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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Kindling Review – Working On Plots – Day 12

Day 12 of my Kindling review and I am up to the best part, so I have heard!  It’s Tricktion!

First up, a word about creating plots and how to think of new plots (or at least ones that are not so old).  How to figure out what plot to write out about and how to reuse some of the best plots of all time.  I love this part already.

Then he goes into character development.  I just bought a book on Amazon about writing fiction and plot development called – Professional Plot Outline Mini-Course and it provides good ways to start the book and keep going past the rough spots.  I am excited about it because I know I can do a series for my pen name for my book I am writing and this gives me more ideas on how to do it.

But for Geoff, he talks about how to keep your characters straight and how to describe them.  Good idea here.  And then it has the next section about setting, and how to find the best way to describe your setting and background for your book.  How to use certain websites to add facts to your fiction and makes it believable!

And then there is the IMAGINation section, he puts it all together, showing you how the plot you created and characters can be put into a good novel.  And he talks about how to do “what if’s” to change the plot – what makes a good what if and what does not!

Cloning is the next section he talks about, and you know he is not telling you to copy a book!  But he does tell you how to copy success and make it your own.  And what that means for your long term success.  He also discusses images and the best ways to use them.  I like this section because it really shows how you can add value to your book without a lot of cost but adding a lot of perceived value through using images properly.

Then he talks about the system I have been using to write the fiction book that I have been using.  He discusses how to make it flow and work the best way, and it is so true.  Using this method, and writing about 800 words per day for the last couple of weeks, I am up to 15,000 words for my first fiction book, and I am fairly convinced that it will be popular because it’s written in this manner.

Now, he talks about using certain programs that are free to help you describe your surrounding and layouts of areas.  So he is showing you how you can have very accurate descriptions, characters and plots using his quick techniques that don’t cost anything.  Then he compares writing a book to creating and fixing a recipe.  I like his analogy.

The final section in Tricktion is about how to write books even better and faster.  I like this idea, and for my next book I may try it.  Just to get the first draft out.

I have to tell you that how I am writing the current book is, I write the 800 or so words and then all that day I think of how the next section is going to go.  So I almost have the section written by the next morning.  My subconscious is working on it and tweaking it.  And I have not gone back through the book to edit it at all.  I think it’s important to get it out of me first, then I can go back and fix it.

Finally, I want to tell you that the book I bought on kindle about creating plots that has also helped a great deal.  I am trying to think of the plot for the second in this series, and it has helped me start to flesh out the needed ideas and plans for the overall plots.  And you will love her idea about “candy bar scenes”.

So that is it for Kindling for this review day, back next time to talk about outsourcing, an area I am interested in.  I am currently working trying to hire an editor for my first fiction book, and I have the job posted.  Waiting to see where I am with the book and how much it will cost, but I am glad to know he’s going to tell me some good stuff about how to do it.


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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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