The assumption, of course, is you’re a decent writer. But you knew that. So ready? Here you go:
1. Choose a hot fiction genre, or better yet, subgenre. Not difficult to do at all. Just check out Amazon’s list of fiction bestsellers. You want to make money, right? So why do some obscure subgenre? May as well write and try to sell poetry.
2. Write serial fiction. You know, books in a series. “Book 2 of 5,” that kinda thing. Sure, you can do good old standalone novels, but those are a way tougher sell and a lot more difficult for a noob to establish, if at all.
Point is, if you hook them, they’ll be buying the rest of the books in the series. Ka-ching! And they’ll continue on and do the same with your next series, and the next…
And note: I didn’t say you need to write big books, did I?
And note #2: Once you’ve got a name and a following from the serials, knock yourself out doing standalones if you’re so inclined. They’ll be way easier to market then.
3. Write, produce and pump them out FAST. Why? Besides the fact that readers devour these, realize you’ve got competition. Lots of it. If you can’t scratch your target readers’ itch, dirt easy (and cheap) for them to go find someone else to go scratch it.
What’s the point of getting them addicted and tossing $$$ at you if you aren’t going to supply them with the drug?
Notice I didn’t say pump out crap. That’s never OK. Do quality. All the freaking time.
I say aim for one book every couple of months to start. Keep working at cutting down the time it takes you to do each book. Not doable? An author I know said she just finished her 17th book, that they get easier and faster to do with practice. Her latest is 65K words. Total time it took her to write the first draft? Eleven days. She said that back with her first book, it took her 3 weeks to do 16K.
Told you it’s doable.
And that’s the basic formula for indies who want to viably work today’s market for fiction books. Oh, forgot to mention: Kindle ebooks, and do a POD (print on demand) version for the Luddites who need to smell what they read.