Have you also wanted to be an author? The good news it is now easier than ever! In this blog post, we are going to discuss everything you need to consider before you start your side hustle selling digital products on Amazon KDP including picking a product type, picking a topic, and deciding how to make the book.
What is Amazon KDP?
Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) is a powerful tool that has revolutionized self-publishing. Through KDP, authors are able to publish their books themselves. KDP provides authors with a comprehensive set of tools to manage their titles, including easy-to-use formatting, cover design, and sales tracking. By using KDP, authors are able to reduce their costs, expand their reach, and gain access to a larger audience.
KDP also provides authors with a variety of promotional opportunities, such as discounted pricing, Kindle Unlimited, and free book promotions.
With KDP, authors have the potential to earn higher royalties, create a successful self-publishing career, and reach new readers.
How Does KDP Work?
KDP works by you being the publisher. You write the book, formatting, editing, and advertising. It is not as easy as slapping something up there. It involves research, good product description writing, and picking the correct format.
Can any really sell anything on KDP?
Pretty much within reason. But putting something up for sale and having someone buy it are 2 different things.
How as a therapist can I use my knowledge to sell on KDP?
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is get started. Pick a topic you are passionate about and get started! Will you write a whole book? A how-to guide? Or even a workbook? What is a gap in the knowledge you see as a therapist that a book can fill?
Do you want to learn where you can sell your digital products?
Examples of therapist made products on KDP
Here are one my books as an example of something you can publish on KDP.
Here is another OT's book I found
Picking a product type
- E-books: This is the most common type of product sold on KDP. You can publish any type of book, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, academic, or children’s books, as an e-book on the Kindle store.
- Paperback books: KDP also allows you to create and sell paperback books on Amazon. You can upload a manuscript in a supported format, customize the cover design, and make it available for sale on the Amazon website.
- Calendars and planners: KDP also offers the option to create and sell calendars and planners. You can upload your design, choose the paper type, and set the price.
- Journals and workbooks: You can also create and sell journals, workbooks, and other types of interactive books on KDP.
Learn more about the different items you can publish on Amazon KDP and the difference between high, medium and low content books.
Picking a topic for selling digital products on Amazon
When you are selecting a topic my method involves:
- Start with what you know, publish something YOU would use as a therapist or with families
- Identify your target audience
- Publish a smaller version first on a site such as Etsy or TpT to establish demand.
- Research popular topics on both Amazon and other locations
- Find a unique angle for your book or item
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Deciding how to make the book
How and where will you make the book? There are several options such as Pages on a Mac (which is how I made my books, they have great templates), Word, or Canva.
Formatting the book
Formatting the book for Amazon KDP is extremely important. KDP only allows certain file formats and it is also important to choose the right fonts and formatting styles. These will be different depending on your product size and type. Formatting for digital products is different than formatting for printed books so it is best to confirm these requirements directly on Amazon KDP.
Pricing and Getting Paid when selling digital products on Amazon
There are several pricing and marketing strategies you can use for your book. Some of them depend on royalty payouts. But overall what matters when pricing your books is what people are willing to pay and how you are conveying the value of your book in your product description.
How you get paid from Amazon KDP is a royalty method. Meaning you will be paid a percentage of every sale you make.
Marketing your book
In order to market your book there are several different strategies. Amazon offers very low cost ads. But it is also important to market your book through other methods. Understanding SEO and keywords is an important part of getting your product before potential buyers. Social proof and testimonials are important to move buyers toward a purchase.
KDP is an excellent platform for anyone who wants to publish their own digital products and start earning passive income. By following the tips and guidelines provided in this blog post, you can make sure that your product stands out and reaches a wider audience.
Whether you decide to create an e-book, paperback book, calendar, planner, journal, or workbook, the possibilities for self-publishing on KDP are endless.
As a therapist, you have a unique set of skills and knowledge that you can leverage to create digital products that can help people and earn you income at the same time. With the right strategy and mindset, you can create a successful self-publishing career on Amazon KDP.
So, what are you waiting for? Start exploring your options and turn your ideas into reality with Amazon KDP today!