Mathea Ford

Mathea is a perpetual starter and not a good finisher. This website is my attempt to try new products and get them to profitability or determine that they are not what they said they are. In other words, to finish what I start, and use what I buy.

Review of Geoff Shaw’s Kindling – Day 6

Yesterday was just awesome, reading about the fiction section of Kindling.  I hope that you are taking action on what you want to do aFiction Stacksbout publishing on Amazon.  It’s a large space and you can do great things if you work on it and write your own books.  Or pay for a good one to be written.  And I don’t mean PLR or other crap information.

I was reading a post on the Warrior Forum about someone asking if people were making money on kindle.  Of course, the general consensus (by people who are not really trying) is that you don’t.  But most of those people are not action takers anyway.  It almost pissed me off because people who are not doing anything and have nothing to base an opinion on are stomping on the thoughts and plans of people who might try it.  Now, I have written a book and I am not making a mint, but I am working to improve it.  That is why I am reading the kindling WSO and learning from it.  And I can tell you that having to post on here what I read and working through the website is helping me to do a much better job at implementing than I did with other WSO’s.  So, for me, accountability is the key.

Anyhoo, on with the kindling review.
Next section is on Writing Styles, more specifically – having one that is your own.  And he gives some really good advice and focuses you back to the reality of the situation.  A unique style is not hard, because you already have one.  It comes through in your writing, and people with love you or hate you for how you write.  But they will move on or buy your book as well.  And he ends the section with a bit of irony but hope.  In this section he recommends some software, but I feel it is for fiction writers, so I am going to pass on it.

Next section is about perspective, and this section is merely a rant about how he feels you should write and focus on your readers.  I agree with what he says, it is absolutely true.  I actually did what he is talking about as far as making a mistake, with my first book now that I have read this section.  But, I have a published book that is selling, so I am going to keep moving forward.  Get your grade from your readers and audience, not the people who don’t matter.  (Those who matter don’t mind if you don’t have perfect grammar!)  This section goes well with what I ranted about in the 2nd paragraph today.

Now I am onto the part of this membership site that I have been waiting for: NON FICTION

Yep, I am a nonfiction writer, although I am seriously still thinking about fiction.  I have a plot started from yesterday and characters laid out.  I forsee a fiction short story in my future!  I have the idea for my nonfiction book ready and I have the research done (but I don’t know how he wants me to research, so I will have to try to adjust!)

In this overview page about Nonfiction, he puts to rest the anxiety people might have about writing a book at all.  He gives a great example about how you can write a fiction book even if English is not your first language.  He talks about how you can create books that are evergreen and also the best ways to get repeat buyers.  And he mentions the summary book.  Which, I am interested in finding out about because I want to write more books and he says these are fairly easy.  So, teach me more!

In the overview section on how to write a summary book, Geoff basically goes into great detail about how to get started.  From where to research and how to research what to write – to how to compile the book.  Sounds really easy, and it’s just a little elbow grease.  You will need time, but the time invested should outweigh the return.  So, I love this idea.  And I watched the two videos he did which are highly informative.  Then you have the red numbers down the page, and all of them are relevant.  He ends this section with a warning about misinterpreting what he is saying.  He trys to be clear about what you should do next.  There are 10 steps to this section.  {I did my research wrong – but it won’t cost me anything and I can use the research for another book that is longer and a different style than this one.}  At this point, I am going to read the rest of the non fiction book section and take action!

The next section is more specific information about how you can write the summary book, and has 10 steps to getting it completed.  I agree that one of the greatest time suckers is procrastination.  I have 2 hours every night to write and work on blogs and other things, and I can sift through email for 1 hour if I want to.  Then I have an hour and it’s hard.  Getting started is hard and getting done is hard.  So, he recommends setting deadlines for yourself.  I am going to set deadlines and post them on this blog.  So you can hold me accountable.  I may even do a chart!

Next section in Nonfiction is about a summary book example.  He explains why it works and also ends the page with a very smart saying!  Easy and simple, just going to take a little elbow grease.

Next section has a little bit of a warning about getting your account banned by doing the summary book the wrong way.  He sounds a little irritated that people are taking what he says and not doing it the right way.  He rightly points out that if you do it the wrong way, Amazon will just remove you from their site.

Then he goes on to talk about what to do to reformat a kindle book that is formatted incorrectly.  He goes over a book  and shows about how you should change the pictures and what types of pictures to use.

Final section on summary books is about giving you a summary book template that is very useful, and gives alot of information that you need to succeed in this market.  It is clear to me what I need to do to write a summary book and publish it in the non-fiction realm.  I am not sure how to promote it yet, but that is coming soon.

So, next blog post is about romance/erotica.  Looking forward to that.

Again, here are my last reviews.  Also, join me in making some money from kindle by doing the kindling training by Geoff Shaw.





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Review of Geoff Shaw’s Kindling – Day 5

Okay, we are ready to start day 5 of the kindling course review.  Today is all about writing fiction, even if you don’t know how.  I am going to be straight with you from the beginning, in that I don’t really think I want to write anything fiction.  We shall see if he changes my mind.

It appears that this section is recently been updated, so I’m getting ready to get into the brand-new information.  This section starts with an audio to listen to.  Very inspiring stuff, very clear how I could do this!  He says it’s not hard to write…

After listening to the introduction, then he tells me the key to how to be successful with Kindle fiction.  It’s right in the middle of the page.  I’ve already almost changed my mind and I’m only 5 min. into this.

Next section is telling me about how he’s been a train me to write Kindle fiction and how it still again is not very hard.  I’m not really sure I get the sausages comments that he makes.  I must be missing something.  He wants to give me a plan, but he also tells me to use my own style.

He has a couple case studies about different authors and how well they’re doing on Amazon.  There’s some information on some different authors who he suggests are good examples for you to read.

Ok, so now I am in the fiction sections that describe how to write a fiction book, from beginning to end.  He tells me that this is an important section whether or not I plan to sell a fiction book.

He is encouraging me to think through the process and think about my readers…  Just like you plan your niche in internet marketing and talk to them in your own voice (this blog for example) and build a loyal following from people who enjoy what you have to say.  I can see what he is talking about, but I have no idea what I would write a fiction book about.

So, red numbers are down the page, and I don’t want to give too much away, so I will list them and let you know if I agree with them or not:

1.  This section is great for helping you think through what you are going to do.  I totally agree with him!  When I do this, which I really have not done a lot of, I love doing it so that I can spend hours at it!  That is the right way to decide what you will do!  And I can really see what he is saying about repeat buyers – I do this myself!

He takes a lot of time getting you in the right mindset, and I understand why.  Mindset is the most important part of any job.  So, it’s about a 4 page long section – but I am reading and gathering it all in because he is passionate about what he wants me to do.

And I love the way he changes the way you think of yourself somewhere on page 3…  You have changed into something else.  And you write it down so that you don’t forget.  I am getting chills reading this – I can see it happening.  Then I read the information on Genre selection, and he has such a large number of genres (categories that you could write in) that I am almost overwhelmed.  But in the end, I figured one out!  [No worries, this will be under a pen name, so you won’t need to try to find me in Amazon]

Ok, next section is about getting it together, with red numbers to lead you down the right road:

  1. Yes, I did do this already.
  2. I have thought about how I will do this but I am not sure about it in the first book…
  3. Ok. I do understand that, and as I am reading I am writing out the story information he is asking so I don’t just skip it.  I have a good idea for this part!  It combines several genres – bonus!
  4. My mind is spinning, I don’t know the complete answer but I am going to take action and just figure something out.  I will fix it up later.
  5. Characters – lots to think about!
  6. Ok, that just added a few more people and thoughts to the mix.
  7. Ah, character development – I am liking this.  I feel like I know “her” already and I have not written a word.
  8. Oh, I thought this was mandatory.  Either way, I am going to add it in.
  9. Yep, good information for when I am writing the book and how to structure it.
  10. Ok, I am going to write a short story.

Next section is also about how to develop the story and structure it from beginning to end.  And he tells me how to make sure that my readers are happy when they are done with the book.  Good information, because I would not have started this way, but it makes complete sense now.

Next page is blank – but he promises the content is coming soon so I will move on to the next section.

Ok, now we are talking about after the book is written and put together, and what we should do.  I personally had my mother in law read my book that I wrote on renal diets because she is nit picky and that is what it needed.  I needed to make sure there were no errors in the book and that it flowed well.  Which, she helped me with a great deal.  He gives a lot of suggestions for picking up small things that might need to be changed.  And suggestions that I would have taken for granted even though I like my books a certain way.  He tells you what the average person likes!  He ends it with a way to keep people engaged and returning to your book.  I can see how authors have done this when I read books.  It never occurred to me that it was intentional, but it was.

The last section is about promotion – and he says he has an entire section planned out for that, so I am just out of luck and will have to read it after I get through the non-fiction sections.

For tonight, before I go to bed, I am going to map out the first fiction story that I want to write about my genre based on the kindling training I have gone through.  I want to answer the questions a little better and write out what will happen in my book in a general outline.  I am glad to do this – a short story only has to be 6000 – 10000 words, and I write that many every week using a product called

Thanks for listening today.  I am sure you will be extra excited when you just jump in.  It’s been a week, I have not written a book (since I started this training) but I have a much better understanding of what I want to do.  Thanks Kindling!  Tell me what you are going to do to take action today.







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Review of Geoff Shaw’s Kindling – Day 4

The Thinking Man sculpture at Musée Rodin in Paris

The Thinking Man sculpture at Musée Rodin in Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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 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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