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[JOURNEY] Amazon KDP for Extra Cash

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by MrSimon, Jul 24, 2014.

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  1. MrSimon

    MrSimon Registered Member

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    Okay so I've read a lot of journey threads back in the day and I wanted to contribute my own. I've decided to give Amazon KDP a really solid shot to make some extra cash. I know this is a bit of work so I will be outsourcing the writing and uploading portion. Today I am starting with research.

    *** I AM NOT DOING EROTICA***

    Lets take a look at the top 100 paid. What do we see on the first page? A ton of Romance and Suspense, with a bit of Young Adult sprinkled in. Common thread? Romance and some sort of dramatic/suspenseful/emotional twist.

    I'm going to move forward with Romantic Suspense. While I won't do Erotica, I will be uploading my books in series of shorter stories. I wrote the plots for 5 series which will be 4 books each in length which totals 20 books. I've posted on freelancing sites looking for experienced writers.

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  2. black code

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    Good luck! just keep in mind few things, since you will outsource:

    1- Hire only those who are native English speakers.
    2- Even if they are very good writer, proofreading is a must.
    3- The cover must be eye catching and tell what this story about.
    4- Don't rush for success, you mostly won't make good sales from the first 2-3 books.

    Once again, good luck and i'll follow your journey ;)
     
  3. MrSimon

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    Thank you for the pointers! I am definitely going to focus on having a polished product including the cover. I want readers to read whatever I have in my eventual catalogue. I agree there is no sense in creating garbage products that will result in returns and loss of potential life long readers. Thanks again!

     
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    Looking forward to your journey, good luck!
     
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    What is your projected budget per book?
    And good luck with the journey.
     
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    great. looking forward to your journey, wish you best luck.
     
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    Good luck to your journey, will be following your journey.
     
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    Subscribing to this. I have never done publishing with Amazon but it looks very interesting. Good luck to you man!
     
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    Best of luck on your journey!
     
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    Interesting thread keep it up! I'll be following you. Good luck.

    Good advice to keep in mind. Thanks!

     
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    How about instead of doing your journey, come join me. I'm looking for someone to take over running my operation on kindle... PM me.
     
  12. MrSimon

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    I'm looking to hire only native English speaking writers. I'm speaking with a few now. Looking at $50 for 8k words.
     
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    Wow, that sounds about right-ish. I hire writers who give me about 2500 words for $15.
     
  14. MrSimon

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    DAY 2

    Hired a native english writer at $40 per 8,000 words since I was doing 4 books. Also, I did a lot of research on how these authors are setting up there social presences and blogs/websites. I've picked a pen name and purchased the domain and created my social profiles. This way they will be somewhat aged by the time I launch my first set of books.

    Tomorrow, and maybe even later today I will be speaking with the graphic designer I work with to work up some covers for me. I understand how important covers are so I want to make sure these are books that look bookshelf ready and inspire trust that the product will be of high quality.

    Remember, I'm looking at this as a side income stream as I already have other projects taking up the majority of my time. Stay tuned!

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    Did they have previous experience in book writing?
     
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    Good luck with your journey buddy. Looking forward to seeing your results

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  17. MrSimon

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    They sent me quite a few samples that I read over. Pretty impressive quality.

     
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    Best of luck with your journey,will follow
     
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    Good luck on your journey keep us updated.
     
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    Seems interesting. Good luck.