How to Make Money by Writing and Selling Books and Ebooks on Amazon

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If you’re looking for a way to make money and you enjoy writing, one legit option is to write and sell books or ebooks on Amazon. The world of self-publishing has changed very rapidly over the past 5 years, and Amazon’s platform has been a major contributor to those changes.

Amazon makes it possible for the average person to become a published author and make money by selling books of all types. Regardless of whether you already have an existing audience or are starting from scratch, it’s very possible to make money with this approach, and people all over the world are proving it.

KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) has lowered the barriers and made it fast and easy for anyone to start making money as an author.

While I have experience selling private label products on Amazon, I’ve never sold books or ebooks on their platform. I wanted to get some insight from an experienced Amazon author so I reached out to Avery Breyer.

Avery launched her first book in 2015 and she currently has six different books for sale on topics related to personal finance and making money (check out her books here). Avery graciously agreed to answer some questions related to selling books/ebooks on Amazon and you’ll find that interview below.

Avery Breyer is a multiple best-selling author, freelance writer, and real estate investor. She is passionate about helping people take control of their money and create the life they want.

She’s been seen in Woman’s World and Essence magazines, on live radio, and other media outlets.

She helps her readers get the motivation and action plans they need for financial success, with simple techniques anyone can implement, starting now.

Her popular Smart Money Blueprint series of books includes, How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck, How to Raise Your Credit Score, and How to Be Debt Free. You can also learn how she started a particularly lucrative side hustle from home in her bestselling book, Turn Your Computer Into a Money Machine.

Avery Breyer

Avery Breyer

If you’re interested in learning how to become a self-published author, you may be interested in the course From First Draft to Bestseller: Self-Publish and Market a Book That Readers Will Love  by bestselling author and teacher Jonathan LaPoma. This in-depth course is available on Skillshare and you can get free access for two months through this link.

How to Sell Books and Ebooks on Amazon

In this interview, I think you’ll find some great introductory information that can help you to decide if becoming a self-published author would be a good fit for you.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I never know where to begin with this question, but I’ll try to be brief… 🙂

In a nutshell, I’ve always had this crazy dream to travel full-time for as long as possible – I wanted to be a digital nomad. And in mid-2014 my husband and I had what I like to call our “epic mid-life crisis” (we quit our perfectly good jobs, decided to homeschool our kids, and travel the world for as long as we could… a lot of people thought we were crazy to do this!).

Anyways, we needed income to support this if we wanted our travel lifestyle to last more than 6-12 months.

So, since I’d always had a knack for writing, I started with freelance SEO writing on UpWork, which was very successful.

But due to these crazy eye problems I have, depending on freelance work as my main source of income was risky… I needed something that could generate income even if my eyes failed me and I needed to take time off work. And with freelancing, you only get paid when you are actively working. So, this brings me to your next question….

How and when did you get started with selling books/ebooks on Amazon?

It seemed like it might solve my problem of how to generate income that would continue to come in even if I had to stop working for a while due to my eye problems flaring up (i.e. preventing me from actively working).

So, in late 2014 – after reading everything I could get my hands on about self-publishing – I started writing my first book,