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Make Money as an Amazon eBook Author: Tricks & Methods

Something I have dedicated my time to for the past many months has been writing eBooks and publishing them on the Amazon Kindle Store. At this point, I would like to say that I’m an expert on the subject and I’m happy to share my knowledge with you. The great thing about kindle books is that the market is perfect for the weekend author. You can do this as a hobby to get started, and then you will begin to see that actual money is coming in. Not pennies, but hundreds of dollars that can help you pay your utility bills.

As an author, you probably envision writing a best-selling novel and blowing up like Harry Potter. The problem is that most people don’t have the time to go at a perfect novel in the beginning. They work endless hours at their day job, and it’s just to hard juggling writing with work and family. If you do things the “other” way, then you will be able to free up your time and possibly quit your job.

Casting aside the idea to create a best-seller, you should focus on the smaller books that provide real value to someone looking for the information. You read the part where I said “real value” right? You can’t just throw crap out the window and hope dollars rain in. You can make money writing and selling 20-30 page eBooks for 99 cents a piece, as long as those books are filled with useable information and not fluff or filler.

I found that you can find a freelancer that will write a book for you on the cheap, and you can get your e-cover designed on the cheap as well. The good thing is that I do all of these things myself, so I save money. It takes a few minutes to design the cover in Photoshop. The writing doesn’t take very long; I just make sure the topics are well researched and the eBook is nicely edited and formatted.

If you publish books for more than 99 cents, they sell much less. One of my 99 cent books made over $1,000 in a single month on it’s own through sales and borrows (in the KDP Select program). Many authors have a problem joining KDP Select. I don’t because my books are 99 cents already. On that royalty scale, I only make 35 cents per sale. Borrows have turned out to pay around $1.80 per borrow. See the difference there?

The trick to making money with Amazon Kindle Store is to play a numbers game. If you write quality informational books, or even short story novels, you will get sales. It’s that simple. If you don’t take the time to make a perfect book, even if it’s small, it will not sell.

Once you do have your eBook and cover ready, you need to ensure you have a good description. The more information you provide about what your book contains, the higher the chances of it selling.

I would keep writing, but instead I found out today that my friend Steve Scott already wrote an excellent article on making money with Amazon Kindle. Check out that article How to Make Money with Amazon Kindle Books.

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 Make Money as an Amazon eBook Author: Tricks & Methods I am an author, blogger, investor, musician, and internet marketer among other things. I believe that one person can do many things in life. Check out my local search marketing company at when you are done browsing here.


  1. Steve from Affiliate Marketing Tips
    Twitter: stevescott1

    Thanks Brandon, you really have some valuable stuff here. having just jumped into the Kindle ebook thing myself, I think there is a ton of potential here. IN fact this is the type of thing that Could be very valuable for people to get into the “right” way. Hearing your experiences and opinions is going to really help a lot of people. Nice to see you again (and see you have been thriving with kindle ebooks
    Steve@Affiliate Marketing Tips´s last blog post ..How to Make Money with Amazon Kindle Books

    Posted on 14-Mar-12 at 8:42 am | Permalink
  2. Brandon Connell
    Twitter: Brandon_Connell

    Thanks for stopping by Steve! It’s important for people to learn all they can first. There are some issues on Amazon with the “community”. Competition trying to kill the sales by buying fake negative reviews, and other things. Unfortunately, consumers often rely on reviews even if they are really competitors. They have no way of knowing a real review from a fake one posted by someone in spite.

    Posted on 15-Mar-12 at 11:02 am | Permalink
  3. rohit kothari from techotalk
    Twitter: techo_talk

    hi Brandon,
    i must say you showed me one more path to earn more money by being a amazon ebook author now i ll try my hand on this hope will able to get succeed
    rohit kothari@techotalk´s last blog post ..How to root Amazon kindle fire 6.2.2 latest version In Easy way

    Posted on 08-Apr-12 at 3:45 pm | Permalink
  4. James Brands from beautytherapy

    Hi Brandon

    Very interesting post. I have written several ebooks as opt in give aways, but have never considered writing them to sell on Amazon.


    Posted on 21-Apr-12 at 2:57 am | Permalink
  5. Christine from short story ideas

    It is funny, the more I surf the internet the more I learn. I would have never thought to make my short stories into an ebook. I thought people would prefer to read the longer stories on the kindle. Thank you for the information.

    Posted on 02-Oct-12 at 6:51 pm | Permalink
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