The Writing Life

Why I Use Amazon kindle

I am a writer, one who did not write much, so I don’t really deserve the title.

However, the writing I have done has had value.

I wrote training materials for the Boy Scouts of America, materials used to train tens of thousands of leaders across the nation. These materials helped leaders deliver a more excellent program to the boys they led.

I have written seminars and classes for personal financial management, especially getting out of debt. Hundreds of people have gained control of their financial lives and reduced or eliminated their debt burden.

This tells me that writing has value.

I’m an impatient guy. I don’t have the patience to peddle my manuscripts for months or years just to get a hard-copy available for sale in the declining shelves of bookstores.

Besides, if it’s important work, why delay?

That’s why I am in favor of blogging, like this one, and using Amazon’s Kindle publishing program to put my writing into the wild.

Amazon’s Kindle publishing program gives any author a route to making their writing available to others to read.

It’s free.

You can even make some money. How much depends on your writing, your topics, and how many books you have available.

My topic has been personal finances. I have several titles available. People with a need in this area have been buying these titles. I am a published author.

Because of the revolution in reading represented by the introduction of Amazon’s Kindle reader. Books became portable by the thousands in a 1-pound reader.

The demise of the great bookstore chains has hastened the greater use of electronic titles. You can have a library in your pocket.

Therefore, publishing to Kindle is the perfect way to be published. If your writing is worth reading, it should be published.

Sure, you won’t have book signings or the other cachet of being a traditional published author. But, you will be published. And you will make some money.

Go to and check out the Kindle titles available. You’ll probably find your favorite author.

Then, get your favorite work into the Kindle pipeline so you can be published, too.

By John Larson

John is an experienced small business owner, management consultant, project manager, and family man. John has been married since 1967 to the same beautiful bride. He has two sons and eight grandchildren. He makes his home in Carlton, Oregon, USA.

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