My Experience Writing A Kindle Non-Fiction Book, Part 3

You have to write for your audience, right? And you need to make it fun yet work as a great tool for them to use.

Sometimes we are the audience, so it’s easy. We can remember how it felt and the words and terms that we used. But, in this case, I don’t have chronic kidney disease, and hope that I can prevent it.

So, the book is written for my audience. I took those papers by topic, and started analyzing the information from the scientific journals and writing. It was so easy, I can’t tell you how easy it was. I would look at the topic – Awareness for example. Then I would find the paper that had part of what I wanted to write about and I would re-read the section. Then I would write the information in a way that was easy to read.

How? I used examples. I wrote the information (not word for word, but using my experience as a dietitian) and as I was writing I visualized my perfect customer sitting there listening to me as I read. When words were too big for me to pronounce, I changed them.

My dad said to me today – “that is a well written book but with so much information on the internet for free, why would people pay?” But he’s wrong, because the information in the book is not information that an average Jill could find. I talk about awareness and how it feels to have a chronic illness. I have not read a blog that discussed that! But it is real. People experience isolation and anxiety and a new sense of normal when they are chronically ill.

But – I wrote it out and referenced the journal articles throughout. I read it, then I had about 5 other people read it. And make corrections. {Good thing to let your overly critical mother in law do, just make sure you have thick skin}. I fixed sentences. I took out words and made it even easier to read.

I worked hard to write those 60 pages. I was not writing from my experience, but I did learn a great deal about my customer. Writing the book taught me more than I thought I would ever learn about my clients, because I have walked in their shoes vicariously. Now, I have a lot more to blog about and email about because I can talk to them about the way they feel and how they are coping and it will make my product even better.

I hired a person on fiverr.com to make my eBook cover (looks awesome), and I hired another person on fiverr to convert it to kindle format and create a click-able table of contents. That took another couple of days. But instead of working on it for 5 days to get it formatted, it was done.

When I uploaded it to kindle, it was perfect. Which, honestly, is very nice. I published the book as a physical book on createspace as well, which was super easy to do.

Publishing on kindle is great because it’s almost instant. When you upload the book, you have the chance to preview it. Then you can hit publish, and in less than 12 hours, it is on kindle for sale. You get to choose the price and the royalties. I chose to put my book in the “special” program for kindle where I make my book exclusive to kindle for 90 days and available in the kindle lending library for Prime members.

It’s a marketing tool, but it is only a marketing tool if someone buys it. So I have had some sales. I am not going to sit here and tell you I have an awesome marketing plan, because, I do not. I am posting it on twitter and facebook and linked in. I am blogging about it. And other things will come to me to do.

But I would like to encourage you, if you have a loved one, or even yourself, if you have diabetes or high blood pressure now – you need to read this book. I talk about how to prevent kidney damage from leading you down the path to further damage. I want you to be informed about what is happening in your body even though you do not feel it right now!
For $2.99, I poured my heart and soul into this book and it will change your life.

I know I said in my last post that the book was 99c.  Well, it was for a couple of months.  Then I decided to do some testing, to see if the $2.99 price point mattered.  If it would slow people down from buying.  But, it did not.  People are purchasing the book at the same rate they bought it at 99c, so I am leaving it for now at $2.99.

And if you like it a lot or even love it – leave me a review. I would appreciate it. Reviews so far have been that they cannot put it down because it answers so many questions that the person has. (makes me feel great!)

I hope that you have enjoyed my adventure in kindle publishing. The publishing part at the end is super easy. The writing was the hard part. I had to write it for my audience, and in the process, I learned more than I thought I ever could. Let me know if you plan on publishing on the kindle and writing your own book.


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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: https://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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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 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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