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Making a Living Writing Ebooks: Here's How It Works Today - Copyblogger

Making a Living Writing Ebooks: Here's How It Works Today - Copyblogger | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
The more flexible you are about how you think about and package your ebooks, the more powerful a tool they can become in your digital business strategy.
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You can make an excellent living from ebooks (if you write enough of them), or they can be a gateway to more of your business offerings. Excellent and updated article for today.

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Readers Judge Books By Their Covers (Before You Self Publish, Part 4) - Beth Jusino

Readers Judge Books By Their Covers (Before You Self Publish, Part 4) - Beth Jusino | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Long before I worked in book publishing, a friend introduced me to a twist on the classic cliché: If you can’t judge a book by its cover, then someone’s not doing their job.
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As always, analyze that book cover design before you press publish. First impressions are most important.Think of it this way: the cover is your front door to your amazing writing within!

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Amazon Releases New Kindle Publishing Guidelines | The Digital Reader

Amazon Releases New Kindle Publishing Guidelines | The Digital Reader | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

A new version of the Kindle Publishing Guidelines was released last week to little fanfare. The new version of the guidelines (PDF) follows about 8 months after the previous update, and includes a long list of changes... 


Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro
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Authors are in the book business, and it's best to protect your interests by staying current with what Amazon is up to. If you're self-publishing, scan the newest Kindle publishing guidelines to make sure you are compliant.

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How to Self-Publish a Bestseller: Publishing 3.0

How to Self-Publish a Bestseller: Publishing 3.0 | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

"I strongly believe everyone reading this blog has the content inside of them to write a book. If you want to stand out in a world of content, you need to underline your expertise...


Via Jim Lerman
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James Altucher's advice is always chock-full of yummy little morsels to tuck away for future use. Freely sharing his own experiences, he makes a solid case for self-publishing and gives us some out-of-the box marketing techniques. Loved this read.

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The Self-Publishing Checklist: Editorial, Production, Distribution

The Self-Publishing Checklist: Editorial, Production, Distribution | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
This customizable checklist guides your self-publishing project to completion, to ensure you don't miss any important steps.
Via Shannon Bolithoe
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This is a fantastic resource that all authors should download and print for reference as we move through the steps to self-publication.

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How Writers Ruin Their Amazon Links (Yes, You Probably Do It Too) | Gwendolyn Kiste

How Writers Ruin Their Amazon Links (Yes, You Probably Do It Too) | Gwendolyn Kiste | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
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One of those little things that you probably miss as I did! Very easy work around for this issue.

 

 

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 Link to the original article: http://www.gwendolynkiste.com/Blog/how-writers-ruin-their-amazon-links-yes-you-probably-do-it-too/

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Old Amazon e-Readers Need a New Update or They Will Stop Working

Old Amazon e-Readers Need a New Update or They Will Stop Working | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Amazon first started releasing e-readers in 2007 one of the big selling points was being able to buy e-books anywhere, anytime. Amazon secured relationships


Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro
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Guess I better pull out that power cord, connect to Wi-Fi and get updating--by March 22, 2016.

 

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Link to the original article: http://goodereader.com/blog/electronic-readers/old-amazon-e-readers-need-a-new-update-or-they-will-stop-working

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Amanda Hocking, the writer who made millions by self-publishing online

Amanda Hocking, the writer who made millions by self-publishing online | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

A couple of years ago, Amanda Hocking needed to raise a few hundred dollars so, in desperation, made her unpublished novel available on the Kindle.


Via Shannon Bolithoe
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Kindle media darling, Amanda Hocking, only wanted to raise $300 to make the journey to see the a Muppet exhibition in Chicago when she uploaded her books to Amazon. Imagine her surprise when instead she made $20,000 more! She got her trip to Chicago, and a new life to boot.

 

Love these rags to riches stories--especially when the person has put in all the hard work first.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing for Kindle"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/jan/12/amanda-hocking-self-publishing

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Six Things You Should Be Including in Your EBook (and Probably Aren’t) by David Kudler — The Book Designer

Six Things You Should Be Including in Your EBook (and Probably Aren’t) by David Kudler — The Book Designer | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Six Things You Should Be Including in Your EBook (and Probably Aren’t) by David Kudler explains how to leverage your current readers and sell more books
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Great advice to follow BEFORE you get that ebook written and uploaded to the digital marketplace.

 

Do these first:

1) Create a dedicated web page for your book — on your own site, or on any other site that you like (if you are working through a publishing services company, they’ll create one for you).

2) Create a cover for your book.

3) Create a GoodReads page for your book (or, if your book has been published before, for this edition of your book).

 

Then, use the bonus HTML codes provided to swipe clickable links to build into your ebook and send readers where you want them to go.

 

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing for Kindle"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2013/08/david-kudler-kindle/

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How Ebook Theft is the Best Thing Since Pumpkin Spice Latte

How Ebook Theft is the Best Thing Since Pumpkin Spice Latte | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Stop worrying about ebook theft and learn why ebook piracy is the best compliment. Find out why illegal downloads can't be counted as lost income.
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Authors have so many things to think about. Writing, proofreading, editing, formatting, uploading and now....piracy? Should we be worried? What about lost sales? How do we combat these unseen thieves?

 

Juri answers all these questions and more in this very telling expose' on shoplifters in the digital age.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing for Kindle"***

 

Link to the full article: http://blog.sellfy.com/tips-tricks/ebook-theft/?__scoop_post=4027782065&__scoop_topic=952111#__scoop_post=4027782065&__scoop_topic=952111

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Amazon Expands Pre-order Buttons to All KDP Authors - The Digital Reader

Amazon Expands Pre-order Buttons to All KDP Authors - The Digital Reader | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

With no fanfare or official announcement, earlier today Amazon quietly gave indie authors a sales feature some had been requesting for the past several years.


Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro
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Thank you, Hachette Book Group. It seems the ongoing feud between the two goliath booksellers is giving us little guys a boost up.

 

Little guys meaning indie publishers who never before had access to the exclusive golden goose. The pre-order button. The button just out of our grasp.

 

If you have a novel in draft mode, set a publish date (up to 90 days out), and get it uploaded for approval. This may be the impetus I need to set a date for my upcoming romance novel and get the coveted button. Go forth indies!

 

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing for Kindle"***

 

Link to the full article: http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/08/14/amazon-expands-pre-order-buttons-kdp-authors/#.U-1PRMvQN1u

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Interesting marketing tip for independent authors and publishers...
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Good news for #indies
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How to turn your books into audiobooks via the ACX service | Self-Publishing Advice

How to turn your books into audiobooks via the ACX service | Self-Publishing Advice | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

British novelist Roz Morris describes from experience how to turn self-published print and ebooks into audiobooks using Amazon's ACX service

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Writing and publishing digital or printed books is one slice of the reader market pie. There's another platform.

 

Audiobooks.

 

Many like to listen instead of read. I have several friends that have vision trouble. The audio version of your book would be a big help for those people.

 

ACX is a network where narrators and producers can meet authors who want their work released as audiobooks. It's easy to get set up. ACX will pull your details off Amazing and you can get started.

 

How does it work? You can do it yourself if you have the right equipment. A dinky microphone from Office Max won't cut it. The other choice is to hire a professional. It may cost you some bucks, so be prepared to pay. You can choose to pay a royalty share to cut the upfront cost.

 

Read the entire article, and head over to ACX to see if this platform will work for your book.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing for Kindle"***

 

Link to the full article: http://www.selfpublishingadvice.org/reaching-readers-how-to-create-audiobooks-via-acx/

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The Report – Author Earnings | Writing for Kindle

The Report – Author Earnings | Writing for Kindle | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Hugh Howey, Best-selling author of "Wool" and "Dust" blows the lid off Amazon author earnings.

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The self-publishing community is all abuzz.  Hugh Howey's latest report on author earnings is creating quite stir. Why?

 

Here are some statistics that might blow away the uninformed:

 

o  Most readers don’t know and don’t care how the books they read are published.

 

o   Indie and small-publisher titles dominate the bestselling genres on Amazon.

 

o  Indie authors are outselling the Big Five. That’s the entire Big Five. Combined.

 

o  86% of the top 2,500 genre fiction bestsellers in the overall Amazon store are e-books.

 

o  Self-published authors on Amazon’s platform keep 70% of the total purchase price.

 

o  It is also worth noting again that self-published authors are earning more money on fewer titles.

 

o  More writers today are paying bills with their craft than at any other time in human history.

 

o  Our data suggests that even stellar manuscripts are better off self-published.

 

o  There are no short cuts, just a lot of effort and a lot of luck.

 

Do you think you have a self-published book inside of you screaming to be written? This is a long report, but well worth the time. These stats from Hugh might be the push you need.

 

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing for Kindle"***

 

Link to the full article: http://authorearnings.com/the-report/

 

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What You Need to Know Before You Judge Self-Publishing Authors

What You Need to Know Before You Judge Self-Publishing Authors | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Not so long ago, there weren’t many resources available that would enable an author to self-publish their writing. As the technology emerged, so did a stigma. It was thought that you only self-published if your book wasn’t good enough to …

Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Technology is here, and here to stay. Keep writing, and keep self-publishing. People are reading on their phones, ipads, kindles, androids, you name it. There is a market for every type of book.

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How To Correct Your Self-Publishing Mistakes

How To Correct Your Self-Publishing Mistakes | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
8 easy ways to correct common self-publishing mistakes that many new authors make. Most are easy fixes that take very little time to improve a book.
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Here's a nice neat little checklist for self-pubbing authors. Do a quick review to see if there are any you need to implement.

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Five Best Ebook Readers - Lifehacker.com

Five Best Ebook Readers - Lifehacker.com | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

If you like taking your books on the go, you’ve never had more options. The best ereaders are slim, have batteries that last for weeks, and come in both e-ink and color varieties, have multiple screen sizes to suit you, and come at different price points. Let’s look at five of the best, based on your nominations.

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The Kindle Paperwhite is #1 on this list of five best ebook readers, and I'm not surprised. Small, simple, functional--and inexpensive. Amazon always seems to lead the pack.

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e-Book Cover Design Awards, May 2016 - The Book Designer

e-Book Cover Design Awards, May 2016 - The Book Designer | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
e-Book Cover Design Awards, May 2016 including

Via elearning hoje, Luciana Viter
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Take a walk through the good, the bad, and the ugly book covers. There are some amazing works of art here! If you're creating your own covers, Joel makes the case for hiring a professional. It makes a world of difference.

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The Indie Author Behind the Official 'Dracula' Prequel - Publisher's Weekly

The Indie Author Behind the Official 'Dracula' Prequel - Publisher's Weekly | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
A self-published novel and a nomination for a Bram Stoker Award resulted in indie author J.D. Barker being tapped to write the official prequel to 'Dracula.'
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This is a fascinating article by Publisher's Weekly about a fellow indie author who's been tapped to write the prequel to Dracula--with Bram Stoker's great grand-nephew! Take a few minutes to relish in the success of a fellow self-published author.

Congrats J.D.!

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Link to the original article:
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/69771-the-indie-author-behind-the-official-dracula-prequel.html
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Q&A On Self-Publishing and Book Marketing With Joanna Penn

Q&A On Self-Publishing and Book Marketing With Joanna Penn | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

In today's show, I tackle more of your questions from The Creative Penn survey about self-publishing and marketing. The last Q&A show was one of the most


Via Shannon Bolithoe
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Joanna Penn is one of the go-to experts on all things writing and self-publishing. If you're new to this arena, it's well worth a few minutes to peruse her lengthy Q&A. 

 

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing for Kindle"***

 

 Link to the original article: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2015/08/17/qa-writing-publishing/

 

 

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Author Earnings report - GoodEreader.com

Author Earnings report - GoodEreader.com | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Author Earnings is an extensive report that looks at Amazon e-book sales and the digital publishing industry at large. The February 2016 report has just been released.


Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro
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4 of Amazon’s overall Top 10 Best Selling e-books were self-published indie titles. Think there is room in that piece of the pie for your own self-published novel?

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing for Kindle"***

 

Link to the original article: http://goodereader.com/blog/e-book-news/february-2016-author-earnings-report-is-now-available

 

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How to: Planning to Self-Publish?

How to: Planning to Self-Publish? | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

   Have you decided to self-publish? Excellent! Before you get started, though, you're going to need to outline a plan.

 


Via Shannon Bolithoe
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There are some good suggestions in this article for those considering self-publishing. It's not all wine and roses, as the author suggests, so if you're looking for an easy road to riches this isn't it.

 

If you're on board and ready to put in the sweat equity, then read the article and get writing--and much success!

 

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing for Kindle"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.shewrites.com/profiles/blogs/how-to-planning-to-self-publish-1

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Indie Authors & Change | Self-Publishing Advice for Writers

Indie Authors & Change | Self-Publishing Advice for Writers | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Indie authors are in the best position to adapt to publishing industry, provided they have the right attitude - and here's how to get it...

Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro
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Just keep on writing, and let them change the rules. Adapt, as needed. Self-publishing is here to stay.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing for Kindle"***

 

Link to the full article: http://www.selfpublishingadvice.org/indie-author-and-the-publishing-industry/

 

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CAUTION - Self-Publishing Is Too Easy

CAUTION - Self-Publishing Is Too Easy | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Self-publishing is a remarkable industry. The ever-increasing ease of access to publication through the various avenues of indie and self-publishing (in the broadest sense) is a good thing–and a bad thing


Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro
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Three pitfalls of self-publishing the author warns:

 

1) Lack of patience

2) Solitary confinement

3) Hassle of husbandry (had to look that one up)

 

He makes some very good points, and warnings should be heeded by all antsy to get their written words out into the world and onto waiting Kindles. Patience, my friends, and quality, prevails in all walks of life. This is no different.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing for Kindle"***

 

Link to the full article: http://indiewritenet.com/writersguide/2014/08/30/caution-self-publishing-is-too-easy/

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Self-Publishing Vs. Traditional: My Decision - A Writer's Journey

Self-Publishing Vs. Traditional: My Decision - A Writer's Journey | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Making the decision to self publish or query agents is a difficult one. These are the reasons I chose self-publishing.
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This excellent article is by an author who decided to self-publish after doing a 180 away from the traditional pubbing route. He thoughtfully lays out his reasoning for the mind change.

 

o It's up to the individual author to define success

o Book stores have ticking clocks on their bookshelves

o The money isn't that great in traditional publishing

o Publishers won't do for you what you can do for yourself

o You may be tied up in a contract for a very long time

 

Read, the article, weigh the pros and cons, and decide for yourself whether you want to put in the time looking for a publisher, or try your hand at the self-publishing route.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing for Kindle"***

 

Link to the full article: http://www.erindorpress.com/2014/01/self-publishing-vs-traditional-my-decision/

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How to Format Your Book for Kindle Using Microsoft Word in 6 Easy Steps

How to Format Your Book for Kindle Using Microsoft Word in 6 Easy Steps | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Anyone who’s tried formatting their eBook themselves will tell you it’s no small feat. There are hundreds of conversion programs and Kindle “meatgrinders” that promise clean Kindle files, yet deliver a file full of gobbly-gook.
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If you're sitting on the fence about writing and publishing a book to Kindle, this article should give you the kick in the pants you need.

 

The author lays out six easy steps to format your book and get it up there for sale already! Keep in mind this may not work for those who have bullet points, tables, and special formatting. This tutorial works magic for straight typed text.

 

To sum up:

 

1) Type it clean

2) Insert page breaks

3) Apply Styles

4) Create your Table of Contents (TOC)

5) Convert to MOBI/EPUB

6) Upload!

 

You may have to do a bit of tweaking once it is uploaded, but Amazon allows you to see how the finished product will look before you hit that "Publish" button.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing for Kindle"***

 

Link to the full article:  http://ultimatebookcoach.com/how-to-format-your-book-for-kindle-using-microsoft-word-in-6-easy-steps/

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