Following on from last week’s post about people making a lot of money by writing fiction ebooks on Amazon Kindle I wanted to bring you another story of success. This time I am going to be talking about Steve Scott who was once a successful affiliate marketer but now he is a very successful author selling eBooks on Amazon Kindle.
Unlike last week’s article which focused on the fiction genres Steve Scott writes books which are helpful to people. They are motivational style books showing people how to make good habits. One of his most popular books is Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take 5 Minutes Or Less.
As you will see throughout this article, he has written books which are compilations of tips, tricks and advice covering many of life’s daily issues such as exercise, decluttering your home & life, writing to do lists and eating healthily.
Seriously? How hard can it be to write a book about de cluttering your house?
1. Find the things you do not want anymore…
2. Throw them in the bin! 🙂
Steve Scott is what is commonly being called an authorpreneur. The internet along with sites like Amazon and modern computing technologies like Kindle, tablets and eBooks has enabled people to make a lot of money from writing books and working from home.
How good does that sound? Working from home surrounded by your family and your toys choosing to work when you want without the stress and cost that comes with having to actually go to work. If you were not aware that going to work had a cost read this article here How Working Online From Home Can Save You Money.
Steve Scott did an interview in June 2015 where he said that he had 58 assets on Amazon Kindle. An asset to Steve is an ebook or ebook bundles and several of those are the same books but in different translations. As I write this I found only 23 books by Steve Scott but that is here in the UK without doing an indepth search. If all 23 books had at least 2 translations for the Spanish and Portuguese markets as an example then he would have 46 assets on there. So it does start to add up.
He also offers audio versions of many of his books and he also uses Amazon’s CreateSpace system to create on demand print books. He said that he does not sell many of the printed versions but –– and this is a very important but –– having the print version available to buy with a higher price makes people think that the Kindle version is at an acceptable price and helps to sell more of them. That single fast comparison of prices can really help you to sell more. Something to bear in mind if you decide to get involved in this business model.
As I mentioned earlier Steve was an affiliate marketer. For eight to nine years he did well earning passive income while he travelled around the world. He was running an internet marketing blog and as a way to drive traffic back to his website he decided to create an ebook from five old blog posts and put it on Amazon Kindle.
Not a lot happened for a few months but when he added a second book and added them to KDF Select offering them for free things began to move. Once they were taken off KDP Select they began to sell well sending more traffic to his website.
Some marketers write epic content (like I do 🙂 ) for their blogs and then they would often take their best information and create a product to sell on the internet marketing forum called the Warrior Forum.
Steve Scott had been thinking the same, but then he had the thought; why create all of this great content for his website and then try and create a product to sell on the Warrior Forum when he could just simple create epic content as a book full of actionable tips and advice and sell it cheaply on Amazon Kindle to a wider audience?
So that is what he started to do, and he didn’t look back. He had started to grow his own author/publishing empire which now generates between $25,000 and $30,000 (As declared in June 2015, it could be more or less now. I cannot say.)
Steve said the he wanted to move into writing fiction for one very great reason, one which I think is very powerful. Fiction stories do not need UPDATING! If you write tutorial articles or books or create tutorial videos for YouTube or a membership area, they will soon need updating.
I remember creating an ebook and a series of training videos showing how to use a specific email marketing software. I got it all finished only to find that the software was updated a couple of weeks later. The videos that I created could still be used but they did look different to what the users would see when they worked with the software.
Now think of great classics like Alice In Wonderland or the War Of The Worlds, they do not need to be updated. Hollywood has often updated them for new audiences when creating film versions of the stories using artistic license but the stories remain the same especially in book format.
When you write a fictional book it does not need updating and can be sold for many years. Only this week I bought an ebook version of a classic American Pulp Fiction story originally published in the 1930s. The story is set in the 1930s and when I read it that is where my mind goes.
Whereas anything that offers advice and tips for a modern life can require updating and it might require it often. Think about how many times your smartphones, tablets, apps, computers and software get updated each year. It feels like it is all the time to me!
Fiction is a great business to get into. I believe this saying explains it nicely… If you think about it, the best job in the world has to be a fiction writer, if you become successful you basically make shit up and get paid for it. However the marketing is probably harder to do as there is a lot of competition.
Want to write fiction?
It does depend on what non-fiction you write too, not everything needs updating. Many self help books cannot be updated as the techniques in self help books are hundreds of years old and still work today.
Anyway I digress, what today’s article is really all about is that you can make a lot of money selling non-fiction information products on Amazon Kindle just as Steve Scott has and does. This business requires very little technical ability. You do not need to have a website, you can have one if you want but it is not required and you can outsource most of the work if you so wish.
More importantly, Steve Scott was/is making around $25,000 upto $30,000 per month from writing books which he sells via Amazon Kindle.
Is this the home based business for you?
Oh and did I say that you can do this virtually anywhere in the world without the need for much more than a laptop?