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Crazy like a fox, I think. Amazon's Kindle Publishing platform may be the best opportunity for writers that has come along, well, since writing was invented, many thousands of years ago. You just have to abide by their rules, (most of which are simply common sense).
You will not have to endure the endless waiting game and frustration, of sending your manuscript to publishers, only to receive a politely worded response that your book does not fit what they are looking for. They never really explain exactly what they are looking for, do they?
There are some technical issues you will have to understand, such as formatting for electronic distribution. It is not as simple as uploading your text from Word, but with a little research, you can overcome this obstacle. You will also have to find a way to get your own book cover art designed, but this is not as big a problem as you might think.
Unfortunately, there is one huge obstacle that writers need to understand, and it may not be an easy thing to digest. When you write an ebook, you are not just a writer any more, like it or not, you are a now a writer/co-publisher. This means if you want to be successful, you will have to think like a publisher and learn to market your books as well as write them.
Note: if this seems distasteful to you, maybe you need to question how much you really want to be successful. It is simply a matter of learning a new skill. It just might be something you enjoy, so go ahead and taste the green eggs. Welcome to the new world of digital self-publishing!
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