How To Succeed With Kindle Publishing – Review Day 11

Ok, for Kindling it’s Day 11!  It’s about the recipe niche.  He is not a fan of the recipe niche.  Thinks it is a lot of work, more-so than other niches that you can work in.

The main page has a video and some other information about the niche and how to target it.  It is a very good analysis of how you can use recipes and what types of short cuts you can and cannot do.    He talks about how you can target the market very well.

Next up is The Recipe Problem – where he discusses how to get your account banned from Amazon.  Not a good thing, either.  Whew, he is very blunt about it!

Not to give anything away, but next up is the Recipe USP – recipe market is hard because branding is harder.  And your credibility is much more important.

Next section has an 8 and 1/2 minute video on what to do wrong.  He is hammering home the idea of how internet marketers fail in Amazon.  And it’s a good lesson.

Now – You The Cook Section.  He is finally going to teach me how to make money in this niche now that he has persisted in telling me the ways I might fail.  And it’s a very valid point that he drives home.  I am sure I could do some of the things that he mentions with my specific niche and make loads more money, and as a matter of fact, I just might do that.

Next up – your branding in the recipe market.  You learn a lot in the video that’s around 6:30 minutes.  Nothing about the process is just cut and paste or easy.  He explains how to brand any book or product, easily…  I am doing most of this but something he mentions in the video reminds of needing to do one more thing than he even shows in the video but mentions it.

So this blog post is short but the lesson on the recipe niche is resounding…  Be careful.  Geoff Shaw shows us the right way in Kindling to be successful in this.  For me, I will wait on the recipe book for a bit.

Next up – something I have been waiting for and I am glad I am finally to this section – Tricktion.

For now, good day! [starting to sound like an Aussie]

 

 

 

 


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How To Publish Your Book On Kindle – Review Day 9

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Oh, I have been away for a few days but I am back!  I am working very hard on implementing the information from the Kindling course I am reviewing.

I would like to mention to you that there is a facebook page for Kindle Beginners and it’s really helpful – Kindle Beginners Challenge  It’s done by Tiffany Dow, but there are lots of people giving good information and tutorials.  I wouldn’t want you to miss it because it has provided a lot of inspiration for me this past week.  People post all kinds of great info!  Check it out.

I want to highlight a couple of really good posts that were put on the facebook page, since they may be long gone when you read this!

Getting Massive Publicity For Your Book – Book Reviews With Book Bloggers – this is the post they highlighted – I am going to have to seek out some book bloggers!

Best Practices for Your Amazon Book Page – lovely article!

I was still feeling inspired after I read the fiction section and about romance and erotica, that I decided I would write a fiction series.  So, I am currently working on writing 2 books, one non-fiction and one fiction.  The non-fiction will be a follow up book to my original book on Living With Chronic Kidney Disease.  The fiction book will be about a young adult genre, and it will be under a pen name.

Based on some other reading I have been doing, I am starting to realize that part of the magic starts with Kindle when you have more than one book.  You can read all kinds of articles and blogs about how to set up your blog and other things, but you really have to just start writing and build the number of books in your series.  I started writing in the mornings before I start doing any other work on this website: www.750words.com and I just do the 3-4 pages of writing that I can that day.  It’s usually done in 30 minutes.  In about 7 days, I will have enough done to start editing!  As of today, I have 15 pages written – awesome!

Now, we are ready to talk about the next section on Kindling – Branding.  I think the best part about publishing on kindle is being able to make a name for yourself and show you are an expert!

The first section on Branding is the overview – and here he just lays it on the line.  These are the things that you have to do to brand yourself.  He has a list of 6 items.  I have done all of these in my other businesses, so it’s not too hard to understand how I will have to do them, I am just hoping we are going to talk about synergy with them.  He does give a dose of reality – in addition to writing the books, you have to do some things to be rich!  And he says you are going to be rich, so get over doing a little work for it.  HEHE.

After that, he talks the value of covers.  Starting out with what not to use!  And then he explains how to get great covers using simple information and why you should spend a little money getting them done now.  Then there is a big – AHA! moment midway down the page in the pictures he shows.  I understand…  The rest of this page is a little reminder to do what he has been teaching all along.

Next, he has a video about how to do super simple cover creation using free resources.  [I personally use Fiverr.com, I can tell them what I want and it looks great at the end of the day!]   Short video that is chock full of great info!  He shows how to make the cover in 5 minutes.  Love it.

Next up – Why Brand?  He talks about how branding will take you to the next level.  And the audio is about how branding will help you in certain markets, and he makes some great points about how it works.  How you can earn some income off Amazon based on the branding.  Branding and promotion go together, so the better you brand, the better your promotions will be!

Relationships – give you feedback and let you create better books.  Building relationships is part of the key to branding, according to Geoff Shaw.  This will build you into a better brand.  You give good information and entertainment and people receive it – there you go.   The circle of influence expands beyond the current people that you interact with.  Friends tell friends about it.

That’s the end of the branding section – I enjoyed this part.  I am fairly well branded for my first set of books that are non-fiction but I will have to build a facebook, twitter and blog for my fiction pen name to start building some following.  Since I have not decided on a pen name – I will do that tonight and get these set up.

Thanks, and let me know what you are thinking of with the Kindling membership!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Great Video With An Explanation on How To Create A Non-Fiction Book Table Of Contents

Just quickly wanted to share a video done by Tiffany Dow about how to research and create a table of contents for a non fiction book in her blog post.  Scroll all the way to the bottom of the post, and it’s there.  Great Stuff!

http://www.tiffanydow.com/blog/kindle-publishing-challenge-day-1/


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Kindling – How To Sell On Kindle – Review Day 8

Today, I am going to get to the promotion section of Kindling, and I am so excited to finally be to this part.

I just noticed a new section at the top of the left side column, entitled “Are You Lost?”  And it basically tells you what you need to do step by step once you read the newbies section.  Which is great and I am glad that he changed it a bit – just goes to show you that he responds to the comments and questions made.  I already knew this because he makes many mentions of adding things based on feedback.  (This section may have been here for a while, but I have concentrated on stuff lower so I am just now noticing it!)  He reminds you that he is always there to help you get unstuck, and you are important to him!  I believe him.

And I am going to look at the updates section as well – he has a video about how he is planning on adding information to the website in the future.  And I love this!  It is exactly what he needs – he is going to place a flowchart on how you can go through the site and find out where you need to go based on where you are starting!  So, if like me you have already written a book, he will direct you to a different part than someone who is just starting!  Brilliant.  He goes over the entire way the website will be laid out.  Love at the end – the only economy you can change is your own!  You are so right, Geoff.

Now – we start Kindling as Promotion!

Geoff says that because I have internet marketing experience, I am ahead of most people when it comes to understanding how to market my books – Thanks!

It seems that he is saying that this will get you to where you want to go much more quickly by marketing than just writing good books.  He says some things in the main page on promotion that are eye openers – and makes you realize that the key to success on kindle really is that simple.

Next section is called continuation, and I am not sure I like what I am reading.  Not because it’s wrong, but because it’s the way I started and I don’t want to have to change!  He points out something about non-fiction that I really am thinking is correct but I had not thought of it that way before.  He’s telling me a very big secret that I need to understand.  This is the part where all the information up to this point starts making sense in that – I realize why it all comes together in this manner.  All the information he has given me, it is “gelling” with this part.

Well, at this point, I am sure that I am going to write some fiction, in addition to the other books I will write.

The next section is called series selling, and he makes very good points as to why the best series are selling well.  And he mentions how you can get a good series of books going, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction.  And again, it’s about focus.  He tells you how this helps with getting a hot new release in a category and then how that also helps with promotion!

Next section, we are talking about Kindle Lending Library and Amazon Prime.  Wow, the statement he makes here really makes you sit up and take notice.  I actually have my current book enrolled in this program, and I already understood it to be a great thing because I am an Amazon Prime member.  So in part 1, he explains a little about the money part of putting your book in the kindle lending library.

In part 2, he describes a very clever way to leverage Kindle lending library program to sell more books!  Now, he says something that I already knew – people buy from people that they know, like and trust – call it the KLT factor.  But his way of doing this promotion to sell more books is something that I have never seen before.  And it makes complete sense, and it’s completely legal (everything he tells you to do throughout the entire series is legal, by the way).

Ok, now we are talking about tags.  I am going to spend some time on Amazon and do the research he suggests and see about adding some other tags to my book.  Tags are important, and I understand their relevance much more and how to use them much better now that I have read this section.

Moving on, next up is keywords – he shows a great example of how people search on Amazon and how you can target with keywords.  This section did not really answer my questions, and I don’t want to have to wait till another section to find out more!  Sorry, but that’s how I feel.  This should be the complete training on keywords.

Next reading section is about Clickbank vs. Amazon and a major best seller – a little peek behind the curtain of a successful clickbank seller.  It opened my eyes about the potential of Amazon and getting sales from the work that you have to do.     Amazon is huge compared to clickbank, and if you do it right – like he tells you to in Kindling, then you are well on your way to being successful – and you don’t have to do a lot for it.

Love what he says in the next section video about hurdles!  This is in the paid advertising section.  He shows you how to advertise and make money from a $2.99/book and what you need to do to make it work.  While I don’t think this section is as complete as I would like, it’s good.

Right now, I would like to know how do I figure out what keywords people are searching for on Amazon?  How do I know what related searches are and how will it help me title my book?  Also, what words to target in Google Ads?  I am going to email Geoff Shaw and ask him – more later.

This review section of kindling is done – I am going to take action and do research and change some tags as well as update my book that is on Amazon now to be part of a series, even though I am not sure what series?  I will make it work!

If you are following along, and you know some of the answers or just want to let me know what I am missing – tell me in the comments!

 

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