How to Publish and Sell Your Article on the Kindle: 12 Tips for Short Documents (2017 update) 2nd Edition, Kindle Edition
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This is a 43-page article for beginners on how to publish and sell short documents for the Amazon Kindle, such as magazine articles or instructional materials. An article is considered a written piece between 3,000 and 30,000 words. Ms. Harper has learned that a writer does not have to publish an entire book in order to receive royalties from their work. She believes articles are the new secret "sweet spot" of the e-Reader publishing market.
The author shares information that she has learned from first-hand experience. She has published the following articles for the Kindle;
20 Steps to Art Licensing: How to Sell Your Designs to Card and Gift Companies
Unusual Ways to Market Your Greeting Cards and 22 Places to Get Your Designs Featured
7 Mistakes Greeting Card Writers Make
The author offers readers the following 12 tips for publishing short documents on the Kindle;
1. Selling articles vs. Books
5. Front Matter
This article offers a wealth of information. I was especially interested in the formatting. A simple article can be easily formatted on your word processor. The author also explains how to add pictures and links to your article. I plan to follow the guidelines in this article and publish my own article within the next few weeks.
I like this article because it is written specifically for short documents. Ms. Harper provides links in this article and the Resources Section at the end is easily worth the price.
If you are an article writer and have never published on the Kindle,this article is a MUST READ.
One reviewer here quibbled over the fact that there is no "article" category in the Kindle store and because of that you'd be wasting your money buying this article, but I totally disagree. Kate Harper provides a wealth of tips on how to successfully publish your articles for the Kindle that make the process a whole lot easier, giving you the benefit of the lessons she learned from her mistakes so you don't have to make them. She also explains how to describe your article so that purchasers know they're getting an article and not a book.
Now don't think you can get away with a brief 500-word article and make millions. Harper recommends a 3,000 - 30,000-word length which makes sense if you're going to give your customers valuable content.
Keep in mind that the article provides "tips" for successful publishing and not a full-blown, step-by-step guide, but used in conjunction with the free information at the Kindle publishing site, you have all the information you need to successfully publish your article.
Finally, the resource section, which provides additional publishing guidance, as well as an annotated list of websites, blogs, etc. on Kindle publishing and e-publishing in general, rounds out this 99-cent article, making the purchase price a steal.
P.S. One tip that I would add - spend time doing some keyword research so that you're writing about topics on which a lot of people are searching for information, but not that many websites are providing.
If you're a nonfiction freelance writer you know what a grind it is. You come up with ideas. Then you have to write a brilliant query letter to every possible letter. Then you have to wait for them to reply. Most will reject it.
If you find one who likes it, you then have to research and write the article. But the really hard part will be editing it to the magazine's required length, and wording it to satisfy the editor's idea of what appeals to their readership.
If the magazine is financially solvent it'll pay you. Then you wait six months to a year for the article to be published, hoping in the mean time current events won't make it out of date. Many magazines will not pay you until publication, which may be some weeks after you see the issue with your article on the shelf.
What if you just had to come up with a great idea, research and write it?
And collect money for as long as readers found it relevant to their needs?
The one weakness is the author doesn't go into market research much, or how to drive people to your book's page so you sell more copies.