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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Review of Geoff Shaw’s Kindling – Day 4

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Wow, this week has just flown by!  I am just loving this kindling course and all the great information it contains.  My mind has been working overtime on thoughts about how I could write more books.  It’s funny that before this course, I was worried about how I would come up with enough information to write another book and I was not looking forward to the process, yet now I am looking at every opportunity as a chance to write a book.

Just yesterday, I was thinking about how I saw a study about something and I thought to myself, I should write a book on that topic.  It really is getting a lot of attention and can probably sell well.  See what I mean, the membership and information is inspiring.

The next section that I see in the progression of the membership is about Author Training.

On this page, he is talking about how you can set up your author central page properly.  A couple of very informative videos that show you how to set up your author’s area, and also lets you know if you need it!  You may not need to set this up – it depends.  And there is another audio to listen to – what a wonderful voice.  He’s talking about how to set up pen names and branding.  And I like that the videos are short – less than 5 minutes.

Sometimes the order that things are set up don’t necessarily make sense.  Like, I think this author’s area should probably be after you learn to write the book.  But I can see how the plan works to get you thinking about what will be next so you are considering that in your current process.  Not sure if that made sense?

Ok, now I have watched the video on how to do your author area, and I am sure that I originally did some parts of mine wrong, but I am going to go there now and change it. [short time out]  All fixed.  Then he has another video about author images – very good information that we all need.  I for one was worried about this, so it’s good to hear that it’s ok.

Next Up: Categories in Kindle

He gives us this listing of categories because it’s a good reference and easier than trying to find it in kindle.  And he goes on to talk about the top 100 kindle best sellers.  This is really an eye-opener.  I did not know this information and now I am reconsidering what I was going to do!  Think about how valuable it is to give people what they want rather than what I think they want.  Hummm….  And the funny thing is, I have read a lot of these books he is showing, and for that exact reason!

Ok, selecting a category.  In here he really doesn’t tell you how to select a category, he tells you how to avoid a bad choice.  Which, honestly, is a good idea.  So he leaves it open for you to choose, but also shows you what to not choose so that you will have sales.  I am going to have to do more research in this area for the couple of books that I was thinking of writing related to non-fiction topics.

Final section for tonight, Kindle Singles.  Not much to teach here, but I can certainly think of a couple of topics that would be interesting as a kindle single.  And the royalties are great, so coming up with one would really help with exposure as most of them appear to do well.  He has a video that shows this information.

For my next work, I am going to start thinking out what I want to write in the book I told you I thought about earlier in this post.  I will be doing that tomorrow, and maybe over the weekend.

In case you can’t tell, it’s an easy to digest product that gives you so much to think about.  I didn’t realize there was so much to kindle publishing, yet I’m only on day 4 and I can’t stop.

Here are the links to the last few posts!

Kindling Day 1

Kindling Day 2

Kindling Day 3

Hey, have a great week!  I would love to learn more about what you are doing to make the kindling course work for you!  Let me know in the comments.

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Review of Geoff Shaw’s Kindling – Day 3

Well, here we are on day 3 of the Kindling Review.  I spent time this morning doing the review of the market and determined how I want to plan out my books that I will write.  I looked into the way that he says to review and determine what is related and what is important, and I found some very good information.

By the way, I am not going to tell you what I am choosing and what I am working on.  I feel that in order for me to truly measure the success that I have, I cannot have my readers going to investigate what I am doing.  That will skew the results and not allow me to get a true picture of what I was able to do to succeed.  And, unfortunately, there will be some people out there who are mean and destructive or just copy cats.  I will tell you at the end of the review days what I feel is appropriate to reveal.

So aside from the research that I did this morning, I also continue to review information on the website.   On the left side, I am now going to go through the where to start section, which includes a newbies area.  In the where to start area, he talks more about how to choose a market and how large a market to choose.

I just noticed on the audio that he actually does have the time in this section of how long the audio section is.  He’s telling us that we really can succeed with Kindle fiction, and also trying to encourage us to not choose more than one category of books to write.  Boy is he ever right, that is as newbies, we tend to go off into too many different directions, which ultimately leads us to failure.  It’s one of the reasons why I’m doing this blog and doing reviews so that I actually implement the products that I buy.

I’m moving on to the newbies section, and reading about how to get my 1st book into Kindle.  Now I’ll be honest, I already have one book in Kindle.  But I’m playing along so I will go ahead and do what it says to do for newbies.

This section is great in that it has an 8 step process for newbies to get a book on Kindle.  It’s really a good template and steps for you to go through and understand how easy it is to write a book and get it published.  As I have already written and published a book, I am not going to spend time writing another short book because I know the process is super easy.  Suffice it to say, if you bought this kindling training and you have not written a book for kindle yet, you would easily be able to do it.

Onto the next section!

Next section is about formatting, and using a template for the writing that you do.  It’s awesome what he says about kindle as you realize more and more how easy this will be do to. He has information on how to add page breaks and titles for books, as well as table of contents.  For my book, I hired someone on Fiverr.com to create the book with a clickable table of contents, but now that I know some of this, I might save the $5.  He makes it look really easy!

Now, he’s talking about the kindle previewer, and most of the content in these last few sections has been video and reading, so I am reading through and watching.  And he’s going over when you have to make changes to the book – oh, one little misstep could mean a huge problem, better be careful.

Next section on linking in the books is so good.  I never thought to do what he talks about – I usually did something different but his way is a great idea.  That will build that know, like and trust factor.  You can find a way to do this and even with related items, so you can build the type of book business that you want.  Repeat business that doesn’t have to be as much work.

So today, I have gone through the Formatting section of the Kindling members area, and I believe I have found several gems that I will use in the future, especially as I have multiple books published on the kindle.

Now, remember this is a series, so you can go back and look at the previous days by clicking the links:

Day 1 Review of Kindling

Day 2 Review of Kindling

Thanks for following along with me.

Again, let me know how you are doing with your kindling membership or any questions that you would like answered about the membership!  Glad to help you make money online!


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Review of Geoff Shaw’s Kindling Membership – Day 2

Ok, I am in my membership area page.  I got my login for Kindling really quickly and I am so excited to work on this.

The members area is a little confusing at first, if you ask me.  There is a lot of information presented, and I am not sure what order to start in.  But here’s what I decided, there is a big center section with some audio files, so I will start there.  Then I am going to move to the sides, first the left side then the right.  I will listen to all the parts of each section whether it’s fiction or something that I think I need to know because it just might have a tidbit that I need.

The first audio is a bit about mindset if you ask me.  And he’s got a good point.  He has a section that you can read in the middle about making sure your content is quality from the beginning.  It’s a very good point, if I make a great book someone will tell another person.  If I make a crappy book they won’t buy another book from me.  It’s kind of like someone saying “If you don’t have time to do it right the first time, how will you have time to fix it?”  Do it right the first time, this is your reputation. [A bit of a rant, but it’s my own rant, not his]

It’s that way for me with marketers as well.  I have seen some marketers just send WSO offers daily and I wonder what they are thinking.  Some have even said – stop with buying all the WSO’s and implement one – yet they continue to email a new WSO every day.  I have responded at times and pointed out their conflict, and promptly unsubscribed myself from their list.

I am listening to the 6 audios in the center section, and they are a good reminder of some basic stuff and very inspirational.  It helps me realize I can do it.  It’s not fluff, it’s a valuable asset that  can produce.  He talks about losers who think that “no one” (which means them) is making money on Amazon, talks about how much you can make from a book, talks about your length of a book, talks about how to sell with a cover and how to make the best that you can make in a book.  Listen to those first – you will be rearing to go!  The only thing that I don’t like is the audios don’t say how long they are.  Trust me, they are short.  But it would be nice to know how long they are.  It seems that none of the audios have the time with them.

Once I finished the audios in the middle, I moved to the left side and started down the links in the home section.  I the first link, he makes a great point about human nature.  One that I never thought of, and I am going to go back and edit my kindle book to add this information because I agree with him that it’s a missing link if you don’t do it!  So simple, yet easy to forget.

The next section has an advanced technique that you will be able to use later, but I think he mentions it here so that you can think ahead while you are creating your market and deciding on what books and sections to write in.  My mind is going crazy – almost overwhelmed but I am trudging on.  Saving that little bit for a bit later.  Several wonderful things to think about.  WOW!

The next section on sales and how to generate more sales is an eye opener.  I already realize I will need to do a series of books and that one book is not going to be enough.  It’s almost like your books feed each other, and I can see that – I borrow a book from the library and I end up borrowing more from the same author because I like the style.  Oh, it’s going to be work but I am looking forward to the payoff – longer term income.

He has an interesting take on how to get more reviews, I will have to try that.  It does seem that people buy more when the book has reviews, so it’s valuable to get them.  But you really can’t pay for them – that’s a little unethical.  He is lining out a business that you will have to do.  I am nervous about this, but I know it means that I can make a good passive income when I devote the time I need to write the other books that are related to my other books and allow me to show the expertise.  I am becoming clearer on what I will be doing to build the Amazon empire that is mine.

And now he’s talking about how to figure out a good market – excellent tips!  I may have chosen a market that is too narrow a niche, and I am going to have to branch out some.  I have a very small market, and it will be hard to expand out to other books so I will work to expand my niche.  Then, as if he’s reading my mind, he’s telling me how to do research.  He’s telling me how to evaluate the competition and how to define the target market.

This is just a huge website and membership.  Well worth whatever you pay for it, because I have just cracked the surface.  I already have my head spinning with thoughts of how I will determine the other related books that I will write.

I am going to plot out 7 books to use to complete the sales strategy that he lays out.  I will do research tomorrow on my target market and evaluate what types of books I should be writing using the information he has provided in Kindling.  It’s a lot to absorb, but I am going to take action.  After tomorrow, I will have a concrete idea of what types of books I will be writing to go with the book I have already written, and determine if I am going to open up my niche a little wider so that I can have a bigger piece of the Amazon pie.

Remember, if you want to work right along with me —> go get your copy of Kindling and let me know how you are doing and what your goals are.

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