Why I Decided to Publish an Amazon Kindle “Short Read”
Self-published authors are constantly looking for ways to maximize their profits on Amazon. I’m an undiscovered indie author, so I speak from experience on this matter. When it comes to this topic, any decent guide or video on self-publishing and book marketing will tell you that THE best way to promote your book is to write another one. That is exactly why I decided to write and publish an Amazon Kindle Short Read.
Book Marketing Challenges
I found myself facing the usual book marketing challenges in December 2016, following the release of my Skipping Childhood novel last year. I immediately began focusing on book marketing, using all types of methods. I especially focused on blog posting and daily tweeting about all my various book titles. By January, I was pretty much ready to stop all the business stuff, and get back to writing. I wanted to start writing the sequel to the novel. I had already written and printed out a rough outline and I had a clear picture of where exactly I wanted the story to go. But before I actually started the writing, procrastination began to set in. It wasn’t writer’s block because I knew what I wanted to write and how I wanted to write it; the problem was the ideal of starting another huge endeavor so soon after just finishing the last book.
Taking Small Bites
Sometimes the hardest part for an author is getting started and getting up some momentum. As much as I miss writing when I’m not working on a project, I also get intimidated at the ideal of starting something that will so completely demand my time. So instead of jumping right in and striking while the iron was hot, I put off writing anything except more and more notes about the plot, characters and story line. But I refused to begin the book.
Fast forward to March, 2017. Although I’ve officially begun the writing of “Predator’s Revenge” (the sequel novel), now I’ve fallen into an unproductive mode after getting halfway through Chapter 2. I have a ton of related notes surrounding my work area, making my head swim when I look at the sticky posts they’re written on. It just felt like too much too soon, and that’s when I decided to put it all aside for a minute and focus on something else. I decided to try taking small bites. There’s no real rush to work on Predator’s Revenge right now, although I do hope to finish writing it by this summer. But first, before starting the main course (the pending novel), I told myself to try an appetizer and that’s how I settled on the Kindle Short Reads option.
Longer Short Stories
Many of the short reads that you find, both in the fiction and non-fiction categories, are no more than a few thousand words (under 10,000). Others can be as long as 15 to 30 thousand words, like my soon to be released suspense thriller titled: “One Bad Deed”. From what I’ve learned about the Kindle short reads, the longer submissions do better than those under 5,000 words. I like the idea of writing these type of long short stories. I’ve done the long distance race, so I’d like to try my luck with sprinting. Creating short reads give you the freedom to write a story that ends naturally, where you want it to end. You don’t have to try and draw it out, simply to conform to a designated word count.
Practice Makes Perfect
As far as I’m concerned, one awesome benefit of writing short reads is the potential for you to get better and better in your story telling. Let’s face it, the more you write and publish, the better you get at it. If you’re only writing lengthy novels that take several weeks, months or years to create, you’re missing out on some much needed practice. Another great benefit is the fact that the more books you publish, the more visible you become as an author. You can gain more exposure for your previous books, with each new book you create. Let’s not forget, that your whole strategy in the first place was to use this as a marketing tool, so use it effectively.
In the upcoming week, I will share the details and related information about my soon to be released Amazon Kindle short read. So please stay tuned, and be on the lookout for:
One Bad Deed (Leads to Another)
A Shocking Suspense Thriller
If ever there was such a thing as bad karma, this is definitely the story of how it happens
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