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Is it posible to make a good income with children's books on Kindle?

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  1. sign_up_form

    sign_up_form Newbie

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    Hi everyone!

    I've been trying to make money on kindle for quiet a long time now...with no luck.

    I've outsourced fiction and non fiction content, just to realize i've spent hundreds of dollars on content just to get sporadic 2.99 sales, or sometimes none at all. I tried to write fiction myself, but after a couple of pages, i find myself exhausted and without ideas.

    About a year ago, i tried publishing children's books, because i draw and i'm proficient at Adobe Illustrator, but even as i poured my heart into the books, i sold nothing... (you can find them on Amazon by author Dr Carrasquilla )

    Anyhow, i've seen successful people at kindle here, and they even JV with artists, so i know is not a lost cause....

    The question is...Is it still profitable to publish children's books under the new Kindle unlimited pay structure?

    If so, do you have any advice on how to produce them / promote them if necessary?

    Thanks in advance

    H├ęctor
     
  2. shephard

    shephard Junior Member

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    At the end of the day, children's book is best bought as physical product, you need to have a publisher to accept your book to make it big, and going through publishing process the editor can helps you get to weed out the good and bad in the book, also if they like it they can even help you with illustration.
     
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  3. DigitalCity

    DigitalCity Power Member

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    There are several threads on here OP on hot to get up and running for kindle books, do your research and read through everything and apply...
    It works and can make good money at it...

    The important part when starting is promotion, reviews, and search result placement on kindle store.
    check them out and good luck...
     
  4. sign_up_form

    sign_up_form Newbie

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    Thanks for the input guys. Appreciated!
     
  5. RoXt3R

    RoXt3R Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    The best point of you i liked that ""children's book is best bought as physical product"". If anyone can note this point correctly, He can solve the problem. Thanks ........
     
  6. GringoMonkey

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    I publish a lot of childrens fiction ebooks and yes they make good money under Kindle's new pay per page read system. But you need illustrations.

    Other than that it is no different than any other book and you need to research which areas are likely to sell the best, BEFORE you start writing.

    I checked your books out and that is the issue, you write stories that you want not what sell. You haven't researched them with commercial intent properly BEFORE you wrote them.

    So if you are interested in working with me on producing childrens books with commercial intent, feel free to PM me.
     
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  7. zoom5

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    What is your online marketing strategy like? You can't just post the book to amazon and hope for the best. You need to build up hype for your books before they even come out. Help people to form an attachment to your characters. Suggestions:

    1. Make your own blog where you have free content for kids. Maybe short blog stories about your character(s). You know how some TV shows have webisodes that fill in the gaps about the story line? Think along those lines. I don't know what age range you are going after but kids could get hooked into the lore that you create.

    2. Maybe add interactive content to your website like a digital colouring book or puzzles. For an extra bonus people/kids that complete the puzzle get a special promo on the paid material.

    3. Use the website to build a list. Develop a dialogue with the parents to figure out what they would like to see more of.

    4. Look for blogs about parenting and try to connect with them to share links, guest posts, etc. Maybe create illustrations showing your main characters supporting a certain cause.

    5. Use illustration/portfolio sharing sites like behance, deviantart, etc to share illustrations of your characters and link to your blog in your profile. Maybe even make an icon set and wallpaper based on the characters.



    That's my 2 cents and I hope you get things to improve.
     
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  8. Punisher

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    Gringo, I too publish kids books with illustrations, but I am barely getting sales. I have a dozen already listed and get plenty of borrows but very little sales. Is there a marketing program you recommend? I basically list, promote to some Facebook pages, Twitter blasts, and that's it. If you prefer I PM you, let me know.
     
  9. GringoMonkey

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    To be successful with any book you need to build an author following. The best way to get that is produce a series, not individual books. So concentrate on that. Once the author/series has traction scale the size of the books.

    For example I have one series that gets about 10 downloads per day per book. Not massive on its own. But that is regular traction. I scaled the books to 5000 pages. So I get $25 per full read or $250 per book per day. Do that across multiple series and you make serious money.
     
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  10. blackbeans

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    The secret to success with kids' books is to find a great illustrator

    Your story must not be shabby but most buyers of kids' books pay more attention to the quality of the illustrations

    Check out deviantart for quirky artwork

    Many of the artists on DA charge very little because they need the exposure