Piggyback Publishing Profits is the latest writing guide to be launched by the prolific Amy Harrop.
Amy is a successful Kindle author, and publisher of many guides and software products for authors. She was kind enough to allow me a review copy, so here’s what I found…
Piggyback Publishing Profits is a guide to making money by publishing e-books (or books) that, as the name indicates, piggyback on the success of popular books and movies. The main guide is a 47-page PDF.
As you would expect with any of Amy’s guides, this is well written and attractively presented. It is illustrated with screen captures (mainly of Amazon reviews) where relevant.
In the manual, Amy explains how you can make money by writing “piggyback” titles in various categories. These include study guides (like Cliff Notes), but also books aimed at book clubs, fans, businesspeople, self-help readers, and so on. In all cases, the aim is to create a short e-book (15 to 50 pages) that summarizes what is in the main title, and perhaps provides a commentary on it as well.
As Amy explains, this sort of title can appeal to busy people who want a quick way of getting to grips with the content of a book without having to read it cover to cover. But they also work as aides-memoire for those who have actually read the book, effectively sparing them the task of writing detailed notes on it themselves. And, of course, they can appeal to fans of the book (or movie) in question, who want some additional insights into it.
One big advantage of writing and publishing books like these is that there is a large potential readership, and they will also appear high in the search results for the title in question. Done well, then, such books could potentially be very lucrative.
Amy does a good job of explaining the different options, with examples included. She provides outline templates for various types of piggyback book, including business, self-help, diet, religion and spirituality, fiction, study guides, and fan books. Advice is also provided about optimizing your e-book’s title and description, so that it appears high in Amazon’s search results.
Piggyback Publishing Profits also sets out some great tips on other ways of promoting your titles. Many of these would apply equally to other types of Kindle e-book, incidentally.
The manual also covers the tricky subject of avoiding copyright infringement. The advice Amy gives is sensible enough, though she admits she is not a lawyer and her advice is based mainly on custom and practice. She emphasizes the importance of putting a disclaimer in your book to the effect that it is unofficial/unauthorized, and recommends checking out similar books to see the wording they use. I did feel it would have been helpful if she had included some sample disclaimers herself, though.
As well as the main guide, buyers receive three additional PDF manuals as bonuses. These are Pinterest for Businesses, Marketing with Infographics and Marketing with Slideshows. These are all quite substantial guides, with a minimum of 20 pages. I found them useful and interesting.
Piggyback Publishing Profits is currently on a launch special offer, after which the price will be rising by $10. If you are interested in this opportunity, it is definitely well worth a look. It doesn’t, of course, go into the actual mechanics of publishing an e-book on Kindle, but there is plenty of good advice about this available elsewhere (Geoff Shaw’s Kindling, my number one recommended resource, for example).
If you have any comments or questions about Piggyback Publishing Profits, as always, feel free to post them below.