Make Money Publishing Low-Content Books

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Low content book publishing is a fantastic home business option if you want to start a business with almost no upfront investment. This blog post will explore what low content book publishing is, how long it takes to make money with this business model, and give some examples of low content books that you could write and publish with very little text on the interior pages.

What are low-content books?

Low-content or “no-content” books are really just made-up titles, honestly, but in actuality when people use these terms they’re talking about an eCommerce endeavor using the Amazon platform. It involves uploading a book onto Amazon’s website.  

You’ve probably seen these books. This kind of book has little to no words on each page. They could be planners, journals, notebooks, and more. All of these are perfect options when writing in this format! We’ll look into these examples in more detail below!

How long does it take to make money publishing business low-content books? 

In short, it depends. Everyone’s personal situation and circumstances play into answering this, so self-evaluation is important. But generally, it takes time to build a self-publishing career. Even if you are focused on low-content books. 

Some people report making a thousand dollars within their first couple of months, but many times those people already have experience with keyword research or graphic design. And perhaps they don’t have as many other responsibilities like a full-time job or family. 

When setting up your income goals, think about your unique journey. Do you have any experience with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) or designing book covers? Can you shackle yourself to your desk, put your blinders on and work for 6 to 8 or even 10 hours or more a day for a month? 

If the answer is yes, then you might be able to make your first $1,000 in two or three months.  But if not, don’t worry! It will take time and patience but with determination, it can get done.

What do you need to get started with a low content book publishing business?

Find Your Amazon Kindle Books Category or Niche

Research through the top sellers in the Kindle store to see which genre inspires you the most. These genres let you know what products are in demand. While you want to create your own story, you still need to find and develop one people search for on Amazon to build a profitable business. Even if you author a terrific book, you won’t have a great time selling it if people are not interested in the genre.

Develop Eye-Catching Book Covers

The first thing readers see is your book cover and title, so make it eye-catching. Your readers should get a basic understanding of what genre they will read just by looking at the cover. For example, a romantic novel will have a couple cuddling, while a beginner’s guide to cooking will want to have food and cooking equipment to draw in the right readers.

If you have no self-publishing experience whatsoever and are still learning the basic elements of good design then be prepared to show yourself some grace. Core design skills (color, typography, and layout) and core tools (Canva, InDesign, and Affinity Publisher) can take time to learn and master. Here are some options to get some skills built quick: 

LinkedIn Learning Courses:

First, the cover matters. “Don’t judge a book by its cover” does not apply to low-content book publishing. The competition on Amazon is steep and it’s all about the cover. 

If you don’t know much about design, need to brush up on some skills, or want to refresh some knowledge about design, LinkedIn Learning has some great courses for layout, composition, tips & tricks, and color. Here are just a few to get you thinking about all things design.

Graphic Design Tips & Tricks

Graphic Design Foundations: Color

Learning Graphic Design: Layouts  

Graphic Design Foundations: Layout and Composition

If you are completely new to self-publishing, you will want to take advantage of LinkedIn Learning’s free trial period to get some basics under your belt. They offer some great courses that include topics about Amazon Kindle Publishing that you will need to know. Here are just a few from their extensive library:  

Learning Ebook Publishing

Ebooks: Distributing and Marketing

Designing a Book Cover

Low Content Book Software

So what do you need? Well, definitely a computer or laptop.  And a stable internet connection. But in addition to those basics, you will want a good program that will turn out great results for your designs. 

The most popular software programs to design your cover and interior would be Canva, Affinity Publisher, and Adobe InDesign. Each of these will have pros and cons when comparing them side by side, so let’s look at those so you can find the best fit for you. 

Canva – easy to learn and affordable, it offers a self-start platform that is easy to use. They also provide tutorial videos on their website. They offer a free version with limits on the use of their tools and stock photos, but their CanvaPro is reasonably priced at $12.99/month. 

Affinity Publisher – hard to learn but affordable, you will want to probably take a course or watch some tutorials before getting started. However, being a publishing program, it is great for creating low-content books. It is all you will need to design your layout with typography, graphics, and photos. It is also affordable at $49.99, a one-time fee instead of a subscription. 

Adobe InDesign – hard to learn and expensive, it is used by graphics and marketing professionals and is the industry’s standard for publishing design. InDesign gives you the necessary tools to design and create professional page layouts for printed and digital media. A subscription will cost you $29.99/month and offers a yearly plan at $19.99/month. 

LinkedIn Learning will also have courses for these ( Affinity Publisher Essential Training and InDesign 2020 Essential Training ) and you could take a very affordable course on Canva through Kara’s course, Confidently Canva at Simplifying DIY Design. https://simplifyingdiydesign.lpages.co/confidently-canva/

Write Quality Content and Descriptions

The most crucial step of all is to create a story or book worth reading. To make a profitable Amazon eBook business, you need to create a series or more than one book on related topics. This way, you create fans of your work who will read your new books no matter what as they know they will enjoy your genre.

Low-Content Book Options

The possibilities of what you could design and publish are endless and will bring out your creative side as you dream of all that could come to fruition. Books like day planners, journals, notebooks, meal planners, coloring books, encouraging scripture….the skies the limit!

If you need some visuals to get your creative juices flowing, check out Pretty Simple Press and this Prayer Journal for Women on Amazon : 

  • List it Out: To Do List Notebook: A Modern Notebook for Women to Record Daily To Do’s, Top Priorities and Goals Paperback
  • Meal Planner: Track And Plan Your Meals Weekly (52 Week Food Planner / Diary / Log / Journal / Calendar): Meal Prep And Planning Grocery List
  • Prayer Journal for Women: 52 Week Scripture, Devotional & Guided Prayer Journal

The person who will be most successful with this is the person who remembers it’s a slow burn. It will be a slow build. This is normal. 

One important thing to remember is the 80/20 principle, a useful tool that will help guide you in prioritizing and managing your work.  

This principle states that 20% of your activities will account for 80% of your results. Simplified, it basically means that if you focus on the most relevant 20% of your workload or complete the top 20% of your business to-do list, you will see 80% productive results. 

Vice versa, if you prioritize the bottom 20% of your to-do list, you’re going to have 80% of your efforts be unproductive with your end goals. So if you’re doing this as a side gig, it’s going to be very difficult for you to get the consistency that someone who is dedicated would have.

Hopefully I have made you a believer that your daydreams can come true. You do have more than one option to work from home and leave your day job. But I want to hear more about your story and what you’re thinking.

Did you have any low-content book ideas pop into your mind?  

What are some of the pros and cons that you see with the low content publishing business model?  

Do you think there is an opportunity for a low-content book publisher to quit their day job and make a full-time income with their own business? 

There’s usually a solution or answer to any question. I’d like to help you make this a reality in your life. Let me know how I can help. 

Hello there! I’m Jill, thanks for visiting my blog. I help women create work-life flexibility and financial stability by building a profitable online business they love.  Feel free to send me a message and let me know how I can help YOU!