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Anyone had success self publishing on Amazon?

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Hensintheskirting Tue 03-Dec-19 17:41:00

Just as the title says really. I've written for a while now and published a some short stories for free on a couple of websites, I'm wondering whether to give it a whirl on Amazon and try to make a little money from it.

Have any of you clever folk actually done this and if you have, any tips you'd care to share?

themental Wed 04-Dec-19 09:00:04

I make a full time living publishing on amazon and am on track to make six figures this year (my first year publishing).

You'd be best joining a group like 20booksto50k on Facebook. They specialise in the business side of publishing and many people there are either making a living, or are trying to.

As for tips... it depends on your goals really, and what you write. Indie publishing tends to do well in niches that are underserved by traditional publishing. But whatever you're publishing the key things to focus on are cover, blurb, keywords, and story. In that order. You'll find a lot of practical help with those things in the group I mentioned above.

Hensintheskirting Wed 04-Dec-19 14:18:28

Thanks so much themental that's really useful! It's inspiring to know it's possible - do you mind me asking what sort of thing (broad terms) you write?

Witchend Wed 04-Dec-19 17:19:59

The "50 books to 20k" Fb page does itself no favours by having their initial spiel as:
"The page is about an author's who make money through writing and selling ebooks it only takes 15minutes to publish an ebook sounds simple doesn't it"

I wouldn't take their recommended proof-reader anyway.

themental Wed 04-Dec-19 22:06:01

@Witchend that's because it's not that page? It's a separate group called 20 books to 50k run by some of the most successful authors in the business.

The page you're referring to appears to be a fake one, "20books50k" which I found by searching 50 books to 20k. If you search the correct term you will find the correct group.

themental Wed 04-Dec-19 22:08:06

@Hensintheskirting I write genre fiction, specifically romance set in Scotland.

Big in the US 🙂

Witchend Wed 04-Dec-19 22:11:36

Ah! That explains it. I was trying to decide if it was written tongue in cheek or not.

FenellaVelour Fri 03-Jan-20 14:59:26

You need to have the time to market it as well as write it, it didn’t work for me as I didn’t have the time to do the legwork.

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