Want the low down on low content publishing with Amazon KDP? (Kindle Direct Publishing) Me too! Read our WILD interview with Rebecca Holman – speaker, author and coach on everything to do with Amazon KDP, low content book (LCB) publishing; (also known as the DIVA of LCBs!)
Above pic: My first go at publishing a book on Amazon 🙂
Before we jump in let’s just do a quick overview on what publishing with Amazon entails…
With Amazon’s KDP you can self publish your own eBook or paperbacks for free. In this case we’re using KDP to create low content paperback books – that is, books with little or very low content (not Kindle books), like these for example…
- puzzle books
- activity books
- colouring books
- diaries / planners
- trivia / joke books
- and multitudes more…
Why low content? Because it’s just so much EASIER to create a book fast, instead of spending a gazillion hours writing a book! (And yes, you CAN be as creative as ever, and make your own book totally unique too!)
Plus your book appears on er, Amazon’s HUGE worldwide marketplace too. You decide on the list (selling) price you want, you keep control of your copyright, and publish in either digital or print. I LOVE it!
Anyways, let’s get into the interview…
INTERVIEW (Questions are from us, all the answers are from Rebecca)
What’s all the fuss about low content publishing books (and why are they so GREAT for creatives?)
It (publishing low content books) is easy to learn, and has long time passive income potential. The fuss is that sadly some people promote it as a get rich quick scheme when actually it is a long term, get rich SLOW, be paid passively for a LONG TIME, plan!
There is a difference. Most people who enter low content books are gone within 6 months. The 80/20 rule as always pans out, with 20% of those people sticking around to make any money at all.
The 80/20 rule as always pans out…
Do I need to be a graphic designer? (How much design study to create a book cover or interior?)
I can’t even draw a stick figure. My creative abilities have improved over the 4,000 books I have made, so anyone, given enough time, can create a passive income, I am proof.
Checkout Rebecca’s FaceBook group KDP Low Content Book Creation Basics here
Can you tell us more about your colouring books for kids course?
The best person to research is Jade Summer – that brand began on KDP around 2015, the last hot fad on KDP, LOL. They built a brand, a list and an active FaceBook group following. That is HOW you do it.
Anyone, given enough time, can create a passive income. I am proof.
What’s the key to getting low content publishing sales (that are not just from family and friends?)
None of my family or friends have ever purchased any of my books because I don’t promote them to my friends and family. The key is, as with any business, you research your market, you create what is LACKING in the market, you ADVERTISE to the market, you build a LIST in the market and then sell to your list.
You build a brand and website if it is profitable to do so but ONLY if it is profitable to do so!
There are plenty of people who are selling books within days of going live, so that indicates that organic sales and good research still work, and work well, but at some point ALL LEGIT BUSINESSES advertise, so people can’t fool them selves into thinking that they can make money purely from organic sales.
How creative do we need to be to do this? (What skills or tools do we actually need?)
Most top selling covers are not really that complex. Nice font over backgrounds. CreativeFabrica, Canva and 1,000,000 YouTube videos should be enough to get anyone going. LOL.
If you are NOT creative, then it may be worth buying covers from someone on say Upwork or Fiverr, with the stipulation that they are UNIQUE to YOU and not sold to anyone else.
Yes even I can sell books! * (Above is Martins KDP account) Publishing with Amazon can really work! 🙂
How important is it to create unique, one of a kind, quality VS quantity low content publishing books?
It is critical to your account. Amazon rules state that your books must have unique content and can not mimic or look like someone else. Does it happen? Yes it does. But for the long term, unique is the best path to keeping your account safe.
When we say ONE OF A KIND… there are variations on a theme. There are thousands of iterations of books that say She Could, So She Did… or some other inane positive statement. So the sheer variety with which you can REPLICATE a winning theme is mind boggling. Copy cats won’t make it for long on Amazon or any other place, but it really doesn’t take rocket science to put together something decent.
In the beginning it may take a bit of time to learn, but gosh, it took you two years to learn to walk, and I am sure most of us mastered that by the time we were 3, so this is about the same. Anything you practice enough, you WILL get better at.
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist or heart surgeon to make literally the SAME amount of money they make. There are low content book authors making $10k a month, $3k- $5k outside of holiday times. Not all are graphic artists either, in fact most are NOT.
Anything you practise enough, you will get better at.
End of INTERVIEW 🙂
* I only started doing low content books in JULY 2021.
Canva (I use the Pro version) but Canva free version is great too
Rebecca’s Low Content Book Mastery (Low content book creation, KDP quick start & activity books etc)
Jade Summer (amazing colouring books)
Here’s my first low content book I published with Amazon using the KDP program…
Not too bad (considering it is my first ever book!)
BTW I paid a designer to do the cover for me on Upwork.
Here’s my vision and rough and ready plan for the next 4 months or so…
I’m digging the whole publishing a book on Amazon thing (it’s kinda cool to be a “published author” too).
It’s inspiring! (Infinite creative freedom for everyone, right?!)
There’s a gazillion niches (just look at all the hobbies people are into here!)
Have a peek at Rebecca’s Low Content Book Mastery here when you’re ready to jump in!
Have you started publishing with Amazon using low content books yet? Let us know in the comments below…