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Less the New More in Book Publishing? | Digital Book World

Less the New More in Book Publishing? | Digital Book World | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

[Article provided by News and Experts] In Book Publishing, Less Is The New More.

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Many accomplished authors are going to cringe at subject of this article, but it is a fact. LESS is truly the new MORE in Book Publishing.

 

The Amazon Kindle Singles Program is wildly popular, and authors are clamoring to get a 20-50 page book featured on this heavily promoted platform. Amazon itself is pushing these tiny books, and if authors don't get on board and have some shorts offered in addition to their 500 page books, they will be mightily disappointed.

 

Adults these days definitely have ADHD from overload of rapid fire information. They feel that they just don't have the time to devote to a behemoth of a novel. Sad, but true.

 

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

 

Link to the full article with all the details for your own plan: http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/less-the-new-more-in-book-publishing/

 

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How to (Really) Make $1,000,000 Selling E-Books - Real-World Case Studies

How to (Really) Make $1,000,000 Selling E-Books - Real-World Case Studies | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Who will be the JK Rowling of self-publishing? Better still: who will be the legions who make an extra $1,000-$1,000,000 per year?

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Do indie authors have even the remotest of chances to become the next $1,000,000 success story? The answer is YES! This guest post on the blog of Tim Ferriss of the "4 Hour Body" and "4 Hour Work Week" has a wealth of information on selling ebooks in this new age of publishing.

 

Here's a preview of what you will learn:

 

o Why did best-selling Author Barry Eisler turn down a $500,000 offer from his publisher in favor of publishing his own books?

 

o Why is Amazon now selling more ebooks than printed books?

 

o How can you figure out what niche to choose in to publish your book?

 

o How do you go about creating your ebook?

 

o What about formatting and designing a cover?

 

o What to do about marketing and promotion of your ebook?

 

o What is the best price point for your ebook?

 

If you've given up writing an ebook for fear of the competition, read this article and start your planning today. The soon you get started, the sooner you could also have a successful book topping the Amazon charts. 

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2013/04/04/how-to-make-1000000-selling-e-books-tactics-and-case-studies/

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Maryann Mulhern Matas's comment, April 15, 2013 8:44 PM
Thanks for your insight and sharing on facebook Penelope.
Penelope's comment, April 16, 2013 2:56 PM
You are welcome, Maryann! Glad you enjoy the insights! ;)
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Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling

Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coats, Pixar's Story Artist. Number 9 on the list - When you’re stuck, make a list of what wouldn't happen next - is a great one and can apply to writers in all genres..

Via Inspire the Muse
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I am tucking this list of Pixar's "22 Rules of Storytelling" into my writer's toolbox to pull out when I am working on my writing for Kindle. I can readily pick up some new ideas by quickly scanning the list, and referring back to these rules could truly get you out of some stuck-in-the-mud storylines.

 

I'm fondly recalling Pixar's Movie, "Up". If they used these rules in writing the love story of Carl and Ellie, then these rules would also work great for romance stories written for Kindle. Their beautiful story in the movie is the shortest, most eloquent and touching love story I think I have ever seen. Although it was between two digitally created characters, every time I watch it, I sob like a baby.

 

Pixar knows of which they speak. This one is a keeper.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://aerogrammestudio.com/2013/03/07/pixars-22-rules-of-storytelling/

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, March 29, 2013 1:36 PM
Thanks, Penelope. I really enjoyed this one!
Penelope's comment, March 29, 2013 2:23 PM
You are welcome, Kenneth! It was really personal for me. That is one of my favorite movies! ;)
Janet Vasil's curator insight, April 1, 2013 8:45 AM

Break through writer's block by reviewing these rules.

 

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The Self-Pubbed Writer Who Wrote the Next Great Sci-Fi Saga

The Self-Pubbed Writer Who Wrote the Next Great Sci-Fi Saga | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
You can also listen to this article. When bookstore employee and indie author Hugh Howey published his short story “Wool” as a 99-cent e-book on Amazon in July of 2011, he wasn’t banking on the story transforming his career.
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I'm in the middle of reading the wildly successful "Wool" permanent free book that sits out on Amazon. Sci-fi fan, I am not, but the story is intriguing. Bookstore employee and indie author, Hugh Howey had no idea that publishing his short story out on the web would completely change his life. He had written nothing else after this one, but fans reached out to him to finish his futuristic short story to satisfy their desire for more work from this author.

 

As Wool opens, Holston, the sheriff of the silo is being sent to “cleaning,” a punishment that takes him to the toxic surface to scrub the sensors that project a view of the world above to the silo below. The description of the view is one of the only clues Howey provides about the world before the silo was created. It’s a “familiar and rotting skyline” in which “ancient glass and steel stood distantly where people, it was suspected, had once lived aboveground.”

 

By reaching out to Howey and leaving reviews that asked for more, fans helped conjure the fictional world that has come to mean so much to them. And through the power of self-publishing and social media, Howey converted interest in the first story into dedicated fandom and hundreds of thousands of e-book sales. Self-publishers can always learn from studying what is currently working, and tweak it to fit into their own self-publishing.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2013/03/hugh_howey_and_wool_how_the_self_pubbed_sci_fi_writer_relates_to_fans.2.html

 

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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, March 26, 2013 4:53 PM

A very interesting story that confirms the fact that authors become famous mostly because of their fans, and secondly because of the stories they write.

Penelope's comment, March 27, 2013 5:48 PM
It stands to reason that it should be the other way around--but this seems to be the way it works in our new publishing age.
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Digital Publishing and Indie Authors | What to expect in 2013?

Digital Publishing and Indie Authors | What to expect in 2013? | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

"Publishing in the digital age has taken on a brave new face. It's precocious, it's brazen, it's sassy and it's independent."

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2013 is a brand new year for authors! What should they expect?

 

o Ebooks are cheaper to produce

o Social Media allows authors to create a following

o Promotions (allows authors to bring their books to target markets)

o Indie Authors can earn more (60-70% vs. the 30%)

 

For the entire article and more great news for authors, visit the original article.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://marketingforromancewriters.com/digital-publishing-2013/

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George Will: The art of good writing - STLtoday.com

George Will: The art of good writing - STLtoday.com | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
George Will: The art of good writing STLtoday.com You will not want to skip anything in William Zinsser's short essays written for the American Scholar magazine's website and now collected in “The Writer Who Stayed,” a book that begins with him...
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On writing from Elmore Leonard, "I leave out parts that people skip." Take note all indie authors and self-publishers wanting to make their own special noise on the Kindle marketplace.

 

Our “endlessly supple” English language will, William Zinsser says, “do anything you ask it to do, if you treat it well. Try it and see.” Try Zinsser's short essays for the American Scholar magazine’s website and now collected in “The Writer Who Stayed,” a book that begins with him wondering why “every year student writing is a little more disheveled.”

 

I find it a shame that newspapers had to "dumb down" the articles to read at six grade levels. The ebook marketplace is getting fierce, but as the cream "also rises", the best, brightest and superbly written books will rise to the top of the heap. I still have faith.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/columns/george-will/george-will-the-art-of-good-writing/article_7d165c9d-fadf-56f5-ad1d-a07169cfbf26.html

 

 

 

 

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What are the Big Publishers Afraid of? | Always Writing: All indie authors please read this

What are the Big Publishers Afraid of? | Always Writing: All indie authors please read this | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
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I've seen lots of changes going on with Amazon, and wasn't sure what was happening, but this author gives an interesting perspective. He suggests it is not Amazon who is afraid of the success of some indies--but actually the big publishers.

 

First, the tags disappeared on our books. Of course, we can still "tag" when we set up the book for upload on Amazon. We can set up 7 of them. When on our book page, readers cannot add any tags of their own.

 

Then, the "likes" on the books disappeared. Mine came back for a short time, but are gone again. Personally, I think it is fun and interactive to have the "likes" there. Sure, it can be abused but mostly likely is not in most cases.

 

This last Grammy Awards is a perfect example of how independents are taking over. More than half the awards went to artists who published under their own labels. Even the song of the year has no major label backing.

 

What are the big publishers afraid of? Little indie publishers selling a few hundred or thousand books--compared to their millions?

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://neilostroff.blogspot.com/2013/02/all-indie-authors-please-read-this.html?spref=tw

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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, March 7, 2013 4:56 PM

Are publishers afraid of indies ?

Penelope's comment, March 8, 2013 8:44 PM
We are wondering...
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The Marshall Plan® - Where to Get Ideas

The Marshall Plan® - Where to Get Ideas | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Writeanovelfast.com provides tips and ideas for writing and publishing your novel faster. Veteran book agents and writers Evan Marshall and Martha Jewett pull from three decades of experience working with writers.
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The age-old question for writers is: "Where in the world do you come up with all of your ideas?" My response: "In this world we live in--the ideas are ripe for the picking!"

 

This very excellent article dishes up some juicy tidbits on a silver platter to spark your writing juices. Here's a couple I plucked from one of my favorite topic scouting sites: YAHOO.COM

 

MACY'S CEO DESCRIBES THE MOMENT HIS FRIEND MARTHA STEWART BETRAYED HIM  "I thought Martha and I were friends."

 

THE MAN WHOSE IMPEACEMENT VOTE SAVED ANDREW JOHNSON -

After being impeached, President Andrew Johnson survived his 1868 Senate trial by just one vote. And to this day, how that vote was cast remains shrouded in controversy.

 

ROBIN THE BOY WONDER KILLED! - NEW YORK — The story of Batman and Robin is about to change forever. That’s according to The New York Post...

 

There is a constant barrage of these types of headlines every minute of every hour of every day. See if you can't come up with a list of your own go-to sites for your Kindle Writing ideas.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://writeanovelfast.com/wheretogetideas.htm#

 

 

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Why Women in Their 30s are Winning at Writing Successful eBooks | Womens Digital Online Magazine | VIVMag

Why Women in Their 30s are Winning at Writing Successful eBooks | Womens Digital Online Magazine | VIVMag | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Why Women in Their 30s are Winning at Writing Successful eBooks
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This post is mainly directed at women (but men are allowed to read, too!). The meteoric rise of E.L. James and the "50 Shades of Mega Dollars" has caused everyone to sit up and take notice.

 

What once was an industry dominated by mega publishing houses and powerhouse male thrillers, now has seemed to split wide open and beckoned women to come on in. According to the author, there are 3 reasons why:

 

1) We have the TECHNOLOGY - Anybody can write an e-book, but marketing it is altogether different, and a highly specific skill.

 

2) We have the MOTIVATION - Women are looking for ways to supplement their family's income in this stretched society. When we want to learn how to do something, we put our all into figuring it out.

 

3) We have the GUTS - You had better have good content, or your efforts are dead in the water. With all the competition out there at Amazon, and the other digital marketplaces, you need to stand out! Women have instinct, and it serves us well in this arena.

 

I do agree with the author that the "50 Shades" are racy, but I do not agree that they are magnetic. I could hardly finish the first book, and the anemic content definitely did not lead me to want to read the second. This proves the point that magnetic marketing can carry even the worst book to the heights of greatness.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://vivmag.com/why-women-in-their-30s-are-winning-at-writing-successful-ebooks

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We women are empowered--but we still need men! :D
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Apparently, Size Really Does Matter

Apparently, Size Really Does Matter | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
For Indie Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors, writing multi-book series is clearly a tremendous advantage.  Read On »
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When writing a book for the digital marketplace, think "SERIES". For the young adult (YA) genre, first Harry Potter burst onto the scene, followed by the Twilight books, the Hunger Games trilogy, and more.

 

Writing a series has become a crucial marketing tool for indie authors in garnering new readers that will hungrily stay tuned for more of your work.

 

This key is to offer your first book in the series for .99 or even better--for FREE permanently. This book should be set to release a few months ahead of the entire series. It will do your promotion work for you.

 

The disadvantage? Series books must have bigger concepts and lots of surprises. The advantage? Marketing a series is easier, and you will have a built-in audience for future books. This could transform your writing career from a hobby into a very profitable business.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://indiereader.com/2013/02/apparently-size-really-does-matter

 

 

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Ten Qualities You Must Have To Succeed As An Indie Author | Successful Self-Publishing

Ten Qualities You Must Have To Succeed As An Indie Author | Successful Self-Publishing | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Should I Self-Publish? This is a question we’re regularly asked at ALLi by writers of all kinds, beginners and experienced. The answer, as is the answer to so many writerly questions is: it depends.
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Let me bluntly say right now: "Being your own publisher is not for the faint of heart". You must be a special breed of person if you plan on writing your own books--and self-publishing them. You are basically doing two separate jobs.

 

I liken "indie authors" to the pioneers of old. We are blazing new trails for others to follow. If you want to be one of the "pioneers of new", you'd better check your temperament to see if you possess some or all of the 10 qualities highlighted in this excellent article. I've highlighted 3 of them here: 

 

1) POSITIVE - You had better have a positive attitude, because you're not going to have a boss hovering over you, telling you everything is going to be alright!

 

2) BRAVE - We indies thrive on risk. We are idea people. We risk our money, confidence, and reputation before the first dime comes in.

 

3) HARDWORKING - We think nothing of putting in 16 hour days. We've got energy, and we channel it into the future we are creating for ourselves. We educate ourselves on all aspects of self-publishing. We are not dummies and not easily taken to the cleaners.

 

Peruse the full article for the remaining 7 suggestions, and see if you are also one of the "pioneers of new".

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/10-must-have-qualities-to-succeed-as-indie-author

 

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TOP 10 Reasons (plus 1) Why an Outline is Important When Writing a Book : Spirit Authors book marketing tips & author promotion from Lynn Serafinn

TOP 10 Reasons (plus 1) Why an Outline is Important When Writing a Book : Spirit Authors book marketing tips & author promotion from Lynn Serafinn | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Author, coach Lynn Serafinn of Spirit Authors shows how structure and an outline for your book increases focus, effectiveness, continuity, motivation and more.
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OK. I admit it. My name is Penelope and I am a Pantser. A "Pantser" is just like it sounds--you write by the seat of your pants and throw in an outline when you get stuck. I know I need to transform into more of a plotter (planner), and I have several books and methods on outlining that are stacked up just waiting for me to crack them.

 

When you begin writing in earnest (not just journaling) to share with the world, you begin to discover what type of writer you really are. I liken the process to "panning for gold". The gold nuggets are your strengths, and the dirt, rocks, and sand are the weaknesses. You don't want to let those rocks stop you from writing, but they are exactly what you want to pull out.

 

This excellent article makes the case for why an outline is important when writing a book. There are 10 reasons (plus 1) and they are sound. Here are a few to whet your writing whistle:

 

1) It makes WRITING easier! - You need a map when you travel, why not have one when you write?

 

2) It makes READING easier! - You want your reader to comprehend what you write, not just say "Whaaaat?"

 

3) It makes your MESSAGE memorable! - Don't you want the reader to take something away from your writing? I don't want my writing to become bird paper for the next day.

 

There are 7 more reasons, and the final BONUS reason that the author will reward you with to make sure you outline your next book. I will put these more into practice myself as I begin writing in an entirely new genre of fiction for the Kindle in 2013.

 

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://spiritauthors.com/news/top-10-reasons-plus-1-why-an-outline-is-important-when-writing-a-book

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E-books exploding in popularity among kids, adults

E-books exploding in popularity among kids, adults | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Readers, publishers and librarians alike are writing a new chapter in the book business. E-books are turning the high-tech page, while traditional printed books increasingly are being shelved.
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LISTEN UP AUTHORS! The number of American kids ages 6 to 17 who had read an e-book nearly DOUBLED between 2010 and 2012?? This is a jump from 25% to 46%!

 

If you have written a traditionally published book, by all means get it off the dusty bookshelf and onto Kindle! If you need help with this, peruse the freelance sites of Elance, Odesk, Guru, and even Fiverr for experts who can help you. Sometimes it will cost a lot less than you think to convert the material for publication to the Kindle marketplace. 

 

Do you think it's not worth the time and effort? Take a further look at the stats:

 

Traditionally printed books are increasingly being shelved in favor of ebooks. The survey was conducted for Scholastic, the children's publishing giant, and Harrison Group, a marketing and research consulting firm.

 

Pew reported in December that e-book readership among Americans ages 16 and above jumped from 16% in 2011 to 23% in 2012. At the same time, readership of printed books in the previous 12 months fell from 72% to 67%.

 

Several sessions at the Macworld/iWorld conference in San Francisco will focus on e-books. The Apple IPad is a key player in this market. More than 1.5 million e-books are available to be downloaded from the iBookstore. Amazon Kindle is probably the easiest place for you to start if you are a newcomer to this arena.

 

Take a look at the entire article for more information that should get your wheels spinning and your feet moving on over to the digital marketplace.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/adult-ebook-sales-up-31-in-sept-continue-slowdown

 

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Self-Publishing Success Stories: The Anatomy of a Kindle Bestseller

Self-Publishing Success Stories: The Anatomy of a Kindle Bestseller | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Writing for writing's sake is absolutely brilliant, but many of us have ambitions to be #1 on the Amazon charts, selling hundreds of thousands of books and raking in the cash!

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Writing is hard work! That is a given, but once your book is actually written, how in the world do we enter into the ranks of the Kindle bestsellers?

 

This article by bestselling author Mark Edwards touches on some characteristics of what goes into a Kindle bestseller. Begin your journey armed with these tools, and you might also enter through the portals of the elite "bestseller" club.

 

1)  Get the BASICS right (GRIPPING book, great COVER, excellent book DESCRIPTION)

 

2) Write a MARKETING plan (this is tip most authors skip over)

 

3) Get your books NOTICED (Twitter w/ tools such as Tweet Adder and Triberr)

 

4) Identify BLOGS and SITES that might review your book (send a professional template requesting a review)

 

5) Get into the ALSO BOUGHT Amazon "bar" of popular books

 

6) Set up a BLOG and interview other popular authors

 

7) Be prepared to WORK HARD!

 

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

 

Link to the full article with all the details for your own plan: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2013/01/21/self-publishing-success-kindle-bestseller/

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Hugh Howey: Self-publishing is the future — and great for writers

Hugh Howey: Self-publishing is the future — and great for writers | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

"Books have changed forever, and that's good. Writers will find readers and make more money going it alone, like me."

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Hugh Howey wanted to find out if there were other success stories out there when he posed a question on the Kindle Boards. He started a thread entitled “The Self Published Authors I Want to Hear From.” He wanted to find those making $100 to $500 a month. He had a sneaking suspicion that there were many. He said that every response he received started with a variation of: “I’m actually making a lot more than that.”

 

How about these stories:

 

o JAN STRNAD, a 62-year-old educator hoping to retire in four years. In 2012, he made $11,406.31 from his work.  He now makes around $2,000 a month.

 

o ROBERT J. CRANE, His monthly income had gone from $110.29 in June to $13,000+ in November.

 

o RACHEL SCHURIG has sold 100,000 e-books and made 6 figures last year.

 

o RICK GUALTIERI cleared over $25,000 in 2012 from his writing.

 

o AMANDA BRICE writes teen mysteries and adult romantic comedies in her spare time. She averages $750 a month with her work.

 

Do you have story inside of you just waiting to be heard? Never has there been such a time in history that doors to publishing success are flung as wide open as they are today. Just think--if you start your writing today, you could be the next self-publishing success story tomorrow!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.salon.com/2013/04/04/hugh_howey_self_publishing_is_the_future_and_great_for_writers/

 

 

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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, April 6, 2013 5:29 PM

I'm flabergasted to learn what some writers can earn in a month !

Penelope's comment, April 8, 2013 5:07 PM
A lot of the PLR (private label rights) garbage has already been weeded out by Amazon, and saavy readers learn to spot the excellent works--after downloading too much garbage on their Kindles. Word spreads quickly...
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5 Things Beginners Need to Know About E-Book Publishing | Jane Friedman

5 Things Beginners Need to Know About E-Book Publishing | Jane Friedman | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
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Let's head back to the basics for new students to the ebook publishing market. There are a few tips that will at least bring you up to speed with the self-publishing lingo that you may hear tossed about. These 5 things have remained fairly constant and will give you a head start on your own "Writing for Kindle" or other platforms.

 

1) Ebook publishing and DISTRIBUTION SERVICES (Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing, Barnes & Noble Nook, Smashwords, etc.) are NONEXCLUSIVE and do not take any rights to your work. You can take it up and down, revise/update and change your price at any time)

 

2) There are SINGLE/MULTIPLE distribution services, which can be used in tandem (Smashwords, Bookbaby, FastPencil will distribute to multiple e-reading devices. Amazon's KDP (Kindle) is a single-device publishing service.

 

3) Successful ebooks require excellent COVER DESIGN (Prices for novels typically run from .99 to 2.99)

 

4) Amazon royalties favor PRICING between $2.99-$9.99 (70% royalty at the 2.99-9.99, and 30% above 9.99)

 

5) Calibre is a free EBOOK CONVERSION SOFTWARE widely used to output ebook files from many types of sources. I personally like software called KBG (Kindle Book Generator) that will create a PDF of your book and all files necessary to publish to all platforms) Resource #3 on http://PhilosBooks.com/writerresources

 

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

 

Link to the original article:http://janefriedman.com/2011/08/09/5-things-beginners-need-to-know-about-e-book-publishing/

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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, March 28, 2013 2:07 PM

Very good suggestions and advice to e-book publishing.

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A Map to Get Out of Writer's Block

A Map to Get Out of Writer's Block | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
If you're a writer, chances are you've experienced writer's block. Consider this the map that will outline your escape route.
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What a great tool to keep handy when you just can't write any more and you are not sure of the reason. Personally, I'm going to print this out and keep it close by when I:

 

o Just don't know what to do with my character

o My plot has lost its ooomph

o The story just feels a bit stale, or

o I've lost my way

 

This excellent infographic will give you a route to choose, depending upon your writing issue. Try it the next time you end up in a writing dilemma.

 

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

 

Link to the original article and the full interview: http://nybookeditors.com/book-editing-copy-editing-proofreading-self-publishing-blog/2013/3/12/a-map-to-get-out-of-writers-block#sthash.rQ3VMP3M.Yk0iki6b.dpbs

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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, March 22, 2013 5:47 PM

A good way to stop procastinating and keep writing !

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Margo Berendsen: Love story plots, or 13 ways to mess with your characters

Margo Berendsen: Love story plots, or 13 ways to mess with your characters | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
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Are you considering writing a romance novel for Kindle? They are hot sellers, and you've got countless romance genres to choose from. If you are stuck for ideas, this excellent post will jumpstart your thinking in the area of love.

 

This author gives us Love Story Plots, or "13 different ways to mess with your characters." You can even cross over into the paranormal romance genre. (Movies: "Avatar" or the "Twilight" series).

 

If you are considering the YA (young adult) romance genre, a great example are the Kindle book covers of a very successful romance novelist, Rachel Hanna. Make sure that you aim for a great plot that appeals to your chosen audience (this may take some research), and an eye-catching book cover. Here's an interview that I had with Rachel recently. You can listen in to get some ideas of your own, or just take a peek at her beautiful covers. Her audience loves her!

 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/philosbooks/2013/03/01/interview-with-best-selling-romance-novelist-rachel-hanna

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://margoberendsen.blogspot.com/2011/02/love-story-plots-or-13-ways-to-mess.html

 

 

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Beware Random House's Ebook Imprints - Forbes

Beware Random House's Ebook Imprints - Forbes | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Random House’s ebook-only imprints have come under fire for having predatory and abusive contract terms.
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Another great case made for self-publishing: YOU RETAIN CONTROL and PROFITS and the KNOWLEDGE of the ANALYTICS of your book. Sure, your book may be sitting out on Amazon, or Smashwords, or the i-bookstore, but you can pull it at any time and put it on your own website for sales.

 

I have heard the same story time and again from friends who have had their books published by one of the big publishers. They sign a contract, which pretty much signs away their rights. They pay out thousands and thousands of dollars for what? The book is published, but that didn't include any promotion. These authors are kept in the dark about the number of sales, they don't see royalties, and they are being treated as if they absolutely have no right to know how their books are doing. They are frustrated and discouraged.

 

Personally, I will stick to self-publishing and my books will remain my sole property.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/suwcharmananderson/2013/03/10/beware-random-houses-ebook-imprints/

 

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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, March 12, 2013 4:13 PM

Have an experienced writer look at your contract before signing .

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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
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Is taking on the challenge of writing "serials" for Amazon right for you and your audience? It can be lucrative, but very tricky. As you are writing your story, you are also posting the chapters for readers to pick up on and pass on to others.

 

"50 Shades of Gray" started out as FREE serialized Twilight fan-fic. It then built up its audience over time--and we know the rest of the story.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.the-digital-reader.com/2012/09/19/serials-can-be-challenging-for-writers-and-for-amazon/#.UFz3xY1lRVU

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allAfrica.com: Africa: What Space for African Eyes? Travel Writing and Africa in the 21st Century (Page 1 of 3)

allAfrica.com: Africa: What Space for African Eyes? Travel Writing and Africa in the 21st Century (Page 1 of 3) | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
allAfrica: African news and information for a global audience
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Are you a traveler? Even if you don't travel to the far reaches of the world, you could write a travel book for Kindle. They are hot, and if you are an international traveler, you could piggyback off the success of HGTV's "International Homes". Match the books to their episodes.

 

People always want to know what is in different parts of the county--and the world. If you've traveled to a wonderful, exotic locale, write about it!

 

Here's what you can do:

 

1) Pull out all your PICTURES - People want to SEE what you are talking about! You can easily scan in those pictures to add into your book if they are snapshots. If they are digital, you are ahead of the game.

 

2) Recreate your STORY from your pictures. If you can't remember a lot of the details, another idea is to create a children's book from the pics you snapped of animals, flowers, trees and things that kids like.

 

3) Break down your travel story into a SERIES of books. You can use the same trip, but give each book a different subject, different title, but bundle them together.

 

Let your imagination run wild. If you are a journaler, even better! Pull out those journals and your pictures, and pore over them to recreate your story--and your book for Kindle.

 

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://allafrica.com/stories/201302221181.html

 

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How to browse the Kindle Lending Library on your PC | PCWorld

How to browse the Kindle Lending Library on your PC | PCWorld | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Your Amazon Prime membership entitles you to one free book
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If you or someone you know is trying to check out a book on the Kindle Lending Library, you may become totally frustrated with the hoops you have to jump through, and chuck the whole idea before you check out even one book. When you become a member of Amazon's Prime Program for $79/yr, they allow you check out one free book per month. How in the world do you find a book from over 300,000 available?

 

Here are the exact steps you can use yourself or (be a friend) direct someone else who is ready to tear their hair out from the process:

 

1. Head to http://Amazon.com.

 

2. Locate the left edge of the search bar, click little arrow next to "All", then click "Books".

 

3. Now click "Go".

 

4. Scroll down until you see Amazon Prime in the lefthand toolbar. Click the "Prime Eligible" box.

 

5. In the following page, in the Format area, click the header marked "Kindle Edition".

 

At this point you are finally able to view every single book Amazon allows you to check out as part of your prime membership. You've got 6 sorting options, and may want to view "Most Reviews" for best results. Amazon has their act together in most places, but they may want to tweak the steps for their customers in this area.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2028407/how-to-browse-the-kindle-lending-library-on-your-pc.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

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Yes there are a lot of hoops to navigate to just about everywhere on AMAZON.It's a really ginormous site but stick with it.You'll only get better with time...it's a bit like becoming an Author!

Penelope's comment, March 8, 2013 8:47 PM
I know it Robin! I does get easier. Indie authors--stick with it! ;)
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20 Quotes to inspire and motivate you to write

A writer needs lots of inspiration and motivation. I myself struggle finding motivation and inspiration sometimes.

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Ah...motivational writing quotes. Like a soothing tonic for our weary and depleted writing souls. I have little flip books throughout the house with many different types of quotes. I realized I need one for writing, too. Who doesn't need a shot of some motivating and encouraging words from ones who have been there and done that? I know I do.

 

Feast your eyes on a few of the 20, and check out the article for more writing boosters.

 

“You don’t write because you want something. You write because you have something to say.”-F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”- Ernest Hemingway

 

“If you wish to be a writer, write.”-Epictetus

 

“I write from my soul. This is the reason that critics don’t hurt me, because it is me. If it was not me, if I was pretending to be someone else, then this could unbalance my world, but I know who I am.”-Paulo Coelho

 

“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you”- Oscar Wilde

 

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.tenaciouswriter.com/20-quotes-to-inspire-and-motivate-you-to-write.html

 

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Penelope's comment, February 23, 2013 2:12 PM
Merci' Jacques. ;)
Jacques Goyette's comment, February 23, 2013 5:18 PM
Bienvenue Penelope. ;-)
Penelope's comment, March 8, 2013 8:55 PM
Bonne Journée Jacques! ;)
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Bookstore Survival: Can we help?

Bookstore Survival: Can we help? | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Joanna's Morning Links post today included a link to a Mike Shatzkin article about the future of Barnes & Noble."

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Is the lesson of: "Price your books cheaply" that we have learned from Amazon, going to contribute to the further demise of bookstores as we know them?

 

What does this mean for publishers, authors and major retail booksellers? We've already seen Borders book stores shut down. Is it because they can't compete with the .99 cent ebooks provided by Amazon?

 

It will be very telling in the next few years if there are more casualties of brick-and-mortar stores. We still need quality places to meet and read those books--whether printed or digital.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.teleread.com/books/bookstore-survival-can-we-help

 

 

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Deanna Lynn Sletten: Tips for Self-Publishing - Step Four: Book Cover & Book Description

Deanna Lynn Sletten: Tips for Self-Publishing - Step Four: Book Cover & Book Description | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
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I believe I see more questions on this one issue more than any other. How do I make a cover for this wonderful book that I just wrote and want to upload to the Kindle marketplace? This article sews up the loose ends of self-publishing very nicely and gives some great ideas on creating a masterpiece cover and book description that will grab the attention of millions of possible readers.

 

You can puchase a professional stock photo and add your book title, subtitle, and author name onto it, but are you a graphic designer? Do you have an eye for color, design, layout, and all the elements that make a good cover pop? I know I don't, and I use the services of a wonderful designer for very little. Check around on Fiverr, Odesk, Elance or Guru. The author recommends Tugboat Design for a professional cover. You have to remember that the readers are scrolling through hundreds and hundreds of covers (small thumbnail pictures) and it had better grab them in 1 or 2 seconds.

 

The other non-negotiable is to write up a description for your book, that will give the readers a "birds-eye" view of what your book is all about. Don't slap up a one or two liner and think that's going to do the trick. What would you be looking for as a reader? Don't you want to know if the book is going to be worthwhile or totally waste your time?

 

In summary, take the time to create or outsource a beautiful cover, a captivating description of your book (written in third person if fiction), and you will be on your way to being a successful, published author on Amazon.

 

  

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.deannalynnsletten.com/2012/09/tips-for-self-publishing-step-four-book.html

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