Ever since I published Kindle Readers Love SERIALS for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner I received many questions about publishing a series on Kindle.
You see most Kindle book series are either wildly successful or a total flop. And having worked with several Kindle coaching clients with either fiction or nonfiction series to Amazon I extracted the juiciest tips to help your series on Kindle shine.
The Greed Factor
Unless you deliberately write your book with the specific intention to create a series, the rationale for splitting your book into a series must be examined carefully.
Most authors are propelled by pricing considerations and the relative success of Kindle short documents on the Kindle Store, the advantages of selling volume with lower priced books.
This is true, however if your series has holes in it, you might be better off publishing your book as a whole and determining the best pricing strategy separately.
So when should you publish a Kindle series?
Determining When To Make a Book Series…
- You have specific topics to write about under the same branding umbrella. For example – travel guides.
- Your first book was wildly successful and you have more to write about on a similar topic or similar type of book.
- Your book is educational and is presented in parts.
- Your first novel was a success and you wish to continue the story with the same characters. For example – The Hunger Games.
- You are writing a romance novel series – your name as the author or your series name is your main branding.
- Your book has many action scenes that can stand alone and you are writing episode style.
- Your book spans over decades that can be split up into parts.
Breaking up Your Manuscript into a Series
Breaking up an existing manuscript into a series is more complicated than you may think. Here are some considerations:
Each part of the series will need a:
- Kindle book cover – with series branding.
- Book title and probably a subtitle as well.
- Kindle book description – highlighting what you get in this part of the series.
- Polished first 10% of the book for Click to Look Inside / book sample (don’t give away a cliffhanger here!)
- Ending to the part that makes sense and can be continued.
Do you still think you should publish a series?
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