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Publishing, Online Business And Tech Trends For Authors In 2018

Publishing, Online Business And Tech Trends For Authors In 2018 | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

We live in the most exciting time in history to be an author and creative entrepreneur. 

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Excellent article by Joanna Penn on what authors can expect for 2018. She still recommends Amazon KDP Select for new authors to be discovered. Other recommendations?

Keep writing, maximize your paper products with print on demand, retain as many rights as possible, look beyond the book to diversity your income, invest for the long term.

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12 Things You Need to Know for Self-Publishing Success

12 Things You Need to Know for Self-Publishing Success | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Self-publishing is both rewarding and challenging—and has no guarantees of success. Here are 12 things you need to know that will help you meet with self-publishing success.
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Wonderful insight from a successful self-published author. My favorite? Stop treating your writing as a hobby. Unless of course, that's what it truly is.

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Interesting and instructive view of a writer's work. 
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What You Need to Know Before You Judge Self-Publishing Authors

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

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

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How to Self-Publish a Bestseller: Publishing 3.0

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

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


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

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The Self-Publishing Checklist: Editorial, Production, Distribution

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

 

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

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Indie Authors & Change | Self-Publishing Advice for Writers

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

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

 

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

 

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How Ebook Theft is the Best Thing Since Pumpkin Spice Latte

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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Debbi Stocco's curator insight, August 15, 2014 10:39 AM
Interesting marketing tip for independent authors and publishers...
Sue Miller's curator insight, March 25, 2016 8:21 PM
Good news for #indies
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How to Self-Publish a Book | Writing for Kindle

How to Self-Publish a Book | Writing for Kindle | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Best-selling author Guy Kawasaki provides an overview of how to self-publish a book so that you can get started on your own project.
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Guy Kawasaki, of Rich Dad, Poor Dad fame tells us how to self-publish a book. To veteran self-publishers, this may be old news. To the self-pub babes in the bunch, this could be the Holy Grail.

 

It's an easy read. There may be some ah ha's you may want to implement, even if the rest is old hat.

 

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Link to the full article: http://blog.canva.com/self-publish-book/

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CompletelyNovel's Sarah Juckes advises how to write a blurb | Self-Publishing Advice

CompletelyNovel's Sarah Juckes advises how to write a blurb | Self-Publishing Advice | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
An easy-to-follow, practical guide to writing the best blurb to sell your self-published book, provided by YA author Sarah Juckes of CompletelyNovel
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This kind of stuff wakes me up in the middle of the night. A book theme-tagline and blurb. Instead of waking up and writing it down--as I should--I repeat it over and over in my head, and zonk out again. Once awake, I write it down--immediately.

 

YA author Sarah Juckes gives us a few tips for writing an amazing stand-out blurb that will get people pushing that BUY button.

 

1)  Do your research (check out other blurbs, make notes)

2)  Choose a blurb style (layout)

3)  Start with a synopsis (freewrite a summary of your novel)

4)   Focus on your character & 'Stakes' (intro the protagonist, set up the stakes for character)

5)   Find your voice (same voice/style as your novel)

6)   Refine, refine, refine (condense it)

7)   Map your blurb (map it on the layout)

8)   Are you answering right questions? (put yourself in reader's shoes)

9)   Choose the right font (make it pleasing)

10)  Read, review, rewrite  (go over it again and again, ask someone for their opinion)

 

Once you check off each of these steps, your book blurb should be a winner, and the book a seller!

 

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

 

 Link to the full article:  http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/how-to-write-an-effective-blurb-for-a-self-published-book/

 

 

 

 

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

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3 Years of Self-Publishing, 2 Years of Writing Full Time, and Lessons from 2013 | Lindsay Buroker

3 Years of Self-Publishing, 2 Years of Writing Full Time, and Lessons from 2013 | Lindsay Buroker | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

"It's the beginning of a new year and I just had my three-year self-publishing anniversary, so it seems like the appropriate time for a summing-up/what-I've-learned post."

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There are some great tips here from a successful, 3-year, self-published author. Lindsay is freely sharing her lessons learned from the front. We can all glean a tidbit or two from someone who's been there, done that. I'll sum up the tips, but you definitely should head on over to her site to get the works.

 

Lesson #1: Fiction for middle-grade and younger remains a tough sell in the e-book world. (the series helped)

 

Lesson #2: A series with dedicated readers is what leads to reliable income. (My take: Absolutely Series! Publish more books!)

 

Lesson #3: You should give a book time on the market before giving up on it or making hasty decisions regarding series potential.

 

Lesson #4: Glowing reviews don’t always make for a best-seller and the book that gets hammered hardest might just sell well. (Bad reviews sometimes work in your favor. Go figure.)

 

Lesson #5: If you publish something in a different genre, you risk displeasing people who prefer the old. (People don't like change)

 

Lesson #6: A mid-list author with enough titles out can make a nice income from writing. (She made more in 2013 than she did from her day job)

 

Lesson #7: Pay attention to foreign markets. (Find a translator on Odesk or Elance)

 

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://www.lindsayburoker.com/e-publishing/3-years-of-self-publishing-full-time/

 

 

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Amazon has sold between 20 million and 90 million Kindles

Amazon has sold between 20 million and 90 million Kindles | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Amazon has announced that since 2007 they have sold tens of millions of Kindles, which is a fairly ambiguous. This means they have sold between 20 million and 90 million e-readers in the past ten years. With so many digital reading devices in the market, bodes well for the future of their ebook unit. 


Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro
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People are still buying Kindles, so keep on writing and self-publishing your ebooks! The market will only grow.

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

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

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How To Correct Your Self-Publishing Mistakes

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

 

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

 

 

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Author Earnings report - GoodEreader.com

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

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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How to: Planning to Self-Publish?

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

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

 


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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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CAUTION - Self-Publishing Is Too Easy

CAUTION - Self-Publishing Is Too Easy | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

Self-publishing is a remarkable industry. The ever-increasing ease of access to publication through the various avenues of indie and self-publishing (in the broadest sense) is a good thing–and a bad thing


Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro
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Three pitfalls of self-publishing the author warns:

 

1) Lack of patience

2) Solitary confinement

3) Hassle of husbandry (had to look that one up)

 

He makes some very good points, and warnings should be heeded by all antsy to get their written words out into the world and onto waiting Kindles. Patience, my friends, and quality, prevails in all walks of life. This is no different.

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://indiewritenet.com/writersguide/2014/08/30/caution-self-publishing-is-too-easy/

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Self-Publishing Vs. Traditional: My Decision - A Writer's Journey

Self-Publishing Vs. Traditional: My Decision - A Writer's Journey | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Making the decision to self publish or query agents is a difficult one. These are the reasons I chose self-publishing.
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This excellent article is by an author who decided to self-publish after doing a 180 away from the traditional pubbing route. He thoughtfully lays out his reasoning for the mind change.

 

o It's up to the individual author to define success

o Book stores have ticking clocks on their bookshelves

o The money isn't that great in traditional publishing

o Publishers won't do for you what you can do for yourself

o You may be tied up in a contract for a very long time

 

Read, the article, weigh the pros and cons, and decide for yourself whether you want to put in the time looking for a publisher, or try your hand at the self-publishing route.

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://www.erindorpress.com/2014/01/self-publishing-vs-traditional-my-decision/

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How to Format Your Book for Kindle Using Microsoft Word in 6 Easy Steps

How to Format Your Book for Kindle Using Microsoft Word in 6 Easy Steps | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it
Anyone who’s tried formatting their eBook themselves will tell you it’s no small feat. There are hundreds of conversion programs and Kindle “meatgrinders” that promise clean Kindle files, yet deliver a file full of gobbly-gook.
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If you're sitting on the fence about writing and publishing a book to Kindle, this article should give you the kick in the pants you need.

 

The author lays out six easy steps to format your book and get it up there for sale already! Keep in mind this may not work for those who have bullet points, tables, and special formatting. This tutorial works magic for straight typed text.

 

To sum up:

 

1) Type it clean

2) Insert page breaks

3) Apply Styles

4) Create your Table of Contents (TOC)

5) Convert to MOBI/EPUB

6) Upload!

 

You may have to do a bit of tweaking once it is uploaded, but Amazon allows you to see how the finished product will look before you hit that "Publish" button.

 

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

 

Link to the full article:  http://ultimatebookcoach.com/how-to-format-your-book-for-kindle-using-microsoft-word-in-6-easy-steps/

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Ten Things I’ve Learned from Evaluating Self-Published Books for a Year

Ten Things I’ve Learned from Evaluating Self-Published Books for a Year | Writing for Kindle | Scoop.it

"Today’s guest post is by Jessica Bennett. She and Leslie Ramey created Compulsion Reads, a website that seeks to shine the spotlight on quality indie books by endorsing those books that meet CR’s strict quality standards."

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If you want to write a book and self-publish, this list could push you towards success right out of the starting gate. The article was written by one of the team from Compulsion Reads, evaluators of indie books for over a year. Only books adhering to their strict standards receive their endorsement.

 

Take pen in hand, and make up your list to keep nearby. And check out the article for the intimate details.

 

1. There are many amazing self-published books on the market

2. Many Self-Publishers Publish Too Early

3. Self-Published Authors Need To Care More About Grammar

4. Self-Published Authors Are Amazingly Kind And Generous

5. Writing A Great Novel Does Not Mean It Will Be Successful

6. Too Much Telling!

7. Indie Authors Are Incredibly Creative

8. Self-Published Authors Struggle With Making Big Edits To Their   Books

9. Things Are Going To Get Harder For Self-Published Authors Before They Get Easier

10. Self-Published Authors Need More Love

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://writerunboxed.com/2013/11/30/ten-things-ive-learned-from-evaluating-self-published-books-for-a-year/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WriterUnboxed+%28Writer+Unboxed%29

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