How A Dad Blogger Uses Amazon To Make Money From Writing
I am not just a writer, I am also a dad blogger which means I have all sorts of street cred that the ordinary Joe doesn’t have. I can change diapers, assemble and disassemble, cribs, strollers, pack-n-plays, sippy cups and I cook. Not microwave or reheat, I can cook real meals on a stove, barbecue or oven.
Not only that I can do it in the midst of a playground while covered in various bodily fluids and or while negotiating peace treaties between feuding children. Women swoon when they see me holding a baby or reading a story to their children.
You can only imagine what I can do when not fighting to find a quiet place to work where I am covered in mysterious substances or listening to preteens sing along to horrible pop music.
Use Amazon To Make Money From Writing
Here is how I intend to use Amazon to make money from writing, Kindle Singles. Yes, that is right I haven’t actually done it yet but I am going to. I have reviewed the submission requirements and I see opportunity. Take a look at this:
We’re looking for compelling ideas expressed at their natural length–writing that doesn’t easily fall into the conventional space limitations of magazines or print books. Kindle Singles are typically between 5,000 and 30,000 words.
A Kindle Single can be on any topic. So far we’ve posted fiction, essays, memoirs, reporting, personal narratives, and profiles, and we’re expanding our selection every week. We’re looking for high-quality writing, fresh and original ideas, and well-executed stories in all genres and subjects.
For writers, thereâ€™s money to be made here. Amazon offers 70 percent of the royalties to its Singles authors. The all-time best-selling Single, a short story titled â€œSecond Son,â€ by Lee Child, the British-born thriller writer, was originally published by Delacorte Press; it is priced at $1.99 and has sold more than 180,000 copies.
So far Amazon has issued more than 160 Singles, at a rate of 3 per week. It has fairly strict rules for the nonfiction it selects. No excerpts from books. Generally no expanded versions of articles that have appeared elsewhere. Barnes & Noble offers similar material in its Nook Snaps series, and Apple has Quick Reads on its iBookstore, but neither is offering original material.
I don’t expect this to be easy. It is possible that my submissions will be rejected but I am ok with that. I like working for things and don’t mind being pushed to do better. This post you are reading now is being composed on the fly.Â It is not particularly good but it is not horrible either.
Don’t expect that of my Kindle Singles. That is a project that I will spend an appropriate amount of time working on. I see 0pportunity because there are so many stories that could and should be told. People want to read them.
At a buck a pop people are willing to take a shot on someone they don’t know. It costs less than their morning cup of Joe and in theory can provide an enormous amount of pleasure.
Once you get established and have developed a body of work it will become easier to find more writing jobs. More opportunities will arise and that is something worth getting excited about, at least it is for me.
My dream and desire is to earn enough money to become a full time writer. I want to get paid to sit on the porch of my beach house and write. I want to get paid to sit in a cabin in the mountains and write about what I see when I watch the snow fall.
And I am going to do it. This is how it starts by writing a post that makes me accountable to myself and provides a tool to use to visualize my goal. I invite you to join me on my journey. Subscribe to the blog and or become a fan of my Facebook page.
It is all part of my dream. What about you? Do you have a dream and if so, are you trying to make it into your reality?
- The Dad Blogger’s Guide To Blogging- A Writer’s Tool Kit Part One (thejackb.com)
- The Definitive Guide To Being a Dad Blogger (thejackb.com)
- Dad Bloggers Get Paid To Blog Part II (thejackb.com)
- How To Be A Dad Blogger Part 9,872 (thejackb.com)