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The world of publishing has changed in major ways since 2010 when eBooks started becoming all the rage. Now anyone who always wanted to write and sell a book can. No more waiting to hear from publishers, only to get rejection letters, one after the other. Now you can make your dreams come true by self-publishing. The actual publishing itself is free. And there are many low-cost and free tools available that makes it affordable for anyone to self-publish their own books, both digital eBooks, and paperbacks.

One of the most important things for wannabe authors to understand; however, is that self-publishing requires more than just writing a quality book and uploading it to Kindle. The self-published author must also market and promote his work so that people can find it. When you publish traditionally, the publishing company does the marketing work for you. But, it's tough to get a traditional publishing deal. Marketing and promoting your self-published book isn't difficult, but it is an important part of the process if you want people to read your book.

You may write the most insightful or entertaining book ever. But if you don't market it, only family and friends will read it. To be a self-published author who is making a living, or even a side income, from his books, you must be willing to be the creative brains, but also the business brains behind the book. There are several steps to self-publishing your work:

 
* Planning
* Writing/Editing
* Marketing
* Promoting

The self-published author will need to move back and forth through these steps. You may, for example, begin writing, but need to go back to the planning stage if you decide to change the focus of one or more sections of the book. You will also need to work on marketing as you write the book. One example of this is creating a best-selling book cover for your book while still writing it. Yes, your book cover is considered marketing. In fact, it's possibly the most important marketing you'll do.

So as you can see, there's a lot of learning to do before you self-publish your book. But, you can do it! Many people who believed their dream of becoming an author would forever stay a dream now boast of being a multiple book author some of them even best-selling authors. And they started out just where you are now wondering how possible it is to make their dream come true.
Why Self-Publish an eBook
If so much goes into self-publishing, you may wonder why you should bother. Different people have different reasons for writing a book. Some of them have a great idea for a book, often a fiction book, and they have always wondered if they could really write and publish it. It could be a life-long dream.

There are other reasons as well, and ones you may not have thought of.

Increase Authority

If you are a coach, online business owner, trainer or niche blogger, writing a book is a fabulous way to improve your perceived authority in your field. In our society, authors enjoy a high status. Writing a quality book automatically increases your authority in your field.

If you are a coach, online business owner, trainer or niche blogger, writing a book is a fabulous way to improve your perceived authority in your field. In our society, authors enjoy a high status. Writing a quality book automatically increases your authority in your field.

Grow your audience

Adding an ebook to your business model is just another way people can find you and the advice they seek.

Adding an ebook to your business model is just another way people can find you and the advice they seek.

Increase your income

A book is just another way to offer your expert advice to a wider audience who is looking for help. It gives you a way to help more people and bring in more income while you do it.

A book is just another way to offer your expert advice to a wider audience who is looking for help. It gives you a way to help more people and bring in more income while you do it.

Create a careerNot a coach, online business owner or blogger yet? Or maybe you don't want to do those things, but you want to share your knowledge or creativity with the world while making a good living at it. Many people are now making a full-time living writing and self-publishing books. If they can do it, so can you!

Not a coach, online business owner or blogger yet? Or maybe you don't want to do those things, but you want to share your knowledge or creativity with the world while making a good living at it. Many people are now making a full-time living writing and self-publishing books. If they can do it, so can you!

But What if I'm Not a Writer? Many people want to write a book or even become an

Many people want to write a book or even become authorpreneur (an author who builds a profitable business out of his/her books remember, self-published authors must be business-minded too). But they know or think they aren't good enough writers. They might be fantastic storytellers. Or they have invaluable expertise in an area people are dying to find out about. But because they were only a so-so English student, they think they don't have what it takes to be an author. What a shame!

Believe it or not, being a stellar writer isn't the most important skill you need to have to be a successful self-published author! The content is what's so important. Your main job is to put your invaluable advice or storytelling to work get it on paper. Then, hire a top-notch editor to work out the details. They can smooth out the rough places, make it flow better and fix your grammar mistakes. That's what they do for a living! All you need to be able to do is to get your knowledge down on paper and then hand it over to them to make it easy and enjoyable to read.

There's also another way to go about becoming an author. You can hire a ghostwriter to do all the work for you. A ghostwriter will write the book with the details you provide. This is a better option for non-fiction than fiction, however. If you want to improve your authority and have an additional income stream by self-publishing a book, but don't want to do any of the writing, consider hiring a ghostwriter. There are many places you can find quality ghostwriters if you decide to go that direction.

There's no need for you to be an amazing writer to author an ebook! Approximately 80% of the population says they think they have a book in them. But how many of them will go for it? Are you one of that 80 %? Are you willing to learn what steps you should take to become a successful self-published author? You're off to a great start by picking up this eBook. Here you are going to find out what you need to do to get started making your dream of becoming an author a reality!

Now that you've learned how self-publishing a book can improve your career, business, and life, let's get started with the first stage of the process: Planning.

Planning your eBook

Before you even get the first word down onto paper, you need to participate in some brainstorming, do some research and make some decisions. First, brainstorming.

Of course, the first step is to decide what topic you are going to write on. You may have some ideas, but you'll probably need to narrow them down before you start writing. This brainstorming will save you hours of time in the long run. I know you're anxious to get started writing your book, but trust me on this!

Let's look at a couple of quick examples:

Example #1

Say you are a life coach and you want to write a book to improve your authority and increase the numbers of readers that come to your blog. There are a ton of different topics you could write on as a life coach.

Career changes (forced or chosen)
Relationship issues
Divorce
Grief
Habits
Parenting
Mindset
Health
Self-development

And these are just a few of the broad categories to choose from in that wide field.
Example #2
You are a creative person who wants to write a fiction book. You have a general idea of the main character, but you aren't sure if you should make it into a sci-fi, romance or mystery. And within each of those genres, there are subgenres.Mystery includes subgenres like:

Police procedurals
Thrillers
Psychological mysteries
Traditional mysteries
Cozy mysteries

So, with all these decisions, how do you decide what to write about?

Write what you love
One of the best ways to choose is to think about what you are most enthusiastic about. Are you most excited when helping someone through the grieving process as a life coach? Do you love to read a great cozy mystery? Why not start there? It will make the process easier, and it will be a labor of love.

Do the research

Even if you are determined to write what you love, you still need to verify that the niche is a popular or profitable one. Do the research to find out. Search Amazon and Google specifically. Answer questions like:

How many best-sellers have been on the topic in the last 6 months? Year?

Who would your biggest competition be? (For example, does Dr. Phil have a best-selling book on grief? How about other famous people?)

How many copies of the book have sold so far in each format (digital, paperback and audio)?
How much are they selling each format for?

What words do they use in their titles and descriptions?

What subcategories are there under your topic? (grief of partner, grief of child, grief of pet, grief of parent, survivors guilt/grief, etc.)

It works the same for fiction. What categories are most popular? Romance is much more popular and profitable than a Western, for example.

Poll your readers

If you have a blog, ask your readers what they would most like to know about. It could be the topic of grief if you've already decided on that topic. Or ask them the general question. What topics that you discuss are their favorites. What specifically would they like to know more about within that topic?

You can also look at the stats for your blog and social media. What topics get the most clicks? What posts and update topics get the most interest?

Note that you can even use past blog posts as content for your book. You could use it just like it is or use it as a starting place since most posts don't give all the information possible about a topic.

Look at trends

What are topics trending now? Maybe you also enjoy discussing health-related issues. If you look at what's popular what's in the news, what people are talking about on social media you are sure to find the topic of health. Then you could drill down. What specific topics are people reading and talking about? How does that fit with your expertise?

To Outline or Not

Now that you have your topic, it's time to decide how to get started writing. If you talk to authors, youâll get different opinions on if outlining is the best way to go or not. But for the most part, it depends on you as the writer.

The reason for this may be because, with non-fiction, there's a clear reason for writing the book you have the goal of getting certain information into the hands of readers. With fiction, the goal is to entertain. With non-fiction, you can research to see what subtopics should be covered in your book. You can easily determine what topics people want to know more about. But fiction is a creative pursuit. You hope that you can come up with characters, plot, and dialogue that transports your reader to another world a world you create.

There are benefits to both pantsing and outlining what fiction writers call plotting.Pantsing allows you the freedom to let the topic take you into the flow of writing. Some authors feel stifled by even the thought of outlining. The benefits of outlining, especially for a non-fiction book, can sometimes outweigh the writers high you get when you pants it.

When you outline, you typically have less revision to make, and it doesn't take as long to write the book. When you pants it, there's usually quite a bit of content that you end up cutting because it doesn't fit with your overall theme. It also takes you longer to write the book because you may need to stop to make choices about where to go next if you hit a wall.

Most authors use a combination of pantsing and plotting. They may come up with a general outline of what subtopics they want to talk about, but not the details. They want the actual content to come organically. This type of writing can sometimes feel more authentic and free flowing, depending on the writer. Or if you are a fiction writer, you may want to create character sketches for your protagonist and antagonist, a list of major plot points and how you want to end the book. Maybe you want to add a plot twist right at the end, or you want to end it with a happily ever after. But you may decide to start writing your first draft with only those details created and see where the story (and your characters) takes you.
The important point is that there's no right or wrong. You should do what feels best to you. Try a combination or try it both ways and see which one feels more natural. And if you decide to outline, you don't need to use the old Roman number outline you used in school! Just jotting down main ideas with examples or subtopics underneath works just as well. Don't get hung up on how to best outline or you'll never finish the book! No one is ever going to see your outline. It's only for you. It's only a tool. So use what works for you.

Marketing Your eBook

You might be thinking, Wait a minute. How can I market my book when I don’t even have a book written? Successful self-published authors will tell you that the time to market is now before you write the book. If you start after you write or publish it, you are behind in your game.

In fact, many first-time authors don't put much time into these concepts. They write the book, publish it on Amazon and wait for the big, fat royalty checks to come streaming in. It doesn't work that way. Much thought and research must go into these little details so that people will be able to locate your book. If they can't find it, they cant read it.

Marketing starts when you come up with ideas for the title, cover art, and synopsis. You want to decide on some of these important points first so that you can:

Get into the flow of writing the book
Get more clear about the purpose and content of the book
Ensure the book will be found by the people who will search for it
Begin branding the book and yourself as an author
Start a buzz about the book get people excited to read it

Here are a few things to think about to get you started marketing your book.

Keywords and Categories

These little beauties were mentioned in the last chapter because they are vital to the success of your book that is if you want people to read it. They ensure the people who will search for books on grief. Or, if you are a mystery writer, that your cozy mystery will be easy to find and will grab the reader's attention fast. Do your research to find out what keywords and categories will best highlight your books best features.

These little beauties were mentioned in the last chapter because they are vital to the success of your book that is if you want people to read it. They ensure the people who will search for books on grief. Or, if you are a mystery writer, that your cozy mystery will be easy to find and will grab the reader's attention fast. Do your research to find out what keywords and categories will best highlight your books best features.

What's in a Title

There's a great deal of difference between non-fiction and fiction when it comes to titles. Non-fiction books often have subtitles that give the reader a clear understanding of what the book is about and who it's written for. The main title may be catchy, but it still needs to give the reader an understanding of what they will find inside the pages. You'll also want to use keywords in your title, so it's easy for readers to find.

There's a great deal of difference between non-fiction and fiction when it comes to titles. Non-fiction books often have subtitles that give the reader a clear understanding of what the book is about and who it's written for. The main title may be catchy, but it still needs to give the reader an understanding of what they will find inside the pages. You'll also want to use keywords in your title, so it's easy for readers to find.

Fiction book titles give the reader an idea of the book topic, but even more importantly, they need to grab the readers attention and make them want to start reading. The current trend in best-selling fiction is a short, snappy title. If you look at the top best-selling fiction books on Amazon, you'll see that most of them have only two or three-word titles.

Studying the titles of the best-sellers in your category is a smart way to help you come up with a strong, attention-grabbing title based on what’s trending in your particular category or genre.

Description

This is the first real look people will get at what you have to say, so make it count. Grab their attention and then tell them what your book will do for them. What it will provide them with. Make sure you can live up to what you claim, though, or you will be very unhappy when reviews start coming in. Think of the description as creative copywriting. This is your sales pitch. Don't forget to sprinkle keywords throughout the description!

This is the first real look people will get at what you have to say, so make it count. Grab their attention and then tell them what your book will do for them. What it will provide them with. Make sure you can live up to what you claim, though, or you will be very unhappy when reviews start coming in. Think of the description as creative copywriting. This is your sales pitch. Don't forget to sprinkle keywords throughout the description!

Start your author's platform

If you don't have a website or blog yet, but you plan on making a living off your writing (even a part-time one) you are going to want to start building a name for yourself now. That means creating a website and starting to blog about it. Along with that, set up social media accounts or fan pages and start posting to them regularly. Get people familiar with who you are and what quality content you can offer them. Then, when you start sending out teasers about your book being released, they will already be familiar with you and your message.

If you are a service provider, such as a coach, and you already have a website or blog, you can start adding onto that. You have probably already branded your services or products, so now you can start adding details about your upcoming book in posts, both on your website and on social media. Continue to build connections with others in your field who can help you promote when the time comes. Just make sure that the content matches. If your book is on grief, but you are a fitness trainer, youâre going to need a new site to market your grief book.

Book formats

Now's as good a time as any to decide what type of formats you will offer your readers. Some people chose to only create digital books and publish them on Amazon. Others only offer their books for sale on their website so that they are in control of the pricing and quality control. Others go all out they publish on multiple platforms, such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, etc. They also offer hard copies, which can be set up through Amazon's Create Space program.

Now's as good a time as any to decide what type of formats you will offer your readers. Some people chose to only create digital books and publish them on Amazon. Others only offer their books for sale on their website so that they are in control of the pricing and quality control. Others go all out they publish on multiple platforms, such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, etc. They also offer hard copies, which can be set up through Amazon's Create Space program.

Some authors will start out with only a digital copy and see how it goes. This is a fine decision. It gives you time to learn the ropes of self-publishing. Publishing your own book is challenging work, and it's easy to get overwhelmed with all the steps necessary and all the different programs and advice available. So if you want to start with one product and then build up, that's great! The best place to start selling your book is on Amazons Kindle, hands down. Amazon has approximately 70% of the digital book market, so if you are starting with an eBook, it's definitely the place to go.

The Top 3 Things you Can't Scrimp On

You are writing a book to make money, not spend it. Got it. But have you ever heard the phrase You've got to speculate to accumulate? It means that you have to invest in a business plan to turn a real profit. There are definitely a lot of things you can use to make the entire self-publishing process that is totally free or very low cost. But there are three things you need to avoid scrimping on if you want your book to be a successful earner.

Book Covers

Unless you are a graphic designer or artist, having a book cover design made for your book is important. Yes, there are programs out there that will allow you to create your own cover that is free or inexpensive, but usually, the covers look amateurish. Take a look at Amazon at the books that have no reviews and probably no sales. Now, compare those to the best-sellers. See the difference? We know we shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but we do. And a great cover can honestly make a difference between getting your book in the hands of readers or having it sit gathering dust on the virtual shelf.

Unless you are a graphic designer or artist, having a book cover design made for your book is important. Yes, there are programs out there that will allow you to create your own cover that is free or inexpensive, but usually, the covers look amateurish. Take a look at Amazon at the books that have no reviews and probably no sales. Now, compare those to the best-sellers. See the difference? We know we shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but we do. And a great cover can honestly make a difference between getting your book in the hands of readers or having it sit gathering dust on the virtual shelf.

Editing

You should also plan on hiring an editor if at all possible. This is one of the top three things you shouldn't skimp on when writing a book. If you market and promote your book well, you'll make this money back easily. Start looking for a quality editor as you work on your book. If you wait until you are finished with it, it's going to gather dust while you search. Any stall in your momentum should be avoided at all cost, so search early and be diligent about finding the best you can afford.

The reason editing is one of the three things you should plan on paying for is that typos, grammar mistakes, and confusing passages will earn you bad reviews. This, in turn, will make people reconsider if they will buy the book. After all, if an author didn't care enough to properly edit, what quality can a reader expect from them? After all the time and energy you put into creating the best book you could, don't let a poor editing job make it all for nothing! Even if you are an editor yourself, don't be tempted to edit your own work. After reading it a million times, you are likely to miss things that could lead to poor reviews even if the content is great.

Formatting

Yes, you can do this yourself. There are free programs that will help you do it. But there is a steep learning curve and anyone who's ever formatted an eBook will tell you that it's frustrating and time-consuming. And, it may look terrible anyway. It could take you days to do what someone else could do in a couple of hours, and it will look professional. One way to ensure you get lousy reviews is to have a poorly formatted book that is difficult to read.

Writing your eBook

Finally, we get to the fun part. Or maybe you aren't expecting it to be fun. Well, you might just be surprised! Some writers will tell you that writing the book is the easy part! Self-publishing a book takes a while. The writing might not take as long as you think, but building a platform, doing the research and coming up with a solid topic or idea is all part of the process.

Let's look at ideas about writing, even if you aren't a self-proclaimed writer.

Managing Time

One of the biggest challenges to getting a book self-published is finding the time to write. Here are some down and dirty reminders. If you are serious about publishing that book, you need to:

Schedule time to write it doesn't have to be every day, but it needs to be on your schedule consistently, so it happens! Add it to whatever method you use to keep track of your days.
Stay motivated it isn't always easy to stay motivated to write. Some days you just don't feel it, or the words aren't coming. Consider joining a group of writers, on or offline. They understand, and they will be happy to help answer questions, so you don't stall. They can also help you stay motivated.
Commit to a session decide how much you are going to write for each day you schedule writing. You can choose word count or time, whichever you prefer. The goal is just to make sure that you have a time frame of when you will write and when the ebook should be about finished.

Let go of self-doubt every writer sometimes questions their ability to explain the topic well or if they have a strong enough story that people will want to read. Every writer! The Stephen Kings of this world also question their ability from time to time. Do yourself a favor don't compare yourself to any other author and just keep going. There will be times of doubt, but there will be other times when the words and ideas just flow together.
Use "hidden" time.  Do you wait around for your kids to finish soccer practice or dance lessons? Use that time to write. Those hidden pockets of time we usually waste scanning Facebook can be put to much better use. Find a writing app you like and write on your lunch breaks or during commute time. Once you become aware of how much time this adds up to, you'll be amazed.
Make your choice would you rather rake up more TV viewing or gaming hours or would you rather be an author? Sometimes that's the real question you have to ask yourself. You may need to make a few sacrifices to get your book written, but it will be worth it. You'll have something to show for your time and effort!

Just write

One of the biggest mistakes new writers make is to edit their work as they go. They think too much, trying to find just the right word or questioning the way they are saying something. They often get frustrated and give up, saying they just can't write. But what experienced writers know is that there's a writing process and using it works every time!

Here's a simplified look at how experienced writers use the writing process:

The first Draft they just get their ideas down on paper. It's messy and ugly. But it doesn’t matter. There's time to make it sound the way you want it to later.

The second Draft this is the time to look at your first draft and make bigger changes. Don't worry about any grammar or spelling issues during this read-through. Only look at the big picture.

Do you have a hole in your research or skip a step that you need to go back and add?
Is there a problem with your plot that you didn't notice before?
Should one section be moved to a different part of the book for flow and logic?
Is there a section that doesn't seem to fit into where you are taking the book? Does it need to be removed or just moved?
Is there a paragraph or several sentences that are confusing that needs to be rewritten or revised?

The third Draft once you have the context of your ideas in place, you can start editing in a detailed way.

Check and change grammar and spelling errors
Use a thesaurus to find similar, but more exact words
Rewrite cliche
Fix typos

The reason we complete the writing process in this order is that its a waste of time to proofread for grammar issues when you may end up taking sections out later. Using the writing process, you can get your ideas down, and then look for bigger contextual issues and then finally, the small tweaks that will fine-tune the book.

After the writing

After you have worked your way through the writing process, you will want to send your book manuscript to beta readers. A beta reader is a person who will read your book and make suggestions in exchange for receiving a free copy of the book. This copy can be in PDF format. Writers should start thinking about who they would like to be a beta reader long before they are needed. Beta readers can be friends and family members, or better yet, other experts in your field. This is one of the ways working on your author platform (marketing) while you are writing and even before you start pays off big time! You don't want to beg someone you've never engaged with to read your book. Instead, build a connection with them. Perhaps help them out first. Then, when the book is ready, they will be much more likely to beta read for you.

Once you've made the changes your beta readers have suggested, its time to send the manuscript to your editor. Remember, you'll want to begin searching for an editor, a cover designer, and a formatter before and/or while you are writing the book so that you can have everything in place to get your book out there as soon as it's finished. You want it out there working for you.

Promoting Your eBook

As with your ebook marketing, you will want to begin promoting your book before it's finished. The marketing sets up the way to promote your book. As you work on the book, begin planning for the promotion phase and start building anticipation for the book's release.

Start Before Release

Pre-orders You can set up a page on Amazon Kindle so that you can pre-sell your book before it's even finished! This will help improve your ratings on Amazon once the book is released, which in turn, will help more people see it. Amazon will do some of the promoting for you if you hit a high enough ranking. You may want to consider having a lower pre-order price to encourage people to order it ahead of time.

Blog

You should set aside time to blog about your book while you are writing it. You can write updates on how it's going, a list of topics that will be covered, reveal your book cover, give excerpts from the book and blog about topics that will be covered in detail in the book. Make sure to add a way for blog readers to pre-order the book at the bottom of each blog post.

Social Media Like with all business ventures, social media is a fun, easy, free way to build a buzz for your book before it's even released. You should focus on connecting with influencers in your field, as well as other authors who might promote your book. Use the suggestions in the blogging tips above to create social media posts to excite your fans.

Paid ads Social media ads, like Facebook, are very low cost but can make a big difference in who knows about your book. You can Boost posts or buy ads on Facebook. Both are great ways to promote your book before, during and after the big release date.

At or After Release

On the day of your book release, host a launch party where you give away free copies of the book, offer bonuses for people who purchase on that day, give prizes for those who leave honest reviews, etc. You might even invite other authors or influencers to drop by the party to do their own giveaways. They will promote the party, so their fans and readers become your fans and readers too.

Book Blog Tour

This is a virtual book tour where you set up blogs to host you as a guest blogger or do an interview with you. This takes some organization, and you'll need to start the planning before your book is finished, but it can be excellent exposure for your book.

Write more books

The best way to get more eyes on your book is to write more books. When you are thinking about what topic to write on, think about how you could make a series out of the larger topic. Series have much more selling power than one book alone. If you are writing about grief, you could write a book on the stages of grief, one on tips for healing grief and one on rebuilding your life after the loss.

Release multiple media formats

We talked earlier about book formats and that as a budding author, you may want to start with one format or location first and then branch out. Having multiple book formats and locations makes it more accessible to everyone. You can publish it on Kindle first and then move onto iBooks, Barnes & Noble, etc. You can also offer to publish on demand books to turn your eBook into a physical product. It's easy to do now through Kindle's Create Space program. Then, add an audiobook.
Make YouTube videos

If your book is non-fiction, create a YouTube channel and make some how-to videos that relate to the book. Give them enough detail to provide value to them and then follow up with a call to action to purchase the book for more advice.

Run a Goodreads giveaway

On Goodreads, the social media platform for readers, you can set up a giveaway that will draw attention to your book. This only works for physical books. This is where readers hang out, so running a giveaway can really spread the word. This will also give you more reviews on this site, which leads to more sales.

Run a KDP Free or Countdown Deal

Kindle allows you to set up a certain number of days within a 90 day period when you can give your book away for free or a lower price. Once you set these up, promote the heck out of them on social media. It's true you won’t make money off of the free books, but you will spread the word, which in the long run, means more sales.

Conclusion

Writing a book can boost your business into a new direction and can fulfill your dreams of becoming an author. It's a great way to increase your income and earn more authority in your field. Here are the top 10 tips you should take away from this eBook:

Planning is vital to the success of a book. Spending the time necessary to plan out the details will make the process easier.
Start your marketing before you even begin writing. Making connections is the name of the game, so include time for marketing in your writing schedule.
Connect with others who are in your field who are also authors. They will be able to answer questions and introduce you to other contacts who will be beneficial to your self-publishing success. They are also a fabulous resource for finding book cover designers, editors, and formatters, so you know you are getting the best quality.
Create at least a rudimentary outline if possible. You'll need to have a basic idea of where you want to take the book what your purpose is in writing it. Write your outline out so you can refer to it as you go along. And allow it to be a flexible, working outline so you can make improvements as you go along.
Set up a writing schedule and stick to it, even when you don't feel like it. You can choose to write for a set amount of time per day or write until you complete your pre-chosen word count.
Use the writing process to make the best use of your time and lower your frustration.
Seek out beta readers, an editor, a book cover designer and a formatter before the book is finished, so you have everything in place when you are ready to release it.
Stay organized as you connect with other authors and influencers so that you have easy access to their information when you are ready to contact them to help you promote.
Start a buzz before you launch your book. Even two or three months before. It's never too early to start.
Trust in your ability to write a book. You can always get someone else to smooth out the rough edges. There are people out there who are looking for the advice and assistance you can give. Focus on that and trust in yourself to provide it.

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  • Research Kindle nonfiction ebook  and POD titles
  • Find profitable categories on Kindle for ebooks and POD for nonfiction
  • Research nonfiction Kindle keywords for ebooks and POD
  • Write Kindle Description for nonfiction ebooks and POD
  • Write Amazon Kindle PPC advert for nonfiction ebook and POD

These self-publishing resources will help you rank on Kindle

 

Kindle Ebook Publishing

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You're An Author!

Kindle self-publishing opportunities have made this the perfect time to become an author. Publishing your own writing doesn't require the approval of a publishing house, nor do you need a book company to market your product for you. In this day and age, as long as you have a computer and can write in popular word processing programs, you have the option to publish and market your own books online.

The Kindle platform is one such venue that makes it very easy for anyone to publish their own books and start to gather an audience for their work. That's because of the Kindle, an e-book reader developed by Amazon, has the backing of this large online book retailer to help promote your offerings on their website. There are others but I am interested in the possibilities Kindle opens up. They make it possible for anyone to publish ebooks.  But, before we get into the mechanics of how to use this unique platform to publish your manuscripts, you do want to do a little planning ahead of time – particularly if you have no topic or ebook ready to publish, yet. The making of a bestseller isn't just about uploading a perfectly formatted ebook. It's also about understanding the market for ebooks and learning what sells best. By paying attention to the market first, this helps you not only become a successful author but a profitable one too!

But, before we get into the mechanics of how to use this unique platform to publish your manuscripts, you do want to do a little planning ahead of time – particularly if you have no topic or ebook ready to publish, yet. The making of a bestseller isn't just about uploading a perfectly formatted ebook. It's also about understanding the market for ebooks and learning what sells best. By paying attention to the market first, this helps you not only become a successful author but a profitable one too!

Find The Profitable Topics First

If you don't have a manuscript yet, you're in luck! It's far easier to write a great book that sells when you've researched the profitable topics first. It doesn't mean you're already written manuscript can't sell, but why waste too much effort on a topic that has little market potential? Instead, start by putting the right foot forward and writing what the market demands. Then, you know that you have the potential for greater profits. You need to work out your keywords.

To the find out what might be selling best in today's market is not as hard as it sounds. The Internet makes this a very easy research exercise that anyone can do. You do want to do the research close to the time you plan on writing the ebook as the trends in sales can change overnight. But, some topics never go out of style too. So, whether you are trying to grab the market for a very HOT, but transient, topic or whether you want a classic, like business marketing, you can make money if you understand that timing the market help build sales too. Don't wait to publish the really hot topics that might not turn into classics, because someone else will have beaten you on it by then.

Here are some places you can visit online to research book topics that are selling well or would sell well due to current events.

The Daily News

Keep your ears and eyes open to the current events, as these are the topics that are VERY HOT but for a short period of time, mostly. So, these you would have to get out the ebook in record time in order to profit from the current event.

Basically, what you are looking for is some problem that has come up a lot in the mainstream news that needs a solution. If you are the person who knows that solution and can write about it, you stand to make a mint on that idea. An example of this would be when eBay decided to no longer allow info products to be sold virtually on their site in the regular auction area. This small change was big news for Internet marketers and had you sold an e-book on how to package your info products in other formats to allow the submission with the auction format, you would have had people storming down your doors for that information.

You don't have to be a genius to come up with a solution. You can even research solutions that other people have come up with and write about them. The ideas themselves are copyrighted, but the product may be. So, you will have to be careful how you use other people's ideas in your ebooks so as not infringe on any copyrights.

If you don't have time to do all that research and writing, don't worry! You can always hire a ghostwriter who can do it for you. Then, you just pay them for all the rights and slap your name on their work and peddle it as your own.

Bestseller Lists

Some of the biggest e-commerce sites offer bestseller and hot lists for their visitors. These are to help them find deals or topics that are immensely popular and can tempt them into buying them. For you, those same lists can help you figure out what topics are selling best on the Internet market. Amazon has their own list of bestsellers for the Kindle too. Even though you are selling on the Kindle, it doesn't mean you can't check other resources for the best market topics. If you know of blogs or commercial websites that get lots of traffic in a market niche you are considering, check them out. They will often have “most viewed” or “hot topics” listed. The more discussion on a particular topic, the more the odds are that people are willing to pay to seek more information about this topic.

Google Tools

Google has many tools available (keyword tools, tend tools) in addition to basic search to discover good topics. Once you start doing your research, you may find that non-fiction is far more popular online for ebook topics than non-fiction. The reason for this is that there are many business professionals, computer geeks, and hobbyists online. So, if you want to start off with a bang, concentrate on finding a nonfiction topic that many people would be interested in buying. In particular, “how to” topics are immensely popular.

There are plenty of niches that can be profitable. If they happen to be in your area of expertise, all the better! You write the book then, otherwise, send it to a ghostwriter who can research and write an informative, and relevant, ebooks that will represent you professionally to the readers of the Kindle platform.

The Professional Writer

You will need to organize your ebook information. There is quite a bit of information to gather, and preparatory work to make sure that the upload and conversion are as successful as it can be. Unfortunately, even with these steps, you will have to preview your work and in a trial and error way, reformat whatever doesn't look quite right before you publish it.

To keep from having too many do-overs, keep track of the following:

  • Don't add page breaks to your ebook
    The Kindle will put page breaks where it sees fit and if you enforce a page break it probably will not land where you want it. For things like title pages, you can just add extra spacing, instead of a forced page break to make it match the Kindle page format, which is smaller than a regular page.
  • Save images to the same directory
    Ensure that you don't put the images in a separate subfolder, as this won't work with the Kindle conversion. Keep them in the same folder
  • The Title
    Believe it or not, this is the absolutely most important feature of your book. The title can make or break the sales of your books. You might want to include some hot keywords in the title to generate more hits from search engines, but if it doesn't appeal to humans as well, you won't get them to peek at the sample of your ebook that Kindle provides to spur sales. So, be careful to pick a title that wows them and gets them interested enough to sample or buy.Jacket Blurb
    This is the product description of what's inside. It is short and sweet.
  • Keywords
    Remember those keywords we asked you to get? Well, here is where you now use them. The more, the merrier. This is what the search engine will use to categorize and index your ebook offering.
  • Product Image
    If you don't have a cover image you can use, create one. There's lots of software around to do this. Creating a cover doesn't have to be traumatizing. You can just pick a nice colored background, add a photo or image to liven it up, and then place the title and the author on the cover in nice fonts. 
  • Headings And Subheadings
    While we're on the subject of headings and subheadings, you should write an ebook with multiple headings and subheadings to make the information easily skimmed, particularly if this is a non-fiction ebook. When people buy non-fiction, they're typically interested in solving a problem or learning how to do something. Many people want to skim over the headings, find the area that most interests them and start reading from there. 
  • White Space Is Noticeable
    If you've only written novels, then you may not be interested in adding too much white space to these types of fiction books. With non-fiction, the absence of white space is particularly noticeable, and not in a pleasant way. You want to add white space to help the reader rest their eyes as they read through the material, and it's just more visually appealing than an entire glob of writing mushed together.  Don't forget to add a little white space around your headings and subheadings too. However, you space it in your original document should be the way you see it in the Kindle conversion.
  • Bulleted And Numbered Lists
    Another way to quickly organize information in a non-fiction ebook is to make use of bulleted or numbered lists. These can be a very helpful way of summarizing information, especially if you use bolding or italicizing, to bring out the salient points. People can quickly skim a list and heading or points and figure out which ones apply to them.  Don't forget to use the white space here, as well. You will want to make sure that if a list looks too cramped that you add a space in between each point to make it more readable.
  • Highlight Important Points
    You can use bolding, italicizing, and underlining for highlighting. It's important to use these when you want to make a point to the reader that they won't miss. Even though it may not be as important as a heading or subheading, it still alerts the reader that there is valuable information within the paragraph that is important to the overall understanding of the topic. They'll take notice and decide whether it merits an entire read or not.

Your Audience Matters - Marketing Your Ebook

Let's take the time to examine the audience you are trying to attract. If your book is about toy trains, the groups that you want to access should have toy train enthusiasts and hobbyists in their ranks. No matter how large or popular a forum is, if they don't have the audience you need to sell your book, then, they're simply not worth the effort. What is going to sell your ebook is to connect the audience demographic that likes your topic to the ebook on the Kindle Store. If the two don't match, the odds of a sale are very low. So, stick with those people you know will be interested in your topic to begin with.

The nice thing is though that you can build your audience for yourself and once your name is known, you can go anywhere and that audience will follow you. You will know how to generate more interest for your work and you won't be dependent on finding a literary agent or a publishing house that is willing to publish your work. In a lot of ways, it offers you a lot more creative freedom to see what the market will accept versus what a publisher may deem to be unmarketable. And, it doesn't cost too much in money, although it can take quite a bit of time to keep an active marketing campaign going.

Here are some of the strategies to expose your work to more readers, not just the ones who go the Kindle bookstore already, and thus make more sales.

Within Amazon Ecosphere

  • Setting up description categories and keywords correctly
  • Author profile
  • Reviews

Off Amazon

  • Author Website
  • Social media sites (Twitter, Facebook)
  • Audiovisual sites (YouTube, Podcasts)
  • Press release
  • Advertising (PPC)
  • Promotions (email, specialist sites)

Write Up A Business Plan

Okay, so you've decided that this isn't just a one book venture. You want to be a publisher of many ebooks. So, get out your pencil and start taking notes on what it might take to succeed if you see yourself mass producing numerous titles. Then, track your winners and losers using the tools provided by Kindle to make sure that you are on track with your business plan.

Here are a few things to include in your business plan:

  • Planning For Press Kits
    Some marketers even create this first, before the book is even written. That's because they can put out a press release of an upcoming book and then find out how much interest there is through advance sales before the book is even published. You just take names, not money. Then, if the demand is poor, don't bother. Try a different one. You've just saved a ton of time on a loser.
  • Understand Your Audience
    Include demographic information, potential clubs or associations where your audience congregates, and the type of advertising that works best with your target demographic.
  • A Timeline
    How many books do you want to publish a month? How many in a year? Do you have titles and timelines lined up in advanced? If you plan on being a publisher, then you have to think ahead of the game. You also have to try to time the market for big events like Christmas and other major purchasing holidays.
  • Media Contacts
    Who do you know that can help you get the word out? Make a list of all the people you plan to contact to help promote that book.
  • Sales Techniques
    Is there one sales technique more than another that appeals to you for your book. Are you tracking which methods provide better results than others? Maybe you've found you get most of your orders from people who visit a blog that you've commented. Time to start commenting more or getting that blogger to do a review.
  • Success Measurements
    How will you determine success? Traffic, sales, or some other way? How will you measure and track success? Luckily, Kindle offers an area for reports that show you how your ebooks are performing in the marketplace. This gives you some instant ways to measure their success in terms of dollar values.
  • Outsourcing
    What parts of the ebook creation and marketing will you outsource? Do you want to have someone do the ghostwriting? Someone to generate websites or blogs, or to comment online and write reviews for you? Do you want to have someone else take care of queries about your ebook? Do you need to hire a graphic designer to do the jacket of your ebook (probably)?
  • Pricing/Profits
    Estimate your pricing strategy and how much profit you will make based on a projected number of sales. These are your sales goals and will help you to decide whether the business is making you good money or needs or whether you've overestimated sales or profits. Then, you tweak things to make the profit you want, or you modify the business plan to cut expenses where necessary. Always have an account balance sheet that shows how many sales you made in a month on what titles and what the final tally is. That's your net sales. Then, make sure you understand what your profit level is from those net sales. Subtract your expenses from your profits and that's the true value of what you've earned that month. Of course, taxes can change that picture in the end, if you're not careful. Always keep in mind the bottom line in order to make a successful business and not just a side hobby that generates a few dribs and drabs of income. All of these things are vitally important to creating a business plan that helps you develop a publishing business that can shoot out numerous ebooks per month, creating residual income for as long as Amazon publishes the ebooks.

Write a How-To Book for Amazon Kindle in 7 Easy Steps

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Do you want to profit from the popularity of the Amazon Kindle? This electronic book reader is a hit! For you, this means a good potential to make money, but how? There are a number of ways to profit from the Amazon Kindle, such as working as a paid affiliate. If you are an author, even just a web author, you can profit from the popularity of the Kindle by using your talent. You can write an ebook and sell it as a Kindle Book.

So, how do you get started?

1 – Decide on a Category

To write a how-to ebook, choose a category. It is easier to write on interesting topics. Take a passion of yours and profit from it. Do you like to build dollhouses? Write a how-to guide on doing so. With how-to guides, your options are virtually unlimited. Popular books include those that show readers how to save money, combat global warming, make money, and do home improvement projects.

2 – Create an Outline

To increase productivity and reduce writer’s block, write an outline. Do this by hand or on the computer. Write what you want to include in your ebook. If you want to show readers how to replace a kitchen countertop, your sections can include needed tools, tips for buying equipment, preparation, the replacement process, and cleaning tips.

3 – Write the Introduction

Your ebook introduction should be at least two paragraphs. Start with a catchy phrase. For an e-book instructing readers on how to replace their kitchen countertop, your introduction can say “Are you tired of looking at an old, dreary kitchen counter? Don’t wait any longer.”

State the point of your ebook, which may be showing readers how to replace their kitchen countertop. Mention how your e-book can help them accomplish their goal. Then, thank them for joining you on the journey.

4 – Write the Chapters

How-to books are shorter than novels. You shouldn’t focus on word count or page length. Instead, just write until all points are made. With that said, each chapter should be at least three pages long. Take each of your sections from your outline and describe them in great detail.

5 – Write the Conclusion

For the conclusion of your ebook, restate your main points. Unlike the introduction, the conclusion can be as short as one paragraph or even once sentence.

6 – Proofread and Edit

Proofread and edit your ebook.

7 – Proofread and Edit Again

The importance of a well-written and edited ebook cannot be stressed enough. When selling on Amazon.com, all products are subject to reviews. Make sure yours are positive by eliminating grammar errors. So, proofread and edit your book multiple times before proceeding.

Your ebook can be uploaded to Kindle once correctly formatted.

Companies such as ebook publishing consultancy can assist with writing and orchestrate all the steps needed to publish on Kindle.

 

How to Write an eBook and What to Do with It

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Thanks to the popularity of the internet and ebook readers, such as the Amazon Kindle, writing e-books is becoming a good moneymaking opportunity.

So, how can you write an ebook?

1 – Choose a Category

Write about what you know. This is your expertise, so you should stick with it. If you later want to expand to creative writing, do so. This will make writing an ebook easier.

As for the category, choose a topic that is interesting to you, such as working from home, parenting, or saving money. Or, choose an issue that is important to Americans, such as how to lessen the impact of global warming, how to make money from home, and so forth.

2 – Create a Title for Your ebook

If writing a how-to book, this will be very easy. What does your e-book show readers how to do? If it is about saving money, a good title would be “How to Keep Money in Your Wallet.”

3 – Write Your Introduction

Summarize the purpose of your ebook, as well as your reasons for writing it.

4 – Write Your ebook

Create an outline first. If you want to show people how to save money, start by outlining the ways one can save money. There is saving money on groceries, eating out, clothes, travel, utilities and so forth. Each of these can be a section or chapter.Inside each chapter, break down into sections. For example, saving money at the grocery store can have one section that highlights why you should, how it can increase your savings, how you can use coupons, tips for finding coupons, and tips for getting full use out of them.

Inside each chapter, break down into sections. For example, saving money at the grocery store can have one section that highlights why you should, how it can increase your savings, how you can use coupons, tips for finding coupons, and tips for getting full use out of them.

5 – Write Your Conclusion

Your conclusion should summarize your ebook and what readers just learned. Restate some of your most helpful and money saving tips.

6 – Edit Your ebook

Proofread and edit your ebook.

Now that you know how to compose an ebook, you may wonder how to make money from it. The good news is that you have many options. You can create a website and sell your ebook from there, use a third party marketplace,  or convert your ebook to digital text and sell it as an Amazon Kindle book.

If you would like assistance with writing or publishing a kindle ebook check out ebook publishing consultancy.

 

To Change Your Life You Need To Change Your Attitude

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To change your life you need to change your attitude to life. Both require a conscious choice and some actual action or praxis whether practical or in the mind. To understand this process and to make it effective it is useful to look at some of the theoretical ideas that have been suggested about how a change in attitudes is a prerequisite for changing your life.

Attitude is an important concept. as a term it has been widely and extensively used and includes many related terms such as opinion, belief and values. These are often used interchangeably amongst both the general public and theorists of attitude change.

The components of attitude as a concept have been hotly debated in academic circles. Some early writers suggesting it has three components: knowledge, being for or against something and then the action taken. More recently variations of this have been suggested.

There is a great variety of theoretical approaches to attitude change.

  • Functional approaches where attitude change results from the different needs of the individual.
  • Cognitive consistency explain attitude change in terms need for people to maintain attitude consistency in light new information.
  • Cognitive dissonance explains change in terms of a perceived conflict between information, knowledge and the need to resolve it.
  • Learning theories emphasise the importance of education as a driver of change. New knowledge results peoples frames of reference alter.

Whilst no doubt all these approaches have potency from a practical perspective it is when we learn new ideas that attitudes change and subsequently our actions are altered. When this happens consciously it is possible to change your life.

 

Impossible is Just a Word

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Everyone, at some point of his or her life, has dreamed of being somebody special, somebody big. Who hasn't fantasized about being the one who hits the game-winning homer? Who hasn't dreamed of being the homecoming queen? And how many times have we dreamed of being rich, or successful, or happy with our relationships?

Often, we dream big dreams and have great aspirations. Unfortunately, our dreams remain just that – dreams. And our aspirations easily collect dust in our attic.

This is a sad turn of events in our life. Instead of experiencing exciting adventures in self actualization, we get caught up in the humdrum of living from day-to-day just barely existing.

But you know what? Life could be so much better, if only we learned to aim higher.

The most common problem to setting goals is the word impossible. Most people get hung up thinking I can't do this. It's too hard. It's too impossible. No one can do this.

However, if everyone thought that, there would be no inventions, no innovations, and no breakthroughs in human accomplishment.

Remember that scientists were baffled when they took a look at the humble bumblebee. Theoretically, they said, it was impossible for the bumblebee to fly. Unfortunately for the bumble, bee no one has told it so. So fly it does.

On the other hand, some people suffer from dreaming totally outrageous dreams and not acting on them. The result? Broken dreams, and tattered aspirations.

If you limit yourself with self-doubt, and self-limiting assumptions, you will never be able to break past what you deem impossible. If you reach too far out into the sky without working towards your goal, you will find yourself clinging on to the impossible dream.

Try this exercise. Take a piece of paper and write down some goals in your life. Under one header, list down things ‘you know you can do’. Under another header, write the things ‘you might be able to do.’ And under one more, list the things that that are ‘impossible for you to do.’

Now look at all the headers strive every day to accomplish the goals that are under things ‘you know you can do’. Check them when you are able to accomplish them. As you slowly are able to check all of your goals under that heading, try accomplishing the goals under the other header-the one that reads ‘you might be able to do.’

As of the items you wrote under things I could do are accomplished, you can move the goals that are under things that are ‘impossible for you to do’ to the list of things ‘you might be able to do.’

As you iterate through this process, you will find out that the goals you thought were impossible become easier to accomplish. And the impossible begin to seem possible after all.

You see, the technique here is not to limit your imagination. It is to aim high, and start working towards that goal little by little. However, it also is unwise to set a goal that is truly unrealistic.

Those who just dream towards a goal without working hard end up disappointed and disillusioned.

On the other hand, if you told someone a hundred years ago that it was possible for man to be on the moon, they would laugh at you. If you had told them that you could send mail from here to the other side of the world in a few seconds, they would say you were out of your mind. But, through sheer desire and perseverance, these impossible dreams are now realities.

Thomas Edison once said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Nothing could be truer. For one to accomplish his or her dreams, there has to be had work and discipline. But take note that that 1% has to be a think-big dream, and not some easily accomplished one.

Ask any gym rat and he or she will tell you that there can be no gains unless you are put out of your comfort zone. Remember the saying, “No pain, no gain”? That is as true as it can be.

So dream on, friend! Don’t get caught up with your perceived limitations. Think big and work hard to attain those dreams. As you step up the ladder of progress, you will just about find out that the impossible has just become a little bit more possible.

Building Courage to Improve your Personal Life

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When you build courage, you start to improve your personal life. Building courage will help you take risks to a brighter future that you ordinarily would not take. When you build courage, you put fear behind you. courage is the process of admitting that you have fears, yet you are willing to find a way to defeat those fears and not allow these fears to take control of you. It is ok to experience your fears at appropriate times. For instance, if a bus is heading in your path, swerving you have a right to fear. There is nothing wrong with healthy fear. The problem is you have to put healthy fear in its place and unhealthy fear out of your life.

Once you build courage, you will learn to self-direct you in life. You will learn to accept punishment and rewards gracefully. A courageous person will often feel motivated to accept blame and responsibility while reviewing their actions and using what they learn to move forward. Courageous people will step to the front, rather than stepping back when opportunities come their way. On the other hand, a courageous person will step back and take a view at his or her mistakes gracefully.

Sometimes the courageous person is spontaneous. It is never good to plan each day, because no one knows what the next day will bring in. Think about it. How many times have you planned something all to see it shatter in your face the next day. For instance, I plan to go to the ballgame tomorrow. Come tomorrow a blizzard, hurricane, tornado, wind storm, or rainstorm could change your mind. You planned, but did you plan for the weather. Did you make a backup plan in case your first plan failed. As you can see, planning is not always in your favor, which is why courageous people are sometimes spontaneous.

A person willing to improve their life will relax. This person will relax even when plans fail. For instance, if it stormed the next day the person will find something else to occupy his or her time and feel just as happy about joining this adventure.

To become successful and improve your life you will need to learn how to trust you. When you trust you, you can trust others as well. Unfortunately, we live in a world where trust is hard to find, yet when you trust you, you can’t blame others when things go wrong.

Improving your life includes using your creative and critical mind. When you can create new ideas, you are off to the road to success. You have many options in this world, it takes you to pull up resources to find those options.

Sometimes in life, we feel uncomfortable. In fact, this is common. Are you willing to accept your discomforts? Perhaps at an interview you feel misplaced. Are you willing to accept this discomfort and find a way to deliver a good speech to impress the interviewer. Alternatively, are you willing to allow negative energies cost you the job.

Do you accept?
Do you accept the things you cannot change? Do you accept the things you have control over? Do you accept other people regardless of how these people act? Do you accept you for who you are? Do you accept the changes that life brings your way?

Acceptance is your key to happiness. When you can learn to accept the good with the bad, you can learn how to live happier and improve your personal life. If you cannot accept however, well, reread this article again.