Being an author is a dream for many people. Thankfully, you don’t need to be published by a traditional publishing house anymore. Instead, anyone can sign up for the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) program and publish their books on Amazon.

If you’ve ever considered writing a book, you should consider publishing through KDP.

You can publish both fiction and non-fiction on there. So whether you enjoy telling stories or writing non-fiction, like cooking books and how-to guides, then you can publish your work on the platform.

Amazon is a hugely popular platform, so selling your books there could be very lucrative.

What does it pay?

Amazon will pay you royalties of between 35% and 70%. Royalty rates depend on factors such as the price you list your book for on Amazon.

Some people make a fulltime income from selling their books on Amazon. Of course, how much money you make will depend on a few factors, such as:

  • The price you sell the book for.
  • How much commission you get from Amazon.
  • How many sales you make.

Having a few books for sale on Amazon can be useful because if a customer likes your first book, then they may check to see what other titles you have available for sale.

Although publishing through Amazon can be profitable, there’s a lot of competition on there. There are millions of books for sale on Amazon, so in order for yours to sell, you will have to put some effort into marketing and promoting your books. This will help you to drive sales and put yourself ahead of the competition.

On this Reddit thread, one writer says they make $300 to $500 a month selling their books through KDP. A quick look on Reddit shows that many people are making $100s a month with KDP.

There are many self-published authors on there who are making more than $100,000 a year from selling their books on Amazon.

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