I get a check from Amazon every month. In fact, I get three: one from Kindle sales, one from Seller Central (which I use to sell my old documentaries), and one from Amazon Associate. Granted, I’m not paying my mortgage with those checks. Yet. But often it is enough to cover one of the car payments. Other authors are not only paying their mortgage, they’re making a sweet living on just Kindle sales. J. A. Konrath makes a six-figure income from his Kindle sales alone.
Konrath is Amazon’s new golden boy. Because of his extensive posts about the benefits of self-publishing and his success on the Kindle, Amazon has partnered up with him, which has only made him more successful. Now his books often appear on the Amazon home page, etc. In exchange, he’s now promoting Amazon’s POD publishing company CreateSpace for print books. As I said at the beginning of this book, I do not recommend you publish with any POD/vanity publisher unless you just purely want to see your book in print.
Unless you lost your eBook publishing rights to an Independent Press or a NYBB, you can maximize your exposure and profits by making your books available on Amazon’s Kindle.
To maximize your earnings with Amazon and to get your books available on the Kindle, the first thing you’ll need is an account with Amazon. It’s free to set up, and you likely already have one if you buy anything from Amazon at all. If you don’t have an account, there is a link at the top of every Amazon.com page that reads “New customer? Start here.”
Start there. You will only need your email address, name, and password. Once you’ve created an account with Amazon.com, you are ready to become an Amazon Author, complete with your own author page and sales figures; an Amazon Associate, where you will earn a few pennies from every sale you lead to Amazon; an Amazon Seller, where you can sell used books and other items, your own books, if you don’t choose to be distributed via Lightning Source, and many other things. In addition to all this, you will set up as a Kindle Direct Publisher (formerly Digital Text Platform, DTP). The most important of these for authors is the Kindle Direct Publisher (KDP)…
This is an excerpt from my book Publishing & Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author, available on Amazon, Kindle, or right here on this site for free (limited time).