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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Kindling Magic – Review Day 7

First of all, thanks for being there and keeping me on track with my kindling reviews.  I am a busy person just like you and I suspect that I would not have finished this if I didn’t have you along for the ride.

I wanted to let you know that I created a facebook page for us to interact on – check it out in the sidebar and like me, or go to facebook.com/reviewsbymathea and like the page!  I am letting it grow organically, so it may not have many likes, but I want it to be real people who interact with me!  Thanks for your like.

Now, onto Kindling, Day 7.  I said Kindling Magic because it is almost deceptive how simple Geoff makes the training and information.  I have not really seen one-half of the members area, yet I have so many ideas and I am so inspired!

Today is about Romance and Erotica.  I am not really interested in writing this stuff, but I did promise you I would go through the information thoroughly.  I have to be honest – I haven’t even read 50 Shades of Grey…

The first section (the overview) just highlights the size of the market and who to target.

The erotica section is an interview with one of his business partners, that really goes deep into what it is that makes Erotica different.  How the readers are different, how the market is different, and why he thinks that this niche has a huge amount of potential.  He reiterates a few things that Geoff has already gone over – how many words to write, how to build a raving fan base, and how other “marketers” are doing it wrong.  And, I agree with that!  He gives you information on where to find a listing of the Erotica subniches (not amazon) and how to target either men or women.  And he reminds us that FOCUS is key, on a niche and on a customer.  Don’t try to be everything to everyone, be someone to a group of people and they will reward you.  And erotica is a huge area on Amazon – they will tell you why they think it’s so popular!  Once again, writing a good story is key, not just SEX.

Next section – Erotica Extra!  Here Geoff goes into how he has interacted with some of the buyers of Kindling who have written erotica.  He tells us a few things that they have learned and how it’s working now.  And, I suppose it won’t surprise you, but you may need the reminder about how to write for this genre.  You can still write series books (they do very well!).

Then we have the Romance writing and plots!  He makes a good point about adding romance to any story, and actually where the romance part should be and where the other parts of the story should be.  And he makes a very salient point about how romance helps you sell books and create series of books.  So, pay attention – because when I was plotting out my fiction book a few sections back, I automatically put in romance.  I did it because of what he says in this section, and that makes me agree with him even more.   Bonus, he gives you a couple of basic outlines for romantic book plots.  Remember, you are the publisher, and you can publish what you want and the public will decide if it’s worth it!

That’s it for Erotica, but there was a lot there! Nothing dirty, though.  It’s safe to read.

Next up – Episodic Books – and he has a one page section that is kind of another push to do just that.  Episodic books are a little different than series books.  He explains why they do so well and how Amazon actually helps you if you have a series or episodes of books.  If you were scared before, this should solve your problem.  There is a paragraph at the end where he talks about what is holding you back now – and he is 100% correct.  I had this same problem before I published the first book that I did on Amazon.  It has not gone away completely, but it’s better.  You have to read this part, especially if you are hesitant.

I really like these last few sections better – usually a page or so of writing then a video that takes the writing and shows it in practice to really hit home the concept.  And, even though I am going through it section by section, you would not have to do that, as it’s easy enough to review the stuff you need.  And, I noticed that he moved all the content from the right side of the page to be in the regular content on the left side.  Not so confusing now where to start!

Another short intermission to talk about how Amazon ranks books.  He tells you what is important in this arena.  Then he talks about best sellers and why you would want to have one.  And how to use the free promotion days in Amazon select to make it to the top and create more sales for all of your books.  Really, this is priceless.  Learning to do this will change your income with kindle.

Ok, next blog post will be about promotion because I am so excited to finally get to this part!  I need to promote my first book and additional books that I write.  SO, stay tuned.

Is your favorite book a Nonfiction or Fiction Book?

 

 

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