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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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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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How to Find the Best Ebook Format | Digital Book World

How to Find the Best Ebook Format | Digital Book World | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
In a blog post for Digital Book World, Kevin Callahan explains how to decide between which ebook format to use.

Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro
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Great tips by a book designer on how to choose the best ebook format for your ebook.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2016/how-to-find-the-best-ebook-format/

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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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Serials Can Be Challenging, For Writers and For Amazon - An Author's View | The Digital Reader

Serials Can Be Challenging, For Writers and For Amazon - An Author's View | The Digital Reader | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

As a writer who works in serial format myself (my co-writers and I just posted part 14 of a story in a science-fiction universe we’re creating to a free on-line fiction site), I was interested to see this piece from PaidContent that looks further into Amazon’s new serial format in-depth. The business turns out to... Read More »

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Serials can be tricky to write, and write, and write. Apparently, the third episode can be a problem. If you don't have material planned out and ready to post on a continual basis, your whole story could flame out. Do you have the stamina for it?

 

***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/2012/09/19/serials-can-be-challenging-for-writers-and-for-amazon/

 

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CompletelyNovel's Sarah Juckes advises how to write a blurb | Self-Publishing Advice

CompletelyNovel's Sarah Juckes advises how to write a blurb | Self-Publishing Advice | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
An easy-to-follow, practical guide to writing the best blurb to sell your self-published book, provided by YA author Sarah Juckes of CompletelyNovel
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This kind of stuff wakes me up in the middle of the night. A book theme-tagline and blurb. Instead of waking up and writing it down--as I should--I repeat it over and over in my head, and zonk out again. Once awake, I write it down--immediately.

 

YA author Sarah Juckes gives us a few tips for writing an amazing stand-out blurb that will get people pushing that BUY button.

 

1)  Do your research (check out other blurbs, make notes)

2)  Choose a blurb style (layout)

3)  Start with a synopsis (freewrite a summary of your novel)

4)   Focus on your character & 'Stakes' (intro the protagonist, set up the stakes for character)

5)   Find your voice (same voice/style as your novel)

6)   Refine, refine, refine (condense it)

7)   Map your blurb (map it on the layout)

8)   Are you answering right questions? (put yourself in reader's shoes)

9)   Choose the right font (make it pleasing)

10)  Read, review, rewrite  (go over it again and again, ask someone for their opinion)

 

Once you check off each of these steps, your book blurb should be a winner, and the book a seller!

 

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

 

 Link to the full article:  http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/how-to-write-an-effective-blurb-for-a-self-published-book/

 

 

 

 

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There's a genre I hadn't thought much about!

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Publishing for FREE will cost you A LOT! - Writing for Kindle

Publishing for FREE will cost you A LOT! - Writing for Kindle | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

"The Brave New World of epublishing and print on demand has brought with it more freedom for writers than ever before, but it also brings with it (for the would-be professional writer responsibilities and obligations)."


Via Lynda Dickson
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This writer is "right on" when he says this new frontier of epublishing has brought with it a lot more responsibility for authors--that is, weeding out the hucksters.

 

Just as with anything we do in life, we need to go into it with our eyes "wide open." As soon as you throw up your hands and say, "Ah, that's too hard for me," and turn over your rights to your work, you are going to be wishing you had spent more time doing your homework, when the chickens come home to roost.

 

There are legitimate people and companies to help you if you get stuck in some aspect of self-publishing, but do your due diligence first. Remember, it is your hard-earned money you are giving up, and I recommend NEVER giving up half your rights to your published works.

 

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://www.arthurcrandon.com/5/post/2013/07/july-06th-2013.html

 

 

 

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Why Your Amazon Kindle Book Will Be Far Bigger Than You Imagine | Bestseller Labs

Why Your Amazon Kindle Book Will Be Far Bigger Than You Imagine | Bestseller Labs | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
The hidden advantage of e-publishing on the Kindle vs print publishing, and the unprecedented opportunity it offers to savvy authors.
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What is your purpose for writing a book to put out on the Kindle marketplace? Do you love writing? Do you have something that burns within you that you just have to share with the world? Visions of riches? As Jonathan so deftly describes in his article, it could be all this but so much more.

 

What is the single biggest advantage of having a Kindle book under your belt? It is an "EVERGREEN" product! Your books will never go out of print and will keep on selling FOREVER. That should excite the britches off of you. *No pun intended* ;)

 

Authors--Keep writing, keep putting out new books, keep finding new fans. The opportunity for writers has never been greater!

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://bestsellerlabs.com/why-your-amazon-kindle-book-will-be-far-bigger-than-you-imagine/

 

 

 

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Kindle Comic Creator - FREE on Amazon.com

Kindle Comic Creator - FREE on Amazon.com | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
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Do you love reading comics? Do you draw funny pics that you dream of compiling into a book? Well, now stop dreaming and start creating your very own comics. Amazon makes it easy.

 

Amazon is always ahead of the curve. Now I see they have a Kindle Comic Creator that is a FREE download. I haven't used this myself, but once you download their software from http://Amazon.com/kc2, you can start creating.

 

This looks like a fun diversion, and I'm looking forward to having some fun with it.

 

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

 

Link to the full article and your free download: http://amazon.com/kc2

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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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Libraries have loaned out a record number of e-books in 2016 - GoodEreader.com

Libraries have loaned out a record number of e-books in 2016 - GoodEreader.com | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Libraries are investing more money in a proper digital collection and patrons are starting to take notice. In 2015 over 30 different libraries in Canada and the United States loaned out over 1 million e-book titles.
Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro
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Here's another case for writing that e-book. Your work can also be distributed by libraries. If your book's on Amazon, you get paid for digital downloads through the Kindle lending library. Another stream of income for writers.

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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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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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FAQ about Publishing: Part 1 - Writing for Kindle

FAQ about Publishing: Part 1 - Writing for Kindle | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

"No Rules Just Write" - CJ Lyons is publishing five books this year. Three down and two to go!

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CJ Lyons, fabulously successful pediatric ER doc turned suspense/thriller author, talks self-publishing. She already had several books on the market available through a NYC publisher, so why did she even think about going a different route?

 

One word. Freedom.

 

She wanted to keep her readers happy and had four manuscripts that were tied up with the publisher. Once she read JA Konrath's blog and his experiment with self-publishing, she decided to try it for herself.

 

This is a very informative post, and I was especially interested in her reasons for the switch. If you decide to go the self-publishing route, think about your own why. Then venture forth.

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://www.norulesjustwrite.com/faq-about-publishing-part-1/

 

 

 

 

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Key Questions To Ask Before You Write Your Non-Fiction Book

Key Questions To Ask Before You Write Your Non-Fiction Book | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

From the article intro: "Inspiration hits. The light bulb goes on. You’ve got a passion, and you pursue it.

 

You see a need, and you fill it. There’s a question, and you answer it. You have a purpose, and you fulfill it.

 

These are all great reasons to begin writing a nonfiction book. And most writers, when struck by a good idea and the desire to write, simply begin writing.

 

However, an even better reason exists to take a bit of time before you beginning writing to evaluate your idea—at least if you want your book to be successful.

 

Evaluate? I can hear you groaning. No one wants to evaluate anything, especially that book idea you are so psyched about.

 

If you simply want to write the book of your heart and you don’t care how many copies you sell, great. Go for it.

 

If you want to write a successful book, meaning one that sells to lots of readers or to a traditional publisher and to lots of readers, however, it behooves you to take the time to consider if your idea is a good one by industry standards.

 

To do this, I suggest you discover nine things about your book idea. Once you have this information, you’ll know if your book has a chance of success."

 

Useful for beginners. 7/10

 

Full article: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/06/05/write-a-non-fiction-book/ ;


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Very good advice before you attempt to step off into the precipice of the ebook publishing world.

 

How many authors have spent months and months on a book--only to find out it doesn't sell because people don't care? Too numerous to mention. Get the facts, analyze and then begin your writing.

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/06/05/write-a-non-fiction-book/

 

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Sales Ranking Chart - Amazon Ebook Rankings and Book Sales

Sales Ranking Chart - Amazon Ebook Rankings and Book Sales | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
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One of the biggest questions I get from would-be authors is how many books do you have to sell to make any money on Amazon? My answer is: Just get your first book up! The more books (or product) you have for sale on the marketplace, the better your pay.

 

Amazon Bestsellers Rank is the number you find beneath the Product Description. Every book on Amazon has an Amazon Bestsellers Rank. Click on any title and then scroll down until you see it.

 

This sales ranking chart gives you the book's ranking--and approximate book sales per day.

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://www.theresaragan.com/p/sale-ranking-chart.html

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Ebook anxieties increase as Publishing Revolution Rolls On

Ebook anxieties increase as Publishing Revolution Rolls On | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

"Amazon's bid for rights to sell secondhand ebooks adds another layer of complexity to a world where the certainties of print culture are dissolving."

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Secondhand ebooks? Could a patent owned by Amazon ruin authors' livelihoods? Is this dangerous for publishers? A very interesting article in the ever-changing world of publishing.

 

This much is known: the patent is for an "electronic marketplace for used digital objects", where "when the user no longer desires to retain the right to access the now-used digital content, the user may move the used digital content to another user's personalized data store when permissible and the used digital content is deleted from the originating user's personalized data store."

 

This news bears watching--for the future of all indie digital publishers.

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/apr/24/ebook-publishing-amazon

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Andrea Norwood's comment, April 25, 2013 5:29 PM
Yes it does. So much is being discovered in the world of writing.