My Experience Writing A Non-Fiction Book For Kindle, Part 2

So, I asked myself – what am I going to do to get unstuck? How am I going to get the book done?

I looked up and I have this blog post from Seth Godin that is on my home office wall that says “Talker’s Block” – to quote a bit “No one ever gets talker’s block. No one wakes up in the morning, discovers he has nothing to say and sits quietly, for days or weeks, until the muse hits, until the moment is right, until all the craziness in his life has died down” Sum it up – just write, even if it’s done badly. You will get better.

I started doing research. As a dietitian, I am used to reading published studies and research in scientific journals, so that is where I started. I have a public library that allows us to search and have access to the major scientific databases. So I just started searching for the research on kidney disease that had been done in the past 10 years.

I killed a lot of trees that day – I printed out 45 studies. You may think that I could have saved them on my computer but I had plans for highlights and other things. I had to have a physical copy! I printed research on how doctors diagnosed kidney disease, what labs were done, what medications people take, how to prevent chronic kidney disease, even how you feel emotionally while you are dealing with a chronic illness. I read them all and highlighted them.

And now I had my mind map, my research, and I even hired a fiverr.com gig for someone to look up the top questions people ask about my topic. You may think it’s strange, but it was a good report that I received back and it helped me to find my direction.

So I stopped writing and started categorizing. I took my main topics and wrote them out on pieces of paper. Then I went through my articles, and numbered them. Why, you ask? I numbered them so I had a system to easily find them.

At this point I am down to 34 articles and I start to read each one again, only this time – every time I find a topic I know is valuable – I find the matching topic paper and write down the article number, page number and what the information was that I wanted to add to the book. So, as you can imagine, I had quite a stack of papers. One stack of research numbered one through 34, and another stack of topics. But it really helped me focus on what to write about and find the main themes in the research that I had printed. This is the key that allowed me to write the book. I can assure you I would have been hard pressed to convey as much information as I did without it. Once that was done, I had my information ready to start writing.

You are writing for doctors, you ask? Is that why you are looking at research?

Nope, I am writing for my customers, who are older people who have kidney disease stages 1-4 and their care givers. I wanted to create a resource for them. And I did manage to, as you can see on my blog: http://www.renaldiethq.com/living-wi…my-first-book/

But the challenge was to create a book that is easy to read by my customers using the latest information from research studies! Trust me, it’s not as easy as it looks. How would you do that? How would you make sure that your customers can understand and find value in the book that you wrote on a technical subject?


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Publish A Book On Kindle – Review Day 10 for Kindling

Yes, I am already at day 10…  What a great big membership area there is for Kindling.  I am still wading down the side and finding out new information constantly!  Today is no different!  I want to remind you that in the side column, the PDF file for all the kindling review blog posts I have done are there and they are all together so if you want to take them and read along with your membership that would be great!

We are starting on the Various section.  But before I start that, I want you to know I am up to 24 pages in my Fiction book I decided to write.  I am writing about 3 pages every morning – so that ends up being a chapter for the book.  About.  And I am also working on another non-fiction book in the Renal Diet Category to go with my current book.

But back to kindling – various is just the other stuff that wouldn’t fit in any category!

First up – Time!  A video about how to make the best use of your time.  Not how to waste it.  Since you can’t buy more time, just make more money in the time you have.  It’s a very important note for you to understand – watch the video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3wpqfSIqd0&feature=player_embedded

Then we are talking about pricing.  He goes over the commissions earned at different sales prices.  He talks about how the price for your book is not always obvious, and that you can build on books with more sales through certain pricing plans.  He explains all the factors that you should consider when pricing your book.  He talks about strategy for how to sell more books and at a high volume so that you can build more sales later.

Now, word count.  He has already given some direction on word count before.  He talks about how you cannot provide crap to your customers.  How many words does it take to say what you need to say?  You should know.  And providing value will give you passive income, so do what it takes to make it a good book, then reap in the value over time with the sales of a good book.  This is what he has said throughout the members area.  He does in some areas, tell you how much you should have a minimum, but here he says create real value.

Now he is getting onto us marketer’s who see the world for how much we can get with the least amount of effort (not all of us, but a lot of marketers are that way)  Stop thinking about quantity instead of quality – because quality is more important.  He has some really great information on how to change your mindset to improve your outcomes.  I love this page because it makes me realize that IF I take the time up front, the income on the other side will be much better.

STUFF Section – this is some great information!  Even more on the mindset mentality.  Give people something of value.  More listening to audio information.  This is all overview about some general business tactics that are good to be reminded of.  The beaver video is priceless!  You should definitely listen to it.  It’s about your economy, and what you have control over.  Fear is an excuse.  He also reminds us of how we make sales in other countries and how to check that out.

Then he goes into reviews, and talks about how important they are.  And how to put it into perspective.  And the last part is about non US Income.

So that’s it for this section of Kindling.  I am still writing while I review this membership so I can get something out there, and I already feel like I need to go back and study some other parts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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