Make money selling low content books on Amazon

Kingsavvysaver

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Oh gosh I don't know if I am the right person to be giving advice on this but what I have done is as follows - I have a fairly loyal set of followers on Facebook and Instagram that feed onto my blog. So I realised that if I didn't take the mickey, some of these guys would support my idea. Also the horsey forum I am on, is very popular. I have been posting on there for over 10 years, traffic from that forum to my blog can run to 100s of views a day of my blog. So again, in a subtle way I popped up a link to my blog in a post I wrote and that fed to my website and I can see that a lot of people did follow on the direct links to my books on Amazon. My books are niche and in an area that does not seem over crowded, as I have a fair amount of experience in the area so my books are a bit different to the other generic ones. I hope I get a good few more sales as I did put a lot of time into these!
Appreciate the response :)
 
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WOOOOOOO - I have sold my first book. So I had put together a series of Journals and Log Books for Equestrians. I did promote it (for free) on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, an online forum I am active on and my blog. That went live on Friday, so was over the moon to have a sale on Amazon KPD this morning. Hopefully this is the start of many more.
Well done, that is really super! Really good that you are promoting it in the right places too as it will send traffic your way. The first sale is so exciting, here's to loads more for you!
 

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A nice first for me today - first ever payment from Amazon. It's only for £6.42 but here's hoping I can put some time aside and get things moving.

Hoping things are going well for everyone else!
 
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No sales since the start of April. Uploaded loads of books recently, so hopefully they'll get some traction. Mostly focusing on hobbies and sports related books.
 

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Hopefully it'll pick up soon with your new uploaded books, rninja.

I seem to take ages doing a book. Research takes so long and then putting it together. I only have one book that gets sales and they are infrequent but I had my first US sale a couple of days ago so I'm happy with that. I also got a five star rating on the UK market. My aim is to get going in my other area as I want to try using graphics.

Wishing luck to you all for the month ahead!
 
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Hi. Has anyone used various shades of grey in graphics when printing a black and white book? Did you buy an author copy to see how it turned out? I hope to do that soon but just curious about the quality of printing.

I also wondered if anyone had made a book and then provided it in Kindle format? I might venture into this, too, and wondered if there was any tips on what to look out for?

Hope you are all selling well!
 

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Hello,

I used different shades of grey on an activity book I made and it turned out fine. I also tried leaving a colored page in a B&W interior and it was printed in greyscale directly and turned out fine as well.

Never tried the Kindle format as my books are not appropriate for that.
 

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Hello,

I used different shades of grey on an activity book I made and it turned out fine. I also tried leaving a colored page in a B&W interior and it was printed in greyscale directly and turned out fine as well.

Never tried the Kindle format as my books are not appropriate for that.
Thanks. Good to hear that it all looked fine in greyscale. Handy that leaving a coloured page in looks ok too. I suppose I would just need to check that any colours were contrasting enough if I was going to leave a coloured page in a B&W book.
 

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@jollyjelly, I create interiors on Canva or Google Slides. When I download as PDF print, assume the grey/black shades look the same as the PDF.
 

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My KPD journey is not going that well, despite me best efforts my sales are stuck at one lonely book. I am doing one more promo on my socials before looking at what I do next. I invested a lot of time and effort into the interiors. And weirdly when I did some market research the area I am in was brought up as something people wanted. Hmmm.
 

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Again another print on demand opportunity so no money is required just a little time and maybe some design knowledge. If you don't know already Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is a print on demand service that allows authors to sell their work on Amazon and get paid a royalty for each sale.

But I can't write? Nor can I but what not so many people know it that you can create and sell low content books through Amazon

Low content books could include....

notepads
study guides
pain logs
birdwatching log
diary/planner
cue book
and literally thousands more!

Here are some examples of ones that other people have created (not mine) you can see they are on the KDP programme as the publisher is listed as CreateSpace or on newer books I've seen it listed as Independently published


How do I design a front cover?

Download one of Amazon's templates for the size book you want to make. 6x9 is a very popular size

https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/cover-templates

How do I design an interior?

You can use many programmes for example photoshop, illustrator or even word and excel to make interiors!

Can I get a quick start?

Sure I've attached a college ruled 6x9 PDF with bleed. Simple duplicate to how many pages you want in your notebook and upload!

KDP FACEBOOK GROUPS

https://www.facebook.com/groups/amazoncreatespace
 

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A friend of mine is a self published author on amazon, she finds most of her sales are kindle downloads
 

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