In the course of my work as a reviewer for More Money Review, I get to see a lot of guides to making money from writing ebooks for the Amazon Kindle.
One thing that has struck me, however, is how limited many of these are. Typically they only cover writing one type of ebook (e.g. niche nonfiction) and often they gloss over or omit entirely very important issues such as formatting.
Frequently I find myself in reviews recommending that anyone considering buying the product in question consider getting Kindling instead. So today I thought I’d devote a little time to reviewing it.
Kindling is a resource for anyone interested in writing Kindle ebooks for profit. It is created and run by New Zealander Geoff Shaw. The members’ website contains information, training and advice on all aspects of writing, publishing and promoting your ebooks on the Kindle platform.
As you can see from the screen capture above, the site wouldn’t win any design awards, but it is neatly and clearly set out, with the main menu running down the left of the screen. There are really too many sections to list here, but here are some of the main ones to give you a flavor…
- Author Training
- Fiction Writing
- Episodic Books
- Children’s Books
- Tricktion (a course-within-a-course about tricks for writing fiction)
Each of these typically has around a dozen sub-sections, which themselves may be anywhere from a single page to five or more.
The actual content is a mixture of audio files, videos and written content. It’s all produced by Geoff himself, and definitely has his own personal stamp. You will be well accustomed to his Kiwi accent by the time you’ve studied it all!
The training is clear and authoritative. Geoff is a successful Kindle author (writing under various pen names) and he draws on this experience in the advice and information he provides. Unlike many in the bizopps field who release products in different niches every week, Geoff focuses solely on Kindling, and has done so since it was first launched three years ago.
Unusually among Kindle training products (which tend to focus on nonfiction), Kindling has a lot of content on writing fiction, from short stories to novels. Geoff strongly recommends writing fiction if you want to make money from Kindle, and even if you’ve never considered this before, reading his tips and advice may well inspire you to try your hand at it.
Another feature I like about Kindling is that the content is continuously revised and expanded. E-book publishing is a fast-changing field, so it’s good to know that whatever new developments occur in future, the content will be updated to reflect this.
I also like the fact that this is not a monthly membership. Once you have paid the one-off fee, you have lifetime access, including all future upgrades.
As well as the website itself, you get access to an active Facebook members group where all issues relating to Kindle e-book writing are discussed. Geoff himself is also available at any time to answer questions by email.
Overall, Kindling (still) gets my highest recommendation as the most complete and up-to-date training resource on Kindle publishing that I’ve come across. If you’re serious about making money as a Kindle author, it is likely to prove a very worthwhile investment. I’ve certainly never regretted the money I spent on joining.
And yes, I do still recommend my own Kindle Kash course (published by WCCL) as well. I freely admit that it is not as comprehensive as Kindling, though. Also, as a standalone product, it is not updated as regularly as Kindling. Though on the plus side, it is a bit cheaper, of course!