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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