. And, because this is BHW, I cannot come here and pretend that I've done the same. No. The first thing that I've done was related to the keywords. Which are the keywords that are selling on Kindle platform? Obviously, the answer came fast and from many places: the same keywords that we use for building niche sites are selling books in Kindle Store, too. Therefore you need to find a niche that has best ration between your field of expertise and its income potential. Personally, I am not necessarily looking for niches where I have expertise. I go with those niches where I find out that the income is decent. This is how the top looks like: Weight Loss Health & Fitness Parenting Family Relationships Make Money Budget management Cook-books Any other niche that you have found to work with niche websites There could be many other successful book niches, too. The best option for a beginner would be to search for a long tail keyword (a variation/ extension of the above mentioned keywords). How to figure out if a particular niche is generating enough sales? If a keyword generates many searches, this means that people are using it often and it attracts sales. Amazon's search engine does not have a similar tool to Google Keyword Planner. But there is a small feature that could help us identify some of the most searched keywords. Select Kindle store and type a keyword in the search bar. Below, you will see the suggestions which are offered by this search engine. They are actually the most used keywords and that could help you in finding the niche of your book. But, in my opinion, the best way to figure out if a niche is actually producing sales can be found in the Kindle Edge WSO. It looks like this. Search for a niche (long tail) keyword in Kindle store. Click on the first book that appears on the first page. Check its Amazon Bestseller Rank (you will locate it in the Product Details section). If this rank is under 20k, then this book has great sales. Do the same thing with the second and third book on the front page. If all of them have less than 20k rank, you have a winner. The niche you are targeting has a great income potential. That's because a book with a rank which is around 20k is selling about 10 copies/ day. According to Kindle Edge WSO, the ranking chart looks like this: When I started, I was very happy to get 1 sale/ day/ book. So, I was OK with a niche that proved to have books that were ranking around 100k. However, remember that, in many situations, you are not achieving the top spots with your book (even if I will cover the SEO part on Amazon, too). Therefore, it is wise to pick a niche in which the top spots are occupied by books with rankings below 100k. During the next days, I will try to post the next chapters, too. Please accept my apologizes for some of the mistakes which I've done while writing these words. I haven't enough time to do a proofreading on this text.