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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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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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How I Published My First Ebook: Tips for New Writers - Writing for Kindle

How I Published My First Ebook: Tips for New Writers - Writing for Kindle | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

"Publishing an eBook is a long, rigorous process despite how easy it looks from the outside. I mean, self-publishing is supposed to be super simple, right? "

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This article is a wonderful self-publishing primer for those who want to learn more about the process. Alicia Rades has taken us by the hand and walked us through her 16-step process of publishing her first ebook.

 

I have six published books currently up on Amazon, but I still picked up some new and innovative ideas. Here are some of my favorites:

 

o   Check out MYECOVERMAKER for awesome 3D cover

o   Find an EDITOR (to polish product)

o   Buy Your Own ISBNs (to use your own self-publishing co)

o   Sell the PDF on your website - Go to the article for the URL

 

The article is well written, the author speaking from experience. Her book is currently free for download from Story Cartel. You can download your free copy and enter for a Kindle until Friday, February 21, 2014) http://storycartel.com/books/743/the-beginners-guide-to-writing-quality-online-content/

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://community.copypress.com/how-i-published-my-first-ebook/

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3 Years of Self-Publishing, 2 Years of Writing Full Time, and Lessons from 2013 | Lindsay Buroker

3 Years of Self-Publishing, 2 Years of Writing Full Time, and Lessons from 2013 | Lindsay Buroker | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

"It's the beginning of a new year and I just had my three-year self-publishing anniversary, so it seems like the appropriate time for a summing-up/what-I've-learned post."

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There are some great tips here from a successful, 3-year, self-published author. Lindsay is freely sharing her lessons learned from the front. We can all glean a tidbit or two from someone who's been there, done that. I'll sum up the tips, but you definitely should head on over to her site to get the works.

 

Lesson #1: Fiction for middle-grade and younger remains a tough sell in the e-book world. (the series helped)

 

Lesson #2: A series with dedicated readers is what leads to reliable income. (My take: Absolutely Series! Publish more books!)

 

Lesson #3: You should give a book time on the market before giving up on it or making hasty decisions regarding series potential.

 

Lesson #4: Glowing reviews don’t always make for a best-seller and the book that gets hammered hardest might just sell well. (Bad reviews sometimes work in your favor. Go figure.)

 

Lesson #5: If you publish something in a different genre, you risk displeasing people who prefer the old. (People don't like change)

 

Lesson #6: A mid-list author with enough titles out can make a nice income from writing. (She made more in 2013 than she did from her day job)

 

Lesson #7: Pay attention to foreign markets. (Find a translator on Odesk or Elance)

 

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://www.lindsayburoker.com/e-publishing/3-years-of-self-publishing-full-time/

 

 

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11 Visual Exercises - Turn Book Dreams into a Published Book! - PHILOSBOOKS

11 Visual Exercises - Turn Book Dreams into a Published Book! - PHILOSBOOKS | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

"Some easy tips to help you turn your book dreams into published book reality."

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I speak to many aspiring authors who are just downright afraid to write and publish. They feel that they have nothing worthwhile to share with the world.

 

If you have the God-given desire to write--then you must at least try! Don't live a woulda, coulda, shoulda life.

 

This article shares some tips to help those people stop dreaming and start writing and publishing. The steps are simple, but it may just be what turns "aspiring" into "publishing."

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://philosbooks.com/10-visual-exercises-turn-book-dreams-published-book/

 

 

 

 

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Garry Rogers's curator insight, October 12, 2013 12:53 PM

It does take effort and time for revision and rewriting.

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10 Counterintuitive Tips for Self-Publishers : Publishing Perspectives

10 Counterintuitive Tips for Self-Publishers : Publishing Perspectives | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Bestseller Hugh Howey offers a list of tips that tend to surprise new writers, particularly those who are self-publishing or considering it.

Via Carolyn Schriber
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Aspiring and even self-published authors are inundated with so much information coming at us at the speed of light; it sometimes feels as if our heads will explode.

 

Bestselling author, Hugh Howey, gives us some more great advice to chew on, and attempt to cram into our cranial. Some has been rehashed, but we can all use a refresher. Here is a quick summary:

 

 1.   Asking people to buy your book doesn’t work.

 2.   The people who sell your books are your existing readers.

 3.   There is no promotion as strong as writing the next book.

 4.   An undiscovered book remains fresh and new.

 5.   Give your books away. You need to build up a fan base.

 6.   A good agent is your best friend.

 7.   An email list is more powerful than Twitter or Instagram.

 8.   Videos are worth a million words.

 9.   Be yourself.

10.  Authors are not in competition with one another.

 

Remember, BIC (butt in chair). Keep writing, then there will be books to promote.

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://publishingperspectives.com/2013/09/10-counterintuitive-tips-for-self-publishers/comment-page-1/#comment-309414

 

 

 

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Why Slow is Good - Writing for Kindle

Why Slow is Good - Writing for Kindle | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
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This article made me smile, and I believe it is something that newly minted self-published authors need to hear. The Hugh Howey and Amanda Hocking stories are few are far between. Quick riches is not the status quo on Amazon. Slow and steady wins the race.

 

August Wainwright sheds some sensible light on sustainable growth. It is possible to make a decent living from your books, but it most likely won't happen overnight. He puts himself up for display as an example of an author who has had book sales, but would be considered a failure by the world's standards. However, his books are selling--and the numbers continue to rise. This is success.

 

He makes mention of Malcolm Gladwell's book, "Outliers." A common theme that appears throughout Outliers is the "10,000-Hour Rule." Gladwell claims that greatness requires enormous time, using the source of The Beatles' musical talents and Gates' computer savvy as examples.

 

Remember, your books remain on the Amazon shelves and through time and additional books published, promoted, new fans made; sales can pick up speed. Most series don’t find success until at least the third book. Most authors don’t find success for the first few years, maybe even the first decade. Keep writing and keep publishing.

 

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

 

 Link to the full article:

http://www.norulesjustwrite.com/why-slow-is-good/

 

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Most series don't find success until at least the 3rd book ! Good to know if you're heading that way.
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The DNA of a Successful Book | Visual.ly

The DNA of a Successful Book | Visual.ly | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Ever wonder what it takes to have a "successful" book? Ebooks and conventional books alike, this infographic shows the ins and outs of a successful book.

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Pictures! Pictures! With the advent of Pinterest, we can't get enough of them. One picture can quickly sum up a message, and is more powerful than a thousand words.

 

Writers pining to be successful Kindle authors should pick up some great clues as to what genre to focus on. Here are some conclusions:

 

CONTENT

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o Approximately 375 pages to a bestseller

o Men want to read about men heroes, but

o Woman heroes will likely become the bestseller

 

GENRE

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o Women love Romance novels. Surprised?

o Men like history

o Top grossing fiction is literature

 

READERS

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o There are 12x more books sold at .99

o Those under 40 read faster than those over 40

o The longer the book, the less likely readers are to finish

 

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

 

Link to the infographic: http://visual.ly/dna-successful-book

 

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The Sea Change of Self-Publishing - Writing for Kindle

The Sea Change of Self-Publishing - Writing for Kindle | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

I’ve just returned from the Romance Writers of America’s national conference. Change has been the word on our lips for at least a couple of years, but the swell was washing over every aspect of the conference this year."

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Do the words "self-publishing" invoke fear in you? Do you think you must go to a large publishing house or you won't be taken seriously? Are you afraid to take the leap?

 

When you read about the buzz going on at the Romance Writers of America's national conference, I believe your fear could turn to downright giddiness. For the first time ever, editors and agents were wooing authors. The self-pub side of the BALLroom was jammed and buzzing with excitement. Romance is hot in the digital market.

 

Here's the rub: not many are making a ton of money with self-publishing--yet. There is still a bit of a steep learning curve to learning all about the finer aspects of formatting, uploading, and then the dreaded self-marketing. Can one person truly do it all?

 

Here are my thoughts on self-publishing: You can get the darn book written, published, and marketed much faster than waiting on somebody else to notice you and your work. You may find success with it, you may not, but you'll never find out unless you take the first step. Fear has kept many a fine writer in the closet. Feel the fear and do it anyway!

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://writerunboxed.com/2013/07/24/the-sea-change-of-self-publishing/

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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/ ;


Via Robin Good
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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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Authors exercise their "write" to self-publish

Authors exercise their "write" to self-publish | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Ebooks and print-on-demand are rewriting the rules of authors seeking to have their works made available to the reading public."

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I find it very interesting that the national media is sitting up and taking notice of self-published authors. Apparently, it is news to them--even though this has been going on for years.

 

Rick Evans of the "Christmas Box" self-published, as well as Stephanie Bond, author of a boxed set, "Love can be Murder," right from her Atlanta home.

 

It's one of the strongest trends in publishing, with estimates that more than 200,000 books were self-published last year--authors like Bond, by-passing the traditional publishing houses. "For the longest time publishers have been able to dictate what is on the shelf," Bond said. "They've been the gatekeepers."

 

Keep writing and self-publishing, indie authors. You are now master of your own domain.

 

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

 

Read the rest of this article and watch the video: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-57558088/authors-exercise-their-write-to-self-publish/

 

 

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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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Debbi Stocco's curator insight, August 15, 2014 10:39 AM
Interesting marketing tip for independent authors and publishers...
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How to Self-Publish a Book | Writing for Kindle

How to Self-Publish a Book | Writing for Kindle | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Best-selling author Guy Kawasaki provides an overview of how to self-publish a book so that you can get started on your own project.
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Guy Kawasaki, of Rich Dad, Poor Dad fame tells us how to self-publish a book. To veteran self-publishers, this may be old news. To the self-pub babes in the bunch, this could be the Holy Grail.

 

It's an easy read. There may be some ah ha's you may want to implement, even if the rest is old hat.

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://blog.canva.com/self-publish-book/

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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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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, February 6, 2014 8:18 PM

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

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Ten Things I’ve Learned from Evaluating Self-Published Books for a Year

Ten Things I’ve Learned from Evaluating Self-Published Books for a Year | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

"Today’s guest post is by Jessica Bennett. She and Leslie Ramey created Compulsion Reads, a website that seeks to shine the spotlight on quality indie books by endorsing those books that meet CR’s strict quality standards."

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If you want to write a book and self-publish, this list could push you towards success right out of the starting gate. The article was written by one of the team from Compulsion Reads, evaluators of indie books for over a year. Only books adhering to their strict standards receive their endorsement.

 

Take pen in hand, and make up your list to keep nearby. And check out the article for the intimate details.

 

1. There are many amazing self-published books on the market

2. Many Self-Publishers Publish Too Early

3. Self-Published Authors Need To Care More About Grammar

4. Self-Published Authors Are Amazingly Kind And Generous

5. Writing A Great Novel Does Not Mean It Will Be Successful

6. Too Much Telling!

7. Indie Authors Are Incredibly Creative

8. Self-Published Authors Struggle With Making Big Edits To Their   Books

9. Things Are Going To Get Harder For Self-Published Authors Before They Get Easier

10. Self-Published Authors Need More Love

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://writerunboxed.com/2013/11/30/ten-things-ive-learned-from-evaluating-self-published-books-for-a-year/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WriterUnboxed+%28Writer+Unboxed%29

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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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Amazon's New Matchbook Feature and What it Means for Authors and Publishers | AmyHarrop.com

Amazon's New Matchbook Feature and What it Means for Authors and Publishers | AmyHarrop.com | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Amazon is always improving its store and features, but very few updates compare to the new Kindle MatchBook feature.

Via AmyandDeb
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Thanks again to Amazon for giving authors another option to profit from their books.

 

The key?

 

You need to have a print version of your book to make this work. If you currently do not, head on over to Createspace and get the print copy completed before October. Then, inside your bookshelf you will be given the option to sign up for Matchbook.

 

As an author, this looks to be very promising in the form of more royalties on my books.

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://amyharrop.com/amazons-new-matchbook-feature-and-what-it-means-for-authors-and-publishers/#

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AmyandDeb's curator insight, September 17, 2013 2:47 PM

Great opportunity for Kindle authors to have more income..

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Why You Should Write More Than One Genre - Helping Writers Become Authors

Why You Should Write More Than One Genre - Helping Writers Become Authors | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Think of a well-known author. Who’d you pick? Maybe you chose Stephen King, Janet Evanovich, John Grisham, or Nora Roberts?Whoever you chose, I’m willing to bet that when the name popped to mind so did a very definite sense of genre.
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Who says we need to stay in one particular genre (category or classification)? If you believe that, nix it right now!

 

We are multi-faceted human beings with multi-faceted talents, passions, and creative sparks. Why not explore some or all of them in your writing?

 

There is a certain faction that will say: write in this genre, or that genre; that is where the money is at. Okay. That is all fine and well, but why not explore? Life is too short to limit yourself and your writing abilities.

 

Here's a nugget to ponder: Virginia Woolf spent her life experimenting with all kinds of forms and styles. And the truth is, it was her more conventional novels--Orlando, Flush, and The Year--that turned her into a best-selling author, not the experimental works so popular now like Mrs. Dalloway, The Waves, or To the Lighthouse. No one really knows what will last.

 

Write about your bliss--what brings you joy. Grow.

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2009/12/why-you-should-write-more-than-one.html

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Keys to Understanding Amazon’s Algorithms by Penny Sansevieri — The Book Designer

Keys to Understanding Amazon’s Algorithms by Penny Sansevieri — The Book Designer | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Keys to Understanding Amazon’s Algorithms by Penny Sansevieri examines the importance of keywords, titles, page optimization, and more."

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What are Amazon's algorithms? Did you know Amazon has its own search engine? It's like finding the holy grail of book selling if you can figure it out. This author's article has given us a great head start.

 

She explains two main elements of Amazon ranking: KEYWORDS and CATEGORIES. Get these right, and you could see an uptick in sales. 

 

Keywords

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o Tweak book listing in the back end of Amazon (KDP account)

o Use keywords in book title, subtitle, and description

o At least 500 words in book description for Amazon and Google to kick in

o Main keywords should appear 2-3 times for every 100 words

 

Categories

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o Slightly obscure is best

o Pick a category important to your title

o Watch categories closely as they change

o Print and ebook categories often differ

o Test out different categories from time to time

 

There are a few other ways to get Amazon and Google's attention such as playing with pricing and free promotions. Read the article to get the full scoop on how to maximize exposure 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.thebookdesigner.com/2013/07/amazon-algorithms/?et_mid=628707&rid=3001824

 

 

  

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10 Visual Steps To Self-Publishing Your Book On Amazon - Writing for Kindle

10 Visual Steps To Self-Publishing Your Book On Amazon - Writing for Kindle | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
A step-by-step guide to publishing your work worldwide on Amazon.
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Aspiring authors--you have now run out of excuses not to self-publish! Picture yourself as a worldwide published author once you follow these 10 simple, visual, step-by-step directions for getting your book converted to digital format and published on Amazon.

 

Amazon accepts the following formats:

 

o Word (DOC and DOCX)

o HTML

o ePub

o Text

o PDF

 

The hardest part, as we all know, is writing great content and spending the time making sure the material is engaging and error free. Amazon will even show you how many possible errors are in the book once it is uploaded.

 

Now get publishing!

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://readwrite.com/2013/07/22/10-simple-steps-to-self-publishing-your-book-on-amazon#awesm=

 

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Mining Your Central Plot Nugget: A Lesson In Writing From John Grisham

Mining Your Central Plot Nugget: A Lesson In Writing From John Grisham | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Writing for any reason is fantastic but if you want to write a story that people actually want to buy and read, then you have to consider issues around story structure, plot, character and the other tools of fiction. "

Penelope's insight:

 

If you are writing an ebook, the writing part does not change from that of a traditional book. Good writing might get you a few sales, but fantastic writing will put your book in the Amazon spotlight.

 

One of my favorite authors--who I consider the master of plotlines--is John Grisham. His neighbor, and writer of this article, was a fledgling writer and fortunate enough to be taken under the wing of Mr. Grisham.

 

We are going to learn one of the lessons he gleaned at the master's feet: a lesson in mining the central plot nugget. What is the secret? Sit up and listen closely.

 

1) Find the KEY idea. One that can be expressed in a single sentence. If you can't do that, trash it, and move on.

 

2) Craft an OUTLINE. Don't rush this process. This student's outline took an entire year!

 

3) WHAT is the book really ABOUT? Find the locus of your plot. Toss away everything until you get to the core. Peel away the layers of the onion. You've got to mine that central plot nugget, zero in on it, or your novel will wander all over the place.

 

As authors, we love to write. We want readers and we want them to love our books. Why write if you are going to write meandering messes? Personally, I want to write books that compel, excite and provoke.

 

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2013/06/30/mining-your-central-plot-nugget/

 

 

 

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Jacques Goyette's comment, July 25, 2013 8:31 PM
At first, you may start with a general idea, not a key one, such as : what could happen when... or if ... And then it becomes clearer as you write on. And it is the same with the general outline which clarifies as you progress.
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Are Self Publishers the Cool Kids Of The Industry? - Writing for Kindle

Are Self Publishers the Cool Kids Of The Industry? - Writing for Kindle | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
By Terri Giuliano Long for IndieReader.com For years, self-publishing was widely considered an embarrassing fallback option.
Penelope's insight:

 

Self-publishing now considered nouveau? That is almost laughable, considering it wasn't that long ago indies were relegated to the dark alleys of the publishing world. If you did self-publish, you wouldn't dare tell anyone. Heaven forbid!

 

Self-publishing stars are now raking in seven figure deals! Now we have options. If you don't want to field rejection after rejection, and have your fragile author's ego stomped upon, then self-publish and feel out the territory. Find your readers. You can always go back to the traditional publishers--if that is your desire. You now have a choice.

 

If you are a hardworking author, you can feasibly take a book from draft through editing and design to quality publication in three to six months—far faster than the year or more required by traditional publishers. Speed-to-market can have an enormous impact on sales, particularly for books with seasonal or topical appeal.

 

Authors, it's now up to you. Which door will you choose?

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/20/self-publishers-authors_n_2909998.html

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Jacques Goyette's comment, July 11, 2013 11:22 PM
Nicely done Penelope. Hope this will Wake some to the realities of publishing !
Penelope's comment, July 11, 2013 11:30 PM
Thanks, Jacques! I always wanted to be one of the "cool" kids! About time I say. ;)
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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.
Penelope's insight:

 

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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