Amazon Kindling Review – Day 15

Day 15!  I can’t believe the Kindling membership is so huge that I am on day 15 of going through the information.

Today is about K2 Promotion!  I am still waiting on my first book to come back from the editor, but I am going to be ready to promote it when I get it posted!  So far I have already set up a Facebook page, a twitter account and a blogspot blog in my pen name.  I have added a few posts to the blogspot blog and posted some info on Facebook.  I am using tweetadder to increase my following on twitter.  Now I am ready to read more.

I start off on the overview page, talking about the two factors that make it easy to succeed on kindle.  I wholeheartedly agree with his information and I have seen it work myself, so I am on board.  Next section was about promotion on Facebook, and even though it says it’s about Facebook, it’s really about promotion reality.  He talks about what you have to do to promote your books, and how it will take a little time and effort but you can do this.

Twitter promotion section up next – reading it is a very valuable way to build your audience.  I have started doing some of this with twitter, and I don’t know if it is working or not, but I know I am building.  I have to do the Facebook stuff he suggests as well.  Then he talks about the twitter breaking point and how you can reach it – easily.  I am sure it takes some work, but to be honest – much of that can be done with tweetadder.  Then he talks about the twitter community, and I can see how the things that he is recommending will need to be done to promote your book.  Although I can see what he is talking about with his comparison to liftoff.  That it will take a good deal of work to get noticed, but once you are noticed, you are golden.

Now, honestly in the twitter numbers it is getting a little repetitive and I understand his point.  He goes into some important twitter rules of etiquette.  I watched the rest of the information in the twitter section for promotion, and it is golden.  You will learn more about how to use twitter as an author in those sections than any of the WSO information you might read.  This section will keep you getting the best followers and never run out of information on how to find the best people to follow.  The only thing is, that I wish he would give some hints on what to TWEET!  Ha.

Next, I am going to work on promoting my book once it is published and trying to get it read.  I will have two books that are fiction out shortly.  I will update you on how things are working, and continue to follow the kindling membership to see what is added that is new.  Geoff also has a bonus training that I have not started yet, called Mass Marketing Control.  I will look through that and determine if I want to add it.

I am considering buying software for the publishing, but I am not sure which to buy.  I am going to get a couple more books out using the current system that I have and see where it leads me.

Let me know how you are doing with kindling!


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Amazing Amazon Kindling Review – Day 14

I took a few days off from writing about the Kindling course I am taking, but I continued to write and work on other parts of the Kindle Book Publishing process.

Just to give you an update, I put up the request for an editor on Elance and finally chose one last weekend.  I created a book that was almost 37,000 words, and I can tell you that was not intentional – it was just me writing and telling the story that needed to be told.  I have turned the book over to an editor – I chose someone who was new but put forth a great proposal.  She included a sample of her writing, and it sounded very similar to mine, so I decided it was best to go with her.  It’s going to cost me about $150 for the editor, but I want it to be good.  I hope I will earn that amount from the book, at least.  [I have a personal stash that I am using to pay for the editor, not my regular business money]  Still to come, I will need to have a book cover created – and I will hire someone on Fiverr to do it.  I may hire 2 people on fiverr.com and just choose the one I like better.  I hope to have the book out in the next 2 weeks.  I will let you know later if I feel an editor is an important part of the process.

Other people have obviously released books and not used an editor, so it might be too much money to spend on a product that I am not sure about.  But I have a need to have the book look good, so forgive me and you don’t have to hire an editor.  Geoff Shaw does not recommend it.

Going back into the membership, I see that he has added a couple of things to the Tricktion section of the membership.  I read through adding facts to your story and I see how it will improve the novel.  I had never thought of it the way he describes.  And he has added another section called reverse it that is perfect for making new stories and plot lines.  Finally, he has added a video called DAM that describes how to build a plot using multiple story lines and people.  I loved it, and it reminds me of the way I have plotted out my next book that I am writing now.  It was the way that the plot book that I bought on Amazon called – Holly Lisle’s Create A Plot Clinic.

So the next sections that I am going to review are called: Marshall and Copy Success.  The first is about the Marshall software that he recommends, and he goes into great detail about how to use it.  Then copy success shows the different successful authors – I assume in an attempt to make you feel like you can make it.  I would like to see some books done by members, but maybe he will add that later.

I hope that you enjoyed this review, next up is Kindling K2 – Promotion.  I am excited about this.  I have my next book about 10,000 words written and well on it’s way to being a series.    Looking forward to the next review on Kindling.

 


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Outsourcing for Amazon Kindle Writers – Kindling Review Day 13

Lucky day 13 of the Kindling Review!  I am ready to learn more about outsourcing, as that is something I would really like to do to speed up some of the process.  I am glad to write the books that I have, but I am sure it will be better if I can get some quality resources and have them write me good books.  But for now, I am learning – tell me more!

First, the overall parts about outsourcing provides a really good way to gauge whether or not you need to outsource your books, and what parts of them you need to outsource.  Then he has a video about how to decide whether or not it is for you.  You can see he is leaning towards you writing your own book, but you can outsource some things and he has an idea how to do that.

How to outsource on Odesk.com is a longer video, that kind of rambles, but has excellent points.  I do wish he would have gone into more detail about how he keeps his requests private when hiring people – that is a very important point and relates to how you keep your business under the radar and not give out information to your competitors.

And… I spoke too soon!  Next section is exactly how to hire people privately!  Except he forgot to tell me how to build the team and invite the people to the job privately.  He tells me how to fill it out, but forgot the most important part about how to send out the invitations.  I can probably figure this out, I have hired a lot of people on Elance, and as a matter of fact, it’s probably the same way on Elance and I should start doing my Elance jobs like that.

Then he talks about the best thing to outsource is your editing and proofreading.  Which I totally agree about.  But if you can’t pay for outsourcing yet, then he has a very good plan for you to get your own books proofread in an easy to do format.  That idea is golden, and I have done this so that I could save money on my last books.

Another thing you can outsource is getting drafts of books written, which is a great idea.  I am going to do my series, and I can see that in the near term I will need more books and ideas to keep them going.  I am definitely going to hire some outsourcing of drafts of books to keep my books going.

He has an interesting take on how to hire students or outsourcers, which is valid but I just think people are lazy so it wouldn’t happen much.  But he has been doing this for a while, and I suppose he would know!

Final part of Kindling outsourcing guide is about translation.  I won’t need that much, but he does describe how it can be useful.

I am slightly disappointed in this section because he is not as clear about some of the sections as I would like.  I feel like it needs to have more body to it and more information – he’s still protecting some information here and not feeling like it’s full disclosure.  It may come later in the sections so I will reserve my concerns for later.

Thanks for listening to another day of my review of Kindling!  I am up to 46 pages on my book, and almost ready to choose the editor I need to proof it.  Yeah!


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Kindling Review – Working On Plots – Day 12

Day 12 of my Kindling review and I am up to the best part, so I have heard!  It’s Tricktion!

First up, a word about creating plots and how to think of new plots (or at least ones that are not so old).  How to figure out what plot to write out about and how to reuse some of the best plots of all time.  I love this part already.

Then he goes into character development.  I just bought a book on Amazon about writing fiction and plot development called – Professional Plot Outline Mini-Course and it provides good ways to start the book and keep going past the rough spots.  I am excited about it because I know I can do a series for my pen name for my book I am writing and this gives me more ideas on how to do it.

But for Geoff, he talks about how to keep your characters straight and how to describe them.  Good idea here.  And then it has the next section about setting, and how to find the best way to describe your setting and background for your book.  How to use certain websites to add facts to your fiction and makes it believable!

And then there is the IMAGINation section, he puts it all together, showing you how the plot you created and characters can be put into a good novel.  And he talks about how to do “what if’s” to change the plot – what makes a good what if and what does not!

Cloning is the next section he talks about, and you know he is not telling you to copy a book!  But he does tell you how to copy success and make it your own.  And what that means for your long term success.  He also discusses images and the best ways to use them.  I like this section because it really shows how you can add value to your book without a lot of cost but adding a lot of perceived value through using images properly.

Then he talks about the system I have been using to write the fiction book that I have been using.  He discusses how to make it flow and work the best way, and it is so true.  Using this method, and writing about 800 words per day for the last couple of weeks, I am up to 15,000 words for my first fiction book, and I am fairly convinced that it will be popular because it’s written in this manner.

Now, he talks about using certain programs that are free to help you describe your surrounding and layouts of areas.  So he is showing you how you can have very accurate descriptions, characters and plots using his quick techniques that don’t cost anything.  Then he compares writing a book to creating and fixing a recipe.  I like his analogy.

The final section in Tricktion is about how to write books even better and faster.  I like this idea, and for my next book I may try it.  Just to get the first draft out.

I have to tell you that how I am writing the current book is, I write the 800 or so words and then all that day I think of how the next section is going to go.  So I almost have the section written by the next morning.  My subconscious is working on it and tweaking it.  And I have not gone back through the book to edit it at all.  I think it’s important to get it out of me first, then I can go back and fix it.

Finally, I want to tell you that the book I bought on kindle about creating plots that has also helped a great deal.  I am trying to think of the plot for the second in this series, and it has helped me start to flesh out the needed ideas and plans for the overall plots.  And you will love her idea about “candy bar scenes”.

So that is it for Kindling for this review day, back next time to talk about outsourcing, an area I am interested in.  I am currently working trying to hire an editor for my first fiction book, and I have the job posted.  Waiting to see where I am with the book and how much it will cost, but I am glad to know he’s going to tell me some good stuff about how to do it.


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