We all know that authors with more titles on Amazon do better because books cross-pollinate, and because a large catalog gives you more opportunities for loss-leaders, and because each book is an income stream of its own that contributes to a healthier total revenue.
The trouble is, books take time to write. This “secret to writing success” often feels like it’s only really available to those writers who have already succeeded.
But what if I told you there was a way to put high-quality work in your catalog that paid you well, but didn’t require much time to actually write?
There’s a Short Story By Lawrence Block…
In that short story, an author laments that payment per word for fiction hasn’t gone up much between the 1920s and the 1980s (when the piece was written). That’s when he comes up with a way to write for many thousands of dollars per word: a ransom note about his publisher’s son.
We’re not suggesting you kidnap anybody…but we are here to tell you a way to maximize how much you earn per word by creating multiple complete books that have low word counts.
This isn’t cheating. Several kinds of books are complete books, delivering strong value and conforming to Amazon’s requirements, but simply have less words than a novel or nonfiction book. Let’s take a look at eight of the most successful.