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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A couple of years ago, Amanda Hocking needed to raise a few hundred dollars so, in desperation, made her unpublished novel available on the Kindle.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 Toni Kennedy
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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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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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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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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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There's a genre I hadn't thought much about!

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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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Should you Sell your eBook on Amazon or your Blog? - Jeffbullas's Blog

Should you Sell your eBook on Amazon or your Blog? - Jeffbullas's Blog | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Selling ebooks are maybe the biggest opportunity for a blogger to make money. But should you sell your ebook on Amazon or your blog? Here are some insights.
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Jeff Bullas has given self-publishers some food for thought about whether to sell our books via Amazon or our own blog. He also gives some key steps on just what it takes to write an e-book.

 

He says if you can write a blog post you can write an e-book. I tend to agree with him on that point. However, you will need to possess more patience to continue writing and actually completing an book, versus a 500 word blog post.

 

Myself? I spent literally two years studying up on all the aspects of self-publishing. There may be some who pick it up a lot faster than this. However, I wanted to study all the ins and outs, pros and cons. There is a lot of planning that goes on before the actual writing.

 

Okay, so should you sell your book via Amazon or on your website? It's really up to you. Unless you have a blog or website that currently has gangbuster traffic, start with Amazon for the traction. You can always move your product to your own site at any time.

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://www.jeffbullas.com/2013/10/08/should-you-sell-your-ebook-on-amazon-or-your-blog/

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A lesson in self-belief from Indie author Natalie Buske Thomas | Self-Publishing Advice

A lesson in self-belief from Indie author Natalie Buske Thomas | Self-Publishing Advice | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
The self-published writer Natalie Buske Thomas recalls how early criticism of her artwork did not deter her from also becoming a successful painter.
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I really wanted to share this article by Natalie, because I believe too many young people's dreams are being crushed before they even make it out of the starting gate.

 

She bares her soul to us in how she overcame the negative nellies that kiboshed her dreams--but only temporarily. She successfully jumped back on that self-publishing horse, not only writing but also using her paintings for her own covers.

 

Here's hoping her words will encourage other young, or not-so-young authors to keep pressing forward towards the mark.

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/never-give-up-your-dreams-of-being-a-successful-self-published-writer/comment-page-1/#comment-137096

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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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Storytelling--The #1 Business Skill Of The Next 5 Years - Writing for Kindle

Storytelling--The #1 Business Skill Of The Next 5 Years - Writing for Kindle | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Last year, a pale woman with crazy eyebrows and a keytar strapped to her back made a video of herself, wearing a kimono and holding up hand-Sharpied signs on a street in Melbourne."


Via Karen Dietz
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Amazon is the #1 book seller in the world, and for good reason. They make it incredibly easy (Kindles) to provide the masses what they are looking for. What is that? Inspiring and thought-provoking stories. (ebooks)

 

Everyone has a story in them. Don't think so? Think back over your life. There's a story. Did you leave home and attend college? There's a bunch of stories. Have you worked? There's a story. Been married? Had children? There's another story. It doesn't feel interesting enough to you? Spice it up and sell it as fiction.

 

Find your story, Write your story. Use the inspiration of your story to inspire others. Publish your story as a Kindle book. You can do it.

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130802112108-7374576-this-will-be-the-1-business-skill-of-the-next-5-years

 

 

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Karen Dietz's comment, August 27, 2013 12:48 PM
Thank you David, Penelope, and Ron for your comments and insights!
Penelope's comment, August 27, 2013 10:37 PM
You're welcome, Karen. Thanks for sharing this great article. Loved it!
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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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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. "

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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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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 Toni Kennedy
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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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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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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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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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Will NaNoWriMo Help You Publish A Novel? Why This Self-Published Author Thinks It Will

Will NaNoWriMo Help You Publish A Novel? Why This Self-Published Author Thinks It Will | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Fantasty writer Chele Cooke makes a great case for aspiring self-published authors to use NaNoWriMo as a stepping-stone to publishing a novel - as she did for her  debut novel, Dead and Buryd."

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Do you need a kick in the pants to get your novel written and published? This author thinks NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) may be just the kick you need.

 

You have one month to write and finish a 50K word novel. I'm signed up with the NaNo website, but just use it as a personal kickstarter to get one novel finished and restart a stalled one.

 

If you need a fire under your britches, sign up and see where it leads you. You may just get your novel published in time for Christmas!

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/will-nanowrimo-help-you-publish-a-novel-why-this-self-published-author-thinks-it-will/#comment-143424

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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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Self-Publishing Basics: An Unabridged List of the Parts of a Book — The Book Designer

Self-Publishing Basics: An Unabridged List of the Parts of a Book — The Book Designer | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
For your work to be published correctly, it’s crucial that the different parts of a book contain the right content, and appear in the right order. This extensive, detailed, annotated list will help organize your book.
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This is an article that every book author should print out or have handy as they are writing. I've referred to this again and again to know where to place an epigraph, copyright or dedication.

 

The author goes into explicit detail on what comprises the Frontmatter, Body, and Backmatter of the book. Each contains specific elements, and those elements should appear in a specific order.

 

No book contains all these elements, however, this is a great checklist to make sure you have the right content in the right category. Also, you can readily see whether those elements of your book appear in the sequence in which they are expected.

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2009/09/parts-of-a-book/

 

 

 

 

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Why Slow is Good - Writing for Kindle

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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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Jacques Goyette's comment, August 29, 2013 5:22 PM
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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10 Visual Steps To Self-Publishing Your Book On Amazon - Writing for Kindle

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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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5 Traits of the Successful Author - Writing for Kindle

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"Again, writers write. One of the main reasons I am such a proponent of blogging is that it trains writers for a professional pace. It trains us to meet deadlines."

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o Passion

o Self-Discipline

o Humility

o Healthy Relationship with Failure

o Perseverance

 

These 5 characteristics of good writers apply to writers of traditional books as well as ebooks.

 

Writers must have PASSION for what they are doing, or they will burn out. Writing is not an easy profession. It is very self-motivated. You will soon find out if you have it--or you don't.

 

It goes without saying that writers must have SELF-DISCIPLINE. The nun in the Catholic school is not standing over you with a ruler any more. You must push yourself to write. Blogging, as well as content curation is a great way to practice the skill of writing.

 

Writers never stop learning, and that takes HUMILITY to admit this. Most feel that they are never good enough. This pushes us to strive to be better at what we do.

 

If we FAIL, we learn to pick ourselves up over and over again. Book not selling? Figure out why. Haters leaving one star reviews? Make the book better.

 

Walking hand-in-hand with all of the above, is PERSEVERANCE. Without it, we will be like a wisp of smoke that will get carried away with the first big gust of wind. Start the story, and stick with it all the way to the end. Keep going. Never, never, never give up.

 

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/5-traits-of-the-successful-author/

 

 

 

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Jacques Goyette's comment, July 25, 2013 8:33 PM
I feel the 2nd and 4th traits are the hardest to get Under control.