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

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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

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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 platforms, 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 – Second Step: Choosing a Publishing Platform

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This is a Part 2 of 3 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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Deanna Lynn Sletten: Tips for Self-Publishing – Step One: Preparing Your Manuscript

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Penelope’s insight:  

      

If you are new to self-publishing, and have no idea where to begin, this three 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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Jack Kerouac’s 30 Revelations for Writing Modern Prose | Open …

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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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WRITING WISDOM | Creative Writing Classes – Fiction, Screenwriting, Nonfiction and More

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Teaching more than 6,000 students a year, Gotham Writers’ Workshop is New York City’s largest private creative writing school for adults and teens. 10-Week classes are offered at multiple locations in New York City and Online at WritingClasses.com.

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This is a rather long article on “Creating Compelling Openings”, but well worth the read. Beginnings are the most important part of your story, and if you miss the mark here, you might just lose your reader for good. 

“They call me Ishmael.” “None of them knew the color of the sky.” “They threw me off the hay truck about noon.” All irresistible openings. Why? They show a compactness and a confidence and that transfers to the reader. 

Another opening technique that is simple and yet highly effective, that is, grouping things in threes. Laura Hillenbrand’s nonfiction book, “Seabiscuit: An American Legend”, opens this way: 

“In 1938, near the end of a decade of monumental turmoil, the year’s number-one newsmaker was not Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Hitler, or Mussolini. It wasn’t Pope Pius XI, nor was it Lou Gehrig, Howard Hughes, or Clark Gable. The subject of the most newspaper column inches in 1938 wasn’t even a person. It was an undersized, crooked-legged racehorse named Seabiscuit. “

It’s a matter of rhythm, of melody, but it’s also a matter of symmetry. There are numerous iconic examples: yin-yang; two-faced Janus; the masks of tragedy and comedy; before and after, and so on.

 It’s a matter of rhythm, of melody, but it’s also a matter of symmetry. We usually associate that word with a one-on-one relationship. The left side is symmetrical with the right side. There are numerous iconic examples: yin-yang; two-faced Janus; the masks of tragedy and comedy; before and after, and so on.

 

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

Link to the original article: http://www.writingclasses.com/InformationPages/MoreInformation.php/info_type/NL/item/4917?utm_source=Gotham+Writers%27+Workshop+List&utm_campaign=716c0bc371-12_27_12_Jan_13_NL12_14_2012&utm_medium=email

 

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The Daily Routines of 15 Famous Writers

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A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.

 

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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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Tips on Effectively Conveying Character Emotion | Advice on Self-Publishing & Selling Your Books. From The Alliance of Independent Authors

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All successful novels, no matter what genre, have one thing in common: emotion, writes Bella Puglisi one half of The Bookshelf Muse blogging duo, and co-author of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression.

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Character emotion is one of the hardest things for most of us writers to nail down in a novel. This post will give you a heads up any time your character is up against a wall–and you can’t put your finger on the proper emotion to describe it.

Next time your scene needs a little more emotional oomph, remember these tips:

1) Whenever possible, show the emotion instead of naming it outright.

2) To show emotion, choose physical, internal, and mental responses for your character that are fresh and not overused.

3) Choose cues that are specific to your character and make sense for him or her.

Check out this new book, or just use the quick start guide in this blog post to get your wheels turning.

Here’s the link to the original post: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/tips-on-effectively-conveying-character-emotion/

 

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

 

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Picking an Effective Kindle Book Niche 101

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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

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Plotter, Pantser or Plotser?

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This post gives us some a good idea of what kind of writer we happen to be: Plotter, Pantser or Plotser? Or maybe a little of each? I tend to be very methodical and organized, but I don’t like to translate that to my writing. I like to feel free to be able to create whatever characters and worlds I choose.

 

However, it does help to have an idea of where you want to go. I agree with having a very basic plan when starting. This post will give you that quick plan–if you’re not sure where to start.

 

No matter which kind of writer you are, just start! That’s the key to getting your book completed.

 

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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