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

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

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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.

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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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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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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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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Self-Publishing Authors can Connect with Readers INSIDE their E-Books.

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I thought I had heard it all until I read this post. I had to read it twice to make sure I was reading correctly. Yes, authors can now interact with their readers INSIDE their ebooks as the reader is reading. The new connection platform is called a WeJIT.

 

You won’t disturb your reader–they can ignore WeJIT if they like. The readers can link up with their social media platforms like FB and Twittter. Readers can engage with the author on book discussions and post the discussions on their FB, twitter, etc. and get their friends involved! Their friends can then become a part of the discussion and could, in turn, become interested in your book.

 

Why put WeJITs in your book?

Increase readership Increase awareness Sell more books

The future is here now! Can you see the possibilities? This is very exciting news to me.

 

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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YOU can write for Kindle!

Did you know you can write a book for Kindle?

If you think this seems too far-fetched and you don’t believe in yourself, let me be your encourager. Start by answering these simple questions:

Have you written an essay or term paper in high school or college?
Do you know to research on the internet or in the library?
Have you written a poem?
Have you written a letter to a loved one?
Have you written a sentiment on a birthday card?
Have you sent e-mails, or texts, or tweets?
Do you regularly post on Facebook?

If you answer YES to any of these, then you can write a book.

This will be the first in a series of posts that will give you your own ideas for your very own book that you can begin to craft for Amazon Kindle–and share with the world.

It does not have to be a huge book. You can publish short stories (fiction or non-fiction) from 15-30 pages to start. Remember, you can always do a small test book just to get the hang of what it involves. It doesn’t have to be a best seller right out of the gate. Sometimes it is easier to start with a non-fiction book.

Start brainstorming. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • What are your PASSIONS (think: hobbies or ANY life experiences)

Do you sew? Write computer code? Bike? Play Warcraft? Raise children? Raise goats? Live on a farm? Grow flowers? Collect toy trains? Cook? Bake? Entertain? Belong to a book club? Retired? Professional? You get the picture.

Start making a list. Get a notebook just for this pursuit.

I’ve got a spiral bound, 5-subject notebook that has 5 colored dividers. In the first section goes all the brainstorms of all the ideas I have for writing. Start your Kindle journey by brainstorming everything you like or know something about. You don’t even have to be an expert at it. Make a list. It doesn’t matter if you think it is stupid, or that you think nobody would want to read what you write about. Just write it down. This is just for you. The list might look like this:

  1. Mother (or father) to two children
  2. Speak a foreign language
  3. Grow flowers from seed
  4. Run my own farm
  5. Race dirtbikes
  6. Love motorcycles
  7. Grow my own organic vegetables
  8. Exercise daily (biking, running, soccer, basketball, football)
  9. Great organizer
  10. Know how to budget
  11. Spiritual
  12. Love to travel to new places
  13. Have a dog (or cat)
  14. Married (or single)
  15. Love to sing
  16. Play Piano (guitar, sitar, ukelele, banjo)
  17. Great at cutting hair
  18. Woman of a certain age
  19. Man of a certain age
  20. Divorced and dating

If you have more, keep adding to the list. See how many you can come up with. This is going to be your springboard for your first small book. In the next post, we’ll go into narrowing down the list to #1, and how to expand the material into a book. Have fun!

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Write About your World

One of the first Kindle books I actually bought and paid for was “Rumors of Water–Thoughts on Creativity and Writing” by L.L. Barket. The title does not hint at the valuable nuggets inside this book. This is a book about writing–writing about your world. The lessons are woven right into the stories. The author writes about her experiences in her every day world, which consists of teaching her two daughters at home. Lest you think this would be scarce material to write about, she surprises us. The stories spring from their lives, and the language beautiful. Did you know you can weave a wonderful story around tea and flowers and picking colorful vegetables? It is true.

Each of the book’s seven headings tells part of the story:

Momentum
Voice
Habits
Structure
Publishing
Glitches
Time

The one big take away from this book, is that all of us have a story. Our stories–yours and mine–are stories that need telling, and there are people that need to hear them.

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