Did you enjoy my recent #1 Kindle Bestselling self-publishing manifesto, Write Short Kindle Books? Awesome! If you’re hungry for more, you can sign my Indie Author Success Book List to get my upcoming Book 2 in the series for FREE right here! It’ll be launch very soon on Kindle! I’ll also be offering other subscriber-only goodies and discounts on future books (and upcoming online courses I’m building).
This is a full free sample chapter for my new #1 Kindle Bestseller, Write Short Kindle Books: A Self-Publishing Manifesto for Non-Fiction Writers. Please feel free to share this on social media and tell your peeps, and if you feel like grabbing a copy of the book (and leaving a quick Amazon review if you enjoyed it), that’s always very much appreciated! And don’t hesitate to reach out and let me know if the book has inspired or helped you to write your own cool book projects!
The Real Benefits of Writing Short Kindle Books
A lot of aspiring authors don’t give any immediate consideration to what happens next beyond completion of that first magical book they’ve always dreamed of writing. I understand why. If you’re just starting out, the process of simply hunkering down to complete one traditional length book can feel like climbing a mountain. When you’re at the base looking up at the steep challenges ahead, it can be tough to imagine yourself making it to your goal intact.
Now you can see why so many would-be authors always seem to be caught in perpetual stasis. “I’m still working on my book” syndrome is a hard affliction to beat. Those who do make it and persevere to see their book through to launch, however, soon learn that having that first book out in the world feels amazing, but it’s not enough.
About a month ago, I launched my latest book — a self-publishing manifesto called Write Short Kindle Books — into the world (i.e. onto the Kindle marketplace). I spent a lot of time battleplanning this book launch, my fifth one to date, in hopes that trying something new would reach a broader market of readers and push this book higher than any of my previous books had reached both visibility and sales-wise. Except about three days into the launch I hit a wrong switch and borked the timing of the free to paid transition. Or so I thought. I never imagined things would turn around in such a big way in the weeks to come.
Here’s a by-the-numbers breakdown of the first month of sales along with a few observations and notes on what happened along the way.
Just a quick update! Today is the last full day to grab my latest book, Write Short Kindle Books: A Self-Publishing Manifesto for Non-fiction Authors, for only $0.99! The price is going up this weekend, so I figured I’d put out a “last call.”
It’s been a really exciting launch run, and probably the best out all of my five books so far. In just over two weeks I’ve sold 700+ copies and held the #1 Bestseller slot in several Kindle categories for a good chunk of that time. That’s really exciting, especially as I embark on plans to roll out more books in this new series shortly.
On that front, I have another quick update: I just finished the draft of Book 2 in the Indie Author Success Series as well, so look for that soon! I’m hoping to have it out in the next month or so, and I’ve already begun interviews and legwork for books 3 and 4 too!
My goal for 2015 is to be EPIC. We’ll see how it goes, eh? Thanks for the support so far!
Why should you consider ditching the old-school traditional publishing EPIC BOOK LENGTH mindset in favor of shorter, punchier, more narrowly focused ebooks? I’ve got SEVEN reasons for you right here as well as another 20,000+ words on it if you’re curious to learn more!
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I was a recent guest on TakeThis.org’s new podcast and had a great time talking with my colleague and former editor Russ Pitts about books, self-publishing, freelancing, and the writing life. But more importantly: throughout this conversation, we also talk openly about our personal challenges and how we’ve worked to overcome them in our writing careers. I’ve struggled with depression, severe anxiety, and ADHD, which has had a big impact on my day-to-day routine as a professional writer. In this interesting and upbeat discussion, Russ and I both share some of the things we face and offer tips on how other writers with similar challenges can work through them.
WOAH. So THAT happened?! Out of all five books I’ve launched, I’ve come close to hitting #1 in my categories at different times (CURSE YOU HUNTER S THOMPSON – who I actually love reading, BTW), but this is the first time I’ve actually hit #1! Super SUPER cool, and it definitely helps make some of the wonkiness from earlier this week a little less frustrating. Not sure how long it’ll stick, but I checked and was able to grab this screenshot! Awesome!