Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ideas For Promoting Your Kindle Book

As a rule of thumb, you should devote one-third of your time to researching and developing books, one-third of your time creating, writing, editing, proofing and publishing your books, and one-third of your time promoting your books.

It's the promotion part that I hate.

I always feel pushed to go back to Square One and start a new project.

The promotion, I lie to myself, will take of itself.

Sadly, it won't.

It's a good idea to collect ideas from other Kindle Book authors and pros who have discovered best practices when it comes to getting an audience.

I know, of course, that lots of authors devote hours and hours of their time on Twitter, on their blog, paying for paid advertising, building an email list, emailing for reviews.... yes, all good uses of time.

But sometimes you can save that time for more creative, productive, profitable work by following advice from others who have gone before you.

Here's one source that delivers some good information on book promotion for self-published authors:

PaidAuthor.com, which details some of their best ebook promotional strategies on specific websites that bring in a new audience.

We like the layout. There ARE lots of distractions (ads) that get in the way. But if you block those out and pay attention to what they are sharing, it'll be a good introduction to good promotional ideas.

We'll be adding new resources as we find them.

Add any new resources you find that have been helpful to you in the comments section below, and we'll share them with fellow authors.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Free View: "6 Worst Mistakes When You Self-Publish Kindle Books"

I love the energy of this girl Grace, sharing what she's learned about self-publishing her books and her comics. Her advice is very good. Take notes:

Monday, June 19, 2017

Self-Publishing Expert Offers 5 Tips To Help Boost Your Book Sales

Saba Tekle of 7-publishing.com offers up some simple strategies that can work to help you sell more of your self-publishing Kindle Books... and make more royalties, even when you're advised to give your book away for free!

Click this link to check out the article here:

Saba Tekle's HuffingtonPost.com Article

You can find out more about this author at: http://sabatekle.com

Saturday, June 17, 2017

What Do You Know? Plenty That Would Make A Bestselling Book!

Some new authorpreneurs get stuck deciding what to write about.

A good old book -- way before the age of Kindle Book self-publishing -- is titled "The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing" by Tom and Marilyn Ross, published back in 1985. In it, they opine on the all-important topic of what to write about.

There are things you can write about effectively and profitably even if you've never written anything in your life. No matter who you are, where you live, or how old you are, you know more about something than most other folks, and therefore you possess special knowledge that other people will pay for.
, the authors stated (pp 19).

It's key to look for a match: The overlap of what you know best, and what other people are looking for.

There are plenty of ways to search out popular keyword phrases identifying what your niche is seeking online. When you know what people are looking for, and determine you can deliver a book, a guide, a video, or some other content that they will pay for, then you'll know you've got a winning idea.

The self-publishing model has enabled authors to niche-down their ideas, and target a small, profitable slice of the audience to delivery exactly what they are looking for.

For instance, there are still plenty of small businesses that advertise in the yellow pages.

A 'how-to' book on yellow page advertising would still sell.

Pre-Kindle days, you'd be forced to publish a compendium of all types of yellow page advice.

Today, you'd be able to publish one Kindle book for dentists, another book for plumbers, and yet another book aimed at helping attorneys create effective yellow page ad programs.

"Yellow pages are dead," you say?..... not by a long shot. A sizable, high-income slice of consumers still refer to local yellow page guides. And, there are plenty of prospects that would like to know how to navigate the new yellow page landscape and get more bang for the buck out of their yellow page expenditures.

Have you ever sold yellow page advertising? If so, you could write a book on how to buy this type of advertising at a discount.

Have you ever purchased yellow page advertising? If so, you could write a book on how to negotiate a better deal from independent yellow page sales reps.

Have you ever used yellow pages? If so, you could write a book on what makes certain listings and display ads stand out; and, with a bit of research, you could put together a guide that helps new business owners save money when they open their doors and get listed in local yellow page books.

See, this is just one example of how your own personal know-how can be turned into cash. You simply need to look and see the opportunities waiting out there, where you can take what you know and turn what you're good at into short, digital books that will deliver a steady profit into your bank account for years to come.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Self-Published Author Reflects On His Path To Success

It's inspiring to see how online self-publishing is opening new doors for authors.

Mark Edwards, a member of the new 'rags-to-riches' group of self-made, high-earning authors, gave up on traditional publishing, and finally found success self-publishing his own thrillers online:

“Publishers rejected me, but I went on to earn six-figures selling 1,000 books a day”

(Read the article here)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Discovering Profitable Niche For Your Kindle Book Is First Step For Self-Published Authors

This guest post by Marik Singh is very popular, because it's a great explanation of how a new author can find an audience and sell more Kindle books. Good advice you'll want to read and take notes on:

3 Simple Tips To Picking a Profitable Niche Market for Newbies
By Guest Blogger Marik Singh

For a new online entrepreneur, picking a niche can be the most intimidating part of the entire business model building process. Get this one step wrong, and you'll be setting yourself up for a disaster where you don't earn money, you don't enjoy the work, and you waste an incredible amount of time putting effort into something that won't pay off.

So it's vital that you understand the correct elements of picking a niche that pairs passion and profits. There are very few marketers who come into this business without the goal of pursuing their passion.

But you hear so much static online about money that sometimes, it seems like passion takes a backseat so that you can focus on money and take the financial pressure off.

"Someday," you think, "I'll make enough money at this that I can then do something I love."

Why wait?

You can start off on the right foot from the very beginning and not have to start from scratch one day with a new niche and a new dream.

There are 4 steps to picking a profitable niche that you're going to learn. It requires some research, but do have fun with this! Don't do it all in one sitting - let your mind take time to savor the possibilities and engulf you in daydreaming about where all you might take these options.

#1 - Start with a Simple Brain Dump

The best way to get started is to just do a quick and easy brainstorming session. Now is not the time to sort through and analyze your niches - just jot them down randomly - we'll weed out the ones that aren't a good fit shortly.

Start by looking at niches you already know you like. For instance, you might like:

  • Playing video games
  • Gardening
  • Playing golf
  • Making your own jewelry
  • Cooking
  • Playing guitar... etc.

All of those are potential niches based on what you know you already enjoy doing. Forget about whether or not you're an expert just jot down current passions.

Next, consider what you've always wanted to learn but don't know. For example:

  • You've always wanted to learn better photography
  • You've always wished you knew how to crochet
  • You find yourself drawn to the idea of living a sustainable lifestyle

All of those "I wish I knew" topics are potential niche markets for you.

Sometimes, you can build a profitable niche based off of experiences you've had in life, such as:

  • Surviving a troubled relationship
  • Enduring a major health crisis
  • Flipping a real estate property for a profit

Or, maybe you know someone else who is going through something - it doesn't have to be directly related to you. For example,

  • Maybe your neighbor is dealing with infertility
  • You have a good friend who can't figure out how to meet the right woman
  • A sibling of yours suffers from panic and anxiety attacks

There are niche markets all around you. Once you start training yourself to look for them, you start to see a world full of possibilities.

Don't worry about lacking expertise. Some of the best blogs and leaders are those who track their journey from the very beginning. Sometimes, for an audience, it can be intimidating learning from an expert.

It feels safer and more relaxed, learning from someone who knows what you're going through and who can empathize with you easily. Even if you're not going through the exact same thing, understand why there's no such thing as saturation...

People like learning from multiple sources! You have a unique style and personality from other leaders in that niche. When people learn and search for solutions, they typically look in several places, not just one.

#2 - Research Thriving Niche Markets

Another way you can come up with profitable niche markets is to see what's being talked about by the media and bought in the marketplaces. This is easy because the research is basically completed, just waiting for you to discover it.

Magazine covers at the grocery store can show you a wealth of information. So for example - if you picked up the February 24th, 2014 Woman's World (or even just glanced at the cover on the newsstand), you would see the following topics being covered:

  • Juicing for pain
  • Food for Alzheimer's prevention
  • Inflammation and weight gain
  • Diabetes
  • Allergies
  • High blood pressure
  • End cravings while dieting
  • Anti-aging tea
  • Stress relief
  • Body makeovers
  • Success tips

Those are a lot of niches that yes, are very narrow in some ways - such as food for Alzheimer's - but it's a sign that people are into the memory niche, and you can be, too. Instead of getting so specific as "juicing for pain" you could jot down "pain relief" as your niche.

News sites also provide a wonderful account of what's being followed in the real world. Let's take four of the top news and information sites and look at what we can find on there.

On FoxNews.com, in the health section, you discover topics like marriage quality influencing heart disease, obesity and exercise. Under the lifestyle section, you learn about hidden costs when buying a home, the key to online successful dating, and favorite vegetarian meals for celebrities.

On CNN.com, you learn about bitcoin as a currency, comfort food weight loss, and diabetes and dental health. You can separate these combined topics or keep them combined if you want.

On DrudgeReport.com, you might see a news story about riots or bioterror and start thinking about the "prepper" niche. There's a story about electronics like tablets selling more than toys for kids. You also see a story about the price of electricity rising, so a niche about saving money or becoming self sufficient might be an idea.

On HuffingtonPost.com, you see stories about retiring abroad, the key to creativity, in-office workouts, remembering dreams, habits of mentally healthy people, etc.

Online marketplaces can give you some insight into what sells well with consumers. You can look at top sellers at ClickBank.com, JVZoo.com, and Amazon.com to pinpoint some possible niches.

Let's look at them one by one.

ClickBank's marketplace shows some of the top niches as:

  • Fat loss
  • Woodworking
  • Men's dating
  • Make money online
  • Potty training
  • Numerology

JVZoo.com's marketplace shows some of the following topics selling well:

  • Social media mastery
  • Kindle publishing

Amazon.com is a great place to research both tangible and digital niche markets. You can go to http://www.amazon.com/bestsellers and look through each category to see what's selling.

You can also look at hot new releases, top rated, movers and shakers and most wished for. These lists are updated hourly, so they're as current as you can get, which will serve you well.

Click on a category and you can drill down further. Click on Books, for example and you can look in self-help. You can see that people want to know about:

  • Being an introvert
  • Marriage help
  • Success tips
  • Nutrition
  • Spirituality

After you do a quick brainstorm and some fundamental research, you might have a very healthy, long list or a short one of about 5 niche markets you could possibly get into.

Next, it's time to cut more from your list. Don't be hesitant about cutting niches. They're always there if you ever want to branch out and add another income stream, but you have to start somewhere with one niche, so avoid combining them just because you don't want to give one up - keep in mind that it's only temporary.

#3 - Weed Out the Wrong Niches

Picking a good niche isn't something you do in 10 minutes in a flash. It's a process that you give time to if you're serious about building a highly profitable business because it's going to require dedication by you.

Let's look at some reasons who you would want to weed out a niche. Go through each niche idea you have and see if any of these reasons exist.

You can't commit to writing, talking and leading the niche day after day. Many newbies hear instructions about keyword volume and price points of available products to promote, so they pick a random niche they personally have zero interest in.

Imagine you're a man who loves golfing, but you pick the crochet niche because some guru pointed out something about keyword volume and product availability. It happens - and the poor golf lover not only doesn't know about crocheting, but he can't imagine writing about it every day. This is a recipe for failure.

Another reason is that there's not enough monetization opportunity. You want to investigate this. Ideally, you'll pick a niche that provides both tangible and digital items you can promote (or create).

Examples of this are:

  • Weight loss - not only can you promote diet and exercise digital plans, but also food and weight scales, workout equipment, supplements and more.
  • Stress relief - not only can you promote digital eBooks on how to combat stress, but you can sell products like aromatherapy machines and home spa products.

One more reason why you may want to cut a niche is if it's overly trendy. Sometimes something is such a fad that it's a waste of time trying to build an entire business around it.

It's much better to have an evergreen topic, like stress, than it is to build a whole site around a trend, like rubber band bracelets. That doesn't mean you can't create a page somewhere online to profit from trendy topics - like on "Squidoo" - but reserve your major efforts for topics that are going to last.

If it's too broad, you can either eliminate it or narrow it down and see what all you can come up with for it. For example, just tackling the "diet niche" can be overwhelming.

But you might want to build a site about:

  • Dieting over 40
  • Dieting post pregnancy
  • Dieting for diabetics... etc.

Once you whittle down the niches and feel confident that you could write about or lead in this topic for the long-term and that it can easily be monetized with products, you'll need to make a firm commitment to one (if you're left with more than one).

Don't beat yourself up if you don't pick the right niche the very first time. Even with the best research and intentions, sometimes we get into a niche and just don't feel it's right for us.

If this starts happening, make a decision to cut your losses and try again. Remember what it was that you didn't like about that niche and look for the opposite in your next one.

You have to maintain a fine balance between abandoning niches at the drop of a hat just because you're not making instant riches overnight, and wasting too much time chained to a niche that just isn't going to work for you.

Your next step is to build a blog. As a newbie, this is one of the easiest platforms to create and rank in search engines, and it's the perfect place to let your target audience get to know you as their new niche leader.

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Article courtesy of Marik Singh

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Guest Post: How To Use Your Blog To Promote Your Book

Want to sell more of your books? Sure, we all do. Well you are in luck. This guest post by Nina Amir hits the nail right on the head when it comes to promoting your self-published books online: old-school blogs (like mine!) can help you create awareness and interest in your books, and do indeed help your books get noticed online. This is good, simple advice any indie self-published author can follow right away.

20 Things an Author Can Blog About
By Nina Amir


Authors constantly ask me what they can blog about. They have a book-fiction or non-fiction-and they want to know how to use their blog to promote it. However, they have to keep blogging on a daily or weekly basis. They need content regularly, and they don't know what to write about.

Blogs provide a great way to promote both fiction and nonfiction books. If they are hosted on your blog--not a free blog--they drive traffic to your website. This means more people may purchase your book.

Also, frequent blog posts increase your "findability" by search engines like Google. This means your search engine ranking increases, which makes it easier for people searching for the topic of your book on the Internet to find you. The more you post on your topic, the higher up your website or blog will go on the search pages; instead of being buried on page 20, you eventually will come up in the top 10, which means anyone looking for information on your topic can find your blog, your website and your book.

Yet, the challenge to come up with content related to your book remains. Here's a list of 20 blog post idea for both fiction and nonfiction writers. It should give you plenty of ideas:

If you write fiction, you can blog about:

  • How you decided on your characters.
  • How you decided on your setting.
  • If you book contains any personal elements.
  • Your writing practice-how you write.
  • Recipes related to the place where your book takes place (ex. Italian foods).
  • Information on the location where you book takes place (ex. France in the 18th century).
  • Issues related to those in your book or with which your characters are concerned (ex. divorce, suicide, sex, suicide).
  • The benefits your book offers readers (ex. If your book illustrates that parents don't have to be perfect, discuss what it means to be a perfect parent or offer tips and tools).
  • Certain passages in the book.
  • The publishing process.

If you write nonfiction, you can blog about:

  • Tips related to your topic.
  • News related to your topic.
  • Trends related to your topic.
  • New research related to your topic.
  • Your writing practice-how you write.
  • The publishing process.
  • The benefits your book offers readers.
  • Your personal experience with this topic.
  • Elaborations on sections, quotes or parts of your book.
  • New personal teachings, insights or exercises related to your topic.

By using these 20 ideas for blog posts, you'll have lots to write about. Hopefully they'll inspire other ideas fo rmore posts as well.

Nina Amir, Your Inspiration-to-Creation Coach, inspires writers to create the results they desire-published products and careers as writers and authors. Find out about her blog coaching here: Write a Better Blog Post. Get a free report, What's an Author's Platform & How do I Build One? here.
Article post courtesy of: Nina Amir