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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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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 9:48 AM
Thank you David, Penelope, and Ron for your comments and insights!
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You're welcome, Karen. Thanks for sharing this great article. Loved it!
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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 turn your books into audiobooks via the ACX service | Self-Publishing Advice

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

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

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

 

Audiobooks.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Creating Book Covers with The LogoCreator | Write a Kindle Book

Creating Book Covers with The LogoCreator | Write a Kindle Book | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

"Create your Kindle Book Cover with Laughingbird Logo Creator"

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Writing a book is only but one aspect of publishing to Kindle. Creating a decent cover is another very important consideration--one that really pops when buyers are browsing through the hundreds of thumbnails in the Kindle store.

 

One method for cover creation is Laughingbird Logo Creator software. I've always been a fan of this software and use it frequently. You can purchase it for a mere $37, and it is well worth it. I use it for creating logos, as well as Kindle covers. I am not a graphic designer, but picked it up quickly.

 

http://TheLogoCreator.com

 

This article gives you advice on how to create an opaque image on your book cover. I've seen this technique used quite a bit on romance novels. You first start out with a professional background, then add in the man and woman, and lighten them to the point that you can still see the background.

 

Very easy, and the cover looks fantastic!

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://writeakindlebook.com/creating-book-covers-with-the-logocreator

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Your Stuff Sucks And It Will Still Make Money. I Promise. — MikeShreeve.com

Your Stuff Sucks And It Will Still Make Money. I Promise. — MikeShreeve.com | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

I have two friends who are trying to break out of their desperately boring jobs and journey across the great divide into entrepreneurship.

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Thinking about writing a book? Think you can't write? Most of us feel the same way. I'm sure this post will resonate with you the way it did with me.

 

Write. Edit. Publish. Repeat.

 

You can't make any money if you're still dreaming about it. Get some inspiration from Mike, and get that pen moving!

 

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://www.mikeshreeve.com/stuff-sucks-will-still-make-money-promise/

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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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Do You Borrow Ebooks From Your Library? - Forbes | Writing for Kindle

Do You Borrow Ebooks From Your Library? - Forbes | Writing for Kindle | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Do You Borrow Ebooks From Your Library? Forbes Yet, if you're like most Americans, you probably have never borrowed an ebook from a library. About one in eight people who read ebooks have, according to the ALA.


Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro
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This was an intriguing article as I bet most Kindle owners don't know they can borrow digital books from their own local library! Our library's main page has the option to search for downloadable e-books for reading.

 

It also bears mentioning that when you sign your book up for Amazon's KDP program, it is also automatically enrolled in the lending library. This is important, because some readers will borrow, not buy, but you still get paid! That's worth the sign up right there.

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeremygreenfield/2014/04/25/do-you-borrow-ebooks-from-your-library/

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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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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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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."

Penelope's insight:

 

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 9:53 AM

It does take effort and time for revision and rewriting.

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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 11:47 AM

Great opportunity for Kindle authors to have more income..

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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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Jacques Goyette's comment, August 29, 2013 2:22 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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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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