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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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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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5 Traits of the Successful Author - Writing for Kindle

5 Traits of the Successful Author - Writing for Kindle | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

"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.
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Publishing for FREE will cost you A LOT! - Writing for Kindle

Publishing for FREE will cost you A LOT! - Writing for Kindle | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

"The Brave New World of epublishing and print on demand has brought with it more freedom for writers than ever before, but it also brings with it (for the would-be professional writer responsibilities and obligations)."


Via Lynda Dickson
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This writer is "right on" when he says this new frontier of epublishing has brought with it a lot more responsibility for authors--that is, weeding out the hucksters.

 

Just as with anything we do in life, we need to go into it with our eyes "wide open." As soon as you throw up your hands and say, "Ah, that's too hard for me," and turn over your rights to your work, you are going to be wishing you had spent more time doing your homework, when the chickens come home to roost.

 

There are legitimate people and companies to help you if you get stuck in some aspect of self-publishing, but do your due diligence first. Remember, it is your hard-earned money you are giving up, and I recommend NEVER giving up half your rights to your published works.

 

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://www.arthurcrandon.com/5/post/2013/07/july-06th-2013.html

 

 

 

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Key Questions To Ask Before You Write Your Non-Fiction Book

Key Questions To Ask Before You Write Your Non-Fiction Book | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

From the article intro: "Inspiration hits. The light bulb goes on. You’ve got a passion, and you pursue it.

 

You see a need, and you fill it. There’s a question, and you answer it. You have a purpose, and you fulfill it.

 

These are all great reasons to begin writing a nonfiction book. And most writers, when struck by a good idea and the desire to write, simply begin writing.

 

However, an even better reason exists to take a bit of time before you beginning writing to evaluate your idea—at least if you want your book to be successful.

 

Evaluate? I can hear you groaning. No one wants to evaluate anything, especially that book idea you are so psyched about.

 

If you simply want to write the book of your heart and you don’t care how many copies you sell, great. Go for it.

 

If you want to write a successful book, meaning one that sells to lots of readers or to a traditional publisher and to lots of readers, however, it behooves you to take the time to consider if your idea is a good one by industry standards.

 

To do this, I suggest you discover nine things about your book idea. Once you have this information, you’ll know if your book has a chance of success."

 

Useful for beginners. 7/10

 

Full article: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/06/05/write-a-non-fiction-book/ ;


Via Robin Good
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Very good advice before you attempt to step off into the precipice of the ebook publishing world.

 

How many authors have spent months and months on a book--only to find out it doesn't sell because people don't care? Too numerous to mention. Get the facts, analyze and then begin your writing.

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/06/05/write-a-non-fiction-book/

 

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Why Your Amazon Kindle Book Will Be Far Bigger Than You Imagine | Bestseller Labs

Why Your Amazon Kindle Book Will Be Far Bigger Than You Imagine | Bestseller Labs | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
The hidden advantage of e-publishing on the Kindle vs print publishing, and the unprecedented opportunity it offers to savvy authors.
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What is your purpose for writing a book to put out on the Kindle marketplace? Do you love writing? Do you have something that burns within you that you just have to share with the world? Visions of riches? As Jonathan so deftly describes in his article, it could be all this but so much more.

 

What is the single biggest advantage of having a Kindle book under your belt? It is an "EVERGREEN" product! Your books will never go out of print and will keep on selling FOREVER. That should excite the britches off of you. *No pun intended* ;)

 

Authors--Keep writing, keep putting out new books, keep finding new fans. The opportunity for writers has never been greater!

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://bestsellerlabs.com/why-your-amazon-kindle-book-will-be-far-bigger-than-you-imagine/

 

 

 

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How To Sell Self-Published Books: Read This First

How To Sell Self-Published Books: Read This First | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

I've christened May the How To Sell Self-Published Books Month here on Catherine, Caffeinated, but before we get into the nuts and bolts of marketing and promoting your book, we need to have a little tough love session first..."

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Cower down and prepare to be chastised by the caffeinated Catherine. She'll tell you what you need to do to self-publish, but first she's going to give it to you from the School of Hard Knocks.

 

Let's sum it up, shall we? Then you can go read the full article for yourself:

 

1) By Default, NO ONE CARES about your book - This is sad, but true. Check out the bin of $1 books at Dollar Tree

 

2) Your book is a PRODUCT, and it had better work - It's a business! Forget the romance side of it. Keep that in your books.

 

3) Social Media is about CONNECTION - People don't want to be sold to. A presence online takes time to build, so don't tick 'em off the first day.

 

4) You can't sell NEW concepts with OLD Ways - If it's for sale online, then promote it online. John Locke did not become that million book seller until he "focused" on online promotion.

 

5) You are NOT the next AMANDA HOCKING - You must work HARD. You may not hit the big time, but you can still sell some books.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://catherineryanhoward.com/2012/05/05/how-to-sell-self-published-books-read-this-first/

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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, August 9, 2013 4:16 PM

Very good advice to consider before self-publishing.

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AuthorCulture: Guest Post: Is Scrivener Right For You? with Naomi Musch

AuthorCulture: Guest Post: Is Scrivener Right For You? with Naomi Musch | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
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I'm always searching out ways to increase my productivity, especially when it comes to my writing. When I hear the praises of writing software "Scrivener" being sung by authors the world over, I am going to sit up and pay attention.  After all, it was created with novelists in mind. It works with the messy author's brain. As you think, you can create.

 

I purchased the software when it was on special at Amazon, and I am truly making an attempt to learn it; at least the basics enough to get started. This author gives one of the best synopsis I have seen, to help you decide if you want to make the switch from Word.

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://authorculture.blogspot.com/2013/02/guest-post-is-scrivener-right-for-you.html

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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, June 20, 2013 5:49 PM

Looks great and very useful for untidy writers like me !

 

Penelope's comment, June 21, 2013 3:33 PM
I'm edging that way myself, Jacques. There are tons of videos to show you how to use it.
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7 Biggest Lies Writers Tell Themselves About Their Books : Spirit Authors book marketing tips & author promotion from Lynn Serafinn

7 Biggest Lies Writers Tell Themselves About Their Books : Spirit Authors book marketing tips & author promotion from Lynn Serafinn | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Karen Rowe is a ghostwriter and editor. Today on Lynn Serafinn's Spirit Authors blog, she talks about the many ways authors deceive themselves.
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Lies! Lies! Lies! Why is it so easy to not only lie to others, but also to ourselves? Maybe it stems from wanting something so badly we will tell ourselves EXACTLY what our little pea-brains want to hear?

 

There are some whoppers that writers tell themselves in this very informative article. See if you have told yourself any of the seven lies:

 

LIE#1: I can write about WHATEVER I want - Research? Me?

LIE#2: If I write a great book, it will SELL ITSELF. - Check the $1 store

LIE#3: I'm going to get FAMOUS! - Few and far between

LIE#4: I'm going to get RICH - Ha!

LIE#5: I can MARKET after I'm done writing - Minimum of 6 mos before

LIE#6: I don't need a MARKETING PLAN- Have a guideline

LIE#7: My MOM can edit my book - Good 'ole mom

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://spiritauthors.com/news/7-biggest-lies-writers-tell-themselves-about-their-books-by-karen-rowe/

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Penelope's comment, June 11, 2013 10:04 PM
Too funny, Jacques! Love it! ;)
Jacques Goyette's comment, June 11, 2013 10:48 PM
or maybe «True Lies», but that title's already taken !
Penelope's comment, June 11, 2013 11:12 PM
That was a great movie with, Ahrnold!
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What is Fan Fiction and Do You Want to Write it? | Self-Publishing Advice

What is Fan Fiction and Do You Want to Write it? | Self-Publishing Advice | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Karen Lotter explores the fan fiction phenonenon and Amazon's new Kindle Worlds.

 

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Are you a "rabid" fan of a popular TV show? If so, you could branch out your writing into a new genre of "fan fiction."

 

Kindle Worlds is a new publishing platform promising to pay writers royalties for stories inspired by established works. Amazon writers can now write, self-publish and sell fan fiction stories based on Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries.

 

I don't watch these shows, and as of right now, have no plans to delve into this new area. Focus and time is in short supply, and I plan on sticking with projects already on the table.

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/what-is-fan-fiction-and-do-you-want-to-write-some/

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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, May 29, 2013 6:15 PM

Not for me, thank you.

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Sales Ranking Chart - Amazon Ebook Rankings and Book Sales

Sales Ranking Chart - Amazon Ebook Rankings and Book Sales | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
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One of the biggest questions I get from would-be authors is how many books do you have to sell to make any money on Amazon? My answer is: Just get your first book up! The more books (or product) you have for sale on the marketplace, the better your pay.

 

Amazon Bestsellers Rank is the number you find beneath the Product Description. Every book on Amazon has an Amazon Bestsellers Rank. Click on any title and then scroll down until you see it.

 

This sales ranking chart gives you the book's ranking--and approximate book sales per day.

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://www.theresaragan.com/p/sale-ranking-chart.html

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Kindle Comic Creator - FREE on Amazon.com

Kindle Comic Creator - FREE on Amazon.com | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
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Do you love reading comics? Do you draw funny pics that you dream of compiling into a book? Well, now stop dreaming and start creating your very own comics. Amazon makes it easy.

 

Amazon is always ahead of the curve. Now I see they have a Kindle Comic Creator that is a FREE download. I haven't used this myself, but once you download their software from http://Amazon.com/kc2, you can start creating.

 

This looks like a fun diversion, and I'm looking forward to having some fun with it.

 

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

 

Link to the full article and your free download: http://amazon.com/kc2

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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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The DNA of a Successful Book | Visual.ly

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

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

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

 

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

 

CONTENT

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o Approximately 375 pages to a bestseller

o Men want to read about men heroes, but

o Woman heroes will likely become the bestseller

 

GENRE

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o Women love Romance novels. Surprised?

o Men like history

o Top grossing fiction is literature

 

READERS

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o There are 12x more books sold at .99

o Those under 40 read faster than those over 40

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Does E-Reading Change the Way You Read? - Writing for Kindle

Does E-Reading Change the Way You Read? - Writing for Kindle | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Book Riot. Always Books. Never Boring.


Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro
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I don't read as much as I used to--in any form--because now the reading time has been replaced with writing time. On the other hand, my Kindle has caused a redirection in my reading.

 

I used to go after every free book under the sun, until I started weeding out the garbage books. Now, I am very picky about what I download onto my Kindle. I am using it mostly for reading ebooks all about writing, plotting, characterization, grammar, etc. I do have other genres on my Kindle, but they don't get read as often. So, for me, my Kindle has become my classroom.

 

Now when I want to relax with a book, I still like the feel of a paperback in my hands. I'm reading one right now, in fact. So I have a print 'n paper book in one hand, and an electronic device in the other. Now, all I need is more time to read both!

 

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://bookriot.com/2013/07/11/does-e-reading-change-the-way-you-read/

 

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Marianela Camacho Alfaro's curator insight, July 24, 2013 6:54 PM

"Most importantly, I read a lot more now. Not an exclusive ereader, I usually have an ebook and a paper read going at the same time. And so this has led to more finished books. And that’s a great thing! The numbers don’t lie — I read nearly 20 percent more books last year (my first full year with an e-reader) than my best reading year since college (thank you, Goodreads stats). And I’m on pace this year to shatter last year’s record."

Brian S's curator insight, July 26, 2013 4:17 AM

I didn't think I would like using an ereader, but it turns out the opposite is true, I actually prefer it now I have started to use it.

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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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Are Self Publishers the Cool Kids Of The Industry? - Writing for Kindle

Are Self Publishers the Cool Kids Of The Industry? - Writing for Kindle | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
By Terri Giuliano Long for IndieReader.com For years, self-publishing was widely considered an embarrassing fallback option.
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Self-publishing now considered nouveau? That is almost laughable, considering it wasn't that long ago indies were relegated to the dark alleys of the publishing world. If you did self-publish, you wouldn't dare tell anyone. Heaven forbid!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

6 Simple Steps to Writing Seductive Web Copy | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

How seductive are you? I'm not a great seducer. I don't have a string of conquests to boast about. I'm no modern Cleopatra."

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I love reading how-tos from successful copywriters who entice people to read their copy, buy their products, or just plain jump through hoops. I think authors can learn a thing or two from their techniques that they can incorporate into their Kindle books.

 

The #1 tip that the author stresses? Describe your ideal reader. Before we even start writing the first word, we should have our reader in mind. We should talk directly to them as we are writing. The reader cares about what they want, so how can you tailor your book to appeal to those deepest needs and desires? Read on for four more tips that are bound to spark some ideas.

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://www.copyblogger.com/seductive-web-copy/#comment-1211755

 

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Authors exercise their "write" to self-publish

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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How to Use Beta Readers to Improve Your Book Manuscript | Self-Publishing Advice

How to Use Beta Readers to Improve Your Book Manuscript | Self-Publishing Advice | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Contemporary novelist Joanne Phillips draws on her own experience of using beta readers to provide a helpful guide for self-published authors
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Imagine having your own bevy of beta readers--your own little fan club to read your work before it is published to the world! This technique could prove invaluable for polishing and perfecting your work so readers will come back again and again.

 

This author recommends it, and tells us where to find them; the readers who will appreciate what we do and give us constructive feedback, that is. She gives valuable advice to streamline the process, and how to deal with any constructive criticism the readers might dish out.

 

And make sure to thank them for setting aside valuable time to read your  book and add thoughtful comments!

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/better-your-books-with-beta-readers/

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Four Crucial Steps to Writing and Publishing Your First eBook

Four Crucial Steps to Writing and Publishing Your First eBook | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Here are four steps to ensure the smooth writing and publishing of your first ebook.
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Writing and publishing an ebook in four easy steps? Too good to be true, but at least these will get you started, if you are still sitting on the fence about it. Here are the four:

 

STEP 1: Identify your AUDIENCE - If you could sell your book to just one person, who would that person be? Make a list of their attributes.

 

STEP 2:  RESEARCH the gaps - What do readers wish the books in this marketplace would also include?

 

STEP 3: WRITE! - There's nothing to sell if you don't have a book!

 

STEP 4: PRODUCTION: eBook editing, design and programming - Hire a professional to help you if you have the funds to do so.

 

Writing and publishing to Kindle is not a "get rich" quick scheme. If you make it your job every day, then put in the work necessary to make it a success.

 

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

 

Read the rest of this article on The Future of Ink:  http://thefutureofink.com/four-crucial-steps-to-writing-and-publishing-your-first-ebook/

 

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Ebook Boxed Set Tips and How Tos

Ebook Boxed Set Tips and How Tos | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
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Boxed sets are another way for authors to get some traction with their ebooks. You can have the books listed separately on the Kindle marketplace, and then create what is called a "box set" or "bundle" to sell them as one big package.

 

This is a great marketing strategy. It's one that has been used for years by retailers trying to move merchandise. Let's say the store is selling one T-shirt for $4.99, or you can buy three at $12.99. Which would you choose?

 

If you are writing a series of books, this strategy can bring you tons more sales. Do some experimenting and Happy Friday!

 

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

 

Link to the full article:http://thewritersguidetoepublishing.com/ebook-boxed-set-tips-and-how-tos

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How to Get Your Kindle Highlights into Evernote

How to Get Your Kindle Highlights into Evernote | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
What if you could get all your Kindle notes and highlights into Evernote where they were instantly available? Now you can by following these nine simple steps.
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I love reading books on my KINDLE and being able to save my notes and highlights. I also love EVERNOTE (a digital brain), which gives you the ability to clip and save articles from all over the web. Now, I find that all my Kindle notes and highlights can be saved to Evernote!

 

I had no idea that I had a "unique" Amazon Kindle page that shows me a list of all my books, with links to the notes and highlights, progress on each of the books, and ratings. The easy-to-follow steps in this article make it a no-brainer to transfer this info into Evernote. If you do reviews on Amazon, this makes it a snap to save the notes and then pull them up before you leave your reviews.

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://michaelhyatt.com/how-to-get-your-kindle-highlights-into-evernote.html

 

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Successful Self-Publishing Authors Are Entrepreneurs | The Alliance of Independent Authors's Blog.

Successful Self-Publishing Authors Are Entrepreneurs |  The Alliance of Independent Authors's Blog. | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

What entrepreneurs and self-publishing indie authors have in common."

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Self Publishing Authors = Entrepreneurs.

 

The sooner indie authors begin to see themselves as entrepreneurs, the sooner they can make headway (on their own terms) with their writing futures.

 

This is second-nature to me, and I suppose I take it a bit for granted, since I have lived with an entrepreneur for a quarter of a century. I have watched him build companies from the ground up with absolutely nothing.

 

Compare self-publishing tasks with tasks of the classic entrepreneur, and they are no different. Writing a book and marketing said book is no different than creating a product or company and sending it to market.

 

As a writer and self-publisher, you must realize that you have now become an entrepreneur. An edit to your manuscript may not be what's needed--it may be an edited perspective.

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/successful-self-publishing-authors-are-entrepreneurs/

 

 

 

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