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

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

 

Amazon accepts the following formats:

 

o Word (DOC and DOCX)

o HTML

o ePub

o Text

o PDF

 

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

 

Now get publishing!

 

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

 

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

 

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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!
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You're welcome, Karen. Thanks for sharing this great article. Loved it!
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What You Need to Know Before You Judge Self-Publishing Authors

What You Need to Know Before You Judge Self-Publishing Authors | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Not so long ago, there weren’t many resources available that would enable an author to self-publish their writing. As the technology emerged, so did a stigma. It was thought that you only self-published if your book wasn’t good enough to …

Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Technology is here, and here to stay. Keep writing, and keep self-publishing. People are reading on their phones, ipads, kindles, androids, you name it. There is a market for every type of book.

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How To Correct Your Self-Publishing Mistakes

How To Correct Your Self-Publishing Mistakes | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
8 easy ways to correct common self-publishing mistakes that many new authors make. Most are easy fixes that take very little time to improve a book.
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Here's a nice neat little checklist for self-pubbing authors. Do a quick review to see if there are any you need to implement.

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Five Best Ebook Readers - Lifehacker.com

Five Best Ebook Readers - Lifehacker.com | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

If you like taking your books on the go, you’ve never had more options. The best ereaders are slim, have batteries that last for weeks, and come in both e-ink and color varieties, have multiple screen sizes to suit you, and come at different price points. Let’s look at five of the best, based on your nominations.

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The Kindle Paperwhite is #1 on this list of five best ebook readers, and I'm not surprised. Small, simple, functional--and inexpensive. Amazon always seems to lead the pack.

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

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

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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.!

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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.

 

 

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 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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Making a Living Writing Ebooks: Here's How It Works Today - Copyblogger

Making a Living Writing Ebooks: Here's How It Works Today - Copyblogger | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
The more flexible you are about how you think about and package your ebooks, the more powerful a tool they can become in your digital business strategy.
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You can make an excellent living from ebooks (if you write enough of them), or they can be a gateway to more of your business offerings. Excellent and updated article for today.

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Readers Judge Books By Their Covers (Before You Self Publish, Part 4) - Beth Jusino

Readers Judge Books By Their Covers (Before You Self Publish, Part 4) - Beth Jusino | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Long before I worked in book publishing, a friend introduced me to a twist on the classic cliché: If you can’t judge a book by its cover, then someone’s not doing their job.
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As always, analyze that book cover design before you press publish. First impressions are most important.Think of it this way: the cover is your front door to your amazing writing within!

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Amazon Releases New Kindle Publishing Guidelines | The Digital Reader

Amazon Releases New Kindle Publishing Guidelines | The Digital Reader | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

A new version of the Kindle Publishing Guidelines was released last week to little fanfare. The new version of the guidelines (PDF) follows about 8 months after the previous update, and includes a long list of changes... 


Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro
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Authors are in the book business, and it's best to protect your interests by staying current with what Amazon is up to. If you're self-publishing, scan the newest Kindle publishing guidelines to make sure you are compliant.

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How to Self-Publish a Bestseller: Publishing 3.0

How to Self-Publish a Bestseller: Publishing 3.0 | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

"I strongly believe everyone reading this blog has the content inside of them to write a book. If you want to stand out in a world of content, you need to underline your expertise...


Via Jim Lerman
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James Altucher's advice is always chock-full of yummy little morsels to tuck away for future use. Freely sharing his own experiences, he makes a solid case for self-publishing and gives us some out-of-the box marketing techniques. Loved this read.

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e-Book Cover Design Awards, May 2016 - The Book Designer

e-Book Cover Design Awards, May 2016 - The Book Designer | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
e-Book Cover Design Awards, May 2016 including

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Take a walk through the good, the bad, and the ugly book covers. There are some amazing works of art here! If you're creating your own covers, Joel makes the case for hiring a professional. It makes a world of difference.

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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. 

 

***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/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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