Everyone's got a book inside of them, just waiting to get out. And some people have dozens of books that can each be earning them a monthly income… if only they could just get started.
Kindle books can mean true passive income.
You write each book once and Amazon sells it for years. Completely unknown aspiring authors have gone on to write dozens of Kindle books and earn themselves a monthly income that rivals most people's annual income. Those same people can then take months and even years off from writing and simply watch the money flow in.
Others write just one or two books, not because they're after passive income, but to show their authority in their niche. For example, someone who runs his own agency helping local businesses with their marketing writes 'the' book on small business marketing.
He sends this book to each new business he would like to work with, much like sending a calling card. When he shows up for the meeting, the business owner is not only friendly, open and receptive to hear what the author has to say - the owner is also ready to say yes to getting help from this expert.
Or maybe you'd like to be a coach. I know of one aspiring personal life coach who struggled to get $100 a month clients. Then she wrote a book, and now clients come to her and gladly pay not $100 a month for her help, but $1,000 a month.
No matter what your business or area of expertise, odds are writing and publishing at least one Kindle book will help you tremendously.
And yet, if you're like 99% of most people who want to write a book, you still haven't done it.
Today all that changes because we're going to overcome every excuse you have for not getting started with your Kindle publishing.
And in fact, I'm going to show you how to write your own Kindle book in just 30 days. Set aside an hour or two per day, follow these steps and in a month you'll have a bare minimum of a first draft ready for the editor, or even a finished book ready to be published.
Choosing your topic
Even if you already have a topic in mind, it's still a good idea to do some brainstorming using one of these methods to determine if you have the BEST topic.
Brain dumping - empty your mind of all your ideas by setting a timer and then writing non-stop until the timer goes off. Try doing this for three 10 minute intervals spaced out over the course of a day or two. Write down EVERYTHING you can think of, regardless of what it might be.
Topic grouping - look at what you've written in the brain dump, and then group like topics together to see what naturally fits. For example, group all of your weight loss ideas together, group your make money ideas together and so forth. If you find you have several groups, choose the five groups that resonate with you.
Rating each idea group - rate your idea groups based upon how much passion you have for each group, how much experience and knowledge you have on that topic and how much you would enjoy researching the topic further. Which idea group comes to the top?
Repurposing - the Ultimate Shortcut
Maybe you'd like a fast shortcut to this entire system, so here it is: If you already have a lot of content you've personally written on a subject, then that might be the best idea for your new book.
For example, maybe you have a year's worth of blogposts about dog training - you can repurpose those posts into your first book.
Places you can find content for repurposing might include:
Your blog as well as guest blog posts you've made
Your podcast transcripts
Articles you've written for magazines, newspapers, etc.
Power Point presentations, tele-seminar transcripts, webinar transcripts
Interviews, including interviewing others as well as being interviewed yourself
Emails you've written. Did you answer people's question in depth? Did you provide instruction or other useful content via email? Some marketers can practically copy and paste the contents of their autoresponder into book form because they do a great job of sharing useful info with their subscribers.
Blog and social media comments. These can sometimes be an outstanding jumping off point for a book, especially if they were highly engaging.
Series? Or Not?
The time to decide if you want to write a series rather than just one book is before you start on the first book. The advantages of writing a series are clear: You have more books to sell, thus creating more profit potential. Each book can act as a sales agent for your other books. And when someone reads one of your books and likes it, you'll have more books they can buy.
Your series title is going to be different than your book title. Think of the series title as an umbrella, with all of the books falling underneath this umbrella.
For example, your series could be about maximizing health after the age of 50, and your individual books could be on nutrition, exercise, weight loss, stress, diabetes, heart health and so forth.
When choosing a series title, keep in mind that while you cannot copyright a series or book title, you can trademark the series title. That's why you can't write a book "For Dummies" or use "The Everything Guide". If you see a trademark symbol next to a series name, then you know you can't use it.
If you think your series could be super profitable, it might be worth it to get your own series name trademarked. Avoid anything that sounds too generic and choose something memorable or that speaks to your audience.
Keep your book title short. You want your book title to be readable when your cover is just a thumbnail. The same goes for sub-titles. If your subtitle is longer than 12 words, see if you can shorten it.
Use the title and subtitle to make it crystal clear what your book can do for the reader. This isn't the time to be vague or mysterious.
Spend some time on the best seller lists looking at titles. At this point you want to have a working title, but you might find an even better option comes to light as you're putting your book together.
Organizing Your Ideas
Mind mapping is a great tool for organizing ideas around your central topic. Write your topic or your title in the center of the page and then brainstorm ideas for the book's content.
Ideally you want to have 5 to 10 chapters. Since this is a Kindle book, you don't need to add filler to make it 200 pages. You do need, however, to provide great content that delivers on the promise of your title and subtitle.
Kindle's minimum word count for a book is just 2500 words, which is the length of 5 short articles or one in-depth article. That's right - you can publish a book with just 2500 words. Odds are once you get started you'll realize your book will be longer than the minimum, but it's good to know you don't have to write an encyclopedia-length book to be published.
The sweet spot for Kindle books is 6,000 to 10,000 words. This is enough to give readers what they need and have them coming back for more… hence the idea of doing a series of books in your niche.
Once you have a rough idea of what your chapter topics will be, do a mind map for each topic for the content of each chapter.
Then organize your chapter titles and content of each chapter into an outline.
Be sure to write in the style your ideal reader is accustomed to. If you're writing a book for mechanical engineers, it's going to read differently than a book on how to bake the perfect flourless desserts or how to meditate like a master in only 5 minutes a day.
Creating Content Without Typing
Not everyone likes to sit at a keyboard and bang out their next book. Fortunately, you don't have to.
You can record yourself talking your book, hire a transcription service and edit the transcription into your book.
You can also have someone interview you if you find that method to be easier, and again get it transcribed.
Or you can use software to type as you speak. Dragon Naturally Speaking software is perhaps the best option for this.
Perhaps you would like others to create your content for you. You might get 10 different experts to each write a chapter on one aspect