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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How To Succeed With Kindle Publishing – Review Day 11

Ok, for Kindling it’s Day 11!  It’s about the recipe niche.  He is not a fan of the recipe niche.  Thinks it is a lot of work, more-so than other niches that you can work in.

The main page has a video and some other information about the niche and how to target it.  It is a very good analysis of how you can use recipes and what types of short cuts you can and cannot do.    He talks about how you can target the market very well.

Next up is The Recipe Problem – where he discusses how to get your account banned from Amazon.  Not a good thing, either.  Whew, he is very blunt about it!

Not to give anything away, but next up is the Recipe USP – recipe market is hard because branding is harder.  And your credibility is much more important.

Next section has an 8 and 1/2 minute video on what to do wrong.  He is hammering home the idea of how internet marketers fail in Amazon.  And it’s a good lesson.

Now – You The Cook Section.  He is finally going to teach me how to make money in this niche now that he has persisted in telling me the ways I might fail.  And it’s a very valid point that he drives home.  I am sure I could do some of the things that he mentions with my specific niche and make loads more money, and as a matter of fact, I just might do that.

Next up – your branding in the recipe market.  You learn a lot in the video that’s around 6:30 minutes.  Nothing about the process is just cut and paste or easy.  He explains how to brand any book or product, easily…  I am doing most of this but something he mentions in the video reminds of needing to do one more thing than he even shows in the video but mentions it.

So this blog post is short but the lesson on the recipe niche is resounding…  Be careful.  Geoff Shaw shows us the right way in Kindling to be successful in this.  For me, I will wait on the recipe book for a bit.

Next up – something I have been waiting for and I am glad I am finally to this section – Tricktion.

For now, good day! [starting to sound like an Aussie]

 

 

 

 


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How To Publish Your Book On Kindle – Review Day 9

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Oh, I have been away for a few days but I am back!  I am working very hard on implementing the information from the Kindling course I am reviewing.

I would like to mention to you that there is a facebook page for Kindle Beginners and it’s really helpful – Kindle Beginners Challenge  It’s done by Tiffany Dow, but there are lots of people giving good information and tutorials.  I wouldn’t want you to miss it because it has provided a lot of inspiration for me this past week.  People post all kinds of great info!  Check it out.

I want to highlight a couple of really good posts that were put on the facebook page, since they may be long gone when you read this!

Getting Massive Publicity For Your Book – Book Reviews With Book Bloggers – this is the post they highlighted – I am going to have to seek out some book bloggers!

Best Practices for Your Amazon Book Page – lovely article!

I was still feeling inspired after I read the fiction section and about romance and erotica, that I decided I would write a fiction series.  So, I am currently working on writing 2 books, one non-fiction and one fiction.  The non-fiction will be a follow up book to my original book on Living With Chronic Kidney Disease.  The fiction book will be about a young adult genre, and it will be under a pen name.

Based on some other reading I have been doing, I am starting to realize that part of the magic starts with Kindle when you have more than one book.  You can read all kinds of articles and blogs about how to set up your blog and other things, but you really have to just start writing and build the number of books in your series.  I started writing in the mornings before I start doing any other work on this website: www.750words.com and I just do the 3-4 pages of writing that I can that day.  It’s usually done in 30 minutes.  In about 7 days, I will have enough done to start editing!  As of today, I have 15 pages written – awesome!

Now, we are ready to talk about the next section on Kindling – Branding.  I think the best part about publishing on kindle is being able to make a name for yourself and show you are an expert!

The first section on Branding is the overview – and here he just lays it on the line.  These are the things that you have to do to brand yourself.  He has a list of 6 items.  I have done all of these in my other businesses, so it’s not too hard to understand how I will have to do them, I am just hoping we are going to talk about synergy with them.  He does give a dose of reality – in addition to writing the books, you have to do some things to be rich!  And he says you are going to be rich, so get over doing a little work for it.  HEHE.

After that, he talks the value of covers.  Starting out with what not to use!  And then he explains how to get great covers using simple information and why you should spend a little money getting them done now.  Then there is a big – AHA! moment midway down the page in the pictures he shows.  I understand…  The rest of this page is a little reminder to do what he has been teaching all along.

Next, he has a video about how to do super simple cover creation using free resources.  [I personally use Fiverr.com, I can tell them what I want and it looks great at the end of the day!]   Short video that is chock full of great info!  He shows how to make the cover in 5 minutes.  Love it.

Next up – Why Brand?  He talks about how branding will take you to the next level.  And the audio is about how branding will help you in certain markets, and he makes some great points about how it works.  How you can earn some income off Amazon based on the branding.  Branding and promotion go together, so the better you brand, the better your promotions will be!

Relationships – give you feedback and let you create better books.  Building relationships is part of the key to branding, according to Geoff Shaw.  This will build you into a better brand.  You give good information and entertainment and people receive it – there you go.   The circle of influence expands beyond the current people that you interact with.  Friends tell friends about it.

That’s the end of the branding section – I enjoyed this part.  I am fairly well branded for my first set of books that are non-fiction but I will have to build a facebook, twitter and blog for my fiction pen name to start building some following.  Since I have not decided on a pen name – I will do that tonight and get these set up.

Thanks, and let me know what you are thinking of with the Kindling membership!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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