Need Help Formatting Your Digital Book?

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Formatting a book for Kindle, Nook or other vendors should be super easy, but sometimes it's a true pain in the behind. While anything can be changed, wouldn't it be better to have a useful tool to make the job easy:?

Here are a few quick tips followed by a tool.

1. Keep it simple.
Stick to things like bold, italic, and basic lists.

2. Center images. Don't try wrapping text around them.
People read on a Kindle or other device at varying font sizes. Wrapping text seldom works and isn't necessary.

3. Don't waste tons of your precious time on something as mundane as formatting.
Outsource it to Fiverr or use a tool like the one below.

Check out this Formatter.- it takes the stress out of preparing y your book.

Follow your B.L.I.S.S.!

Ronda

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Self Publishing: Where Can I Get Reviews for My Book?

Wondering where to get Amazon reviews of your book? Here are several ways to get them and 7 sites where you can get reviews.

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Getting people who know you to write a book review for you is a lot like herding cats!

One of my good friends PROMISED he would review my book Instant Author Formula over a hear ago, but alas, he has not done it even though I gave him a review copy.

Such is life. I find it is harder getting reviews from my contacts than getting them in other ways.

Here are 3 ways you can get reviews for your books.

1. Ask your current contacts, customers and friends to write you a review in exchange for a copy (PDF or Kindle/Nook) of your book.

2. Look up reviewers of similar books on Amazon. Write them requesting a review.

3. Submit your book to review sites.

 

here are 7 Sites where you can get your self-published book reviewed:

Goodreads

2. Digital Book Today

3. Kirkus

4. Self-Publishing Review

5. IndieReader.com

6. Indie B.R.A.G.

7. PW Select (Publisher’s Weekly)

How have YOU gotten reviews? Join the conversation and share your experiences. Do you have a favorite review site?

Follow  your B.L.I.S.S.!

Ronda Del Boccio

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Free Kindle Book Today: What Are Good Ideas for Book Marketing Online and Offli…

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Free Kindle Book Today: What Are Good Ideas for Book Marketing Online and Offline?

+Kristen Eckstein , Awakened Publishing faculty for WriteOnPurpose.com, is giving away a free Kindle book for a limited time.

You'll get some book marketing basics, then specific ideas for online and "real world" book marketing. The book is tightly focused, so you wont be distracted by something you don't want to know right now.
 
Get your copy free today http://writeonpurpose.com/freetoday

Follow your B.L.I.S.S.!

Ronda

#freekindlebooks   #bookmarketing  

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Author's Quick Guide to Marketing Your Book Online and Off - Kindle edition by Kristen Eckstein. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Author's Quick Guide to Marketing Your Book Online and Off.

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How Did Smashwords Authors Do in 2013?

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Smashwords is 1 of the ways people can publish to Kindle, Nook & other e-formats. I have personally not used it, but authors using the service appear to be earning well.

Thanks +Gary McLaren for bringing this to my attention.

have you used Smashwords? What was your experience? I look forward to having you join the conversation!

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Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

#indieauthors #digitalpublishing

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Smashwords Reports Author Revenue Was Up 33% in 2013

Authors' sales were $20 million, up 33% from $15 million the year before. There are now 275,000 titles (up 45%) and 83,000 authors (up 42%).

#indiepublishing #indiepub

Smashwords Year in Review 2013 - Indie Authors the Stewards of Publishing's Future
Welcome to my annual Smashwords year in review. It was another amazing year. On behalf of all employees at Smashwords, I want to start by thanking every Smashwords author, publisher and agent that publishes and distributes wi...

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Do You Really Want to Be a Kindle Book Spammer?

Unfortunately, people are trying to game the Kindle Direct publishing system by loading it with garbage material that barely qualifies as a book. It’s making a terrible customer experience for readers, and it will have ramifications for authors.

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I'm an even-tempered person by and large, but one of the things that gets my hackles up is spammy “books” on Kindle. The problem is that because Kindle Direct publishing (KDP) is free, people are finding all kinds of ways to game the system and publish steaming piles of poop onto Amazon.

While Amazon is cracking down on “books” that are nothing more than private label rights garbage with a new cover and title, there is still way too much useless material being belched into the system. 

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Here's an article from Reuters. It's a 3–year old article as I publish this, but it points to an ongoing issue of QUALITY books.

Stick with me after the excerpts for some thoughts on writing a LEGITIMATE and worthy book!

Spam clogging Amazon's Kindle self-publishing

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(Reuters) - Spam has hit the Kindle, clogging the online bookstore of the top-selling eReader with material that is far from being book worthy and threatening to undermine Amazon.com Inc's publishing foray.

Thousands of digital books, called ebooks, are being published through Amazon's self-publishing system each month. Many are not written in the traditional sense.

Instead, they are built using something known as Private Label Rights, or PLR content, which is information that can be bought very cheaply online then reformatted into a digital book.

These ebooks are listed for sale -- often at 99 cents -- alongside more traditional books on Amazon's website, forcing readers to plow through many more titles to find what they want.

Aspiring spammers can even buy a DVD box set called Autopilot Kindle Cash that claims to teach people how to publish 10 to 20 new Kindle books a day without writing a word.

This new phenomenon represents the dark side of an online revolution that's turning the traditional publishing industry on its head by giving authors new ways to access readers directly.

Have Times Changed?

That Reuters article came out 3 years ago, and KDP is definitely on the lookout for spammy books, but that hasn't stopped greedy entrepreneurs from selling package that promise to help you crush it, make a killing, and all sorts of other AGGRESSIVE, war-like ways of talking about raking in cash by mass-producing garbage and publishing it on Kindle.

here are 3 helpful guidelines for Kindle publishing.

  1. Remember that a book is a relationship between the author and reader. You won't grow a true legacy with a , poorly written private label rights book or set of articles.
  2. Publish YOUR work. That's how you build YOUR legacy.
  3. Write the book directly to your ideal customer, not a generalized “someone out there.”

The best way to start

You can do it alone and fumble along, or you can get ongoing help as an Awakened Author Premium Member, which gives you a weekly live call plus additional support. Start your 7–day free trial now

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Follow your B.L.I.S.S.,

Ronda Del Boccio

bestselling author, speaker and mentor
Creator of the BLISS Butterfly system

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#026 How Do I Keep My reader Reading My Book? Awakened Author Adventure Episode 26

Last week’s episode 25 was all about what you put in the first 10% of your book to draw your reader in and turn browsers into buyers. Then what? How do you keep them reading and taking action with you? That’s what you’ll hear in today’s episode.

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#026 How Do I Keep My Reader Reading My Book? Awakened Author Adventure Episode 26

Welcome to the Awakened Author Adventure free writing podcast, where visionaries like you come for resources, tools and direction to help you write, publish and share your life-changing book!

Each week you get help in 1 of the 5 keys to author success in the BLISS Butterfly System, including how to write a book, book marketing help and more.

Your guide on this adventure is #1 best selling author, speaker and mentor Ronda Del Bocciothe Story Lady, (namely me). I’m PASSIONATE about turning world-changers into bestselling authors with grace, joy and ease.

Today’s teaching comes from the  I in the BLISS System for publishing –  which is to say imprinting your message into people's hearts and lives.

. This is the Tuesday audio message for Awakened Author Premium Members that you get to hear. It's your peek behind the curtain into making your dreams come true for your book and beyond!

Publishing a book, a video, a podcast, a blog post… means giving your ideas form. No more are you going to become an author someday. You can write it NOW following the simple tips and templates for authorship that you hear each week in this free podcast.

BLISS Butterfly - Follow your bliss - Follow Your B.L.I.S.S. - Celebrity Author Mentor - Book Marketing Coach - Ronda Del Boccio

IMPRINT - Follow Your BLISS Poster - BLISS Butterfly - Write on Purpose

Theme of the Week –  Mesmerizing Middles!

.Last week's theme was Strong Starts. You can hear that message in Episode 25.

This week is all about how you can create mesmerizing middles and keep up momentum. Today's message for free listeners is about keeping up your publishing momentum.

It's all too common for authors to get excited about podcasting or creating videos or being on a new-for-you social network…only to lose momentum a few weeks later.

ITunes is littered with podcasts of 10 episodes or less, because the podcaster couldn't or didn't choose to keep up with the workflow of regular episode production.

So often, someone gets excited about blogging..for a few days or weeks. Then pretty soon it's more than a month since the last post.

This sporadic production or waning wandering is NOT the way to build your author platform! You want to keep up your momentum, and this week's episode will help you do just that.

 

Listen to This Week’s Episode

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Author: How Can Enrolling Your Book in Amazon Kindle MatchBook Help You Sell More Books?

Every author wants to sell more books, and Amazon’s new Kindle MatchBook program can help you do that by making it easy for people to buy your book in BOTh Kindle and print formats.

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Amazon now makes it easier for publishers (traditional, small and indie alike) to make titles even more enticing to readers.

Have you ever bought a print book and later wished you also had the Kindle version?

I own several business-related books in print and really want the Kindle version, because that's easier for me to read.

But when you go to Amazon, you don't want to pay full price again for a book you already have, right?

Amazon Kindle MatchBook lets publishers offer readers of the print version of their books a discounted Kindle version.

Kindle MatchBook
Kindle MatchBook

How much will the MatchBook be?

It will be $2.99, $1.99, $0.99 or free, depending upon what the publisher chooses.

I was so excited to find that several of my favorite books have the MatchBook option, and I will be able to get my Mark Joyner's books such as  The Great formula and Simpleology, as well as Ben Mack's book think Two Products Ahead for $2.99 each since I have a verified Amazon purchase of the print version.

Enrolling YOUR independently published books in Kindle MatchBook

Enrolling your book is as easy as clicking a box and choosing the price point from a dropdown list. It takes a whole 10 seconds, maybe. Then tap SAVE AND PUBLISH, and it's done!

My book When Assassins and Allies Conspire is available in 3 formats: print, large print and Kindle, and it is now in MatchBook. Here's a screenshot showing how easy it is to enroll your book.

Amazon Kindle MatchBook

Steps to enroll your title in Kindle MatchBook:

  1. Login to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).
  2. Click the title you want to enroll from your bookshelf list.
  3. Click Save and Continue at the bottom of the book details page.
  4. You're on the Pricing and Royalties page. Scroll down to find Kindle MatchBook.Click the box to enroll.
  5. Select your price point from the dropdown menu.
  6. Click Publish at the bottom of the page.

that's it!

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Ready to Dispel Ebook Publishing Urban Myths?

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I recently had a conversation with a misguided entrepreneur who was telling his tribe that the 99 cent Kindle book is always bad and that nobody serious about their business would publish one.

Wrongo!  That's one of the urban myths of ebook publishing. You can check out the article below with more myths of ebooks, but for now, keep reading this. 

The truth is that people are buying those 99-centers in droves. A peek at the bestsellers in any genre will sh ow you that loads of them are only 9 cents.

I recommend entrepreneurs publish a shorter book (minibook/special report) at this price. For one thing, it gets you past the feeling that you HAVE to write a "whole big book" when you absolutely do not need to write a long volume to be an author worth reading.

Remember, when someone spends even a dollar, they are already 10 times more valuable to you than a freebie-seeker by virtue of the fact that this reader has opened her wallet and invested in  your book..

Amazon Kindle Direct publishing is a phenomenal way to turn y our expertise, stories and ideas into books. Independent publishing is the best way to spread your message, especially when you know what you need to have in place beyond the book.

I would be honored to help you turn your book idea into a life-changing book.

Follow your bliss,
Ronda Del Boccio,  The Story Lady

PS Thanks +Ellen Violette for bringing this resource to my attention. I appreciate it.

#indiepublishing   #kindlebooks   #Kindl   #ebook   #publishing   #TheStoryLady  

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Ronda

eBook Urban Myths | Digital Book World
What rumors are going around regarding eBooks. Which are true and which are simply urban myths?

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#021 What Must I Have at the Beginning of My Book to Attract More Customers?

There is something you can and should do at the very beginning of your book to make sure you get the most possible new prospects and customers from your book. Find out what it is in today’s episode of the Awakened Author Adventure free writing podcast..

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#021 What Must I Have at the Beginning of My Book to Attract More Customers? Awakened Author Adventure, Episode 21

Welcome to the Awakened Author Adventure free writing podcast, where visionaries like you come for resources, tools and direction to help you write, publish and share your life-changing book!

Each week you get help in 1 of the 5 keys to author success in the BLISS Butterfly System, including how to write a book, book marketing help and more.

Your guide on this adventure is #1 best selling author, speaker and mentor Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady, (namely me). I’m PASSIONATE about turning world-changers into bestselling authors with grace, joy and ease.

Today’s teaching comes from the I for Imprinting in the Bliss Butterfly System. Imprinting is all about manifesting your message into the world and imprinting your message into people’s lives.

BLISS Butterfly - Follow your bliss - Follow Your B.L.I.S.S. - Celebrity Author Mentor - Book Marketing Coach - Ronda Del Boccio

IMPRINT - Follow Your BLISS Poster - BLISS Butterfly - Write on Purpose

This episode is all about what you can put in the front of your book to make sure as many people as possible will come follow you and be in a position to become your customer.

Listen to This Week's Episode

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Cool Tool of the Week

This week’s cool tool lets you do video recordings with 1 person or a group, or even create a live YouTube video. It's called Google+ Hangouts.

  • Some of the uses for Hangouts include:
  • Screen sharing for things like tutorials or support.
  • Private meetings with 1 or a small group.
  • Mastermind
  • Training

Simply click Hangouts from Google+.

Resources from This Week’s Episode

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SaneBox

Awakened Author toolbar

Premium Member Calls for live weekly help

Mindset help – get out of your own way with the Miracle Mindshift Month!

Remember to sign up for more book marketing ideas and free author training invitations at WriteOnPurpose.com/free.

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Sneak Peek at this week’s Premium Member Audio Messages

This week shows how recognizing your TEAM helps in each aspect of author success.

  • Monday – B – There Is No Neutral
  • Tuesday – L – The End Is NOT the End
  • Wednesday – I – What do I need at the front of my book? (This episode)
  • Thursday – S1 – The Most Important Social Network
  • Friday – S2 – When Less Is More

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#016 How to Write a Book Worth Buying: Awakened Author Adventure Episode 16

This episode teaches you the 7 essential elements of a pae turner, the simple 7-step perfect chapter formula, 3 biggest mistakes authors make, and more. This is Day 16, Module 8 of the 30 Day Awakened Author Challenge course on how to write, publish & start marketing a book in just 30 days. Premium members get the full course. Check out the many premium benefits at http://writeonpurpose.com/adventure

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#016 How to Write a Book Worth Buying: 30 Day Awakened Author Challenge Module 8 Day 16

Welcome to Module 16 of the Awakened Author adventure –  where visionaries like you come for resources, tools and direction to write, publish and share your life-changing book!

Each week you get help in 1 of the 5 keys to author success in the BLISS Butterfly System, including how to write a book, book marketing and more.

Your guide on this adventure is #1 best selling author, speaker and mentor Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady, (namely me). I'm PASSIONATE about turning world-changers into bestselling authors with grace, joy and ease.

How to Write a Book WORTH BUYING is the teaching for today's show.

Being a successful visionary author is about more than just writing a book. Today's episode features the L for living and leaving your legacy in the BLISS Butterfly Author Success System.

BLISS Butterfly - Follow your bliss - Follow Your B.L.I.S.S. - Celebrity Author Mentor - Book Marketing Coach - Ronda Del BoccioLEGACY - Follow Your BLISS Poster - BLISS Butterfly - Write on Purpose

There are a lot of hype-filled programs about making a killing on Kindle, crushing it on Amazon, and the like.

Don't fall for the hype! You want to write a book worth reading, and worth buying. You don't want to ruin your reputation by putting out garbage.

  • This module helps. You will learn:
  • The 7 essential elements of a page-turner.
  • The 7 essential elements of the perfect chapter.
  • How to keep yourself in the flow.
  • The fastest way to write a book.
  • the 3 biggest mistake to avoid.

WOW, that's a LOT!

Listen to Episode 16

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Resources from This Week’s Episode

Author Profit Pack, 1 of the Premium Member Benefits, which includes action guides and resources to help you with your book.

Make writing a book easy with Instant Author Formula

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Mindset help – get out of your own way with the Miracle Mindshift Month!

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to @AudioAcrobat –  glad you liked me sharing your AWESOME service with the Awakened Author Adventure community!

You're welcome!

Thanks to EVERYONE for Keeping Awakened Author Adventure in New and Noteworthy in ALL of iTuens!

I am so honored and grateful that you like this show well enough to keep it at the top of the iTunes charts for ALL PODCASTS!

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 Next Week Sneak Peek

Next week you’ll get another taste of the 30 Day Awakened Author Challenge Course on How to Write a Book. You won’t get the full course unless you’re a Premium Member, but you’ll get a few episodes along the way.

Follow your BLISS!

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#010 Deciding How to Publish a Book: Awakened Author Adventure Podcast Episode 10

Having trouble deciding how to publish a book amongst the many options? This episode of the Awakened Author Adventure Writing Podcast helps you sort through the pros and cons of each.

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#010 Which Publishing Method Should I Choose?: Awakened Author Adventure Episode 10

Several times a month, someone asks me whether they should try to get a publisher or "just" self publish. Yep, that's how they usually put it! The latest was 1 of the Premium Members.

This week’s show is all about the I for Imprint in the B.L.I.S.S. Butterfly Author success System.

Being an author is about more than merely how to write a book. There are 5 key systems to your success, and each week the Awakened Author Adventure Podcast.you’ll gain insights into one of them, and this week it’s all about deciding how to publish a book.

BLISS Butterfly - Follow your bliss - Follow Your B.L.I.S.S. - Celebrity Author Mentor - Book Marketing Coach - Ronda Del Boccio

IMPRINT - Follow Your BLISS Poster - BLISS Butterfly - Write on Purpose

Premium Members cycle through each area of author success every single week!

  • Monday = message
  • Tuesday = writing
  • Wednesday = publishing (That's this here show!)
  • Thursday = book marketing ideas
  • Friday = monetizing

This Awakened Author Adventure Podcast Episode walks you through theups and downs of each publishing option:

  • Traditional
  • Small Press
  • Independent publishing / self publishing

You'll also find out how to go about deciding how to decide.

This Week's Cool Tool

Each week I share a cool tool to help you in some aspect of your author journey. This week's cool tool helps you easily design facebook covers, collages and other images. It's called PicMonkey and it's free. Check it out at PicMonkey.com.

This Week's Featured 5-Star Review

Thanks to John Aberle for a 5-star review of the show! John listened to an episode and said he appreciated the business reasons for being an author.

Still New & Noteworthy in Arts, Education and Business - Thanks!

WOW I am so honored and grateful that YOU have kept the show in iTunes New & Noteworthy for yet another week!

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Reviews show iTunes what you like. So if you love the show, please leave a 5-star rating and review. If not, please keep it to yourself! (heehee)

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#007 The UGLY Truth about Publishing, Royalties and Book Marketing: Awakened Author Adventure Episode 7

While being a positive person is great, knowing some realities helps empower you to overcome some inherent challenges.This episode opens your eyes to the truth. Stick with me and I’ll help you follow your BLISS as a successful author every day!

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The UGLY Truth about Publishing, Royalties & Book Marketing: Awakened Author Adventure Episode 7

The Awakened Author Adventure made it to New & Noteworthy in iTunes in only 5 days! Thank YOU, dear listener, for making this possible!

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Welcome to the Awakened Author Adventure, where visionaries like you come for inspiration, resources and direction to write, publish and share life-changing books.

Your guide is bestselling author, speaker and mentor Ronda Del Boccio, The Story Lady – namely ME

Listen to master the 5 keys for author success in the BLISS Butterfly System, including entrepreneur mindset, how to write and publish a book, and more.

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Being an author is the adventure of a lifetime for sure! There is so much that is WONDERFUL about the experience. AND it is also true that there are some “ugly truths” about writing, publishing, and book marketing.

Knowing the reality empowers you to make things work FOR you not against, once you know what is happening and how to overcome the dark side.

Here are a couple of examples you'll h ear during the show:

  • 98% of books only sell 99 copies or less. So being a triple-digit seller makes you a superstar among authors.
  • There are 1 million new books published a year, so your new book is literally 1 in a million.
  • No publisher will do book marketing for you.
  • Sell more books alone does not equate to long-term success.

Stick with me and I'll show you how to follow your B.L.I.S.S. every single day as a successful author who changes lives!

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"Your book should make the reader CRAVE more of you." -

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Book Marketing Coach: How Can I List My Book in Amazon Kindle Free Books?

Get help from a book marketing coach to include your book among Amazon free Kindle books. This is a great way to grow your following and potentially achieve bestselling author status. THis article includes a list of 14 places to promote your giveaway.

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Book Marketing Coach: How Can I List My Book in Amazon Kindle free Books?

As an author mentor and book marketing coach, I teach authors that including your book among Amazon Kindle free books (for a limited time of course) is a great way to grow a following and potentially hit the bestselling books list.

Kindle books on tablet showing the power of Amazon Kindle free books in the book marketing coach category

Chris' Story

Chris Downs became a #1 bestselling author with his book How to Grow Great Heirloom Tomatoes, and he attracted the attention of Grit Magazine, which is a top publication in the area of farming. His bestseller status was a big reason why they asked him to be a regular contributor to their site.

How to offer YOUR Kindle book for free.

1. a Kindle Book

Another Awakened Author Success Story: Chris Downs, bestselling author & contributor to Grit Magazine - wanna be next?

The first thing you need is to have in order to do a free Kindle book promotion is –  well –  a Kindle book. You can have the full DIY method for free at KDP.Amazon.com or let me help you with a book publishing template, insider tips  and all your questions answered in 1 place with the Effortless Digital Publishing Package.

2. Enroll in KDP Select

You will enroll your book in KDP Select, which gives Amazon an exclusive on your book and gives you the supreme privilege of offering your book for FREE for up to 5 days in a 90 day period.

3. Promote Your Book Like Crazy!

This is a great article with 14 free/affordable places to advertise your Amazon free Kindle books:

There are lots of places to promote your book that you can find with a simple search.

Help to Publish a Book on Kindle

There are a couple of considerations around how to publish a book on Kindle. The first is that while publishing is free, you may want some hand-holding through the journey. Why spend more time than  you need to spend?

The second is the book marketing coach part. Simply  having a book up on Amazon doesn't mean you'll get a stampede of buyers devouring your every word.

You will want to promote your book (both during its free run and beyond), or it won't sell. There's no shortcut.

Go ahead and sign up with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). You'll do that anyway. It's such a fabulous program that frees you to be in charge of your own publishing.

Get help with everything from navigating KDP to formatting your book to Amazon Kindle free books promotions inside the Effortless Digital Publishing program.

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Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

Bestselling nonfiction and fantasy author

Creator of the BLISS Butterfly.System for author success

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How can the Send to Kindle Button Help Me Spread My Message?

The new” send to Kindle” button on a blog or website lets readers save a good post to a Kindle reader. Find out how and why to install it in this article.

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Amazon now has added a new way for content publishers to serve your audience: the send to Kindle button.

You have probably been in this situation before: You see a great post on a blog and you want to read it later. Maybe you even save the link in your bookmarks, but later…what site was that? Where did I put that link?

the send to Kindle button in action

Now, you can serve your readers and share your message by adding a handy button to your site or self-hosted WordPress blog. Here's the news straight from the Kindle Blog

The Send to Kindle Button

by Kindle Editors on 03/19/2013

Sending web content to Kindle is now easier than ever.

We are excited to announce the "Send to Kindle Button", a convenient new way to send content directly from a website to your Kindle.  Customers can check out the Send to Kindle Button today on The Washington Post, TIME, and the popular blog Boing Boing.

Have you ever encountered news, blogs, articles and other content on the web that you want to read but don't have time to do so immediately? The Send to Kindle Button lets you easily send that content to your Kindle to read later, at your convenience. Just send once and read everywhere on any of your Kindle devices or free Kindle reading apps for iPhone, iPad and Android phones or tablets. No more hunting around for that website or blog that caught your eye -- just open your Kindle and all the content you sent is right there.

The Send to Kindle Button is also great for those who want to collect content from the web to use in work projects, school assignments, or hobbies.

The Send to Kindle Button is part of a family of Send to Kindle applications that make it easy for customers to send personal documents and web content to read on their Kindle. To find out more about other Send to Kindle applications for PC, Mac, Chrome, and Firefox, please visit www.amazon.com/sendtokindle.

If you happen to own a website and want to add the Send to Kindle Button, you can get it for free at www.amazon.com/gp/sendtokindle/developers/button or at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/send-to-kindle/ for WordPress bloggers.

Installing the Send to Kindle Button on Your WordPress Blog

It's so simple to install the send to Kindle button!

1. Login to the admin panel of your blog.

2. Go to “add plugin” under Plugins.

3. Put “send to Kindle” in the search box and click enter. The first result should be right.

4. Click “install.”

5. Look down the left column for Send to Kindle and click it. (It should be below Settings).

6. Adjust the look and placement of the button. You can add it to post, pages, archive or homepage (any or all), and adjust the size, font and color (well…light or dark at least).

7. CLICK SAVE when you're done! (I have to say that or you may forget!).

That's it!

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How Can Publishing a Book, Top Authors, and Goodreads Bring More Readers?

Who are the must read authors for entrepreneurs, professionals & busines owners? Find out what bestselling author Dave Kerpen says – and consider whom you would put on a top list.

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How Can Publishing a Book, Top Authors, and Goodreads Bring More Readers?

Publishing a book – whether self publishing, going through a small press or having a big house publisher –  means a lot of “leg work” for any author.

Part of publishing is developing relationships with your audience and with big players in your niche. It's hard to separate the key aspects of writing, publishing, and promoting your book.

consider the power of connecting with the top name authors serving your same audience.

Here's an interesting top authors list from a bestselling business author, Dave Kerpen  As you see these authors, consider who you feel are the top authors in your niche.

11 Must-Read Authors For Every Professional

Dave Kerpenby Dave Kerpen:

Dave Kerpen is CEO, Likeable Local, NY Times Best-Selling Author & Keynote Speaker

Great authors teach us, motivate us, inspire us, and make us think. For professionals, great authors can change the way we work, help us realize new opportunities, build a business, and lead others.

My recent post, 9 Business Books That Will Change Your Life, led to over 1,200 comments from readers agreeing or disagreeing with the list, and adding their own favorites. So I've followed up that post with this list of prolific, impactful authors, each of which has written at least three business books. Below are my 11 must-read authors, along with six more up-and-coming authors worth reading:

1. Seth Godin

Godin is my favorite author and has been an inspiration to me as a writer, marketer, entrepreneur and thinker. Permission Marketing is my favorite Godin book, but I've enjoyed so many of them, as Godin always challenges readers to think about things in a new way. Other must-read books of his include Purple Cow, Tribes, Linchpin, and Poke The Box. His latest and boldest, The Icarus Deception, calls on people to look at their work as an artist does.

2. Patrick Lencioni

Lencioni is the owner of a management consulting firm and a prolific author and speaker, having written ten books to date. He writes simple, well-told fables, all with leadership and management lessons to take away. His most famous book is The Five Dysfunctions of a Team - and that is a great one, as are The Advantage, Death by Meeting, and Getting Naked. But my favorite is The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family, because it addresses not only business, but leading a family, something most important to me.

3. Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell is a longtime writer for The New Yorker magazine and the author of four uber-successful, thoughtful books which stimulate not only business professionals, but all of his readers, to think about things in a new way. Named by Time Magazine in 2005 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Gladwell's works include The Tipping Point, Outliers, Blink and What the Dog Saw.

4. Jim Collins

Collins is both a teacher and a student of great companies - having devoted the better part of his life to studying, analyzing and writing about the differences between good companies and great ones - companies that perish and those that endure. His books are all thoroughly researched and his theses are data-driven. Collins' works include Good to Great, Built to Last, How the Mighty Fall and Great by Choice.

5. Daniel Pink

Pink is truly one of the great business minds of our time. Having now authored four provocative books, Pink was named one of the Top 50 business thinkers of the world by Harvard Business Review in 2011. His most recent book, To Sell is Human, is particularly appropriate for salespeople. But Pink's previous Drive and A Whole New Mind are classics as well.

6. Tim Ferriss

Ferriss is an incredibly successful author and speaker, despite apparently not working on any one thing more than four hours a week. The ultimate "work smart over work hard" guy, Ferriss's first book, The Four Hour Workweek, has sold many millions of copies and been translated to 35 languages. The concept for professionals has proved so popular that Ferriss followed up Workweek with The Four Hour Body and The Four Hour Chef.

7. Ken Blanchard

Blanchard is a long-time writer, speaker and consultant and one of the top leadership experts in the world. Like Lencioni, he writes using stories and simple, easy-to-understand language. Three of his many books, the One Minute Manager, Raving Fans, and The One Minute Entrepreneur all deeply influenced the way I've run our businesses and helped clients grow their businesses.

8. Stephen Covey

Covey wrote a plethora of excellent leadership and inspirational books, but the one you've likely heard of is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This book single-handedly changed the way millions of people live their lives, at work and beyond. The SPEED of Trust and The Leader in Me are two more good ones. Covey's books are excellent reads if you're looking for inspiration beyond your job. Sadly, Covey passed away last year.

9. Peter Drucker

Drucker, the 2nd posthumous member of this list, passed away in 2005, but he was considered the management expert of the 20th century, authoring over 25 books. The teacher, reporter, philosopher and consultant was perhaps best known for mentoring longtime General Electric CEO Jack Welch. His books included The Effective Executive, Managing the Nonprofit Organization, and The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization.

10. Jeffrey Gitomer

Gitomer may have been a college dropout, but his books have helped many a salesperson make an incredible living. His books are small, easy to read, and packed full of both inspiration and practical advice. My favorite is the Little Red Book Of Selling, but others include Customer Satisfactions Is Worthless, Customer Loyalty is Priceless, Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude, and The Sales Bible.

11. John Maxwell

Maxwell is a longtime leadership expert, speaker and coach who has sold a remarkable 19 million books. His books inspire better leadership skills and communication skills. My favorite is The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership; other noteworthy books include The 5 Levels of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, How Successful People Think, The 360 Degree Leader, and Everyone Communicates, Few Connect.


The above 11 are all must-read authors for professionals.
Their many books have stood the test of time and continue to sell millions of copies. As I looked for great business authors, though, I was devastated by the dearth of women authors - plus I wanted to introduce you to a few great authors you may not have read yet. Here, then, are six more terrific authors worth reading, including three awesome female authors:

1. Sheryl Sandberg

Sandberg, the famous and at times controversial Chief Operating Officer of Facebook just launched her first book: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. The guaranteed bestseller has already created a lot of buzz, and is worth a read, whether you're a woman or a man.

2. Guy Kawasaki

I am proud to call Kawasaki a mentor, and he easily could have made the list above. His latest work, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur is a must-read for all authors and wanna-be authors. Other excellent books include The Art of the Start, Enchantment, Rules for Revolutionaries, and Reality Check.

3. Ekaterina Walter

Walter is a new author and a long time speaker and social strategist for Intel. Her first book, Think Like Zuck, inspired me so much I bought copies for my staff at Likeable. I have a strong feeling there's more to come.

4. Erik Qualman

You may not have heard of Qualman yet, but you may be amongst the 5 million people who have seen his "Socialnomics" videos on YouTube. Qualman's first book of the same name, Socialnomics, is an excellent read, as is his newest, Digital Leader.

5. Meg Cadoux Hirshberg

Hirschberg is the wife of Stonyfield CEO Gary Hirshberg, and writes extensively for INC Magazine on entrepreneurship and family. I whole-heartedly recommend her first book, For Better Or For Work, not only for entrepreneurs but for their spouses and families.

6. Michael Maddock

Maddock is an entrepreneur, inventor and innovation expert. My favorite of his three books is Free The Idea Monkey, which is great for both the idea people and the operators who help make those ideas actually happen.

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Those are 17 of my favorite authors- although I've read dozens more I've loved. I'm also an author of course, and I've written a couple of books that I hope have inspired people- Likeable Social Media, about the role of social media in today's society and how organizations can best leverage it, and, recently, Likeable Business, about how to leverage 11 simple principles of customer-centric, staff-centric leadership to succeed in today's social-business world.

Now, I'd love to know YOUR favorite business authors. Which of these authors have you read? What other authors of business books have changed YOUR lives? What authors belong on this list, who have inspired YOU to become a better business person, leader and human being? Let me know in the comments here - and happy reading!

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Who's On Your List –  & What Should You Do About It?

No matter what you write or what industry you're in, consider who are the top authors in your arena. When you are self publishing, this is extremely important, because you can forge alliances and make meaningful connections with those serving the same readers you serve.

  • read their books
  • Read their blog
  • Look for a win-win-win where the audience an both parties win.
  • Connect on social media
  • Connect on Goodreads
  • Reach out to them
  • Get acquainted
  • Share their work with your audience
  • They may also share your work with their audience!

GoodReads Power

Goodreads is a social platform for authors of all genres that encourages interaction with authors and readers. It is first and foremost a way for book lovers to see each others' bookshelves and talk about books.

And it is a place for authors to interact with readers.

Join Goodreads free first as a reader. Then you can upgrade (free) to be a Goodreads author.

Connect with me on Goodreads now

All authors need to connect with your readers, and in this social age, being present and available is important. When you are self publishing a book, building up an audience while you're writing the book is key. Goodreads gives you a way to accomplish this.

These are my books on Goodreads (The ones I have connected so far:

The Impact Factor: How Small Actions Change the World
The Impact Factor: How Small Actions Change the World

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Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

#1 bestselling nonfiction and fantasy author

Creator of the BLISS Butterfly and the Awakened Author Challenge.

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Does Self Publishing a Book Mean I Will Never Get a Major Publishing Deal?

Sometimes authors or would-be authors have fear around self publishing, fearing that self publishing means no publisher will ever look at you. Well, here’s proof that this is not necessarily true!

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Does Self Publishing a Book Mean I Will Never Get a Major Publishing Deal?

Would-be authors sometimes express fear about self publishing a book. “Doesn't that mean I will never get a publishing deal?”

Whether or not you will ever get a major publishing deal is not for me to say. My crystal ball has a mind of its own, and she tends to show me things happening on other planets.

Here is an example of how self publishing a book paid off big-time for one author. Stick with me afterwards for some helpful hints for YOU.

Stay Tuned: A Self-Published Book About TV Gets a Major Publishing Pick-Up

By DAVE ITZKOFF

In the course of chronicling the modern-day history of television, the author Alan Sepinwall has made a bit of history himself, becoming the rare self-published author to be picked up by a major press. On Wednesday, it was announced that the Touchstone imprint of Simon & Schuster had acquired his well-regarded book “The Revolution Was Televised,” which Mr. Sepinwall put out late last year.

In this book (which is subtitled “The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever”) Mr. Sepinwall, a television critic for the Web site hitfix.com, looks at the impact that shows like “The Sopranos” and “Mad Men” and show runners like David Chase and Matthew Weiner have had in reinvigorating the hour-long dramatic format.

Reviewing “The Revolution Was Televised” for The New York Times in December, Michiko Kakutani wrote that Mr. Sepinwall combined “smart, fair-minded assessments meant to provoke discussion” and interviews with creative talent, producers and executives to provide “a terrific book”; she also named it one of her 10 favorite books of 2012.

As with many of the TV success stories he writes about, Mr. Sepinwall encountered several “no”s before he finally heard “yes.”

Mr. Sepinwall said in a telephone interview on Wednesday that Touchstone had been one of the publishers he met with when he was shopping his proposal for “The Revolution Was Televised” about a year ago, though the project was turned down then.

“The proposal wound up being a little bit different from the book I wrote, and so I don’t necessarily blame them for passing at the time,” said Mr. Sepinwall, who planned to draw mostly from reporting he had already done on his site.

“When I got mostly rejections and one sort-of offer that I wasn’t crazy about it, I decided I’m going to go this route,” he said, referring to his strategy to self-publish the book. “The next thing I knew, I was doing fresh interviews with everybody – I’m not exactly sure how I had time to do that.”

After his book was reviewed in The Times and elsewhere, Mr. Sepinwall said he was contacted again by Touchstone, which was now interested in acquiring it.

“I like the idea that the book could exist in brick-and-mortar stores, could be on college syllabi,” he said. “I was pleased with the idea of being able to go back to the very beginning of the project.” He declined to provide exact sales figures for the book’s self-published release but said they were “well beyond my wildest expectations.”

Lauren Spiegel, an editor at Touchstone who acquired “The Revolution Was Televised” for the imprint, said of Mr. Sepinwall, “I was already in the bag for him, and have been such a fan for a long time.”

Touchstone is planning its release of “The Revolution Was Televised” “as soon as we can,” she said, with a paperback edition planned for the early spring and an e-book edition possibly coming earlier.

A version of this article appeared in print on 01/04/2013, on page C2 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Self-Published Book Gets a Major Deal.

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Authors, Share Your Book with Millions of Readers

Tips for independent (self) publishing authors from Ronda

1. SERVE your audience.

2. Write a good book worth reading

3. Use the world's biggest publishers rather than some obscure guy who wants to take your firstborn child in exchange for publishing.

4. Put your book in its proper place. You need other offerings, such as courses, services or workshops, besides your book.

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Is Self Publishing Dominating the Publishing Industry?

The publishing industry has changed. What do the ISBN agency Bowker numbers show about self publishing say? Find out, and know how to make the most of it!

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Is Self Publishing Dominating the Publishing Industry?

Self publishing has grown up. No longer whispered about and treated with all the respect one might show a drug addict, today, self publishing is a respectable and much more accessible alternative to its snobby big brother, New York publishing.

I'll Push You Steer book on the shelves at Barnes & Noble

Following are some amazing statistics about the growth of self publishing from a leading researcher. I have made some slight formatting changes and underlined key points to help you get the most from this information.:

Self-Publishing Sees Triple-Digit Growth in Just Five Years, Says Bowker®

CreateSpace, Smashwords and Author Solutions dominate infrastructure landscape

New Providence, NJ - October 24, 2012 - The number of self-published books produced annually in the U.S. has nearly tripled, growing 287 percent since 2006, and now tallies more than 235,000 print and “e” titles, according to a new analysis of data from Bowker® Books In Print and Bowker® Identifier Services.

The research explores the dramatic U.S. growth of an area once relegated to the fringes of publishing. It finds that while production increases are occurring in both print and e-book formats, the latter is driving the greatest percentage gains. It also shows that while self-publishing may seem like a cottage industry, it is dominated by large firms that offer publishing services to individual authors.

Self-publishing is now supported by a sophisticated and highly accessible support structure,” said Beat Barblan, Director of Identifier Services for Bowker, an affiliate of information powerhouse ProQuest.

“It’s provided everyone who has a story to tell with a method for sharing it and leveled the playing field to an unprecedented degree. This is no longer just vanity presses at work – self-publishing is out of the dark corners and making its way into the mainstream.

Notable success stories include a number of self-published authors landing their titles onto the prestigious New York Times bestseller list for ebook fiction.

Bowker’s research into self-publishing was prompted by an earlier study that showed 2011’s 148,424 self-published print books represented about 43 percent of that year’s total traditional print output and contributed to the first significant expansion in print production since 2007.

While print accounts for 63 percent of self-published books, e-books are gaining fast.

E-book production in 2011 was 87,201, up 129 percent over 2010. Print grew 33 percent in the same period.

While self-publishing is a DIY undertaking, Bowker’s analysis shows its infrastructure is made up of a handful of large firms. In 2011,

  • CreateSpace dominated the print segment, supporting the creation of 58,412 titles (39 percent of self-published print books).
  • Smashwords topped the e-book producers with 40,608 titles (nearly 47 percent of total self-published e-books).
  • The combined divisions of Author Solutions (part of Penguin Group) produced a total of 47,094 titles and
  • Lulu Enterprises checks in with 38,005 titles.
  • The Bowker analysis shows that beyond these four players, no company has more than 10 percent of market share.
  • Small presses, a category that is defined as publishers who have produced 10 or fewer books, accounted for 34,107 self-published titles -- 21,256 print and 12,851 e-books -- in 2011.

Print book production by small presses increased more than 74 percent between 2006 and 2011 -- hearty growth that’s dwarfed by CreateSpace’s 1702 percent increase during the same period.

While marketing their works remains the next great hurdle for self-published authors, Bowker research points to major influencers within their control.

Bowker surveys of book consumer habits show that authors can effectively reach more readers with online excerpts, retailer recommendations and customer reviews.

Bowker is the official ISBN Agency for the United States and its territories. The Books In Print® database derives a valuable portion of its information from these ISBN assignments, providing the nation’s most comprehensive view of book production. The Self-Publishing Report and other Bowker® Market Research studies that illuminate the business of books are available at www.bookconsumer.com/

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What these numbers mean to YOU

You don't hneed to try to get a book published by a New York Publisher. It's very hard, and the system is broken.

Now, you can self-publish in any of several affordable and respectable ways.

What to consider

Your book is about more than your book.

  • What are your goals and plans?
  • What else do you have to offer?
  • Is your website ready with an “optin page” (a way for people to get something great from you when they give contact info)?
  • Do you have a way for people to continue their journey with you by purchasing other products, services or programs?

More help with your book

The BLISS Butterfly system I teach walks you through everything from vision to written book to published, to launching to serving your audience.

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Get details at www.WriteOnPurpose.com/bliss.

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Creator of the BLISS Butterfly and the free Awakened Author

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Writers, What’s Stopping You from Self Publishing Your Book?

Times are changing! It used to be that self publishing was only for vanity, very expensive, and a bad idea. Not so now! Let this article hearten you and share some tips to be successful when you publish a book

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I remember when I first started thinking about publishing a book about 7 years ago. The rampant feeling then was, "if you can't get a REAL publisher to publish your book, it must not be worth anything."

The times, they are a-changin'!

Now, for most authors who come to me for mentoring, I highly recommend independent publishing (self publishing).

Paul LaR oche, Founder Of Brule, Receiving the book The Peace Seed from Ronda Del Boccio On His Birthday in Branson, Missouri

For one thing, it's not just "vanity presses" like there used to be. There are nice, legitimate, affordable (even FREE) ways to publish a book.

Examples of print publishers:

  • CreateSpace
  • LuLu

Examples of digital publishing services:

Those are just examples. There are many more.

Oh, how I love guest blogging! Nice way to bring fresh voices. Here's a guest post by Alessandra Macaluso to inspire you to publish a book now.

Writers: What's Stopping You?

Guest post by Alessandra Macaluso

Writers: do you have an idea for a book in mind? Have you already finished it? Maybe you’ve sent your manuscript out into the black hole of publishing companies, waiting to hear an answer – any answer – even it if is the dreaded “Thank you for your inquiry; however we are not accepting new author’s at this time.” Or maybe you are toying around with the idea of self-publishing your work.

There are no shortages of examples of self-publishing success. For instance, “50 Shades of Gray” was self-published. You don’t need me to convey the success of that series to make the point that not only is it possible to self-publish, but that you can actually pioneer your writing career with this method.

According to a Bowker Report published in October of 2012, “The number of self-published books produced annually in the U.S. has nearly tripled, growing 287 percent since 2006, and now tallies more than 235,000 print and ‘e’ titles.”

When it comes to deciding between a large publishing company, and self-publishing, the writing is on the wall.

And guess what? Even if your book is picked up by a large publishing house, you are still expect to hit the ground running and do your own promotional legwork. If you are going to have to do it anyway, why not own the rights to your work and make a larger profit from your sales?

Other Things to Consider

The downside to self-publishing is that you are on your own financially until you can start profiting from your book sales. Large publishers often pay authors an “advance” to get the book started. But in the case of self-publishing, there are no advances. But you do have tools at your disposal.

For example, there is Kickstarter, the online “crowd funding” tool that allows you to create a campaign for your project and have others fund it for you. Some have been able to quit their day jobs and devote their undivided time and energy this way, getting a project off the ground before any profits come rolling in.

Or, you can do things the old fashioned way: come home from your day job, put a large pot of coffee on, and burn the midnight oil for months on end until your story makes its way onto paper. It takes a unique blend of time, passion, and a little bit of crazy to write a book. And my hunch is that if you are truly a passionate writer, you’ll choose the latter.

In short, you no longer need access to a large publishing house to publish your book. Now, all you need is an idea, some time, and a computer to get your writing down. With the endless options to explore to self-publish your book, there is literally no one stopping you. So I just have one question: what are you waiting for?

This article was written by Alessandra Macaluso.  Alessandra is an Author, Blogger, Writer and DIY addict who loves to share lifestyle tips and recipes on her personal blog.


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More on Self Publishing from Ronda

Know how the book will help you follow your bliss. Writing and publishing a book isn't just about the book.

  1. Start with the end in mind. What are your ultimate goals for your book and beyond?
  2. Write a GOOD book worth reading.
  3. Hire a good editor. NOBODY can edit your own work.
  4. BUild relationships as you share your book and its message.
  5. Serve your audience well.

That's the BLISS system in brief!

Share your message - follow your B.L.I.S.S!:

 I highly regard CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing. .

They're easy, free, and linked to the world's best known marketplace.

Follow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

#1 bestselling author and mentor

Creator of the BLISS Butterfly and the Awakened Author Challenge

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