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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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Adult Ebook Sales up 31% in Sept., Continue Slowdown | Digital Book World

Adult Ebook Sales up 31% in Sept., Continue Slowdown | Digital Book World | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
The trend of more moderate growth for ebooks in the U.S. in 2012 continued in Sept. as sales of adult trade ebooks were up 30.7%, much less than the triple-digit sales growth seen in ebooks in previous years.
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Hmm....in perusing this interesting article, I wonder where the writing focus should be?

 

Although adult ebook sales were up 31% in September, the sales for Children's ebooks are still up 177% for the year through the first 3 quarters! Wow. The ebook revenues for children's ebooks are up to $190.6M for the year, comprising nearly 13% of all sales!

 

On the Adult side, ebooks are up 36.2% for the year to $961.6M, comprising nearly 21% of all sales.

 

The tide turned in 2012, when children's ebooks grew by a whopping 475.1%! If you have any inclination toward putting together small and simple picture books for children, you should take a serious look at writing for this sector. It can be as simple as putting together a funny picture book of snapshots you have taken of your cat, dog or rat with silly captions underneath.  They really are some of the simplest books to put together--and also the most profitable!

 

 

*****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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Deanna Lynn Sletten: Tips for Self-Publishing - Step Three: Formatting Your eBook

Deanna Lynn Sletten: Tips for Self-Publishing - Step Three: Formatting Your eBook | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
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This is a Part 3 of 4 of some great tips on how to self-publish. This post gets into an aspect of self-publishing that turns most authors away for good; that is, formatting your ebook. There is no doubt about it, there is a bit of a learning curve. It can be done, but it may take a lot of trial and error.  Hopefully, this post will give you the confidence you need to dive in and get started on your formatting journey.

 

1) STYLE GUIDE - Considered by some to be the best Formatting Guide, you can download Smashwords Style Guide for FREE in PDF or Mobi. (formatting varies a bit for Amazon vs. B&N) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/52

 

2) SIMPLIFIED FORMATTING GUIDE - Amazon has their own. https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help?topicId=A17W8UM0MMSQX6

 

3) FORMATTING GUIDE - Barnes & Noble and Pubit has a guide in their FAQ's. http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/pubit_app/bn?t=support

 

4) CREATESPACE FORMATTING - You can upload your word document that started with, but you will then need to create page #'s and headings. This takes a little bit of work but once it is done once, you'll feel like an expert!

 

4) KINDLE BOOK GENERATOR - This is ebook formatting software. This is the route that I have taken to format all of my ebooks. I learned how to do the formatting, but found an awesome software that is a cinch to upload my word document, and then it automatically generates all the different file formats to upload to the various publishing platforms. It also has a Photo Storage option to store all of your pictures from all your books. I love it and highly recommend! http://jvz1.com/c/46060/2211

 

For all 4 options, you can use your Word document to begin. First make a copy, then start the formatting. If this part of the process still frustrates you, don't give up. There are plenty of outsourcers willing to create your ebook for you--for very little.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.deannalynnsletten.com/2012/08/tips-for-self-publishing-step-three.html

 

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Deanna Lynn Sletten: Tips for Self-Publishing – Step One: Preparing Your Manuscript

Deanna Lynn Sletten: Tips for Self-Publishing – Step One: Preparing Your Manuscript | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
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If you are new to self-publishing, and have no idea where to begin, this four part post is a great place. Part one gives you some great advice on preparing your manuscript--which you need to have first to get to the other parts.

 

Assuming you have a book already written and ready to publish, you will learn:

 

1) It's a good idea to hire a proofreader (most bad reviews on Amazon are because of mistakes in grammar and spelling)

 

2) Hire a professional editor (if you can afford one - otherwise enlist a fellow writing buddy)

 

3) Check out World Cafe Literary Toolbox for Authors, check out twitter, or ask around  (for proofers and editors)

 

4) Find beta readers (this is to gauge reaction as to whether your book is ready for the world - you want honest reviews!)

 

Treat yourself as the serious novelist that you are, and the readers will find you!

 

Part 2 will be: Choosing a self-publishing platform

 

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

 

Link to the original article:

http://www.deannalynnsletten.com/2012/08/tips-for-self-publishing-step-one.html

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So you want to self-publish? Where in the world do you start? Here's a great 3-part post on doing just that. Part 1 of 3.
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The Daily Routines of Famous Writers

The Daily Routines of Famous Writers | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.

Via anna smith
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This is productivity maniac Benjamin Franklin's To-Do List for the day. What is yours? A writer's life is not always cut and dried. Most of us have to squeeze in some writing amidst all the busy happenings in our lives. I would love to arise from my slumber and begin putting pen to page rapid fire, but as of this moment, I have to work within the boundaries of the life I am given. Here's a look at 15 famous writers and how they find the time to write.

 

*****This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing for Kindle"***** Link to the original article: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/11/20/daily-routines-writers/?_tmc=NG1bpRJ2dYOBoyoh8BlyKL6bvQdbk6IMDUzcuCV6ISU

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Writing your Kindle Book from an App? Yes! It is possible.

Writing your Kindle Book from an App? Yes! It is possible. | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

I never considered writing a novel from an App! I now know that it is definitely possible with the technology we have available to us today. My memory reaches back to remember a game that we played as kids, where you had several circles of various shapes all attached together with a brad. You spun those circles to land on various word choices, which when put all together, would create a story. This is the logic behind the "Brainstormer" App ($1.99) for the Iphone.

 

If your car battery dies, you can give it a jump start to replenish lost power. Your brain may need the same boost, but it's probably best that you not do it with an electrical charge. :) Filled with thousands of possible combinations between three columns, the app helps create the perfect prompt to get your juices flowing again.

 

How clever!

 

From the website: "There's no perfect formula for crafting a novel. In fact, some of the best tales that withstand the tests of time are the ones that break the rules and invent a new narrative. The simplest of ideas can blow up into 100,000 words of masterfully crafted storytelling with proper development. While the words are the most important part of any novel, what is a craftsperson without his or her tools? We've collected eight apps that will help you turn aspirations into novelizations. "

 

This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on Ebook Promotion and Marketing at www.scoop.it/philosbooks


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Katherine Conner's curator insight, March 29, 2013 1:39 PM

Everyone, without exception, requires a tool to complete the task that they were employed to do. Often, when writing, people may not know where to begin. They may not have any idea as to how to organize their thoughts. The applications suggested by AJ Dellinger on Mac Life seem like an excellent way to structure not only the key points within your story, but also helps you structure your time in order to incorporate those key points. The application "Novel in 30" allows the user to set a word count target, and a deadline goal. It also allows you to sync the document between itunes and allows the use of Dropbox for easy access. "Writers App" helps structure all ideas dealing with plot, character, and setting. "MindNode"allows the user to create a literal map of their thoughts, and therefore allowing the user to re-create or continue their previous thought process at a later time. Other applications discussed in this article assist with research, brainstorming, timing, and even publication! I think these applications will prove to be powerful tools not only for aspiring novelists, but also authors who are veterans of the writing and publication processes. Each story that a person decides to tell is individual, so each journey to bring that story to an audience is just as individual.

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Get a great idea on any topic in under 1 minute

Great 1 minute 30 second You Tube tip from Internet Marketing Guru Jim Cockrum. Use this free tip to get great ideas for your very own book topic that you can use for Kindle.

 

This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on Ebook Promotion and Marketing at www.scoop.it/philosbooks

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, December 21, 2012 2:36 AM

This is really a great way to get something done using technology that just would not have been possible even a couple of years ago. I have found that these three ideas for deciding when to use a technologically based approach to get something done are as useful today as when I first came across them about 20 years ago:

Technology is the preferred way to get something done if it-

Enables you to get it done better

Faster

Or to do something that just couldn't be previously done at all.

 

What a great way to generate ideas to stimulate one's work.

 

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10 things to think about before you publish.

10 things to think about before you publish. | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Converting the PDF of your print ready book to Kindle is not expensive. So if you are going to produce a physical book it is a no-brainer to do it for Kindle, too.

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5 Tips for Beginning Kindle Book Authors/Publishers | AmyHarrop.com

5 Tips for Beginning Kindle Book Authors/Publishers | AmyHarrop.com | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Want to get started publishing your work to the Kindle? Here's 5 tips for beginning Kindle Book Authors/Publisher.

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Fiction Genres Are As Diverse As The Authors Who Write Them

Fiction Genres Are As Diverse As The Authors Who Write Them | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

If you're stuck on what kind of fiction to write, here's some ideas to jumpstart your novel. Just how many fiction genres are there, anyway? I can easily name sixteen that are considered specific genres now, and still I haven't covered them all.

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The Subconscious Storyteller

The Subconscious Storyteller | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

This is the ideal: blank page, close eyes, start writing. If you are like me, writing does not happen this way. Most of the times it is a struggle.

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Writer Unboxed » 10 Tips for Writing Impactful Dialogue

Writer Unboxed » 10 Tips for Writing Impactful Dialogue | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

10 Tips for Writing Better Dialogue: I'm sure we could all use a refresher on this one! To quote or not to quote....Watching a good movie or television show is usually a great place to get a “feel” for writing dialogue. Examples of fast-paced, intelligent dialogue that will get people turning the pages: The Newsroom, Gilmore Girls, The Wire.

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10 Essential Steps To Take Before Publishing Your Digital Content - The Future of Ink

10 Essential Steps To Take Before Publishing Your Digital Content - The Future of Ink | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Blog post at The Future of Ink : Guest Post by Elizabeth Cottrell The window of opportunity for entrepreneurs and thought leaders to proclaim their message and establish[..]...
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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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Amazon Children's Publishing expands with more books for younger kids and teens

Amazon Children's Publishing expands with more books for younger kids and teens | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Amazon is expanding its children’s publishing division with two new imprints. “Two Lions” will publish picture books, chapter books and middle-grade fiction, while “Skyscape” is aimed at teens.
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Should you focus on writing for the children's book market? As Amazon Children's Publishing expands with more books for younger kids and teens--this might be a great market. Think picture books.

 

The expansion could help feed Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, Amazon’s new subscription product for kids. The program, aimed at 3- to 8-year-olds, offers unlimited access to ebooks, movies, TV shows, educational apps and games for a set monthly price (starting at $2.99).

 

Parents are looking for more and more "kid-friendly" books that they can share with their youngsters, and children have their own kindles now.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://paidcontent.org/2013/01/21/amazon-childrens-publishing-expands-with-more-books-for-younger-kids-and-teens

 

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Deanna Lynn Sletten: Tips for Self-Publishing – Second Step: Choosing a Publishing Platform

Deanna Lynn Sletten: Tips for Self-Publishing – Second Step: Choosing a Publishing Platform | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
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This is a Part 2 of 4 of some great tips on how to self-publish. This post will delve into each of the major platform of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. This is assuming that your manuscript is polished, has been checked thoroughly by an editor or proofreader, and beta readers have given the thumbs up!

 

1) AMAZON - (70-80% of the ebook buying market, 80% of these buyers own Kindles, free to publish, you own all rights, 35/75% royalties, you can change price at any time, 5 free days per month on KDP, you can't publish to other platforms if book is signed up in KDP)

 

I personally like Amazon because you can upload your book, and it will be ready for sale usually the next day. Changes are super easy to make on the Amazon Kindle platform.  Once your book has been published on Kindle, you can head on over to CREATESPACE to set up the formatting for your printed copy available for sale on Amazon. You don't have to pay a dime unless you want your own proof copy.

 

2) BARNES & NOBLE (claims to have 27% of the ebook market, must create account on "Pubit", only U.S. authors for now, market very limited, free to publish, royalties 65/30, can change price at any time, can publish to other platforms)

 

3) SMASHWORDS - (upload one book file, SW will distribute to all stores you select, BEST style formatting guide of all sellers, own all rights, can unpub at any time, changes can take weeks to take effect)

 

Check out the FAQ's for each platform, before you decide where you would liked to feature your book--it can be one or all. It's really up to you.

 

COMING NEXT: Step Three – Tips for Formatting Your e-Book

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.deannalynnsletten.com/2012/08/tips-for-self-publishing-second-step.html

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Jack Kerouac's 30 Revelations for Writing Modern Prose | Open ...

Jack Kerouac's 30 Revelations for Writing Modern Prose | Open ... | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Jack Kerouac is the patron saint of every starry-eyed, born-too-late, wanderlusty hipster scribe who falls in love with the poetry and visionary power of their.
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Was Jack Kerouac the patron saint of writing? Could even a saint have used a good edit now and again?

 

Despite his aversion to tidiness, Kerouac, like almost every writer, made lists; one in particular is thirty guidelines he called "Belief & Technique for Modern Prose".  This article highlights ten of them.

 

Writers--don't take this list to heart, and think you must follow them to write. Each of us has our own style and must follow our own path. These guidlines are more for a chuckle than advice to dive into for your own writing. Stay true to your own voice.

 

 

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

 

Link to the original article:

http://www.openculture.com/2013/01/jack_kerouacs_30_revelations_for_writing_modern_prose.html

 

 

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Thank you, David! I appreciate the kind words. ;)
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Picking an Effective Kindle Book Niche 101

Picking an Effective Kindle Book Niche 101 | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
For something as important as choosing which Kindle book market or niche to enter – which can have drastic effects on the difficulty or breaking into Amazon’s vaunted Top 1,000 – you certainly wouldn’t know it from the lack of information about it...
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I think many people struggle to begin their writing for Kindle, because of all the confusion out there about how to pick a niche. Here are 3 things to think about:

 

 

1) What type of niches? (Look for active buyers)

2) Not Your Typical Strategy (find popular niches)

3) Importance of Rankings (Amazon will push your book higher in the rankings)

 

 

No matter what, don't let any of this keep you from writing your book. If you have a subject you are passionate about, then by jove, get to writing!

 

The original article can be found here: http://amydebcreations.com/picking-an-effective-kindle-book-niche-101#

 

This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on Ebook Promotion and Marketing at www.scoop.it/philosbooks

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Self Publishing - POD Book Publishing - A Study on the Numbers

How much money can you expect to make by going solo in the world of self-publishing? Here are some facts and figures that should make you take pause--a comprehensive study on self publishing vs. other options, which has finally become a financially viable and respectable option for book writers.

 

Summed up in this incredible infographic will show you in mere minutes:

 

1) The Traditional Way vs. The New Way

 

2) Printing and Distibution Costs

 

3) Print on Demand Case Study: Non-Fiction

 

4) Self Publishing vs. Typical Book Deals

 

5) Famous Self-Published Authors

 

6) E-books Case Study: Fiction

 

7) Growth of E-book sales

 

8) A Quirk in the Figures

 

Over the next 3 years alone, e-book sales are estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 72% to reach nearly $2.7 billion U.S. by 2013. Think you can put on your writing cap and grab a piece of this pie?

 

This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on Ebook Promotion and Marketing at www.scoop.it/philosbooks

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The Business Rusch: Perfection « Kristine Kathryn Rusch

The Business Rusch: Perfection « Kristine Kathryn Rusch | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

No story is perfect. Even Shakespeare could have been critiqued into silence. Pick up those pens, write on, and just get it published already! I believe this post will breathe new life into 1,000's of dusty manuscripts that are crying out for their final written words.

 

This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on Writing for Kindle at www.scoop.it/philosbooks

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And The Secret to Writing a Good Story Is... | Stavros Halvatzis

And The Secret to Writing a Good Story Is... | Stavros Halvatzis | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Make me cry! Evoke an emotional response in your writing, and you will have a new fan!  This post talks about the importance of using emotion to craft successful stories that we care about.

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Are You a Writer? | Copyblogger

Are You a Writer? | Copyblogger | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Can you write? Then you can be a Kindle writer. People have wanted stories since they were painting them inside their caves.  This desire is what’s kept The Illiad and The Odyssey alive for so long.  And it isn’t just belief in God that keeps the Bible breathing.

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Writer’s 10 New Year Resolutions | ePublish a Book

Writer’s 10 New Year Resolutions | ePublish a Book | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Get a jump start on your writing resolutions to get your book written and published!

 

Writer's 10 New Year Resolutions...

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YOU can write for Kindle! - PHILOSBOOKS

YOU can write for Kindle! - PHILOSBOOKS | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Here are some ideas to get you started on writing your very own book for Kindle. Everyone has ideas and life experiences that would translate to a readable book--what are yours?

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8 Steps to Stop Making Excuses & Write a Kindle Book this Weekend

8 Steps to Stop Making Excuses & Write a Kindle Book this Weekend | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Every person has an exciting story to share with the world… and yes, that includes YOU. But most of us lie to ourselves with excuses about why we should do everything but write.
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