The Awful Truth about Writing a Health Book for Kindle

Published on April 13, 2016 by

Write a Health Book Last year I took a deep dive into writing and publishing Kindle books.

I stumbled across a book (on Kindle, where else?) that promised you could make thousands of dollars a month writing Kindle books.

Although each book sold for the princely sum of $2.99, the assurance was that if you researched the market carefully, and wrote several books a month, you would make slow and steady sales of a few dollars a week.

Within a short time you’d be making a few thousand dollars a month.

That sounded great to me.

I’m a full time writer, and I’ve written 40 books, including 4 for Kindle last year. I’ve been published by three major publishers, self-published other books, and ghostwritten quite a few.

Writing a book is easy and enjoyable for me. I thought, “Well, if anyone can make a go of this, it would be me.”

Wrong.

Don’t hire a cheap ghostwriter

My first shock was when I co-authored a gardening book. I interviewed a gardening expert, Patti Pokorchak, and wrote Easy Container Gardening: 5 Steps to Grow Fresh Organic Vegetables in Small Urban Spaces. I put a lot of love into the wording and images, and got lots of great reviews.Easy Container Gardening

Did it sell?

Hardly, despite it being the height of gardening season.

The reason is that the Internet marketers had moved in, and flooded Kindle with gardening books, as well as every type of book you can imagine.

They were hiring writers for the cheapest amounts possible. The writers didn’t need any experience in the topic of their book. All they did was swipe content from different blogs or websites on their topic, change the wording a bit, and churn out  a book.

And who can blame them? They were being paid peanuts, so they probably had little motivation to put in much effort.

The reviews were scathing for these ghost-written books. People wrote, “It would be nice if you’d ever stepped into a garden before you wrote a gardening book.”

But the damage was done, because my book was lost in a sea of competition.

Of course, there are many well-written, valuable books on Amazon that do sell well.

So who should write a health book?

YOU should write a health book… if you have something worthwhile to say.

If you are a health professional, or an expert in some aspect of health, or if you founded a natural products company, or you are an organic gardening expert or a vegan chef…you should share your knowledge and expertise, because you can help people.

People crave genuine knowledge.

If you’ve gained expertise and years of experience, this is the time to preserve it by writing your book.

You won’t get lost in the crowd

After my sad story, you may be wondering, “Why should I bother self-publishing if the marketplace is so crowded?

The answer is that Kindle is only one avenue that may bring you clients or patients, and some sales.

But the real reason you’re writing your book is to build your practice or natural products business, and to help more people.

You may want to have print books that you sell or even give away free. There are many options.

But there is one thing I can tell you with absolute certainty:

You will never regret the time you take to write and publish your book.

A roadmap to your health book10 Steps Cover Image

Let’s face it. Writing and publishing a book is a daunting task if you’ve never done it before.

That’s why I’m delighted to offer you a roadmap to get your book out into the world.

It’s free! But in exchange, I’m asking a very small favor of you, so I can help you further.

Please shoot me an email, answering these 4 questions, and I’ll send you the roadmap sheet right away.

  1. What kind of book do you want to write?
  2. What is your biggest stumbling block in writing and publishing your book?
  3. What would it mean to your business or practice, and to you personally, to get your book out into the world?
  4. What would the cost be to your business or practice if you DON’T write and publish your book?

Just copy and paste these 4 questions, with your answers, into an email and send it to: Lynda@LyndaGoldmanCopywriting.com I will reply within 24 hours (probably sooner) with your roadmap. Thanks so much, I look forward to hearing from you!

Start now. Don’t put it off any longer. Contact me if you need help. I’ve been through it all, and can steer you in the right direction.

Warmly, Lynda