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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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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 Self-Publishing Checklist: Editorial, Production, Distribution

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

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Bite Sized e-books are Taking the World by Storm

Bite Sized e-books are Taking the World by Storm | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro, Lynnette Van Dyke
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The bite-size story, like a mini Snickers bar, fits perfectly into this overworked, over-stressed, app-crazed smartphone society. 

 

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 Link to the original article: http://goodereader.com/blog/e-book-news/bite-sized-e-books-are-taking-the-world-by-storm

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Q&A On Self-Publishing and Book Marketing With Joanna Penn

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

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


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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Author Earnings report - GoodEreader.com

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

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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How to Find the Best Ebook Format | Digital Book World

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

Do these first:

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

2) Create a cover for your book.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://the-digital-reader.com/2012/09/19/serials-can-be-challenging-for-writers-and-for-amazon/

 

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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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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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Do you want to use the Amazon Kindle app's green background?

Do you want to use the Amazon Kindle app's green background? | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
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Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro
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This color looks pretty cool on the eyes. I have the old black and white Kindle model, so it won't work on that. Darn.

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

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

Congrats J.D.!

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

Link to the original article:
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/69771-the-indie-author-behind-the-official-dracula-prequel.html
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How Writers Ruin Their Amazon Links (Yes, You Probably Do It Too) | Gwendolyn Kiste

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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How to: Planning to Self-Publish?

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

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

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Indie Authors & Change | Self-Publishing Advice for Writers

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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How Ebook Theft is the Best Thing Since Pumpkin Spice Latte

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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Interesting marketing tip for independent authors and publishers...
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Good news for #indies
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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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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, February 6, 2014 8:18 PM

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