I’ve had physical books published in the past, and decided for a number of reasons that I’d like to go exclusive to Kindle with Extra Money Answer, my new book about affiliate marketing.
By publishing myself, I own the content, which is important to me.
Also, I get more share of the profits and I can update as needed. And there is practically zero time from the content being ready until it goes live on Amazon.com.
Plus, when I worked with a publisher in the past, I did all of my own marketing anyway.
So, I wrote the content to share how I go about creating new affiliate sites, driving traffic, and monetizing the sites.
But I still needed a cover, wanted to have another set of eyes go through it, and had to format it.
I was thinking about going to 99designs for the cover, but figured I’d try a few people on Fiverr to see how they looked.
The design I used was from one of the Fiverr people.
Then came the editing, and I posted a job up on oDesk. Within 24 hours, I had lots of interested folks, and settled with somebody who did a good job editing a sample for me.
That part came to $85 at $10/hour.
I went with the Kindle Direct Program on Amazon, and when I took a look at the formatting guide, I decided I would much rather have somebody else do the formatting.
I went back to Fiverr for this, too, and there were lots of people who offered Kindle formatting gigs.
Some were a flat $5, but I chose one that was based on the word length, because they had better ratings. This ran me $20 for over 18,000 words.
After all this, I submitted the final file and it was live on Amazon.com a day later.