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Always Writing: All Indie Authors Need to Read This!

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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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Serials Can Be Challenging, For Writers and For Amazon – The Digital Reader

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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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The Marshall Plan® – Where to Get Writing Ideas

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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.

Penelope‘s insight:

 

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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allAfrica.com: Africa – Travel Writing and Africa in the 21st Century

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allAfrica: African news and information for a global audience

 

Penelope‘s insight:

 

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.

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 if you snapped lots 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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Writers’ Tip of the Day: Goodreads for Authors

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Goodreads now has 15 million members and the New York Times recently wrote that it is rivalling Amazon for new book discoverability.

 

Penelope‘s insight:

  

Every single published author needs to set up an account on GoodReads. First set up an account as a user and get used to navigating the site. Then, set up your author account. There are millions of hungry book readers that are perusing the site daily to find their next great read. Goodreads loves authors and has a myriad of tools available them. You can for instance:

1) Set up your author PROFILE – Post your pic, bio, books, social media sites, and link in your blog and twitter to post your feeds.

2) Goodreads allows book GIVEAWAYS – You must have a print version of your book–but it can be well worth it. Goodreads allows you to run contests for giveaways of your books. You can amass thousands of new fans this way.

3) Join several GROUPS – You can join groups for like-minded people, and promote your book with the groups. Make sure to read their rules for promotion.

 Even if you have published an e-book only, you can still list it on your author profile, and promote it within your groups.

 *****This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Ebook Promotion and Marketing”*****

 Link to the original article: http://www.marketingprofs.com/articles/2013/10121/17-types-of-content-that-google-will-eat-up?adref=nl021813

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

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

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Your Amazon Prime membership entitles you to one free book per month.

Penelope‘s insight:

 

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 

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Dean Koontz: How to Write a Bestselling Novel – Beliefnet.com

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Direct from the keyboard of bestselling author Dean Koontz, here are seven tips for penning a masterpiece.

 

Penelope‘s insight:

 

We all pause with bated breath awaiting wise words from one of the Masters of writing–Dean Koontz. He gives us just 7 tips on how to write a bestselling novel!

I think what surprised me the most? He hit the bestseller list as soon as he stopped writing outlines. Huh? The sacred and sacrosanct precept for writers everywhere. With Strangers, he started with nothing more than a couple of characters he thought he would like and with a premise. 

He also suffers from the dreaded doubt when he sits down at the computer. He uses this to his advantage by revising page by page, until the action flows more smoothly and crackles with tension.

He tells us to dare to love the language, if minimum prose feels flat to you. Some readers won’t get it; many will not only get it but delight in it. And above all, do what feels right to you. What may work for one writer may not work for another. Alleluia!

 

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

 Link to the original article and the full 7 tips: http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Galleries/koontz-7-bestseller-tips.aspx?b=1&goback=%2Egde_2215425_member_211728529

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Apparently, Size Really Does Matter

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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.

The 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

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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.

Penelope‘s insight: 

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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