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KDP Journey as a Non-Writer

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by M4XW3LL, Jul 26, 2019.

  1. M4XW3LL

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    KDP - Kindle Direct Publishing is a platform on Amazon which allows you to publish books and sell them through Amazon websites.

    Authors use it to publish their e-books and paperback books. People like me use it to publish activity books.

    The kindle method for non-writers works in three ways:
    1. No-content books (notebooks, comics, etc)
    2. Low-content books (journals, trackers, prompt notebooks)
    3. Activity books (coloring books, crosswords, puzzles, etc)
    I've tried each of these in the last month, and I've had the most success with activity books.

    I've had 241 sales with 68 books live:
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    The best sellers for me are mandala coloring books. My most popular mandala coloring book has sold 61 times with over $101.46 in royalties.
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    I create my mandala coloring books in Adobe Illustrator with this add-on:


    You can buy the add-on here, it's only $11. I could upload and share it, but I don't want to since it's a small investment and I want to support the creator for providing such a useful tool.

    For research and listing, I use Bookbolt. I came across a coupon code for it on a Facebook group about KDP and decided to give it a try. The coupon was 20offsale, no idea if it's still valid.
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    I haven't had the time to test all its features, but I'm using the KDP spy chrome extension and the auto uploader to save time.

    I could use the mass converter to create notebook covers in bulk (no-content books), but I'm sticking to my mandalas for now even if it takes time and effort to create them. I want to fill my account with at least 500 high quality activity books, and after that I might start uploading notebooks.
    People are making money selling empty notebooks only, but my approach is quality first and quantity after.

    Another niche that sells well on KDP are puzzles (mazes, crosswords, sudoku, word search, etc).
    I've uploaded a few mazes and sudoku books, haven't sold a single maze book but some sudokus:
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    Creating the sudokus manually is quite time consuming, and I didn't like any of the free tools online.So last week I hired someone to build me a sudoku generator that would generate upload-ready PDFs. And yesterday, I came across a promotion (in a Facebook group, you guessed it) of a puzzle generator software. I spent $100 on the developer (bad luck brian), but saved some bucks with the summersale20 coupon on the Puzzle software (it's something ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

    I plan on hiring an illustrator to create some coloring books for kids for Halloween and Christmas.
    Unicorn coloring books is a very hard niche to enter, but once you're in - they're selling like hot cake.
    The idea is to keep them low priced (with no profit at all), and build up reviews for next year. The coloring book niche is a not a sprint, but a marathon. In the long run, I want to get on this level:
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    I consider the KDP method easy, since you have all the niches and ideas in front of you. It just requires effort and constant uploading.

    I plan on posting updates at least once a week, in hopes to inspire fellow BHW members to follow along my journey. Wish me luck!
     
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  2. ritafairclough

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    Hi, Good luck with this.

    It looks like the attachment URLS are dead.
     
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    Thanks for the reply, fixed the attachments.
     
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    I did not even know they allowed to sell coloring books on kindle, but turns out not not that they do, but also they sell well :)

    Good luck
     
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    It's paperback versions that Amazon prints and distributes through the KDP program.

    Thanks!
     
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    I had 4 sales yesterday, all of them came from my best selling mandala coloring book.
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    You wrote 68 books and earned $350?
     
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    No. I've mentioned it in the thread and in the title that I'm not a writer but I publish activity books on Amazon.

    This is a journey about no-content and low-content publishing.

    I make journals & notebooks which take about 10 minutes, puzzle books which take about 20, and coloring books which take 1-2 hours to make.
     
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    My apologies, misunderstood what you meant by "activity" books. :)
     
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    No worries.

    I won't be heavily promoting the books, might run some ads here or there but that's it. This is a marathon for me and I'm trying to keep the prices low until I achieve high BSR and get a couple reviews.
    After that, the books will basically sell forever without any effort.
     
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    I might write and publish a book on there just to analyze results.
     
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    Nice share OP. Definitely sparked some ideas up for me. Will see if I can create a journey thread on this later once I have time on my hands.
     
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    Best of luck OP!
     
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    Today I'm creating some sudoku books for kids. Here's one of the covers I've created, it took about 10 minutes to create. The interior didn't take long also since I've used the puzzle creator.
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    As stated in the OP, I'm pricing low and will increase prices slowly once I start getting reviews:
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    How much did the covers set you back?
     
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    Nothing, I make them all myself.
     
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    Yesterday I had 4 sales.

    I uploaded 10 sudoku books, but they are all still under review. The review process takes up to 72 hours, but they usually go live in 24.

    I've also had 3 rejections due to selecting cream paper instead of white during the submission process. I've created the cover for white paper, and cream paper is thicker than the white one so the cover didn't fit correctly.
    I just had to uncheck cream and select white paper, and they are under review now.
     
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    Such a simple concept and your creating quality kindle books. Do you also promote your books at all? Or are you just hoping they sell one they go up?
    How many pages per book are you putting together?

    Thanks for the journey thread.
     
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    Not at the moment, but I might run some AMS ads on them during holiday season.

    If I do simple journals, I usually go for 100-110 pages. If it's a two page interior, you just have to create the two different pages, and then repeat those until you get the desired page count.
    Here's an example interior I created for a camping journal:
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    If you repeat these pages 50 times, you have a book with 100 pages.

    I would then use this interior to create multiple books with different colors and concepts. Here's an example of a cover I created for this journal:
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    For mandala coloring books, I usually do 100 different mandalas, but the book becomes 200 pages since I leave one page empty intentionally so you won't bleed through when coloring the pages.

    If I do a coloring book with animals, let's say 25 different animals, I repeat the drawings twice just in case the buyer wants to color the same figurines again, made a mistake, or wants to share it with a friend or sibling for coloring.
    So 25*2 = 50 pages, and leaving an empty page after each drawing to avoid bleed = 100 pages.
     
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    No sales yesterday, but I got my first 5 star review
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